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A week's break and we are ready to load up again


Was nice to get the weekend off, happy birthday Queen Lizzy.  So what did you do, I headed down to Sorrento and went and watch the Sharks demolish Rye in the local derby.  2000 people jammed into the Rye oval, beer flowing and food aplenty.  Great venue and game albeit a bit one sided.  Ex Collingwood star Chris Dawes bagged 10 for Sorrento and that was the difference.  Gotta say it was a lively crowd and match but they can have the beer drinking though during the game, hate to have to manage all of that, much prefer to watch football than be in the crowd control business


Back to OC and our plight, as we approach the half way mark we have our seniors under pressure.  2nds for now in finals contention along with the Unders.  The Women are out of the 4 on % and the 3rds facing a challenging year.  Speaking of challenges, I'm not one to make excuses but I thought I would share our injury list with you as it may in part explain the challenges our coaches and trainers are facing.


Going into last round's game v  Fitzroy we had 27 senior players unavailable.  Of that 27 there were 4 boys no longer at the club (season end injury, interstate, headed overseas and one who has vanished).  We therefore had 23 injured of which 13 were genuine senior firsts squad players.  To make matter worse the seniors sustained 4 injuries before half time resulting in 3 players unable to take any more part in the game and one who stayed on but was very restricted.  We kicked 1 goal 7 in the 2nd quarter and understandably run out of legs later in the game.


Despite all of this the players have all responded well, we are looking for an immediate 20% improvement in all facets: players, the injured, game day support, TM's, coaches, committee and trainers.  Discipline on field and support for each off.  Players have trained very well and we will be an improved team this week despite several of that 13 still unavailable.


So to this week, it will a massive day out at MAZENOD, they sit just above us on the seniors ladder so the game is really an 8 pointer.  2nds similarly matched.  3rds will be under the pump hosting Old Scotch.  Women on the road to Collegians in a twilight game immediately after the massive Collegians v Xavs A grade game.  Finishing it off are the Unders at home to St Bedes MT.


We are away again June 24 to Scotch (on their school main oval) before returning to Bulleen July 1st against AJAX.


So please get out early, have a quick look at the School 1st 18 game v Haileybury at Bulleen at 11am, then head out to Mazenod to cheer us on, stay with us, its going to be game on and we will be up for the challenges.


VAFA changing of the guard


The Board of the VAFA announced last week that Mr Brett Connell has been appointed Chief Executive Officer.  Brett will succeed Michael Sholly after an outstanding 12-year tenure as CEO of the competition.

I know I speak on behalf of the Old Carey community in expressing our appreciation for the tireless work Michael has undertaking in his term as CEO.  Michael has a rich VAFA history and has always upheld the integrity of the competition foremost in mind.  Michael has supported us at Old Carey through our run up the grades and his support will always be remembered fondly and appreciated.  I have no doubt Brett will continue to support clubs in a similar way to Michael and we look forward to meeting with Brett shortly.

So on behalf of everyone at OC we say farewell to Michael and welcome to Brett.

Take a moment to listen to a recent VAFA podcast interview with Michael on his 12 year term and his achievements and observations, HERE.  Similarly have a read of Brett’s football journey HERE.


Panthers feature in VAFA rep squads

A big congratulations to 4 of our players who have been select in the initial rep squads for the upcoming matches, senior men and senior women.


Well done to Sam Crocker, Sam Cust and Marc Loch on their selection, whilst its been a tough few weeks their effort and skills have shone out and have been rewarded.  So too Kirra Tevelein, our might Women's Captain, Tev is new to the OC and has made an immediate impact, both with her football experience and her leadership.


We are very proud of you all. 


APS Football is hotting up

Carey v Haileybury

Saturday 11am at Bulleen

A massive game looms at Bulleen tomorrow with the 2 undefeated top teams playing for what could well be the premiership.  Thrilled to report Carey Grammar is in the mix and will host Haileybury in what will be a cracking game.  I had the pleasure of watching a half of their game v Caulfield a couple of weeks ago.  Was very impressed with their performance and the coaching.  The school football program is up and about and a lot of credit must go to OC past player and life member, Jack Joslin.  Jack has done a power of work, engaging the boys, their parents and the coaches across all age groups.  So its no wonder that the 1st are doing so well.  Make some spare time and get to Bulleen at 11am to watch what will be a cracking game, lets hope the boys can get the win and be one step closer to an APS football premiership.


See you at the football this weekend




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