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Victorian State government member Tim Richardson made a lot of people very happy this Thursday afternoon at Mordialloc’s Ben Kavanagh Reserve.
Mr. Richardson arrived before senior football and netball training to announce that his government had committed $500,000 in next year’s budget, to construct two competition standard netball courts at the Club’s home base.
Both of the courts will feature lighting that will enable Mordialloc’s five senior and ten junior teams to train at Club headquarters, rather than having to travel to Dingley or Chelsea to practice. The lighting will also allow matches to be played in evening timeslots.
Club President David Cox was predictably excited by the announcement. “The Club has approached 2018 with a theme of inclusiveness very much at front of mind. Mordialloc is not just a football club or just a netball club. It is one sports club, with every man, woman or child as important as the next. This announcement only serves to help forge the bonds that make us a stronger entity”.
The Mordialloc Football & Netball Club is keen to continue to work with the government in future as it strives to further establish itself as a leader within the Southern Football & Netball League, and the local community.
Last Weeks report by our doyen of report writing, Mr Hugh MacLean
Oh winter sport, where have you been? It’s good to have you back. And winter bared it’s teeth in a big way, albeit two months early, making football difficult and netball literally impossible.
The day’s netball was brought to an early conclusion to avert the danger to players and officials alike just on 1pm, meaning that only our division one and three teams got on court, and then only for just over a half. The division one girls were most impressive in defeating the division’s other unknown quantities, Hampton Park, by 15-7. New coach Sophie Durnan and her band of well-credentialed recruits started the season in fine fettle, and it did not take long for them to gel with the remaining members of Mordialloc teams gone by, as an even first quarter was turned into a convincing lead when play was called to a halt. The division three ladies were not so fortunate, conceding the points to Lyndale by 9-7, but they will be encouraged by their recovery from a slow start. There is plenty of experience and know-how in this team. They will be one to watch as the season unfolds.
It has been some time since we’ve been able to beat Dingley at reserves level, not that we’re Robinson Crusoe in that regard. Last year’s preliminary final, whilst disappointing, led us to think we were getting closer, and our team on paper led us to believe that this might be the day. Alas, close, but no cigar. Two goals to nil in the first quarter gave us a margin that we were able to hold until the last change, but in the final term the rain ceased, the wind blew, and Dingley were just too damn good. 50 to 29 doesn’t give a true indication of the fight that we put up. We had all single goal kickers, with Todd Bastion, Shane Lawton and Lachlann Zealley our best on the day.
Mordialloc v Dingley battles are epic in nature, be they football, netball, cheese rolling or anything else. This was a replay of last year’s grand final and is tipped by many to be a preview of this year’s, and the fare on offer here didn’t disappoint. Dingley kicked the first four goals by using the wind well early on, but when Steve Tolongs belted one home from distance on the quarter time siren, our spirits rose significantly. Unfortunately Dingley again proved to be a fine into-the-wind team and we went to oranges two goals down. Though we reduced the margin to five points at the last change, and got to within one early in the last term, that’s as close as we came, and Dingley scored the last two majors of the day to win by 56-44. As with the seconds, we did not have a multiple goal kicker. Ben Humphrey, Nathan Evans and Aaron Kneebone were adjudged our best.
Next Sunday sees the opening of the women’s football season, and our girls will play East Brighton at 11.30 as a curtain-raiser to the Sandringham v Port Melbourne VFL match at Trevor Barker Oval, Sandringham. Please come watch this if you can and give our girls some of our amazing Bloodhounds support. The girls tuned up with a final practice match against Waverley where, despite the foul conditions and a couple of injuries, our ability to win possession and our forward pressure gave us much to be enthused about. There are many new faces in the side this year, and they will be well worth watching as the season develops.
So that’s it for round one folks. Let’s try & catch a game or two next weekend.
This week’s fixtures (All Saturday unless specified)
Men’s Football – v East Malvern @ East Malvern – Reserves from Noon & Seniors from 2:15pm
Women’s Football – This Sunday v East Brighton at 11.30am as a curtain-raiser to the Sandringham v Port Melbourne VFL match at Trevor Barker Oval, Sandringham
All games at SDNA at Dingley
Div 1 v St. Kilda City @ Noon
Div 3 v Hampton Park @ 1:20pm
Div 5 v Bentleigh @ 1:20pm
Div 6 v Doveton Eagles @ 1:20pm
Div 7 v Murrumbeena @ Noon
Ongoing Training Details
When: Thursday nights @ 6:30 – 8pm
Where: Sturdee Street, Chelsea
When: Monday & Wednesday nights @6pm
Where:Ben Kav Reserve (McDonald Street, Mordialloc)
When: Tuesday & Thursday nights @6pm
Where: Ben Kav Reserve (McDonald Street, Mordialloc)
BEN KAVANAGH UPDATE
Unfortunately on the 5th of May, we will only have access to the ground floor dressing rooms & toilets as the first stage handover.
However no effect on our first home game as there will be food & drinks available for sale so the Beer & BBQ shed will be operating as per usual.
The major impact will be our inability to have game day & social functions in the new 1st Floor social rooms but as soon as that can be rectified it will be. These delays are now Council issues around the certificate of occupancy and MFB safety inspections!
We sincerely apologise to all players, sponsors and supporters but the delay has only been communicated to us today (20/4/18)
And the Senior Men’s Football fixture has been released, a quick outline below, just click on the image to expand it and please note due to the delay in our new building at Ben Kav, our first 3 games are all away fixtures