Lesson learnt for seniors, 2nds still away to go


The Queen’s Birthday break was just the tonic for the players, especially the seniors.   It gave them a chance to reflect on the very bad and embarrassing loss to Blacks in R9 and what would be needed if they were to make amends in R10 v Collegians.  The Blacks loss allowed Collegians to leapfrog us into 3rd spot and with Blacks now in 5th spot we needed to refocus quickly and set ourselves for a crucial game.  I know the group was ready and had done a lot of work in preparing for a much better showing.  At home and on Dunshea in what would have to have been the best June Saturday I have witnessed weather wise in a long time there would be no excuses, especially as we welcomed back Cam Jones, James Murrie, Morgan Evans and James Gaff.  Collegians are a renowned running team and play a fast paced offensive game, in some ways similar to us.  In perfect conditions the game started at a belter of a pace and by half time we held a slight lead, the question was asked who would sustain the pace and who would drop.  In past games Collegians have powered away but not this time.  The boys from INNER FM in calling the game had marvelled at its pace and the attacking mindset of both teams.  By the final siren we had powered away and got a much needed 6 goal win, have a read of Coxy’s match report.  It was a special day for the seniors and to beat last year’s grand finalists was just reward, the boys were magnificent and the win was just reward for their hard work especially after the previous week’s drubbing.


Sadly the 2nds continue to struggle, despite plenty of endeavour the team is finding it difficult especially in the forward line.  They are very competitive in general play but some poor skills and delivery cost them badly as this level.  You have to admire their tenacity and spirit and they continue to work hard and had plenty of self-belief.  It is tough especially when the seniors are wining and the emphasis appears to be on them.   Ocka’s 3rds couldn’t find the previous week’s form and allowed Fitzroy to take charge after half time running out comfortable winners.  The match was held up late in the last quarter after a very nasty head clash that rendered Luke McKinnon (DMac) unconscious for some time and an ambulance being called; fortunately DMac is on the mend.  The Unders travelled north to St Bernards and got a good win, they front up to Hampton this week and will be looking to secure another win and lock away a spot in the four and finals.


This week we are away to Uni Blues, it’s time we avenged some of last season’s pain when they comfortably accounted for us.  We appear to have covered the loss of Lach MM, but will be tested no doubt by the Blues on their home ground.  They have a raft of quality on ballers and when they click they are very difficult to beat. 





The club was thrilled to receive new during the week that James was to be awarded the VAFA’s R9 rising start award.  Wearing his favourite number 64, James has quickly become a key member of the senior’s team.  Originally from the D2 Northern Blues amateur club, James came to us in the pre-season keen to experience A grade football.  James was a key member of the NB 2014 senior premiership side and did some training with the VFL Northern Blues club.  Although he missed their cut they encourage him to challenge himself hence to move to us.  Aided by a family friendship with the Fotheringhams and living in the Balwyn area Old Carey was always going to be a good fit.  James is a terrific young man, keen to learn and a delight to coach.  He is courageous and hunts the ball, has great endurance and is a fierce tackler.  We are very fortunate that James made the decision to join us.  So congratulations James on a thoroughly deserved nomination.




The Geebung Hotel has extended its sponsorship of the club in 2015 to include loyalty rebates.  One addition to the conventional sponsorship is that we will receive 10 cents in the $ for every $ we have pumped through the Geebung above a $5000 threshold.  We are well on the way to that threshold now thanks to some existing patronage.  The photo above is a loyalty card now readily available for distribution within our extended community.  So chase one down at the club rooms and remember to use it when you next go the Geebung.  It covers both drinks and food, so please help us by presenting it to the bar staff.



Last week’s home lunch with Meg was a great success, at 23 years old Meg is very mature women with steely determination to lead the Australian Women’s Cricket Team, the Southern Stars into battle this winter in the UK against their English counterparts in an Ashes campaign.  Pictured here with her favourite Carey Grammar cricket coaches, (L to R) Spider Williams, David Rimington and John Kent.  What a great shot.  Best of luck Meg, the extended Carey community is very proud of you.



We are joining forces with Uni Blues to support the STEP BACK THINK program for this week’s R10 (June 20).  SBT have identified the week of June 20 to promote their new campaign called LACE UP AGAINST SOCIAL VIOLENCE.  Senior and 2nds players will be issued with orange laces, the adopted colour of SBT.  Uni Blues will be hosting a lunch ahead of our game with SBT to address the attendees.  As a lead in to the game Ben O’Toole from SBT spoke with the players on Thursday night in our clubrooms about SBT and related matters. On game day we are encouraging supporters to wear something ORANGE as well.  Follow this link to the Uni Blues lunch; naturally we are very keen to have good OC representation.



I mentioned in the R7 Shiller we have reactivated the Carey Connect.  Ben Smithwick, James Murrie and Cam Jones are working on its relaunch.  Carey Connect is our networking platform, its aim is to assist players, parents, supporters and sponsors in establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial business & professional relationships.   To assist the boys can you please take a moment and follow this LINK and complete some information about yourself.  Naturally treated as confidential, James, Ben and Cam will be in touch.



More recognition this week for our boys following the announcement of the VAFA’s senior and U19 squads for the upcoming rep matches against the VIC Country teams.  Congratulations to this group, it’s a great endorsement of our club and the coaching and reward for the players terrific seasons so far.  When you combine the earlier U23 nominations this brings our total to 9 Panthers being selected for rep duties:


  • SENIORS: Cam Howat, ben Smithwick, Joel Rice and Julian Rowe
  • U23: Morgan Evans, Jacob Murphy, Sam Cust, Andrew Sloan and James King
  • U19: Harry Hill and Ben Coull



Special mention to our game day helpers as well, last week Luke Crozier did the time keepers role, Dimmer at the interchange, Freddie Cator ran water so too Carey Yr. 8 boy Lucas Hudson.  Please step up when out TM’s track you down, we need game day helpers every week and it makes a huge difference when people willingly fill the various roles.  Must also thank Lucy Arthur and all the mums that are doing the arvo teas, this has really added a new dimension to our home games and provides supporters from both teams a chance to enjoy a cuppa and some chat,  not to mention the fund raising it generates as well, thanks ladies.   Also need to acknowledge the Collegians crew, especially their President, Wayne Dwyer and his wife Amanda.  Wayne and Amanda are the heartbeat of Collegians, Wayne has been President for the past 14 years and with Amanda’s tireless help it’s no coincidence Collegians have been a power club in recent years.


Enough for now other than to say please join us somewhere this weekend and support the OC’s, as I have mentioned previously there is a lot to like about our 2015 teams so it’s best you make the most of it now!




Paul Newton, President, OCGFC





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