It was a beautiful sunny day at the Hangar on Saturday which presented perfect conditions for football.
The day began with the thirds taking on Doveton Eagles in the morning. Our guys put together four quarters of solid football to run out convincing winners. The final margin was 236 points. Best-on-ground honours went to co-captain, Heath Burridge. Troy Docherty kicked seven goals, while Brad Dyer finished with six majors.
It was then up to the reserves to continue their good form against Caulfield. Our boys controlled the game from the beginning and the result was never in doubt. We were able to increase the lead at every change and eventually ran out 85-point winners. Michael Lindley was best-on-ground. Mathew Poore added to his strong season tally with six goals.
The seniors were faced with a tough challenge. Caulfield have been tipped by many to be a strong contender in 2015. The scores were level with two goals each at quarter time before the Bears were able to earn a 13-point lead at the main break. It was a tight battle in the second half which see-sawed the way of Caulfield by the time the final siren went. Caulfield finished the game with a 7-point win. Coach Ben Walker was best-on-ground, with Travis Kitchin kicking three goals.
The under 19s travelled to Jack Barker oval to face Cheltenham on their home deck. Expectations were high and our guys were due for a solid game. Unfortunately, things did not go our way and our guys couldn't get on top at all. Cheltenham were too good and our guys were defeated by 41 points.
Over at the netball complex, our girls had a couple of challenging games. The A-side went down to Dingley 43-22, while the B-side were defeated by Cheltenham 58-33. The girls continue to work hard on the track and we expect this to pay off in the coming weeks.
This coming weekend, all sides will be playing away. The seniors, reserves and under 19s will travel to Hampton to take on the Hammers while the thirds make the trek to South Yarra. Both netball sides will of course be at the netball complex in Dingley and they will face Lyndale (A-side) and Mount Waverley (B-side).
It is important that we all get behind our teams and support them over the line. We are a third of the way through the season so we want to get all of our teams onto a winning run. We look forward to seeing you there this Saturday!