Second vs Fifth, the Seniors hadn’t seen Seaford since round 6 earlier on in the year where we were able to secure a 33 point win, however a much improved Seaford team had managed to climb in to fifth spot and head to Emil Madsen with all the momentum. That momentum was not to last as the Redlegs started strongly and raced away with a four goal lead at the first break, Matt Lillie giving us first use of footy and Buzz Mace looking dangerous up forward, by the end of the second quarter the Redlegs had jumped away to a 42 point lead.
Jay Neratazaglou and David Barton were brilliant in defence and in the third quarter and were able to keep Seaford goalless for the term .
The Senior Redlegs ran out the last term with a convincing 48 point win .
Mt Eliza 12-9-81 defeated Seaford 4-11-35
Better Players; Be fair to say a real even contribution from all 22 players, but hard not to mention Dan Gormleys game, Jay and Barto down back and Matty Lillie .
All roads lead down to Frankston Park this Saturday where we take on the Pines football club, time to be loud and proud and get down and support the boys, every little bit of support helps and if we are going to achieve the ultimate success we’re going need everybody on board from players, committee, sponsors but most importantly supporters .
Hope to see you all there.
The last game of the year couldn’t effect our ladder position but coming up against Seaford who will be playing finals, would serve and a good lead in to our finals campaign.
We started ok but couldn’t put any scoreboard pressure on Seaford. They managed a few majors and took a lead into quarter time.
With aid of a breeze in the second term, we managed to kick 3 goals and take the lead back got into the main break.
A scrappy third quarter saw only 3 scoring shots for the term but we managed to extend the lead going into the last quarter.
We opened the game up a little in the last term scoring 3 goals and finished up with a hard fought 4 goal win.
Cranny again amongst the goals with 3, Tim Campelj fought hard all day along with Titch and Wetters. Nugget was also very handy playing a number of roles throughout the day.
Good finish to the home and away season, finishing well clear on top with a rest this week to freshen up for a hopefully successful finals campaign.
Last home and away game….. Seaford come on down to Emil Madsen looking to secure a top five position and we needed to have a strong game to secure the top spot and earn a well deserved break. It was anticipated it would be a good hit out and it was, both sides representing their clubs proudly in a hard fought out game.
The swirly conditions all day made for some scratchy football with a lots of contests and football on the ground. The highlight of the first half was the overlap football from both sides, in fact Seaford may have won the clearances and the cleaner ball movement around the ground. The lesson from this was we needed to set up better and not crowd the contest to much, and make sure we stopped fumbling the ball and then be clean by hands under pressure. Saying that we were holding the lead so what we were doing was making most of our opportunities.
The game was won in the third quarter when we withstood a very determined Seaford. Tactics of late tackles, big shoves and sneaky shit, combined with less than perfect umpiring they were trying everything to put us off. To our credit we did really well under loads of pressure. The last quarter was pretty even and highlighted by a Ristrom screamer and a great mark in front and conversion by Harry Hawk.
Couple of mentions
Harry Scott is finding form coming into the end of the season, just when you want to be up and about. Couple of strong marks and some good bull type work were good signs
Ben Mc – nice composure down back and showed good confidence to go for marks when required, kill contest when he had to and switch out of defence many times
Ben Farish – finding some good consistency down back and really looking to win his position and beat his opponent each week
Dane – after a spray from the coach in the first quarter, he set himself for better contested footy and finished with 20 touches including 12 handballs to advantage and a couple of goals.
Nelson – showed some of his excellent potential, with a great goal on the run from very tight and some nice cut off defending from half back
Best players – Whitty, McKenzie, Rice, Ristrom, Farish, Chopping
Goals – Berry 2, Brattle 2, Forrest 1, Hawkins 1, Chopping 1, Scott 1
Round 18 is done & so we say well done to 2 teams & good luck for finals for the other 2. We took on Seaford at home on Saturday to finish off what has been a good season.
D GRADE played a fantastic first quarter to lead by 10 at the break, although we dropped off a little we were still able to take home the win 40-18. Our D grade girls finished 3rd in what was a fantastic season with a whole new team, they take on Frankston YCW in the first final & we all wish them well.
C GRADE have had a tough 6 weeks with injuries & finding form again, however Saturday they had a great game against Seaford & really showed what they are capable of taking away a 49-33 win. They will also come up against YCW next week in what should be a great game.
B GRADE played a game on Saturday that reflected the season, up & down. They started great & there were some beautiful passages of play, but they could not hold on for the whole game going down by just 4 goals to the determined Seaford side (33-37). B grade have not made finals this year, however some positive games & some learnings in terms of injuries, availability & hard work have definitely been learnt.
A GRADE have been in the mix for a top 4 spot for a couple of weeks now & had to have a big win. Unfortunately our first half of netball was not great, but we dug deep & had we played the netball from the second half, who knows what would have happened. A 9 goal loss finished A grades season for this year, no doubt we will be hungry in 2017!!!
Chelsea round 17 and the chance to secure the top spot for season 2016 is on the line. Win today and its done, lose and we play Seaford Round 18 for that chance.
The privilege of our club is today we play player 40 of available registered players from our U19 squad. We have 6 playing in the senior team, 2 playing TAC, a couple away, a couple sick and thankfully only one injury, and we are still fielding strong competitive teams each week.
The theme today with such a new look team was for players to get into uncomfortable space. This meant being brave, not fearing making mistakes, running till it hurt, communication and leadership. All things that sometimes are left for others to do.
The game was a good hit out for all, and both teams. The result never quite certain until the 5 minute mark of the last quarter when we had kicked 2 unanswered goals into the wind. The 4 goal to 1 last quarter was our best for the day
Scrappy footy was the winner on the day with the tricky breeze, and Chelsea good players playing well albeit in a style that was to make it messy and slow our run a carry footy
A couple of highlights
Niall Snooks has upped his game as the enforcer, finding a yellow card during the second quarter for a bit of Biffo.
Our tackles were down on the day to 23 according to champion data, Jimmy Logan had more possessions than our tackle count. A lift in tackles required here boys
Branca was really solid down back, continually running the ball out of defence
Max continued his good form running and carrying the ball through the mid section of the ground linking up well
Ben McKenzie was moved before the game started down back and was suitably in his correct position. He and Ben Farish liked really solid all day in defence
Cal Rice and Kurty were buzzing around everywhere. The rotation with these guys and Max is proving very dangerous.
Goals- Chopping 3, Ristrom 2, Berry 2, Fraser, Forrest
Chelsea 3.3.21 lost Mt Eliza 9.14. 68
This week we travelled to Dingley to take on Chelsea. D GRADE had some beautiful passages of play in what was a good win in the end (43-25). Bec H took some great intercepts in the mid court while Renae & Olivia were good in defence. It’s great to see the D grade girls finding form before finals.
C GRADE were a little flat this week & struggled to find their feet. Chelsea were very competitive & hungry for a win, this was evident. Marcie & Jamie worked well in the attacking end & Kate P never stopped trying, Sam M dug deep to get her team back in the game but it ended in a draw, 33 a piece.
B GRADE were coming off a good win last week & were keen to keep that feeling going. Steph C & Tess contributed well in the mid court this week while all 3 goalers converted well. There were some great passages of play which showed what the B grade girls are capable of, they walked away with a 51-38 goal win.
A GRADE were keen to come out firing & have a good first quarter. Michelle, Jayde & Jess got their hands on plenty of tips & intercepts to cause lots of turnovers which were able to be converted to goals down the attack end. Chloe played a great game in centre, while we also celebrated Carly R’s 50th game. A grade walked away with a 15 goal win (46-31) & continue to be just 1 game out of the top 4, can they still make finals?? next week’s game will be the final decider. Next week we take on Seaford at home for the final match of the season.
Disappointing performance from the senior team this week, coming up against in form Bonbeach , second vs fourth the home side made it quite clear early that they had come to play! Heading into the game Bonbeach was the only team that we hadn’t beaten in 2016 and unfortunately for the Redlegs that statistic will remain for the 2016 season proper.
Outclassed by more determined and once again disciplined outfit, we could never get into game – a lot to learn and a lot to improve on in the remaining two rounds before embarking on a finals campaign where we are are sure to see Bonbeach again.
Hard to find good players as we were beaten in every part of ground.
Mt Eliza 8-6-54
A huge game for us coming up against 2nd placed Bonbeach with the top spot on the line.
The first quarter was pretty tough and close with a late Bonbeach goal giving them a small lead at quarter time.
We kept them to 2 points in the second term whilst we kicked 4 goals to take a handy 3 goal lead at half time.
We kept the momentum up after half time keeping them goalless for the last half whilst we continued to pile on the goals eventually winning by an impressive 67 point win against the second side. Cranny was great up forward with 6 majors along with his partner in crime Wettas who kicked 4. Tony Vanin and Kieran Rice were great through the midfield along with big sexy carrying the load in the ruck. And the back were awesome lead by Aaron McIlroy. Great win and gets us a step closer to locking in top spot.
What a week in football… Bonbeach at Bonbeach the challenge this week and we arrived to find the facilities first class and friendly, and the ground as usual less that what we are used to. Ross Lyon has a great line “anywhere anytime” and that’s how we must treat each opponent and every week. The theme for the week was about working on our weaknesses. For the first time we also spoke about positions on ladders and how important percentage could be in securing top spot on the ladder at the end of home and away.
The game was lopsided very early on, the Bonbeach boys surrendered early after the boys worked hard and stamped authority. Selfless team first football highlighted by speed of ball movement, 1% efforts everywhere and really good enthusiasm and skill execution. No surprises if we play to our potential, follow the game plan and eliminate any selfishness we will be as competitive as anyone.
Bonbeach 0.3.3 lost Mt Eliza 25.18.168
Goals – No the names are not incorrect – Chopping 6, Berry 5, Danks 5, Coates 2, Hallpike 2, Quantrelle, Burton, Brattle, Richardson
Better Player – good team before self, game of football. Chopping, Berry, Danks, Whitty, Hill, Rea and Logan continue with good consistency
• Ryan Moz – Had his best game for the year, his concentration and efforts were great when defending was required. Good inside footy
• Ben Farish – The backline was not under huge pressure all day, it requires good concentration and when the ball does arrive you need to be instinctive and win the football. Efforts late through the midfield are good for his confidence
• Sam Hallpike – just improving beautifully at the right end of the season, his confidence is growing and his skill level is high. To long goals confirm his concentration and confidence is up and his health and injures are behind him
Another big week in preparation for Chelsea
This week we took on Bonbeach at Bonbeach. D GRADE have been back in good form the past few weeks & this week was no different. Krystal & Tayla were on fire in goals while Bec L drove the middle well. Renae provided great leadership down the defensive end also to help the girls to an 18 goal win (40-22).
C GRADE were keen for a win coming off a shock loss to Langy last week, with some stability back in the team they were able to perform their best. Kelsey played a great game in centre while Marcie & Jamie paired well in goals. The team welcomed back captain Lauren D with a good 26 goal win (54-28).
B GRADE still have finals in sight & were determined to win this one, the game was played at great intensity & our girls were just too good. In the 18 goal win (50-32) Kierra, Bayley & Peta were unstoppable in defence while Bec had a great day in goals.
A GRADE started a bit scrappy however as the game progressed the Sharks physicality was no match for the Mounties skill, we walked away 18 goal winners (43-25). Bree applied great pressure in WD which assisted the defence to pick off every loose ball. Carly R had a great game in WA & provided the goalers with every opportunity to score. A classy team effort was demonstrated on the day.
Next week we take on Chelsea at Dingley. C & D grade have all but secured their finals spots while A & B grade are just sitting outside of the top 4, however still within grasp. Keep up the great work girls!!!
The Seniors started the day with a breakfast cooked by the Pres and included members of all three senior teams and all four netball teams. The integration between the Football Club and Netball Club really starting to take shape a huge thanks to Sam, Carly and Mick for their effort and contribution.
The senior team faced a much improved Langwarrin who were coming off a big win against the Pines, and they started well kicking four majors and taking a 7 point lead into quarter time. Jordie Capkin on fire early, kicking the first three and only goals for the Redlegs.
The Jordie Capkin show continued in the second quarter kicking another 2 goals, 5 of the Redlegs goals all coming from Jordies boot, we were able to turnaround a 7 point deficit to a 22 point lead at the main break.
For the supporters who were able to witness the third quarter most would agree, probably one of the better quarters of footy the Redlegs have played all year. Gilly and Jordie up forward, Matty Mad Dog Davis in the middle and both Langas and the ever reliable Lomba down in defence we were able to keep the opposition scoreless.
Things didn’t go all the Redlegs way with Stano off injured, Cuzz carried off on stretcher after been knocked out and the field umpire running back and cleaning up Matty Neratz who was taken off to hospital for surgery to repair multiple fractures in face.
In a real team effort the boys stood tall and managed to kick away and win by a margin of 78 points.
Highlights the inclusion of our 42nd player for the 2016 season, Nick ‘ Pop Up “ Mckinnon and Jordie Capkin kicking a career high 8 goals.
Mt Eliza 16-17-113
Better Players on the day – Karl Lombadozzi, Ben Landry, Matty Davis, Jimmy Anywl, Sam Gill, Jordie Capkin
Not submitted Damien Kent
The Langwarrin boys came to town to the smell of egg and bacon rolls and a larger than normal 9.00am crowd. Rumour going round they were really here to play and rated themselves very highly. As the teams took to the ground Langwarrin was clearly a bigger and stronger looking team overall. We would need to use all our tricks to match them at contested football.
The game started at a really good pace, fast free flowing football with both sides cracking in with not enough reward for the forward entries. Both backlines were going well and at the first break Langwarrin taken all opportunities led three goals to one. The second-quarter was another great contest both sides cracking in hard at the ball. Clearly the side who was prepared to stay strong around the contest and keep head over the footy was going to have an advantage. The Redleg boys played a great quarter and if not for one relaxing period in the last minute would have led at halftime. We went to the break 4 points behind.
The halftime message was on a job half done. We need to support each other better with numbers to the contest and be stronger with the ball in hand, last was reward hard work with better disposal into the forward line. The third was another tough quarter with both sides really hard at the ball and showing great skill. Langwarrin kicking with a slight breeze won the qtr. by only 8 points and took a lead of 12 points into the last quarter
We needed a lift, we needed a lift in our forward line, we were sending down opportunities only to see many cut off by a strong Langwarrin defence. We struggled to keep the forward pressure and let the Langwarrin boys look more structured coming from the back line, it was another great contest for the whole quarter, unfortunately Langwarrin took their opportunities better and won the last qtr. by 5 points to win the game by 17 points
Our message of plus 20 – 12 rings true and needs to be our benchmark, today’s games goes as follows – Langwarrin led by 10 then 4 then 12 and finally 17 a pretty close game overall and scoring shots were 13 Mt Eliza 15 Langwarrin. Little bit of work over the next month and we will erase this and get the numbers in our favour
The coaches met mid ground and general comments were all around the high quality game of football. The highlight was the speed of the ball and the opportunities both teams were generating. This season will not be decided by coaches it will be decided by players wanting to play beyond previous levels. There are 5 genuine teams who can win and only 2 clubs that can boast all senior teams in finals. Frankston Park is where dreams come true, we have some work to do before we have any success down there in 2016
Scores Mount Eliza 6.7.43 lost Langwarrin 9.6.60
Goals: Whitty 2, Brattle, Jackson, Hallpike, Hill
Better players: Whitty, Coates, Danks, Craig, Hallpike, Rice, Rea
Call outs –
Sam Hallpike – straightened us up in the forward line and did a great job fighting hard all day
Pat Coates – continues to prove he is a determined ball hunting machine. What examples he set for others….
Max Rea – continues to fight the fight for the small backman and continually beasts his man
Oscar – smartest and best small forward in the competition, just needs to believe and we will get 4 goals per game
After a tough 3 weeks against quality top 4 opposition the Mounties were out to show that we can bounce back & are up there with the best.
D GRADE started with a strong 19 goal win & were back to the team we have all come to know. Krystal played a fantastic game in goals while Bec L & Holly were hitting the circle like pros.
C GRADE had a tough fight on their hands, shattered by injury & severely undermanned they did their best but just could not pull together for the entire match. Marcie was excellent in goals & Kate P should be commended for her effort in centre. Final score was 56-38 in favour of Langwarrin.
B GRADE were ready to roll from the first whistle & were determined to win the match. Their effort & team work was outstanding & every player played their role in fine form. Karen C was great in the mid court while Peta was dynamic in defence with lots of tips & intercepts. B grade ended up while a good win 45 – 39.
A GRADE looked set for a good win as soon as they stepped on court, with a strong 18 goal first quarter the scene was set. Langy made several changes at the break & took it up to the Mounties, however our short game was too strong. Chloe dominated in centre while Kate & Carly R complimented the mid court well. The girls ended up with a 12 goal win, a 24 goal turnaround from the last time we met (50-38).
Next week we play Bonbeach, we will be looking to continue our form & walk away with 4 good wins.
We will be celebrating Jess Anwyl’s 50th game also!
Evening all Mounties!
Paul Hopgood and friends are running a fundraiser for MND at The Wharf Hotel – Venue of our Club 22 Lunch for the past 3 seasons.
Players & committee members please make an effort to get behind this enormous cause and support Paul and all his organisers and get as many Mt Eliza FNC people to The Wharf Hotel on Saturday 13th August for what will be a fantastic evening.
Unbelievably……..Powderfinger’s – Darren Middleton has joined in to help us and will play live throughout the night!!
Neita is a chance to get up and sing My Happiness with him!!!!
Four more old Dee’s – Stephen Powell, Andrew Leoncelli, Guy Rigoni and Russell Robertson have joined us and will participate in Ice Bucket Challenge (if enough money is raised!!!)
Please purchase tickets asap!!!
Tickets are selling fast and will sell even faster now that the Powderfinger crew are involved so please purchase on the link below:
It will be a cracking night…….. Get along knowing you are doing something good to help Freeze MND!!!