What a big week it has been for the Mighty Preston Bullants!
Starting with a presentation to our club by our local Labor Federal Minister for Batman in Mr. David Feeney MP who presented the club with a "Stronger Communities Grant" of $8,877 which will be utilised by the club, in conjunction with the council, to provide permanent coaches shelters at Zwar Park. A wonderful endorsement from David himself who was won over immediately by the “Labor Red” Bullant Guernsey along with my name and namesake! On behalf of the Preston Bullants, families and children a big thank you to you, David and for your time to come down and present it personally. It is truly appreciated. Below is a link to David’s website which shows a couple of pictures of the event itself and I urge you to leave a thank you message or a 'Like' for David as well.
This is one of many projects we as a committee intend on delivering with the help of our members, broader community and most certainly council to upgrade facilities at Zwar Park to make it a more attractive and inviting venue for all community members to enjoy and be active.
It gives me great pleasure to take you back to my Round 3 President’s report and confirm, as widely reported last weekend, that the Bullants very own Adam Marcon joined his best mate Kane Lambert, in being elevated off the rookie list to debut for the Tigers last week against GWS at Manuka Oval In Canberra! And what a debut it was!! 9 kicks, 7 handballs, 4 marks and a massive 5 tackles!! Better yet 71 Dreamteam points and 54 Supercoach points for those of us who have him in our teams! 5 tackles shows the grit, determination and sheer hard work for an individual who works as hard as any in front of him and when opportunity came knocking he clearly grabbed it with both hands. Congratulations Adam, here’s to a long and successful career at the top level. Here is a link to Adam’s announcement.
Speaking of hard work and determination, another Bullant is also on the cusp of a senior call-up in Ben McNiece, who is the current Bombers VFL Vice-Captain and member of the leadership group who’s great mate in fellow bomber Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti has made a serious impact at AFL level and has a cult following to boot! Going along nicely with a great story on where Ben is at posted in the local leader. Follow this link and enjoy the read about one of our clubs founding fathers son and passion to hit the big time. Very inspiring.
So on the cusp of our last home and away match this coming Sunday, it is of course our annual end of season pizza night function at PCO to which we would love to see as many families and players from all teams there to celebrate the year that was. You will hear first hand from all coaches about the season and the fun that was had throughout the year!
Congratulations to all teams who have qualified for the finals - do your club and yourselves proud and give it your all and most importantly enjoy the experience and have as much fun doing it as you can. A small reminder regarding our club policy on player allocated time during finals, which is the club guarantee’s a minimum of 1 full quarter at the coaches discretion.
Go Bullants, give them your best, enjoy your footy and support our sponsors!
Preston Bullants JFC
Well, after a couple of cold and rainy mornings the Bullants Tackers were greeted with splendid sunshine out at MacLeod. With only a couple of games to go we reminded each other why we’re there, and that’s to have fun. It was Pablo’s turn to captain the side and he led us out proudly. The team have been really coming together in recent weeks and the absence of a number of players meant that others had to stand up in their place. And they did. We started well with Dom kicking the opening goal of the game. Stephen Fifis was thrown into the middle today and his lethal left foot was on display, in Stephen’s best game for the club. Jerry was working hard in his new role in the ruck, and Sonny got busy around the contest.
Perhaps the happiest surprise of the day though was the form of Captain Pablo who played his best game for the club by a mile. He must have had 5 possessions in the forward line, attacking the ball and making it his own. It was a treat to watch. Well done mate!
The game was pretty even up to half time, but the third saw our concentration lapse and open the door to MacLeod. It was simple stuff really, not sticking to our players in the backline and letting them walk it out of the middle (as coaching mentor Ross Lyon would say). It was a bit easy for the opposition.
At ¾ time the guys came in a little flat. Eddie and Omar had been on the end of some less than sporting work behind the play which took the shine off an otherwise good game. I’m proud to say that our boys kept their eyes on the ball for the whole game.
In the 3/4 time address was all about reminding each other why we play for the Bullants: fun and friendship. Practicing our smiles we ran out for the last term. We were full of fight and we scored a couple of goals, the best being one started by a tough contested mark by Thomas V, who quickly went to the fat side that led to a chain of passes and a goal. It was champagne football and the smiles were back. A special mention to Eddie who ran out the last quarter on one leg. It was a performance full of character.
So strap in for one more game tackers…and then Coach Dan and the other parents will see you at the parents v kids game! Bring it on Bullants!!
Round 14 Bullants v Bundoora
Round 14 saw Tackers Red venture to Telfer Reserve to take on Bundoora. An unseasonably bright and warm day greeted us, as did a Bundoora team who seemed to have grown considerably since our last outing!
Ava was selected as Captain for the day to help celebrate her Birthday and she quickly called on her “Tackling machine” buddy Caitlin to be her Co-Captain. Team positions were again “Coaches Choice” with minimal changes other than Sam coming into the Midfield and Tom going forward. The group came in tight, grabbed jumpers & asked to give 100% in their second last game. There would be no new instructions, “You know what to do…you know the game plan…let’s get out & do it!” The rousing “Go Bullants” combined with the wild stares that some of them get told me we‘d be ok today.
The first minute or so had me worried as Bundoora appeared to have caught our midfield napping, driving forward with the centre clearance & some quick possessions only to hit the virtual “Brick Wall” that is a Bullant Backline. The brief foray was quickly turned around and within minutes Tom marked truly to get us on the board. Now awake, the “Dream Team” started to get going with clean possessions & midfield run that has become a hallmark of our game. Once in our forward zone there was little Bundoora could do to get it out. “Big” Willo was everywhere, taking on bigger opponents and ensuring the ball stayed in Bullant hands. Across the board, the pressure from the forward line was immense and again Tom marked strongly, within range, on 45 degree angle. What transpired next was both pleasing & frustrating as Tom and Ned proceeded to make a mockery of the Bundoora backline passing backwards & forwards to each other, marginally improving their angles and distance to goals with each pass. Ned finally decided to slot the goal seconds before his father and coaches would have run onto the field screaming for someone to “just kick the goal!” The term finished with lovely ball delivery from Willo to Tom who slotted his second. The Bullants were on!
Bundoora came out hard in the second managing to scramble a behind early on and then a goal shortly after. Again the Bullants responded, you could see the midfield go up another gear as Callum took strong marks and delivered “lace out” to the running Marcus who drove forward. Once the ball was in our forward zone it was defended ferociously, Darcy marking strongly, Willo manning up & giving Bundoora nothing to go to. A Bundoora free kick was cut off by Tom with another great mark, the resulting shot off line for a minor. Still the Bullants gave them nothing & the resulting kick out was again cut off by Tom who made no mistake in slotting his third. The Bullants were hungry & working well as a team. Every Bundoora player was made to earn every touch…..some didn’t like it.
Again Bundoora were out hard after the break putting our backline under immense pressure with several quick plays forward but our defense stood stall. Hard running and tacking pushed Bundoora out wide with every attack. Jake, Ziggy and Tamer all marked well while Xavier was his usual tackling machine. For all their efforts, Bundoora were restricted to 2 behinds and Tamers booming kick outs resulted in a couple of “coast to coast” plays linking up Cameron passing to Callum to again hit up Tom and another that saw Caitlin take a ripping mark who then found Darcy to Tom for another minor.
Snakes done & some minor position changes saw Ava return to Ruck duties and Tamer go forward to clunk some marks. The final quarter started with the Bullants proving they still had the desire for the footy and could put together 4 beautiful quarters. Sam, Callum, Caitlin & Marcus kept possessions going our way with hard attack on the footy & fierce tackles. Ava battled strongly in the ruck while receiving some unwanted close attention from her opponent…. In true Bullant style, her focus remained firmly on the ball and the task at hand. Bundoora came out hard again & the backline saw more action than they had all game. With Thomas G and Jake just warming up, their 2nd & 3rd efforts ensured there were no easy possessions for Bundoora who were lucky to score a goal with a snap under immense pressure. Tom and Darcy continued to light up the forward line, marking and passing accurately at will while big T (Tamer) stood firm and marked amongst the packs earning himself a well deserved goal.
At the final siren the nonexistent scoreboard showed the Bullants well in front. More importantly they had showed yet again that they could play as a team, everyone playing their role, in good spirit and with 100% focus on the ball. Had their opponents done the same the contest would have been much closer. In a tight huddle we stayed on the ground & spoke about how proud we are for the way the kids conduct themselves each week, often in the face of unnecessary aggression both physical and verbal. That’s not how we play the game and the kids respond perfectly. We play hard at the footy, look after each other and play with respect for all.
Our final word on the matter was to sing the song so loud and proud that it shook the Bundoora rooms & lifted the roof!
We are the Mighty Preston Bullants!
|Goal Kickers||2- Will, 1- Ayden, Anthony, Thomas C, Keelan, Lucas|
In our final proper game for 2016 we saw a more focused & energetic team run on to Zwar Park determined to write the wrongs from the week prior!
With Rylan dominating the Ruck against a bigger opponent, our talented midfield of Ash Will Anthony Thomas + Jaxsyn relished 1st use and repeatedly sent the footy deep to our lively Fwds Pat Keelan Perry + Ayden. By 1/4 time we'd opened up a handy lead 4-3-27 to 0-5-5 a great start to the match!
2nd Qtr saw the inevitable comeback from Camberwell kicking 3 majors for the term including one right on the siren in the dreaded red time. 3rd Qtr we lost the lead but a classy snap by Lucas on his left foot kept us within reach just a 6 point deficit at 3/4 time 5-5-35 to 5-11-41.
Final term began with 2 quick goals to Camberwell but rather than throw in the towel our group remained positive increasing their work-rate with several inspiring chase-down tackles by Patty in Defence, Grady on one leg battling on + Thomas Heffernan's new found aggression saw us lift and make a late charge. 2 quick goals by Thomas C & Keelan reduced the margin to 7 pts with 2 mins left. Marianne intercepts again at Half Back she dodges 2 opponents kicks to the Wing position where Archie takes an impressive one grab mark in front of the roaring Coaching Box. As Archie attempts quick kick forward it is smothered, the ump waives play-on then beneath the vocal sounds of a boisterous crowd is the cruel sound of the siren to signal the end of a classic game of Junior footy played in excellent spirit. The praise that followed from Camberwell's Coach was genuinely warm & heartfelt so our team should be immensely proud!
|Park Orchards||Preston Bullants|
|Goal Kickers||1- Phoenix, Joel|
|Best Players||Alister, Anthony, Joel, Harry, Liam, Deon, Phoenix|
The Bullants this week where off to Park Orchards to take on the top of the table Sharks and the boys were all raring to go after coming off their big 1 point win the week before.
The sun was shining and it was a sensational morning to play football on a very picturesque Park Orchards oval that was in outstanding condition. Our Captain for the day was Adrian and the boys were fired up to try and make it 4 wins in a row, Park Orchards won the toss and kicked to the right of screen which had a bit of a downhill advantage.
The opening ¼ began and both teams where very hard at the ball and attacking the ball to try and get an advantage to their end. The Mighty Bullants were the first to attack with our “Mark Murphy” Alister from the wing swooping on the ball and kicking to “Eddie Betts” Josh who delivered into our forward line but a great defensive mark by The Sharks stopped this play. With that The Sharks attacked and where kicking long into their own forward line, Our Backline where holding firm but the Sharks kicked a very good goal from about 30mtrs out to open the scoring. “Nic Natanui” Makaio & our own “Big Boy McEvoy” Noah were doing a great job in the ruck against a very large Sharks outfit but by the end of the ¼ the Sharks had a very good ¼ kicking 2 goals 2 points without the mighty Bullants scoring.
The come in at ¼ time, Phil, John, Fab & George encouraged the boys to keep attacking the ball and use our running game on the big ground and kick long. This ¼ was a very tight contest Phoenix, Remy & Liam where trying very hard in the middle trying to contain The Sharks midfield, Our backline of “Daniel Merrett” Anthony, “Kirk Tippet” Brody & our “Joel Selwood” Coen very impressive holding the backline together and making sure that The Sharks players were not loose in there forward line and resisting these attacks. “Mark Murphy” Alister & “Trent Cotchin” Julian were causing havoc on the wings and picking up plenty of possession. “The Package” Ben who started this ¼ on the bench was placed on to the ground and put in at full forward and was again being a big presence, Our own version of “Jarryd Blair” Michael was also in the forward pocket and was creating plenty of chances for us. As much as we tried we just couldn’t get through The Sharks defence and managed to kick 1 point for the ¼ and the Sharks managed to Kick 1 goal 1 for the qtr and The Sharks at half time had a lead of 21-1 at the half.
The boys had a good rest at half Time and Coach Phil was very encouraging to the boys at the half as again they were giving there all but at this stage had not been rewarded for all there great work, John, Fab & George also encouraged the boys to keep running and keep talking as this is a great part of the U’11s team and after the boys broke from there groups they went out for the start of the 3rd 1/4. The Sharks were again on the attack and kicked a goal within the first couple of minutes in this ¼ but the boys never dropped their heads one bit Fab who was our runner was excellent in encouraging the boys while on the field and this was also shown in the fact that our “Daniel Merrett” Anthony playing in the backline had a 2 on 1 contest and he worked his body to a sensational position to take a strong mark and thwart a Sharks attack and cleared the ball, Anthony again come to the fore when this time he had a 3 on 1 contest and was great in spoiling the ball to the ground and diving on the ball to cause a ball up. Our own “Pendles” Harry was also playing a very good game across the backline and was taking some telling marks and defensive spoils to keep the Sharks at bay. Our effort was duly rewarded in this ¼ when after a great clearance from the backline our “Matt Priddis” Deon found Alister on the wing who swooped and drove the ball long into the forward line where “Tom Rockliffe” Phoenix pounced on the ball and after weaving his way around 2 players snapped truly to register a great goal for the mighty Bullants. The siren sounded for the 3rd ¼ and even though The Sharks played some good football and kicked 2 goals of their own The Bullants certainly had the better of the ¼ and at this break The Sharks led 39-8.
Phil, John, Fab & George encouraged the boys on for one more last effort in the last ¼ as they had played a very good ¼ and we were looking to finish the game off on a good note. The boys responded and played a great ¼ we had the ball in our forward line for most of this ¼ Alister, Nathan & Julien were dominant across the wings and our “Patrick Cripps” Liam did a great job on their best player keeping him very quiet. We were rewarded again when we drove long into our forward line were our “Jack Riewoldt” Joel swooped on the ball and kicked a great goal from 25mtrs out to have the boys high fiving each other. We toughed the game out and actually held The Sharks scoreless in this ¼ and won the ¼ and played the better football in the 2nd half. The boys again can be very proud of their efforts and even though we lost to a better team today we again showed how far we have come with our skills and our team work and how we are prepared to help each other out.
The boys shook the opposition’s hand after the game and the opposition coach praised both teams for the way that the game was played. Coach Phil was also impressed how The mighty Bullants never gave up and fought hard all day.
Again a huge thank you to all the parents for all your help with everything, we do really appreciate it and all the support and encouragement that the boys receive from you is second to none.
|Goal Kickers||1 T.Hallebone , 1 M.Chan|
Congratulations to Yianni Papaioannou on celebrating his 50 game milestone.
Round fourteen saw our third encounter this season against a much improved Doncaster. There was a lot at stake, with both sides contending for a possible finals birth. With both sides fired up and ready to bring their A-game, the first quarter started.
Both sides came out hard. Our boys applied strong pressure and intensity on the ball and they clearly wanted to show Doncaster that this was a game they would have to fight hard for to win. Both ruckmen were a great match for one another; however Steven proved once again that he was more committed to the ball and dominated. Shaharyar, along with Serge, moved the ball well with great composure into the forward line, while Jordan played like a mad man with his usual prowess and on-ball skill. Yianni and Toby’s running was exceptional chasing the ball and opposition, and Toby was rewarded with the first goal of the match. All in all this was a tough quarter that saw some fantastic passages of play from both sides and the Bullants came out on top as we headed into the second quarter.
We entered the second quarter in good spirits and ready to extend our lead. However, Doncaster came out with a stronger hunger and intensity for the ball which was absent in their first quarter and this saw them kick an early goal. The back line worked extra hard this quarter and did a great job of pushing the ball back into the mid field, thanks to Phoenix in the half back line. We saw some fantastic defensive work with Jet stopping a goal using some soccer skills and both James and Lachlan M added constant pressure to the opposition. Jack B crumbed the ball well and tackled strong in the centre and pushed it down to our forward line, while Marcus positioned himself perfectly to receive the ball and eventually kicked our only goal late in the quarter. One of the highlights of the quarter was actually seeing Sammy work hard and spoiling an opposition player who was literally twice the size of Sammy - size means nothing to that boy. The quarter was an exceptional effort from all the kids.
At half time, it was pleasing to see and hear our boys taking the lead in discussing what Doncaster was doing and also what they could do to counter Doncaster’s approach to the game. This showed the coaches that the boys are developing well as footballers and individuals trying to problem solve.
The third quarter saw Doncaster set up quite defensively at the centre bounce as both Steven and Nicholas were proving too strong for the opposition. Straight away Marcus and Jordan worked together with clean ball movement, while Sharharyar applied great pressure on the opposition. Ty started to get his hands on the ball in the forward line while our back line was worked overtime trying to prevent Doncaster from scoring. All our boys worked extremely hard this quarter, particularly Felix, Lachlan M, Henry, Max D, James and Jet. However as hard as we tried, Doncaster’s pressure on the ball proved too great.
Heading into the last quarter, Doncaster was only one goal up. This was still anyone’s game and our boys were up for the fight. We reminded our boys it was ‘do or die’ - we needed to win this quarter and the game in order to make finals and they headed out ready to go and all fired up. Unfortunately for Nicholas he came off with a corkie in the third quarter and you could see he wasn’t happy by the amount of pacing he was doing up and down the boundary line (love his passion). This was a hard quarter for our Bullants as their legs were giving up on them as we began to chase both Doncaster and the ball. Eventually Doncaster took the quarter and the game, but it wasn’t from a lack of effort from our boys, in particular, Jordan, Felix and Steven who ran the whole game.
With a finals birth up for grabs we saw a great game of footy from both sides. To their credit, Doncaster were just too good – they were able to hit their targets a lot better than us and ran with the ball really well.
Even though we left without the win it was nice to hear the Doncaster coach make mention of how they used our playing style to benchmark how they wanted and needed their boys to play in order to be a competitive side.
We now move into the last round of the season against Ivanhoe. Let’s go out this Sunday playing a great game of football – to show everyone that even though we may not be in the finals, we have had a great season playing in Green Division. It’s been a very competitive season for all the teams who played in Green - they will all come away better players.
Go the Mighty Bullants!
Coaches Matt, Craig and Julian
|Goals||2- Panta, 1- Elie, Rodda, Noah & Alex|
|Best Players||Alex, Panta, Terence, Paddy, Billy M, Josh, Charlie & Jamie|
|Injuries||Evan (1 to 2 weeks)|
The Bullants have climbed back into second spot after a gutsy win over 5th place Beverley Hills, to all but seal its finals spot with a 4-point win at Zerbes Reserve on Sunday morning.
In a free flowing contest that brought out the best skills from both teams, the Bullants found their groove from the first bounce to notch a must needed win for the first time in three weeks.
The Bullants held a two goal edge over Beverley Hills for much of the first three quarters, but great defending by Terence, who took 7 contested marks in the final quarter, held off a fast finishing opposition to win by 4 points at the final siren, 6.4 (40) to 5.6 (36).
"I thought it was a pretty even game all day," Bullants coach Dom Vaiano said.
“If you look at the overall game it was an even contest and we happened to be in front at the end, so it was very pleasing."
"It was positive – four quarters of really solid footy."
"We worked through the obvious frustration of not being able to finish off chances that we'd created coming through the midfield, but when you stick 32 tackles in a game and you're committed to play a really solid brand of footy, you're going to perform well."
"It was fantastic really. It was as good as we've done it all year. And I'm happy some of our smaller players who got involved."
Evan took a heavy knock to the head late in the last quarter. As a precaution the medical team decided to take him to hospital to run further tests. “We just want to make sure that he didn’t get a few marbles knocked out of place,” said Assistant Coach George.
The Bullants meet Kew Comets at Victoria Park Lower in a battle of one v two and only a win will secure a top two finish and the second chance.
|Goal Kickers||Darc, James, Ben M, Anthony, Jackson, Felix, Jesse|
Thank you to all parents who helped out.
With two Rounds left before Finals this game was a must win for the Bullants. The win would secure our spot in the Final Four. For Parkside this was its shot to stay in touch with fourth position, a place tenuously held and coveted by the Bullants. So, with the first sunny day we’ve had this season and Zwar in good nick we were optimistic.
Parkside were, likewise, optimistic. They started better than the Bullants, aided by their ruckman who may have been ten foot tall. He could well have been the difference. In the centre and at stoppages he dominated. This caught the Bullants off guard and early in the game we were chasing the Sherrin. The Red Devils used this advantage and pushed hard into their front half. Our backline held tough making it difficult for Parkside to convert. When they did it was minor scores. Ben D, celebrating his 50th game (big congrats Ben), was dominant down back. Maivia, Max, Suhail and Darc likewise held the line. (Can you award Fairest & Best to the Backline because to a man it is our tower of strength?).
Against the play the Bullants took the ball forward. With poise and control. Darc got us on the board and the team appeared to settle. Noticeable also was that the team really is working well together. This was highlighted when Finn took control of a contested ball, got around his player and passed to Perry who quickly moved it on to James who ran in and goaled. The Bullants were in the game.
With a wider array of players getting their hands on the ball our game opened up. Jakeb was playing well, Daniel found room every time he got the ball, Jack K kept options open on the far side, Matty in the mix, Rhett was everywhere and Anthony was killing it. The Bullants finished the First with four goals on the board after Ben M slotting one through and then Anthony sealed another. The Bullants (4.0 to the Devils 0.5) had literally made something from nothing. The game became more congested in the Second and the play went back and forth between half back and half forward. Then a little bit of special raised the stakes. Daniel in his umpteenth run took the ball through the centre corridor looking to kick forward. Jackson created space and called. Daniel placed the ball in Jackson’s path. He gathered it, chased by a devil and 30 metres out, with his left foot across the body controlled a bounce and dribble through the big sticks. Rhett maintained his work rate, Max and Maivia protected our last line of defence and Darc didn’t stop running. We went to the big break 28 points to the good.
One of our U12 recruits, Felix took a well-timed mark, reading the ball’s flight beautifully. He finished it off with a 6 pointer. Then the Devils took the game by the scruff. The pressure lifted as the Devils kicked 4.2 for the quarter. Without a Maivia save on the line and our backline standing firm it might have been worse.
We were up against it going into the Last. But we did not back down. We got some breathing room when Jesse bolted through CHF and kicked the Wheaties out of the footy. An astute shepherd from Jackson saw the ball go through the big sticks. Rhett continued to control the backline with Max and Maivia and Ben D. Late in the game Ted earned a free and sent the ball deep into attack. The Bullants held on to win.
The Bullants are playing well and the load is being shared across the team. The team still needs to run harder, especially on turn-overs. We also need more shots on goal. We are protecting very well and our midfield are doing the job but we have to lift our shots on goal above 15 per game. That is the next big improvement.
Last Sunday, our U15 boys played against Boroondara for the third time this year. The Boroondara team has been one of only two teams to defeat the boys during the season. Even though the second encounter turned out to be a relatively easy win, the boys were aware of their opponent’s potential to cause another upset.
Right from the outset, the Bullant’s boys showed they were going to make their opponents pay for their earlier defeat, and began running and tackling in numbers and delivering the ball with a level of skill that has been an ever improving part of their game. Whilst their opponents were gallant and never gave up, they were simply outclassed by a team who are starting to reach the peak of their form. The Bullants earnt their first twenty goal plus win of the season, with Jack kicking a career best six goals and Josh a very impressive five.
Whilst the boys are starting to come into some good form, their goal kicking is an area that needs to be developed further, and could be an area that comes back to haunt them in the finals, when matched against the better credentialed teams.
As can be imagined in a twenty goal win, it was a real team effort with every boy making a significant contribution, however mention must be made of Jackson Sbrissa who is rapidly turning into a real focal point in our forward line, and Julian whose precise kicking skills set up so many passages of play, again in the forward line.
|Best Players||Mcerlain, Moleta, Sutton, Hachem, Vaiano, Zonta|
The day marked Sean O'Connell's 100th game for the Preston Bullants.
We began the game to the club rooms end at Zwar and with the aid of a handy breeze kicked 4 opening quarter majors.
Gerard Sutton & Anthony Moleta kicking 2 a piece and working brilliantly together.
Templestowe had only the 15 players, which given we had 24 made things extremely challenging from a coaching perspective.
Templestowe dominated the second quarter going in to half time with a 2 goal lead.
A few home truths were told at the main break between the boys and if we wanted to finish top 2 we simply couldn't afford to lose.
Daniel Hachem came on after half time and kicked 4 majors from full forward whilst Moleta, Sutton, Mcerlain & Vaiano staring.
We head in to the final term with a 3 goal lead.
Going against the breeze Vaiano went lose in the backline in the last and strongly influenced the contest - 10+ possessions in the last.
Curic kicked a ripper out of the ruck and Sean O'Connell sealed the game with a great mark and goal.
Liam Mcerlain was clearly BOG for a great 4 quarter performance.
Our last home & away game is this weekend v Macleod with the winners taking second place on the ladder and securing the double chance.
Thanks to all the parents for all there help & support.
|Ashburton B||Preston Bullants|
|Best Players||Anthony Mancuso, Josh Torcasio, John Karahountris, Dan Beck, Jack Perin, Josh Bruzzese|
We travelled out to Ashburton for our only 1pm game of the year in perfect, sunny conditions. Our season was on the line today, as only a win could keep us in the hunt for finals football. Unfortunately, we would only have 17 players to take the field but we weren’t going to let this stop us.
Today’s game marked 50 games for both James Scattolin and Dan Beck. Both of these boys have been fantastic contributors to the team this season. Congratulations to you both.
Ashburton’s ground was small and quick, so we adjusting accordingly to allow our forwards space to present. Our game plan would be to move the ball forward as quickly as possible to give the forwards best opportunity.
Our first term was slow, allowing Ashburton to open up a five goal lead before we adjusted. Our intensity simply wasn’t there early and we got hurt on the scoreboard. As always, our back six stood tall and in the end we were lucky to still be within reaching distance at quarter time. Our mids and forwards needed to lift.
In the second term they did just that. We got on top in the middle of the ground and our forwards were making the most of their chances. In one of his few games as a forward this season, John Karahountris was fantastic, kicking three goals. Midfielders Anthony Mancuso and Josh Torcasio were at their best. Rob Catalano was also impressive in the ruck with his ability to cover the entire ground. We came into the main break level after a brilliant quarter. We were back to playing our best football.
Ashburton came out with more intensity in the third and we withstood their pressure well. They had opened up a three goal lead, however we believed that we would run out the game stronger. Dan Beck had a great game in his 50th providing run and forward fifty entries from the wing. Our season was now on the line with one quarter remaining.
We started the quarter well, kicking the first and giving ourselves a real chance. Unfortunately, we turned the ball over on back to back occasions to give away two easy goals. We were behind the eight ball but to our boys credit they kept fighting until the final siren. Unfortunately, we ended up going down by five goals. In the end our lack of consistency across four quarters cost us.
The group showed tremendous character in what was a tough day. Obviously, it was disappointing to lose and have our season ended but we showed that as a group we are resilient and determined. These qualities will hold us in good stead for the last round of the season next week and for all the football we play in the future.