Seniors AWAY vs. Old Camberwell, 2pm, Gordon Barnard Reserve
Reserves AWAY vs. Old Camberwell, 11.40am, Gordon Barnard Reserve
Under 19s AWAY vs. Marcellin, 2pm, Marcellin College Oval
Colts HOME vs. St. Johns, 2pm, Central Reserve
Match Review Highlights
- Seniors celebrate Sam Reed’s 200th with 48-point win over Caulfield
- Reserves down by 21 points
- Under 19s win by 7 in high-quality match
- Colts run away from Melbourne High
It is fair to say that few Mazenod supporters knew what Round 1 had in store. New coach, Ben Phibbs, had re-built the list in the off-season and injected a sense of camaraderie and purpose into the group; but with so many young players and the return of a few old faces, there was a sense of the unknown. The remainder of the season is still a mystery, but one thing became clear following the 48-point win over Caulfield: Mazenod’s relentless pressure will make them hard to beat.
Caulfield started Saturday’s match the better, but Mazenod’s tackling pressure limited them to four straight behinds. The Nodders eventually settled into the match and punished Caulfield with four straight goals to take a 16-point lead into the first change.
Any sense that Mazenod’s lead was the result of luck was soon dismissed as they took control of the match in the second. They went up another gear in the third, and by the final change the lead was 55 points and the game was all but over.
Rees Thomas kicked four in a welcome return from a two-year stint overseas, but he was overshadowed by brother, Nick Thomas, who took BOG honours.
Tom McKenna may be young, but proved again that he is already a certified gun, while another youngster, Rob McCarthy, produced one of his best senior games to date.
The win was a great way to celebrate Sam Reed’s 200th match. Sam is a former senior B&F winner and a loyal clubman who’s will-to-win has driven excellence in his own performances and those who have played with him. Speaking after the match, Sam noted that he had never played in a Mazenod team as ferocious as the one that played on Saturday. That is high praise, but as Sam has demonstrated, excellence is only found in improvement.
Caulfield Grammarians 0.8-8 1.10-16 3.13-31 5.16-46
Mazenod OC 4.0-24 7.3-45 13.8-86 14.10-94
Goal Kickers: R. Thomas 4, B. Kovac 2, B. Phibbs 2, S. Welsford, L. Welsford, R. Mann, D. Izon, T. Bourbon, F. Reed
Best Players: N. Thomas, T. McKenna, S. Oldman, S. Welsford, L. Welsford, R. McCarthy
The Reserves started well and finished well, but the middle two quarters cost them any chance of victory. The final result was a 21-point loss to a strong Caulfield outfit.
Despite the loss, there were a couple of great stories to emerge from the match. Young star, Peter Rozanitis, returned from a serious knee injury to kick three goals, while old star, Ben Chamberlain, returned from 1980s and his fourth knee reconstruction to be amongst the best. Less positive, but no less inspiring was the hard-as-nails Pat Cincotta who played out the match with a broken cheekbone and still took BOG honours.
Caulfield Grammarians 2.6-18 7.7-49 10.9-69 11.10-76
Mazenod OC 3.2-20 4.5-29 5.5-35 8.7-55
Goal Kickers: P. Rozanitis 3, M. Wilkins 2, J. Devlin 2, P. Cincotta
Best Players: P. Cincotta, J. Sharp, M. Rice, B. Chamberlain, S. Forster, P. Rozanitis
The 19s faced a very slick Old Geelong outfit in what proved to be a high-standard match. The scores never diverged too greatly, but the Nodders were able to keep their noses in front for most of the afternoon and eventually prevailed by 7 points.
Mazenod’s star forwards, Declan Fowler, Jacob Murdock and Jaydyn Hill, were all amongst the goals, while Aiden Brand-Oliver carried his late-season 2015 form into 2016 with BOG performance.
Mazenod 3.2-20 8.4-52 12.5-77 13.6-84
Old Geelong 4.4-28 6.4-40 9.7-61 11.10-76
Goal Kickers: D. Fowler 4, J. Murdock 4, J. Hill 2, M. McLellan, T. Patterson, D. Byrne
Best Players: A. Brand-Oliver, D. Fowler, J. Murdock, J. Hill, D. Byrne, C. Pallotta
The Colts had a tight tussle with Melbourne High School Old Boys in the first half, leading by just three points at the long break. However, they put the foot down in the second half, kicking 9 goals to 2 and running out 46-point winners. Sheldon Connolly and Termome Sallai were named best, while James Deegan led the scoring with three majors.
Mazenod 2.2-14 4.4-28 9.5-59 13.9-87
Melbourne High School Old Boys 2.2-14 3.7-25 4.10-34 5.11-41
Goal Kickers: J. Deegan 3, T. Riley 3, J. Welsford 2, L. Sherlock 2, J. Cochrane, L. Seal, A. Martenstyn
Best Players: S. Connolly, T. Sallai, J. Welsford, L. Sherlock, T. Riley, J. Cochrane
Round 3 Saturday 23rd April - BBQ and Craft beer aftermatch dinner.
Hang around after our first home game of the year as we will be having a BBQ with drinks on the deck and some craft beer sampling.
Round 4 Luncheon 30th April.
Please join us for the first luncheon of the year and we conduct a triple header with the U19s playing Williamstown and the Senior teams playing Old Ivanhoe.
Around the club - Coaching & Medical
Mazenod Old Collegians Football Club (MOCFC) is reigniting a rewarding initiative to our players and supporters via the Player Sponsorship Program. The aim is to provide supporters / businesses with exposure to an extensive audience and at the same time subsidise the costs of football for young men many of who are studying and/or unemployed. The main cost of playing football arises from subscription fees which are collected by the club to offset the expenses of league affiliation, equipment, insurance, medical, umpires and coaching. We realise subscription costs are an impost for young men and their families therefore in the interests of keeping players in the game to enjoy all the benefits the game brings, we believe this opportunity offers significant community benefits.
Benefit to the player sponsor
- Membership of MOCFC and the ability to vote at meetings
- Free entrance to one standard luncheon held in the clubrooms during the year
- Details added to a business directory on the MOCFC web site
- Recognition in clubrooms and website
- Linkage to a player within the club
- Tax deductible expense for businesses
Benefits to the player
- Coverage of all playing subscriptions.
- Keeping the costs of playing as low as possible
- Encouragement to remain in the game for as long as possible
- Connection with a club supporter.
How to get started ?
Simply email your name, address, telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the player you wish to sponsor (alternatively the committee can choose a player for you). Please include details of your business (service description, website, contact numbers) which will be added to the business directory. A confirmation email will be sent once received to confirm sponsorship details.
Cost : Senior player : $400.00 (incl GST), U19/U18 player : $300 (incl GST)
Funds can be paid via EFT into the clubs bank account
A/c Name : Mazenod Old Collegians Football Club A/C Number 119 608 743 BSB 633 000
(Please reference your name and player sponsorship)
Tax invoice will be supplied upon request.