THE BIG PRE-SEASON QUESTION: TWO SIDES OR THREE?
Pre-season training commenced on 29 November at Wattle Park, and continued each Wednesday until Christmas. Training resumed on Wednesday 24 January and continued on Mondays and Wednesdays through February and March at Nettleton Park.
We welcomed a wonderful influx of new players on the back of our successful 2017 season. In 2017 we had a total playing pool of 66 players. By February 2018 we had a total training pool of over 100 players and we knew we had a big decision to make.
In order to support the development of the whole competition, the VAFA limited clubs to fielding no more than two teams. We knew that we needed a playing pool of around 60-65 players to support our Senior and Reserves team. A two-team structure would see 30-35 players each week missing out on a game – which we weren’t prepared to do. We knew that three other clubs – West Brunswick, Old Geelong and Brunswick Renegades – were in the same position as us and had expressed an interest in us all joining together to play a series of unofficial thirds games during 2018.
We knew we had the players. Luke Brownhill agreed to be our thirds coach, Paul Grant and Derek Reynolds agreed to support the team by umpiring our thirds games, Peter Leman and Jas Cannizzo stepped in as team managers.
We took the plunge and formed our inaugural women’s thirds side.
A total of 46 players played games with our Women’s Thirds in this inaugural season, which totally validated our decision to field three sides in 2018.
NEW IN 2018
We welcomed 41 new players to the club in 2018.
Tessa Ashton; Milly Bagot; Maisie Barry; Carrie Bell; Aymee Bush; Sasha Byrnes; Felicity Campbell; Andrea Csorgo; Caitlin Curmi; Tayla Donegan; Ruby Edwards; Joelly Firmin; Rose Flanagan; Megan Furphy; Vicki Gandy; Zoey Hibbert: Bec Johnson; Adrienne Jones; Madi Judd; Amy Kerr; Sonya Klimpsch; Steph Lawrence; Lucinds Le Bas; Kate Macfarlane; Nellie Malseed; Hayley McDermott; Amanda McDermott; Claire Murray; Vicky Pettas; Brooke Reynolds; Emily Roos; Caitlin Ryan; Alicia Schifferle; Tash Sutherland; Ruby Svarc; Zoe Van Gulick; Olivia Vandenbossche; Tempany Wightman; Kailey Wislon; Bronte Young; Sarah Yule
2018 PRACTICE MATCHES
Saturday March 17
Seniors & Reserves v Brunswick Renegades
Keilor Park Reserve, Stadium Dr, Keilor
Saturday March 24
Seniors v Monash Blues
Frearson Oval, Monash University
Monday March 26
Reserves & Thirds Intra-Club