A big hello to our NRFC Community

Apologies for the recent radio silence, as I have been without a laptop for the past 2.5 weeks due to an “accident” with one of our kids, which meant I lost every file stored on it, including email addresses, financials etc – it has been very frustrating but all back on deck now!

Past Few Weeks Football Results-

The past few weeks we have had a very similar pattern with one qtr fade outs which have cost us dearly.
Unfortunately, this seems to be the pattern with young sides

The Norwood game we had the 3rd qtr cost us, we were amazingly competitive with the Noble Park game until the last qtr, and the week just gone against Park Orchards, the 2nd qtr cost us. We went on to win the last half but it wasn’t enough given we didn’t score in the 2nd qtr.

This one qtr fade out has cost us many times this year, and the coaching staff and playing group are trying to arrest this pattern!

Brandon Leonard (18 years old) played an amazing game for us, as did Liam Taylor again (who is having a break out year). The backline was solid all day, and guys like the Sinn brothers, Jake Ireland, Noodles and Shep ran all day. Matty Cullinan who was quiet in the first half, had a terrific 2nd half as well.

Park Orchards got away from us on the day, and took home the Tim Livingstone Cup

The under-manned Reserves side had a big loss, with no bench and of course no rotations. Congratulations to the lads that fought that game out in tough conditions!

The Under 19s played an epic game, and finally won by 2 points, with young gun Jackson Winter proving to be the difference on the day, especially when he took a “Leo Barry” near the final siren. The future of the Club is looking bright when you see some of the calibre of the young guys coming through, including Meikle, O’Donnell, Bridger, Schafer, Ciampa, Jacko and of course, Winter

Our Womens had a bye this week, but they have been playing great footy and currently sit 3rd on the ladder and will definitely make finals again this year which is an outstanding result!

The Vets travelled out to Forest Hill yesterday, and won a very one-sided game with final Scores

Nth Ringwood 36.21.237
Forest Hill 0.1.1

Leigh McCombe kicked a lazy 17 goals, and Big Floz kicked 11.

The lads currently sit 2nd on the ladder and will also definitely be playing finals

Quambee to Host Womens Finals in 2022

Off-field we had some exciting news for the Club, when I signed a deal with the EFNL to host the Womens finals at Quambee this year, which will be a huge financial gain for the Club, and will help build us a “war chest” for future years. We will be hosting 11 games in 3 weeks (the last 3 weeks of August). We have Premier B, Division 2 and Division 3 being hosted at Quambee.

If we get this right, and plan this out successfully, I cant see why this wouldn’t be a yearly occurrence (obviously a lot of volunteers are going to be required to pull this off, and we have started planning now).

Joel Nathan Breaks Jaw

Unfortunately for NRFC young gun, Joey Nathan, he had his jaw broken in 2 places on the weekend playing for Richmond in the VFL. He is having surgery today and we will find out the extent of the injury later today. More than likely that Joey misses the rest of the season, after having a stand out year with us. We wish him a very speedy recovery!

Gary Cooper is up and About

Some great news with Gary Cooper, and that he is currently home getting stronger so that he can go back into hospital in a week or so, and have the by-pass surgery he has been waiting for. We all look forward to welcoming Gary back to the Club when he is fit enough to do so!

Club Review in Progress

As I mentioned some time ago, after the June long weekend it was timely that we would review the entire club and our Operations, so that we can build a plan to take us forward off-field, and on field.

We are currently in the middle of this review and will share our findings, and pathway into 2023 and beyond, in due course

Wishing you all a great week!