Panthers Update 29th July



A terrific attendance of both our  teams at Ringwood on a terrible winter day is an indication to the effort made by our Super coaches, Dave Regan, Matty Johnson and Andrew Fry to keep our club , the Mighty Panthers a  happy and content group of footballers that enjoy the company of each other. It was great to see that most players from our first game stayed at the ground to support our second game. Toby Crook although injured still arrived to support both teams.

Only players missing were Beau Gunning, Nick Crilly, and John Hamilton all sick, Rod Pettit accident and Marcel Vermulst, 37 players from our total list of 42 players, congratulations to all concerned.

 MAZENOD BLUE 8.5.53  defeated RINGWOOD BLACK   2.3.15 at Ringwood

On a day better suited for mud wrestling at Jubilee Park Ringwood, Panthers Blue adapted to the conditions a bit better than Ringwood and were able to avenge our last game defeat against Coburg by running out 38 point winners against Ringwood Spiders our opponents that we will meet in the Grand Final August 19th.

In a tough energy sapping game Chris Vergos was at his best winning the hard ball with second and third efforts to get the ball out of the mud to John Soles or Simon Pollock that were running the opposition off their feet, Peter Zapantis has found form at the right end of the season and was constantly palming the ball in the ruck contest to our smaller rover type players, such as Sam Samason and Josh Wallace both of whom were getting plenty of the ball. Justin Dovaston was again like a rock at full back with his running clearing dashes down the grandstand wing had him reaching for his asthma puffer after three great efforts in the third quarter. Shaun Dux playing his best season in the past five years again led by example of great team play during the game, and finished off being our main avenue to goal by kicking two goals in the first quarter, and another one in the third. Big Aaron Yaksender lost concentration early in the game but settled down in the second quarter and let his actions speak for themselves for the remainder of the game proving what an asset he has become this year for the Panthers with his big booming kicks from centre half forward.

Eastern district umpires volunteer each home game at Ringwood ,and give the game ball to their choice of best on ground, another good game from Simon Pollock saw him awarded that honour, and Simon was awarded the footy. Well done Polly.

Goalkickers; Shaun Dux 3, John Soles,  Mark Vanderven,  Simon Pollock, Sam Samason, Aaron Yaksender all 1 each.

Best; Chris Vergos (best on ground) John Soles, Shaun Dux, Simon Pollock, Justin Dovaston, Mark Vanderven, Aaron Yaksender, Sam Samason, Matthew Dray and Jason Gannon.







  MAZENOD BLACK   4. 2. 26  defeated by  RINGWOOD RED  4 .7. 31

The game started in the rain and like the first game it was a hard slog from start to finish.

Nick DiStasio started the day well with a nice goal, and narrowly missed a second three minutes later when dragged off the ball, his brother Anthony is proving a match winner each week in Panthers Black as he constantly attacks the ball with his lighting speed and enthusiasm.

It was a fantastic game of footy with not much advantage to either team for the entire game. Ringwood was 5 points in front as the siren rang, just as the ball was heading into our forward line, another two minutes we may have kicked that match winning goal.

Congratulations to Steve Wells on kicking his first goal in Panthers colours.

Goalkickers;  Nick DiStasio,  James Hosken, Steve Wells.

Best; Team effort, too many good players to list. Anthony DiStasio was voted best on ground.




No training this Wednesday it will be the Sharp/Johnson shield match played at Mazenod College start time approx 4.30pm. Panthers Black team only will be playing except Rod Pettit, Justin Dovaston, Shaun Dux and Jason Gannon. Panthers Blue players are welcome to attend and support Panthers Black and enjoy the Shield presentations, best on ground awards and Subways and drinks after the game.



Karen Morrison has arranged for a professional photographer to take a team photo of all players prior to our Grand Final on Sunday 19th August. On presentation night all players will be given a professional quality photo of the team taken on Grand Final day. Mazenod Panthers Black team will be playing Ringwood Spiders Red commencing at 10 am. Panthers Blue will be playing Ringwood Spiders Black start time 11.45am. All players from both teams are expected at the ground by 9am sharp to organize our photograph, players arriving late will not be included in our photo for season 2012.

All players are expected to be in Mazenod Panthers uniform for the photo and Grand Final appearance on the ground, no black bike shorts, and no odd socks, Panthers uniform consists of Panthers jumper, Panthers logo shorts, Panthers socks, any player missing any part of club uniform please see Andrew.

Please wear your Hoodie, polo shirt, and/or Panthers Jacket to the ground on Grand Final day



We have been asked to play a combined Albury/Wodonga team at half time at the Ovens and Murray Grand final  Sunday 23rd September. We hope to hire a Coach bus that will hold approx 50 players and supporters.

Big crowd expected on the day. More details as they come to hand  later this month.













Only one round to go before the Grand Final.


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

                 Panthers Black v TBA                              12.30pm


19th AUG  GRAND FINALS   PREMIERSHIP GAMES           Central Reserve  (Home)

               Panthers Black V Ringwood Red              10.00 am

               Panthers Blue V Ringwwod Black             11.45 am  


24th AUG  FRIDAY  FIDA Dinner                             Essendon Football Ground (Windy Hill)




Email Andrew




Toby Crook, broken wrist out for the rest of the season.



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, we have 13 definite starters and require a further 7 more to represent Mazenod Panthers on the 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: $70 per head.



Each year a great source of fundraising for the Panthers is our raffle that we conduct at our Presentation night, if you or any of your friends would like to donate prizes for our raffle we would be very grateful, contact either Andrew Sharp 0431840466 or Ron Dovaston 97958203



FIDA will select players from our Black team to play in a representative game at half time during the St Kilda v Carlton game at Edihad stadium at the last round of AFL footy for the season.

The AFL have not yet confirmed players or dates for this game last week in August.









Club jackets and Hoodies that have not been available in all sizes are now back in stock, any player or supporter requiring either of these, they are available from the club, Jackets $70, Hoodies $45 . Show your support for the Panthers by wearing one of these great garments to game day.

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

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Matt Anderson will play  his 50th next Sunday against Cranbourne at home.

Simon Pollock will play his 100th game Grand Final day

Corey Pollock will play his 100th game on Grand Final day, alongside Rod Pettit playing his 50th



Aaron Yaksender will be 22 on the first day of August

Chris Johnson 19 the day after on the 2nd

Matthew Dray will be 26 on 21st

Felix Bakens 17 , and our 2011 best and fairest John Soles 29, both have birthdays on 28th.

Happy Happy Birthday to ya all.



Alf Duijkers has attend 139 games of FIDA football as trainer for the Mazenod Panthers

Mark Crilly has officiated as goal umpire in at least 119 games.(thank you Mrs Crilly)

Dave Regan is our longest serving super coach, five years and attended over 80 games.

Ron Dovaston has cut up approx 2250 oranges for players at quarter and half time in the past 8 years.(Roger, David Gorin, and George being his best customers)




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