Chocolates to boiled lollies
No doubt about it, last week was a reality check for the club, having started the season well and improving each week we hit the wall with all 4 teams falling, seniors, 2nds and 3rds all losing to Old Trinity whilst the Unders went down to Hampton Rovers. The 2nds were stiff having played their hearts out on Dunshea to come up short again. The seniors started the game well but let Trinity back in the game in the 2nd half and had to chase tail, 3rds suffered from 16 changes, despite a valiant effort they were over powdered by Trinity 3rds who “bat deeper”. Whilst the Unders got off to a good start in their early game at the big Hampton ground (getting underway at 9.20am). They too lost their way in the 2nd half. Seems a bit of common thread, now up in A grade the boys must realise quickly that games have to be fully played out, quality opposition will always fight the game out and we can’t relax or switch off.
We put a lot of effort into the day in recognition of the ANZACS, the highlight being the pre match ceremony and the playing of Last Post by a Y10 Carey Grammar Student, Liam McCafferty. Despite Liam’s nerves (by his own admission) Liam played beautifully and the crowd stood in absolute silence in unison with the players from the two clubs together teams, official and the VAFA umpires. It was a moving ceremony and appreciated by all, great to see players and officials from both clubs run over to after the ceremony and congratulate Liam.
The other highlight of the pre match was our lunch, was the interview of former club champion and coach, Cam Matthews by great mate Nick Vas. The two spoke about their love of the club and the tough times they experienced in the 1990’s when the seniors were in E grade. They spoke of their football journeys and told some great stories of their playing days, marvelling at were the club is today and how proud they are.
Can you believe we are already in May. Last week’s 4 losses provides a stark reminder of how tough the competition is and how quickly we need to adapt. Trinity seniors looked to be a very committed squad, well coached and professional in all aspects; this was demonstrated after the senior’s game where everyone of their senior team came up to our rooms to celebrate the day. They have a good game plan, they run hard and play to instruction, we matched them in skill and run but were unable to lift to a higher level when they did and ultimately we paid the price.
This week we confront a desperate De La Salle at their ground, De La are always full of run and play at a frenetic pace, they have recruited and were unlucky not to win in Round 2. Registering their first win last week they will see this game as a chance to leap frog us. Our 2nds will need to play to their capacity whilst the 3rds host AJAX Red at home, AJAX are a running team so it will be game on. The Unders take on traditional rivals Old Camberwell, there is always plenty at stake when these teams play each other and I am sure this will again be the case. Let’s hope we can get some wins tomorrow and get a pass mark, zero last week was unacceptable.
Next week’s round 5 coincides with Mother’s Day so we have decided to have the Saturday home lunch themed as Ladies Lunch and are fortunate to have Tiffany Cherry be our guest. Tiffany has a great story to tell. I urge all Panther Ladies (mums, wives, girlfriends, sisters etc) to book now, we can only accommodate 60 so it will be first in, refer the details in this edition of the Schiller (below). We have extended the invite to the Old Xavs so hopefully they will join us.
Our new Seniors TM, Michael Sloan has sent an email out to our parent database appealing for help with game day tasks. Despite being well organised on field like all clubs we continually struggle for find game day helpers to fill the roles of Umpires Escort, Time keeper and Interchange Steward. These are mandatory tasks which the VAFA will fine clubs if they fail to fulfil. This week Michael set up a roster and allocated individuals to enlist family members to fill these vital roles. So if you are asked please say YES. I promise if we can share the load you won’t be roped in too often.
Thanks this week in particular goes to former Club President Howard Bishop. Howard turned up last weekend for the lunch then volunteered to do the seniors time keepers role.
Lots on at the moment so please stay with us; your support is invaluable and makes a big difference, so see you at the footy on Saturday.
Paul Newton, President, OCGFC
Round 4 and where will you find us?Can you believe we are already in May, it's R4 and we need to get back amongst the winners! Seniors and 2nds away to De La Salle, 3rds host AJAX Reds and are followed by the Unders who are up against traditional rivals Old Camberwell, 4 great games! Read More...
Round 3 wrapHear from our coaches as to what worked and what didn't from our Round 3 encounters..... Read More...
Round 5 Ladies LunchCalling all Panther mums, girlfriends, wives, sisters, grandmothers and friends to book a seat at next week's lunch and enjoy a couple of hours together listening to Tiffany Cherry's story, it will be worth it so don't delay otherwise you will miss out.. Read More...