From the President
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.