TEAM NEWS 2016

What's happening at Waverley Warriors

2017 Committee

13 November

The AGM was completed successful last Wednesday and we had an excellent turn out. It is really great to see so many interested in the future of our club and we appreciate you finding time to be there.

We'd just like to congratulate the new committee for 2017. Mark Barber, Eddie Ralph, Matty Devenish and Stephen Bell are continuing and ably joined by newcomers Brendan Blakeman (Bomber) and Ange Sercia. Thank you so much for volunteering for these important duties. Remember though the success of our club doesn't just really on their work, we can all chip in and help out to make this club super successful.

Scott Lester, Damien Cairns, Mitch Sercia and myself (Alex Vasitch) have stepped down form the committee for this year. I'd personally like to thank Scotty Damo and Mitch for all their hard work and dedication and it has been a pleasure working with them at our footy club.

Financially the Waverley Warriors ended up with a surplus of over $3000 which is an excellent result and this gives us a good buffer to cater for any potential unexpected costs or to put more into equipment and facilities for our players. Here's to an even more succesful 2017 both on and off the field

Over 35s Best & Fairest Results


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Votes

Position

Player Name

64

1st

Alex Talarico

57

2nd

Justin Dymott

42

3rd

Cam Howell (Tex)

36

Eq 4th

Matty D (Captain)

36

Eq 4th

Cameron Marshall

33

6th

Allan Ganderton (Big Al)

21

7th

Craig McKinnon Disco)

16

8th

Aaron Phipps

14

9th

Nguyen Chau (Bazz)

13

10th

John Damanakis

Over 50s Best & Fairest Results


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Votes

Position

Player Name

70

1st

Sammy Magro

56

2nd

Mark Strange

54

3rd

Darren Arthur (Ace)

48

4th

Neil Horvath (The Rev)

40

5th

Robbie Gill

17

6th

Ange Sercia

16

7th

Andrew Smith (Dermie)

15

8th

Damien Cairns (Damo)

14

9th

Chris Lamb

13

10th

David Stevens

Well there was a lot of positive nervousness in the change rooms before the game. Everyone was there nice and early and we were prepared to give it our best shot.

We'd experienced a few injuries from the tough semi final including two talls. This gave the opportunity for 2 50s players to get their chance to play and hopefully win a grand final so congratulations to Sammy and Mark Strange.

It was a beautiful day, not a cloud in the sky, the ground was a bit dewy due to the early start but we knew that would dry up pretty soon. Parkdale won the toss and went with the slight wind in the 1st. Usually at the start of a grand final the pace is frenetic and this was no different. Although Parkdale were controlling a lot of the play as the game wore one we were defending well but went in at quarter time a couple of goals down.

The second quarter we knew we'd have to make a statement and that we did. The game was very tight and even though we couldn't make the most of our opportunities we went into the 2nd half only two goals down. We knew we could play better and we were feeling confident we could give this a red hot go.

They say the 3rd is the premiership quarter. Well we needed to get the first goal but unfortunately that didn't happen. They pulled ahead but from there we had our best patch of the match where we scored two goals in a row relatively quickly. Then we had another chance but just missed. Unfortunately for us Parkdale made us pay and scored a goal on the rebound and we went in at 3/4 time 4 goals down. We still knew we had a chance, were they getting tired. We know we had finished strongly most games this year.

As all good teams do, and Parkdale are a quality team, they quickly snuffed out any chance fairly early in the last quarter. From there we knew it would be difficult and we just wanted to keep fighting like the Warriors we are. In the end Parkdale proved a little too polished and moved the ball around just a little better and in the end that was the difference. Parkdale hadn't lost a game all season and thoroughly deserved the spoils for a very consistent year.

We can be very proud at the Warriors. We've come a long way in the last couple of years both on and off the field. We know from here we have a great nucleus of players and we hope we can attract more players to the club to really give it another crack next year.

Thank you to everyone, all the players for being such great team mates, all the committee members for all the behind the scene hard work, coaches who give up their valuable time to make us better players, all the volunteers including team managers, runners, water boys and girls, boundary and goal unpires and all the family and friends who come out to support us. A footy club is not just about the footy played on the ground, it's about the friendships and fun off the ground too and I trust I speak for everyone when I say we have a fantastic club anbd a great bunch of people.

Look forward to seeing everyone at Presentation Night and at the end of season footy trip. Otherwise have a great 2016 and see you in 2017.

Warriors Committee

Match Reports: 35s Masters

Well this was the match that was going to give us a true indication of 35s realistic chances to win a premiership. Against the unbeaten top team Parkdale we were keen to show we had what it takes. On a glorious Melbourne's winter day we started very strongly dominating the first 10 minutes or so but as has happened often this year we didn't make the most of our opportunities. Unfortunately Parkdale did and they were just in front at quarter time. From there it was a hard tough tussle with Parkdale keeping their noses in front. At 3/4 time they had a 4 goal lead but we kicked two quick goals to get a smell of a glorious win and the pressure on them was enormous. Unfortunately a dubious umpiring decision and a couple of near misses by us later in the quarter meant they were able to hold on by 3 goals. Nevertheless it was a great effort, we know we can compete and can be confident that we are going to give it a good shake come finals time. Well done boys

The 50s were out to backup for two wins in a row against Coburg at their ground. Other than a short period of loss of concentration where Coburg kicked 3 of their 4 total goals in quick succession, all reports were that Waverley Warriors were very dominant and came out convincing winners by 7 goals easily our biggest for the season. With 4 wins for the season, our final game is our grudge game against Beaconsfield where a win will see us finish the season above them and possible 5th, just outside the 4, which considering some of the close losses we've had, is a very exciting result. Well done.

Match Reports: 35s Masters 50s Legends

The 35s winning form rolls on as we convincingly beat Carrum at home revenging a close loss last year. The first quarter with the wind was maybe our most dominant of the season but we couldn't reward ourselves on the scoreboard and ended up with 2 goals 11 behinds for the quarter. In the end we were able to make more of our opportunities. Once again our defensive pressure was magnificent and it wasn't until the last quarter when Carrum scored their first and only goal. That ended the run of 9 previous quarters without giving away a goal, an amazing achievement.

Next week is our real test for the season as we play undefeated top team Parkdale. The winner will surely become the favourite to win the premiership in a couple of months time.

The 50s were keen to get a win on the baord against Ascot Vale after a promising effort against a top team last match where we were pipped on the line with a late goal. It looked a bit ominous early where Ascot, with the wind, were running harder and using the ball better and got out to a 3 goal first quarter lead. But true to the Warriors spirit we gritted our teeth and worked back into the game in the second to find our selves leading at half time. It really was a strong performance as we only allowed Ascot 1 goal after half time to run out solid winners by 2 goals. It's been a really great year with some very close results and we look forward to showing lowly Coburg a lesson to notch up two wins in a row. We'll still have to play our best to knock them over.

Once again great to have two wins out of two. And to top it off our sister club Narre Warren also came out with an awe-inpiring win

Match Reports: 35s Masters 50s Legends

Again there were quite a number of changes due to our rotation policy and availabilities but we were confident we would be able to come out on top against a struggling Blackburn North in the 35s. Little did we know what was to come. In possible our best game due our ability to stick to our game plan, we dominated the majority of the game and experienced a goal fest like we've never experienced before. In the end we came out winners scoring 137 points to just 2 behinds but the most exciting thing again was the even performance of all our players.

Just cause we like stats, here's an interesting one. Our score of 137 points was the same as ALL our opposition has scored in 6 games this year. Amazing effort boys. Let's all get to training and make next game against Carrum another big win.

The Over 50s just love close games. In 4 of the 6 games this year the end result has been won or lost by less than a goal. We were confident we would do well against Williamstown with a number of key players back including legendary Dermie for his first game for the season. By all reports it was a fiercely contested game but unfortunately we held on grimly but were pipped on the line when Williamstown goaled just before the final siren. Great effort though guys, keep working and the rewards will come.

Match Reports: 35s Masters 50s Legends

Well it was a bit nervy with so many changes in the 35s lineup for the game against unknown quantity Melbourne, but we showed once again the depth we have this year by winning handsomely. It wasn't the easiest of games with the very soft ground but our structures have been excellent which is why our opposition is finding it so hard to score. Great win and the first time we've won 3 in a row in a long, long time. Let's keep the training up and push hard to keep on winning next up against Box Hil

The 50s were always going to be under the pump against 2nd placed Diamond Valley with some key players in Bali contesting the international AFL 9s competition. Luckily Tangles from Narre and our old umpire friend Petals helped out with the numbers. As always we were very competitive and managed to compete all the way to the last quarter where we were only 16 points down but the lack of bench got to us in the end when we ran out of legs. We're all very proud of the effort and although we haven't won one for a while we know hopefully with a full squad next game we can etch out another one of those famous Warriors wins.

Match Reports: 35s Masters 50s Legends

Another important game against 4th placed Bayside. We were thumped in the final game by them last year and revenge was our aim. Early on it was looking like a continuation of last year as Bayside piled on 3 early goals. Fortunately we were able to then get our mojo back and start quickly rein them in. From that point it was really just a dominant display by the Warriors and this time we took the most of our chances and kicked straight (at least until the last quarter). A really even team effort shows we are going to be a force with this year. No complacency though, we have a 3 week break which gives us a further chance to practise our structures for our next game against Melbourne

Over 50s had yet another nail biter going to the wire (3 out of 4 games now) but this time ended up on the negative side of the register. We were looking rosy with a great first half and looked to be cruising getting to a lead of around 3 goals but were unable to maintain the intensity to end up short by just a solitary goal. Consistency is probably the issue, we just need to run out out games and make the most of our opportunities. But its great to say us very competitive this year against all teams we play.

Match Reports: 35s Masters 50s Legends

35s trekked out to Mordialloc with trepidation as they were Reservers Premiers in 2015. Either they were a shadow of themselves or we had improved a lot, or as I suspect, a bit of both as right from the opening bounce, we were dominant in this game. In the end the final scoreline flattered our opposition as we accumulated 17 behinds, many pretty straight forward shots at goals. Our mids did well, our forwards had plenty of kicks at goals, and the defensive display by all including the backs, who only let 2 goals in for the whole game - 1 a dubious free and 25 metre penalty gifting them the last goal they kicked for the match at the end of the 2nd quarter. With the direction of coach Lee we are building into a formidable team but we cant rest on our laurels as we in 3rd position on the ladder front up against 4th placed Bayside next game.

Over 50s had a bit of a tougher time out at arch rivals Frankston. Whilst we battled hard for 3 quarters with some really good footy, we ran out of legs on the bench ending up with a few players forced to play on injured. Frankston are a top team currently sitting on top of the ladder and are the bench mark that we need to reach for. We still maintain 4th place on the ladder and two wins out of three and will be really keen to make amends against Carrum in the next round and cement our place in the 4.

Match Reports: 35s Masters 50s Legends

On a slippery and windy day, our first ever two home games at Meade Reserve were going to be a hard slog.

35s new we were in for a game when after only a couple of minutes we were already two goals down. It proved to be the difference on the day as the end margin was just that, two goals. In between there were periods where we dominated the game and peppered the goals. Going into the last quarter we'd fought hard, Warrior-style, to get within 6 points. A quick goal immediately after the restart to Doveton proved to be too much as scoring from that point on was difficult. It was an honest performance but some lost opportunities in front of goal and a poor start may just have been the difference.

50s were jumped at the start as Essendon made more of their opportunities but as the day wore on it was clear that we were creating more opportunities, just like the 35s we couldn't make that reflect on the scoreboard. As it turns out there was barely more than a goal difference for the whole game and that flowed through into the last quarter where it proved to be a tug-of-war game, a survival of the fittest and when that final siren went we happened to be 1 point in front. Another great win for the 50s and so great to find ourselves with 2 wins from 2 starts, noth being nail biters, the type of game you just love to win.

Match Reports: 35s Masters 50s Legends

What a difference a year makes. First round last year the 35s played Cranbourne at Cranbourne and we received a 57 point drubbing. This time around with an influx of new players with good run and leg speed and a well-drilled team courtesy of new coach Lee, we proved too strong. In reality the margin could have and probably should have been a lot more but we will take the win any day as Cranbourne are a very strong side. It was a really good team effort that got us over the line and allowed coach and 6 new players to experience that great Warriors song for the first time.

The 50s also had a tough battle throughout the day against Werribee at Werribee. Our opposition had their chance to put us away but errant kicking for goal gave us a sniff. And the Warriors do not need a second chance. We have proven to be a club that will fight to the end and fight we did. Undoubtedly coach and spectators bit their finger nails to the bone in those last 3 minutes where we managed to hold onto a slender 2 point win at the bell.

So great to have 2 wins first up and it sets us up for a great season as long as we continue to train hard and practise on our structures. We are all looking forward now to Round 2.

Match Reports: 35s Masters 50s Legends

A very successful and enjoyable Trivia Night was had by all at the Village Green last night. Just like on the footy field there was a real competitive spirit between tables. Fortunately the sledging was kept to a minimum.

There were three rounds of questions on the night and it proved to be a great mix of different topics and eras. In between rounds there were game favourites such as 'Closest coin to the bottle' and '4 corners'. Food and drink was being merrily consumed and some of the luckier attendees went home with some prizes.

The night was tightly contested and when it came to counting up the final points, there were 3 teams that came out within a point of each other. But the winning table had Mark Strange at the helm. Who knew that he had so much unimportant information locked up there in that brain? Hopefully he can put some of that knowledge to good use on the field for the 2016 season.

The night culminated in the process of the Collingwood FC Jumper Auction. This was a once of offer signed by Nathan Buckley. As we know a successful auction requires 2 keen bidders and 2 keen bidders we had. Congratulations to Dave S (and daughter) for coming up trumps.

Thank you all for being there and supporting our great club. A special thank you to all the sponsors who donated prizes and of course those who did the hard work behind the scenes to make this event happen.

Once again a great night and hope to see you all again at the next function.

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The registration fee for 2016 is $220 PLUS $50 volunteer levy which equals $270.  The volunteer levy is refunded at the end of the year if you have performed volunteer duties during the year.  After completing the registration form, please make sure you make payment as per the following options.

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