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.
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
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
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
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
Best Players: D. Church, J. Nathan, L. Shield, J. Bell, J. Braunthal, S. Stephens