Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Round 16 v Sth Belgrave

Chirnside Park  7.3-45  9.5-59  14.9-93 15.10-100
South Belgrave 0.1-  1  5.5-35    5.7-37   8.  9- 57

Goal Kickers: M. King 4, C. Smith 4, D. Lewis 2, A. Mcnab, S. Morton, J. Hardwick, L. Tindal, A. Roth
Best Players: M. King, C. Smith, L. Tindal, A. Mcnab, D. Lewis, A. Roth


Our last home game for the year and after two great wins by the reserves and 19s, our Senior boys were up for the job to make it a Panther Day and bring home 3 wins!
With a fierce (Megan) Gale blowing straight down one end again, we knew it would be different game-styles in each quarter, a game of two halves. South Belgrave won the toss and made the horrible decision of kicking into the breeze. We started on fire and played some really great team footy, sticking to structures and were able to open up a massive first quarter lead of 43-1. Kicking into the breeze in the 2nd, our boys showed some of the best run and link play that we have been chasing all year. We lapsed for 10 minutes just before quarter time, with our boys getting a bit complacent and went into half-time 24 points up.

We were able to come out in the last half and execute our gameplan really well. Some really solid passages of play allowed us to stretch the lead beyond 50 points at ¾ time on the back of some brilliant play by Zippy who notched up his 50th goal for the 3rd season in a row.
In the last quarter we knew Sth Belgrave would try to throw everything at us, but we were able to completely subdue them and run out 43 point winners. The 1st of our 3 wins we want on the way home. Big test at Scoresby this week, as they are going very well. Backing our boys to get the job done.

Round 14 v Heathmont

Chirnside Park 1.1-  7   4.3-27 7.4-46   9.9-63
Heathmont       2.3-15  3.3-21  7.5-47 10.6-66

Goal Kickers: M. King 4, J. Cooney, C. Smith, S. Morton, A. Roth, L. London
Best Players: D. Mitchell, S. Mcilwaine, R. Sandy, D. Lewis, M. King, J. Wilkinson


The game on Saturday was crucial to us trying to keep our final quest alive. We approached the game with confidence as we felt we were playing some good football and starting to understand as a collective the style and requirements of our game plan better.

The first quarter kicking against a strong breeze saw us defend strongly and go into the first break only 8 points down. Good signs as we were running and linking well. The message was clear to attack to the top side and not let the wind do all the work.
The second quarter we controlled most of the quarter but just failed to fully capitalise on the amount of ball that we had. Kicking 3 goals didn't really reward us for the way we were playing. The feel was that we had plenty of run but we knew that if we relaxed the pressure Heathmont would come back into the game.

The third quarter was two halves. The first part of the quarter belonged to Heathmont as we dropped our pressure around the ball and they started to win more of the 50:50 contests. A couple of changes in the mid-field saw us regain our composure and we ran the ball into the breeze. This created a few more forward opportunities which we capitalised on and going into the last quarter we were only a point down with the wind at our backs.

What has been a bit of a theme we moved away from our game style and kicked a line that allowed Heathmont to defend to the dead side of the ground. A couple of lapses in concentration say Heathmont get some clear forward ball and they kicked truly to put scoreboard pressure on us. We continued to fight out the game falling short by 3 points after a goal was kicked right on the siren. We had our opportunities having 7 shots on goals compared to 4. The difference was that Heathmonts conversion rate was better when it counted.
It is fair to say it was a game that we let get away.

As a club, it is really important that we continue to treat each game as if it is our last and give 100%. With four games to go, we can still finish with a positive win/loss ratio. That is our goal.

Round 13 v Warrandyte

Warrandyte      1.0-6  3.2-20  4.  7-31   8. 9-57
Chirnside Park 1.3-9  3.8-26  5.10-40 10.11-71

Goal Kickers: M. King 4, A. Roth 2, D. Lewis 2, J. Cooney, L. Tindal
Best Players: L. London, D. Lewis, A. Roth, J. Coulthard, R. Sandy, J. Hardwick

3 on the Trot
For the first time in my coaching at Chirnside Park and (potentially the first time in 3rd Division?) Chirnside have won 3 games in a row.
We travelled out to Warrandyte with the confidence of two wins against The Basin & East Burwood under our belts and looking to make it three. Our ball movement was very positive in the first quarter, as we looked to switch the ball and get it to our runners. All our stats pointed towards us playing good footy. The only problem was not kicking it through the big sticks! The second quarter was much of the same, we battled to consolidate on the scoreboard. 3 goals 8… at one stage we were 1 goal 6!.... Our boys needed to continue playing positive footy in the second half.
The third quarter turned into a stoppage arm wrestle as we stopped using our run and switch and got back into playing line to line footy. Warrandyte created some shots on goal, but like us in the 1st half were a bit wayward, kicking 1 goal 5. At ¾ time, we asked for positive ball movement and to the boys credit, they started on fire and kicked 5 goals in the first 15 minutes to basically put the result beyond doubt. A couple of mistakes in the last 8 minutes allowed Warrandyte to kick a few goals and decrease the margin to 14 points.
A very scrappy game that we probably should have won by more, but we’ll most definitely take the 4 points and move onto Heathmont this week.

Round 12 v East Burwood

Chirnside Park 3.6-24 8.10-58 13.11-89 17.15-117
East Burwood 6.0-36 7.2-44 12.5-77 14.7-91

Goal Kickers: M. King 5, D. Agnew 4, A. Mcnab 3, L. London 2, D. Lewis 2, T. Walker
Best Players: D. Agnew, G. Cornwell, J. Coulthard, M. King, J. Johnson, T. Walker


Two in a Row

Once again our depth was tested with a number out from the previous week. Whilst it would be good to get a settled side the upside is that their are opportunities for those who want a spot. A game that on paper you should mark down as a win but East Burwood isn't a bad side so it would still need our best over four quarters to bring home the chocolates. A solid first half saw us establish a lead.

Once again we had executed the ball movement we had been seeking all season. Got run and carry giving our forwards quick clean ball. Our backline had defended well and created many forward entries.

However what has become a regular occurrence we came out after half time and conceded quick goals to allow them back into the game. The boys responded well and showed the fight that has been missing at times this year to record another win. Whilst it is not normally our style to refer to individuals as the team is only as strong as the 22 contributors each week it would be remiss not to mention the debut of Tyson Walker who acquitted himself well in his first game.

I'm sure one Toby Ryan will remember it as well. What is more pertinent is that it made a very loyal supporter and volunteer around the club extremely proud. It is these opportunities that will and do exist with the right attitude and hard work.

Round 10 v Ringwood

Ringwood 2.3-15 5.6-36 8.9-57 11.12-78
Chirnside Park 1.1- 7 4.2-26 4.3-27 5. 4-34

Goal Kickers: M. King 3, C. Vail, A. Roth
Best Players: B. Harte, D. Agnew, L. Power, H. Chambers, C. Eisele, W. Rakei


The disappointment continued at Ringwood on the weekend. Whilst a loss is never pleasant it pales into insignificance when you lose your skipper to a season ending injury. Carra was operated on early this week and has returned home to recover. A badly dislocated ankle and a spiral break at the base of his leg the result of a contested ball situation on the weekend. Typically of the champion bloke, he is in good spirits. His love for this football club, his team mates and his desire to see success was evident right up to the moment the ambulance left. This was not before Carra pleaded a case for them to drive him down to the boys so he could address them before he was on his way. What can you say - he is all class. Let's make sure we all get around him and help him through the rehab he has in front of him.
In terms of the game, it was just a case of what has transpired in previous weeks - competitive for parts of the game but not able to maintain it for the four quarters. On the positive it was pleasing to see Dylan Agnew get through four quarters of football, Bryce Harte's debut showed he has plenty class and Taz played another senior game. The playing group is working hard on the track and working on the things we need to get right. We all need to stay positive. Not all things go to plan in seasons and hopefully we have seen the end of the cruel run of injuries.
A win is always just one game away.

Round 9 v Ferntree Gully

Chirnside Park  2.2-14 5.4-34   8.6-54 10.8  -68
Ferntree Gully   5.1-31 8.2-50 13.3-81 16.6-102

Goal Kickers: S. Morton 3, C. Smith 3, M. King, C. Vail, A. Roth, D. Lewis
Best Players: S. Morton, A. Roth, S. Mcilwaine, C. Eisele, L. Power, C. Smith

We hosted Ferntree Gully at home after a string of 3 losses which had out us to 3-5 after a solid 3-2 start. Looking at ladder positions, it would be a tough ask as they were travelling along equal top at 6-2.
To our boys credit, we were able to get some really positive ball movement going and we win a lot of key areas as far as stats go. We generated enough shots on goal, however some missed opportunities, structure errors and a Ferntree Gully side that took every opportunity they had, was the deciding factor.

In the end Ferntree Gully ran out comfortable victors by 6 goals. Our boys improved in some key areas from the previous 3 weeks and were able to generate some strong ball movement. Looking forward to improving this further over the coming weeks.

Round 7 v Park Orchards

Chirnside Park 2.4-16 2.5-17   4.10-34   4.11- 35
Park Orchards 0 .6- 6 9.9-63 10.13-73 15.16-106

Goalkickers: J. Hardwick 2, J. Cooney, A. Mcnab

Best: A. Mcnab, J. Coulthard, T. Gover, L. London, S. London, J. Hardwick

Keen to redeem ourselves after a disappointing display last week our preparation and planning all indicated that we ready to play.
Kicking with a good breeze in the first quarter we had plenty of the ball but failed to kick goals to put enough scoreboard pressure on Park Orchards going into the first break. We asked for plenty of tackle pressure and aggression around the ball which we felt had been delivered. The 10 point lead was disappointing but the effort was so much better than what we had seen the previous week.

The message at quarter time was to maintain the intensity and not let the opposition get easy ball with the wind at their back. Whilst there may have been a little bit of luck the opposition capitalised on the forward entries and had 12 scoring shots at a 75% conversation rate. we once again contributed to this by making simple skill and decision making errors. That was probably the game there!

The second half continued in the same vain as the first. We failed to use the wind to really hurt them on the scoreboard and at least put us within a reasonable margin going into the last quarter.
The whole playing and coaching group is disappointed with our efforts over the past 2 weeks. At times we are showing signs of how we want to play. The gap between our good and bad is too wide and we ned to address this. We do however need to keep all things in perspective. This is a very even competition and on any given day sides are capable of beating each other.

You can see this in the results. We are 3 and 4, not 1 and 6. Our expectations are high and we have plenty of faith within the group to keep improving and working on our deficiencies. Football is a wonderful game and we are still in the first half of the season.

Another test this week at Templestowe.

Believe me the boys will be giving it everything.

Round 6 v Sth Belgrave

South Belgrave 3.7-25  6.11-47  12.13-85 19.17-131
Chirnside Park 3.3- 21  7. 5-47    8. 9- 57   9.11- 65

Report: We went to South Belgrave full of confidence after grinding out a win against Scoresby in Round 5. We had a massive opportunity to go to 4-2 and really set up our year, but it wasn’t to be.

South Belgrave started strongly and moved the ball very well. This was mainly due to our pressure being very lucklustre and at times non-existent in the first half. We lost two players, Dean Mitchell & Cain Eisele about 5 minutes before half-time in a sickening collision. Dean was out cold and thankfully recovered pretty quickly, but was off to hospital.

In our only real period of dominance, we slammed on 3 goals in 5 minutes to even the ledger at 47-all at half time.

At half-time the boys were challenged to start moving the ball as we wanted, but would have to do it with 3 rotations down. Sth Belgrave started the quarter strong, then an untimely yellow card basically rendered our bench useless.

South Belgrave then put on a bit of a footy lesson under no pressure and ran out 11 goal winners. A very disappointing result, that we will need to move on quick from to face Park Orchards this week.

Round 5 v Scoresby

Chirnside Park  2.2-14  8.3- 51 10  .5- 65  13.  9- 87
Scoresby         2.4-16   5.8-38  10.11- 71  10.15-75

Best Players: S. Morton, D. Agnew, M. King, W. Rakei,
                     L. London, J. Coulthard

Goal Kickers: M. King 5, S. Morton 4, A. Mcnab, J. Wilkinson,
                     S. London, D. Lewis


Back On Track

After our good showing last week it was important to back it not only in effort but in a positive result. So far we have seen most sides can be competitive against each other so wins early in the season are crucial. In terms of preparation and planning, we continue to improve as we begin to work better as a group not only from the planning side but also from the coaching side.

The first quarter was even on the scoreboard and the KPI's that we keep suggested that was a fitting result. With Lach being sidelined early we adjusted down back well. The key message was to continue to run and link to allow for the quick ball into our forwards. We defended their transfer of play well. Whilst Scoresby were able to enter their forward 50 almost 20 times s for 3 goals 4 points we defended hard and made sure applied pressure at every contest. Conversely, we managed to do what we have struggled with in previous games - take our opportunities in front of goal. We basically scored from every forward entry. Establishing a small lead going into half time was a good return for our work rate and defensive efforts.

The third quarter saw us take a nap. From establishing a good lead we went to being a goal down through a lack of discipline and a drop in work rate. Our ball movement was still good and the coaching team thought that we had the upper hand if we just had a bit of belief and tidied up a few things.

Our last quarter replicated our efforts with the breeze in the second quarter and we took our opportunities in front of goal. We defended well this quarter and launched our attacking moves from the half back line. Our link up is improving and we will continue to work on our execution under pressure.

Overall another step in the right direction. As a coaching group, we are seeing elements of what we are working on each week in our games which is really pleasing. We continue to search for our best combination, improve on the execution of the game style that we want to play and start to believe in each other's abilities.

Round 4 v Heathmont

Heathmont       1.0-6  5.2-32  7.2-44  11.6-72
Chirnside Park 1.3-9  3.4-22  6.6-42    7.8-50

Best Players: J.Wilkinson, A.McNab, D.Agnew, R.Sandy, M.King, S.Morton

Goal Kickers: M. King 3, A. McNab 2, A.Roth 1, S.Morton 1
D. Agnew, S. Cannon


We went to Heathmont for rd4 against a quality opposition that was undefeated and very strong at home.
Starting well had not been our strong suit this year and things were changed to ensure this wouldn’t occur. To the boys credit we came out strong and the match was a fierce goal for goal tussle for the first 3 quarters. Momentum shifted with each goal and the boys were sticking to the task of closing down Heathmont’s time and space.

In the 3rd quarter, we hit the lead and had several chances to extend that lead, but missed some crucial opportunities. As most good sides do, they hurt you when you fail to capitalise on your chances and in the last quarter with some swift midfield clearances, they kicked a couple of goals in a row to take the margin out to a final 22 points, 72-50,

Whilst we lost, we took several positive steps forward in our preparation and gameplan. We are building on our foundations and always attempting to improve and fix deficiencies each week.
Big task for both sides to bounce back onto the winners list this week and steady the ship to 3-2 and look ahead to the 4 rounds before the bye. Scoresby will be looking to do the same, so we are all looking forward to the challenge!

Table Talk – A.McNab
Coach &Horses – Wilko
Pancake Parlour – Dylan Agnew
Sofia - Sam Morton

Round 3 v Boronia

Chirnside Park 2.0-12   7. 3-45   8.  5- 53  14.  9- 93
Boronia           7.6-48 10.10-70 15.16-106 22.17-149

Best Players: J.Hardwick, M.King, J.Coultard, L. Carratelli

Goal Kickers: M. King 4, A. Mcnab 3, D. Prizmic 3, H. Chambers, J. Wilkinson,
                     D. Agnew, S. Cannon

Expectations are a two-way street. They can fill you full of excitement but when we things don't go your way they can leave you flat. That pretty much sums up the game on Saturday. Our preparation was good, we spoke about what was required yet we just failed to execute in the first quarter. We fumbled, made crucial mistakes and contributed to Boronia being able to kick 7 opening quarter goals. We knew Boronia would be good but we really didn't put our best foot forward. We didn't win the 50:50 contests and Boronia run really tested us defensively. We forgot about how we wanted to play and played to the scoreboard.

With the challenge thrown down to the midfield we responded well in the second quarter and started to get the game back on our terms. We started to break even on the contested ball and got some more run in our game to transition quicker into our forwards. To go in 4 down after the ordinary start gave us the feeling we were still in the game.

The third quarter was similar to the first. We seemed to find a way to give the ball back to Boronia when we were in control. Like all good sides if you keep doing that they will hurt you on the scoreboard and that is exactly what happened. To the boy's credit, we played a good last quarter in what was a pretty ordinary defensive quarter from both sides with both sides effectively each kicking 7 goals.

On the positive side, we were able to generate 23 shots on goal. We fought back to effectively halve the stoppages after the fist quarter. At times our ball movement was very good.

On the negative side, we need to defend better across all of the ground which translates into better two-way running. We need to get cleaner with the ball - we turned over the ball 35 times - way too much against quality opposition. Boronia is a quality side and it is still early in the year. One bad chapter doesn't ruin the book. We get the chance to redeem ourselves against another really good side this weekend.

Table Talk – Jai Hardwick
Coach &Horses – Michael King
Pancake Parlour – Jackson Coulthard
Sofia - Luke Carratelli

Round 2 v East Burwood

Chirnside Park  3.4- 22  7.8-50  10.12-72  12.13-85
East Burwood   4.2 -26  8.5-53    8. 6-54  11.11-77

Best Players: L. London, L. Power, D. Mitchell, A. Stevens, A. Roth, D. Lewis

Goal Kickers: D. Lewis 4, M. King 3, D. Prizmic 2, A. Mcnab, L. Carratelli,
                    S. Cannon


After starting the season with a solid win over Warrandyte, we headed to East Burwood to play the newly relegated side to 3rd Division.

Read more: Round 2 v East Burwood

Round 1 v Warrandyte

Chirnside Park 1.1 - 7  10.6- 66   10.11-71   17.17-119
Warrandyte      4.2-26    4.3- 27     5. 3-33     7.  3- 45

GOALS: A. Mcnab 5, M. King 5, L. London, L. Carratelli, J. Wilkinson, D. Prizmic, A. Stevens, A. Roth, D. Lewis

BEST: J. Johnson, J. Cooney, L. Carratelli, A. Stevens, M. King, G. Cornwell

REPORT: Like young children waiting for Christmas morning finally, we were into the real stuff. The group had approached the pre-season in a positive manner and we had seen some good signs in the practice games.

With a number of new recruits debuting we were all excited to see how we combined.

Read more: Round 1 v Warrandyte