12 months on, a lot has changed

 

I know I have already updated you all about our GENERATIONEXT program and how we see 2016 as the beginning of a new era in our club, and whilst we have great vision we are not as yet witnessing that in the game results thus far, no wins as yet for the seniors an 2nds, but pleasure in wins by our Unders and 3rds.

 

Seniors and 2nds felt the full force of Old Xavs last weekend and we witnessed up close how they have gone about improved performance both on and off field.  By their standards 2015 was a poor season.  Whilst they always have plenty of playing stocks and appear well resourced (full time Football Operations Manager) they certainly were successful in the off season, recruiting either past players/students as well as established footballers via the XAVS network.  I suspect we were responsible for this given we beat them both times in 2015 in amazing circumstances.  Round 5 at Carey Bulleen, having lead by almost 100 points we cruised to a 70 point win, then again at Xavier College in Round 11, coming from behind we outplayed Xavs in the 2nd half to register an historic win 8 point victory.  Looking at our teams then and comparing them to last week, we had 12 players missing from last year’s team.  Whilst we have replaced them with a younger more inexperienced group Xavs are a vastly superior team, winning comfortably and being rewarded for their off season recruiting.

 

So after 4 rounds our seniors sit jointly on the bottom of the ladder with St Bernards, both no wins and we play this week, both club’s 2nds are in the same position.  The 3rds lost out to Fitzroy whilst our Unders played well to beat Fitzroy’s Unders, these two games were played at Victoria Park, Collingwood’s former home ground.  We are finding out quickly that there are going to no easy games in Premier A and we need all our injured players back quickly, have a look at our next 4 games:

 

Round 5       

Saturday, May 07

St Bernards  V  Old Carey        

Away

Round 6       

Saturday, May 14

Old Carey  V  St Kevin’s OB        

Home

Round 7       

Saturday, May 21

Old Carey  V  De La Salle        

Home

Round 8       

Saturday, May 28

Collegians  V  Old Carey        

Away

 

 

Saturday week, May 14 looms as a great day.  Home at Bulleen we host SKOB’s, the 2015 Premier B premiers, there has been a lot said of SKOB’s in the off season and they have recruited well, yet after 4 round just one win.  The game is very important for both clubs as we again play for the McHarg McKaige trophy.  Recognising two past champions whose lives were cut short, it’s time that the trophy returned to Bulleen.  Pictured below left to right is Andrew McHarg (OC) and Mark McKaige (SKOB).

 

   

 

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 including Blokes Health 1 and 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 mike@humphriesandcooke.com.au or 0428394198

 

Panther spirit is alive

The boys have established some great traditions, one in particular is the Thursday night awarding of the PINK PANTHER, a pink jumper is presented to the recipient who proudly wears the top at training.  The award recognising great courage, commitment and spirit.

 

       

 

VAFAF sponsor, Grill’d has also come to the party and provided clubs with weekly redeemable vouchers.  We have renamed them Bear’s Burger, he is Bear (Sam Hassett) presenting last week’s award to young Harry Hill.

 

     

 

The boy’s spirit is unquestionable, they held a PROM night last weekend.  This tradition involves the senior players dating an U19 player and taking him to the Prom.  This means pick up, pay for drinks all night and get him home safely.  Best not elaborate as to what exactly went on, not pretty!

 


Membership is growing but we need more!!

Latest count 53 members please sign up and be part of our GENERATIONNEXT program HERE

 


This week’s games

  • SENIORS   v    St Bernards, 2.00pm St Bernards College, West Essendon
  • 2nd's        v     St Bernards, 11.40am St Bernards College, West Essendon
  • 3rd's         v    BYE
  • U19's        v    St Bedes MT, 11.40am South Rd Oval, Acacia Ave, Mentone

 

 

See you at the footy.

 

Paul

 

Paul Newton

President

 

              GO PANTHERS

 

 

 

 

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