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Week 3 finals - pre-match report
Preliminary final weekend and the final hurdle for the 4 teams remaining in each of the 10 grades of netball & football to be contested over the weekend , for the opportunity to realise the dream of a grand final appearance.
From a club perspective we will have our u/17.5 netballers competing after a good win last week , to qualify for the last 4 , a result which has already seen the girls exceed their regular season finish , where they were placed 5th on the ladder. This age group also made a preliminary final in our first year in the competition in 2011 and it is another great effort for the girls and we know that there will be great support on offer as the strive to go one step further. All the best , to Tracey and her team.
Last week our other 3 finals qualified teams had their seasons ended , but not without the fighting spirit that the club prides itself upon. Laryssa’s A Grade netballers , were not able to withstand a strong Dunnstown team , however with an historic first finals victory to their credit , their has been a great benchmark set for further progress in this division. Karen’s u/15 netballers unfortunately could not overcome Gordon in their sudden death final and the girls will be left to ponder what might have been after really taking it up to the top placed team the previous week but that’s the nature of competition. Notwithstanding this , it was another very promising year for our junior netballers and bodes very well for the future. Well done to all.
Our u/17.5 footballers , also finished their year when they were beaten by the top placed Daylesford boys , but they certainly lost no admirers in the process. The game was a real arm wrestle and it was only late in the last quarter that the Bulldogs gained the upper hand. Like the netball some really good signs in our junior footy ranks.
Don’t forget our presentation / vote count day for all grades on Sunday 15th September commencing at 11.00am with the junior grade awards before a BBQ lunch and then the senior grade awards in the afternoon.
Good luck to our netballers today and indeed all competing.
Week 2 finals - pre-match report
The second weekend of finals action beckons and our 4 teams who qualified for finals participation remain in the race after a very good showing by all teams in their respective matches as the finals series commenced last week.
Our A Grade netballers , under 17.5 girls and u/17.5 footballers all faced sudden death encounters and all prevailed with impressive showings. The A Graders were part of the most heart stopping of matches , a replay of their clash with Ballan of a week earlier and a game which went to overtime before our ladies willed themselves over the line in a thriller to keep their campaign alive and coach Laryssa is taking the “nothing to lose” approach as her charges continue scale new heights.
The u/17.5 girls had by comparison a more comfortable passage through to the 2nd week , with a 5 goal victory over Creswick and knowing Tracey’s competitive spirit we know she will have the team primed to go again this week. Sprats u/15 girls had the task of taking on the top ranked Springbank team and proved they were right up to the challenge , leading by as much as 5 goals during the game before eventually just falling short at the end. With the benefit of the double chance , they get another chance this week to keep their dream alive.
Our sole footballing representatives , the u/17.5 lads , really came to play and posted an emphatic 10 goal victory against Waubra , that was even more impressive given the very heavy conditions in which the game was played.
All our teams appreciated the level of support they were given and will be again looking forward to a similar level this weekend as they continue to fly the red , white & black flag.
A couple of important reminders , firstly with the club having the catering rights to this Sunday’s ( 01/09 ) final at Beaufort we seek the support of all those who can possibly contribute some time in the canteen or on a barbeque to ensure we fulfill our obligations adequately.
Finally confirmation that our annual vote count and award ceremony for all Football & Netball grades will take on a different format this year , with the event being conducted on Sunday 15th September commencing at 11am at the SV Recreation Reserve. The junior grade vote counts and other awards will be conducted prior to a BBQ lunch and then followed by the senior grades in the afternoon. Make sure you keep the date free.
Good luck to all our teams this weekend and here’s hoping we are reporting on some further success next week !! GO SAINTS …………………..
Week 1 finals - pre-match report
Well after 17 rounds of committed effort , we arrive at finals time , with a representation in 4 of the 10 football/netball grades in which a final system is conducted.
Our netballers lead the way with our u/15 girls finishing in 4th spot and thus earning a prized double chance when they take on ladder leader Springbank. The u/17’s (5Th) & A Grade (8th) have qualified also but will have to proceed via Elimination finals at Dunnstown against Creswick & Ballan respectively. All teams take winning form into the play-offs after victories in their final encounter against Ballan , with undoubtedly the most significant result being the victory of the A Grade ladies against the 5th placed visitors , which not only secured their finals spot but also set up a re-match against the same team this week. This is a great result for our netballers and we trust that our supporters will get behind them in their quest for the ultimate success.
The u/17.5 footballers will be our sole representative on field after the u/15 boys just fell short of grabbing 8th spot after narrowly going down to Ballan. The u/17.5 team will take on Waubra at Dunnstown after finishing their season with an impressive 13/4 win/loss ratio.
While the excitement of finals qualification is certainly in the air , our teams who finished their seasons last week are commended for their commitment and manner in which they represented the club throughout season 2013. This goes also for the many support people who contributed to getting these teams on the park every week including the coaches , team managers , scorers , umpires , runners etc. The club thanks you all for your great efforts. There is plenty of positive signs as we continue forge our way in the CHFNL. The strong numbers in our juniors both football and netball augurs well for the future , the netball representation in the finals with 3 of 6 teams and the u/13 team on the cusp and the Senior football team who showed really encouraging signs of development , including 2 victories over teams who finished in the top 8 and generally very competitive in the great majority of contests.
Socially , after some untimely problems with power at the SV Rec Reserve on Saturday night, the much anticipated Comedy night was relocated to the SV pub at the last minute and a great night was enjoyed by all. Going forward , make sure you keep Sunday the 15th of September free for our vote count/presentation function at the SV Rec Reserve , further detail to follow.
Finally on a sad note , the club executive , players and supporters wish to convey their sincere sympathy to the Newell and extended families on the recent sad passing of Gladys who was a valued , hard working supporter of our club over a number of years.
Good luck to all our competing teams this week. GO SAINTS !!!!!
Round 16 v. Daylesford pre-match report
As anticipated , we got another reminder that it is indeed a winter sport that we participate in , when we braved the elements at Waubra last Saturday. Notwithstanding the challenges the elements provided , we more than held our own in both the oval & round ball contests against the one of the competitions perennially strong all round clubs.
Victories in the all of the junior footy contests , kicked off the day on a strong note , with the u/15’s well and truly keeping their finals aspirations alive and the u/18’s racking up their 12th win of the season in courageous circumstances. The Ressies were once again forced to call on a number of u/18 players and other “helpers” ( incl a guest appearance by senior coach Brodes ) to form a team against the top ranked team and the commitment of those on field could not be faulted. After facing a 6 goal 1st quarter deficit against the 2nd ranked team in deteriorating conditions , the senior boys showed great character to claw their way back into their game before the home team steadied in the last quarter. Well done boys and it is hoped that we can finish off our season with similar intent as we continue to build for the future.
A similar tale in the Netball , where we prevailed in all of the junior matches , solidifying the finals positions for our u/15 & u/17 teams , while our u/13 girls still remain mathematically in the hunt for a top 8 finish if they are able to win their final 2 games. In the senior contests our ladies were overpowered by the strong Kangaroo teams , however the A graders , still retain 8th spot and their aim to be the 1st A Grade team from the LPFL competition to make the play offs remains in their control if they can finish the season with 2 victories.
Don’t forget the next major social event , that being the Comedy evening with renowned performers Lawrence Mooney & Des Dowling ( both featuring recently on ABC TV’s Agony Uncles & Dirty Laundry ) & Tom Seigert ( Comedy Channel ) $30 a ticket for a guaranteed ripping nights entertainment with bar facilities and supper after next weeks final home game at the Valley on August 17th . See Sam for ticket bookings.
Good luck to all competing this Saturday , GO SAINTS !!!!
Round 15 v. Waubra pre-match report
Off to the home of the wind turbines this Saturday as we venture to Waubra and if the last couple of weeks have been any guide , it’s a fair bet that we can expect them to get a good work out as mother nature has certainly turned the winter notch up.
We come to this weeks contest off the back of a typically highly competitive day of footy and netball at the Valley last Saturday when we hosted our respected long time rivals Skipton.
The highlight of our day was achieved on court where our A Grade ladies secured a crucial victory against the visitors who were on equal points coming into the clash and were similarly eyeing a finals opportunity. The great win places the girls in the 8 with 3 games to play and within reach of an inaugural CH finals place which would be a great achievement. Largely positive results in the other netball fixtures with success in both u/13 grades as well as the u/17 & C Grade games. The u/15 & u/17 girls look to have secured their finals spot so some really positive developments on court.
Football wise , a bit of a case of teams taking their opportunities and on Saturday it was the visitors who made the most of their chances. In the senior game , we actually won 3 quarters on the scoreboard but a costly lapse in the 3rd stanza where the visitors outscored us by 7 goals to nil , sealed our fate. A last gasp snap that hit the post , meant the Ressies fell 4 points short and a brave effort by our u/15 boys against their higher placed opponents was not quite enough , however they still maintain an opportunity to make the playoffs if they can win a couple to finish the season. Their was some success on field with the u/18’s shoring up their position in the 8 with a workmanlike victory , while the u/12’s produced a barnstorming 4 goal last quarter to win their game by the same margin.
Don’t forget the next major social event , that being the Comedy evening with renowned performers Lawrence Mooney & Des Dowling ( both featuring recently on ABC TV’s Agony Uncles & Dirty Laundry ) & Tom Seigert ( Comedy Channel ) $30 a ticket for a guaranteed ripping nights entertainment with bar facilities and supper after the last home game at the Valley on August 17th . See Sam for ticket bookings.
Good luck to all competing this Saturday , GO SAINTS !!!!
Round 14 v. Skipton pre-match report
As we enter the final month of home and away competition , our teams are either looking to consolidate a top 8 position , push into the 8 or otherwise finish the season off as strongly as possible. This Saturday they will get that opportunity when we host traditional rivals Skipton and we look forward to a typically spirited day and the opportunity to share some fellowship in the social room after proceedings.
A tough day last week , not only in terms of win/loss , but encountering the fierce blast of winter that confronted our participants on field and court on our trip to Wallace. While it was a great credit to our junior footballers & netballers who bore the worst of the days conditions , it is also timely to recognize the contributions of the volunteer umpires , runners , scorers etc who also have to brave the elements on such days , well done to all , your contributions do not go un noticed.
Results wise , the u/12 & u/15 footballers continued their good run of form to record good wins , with the 15’s keeping their finals hopes alive. The u/18’s 6 game winning streak came to an end against last years premiers and they will look to get back on the winners list today. Unavailability in our senior ranks is taking it’s toll at this stage of the year and it is particularly exposed against the higher placed teams , as is the case with Springbank in the both the senior and Reserve grades. Both will be striving to try and claw some further success before seasons end.
The strong Springbank netball unit , made it a tough day at the office for our girls with only our u/13b team managing a victory on the day. Again a credit to all for persevering through the extraordinary conditions , particularly the junior girls who had to battle snow as well as very tough opposition!! The u/15 & u/17 girls remain well placed for finals participation , while the A Grade ladies can keep their aspirations alive with a win over the equally placed Skipton team today.
After surviving the extremes of the day , it was great that everyone was able to get together and enjoy the annual club ball. A great night was had by all and while there are many people who contributed to the success of the night it would be remiss not to specifically acknowledge the efforts of key organizers Michelle Ladiges & Laan Hanson.
While on the social theme , don’t forget the next major event , that being the Comedy evening with renowned performers Lawrence Mooney & Des Dowling ( both featuring recently on ABC TV’s Agony Uncles & Dirty Laundry ) & Tom Seigert ( Comedy Channel ) $30 a ticket for a guaranteed ripping nights entertainment with bar facilities and supper. See Sam for ticket bookings.
Round 13 v. Springbank pre-match report
Well after managing to get through two thirds of the regular season in pretty good weather , relatively speaking , the last couple of Saturdays have been more akin to Ballarat mid winter and if the forecasters are right , we will need to brace ourselves for an arctic blast at Wallace this Saturday. It is a winter sport they say …………..
Last weeks rain did not detract from a day of great contests as we hosted Clunes and it is noted that both the new netball facility and improved footy surface both held up really well. Footy wise , we held sway in the junior ranks with Ian’s under 12’s kicking the day off well with a typically spirited effort against a bigger opponent. Robbie’s u/15’s put in one of their best efforts to finish over the top of their higher placed opponents and in the process keep their finals dream alive. The 18’s boys improved their record to 10-2 win loss and are now in a position to control their destiny and possible top 4. Unfortunately the ongoing unavailability of a number of players meant that Matty’s Ressies again needed a top up of under 18 boys (4) who all performed admirably , however the stretch on the depth continues to take a toll and the visitors finished too strong in the 2nd half. The senior game was a see sawing affair with the majority of the scoring done at the southern end and both sides taking advantage in turn. After conceding a 23 pts 3 qtr time defecit , the boys rallied to Brodes call once again and drew level at about the 30 min mark before a late Clunes goal sealed the game.
Another positive day to report courtside , where our only losses were in the u/13 and B Grade games , by the narrow margins of 2 & 1 goal respectively , while C Graders managed to record their 3rd tie for the season in somewhat of an uncanny sequence. On the victorious side of the ledger were our u/13B , U/15 & U/17 girls ( the latter 2 teams now well positioned in the top 8 ) while the highlight was the A Grade result , which has put the ladies into the 8 with 5 games to play. Today we will see sibling rivalry at it’s best as Laryssa takes on her brother who coaches the very strong Springbank team and we are sure the girls will be inspired to take their game to another level against a competition yardstick.
This Saturday night we have the annual Ball at the Mining Exchange which is sure to be a great night and we take the opportunity of reminding everyone of the next significant event on the calendar , that being a Comedy night to be held at the Snake Valley Rec Reserve on August 17th after the final home game against Ballan. The evening will feature well renowned performers incl Lawrence Mooney & Des Dowling. Sure to be a hoot of a night so make sure you get the friends together and arrange your tickets with Sam.
Round 12 v. Clunes pre-match report
A welcome to our Snake Valley home to the players and supporters from Clunes this Saturday as we look forward to round 12 action of Central Highlands Football & Netball.
Not surprisingly , as we find ourselves in the middle of winter , our trip to Newlyn last week saw us confront probably the coldest day of the season to date , however the competition on offer was certainly hot as we narrowly took the overall honors.
A couple of tied matches ( Senior & u/12 ) in the footy exemplified the competitiveness of the day on field where our only loss was in the ressies but only after strong finish by the home team in the last 10 minutes. The senior result , whilst better than a loss , was disappointing in the sense that we were never headed throughout the day , however we were not able to finish off the cats who have to be credited for their ability to remain in the contest. The junior teams prevailed despite a number of players being unavailable and remain in touch for finals action.
Success in 4 of the 7 netball games , highlighted by a very strong win by our A grade ladies , which keeps them right on the verge of the final 8 and still with their season still well and truly alive. The under 15 & 17 girls are well placed in the top half of the ladder with 6 rounds to play ( despite a narrow loss by the u/17’s ) and finals look a real prospect which would be a great result. Looking at relative ladder positions against today’s opponent Clunes , their appears to be a real prospect of our teams being able to further improve their positions across the grades.
Off field and court , our next major event is the annual club ball which is to be held Saturday night July 20th at the mining exchange. This is always a great nights entertainment and chance for the ladies to frock up and even the boys to put the glad rags on , so if you have’nt already got yourself organized , make sure you see Michelle Ladiges for ticket details.
Finally a big congratulations to Brodie Doolan and his partner Rhiannon , on the safe arrival of their baby daughter last Saturday. Another generation of the Doolan clan welcomed into the club.
Round 11 v. Newlyn
This week another win slipped from our grasp, when we were in a winnable position. Leading the game at every break, our only consolation was we were awarded 2 points at the end of play. This was the first draw I have been involved in, and I must say, it left a hollow/sorrel feeling, that took a while to absorb.
There were some great performances on the day with Tim Millers efforts leading the charge with one of his best games to date. Big ‘Brackers’ battled hard in the middle and was supported by the consistent efforts of Mitch Giddens. Brayden G provided drive in the back line all day, with ‘Hammer’ delivering another solid defensive performance.
The playing group battled hard all day, applying great tackling pressure, especially in the first half. A real positive is that the team did not drop their heads and fought it out to the dying seconds. The most frustrating thing is, when the playing group stick to the game plan and execute and preform their individual role, we move the ball with confidence, with the example of 4 goals in concession. This is the style of footy, that we need to become consistent at, then these near misses, will translate to victories. The only way we can remedy this, is to commit to training and continually strive to improve as a team/club.
This year’s playing group have improved and I have no doubt they will continue to do so. We must maintain focus and continue on our path of becoming a competitive team, gaining the required respect from opposing teams. If this can be achieved the rewards will follow.
“The harder you work, the luckier you get!”
Yours in footy
by Jamie Briody, Seniors Coach
By Matt Newberry, Reserves Coach
What a miserably cold day last Saturday when we travelled in the fog to Newlyn but we witnessed some fiery encounters on court and some very competitive games of netball. U13 score: 8 - 16. After their excellent match the week before, the youngsters couldn't back it up and looked flat and untidy at times. Mia Clack was the standout in defence taking many intercepts and rebounds to deserve the Regent Multiplex voucher and Sylvia Wright took home the Stocklands award. Our B side had a three goal win and Amy Hopper played well to receive the Drinkbottle, the Regent voucher went to Rachel Mason for a consistent game. U15 score: 24 - 21. The girls came out firing and displayed on court what they have been practising all year and looked very comfortable going into the next qtr. Unfortunately their opposition stepped up and we dropped the ball, literally, making terrible passes and poor options. Luckily we held on to come away with the win. Rachael Gay put in another strong performance to win the Stocklands award, Emily Gay the Drinkbottle and Millie Gibson was awarded the Regent voucher. U17 score: 20 - 21. This was a hard fought game and closely contested with only a few goals separating them from start to finish and the lead changing several times. In saying that, we should've won this game but playing from behind and not looking at the short options cost us the game. Steph Mundy and Caitlin Searle did their job in defence to get the Stocklands award and Regent Voucher, and Maddie Gay tried hard all game to win the Drinkbotle. C-Grade score: 31 - 14. Well done ladies, everyone stepped up to the mark and put in a good game. There were strong drives, precision feeding into the ring, accurate goaling and good defensive pressure all over court. Maddie Gay made a huge difference in goals to win the Regent voucher, Renee Farnsworh playing at WD was deserving of the Sock award, and the Stems incentive went to Shona Maloney. B-Grade score: 12 - 23. Completely out classed, no movement, no talk, and inaccurate passing and shooting. That's not to say that they weren't trying but probably their worst game so far for the year. Luckily the tenacious efforts from the defence third stopped a blowout on the score sheet with Steph Mundy and Hayley Burns working overtime to create numerous turnovers and rebounds to earn themselves the Regent voucher and the Snake Valley General Store award. A-Grade score: 45 - 26. A very physical encounter with every pass strongly contested, our girls kept their focus and ran away big winners. Ash Vagg did a power of work off the ball as well as providing a strong mid court presence, and the swap of Meg Porter into goals and Jaime Palmer into centre didn't have any detrimental effect but always good to have that other option. Larissa Kydd held strong under the post and goaled well to win the Regent voucher, and partners in defensive crime, Tracey Dawson and Marissa Addison were deserving of the Millers Arms award and Club Card. This week we are host to Clunes at the Valley and expect to see some tough games and the four points. From a club point, you get out what you put in, so lets see everyone get off ya lazy bums and get on the training track!!!!!! If not, you'll probably be watching from the bench. Good luck to one and all
By Karen Spratling
Round 11 v. Newlyn pre-match
Round 11 this week as we journey to Newlyn and as is the case in this league , we look to once again set ourselves for a day of strong competition , played in great spirit , which I am sure will be the case with our hosts.
We come to the contest off the back of what was a wonderful day of celebration last Saturday , when we returned to our joint home at Snake Valley , for the first time in 9 years. There was a massive amount of work that went into the day and to see the outstanding turn out , the unveiling of magnificent new playing facilities , topped of by a great winters day and victory in 9 of the 11 contests , made it a truly memorable day.
A big thanks to those helped the day and night run as smoothly as it did , however a few people , most namely the Carngham Rec Reserve heirachy of Gary Palmer , Rhonda Harrison & Troy Nunn ( ably supported by their hard working committee ) and former councilor Alec Carson , without whose countless hours of dedication of the years , we would not now have a facility of which everyone can be rightly proud.
On field there was a clean sweep of victories , all of them hard earned and highlighted by an outstanding victory by the senior team who looked on the ropes a couple of times but showed great character to prevail by 20 points. After a number of recent near misses , Matty’s 2nd 18 also displayed great resolve to beat a higher ranked opponent while all our junior teams recorded good wins.
With the first use of the outstanding new netball facility , there was a keen focus courtside and our ladies ( & girls ) again performed admirably with wins in 4 of the 6 games , with the u/13 girls going down by a solitary goal right on the buzzer against the top team in a great game and the C Graders only falling 3 goals short. In addition to these results , probably the highlight was the return of many “legends” of the past , who once again donned the uniform to participate in a match to honor the occasion where many faces from past eras of the club returned to celebrate the day. Your correspondent is pleased to report that all of our “veterans” survived the experience.
A quick note to confirm that hard working club volunteer Kath Hammond was the lucky winner of the footy drop fundraiser conducted last Saturday and thanks to all who bought and sold tickets. Also a reminder of our next major social function , that being the Annual Ball to be held at the Mining Exchange on Saturday 20th July , please see any committee member for ticket/table arrangements.