Match Reports Round 2 v Norwood


Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Norwood 4.3-27 7.8-50 12.13-85 15.18-108
North Ringwood 1.2-8 4.2-26 6.3-39 7.3-45

We headed to Norwood FC with two new debutants who both deserved their chance after a very solid preseason.

Josh Povey is a promising young talent who has shown in the preseason training he has talent in spades. He’s unfortunately succumbed to an impact injury on his “good” shoulder which will challenge his resolve but as a club, we’ll put our collective arm around him and ensure he’s back and ready to play with a full rehab program in place.

Our other debutant Dylan Spurrell faced the tough task of going out against his old club and our long-time rival Norwood, I’m glad to say Dylan equipped himself well using his elite pace to apply pressure all day.

Other shining lights were Jasper, who has been named in the best for a second week, and Sam Whelan who is benefitting from a long and dedicated preseason. The Chin again had plenty of it down back and acquitted himself well all day.

It was great to have Locco back into defence, and Big Mick Apeness is showing his strength and class all over the ground.

We’ve suffered a second loss by a big margin. We know it will take a while for the entire squad to understand and play to the new style, it isn’t easy for payers to change their habits but I’m sure were making inroads and the players are willing themselves to put into practice our new standards, behaviours and game plan.

Goal Kickers: M. Cullinan, M. Apeness, S. Whelan, J. Rouget, J. Hoegel, J. Whelan, G. Conyers
Best Players: S. Whelan, M. Apeness, J. Rouget, M. Locco, M. Payne
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Norwood 3.5-23 7.7-49 8.15-63 13.18-96
North Ringwood 0.0 0.1-1 0.1-1 1.1-7
 We took on our local rivals in Norwood, away for Round 2.
After a tough start for Round 1, Round 2 provided us with an opportunity to get some footy in our
hands and really have a good crack and be competitive.
Again, like last week, we had several unavailabilities and injuries for this Round. The first two rounds
have been tough with player numbers, but all things being equal we should have 6-8 players
returning following the Easter weekend which will greatly assist both in our team stability (across 1’s
and 2’s) and helping deliver the outputs we have trained across the pre-season.
Was great to welcome back Brent Morris, Daniel Wright Jnr, Mark Griffith, Jack Cirillo and Thomas
Woodward for their first games for the season, as well as Jordan Abicair playing a full game this
week and Nathan Johnson playing his first game for North Ringwood after a solid pre-season.
With a squad with restricted pre-season work, our effort and intent in the first quarter was really
solid. I felt in the first 10 minutes of the game we had full control of the footy and were just unable
to make the connection of this work with forward scores. As the quarter progressed Norwood
opened a little, but I felt we were right in the contest.
The second quarter we went away from how we were trying to play a little, and in turn we gave the
opposition too many opportunities to firstly win the footy but change direction to move the footy
We discussed this at half time and were able to restrict our opposition to only 1 goal in the third
quarter, whilst creating some of our own opportunities. It was good to see that when we focus on
playing our brand of footy, how well it can work – it is just about consistency and maintaining this.
The last quarter unfortunately we let the flood gates open a little; but were also able to make sure
we were able to get a great goal via Jordan Abicair.
Our backline was outstanding all day, and I felt our midfield were really solid. We will continue to
work on our forward movement and structure as the guys up forward worked hard, but at times got
a little lost in transition.
Not so friendly looking on the score board this week, but there were some really positive signs out of
the game; and I think with another couple of weeks on the track and some reinforcements back in the
upcoming weeks (with the Easter weekend off next week), we are going to have a rapid
improvement of the scoreboard. Heads up boys and see you at training this week.
Goal Kickers: J. Abicair
Best Players: D. Wright, A. Goldsmith, M. Kakaflikas, J. Kennedy, K. Eliott, J. Cirillo
Paul O’Callaghan – Reserves Coach
Under 19s:
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Norwood 3.0-18 3.3-21 4.7-31 7.8-50
North Ringwood 3.1-19 8.3-51 10.6-66 13.6-84

Welcome to Round 2 – 2019
We took on Norwood in Round 2 at Mullum Mullum reserve – the ground was in
good condition, with the sun shining and minimal wind.
The Boys were looking forward to bouncing back after a disappointing start in round 1.
We identified our areas that needed improvement during the week and worked hard
to address these in readiness.
We welcomed Matt Trotta in for his first game at North Ringwood.
The Game started off well for us dominating around the contest and getting lots of good
forward entries. The first quarter was an arm wrestle, but there were plenty of positive signs
from our boys.
Quarter time NRFC 3.1-19 Norwood 3.0-18
The message at quarter time was to continue doing what we had been doing in the first
quarter but take it up yet another gear, the boys were definitely up an about and we
needed to capitalise on this.
We did exactly that, we lifted and some of the passages of play were nothing short of
sensational, it was so pleasing to see the boys opening up the ground and executing their
skills at a high level.
Half time: NRFC 8.3-51 Norwood 3.3.21
We continued to dominate the contested ball with Trotta and kizza getting well on top of
their taller opponent in the ruck.
Spud, Murf and Lowdon working hard around the ground getting us plenty of clearances.
Jama and Belly were presenting well up forward and become a dangerous duo for the
3 Quarter time: NRFC 10.6.66 Norwood 4.7.31
We finished off the last quarter really well considering we had lost a couple to injury;
Norwood were certainly trying hard to get back in the game, but we managed to keep
The most pleasing thing from this game was that we really stuck to our structures and
executed everything that we have been working on really well.
Final score: NRFC 13.6.84 Norwood 7.8.50

Better Players: Lowdon, Matthews, Murfett, Lyall, Heckley, Trotto, Bell, Cuthbertson

Goal Kickers: N. Lowden 4, J. Matthews 3, J. Bell 2, P. Dunne, E. Purbrick, T. Godfrey, M. Heckley

Matt Povey -Under 19 Coach.

Match Reports Round 1 v Rowville


North Ringwood 1.2-1 1.3-9 3.6-24 3.6-24
Rowville 3.5-23 12.7-79 16.11-107 18.16-124
Goal Kickers: M. Sheppard, X. Fry, G. Conyers
Best Players: M. Apeness, G. Conyers, S. Whelan, H. Decker, X. Fry, J. Rouget
North Ringwood 1.0-6 1.0-6 1.0-6 1.1-7
Rowville 8.2-50 14.6-90 19.10-124 23.15-153
Welcome back to the 2019 season to all sponsors, supporters, committee and players.
We started the season taking on Rowville, who in recent years have been a very strong reserves
team, at Quambee.
After a solid pre-season, unfortunately we had several unavailabilities and injuries to start the
season. Many thanks go out to the u/19s guys who offered to help us out with Jesse Spence, Jordan
Abicair, Darcy Church and Aidan Glassborow all stepping up and playing a second game to give us
adequate numbers to start. In addition, a massive thanks to Ed Saunders and Tim Nathan for playing
and hopefully we have you boys for the season.
We also welcomed a couple of new players to the Club, Dylan Spurrell, Corey Pointon, and Izack
Ralph who all played their first games for the club. Welcome lads.
With the numbers not in our favour, it was a very tough day at the office.
The first half we struggled to get into the contest, and as a result our opposition were able to move
the football too easily, and allowing them regular scoring opportunities
At half time our focus moved to being part of the contest, and once we had achieved this, move to
try to implement our style and game structure. To the credit of the boys we were able to do this in
the second half and reduce the impact from the opposition – with no bench at all in the second half
and guys on the ground who had doubled up.
It was a tough day at the office and to start the season, but there were some positives and learning to
take from the second half – and a stepping stone to Norwood next week. Heads up, lets re-group
and be ready to take on our local rivals next Saturday.
Goal Kickers: D. Spurrell
Best Players: D. Spurrell, J. Taratuta, J. Sultana, T. Falzon, M. Kakaflikas, A. Goldsmith

Paul O’Callaghan – Reserves Coach

Under 19s:
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
North Ringwood 0.1-1 0.4-4 1.5-11 1.6-12
Rowville 2.4-16 4.5-29 7.8-50 9.10-64

ROUND 1 vs Rowville – MATCH REPORT
Welcome to Round 1 – 2019
We took on Rowville in Round 1 at Quambee reserve – the ground was in good
condition, with the sun shining and minimal wind.
The Boys were looking forward to starting the Season off well, after working really
hard throughout the Pre Season.
We welcomed many New Players over the off season with some heavy recruiting to
bolster our depth:
Will Cuthbertson, Josh Teale, Ben Munks, Charley Smith, Elliott Purbrick, Micheal
Papadakis and Jesse Spence – welcome to the Saints boys!!! We are rapt to have all these
boys on board.
I would like to also mention Keiren Hendley-boys, who missed 18 months with an
ACL injury to come to the first training in pre-season and to not miss one since. 100%
attendance, the only player at the whole club to achieve this, it’s an amazing effort – well
done KIzza!!!
The Game started off we were contesting well around the ball, but we were really
playing reactive footy – waiting for the opposition to initiate the first move.
We really struggled to play the game on our terms and allowed Rowville too much
space and run, which gave them a good start.
Quarter time NRFC 0.1-1 ROW 2.4-16
The message at quarter time was to lift the intensity and tackle pressure – more composure
with our decision making.
2nd Quarter underway – we started the quarter well with a nice passage of play that involved
Glassy – Church to Herb to Cutho on to Spud just missing the goal but it showed some good link
up work and run – highlighting what have been working on.
Lyall was having a great quarter working hard with good pressure around the contest.
We had the run of the play for at least the first half of the term, with ten inside 50s to 1 but
unfortunately we couldn’t really capitalise on this.
Half time: NRFC 0.4-4 ROW 4.5-29
Again we started the 3rd quarter really well – winning our fair share of the ball but were
struggling to function in the forward half.
We finally kicked our first goal through Basel Judeh – the boys continued to work hard
without getting much reward.
3 Quarter time: NRFC 1.5.11 ROW 7.8.50
The message at 3 quarter time was to not roll over and fight out the last quarter so we can
get something out of this game to move forward with our season.
We took some positives and some learnings out of this game and will look forward to our
next challenge Norwood.

Goal Kickers: B. Judeh

Better Players: Heckley, Lyall, Glassborow, Cuthbertson, Teale, Munks

Matt Povey – Under 19s Coach


3 DAYS TO GO | EFL Media will be previewing each club ahead of the 2019 season with the #InFocus2019 series, all thanks to Yarra Valley Water & Choose Tap.  

By: Tash Gunawardana 


INCOMING North Ringwood senior coach Paris Harvie is eager to see his team learn and build from week to week.

In 2018, the Saints finished ninth in Division 1 with six wins, 11 losses and a draw.

Harvie takes over from Brett Moyle as coach after previous stints at Doncaster East and Mooroolbark and has settled back well into coaching.

“It’s exciting and I am under no illusions that every team we come up against in the Premier Division is (of) high quality,” senior coach Paris Harvie said.

“It’s exciting at the same time, because hopefully we get a solid season and hopefully get a few good wins together and build for the future – that’s our main aim, to build for the future – obviously to get some wins on the board and let’s see how we go.”

The club recruited strongly over the off-season signing former AFL players Michael Apeness (Fremantle) and Sam McLarty (Collingwood).

Apeness played 12 games for Fremantle from 2014-18. PHOTO: Paul Kane/Getty Images

The Saints have also acquired the playing services of Billy Schilling (Montrose) who has kicked over 400 goals at senior level, Adam Miles (Mooroolbark) and Gary Conyers (Heathmont).

“Michael Apeness can be a ruckman-forward key-position-player,” Harvie said.

“Billy is more of a running midfielder who can also hold down key forward positions, which he has done at Montrose before.”

The club has lost a trio of players who departed for Heathmont including Michael Peart and Cox brothers, Daniel and Jesse.

A couple of key Saints will not play this season due to injuries sustained in the off-season.

“Marcus Joyner unfortunately did his knee earlier in the pre-season, which is a bit of a bummer,” Harvie said.

“Then there’s Tim Jones who hasn’t come to pre-season, as he had an elbow operation and he’s the only other omission this year and hopefully (he can) come back next year.”

Pre-season has been solid overall for the club as it readies itself for the upcoming campaign, led by Jack Whelan as captain.

“We were happy with what the players brought in and we were happy with what we got out of pre-season,” Harvie said.

Harvie highlighted a trio of players he believes will have stand-out seasons.

“Michael Apeness who has come from Fremantle and has been at Fremantle for the last four years, so keep your eyes on him,” he said.

“We have a couple of affiliated players such as Xavier Fry and Nick Lowden (who) if they play (will be ones to watch).”

Fry, 18, has impressed playing the last two years in the NAB League with the Eastern Ranges and also represented Vic Metro.

Lowden, 19, is an exciting talent coming from the Gippsland Power where he played well for the last two years and is now listed as a Casey Demons player.

Heading into the 2019 season, Harvie wants his team to learn and improve.

We just hope to win enough games to build (us up) for the season and to take our learnings from this year and to invest them into the following year,” he said.

“So that’s our aim just to be as competitive as we can and tackle every game with the belief that we can produce some good football and how far that takes us I don’t know.

“The main focus for us is to keep improving week in, week out.”

Harvie also emphasised how he wants the Saints supporters to come down and support the boys.

“Just to get as many supporters down to the club as we can, to support the group we have got coming through,” he said.

“There are lots of young kids involved in the list and yes to get as many supporters as we can to come down (and for us) to create a great environment for everyone who comes down to support the North Ringwood Football Club.”

The Saints will also be fielding their inaugural senior women’s team in the Deakin University Eastern Region Women’s competition this season. The team competed at last weekend’s Deakin University Lightning Premiership at Templestowe Reserve, led by Joel Stephens as coach, where the club recorded three wins from three starts.

North Ringwood Football Club

on Saturday

NRFC woman’s lightening premiership.
Very proud of these young woman.

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