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Yes, another photo of Nicho and Corras holding up our A Grade Cup. While we have won numerous premierships over the journey this remains our only A Grade result. And this weekend St Bernards visit PP for the first time – another club that Nicho coached to an A Grade flag. (Corras is an assistant coach at Essendon). We have had some good battles over the years against the Snow Dogs and this year will be no different as we look to record our first win for the season.
Once again there are a few forced changes at the selection table. Just when we look like getting a couple back, we lose a couple. I won’t mention names cos the oppos might get wind, but there are certainly opportunities for the kids to get some senior football experience. This will hold them in good stead in the longer term.
The girls take on Old Carey at home with the game starting at 1pm. The Hearts are currently sitting on third on the ladder so a win here would help cement a top four position.
Congratulations to Jordan Shank, Frances Land, Pulli Gardiyawasam and Carly Dillon who have made the squad for the VAFA Big V. This is an honour for the girls and is just reward for their hard work. Well Done!
The School First XVIII have a bye this weekend.
Haileybury First XVIII Report – Saturday 28th April
St Kevins College 9.5.59
Best: J.Worrell, M.Riordan, H.Briggs, B.King, L.Cleary, P.Gentile, H. West
Goals: B.King 6, West 3, Weightman 2, Ralphsmith, Briggs, Riordan
They often say in football that you need to play each quarter at a time and to win each quarter. That’s exactly what the First XVIII did against the highly fancied St Kevins on Saturday. Playing at “The Snakepit”, St Kevins home ground, the Haileybury boys were up for the challenge given it had been over 10 years since they had won there. The 5 goal win was a result of purely winning each quarter by 1 or 2 goals – it all adds up!
St Kevins are renowned for their inside work and their dominance at the stoppages and that’s exactly what they did early. They had 6 more clearances in the first quarter, but Haileybury’s pressure reduced their ability to make use of this dominance. The message at quarter time was simple; swarm into the stoppage and get numbers around the contest and shut it down. Haileybury’s tackle pressure is what they pride themselves on, and the alarming statistic for the day was that from the 98 stoppages, St Kevins took first possession 29 times more than the Bloods, yet they only won the clearances by 1. Haileybury’s ability to hunt the opposition, cause them to turn the ball over and then transition and move the ball with speed and skill has to be seen to be believed. For a schoolboy side, their skills are incredible, which is a great message for all aspiring First XVIII players – get yourself fit and keep working on those skills.
Haileybury has a well-deserved break this week with the bye, but find themselves up against Melbourne Grammar in two week’s time, one of only 3 sides to remain undefeated after only 2 rounds.