FIDA Round 1 Match report

 A big warm welcome to all our new non-playing club members for 2008. Thank you for your support in helping the Panthers for another year, we will keep you posted on our progress after each game, and any other items of interest around the Club.



Sunday 6th April will go down in the record book as the Panthers biggest winning margin in 4 years a 90 point victory, that could be the result of super coach Joe, or the inclusion of our new apprentice super coach Dave Regan working overtime on the magnetic board.(Welcome aboard Dave) Great job also this year by Joe Ziino keeping record of our interchange to ensure all players get maximum time on the field.

The Panthers showed they are the force to be reckoned with in Division 2 in 2008.  Our 20 strong team absolutely blitzed the Bulldogs in a hard, fair and fast game.  Our 2007 veterans have grown tougher , heavier and faster over the season break and new claws have been added through our pre-season recruitment drive.  Welcome to the “Fab Four” of Vickram (Goalsneak) Jholl Trevor(The Hitman) Harty, Matthew (Superboot)Miggliorini and Matty(Muscleman) Pearson. These guys are going to have a big impact with their addition into the mighty Panthers


Collectively, the Panthers controlled every quarter and showed true grit in some tough and hard running contests at the individual level.  George Youssef bulldozed through the packs, opponents bouncing off him, Jake Phillips outmuscled any Bulldogs who dared  take him on, Neil McKinnon showed courage and sustained pace in his clearing plays and Vickram Jholl was artistry in motion with that beautiful 50 metre goal in the last quarter.  Jack Schwarzberg took a smoko break in the first quarter and thereafter was unbeatable when he resumed play.  What brand are you on, Jack?  Tim de Crespigny showed real class in his game and Corey Pollock, like his beloved Pies, was absolutely unstoppable.  David Gorin’s bulk and roar put the wind up a few Bulldogs as did the “Body Beautiful” Mr Paul Tocchetto. 


Individual Panthers across the field contributed to this win and the Bulldogs were unsettled from the first bounce to final siren.  The roar of the Panthers at the final siren could be heard as far afield as Kananook.  Bring on Round 2, Sunday 13th April which, coincidentally, is against Kananook Tigers at Kananook. The ground is situated at Kananook Reserve Kirkwood Street Frankston Melways Ref 99 F8 Game start 11 am, try to arrive at least 45 mins before start time.


Congratulations to coach Joe and his support crew, players and supporters for making today’s game a pleasure to watch and a great advertisement for FIDA.  A special thank you to Maribyrnong for the spirit in which they played and their sociability after the game.  Thanks to Ron Dovaston for the BBQ and refreshments for all after the game,and Brian Rotherham, Gobind and Tej Jholl, Ian Apter and anyone else that assisted in our first home game for the season.  Lastly, thanks to Scott Tucker, resplendent in the golden shorts and socks, for a great day’s umpiring. 


Oh what a feeling, go Panthers!


Best Players; The 2 Matty’s Miglioini and Pearson, Sammy, Trevor Harty, Vickram Jholl, Polly’s Simon and Corey, Georgie, Jack Dovo, Jake Phillips and Nick Crilly


Goal Kickers: (excludes first quarter): Sam Apter(3), Matthew Migliorini(3), Vickram Jholl(2), Trevor Harty(2), Tim Quinn(1), Shaun Dux(1), Simon Pollock(1).


Don’t forget training next Wednesday night, start time approx 4.30 pm, make every effort to get there. There was some great team work today as a result of a good training attendance last Wednesday. 20 Players out of a possible 23 turned up to train.

Our new Panther track suit pants should be ready this week along with a new Panther cap that the club providing for each registered player. Also remember that thoughout the year we will always act in a professional manner , profanity is unacceptable on or off the field.

MOST IMPORTANT Your behaviour is a reflection on all your teammates.








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