Friday 19th July

Beaten by a better unit!

Put very simply St Bernards depth showed last weekend, despite being in relegation zone their superior depth and the return of quality injured players enabled them to out gun us at home: seniors, 2nds and 3rds.  The fragility of our current list compounded by injury to several senior players as well as an excessive number of unavailable players (primarily now overseas) meant all of our senior teams were at their limit and the results reflected that.


The seniors started poorly and were unable to put any sustained pressure on St Bernards in the first half in particular, thereby allowing St Bernards to set up a winning score by half time.  It was a similar story to half time of the 2nds, we started with no bench but thanks to Nick Thomson changing from boundary umpire to player we then had some capacity to rotate.  Coach Paul Breen played a defensive flood and then reverted back to an open game by 3qt time; the boys keep running and won the last quarter.  3rds were outclassed by a much better Bernards unit this time with a gun forward, whilst the Unders played a good 1st half before Parkdale kicked away.


Given the high probability now of us dropping to Premier B grade in 2014 it was going to be interesting to see how the boys approached this week, and I am proud to say they continue to be positive and train hard.  We mixed things up a little and engaged our weekend caterers to come out on Thursday night and serve the boys up a roast; this was a Jenny Smith initiative.  The boys responded with great numbers and we fed approx. 70 hot meals.  It also gave us the chance to talk openly about our plight and the commitment required from now to the end of the season to ensure we are sufficiently positioned to roll out a good pre-season program aimed at retention of a committed group and an all-out recruitment drive across the entire list.  A lot of work needs doing and we must learn from the likes of neighbouring Old Trinity who have responded magnificently in 2013 having been relegated from Premier A grade in 2012.


It certainly has been a tough initiation for our new coaching panel together with our new players but I can state that they have all been magnificent with their work ethic and unwavering vision.  And for the players it too has been a difficult season and they have had to maintain their composure and self belief given the lack of on field success so far.  BUT, that’s the wonderful thing about the game, each week we get a chance to redeem ourselves and we still have a further 6 games to do that.  The boys ARE very disappointed and ARE hurting but they still have huge resolve and a strong bond.  So look out St Bedes, Blacks, Xavs, Scotch, Beauy and De La, we will be ready and we are prepared to finish 2013 positively.


So to this week, we are at home and keen to take on St Bedes, a team we have had some great games against in Premier A grade.  Having started the season relatively poorly, St Bedes have been playing good football recently so we must ”welcome” them to Dunshea with a good start and have them chasing us.  Lunch is on beforehand up in Cookies Kitchen where Smokey Dawson will no doubt entertain us.  Look out for our GOLD COIN donation; we are joining forces with the entire football community to raise funds for a fellow footballer,  Casey Tutungi who has sustained a terrible injury and will need a great deal of support for the rest of his life, take a moment to read the article in the body of this edition.


Lots to like about this weekend’s R13 at Bulleen, all we need are the supporters, a good start and an once of football luck, so please don’t miss the chance to be part of the day.


See you at Bulleen.












Where will you find us all this weekend?
The where and when of this week's round 13 for all of our Panther teams, Saturday 20th July....... Read More...

Coaches' comments Round 12
Take time to hear from our coaches as they do their analysis on what worked and what didn't from last week's Round 12 games.......... Read More...

The Community Bank keeps giving.
Nick Coker, Bendigo Bank Manager for Surrey Hills, Balwyn, Ashburton and Canterbury joined us for lunch last weekend and promptly donated $1000 and there could be more to follow....... Read More...

Casey Tutungi fund raiser
The football community has been asked to rally in support of Casey Tutungia, former VFL player who has incurred a tragic injury. Take a moment to read the article and see how you can join us in helping at this weekend's game at Carey Bulleen...... Read More...

Who was at last week's home lunch you ask?
Apart from Cookie and Peter Moore who else can you recognise......... Read More...

Lunctime again this Saturday
Missed last week's lunch, bad move as it was a ripper, Cookie has been busy again and has snared Smokey Dawson to join us this weekend and talk footy, cricket, golf and whatever else, so don’t miss out again, book now...... Read More...

$6 Grand in the Hand Time looms!
It's fast approaching our major fund raiser, Sunday 25th August at the Geebung 1.00pm onwards. But first you have to buy a $50 ticket so dig deep! Beware Wes Mudge and his team of ticket sellers.............. Read More...

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