Matt Sheppard – BOG round 2 v Knox, Jack Whelan – BOG round 1 v East Ringwood, Peter Appleby of The Grand Warrandyte – presenting the awards, and Brett Moyle, jubilant Senior Coach.
Three wins against Knox on Saturday. Seniors and Reserves 2 from 2, and Under 19s with a 136 point win. What a way to start the season.
After a good win Round 1 we wanted to keep our season moving forward against Knox in Round 2. Knox won the division 2 flag in 2017 and had a close loss to Montrose last week so were a little unknown going into the match.
We were lucky to get Dylan Van Unen come back from Port Melbourne and slot him into our back 6.
The conditions were very difficult with heavy rain and strong winds so lots of the pre-planning and structures goes out the window.
We started well. We tackled strongly and dominated inside 50s. Hoegel started well with our first 2 goals. We led by 3 goals at 1/4 time.
In the second quarter Fenton kicked 2 goals and got himself going in the midfield, Taylor looked dangerous forward and won plenty of the ball and Sheppard got himself in he highlight reel again with a spectacular mark and goal. Our half backline was repelling lots of Knox attacks and we had a 7 goal buffer and kept Knox goalless to half time.
The message at half time was more of the same and push home our advantage. We were able to do that with Whelan continuing his good form from the previous week and Petracca continuing his good start with his new club by winning heaps of the ball. In the end we ran out convincing winners.
It has been a positive start to the season and great to start 2-0. We had a very even contribution across the ground with only 2 players not getting 10 possessions and only 1 having more than 20. The intent of the group to all tackle and work for each other has been good. There was also a good spread of goal kickers with our small and medium forwards contributing well in this area. The feeling of ‘team’ amongst the group has been good and will need to be at a very high level this week as we take on Vermont at Vermont. Our boys are more than ready for this challenge.
Well done also to Paul and Matt and their teams. It was terrific for our club to have 3 wins on the day.
Best players- M. Sheppard, J. Petracca, L. Taylor, D. van Unen, J. Whelan, A. Mackinnon, A. Fenton, J. Hoegel.
J. Hoegel 3, M. Sheppard 3, C. Dunne 2, A. Fenton 2, M. Keedle, L. Taylor, G. Phelps
Brett Moyle – Senior Coach
After a good result in Round 1, on Saturday we took on Knox for our first home game for the year.
Knox had just come off a good win against Montrose in Rd 1, and we knew it was going to be a tough
We welcomed Owen Tozer into the team this week for this first game for the club. Congratulations
Owen. We unfortunately lost our Captain Michael Peart being away along with Darcy Harris being re-
called into the seniors after a strong game last week, but we picked up Matt Payne and Sean Barnard
– back for this first game for a couple of years for the club.
Our Vice Captains Josh Taratuta and Jordan Ursich led the boys out for the day.
Weather conditions = wet… very wet.
Kicking into a strong breeze in the first quarter and wet weather, the importance of not over
conceding and making sure we shopped early were critical.
The whole group battled extremely hard during the first term and we were able to keep Knox to 2
goals, whilst also kicking 2 ourselves, which was a big effort as the wind at that stage was very
The second quarter we started getting our mojo going in some very wet weather. We were able to
win footy forward and create opportunities on goal – but it seemed to be the day of hitting the goal
post with Todd Morgan hitting the post 3 times and a number of others also.
The second half we really put the pressure on Knox and were able to take control of proceedings.
The midfield was able to clearly win the contest, especially at the coal face and as the game opened
up we started using the full width of the ground, which we had struggled to do early. Our
backline was outstanding and our forwards worked hard all day and had several opportunities on
In the end, we got a W and kept Knox goal-less from quarter time, which is a great effort.
From this were have now been able to start the season 2-0, which comes down to hard work, but
most importantly enjoying our footy and company.
We have a challenge this week – Vermont.
Let’s bring the same attitude and enthusiasm and make it happen.
Well done boys – I am proud of all your efforts.
Best Players: A. Goldsmith, J. Kennedy, M. Kakaflikas, M. Payne, S. Barnard, T. Morgan
Goal Kickers: M. Kakaflikas 2, J. Hollingsworth, S. Barnard, M. Dymond, P. Nicholson, J. Kennedy, J.
Cox, T. Morgan
Paul O’Callaghan – Reserves Coach
ROUND 2 vs Knox – MATCH REPORT
Welcome to Round 2 – 2018
We worked really hard this week after moving on quickly from Round 1, our focus
was on setting up some run from behind, pressure across all areas and accountability.
This week we Started with 24 players, which was great and definitely our strongest
team so far this year, we also welcomed Liam Lyall for his first game for NRFC.
First Bounce you could tell we were on today, all the talk prior to the game wasn’t
just talk now as it was evident that we were wanting to perform well in front of our Home
crowd and get the day off to a good start for the entire club.
It started in the middle with Chopper giving us first use and Ireland working hard
around the contest, getting some clearances and lots of forward entries, also rewarding
himself with some very nice goals.
Heckley’s rebound and run of Half Back was outstanding and he was really taking on
the opposition which is exactly what we wanted to see.
By Quarter time the boys had got us off to the perfect start, but we knew that Knox
would continue to compete hard around the contest.
2nd quarter was underway and our intensity and willing to crack in continued and we
were again getting reward on the scoreboard against a strong breeze. Naismith’s ability to
read the game very well from full back, and to turn the Knox attacks into North Ringwood
goals at the other end, by taking the game on was very pleasing.
We were rotating the bench very heavily to give everyone plenty of opportunity as
well as play guys in all sorts of different positions, Finta moved on to a wing and did some
really good things there, Wright Jnr was super on his wing and was very hard at the contest.
At half time we discussed the importance of keeping our structure in these type of
games, also the enjoyment of playing this game with our mates and getting the best out of
3rd quarter started really well again, Povey was taking the game on giving us a lot of
drive out of the middle, breaking the lines and rewarding himself with a few goals. Wheels
had been a real focal point forward since the outset and continued to be dangerous and
physical around the ground.
Payno was working really hard in the middle, really strong at the contest and leading
by example, Murfett was giving us some good drive off half back and positioning himself
really well to create some good run.
We moved into the last quarter feeling really good and now wanting to finish the
game off well. Lyall in his first game had been really good and continued to apply pressure
to the opposition and be dangerous up forward.
Glassborow looked great going forward and continued to present really well and
take some strong marks.
Bell was having a good game too, contributing well from various positions, Sheild
played his wing really well and his ball use was a highlight.
We got the win and we learnt a lot from each other this week, now looking forward
to the challenge of Vermont next week.