MOCFC Newsletter 8th September 2016

 

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Match Centre

A week off for the seniors and reserves as they move into Grand Finals to play the winners of the Preliminary Finals decided this Saturday (read the match report below for details of the 2nd Semi victories).  Coincidentally the sun has emerged from hiding, and the mowers are out cutting the grass. It is finals time in Melbourne. 

As a result of the senior win on Saturday, the club bounces back to VAFA Premier B section in 2017 which is a great news for the Mazenod machine - players, coaches, committee & support staff, members, sponsors, parents and supporters who have all worked very hard for a successful season. That said, there is one more leg of the 2016 journey to overcome and there is a steely resolve to improve further on the 2nd semi performance.  

Social


MOCFC Presentation Night
Friday 23rd September


 

MOCFC Grand Final Night
Saturday 17th September
Central Reserve
7pm onwards


MOCFC Vote Count and Family Day
Sunday 18th September
Central Reserve
12 noon onwards

Around the club





Employment
Steve Paolucci has a full time position available in his bricklaying business. Please call Steve on 0419 375 453.  

People
The club is delighted to hear positive news about Steve Noone and his long road to recovery after a serious car accident in Tasmania. All of Mazenod wishes you well Steve.

VAFA Votecounts
Congratulations to the following players for their efforts in the VAFA vote counts

Seniors PREMIER C : Liam Welsford 5th, Rob Mann 6th
U19 Div 3 : Aiden Brand Oliver =7th, Sam Deegan =9th, Corey Martino =10th
U19 Div 5 : Tom Riley 3rd, Josh Cochrane =6th 


TAC Votecounts
Congratulations to MOCFC player Goy Loy on 5th placing in the Morrish Medal with Sandy Dragons. A big shoutout also to Dan Allsop (Son of MOCFC Team of the Century member Peter Allsop) for coming runner up in the Morrish Medal with the Dandy Stingrays.

Scoreboard
If you think you may have spotted our portable scoreboard around town you are right as it was being used at ACC Cross Country this week, and has been at the Essendon District Football League finals for 3 weeks.  If you have a need please call Wayne Francis on 0447 252 845 or waynegfrancis@gmail.com . It has preloaded scoring applications for football and cricket, or can display any custom presentations from a laptop including videos. 

Match Review

Seniors
 
Mazenod saved their most impressive performance of the year for the first final. Having split their matches with Caulfield Grammarians during the season, and with just half a game separating the two teams at the end of the regular season, most observers saw the qualifying final as a flip-of-the-coin. However, the Nodders have risen above expectations all season, and Saturday was no different.
 
From the opening bounce, Mazenod’s defensive pressure was relentless. They forced their opponents into error and then pounced on nearly every opportunity. The tackling machine, Steve Welsford was in his element, Ben Phibbs was racking up possessions at will and Rees Thomas was looking potent up forward. At quarter time, the Nodders had opened up a 23-point advantage.
 
The Nodders did not relent in the second, holding the normally high-scoring Caulfield scoreless while adding a further three goals. Despite losing Premier C Team of the Year half back, Dean Izon, early in the quarter, the back six held firm and the lead stretched to 46 points at the long break.
 
Caulfield came out firing in the third and kicked the opening goal, but the Nodders responded with two of their own to snuff out any hint of a comeback. Mazenod’s were running on top of the deck with skipper Rob Mann and Liam Riley everywhere. The highlight of the quarter came from Brad Kovac who ran 100 metres to a contest in the forward pocket, kept the ball in play, gave it to a teammate and then kept running until he received it in the goal square. The resulting goal was one of two second-half efforts that typified the relentlessness of the Nodders. The second came on the other side of the final break.
 
With the game all but over, Caulfield went forward. A low spearing pass was kicked to a leading Caulfield player. He may have marked it, gone back and kicked a meaningless goal, but instead Tom McKenna put himself between the ball and the opposition and took a typically courageous mark. He didn’t have to, and no one would have noticed if he didn’t, but he did it anyway. That is the way this Mazenod team plays. There is no regard for expectation or excuses; they just get on with it.
 
The final margin was 83 points. The Nodders will now enjoy a week off before they face either Caulfield or Peninsula in the big one. They will get on with it one more time.
 
 Caulfield Grammarians
1.5-11   1.5-11   3.8-26   4.13-37

Mazenod OC
5.4-34    8.9-57    13.9-87    18.12-120

 
Goal Kickers: R. Thomas 3, B. Kovac 3, T. Cincotta 3, N. Thomas 2, L. Riley 2, A. Taun-Henderson 2, J. Murdock, B. Phibbs, S. Welsford

Best Players: R. Mann, J. Hill, L. Riley, S. Welsford, N. Gentile, B. Kovac

  
Reserves
 
The Reserves were very much the underdogs going into Saturday’s qualifying final. However, despite having lost both home and away matches to Caulfield and finishing three and a half games back, Coaches Wayne Poulter and Steve Balloch were confident that they had the right formula to topple the ladder leaders.
 
The first quarter gave cause for optimism as the defensive efforts of Michael Rice and Patty Flanagan ensure that Caulfield were kept in check in the first. At quarter time, scores were level.
 
Caulfield began to take control in the second, kicking three goals to Mazenod’s nil. Outside observers may have seen the writing on the wall, but neither Poults nor Steve do much reading, so they weren’t the least bit concerned at the long break.
 
In the third, Daniel Hayes and Visesio Saina began to impose themselves on the game. As things opened up, it was the Nodders who took advantage, drawing to within two points at the final break.
 
In a classic last quarter, full of tension and hard hits, the Nodders hit the lead with about five minutes to play. They then exhibited enormous character to hold on to win by two points and book a place in the grand final. No one could now doubt their ability to win it.
 
Caulfield Grammarians
2.1-13   5.5-35   7.5-47   8.8-56

Mazenod OC
2.1-13    2.3-15    7.3-45   9.4-58

 
Goal Kickers: D. Hayes 2, F. Palleschi 2, P. Rozanitis 2, J. Trounce, J. Sharp, B. Woods

Best Players: D. Hayes, V. Saina, C. Poretti, P. Flanagan, M. Rice, J. Sharp

 
Colts
 
The Nodders started brightly, taking a two-goal lead into the first change. Parkside hit back in the second, but it remained tight and just three points separated the teams at half-time.
 
The third quarter was from the top-shelf. Both sides displayed tremendous skill as they attacked relentlessly in an effort to break the other. The result was a highly entertaining , end-to-end quarter that saw 15 goals kicked. Parkside had slightly more chances and extended the lead to 12 points. Unfortunately, the Nodders were shot and Parkside ran away with it in the last, but the eventual 49-point margin did not reflect the difference between the two teams for most of the day.
 
Tom Riley was again brilliant, as he has been all season. His four goals gave a spark to his teammates, but he certainly didn’t play a lone hand. Nathan Smith and Jayden Brown were standouts all day, while Josh Cochrane continued his good form with three goals. The future looks very bright.
 
 Parkside Football Club
1.2-8  4.7-31  12.10-82   18.17-125

Mazenod
3.2-20   4.4-28   11.4-70    12.4-76

 
Goal Kickers: T. Riley 4, J. Cochrane 3, C. Martin 2, M. Zogoulas 2, M. Jago

Best Players: N. Smith, J. Brown, T. Riley, M. Zogoulas, A. Khaiyath, J. Mountford

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