NORMALLY 4 OUT OF FIVE WOULD BE GOOD...
Under 18’s win, Under 19’s win, Thirds win, Reserves Win, Seniors came second. Much to be happy about, but whether we like it or not, the seniors fortunes set the tone for the week, if not the season. Tough times in the most cut throat competition in the land. Let’s aim for five out of five next weekend.
Fair to say we were in no doubt as to the importance of this match. De La Salle our nemesis over recent years had lost a few coming in, the screws being turned. Our form patchy at best, both sides looking to make their mark and set up the second half of the season. Sadly De La Salle, particularly in the second half just too good and even then with a number of guns unavailable. For us, plenty to think about, been a while since we’ve been beaten by five or six goals. Sure, some clubs would be happy with we’re we are at given what’s transpired, but that’s not we’re about. This year’s competition is unbelievably even, the most even perhaps in the last 10 years. What does this mean, it means we have a real fight on our hands, but our fate is in our hands, and we certainly know what it takes. Something tells me the next nine rounds will be lone long elimination series. There is boundless rhetoric that I could waffle on about. The stark reality is there is only one thing that will get to September, and that’s simply good old fashioned hard work, on and off the field. Let’s go... Highlights from the game, Shura Taff returns of what must be said a very limited preparation and bags five goals and hit the post twice, Tommy Pemberthy continues to grow and plays a stellar game down back and Andy Scott, straight of the plane got through and will be better for the run.
Like the Seniors the Two's have struggled against DLS over the years. But we trotted out a pretty fine side on the weekend and only a win would suffice. A real arm wrestle for three quarters, we blew the game open in the last. Jimmy D kicked 5, Micky D bashed and crashed all day and snagged 3 in the last, Hunter Pool and Huw Apted dominated, Cuttsy played his best game for the year and Simon Hall led from the front all day. A quality win.
Trotted out one of the better sides in recent times and wasted no time in showing St Bernard’s they were in for a long day. Ended up a 70 point victory in a dominant four quarter display. Ed Malone having a run after a couple of weeks out very good, Ned Withers and Jimmy Martyn outstanding as were “Slats” and Jonesy. Great numbers, great support, good times for these guys but some challenges ahead. (See coaches report)
A well deserved victory against Carey. Kicking 6.1 in the first certainly helps and Carey, try as they might just couldn’t reel us in. Julian Hocking, Mark Shure and “Yata” very good while the Ghost kicked a lazy four. A solid win which can hopefully set up a back half charge.
A “marquee” Friday night block buster against Richmond Centrals at Victoria Park. To be honest I was stuffed on Friday night after work and nearly pulled the pin, but am I glad I went. Our boys hit the ground running and played a brand of footy that frankly, a few weeks ago seemed like a pipe dream. These guys have improved out of sight and will certainly take a few more scalps throughout the year. Freddie Sullivan got split open like a UFC fighter in the first 5 minutes but got strapped up like Arab Sheik and went back on played a blinder. Josh Dickinson very good, “The hyphen” Kenyon-Smith in everything, Gregors, Clarky and Graba all awesome. When “Katut” chipped in with a major you would have thought it was Daicos at his best. The feeling amongst the boys fantastic and to hear our song ringing out around Collingwood was a real buzz. Well done all.
We had a great luncheon Saturday and a terrific turnout by the legends of 1993 including Coach Leigh Carlson and the evergreen Ray Dean. Coyney rolled up about 5 kg lighter than his playing days, Lordy still fits in the school footy jumper and yes he had dencorub in his and a bloke called Paul Zappa turned up, none of us have seen him since that great day 20 years ago but it was fantastic he made the effort to get along and relive the year. Benny, Hoyley, Choppa, Polly, Kerry, Ivan Milat, Wooly, Schobes, Crackers, Harro,Lakey, Vaughan Cleary, Bicky, the list goes on. With the game on the big screen, a few sherbets and a good feed the stories started flowing and brought back lots of memories. I’m still not sure if some of these things ever happened!!!! A fantastic day and we thank the boys for coming; the boys from ’11 and ’12 have a lot to look forward too.
To President Richard Williams, Johnny Corin and all the troops from De La Salle thanks very much for supporting our lunch and aftermatch. We may have prevailed 20 years ago but you were too classy, on and off the field this time around. Great blokes, great club and we look forward to return bout in a couple of month’s time.
To Jenny Zimbachs and Co thanks for doing the BBQ, top effort, much appreciated by all, especially the players after the game. Robyn Ferguson is doing to the BBQ this week but needs a couple of helpers. If you can assist from say 12 noon for a couple of hours please contact Amanda on 0419 016 537.
To Lion Nathan and the team at James Boag for answering our 11th hour call for a tent, and the beanies came in very handy on a cold Melbourne day. Top effort.
To all the other punters that made the effort to come to lunch, we thank you very much, including the premiere appearance of little Harry Gilfillan, the latest addition to the Rogers-Wilson/Collegians clan. Stick with us mate!!!!!
EAST MALVERN COMMUNITY BANK CUP
Both DLS and Collegians are proud to be sponsored by the East Malvern Community Bank and since 2010 have played for the EMCB Cup. Sadly we had to hand the cup back this year, look after it guys, we’re coming to get it back. Both clubs are very appreciative of the support that the EMCB provides, and there support in of local community programs in general. If you are interested in forming a relationship with the EMCB give branch manager and Collegians legend Peter Wolff a call. (See app or website for details).
While on the subject, bank supremo Peter Norman has been the face of the bank since its inception. Indeed Peter’s contribution across many areas throughout his life, particularly in relation to community related matters, was recently recognised by being awarded an Order of Australia in the Queens Birthday honours. Peter has been a great supporter of Collegians and we congratulate him on this fantastic achievement.
We congratulate the following players who are in the interim training squads for up coming rep games. Matty Barton, Matt Yates and Sam Hibbins(Under 19), and James Kondaroskis, jack Bull, Trent Zimbachs, Harry Croft and Will Tardiff (Seniors).
SUBS, SPONSORSHIP AND MEMBERSHIP
It’s not too late! Get a potential tax deduction before 30 June! Please, stop what you are doing and get on board, now. See details on website or call the club, we would love to hear from you.
Congratulations to Nick Polce on winning the booty after the game on Saturday. Tough day at the office but a nice way to end the day, well done mate. Some big names missed out, got to be there to win it.
COMING UP – Home Game Luncheon – last one for a few weeks!
We had a good turnout on the weekend at lunch but there were lot of regulars missing. We have a massive home game again this weekend against Paul Newton’s fired up Old Carey and need our supporters to get off the couch, come to lunch and help the players get over the line. It’s our last home game for a while so PLEASE try and get along. If you are coming PLEASE email Amanda NOW Amanda.email@example.com for catering purposes.
Seniors & Reserves at home against Old Carey.
Thirds are away against Old Xavs at 11.40am
Under 19’s are away against Parkdale Vultures at 2pm at Gerry Green Reserve
Under 18’s have an nearly game at 9.20am against Kew AFC at Victoria Park, Kew
It’s early days but already feels like a long, cold, wet winter. Easy to make excuses this time of the year. We simply can’t get complacent, the committee, coaches, players, members and supporters need to work harder than ever to ensure we are up and about when the sun comes out. I have no doubt that will happen, starting this week!!
COLLEGIANS FOREVER FOREVER COLLEGIANS