Objective met – one bad Star Wars reference / pun included in these reviews
And … there we have it. The end. The finale. It’s over. Done. Complete.
The Home and Away season has now officially drawn to a close, all wrapped with our last game of the season this round, against Keilor, at Keilor. A massive season for our Club – read more about it in the comments and wrap-ups below.
The Seniors returned to Premier Division this season and put on a good, strong showing considering our side this year was probably a bit weaker than last year’s Division 1 premiership side, and the first several rounds were spent adapting to the pace and standard of Premier Division football. Everything looks good for a bigger and better year in 2016. It was also our first year at Coburg City Oval – a fantastic surface and ground to play on and a venue that can help take the Club well into the future.
Of course the action doesn’t end here – the U18.5’s in their first outing in Premier Division finished a solid 4th, qualifying them for a Semi Finals berth next week against Keilor at Windy Hill. They’re our last team still playing this season so it’d be great to see as many of the Club at there as possible to cheer the boys on. Watch out for their progress over the coming weeks in our Seniors Finals in Focus.
Remember that the EDFL charges entry into all Seniors finals games. Adults are $15 (including Footy Record), Concession $8 (Aged pensioners and secondary students only – must produce valid cards), Children under 14 FREE.
It’s Awards Time
The EDFL held it’s annual Juniors Best & Fairest Awards on Friday night, with two of our Club’s players receiving invitations – indicating that they had either won or come second in the count. The Club’s pleased to announce a 100% conversion (to borrow from our NRL friends). Congratulations to Jonah Horo for capping his spectacular U14 Div 2 season with both a flag and outright best and fairest. Also congratulations to Patrick McCullum for his equal-first Best and Fairest in U14 Div 6 – a pretty good effort since the team spent the first 4 rounds in Division 4!
Congratulations also to all the players recognised at last Friday’s U8-U14 Presentation Night.
Under 14 Division 2
1st Best & Fairest : Jordan Drummond
2nd Best & Fairest : Jonah Horo
3rd best & Fairest : Khodr Yehia
Coaches Awards : Nicholas Minniti, Caleb Rebeschini
Under 14 Division 6
1st Best & Fairest : Patrick McCallum
2nd Best & Fairest : Matthew Salvatori
3rd best & Fairest : Liam Salter
Most Improved : Adam Romano
Most Courageous : Stephen Black
Best Team Man : Alex El Nabbout
Under 12 Division 2
1st Best & Fairest : Jonah Cabansag
2nd Best & Fairest : Jack Calleri
3rd best & Fairest : Rory Gauci
Most Consistent : Callum Matthews
Rising Star Award : Callum Newton
Encouragement Award : Ziggy Evans
Under 12 Division 5
1st Best & Fairest : Adam Zayat
2nd Best & Fairest : Isaac Marincic
=3rd best & Fairest : Zachary Freeman
=3rd best & Fairest : Liam Douvartizidis
Coach’s Award : Thomas McArdle
Most Improved : Oscar Cattlin
$100 Draw Winner
Last Sunday we held the Club’s major fundraiser – the $100 draw – and as always a great day with lots of excitement. In the end the last two standing decided against playing the odds of an all-out win and agreed to split the winnings – congratulations to Phil Smith and Daniel Skully (former player). Thanks to everyone who helped and participated on the day, it was a again a very successful day for the Club.
Senior Vote Count – Rounds 1 – 14
Senior and Reserve vote count up to Round 14 will take place this Thursday evening at Shore Reserve, commencing at 7pm. Dinner and drinks available and all supporters welcome.
The pointy-end of the count and Under 18’s will take place at the Seniors Presentation Night will be held on Friday September 4 at the Cross Keys Hotel, commencing at 7pm. $25 per head includes finger food. Drinks at bar prices.
Thanks to our 2015 Partners
With the draw of the Home and Away season, it’s also a good time to thank our 2015 partners who have joined ALL our teams on their joinery through their Premiership seasons.
Seniors Premier Division Report – Digby Morrell
Going into the season the coaching panel was aiming to get 6 wins, and although we ended up with 4, we still considered the season a success. To see the team and individuals grow and develop in a very strong competition was pleasing to see, especially after a tough first month of football where we played Strathmore, Aberfeldie, Greenvale and Avondale Heights and the boys struggled to adapt to the speed, intensity, tackling pressure and quality of player they were up against. After that period the boys have worked hard on ball retention, minimising turnovers, pressing up in defence and defensive pressure. Once the boys understood these requirements our performances have been consistent, honest and energy-filled.
We beat Airport West, pushed Maribyrnong Park, Strathmore, Keilor, Pascoe Vale and Aberfeldie. We were in all games until late in the game where some polish and class were the difference. Our biggest asset for the year was definitely our clearance work. Up until the last game of the year we were not beaten at stoppages, even in the game we lost by a 100 pts, we still ended up in front around the contest. Much of this must go to the tireless work by Robert Peckham who looked after this sector. On the back of our improving ruck-stocks in Beau Hopkins, Tom Pryde and Brenton Thompson, it allowed our midfield group of Marwan, Moe Saad, Tom Baravi, Fuzz Akkari, Omar Abdullah and alike to benefit.
In looking back on the year, our young players continued to develop. Setanta Macaodha, Omar Abdullah, Jordan Gloury, Jesse Morano, Omar Saad, Tom Baravi, Moe Saad, Abdi Fitaa , Tom Drake and Mousty Hammoud all improved as the year went on, and now all understand what is required to play in and play on very good players. We got good games into Joey Drake, Walid Kaaran, Steve Mete and Jesse Martini and the introduction of Tom Pryde and Brenton Thompson on- and off-field has been a great success.
The old stagers in Marwan, Tom Watterson, Fo and Fuzz Akkari, Beau Hopkins all had solid season with Beau reaping the rewards from the coaching panel's constant nagging. Unfortunately our captain Smithy couldn't get a run at it but still led by example around the club.
In looking forward no doubt we need to add some quality into our team as against the top we were found out. In the off season we would love to secure the services of a key forward and key back plus two good ball users through the middle. We also need to look to bring back some of our 25-30 year old players who have been lost to the club over the past few years. This would increase our competition for senior selection plus increase the support in the reserves for our young players coming through. Off the field we all need to draw more people through the club. The move to Coburg has been a success with all our wins coming there and the ability to recruit will be easier. We need to make it our home, we need to build our brand at Coburg and build the corporate support of the club .
Thanks personally to my coaching team of Rob Peckham, Ben Power, Jack Ibrahim, Rick Baxter. Your support and hard work is much appreciated. Also to Eugine Pring, Ben Vear, Shaun McKernan and countless other boys who have done a number of selfless jobs. Also to all the boys who look after my son while he is at the footy, he loves it!
Onwards and upwards in 2016.
A very Proud Coach
Premier Reserves Report – Jack Ibrahim
2015 was a great year in developing the young men of West Coburg Football Club. The majority of the year we were placed 5th on the ladder providing the top 4 teams more than enough competition, however we just fell short on most occasions. We started the year with little confidence as many of the players doubted their ability to compete with the Premier Dvision teams. As each game passed our self-belief grew, resulting in some great performances.
There were a number of games lost from winning positions and if the results had gone our way, we would be playing finals this weekend. Unfortunately, you only get out what you put in and the lack of a pre-season and training from some players contributed to these losses. Running out of legs, switching off for 4 minutes a quarter cost us dearly. During some games this season we were unstoppable, our ball movement, hunger for the contest and willingness to put our bodies on the line created some great highlights throughout the year.
This year a team of young men showed they were capable of playing great football. Another full pre-season under their belts and 2016 will be a promising year with finals a VERY achievable goal.
Senior Premier Division – LOST by 57
West Coburg 16.9 (105)
Keilor 25.12 (165)
Goal Kickers: O. Saad 4, J. Martini 4, J. Morano 2, M. Hammoud 2, T. Pryde 2, T. Drake , M. Abdulwahed
Best Players: M. Hammoud , B. Hopkins , M. Lilino , T. Pryde , O. Saad , J. Martini
Final Ladder Position: #8
1 Aberfeldie 72
2 Greenvale 56
3 Pascoe Vale 52
4 Keilor 52
5 Avondale Heights 40
6 Strathmore 32
7 Maribyrnong Park 28
8 West Coburg 16
9 Airport West 12
10 Northern Saints 0
Premier Reserves – LOST by 176
Keilor 32.10 (202)
Goal Kickers: W. Abbouchi , C. Kyvetos , A. Taleb , A. Doherty
Best Players: W. Abbouchi , M. Maihoub , J. Minenko , F. Kirby , S. Anchen , F. Qunqar
Ladder Position: #6
1 Keilor 64
2 Greenvale 60
3 Aberfeldie 60
4 Strathmore 56
5 Maribyrnong Park 36
6 West Coburg 28
7 Pascoe Vale 28
8 Avondale Heights 14
9 Airport West 8
10 Northern Saints 2
U18.5 Premier Division – LOST by 79
Goal Kickers: C. Nabbout 2, D. D''Cruz , Z. Saad , E. Pring
Best Players: C. Doherty , J. Marino , A. Trovatello , A. Daquino , D. Cleary , A. Careri
Ladder Position: #4
1 Greenvale 68
2 Aberfeldie 64
3 Keilor 60
4 West Coburg 48
5 Pascoe Vale 36
6 Maribyrnong Park 32
7 Strathmore 24
8 Avondale Heights 16
9 Airport West 12
10 Northern Saints 0