Friday 21st June 2013
At last we are on the board
Sunday breakfast certainly tasted a whole lot better last weekend and for once I was in the mood to look at the papers. Seeing the seniors win and celebrate was a huge lift for the club and great reward for the dedicated coaches and playing group. The photo below tells it all, so too the club song celebrations in the rooms afterwards, have a LOOK!
Beaumaris were gracious in defeat, tweeting their congratulations. We put on a good day’s football for all that came. Lunch was a great success with Terry Wallace telling us of his new found appreciation of the umpires given son Brent is being fast tracked through the AFL Umpires program.
The club was proud to be wearing orange laces in support of the STEP BACK AND THINK say no to street violence program, have a look in the body of the report on this subject.
Despite the terrific win by the seniors it was very disappointing for both our 2nds and Unders to come up short having again played good passages of football throughout the game. Looking at the 2nds, from all reports both Cam Jones and Freo played very well in their return games and pulled up well afterwards training freely on Tuesday night.
The depth of the squad is still a challenge as we are affected by regular weekly injuries combined with the mid-season departure of several players overseas. That really doesn’t help our cause and is a genuine frustration to our new coaches who have not experienced that part of football before. All the same, its part of amateur football where players play for the love of the game rather than a financial contract. As a club we need to discuss this with our playing group at the start of each season and have players indicate their intentions as early as possible.
On a positive note we are likely to see the return of more premiership players over the next few weeks, with the likes of Dolly having a run and James Courtot back after his 2nd knee reco. Bas Simpson is hoping to play this weekend having spent the last 6 weeks managing a broken hand.
You have to feel for Ocka and his Panther 3rds, week in week out they are pitted against much better opposition by virtue of ridiculous VAFA ruling regarding the compulsory nature of the 3rds comp, despite this and a mounting injury toll they have all stuck fat and represented us with great pride!
So to this week we are away to Collegians in a massive game, surprisingly Collegians have not been as strong this season and are sitting in the bottom half of the ladder. Our Unders play tonight at Vic Park, 7.00pm v Fitzroy whilst the 3rds host Old Scotch at Bulleen.
Hope you didn’t miss last week’s celebrations, if you did then get to Albert Park Lake, Collegians home ground this weekend as we strive for two in a row and enjoy another Sunday morning breaky!
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