Bears' streak ended

By: Jarrad Conron
Sunday, June 15, 2014

RESERVOIR handed Thomastown its first loss for the 2014 season, defeating the Bears by 10 points in Round 10 of Division 3 action.

The Mustangs held off a fast finishing Thomastown side to claim the 14.17 (101) to 13.13 (91) away win at Main Street Reserve.

Ashley Flavel starred up forward for the Mustangs, kicking five goals to take his total to 27 for the season. David McGregor and Kael Beaumont were the only other multiple goal scorers for the victors, slotting four and two majors respectively.

For the Bears, Jacob Osei-Duro was again the main target up forward, kicking five goals to take his total to 48 for the season, 19 ahead of South Morang’s Ashley Hobbs.

Both teams came out of the blocks hard, with attack on the ball at a high level in the first part of the match.

Neither team was able to break away in a tight first term, with the margin just two points in favour of Reservoir at the first change after each team booted two goals.

Both sides again struggled to find a way to goals in the first part of the second term, but after goals to McGregor and Beaumont, the floodgates opened for the Mustangs. They kicked five unanswered goals to take a decisive 30-point lead into the main break.

The Bears rued endless missed shots at goals, as they kicked a wasteful 1.9 in the second term.

Thomastown looked to cut the deficit early in the second half and, after a quick goal to Matthew Cupo, it looked as if it was going to make a comeback.

However, consecutive goals to McGregor at the other end steadied the flow as the Mustangs opened up a 36 point lead.

Two late goals to Osei-Duro brought the margin back 30 points at the final change.

The game seemed all but over at the last change. Having only having kicked six majors for the entire match, the Bears needed to at least double that to be any sort of chance of claiming ninth successive victory in 2014.

Both teams traded goals for the first part of the final quarter and after Flavel’s fifth, the Mustangs looked home.

However, the Bears made one last push for an unlikely victory.

They slotted the last four majors of the game, including three straight to Folino, but it wasn’t enough and, as the siren sounded, the Mustangs collectively breathed a sigh of relief.

Jason Dal Santo and Ben Mowlam were both outstanding in victory and will look to feature in the votes, along with Flavel with his five majors.

Joe Fiore was in the best for Thomastown, along with Dylan Fuller and Osei-Duro.

In Round 11, Reservoir will take on St. Mary’s at Crispe Park as it looks to stay within four points of Thomastown at the top of the ladder.

The Bears will travel to A.K. Lines Reserve to take on fourth placed Watsonia who they defeated by 14 points back in Round 2.

Final score: Thomastown 13.13 (91) def Reservoir 14.17 (101)

Mustangs cement second spot

By: Ben Pascuzzi
Monday, June 09, 2014

RESERVOIR cemented second spot on the Division 3 ladder with a big win over last year’s runner-up Watsonia at Crispe Park in Round 9.

The Mustangs never looked in doubt in the 50-point win, pulling well clear of the Saints during the second term in none too pleasant conditions to record the 12.13(85) to 4.11(35) win.

In what was expected to be a close contest, it was the Saints who got off to the better start. Mark Roumanos kicked a great running goal to get them off to a great start.

The goal stung the home side into action, as Danny O’Sullivan and David McGregor both kicked goals in quick succession for Reservoir to reward it for its relentless pressure.

A couple of goal exchanges saw out the quarter with the Mustangs holding on to a four-point lead heading into the second term.

As the heavens opened up above, contested possession became the key factor in the game. This was certainly the case in the second term, with all of the play being played in Reservoir’s forward half.

The Mustangs could only muster 2.4 for the term, with Toby O’Meara and Ashley Flavel kicking the only goals, but were able to keep the Saints scoreless as they took a 20-point lead into the third term.

The rain played a major part in that second term, with the lights needing to be switched on such was the significance of the horrible weather.

But the Mustangs pressure around the contested ball saw them keep the ball locked in their forward half for most of the term, which was an astounding effort against good opposition.

After 10 minutes of end-to-end footy following the half time break, O’Meara was finally able to get the breakthrough goal as the Mustangs took a 27-point lead.

David McGregor and Kent Beaumont kicked late goals for Reservoir as it only allowed Watsonia to score three behinds for the quarter to take a 40-point lead into the final quarter.

The Mustangs’ dominated the term again, with their hard nuts around the ball winning the contested footy which was the defining factor of the match.

O’Meara kicked his third of the day at the start of the final term before Roumanos was able to kick Watsonia’s first goal since the first term, slotting the major to briefly halt the Reservoir surge.

Goals to Beaumont and O’Meara saw out the game as the Mustangs won in a very dominant display by a convincing margin of 50 points.

Joel Buckley, Liam Ryan and O’Meara were the best for the Mustangs on a true winter’s day, whilst Matthew Crawford, Hayden Mitchell and Nick Hearn were Watsonia’s best in a very disappointing day.

The win sees the Mustangs move eight points clear of the third-placed Saints. They remain within touching distance of undefeated Thomastown ahead of this week’s mouth-watering clash between Division 3’s top two sides.

Watsonia remains in third spot, percentage ahead of South Morang, despite the loss and has the bye in Round 10.

Final score: Reservoir 12.13(85) def Watsonia 4.11(35)

Mustangs clip Hawks' wings

By: Doug Long
Sunday, May 18, 2014

RESERVOIR celebrated Ashley Flavel’s 300th game with a runaway 61-point victory over Heidelberg West at Crispe Park in Round 6 action of Division 3.

The Mustangs took control of the match with eight unanswered goals stretching from late in the first quarter until just after half time. They always appeared to have the game in their keeping after establishing a sizeable break in the second term and went on to win 17.5 (107) to 7.4 (46).

Although the Hawks clawed their way back early in the final quarter to get within 20 points, Reservoir reasserted its dominance by slamming on the final seven goals.

Mustang Kent Beaumont was a late inclusion after Toby O’Meara was left out due to a minor injury. The Hawks lost Kevin Caldera, Ryan Gall and John Shanahan – replaced by Tom Griffin, Jordan McColl and Ben Marris.

Despite losing the inside 50 count clearly, Heidelberg West did have enough forward entries to build a competitive total. But the injured Kyl Ewart was sorely missed.

Their high flier Aaron Nelson was comprehensively beaten by Ben Mowlam. In fact, the entire back six for the Mustangs worked together wonderfully well all day.

Heidelberg West appeared determined not to be blown away in the first quarter – as had occurred the previous week against Thomastown.

Despite Reservoir dominating possession in a scrappy first term, the scores were tied at the first change at 1.1 (7) apiece. So the Hawks did manage to be competitive early, but they had failed to capitalise on the scoring end – which yielded 19 of the 24 goals on the afternoon.

Hawk James McLean-Brunton was able to mop up regularly in defence in the first term.  But when he filled the hole in defence in the second stanza, the ball often sailed over his head as the Mustangs scored from around the 50 metre arc with the wind at their backs.

Overall, the Heidelberg West defence stood up well. Michael Shanahan proved to be a reliable, one grab mark. When the ball hit the deck in defence, Bradley Moore and Jordan McColl were on the scene to clear the ball out of danger.

Reservoir’s Daniel Couwenberg had the better of the duel with Aidan Young in the first half.  Hawk coach Derek Shaw moved Young into the centre in the third term. The move proved briefly successful, with the Hawks kicking three in a row during that term – one from Young himself.

Reservoir had winners all over the park – and their teamwork was a shade better than their opponents.  Danny O’Sullivan was rewarded for his tireless work late in the game when Kent Beaumont was awarded a free on the boundary.  He passed to O’Sullivan in a more central position for a relatively easy goal.

The contest featured some long goals. Nubbi Bux’s goal from about 50 into the wind at the beginning of the last quarter gave his team a faint hope.

Reservoir’s Brendon Meroli nailed a long bomb goal from outside 50 after using his pace to get into the clear.  And Ryan Docherty, in his best game for the Mustangs for some time, slotted another from about 55 metres out.

Mustangs assistant coach Leon Edwards was very pleased with the defence. He noted that his team had a big win, but there was still room for improvement – due to the high number of new faces in the senior team.

Flavel provided plenty of entertainment for the crowd.  In between running through a banner at the start of the game and being carried off at the completion, he managed four goals plus he had a stint on the sidelines courtesy of a yellow card.

The club looks to have good depth – with the reserves recording a 140 point victory earlier in the day. And off the field Reservoir’s ‘White Ribbon Day’ function saw a packed house of ladies enjoying the festivities.

The Hawks face their third consecutive road trip next week when they encounter Watsonia at A.K. Lines Reserve, while Reservoir hosts South Morang in another enthralling top-three battle at Crispe Park.

Final score: Reservoir 17.5 (107) def Heidelberg West 7.4 (46)

300 up for Flavel

RESERVOIR star forward Ashley Flavel this week reaches another big milestone in his illustrious career when he plays his 300th open-age game.

Prior to joining the Mustangs in 2012, Flavel played 270 games with EDFL clubs East Keilor, West Coburg and Pascoe Vale, amassing 580 goals and two premierships.

For the past three seasons he has continued his career with Reservoir, playing 30 games and kicking a further 105 goals, bringing his career tally to 685.

A sneaky forward with a fantastic set shot for goal and a knack of knowing where the big sticks are, Flavel is known to many in metropolitan football and has been a club leading goal kicker on nine occasions throughout his senior career.

That includes 96 goals in West Coburg’s premiership year of 2006 and a career-high 128 goals with Pascoe Vale in 2009, when the Panthers unfortunately lost in the Grand Final.

Flavel reaches the 300-game milestone when Reservoir hosts third-placed Heidelberg West at Crispe Park on Saturday.

He enters the game in rich form, having booted 10 goals over the past two weeks in wins at Watsonia and Parkside.

WATCH: NFL Suburban Spotlight - Edition 1

NFL TV headed to Reservoir ahead of the club's R U OK? Day clash with Thomastown on April 26.

The R U OK? Foundation hopes to help create a world where all people are connected and are protected from suicide.

To help raise awareness in the local community, Reservoir will a gala day during its Round 3 match against Thomastown in support of the foundation.

The club will wear a special edition R U OK? jumper, and has organised several keynote speakers, as well as half-time and post-match entertainment.

A match broadcast of the game between Reservoir and Thomastown will be aired on 88.6 Plenty Valley FM.

Reservoir FC welfare manager Michael Popovski - who lost his brother Nathan to suicide in 2013 - spoke to NFL reporter Brad Emmett about the upcoming day and the importance of asking R U OK?

To watch the video, please Opens external link in new windowCLICK HERE.


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