3 wins from 4 again but a much better outcome.
Round 17 loomed as a must win game for our seniors coming off two consecutive losses. Hosting rival Old Haileybury we needed a good win to cement our place in the top 4 and strengthen 2nd spot. Both SKOB’s and OM’s are hot on our heels with wins expected so the win and retention of a 4 point buffer was a must so too some % boost. Cam Howat led from the front with a best on ground performance which included 6 goals. We had a very even spread of contributors and welcomed back Mathew Laidlaw. With Lachie MM due to return this week the side is fast approaching full strength. This week’s R18 away clash to SKOB’s will be a real test, whilst we beat them comprehensively last time (79 points) a lot has happened since then and I suspect SKOB’s will be seeking revenge this time. The match means a lot to them as well, they could pinch 2nd from us, however so too OM’s as they are on equal points with SKOB's and a better % and playing Mazenod so games will be tough with theultimate % differentials and final ladder positions most likely hinging on final scores.
Last Saturady was a great day’s football at Bulleen especially with the 2nds winning very well and continuing to press for a top 4 spot, despite a big % difference and 4 points adrift of OM’s 2nds our boys are playing great football and showing huge improvement and great spirit. The Unders took control of their game early on v AJAX and with several handy schoolboy inclusions. Taz and his unders will be keen to test themselves away this week to Williamstown CYMS ahead of the finals. The 3rds were gallant in defeat with Beaumaris getting the points. We can be very proud of our 3rds, having provided a game of football for in excess of 70 boys in 2014 we are one of the very few clubs that has been able to field a team all season, no forfeits for Ocka and his crew.
Upstairs the Legends Lunch was very well attended with Rodney Eade sharing many funny stories about his playing days in the VFL and later days as a coach, plenty of stuff about the Hawks and coaching Plugger in Sydney. Her is Rocket being "grilled" by Ian Cohen.
The weekend finished off at the Geebung on Sunday for the annual $5 grand in the hand reverse raffle. The balls dropped at 2pm and the winner was decided by 5pm, with former player Mark Evans winning. Mark very generously declared part of his winnings be kept by the club as his sponsorship.
As stated we are away this weekend to SKOB’s and the day marks the inaugural playing of the McHarg McKaige trophy which will be presented in honour of Andrew and Mark by their respective football clubs – Old Carey Grammarians and St Kevin’s Old Boys – to the winning senior team in the Round 18 clash at the TH King Oval in Glen iris, SKOB’s home ground. Andrew’s contribution to the Old Carey was highly valued both as a distinguished player and life member. Similarly, Mark’s contribution to SKOB’s in the same era was also outstanding. Both men were talented and competitive footballers and went on to fight their respective battles with poor health with true grit and courage. It is this spirit and determination we wish to capture in the striking of this inaugural trophy.
Please keep the next few weekends free as we are in with a real chance of playing some finals football, both Seniors and Unders. Who knows what will end up but if we cast our minds back 12 months we certainly have come a long way in recovering from the 2013 relegation. Stay tuned!
Round 18 and where will you find us?Saturday August 23rd, round 18, finals locked but ladder positions yet to be cemented. Seniors teams away to SKOBs, 3rds away at Mazenod and Unders a road trip to Williamstown. Get the jobs done early and head out and get your next Panther fix.. Read More...
Round 17 wrapHear from our coaches as to what worked and what didn't from last weekend's games..... Read More...
$5 Grand WinnerLast Sunday's major reverse raffle at the Geebung has been run and won, approx 100 attended throughout the day with the winner being announced, a past player........... Read More...
Around the ground according to the VAFARead the VAFA's spin of all R17 Premier B games........ Read More...
Ash's half time arvo tea is a winnerSpecial thanks to Ash Smith who ran this season's half time arvo tea at our home games up in the Gadsden Pavilion overlooking Dunshea. Ash raised $1870, so at $5 a head Ash fed 374 parents and supporters. Big shout out to Ash, can't wait for 2015!! Read More...
Time to be reminded about our behaviourMichael Sholly the CEO at the VAFA sent out a memo earlier this week asking clubs to remind spectators about behavioural expectations and the need in particular to respect umpires. Umpiring is no easy job, please take a moment to read Michael's memo.... Read More...