As the Senior football coach I would like to start the senior wrap with an apology to the hard working Committee, Volunteers and the loyal supporters of the club for our INSIPID last half performance against Pines.
Take nothing away from the Pines performance in the last half they were clearly more determined to take the four points for their club than we were.
It has always been thought that Pines are one of the proudest clubs on the Peninsula, they don’t have the resources that a lot of the other clubs have but they certainly make up for it with the way they play for each other and they wear their green and red jumper with pride.
In a game of halves; we dominated the first, and if wasn’t for some wasted opportunities in front of goal we would have gone to the main break with a greater lead, and could have possibly put the game away. Jimmy Freeman was on fire, and Lomba Jay and Jimmy Anwyl had managed to get the better of the potent Pines forwards.
Then came the second half – a completely different story! Pines completely outsmarted, outscored (9 goals 8 to 4 goals 3) and they were clearly Harder and Stronger for Longer.
In a game that was hard to identify the better players, the defenders Boota, Shawie, Jimmy, Lomba and Jay Neratz stuck to their roles for most part of the game.
Jimmy Freeman back from the VFL played with maturity and poise and showed the locals what a talent he is and what the future potentially holds for him.
We can only hope that this loss will teach us a lesson; being beaten by a side that play for each other until the final siren, wanting it more than the opposition and playing a winning style of footy – this is the difference!
We came up again against a lowly placed team in Pines on the weekend. We had a few injuries around and players going away but we managed to scrap a team together thanks to a few ‘ring ins’.
With this in mind it was hard to know exactly what to expect both from us and the opposition.
We started a bit slow but took a good lead into quarter time. Once we got in to the swing of things we started to control the game taking a 51 point lead into the main break.
A slight lapse in concentration saw them kick 2 unanswered goals early in the third term, but from there we really start to play good brand of footy and they were unable to keep up. We eventually ran away with a huge 123 point win.
Cuz and Zal white really good all day. Stricko again kicked a bag. Lefty was good on the wing among a handful of others I what ended up being a very one sided affair.
After a very cold and wet week the team arrived Saturday to find the surface perfect and the weather although cold, was dry and sun shining. The team this week was on paper our least experienced, we had a player Ewan Mahone on debut… Yes game one at 18 yrs. We had a great mix of experience though across the ground which would counterbalance the young guys. Liam Berry and Chris Burton also went up and played in development team to free up spots in the 19’s
Pines traditionally for the past few years have been an easy side to win against, the key for us is being able to play to some structure with so much football at one end of the ground. Today was another day of glimpses of brilliance combined with the frustration of not following rules that will be required against the top half teams over the next month. In the two games v Pines this season we have kicked 32 goals 54 behinds, this week 16.23.119 not the conversion we need to kick winning scores each week against the better opponent. Something we spoke about before the game was concentration on converting our chances
Key points pre game were: 1 – forward pressure, 2 – quick movement of ball from marks, 3 – predictable ball movement from defence, more switching out. For parts of each quarter we did show glimpses of brilliance, but not predictable enough (to ourselves) for long enough which is what we will focus on over the next 8 games. Lots of good signs and so much room for improvement and upside particularly our forward entries and forward pressure
Some highlights on the day was the confidence I saw from a few guys who can impact our team and this competition as we settle on our strongest teams over the next 8 rounds
# – Mitch Chopping had 10 scoring shots for 5.5 and looked dangerous all day, including setting up another 3 or 4 for his team mates and some handy work in the middle
# – Jimmy Logan is building confidence each week and with only one school game remaining we will get some consistency and more confidence at the right end of the season. A key role forward or back looks most likely
# – Harry Hawkins continues to lead the tackles each week and it is resulting in more reward for effort
Our team has great potential and we need to believe, if we improved since round one which all teams should then today was par, so we have lost no ground. We continue to limit scores against and just need to consistently average > 80 points per game
Scores – Mt Eliza 16.23.119 def Pines 1.1.7
Better players – Chopping, Logan, Freeman, Whitty, Hawkins
Goals – Chopping 5, Freeman 4, Hawkins 2, Craig 2, Mahone, Logan, Brattle
A successful day on the court on Saturday saw the Mounties take 4 good wins. Despite being undermanned in all grades this week the whole squad pulled together to put on a strong club performance.
D GRADE was in fine form for the full 4 quarters & owned the court. Krystal was on fire in goals while we welcomed our trainer Steph to the court for the first time this year. The whole team played a fantastic game & were back to their hard working relentless style of play we have come to know. A great win to the team with a final score of 51-9.
C GRADE followed in the same fashion & although they were lacking numbers pulled together in a great display of team effort. D grades Tayla made her debut in C grade & contributed well while Lauren shot well supported by some great feeds from Ally. C grade took the win 49-24.
Following B GRADE’s close loss to Edi-Asp last week they were keen to get a win & this was demonstrated in their intensity for the full 4 quarters. The combination of Jo, Bec & Karen in the attacking end has been exciting to watch, while Steph C played a great game in WD. B grade were also undermanned this week, however it did not show in the 57-38 goal win.
A GRADE were keen to redeem themselves after a tough loss to Edi-asp last week & this showed in the way they attacked the ball all day. The girls threw themselves at every 50/50 contest & came out on top in almost every occasion. We welcomed star shooter Abuk to help us out this week who had a fantastic game on debut, the goalers converted at 90% while the defenders worked hard to get more scoring opportunities. Kate M had a fantastic game in WA & supported the shooters well to take the win 55-47. Next week we take on Mornington at home which will be a great test for all teams!
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President’s call out…
“Chris Bull and myself have been mates for over forty years . Chris has been involved at Chelsea, Bonbeach and Frankston Bombers football clubs as Coach and President and coached the MPNFL inter league for many years .
His sister Marg suffered a stroke some years back and recently her condition has deteriorated and she has become house bound due to her immobility, she cannot use a normal vehicle for transport . The Bull family are raising funds through a 24 hour walkathon initiative on 24th & 25th June and Chris’s close friends and football club associates have decided to support the Bull family.
The challenge is to raise $60K so that the family can purchase a mobility vehicle.
The football community and in particular myself have decided to support the family and walk to raise money for Marg.
What I am asking is not for supporters to walk on the day but for people to donate and sponsor me with small amounts of money towards the cause by logging on to:
I will do the walking and I hope the Mt Eliza Football Netball Club can support and sponsor me by donating some money.
Terry Pattison passed away on Sat 18th June 2016 . Terry was a member of the clubs founding team and a ten year player at the club and on behalf of the MFNC and its Committee we send our condolences to Terry’s family.
The club would also like to wish a speedy recovery to Terry’s brother Greg Patterson also a past player who is recovering from a serious illness and we wish Greg all the best in these hard times .
Finally another one of our clubs founders and Life members Lance Mogford is recovering in Frankston Hospital from a fall . We wish lance a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on his feet and down at the club in the near future.
The Seniors made their way up the line to play the 4th placed Eagles, in what was tipped to be a tough encounter. The Redlegs set the tone from the get go, with the inclusions of Robbie Turnbull, Brodie Shaw , Ben Landry and JV on fire early the boys were able to head to the first break 27 points up, after dominating the first quarter of footy.
The remaining three quarters of footy we managed to dictate, however the opposition lifted their intensity and made it hard for us to score. Another good away win and we now sit 7-2 at the halfway mark of the season. The most pleasing thing was the contribution of all 22 players hard to find standouts. Nath Ryan played his best game for the year, JV slotted 7 majors and skipper Sam Gill once again led well from defence. Couple of big weeks ahead of us with home games against Pines and Mornington.
Mt Eliza 14-12-96 d Edithvale 6-9-45
We came up against a lowly placed but competitive Edi Asp. It was a typical highly contested game of footy on their small ground. After a slowish start we took control of the game and that continued for the entire 4 quarters.
Nick McKinnon was super down forward getting plenty of footy and finishing with 4 goals. Other good players for the day were Stricko kicking 3 goals, Lefty was handy on the wing with Aaron McIlroy and Jimmy Anwyl solid in defence. Tony Vanin and Zal White were great through the midfield all day.
The win means we finish with 8 wins and only 1 loss at the halfway mark of the year and well set for a top 3 spot.
Redleggers- on arrival at regents reserve you could be forgiven thinking it was a time long gone, circa mid 70’s. The centre area of the ground was very heavy and slippery black turf and was going to take old time hard and tuff to get win at the Eagles home deck today.
The Eagles jumped early and give us a lesson in contested footy for the entire quarter, if not for some easy misses, the game could have been over. ” you can’t win the game in the first quarter, but you can certainly lose it”. The message was head over footy, keeping it moving our way and get back on terms. Half time we’d lost more ground and were behind by 26 points. Highlighted by more of the same lessons, beaten to the loose ball and inside contested footy.
The second half if we can take anything from the game was we won the scoreboard by 6 points and kept Edi to 16 points in the second half. Testament to a tough day of footy and confirms the first quarter message, they jumped us and won the game in qtr one.
Important message for all players that bringing effort and attitude requires very little skill. Our senior coaches says it often, Do the shopping early….
Edi Asp – 8.11.59 def Mt Eliza 5.9.39
Goals – Chopping, Hill, Berry, Brattle, Rice
Better Players – Richardson, Jackson, Danks, Brattle, Hawkins
Taking on Edi-Asp is never an easy feat, let alone in wet & slippery conditions. D GRADE have been undefeated in the first 8 rounds as had Edithvale, this was set to be an interesting match. The D grade girls put up a good fight in a very physical game, however could not maintain composure for the entire match under the extreme pressure being applied by the opposition. Bridget had a great game in defence while Olivia did a fantastic job to calm the mid court – unfortunately they suffered their first loss of the season 17-31.
C GRADE unfortunately were outplayed by a quality Edithvale outfit, the defence end struggled from a height perspective but put up a great fight. Bree was a handy addition in the mid court and worked well with the goalers, but unfortunately a win was not achievable with a final score of 25-58.
B GRADE played a fantastic team game with strength demonstrated across the whole court. At every break the girls were down by 3 or 4 goals & kept with the Eagles throughout, unfortunately as the rain became heavier we were unable to snatch the lead & were forced into a few too many turnovers. Karen R shot well & was supported fantastically by Jo & Tess in a narrow loss 45-31.
A GRADE were undermanned this week unfortunately & although they were within 2 goals at half time they were unable to keep up with the Eagles. Scoring was difficult, Michelle however stepped up well to help the team out as we were lacking shooters. Jayde and Jess teamed well in defence & put the opposition shooters under a lot of pressure. A commendable effort by the A grade team under the circumstances going down 14-46.
Next week we go around for the second time taking on Pines at home. All teams will be hungry for a win.
With the bottom ground out of action, we shuffled up to the top oval to start the battle against top of the ladder Beaconsfield.
In wet and cold conditions we were up to the challenge. With 2 weeks off the girls were eager and keen to cause some damage.
Red got us off to a flyer booting our first 2 goals for the quarter. With Beth holding up the barrage with the back 6, she played her best game for the Red & Blue. Maddie and Abbie fought hard all day but unfortunately we fell short.
Our tackling and pressure was phenomenal with Emer, Kate, Mimes and Rio finding plenty of the footy through the middle. Our fearless leader Kirra tried hard all day.
Carly booted her first goal for the club while Red added her tally to 4 big ones for the day.
Even though we lost, it was a great effort by the girls who continued to battle all day and never gave up.
Thanks to Cassie and Emma who came across from the Dolphins to play. Both extremely talented footballers who got plenty of the footy, had ferocious tackling pressure and blistering pace.
Thanks to all the helpers and coaching staff for making it an enjoyable afternoon.
Bring on Seaford next week
And it’s done…
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You must attend MEFNC’s 2016 night of nights, the Legends Gala Event – July 9th.
MEFNC 2016 Legends Gala Event
After watching Kenty dominate in his 250th and carrying his boys over the line the Seniors had their chance to respond from last week’s thumping.
Bootas attack on the pill early, set the tone for the day. The two debutants Buzz Mace and Brenton Lambert soon followed suit in what was to be the best quarter of footy we have played all season. JV was busy down forward slotting six majors and Jordie Capkin also contributing to the scoreboard. In classic wet weather footy conditions the defence managed to keep the opposition to just two goals at the three quarter time break.
An even contribution from all 22 players and a nice way to finish heading into the long weekend bye.
It was good to see Kenty get play his 250th however we are all glad that the Kenty circus is finished and we can all look forward to our next game.
After a disappointing week last week we came up against another top side in Langwarrin. It was a little wet and slippery early on. And we got off to a solid start however we failed to convert some opportunities. I was a really slog in the second quarter with only one goal being scored we took a 3 point lead into the half time break.
A really good third quarter saw us open up with a handy little lead at 3/4 time. However we had a few injuries and new we would have to fight it out in the last.
They came out with plenty of run and we were starting to run out of legs. The score got back to a 1 point lead to us and we managed to hang on to a great 2 point win!
Langwarrin at Langwarrin on a persistent rainy morning. The Langy boys are are bigger in body and we were going to need to be committed to contest if we too get a win.
The scoreboard at half time reflected the slippery conditions and clearly it was going to be a long slog. 5 points was our score at half time, the Langwarrin boys were 2.7 and seemingly in control.
The feedback was we needed to be more inside and less fancy with the ball. A level of intimidation from Langy was addressed with the focus on not allowing it to happen to any player. Ryan Moz did a great job of flying the flag or being the punching bag as he stood up to the Boof heads being tough guys. Someone forgot to tell Liam to be less fancy as he put on a clinic up forward (it was described as a mix of Cyril / Franklin) as he slotted 4 second half goals. Jimmy Logan found some confidence and was rewarded with another Berry/ Cyril bit of magic for one of his two goals and when we got challenged Dane slotted our last goal form 35 to get the margin back beyond 20 points.
The final score of 15 points did not reflect our second half dominance but we did give them 12 points start going into the last half
Langwarrin – 5.7.37 lost Mt Eliza 7.10.52
Danks, McKenzie, Jackson, Richardson, Ristrom and Berry
Berry 4, Logan 2, Brattle 1
Good team effort overall, the belief is starting to appear as is some predicabilty and composure
Saturday sure was a reminder why we are lucky to be an indoor team. In wet, windy and slippery condition we took on Langwarrin at Lloyd Park.
D GRADE got off to a great start maintaining their undefeated title winning 29-16. Olivia was great in defence & Bec L continues contribute well in the mid court.
C GRADE were great in how they adapted to the wet conditions & showed they are putting what they are learning at training into practice. Kate P was gallant in defence against a much taller opponent while Kelsey supported the goalers well. Marcie starred in goals helping to secure the win 39-34.
B GRADE played a great team game, combinations all across the court were great to watch. Karen, Bec & Steph teamed well in goals while Jo has been a strong addition in the mid court. Karen C celebrated her 50th game in style also to help with the 46-39 goal win.
A GRADE had a shaky start & took a little too long to adjust to the wet weather which unfortunately meant they could not claw back after the first quarter. Michelle was strong in defence while Jess & Chloe worked well through the middle, our goalers didn’t have their best day but managed to work out the attacking end as the game progressed. Unfortunately we suffered an 11 goal loss which we will be keen to bounce back from quickly.
Next week we play Edithvale – which D grade team will remain undefeated???