Match Reports Round 16 v Vermont

NRFC President Lee Robinson (about to run through banner) played his 100th Vets game on Sunday August 12.

That’s a pretty good effort seeing the Vets only play 9 H&W games each year. Finals are bonus games, which we’ve had a few of in recent years having won the last 3 EFL Vets Premierships. Only 3 other great Saints have achieved the 100 Vets games milestone: Ricky Kandler, Trevor Scott (still playing) and Maurie Larsen.

Congratulations Leeroy!!!!!

On Sunday our second-placed Vets played South Croydon who sat right behind us on the ladder on equal wins. We won the game comfortably although missing 7 of our best players. We will face South again in 2 weeks for a spot in the Grand Final and the opportunity to make it 4 in a row.

Final score: North 10.10.70 to Sth Croydon 4.7.35



Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
North Ringwood 3.2-20 3.6-24 5.8-38 5.9-39
Vermont 0.3-3 3.4-22 3.8-26 6.14-50
Goal Kickers: M. Sheppard 2, D. Wood, L. Taylor, J. Hoegel
Best Players: A. Fenton, H. Decker, M. Locco, M. Payne, M. Cullinan, J. Vanunen

After a close loss early in the year to Vermont the footy seasons of both teams have taken different paths.

We returned to Quambee Saturday in difficult wet conditions to take on the ladder leader.

We started well with a 3 goal to zero first quarter with Sheppard, Hoegel and Dunne looking dangerous forward and a couple of awesome intercepts that led to goals by Aaron Fenton.

Our pressure and attack on the ball was good and our back 6 led by Locco, Decker and Payne were playing tight competitive footy.

Despite having more inside 50s for the quarter we conceded 3 goals to 0 in the second quarter. We led by 2 points at half time.

In the third quarter we had much better of the play and whilst we kicked 2 goals to 0 for the quarter we didn’t take full advantage of our forward thrusts. We led by 12 points at 3/4 time but led the inside 50 count 33 to 22 for the day to that point. We had 29 tackles in the 3rd quarter alone which is a testament to the effort of the players.

In the last quarter we did fatigue and paid for not being a touch further in front on the scoreboard at 3/4 time and Vermont was able to get over us after we led for all but 7-8 minutes of the contest.

I was very proud of the efforts (season high 83 tackles) of our boys and shows despite still having plenty of players out what the return of a few key players back and gives a true indication of where we are at as a footy club that is different to the wins and losses columns demonstrate.

There were some outstanding individual performances. Aaron Fenton had 34 possession (23 first half) and 14 tackles. He also won countless contested balls and drove the ball forward with purpose and often.

Michael Locco took on a beat Brett Eddy, who played AFL football last year, for the second time this year, off only a very limited preparation. Matt Payne & Heath Decker also played on quality key forwards and resoundingly took the points.

It would have been great for us to take a scalp last week but we look forward to finishing the year in strong fashion.

Brett Moyle – Senior Coach

North Ringwood 1.0-6 2.1-13 5.3-33 7.6-48
Vermont 4.2-26 8.2-50 13.5-83 15.6-96
Goal Kickers: J. Rouget 2, T. Morgan 2, A. Goldsmith, L. Braunthal, P. Nicholson
Best Players: L. Braunthal, A. Goldsmith, M. Dymond, P. Nicholson, T. Morgan, J. Rouget

We took on Vermont at home this weekend.
An awesome challenge for the group against a team that beat us by 21 goals earlier in the year.
Although it was tough in Round 3, I was upbeat and confident in our group that we have come a long
way and thought we were a sneaky chance.
Our word for the day was redemption and play some rugged, North Ringwood footy.
And the boys did.
Our first half of footy had some serious intensity. Our tackle pressure was up and we all bought into
impacting the contest well. I think the scoreboard in the first half in not a true representation of the
effort of the boys and we realistically had more of the footy than Vermont, but they got us a couple
of times with some clean movement of the footy which resulted in goals from their top end players.
Our midfield played out of their skins. Ash Goldsmith, Max Dymond, Todd Morgan, Prahn Nicholson,
Dan Cox and Pearty were really solid. Big Tara had a big job in the ruck all day and won the contest
and Jasper gave us a strong target up forward and was very solid when giving Tara a rest in
the ruck.
At half time, we were down by 6 goals – but it felt like there was only a couple of points in it.
Our second half we went up again in intensity and lost the half by a goal and some change, but we
won the last quarter. Credit needs to go to Lukey Brauntal who needed to play a role for us today
on one of their better players and did a huge job, won the contest and kicked a goal to top it off –
well done Luke.
Appreciate it is still a loss and our mentality can’t be accepting of this – but in this case the boys effort
today was really good and a further stepping stone from last week against Doncaster. It is a 90-point
turnaround from earlier in the year and we were still a number of cattle down.
We now have 2 games remaining for the season and we have a good opportunity to take it to both
East Ringwood and Norwood, both local rivals who we beat earlier in the year.
Lets finish the season off on a high and get a couple of W’s. Go Saints.

Paul O’Callaghan – Reserves Coach

Under 19s:
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
North Ringwood 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0-6
Vermont 7.2-44 12.8-80 17.13-115 23.19-157
Goal Kickers: J. Bell
Best Players: D. Church, J. Nathan, L. Shield, J. Bell, J. Braunthal, S. Stephens




Dr Susan Alberti AC to attend Saints President’s Lunch

North Ringwood Football Club is extremely honoured to advise that Dr Susan Alberti will gracing us with her presence at Saturday’s Prsident’s Lunch.

Below is a copy of a recent bio of Dr Alberti. It is a fantastic read and very much worth your time to find out a little about her.


Dr Susan Alberti AC, HonLLD, HonDUniv, FAICD

July, 2018

Dr Susan Alberti AC

Susan Alberti AC is one of Australia’s pre-eminent philanthropists, having donated millions of dollars to medical research and other charitable causes over her successful business career.

Susan developed a passion for medical research when her only child, Danielle, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in the 1980s. Danielle tragically died from the complications arising from the chronic disease. It was at that point Susan’s lifelong commitment to raise funds for better prevention, treatment and to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes became a dedicated mission. This has subsequently led her to focus on medical research more broadly. Susan Alberti was a finalist in the Australian of the Year Award in 1997 and again in 2009. In 1997 she received an AM (Member of the Order of Australia) for her contributions towards the cause of diabetes research. Susan was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia) on January 2007. This recognised her long and outstanding contribution to major medical research institutions, particularly as a philanthropist, fundraiser and advocate for Type1 diabetes care and research. On Australia Day 2016, Susan was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Award in recognition of her eminent service to the community, particularly through philanthropic and fundraising support for a range of medical research, education and to young women as a role model and mentor. Susan is Chair of the Susan Alberti Medical Research Foundation, Retired Chair of the St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research Foundation, Director of the Western Health Foundation, Retired Chair of the DANII Foundation, Chair of the Victoria University Foundation, Retired Vice President of the AFL Western Bulldogs Football Club, Director of the Western Bulldogs Forever Foundation, Retired President of the VFL Footscray Bulldogs, Director of the AFL National Women’s League Advisory Group, Director of the National Australia Day Council, Susan is also (Alma Mater) Patron of Siena College Camberwell and Governor of the Siena Philanthropic Society in addition to holding the many honorary philanthropic positions. Susan was featured on ABC Australia Story ‘A League of Their Own’ aired on 29 August, 2016 and also on Network Seven’s Sunday Night Program in 2017. Susan is also Chair, Australia Day Committee (Victoria) for a term of two years. Susan is also the Heathcote Dementia Village fundraising campaign ambassador. Susan also received the “Person of Sporting Influence 2017” Award during the prestigious Australian Women’s Health 2017 Women in Sports Awards evening. In August 2017, Susan was appointed as part-time general member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) Advisory Board for a period of three years. On October 31, 2017, Richard Goyder AO launched Susan’s biography, ‘The Footy Lady’ and on November 18, 2017 Susan was crowned 2017 Melburnian of the Year. During the 2017 AIS Sport Performance Awards held on December 12, Susan was presented with the Leadership Award for her vision and influence in driving the launch of the inaugural AFL Women’s competition. On May 9, 2018 Susan was honoured to receive the InStyle and Audi Women of Style 2018 “The Irrepressible Force” Award. On July 2, 2018 Susan was announced as the 2018 Victorian of the Year. Susan received the Victoria Day Council Award for Community and Public Service.


Match Reports Round 15 v Doncaster

Great to have Michael Locco back after long injury lay-off.

Photo courtesy of Sharon JonesPhotography.


Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Doncaster 1.0-6 7.6-48 11.7-73 12.11-83
North Ringwood 1.5-11 1.7-13 4.9-33 4.12-36

Coming off the bye we welcomed back Michael Locco, Anthony Sharp and Curtis Dunne from extended lay offs.

We competed well early and had the much better of the play in the first quarter but were unable to convert many good scoring opportunities and scored 1.5 for the quarter to Doncaster’s solitary goal. We needed to put scoreboard pressure on to put them under pressure but also build confidence in our group and see rewards for good strong effort.

That didn’t happen and Doncaster kicked the first of the second. We completed well in the early part of the quarter but for 20 minutes Doncaster ran all over us. The difference as compared to the first quarter was when they went forward they took full advantage on the scoreboard. We trailed by 35 points at half time.

We changed some things at half time. Fenton was used in a role foreign to him early and that didn’t work and he was then thrust back into the role as ball winner and early in the third with the help of a few others we were able to get 3 of the first 4 goals as we worked into the contest. Doncaster then kicked the last couple. Their outside speed and cleaner ball use definitely hurt us.

The last quarter was bit of a non event with 1 goal to zero and Doncaster ran out comfortable winners.

The positives for us were Josh Kennedy’s continued development as a player over the last month. Darcy Harris acquitting himself well in a run with role with one of the premier midfielders in the competition after half time and Jake Ireland again looking far from out of place.

Goal Kickers: C. Dunne, J. Hoegel, D. Harris, A. Sharp
Best Players: J. Kennedy, A. Fenton, D. Harris, J. Whelan, M. Payne, J. Ireland

Brett Moyle – Senior Coach

Doncaster 3.1-19 3.4-22 6.6-42 7.13-55
North Ringwood 1.5-11 2.5-17 4.7-31 4.8-32

After a weekend off, we had the opportunity to take on rivals Doncaster away.
Early in the year, Doncaster beat us at home in a game which was pretty well fought out but we fell
away late; so we could see this as a good opportunity to redeem ourselves.
Similar to last week, after a month of our opposition low on number, we got them at a week when
they were back near full strength!
There was a very strong breeze which we kicked with in the first term. We were rugged at the
contest and won at the coal face. Our spread was Ok, but probably got over excited with the breeze
supporting us. Run off the half back line was fantastic with Jake Tyler back into the team having the
ball on a string and we were right in the contest. The issue was our skills and conversion. We kicked
1.5 in the first quarter and allowed the opposition to get 3.1 out the back when we were pressing
forward. If that we 5.1, the story changes for the day.
Our second quarter was in my opinion the best for the year. We outscored the opposition kicking
with a four-goal breeze. At the contest, we were fantastic and a lot of credit needs to go to our
midfield team, Cullen-Hall, Dymond, Goldsmith, Cox x 2 and Nicholson for their combative intent and
our ruck division of Taratuta, Barnard, Wills and Rouget for working over their ruckman. Kaka and
Ursich were critical in defence cutting off attacks and Bailey Marshall kept a very good opponent very
At half time, we were pretty happy with ourselves and thought we were right in the contest.
Our second half, Doncaster brought their A-game back onto the park and we just couldn’t kick into
that next gear to get back on top. Doncaster are a pretty solid outfit with 4 or 5 guys who have
played over 100 senior games, and I am really proud our intent and ability to be in the contest and
have control of the game for a great deal of the time.
It is hard to say this was a good loss, as I always want to win – but our boys played really well and I
am proud of their effort. There was investment from the group to focus on transition of the footy,
changing direction and taking the game on – which is a fantastic stepping stone. We now must focus
on our execution, skills and as I talk about pre-game; taking opportunities.
Another massive challenge this week with Vermont at home. Let’s all get to training and take next
week on like we did last week.
Go Saints.

Goal Kickers: J. Moss 2, D. Cox, J. Rouget
Best Players: B. Marshall , M. Kakaflikas, J. Rouget, J. Cullen-Hall, A. Goldsmith, M. Dymond, J.
Ursich, M. Peart, J.Tyler

Paul O’Callaghan – Reserves Coach

Under 19s:
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
North Ringwood 1.1-7 1.3-9 1.4-10 2.9-21
Blackburn 2.4-16 4.7-31 11.10-76 14.13-97

We took on Blackburn in Round 15 at Doncaster – the ground was in good condition,
with a strong wind towards the grandstand end.
The Boys were looking forward to challenging Blackburn, a team that beat us by 119
points in Round 1, so we were keen to see how far we had come.
We had a full bench this week, with some assistance from the under 17s – we
welcomed Jackson Braunthal for his first game in the Under 19s.
The Game started off really well for us with Jack Murfett working real hard getting plenty of
clearances out of the middle, creating good opportunities for our forwards.
Mitch Heckley kicked a nice goal for us against the wind getting us within 9 points of
Blackburn at quarter time.
2 nd quarter kicked off and we continued our midfield dominance with Jacob Bell
really getting on top with some super work in close and Liam Lyall showed his dominance
around the ball both teaming up well and showing us some real talent.
Although we struggled to impact the scoreboard in this quarter we definitely
showed we were capable of matching it with the best teams.
We went in at half time only 22 points down but I felt we were playing much better
than that. In the rooms we could hear the frustration from the Blackburn coach, which we
used to motivate our boys further, knowing this would be a tough quarter against the strong
The 3 rd quarter started off really badly with one of our key midfielders Jack Murfett
unfortunately getting a season ending ankle injury – we wish Jack all the best in his recovery.
This quarter is probably one we would like to forget; other than Blake Naismith’s
outstanding work at Full back we struggled.
Hoping the boys would respond hard in the last quarter, I thought we did really well,
we had as many inside 50s as them, just couldn’t convert.
Paddy Dunne kicked a great left foot goal from the boundary showing us his class.
Ethan Sinn moved onto the ball and seized the opportunity with some great work
and also showing us he is going to be a serious talent.
CJ Williams had by far his best 4 quarter game this season, working hard in the ruck
and when forward being very dangerous and creating opportunities.
Lachlan Shield and Darcy Church were again awesome off half back – both using the
ball really well and giving us lots of drive.
In summary we have improved a lot, the scoreboard certainly didn’t reflect the way
we played the game, just need to capitalise on those opportunities when they present but
we are a very young side with heaps of upside in the coming years.

We will get ourselves ready for the challenge of Vermont next week.Goal Kickers: P. Dunne, M. Heckley
Better Players: J. Bell, B. Naismith, W. Lyall, D. Church, C. Williams, L. Shield

Matt Povey – Under 19s Coach

At Last – A Social Night For “Older” Saints

Hello Saints fans

At Last NRFC is holding an end-of-season get-together for the “Older” Saints.

NRFC invites you to an end of season social night at Quambee Clubrooms, Saturday September 8th

This evening is strictly for the “older Saints fans” to enable us to get together for an enjoyable night of musical entertainment while being able to chat with friends.

Entertainment will be by Tom Ellison, a great performer of music you will enjoy.

Come along, bring your friends and have fun.

See flyer for more info.

Please RSVP for catering purposes to:

Peter Graham: or 0458777663

Joe Tunstall: or 0424522646