Benchmark ourselves against the best……………………………
Hosting Old Xavs at Carey Bullen was always going to be a monster task given our depleted list (more on that later). Xavs Seniors and 2nds have been flying lately, very few injuries, amazing depth and both teams having genuine finals aspirations. Conversely our seniors had been forced into making more changes, this time 6 out from our previous week’s team. We had hoped the week’s bye would have helped but not too be. On top of that the 2nds were again short and called on 3 U19’s to play up. Get the picture!!! It’s amazing what can happen inside 12 months, Xavs were average (by their lofty standards) in 2015, and we had played brilliant football in both the senior’s games: winning. I suspect we poked the bear, 12 months on we are gone and Xavs are flying having inflicted their revenge. Regardless we can learn from this, Xavs certainly did a lot of work in the off season, recruiting and a massive preseason. Sure we are vastly different clubs, all the same you have to admire their commitment and passion for their club, players, supporters and committee. Have a look at their website, in particular their sponsors, I counted 72, an incredible achievement and endorsement of their club and the value add it offers these sponsors, we can learn from this all.
So to the games, Xavs seniors too strong especially the 2nd and 3rd quarters where they powered away despite our back 6 keeping their prime forwards in Handley and Goss very quiet. Credit to our boys who played a valiant last quarter to demonstrate what they are capable of and a glimpse of what’s to come 2017. The 2nds is a sad story, kept goalless; they had to endure a monstering by a powerful Xavs 2nds team that contained several seriously good players who would get a game in our starting senior team. Mighty praise again to Jarrod and the boys, I can’t imagine the pain and hurt they are experiencing, yet despite this they continue to play and refuse a forfeit, a lesser group would have given up long ago. The shining light was again the Unders, who comfortable accounted for Whitefriars. They have one game left, home to Parkdale, ladder leaders, so a great opportunity to benchmark themselves and see what is required to bridge the gap after promotion this season.
Injuries: last week we had 35 senior players either injured or unavailable plus 3 U19’s who had played in the seniors at certain stages. Jarrod Reid reports that 79 players have rolled through the 2nd so far this season. We had 160 plus players registered at the start of the season but have now withdrawn our 3rds and are playing Unders in our 2nds. We need to get the season done and start the healing process and rebuild. I know the coaches are up for it so it’s really the players that need to commit, I am confident they will and we will have a better 2017. So please stick with us.
Update on Melbourne Uni oval: I believe this week’s Blues v Xavs game has been relocated, common sense but why has it taken so long for action to be taken. Let’s hope the VAFA and the Uni clubs develop contingency plans in the off season that allows for games to be relocated in advance of when needed, that should have been the case well before we played Blacks on July 30!
This week’s games: our final home game for the season, we get another crack at Collegians, whilst the Unders play top of the ladder, Parkdale Vultures. Not wanting to waste an opportunity, the senior coaches have asked the players to approach our remaining 2 games as if we were playing finals, try and raise the intensity and test ourselves. For the record Collegians are still in the mix to be relegated so it should be a cracking game, Collegians need the win. Next week we go to De La for our last game in Premier A grade, again a chance to test ourselves, De La was the form team in the 1st half of the season. Injuries and travel hit hard, having said that they beat up SKOB’s last week and will be wanting to finish strongly. It is the last game for the Unders; they played the bye week and therefore finish a week earlier. All things considered they have done well, having been promoted to Div. 2; sadly chances were cruelled with injuries and travel.
Girls Football at Carey Bulleen tomorrow morning
Tomorrow 11.30am Old Carey together with Collegians have invited girls from both schools to play a curtain raiser exhibition game on Dunshea ahead of the senior’s game. We hope to demonstrate to the girls we are committed and capable of supporting a girl’s football program and will look to 2018 as a possible start up.
Seniors this week: it’s Panthers v Lions!
- Seniors v Collegians: 2.00pm, Dunshea Oval, Carey Bulleen
- 2nds v Collegians: 11.40am, Gramlick Oval, Carey Bulleen
- 3rds no game
- U19’s v Parkdale Vultures: 2.00pm, Gramlick Oval, Carey Bulleen
This week’s Pink Panther
Congrats to our senior player Matt Parker, this week’s very worthy winner, recognising courage, commitment and spirit. It’s a remarkable story to see Matt back playing football having been seriously injured in a freak accident in South America 3 years ago.
Cookie’s kitchen Round 17 August 20th v Collegians
BEASLEY comes to BULLEEN!!
The great Simon Beasley will be in the house (Cookie’s Kitchen) tomorrow, there are a few seats left so contact Cookie. I have known Simon for many years and I know you will love his football stories and racing antics! firstname.lastname@example.org or 0428394198
$5 Grand in the Hand, Sunday arvo at the Harp
The club’s biggest fund raiser
Being drawn this Sunday 21 August
From 2.00pm at The Harp of Erin Hotel.
So please come along and join us as we count down to the last ball and the final winner. It will be a great Sunday arvo at the Harp, our pub of choice for 2016 and a very generous sponsor. Some tickets still available so can Paul Newton on 1418 362 542, better still come to Bulleen tomorrow, see us up against Collegians, maybe a last seat at the Beasley lunch and a buy a ticket.
2016 B & F Night
Mark this down in your social calendar now, Thursday 29th September (AFL grand final week and Friday is a holiday). Follow this link to book: HERE
Stay in touch with the games, following this link to our website, win, lose or draw we will publish the results and the coaches reports.
Saturday, Aug 27
De La Salle V Old Carey
See you at Bulleen.
President, Old Carey GFC