Well, the pretend season is over and now the real thing begins. All Bloods and Hearts players will go to bed on Friday night with a few butterflies in anticipation of the game ahead. It is always an exciting time of the year when you try and work out where we sit in the whole scheme of things. We love coming up against Caulfield who I suspect will be a major player this year but we have a great pack of youngsters ready to let fly without any inhibitions.
B Grade is always an interesting division. My spies (daughter at nightclub!) tell me Scotch will be pretty strong, have recruited well and expect to get back into A Grade pretty quickly. Bayside St Bedes/Mentone and Beauy will be interesting as they don’t appear to have been hugely active. Who knows with the Uni teams (Uni Blacks and Monash Blues) as it will depend on how successful O Week was. I always think Fitzroy are capable of surprising and are a bit of a smokey and may be the darkhorse this year. The other side who we will need to be wary of is Parkdale. They tap into their juniors well and look for improvement there. Old Geelong will be in as high a division as they have been since Larry Donohue won the Coleman Medal so will be out to consolidate I suspect.
But the Bloods will be looking to play finals football in 2019. We weren’t a long way off the mark last year and with some natural progression and a couple of handy recruits (in particular Bitters and Jackson) we should be in the mix. We know what to expect from Gledders, Paul, Gooda, Pop, Shak, Toy etc but looking for big years from the likes of Munro, Steele, Treverton and Nicho. We have the nucleus of a very good team and will definitely progress from last year.
The Reserves kick things off festivities on Saturday at Glenhuntly Oval at 11.40 with the Seniors game starting at the unpredictable time of 2pm. Get down and support the boys.
But first of all, support the Hearts who take on Old Mentonians at Mentone Grammar Keysborough Playing Fields. With some solid summer recruiting, the girls will be approaching their Premiership defence with confidence. They have won their praccy games well and there has been some genuine natural improvement. The game starts at the traditional time of 10.45am.
Budgy’s Under 19s take on Collegians on Saturday so if you reside closer to the Chevron, this may be the better early option. The game, taking place at Wesley’s Prahan Campus on St Kilda Rd, will commence at 10.30am. The Budgemeister has done a brilliant job getting a committed group of U/19 players together and the early signs are that they should travel pretty well.
So there you have the details of Round One action. We are in for another brilliant year of footy and we will bring you all the highs and lows throughout the year – thanks to our tremendous sponsors of course.
On the 13th of April, we will return to Princes Park for our first round of home games. This will be a humungous day for the club. The U/19s will kick things off at 9.20 when they win their second game for the year while at 10.15 we will be unfurling the 2018 Premiership Flag so brilliantly won by the girls last year. The Hearts will then take on Old Scotch (Grand Final Replay – YOU BEAUTY) Their game will be followed by a lunch and further football watching with the Ressies in action and of course the Bloods taking on Parkdale. It doesn’t get any better than that.