Thursday, June 29, 2017

Round 5 v Heathmont

Chirnside Park 0.2-2  5.2-32  6.6-42  10.7-67
Heathmont      0.1-1   0.1- 1  0.3-  3    1.3- 9

Best Players: E. Dykstra, A. Barker, J, Dahlstrom, B. Horton, M. Jago, K. Wasson

Goal Kickers: A. Barker, J. Freeman, G. Bradshaw 2, S. de Cler, A. Bailey, C. Jackson, W. Boyle 1


Coming off the bye the girls were fresh and ready to hit the field strong.

Another week of playing 15 a side footy to even up numbers the girls struggled in the first quarter to find their footing only managing 2 minor scores.

The physicality from Heathmont had them shaken but some redirection from coach and the girls came out much stronger in the second quarter slotting 5 straight majors and keeping Heathmont to 1 point.

Re-addressing our intensity at the contest coach Cass sent the girls out hungry to improve and although there was plenty of opportunities, inaccuracy in front saw Chirnside only slotting 1.4 in the 3rd.

By the final quarter the girls had found their groove and ran away with 4.1, finishing with a strong 58 point win.

Round 4 v Eastern Devils

Chirnside Park 1.8-14 1.9-15 3.12-30 3.12-30
Eastern Devils  0.0     3.3-21 3.  3-21 4. 5-29

Best Players: B. Slaney, K. Priestley, C. Graczyk, C. Wilkinson,
R. Lohman, L. Howell

Goal Kickers: A. Evans 2, R. Palmer 1


The team were back at home for our second hit out on home turf and second double header with the reserves.

The girls had worked hard on the track during the week and knew that Eastern Devils were a proud club and a tough opponent.

Intensity at every stoppage from the first bounce was the order of the day and the girls were keen to get started.

A strong wind down the ground aided movement into the forward 50 but inaccuracy in front of goals saw Chirnside kick 1.9 and kept the Devils scoreless.

The Devils took better advantage of the wind in the second quarter kicking 3.3 with the Panthers only adding 1 minor to the score.

Back with the wind and a new focus after the half time address from the coach and the Panthers came out strong, some clean passages of play saw the Panthers hit the board with another 2.3 again keeping the Devils scoreless.

The final quarter was a tense affair as the Panthers tried valiantly to defend a 9 point lead and gain further ahead, but the wind was proving tough to enter the forward line for scores.

The Panthers remained scoreless in the final quarter with the Devils missing opportunities due to some strong defensive efforts in the final minute, the Panthers coming away 1 point winners and taking another 4 points for the ladder.

Round 3 v Cranbourne

Cranbourne      0.0  0   0.0  0    1. 1-  7   2.  1- 13
Chirnside Park 4.3-27 10.9-69 13.10-88 18.12-120

Best Players: J. Mandl, J Van Dyk, B. Slaney, C. Wilkinson, K. Priestley,
A. Evans

Goal Kickers: L. Oswald, K. Toomer 3, A. Evans, R. Palmer, K. Priestley,
B. Slaney, E. Wilkins 2, C. Arthur, R. Cellante 1


Chirnside were back on the road for their next match, travelling down to Casey Fields to play Cranbourne.
Eager to gain our first win on the road the girls had worked hard on the track during the week and came with a buzz pre match.

Led by inspirational efforts from our captain the girls came out strong from the first bounce, executing the game plan cleanly and hitting the board for 4 majors.

The second quarter saw much of the same play and the scoreboard pressure continued to increase with another 6 in the second quarter, heading into the half time break with a 10 goal lead.

A few extra directives from coach and the second half was underway, the main point was to continue the relentless footy that was played in the first half.

With strong mid field efforts and good run from the wings and flankers at both ends another 8 majors were scored for the second half, and only 2 majors allowed through from the backs.

End results were a strong win to the panthers and the girls are back on home turf this weekend and look to continue this good form.

Round 3 v Norwood Development Team

Chirnside Park   2 .1-13   5.4-34  8.9-57  10.10-70
Norwood           1-  1. 7   1. 3- 9  1 3-  9    3. 4-22

Best Players: D. Millott, A. Leslie, C. Jackson, V Clarke, A. Bailey, B. Horton

Goal Kickers: W. Boyle 4, S. de Cler 2, E. Dykstra, C. Jackson, A. Barker, J. Freeman 1


You could feel a buzz around the rooms as our reserves prepared themselves for their 3rd competitive hit out and our very first double header for senior women's footy at Chirnside Park.

A different start to our day saw Norwood only having 13 players available; in the spirit of the game and in true Chirnside fashion we sent two girls over to even up the numbers and dropped on field numbers to play 15 a side footy.

The change in numbers and structures appeared to have our panthers rattled in the first quarter (not something the girls are used to or had prepared for); but rising above the conditions they managed 2 majors in the first quarter, with Norwood's only score (1 point) coming from one of our players who jumped across.

Addressing structural issues at quarter break the girls didn't look back hitting the board 3 more times in the second quarter and playing better footy.

Our second half saw the Chirny train continue to roll on through slotting another 5 majors for the second half and only allowing 3 from our opponents all day, with strong efforts across all lines of play and impressive transition footy it was another great day at the office for our reserves.

Round 2 v Seaford Senior Women

Chirnside Park 2.2-14  3.3-21 4.6-30  6.7-43
Seaford           1.0-  6  1.0- 6  1.0- 6   2.1-13

Best Players: C. Robson, J. Mandl, K. Toomer, E. Wilkins, C. Graczyk, A. Evans

Goal Kickers: R. Palmer 3, K. Toomer 2, B. Slaney 1


It was welcome to the jungle footy with all five senior teams playing at home, one huge day for the club and a huge day for women's footy with the first double-header ever for the girls at Chirnside.

The senior women's were coming off the back of a loss in round 1, and all were keen to put the hard work from the training track into the game and improve across the board.

The girls started from the first bounce, playing tough contested footy in all lines of play, Seaford not backing away from the contest either which saw a pretty physical affair in the first half of footy.

Chirnside managing to hit the board with 3 majors in the first half; and strong defensive efforts only allowing Seaford to slide 1 major through.

Not out of trouble the girls knew that Seaford would come into the second half ready to reply, but our continued relentless efforts held strong and we managed to hit the board another 3 times.

Final score line saw Chirnside come away with a 30 point victory and exciting times ahead for our senior women's team.

Next week's game Saturday 20 May, 10am @ Cranbourne

Round 2 v Upper Ferntree Gully Development Team

Chirnside Park          1.0-  6  4.3-27  7.6-48  10.14-74
Upper Ferntree Gully 3.0-18  3.0-18  3.0-18     3. 1-19

Best Players: J. Mandl, S. de Cler, A. Barker, V. Clarke, A. Leslie,
S. Ruddick

Goal Kickers: J. Freeman 2, S. de Cler 2, G. Bradshaw 2, A. Barker 2, S. Ruddick, J. Mandl


Chirnside vs Upper Fern Tree Gully at home

Following a strong win in our first match the reserves headed into our first home game hungry to go 2-0 and win on home turf.

The first quarter saw us off to a shaky start with Upper Gully getting 3 quick major scores and putting on the scoreboard pressure.

After some re-direction from coach Cass and a pep talk from Captain Sophie Ruddick, the girls took a strangle hold on the second quarter with strong runs out of defense by numerous players including Ash Leslie and Mikaela Jago; and a more aggressive approach to forward pressure, locking the ball in and opening up scoring opportunities.

The second half saw Chirnside using the space more effectively, running the wings and moving the ball by hand to create the spare player resulting in numerous scoring shots. Strong performances from Ness in ruck and Jamie across half back and wing, Chirnside managed to slot 10 majors for the match and only allowed Upper Gully one minor score in 3 quarters.

Final scores Chirnside 10.14.74 - Upper Ferntree Gully 3.1.19.
Another very impressive performance for our reserves.

Round 1 v Mornington Senior Women

Mornington       2.6-18  4.9-33  8.13-61  8.13-61
Chirnside Park 1.0-  6  1.3-  9  1. 5-11   1.  5-11

Best Players: B. Slaney, C. Robson, C. Wilkinson, J. Borg, C. Graczyk, E. Wilkins

Goal Kickers: R. Lohman


Sunday saw our senior women's side venturing down to Alexandra park
Mornington for their season opener against the home team.

Umpire appreciation round and viewing the unfurling of Mornington's 2016 premiership flag got things underway; then it was time for first bounce and game on.

Conditions were tough with a strong wind blowing straight down the ground and Chirnside starting with kicking into the wind. Mornington got off to a flyer putting on early scoreboard pressure, but that didn't stop Chirnside linking some great play by hand out of the centre and hitting Rachael Palmer on chest out of full forward, slotting our first and only major for the day.

Physical, tough competitive footy was the order with morning flooding at the stoppages and making for more contested football not allowing the free running game Chirnside love to play; using the conditions to their advantage Mornington continued to hit the scoreboard through the second quarter. Half time break saw coach Skip emphasise the space on the wings and encouraged Chirnside to stay wide in attack and to step up the tough defensive efforts.

Coming into the final half we saw improvement in Chirnside's play; a more physical affair from the away side and great courageous efforts across the ground; the ruck triple threat in DeRooy, Lake and Borg saw more first touch wins from mid-field , fearless pressure from numerous players including Slaney (in for her first match as a Panther) and some rushed points adding to Chirnside's score line.
Holding Mornington scoreless in the final quarter saw Chirnside going down 8.13.61- 1.5.11; it was a courageous effort in tough conditions against a quality opponent.
The girls now look ahead to next weeks big double header at Kimberley reserve.


Round 1 v Waverley Blues Development Team

Waverley Blues   0.1- 1  1.2-  8  2.2-14   3. 2- 20
Chirnside Park    2.2-14  5.4-34  8.5-53 10.10-70

BEST: A. Barker, E. Hales, S. de Cler, S. Ruddick, C. Jackson, C. Wilkinson

GOAL KICKERS: W. Boyle, C. Jackson, S. de Cler, J. Freeman 2, C. Wilkinson, E. Wilkins 1

What an exciting year for us as we entered our first Reserves team in senior female football and also participated in the first round of the Inaugural Eastern Region Women's Competition run by the Eastern Football League (EFL)!

The 23 women who drove to Waverley last Saturday were champing at the bit to get their uniforms and to get on the park ready for the game to commence.

With support strong from the remaining senior girls who had the week off and also interested onlookers as we were the curtain raiser for a triple header at Waverley for the day the game got underway and it was competitive from the start.

Waverley's defensive pressure in the first quarter belying the majority of inexperienced players in their team showing they have put in the hard yards during preseason just like us and we definitely had to earn the two goals scored during the quarter.

Caz coaching her first game of football kept it calm at quarter time, reminding the girls to keep their structures before they split off into their individual groups, coming back for Soph the Captain to again reiterate that it was ok to make a few mistakes today but to learn from them, to remember to count your steps, to support your teammate with the ball.

Read more: Round 1 v Waverley Blues Development Team

Pre Season Review

Season starts early May

2017 brings a whole new landscape for women's footy! With the predicted success of the AFLW generating a boom of interest of women and girls to play, leading to the disbandment of the VWFL in late 2016 and its teams being reassigned to their regional community leagues.

Following the end to our 2016 season, we announced our new women's head coach and the potential of 2 sides. The AFLW competition and strong recruitment in the off-season saw a swell in numbers to training, resulting in the club entering 2 sides into the new South Eastern Womens leagues. Our list is now edging towards 50 players.

With the women's sport movement in full force, some of our Panthers took the opportunity and next step in their AFL journey, playing VFL football for 2017. We will be watching with excitement to see them show the VFL how tough we breed them down at Kimberley Reserve.

The Pride carries on into our final few weeks of pre-season training as we approach round 1, ready to take the field with the same hunger and passion that Chirnside are so well known for.

Our aim to again take on finals football and looking to be there for the final dance and some silverware