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SENIORS - SEASON 2009 COACH'S REPORT
In review, the Upwey Senior and Reserve teams had an extremely successful year. Having
played 46 games together including practice matches and losing only 2 games between them,
to finish the season and come away with 2 premierships was a result all players should be
extremely proud of.
Internally the playing group were fully aware from the very start of pre season they had a
large gap they needed to make up on the competition leader at that stage being Silvan and
also to match some quality recruiting from both Woori Yallock and Monbulk. We had some
major deficiencies we needed to work on as well as trying to build on some major strengths
the group already possessed. Skill level was a major focus over the summer and we took a
calculated risk that we would spend the entire summer just working on our skill level. There
was no running component in any of our program over the preseason. Our fitness was an area
we knew wouldn’t be a major strength we would have over the competition but we believed
we would be footy fit, which hopefully would hold us up ok? Our skill level was a critical
area we just needed to improve on. Our goal was to turn our “Achilles heel” into the most
skilful side in the competition. To the boys credit they achieved it in spades.
A new game style was also introduced and it took quite a while for the playing group to start
to understand the importance of playing within a team structure in order for us to move the
ball more efficiently. Although I must say, Luc and I were predicting we would have a fairly
tough first half of the season until the new game style started to click with the boys, we were
initially hoping we would be able to win our fair share of games but expecting to drop a
couple as well. The group showed just how talented they are and more importantly the desire
they had as a group to take a new game style on and try to use it to better themselves as a
team. It was a real struggle for us in R1 and R2 although we were able to get over the line
against some quality opposition in Woori and Monbulk, I believe that was probably more a
reflection on our preparation as opposed to the way we played. We were over using the footy
with our hands, making some poor decisions under pressure, all problems we expected for the
next 8-9 games but it surprisingly clicked in R3 Wandin at Wandin which was well ahead of
schedule. You could almost see the satisfaction on all the boys faces as we played, even
though some outsiders would say it was a reflection on the opposition but it was the way we
moved the ball that all the players knew we had finally achieved what we had been working
towards. We continually moved the ball the length of the ground without the opposition
touching the footy. This brand of footy, where we work for each other, run, have a
willingness to handball to a teammate, creates a wave of runners from behind the footy.
These are all fundamentals that we worked on over the summer and by Rd 3 it had come
together. The biggest challenge we faced as a group was to maintain that level and not fall
into bad habits by becoming complacent.
Some senior players needed to take on new roles this year in order to strengthen our set up
across each line, some players like Fish and Sticks found themselves in roles that they had
never played in before. Our skipper moved out to a wing from a midfield role, Belly was
moved from a back flank into the midfield. We all needed to learn the importance ‘that it’s
not where you think you should play or where you play your best footy but it’s where the
team needs you to play to make us a better team’. Our back 6 were very important and we
needed a mix of players who could either shut down their direct opponent and then attack
creating run for us off half back. In my opinion, the back six in a team win you premierships,
you build your side around your backline and I think we achieved a really balanced back six6
which conceded -1000 or more points less than any other side. Four out of the top five
players in our best and fairest were all from the backline, which was also a great measure of
how strong our defence was this year.
Our finals series was probably a pass mark, we played some exceptional footy in the 2nd Semi
up at Alexandra. Ran hard and we were very clean with the footy, we completely outclassed
Woori for most of the day. Unfortunately we didn’t have a great grand final, as all teams who
finish on top and have the hurdle of only playing twice in a month, holding form is always a
hard thing to do. What was important is that the playing group had worked so hard over the
past 12 months that we knew if we were challenged we had the belief to fight and for the first
time in the second half of the season it happened in the most important game. Full credit to
Woori Yallock they definitely closed the gap between the two teams over the finals series and
played some strong footy on grand final day in particular. It probably shows us as a club we
always need to keep looking to improve ourselves and not become complacent. From our
own experiences, although we have achieved the number one ranking, we know how quickly
the opposition can catch you. The top teams will be at it again trying to recruit hard to close
the gap on Upwey in 2010, just as we did 12 months earlier.
Congratulations boys on such a memorable year, it will be a season that you will all look
back on with great memories for many years to come. The one major quality which stands
out was your ability to accept and recognize your weaknesses as a group and be strong
enough and big enough to change them... What a great quality and I’m sure all of the
supporters are proud of your efforts also.
You have now fulfilled your potential as a group; we now have to decide as a group how
GREAT do we want to be??!!!
RESERVES - SEASON 2009 COACH'S REPORT
Season 2009 had come around and with new coaches and new faces around the
club, there was definitely a smell of success in the air.
After a solid pre season and large numbers and plenty of depth around the club, it
was always going to be a season to look forward to, the new blood and new style
in which we were to play gave all that were involved great confidence.
In what was to become a Thursday night ritual and something which never got
any easier, was Team selection, the ritual part was having quality people miss out
on a game of footy, something none of us enjoyed. To everyone’s credit and
character, it was taken on the chin by all and in most cases these players were at
the game and helped out in some form.
Our co-captains, B Train and Slug led well both on and off field and I take this
opportunity in thanking them both for a job well done.
The talk around the club even before the season got under way was that a
Premiership was almost inevitable with the caliber of players in this strong
reserves team. At no stage did I hear this from any of the players and we went
about our business each week, learning and bonding, getting to know the new
style of football the club was now adapting too. On the training track most nights
the numbers would swell over the 40 mark and the attitude all season was
exceptional, at times it was hard to tell the seniors and reserves apart.
Each Saturday we played very good football but rarely strung four quarters
together, our back line was resolute all season and opposition teams struggled to
score. It wasn’t until we played Mt. Evelyn that we showed just how good we
could be, with a brilliant four quarter display of almost faultless footy, the song
was sung with gusto and seasoned players were heard to say it was one of the
best games they had played in.
As the year rolled on injuries, form and absences played their part in an ever
changing team on the field, but the spirit never changed, this team plays for each
other and it is so very obvious that friendships amongst this group will last
By the time finals were nearing we hit a stumbling block that was to put the
element of doubt in our minds that we all needed, Gembrook. After the game the
look on each and every individual was humbling to say the least, a loss that was
to awaken us all, the determination only got stronger and by our first final at
Alexandra we were now rolling at full steam and Monbulk must have wondered
if they were playing our seniors. This win would put the team into its second
grand final in twelve months and now the nightmare for the selection panel was
real. In every club in every year some miss out and the talented players this year
who missed would be bitterly disappointed, I will never forget the feeling reading
the team out that Thursday night.
The ultimate prize was now on the line and first quarter nerves aside we played
good solid football, never pretty, never flashy just a solid slog all day, a typical
Grand Final. With a thirty plus point win the day was over before we knew it and
we now wait to sit down and watch the dvd and re live the glory that was our
Each season we rely on an ever growing group of supporters and volunteers to
help us do the things we love doing each week, line marking, gate keeping,
canteen helpers, score board attendants, time keepers, bar staff, trainers, runners,
goal keepers and everyone that makes our club the envy of the Yarra Valley
League. To all those who did these jobs a huge thank you.
To the wonderful group of young ladies who make up our three netball teams it is
always a pleasure to see you enjoying your game as much as we enjoy ours,
thank you for all your support through the year.
To the under 18’s a season well fought. To Damo and Tort well done.
To the senior group of players and coaching staff, Wade, Stoney( the wise one),
Atho, Luke and our boxing champ Q.P. another huge thank you.
To Gayle for all the work she does and has done over the years.
To Silver and Snelly the club would cease to function with out you.
To our league best and fairest , Redda and our club best and fairest winner, Lee
O'Connor, well done and well deserved.
Finally to my coaching staff Dick, Shaw, Col, Marian and Huge and all the
fantastic players who played in the two’s this season well done and
UNDER 18 SEASON 2009 COACH'S REPORT
As I think about what to write for this last edition, my mind is filled with great
memories of a fantastic group of young men I had the pleasure of coaching this
Pre-season indicated good numbers (24) would represent the Unders in 2009.
Training was well attended and I knew we were in for a special season. Our
young players showed solid form in the practice matches, so we headed into
the season with confidence.
We played excellent team footy early in the season as most matches were
keenly fought against good opposition. We received a reality check in round 7
as Mt. Evelyn handed us a hiding. This inspired the boys for the next 12 games
as they finished the home and away season with only that loss.
Highlights during this time were Jordan Hannagan returning to footy after a
knee injury and the defeat of Olinda who had lost 1 game in 4 seasons, was a
significant game and probably our finest match. Not much went wrong in this
time as the young men bonded really well and rose to all challenges. Outside
footy we had a great time together as was evident at the Club Annual Ball and
all social events during the season.
All good things must come to an end and unfortunately our form deserted us
during the finals. I hope those who play Under 18’s next year remember the
disappointment of 2009 and are prepared to make the necessary sacrifices to
become Premiers. I also expect that they will welcome their new teammates
next season as they were welcomed this year.
So to those players who read this, don’t dwell on what could have been but
remember the season for the bonds and friendships that we all made.
Lastly I would like to thank the many parents and friends of mine who have
helped this season and hopefully next season. The biggest thanks goes to 25
outstanding young men who have left an everlasting impression on me. I love
all of you.
Toots you are the best, thank you.
VETERANS SEASON 2009 COACH'S REPORT
This year I took over the coaching role again after a two year break. I had great
expectations of a side that would be competitive in the 2009 finals series; however this
was not to be the case.
Pre season started early with good numbers attending the 1000 steps every Sunday
morning. Unfortunately this didn’t continue on into the regular season training
sessions with poor numbers for most of the year. The unavailability of the back oval
forced us to train on a Wednesday night for most of the season and this contributed to
the low numbers.
Despite winning only one out of eight games this year, our team was more competitive
than the ladder position suggested. Six of our seven loses were by less than a few
goals including the eventual premiers who we were beating all day until the last few
On a more positive note, we had some really good contributors this year. Our B & F
winner, Patto, was a first year player and dominated in the centre. He was a good pick
up and I hope he plays on for years to come. Stevo was great again this year at both
ends of the ground and our Captain, Dougo, was inspiring yet again. Shiny is
improving every year and Big Rob had a great year being a consistent and dominant
We missed Boydy, who had a year off and Rodders dominance as he struggled all year
with knee injuries.
Dougo has retired as a player this year, but I hope the team can retain him in some sort
of coaching capacity. I have retired as a player and coach and will help out every now
and then when I go and watch some games.
The footy trip to Echuca was a huge success with 21 attending and having a great time.
The weather was perfect and the accommodation was fantastic. I’m sure the guys will
return there next year.
Many thanks to the veterans committee who helped organise everything from the trivia
night, family tennis day, vote count day and footy trip to name a few. Special thanks to
Shiny and his family for all their assistance throughout the year. Also to Rodders and
Cheryl who were both a great help and always reliable.
NETBALL SEASON 2009 REPORT
The 2009 netball season had a busy start with the introduction of C Grade
section in the League. We elected to submit a team in this grade as well as A
&B grades. For various reasons some players who had originally started the
season, failed to continue which left me with a juggling act to put three teams
on court when required. Our regular players in all grades pulled together to get
new players fill the vacant spots.
The A Grade team, although losing to Woori in Rd 2, started off the season
well and continued their strong attack and defensive game throughout the
whole season. It is encouraging to note, that the only other games they lost
were to eventual (back to back) premiers Mt Evelyn. A terrific season by all the
girls and with Krista winning the League Best & Fairest and the team making it
to the preliminary final, they can all be proud of the effort put in by each and
every one of them.
The B Grade team were absolutely brilliant throughout the whole season, going
through undefeated until they faltered in the finals. This team was settled from
the beginning of the season and never had to make many positional changes to
accommodate player injuries. From goal shooter to goal defence, each and
every one of the girls displayed great concentration, skill and discipline to
develop team strategies which stood them in good stead for Grand Final.
Although losing by one goal, all members should be pleased with their
outstanding efforts in that game and look forward to next season with the
anticipation of going that one step further. They should also be proud that they
all contributed to the success of their teammate Naomi Ellis who won the
League Best & Fairest and their goal shooter, Monique Fage who won the
League Top Goal Shooter Award.
As only 5 of the 10 Clubs in the league have a C Grade which made playing
intermittently during the season, extremely difficult for our C Grade team.
Added to this, some players dropped out and new ones came in on a regular
basis. Their vice captain Jo Hiscox suffered a serious ankle injury which also
kept her out of the team for most of the season. It wasn't until half way through
the season that the team became settled with the new girls playing out the
season, allowing them to finally play as a team which resulted in them
stringing enough wins together to make the finals. The girls eventually played
off in the preliminary final which ended in a draw. They were very unlucky to
eventually lose by 2 goals in extra time played and displayed great
determination, courage and skill for the whole game. A great effort by all these
girls especially first year player with the club and captain, Tayler Angus who
was runner-up in the League Best & Fairest award. This team can also look
forward to more success next season.
We will be losing some of our players next year to travel and a new baby but
on the bright side we do have players asking to try out for our teams next year
which is good for the club.
I would like to say thank you to the three captains Rylie, Bec and Tayler Angus
and vice captains Donna, Penny and Jo for their support in managing the teams
during the season. I couldn’t have done it without the help of you girls.
Another big thank you goes to Suzanne McLoughlin and Eric Davison for
scoring each week. You do not realize the load you took which allowed me to
concentrate on coaching. Also to Cathy Marcus and Jo Lyttle for stepping in
when needed, their help and friendship is greatly valued.
Having said 2009 had a busy start, be ready 2010 as it will be busier a lot
earlier than last season.
Stating early February and for an eight week period, you will be required to
attend Ranges Fitness Gym in Upwey to take part in netball specific Pilates
sessions each week and you will have homework as well.
Once we have the strength from these weeks the next term will be plyometrics
for eight weeks. The night is still being determined, but we will know by late
November. The squad will be divided in two for these sessions to allow
experts to give time to each person.
Don't let this pre season work put you off, it will be fun and certainly of great
benefit to you and your teammates.
I am looking forward to a great season in 2010 and sincerely hope that all old
and new players look forward with anticipation of success.
Grand Final - 22nd September, 2009 at Woori Yallock
Upwey-Tecoma 2.3.15 10.6.66 12.10.82 17.14.116
Woori Yallock 3.6.24 3.7.25 10.10.70 11.13.79
The years 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 are those that have been constantly in the
minds of so many of our Footy Fans this past week as we awaited the Great Day of the
Senior Grand Final. For they are the seasons when we, similarly, awaited the Great
Day and departed disappointed. While confidence was high for a positive result from
the coming match against Woori Yallock still, the thoughts of past losses lingered. No
doubt the team members had their own thoughts on proceedings that were rather more
positive. Time alone would tell.
Match Day Sunday dawned with the promise of a near perfect day for football and, as
we boarded our motorised transport vehicles for the journey to Woori Yallock, the
venue for the match, things only improved. The sun shone brightly and there was only
a slight breeze wafting across the ground that we thought would cause no problems at
all. We were certainly glad that we had arrived at the ground fairly early as we were
able to claim the very last possie on the fence, adjacent to the scoreboard and close by
to an Upwey stronghold. It seemed that many Footy Fans of various persuasions had
similarly made an early start and by the time that the midway point of the early match,
the Under 18’s, had been reached, the gates had been closed to motor vehicles and late
comers had a longish trudge, laden with their picnic baskets and seats, to reach the
ground as the crowd continued to build. And so to the match.
The first quarter began in much the way that most opening quarters in these so
important matches tend to do with a feeling-out period early on. Woori Yallock seemed
to settle earlier than Upwey and were quickly into attack and managed to gain the
opening score, a behind, but then soon gained the first goal. Upwey replied with a
behind and then their own opening goal to even things up a bit. At this stage, Woori did
seem to be doing the better but, fortunately for Upwey, could manage only behinds as
the Upwey defence battled hard to contain their opposition forward moves. However,
they could not keep Woori out completely and a further two goals were posted on the
scoreboard beside Woori’s name as Upwey were struggling to make any forward
movement. Finally, as the quarter neared its end, Upwey were able to gain their second
goal and thus went into the first break trailing Woori by just nine points. Considering
the way in which the quarter had been played it was an acceptable margin. There was
nothing in it.
The second quarter was a complete reversal of the team roles. It was as if that opening
quarter of football had been thrust aside as a mere nothing by the Upwey players. It
took but a couple of minutes until Upwey had scored the first goal of the quarter and
although this was followed in quick time by a couple of behinds, it was obvious that a
change had come over the contest. Now it was clear that Upwey were by far the
dominant team and goal followed goal as the Woori Yallock team appeared unable to
do anything to combat Upwey’s surging play. The ball was being moved away from
the centre ballups with ease by Upwey’s dominant midfield and driven upfield
constantly with precision that was making the task of the forwards that much easier and
indeed, those same midfielders were also helping themselves to the goal kicking tasks
with relish. During this quarter of football, Upwey played as well as they have at any
time this season and it was certainly great to watch for all we Footy Fans. In the end, it
was an eight goal quarter to Upwey and, just as important, Woori had been kept to
answering the Upwey goalslide with just one behind. At the half-way mark of the
Grand Final Upwey’s lead was a more than handy 41 points. As coming events would
prove, we would need every one of them.
As the third quarter began it was as though the teams had swapped jumpers. Now it
was Woori Yallock who was the dominant team and all of Upwey’s second quarter
form appeared to have been left in the dressing room. Before the first minute of the
quarter had elapsed, Woori had gained their first goal and soon followed it up with a
constant supply of goals at all too regular intervals while Upwey seemed to be simply
floundering in their wake. What had gone wrong? Upwey just could not seem to do
anything to halt the Woori revival and Footy Fans around the ground were suddenly
starting to remember all those past disappointments. The lengthy quarter was now
approaching its end as the Woori onslaught seemed to slow down a bit as the scores
were now level when Upwey were finally able to score their first goal of the quarter at
the 31 minute mark and then, two minutes later, their second as the siren wailed to end
the third term with Upwey clinging to a narrow two goal lead. And yet, and perhaps
with a bit of hindsight, those two goals were oh so important to the end result. Just
imagine if Woori Yallock had managed to hit the front by the three-quarter time break,
they would then have gone into the final term with all the impetus going their way and
youthful enthusiasm may well have continued to carry them forward, perhaps to
victory. As it was, they knew that they had given their all in that third quarter; they had
really played their hearts out; and they were still two goals behind. While Upwey’s
second quarter no doubt set up the eventual victory, I am of the firm opinion that those
two closing goals would materially aid us winning the match. But I get ahead of myself
as, with the final term still to be played, much must still eventuate.
Woori opened the final quarter scoring with a behind and then their hopes were
revitalised as, following an Upwey behind, they posted a goal to draw to within six
points. It would be their last hurrah for the match as Upwey began to take a gradual
control of the play. Eleven minutes into this ultimate period of play Upwey scored their
own opening goal for the quarter to extend the lead but by now it began to appear as if
Woori were spent. Some of their players now began to suffer from cramp as the day
and the event began to tell on them. With the quarter running out of time, Upwey
began to score almost at will and the result was a flurry of goals, four of them, as the
Upwey lead increased to safe proportions. Woori scored just their second goal of the
quarter after the siren had sounded to end the match with Upwey the grateful winner,
and premiers by a comfortable winning margin of 37 points. There had certainly been
some worrying moments during the match but, at the end, they were all put behind us.
Goals: David Bell 5, Wade Porter 3, Simon Mitchell 3, Tyson Heinrich 2,
Steve Brotja 1, Luc Matthews 1, Michael Charles 1, Josh Kamoen 1.
Best: Tyson Heinrich; it does not always happen that the league B.O.G. pickers get
the award winner right but on this occasion they certainly did as Tyson was easily the
best player in the match. He put in a great four-quarter performance that really showed
his class. His class as an onballer shone out as he tackled hard, ran fast, brought in
team mates with great delivery and generally shone out.
Daniel Sheers showed us that which we already knew; he is the best defender in the
business. Once again he turned opposition attacks with his amazing marking ability and
his great dash that again and again turned defence into attack. We are certainly most
fortunate to have Daniel with us.
Tom Hedge turned in one of his best performances, if not the best, for Upwey. Tom
rucked tirelessly for most of the match and took mark after mark around the ground.
He showed his athletiscm as he ran and chased and tackled and invariably put each ball
possession to team advantage. It was a stellar performance.
David Bell did that which we all know he can do, and then just a bit more. David’s
performance in that important second quarter onslaught was so important. He showed
us once again his great marking talents and his deadly accurate kicking as he put
through five goals that really sparked the team. A top effort.
Steve Brotja is the epitome of the modern back-pocket player. I happened to be
standing beside an old Upwey back-pocket from a previous age and all he could do was
to shake his head in amazement as Steve went about his business. Steve is certainly
well deserving of his nickname of “The Wiz” and he has had an exceptional season. As
back-pockets are now allowed to do, Steve even contributed a goal to his team’s score.
Josh Kamoen again showed that he is a real pocket battleship. His dash and run all
over the ground and his ability to gain possession of the hard ball and his totally
fearless attack on the ball is an inspiration to all his team mates. His uncanny ability to
so often find a little space where none seemed to exist and his excellent finishing skills
have been a wonderful asset to the team.
Well, those are the official best players however mentioned should be made also of a
couple of other players who both occupy a special place I am sure in all true Upwey
footy fans' hearts as we celebrate the premiership win.
The first of these is Chris Hayes. Chris has been, and still is, one this Club’s finest
footballers and we have been most fortunate to have had him with us, not only as a fine
player but also as a great Clubman. I have no doubt that Chris has received many offers
over the years to move elsewhere but he has always chosen to stay with his first love –
The Upwey Tecoma Football and Netball Club. Such loyalty is to be treasured. Chris
played in all of those losing Grand Final teams so I know only too well just what this
win means to him. Thanks heaps Chris.
The second player that I think requires a special mention is of course our Captain Ryan
Van Hoorn. What a leader he has been this season. All through he has encouraged his
team, harangued them when necessary, played his heart out all through as he practiced
that which he preached. It was no doubt a special thrill for Midge to be handed the
premiership cup at the end of Sunday’s match. Midgey has been our team inspiration.Our true leader
Upwey-Tecoma 4.3.27 6.3.39 8.4.52 11.8.74
Monbulk 1.0.6 2.3.15 3.4.22 5.7.37
The Reserves began the footballing account for us with their Grand Final contest
against Monbulk, the team that they had beaten in the Second Semi. The team was
soon into positive action and had a goal on the board just four minutes in but then had a
slowish period when nothing really seemed to happen. They had plenty of the play but
scoring was proving difficult against a determined and obviously upbeat opponent in
Monbulk. That team soon leveled the scores with a goal but were then unable to
advance their score as Upwey began to move into more positive territory. It was all
Upwey now as the ball was constantly driven into the Tiger scoring zone and so scores
soon followed. A further three goals were deposited in the Upwey scoring bank and at
quarter’s end the Upwey lead was a handy 21 points.
The second quarter was a somewhat quieter period and although Monbulk gained a
quick early goal right at the start, they were unable to really capitilise on their good
start and a series of behinds was all that they could add. Upwey were not doing
anything particularly impressive at this stage of the match but their skill levels were
good enough to add a further two goals to their score so that, as the teams left the
playing arena for the half-time break, the Upwey lead had moved out to 24 points. The
team’s progress to this stage had been steady and measured rather than spectacular but
it did seem apparent, even at this early stage of the match, that Upwey were just a bit
The third quarter play was a little disappointing from Upwey’s point of view. Monbulk
seemed to adopt a policy of containment attempt, as they had done in the Second Semi
and although this did make Upwey's progress difficult, it was never going to win the
game for Monbulk. They needed goals and they just were not coming. Indeed Upwey,
even with the Monbulk negativity, were able to score a further two goals as the quarter
proceeded while Monbulk had to wait almost to the end of the term before they were
able to add a goal to their tally. In the event, Upwey now had advanced their lead to 30
points. A somewhat daunting lead in the circumstances of the overall match events.
Upwey soon scored another goal as the final quarter got underway and although
Monbulk were able to add another goal for themselves soon after, that was the end of
the scoring caper for them. From that point Upwey showed why they have been by far
the outstanding Reserves team for the whole of this season as they added a further three
goals on the time remaining to run out easy winners. They exactly doubled Monbulk’s
score for a well deserved Premiership win.
This is the Reserves 14th premiership and they have really dominated the first decade
of this century. Six premierships in this period speaks volumes for the team’s
continued excellence. And they have played some pretty good football in the process.
Goals: Darren Spence 3, Sean Hunt 2, Jeremy Selleck 2, Blair Sheppard 1, Chris
Westhead 1, Jarrett Maddock 1, Aaron Sutton 1.
Awards: Shane Thomas, Blair Sheppard, Jeremy Selleck, Darren Spence, Shaun Marcus,