The stage was set for a huge day at Carrum Downs Recreation Reserve. All four football sides were scheduled to play and were fired up for the occasion. It was a frosty morning but the sun was just over hill.
As always, it was up to the thirds to kick the dew off the ground when they faced Black Rock. It was another dominant performance in which our guys were in control from the beginning. 138 points was the final margin. Chris Deluca was best-on-ground with four goals, while Brad Dyer booted seven.
A tough challenge awaited the under 19s at 10:30am. When we last met Oakleigh Districts in round 1, the result was a 132-point defeat. The scoreline was a lot closer this time around. Our young fellas showed a lot of determination but were beaten by a good side to the tune of 34 points. Caleb Ellis was best-on-ground while young Tyson Ross kicked three goals.
The reserves game against Oakleigh Districts in round 1 was a close encounter. Our guys never really had complete control and the result showed. A 12-point margin was all that separated us in the end. This time around was going to be different. Our reserves have had more time to gel and play fast, smart football. While it was a good match to watch, our guys seemed to control the game and ran away to a 60-point victory. Reigning reserves best and fairest, Sotirios Solomonidis, was best on ground while Mick Kalviskis kicked five.
Oakleigh Districts seniors have come a long way since missing finals last year. They have built their side up and will no doubt play finals this year. But they had to get over the top of our boys on Saturday first. The difference in round 1 was two goals after Oakleigh Districts started strong. It was almost a case of de ja vu when Oakleigh jumped out of the gates and held us goalless in the first quarter. It was a much tighter contest from then on. Our boys were able to take the lead going into the last change and finished strong to win by 23 points. Ben Evans was at his sensational best, kicking seven and having plenty of the ball around the ground.
Over at the netball courts, the A-side competed well but went down to Heatherton, 32-26. St Kilda City got the best of our B-side at , 57-20.
The feeling at the Hangar on Saturday was electric. The crowd were sensational, the matches were hard-fought. It was the perfect display of what local footy is all about. Local footy is not exclusive to any group. It is for all to enjoy. It is a place for the community to meet new people, make friends, become a part of something great and make a difference. We are very proud of what we do and we are proud of our club. It's time for everyone to jump on the bus because the sky is the limit and it is going to be a great ride!