Up and down the bay, right across the Peninsula, each Saturday the sea of ‘Red and Blue’ seems to grow and grow. Home games, away games, training sessions and events. Everywhere we look there are supporters donning the colours of the Redlegs. When talking to the Presidents of other clubs, they all report increased attendance at home games. Local footy and netball is alive and well!
Last weekend we were joined on the boundary fence by the Managing Director of one of our major sponsors, Andrew Hewison of Hewison Private Wealth and his daughter Summer. They witnessed a great arm wrestle senior football match against Edi-Asp as they joined the chorus of Redlegs supporters cheering on all our footballers and netballers.
The away games are great opportunity for our incredible volunteers who normally work from sun up to sundown at our busy home games. Away games give them the chance to sit back, relax and enjoy the hospitality of our away clubs. It takes a massive effort to put on a home game and their success is attributed to people such as Julie Tracey, Sue, Carol, Margaret, Jan, Chris and Kaz (Canteen), Dave Ristrom (Burger Bar), Brad Bayne (Membership), Mark Breen (Bar Manager) Allan and George (Front gate), Kate Ross (Marketing), Arty Tresidder (Functions), James Clayton (Facilities), Steve Baker (Line Marking & Operations), Tom Thiele (Apparel & Treasurer), Cassandra Clayton (Sponsorships, Functions & Secretary), Bruce Mourney & Nathan Clayton (Football Operations) Pippa Hanson (Women’s Sport), Tim Deutsher and family (Netball), the entire Club Committee, Coaches, Managers and the Players who serve in the bars after their games. To all our valued volunteers, thank you! I’m delighted that you had last Saturday off and you’ve got this weekend to enjoy another away game against Rosebud down at ‘The Bud’.
Wear the colours with pride – because every heart beats true for the ‘Red and the Blue . . . and we’ll sing the song to you!
Seniors Edithvale Aspendale at Regents Reserve……….Always a tough assignment to go to Edi and have a win. The team message was not to let the previous 4 weeks’ good work let any complacency take part in the result. Play with the right intent and execute as per planning We got off to a great start and led by 25 points at quarter time, playing a great brand of football. Too much praise at the break maybe and we found ourselves in a fight and momentum shift we struggled to contain for 15 minutes. Edi kicked 8 goals and we kicked 7 points and the lead had gone at the main break, we trailed by 16 points after a promising start. A Second half slog was assured, Edithvale had a sniff and saw an opportunity to pounce to kickstart their season. To our credit we won the 3rd quarter to lead going into the last change. No praise this time, just a message of determination and stick to the plans in place. The boys are building a real belief of “Never Quit” no matter the game situation. For the 4th week in a row the game went to the wire, we were in front when the siren went and we grabbed the very valuable 4 point on offer. Jez Burton was a standout , Elliot (Tom Stewart) Simmons was solid in defence and Bailey kept setting the standard for attack on the football.
Mt Eliza 11.21.87 def Edi Asp 13.8.86
Another solid performance from the development side with a convincing 100+ point win again. Not quite as clinical as the win last week, the smaller ground made for a bit more of a scrappy, congested game but still a dominant performance again. Looking forward to Rosebud this week back on a big ground against a stronger opponent.
Under 19’s Mt Eliza 141-Edi 15
8 changes to the side could’ve easily disrupted the cohesion they’d built, but a really strong team effort saw them crush Edi early and then go on to a really even 4 Qtr effort . Cole and Hodder were excellent while Matthews with 5 goals a lot to handle up forward . The boys playing really watchable footy and well worth the trip to Rosebud this week to watch them hopefully notch up win number 6 💙❤️
ROUND THREERd3 and we were primed for a strong and competitive contest just down the road at Mornington. It was a beautiful Mothers Day, perfect for footy. Our girls took the field ready to take it up to Mornington, and avoid our flat 1st quarters in the past two games. From the first bounce we had a crack and a great game followed.
We were a bit unlucky in the first, hitting the scoreboard 4 times but only minimum reward as Mornington kicked straighter. But we were winning the footy and our running game was “on”. 2nd quarter we turned it up a notch with Keely McKenzie a focal point up forward, slotting 2 for the term. Sadly we lost a key tall backman with Tilly Lacey heading off for x-rays on a suspected broken arm. We went in a point down.
The 3rd quarter was a battle of the mids with skipper Keely Byrne, Bella Enno, Liv in the ruck and the two Hannah’s winning plenty of ground balls. The clearance stat was surely in out favour. We scored 2pts, they scored a major, and we were still just 5pts down into the last break.
Q4 we wanted to test their fitness and prove ours. We did this but they were just more accurate (and lucky with a couple bouncing through the right way) as we kicked more points from pressured snaps.
Despite not getting the points we left the ground happy with our efforts and endeavour, thinking that footy sucks even when we love it, but also knowing we continue to improve as game plans and set ups are starting to click.
Next week we are away at StKilda for another big challenge, but we’re used to that, and we love it.
A tough day at the office for all grades on Saturday versus Edi-Asp. The U17s suffered their first defeat of the season and unfortunately none of the other grades were able to break that trend. Edi-Asp have been the benchmark for a number of years, and we experienced opposing strength in all areas, which moving forward shows us that if we can stay the course, remain unified and even in defeat take positive measures from it, we will soon enough enjoy the on court success Mt Eliza Netball is striving for.
MPNFL 2021: Mt Eliza edges Sorrento in Division 1 thriller
Melbourne Captain Max Gawn was caught up in the drama as hundreds of Mt Eliza fans poured onto the ground after an MPNFL thriller.
The scenes were reminiscent of a grand final win.
When the final siren sounded at Mt Eliza on Saturday, a mighty roar went up and hundreds of Redlegs fans sprinted on to Emil Madsen Reserve to celebrate their side’s gripping four point win over Sorrento.
A goal in the last 30 seconds by Mt Eliza forward Shawn Watson put the home side back in front at precisely the right time, securing a 12.8 (80) to 11.10 (76) victory.
But the reaction of fans, many under 19 players, was something else. It proved local footy was back and thriving.
“That’s coming from our kids, I’ve got to calm them down a bit, they’re a bit crazy,” Mt Eliza coach Steve Brattle said on Sunday.
“Local footy is really going okay I think.”
A group of Melbourne Demon players, including captain Max Gawn, watched the drama unfold.
They were there to support their former teammate and Sorrento coach Luke Tapscott.
Gawn happily chatted to the crowd and posed for photos, and nodded in approval when asked if he’d enjoyed the gripping contest. Mt Eliza trailed by 25 points at half time before kicking five goals to one in the third quarter, ignited by Will Antonie, who slotted three majors in a row, to grab a two point lead at the last change.
Sorrento surged ahead early in the last quarter after a crucial goal by Leigh Poholke, his sixth for the afternoon. But the Redlegs came again, with Harrison Scott and Aiden Smith booting goals, and then Watson’s big mark and match winning set shot from about 30 metres out.
It was Mt Eliza’s first win over Sorrento since the Sharks have been back in the top grade, and Brattle was delighted his side responded in that tense final quarter. “We’re learning something every week,” Brattle said. “At three quarter time I said, “It’s a Mt Eliza trait to fall in a hole here”.
“So if you want to do something about earning some respect this next 25 minutes better be it”. They hung on well.
“I said, there are a lot of people standing around listening to the same stuff, the same message. They’ve been hearing it for years.” I said” do me a favour, get it done so we don’t have to go back into the rooms and have the same story told to us about what we could have done.”
“We took a really good step yesterday.”
“There’s a bit of belief there, too.”
As round 4 wrapped up, the club experienced an energy that can only be described as euphoric. Our sellout event, the ladies luncheon, brought to us by Seen Promotions, was a stylish and delicious success. Federal Member for Dunkley, the Honourable Peta Murphy MP joined us as we enjoyed a degustation style menu from the Corner Pantry in fun fashionable and familiar surroundings. Ms Murphy shared the story of Louisa Margaret Dunkley, a trade unionist and campaigner for equal pay for women for which the electorate of Dunkley is named. Thank you to all the enthusiastic ladies (and gents) who joined us and then partied well into the evening as we celebrated all things women in sport.
With amazing performances in all our disciplines, the club has seen a 40% increase in gate attendance which has translated into growth in our Canteen, Burger Bar and our three bars.
This week we introduced our newest sponsor in the Mornington Peninsula Brewery with two delicious locally brewed beers now available on tap in the main bar.
I reflect on a number of conversations that I’ve had with members and supporters where it has become clear that something very special is happening in our community and within our club. Many said they have never witnessed scenes like the 150+ supporters that stormed the ground (at a mid season home game) to share in the celebrations after the Senior Football win against Sorrento.
This weekend we head up the bay to play Edi-Asp and we’d love to see your red and blue colours. Let’s send a message to our opposition that we are all in this together.
Thanks again for your support and encouragement. I hope you enjoy our club and everything we are doing. It’s our passion.
Someone told me our games would be a “marathon,not a sprint” The person forgot to tell me it was going to be every single week. What a great result for our senior football team to beat Sorrento on our home deck in front of large crowd with eight seconds to spare. You cannot script this stuff. The enthusiasm and excitement of the crowd was something really special to see, it reaffirms we have the on-field and of-field balance going pretty well. Sorrento played really direct and with intent to win contested footy, combined with a fair bit of lip service to put us off in the first half, half time we were down 25 points. We reset, made adjustments at the break and they worked immediately, the 3 qtr time score was we led by 3 points.
The first objective of winning the qtr was done, by 28 points fantastic reward for effort The final message let’s not waste the momentum and finish the job we came to do. After 30 minutes of hard fought lead changing football we were in front when the siren went. Great contribution from all players, a great milestone for resilience, never quitting and confidence we are in this up to our necks.
Mt Eliza 12.8.80 def Sorrento 11.10.76
Last Saturday provided a near perfect afternoon for footy. After a disappointing loss the week prior we were keen to get back in the winners list. We certainly did that with a massive 20+ win! Besides the scoreboard, it was pleasing to see us play a more direct style of football and give us more opportunities to score. Our skill level and decision making, particularly gojng forward was a lot better. We continued to be disciplined and stuck to the game plan for the majority of the game and the goals continued to flow.
Last week against Sorrento saw improvement yet again, which is really pleasing to see. The under 17 juggernaut continues with another dominant win to kick the day off. D Grade had a draw which is painful, but not as hard to swallow as the 2 goal loss for the C’s. B grade impressed again, and came away convincing winners, improving every time they take the court. Unfortunately the A grade were unable to get over Sorrento, but just need to keep working hard and I’m sure a victory is not far away.
Next weekend we head to Edi-Asp which is the toughest test in our league, so we will have to put in some high quality efforts and hopefully sneak a few wins again.
It was great reading the post-match comments by the players, and the reactions. It shows a glimpse of what our group is achieving, week by week.
We had another tough day out against another one of the top few teams in the comp (narrow loss in 2019 GF).
There were many parts of the game where we did what we said we would do. We followed up with second efforts, we had better voice, better structures around the contests, particularly centre bounces, and we applied some awesome pressure that forced a strong opposition to lift. That is where we are earning some respect. The intensity we brought in the 3rd quarter was the standard that demanded that respect.
Pre-game, our perennially-excited Prez spoke to the group about the growth of Girls/Women’s footy in our club, their pioneering position in that history, and Brats brought the messages used in the senior Men’s team about Resilience, Cohesion, Being uncomfortable, Relationships and having fun. That’s what we’re about.
Next Sunday 2pm we play Mornington on their smaller ground, and where our training around contests and improving ball use just could be the difference.
Saturday at Red Hill saw the U/17 girls set the tone again with a convincing win to kick off the day. They are stringing together a record that would suggest they will be a force all season.
The D and C grade followed with 2 competitive efforts, and as per last week are improving every time they take the court.
The B Grade was probably the highlight of the day and we were thrilled to open our account with a win, hopefully the first of many. The girls were fully focused from the get go, and their relentless pressure saw us take a solid 9 goal victory.
A grade, whilst not registering a W next to their name, showed that we are very close to taking a few scalps in the next few weeks with a really pleasing performance, and arguably a bit stiff not to win.
Let’s keep working hard at training and stick together, as we are building a solid foundation for the next few weeks.
A solid win against Red Hill sees us go 3-0 . Inaccurate in the 1st qtr with 5 behinds still had us leading . 2nd qtr we got our ball movement going and also started to win it in close to kick 4.3 for the term and to lead by 26pts at the half . A poor 3rd brought them back into and then a good last qtr got us out of trouble again , confirming our fitness as a real strength. A.Dignan was best with L.Hodder back from Stingrays mighty in the second half . J.Sengstock in the last kicked 3 to assure the win . That win sets up a top of the table clash with the also undefeated Sorrento this week at home
We headed to Red Hill to play against a new, unknown opponent who had two big wins in recent weeks.
The game was close all day in what was be a very low scoring game on the massive ground. We headed into the last quarter 8 points down with some confidence and belief that we could get the job done. We certainly gave ourselves every chance but couldn’t impact the scoreboard and finished 4 points at short. Bit of work for us to do but a good learning curve for us.
“Where the hell is Red Hill Football Ground”
Our Newest team in Division 1 Red Hill FNC are known for putting on a good show. They were ready to host our exciting young senior team. It was 1998, before many of the team were born, the last time a Mt Eliza senior team played at Red Hill.
The ground is really big and the conditions usually really poor. The conditions didn’t disappoint, what started out a fierce quick ball movement game turned into a slippery slug fest as the weather set in. It never dampened effort which was a highlight yet again of our team in any conditions. Very proud of the team spirit and selfless attitude by all
The scores where never much more than a goal and they were premium. 8 goals for the day from a combined 750 possessions give an indication of the hard fought territory battle. We could really easily be 3 wins from 3 games right now, and it provides our motivation to improve every week
The Mt Eliza Football Netball club means a lot to a lot of people. There’s those who have come before us and built a foundation of safe solid success. Those who put their money where their heart is and sponsor us. There are those who put their bodies on the line each week to compete for ‘that’ trophy, the envy of the Peninsula. And then there are those who love the club for love itself. A place to enjoy, come together and feel familiar.
This week saw some great examples of that.
Our Thursday night team selection dinner was yet again a great success!! Record numbers as people enjoyed a delicious Corner Pantry meal in a fun, youthful atmosphere. Sport on the big screens, music and, last week, our club was splashed across a national football show ‘The Front bar’ (but that’s enough about that).
Then there was the huge contingency who made their way up to RedHill to watch our 8 matches. There was a sea of ‘Blue and Red’ with everyone sporting their new season apparel. (the new range is on display and available at home games – drop by and ‘suit up’!)
It was ANZAC Round and the respect shown by everyone upheld the Redleg spirit. My Son Cole (16) and Dad, Geoff (Vietnam Veteran) wore the colours with pride.
Saturday night, the players held a fantastic event, a ‘good ole’ players disco. We had local DJ’s, two dance floors and all the makings of a great party night for Footballers, Netballers and friends. Everyone shook off the tough day on the sporting fields and enjoyed a fabulous party at the club.
Come and join us this weekend as we do it all again at Impact Realty Oval (Emil Madsen). We take on Sorrento on, what will be, another 22 degree sunny day with lots of fun for all.
It’s ladies day so please ‘frock up’, bring your wives, girlfriends, sisters and mothers. This weekend is all about the girls.
See you down there David
ROUND ONE – Vs Frankston Bombers