Match Reports Round 14 v South Croydon


Aaron Fenton Saints BOG on Saturday.

Photo courtesy Wes Langmaid – Arena Photography


  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
South Croydon 3.8-26 8.10-58 16.14-110 22.19-151
North Ringwood 1.2-8 6.5-41 6.7-43 7.9-51
Goal Kickers: J. Whelan 2, M. Cullinan, M. Apeness, A. Miles, N. Lowden, A. Fenton
Best Players: A. Fenton, M. Kakaflikas, K. Eliott, A. Miles, J. Whelan, M. Locco
Welcome to Josh Matthews from the Under 19’s playing his first senior game for North
The sun was out, ground in good condition and no wind, a perfect day for football. My
apologies this week for the short match report as I am only reporting on the first half. After
half time we did not turn up for the rest of the game and that half can be best described in 3
words “we were smashed!”.
We started the first quarter well with multiple early entries into our 50, but had some
inaccurate shots at goal. Mick Apeness kicked our first goal for the match at the 6 minute
mark after receiving a free kick due to his 3 opponents being all over him. South Croydon
started to get their running game going and a lot of the first quarter was then played in their
forward half. We were able to put a lot of pressure on their forwards which saw them score
multiple points. Matthew Kakaflikas and Michael Locco were standing strong on the back
line repelling many forward thrusts. Unfortunately our delivery out of defence was hurried
on many occasions and we gifted the ball back to our opponents who had many re-entries
into the 50. We were still a point in front at the 19 minute mark, however South Croydon
kicked 2 late goals to give them the points for the quarter.
We came out in the second quarter with 2 quick goals in the first 2 minutes. A great mark
and goal to Matt Cullinan and a team lifting running goal from Aaron Fenton. Our intensity
had lifted and we were tackling hard in this quarter. We were playing some of our best
football for the season. Further goals to Jack Whelan, Nick Lowden and then a great
contested mark and goal by Adam Miles at the 18 minute mark saw us 7 points in front.
South Croydon then challenged us kicking a goal at the 21 minute mark and then another 3
quick unanswered goals in red time. We had stopped running and were not manning up.
After having the momentum for most of the quarter it was quickly totally taken away from
us and that was to be the end of our effort and the match.

Special mention to Aaron Fenton who ran his guts out all day with his never give up attitude.
He was well supported by Jack Whelan, Matt Kakaflikas and Michael Locco who all
contributed during the match. Kyle Eliott again showed through his great leap and
athleticism that his ruck work is continuing to improve and he is becoming a menace to
many opposition ruckmen.
It’s going to be a hard week preparing for our strong opponent Blackburn. Train hard boys,
stick together and let’s now focus positively on next week.

Go Saints!

Report by: Neil Sheppard


South Croydon 3.2-20 7.5-47 9.6-60 11.8-74
North Ringwood 2.3-15 2.5-17 7.7-49 9.7-61
Goal Kickers: J. Hollingsworth 3, A. Sharp 2, J. Hoegel, M. Sheppard, D. Wood, T. Nathan
Best Players: M. Sheppard, A. Goldsmith, W. Lyall, J. Hollingsworth, J. Tyler, A. Glassborow
 We took on South Croydon away on Saturday.
We welcomed into the squad 9 of the u/19s players. It gave the group some real excitement and
strength in numbers which was fantastic for the group.
We also had a number of players that had returned to squad after injury or being away, with a
special mention to Josh O’Brien returning to footy after missing over a year. Well done mate.
With all this in mind, we went into the game with confidence and a full squad – and gave ourselves a
great opportunity.
Our first quarter was very solid. We were tough at the contest and were able to move the footy up
the ground in the manner we wanted. This in turn created goal opportunities. Some of the work
across half back from Jake Tyler was good, and Liam, Ash, Tommy and Jordan gave us opportunity
through the centre.
We went in at 1qtr time right in the contest. Unfortunately, the 2nd quarter we went away from the
way we had been playing and didn’t work the footy up the ground, rather kicked to their wall. The
result was they kicked 4 goals to our 0.
We discussed this at half time and refocused on playing our brand.
The results were immediate kicking 5 goals to 2 in the third and taking control of the game. Mitch
Heckley into the midfield mix gave us some x factor, and our runoff the wings was a real drive
The last quarter, we kicked the first 2 goals and hit the lead and I thought we were going to take the
game. However; South Croydon were able to get 1 back and slow the game. Although we had a lot of
the ball we could not penetrate forward and get the lead back. A couple fantastic efforts in the last
quarter from Aidan Glassborow topped off a good game for him.
Fantastic effort from the boys, and I could see they were hurting after the game. To come together
and play so well was a credit to the group. A win is not far off – keep believing boys.
Go Saints.
Paul O’Callaghan – Reserves Coach.
Senior Women:
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Templestowe 0.0 0.1-1 0.1-1 0.1-1
North Ringwood 6.1-37 11.5-71 15.9-99 17.12-114
Goal Kickers: M. Gilmore 3, L. Harris 3, W. Chelsea 2, T. Deane 2, A. Harris, A. Moore, J. Russell, J. van Unen, K. McCormack, J. Lane, S. Wood
Best Players: M. Timms, M. Gilmore, J. van Unen, W. Chelsea, A. Marshall, L. Peacock
It was a cracker of a day at Templestowe reserve this week, where we welcomed a few players back from injury.
It was lovely to see Jorja van Unen back on the field after a long time off with concussion, we’ve missed her attack and run in the middle and she didn’t let us down, even her first goal celebration was full of energy and joy.
Chelsea Willis was another player welcomed back from injury, and in a great Coaching move was thrown forward where she kicked two goals, she showed no signs of changing her style of play that has earned her the bonecrusher nickname.
Timmsy had a fair dip in the middle and was able to break form the congestion with speed and power starting many forward entries, as did Abbey Marshall, who has great leg speed and attacks the ball head on, Abbey rebounded the ball many times from the half back and wing using her speed and forward position to outplay her opponent every time.
With our engine room humming it was great to see our running game get going, Lily is one of our late recruits and she was able to show her elite speed this week several times bursting away from the packs, as did Jas and Eliza.
Down forward Jess and Sherie scored some nice goals as well as the Skipper who kicked three in a half of footy.
The dynamo Mel Gilmore continued her merry way with another three-goal haul from her, and no doubt shell be fined for stealing one on the goal line.
Jacinta got on the scoreboard on her return game, she always seems to bob up with a strong mark when needed and plays a true Centre half forward role so well.
As our year has progressed and our players are showing improvement each week I’m glad to say that our expectations on players is growing also, they are developing in their confidence game as well as learning positional tactics and team play.
We are at home this week at 8:30 so please come down and get behind our Women’s team in their second last game of the normal season.
Under 19s July 20 v Noble Park
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Noble Park 2.3-15 4.4-28 9.7-61 10.7-67
North Ringwood 0.0 4.1-25 4.4-28 6.7-43
Goal Kickers: J. Povey 3, J. Bell, J. Ireland, T. Godfrey
Best Players: M. Heckley, J. Povey, N. Lowden, J. Murfett, J. Ireland, M. Trotto
Vets 21 July v Wantirna South
North Ringwood 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.6-84
Wantirna South 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1-1
Goal Kickers: P. Wheatley 3, D. Adams 2, W. Draper 2, D. Walls 2, C. Zupanovich, D. Abel, R. Coutts, C. Jewell
Best Players: C. Pardo, S. Garrett, J. Parker, R. Coutts, D. Grantham, D. Adams

Match Report Round 9 v Vermont


Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Vermont 3.6-24 8.9-57 15.12-102 23.14-152
North Ringwood 2.0-12 2.3-15 2.7-19 4.7-31
Goal Kickers: J. Hoegel 2, M. Apeness 2
Best Players: S. Whelan, A. Fenton, D. Spurrell, J. Petracca, M. Locco, M. Kakaflikas

Last Saturday we had probably the toughest task in local football,  taking on Vermont at Vermont.
It was also an extremely special day ,  with one of the all time favourites Jayden van Unen playing his 150th game for the North Ringwood Football Club and young Liam Lyall playing his first game in the seniors.  Well done to both lads.
From the first bounce, it was evident the game was going to be played at a frenetic pace.  We started well with Mick Apeness converting two early chances,  to have us slightly behind at 1/4 time.
Our intensity and tackling pressure was fantastic and we were moving the ball well by hand and foot.
We stuck with them first quarter and a half,  then they broke free,  kicking 5 unanswered goals to go in with a 6 goal lead at 1/2 time.
After the 1/2 time break,  it was all one way traffic,  with Vermont kicking 15 of the last 17 goals to run out winners easily.
Better players for us,  were Sammy Whelan, Aaron Fenton, Jules Petracca, Michael Locco, Dylan Spurrell and Mick Apeness.
Half way through the season we sit 3 wins and 6 losses.



Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Vermont 7.2-44 13.9-87 18.15-123 19.18-132
North Ringwood 2.2-14 3.2-20 3.5-23 6.7-43
Goal Kickers: J. Hollingsworth 2, J. Moss 2, T. Falzon 2
Best Players: A. Goldsmith, A. Sharp, T. Falzon, N. Johnson, J. Moss, B. Marshall, X.Fry, J. Sultana
We took on Vermont on Saturday away.
As per previous years, we knew would be a very tough challenge against an extremely strong
opposition, but felt we were a chance to make a strong contest and maybe sneak a win.
Our first quarter was slow. We were slow to react to their intensity around the footy and some of
our skill errors really let us down.
That being said, we were able to hit the score board and kick 2.2, but gave Vermont too much of an
opportunity to also score.
Our second and third quarters were unfortunately the same on the score board front, with us being
able to score – but Vermont were also able to hit the score board; was just too much in their favour.
The last quarter we set ourselves the goal of winning the quarter and kicking 3 goals.
And we did.
We were able to outscore our opposition and kick 3 goals for the quarter – which is a significant
milestone for the group.
Some of our movement of the footy, change of direction, giving our forwards opportunity and ability
to tempo the game in the last quarter was really strong and shows the group that we have the ability
to play strong (our brand) footy and we can match it with all our competition this year.
Although we lost the game, there were some really strong learning and performances in the game
and I think gives as a strong stepping stone moving forward.
As I have said after recent games, we are not far off our first win for the year – watch this space.
Go Saints.
Paul O’Callaghan, Reserves Coach.
Under 19s:
Vermont 1.2-8 4.8-32 7.11-53 12.16-88
North Ringwood 1.1-7 1.1-7 2.1-13 2.4-16
Goal Kickers: J. Murfett, T. Godfrey
Best Players: W. Cuthbertson, J. Matthews, J. Murfett, A. Begg, B. Munks, J. Povey
Senior Women:
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
North Ringwood 3.5-23 5.7-37 6.9-45 8.10-58
Chirnside Park 0.1-1 0.1-1 0.2-2 1.2-8
Goal Kickers: A. Harris 2, L. French, M. Gilmore, T. Deane, J. Conway, J. Sommers, J. Russell
Best Players: R. Pearce, J. Conway, J. van Unen, A. Harris, D. Rushford, E. Stephens

Match Reports Round 7 V Doncaster



  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Doncaster 1.4-10 4.10-34 4.11-35 7.15-57
North Ringwood 2.3-15 3.4-22 8.14-62 10.14-74


After two very disappointing rounds of football, the boys put a lot of hard work into training
during the week to try and address some of the issues. As they ran out onto the ground you
could tell from their body language that today was going to be different from previous weeks.
The ground conditions were excellent, however there was quite a strong wind favouring the
end we kicked to in the first quarter. Doncaster started strongly with multiple entries into
their forward half but were held by our strong defence led by Dylan Van Unen and Billy
Schilling. We finally kicked the first goal of the match when Matthew Kakaflikas kicked off
the ground and then provided a good shepherd to allow Dylan Spurrell to run onto the ball
in the goal square. Our first quarter lead was probably not sufficient having regard to the
windy conditions.

The second quarter saw a lot of play in the Doncaster half with them peppering the goals.
Our backline remained steady and provided a lot of pressure on Doncaster to see them
score 3 goals 6 points for the quarter. Our first goal for the quarter came at the 17 minute
mark with a great snap by Aaron Fenton. We were 2 goals down at half time.
At half time Paris requested the boys keep up the extreme pressure they were putting on
the opposition through their hard running and ferocious tackling. He also stressed that we
needed to attack and hit the score board with a good lead at three quarter time.

The third quarter was probably our best quarter of football for the year. The whole team
lifted, putting pressure on the opposition and winning the ball on most occasions. The
defence held Doncaster to 1 point only for the quarter. Our forward line was continually
given opportunities with Big Mick and Kaka marking everything that came their way. We
added 5 goals 10 points for the quarter. With a little more accuracy in front of goal our lead
at three quarter time would have been even greater, however the 4 goal 3 points lead was enough to give us confidence that we could win the game if we kept up our pressure in the last quarter.

We started the last quarter with the first goal with Aaron Fenton bursting out of the centre
kicking to Big Mick, goal. Whilst we had a good lead Doncaster lifted and kicked several
goals getting to within 2 goals. It started to get a bit worrying, however the team again lifted
and gained the momentum back. Jack Whelan and Aaron Fenton were doing a great job
leading the away in attacking the football and anyone that got in front of them. Big Mick
again marked and goaled to ensure our victory.
After the game Paris was pleased with the effort and result and told the boys “if you come
to games with the right mind set, you can mix it with anyone in the Premier Division
Great win by the boys. We now look forward to next Saturdays match against Montrose at

Go Saints!!

Goal Kickers: M. Apeness 4, M. Kakaflikas 2, M. Griffiths, A. Fenton, D. Spurrell, J.
Best Players: M. Kakaflikas, J. Whelan, J. Hoegel, D. Van Unen, A. Fenton, M.

Report by Neil Sheppard




  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Doncaster 3.4-22 4.8-32 5.13-43 9.14-68
North Ringwood 1.2-8 2.3-15 4.5-29 5.7-37

We took on Doncaster today at Doncaster in a winnable game for the squad.
Unfortunately, we had 4 players out late due to illness, injury and Call-up to the 1’s, but we still
played with 2 on the bench, and felt as a group we were up for the challenge and ready to have a
real crack.
A couple of congratulations to Griff, Kaka, and late call up Tom Falzon all up in the ones this week
after being consistent for a number of weeks in the reserves and playing strong footy. Well done
guys and well deserved.
As a summary, we were close, but not close enough.
Passages of our footy throughout the day were fantastic with our transition, change in direction and
movement; but some were also not great sections with a critical skill error or turnover.
Ash Goldsmith was fantastic all day and played a bit role for us through the middle.
I thought Adam Miles back into the squad from the seniors had a fantastic game also and was able to
move the ball freely for us and transition the ball from the midfield and out of defence. Anthony Sharp
got through the entire game and was able to get some really good touches and also kick 3 goals. I
also though the entire midfield group include Jordan Sultana, Izack Ralph, Jakeb Cullen and Josh
Taratuta were solid all day.
Bailey Marshall was fantastic in keeping their full forward goaless (whilst he was on him) and I
thought both Jake Tyler and Mitch Sproles off half back undertook a number of really solid 1%ers and
transitioned the ball from defence well.
It is disappointing we were unable to get the win, but the improvement in the group has been
exponential in recent weeks, and our consistency in games is getting deeper and deeper into each
We are not far off our first win for the year – watch this space.
Go Saints.

Goal Kickers: A. Sharp 3, A. Goldsmith, D.Wright
Best Players: A. Goldsmith, A. Miles, A. Sharp, J. Sultana, B. Marshall , M. Sproles

Paul O’Callaghan – Reserves Coach

Under 19s:
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Vermont 1.5-11 3.6-24 9.9-63 11.13-79
North Ringwood 2.3-15 0.2-2 3.4-22 3.5-23
Goal Kickers: W. Lyall, C. Smith, J. Matthews
Best Players: W. Lyall, B. Naismith, W. Cuthbertson, M. Papadakis, C. Smith
  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
North Ringwood 6.4-40 13.10-88 15.13-103 18.20-128
Forest Hill 0.0 0.0 0.1-1 3.1-19
The Vets took on Forest Hill, with ten changes from the previous game. Wheats and Steve Garrett playing their first games of the year. 
We started the game well keeping the opposition scoreless in the first quarter, in fact for the first half they didn’t trouble the scoreboard. Wallsy and Paddy ran amok, with 8 between them halfway through the second quarter when Paddy did a hammy. Brons did as he pleased down back with great support from all the defenders. 
In the middle, big Schaf fed the ball to our onball brigade and they happily moved the ball forward. Chucky, Billy, Eug and Coutta were on fire. 
After scoring 13.10 to nothing in the first half and not giving the opposition a sniff we were a bit disappointed in the second half. We ended up kicking 5.10 to 3 goals. 
Goals- 7 Walls, 3 Paddy,  2 Dion
1 Chucky, CJ, Billy, Brons, Zuppa, Garrett
Best- Everyone. Walls, Chucky, Bronson, Garrett, Dion, Billy, Schaf 
Paul Robertson – Vets Coach


Senior Women:

  Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Park Orchards 0.0 0.2-2 0.2-2 1.2-8
North Ringwood 3.3-21 4.3-27 5.9-39 7.12-54

A sunny day welcomed us onto a fast deck at Stinton’s Reserve where we were to take on Park Orchards for a second
time this season.
The team was nervous and excited by the prospect of facing the hardest opponent to date, with our Skipper and
major goal kicker Lauren Harris out due to injury there was a big question to be answered over the next four
quarters. Added to our injury list was Jorja van Unen who was a late withdrawal due to her ankle being NQR.
Big Nat got us started in the centre with a dominant display in the ruck, unbeaten all day, our midfield relished first
use of the ball and the space to run that the big oval offered us.
Chelsea VU was a bit crook but showed no let up in her pursuit of the ball, aided by Jacinta, Tayla Dan, Michaela we
were able to kick three goals in the first quarter and kept the Orch scoreless.
The second quarter saw us kicking into the wind, and a change up in our structure saw our young gun Alice thrown
into defence to kick start our rebound and along side Sherie and Kylie we managed to repel the wind powered
onslaught brought on by Park Orchards fast running brigade time and time again, we also managed to snag another
goal into the breeze.
The team were feeling the heat of the game by the time the long break came along, but a few snakes and a rev up by
Coach Joel got the crew raring to go in the third.
A barrage of scoring shots in the third only returned a one goal six-point result but the enthusiasm was evident, and
we kept the Orch scoreless again. A shining light was to see Jess Lane seize her opportunity with both hands and
Abbey Moore got her hands on the ball in a five-minute flurry, while Chelsea “bonecrusher” Wills was let loose in the
guts and displayed an uncompromising attack on the contested ball.
The last quarter saw us kick two goals three points to extend our lead and run-away winners.
The development in the new players is great to see, and even thought we have a few significant injuries we were
able to rally together and kick a winning score.
We then kicked on to the club for a Beer pong tournament which was a huge success for the club, thanks to all those
contributors in the team who helped make the night a fun time for all.
On a side note, a gofundme page has been setup to assist Hannah Jacobs with the costs of her knee reconstruction,
so if you’d like to donate please click on the link below, any help is greatly appreciated.

Goal Kickers: T. Deane 2, L. French, E. Stephens, V. Chelsea, J. Russell, A. Moore
Best Players: A. Moore, D. Rushford, N. Wilson, W. Chelsea, J. Lane, V. Chelsea

Go Saints !!

Report by Phil Harris