Reason to be proud on the ANZAC weekend at Carey Bulleen


It promised to be a great day last Saturday as we had all of our 4 teams at home.  Seniors, 2nds and Unders all taking on OM’s whilst the 3rds welcomed St Bedes MT.  The grounds were in great condition and with a bye weekend for ASP sport we had the place to ourselves.  Cookie secured VAFA legend and past OM great, Ian Cordner as our luncheon guest.  We were also privileged to enlist Carey Grammar Year 10 student, Riley Arnold to perform Last Post and Reveille as part of our Anzac service.  Riley did a sterling job and really captured everyone’s attention.  He is an amazing young man, we offered him $50 to perform which he accepted and then advised that he intended donating it to his House at School as part of its fund raising drive.  Back to the service with all 8 teams being represented we had approx. 160 players plus club officials as well as VAFA umpires all participating.



The seniors wore two sets of black arm bands.  One in recognition of the passing of Patrick Cronin, the young man that tragically died the weekend before from the “coward punch”.  Patrick was a friend to several of our younger boys at the club and played club juniors with them, his father also coached a couple of the boys too.  The 2nd arm band was to show our support towards the OM’s that had experienced a tragic death within its extended supporter base the previous day.  These two passing need to be recognised and in showing our support hopefully eased the pain.


We spoke as a club on Thursday night about the need to put on a good show at home, excel as a club both on and off field, be a place where the opposition know they will be welcomed but know Carey Bulleen to be a tough assignment.  Whilst the weekend’s results didn’t reflect that, 3rds the shining light, I was immensely proud of the club and everyone’s commitment.  And I know the OM’s people whilst leaving with 3 wins were very impressed with our capacity to manage the day, utilise our facilities, lunch, canteen, arvo tea, post-game drinks and the support we provided.  OM’s by comparison get little support from their school/alumina, don’t have a true home ground and as such manage a compromised football program.  SO we need to realise we are doing great work as a club and be very supportive of our players and coaches as they all find their feet.


I have spoken about the GENERATIONNEXT program we have launched and that it is evident both on and off field, 2016 is a year of change as we set ourselves up for the coming seasons.  On field we are being challenged, to date we have already “blooded” 9 senior inductees, looking at the senior team from the weekend we had 10 players with 10 games or less Premier A experience.  I am very impressed with the comradery amongst the playing group so too the coaches’ who I know are also being tested.  On field the stark reality is we have lost top end talent but I have no doubt the club will be all the better for that as we get games into the younger boys and realise quickly the challenges of playing at the VAFA’s top level.  Sometimes the score don’t truly reflect the effort being given by the playing group nor the pain they have to endure after such losses.


On a positive note our Membership drive continues to gain traction and I urge all of you to show you support by becoming members, its time like this that supporters are given the chance to demonstrate their undivided support, whether you are a past player, family, partner or friend, get on-board, go to our website at and then MEMBERSHIP tab to sign up.  Starting from scratch we now have 49 members, what’s that song, from little thing big things grow!


5 Panther Gold members, 7 Player Sponsor members, 21 Past Player members, 17 ordinary members


This weekend's games


So looking to this weekend, we get to the chance to test ourselves against one of the competitions powerhouse clubs, Old Xavs, away at Toorak Park, looking back to 2015 we beat Xavs twice in memorable circumstances, so I reckon they will be hell bent on redemption.  With a couple of our injured back and the chance to play quality opposition I am certain the seniors know they have a lot to play for.  De La demonstrated that the Xavs are beatable winning under lights at Toorak Park in R2, coming from behind.  The 3rds and Unders both play away, to Fitzroy and on Victoria Park, Collingwood’s old home ground.


SENIORS       v   Old Xavs: 2.00pm, Toorak Park, Armadale

2nd's            v   Old Xavs: 11.40am, Toorak Park, Armadale

3rd's            v   Fitzroy: 11.40pm, Victoria Park, Collingwood

U19's           v   Fitzroy: 2.00pm, Victoria Park, Collingwood


Freo reaches 100 games


Time to celebrate Steve Freemantle's 100th game at the club, Steve is a champion both on and off the ground.  Beautifully skilled, Steve has been a senior stalwart for many years, once a member of the midfiled, Steve now plays attacking football from the back line.  Steve is a great clubman and has a real passion for the club and his mates.



Following weeks

Next week we are away again, St Bernards at the Snake Pit, Premiers in 2015, they are a very different team so far and like us are winless.  We return home May 14th and host SKOB’s, a very important game for both clubs as we again play for the McHarg McKaige trophy.



In addition we will be hosting a very important lunch with the focus being on Men’s Health.  We have secured Dr Bernie Crimmins as a special guest; Bernie is brother of the late Peter Crimmins a past Hawthorn FC champion.  Bernie specialises in men’s health and is author of several books on the topic including Blokes Health 1 and Blokes Health 2.














Time:              12.00 noon for 12.15pm

Venue:           OCGA Rooms, Jenkin Stand, Carey Playing Fields, Bulleen

Cost:               $30.00 per head lunch with Drinks at bar prices

RSVP:            Friday 13th May or 0428394198




See you at the game.





Paul Newton



              GO PANTHERS





Facebook Chatter

Share |