Practice Matches Begin

This weekend sees the unofficial start to the season with the club partaking in practice matches. The girls kick things off on Saturday when they play Hawthorn AFC at Glenferrie Oval – starting at 9am. On Sunday, the boys take on St Bedes Mentone at the Fisher Oval. The U/19s start at 11am, the Reserves at 1pm and the Seniors at 3pm. See you there.


The following were recently announced as the 2018 Award Winners. Jimmy Paul, Josh Elston and Frances Land won the respective B&Fs. It was a brilliant night at the Brighton International. The loyal band of volunteers were also recognised for their efforts off the field. Now we look forward to Season 19.







The TEK Fisher Trophy for the Best and Fairest Player: James Paul

The FN Northcott Trophy for the Runner-up Best and Fairest: Lachlan Treverton

Third Best and Fairest: Corey Connelly

Most Improved Player: Brodie Steele

The GW Patterson Memorial Trophy for the Best First-year Player: Sam Loewe



The President’s Trophy for the Best and Fairest Player: Josh Elston

Runner-up Best and Fairest: Jamie Cain

Coach’s Award: Jordan Johnston

Most Improved: Jordan Hurley

Leading Goal-kicker: Sam Hall-Kahan



Best and Fairest Player: Frances Land

Runner-up Best and Fairest: Sarah Casey

Third Best and Fairest, Leading Goal-kicker: Jordan Shanks

Fourth Best and Fairest: Danielle Frawley

Fifth Best and Fairest (equal): Taylah Vines-Chapple, Mim Waterman

Runner-up, Competition Best and Fairest: Pulli Gardiyawasam

Most Improved Player: Lauren Oliver, Hannah Pastore

Coach’s Awards: Ellen Russell, Chelsea Frawley

Lawrence Mooney at 2018 OHAFC Grand Final Breakfast

Lawrence Mooney heads an all-star cast of comedians that will once again get the day off to a great start at the Mercedes Benz Berwick Haileybury Football Grand Final Breakfast. He will be supported by Dave O’Neil and Adam Rozenbachs  – both top comedians in their own right.

This will  make it one of the best line-ups ever – a big statement given this event has been going 42 years.

We are once again at the magnificent Grand Hyatt who look after us so well every year. Tickets are only $165ph or $1,550 for a table of 10. There are discounts for Uni students and players. We are to The George after the Brekky. Book with hyxy at



On Sunday the Hearts will play in their first ever Grand Final. This is a great effort from the girls and everyone associated with the team as it is only their second year playing. But they have gradually improved over the two years and find themselves in the big game after a brilliant finals campaign. The girls only made the finals after winning their last home and away match but have secured two nail-biting victories to set up this mouth-watering contest against Scotch. If the girls play with the same intensity shown in their last two matches, they are going to give it a real shake.

The game starts at 2.30pm on Sunday at Trevor Barker Oval in Sandringham, where the club has an excellent finals record. All supporters are encouraged to come along and get behind the girls. It is bound to be a great contest. Carna HEARTS!

Congratulations are extended to Pulli Gardiyawasam who was Runners Up in the VAFA Competition Best and Fairest. After another consistent year, Pulli was pipped at the post and can be proud of her efforts this season and for her two years at the club.


The boys take Carey at home on Saturday with the Reserves kicking off at 11.40am and the Seniors at 2pm.  It is important we keep the momentum going and finish the year off with a couple of scalps. The Seniors have been in good form of late and will be looking for as many wins as possible to take higher up the ladder.



In an important weekend of footy, the Hearts won their preliminary final against Beaumaris, while a Corey Connelly inspired Bloods scored the win that should ensure we play in B Grade in 2019.

A fantastic weekend for our Senior group as we secured our spot in Premier B grade for 2019. We ventured out to Mazenod knowing that they would throw everything at us to try and pull themselves out of the relegation zone. Right from the word go we did not really give them the opportunity to get their game going as we gave them no time and space. Although dominating play we could not put the score on the board but went into quarter time leading by 21 points. Our backline was holding up well led by Aaron, Brodie and Timmy Witherow. Rip and Rogo were bringing the ball to ground for Nicko to provide his run and Joel Constable set the scene for the day with multiple courageous efforts. 

During the 2nd quarter Mazenod kept coming at us but we grew our lead to 28 points by half time. Our midfield was working both ways to effect on a massive ground. Our wingers in Raff and Donners were getting involved in everything. In the middle Trevo was getting his hand on the ball giving Jimmy, Shak, Plym, Will, Munners, Nick Gooda first use were hurting the opposition with their use of the footy.

The message at half time was that they would come out fired up at the start of the 3rd and we had to match that we more than achieved with our highest tackle count for the year for any quarter a major reason why we extended our lead again to 37 points at the last change. Young guys in Gassy and Billy were really standing up and our dangerous forward line of Seccull, Gleads, Corey and Sammy Loewe were putting the score on the board finishing up with 12 goals between them.
We ended up running out 54 point winners and controlled the game from the outset in a great team performance.

Very proud of the group that responded fantastically after sitting at 0-7 earlier in the year to win 5 of our next 9 has been a great result. That being said we have 2 games to go and look forward to picking up some scalps against a couple of Top 4 teams on the way home to conclude our season.

Mazenod    0.2-2    2.4-16    3.6-24    6.8-44
Old Haileyburians    3.5-23    6.8-44    8.13-61    14.14-98

Goal Kickers: C. Connelly 5, P. Gleadhill 3, S. Loewe 3, N. Gooda 2, D. Seccull
Best Players: C. Connelly, J. Constable, D. Seccull, A. Toy, J. Paul, J. Plymin

Danny Frawley’s Hearts won themselves into a Grand Final in a thriller at Trevor Barker Oval on Sunday against Beaumaris winning an absorbing nail biter by 2 points in great conditions for footy. Two of the Hearts biggest losses for the home and away season was against a highly talented and physical Beaumaris which saw our girls as very much the underdogs going into the game. But as we know sport doesn’t necessarily remember the past and there are no certainties.

Also leading into the finals, the Hearts had not defeated the 3 teams above them in Old Brighton (3 times), Beaumaris (twice) and Old Scotch (twice) – Hearts were ZERO from 7 in these contests. The Hearts have found form at the right time of the year.

The Hearts now play Old Scotch in the Grand Final this Sunday at Trevor Barker oval at 230pm. 3 weeks ago the Hearts needed to win the last home and away game against Old Mentonian’s to just qualify for finals. We are now into a Grand Final. 

The Hearts had our best team in for the year with Frances Land and Charlotte Russo returning from overseas in time for the Prelim Final after missing several weeks overseas.  This extra bit of depth stabilised our team structure which placed Beaumaris under extreme pressure for most of the game.
As with the 1st semi-final the Hearts found themselves down at half-time against Beaumaris – however, somehow found a way to win.  The coaching panel were confident that our team’s fitness was a strength all season and the final quarter saw the Hearts drive the ball forward on many occasions and dominate the field of play.  The Hearts struggled to convert on the scoreboard, but the tackling pressure was outstanding which kept us in the game.

They say sport is a game of inches and this game on Sunday supported that theory.  Half way during the last quarter one of Beaumaris’s forward snapped a ball from the boundary line and it shaved the padding at the back of the goal post. We were extremely lucky as that may have been game over an inch the other way.  

The last 2 minutes of the game saw the Hearts down by 4 points when Frances Land took an amazing competitive mark 30 metres out. She took the set shot and sprayed it right for a point. Unfortunately for Beaumaris (and lucky for the Hearts) saw one of their players go over the mark and the field umpire paid a 25-metre penalty which put Frances Land in the goal score and she kicked truly under real pressure to seal the game for the Hearts albeit there was still 1 and a half minutes remaining on the clock.
Clearly a very even performance during the day with the backline being outstanding for the game.  Sarah Casey showed her class with a Best on Ground performance despite injuring her ankle at training on the Thursday night and receiving a great “shiner” to the eye in the early part of the game.  
Mim Waterman’s form (along with Sarah C) in the past month has helped turned the Hearts season around. Mim’s aggression, her ability to read the ball in the key defensive post was outstanding.   Hannah Pastore was as solid as a rock in defence and well supported by Loz Oliver who kept the competitions leading goal kicker goalless on the day.  Loz sacrificed her own game for the good of the team and played a pivotal role in the Hearts victory.
Jordan Shanks and Pulli played their typical high-level game and both received close attention from the opposition.  Pulli’s snap around the corner in the 1st quarter set the scene (and gave our girls confidence) that the Hearts were here to play for the day and could give Beauy a run for their money.  In the pivotal last quarter both Chelsea Frawley and Carly Dillon both stood up in a tight content which saw one of the Hearts achieve one of its best victories in its short history. 
Congratulations to all girls who played on the day in what was a highly exciting and ultimately memorable victory for the Hearts.  
Hope to see as many Old Haileybury supporters down at Trevor Barker oval this Sunday (230pm) and possibly create history for the Club. The support in the finals of the last 2 weeks was important in helping our girls achieves victory let’s get the numbers there and support our girls again in the final game of the season. 
This Sunday (19th) we play against a team we were not able to defeat in the Home and Away season in Old Scotch.  Can we dare to dream? Of-course we can – what’s happened in the past is the past – lets create our own history.
Go Hearts!!

Beaumaris    0.3-3    1.6-12    1.6-12    1.7-13
Old Haileybury    1.0-6    1.2-8    1.2-8    2.3-15

Goal Kickers: F. Land, P. Gardiyawasam
Best Players: S. Casey, M. Waterman, H. Pastore, L. Oliver , J. Shanks, C. Frawley

The boys were right in the contest for most of the day on Saturday but ran out of legs on the huge Central Park Reserve. Once again the team was brave in defeat, but there is also a sense of one that got away.

Mazenod    2.4-16    6.8-44    10.14-74    13.16-94
Old Haileyburians    3.2-20    6.3-39    7.4-46    10.7-67

The next luncheon will be taking place on the 18th of August. As this is the last home game for the boys, it will be the last chance we have to get together. Contact Peter Bowring to RSVP –
0418 340 639

The next major social function is the time honoured AFL Grand Final breakfast. Lawrence Mooney heads an all-star cast of comedians that will once again get the day off to a great start. We are once again at the magnificent Grand Hyatt who look after us so well every year. Tickets are only $165ph or $1,550 for a table of 10. There are discounts for Uni students and players. Book with hyxy at

All supporters are invited to gather at Hotel Brighton after the last game of the year against Beaumaris. They are a good sponsor and it will be good to reflect on the year over some refreshments and fare.



Where do we start? Another enticing weekend of footy awaits for the Magenta and Black faithful. We have the boys/men/lads taking on Mazenod on Saturday and the girls/women/ladies up against Beauy on Sunday.

Let’s start with the blokes who can just about ensure 2019 is played in B Grade by defeating Mazenod. After going so close against Uni Blacks in their last game, Wardy’s Warriors will be looking to go one better. The weeks’ bye will help get rid of the niggles and it will be all guns blazing at Central Reserve. We have been kicking better scores of late and this has been reflected in our results. It also demonstrates that we have been working better as a team. And if we again show our fighting spirit, we should come out on top. This is not to underestimate Mazenod who will also be treating it like a grand final. We need to play our best football.

After a stirring victory last Saturday, the Hearts take on Beaumaris on Sunday at Trevor Barker Oval (2pm) in the Preliminary Final. If the girls bring the same level of commitment and desperation, they will go close to winning. The girls didn’t beat Beauy during the year but nor had they beaten Brighton until last week. So it will be a great game and all supporters are encouraged to get along and make some noise.

The next luncheon will be taking place on the 18th of August. As this is the last home game for the boys, it will be the last chance we have to get together. Contact Peter Bowring to RSVP –
0418 340 639

The next major social function is the time honoured AFL Grand Final breakfast. Lawrence Mooney heads an all-star cast of comedians that will once again get the day off to a great start. We are once again at the magnificent Grand Hyatt who look after us so well every year. Tickets are only $165ph or $1,550 for a table of 10. There are discounts for Uni students and players. Book with hyxy at

All supporters are invited to gather at Hotel Brighton after the last game of the year against Beaumaris. They are a good sponsor and it will be good to reflect on the year over some refreshments and fare.

The PRESENTATION NIGHT this year will be held on the 12th of October and will be held at Brighton International – more details to come.



Beach Road Oval was its traditional windy self on Saturday, greeting the Hearts for Semi Final Number One. The wind was probably worth about 4-5 goals and was definitely going to be a factor. A strong and vocal crowd had assembled for the big clash.

The home side won the toss and duly decided to kick to the southern end. So it was going to be important we got off to a good start. Scoring into the wind was going to be difficult but it was just as important to keep Brighton to a low score. It soon became apparent that the home side had the aerial advantage with a couple of “talls” taking marks early. But the backline, with an extra defender, was holding up well. Jordan Shanks was marshalling the troops from full back. Sarah Casey and Mim Waterman both got some early touches and were instrumental in running the ball into the draft when required. Carly Dillon was also in the mix early. It was a physical contest with both sides showing a willingness to attack the footy. Most of the game was played in the Brighton forward line and forward forays from the Hearts were rare. But we did manage to scramble a point and restrict Brighton to just the one major for the quarter. This was a great effort given the amount of time the ball was in their forward line.

Now it was our turn to kick with the wind. Shanksy was moved to full forward and Brighton adopted the same defensive tactics with a loose woman in defence. Pulli and Sarah Casey both started to get on top of their tags and there was some good ball movement for the forwards. Everyone was playing their part and when Jordan Shanks marked and converted our first major it was a just reward. Sarah Casey snapped another soon after and it was really tight as we went into the half time break with only a one point deficit.

The third quarter was almost a repeat of the first, except we managed to keep them goalless. The Frawley sisters were coming into the game more with Chelsea getting on top in the ruck, while Danielle was leading the backline well. The forwards were also doing a good job holding the ball up when in our forward led. Jess Wright and Candy Sheldon-Collins led the way there. And when Pulli scored a sensational, on-the-run goal we were in front. The efforts from the girls had the Haileybury faithful on their feet and we went into the last change with a handy four point lead.

Coach Frawly urged the girls to keep going, using the famous words, “the wind won’t do it for you”. And the girls responded magnificently. Claire Stark and Taylah Vines-Chapple we in everything as was Sarah Casey and Mim Waterman. The first 8 minutes were played in our forward line but we were unable to get the sealer. A point from Pulli had the crowd thinking about extra time as Brighton, to their credit, kept coming and started to mount some serious challenges. But again our defenders stood tall, punching the ball away, when necessary but also keeping the ball moving forward. It was a desperate last 5 minutes with the bounce of the ball favoring the two teams at different times. Sec had taken the timekeepers’ mantle from Bonnas and duly rang the bell with the Hearts victors by six points. The girls had followed the game plan well, restricting Brighton to a single point after half time. Brighton had beaten us three times during the year so it was great to get the one that counted. It was a magnificent team effort, the girls playing with brilliant intent and the song was sung with much gusto.

The girls now take on Beaumaris in the Preliminary Final.

Old Brighton    1.2-8    2.2-14    2.3-15    2.3-15
Old Haileybury    0.1-1   2.1-13    3.1-19  3.3-21

Goal Kickers: P. Gardiyawasam, J. Shanks, S. Casey
Best Players: C. Dillon, S. Casey, M. Waterman, C. Stark, J. Shanks, T. Vines-Chapple

The next luncheon will be taking place on the 18th of August. As this is the last home game for the boys, it will be the last chance we have to get together. 

The next major social function is the time honoured AFL Grand Final breakfast. Laurence Mooney heads an all-star cast of comedians that will once again get the day off to a great start. More details will be coming through shortly.


The girls take on Old Brighton on Saturday in the VAFA Premier B White Semi Final 1. This will be played at Brighton Beach Oval with a 2pm start time.

The girls have found a bit of recent form after experiencing a mid-year slump. The last two games have seen the recording of strong wins over Carey and Mentone. Importantly the girls have been playing the way coach Danny Frawley would like with plenty of discipline when required but also with some excellent ball movement through the midfield. The latter has resulted in some high scores being recorded so supporters are in for a treat when the girls reproduce this on Saturday.
Importantly the victories have been the result of genuine team efforts and this will take them a long way on Saturday.

Training was good tonight as the girls appreciated having the facilities to themselves. A few massages and honing of foot skills were the key ingredients and there was a finals atmosphere, despite it being early August.

As the boys have a bye, all supporters are encouraged to get down and support the Hearts on their second finals match in as many years.

The next luncheon will be taking place on the 18th of August. As this is the last home game for the boys, it will be the last chance we have to get together. 

The next major social function is the time honoured AFL Grand Final breakfast. Laurence Mooney heads an all-star cast of comedians that will once again get the day off to a great start. More details will be coming through shortly.

There were only a few unsold items from the Goods & Services night and they are still available. They are –

        Medallion Club Tickets @ Etihad
Footy Show Tickets 

          10% in a 2016 Fighting Sun x Purple Butterfly                  Racehorse to be trained by Matthew Brown.

Let me know if you are interested in picking up a bargain.

Round 15 Preview – Hearts on the Line



The boys take on Uni Blacks on Saturday but a lot of the club’s attention will be on the girls. They have their last home and away game for the year against Old Mentonians. We are currently 4th and Mentone 5th on the ladder – separated by 2 points. So the winner will be playing in finals the following weekend. The teams come into the game with different form lines. Mentone were soundly beaten by the top side while The Hearts recorded a thumping win last Saturday, returning to some of their best form.  The game starts at 1pm. CARNA HEARTS!!The boys take on Uni Blacks at PP and will be looking to repeat the efforts of last Saturday. While we have a few players back, it will be a tough assignment against the third placed side. But we took it up to them earlier in the season and so should go in with a bit of confidence.Congratulations to Plymo and Ollie Sharpe who both play their 50th game this Saturday. Two club legends bound to play a lot more for the club.As reported in previous dispatches, the school XVIII recorded an emphatic win over Caulfield Grammar. The undefeated team ventured out to Berwick for the first ever 1sts game to be played on the new Main Oval out at the Edrington Campus.  With a big crowd in attendance for the opening of the new pavilion, the Bloods turned it on yet again.  The manic pressure that the team has become renowned for created constant turnovers whenever Caulfield gained possession of the ball and the Bloods netted 19 Inside 50’s to 2.  Not being able to capitalise on this, the scoreline was 4.7 to 2.0, Caulfield’s 2 goals coming from Haileybury slip ups.

It was only a matter of time before the dam wall broke and the boys ran away with it.  Peter Gentile and Josh Worrell collected possession after possession across half back, Jack Toner and Billy Mackay were running rampant through the midfield and Big Benny King showed that not only can he take marks and kick goals, he can lay some great tackles too, a run-down chase through the middle of the ground being just one of many highlights of the day.

The Bloods ran out 73 point victors having yet again won 4 quarters of football.  Incredibly, given we’ve beaten all the major contenders and all other teams have lost at least two games, the boys have become back to back Premiers with two games still to play.  The aim now if to win the last 8 quarters of football and become the Undefeated Champions for a second year.

Haileybury                        16.16.112
Caulfield                           5.9.39

Best:     Gentile, Worrell, B.King, Weightman, Toner, Burke
Goals:   B.King 7, H.West 3, J.Laity 2, Andrews, Cleary, Ralphsmith, Sievers

There were only a few unsold items from Saturday night and they are still available. They are –

        Medallion Club Tickets @ Etihad
Footy Show Tickets 

          10% in a 2016 Fighting Sun x Purple Butterfly                  Racehorse to be trained by Matthew Brown.

Let me know if you are interested in picking up a bargain.

Some of the action from a great night. Well done to the organisers including Terry Dillon, Chelsea Frawley, Danny Frawley, Frances Jordan, Jordan Shanks and Scott Ellis.




Bloods and Hearts Record Brilliant Wins

Footy is a great game and footy clubs are great places to be around when you are winning. This was proven again on the weekend with the Seniors recording one of the greatest victories in the club’s history, while the girls thrashed Cary to set up mouthwatering encounter next week. Unfortunately, the Ressies were outmuscled by a better manned Parkdale side, but many were seen celebrating at Brighton Baths into the early hours.

The Parkdale venue is undergoing a makeover so it was into the portables for the boys on Saturday. Donning the clash jumper white made it very clear we were the visitors. With a number of players still away and injured, there were once again numerous new faces for the supporters to appraise. The game opened with Parkdale kicking with the assistance of a 3 goal wind but Loewey was the first major scorer after a tense first ten minutes. The wind was proving a bit flukey and both sides were having problems converting. The northern side was going to be the defensive side of the ground and that is where much of the action took place. Parkdale were keen to chip the ball around, looking for breaks in our defence. But our young defenders were holding up well, led by Riley Thompson and Jacko Arthur – back for his first game in many weeks.

The second quarter opened with the Bloods holding a 3 point lead. The game was being played with high tension which was understandable given what was at stake. Handsome waterboys were in demand and we had the best in the business. We managed two goals for the quarter, while Parkdale bagged 3 to make it all tied up at the main break. Neither side had taken advantage of the wind ascendency and it was clear the contest was going to go down to the wire. Aaron Toy was doing a good job on their best player (Dilllon?) while Mitch Rafferty was getting plenty of touches on his wing. There was plenty of rotations as Ollie Sharpe and Trevo alternated between playing forward and ruck work. Sam Algeri was looking dangerous and came in for his usual round of attention.

Parkdale kicked the first two goals of the second half and looked to be getting on top. But a brilliant goal on the run from the boundary by Raynor Seccull straightened us up. There was plenty of talk and the energy levels were back where they needed to be. But another Parkdale major would test us. A late goal from Raff meant the difference at the last change was 13 points. We had the wind in the last quarter but it hadn’t really been a factor during the match.

Parkdale again scored the first 2 goals of the last quarter as the game opened up. We now had to kick 5 unanswered goals to win. Durras got the first from a strong mark and conversion but this was quickly answered by the home side. So we were up against it. But we should never underestimate this group’s resolve. Sam Loewe got his second after some clever roving and there was a small flicker. The onballers led by Gledders, Plymo and J Paul (our Danger, Selwood and Ablo) were giving us the advantage out of the middle. And then Nick Gooda stepped up – not once but three times. While not in succession, he became lively and the forward line began to function. So Nick got one to bring the margin back to 13 points. Then a good interception left Raff with the ball who coolly passed to Nick who duly slotted from 65 out. And then Raff bobbed up again about 40 metres out on an acute angle. He took his time (his socks were stuck down) and kicked truly to give us a small lead. Parkdale answered and then a couple of behinds had the game all tied up. Clock Bonwick was running down but everyone was largely in the dark as the implications of a draw set in. 
But the Gooda show had a bit more to run and he kicked truly again on the run to give us the lead. The players got around him but soon regathered as there was still a few minutes on the clock. Loewey was in everything in the forward line and popped up for a handy point. Another point but then a Parkdale goal meant hearts were still racing. Telling marks from Trevo and Brodie Steele helped stem the tide. A desperate spoil on the outer wing from Durras Seccull epitomised the endeavor from all on the field. A similar effort from Sam Gasparini highlighted the desparation. All those in magenta and black were playing on instinct and the crowd was loving the contest. A couple of forward forays meant at least the ball was in our half but a last gasp push from Parkdale meant the nails were chewed further. A strong mark on the last line of defence and relayed kick to Nicho ended up being the last passage. It had been a great contest and the boys can be justifiably proud of their efforts.
The song was sung with brilliant gusto at least 11 times. A brilliant win.
Given the circumstances and the state of the ladder, this would have to go down as one of the greatest home and away wins in the club’s history. All 22 players contributed when required.
Now our attention returns to this Saturday when we host Uni Blacks – currently third on the ladder but very beatable.

(Even the final scoreboard was wrong highlighting the tension)

Parkdale Vultures    1.6-12    4.8-32    8.10-58    13.11-89
Old Haileyburians    2.3-15    4.8-32    6.9-45    13.14-92

Goal Kickers: N. Gooda 3, S. Loewe 2, M. Rafferty 2, D. Seccull 2, J. Plymin 2, N. Garratt, R. Seccull
Best Players: L. Treverton, A. Toy, J. Paul, D. Seccull, N. Gooda

On a cold winters training night in the middle of July and with twelve players out from the previous week and three from the firsts due to injuries, ongoing European holidays, student recalls and believe it or not a dance festival in Sydney, things were looking a little grim selection wise for both teams.

The club, however, rallied with a massive call to arms with the training group along with countless phone calls by the coach, president and other members of the committee right up until 11.10am Saturday morning. The result was a star studded line up of past greats, has beens, wanna bees and a core group of regulars to make up a full team which even included the rare luxury of a bench for rotations.

It was great to see some old faces from different eras in the form of James Bell and his mate J Rod from the +35’s, St Kilda legend Brett Voss, Chris Ferguson, our onfield playing physio Wilson and a smattering of U/19 2016 premiership players in the form of Jack Moncrieff, Kaiden Dummitt and now actor extraordinaire Charlton Schnieder (Scchhhneids). Thanks also go out to Jarrod Klein coming off a deep mid morning paramedic shift and Rogo’s mates in the form of Stiffy (don’t ask) and Smitty as well as Lawsons mate Kinna. Apologies go out to a very keen Valentes who was named but arrived late from work at 11.20am and was unceremoniously dumped by the coach in favour of one of the young lads who had turned up to pull the jumper on. It was also great to see a couple of European adventurers return relaxed with fresh tans in the form of Gauchi and Connar Daymond.

With a pre-match pride in the jumper address to the players in the temporary building site cabins and a minimal warm up to save energy, the brave Bloods took to the field to take on the Parkdale Vultures. They jumped out of the gates with aplomb in the first quarter dominating around the ground and repelling attacks out of defence courtesy of Ferg’s strong punching from behind and some nice end to end link ups out of defence. Bell showed his lost none of his competitiveness or well documented agitation for poor umpiring decisions in a strong performance on the wing despite requesting a forward pocket hideaway. Rainsey was having none of that and let him sweat out on the wing which worked well for the first half. The first major was kicked from a set shot by the in form Seccull and the Bloods looked the goods with Vossy showing form and strength around the ground as expected in what was an even and very competitive quarter.

In the second quarter we managed to kick another two goals from Gauchi and then Hurley to four in what was also a competitive quarter although it was clear as we began to increase the rotations, fitness and match practice were starting to take their toll on the emergency players along with an increasing timid approach at the footy in what was a warm day when the sun came out on a very open and large playing field. 

Parkdale had a number of regular players return this week and were taller as usual and better drilled as they kicked away with a seven goals to one performance in the third with a cheating grub of a full forward snagging some cheap goals from clear pushing early on in the quarter.  However an inspired bit of coaching from the panel moved Jordy out of the forward line into full back where he proceeded to completely dominate, run off and shut down this annoying cheat and was one of the shining lights in the second half as Jordy relished and took control of the full back position. Our fourth goal by part timer Kinna off the ground was our last score of the match as we ran out of legs in the fourth and succumbed a number of injuries (HK hammy, Moncrieff shins, Daymond cramps for all that Italian pasta) as Parkdale closed out the match with an eight goal to nothing last quarter.

As usual the endeavour was terrific but fitness and skills at this level for a part time team is clearly a factor. Over the coming weeks, we have a huge amount of players returning from the abyss previously mentioned so I am expecting a much more competitive team as we search for our first win as we battle to stay in B grade.

A superb effort by those who put their hand up to play and I was proud to have every one of you in team in what was a great get together of eras. Thanks again, the club and I won’t forget your efforts.

Parkdale Vultures    2.4-16    6.8-44    13.12-90    21.17-143
Old Haileyburians    1.0-6    3.0-18    4.0-24    4.0-24

Goal Kickers: J. Hurley, D. Gauci, M. McKinna, C. Seccull
Best Players: J. Hurley, C. Ferguson, C. Daymond, C. Seccull, D. Gauci, N. Carey

The Hearts recorded a resounding victory over Carey to ensure they go into Saturday’s vital game full of confidence. While winning by over ten goals the real reflection of their dominance was the 32 scoring shots to three.

The girls take on Old Mentonians this Saturday at PPwith the winner going on to secure fourth spot. It will be a beauty.

Old Carey           1.1-7    1.1-7    1.1-7    1.2-8
Old Haileybury    3.3-21    5.11-41    8.15-63    9.23-77

Goal Kickers: F. Land 2, S. Casey 2, J. Wright 2, R. Teubler, D. Frawley, J. Shanks
Best Players: S. Casey, F. Land, M. Waterman, S. Stewart, C. Dillon, D. Frawley

The School Firts XVIII recorded another victory – this time over Geelong College. This edges them just that bit closer to another APS Premiership.