Panthers Match Report Sunday 1st July



  MAZENOD BLUE 14.14.98 defeated PARKSIDE 1   2.2.14 at Central Reserve .

Another great game by Panthers Blue as they took an early lead in the first quarter and maintained that lead for the rest of the game to finish 84 point winners over a very gallant Parkside.

After a lapse of discipline by a couple of players last game, coach Matt Johnson made it perfectly clear before the game that was not acceptable at Mazenod Panthers, and that better attitude and teamwork was the key to success for the remainder of the season. Rod Pettit lead from the front as a team leader with his teamwork and encouragement to all players, in fact he even assisted an injured Parkside player from the ground in the second quarter.

Super coach Johnson had form players all over the ground to shuffle around and try new positions, Matt Pearson normally known for his defensive work was swung forward and narrowly missed his first goal ever for the Panthers, Jake Phillips was at his underrated best with his attack on the ball, and how lucky we are to have Chris Vergos back from holidays with his never give in attitude. Panthers were in top form with none better than Shaun Dux with his best on ground performance, kicking 5 goals and sharing in at least another 2.

Our smaller engine room players John Soles Simon Pollock, Sam Samason and the man with the new blue hair look Josh Wallace were super fast around around the packs all game.

Jason Gannon’s attitude for every effort is great, beaten in the first effort he is back for 2nd and 3rd effort, during the second quarter he battled alone against four Parkside players on the grandstand wing and won the ball. Justin Dovaston was maintaining his best fullback in the competition status as he made every contest to never let any Parkside forward an easy shot on goal, and with Peter Biscognin as back up in defense, Parkside were limited to 2 goals for the entire match.

The middle of the ground was a problem with the muddy conditions that left the “Gun” Beau Gunning looking a bit like a tar baby and Mrs Gunning reaching for the soap powder.

Aaron Yaksender received a nasty knock in the third quarter and spent a small amount of time in the trainer’s hands, but returned to the ground with plenty of courage and had plenty of the ball.

Peter Zapantis ruckwork is improving as he comes up against bigger and stronger opponents each week, and again this week he gave first use of the ball to either Rod Pettit or the man that ran riot in the last quarter John Soles was everywhere kicking 3 magic goals.

BEST: Shaun Dux (Best on ground) John Soles, Rod Pettit, Justin Dovaston, Josh Wallace, Chris Vergos, Jake Phillips, Simon Pollock and Jason Gannon.

GOALS: Shaun Dux 5 John Soles 3 Rod Pettit 2 Josh Wallace 2 Simon Pollock 1 Aaron Yaksender 1.





Because Parkside were unable to field a second side we won a very valuable 4 points in a forfeit match for Parkside, and will now give Mazenod Panthers Black a definite place in the Grand Final on August 19th at Central Reserve.

As a replacement game we were to play Ferntree Gully at home, but because of a conflict in scheduling they were unable to play, so we gained additional match practice by combining both our teams in a scratch match.

Highlight of the match were our 50 game players John Hamilton and Roger Winter.

John has shown tremendous dedication and determination to reach his 50th games travelling long distances each week  to training and game days on his trusty bicycle.

Roger Winter had a big roll up of fans and family to watch him run through his big banner, and being rewarded with the match ball for his best on ground performance by kicking 2 goals against our star fullback Justin Dovaston.

The game was played in great spirit and lots of encouragement from our team leaders.

Well done guys.

Final score, a narrow one point difference, Team Johnson 4. 5. 29 defeated Team Fry 4. 4. 28




15th JULY Panthers Blue v Coburg 1                         11.00 am  Highgate Arena (Craigieburn

                 Panthers Black v Coburg 2                        12.30 pm


Coburg Ground is at Highgate Arena  Grande Boulevard Craigieburn

Melways reference Map 386 J3


29th JULY Panthers Blue v Ringwood 1                     11.00am  Jubilee Park Ringwood

                 Panthers Black v Ringwood 2                    12.30 pm

Ringwood Ground Jubilee Park Greenwood Ave Ringwood Melways Map 49 H1


5th AUG  Panthers Blue v Cranbourne                     11.00am    Central Reserve (Home)

                 Panthers Black v TBA                              12.30pm


19th AUG  GRAND FINALS                                     Times TBA    Central Reserve  (Home)  


4th AUG    FIDA Dinner                                            Essendon Football Ground (Windy Hill)






Toby Crook, broken wrist out for the rest of the season. We are all going to miss Mr Enthusiasm not being available, he has been making his presence felt over recent games in our Panther Black team. With finals 8 weeks away we will not yet write him off for the Grand Final.

Darcy Wells, Arm ligaments 1 week.

Mark Vanderven Strained ankle ligaments. 1 week

We hope to have all these guys fit and well for finals in August.




On Sunday you may have noticed Ed Groweg from Channel 31 filming our matches, Ed is going to cover our finals appearance, and it will be telecast on The Local Footy Show at a time to be arranged. I will keep you informed.



The past three years we have been unable to attend this FIDA night because the dates have clashed with our presentation night, however this year we can attend as a club and are looking to fully support this great night with FIDA which is used as a fundraiser for our footy Association.

Our last committee meeting we made a confident commitment to have at least 20 Mazenod Panthers people to attend this night.

The night will have a three course dinner, special guests, and silent auctions.

Last time we attended this function, one of our party won a 10 day holiday to Port Douglas, so please email me if you would like to attend this fabulous night.

WHERE: Windy Hill Essendon Football ground. WHEN: Friday 24th August COST: $60 per head.



Both Rod Pettit and John Soles have been selected to play for Victoria against South Australia in Adelaide on 8th July. Unfortunately due to work commitments Rod Pettit is unable to go, we wish John Soles good luck in the battle against the croweaters.



Two of our players, Sam Samason and Simon Pollock have been selected for a training squad in Canberra on 15th and 16th July for selection in the Australian team travelling to Germany in 2013.

Good luck to both our boys.


Club jackets that have not been available since last season are now back in stock, any player or supporter requiring a jacket, they are available from the club $70. Great looking jackets.

Players are reminded that our club polo shirt or hoodie are required to be worn on match day.



Check out the latest news from our senior team and Panther news

Click the FIDA link for Panthers info.

Another website for Results and Ladders



Every season we are gaining experience and maturity with our two very well balanced teams.

Peter Biscognin will be the 17th player from our current team to play his 50th game for the Panthers on15th July V Coburg at Highgate Arena.

Simon Pollock will play his 100th game V Ringwood 29th July.

Matt Anderson is 3 games away from his 50th V Cranbourne at home.

Double celebrations on Grand Final day if we make it, Corey Pollock will play his 100th and Rod Pettit will play his 50th.



Happy birthday guys.

Vickram Jholl 23 on 10th

Nick Crilly 24 on 13th

Double celebrations, same day birthdays  on 20th July, Chris Vergos 28 and Anthony DiStasio will be 24.


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