One year on, Round One and what a difference winning makes



Amazing what Round 1 wins can do to a club, excitement, relief, reward, confidence, upbeat and smiles on faces.  That was certainly the case last weekend as our 4 mighty Panther teams all won.


12 months is a long time in football, cast back to Round one 2013, we hosted Collegians fresh from their 2012 Premier A premiership, we pushed them all the way going down late in the game, same result for the 2nds with the 3rds and Unders also going down.  The mood around the place then was one of real disappointment, having worked so hard in preparing for our 3rd season in Premier A.  As we all know the season didn’t get any better and by year end we were headed back to Premier B for 2014.


Round 1 is always a tough encounter; every club has just reason to feel optimistic, big pre seasons, plenty of new faces and enthusiasm, however the stark reality is that come 5.00pm, 50% of the clubs will feel bitter disappointment whilst for the rest it will be a combination of relief and excitement.


I am extremely proud of our boys and coaches and the Round 1 wins last weekend were just reward for the collective hard work that had been undertaken by many across all facets of the club.  New players, new coaches, new committee members, new parents, new sponsors and a fresh new approach to our football.  The commitment and determination of the playing group throughout the off season was fantastic.


We were entitled to be up last Saturday night but realise it is only round 1 of a long season and we have a serious challenge ahead of all teams this weekend.  Seniors to host Uni Blues, who like us won well last week, whilst the 3rds take on Caulfield who look to have rebounded well and the Unders play a strong Williamstown CYMS.  The good news is that we are all at home, Carey Bulleen, the VAFA fixture is kind to us this season; when we play at home all 4 teams do so.  So you will get your good fill of Panther football each home round.


The playing group’s mantra this year is EARNING RESPECT, and a mindset of FOUR TEAMS ONE CLUB.


Don’t underestimate your role in supporting the players, it makes a huge difference to have a loyal Panther crowd cheering and encouraging the players on.  The season has started well so get down to Bulleen this weekend and get behind the players and the club, there is a lot to like about our 2014 group, even though it’s early days.


See you at Bulleen on Saturday.





Paul Newton







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