The second last home game for the year saw us host Hawthorn, though it was a day we'd rather forget when it came to the footy, with both teams suffering heavy defeats.
Members & supporters day
The last round of the year will see the club put on a luncheon for all supporters and members. Kicking off from midday, the day will include food and drinks, come along and enjoy the last games of footy at the Snake Pit in 2016! Stay tuned for more details next week.
As mentioned at the top of this email, we're looking to establish a women's team to take part in the inaugural VAFA women's competition that's set to begin in 2017. Whether you'd like to play or just come along for a bit of fun, everyone's more than welcome to join! If you'd like any more info, please contact Kirsten via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Goal Kickers: D. Gianchino, J. Bergin
Best Players: M. Crawford, D. Wilden, B. Lashbrook, S. Hanrahan, D. Gianchino, D. Reeves
Saturday was always going to be a test for our reserves side. After coming off our first win in a long while, we had a number of players unavailable and were playing the top side.
We were fortunate that a number of members of the broader cobra/Rowville community were able to help us out. Despite being two short on the bench and many of the players not knowing each others names, we started relatively competitively. However, as the first half wore on Hawthorn began to cut us open and it looked like the floodgates were about to open.
However, in the second half we lifted dramatically and really took it up to them. The key change came early in the third quarter when we were able to lock the ball in our forward 50 for 5-10 minutes and pile on the pressure. This got the crowd involved, and Hawthorn began to fumble and second guess themselves.
I was really proud of our efforts in the second half, and all of the players that pulled on the boots should be as well. We had great efforts in particular from Clunks, Kinners, Shorty, M Crawf, Morris and Smith.
We look forward to coming away with another win this week.
Goal Kickers: R. Hummerston 2, M. Szabo, R. Moody, C. Skate, N. Joseph, R. Goodwin
Best Players: R. Moody, T. Lowden, C. Brock, T. Crawford, R. Goodwin, J. Gillen
Saturday was a pretty tough day for Canterbury, playing host to our neighbours, Hawthorn Amateurs. Hawthorn is a strong side, having only lost one game for the season, and we were severely injury depleted.
Kicking into a strong wind, they soon built up a sizeable lead. Their bigger bodies were winning the ball at the stoppages and providing excellent service to their forwards. Six goals in each of the first two quarters had us in a lot of trouble and a ten goal third quarter meant the game was well and truly over by the last break.
Losing Fridge early was a cruel blow, and then Mitch Szabo not long after made it even harder.
Even though it was perhaps our worst result since joining the VAFA, there were positive signs. Rowan Moody's game was probably the best we have seen from him, and we've seen plenty of good ones. Tom Lowden fought courageously all day despite being the victim of some cowardly sniping. Tony Crawford shut down one of their key players and gave me some satisfaction by annoying him all day as instructed. Fish, Jezza, and Rob Goodwin persisted all day, and Jimmy battled manfully in the ruck.
Let's put that one behind us and move on. Powerhouse this week – win it and we should play finals.
Round 16 sees us on the road as we head down towards St Kilda to take on Powerhouse, which shapes as a mini final for our seniors. Their firsts have been in good form lately, winning their last three games and now sit equal on points with us, there's only a small percentage separating the teams. if our boys are to play finals in 2016 this game's a must win!