2014 Division 3 Reserves Premiership Team

Congratulations to Robert Docherty on obtaining Reservoir’s first premiership since 1998 and first Reserves Premiership since 1984.











South Morang






K. Clayton, A. Carlson, A. Ellis, C. McPhee, B. Whelan, R. Keyes


Ke. Beaumont 3, K. Clayton 3, Ka. Beaumont 2, A. Carlson 2, A. McLaughlin, C. McGregor, C. McPhee, M. Crump

Best on Ground

Corey McGregor (as voted by the Umpires)



David Roberts

Adam Hull

 David Lewis


Corey McGregor

Colin McPhee

 Dylan Cornford


Joseph Spicuglia

Bradley Whelan

 Kelsey Clayton


Kent Beaumont

Jake McSwain

 Adam Carlson


Kael Beaumont

Adam McLaughlin

 Matthew Crump


Ryan Keyes

Brayden Wight 

 Arthur Ellis


Brent Kreitling

Bruce Bullock

 Owen Kortlang


Michael Popovski

Mark Buckley

 Luke Moloney


Patrick Smith

Michael Zenella Connor Makropoulos 


Robert Docherty



Assistant Coach

John Fraser

Michael Cremore


Team Manager

Nathan McCraig  


Mustangs advance to Grand Final

RESERVOIR bounced back from a horror second semi-final loss to comfortably account for South Morang in the Division 3 preliminary final at Epping Recreation Reserve.

Like their previous clash in the final round of the regular season, when they led six goals to nil at the first break, the Mustangs got off to an absolute flier. They led 7.4 (46) to 0.2 (2) at quarter time.

That early lead proved decisive as the Mustangs went on to win 18.11 (119) to 12.11 (83) to advance to the Division 3 Grand Final against Thomastown.

Although the Lions made a couple of runs at the physically stronger Mustangs, including four goals in a row in the third term, they never drew close enough to seriously threaten.

Jake Potter and Matthew Campbell both played for the Lions, despite earlier being named as omissions.

For most of the afternoon, the pressure that Reservoir applied made it difficult for the Lions to move the ball smoothly into attack.

And South Morang was often punished when they turned it over.  On many occasions the Reservoir midfield, led by Danny O’Sullivan and the efficient Liam Ryan, combined well to create forward 50 entries.

Mustang coach Ross Terranova would have liked Richard Collins’ tagging job on South Morang forward Ashley Hobbs.

Similarly, Michael Szikla closely followed Reservoir’s Daniel Couwenberg.  Couwenberg had been a standout in their round 15 clash.

While hard nut Mitch Buckley was the best midfielder for the Lions, Nick Johnston was named their best in both finals - with great speed and some good marks across the half forward line.

Joel Goodyear played on him for most of the afternoon and was effective whenever he gained possession.

And, apart from a brief period after half time when the Lions came from 49-points down, they were not able to find targets inside the corridor when attacking. Their second half fight-back came as defenders Jake Potter and Brent Howlett were moved into the midfield.

Although the game always looked safe for the Mustangs, the Lions booted the first goal of the final term through Matthew Campbell from the goal square – courtesy of a 50 metre penalty.

The Lions had clawed the lead back to a manageable 23 points with plenty of time left on the clock.

But Reservoir went forward from the next centre bounce for Leigh Sullivan to take a big pack mark. Soon after he slotted the goal from close in, David McGregor had another with a nice snap.

Toby O’Meara – who was the best forward option for Reservoir on the day – then grabbed a one-handed mark under pressure. His resultant goal gave the Mustangs an unassailable 41-point lead.

“It’s a credit to the club to have both teams in the Grand final,” Reservoir assistant coach Leon Edwards said. “We set ourselves in the third year (under head coach Ross Terranova) to get the right personnel into the team.  And we’ve now given ourselves a chance.”

“Reservoir came out with purpose and was able to sustain the pressure for long periods of time,” South Morang coach Craig Lambert said. “We struggled to handle that pressure and wrestle back the momentum.”

Speaking about the year as a whole, Lambert said, “I was happy with the effort from the boys. We were the third best team and it showed in the finals series.”

It wasn’t all bad news for the Lions.  Their reserves team won through to the Grand Final after coming via the first semi-final and winning both finals games easily.

Reservoir has now won the right to play Thomastown in the senior Grand Final at the same venue next Saturday, with the Bears holding a 3-1 record in head-to-head battles this year.

Final scores: Reservoir 18.11 (119) def South Morang 12.11 (83)

Division 3 Preview - Semi Finals

By: Doug Long

ST MARY'S surprised with an upset win over Watsonia, while Thomastown and Reservoir recorded easy wins in the final home and away round of the 2014 Division 3 season.

St Mary’s followed up its 27-point win over the Saints in Round 15 with a 36-point victory, after leading by a mere three points at the last change.

The Saints new forward combination of Jeremy Bennett and Andrew Kidd failed to fire due to low quality supply from the midfield. Small forward Jack Larkin was their best forward option with three goals.

“Today was a wake up call in terms of backing up one week to another,” Watsonia coach Damian Zanic said, after the Saints pushed Reservoir all the way a week prior. “We need to be ready to play consistent footy if we want to do well in the finals.”

Burra forward Liam O'Donnell booted seven to make it 16 goals in his past three games. Meanwhile, Shane Derham returned from injury to be the best on ground for the Burra.

“I was very happy with our physicality at the ball and the ball carrier,” Burra coach Con Borg said. “We ran hard two ways today.”

Borg noted his disappointment at not playing finals footy, but said he was rapt with the development of about 15-20 under-19 players throughout the year. He also confirmed that Heidelberg team of the century player Shane Delanty is joining St Mary’s as an assistant coach for the 2015 season.

Reservoir trounced South Morang at Crispe Park in a surprisingly lopsided encounter. The Mustangs led by 38 points at the first break and finished off strongly, with an eight-goal to two last term to record a whopping 83-point win.

Kent Beaumont, with four majors, laid claims to a regular senior spot following two matches in the reserves.

Thomastown got off to a flier against Heidelberg West at Heidelberg Park with an 8.2 to 0.4 opening term – with the Hawks missing several sitters. But the home team fought back strongly in the middle stages of the match, before the Bears steadied in the final stanza to pull away again.

“We were blown away in the first quarter,” Hawk coach Derek Shaw said. “But it was pleasing to win the second and third quarters and to be competitive in last. We had the same amount of scoring shots at three quarter time, but Thomastown knows how to win.”

Summing up the year, Shaw said he was happy with the progression of his club’s youngsters.

“We had very few new senior players, like Mitchell Reeve and Tom Waters. But the kids have developed and those who have played in the range of 10-25 games stood up and had a go.”

Kyl Ewart held Jacob Osei-Duro goalless early in the game before being moved forward and slotting three goals. Osei-Duro finished the game well and, along with Michael Khoury, kicked six goals for Thomastown. Down back, the reliable Andrew Lozanovski was named best on the day.

The first week of finals now begins with Thomastown clashing with Reservoir at Shelley Street Reserve on Saturday in the second semi-final, where the winner will claim the first place in this year’s Grand Final.

The Bears have recorded two big wins against Reservoir during the season, split by a Mustang victory in Round 10 at Main Street Reserve.

Both teams will have tough decisions to make at the selection table. Joel Buckley will return from suspension for Reservoir. Others who weren’t playing against South Morang, including Adam Meroli, Toby O’Meara and Danny O’Sullivan, look chances to return while Ryan Keyes and Cameron Rooney are finding touch in the reserves.

Jason Abela and Steven Cadby look like possible inclusions for the Bears, while Robert Nedelkovski kicked 10 in the reserves to go to 85 goals for the year. Benjamin Fitzgerald is also in good touch in the reserves.

South Morang takes on Watsonia at the same venue the following day. Both teams were surprisingly poor in their final hit-outs before the finals. The Lions have Mitchell Hicks and Lachlan Buckley as possible inclusions, while Corey Bennett would be a handy inclusion for the Saints.

The Lions lead the head to head clashes two to one this year, with the latest result being a 37-point victory in which Ashley Hobbs kicked five goals.

Q&A with...Ross Terranova

WITH Division 3 finals kicking off this weekend, Reservoir will be looking to make amends against Thomastown after being eliminated by the Bears in 2013.

The Mustangs and the Bears will be competing for the first place in this year's Division 3 Grand Final when they meet at Shelley Reserve this Saturday.

NFL reporter Alex Karavas spoke to Reservoir coach Ross Terranova ahead of this weekend’s game.

Alex Karavas: What’s the mood like in the camp heading into second semi final against Thomastown this week?
Ross Terranova:
It’s pretty positive. It’s been a tough six weeks and both the seniors and reserves boys are really looking forward to it.

AK: You have suffered two heavy defeats (and a win) against the Bears this year. What have you learned from those matches?
That you can never be too complacent against the best side in the competition and I think they’re a quality side. You take nothing for granted, and that’s one thing we certainly learnt from and we’ve just got to come with the right attitude and right mindset on Saturday.

AK: It’s been an otherwise very impressive home and away season. What did you make of your teams performance in the regular season?
We set ourselves some goals at the start of the season to finish in the top two and we achieved that. That was the first part, and look I’ve been pretty happy with the way we finished but, like all sides, you tend to have good and bad days. But from a whole year perspective I think we’ve been pretty consistent. We’ve had plenty of players that have stepped up to the mark when we’ve needed them to.

AK: You’ve been able to blood a lot of young talent this year, along with many new players to the club? Who are the ones to keep an eye out for in the finals?
We’ve brought in a couple of kids like Kelsey Clayton, Kael Beaumont. We’ve got a good mix of senior players as well as players who have probably played the 50-game mark and then some new faces, so it’s been real positive and a really good blend. I suppose the challenge is when you have a lot of new blokes at the club, you need them to gel and bond and they’ve done that really well.

AK: You had a brilliant win over South Morang last week with several key players missing. What did you make of the match?
We wanted to test our depth and we did that just to see if the other blokes can step up to the plate and South Morang are a very good side. They tested us twice this year, they come back at us in the first game and also when we played them at South Morang a few weeks ago. We wanted to make sure we played consistent footy against good opposition leading into the finals.

AK: Speaking of which, how important was it to give a rest to players like Danny O’Sullivan, Toby O’Meara and co heading into the finals?
A couple of boys late in the year got a couple of niggles and stuff like that. We wanted to iron them out going into the second semi. Not all players will come in. A couple of blokes might be a little unlucky, that’s just the way it is. When you have guys that step up to the mark, and you win by 14 goals, it’s very hard to make all six changes.

AK: You were knocked out of the finals by Thomastown last year. Does that get used as additional motivation this week?
We just treat it like another finals game. In the end the only thing we can look upon is that they’re the top side and the side to beat and that’s the challenge in front of us, and we’ll take that as it comes.

Mustangs big winners over Lions

By: Doug Long

The round 19 match of the day between Reservoir and South Morang at Crispe Park was a one-sided affair with the Mustangs running out convincing 83-point winners.

The home side took a strangle-hold on the contest with a six goal to nil first term and will bring good form into the much anticipated second semi-final against Thomastown.

Reservoir injected some smalls into their team among several changes.  Out of the team went Joel Buckley, Ben Mowlam, Toby O’Meara, Danny O’Sullivan, Leigh Sullivan and Adam Meroli.

They were replaced by Joel Goodyear, Adam McLaughlin, Kelsey Clayton, Bradley Whelan, Kent Beaumont and Dylan Cornford.

Mitch Hicks and Lachlan Buckley were the omissions for South Morang, replaced by talls Duane Russell and Harry Whybrow.

While each of the Reservoir inclusions acquitted themselves well, Kent Beaumont was the stand-out. He booted four goals and missed another gettable shot.  He also took multiple contested marks and hit David McGregor with the best pass of the day.

McGregor was the other live-wire up forward for the Mustangs.  He booted six majors, including a snap from the boundary – a regular feature of his game.  He also took a big pack mark in an entertaining display.

The Mustangs’ ruck combination of Wayne Pretty and Jason Dal Santo dominated and gave their small midfielders first use of the ball.

Daniel Couwenberg excelled in the midfield with precision disposal.  His high number of quality possession was one reason that the game was played predominantly in the Mustangs’ forward half.

Justin Kuchel is running into form for Reservoir and has now played the last seven games in a row after missing much of the early season action.

“We wanted to see how good our depth was,” Reservoir assistant coach Leon Edwards said. “And we’re in a pretty powerful position when it comes to team selection.”

The Lions’ last game before the finals was arguably their worst performance for the season.  Apart from Brent Howlett being outstanding in defence, it was hard to find a South Morang winner.

Their field kicking was very poor and they were also unable to pick up the Reservoir loose men once they lost possession. The Mustangs made them pay the ultimate price on numerous occasions.

The Lions were competitive immediately after the interval and had the ball in their forward half for the early part of the term.

But their forays forward resulted in three behinds.  From then on, the Mustangs finished the quarter with two goals – while South Morang ended with a goalless term.

Two incidents exemplified the Lions’ day.  Harry Whybrow marked about 15 metres out on a slight angle in the third quarter.  He kicked into the man on the mark.

Late in the game – when Reservoir was once again dominating – Lion Daniel Heatley pushed opponent Kent Beaumont to the ground during a stoppage of play.

The resultant free kick led to the easiest of goals for Beaumont.  Heatley’s action spoilt what was otherwise a solid performance down back.

“We have to put that performance out of our minds and focus on next week,” a disappointed Lion coach Craig Lambert said.

South Morang has played below its best since its round 17 bye, but has the opportunity to atone in next week’s first semi final against Watsonia, where the loser will be eliminated.

Reservoir’s Marc Defelice was red carded in the third term for tripping and currently faces a suspension.

Final score: Reservoir 17.9 (111) def South Morang 3.11 (29)


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Senior Ladder

2014 Division 3 Seniors
1 Thomastown 60
2 Reservoir 56
3 South Morang 40
4 Watsonia 24
5 St Mary's 20
6 Heidelberg West 20
7 Parkside 4

Reserves Ladder

2014 Division 3 Reserves
1 Reservoir 56
2 Thomastown 48
3 South Morang 44
4 Watsonia 36
5 St Mary's 24
6 Heidelberg West 16
7 Parkside 0