On Saturday we hosted our old D4 rivals, Parkside, at the Snake Pit, in what was the last round for both clubs for 2016. An inspired effort saw the Devils take the win in the reserves, though the Cobras hit back in the seniors to run out big winners, the final margin being almost 20 goals.
This year presentation night will be taking place at the club rooms on Friday September 9th. Kicking off from 6.30pm, the night will include dinner service as well as the presentation of the annual awards. Entry will be $30 ($15 for players), friends and family are most welcome to join! If you'd like to book your place please email the club.
Goal Kickers: L. Venditti, J. Bergin, A. Panjwani, R. Hobson, L. Robertson, D. Wilden
Best Players: A. Panjwani, T. Crawford, C. Reid, S. Strater, R. Hobson, L. Venditti
Unfortunately, Saturday didn’t plan out as we would have liked. Parkside were the better team on the day and deserved to win. However, rather than reliving the disappointment of Saturday this match report will focus more on what the group has achieved over the whole season.
If we defined our season based solely on wins and loses, our season could be classified as a failure. However, failure is only not getting when you fall. This group picked themselves up and went again each week for no matter the result of the week before.
The strength of the group and the bond between the players to turn up each week, stay positive and work hard in the face of adversity was a credit to themselves and the club. We learn the most about ourselves when things aren’t going well and this season showed that Canterbury has a large network of people who roll up their sleeves up and work even harder when times are tough.
There are many people to thank including our senior coaching panel, the trainers, Sue and Carroll, Barras and Pearcey, Hagsy, Stalsy, our umpires and a number of others who I haven’t mentioned. Also a big thanks to Dougal and Sherif for their support and assistance throughout the season.
Finally, to BJ and the committee thank-you for allowing me to coach this year and for all your support. BJ's efforts as a player and a president not just this season but in the many seasons he has been at Canterbury have been outstanding.
I have been very fortunate to be apart of the Canterbury Football Club and I look forward to helping out in any way I can in the years to come.
Goal Kickers: T. Lowden 7, M. Szabo 4, J. Price 3, R. Walmsley 3, R. Moody 3, N. Szabo 3, S. Fitzgerald 2, M. James 2, N. Joseph, J. Wilson, S. Murphy
Best Players: T. Lowden, S. Murphy, R. Walmsley, R. Moody, R. Goodwin, J. Wilson
The final game of the season found us playing against our 2015 grand final rivals. Parkside facing relegation had endured a long season and with no chance of us making the finals there was not a lot at stake.
Just to complete a perfect season we lost the toss and kicked against the wind once more. We started slowly, and Parkside got out to a small lead which they held until early in the second quarter. At that point, we clicked into gear and piled on ten unanswered goals to go into the half time break looking to have a big win.
At half time we set ourself the goal of kicking another fifteen goals to match the fifteen we had kicked to that point. With seconds remaining, Lowds kicked his seventh to notch up our thirtieth. As would become apparent the following day. Lowds' dominant display clinched a narrow victory in the senior best and fairest over Wombat.
Wombat was magnificent as usual, and Moods and Murph capped off great seasons with polished performances. Rob Goodwin chased around Parksides best player all day and kept him quiet, Jim Wilson, dominated the rucks and consistently gave us first use. Fish, Wheels and Gaz were excellent behind the ball, and the Szabos, Pricey all helped themselves to goals up the other end.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our season. While we failed to reach the heights of the previous year we had a lot of fun along the way.
Well then, that almost wraps up another season down at the Snake Pit, with only presentation night to come. It would be great to see as many people there on the night as possible so we can finish the year in style and also give the award recipients the acknowledgment they deserve.