Paddy Report 2017, Round 7 vs Chelsea

On Saturday at the club we paid tribute with a minutes silence and black arm bands, to remember our great clubman and friend, Paul ‘Bud’ Williams. His funeral will be held on Wednesday at 2:30pm at Bunurong memorial park in Carrum Downs and afterwards back at the club rooms where we will tell the stories that Bud loved. He is greatly missed and our thoughts are with Lorraine and the family.

 

The Chelsea game was another chance to sharpen our game. A near perfect start with 10 goals on the board before Chelsea had one. From that point on we went goal for goal. Aaron Edwards got 8 and now has 31, after getting 17 in 2 games. Tim Bongetti got 3, 2 each to Shane Waterstone, Jacob Boyle and singles to Tedge, Falzon, Jackson, Kiely, White and Boswell. A great spread of goal kickers and a miserly backline yet again sees us sitting on top of the ladder and feeling good about it. Some great play saw us able to go coast to coast, having options all over the ground. Players to hit the ‘best’ list included Guy Hendry (marked everything), Aaron Edwards, Corey Ash, Jon Hughes and Shane Waterstone. Everyone played their role.

 

Pines – 8.4.52   10.6.66   17.10.112   21.12.138

Chelsea – 0.0.0   4.5.29   4.6.30   10.9.69

 

It is exciting to see the football program provide a return for all the hard work and belief, a fitting reward….so far. Far bigger things to achieve.

 

With players to come back our maturity as a quality football team and club will be tested as players move between the seniors and reserves which happens when you have confidence in the depth of the list. Some players will miss out from time to time in the reserves as well. This is a feature we have not experienced for many years. Individually players will need resilience and self-awareness, and colleagues will need empathy, but there is no room for sympathy. Players have their destiny in their own hands. The football program allows for customisation and the coach sits in the rooms most Mondays, available to discuss and find out where players are at. Let the players seek this information. Don’t be a parent, brother, uncle, mother etc that thinks they need to speak on the players behalf, as this will undermine everything that the players are trying to achieve.

 

The reserves have won 4 games on end, convincingly, and find themselves cementing a spot in the 5. The next 2 weeks will set the season up playing the top two sides. We’ve a healthy list and no excuses, our expectations should be to win, without being over-confident. This is a great time to be a python. The football program is paying dividends and attracting players into the fold. Last week we welcomed back Harley Parker, and Rhys Chalkley, with next week Jazz Stewart back. Newcomer Brendan Barfoot played like he has always been part of it and with Lee Hearnden, we have ‘grunt’ to burn in the engine room. Gavin Stretch brings some Kimberley magic with his 3 goals and Gordo chipped in for a couple. Like the firsts there was 10 gaol kickers. Best players shared between Lee H, B. Barfoot, Chris Guganovic (fountain of youth), Dave McLaren, Taylor Meyer and Harley Parker.

 

Pines – 2.7.19   6.8.44   11.11.77   15.11.101

Chelsea                – 0.0.0   0.2.2   3.2.20   4.4.28

 

The thirds where in the game until the 3rd quarter where the bigger bodies took over. Once again the under gave us a glimpse of what’s ahead with most being at the younger end of 19s, supplemented by many under 17s. Future is definitely bright with the boys relishing the football program presented. With some composure they will win a game soon. In the meantime we are excited with the spurts of good play. Goals to Joel Nichols (2), one each to Mick Bezzene, Grant Humphrey, Kadel Key, Aaron Philps with the best amongst J.Nichols, Dylan Williams (grandson of Bud), Jake Pusch, Joshua Howe, Jordan Dowell and Kadel Key.

 

Pines – 2.2.14   4.2.26   5.3.33   6.5.41

Chelsea – 1.4.10                  2.8.20    7.13.55   9.16.70

 

Netball finally had a real home ground with the opening of the new courts. Both clubs appreciated the court surface with 3 close games and a forfeit from Chelseas A grade. Unfortunately we were on the wrong end of the ledger at each of the game ends, but the girls celebrated anyway, as they should. Great things to come as one club from here on.

 

A grade Pines Won on forfeit. B grade Pines 22 Chelsea 43, C grade Pines 40 Chelsea 46, D grade Pines 24 Chelsea 36.

 

This week we travel to Seaford for the Sundowner cup. This will be a great day with both clubs fairly even on the first and seconds ladders so we will need all the support we can get.

 

For those of you that can access a Facebook account please have a look at the attached update from the club. We will eventually get this on the website.

 

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For now, Vale Paul (The Last Bud) Williams. RIP.

 

– Jeff Svigos.

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