Ken Pridham Reports

Round 6 V EDS 20/05/17

We journeyed down the road to Buckley Park to take on Doutta Stars, they are above us in all grades, so it was a day where we had to bring our best football forward for all teams keep in touch with the four,WHICH we DID

Great day for the Strathmore Football Club on Saturday with all four teams winning the”A” Threes by Twenty goals,U/19 by Eight goals,Reserves by Four goals and most importantly our Senior team by Six goals.

Three changes in Firrito,Ingelton and Ben Reddick ( up from the u/17 for his first senior game) Out Purcell,Leathers( inj) and Tsailtas.

The game was played at a blistering pace all day with both teams playing on at all times, they were causing us some headaches around the stoppages with their quick handball which enabled them to deliver ball further upfield but we withstood the challenge and when we got the ball moving into our forward line, if our talks didn’t mark and convert, they brought it to ground and our smalls gathered the crumbs and scored with the result we led by fifteen points at quarter time
Scores 5-5=35 to 3-3=21

It was a swirling wind and possibly favouring the end they were kicking too, they kicked the first goal in the first minute and didn’t their supporters go ballistic, but our backline stood firm and also created run into our foward line and like the first quarter we converted on most occasions, with the result we led by twenty points at halftime, unfortunately we lost young Ingelton to injury in this quarter he took no further part in the game.
Scores 10-8=68 to 7-6=48

The third quarter was a repeat of the first half with both sides still going at a frantic pace but we were relentless in our attack on the ball and the opposition and at three quarter time led by Thirty one points.
Score 13-9=87 to 8-8=56

Last quarter, more of the same, u/17 player Reddick kicked a good running goal and was mobbed by all his teammates,it was goal for goal in this quarter, our six in the backline stood firm as the did all day, and as i said if our tall forwards didn’t mark it they brought it to ground so our smalls got the crumbs, all of our onballers kept going all game and were always willing to run both way,OVERALL a terrific team effort and we ran out winners by forty points.

Final scores 18-12=120 to 12-8=80

No best players, today it was a first class TEAM EFORT, great to see all of our recruits starting to find their feet with Firrito, Cachia, T Grima, Lower and Jarrad all playing well and this is flowing on to all the players, as you can tell this supporter is getting excited.

Goals McIntosh(4), Horne, O’Loughlin,Butler,T.Grima,A.Grima(2each)
Firrito,Cachia,Iaccobucci,Redick( 1each)

We are now sitting third on the ladder that’s the good news BUT next week we play Aberfeldie at home,IF we play with the same intensity as we did against Doutta’s we are a definite chance.

Come on down ( be early) it will be a bumper crowd, come early and support the u/19 ( 9-30 start )and Reserves (Noon start ) Seniors (2-00 start) and
SUPPORT the MIGHTY MORES.


Round 5 V Craigieburn 06/05/17

We welcomed Craigieburn to Lebanon reserve on Saturday, they have not won a game this year, we have won one game, going by the weekly scores we should win comfortably but in football you never know.

Into the team came McIntosh (back from injury) and Todd Grima (first game in eighteen months) Out Firitto and McConville(managed)

Good to have two tall marking options up forward, if they didn’t mark the ball they brought it to ground for our crumbers to swoop on the loose ball and kick goals.

First quarter we kicked ten goals to no score, this continued on for the rest of the game and we went on to win by thirty five goals, Craigieburn finally kicked their only goal in the last quarter.

Due to such a one sided win, no Best players or goal kickers.

Next week no football in the E D F L due to Senior Combined games.

Our next game is on the 20th of May v Doutta Stars away Cooper Street Essendon.

So come along and support the MIGHTY MORES.


Round 4 @ Avondale 29/04/17

Unfortunately woke up Saturday morning not feeling a hundred percent so did not go to the game, turned out to be a good day with the three teams winning.

Many changes again(7 this week) into the team came Mitchell Leathers,John Barnard, Athan Tsialtas, Xavier Allison, Alex Grima, Matthew Mc Conville and Luke Holman.

We journeyed to Avondale Heights to do battle, we are winless and they have won one game for the year, they have a couple of talls and unfortunately last week due to injury we lost our last two talls.

McConville and “Barny ” have come into the team to put pressure on their talls and hopefully our onballers can benefit and give us first use of the ball and i have it on good authority that is what happened, Grima added pace and flair on the forward line(2 goals),Tsialtas (1 goal ) gave us a target up forward and Leathers,Allison and Holman gave us added pace all over the ground.

Only problem our poor kicking for goal, twenty six shots for only Eight goals, not being there don’t know if the wind played any part in our bad kicking.

Final Scores S/more 0-5=5. 4-9=33. 7-14=56. 8-18=66
Heights 1-3=9. 3-4=22. 4- 9=33. 5- 9=39

Best(in no order -Halliwell, Iacobucci,Allison, Barnard,Holman

Goals – Knight(2), Grima(2) Butler,Iacobucci,Lower,Tsialtas ( All one each)

Next week Craigieburn at home,so come down and support the “MIGHTY MORES “.


Round 3 Vs Keilor, Good Friday

Good Friday and we take on Keilor at our home ground.

Welcomed into the team Nick Lower and Liam Weightman for their first games.

Went into the game with only two talls and unfortunately we lost one of them during the second quarter with a knee injury our second for the year, and we really struggled to stay in the game after that.

The first half was fairly even with new player Lower giving us good drive from the back flank and with Jarred we have two good left foot kicks out of the back line but they were too tall in their forward line and causing us lots of headaches. We were battling hard,putting our head the ball and no one could knock our endeavour and at half time were thirteen points down.

You know the old saying “you can’t pull your socks up if you don’t have any on”,
well that was us in the second half, their talls got taller and unfortunately all though we battled hard, never gave up,they ran all over us in the last half kicking nine goals to two
Until we get some of our quality injured players back we will battle against the top teams.

Two highlights in the second half, First Liam Weightmans chase in front of their supporters,laid the tackle and won the free kick even their supporters clapped his effort,

Second-trainer and life member Sam LaRosa was SPRINTING? out to attend an injured player when he did his hamstring (or was it a heartstring) but true to the trainers code he never flinched and treated the player.

Next week Avondale Heights AWAY, they always give us a run for our money at their ground,so all you STRATHMORE supporters come along and show our BOYS how much we appreciate their efforts.

GO THE MIGHTY MORES


Round 2 At Greenvale, 08/04/17

 

Hi All

Ventured up the road to play Greenvale, made five changes from last week due to injuries,in were Hamish Mcintosh ,Matt Little, Karl Stuadt, Andrew Todorov and Matty McConville were in for their FIRST senior games.(both dads Mario and Danny must have been proud of their boys).

Went into the game with two inexperienced ruck men in Stapleton and McConville to do battle with their tall and experienced ruckman, both of them battled their hearts out and never stopped trying all day,WELL DONE
Five changes (All due to injuries from last week)Hamish McIntosh and Little added height to our forward line(which we didn’t have last week)
McIntosh kicking Four goals but unfortunately Little went off injured in third quarter (the dreaded hammy injury,five in two games).Stuadt andTodorov added pace to the wings.

Won the toss and took the advantage of kicking with at least a four to five goal wind, we used the wind well and kicked six goals and kept them to one goal.We moved the ball quickly at all times resulting in McIntosh being one out near goals resulting in him kicking THREE goals,our backline was standing firm and kept driving the ball foward.
Our onballers were hard and tough around the packs resulting in our small forwards to kick three goals.A good quarter five goals in front BUT how we play in the second quarter will determine how strong the wind is.
Scores STRATHMORE 6-3=39 Greenvale 1-1=7

2nd – Our backline was keeping them at bay and due to strong teamwork around the packs resulting in goals to Knight and Allison and also keeping them to two goals we were still five goals in front BUT they were relentless in their attack on the ball and we conceded three goals in the second half of the quarter, and went in at halftime eight points in front.
Scores STRATHMORE 8-3=51 Greenvale 6-7=43

3rd -Last year at half time, same position, in front and looking okay, same result they came out and smashed us in the first ten minutes kicking four goals before we realised there was a game on.we were under pressure for the entire quarter BUT we were still having a red hot dip.A free to McIntosh for interference resulted in our only goal for the quarter.
Scores -Strathmore 9-4=58 Greenvale 11-11=77

4th- The conditions were terrible wet, cold and windy, our backs were to the wall how would we react, to our credit we served it right up to them with result they kicked two goals and we kicked one to Foulds.
Scores-10-6=66 Greenvale 13-13=91

Best – in no order – McIntosh,Iacobucci,Cachia,Todorov,Stapleton
Goals – McIntosh (4), Horne,Knight,Iacobbuci,Cachia,Allison,Foulds(all one each)

Next week we are playing KEILOR at home on GOOD FRIDAY
If we can get some of our injured players back and play with the intensity as we did this week we can knock off KEILOR,so come on down on GOOD FRIDAY and support the MIGHTY MORES.


Round 1 Vs Marby Park, 01/04/17
First game for the year playing Marby Park at home, what a disastrous start to the year U/19 lost 2-5=17 to 19-15=129/Reserves lost 5-5=35 to 12-4=76/Seniors lost 4-9=33 to 13-11= 82, cannot remember ever losing all three games to Marby Park before.

Bragging rights for the weekend go to Mick Devers who coached our third open age team to a win over Roxburgh Park on Friday night, Mick is DESPERATE for game officials to help his team out, any helpers see Mick or contact him at any time.

On to the Senior team, first report for the year and trying to stay positive but after our very poor showing that is hard to do, went into the game with a lack of talls,didn’t help when we lost our captain and Coach in our first practice match when he did his knee OUT for the year also Hamish Mcintosh also out indefinitely.

To new players (3) Luke Jarrad, (6) Michael Firritto and (14) Jared Cachia, welcome to the STRATHMORE FOOTBALL CLUB, hope you and your families enjoy your time at our Club, All three at times showed that the have the ability to improve our team as the year goes on.

They were too tall all over the ground, which generally gave them first possession of the ball, at times this made us look slow and always under pressure, went in with one ruckman Sean Tighe and when he went off injured in the second quarter, we were in big trouble, three more injuries before halftime, meant we had no interchange in the second half of the game.

In the second half they kicked Eight goals to Two as we started to run out of fresh legs and they ran all over us.

Best Players – Luke Jarrad (in for his first game) tried hard all day in the backline, all other players showed glimpses at times, BUT we are in for a long year.

Goals – A Grima, M Purcell, T Gleeson, G Campbell all one each.

Next week GREENVALE AWAY, come along and support the MIGHTY MORES.

 


Annual Life Members Lunch – Report by Ken Pridham

Another great day was had on Saturday,with seventy people attending our annual life members reunion.There were thirty one life members in attendance plus family members representing life members who have passed on,we had two members who passed away this year,Allan Muir(ninety two years of age) and Hedley O’Brien(ninety six years of age)their sons Greg and Graeme spoke briefly about their contribution to the club.

Jeff Nickson was our earliest induction life member (1970) coached five junior premierships in the seventies ,other old life members were Terry(Stumpy)Brown(1978) first rover in the “B” grade premiership in 1973,Tom Cook(1978) Team manager in many junior teams,president of the famous G M C club,Tony Smith(1980) founder of the “MORE” magazine with help of Grant(Mantis)Edmondson(1974),Darrell Carpenter(1983),Darrell was Peter Owen,s stats man in the early eighties and takes credit for some of Peter,s success,lastly Ken Pridham(1982)now running the past players and life members reunion days.

Two new life members were inducted,first was Alistair Butcher,Michael Duggan presented Alistair with his medal and told of his colourful footballing career,his description of his football ability was spot on,more importantly it was help with his son’s(Jake and Luke) junior teams that made this award more rewarding.well done Alistair.

Second life membership was to Peter Lord.Peter(Georgi)Owen presented Peter with his medal,Wee Georgis recollection of Lordies playing career was very accurate and to the point,he stated that when peter won his league B & F in 1981 the umpires got their numbers mixed up,also told of his contribution with the help of Corkie Carroll with his “on the couch ” segments in the early nineties.Well done Peter.

Lunch was then served,I found my meal,was not up to it’s usual standard.

Raffle next,prizes were donated by Christine Walker(hampers),Edmond Abbott(wine) a new sponsor in Napier Street,Troy Cuthbertson(Rydges Hotel)Mick Trevean(tickets for the $5000 draw) in all eight prizes,the club made $800 from the raffle.

Lastly oulifer panel of our living Presidents of the club,Robert Carroll,Robbie Ternes,Ross Higgins and John Elliott,who answered a range of questions in their time as president,the time and effort these gentlemen put in when they were in office was appreciated by all ,they are the reason why the Strathmore Football Club is in such a good position today.

Lastly thank you’s,the life members committee,Donna for adding the women’s touch,Margaret’s help in preparing the cheese platters and sweets,Steve for preparing the room with the tables and chairs,to Beau and his young helpers behind the bar,young Paddy’s help with the raffle and finally to all life members and friends who turned up to make this a memorable day.See you all next year,

 


 

Round 5 Vs Marby Park, 07/05/16

No match report this week:

Strahmore: 17.17.119
Marby Park: 15.7.97

Don’t forget our Past players,committee and supporters reunion on 28th ofMay. To book email cleggo16@bigpond.com or pay at the door, cost $50.


 

Round 3 Vs Airport West, 24/04/16

CgtJjZ9UcAAxrTXPlaying Airport West at home,both teams without a win,could we get our first win of season 2016,again four changes due to injury,the injury list is nearly as big as our playing list,we welcomed four new players into the team,with so many changes every week,it must be hard to create a good game plan and to be consistent in carrying out that gameplan.

Kicking into the wind,we were first into attack,great tackle by Antonowitz in the centre of the ground got the ball to Little who passed to Purcell for our first goal.A great spoil in the back line by Grima saw Arrowsmith get the loose ball a long kick to the goal square,where Leech converted for our second,Corrigan hit Little on the chest with a excellent pass from the middle of ground for another goal,our backline well led by Grima and Campbell kept winning the ball and driving it into our forward line for Gleeson and Stuadt to kick goals to finish off the quarter.
Scores 5-5=35 to nil
2nd -Much like the first quarter we kicked five goals and kept them goalless,again a strong tackle by Antonowitz in the middle of ground led to Little marking but was offline for a behind,Corrigan and Grima combined in the backline to get the ball to Little another behind,strong play by the onballers in the centre got the ball forward to Little who finally put it through the big sticks.Leech used his pace to grab the loose ball and found Stuadt for another goal,Grima and Corrigan again combined well in the backline to find Little for another goal.Helliwell after some bad misses at goal finally found the big sticks for a goal,Gleeson goaled from a well earned free kick in the goal square.
Scores 10-10=70 to 0-1=1
3rd – Won the first centre clearance,Little kicks goal in thirty seconds,Leech and Purcell teamed well together for Helliwell who marked in the goal square and guess what he missed.Airport West were finally getting there running game going and finally registered there first goal,this seemed to stir the MORES up and we kicked three goals in the last ten minutes,two to Little,one to Rae.
Scores 14-15=99 to 2-2=14
4th – They went straight into attack and kicked a goal against the run of play,but this only fired us up and with Foulds and,Grima winning the ball and creating opportunities. for our forward lineup kick goals, Whillas was on the end of some good play kicking a good goal,Iacobucci was strong across half back,got the ball to Leech for another not to be outdone Little chipped in for three goals(nine for the game).To give us a twenty goal win – Scores 21-20=146 to 3-3=21
Best in no order – Little,Stuadt,Purcell,Grima,Stapleton,Corrigan.
Goals – Little(9),Leech(3),Stuadt(2),Gleeson(2),Purcell(2),Helliwell,Whillas,Rae(1 each)
Good to get a win,we do not play next week,with the break,we might get some of our injured players back to take on Maribynong Park at home on Saturday 7th of May.
Go the “MIGHTY MORES”

 


 

 

13001227_1169277436445952_8744722542841156725_nRound 2 at Greenvale, Saturday 16/4/16

Playing Greenvale away,could we improve on our poor effort last week,yes we did improve but not enough to get a win.

1st – We won the first clearance,straight into attack but could not score.We were hard at the ball and our ball movement was good resulting in Alex Grima feeding off to Sammy Leech for our first goal,strong play by Todd Grima in defence got the ball to Leech who feed off to A Grima for our second goal,we had a shot after the bell to level the scores but missed,five points down.

Scores – 2-4=16 to 3-3=21

2nd – Much the same as the first both sides kicking two goals,our pressure around the ground was first class, but from all our entries into our forward line we didn’t put it on the scoreboard,Leech,Stuadt and Stapleton were prominent in this quarter with Gleeson and Lyons kicking our two goals.

Scores – 4-5=29 to 5-6=36 seven points down.

3rd – unfortunately we left our first half form in the change-rooms which resulted in them kicking three goals in the first five minutes,and for the rest of the quarter we chased bums and under pressure we butchered the ball,resulting in turnovers which led to them kicking two more goals,a five goal quarter to our goalless quarter,”GAME OVER”

Scores – 4-7=31 to 10-11= 71

4th – We came out firing,getting the ball into our forward line repeatedly with the result Leech kicked three goals but unfortunately poor field kicking in the middle of the ground resulted in turnovers and they made us pay with two goals.Scores 7-12=54 to 12-14= 86

Best(in no order)- Leech,Stuadt,A.Grima(until injured)T.Grima,Stapleton.

Goal kickers. – Leech(4),A Grima,Gleeson and Lyons one each.

Overall a much better effort than last week,except for the third quarter, there was only a goal in it all day.We were competitive and hard at the opposition and the ball,(BUT) same as last year under pressure our ball skills are very ordinary,with the result to many turnovers all over the ground and good teams will make you pay on the scoreboard.

Next week Airport West(at home)who are also winless,so come and give our boys all the support they deserve,congrats to the u/18 on there first win,well done to the boys and the coaching staff.

Life members keep the 18th June free in your calendar,invites out middle of May.

Past players,committee and supporters,28th may is your reunion, keep it free

Bookings are being taken “NOW”



Round 1 Vs Essendon Doutta Stars, Saturday 9/4/16

The official start to the season,we are playing Doutta Stars up from Division one,reports were they have recruited very well and we are in for a good game.

There were five changes from last week’s team and while this maybe hurt our chances,we have to be honest and say we were outclassed in all facets of the game,the only highlight was Alex Grima’s performance on our forward line,never stopped trying and kicked three goals.That’s it no more comments on the game.

Scores – Seniors. 10-9=69 to 22-21=153

Reserves. 6-16=52 to 11-3=69

U/18. 4-4=28. To 22-19=151

A very ordinary day for the Strathmore Football Club.

Next week Greenvale at Greenvale u/18 9-30am,res 11-45am,seniors 2-00pm,

After last week,the players need all the support they can get,so come along and support the “MIGHTY MORES”

Past players/supporters reunion 28th MAY book your seat “NOW”

Life Members reunion 18th JUNE,invitation will be sent out late may,put the date in your diary.

Our U15 girls team had a walk over in their first official game,a win is a win but still would liked to play the game.



Round ‘4’ at Keilor, Good Friday, March 25th, 2016

unnamedThe start of season 2016 and we are playing Keilor at Keilor in the annual good Friday game.the reserves hit the front five minutes into the last quarter but they finished stronger winning by fifteen points.It was a great effort from our boys and the should be in for a good year.

The seniors started off like they finished last year,there attack on the ball and the opposition was terrific but our delivery of the ball to a team mate was not up to “A” grade standard.

For the first game of the year, the standard was pretty good,for the first three quarters, there was only a goal in it at any time,with ball moving up and down the ground at speed,unfortunately we lost our back up ruckman at half time due to injury and the extra workload on our onballers was evident in the last quarter,we hit the front five minutes into the last quarter but they kicked the last four goals to win by twenty three points.

On our effort in this game,I reckon we are in for a good year,when the new players settle in,I am sure as a team we will be very competitive against all comers.

Our new recruits,all showed they have the talent and skill to take us a long way in season 2016.

Best players – McIntosh,Helliwell,Iacobucci,A Grima,Gleeson.

Goals- A Grima(5),Gleeson(2),McIntosh,Arrowsmith,Lyons,O’Keefe,Stapleton all one each.

No games next week,the season officially kicks off on Saturday 9th of April,we are playing Doutta Stars at home,so come on down to Lebanon Park and support the “MIGHTY MORES”

 


2015

Round 18 V Aberfeldie, Saturday August 22

Last home and away game playing Abers at home.

U/18 served it right up to Abers,it was only in the last ten minutes that they kicked two late goals to seal the win.the u/18 finished seventh with five wins and showed improvement in every game,well done to coaches and players.
Scores – 8-6=54 to 11-9=75

Reserves,fourth against second,we could not improve our position but a defeat could see them fall to third and that’s what happened with strathmore running away with the game by six goals,a strong finish to the season and we go into the finals in good form.

Scores 13-4=82 to 7-6=48

We will play Abers again next week, do not know where or when they will play, they will be our only team playing, so get along and support our boys,all the best to Ben,Jack and the boys.

Go the MIGHTY MORES.

Seniors finished off the season with a loss to the undefeated top team,we were never in the contest,again could not fault our endeavour but our overall skills let us down.
We finished where we should have finished,while disappointed in missing the finals,for the players we had,we had a reasonable year,Well done to coaches and players.
Scores – 7-10=52 to 21-20=146.

Going away for a holiday on Tuesday,so no report next week,hopefully the reserves win and will be back to report on the prelim final.

 



Round 17 at Greenvale, Saturday August 15

The week end started off on Friday night with our third open age team playing Keilor in the grand final,they were undefeated and we were playing them on there home ground,a big ask.Stroke of genius from our president,enabled our coaching staff to be positioned on their normal side of the ground,it definitely upset their train of thought.

With Beau Carey on fire on the forward line(kicking four of our five goals),with two old timers in Ben Goggins and Nathan Hallinan leading the way with their talk and experience,we kept them to one goal in the first three quarters,the steady rain made good football hard to play,we played the conditions better than them,being first in for the ball and playing good team football,we managed to hold on and win by ten points.

Scores – 5-5=35 to 3-7=25
Best – Cooke, Carey, Goggins, Pollock, Hallinan.
Goals – Carey(4), Jordan(1).

I have it on good advice that successful team manager “SMOOTHIE” is leading the celebratory drinking contest very easily,well done to coach Zac Carey,all his helpers and his team on their success this year.

On Sunday we had five junior teams in grand finals for three wins,the premiership winners were,u/10 Division one,u12 Division one and u16 Division four, congratulations to players,coaches,parents and supporters.Commiserations to the u/14 Division one and u14 Division three teams who lost,but also well done to players,coaches,parents and supporters.

On to Saturday up to Greenvale,season is over for the u/18 and seniors,the Reserves are fourth and playing the third team,neither side can improve their positions,but as we meet again in two weeks in the finals a win will boost our confidence,which we did,unfortunately the u/18 were beaten by a better team but they never gave up,
Scores – 9-4=58 to 21-14= 140.

Reserves won an entertaining game by six goals finishing all over the opposition in the last quarter.Scores – 12-4=76 to 6-7=43,we had nine different goal kickers.

Seniors – In the first quarter kicked five goals,last quarter kicked five goals,in the second and third quarters only kicked one goal.Been the story of our season so far, at times brilliant other times very ordinary,again on Saturday could not fault our endeavour for the ball.Scores 11-8=74 to 15-14=104.Little kicked five goals.

Next week at home last game vs Aberfeldie,so come down and support the MIGHTY MORES

To all life members,I asked you at our reunion to put pen to paper and send in your bio,I have updated mine and it is now on the website,to read it,
GO TO OUR WEBSITE – THEN HISTORY -THEN LIFE MEMBERS – PRESS MY NAME(PRIDHAM)AND MY BIO WILL COME UP FOR A READ.

thats how easy it is so come put pen to paper and put it on our website.

 



Round 16 Vs Northern Saints, Saturday August 8

Our third open age team played their prelim final against Greenvale at Greenvale on Friday night and were victorious winning 8-8=64 to 5-9=45,Beau Carey and Liam Jordan were our goal kickers,Lawless,Cooke and Goggins were in the best players,we now play Keilor in the grand final,don’t know where or when yet,will let you know later in the week,all the best to Zac and the boys,go the “Mighty Mores”.

Saturday we were home to Northern Saints,none of there teams have won a game all year and nothing changed on Saturday.u/18 won 30-11=191 to 0-1=1,reserves were leading 10-5=65 to 0-0=0 at quarter time when they decided to forfeit the game,seniors also won easily 38-12=240 to 3-16=34.

Best – Little,Leech,Rule,Stapleton,Allison,Campbell.

Goals – Little(14), Winter(4), Van Meel(3), Allison(3), Sikora(2), Horne(2), Corigliano(2), May, Arrowsmith, Staudt, Leech, Rae, Butler (1each)

Due to our life members reunion being held,there is no match report on the games,a report on the reunion will follow shortly.

 


Round 15 @ Avondale Heights, Saturday August 1

Firstly congrats to our third open age team coached by Zac Carey who won their first semifinal defeating Taylor’s Lakes 12-10=82 to 2-4=16.Beau Carey kicked five goals,Liam Jordan kicked four goals(both taking after their dads,both good footballers in their own right).

They play Greenvale next week,don’t know where or what time.
All the best to Zac and the boys.

Got to Avondales ground on Saturday just in time to hear our u/18 singing the club song after a good win.15-15=105 to 9-15=69,well done boys,

The reserves had a convincing win 23-12=150 to 6-0=36,we will finish fourth,the last two home and away games are against the second and third teams,so our fate will be in our own hands.

Watched the seniors till half way through the second quarter until the cold weather got to me and I went home,we were two goals down at quarter time and lost by three goals in the end.In the part of the game that I saw,nothing has changed,our poor disposal and turn overs killed us.again could not question the effort or the desire to win the hard ball,but we let ourselves down with poor use of the ball.

Scores S/more 4-2=26. 10-7=67. 12-8=80. 15-12=102
A/dale. 6-3=39. 11-6=72. 14-9=93. 18-13=121

Best Horne,Knight,Iaccobuci,Leech,Campbell
Goals. Knight(3), Little(2), Allison(2) Wellington(2), Foulds(2) Winter, May, Grima, Taglibue(1)

Next week Northern Saints at home,they haven’t won a game and last week had forty four goals kicked against them,so hopefully we might have a big win.so come down and support the MIGHTY MORES.

 



Round 14 @ Keilor, Saturday July 18

Playing Keilor on Saturday,they are fourth,us fifth,so a only a win will keep our season alive,ALAS not to be,going down by four goals.we had a real dip and no one would question our endeavour,but as usual our decision making when we had the ball and our delivery of the ball to a teammate was terrible.

In the middle of the second quarter,we led by two points but then we turned the ball over four times,result four goals to the opposition,game over.

Scores S/more 2-4=16. 4-5=29 7-6=48 8-10=58
Them. 4-1=25. 8-3=51 10-5=65 13- 8=86

Best Horne, Knight, May, Iacobucci, Campbell.

Goals Knight(2), Grima(2), Winter, Iacobucci, Wellington, Butler(1each).

Next week seniors and reserves have a bye,but our third open age team are playing at home,so come down and support our battlers.

RSVP for the life members was good from last week’s plea,but there are still eighteen life members have not responded,need to know by this Thursday for catering purposes.



Round 13 V Pascoe Vale, Saturday July 11

With our season on the line we needed a win today,a loss and possibly season over.
They sit third on the ladder and coming off a nine goal loss last week,we knew they would be determined to avoid another defeat,our form of late has not been first class so we have to lift today,we welcome new player today Josh Helliwell and four other changes from last week’s side.

First quarter it was goal for goal and we were having a red hot go,but they kick two goals in the last few minutes to lead by fifteen points.

Second quarter was a stalemate with them outscoring us by a goal.

The second half our poor kicking for goal came back to haunt us from seventeen shots for goal we kicked seven goals,from twelve shots they kick eight goals.in the third quarter, US seven shots two goals five behinds THEM seven shots six goals one behind,but poor kicking is poor football and we only have ourselves to blame.

Positives out of the game,new player Helliwell showed he will be a good prospect also kicked four goals,Van Meel kept there top goal kicker to one goal,Stapleton was consistently spoiling there tall forwards,Horne and Allison were good at the contests.

Scores-Strathmore 3-2=20 5-5=35 7-10=52 12-15= 87
P/Vale. 5-5=35 8-9=57 14-10=94 16-13=109

Best – Helliwell,Stapleton,Horne,Van Meel,Allison.

Goals-Helliwell(4),Grima(3),Knights(2),Little,Iacabucco,Rae(1each)

Next week Keilor away,there are fourth,we are fifth,so to all our supporters come along and support the “MIGHTY MORES”.

To all life members,two mistakes on the invitation
One-we are playing Northern Saints not Greenvale.
Two -RSVP should be Thursday 23rd of July,not 12th of July.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
The life members committee will be meeting on the 23rd of July to finalise on the catering,and the running of the day,so PLEASE can we have your RSVP by then.

 

 



Round 12 @ Airport West, Saturday July 4

Journeyed to Airport West on Saturday,they have only won one game,so expecting to win the game comfortable,but like last week not to be,while we finished up winning by six goals,it took us until well into the third quarter to stamp our authority on the game.In the first quarter we had ten shots at goal,result no goals,eight behinds and two out of bounds on the full,the scoreboard did not show how well we played.

Second quarter,nine shots on goal for three goals,in the second half we corrected our kicking to kick eight goals and six behinds to run out winners by six goals,only short match report due to rain and freezing wind,sat in the car all day.

Scores Strathmore-0-8=. 8 – 3-14=30 – 7-16=58 – 11-20=86
Airport West – 2-3=15- 3- 9=27 – 4-14=38 – 5-17=47

Best – to hard to pick from sitting in car.
Goals- Grima(3)Knights(2)May(2)Mitchell,Leech,Bramley,Kennedy(1each).

Next week Pascoe Vale,last time we played them they had twenty more shots than us,this week Keilor beat them by nine goals if we lose this week,our finals hopes disappear.

So to all our supporters get down to Lebanon Park next Saturday and cheer on the mighty “MIGHTY MORES”.

To all our life members you would have received your invite to your life members reunion last week,so send your RSVP,ASAP,have received nine affirmative replies and four who unfortunately cannot make it.Come on make the effort.come along and make it a good day.



Round 11 @ West Coburg, Saturday June 27th

Trying to say something positive about Saturday’s against West Coburg is proving very difficult.Our first ten minutes was terrific,three goals into the wind,won the hard ball in the middle,fast play on football and straight kicking.then we played like we have for most of the year,terrible field kicking,lack of run and most importantly our teamwork was non existent,on the positive side we still had a go,but our poor kicking put us under unwanted pressure.

Eight points in arrears at three quarter time but kicking with the strong wind,I was quietly confident that if we played like I know we can play we would deliver and we did,we won most stoppages,ran on for the next possession,delivered the ball better to our forwards,with the result six goals to one to run out four goal winners.

But let us not fool ourselves,if we play like that against the good teams we will be thrashed like we were earlier in the year,hopefully we will show some improvement and push the top teams.

Scores -Strathmore 6-4=34 9-5=59 10-6=66 16-13=109
-West Cob. 5-2=32 7-3=45 11-8=74. 12-11= 83

Best – Purcell,after that it was a raffle with players floating in and out of the game.

Goals – Purcell(4),Knights(2),Winter(2),Leech(2),Kennedy(2),Horne,May,Arrowsmith,Grima,Allison(1each).

Next week v Airport West away.

Will be sending out the invitations late this week for our reunion on the eighth of August,so make sure you keep that day clear on your calendar.

 



Round 10 Vs Marby, Saturday June 20, 2015 by Ken Pridham

Took on Maribynong Park on Saturday,they are a game in front of us on the ladder so a win was a must.They kicked to the clubroom end which turned out to be the scoring end,the first quarter was a scrappy affair but we managed to out score them three goals to two, this proved to be the winning quarter for us, as we kicked six in the second. They kicked five in the third and we kicked six in the last, showing how important that first quarter was in the end, it was a scrappy game all day with both sides struggling to play good open football, but in the end we run out comfortable winners by seven goals. Little was a vocal point at full forward kicking six goals while Grima floated in and out to snag four, Sikora put in all day, Staudt played on their attacking wing all day and delivered, Rae and Iacabucco where consistent winners around the ground.Scores
Strathmore 3-3=21 9-10=64 11-10=76 17-12=114
Marib Park 2-2=14 4-5=29 9-9=63 10-11=71Best-Little, Iacabucco, Staudt, Grima, Rae

Goals-Little(6), Grima(4), Winter(2), Horne, Knight, Staudt, Purcell, Kennedy(1each)

Next week West Coburg at Coburg City oval, another win is important so get along and support the MIGHTY MORES. Supporters don’t forget the auction night on July 18th.

Life members don’t forget the reunion on August 8th v Northern Saints,invitations will be sent out early next week,we have some life members who haven’t attended a reunion yet,come on,make the effort to come meet some of your old team mates.




Round 9 at Abers, Saturday June 13, 2015 by Ken Pridham
We journeyed down to Clifton Park to take on the undefeated Aberfeldie who have defeated every other side comfortably and the way we have been playing,nothing suggested that would change.in the end we where defeated comfortably we did put up a very good showing for three quarters,until they overran us in the last quarter.

In the first quarter there were nine goals kicked(unfortunately seven by them).for the quarter there were nine centre bounces and we won the clearances eight to one,but our poor delivery of the ball(again) saw them run and run the ball out of our forward line time and time again and with precise kicking skills rammed the ball down there forwards throats.

Second and third quarters we matched them in all the skill areas,but could not bridge there quarter time lead of five goals,but we did have a red hot dip.

Last quarter and unfortunately they over run us to run out easy winners,but again we never stopped trying and if we can take that attitude into the second half of the year we will give our supporters something to look forward too.

Scores. Strathmore 10-9=69 def by Aberfeldie 20-16=136
Best(in no order) Horne, Mitchell, May, Sikora,Tagliabue
Goals Sikora(4), Grima(3), Mitchell, C.Wilson, T.Wilson, Tagliabue (1each)

Next week Maribynong Park at home,they are above us on the ladder,so a win is important,so get down and support the MIGHTY MORES

To all life members,if you do not have us on Facebook go to strathmorefc.com.au scroll down the right hand side and register on to THE GRIFF and you will get all the gossip on your club.



Just received these photos, they were taken at the senior practice match at Ocean grove earlier in the year. Three of the people I coached in our U/13 in 1972, this is our first meeting since, 43 years ago! The three players are from the left a friend of the players, Craig Atkinson, Peter Molenkamp and John Dodd they are all good friends with Mick Trevean. I am sure they would of interest to some of our earlier members.
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Annual Reunion – Report by Ken Pridham

After all the welcomes were attended to,a special mention to Donna for her decorating of the tables, they looked fantastic as you walked into the rooms.Lunch was served, roast chicken and salad washed down with a good red wine or the popular stubbie.

Our reunion was attended by approximately one hundred people,premierships relived were 2005 A grade(coached by Craig Hille),2005 u/18( Brendan” salty” Trebilcock,1995 u/18 ( Pat Mackie) and from yesteryear 1985 A grade reserves( Ian Fletcher).

Some great moments relived by all the coaches,Craig told how far he travelled to get the team he wanted,then coming from fourth on the ladder to make the grand final,then at full time a draw,five minutes each way to finally win the premiership,Brendon being appointed two weeks before the season started due to the previous coach being transferred interstate,started slowly but finished the season as premiers.Pat Mackie in his usual laid back style told how their season unfolded to win the premiership,Ian Fletcher trying to recall thirty years ago could not decide who was best on ground between big John Anderson or “wee”Georgie Owens,seeing BIG JOHN wasn’t there wee Georgie got the vote,Mick Trevean kicked three goals at full forward and how Craig(legs) Leggo got lost in between them.

Next was the comedian “LEHMO”who had everyone in the palm of his hand, never seen Alistair(BUTCH)Butcher laugh so much,maybe we could get lehmo to do Mantis’s column.

Brad(trigger)Tregear then got the auctions moving,was hard to get everyone’s attention,don’t no the final result of the auction’s,but am sure it was a good one.

We had two raffles,crayfish won by Graeme May,the money won by Craig Hille.

Shortly after the game finished I got a lift home,my tired old legs had worn out,

But the reunion carried on with the musician keeping the crowd happy and pizza slices at 6-60,heard on the grape vine the club shut at 10-30. Thanks to all the people who helped clean up the clubrooms.


Round 7 at Northern Saints, Saturday May 23, 2015 by Ken Pridham

We are coming off two bad defeats,they haven’t won a game.so decided to have an easy day, no kick to kick comments,just an overall comment on the game.

Game started they kicked the first goal but we steadied and kicked the next five,a good quarter.

Second we had the scoring end,it was an even battle,five goals in front at half time.

At half time my grandson(Chris) and I went into their club rooms to have a drink with one of our golfing buddies who follows the saints.

While watching from their club rooms,they come out in the third quarter and kicked eight goals to our one,they were up and firing and we were flatter than a panman’s hat.
And they went in two goals in front at three quarter time,was an upset on the cards.

Last quarter and the cream came to the top,Iacobucci kept winning the ball in the centre square to drive it into the forward where Winter(4 goals), Knighta(4 goals) and Grima (3 goals) led us to kicking eight goals for the quarter to win by twenty one points.

We did get the win but not in the manner we would have liked.

Best in no order – Knights,Winter,May,Iacobucci,Grima.Leech.

Goals – Winter(4) Knight(4) Grima(3) Rae(2) Leech(2) Whillas, Tagliabue, Purcell, Butler, Campbell, Corigliano (all one each).

Next week there will be no match report due to the past players reunion which I will be attending,if any one out there would like to attend the reunion,turn up on the day( noon start ) $50-00 admission I will be on the door to greet you and I promise you a great day.

 



Round 6 v Avondale Heights, Saturday May 16, 2015 by Ken Pridham
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We sent our best(available) twenty two players out to do battle against Avondale Heights on Saturday and unfortunately we were not good enough,while our general football skills are letting us down our endeavour is still good.In six games this year I don’t think we have fielded the same team twice week to week,again on Saturday three changes from the last game and this does not give you consistency in your game plan and the way you would like the team to play.

So I am pleading with our supporters,be patient with the team,we have at the moment they are giving there best but until we start getting some of our better players back we will struggle against the stronger sides.

Getting onto Saturday’s game we welcomed Scott Whillas (65) (a top up player from Northern ),Luke Kennedy (41) (up from u/18s last year,who has been playing well in the reserves) and Jesse Corigliano (45) (up from the reserves),all three impressed at times with Luke kicking three goals in the first half.

There first two goals came from two poor kicks out of defence that found the opposition instead of a teammate,unfortunately this has been a common occurrence this season,we then came to life.beautiful delivery by Whillas found Leech at centre half forward spotted Horne streaming towards goal another great kick,goal to Horne.Great forward pressure got the ball forward where Kennedy took a pressure mark and converted,Again good forward pressure allowed Wilson to swoop on the loose ball and goal,another good passage of play saw Corigliano mark and convert,at the half way mark of the quarter we where now two goals up and playing good football,but then it returned to bite us on the butt,poor delivery of the ball under no pressure let them into kick three goals and we went into quarter two goals down.

Not much to right about in the second quarter,out scored four goals to two,both goals kicked by Kennedy ( three for the half ).

Started the third quarter with May kicking the first two goals,leaving us two goals behind could we keep going,while scoring three more goals they answered with four,to leave us eighteen points in arrears and kicking against the slight breeze it was going to be tough.

We battled the game out okay with them kicking four goals to our two and we went down by forty points.

Scores s/more 4-0=24. 6-0=36 11- 4=70 12- 8 = 80
Heights 5-5=35. 9-7=61 13-10=88 18-12 =120

Best -(in no order) May,Kennedy and Corigliano.

Goals-Kennedy(3),Winter(2),May(2),Wilson(2),Horne,Grima,Corigliano(all one each).

Next Saturday v northern saints AWAY get their and give the players the support they deserve.GO THE MIGHTY MORES.




Round 5 v Pascoe Vale, Saturday May 2, 2015 by Ken Pridham

Finding it very hard to find any highlights to write about from Saturday’s game against Pascoe Vale,they doubled our score and had twenty more scoring shots at goal than us.Untitled2Kept writing down we won the ball,but poor disposal led to them getting the ball and generally this led to them scoring.our decision making when we had the ball was very,very ordinary.

It was hard to find a position where we broke even,I thought in the backline,Elliott,Campbell and Stapleton tried hard, in the forward line Grima
And Knighta also tried, but when they won the ball they were to far from goal to score. Onballers Sikora tried hard,Horne in for his first game for the year battled all day.

On the good side I thought we did have a go,there were a few scuffles during the game and we always flew the flag,when the hard ball had to be won we did put our bodies on the line,but all the grunt in the world does not make up for the lack of ball skills.

Scores Strathmore 7-7=49 P/vale 13-21=99

Best in no order Horne,Knights,Grima,Stapleton and Campbell.

Goals – Little(2),Winter,Pignolet,Purcell,Leech and Foulds (all one each)
From our seven goals,four were from free kicks,two from marks and one from a scrimmage in front of goal,in fairness to our forwards, the delivery of the ball from further up the ground was very ordinary.

Ran into mobba( michael o’brien) who can forget his goal to win the grand final in 2011,in there clubhouse at halftime,his comment was, the pressure they are putting on our players was first class.

No game this weekend,following sat 16th MAY play Avondale Heights away,so get there and cheer on the mighty “MORES”

 



Round 4 v Airport West, Saturday April 25, 2015 by Ken Pridham

Due to the very, very wet conditions,a very short report due to not being able to write anything down on paper.
James Schindler was in for his first game for the year, what a day, cold, wet and windy, a very muddy and slippery centre square made for a hard day at the office.We were first into attack and kicked the first three goals,but these conditions where sometimes skills are thrown out the window and good old blood and guts take over and that’s what happened today.At times our running game was first class,with the result we kicked five goals in each of the first three quarters,to always be in control of the result.Just before three quarter time you could see that the skies were going to open up,so this budding reporter took the easy way out and went home and did not watch the last quarter,did not miss anything with both sides kicking two goals each,we run out winners by nine goals.

Best – Winter, Bramley, Grima, May, Purcell and Campbell.
Goals – Grima(4), Purchell(3), Winter(3), Sinnitt(2), Little, Staudt, Iacobucco, Bramley(one each)

Next week Pascoe vale away,so come along and support the mighty “MORES”

Ran into jeff nickson at the game and we were as usual talking about the old days,went home and on our new website (strathmorefc.com.au) read that jeff had coached five flags at our club, but no other history on him. So I am appealing to all life members can you put pen to paper and send a report on your envolvment at the club to Bert Werden at comms@strathmorefc.com.au so he can put it on the website.

Our website at strathmorefc.com.au makes for fantastic reading, so go do yourself a favour,check it out ASAP.


Round 3 v West Coburg, Saturday April 18, 2015 by Ken Pridham

Life member and club stalwart Grant (mantis ) Edmondson had the honour of unfurling the 2014 premiership flag before we played west coburg,who are coached by Digby ( Diggers ) Morrell who coached us to the 2011 premiership.

West coburg were coming off a big win last week,and while winning last week we weren’t convincing,so how would today pan out.

We kicked into a possible two goal wind,they were straight into attack,strong play by Elliott and Stapleton allowed us to push the ball forward for Winter to mark and kick truly,strong play on the wing by ( nugget ) Foulds saw Winter mark and goal again,we then finished off with three more goals to Staudt,Sikora and Grima to hold a two goal lead at quarter time.Scores us 5-2=32 to 3-2=20

2nd quarter- we were struggling to get a clean break at the stoppages,we forced the ball forward were Leech swooped on the loose ball and kicked a good goal,strong running from defence saw Winter mark and goal again,strong attack on the ball by Leech deserved better than a behind,from the backline we turned defence into attack for Winter to mark and goal again,a great spoil by Stapleton enabled Iacobucci to win the ground ball and deliver the ball into our forward line,where you guessed it Winter marks and kicks his third goal for the quarter and five in the first half.Scores us 9-2=54 to 4-6=30

Eleven scoring shots to ten,but we are four goals up,they have the scoring end,could we maintain the pressure on them to stay in front at three quarter time.

3rd quarter – First ball up, ball spills to wing,Sinnott wins ball finds Little on the lead,who kicks the first goal for the third quarter,for the next fifteen minutes Bramley,Van Meel and Campbell were working overtime to keep them out but could not stop them kicking three goals to bring the game alive.not to be denied Little split the pack open for Staudt to crumb the ball for a team lifting goal,we were now working harder as a team and winning at the stoppages,Leech the took a good pack mark at centre half forward,hit Winter on the chest with a lovely pass.Winter kicked truly for his sixth goal and we were back to our four goal lead.Scores us 12-4=76 to 7-10=52

4th quarter- Sikora who was having a good contest with their ruckman,got the tap to Iacobucci,handball to Grima,handball to the running Allison who kicked a good goal,May won the hard ball and a fifty metre penalty deserved better than a behind,Purchell put his body on the line,won the hard free kick and kicked truly,we were getting on top and moving the ball like a good team should.good marks to Corigliano and Sikora,strong clearance by Mitchell,strong tackle by Foulds led to us kicking the last five goals,Little(2),iacobucci,Allison( second for the quarter)and May saw us run out nine goal winners.Scores us 19-10=124 to 8-14=62

Best (no order) – Winter,May,Leech,Elliott and Stapleton.

Goals- Winter(6),Little(3)Staudt(2)Allison(2)May,Iacobucci,Purcell,Grima,Leech,Sikora all one each.

Next Saturday Airport West at home ( two home games in a row).get down and support the mighty “MORES”.

 


 

Round 2 v Maribyrnong Park, Saturday April 11, 2015 by Ken Pridham

Journeyed down to the river to take on Maribyrnong Park, it is always a tough and close game when we play them at their ground and today was no different, it was not till late in the last quarter that we sealed the win. Unlike last week when bad kicking cost us the win, this week their bad kicking helped us to a win.Untitled

1st quarter – strong play by Leech and Mitchell in the centre got the ball to Winter to kick our first goal. Good clearance from the back flank saw Leech win the hard ball, handball to Pignolet another goal. a great smother by Staudt enabled us to clear the ball from the centre bounce, strong mark to Potter[goal].they were strong at the ball and running hard and they kicked the next three goals, scores even. we then answered the challenge and Mitchell got the ball to Leathers who from fifty metre’s out kicked the goal. Excellent pack mark to Wilson deserved better than a point. a classy bit of play by Grima resulted in Allison kicking a good running goal, a strong pack mark to Corigliano saw him kick our sixth goal for the quarter. Scores 6-5=41 to 3-1=19

2nd quarter – they kicked two goals in two minutes and we were under the pump, we steadied, and through excellent team play, goals to Mitchell, Wilson and Sinnott, we had our three goal lead back, but a poor disposal in our forward line let them in for a easy goal, they then ran rampart and kicked four more goals, plus five behinds to take a fourteen point lead. Scores 9-6=60 to 11-8=74 [we had nine different goal kickers in the first half]

3rd quarter – they went straight into attack again but our backline well led by Campbell cleared the ball for Winter to kick a goal, their strong work around the packs was stopping our running game. Stapleton was creating run out of the backline, Grima swooped on the loose ball [goal].we started to run the ball[were they getting tired or were we getting on top]good teamwork on the wing, finished with Winter marking and converting[goal].May was leading from the front, won the hard ball, fifty metre penalty[goal].won the centre bounce, kicked forward handball from Wilson to Sinnott [goal].Pressure from our forward line, paid off and Iacobucci kicked our sixth goal for the quarter, while we kept them to one goal and we took a twelve point into the last quarter. Scores 15-6=96 to 12-12=84

With the aid of the wind, they kicked eight goals in the second quarter, we answered with six in the third, could we hold our two goal lead or would they kick a winning score.

4th quarter- we applied the pressure straight away. a strong tackle by Iacobucci resulted in a free kick[goal],poor manning up in the forward line gave them a quick break, but good play in the backline held them out. Good roving at a throw in by Grima[goal].they answered back with two goals, still two goals in front. Head down, bums up attacks on the ball by Staudt and Leech, great smother by Pignolet resulted in a goal to Grima. They came again but team lifting marks by Bramley, Campbell and Sikora and good running by Stapleton, Foulds and Elliott saw Corigliano take a mark, handball to Grima[goal] game over. Corigliano took another pack mark but poor disposal let them in for the final goal. Wilson finished the game like he started a great smother at the centre bounce. The bell went for a deserving fourteen point win. Final scores 18-8=122 to 15-18=108.

Best players – in no order IACOBUCCI,STAUDT,GRIMA,LEECH,CAMPBELL,SIKORA.

GOALS – GRIMA[4] WINTER[3] IACOBUCCI[2] SINNOTT[2] POTTER, MITCHELL, WILSON, CORIGLIANO, LEATHERS, MAY, PIGNOLET AND ALLISON[all one each] from nineteen goals twelve different goal kickers].

Next week West Coburg at home, get there and support the “MORES “.


 

Round 1 v Keilor, Good Friday, April 3, 2015 by Ken Pridham

ITS BACK, finally a footy game to watch, the smell of the liniment and leather in your nostrils, no better smell in the world, BUT nothing has changed since last year, we cannot kick the ball through the big sticks, twenty one shots to sixteen going down by ten points.

Turned up on Friday at Lebanon reserve [ Syd McGain Oval] to see us take on Keilor on our annual good Friday game, fine weather sometimes cloudy, sometimes sunny with a reasonable crosswind[worth two goals]blowing into the faces of the Strathmore faithful on Alby’s Hill.

We welcomed four new players into the team DAVID MITCHELL, Callum Wilson, Simon Potter  and Michael Sikora also into the team for their first senior games were Nick Ingleton and Mitchell Leathers [Grandson of Life Member, Bob Leathers.

We were missing ten players from our grand final side last year due to retirements and injury, but you take the field with your best twenty two you have and unfortunately we came up short on the scoreboard.

We won the toss and kicked with the wind, they were straight into attack and despite strong play by Ash Arrowsmith and Simon Potter they kicked the first goal, good play on the wing saw Luke Pignolet mark on the fifty metre line he was thrown to the ground and given a fifty metre penalty, result our first goal in 2015. Sammy Leech swooped on the loose ball in the centre and found Matt Little on the lead who converted for a goal. Our new ruckmen Michael Sikora was having a sterling dual with their star ruckmen and was holding his own, strong work in our backline by Matty Elliott saw the ball in our forward and Callum Wilson or was it matt little snap a goal giving us a two goal lead. then in the twinkling of the eye we made two very bad turnovers in the middle of the ground, they swooped, two goals and at quarter we were 3-4=22 to 3-0=18 and they won the quarter.

2nd quarter – not much to write about in this quarter, except for our bad kicking for goal, we had five shots at goal for five behinds they had five shots for three goals two behinds. In the first five minutes Karl Staudt won the hard ball on three occasions and sent the ball forward but poor disposal let us down. Dale May was strong around the packs and took a typical gutsy mark in their back line, even though outscored in the quarter we held our own. scores us 3-9=27 them 5-2=32 . except for our bad kicking for goal, I feel we won the quarter.

3rd quarter – we marked at centre half back again at centre half forward resulting in matt little marking on the lead and converting to put us in front. but they answered straight away with two running goals into the wind to take the lead back, these two goals decided the game, as from here on in it was goal for goal. again we ran the ball out of their backline, again another behind. Matt little again marked on the lead and kicked truly to keep us in the game. Mitchell Leathers [up from the u/18s last year] won the ball on the wing took four bounces and in front of the Strathmore faithful shot for goal, allowed for the wind but as usual another point. Scores us 6-12=48 them 8-3=51 again I feel they won the quarter.

4th quarter – Michael Sikora started the quarter with two great pack marks, sent the ball forward only for another behind ,they kicked the first goal to extend their lead. we answered straight away through Adam Iacobucci who marked twenty metre’s out and slotted the goal GAME ON again we marked within kicking distance you guessed it another behind. but not to be denied they kicked the last goal to run out winners by ten points. Scores us 7-14=56 them 10-6=66. due to our bad kicking they again won the quarter.

BEST [in no order] – Matt Littel, Dale May, Karl Staudt, Michale Sikor and [mention to the first gamers Nick Ingleton and Mitchell Leathers]

GOALS – [by my records I had Callum kicking a goal in the first quarter not Matt Little] my goal kickers are Matt Little [2] Alex Grima [2] Adam Iacobucci, Luke Pignolet and Callum Wilson [one each]

Our first game for the year and will it sticks in the craw[to lose to them]. I am sure our coaching panel will address what has to be done to win our next game against MARIBYNONG PARK at their ground next Saturday.

(Picture courtesy of the Herald-Sun)