A GREAT RESULT ON A “BLUE” DAY.
Well, the pressure was well and truly on and a loss in our own backyard was just not on. The Seniors Reserves and Thirds all prevailed in fine style while the Underage sides were beaten but not disgraced. The season is starting to take shape, but there is no time to reflect, the Cardinals are coming.
Some weeks you can just tell “we’re on”, and from pretty early on on Saturday you could sense the boys were up and about. Missing guns Ries and Polce but welcoming back a rejuvenated Chaplin-Birch we started like a house on fire and kept the foot down all day, probably should have won by a bit more. Jorgensen turning back the clock, Tardiff tearing it up, Russo played his best game for the club, the Kiwi’s (Juzzy and Howie) really starting to feel like they belong at this level and Tom Pemberthy getting better and better as the year goes on. If we play like this for the rest of the year a few people will start to get nervous.
Fantastic win for the “scoobies” who again had to play without a bench in the second half. As a group these boys are having a real dip and just won’t lie down. If they can ever get their best cattle on the park it could be scary. Micky D returned after suspension and along with Billy Riddle got the boys up and going. Roachy and Willo down back were repelling everything. Simon Hall terrific across half back and Brad Harbinson did it at both ends. Everyone terrific, a great team effort.
Arguably the Thirds got the best of the conditions starting at 9.20 am (the Trott came up a treat considering all the rain we have had) and it was game on against Old Scotch right from the first bounce. They lost a few at the selection table to the Resies and Coach Muir was a bit worried but he needn’t have been. The boys toughed it out and scored a great win. Highlight of the day, Lachie Collins three bounces, a blind turn, a somersault then goal 85 metres out on the run!!! Ok, I might just be getting a little carried away.
No easy games this year, Div 2 appearing a much higher standard than last year. The boys travelled out to Trinity and started well heading into the main break about 15 points up. The home side rallied however and reeled us in by a couple of goals. Not disgraced our lads. Bit of consistency at selection and a few games under the belts of some boys and we’ll more than match most sides.
Well a new experience for all our boys travelling out to the Snake Pit aka St Bernard’s. Always a pleasant experience but even more so on cold winters day. The boys were terrific, but just couldn’t get over the line going down by a couple of goals. You have to take your hat off to coach Benny Mason who is raising the bar in terms of coaches attire, I’m not sure if he was on his way to or from a Blues Brother festival. Rumours that he came straight from a nightclub are totally unfounded!!....Love your work mate.
UMPIRE APPRECIATION ROUND
Well what can I say, the people we “love to hate”. But the reality is there cannot be a game of footy without the men in white and it wouldn’t be a game of footy without peanuts like me behind the goals offering “constructive criticism”. As luck would have it we managed to snag two of the best blokes in the VAFAUA in the goals on the weekend. “Big” Kev Segoda has seen it all in over 730 games and become a great friend of many clubs, including Collegians over the journey. His co pilot this week Bernie has racked at a few hundred games as well and believe it or not drives down from Bendigo every week to wave the flags, unbelievable effort. Thanks for the games boys, hope you enjoyed the “Gatorade” after the game.
We had about six goes at it but couldn’t give the booty away this week. Chris Byrne you were stiff mate, left a bit too early! Spare a thought for Andrew Fletcher who is working and living in Columbia and not surprisingly finds it hard to get to many games!!! “Fletch” is a legend, still follows the boys closely and is sponsoring a player this year. Michael Woolhouse also missed his chance to grab the cash. Jackpot this week $200, but unless you’re an Under 18 or 19 player you must be in the rooms at 5.30pm to win it. Be there or be square.
Those who attended had a great night but the numbers were a little disappointing this year for some reason. Dirk Inglis’ table again after winning 2 years ago, yet again in somewhat controversial circumstances. Will Tardiff’s partner April killed the Limbo contest and smashed it on the dance floor, great effort. Simon Arnott won the raffle, a weekend at Metung and former champ Clint Harris showed a bit of metal to destroy the boys in a push up competition. Under 19 gun Michael Gregory (grandson of Wesley and Collegians legend Bruce) had a “Ferris Bueller” nearly winning the Limbo and then winning the “true or false” to score himself a bar fridge complete with a slab of Boag’s finest. Thanks to all those who made the effort to attend and Steve Bull and Rick Holst for organising the night.
To all The Thirds boys including some bloke called “random” for coming to lunch after their great win, we really appreciate it.
To Annabelle, Ian, Simone and Pete Milford for the great work on the BBQ, to Jess in the canteen and Rocket behind the bar amongst others. The day would be a disaster without you. Oops better thank Manda for cooking up a storm at lunch.
Nick Sautner and Barclay Dixon have played a lot of footy, done it all including a couple of Premierships with us. Great to see when they can’t play they put their hand up to help without hesitation; unlike a few other people it must be said. Thanks Nick for doing the interchange and Barclay for running messages for “the Ghost”, not that he needs a runner, you can hear him in @#$^&%*Port Melbourne!!!! A reminder to all players who are injured that they should make themselves available to help whenever possible.
To UNI BLUES for the game on the weekend and to President Joe Sturrock for coming to lunch on the weekend and their players and supporters who came up after the game. Also great to catch up with the Watts family, Blues brothers indeed but always welcome at theTrott!!!,
Bit of experience behind the goals on the weekend, Greg “hammer” Parsons, “Undies” Ingleton and Dave Hoyle all there and happy to see the boys bring home the bacon. Great to catch up with Collegians legend Bruce Ferguson after the game, I’m not even sure if half the stories are true but there bloody funny and bring back some great memories. Thanks for coming guys.
CONGRATULATIONS LUCY AND DAN GILFILLAN
All at Collegians are thrilled to hear that Lucy (Rogers-Wilson) and Dan are the proud parents of future centre half back Harry. Great work guys, we look forward to meeting the little fella soon. Grandparents Susie and Pete proud as punch as were “Sir Bob and Lady Ruth”Loder who we believe now have six great grandchildren. Good times ahead at Mt Martha.
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COMING UP THIS WEEK
SENIORS and RESERVES at home versus OLD SCOTCH
THIRDS face UNI Blues at Crawford Oval at 11.40am
UNDER 19’s v Caulfield Grammarians at 2pm at Glenhuntly Oval
UNDER 18’s V Williamstown CYMS at 2pm at Fearon Reserve
THIS WEEKS GAME AGAINST AN OLD SCOTCH OUTFIT LOOKING TO MAKE THEIR MARK ON THE COMPETITION LOOKS LIKE BEING AN ABSOLUTE PEARLER. WE NEED A MASSIVE CROWD TO COME ALONG AND SHOW THE BOYS WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER. BRING MUM AND DAD, THE FAMILY, RING A FEW MATES, WHATEVER, JUST GET TO THE TROTT AND GET ON BOARD,YOU WONT BE DISSAPOINTED; YOU MIGHT EVEN WIN THE $200 BOOTY AFTER THE GAME. SEE YOU THERE!!!!!