Bloods and Hearts Record Important WIns

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Saturday produced a great set of results with the Seniors and Hearts both recording solid and important victories. Important for the boys because it rewarded their efforts over the last few weeks. Important for the girls as it helps solidify their spot in the top four. The Ressies were game again in defeat, while the First XVIII had an emphatic victory over Geelong College.

Tim Witherow played his 100th game for the club on Saturday. Tim has become a pillar of strength in the backline after moving “back there” a couple of seasons ago. Renowned for his speed and attack on the footy, he has played in both recent premiership sides and is now one of the real leaders around the club.

Congratulations are also extended to Joel Constable who played his 50th game. Also known for his attack on the football, Joel is a real student of the game and is bound to represent the club a lot more in the years to come.

Contests between the Bloods and Caulfield have produced some terrific games over the last two years and this one was no different. The first few contests demonstrated the willingness of both sides to have a crack in soggy conditions. Trevo started in the ruck and gave the boys first use of the ball for these contests. The forwards were given opportunities of various quality which reflected on the scoreboard with only one major being registered for the quarter. Jack Munro was enjoying his role up forward as was goal scorer, Nick “Two Bucks” Gooda. The visitors appeared to score a bit easier and the Bloods trailed by 9 points at the first break. In the huddle at quarter time, coach Ward wasn’t happy and implored the players for a greater effort.

The boys responded well, kicking the first couple of goals for the quarter, with Loewey and Sec both being rewarded for their hard work. Gledders and Shak had lifted around the ball, while the backline had tightened up. It was a good game of footy, belying the tricky conditions. Trevo took some telling marks around the ground and was teaming well with Thommo out of the backline. Caulfield were still in the game, and a couple of strong marks resulted in majors. Most of the play was on the Bambra Rd wing which disappointed fans from both sides who were sheltering from the artic conditions on the other side. (All except Mr. R Paul who is missing Doyley but pays tribute).

The throng headed for the now infamous tea, scones and party pies with the boys leading by the narrowest of margins. Improved accuracy was becoming a feature, much to Felicity’s delight.

The third quarter didn’t immediately go to script. The visitors jumped the gun and literally strolled to a 16 point lead. It felt like we had barely touched the ball and it was looking a little ominous. But once again the boys found another gear. Nick Gooda scored on the back of some terrific ball movement from Brodie Steele, Nicho and Jimmy Paul and Jordan Donnelly weaved some magic from a sharp angle to show that the goal of the year against Blacks was no fluke. We were right back in the game and when skipper Paul goaled, we were back in front. Funnily enough, the wind sockets suggested the cricket net end would be the scoring end but goals were being registered in both directions. We had narrowly won the quarter and went into the last, with a slender 4 point lead. 

The last quarter shaped up as one of the most vital played by the club for a number of years. It was tense in the huddle but a sense of determination was also present. Wardy got them in real tight so it was for players’ ears only – would it work?

Of course it did! Loewey snagged a beauty on the run from 50 metres out and the boys were up and about. Caulfield answered but Sec duly and calmly replied. Shak bullocked his way through a pack to score and give us a handy break. The footy flowed between the half back lines and our defence was holding up well, as Caulfield tried to rally. The young guns – Jack Munro, Callum Searle, Tom Rogerson and Brodie Steele were still prepared to take the game on and force opposition mistakes. Unlike previous weeks, we capitalised. Nick Gooda and Pop converted some pressure goals and with “only” 7/8 Bonwick minutes to play there was some relief around the ground. Caulfield got one late but it was too late as the words “bellow them over” resonated for the second time at PP.

Old Haileyburians    1.6-12    5.9-39    9.12-66    15.13-103
Caulfield Grammarians    3.3-21    5.8-38    9.8-62    11.12-78

Goal Kickers: N. Gooda 3, S. Loewe 2, D. Seccull 2, J. Nicolopoulos 2, J. Munro 2, P. Shakallis, J. Paul, C. Connelly, J. Donnelly

Best Players: P. Gleadhill, R. Thompson, J. Munro, S. Loewe, L. Treverton, N. Gooda

The Ressies were gallant in defeat – once again. The boys keep coming up against physically stronger opposition but remain in the contest for long passages. Invariably, the physical side takes its toll although on Saturday we managed to score a couple of majors to take the game right up to Caulfield. Josh Elston and Jamie Cain were both terrific all day while Joel Constable had a solid return from injury. The Gauch was at his elusive best on the forward line.

Old Haileyburians    0.0    1.2-8    1.9-15    3.10-28
Caulfield Grammarians    1.6-12    5.10-40    7.12-54    11.20-86

Goal Kickers: D. Gauci, M. Seccull, B. Oakes
Best Players: J. Elston, J. Cain, J. Constable, D. Gauci, S. Hall-Kahan, B. Oakes

The Hearts posted an encouraging victory over a determined Ajax. Coming off the back of three losses in a row, The Hearts came out firing against the strong team of AJAX. After two weeks of reshaping their game plan thanks to their loss against Beaumauris Sharks, the girls were finally able to move the ball with more speed, thought and skill. The marking capabilities of rotating mid/forward Jordan Shanks proved to be a game winner, with Shanks kicking three goals in the second term, surging the girls ahead. The girls maintained speed and accuracy in moving the ball in the third term, with Tayla Vines Chapple & Pulli Gardiyawasam leading the way. Two freakish goals from Amy Fletcher & Jess Wright put the girls well in front. 

The final term saw Ajax pick up speed and get it back into their forward 50, but thanks to the skill of defender, Charlotte Russo, their efforts came with no reward. This game was one of the best that coach Spud has seen from the girls, who served up 4 quarters of classy footy. We look froward to taking on Hampton Rovers next week, where we will continue to refine & practice our game plan that is evidently working. 

Old Haileybury    1.2-8    5.5-35    8.7-55    8.8-56
Ajax    2.0-12    3.0-18    3.1-19    4.4-28

Goal Kickers: J. Shanks 3, F. Land 2, P. Hatt, A. Fletcher, J. Wright
Best Players: J. Shanks, C. Frawley, A. Fletcher, E. Solly, F. Land, P. Gardiyawasam

Next week we are on the road again. The boys take on ladder leaders St Bernards but can go in with confidence. This is the return game of the Peter Nicholson Cup so there is a lunch on if anyone is interested in joining hyxy.
The girls play Rovers at PP with the game starting at 1pm – not so far to travel.

The next home game luncheon will take place on the 14th of July. We will post further details as they come to hand. But be prepared for an interesting guest speaker and the usual excellent spread.

The “Goods and Services Auction Night” has attracted some brilliant auction items. This includes a $100,000 outdoor marketing package, kindly donated by QMS. This is a sensational package and would suit businesses looking for extra publicity.

This is a major fundraiser for the club so make sure you plan to get along. There will be a live band, finger food and with drinks at bar prices, this will be a great night out for only $50. The venue is the Brighton Baths Function Room with festivities starting at 6.45pm.

Tickets can be purchased here

Numbers are limited so get in early!

If you have any ideas for goods or services donations please contact Danny Frawley or Scott Ellis

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We start the preview congratulating Jimmy Paul on his  Big V Squad selection for their clash against WA on July 7th. This is just reward for a couple of excellent seasons from our captain. Well done Jimmy and we hope you get to represent the VAFA.

Saturday sees all three teams back at PP. The seniors and reserves take on Caulfield Grammarians while the Hearts play AJAX at 1pm. They are must win games for all teams albeit for different reasons. The boys want further reward for their recent efforts which have been very commendable. A repeat of the performance shown against Blacks last week would see us go close to winning. An even four quarter performance is required. The side is beginning to settle down with the likes of Gledders, Brodie Steel, Plymo and Nick Gooda benefitting from a few runs under their belts.

The Hearts take on AJAX and need to get back on the winner’s list. While a few players are returning, there are still a few unavailable so it will be a good test. We are currently sitting fourth on the ladder and would need to win this to think about finals footy.

The First XVIII play Geelong College down the highway. Still undefeated, the lads will be looking to go into the holiday period with another victory under their belts. There are four matches left in the season, so the team is edging closer to another flag.

We encourage all supporters to get down to PP and support the magenta and black. Injuries and unavailability have taken their toll in the first half of the season so we look to improved fortune in the back half.

Afternoon tea will be served at half time, including Bron Paul’s infamous scones, jam, and cream. 

The next home game luncheon will take place on the 14th of July. We will post further details as they come to hand. But be prepared for the usual excellent spread.

The “Goods and Services Auction Night” is shaping up as a great night. It is to be held on the 21st of July. This is a major fundraiser for the club so make sure you plan to get along. There will be a live band, finger food and with drinks at bar prices, this will be a great night out for only $50. The venue is the Brighton Baths Function Room with festivities starting at 6.45pm.

Tickets can be purchased here

Numbers are limited so get in early!

If you have any ideas for goods or services donations please contact Danny Frawley or Scott Ellis

Bloods Beat Mazenod – start of things to come

The Seniors came out firing and touched up Mazenod. The Hearts went down to Old Brighton while Rainsy’s Ressies were brave in the early game. The school XVIII remain undefeated after knocking off Wesley.

Wardy’s Wrap
We turned up to Princess Park on Saturday with the same confident feeling we have had over the previous seven weeks but we were still looking to register our first win for the season in B Grade. After a really positive week on the track and spending time looking at how we can get better output from our group there was an air of confidence that this might be our day. Right from the first bounce our intent and desperation were evident led by Trevo who was giving our mids first use. At ground level, our skipper Jimmy Paul was in everything supported by in no particular order Shak, Whitey, Will, Gledders, Raff, Donners, Munners and Nick Gooda. We went into the first break with a lead of 25 points but needed to go on with it in the 2nd quarter which we did, culminating in a lead of 39 points at the long break. Our defenders were starting to get on top led by Brodes with great support from Aaron Toy, Plymo, Timmy, Nicko, Cal Searle and Torsten.

The start of the third quarter saw us dominate play but could not capitalise early. Halfway through the quarter, we started to use the ball better and delivery to our forwards improved. Durras was having his best game of the year and his marks were sticking. Pop was at his dangerous best, Corey was very dangerous before copping a heavy cork and Oaksy was working hard to create a contest. We went into the last change with a lead of 58 points and the game was over. Our challenge as a group was to win the last quarter and finish on a high. Unfortunately, this was not the case as we run out of gas a bit and Mazenod finished with 5 goals to two for the quarter.

Disregarding the last quarter it was a very even and satisfying result for this group who at no stage had dropped their attitude at looking to improve and get better. 

That now has to be the standard and be repeated. If that is the case we can compete with anyone and look forward to testing ourselves against Uni Blacks next week.

Old Haileyburians    5.1-31    9.2-56    13.4-82    15.6-96
Mazenod                1.0-6    2.5-17    3.6-24    8.11-59

Goal Kickers: J. Nicolopoulos 4, N. Gooda 3, C. Connelly 2, D. Seccull 2, N. Garratt, J. Munro, J. Paul, S. Loewe

Best Players: D. Seccull, B. Steele, J. Nicolopoulos, L. Treverton, S. Loewe, J. Paul

Rainsy’s Ressies Wrap
On a superb autumn day, it was important for the reserves to set the scene for the Seniors in a must-win match for the club. So with some shameless channeling by the coach of the “Life is a game of Inches” speech from Any Given Sunday in the pre-match address the match the boys looked up for the challenge. 

On paper, it was our strongest team yet with a number of players missing out at selection and three players from the seniors joining the fight in the form of Sammy Algeri, Matty Taylor and Rayner Seccull. 

Despite being a bit slow out of the blocks and an early flurry of goals by Mazenod the signs were good they were in for a fight as Matty Taylor took control of the ruck and the team steadied by posting our first major midway through the quarter. 

The second quarter was by far our best of the year as the backline and midfield controlled the football with accurate passing, quick hands, linking, switching and some of the most attractive ball movement into the forward line all year. This allowed Sam Hall-Kahan to lead strongly as we kicked four unanswered majors in a row to take the lead in a match for the first time all year. 

At full back Declan Forster was in supreme form in his attack of the ball marking strongly and switching confidently across the ground to the running half back Rayner Seccull who was ably supported by Johnno and Benny Scammel. With Matty Taylor dominating the ruck supported by Mark Irwin it allowed us the luxury of a true target at CHF in the form of Oli Sharpe who provided a moving target up the ground and for the long kicks into the forward line. Sammy Algeri showed guts and determination by getting in and under the footy. Jamie Cain continued is his strong attack at the footy and at the marking contest, whilst the young brigade of Coleman, Green, Gaspa all linked up well.

In a big blow for us and the club Matty Taylor had to come off with a recurring back injury 20 mins into the 2nd that sidelined him for the rest of the match. It seemed to take the wind out of our sails as his presence was sorely missed around the ground and Mazenod kicked three late goals.

At half time the mood was positive and we came out ready to have a red-hot crack. Mazenod kicked three goals to one as it turned into a spiteful third quarter as Mazenod typically seemed determined to rough up players and go the man rather than the footy with a number of behind the play incidents.

The fourth quarter was valiantly fought out as we were left with exhausted players and no one on the bench as one player after another went down. Ari, Rayner, Leysy, Irwin, Scammel and HK all sustained injuries with several bravely limping back on on the ground to provide some sort of contest. It turned out to be a 3 goal to 1 goal quarter but I’m proud to say the boys can hold up their heads up high in what was an entertaining and very competitive match.

Lots to like and take out of this as the lads continue to learn the drills and work better as a team.

Old Haileyburians    1.1-7    5.2-32    6.3-39      7.4-46
Mazenod                5.1-31    8.2-50    11.6-72    14.9-93

Goal Kickers: S. Hall-Kahan 4, J. Klein 2, M. Irwin

Best Players: S. Algeri, O. Sharpe, D. Green, A. Coleman, J. Cain, D. Forster

Heart to Hearts

Saturday was not a great game for the hearts as they faced Old Brighton in what was a fight for 2nd position on the ladder. Having come off a gallant loss the week before, the girls should have been in good stead. However, they played one of the poorest games that they have in the past two years, going down by 4 goals. Old Brighton kicked three goals in the third quarter to seal the deal, leaving Haileybury in their wake. Frances Land played another stellar game, being one of the only girls serving it up to Brighton. Maggie Dunn held down the back line with her great ability to read the play. Tayla Vines-Chapple lead from the front. Unfortunately, we were not switched on and will look to take down Rivals, Beaumauris this week. 

Old Haileybury    1.1-7    1.2-8    1.2-8    1.4-10
Old Brighton       1.2-8    2.5-17    5.8-38    5.8-38

Goal Kickers: P. Gardiyawasam

Best Players: M. Dunn, T. Vines-Chapple, F. Land, C. Stark, P. Gardiyawasam, S. Stewart

Goods and Services Auction Night – Bands at Brighton Baths

The “Goods and Services Auction Night” is shaping up as a great night. It is to be held on the 21st of July. This is a major fundraiser for the club so make sure you plan to get along. There will be a live band, finger food and with drinks at bar prices, this will be a great night out for only $50. The venue is the Brighton Baths Function Room with festivities starting at 6.45pm.

Tickets can be purchased here

Numbers are limited so get in early!

If you have any ideas for goods or services donations please contact Danny Frawley or Scott Ellis

Next Home Game Luncheon

The next luncheon takes place on the 26th of May when the Seniors take on Mazenod and the girls play Old Brighton. The focus will be on the Life Members as we recognise their contribution to our great club. This will be a casual affair but with delicious fare and refreshments. So if you are a Life Member, expect a call. For further information, contact Peter Bowring – 0418 340639.

Round 5 Review


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The girls were the victors this weekend recording a very solid victory over Old Carey. The boys didn’t have much joy, coming up against a strong St Bernards outfit.

There are long passages of the game where we are right in the match but then there are other sessions where St Bernards took full advantage. Unfortunately we were unable to take our opportunities when they were presented. We produced some football in the second quarter which was as good as anything this year. Led by Corey Connelly, the boys kicked the first two goals of the quarter but couldn’t maintain the pressure for long enough.
The third quarter was quite even as the visitors knew they were in a match. Oakesy was making his presence felt on the forward line and Trevo was proving to be a tower of strength with his marking around the ground. Everyone was contributing and the scoreboard belied the evenness. The young backline was under the pump for a lot of the game but demonstrated some real character led by Rayner Seccull and Riley Thompson at full back. Torsten Williamson showed enough in his first game to suggest he has a future in the magenta and black.

After a tough three quarters, it wasn’t totally surprising that the visitors got a few easier goals late in the game. Darras Seccull bagged three goals and is beginning to find some form, getting a fair proportion of the ball.

The boys travel with their passports to Bulleen to take on Old Carey this weekend. With a few players returning and a willingness to contest every ball, we can go close.

Old Haileyburians    1.1-7    3.6-24    6.8-44    7.13-55
St Bernards    3.7-25    9.9-63    13.13-91    19.18-132

Goal Kickers: D. Seccull 3, C. Connelly 2, J. Gasparini, B. Oakes
Best Players: P. Shakallis, C. Connelly, J. Paul, W. Paul, J. Donnelly, L. Treverton

Ressies Supercoach Rainsy is planning a career in being a tennis linesman so had a call of duty on Saturday. Constable and Seccull admirably filled the large void but we hope Rainsy’s career is better than this guys.
The boys were game again but just keep coming up against bigger bodies like the ones from St Bernards.

Old Haileyburians    1.0-6    3.1-19    5.4-34    6.4-40
St Bernards    3.8-26    7.14-56    13.18-96    23.20-158

Goal Kickers: S. Hall-Kahan 2, J. Cain, J. Elston, M. Irwin, A. Ventouras
Best Players: J. Elston, A. Ventouras, D. Green, J. Cain, A. Coleman, M. Seccull

Old Haileybury Women’s secured a terrific 37-point victory against Old Carey at Caulfield Park on Saturday afternoon in perfect conditions for football. Considering the team was down by 4 points at half time it was a very pleasing 2nd half with a strong victory at full-time with a very even spread of contributors across the day.
This week our depth was tested with 10 of our squad of 28 unavailable due to either injury or social calendar conflict.  Fortunately, we had 3 girls Danni San-Jose, Elaine Donnelly and Maya Bennett fill-in for the day – 2 of the girls never playing a game of AFL previously. Thanks for helping us out.
Old Carey had a purple patch in the 2nd quarter kicking 4 goals in less than 10 minutes.  However, despite this flood of goals our backline led by Georgina Janssen, Charlotte Russo, Maggie Dunn, Maddie Leyden and Alana Hall did a terrific job keeping Old Carey scoreless 3 of the 4 quarters.
We welcomed Danielle Frawley who played her first game of the season with a near best on ground performance providing plenty of run on her wing.  In addition, Claire Stark returned to play her first game of the season and her skill and football nous was a welcome addition to our team. A great asset to have Danielle and Claire “up and running” and they bring a new dimension to our team which thrilled coach Danny Frawley.
Frances Land continued her stand out first season of AFL with a terrific exhibition of hard, tenacious and competitive footy.  Frances leads from the front and her on-ball combination with Carly Dillon has proven a great success in recent games. Both kicked a goal from good strong marks in the forward 50.
Our forward dynamo Pulli Gardivawasam kicked a season high 4 goals with an “Eddie Betts” type game where her forward crumbing work was great to see.  Pulli creates so much energy in our forward line that is infectious which our team feeds off which is terrific.
Jess Wright played an outstanding game on Saturday kicking a goal and close to another, but it was her defensive work up forward that created many opportunities for others. Well done Jess. It wasn’t so long ago that we were barracking for Jess’s brother Anthony who played for the club for four seasons. Good to see father John also back involved.
The Hearts now sit 2nd on the ladder after 4 games with a 3 win – 1 loss record to date. 
We hope to have a few of our injured girls back soon and we look forward to getting our full team together on the one park soon.
Next Saturday 12th May we play old Mentonians at 2pm at Keysborough Playing Fields.

Old Haileybury  2.3-15    3.3-21    6.11-47    8.14-62
Old Carey    0.0        4.1-25    4.1-25    4.1-25

Goal Kickers: P. Gardiyawasam 4, D. San Jose, C. Dillon, F. Land, J. Wright
Best Players: F. Land, D. Frawley, S. Stewart, C. Dillon, P. Gardiyawasam, J. Wright

The first luncheon of the year was a resounding success. Peter Nicholson, not surprisingly, entertained the audience with anecdotes and tales from his tenure at both clubs. Renowned for his wit and attempts to get into the heads of opposition players, Nicho explained how he didn’t expect to get the OHAFC job after a seriously sledged Matthew Armstrong was on the selection panel. Fortunately, Whoppy was either outvoted or forgave. The rest is history.

Details have been released of the “Goods and Services Auction Night” to be held on the 21st of July. This is a major fundraiser for the club. There will be a live band, finger food and with drinks at bar prices, this will be a great night out for only $50. The venue is the Brighton Baths Function Room.

Tickets can be purchased here

Numbers are limited so get in early!

If you have any ideas for goods or services donations please contact Danny Frawley or Scott Ellis


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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
Haileybury                        14.8.92
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.


Round Four Review

Just the two games to report on this week with the girls having a bye. Unfortunately, results didn’t go our way with both the Seniors and Reserves going down to Parkdale.

The early signs were positive for the Bloods with Oaksy kicking the first major of the game after 7 minutes of tense footy. Both sides were testing each other out and the game was being played between the half bank flanks before this first major.Trevo showed that he hadn’t lost his touch over the last few weeks of absence with some great ruckwork, giving the onballers first use of the ball. Joel Constable and Jacko Arthur were leading the way on the backline and when Jimmy Paul kicked our second, things were looking promising.But Parkdale kicked the next two goals to tie things up and while the skills were sometimes lacking, theendeavour from both sides was commendable.

The second quarter belonged to Parkdale as they gradually gained the ascendency. We were struggling to force any scoreboard pressure while the visitors appeared to take their chances. We only managed a Seccull goal for the quarter, while Parkdale managed to kick four to take a handy 11 point lead into the main break.

There wasn’t any wind to speak off, yet the city end was proving to be the scoring end. We kicked three goals for the quarter and held Parkdale goalless. The game openned up a bit and our skills improved accordingly. The run was being led by Nicho and Jim Paul, ably backed up by Corey Connelly and Shak who was his normal bullocking best in the clutches. Rayner Seccull was also getting some handy possessions.
We had to start the 3rd well which we did despite losing the impressive Tom Rogerson down back to a Broken Jaw and went into the last change with a lead of 7 points which couldof been more if we converted better. The last quarter was very even with both sides desperate to register a win but Parkdale finished the better as Raff was struggling as well and we had only 20 fit players. Full credit to Parkdale though as despite us having more inside 50s and more of the footy they were cleaner with their ball moving forward and deserved their first win of the year. Again a disappointing result for the group as the endeavour was great but again we have nothing to show for our efforts. Our leaders and more experienced mids lead the way in Jimmy, Shak and Gledders with help from Will Paul. Was great to have Whitey, JD, Jacko and Trevo back in the side and they will get better in the weeks to come. Down back Riley Thompson stuck to his task well and Nicko provided great drive for us. Up forward Sammy Loewe worked hard and was dangerous as was Pop.
We back up again next week against St Bernards at home and will be doing everything we can this week to tidy up a few things to give us the opportunity of getting the 4 points.


Old Haileyburians   3.2-20  4.6-30  7.9-51  7.12-54
Parkdale Vultures   2.3-15  6.5-41  6.8-44  9.11-65



Goal Kickers: D. Seccull 2, L. Treverton, J. Nicolopoulos, B. Oakes, S. Loewe, J. Paul
Best Players: J. Paul, P. Shakallis, J. Constable, N. Garratt, L. Treverton, M. Rafferty

An abridged version of Rainesy’s Review as the Supercoach had a prior engagement on the weekend. So the Seccull/Constable combination stepping into the huge coaching shoes. Indeed we got off to a flyer, kicking the first two goals of the game. But Parkdale fought their way back into the contest and the injury curse hit us again with prime movers Jordan Hurley and Dan Forster both going down. Our young team fought hard for the rest of the game but the bigger bodied Parkdale team gradually wore them down.


Old Haileyburians 2.0-12 3.2-20 5.3-33 6.4-40
Parkdale Vultures 5.1-31 10.4-64 13.6-84 17.12-114



Goal Kickers: M. Seccull 2, L. Eddey, A. Ventouras, B. Scammell, M. Irwin
Best Players: T. Williamson, M. Kirkwood, M. Seccull, A. Ventouras, J. Elston, H. Bignell

Round 4 Preview

Round 4 Preview

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This week the girls have a bye so all the focus will be on the boys as they take on Parkdale. Both clubs will be aiming to get their first points for the year so it is an important early season clash.

Both Blood’s teams will be looking to bounce back after losses to Caulfield last week. At the selection table we have lost Aaron Toy through suspension but welcome Jordan Donnelly, Jackson Arthur and Ben White in for their first senior games for the year. So we are getting some players back but remain a youthful squad. It will be important to get off to a good start as Parkdale will be up and about also. We look forward to seeing that run off the backline, delivering laces up to Oakesy, Pop, and Sec in the forward line. But of course so much depends on the midfield and we have one of the best led by Jimmy Paul, Shak, and Gledders. If they can get their hands on the ball, we can go a long way to getting the four points. 

It is going to be another brilliant autumn day so let’s all get down to PP and get the boys across the line.

Min 10
Max 19
Mostly sunny.
Chance of any rain: 0% 

Melbourne area

Areas of fog and cloud clearing during in the morning, then a sunny afternoon. Light winds becoming south to southwesterly 15 to 20 km/h in the late afternoon then becoming light in the evening.

Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:30 pm, UV Index predicted to reach 3 [Moderate]


Each week we will be providing a report on how the School’s First XVIII are performing. They certainly got their Premiership defence off to a great start as Lappas’ report highlights…..

Haileybury First XVIII Report

Haileybury                        25.17.167
Geelong Grammar          1.5.11

Best:     B.King, Bell, Briggs, Riordan, Ralphsmith, Gentile, Weightman
Goals:   B.King 10, Weightman 5, Ralphsmith 4, Cleary 2, M.King, Briggs, Gentile, Toner

The Haileybury First XVIII got off to an incredible start to the 2018 season with a 151 point demolition of its opposition Geelong Grammar.  They meant business from the start kicking 4 goals in the first 6 minutes of the season.  In fact, the first goal came from the Captain Max King crumbing a ball running into open goal in the first 30 seconds.
The pressure was immense and Haileybury’s manic nature in the way that they played caused Geelong to turn the ball over and the boys pounced on every opportunity.  Ben King was marking everything, taking 17 marks and when he didn’t mark it, the smalls up forward in Cody Weightman, and Jack Toner were mopping up any spilled ball – Cody going on to kick 5 goals for the game.  The onballers in Heath Briggs with 35 possessions and Mitch Riordan with 25 ran amuck through the midfield and their little mate, Pete Gentile, racked up 25 possessions himself running out of defence.  Pleasingly, the 9 debutants were all influential and certainly didn’t look out of place in the big league.  Luke Cleary, Liam Kirkwood-Scott, Lachie Riley and Lachie Vaughan defended like their life depended on it.  Hugo Ralphsmith, Tommy Morris and Jordan Andrews used their fitness, speed and skill to advantage and Hamish West and Max Sievers both looked damaging whenever they had the ball. On a sad noted, the highly rated potential Top 5 draftee Max King went down early in the second quarter with a confirmed ACL, and while this was an emotional time, it was a credit to the boys to continue playing the way they had started, especially his twin brother Ben who went on to kick 10 goals.

Haileybury now takes on premiership contender St Kevins at St Kevins starting at 2.00pm on Saturday 28th April.  Hopefully as many supporters as possible can get down to watch and get behind the boys because this will certainly be a ‘cracker’ of a game.

New Coterie Group

As mentioned in the Bulletin recently, we are forming a new coterie group to support player development.
It is an exciting time for the club to have so many young talented players with nine having their first taste of senior football last week.
With more young talent playing key roles in the reserves, and the continued growth in our women’s team it is crucial for the club to support player development to ensure our on field performances continue to improve, our player retention is high, and players are supported to develop their skills, game sense and preparation.
Another important aspect of player development is for the club to develop a culture that supports team performance, cohesion, respect, and player enjoyment.
The first task of the Player Development Coterie Group is to support the appointment of a Player Development Senior Assistant Coach. With the support of the Old Haileybury Association, the club has recently appointed Shane Valenti into this role. Shane is well known to many at the club and has a tremendous football resume which includes playing at the highest level with Melbourne, two Liston Medals with Port Melbourne, and also being an Old Haileybury Premiership Player. We look forward to seeing Shane on the track working with Wardy in coming weeks.
There are numerous other initiatives that can support player development, including after training speakers and other player wellbeing initiatives.
We are looking for club supporters and parents to join the coterie group to raise funds and contribute to the shaping of ideas to support the development of our playing group.
Player Development Coterie membership is based on a $1000 contribution and includes attendance at the four match-day lunches and a ticket to the Grand Final breakfast. The four home match lunches will provide a great opportunity for the coterie group to get together and discuss player development.
If you are interested in getting involved in this important initiative give Pat O’Leary a call on 0413 459287 or email him at