Sunday, August 20, 2017

Round 15 v Boronia


Boronia           5.0-30  7.2-44  8.3-51  11.8-74
Chirnside Park 1.3-  9 1.3-  9  2.6-18    3.7-25

Goal Kickers: S. King, J. Puckering, M. Wilson
Best Players: T. Elliot, M. Wilson, S. King, R. Carroll, L. Eagleton, L. Carusi


After last week's challenge, this week we faced another tough one taking on another top 5 side, but this time on their home deck.

Conditions were extreme with gale force winds favouring one pocket of the ground, which was going to make for a scrappy game.

Winning the toss and kicking with the aid of the breeze, it was going to ne important that we started strongly and looked to capitalize on it, Within a blink of a eye of the game starting, we found ourselves on the back foot. Our opposition was running in huge numbers, linking up and using the ball well in tough conditions.

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Round 14 v Heathmont

Chirnside Park 1.0-  6   3.  2-20   4.  2-26   4. 4-28
Heathmont       2.8-20   3.11-29 12.13-85 14.15-99

Goal Kickers: T. Walker 2, S. King, M. Wilson
Best Players: M. Wilson, J. Wilson, L. Carusi, S. King, T. Walker, T. Elliott


At home for the second last time this year, we had a massive challenge in front of us taking on the second placed side of the competition.

But to make matters worse we were missing a number of our key players as well apart from the 5 goal Chirny breeze blowing a gale to its usual end, the conditions were good for football.

Kicking against the breeze, our opposition had a goal with in the first couple of minutes and it was looking at a case of by how far. But to our credit we kept chipping away, attacking the football and pressuring the ball carrier when we didn't have it. 

Read more: Round 14 v Heathmont

Round 13 v Donvale

Donvale            0.1- 1  4.3-27  7.4-46   7.6-48
Chirnside Park 4.0-24  7.1-43  8.2-50 10.3-63

Goal Kickers: L. Wilson 2, S. King 2, T. Burnett 2, L. Carusi, J. Bonner, B. Barton, L. Flannigan
Best Players: S. King, J. Wilson, A. Closter, M. Wilson, L. Wilson, T. Burnett


With the combined division 3&4 under 19's competition there was always the chance of us and the chance of us and the seniors playing at seperate grounds. Luckly for us it was happening only once fort he season.

In sunny, cold and slippery conditions due to the overnight dew, we kicked against a very slight breeze. With our opposition at home and being used to these conditions, it was important we start strongly. Our defenders turning defence into attack, hitting our targets by foot and by hand, going to the longest free target and our forward line pressure up where it should be, we found ourselves 4 goals up at the first break.

Read more: Round 13 v Donvale

Round 12 v East Burwood

Chirnside Park 2.0-12  3.1-19 3.2-20   7 .4-46
East Burwood  2.3-15  3.4-22 4.5-29  9.11-65

Goal Kickers: L. Flannigan 2, J. Wilson, L. Wilson, J. Puckering, S. King, J. Bonner
Best Players: J. Bonner, S. McDonnell, T. Elliot, L. Eagleton, L. Flannigan, L. Meloni


Playing some pretty good football, but in patches over the last couple of weeks, we were looking to string them together with a four quarter effort to get another win on board.

With light drizzle falling before the game, we were expecting a slippery start. At home for the second week in a row, both sides had their fair share of the ball, with each team having a goal on the scoreboard in the first five minutes.

Our opposition was looking to switch the ball at every opportunity and create run from behind, where we were looking to control the football and the tempo, but also when the time was right to create run from behind.

Trailing by a couple of points after a soild first term we were looking to build on our start. Kicking against the breeze a quick goal put us in front until halfway through the quarter, when our opponents kicked three goals before the long break.

Trailing by 18 points we were going to have to make our move now if we were  any chance of winning the game. Playing some of our best football of the year with patient ball use and hitting up our forwards, the scoreboard started to tick in our favour. Dominating the term, we probably didn't get value for our work with our opposition getting a goal against the flow giving them a five point lead.

The game was definitely up for grabs but fell back into bad habits, bombing the ball to our forwards and rushing the ball movement. Accountability also fell away as the game neared the end. Yet again we let another opportunity slip.   

Round 11 v The Basin

Chirnside Park  0.1-  1  1.1-  7  5.2-32  5. 3-33
The Basin         3.1-19  4.4-28  6.8-44  8.13-61

Goal Kickers: B. Barton 2, L. Wilson, C. Taylor, S. King
Best Players: L. Wilson, B. Barton, T. Allison, C. Taylor, L. Carusi, M. Butler


After a weeks break due to a bye, it was good to be at home for a very winnable game. With it being the coldest day this year where the temperature was below zero, there were still parts of the ground frozen, but the sun was trying it's best to warm things up.

Kicking to the far end, we started slowly and half way through the term we found ourselves a couple of goals down. With the opposition using their quarterback to great effect and getting a heap of run from behind the contest, they had double the amount of inside 50's to us and we were lucky not to be further behind.  

With our accountantability and our attack on the footy being questioned, it was going to be important we rectify it quickly if we wanted to stay in the game. To the sides credit we lifted our work rate and started to work ourselves back into the game. With both sides only scoring one goal a piece for the term, we gave ourselves every chance to be in the mix in the second half.

With the margin 21 points it was going to be important we started the second half well. What was about to happen no one saw coming. With some good forward pressure we kicked the first, but in the next five minutes we kicked 3 goals to hit the lead. With some good ball movement, clean skils and forward pressure being the key. In the next couple of minutes we got ahead of ourselves and also fell back into bad habits which saw our opponents kick a couple of quick goals.

Could we rally again, that was the question. For the first half of the last quarter both sides had a chance to grab the momenteum before the opposition kicked a goal. After that it was all one way traffic with the final margin being 28 points.

Even though we lost, there were a number of positive points that came out of the game and the side never gave up.   

Round 10 Bye

Round 10 Bye

Round 9 v Ferntree Gully

Chirnside Park  4.4-28 5.6-36 6.8-44  6.10-46
Ferntree Gully   0.0     1.1-  7 5.3-33   7 .5-47

Goal Kickers: J. Puckering 2, J. Wilson, Closter, Wulf, L. Wilson

Best Players: L. Flannigan, T. Elliot, J. Wilson, M. Wilson, A. Closter,
C. Taylor

Returning after the mid-season break, we were looking to continue our winning form. At home in heavy fog where it was difficult to see either end of the ground, we were looking for another strong start.

Jumping out of the blocks, we kicked 2 goals in the first 5 minutes with some pretty good ball movement and use. For the rest of the quarter we controlled the majority of play and probably should have been further in front, but we were a little bit wasteful in front of goal.

The second quarter saw a lot more even affair. The opposition closed down our spread and made it a more in close battle. Our work rate also dropped off a bit, but with each side kicking only 1 goal for the term, no damage was done on the scoreboard.

Starting the second half we were looking to get back on our terms and we could not have asked for a better start with agoal in the first minute. But that was where the good news ended.

With a lot of our players playing for themselves and not for the team, by being unaccountable, going kick chasing and not willing to work hard enough it allowed our opposition to close us down, but then allowed them to run where we got hurt on the scoreboard. Also, without it being an excuse a couple of our key position players were ended.

With the difference only 10 points and our opposition with the momentum, the game was going to come down to who wanted it the most. With both sides having opportunities, in the end the difference being one side working as a team, attacked the footy when opportunity presented and limited their skill errors. Where as the other waited for someone else to do the work and made a number of basic skill errors at crucial times.

Round 8 v Templestowe

Templestowe   3.0-18  7.4-46   7.4-46  8.  6-54
Chirnside Park 3.4-22  4.4-28  6.9-45   9.13-67

Best Players: T. Elliot, A. Closter, S. McDonnell, B. Barton, T. Walker,
                     T. Burnett

Goal Kickers: B. Barton 2, J. Wilson 2, J. Puckering 2, M. Wilson,
                     L. Wilson, S. King


On the road again we were still looking to get a tick in the wins column for the first time this year, even though we had played some good footy at times. After a week of soul searching and a solid week on the track, the team seemed focused and ready for the game.

Fine, sunny but fresh conditions greeted the players with no breeze at all to speak of. As it is every week, the start of the game would be critical in determing our results.

The first quarter saw us start strong, kicking the first two goals of the game before we kicked another one later, but we also wasted a number of opportunities. The opposition kept chipping away and as it has happened a number of times before thet struck back late. The only difference was we finished the quarter in front.

After playing some of the best footy we have all year, the second term saw us fall back into bad habits of being unaccountable and going kick chasing. Even though we totally got out scored  on the scoreboard, we still had our fair share of ball and we felt that if we made a few adjustments we could get ourselves back into the game.

Starting the second half seventeen points down, the first goal was going to be important. After dominating the quarter it was only late in the term before we saw any impact on the scoreboard after wasting a couple of chances. The goal after the siren left us one point down to play for.

Going into the last with all the momentum, we had to strike first and early. Before we knew it we had two goals in five minutes, until they got one back. With a couple of minutes to go, we managed to get the sealer to secure our first win for the year.

What a great team effort, with everyone playing their role.       


Round 7 v Park Orchards

Chirnside Park  0.1- 1    0.4- 4   0.7-   7   0.  7-   7
Park Orchards  7.2-44 15.3-93 19.8-122 24.11-155

Best: M.Butler, M.Wilson, T.Elliott


After a difficult couple of weeks on and off the ground, for various reasons, and last week’s poor showing in a winnable game, it was good to be back home. But the pressure wasn’t going to let up as we were taking on equal top side.

The game started in fine sunny conditions with the normal strong Chirny breeze back at its best. Kicking against it we started pretty well, for the majority of the term we gave a good account of
Ourselves. But as it has happened in the past, the last five minutes is where the damage is done and the opposition slammed on 4 goals in 5 minutes to take a sizeable lead into the break.

With our turn to kick with the aid of a five goal breeze it was going to be important that we took full advantage of it. The first five minutes saw us pepper the goals with no luck and before we knew it our opponents slammed on a number of goals to blow the game wide open. What happened next was really disappointing. For the rest of the quarter we let our opponents run and do what they wanted to do at will. With tackles broken with ease and half-hearted attempts to attack the footy really noticeable, it showed a lack of respect for ourselves, but more so for the people that do so much for us behind the scenes, to allow us to play the game we love.

After a bit of soul searching at the long break, we came out with renewed hunger, laying tackle after tackle and putting pressure on the opposition to the standards that we would expect, but the class of the opposition and their willingness to work for each other and being prepared to run hard, saw the scoreboard continue to tick over in their favour.

Going into the last quarter we were trying to get some positive out of the day and start to build momentum for next week’s game, but the trend for the day continued. Today we were taught a football lesson. It was all about playing the game as a team, for each other, jumper and the club, not as individuals.

Round 6 v Sth Belgrave

South Belgrave 2.4-16 9.6-60 12.10-82 17.13-115
Chirnside Park 1.2-  8 1.2- 8    2. 7-19    2. 8- 20

Goal Kickers: B. Barton, M. Wilson
Best Players: M. Butler, A. Closter, S. King, M. Wilson, T. Elliot, B. Barton

Round 5 v Scoresby

Chirnside Park  2.3-15  2.4-16  3.  4-22  4  .8-32
Scoresby         3.2-20  5.5- 35  8.10-58  8.15-63

Round 4 v Heathmont

Heathmont       4.6-30  8.7-55 13.13-91 20.16-136
Chirnside Park  0.0      1.1- 7   2.  1-13   7.  2- 44

BEST: R.Carroll, M.Buttler, M.Wilson, L.Wilson, C.Taylor

GOALS: M. Wilson 3, A. Closter, L. Eagleton, L. Flannigan, L. Wilson


On the road for a second time this year, we faced the in form and top team of the competition. Playing at their home ground made the challenge even tougher. But to be the best you must beat the best anywhere, so you look forward to the challenges.

In fine, sunny, but windy conditions, we started by kicking against a fairly strong breeze. Our intensity and hunger for the footy and contest were at good levels for the first quarter. Keeping them goalless for the first half of the term was a good effort but after a few skill errors and poor decision making our opponents kicked a couple of late goals. The scoreboard didn’t reflect the footy we played.

Again we started pretty well and managed to get the scoreboard rolling, but as the quarter went on our accountability and willingness to work both ways dropped off, which allowed our opposition to link up with their handball and to get their running game going.

With a sizeable margin the game could go one or two ways and it was starting to look ugly with the game following the way the second quarter finished off. But to the guy’s credit they knuckled down and kept trying to get the game back on our terms.

Undermanned due to a couple of fairly major injuries and the game out of our reach, we couldn’t be blamed for just going through the motions in the last term, but again to the guy’s credit, they wanted to try and get something out of it. We set ourselves a target and dug deep to achieve it. Managing to achieve our aim was an outstanding effort, which gave us belief and momentum to hopefully take into next week’s game and get our season back on track.

Even though the scoreboard looked one sided, it doesn’t show the courage, the endeavor and the steps forward we have taken together as a group. But there is still a lot of work ahead of us.

Round 3 v Boronia

Chirnside Park   2.1-13 3.2-20 4.3-27 4.  4-28
Boronia             4.3-27 4.5-29 5.9-39 6.12-48

BEST: A. Closter, , L. Eagleton, L. Carusi, M. Butler, L. Wilson,

GOALS: L. Wilson 3, L. Flannigan


Playing at home for the first time this season and the strong second half showing last week, had a confident feeling around the team this week.

Our slow starts last week and during the practice matches was an issue, we were keen to address. The first quarter was a fairly even affair with both sides having their opportunities, but in the last couple of minutes we let them loose and they kicked to quick goals.

Kicking with the aid of a slight breeze, it was important we managed to work our way back into the game. In what was a very even term, both sides defense was working overtime with only 1 goal being kicked for the quarter. Luckily for us we managed to kick it and went into the long break 9 points down.

With the game still any ones, the boys came out strong and within a couple of minutes had the margin to under a goal. Our intensity levels were up and had all the momentum for most of the quarter except we didn’t see the result on the scoreboard. Just before the siren our opponents had a couple of opportunities but as most of the day our backline stood strong.

Unfortunately in the last minute they broke our defense and pushed the margin out to 12 points.

In the first couple of minutes, the gap was out to 18 points and our spirit was broken. Eventually we went down by 20 points but it was very disappointing how the game finished. This coming weeks game will be a massive test for us as a team.


L. Wilson

Round 2 v East Burwood

East Burwood  5.1-31  7.1-43  9.2-56  10. 5- 65
Chirnside Park 2.1-13  2.5-17  2.8-20    3.10-28

BEST: Carroll, Eagleton, Layfield, M.Wilson, Walker, Allision

GOALS: M.Wilson 2, Eagleton 1


Finally after what seemed like a preseason that lasted forever and a bye Round 1 due to a weird Under 19’s fixture, our season got underway.

Heading to our oppositions home ground and its tricky conditions was going to make for a tough challenge.

It was going to be important we got off to a good start, especially seeing as we were kicking against a fairly strong breeze, but that didn’t happen.

After our opponents kicked a couple of early goals, we managed to steady with a couple of our own, before skills errors proved costly allowing them in for a couple more late in the quarter.

In the second quarter it was our turn to kick with the breeze but we wasted it with average decision making, poor skills and lack of willingness to work hard. We proved wasteful, kicking 4 behinds, while our opponents made us pay, kicking 2 straight.

Regrouping at half -time, our intensity levels lifted and we started playing more as a team. But yet again we didn’t see the results on the scoreboard.

Going into the last term, we needed everything to go our way to get the result we were looking for. Things started looking up when we got the first goal, but that’s where it ended. Eventually going down by 37 points.


Pre Season Review

U19's had a Bye in Round 1

This season the EFL have combined division 3 and division 4 u19'S, the reason being division 4 only have 5 teams with U19's 

Pre Season Review

The numbers slowly increased as the season got closer but that is pretty standard.

The boys attitude has been pretty good and are focused on improving on last year in a strong comp. A handful of new players from other clubs.

Even though a lot of them are close mates outside of footy they haven't played together before and will take a little time to gel, but there have been some good signs during our practice matches against 2 premiership sides.