Preston Bullants JFC
Tackers White returned to our beloved Zwar Park to take on the Ivanhoe White team. With us having plenty of players, and the Ivanhoe side struggling to fill a side, we had numerus boys each quarter pull on the Ivanhoe jumper and help.
With Ivanhoe now having a full side, and many big strong boys in their line up, they did very well around the ground and with the clearances. However, the Tackers continued to follow Chris and Shane's instructions and played a fantastic match, improving each quarter.
It was a high scoring affair, with both sides kicking fantastic goals against quality backlines! The coaches were very happy after the game, as were all the Tackers as they belted out the song with great gusto!
With the adjustment made in grading we headed off to Whitehorse Colts to play our first game in Blue division. Our bad luck with injuries continues to thwart our full team and we had lost Ben and Leon during the week, so we had 16 players ready to go! Whitehorse were happy to oblige with playing 16 a side. Ben, Leon and Shep were all brilliant supporters from the side lines and were cheering on their team mates, encouraging them to work hard at the ball and work well together.
The first quarter started as we had left off last week with a determined attack from the Whitehorse Colts. Whitehorse were playing to the end with a distinct advantage of a large dip towards the goals. The first quarter was a gruelling tussle with both teams fighting to gain any ascendancy. Our marking presence was again strong as Arch and Zac made the ball stick. Jakob was brilliant with his second efforts and Tom was displaying quick hands to try and match Whitehorse. We were unable to make a dent on the scoreboard and did very well to deter the persistent Colts as they peppered our defensive 50. They had 15 points on the board as confusion around which siren actually mattered had umpires, coaches, players and parents all flummoxed.
The second quarter was a great quarter of football from us and our good decision making and impressive skills were apparent. Goals to Jack, Archie x 2 and Sonny meant that we were worrying our opponents and offering plenty of options to our defenders and midfielders. It felt so good to head to the half time break 2 points ahead of the Whitehorse Colts with us on 24. Our run and dash and determination was strong – we were going to be tested as they had a bench and we were required to fight out with our 16 players.
The third quarter proved a challenge as our opponents worked hard to clear some space and put gaps between their opponent and run hard to the advantage of the ground. We had plenty of brilliant efforts to stem the tide with Otis, Edwin, Sonny, Tom and Arch standing out in their commitment and effort. We couldn’t quite contain their attack as they added extra goals to their score card. The message going into the last quarter was to keep aiming to get the ball out of the centre – apply more tackling pressure as it had fallen off and stay close and keep tight on your opponent. With the temperature rising and no fresh legs it was going to be a tough ask to match the gap that Whitehorse had put on the board.
Our valiant boys hadn’t given up and we saw brilliant displays as Jack and Sonny worked hard to stop Whitehorse Colts add further goals to their tally. Josh Sergi again stuck to the task and stood up and tackled hard on much taller opponents. We were largely able to stop the run and attack from Whitehorse and our menacing onballers and mid-fielders looked dangerous and determined. Arch and Alex were able to add extra goals to the score and as the match came to its conclusion our boys looked spent. Sonny, Edwin, Zac and Jakob, Arch and Tom had continued to surge – we went down by 20 points but it was a great effort and felt much closer than that.
Keep working hard together boys, supporting each other, thinking about where your opponent is…it is coming together and you will continue to grow in confidence and enjoyment.
With the first 4 rounds done and dusted the YJFL decided that the Bullants would be better placed in Blue division. Although the boys were always competitive in all their games it was probably the right decision. In any case, there are no easy games, and the team we were facing were coming off a 100+ point victory and had amassed a percentage of 1400!!!!
Marcus, Tommy G and Hamish were given captains duties for the match and we instructed that if they won the toss (which they did) to kick to the scoring end (there was a 3 goal breeze favouring the city end of Zwar).
With a good warm up under their belts, and the coach’s final words of ‘don’t kick to packs’ still ringing in their ears the boys headed out for the first bounce.
The first bounce saw the ball kicked into Macleod’s forward line, but Tommy G (as he did for most of the game) read the play and intercepted and launched a counterattack with one of his trademark runs. As the quarter went on the Bullants started to find their rhythm and it wasn’t long before a good bit of build up play ended up with a goal to Tom. This lifted the Bullants and all the boys started to work harder than their opponents. With Clem’s pressure and Sage’s relentless tackling the Bullants started to get on top. This led to a great mark and goal to Woody (thanks to some great work by Andre)
Bullants 2.1.13 Macleod 1.0.6
With a good start to the game the boys once again went about their work picked up where they left off from the 1st quarter. Tom was starting to really have an impact on the game and a bit of play between he and Kes setup another goal, this time through Woody’s snap around the corner. With Watto dominating in the ruck and Sam, Ned and Marcus feeding off his good work the forwards were getting great service. Callum and Ziggy were providing great targets with only some good defence from Macleod stopping more goals coming the way of the Bullants. With the backline playing good defensive footy (led beautifully by Hamish and Xavier) Macleod could only add a single goal (not making use of the 3 goal advantage).
Bullants 3.2.20 Macleod 2.214
The 3rd quarter saw the Bullants play their best footy of the year. It finally all clicked and the hard work at training was evident with fantastic tackling, great skills and teamwork on display. Goals rained for the Bullants with Tom adding another to his impressive game, and Ziggy taking a huge mark (and looking like Mark Maclure holding the ball aloft) and finishing off his great work. Venuto roved the pack beautifully and slotted one, and to top it off, Clem goaled after the siren after a great mark. The forward line was fed through some great work by the backline and midfield with Billy playing a blinder. It safe to say that the coach was happy and was almost lost for words during the 3 qtr. time break. It was great to see the boys all wrapped with their effort, but they all settled quickly and realised there was one more quarter to play.
Bullants 8.4.52 Macleod 2.3.15
With Macleod having the wind advantage the ball spent a bit of time in the defensive end for the Bullants, but no matter as the backline was playing beautifully. Some bits of play that warrant a mention were:
• Malachy showing that doing the 1% is just as important as getting the ball, putting a great Shepherd on to allow some of the other boys to get the ball clear.
• Tommy G and Hamish reading the play and running the ball out of defence.
• Sage, Clem and Billy going in hard to make a contest and getting the ball out to the advantage of the Bullants.
• Marcus’ endless running.
In the end, the Bullants fighting spirit held Macleod goalless in the quarter. It was a fantastic win, and after exchanging handshakes with Macleod, we were quickly ushered into the rooms so that the song could be sung. Ably led by the coach (who looked as though he had a tear in his eye) the song was belted out and with the roof being lifted off the room. This game showed the boys that the hard work during the week was worth it, and that when it all comes together the Bullants are a force to be reckoned with. As usual we will continue to work hard at training, knowing that all the hard work is worth it.
Thanks to all the parent volunteers who helped out on the day
Bullants 8.6.54 Glen Iris 2.5.17
Thanks to Carlo Venuto for an excellent Match Report.
Proud Coach as always. Scott.
This Sunday Round 5 the Bullants played Canterbury at home Zwar park. Both sides on two wins each it was an important game for the boys. Jaxyn Aminde played his 100th game - well done Jaxyn.
Kicking with the aid of a slight breeze, the boys started off very slowly, being beaten to the ball and letting Canterbury play on around the stoppages. Luckily for the Bullant boys the opposition were in accurate and we were only able to kick 4 points to our 2 goals by end of the first quarter.
The 2nd quarter stanza was a much better performance - kicking into the breeze, with the boys playing in front and kicking to players on the run and in space.
Going in at half time our scores 4 goals (24) to 8 points.
The third quarter was similar to the 1st with Canterbury pressing hard and being first at the contest with both teams scoring two goals each, bringing the scores to 6.2.38 to 2.8.20
Kicking into the breeze in the last quarter the Bullant boys produced another good quarter of football dominating possession and playing a quick play on brand of football. This keeping Canterbury goalless for the term, running out 15 point winners. 6.2.38 to 2.11.23
The better players on the day were Nathan in the back pocket, Keelan and Sonny rucking and half back, Rylan at centre half forward with his leading, Samuel Amad on the wing playing his best game for the year so far with his moving around the ground.
This week we take on Bulleen at their home ground. So, let's make sure we turn up ready to go and to take them from the first bounce!!
Yours in footy
Another away game saw us take on the Templestowe Dockers on a beautiful late Autumn day where the temperature hit a balmy 20 degrees. The game was an arm wrestle from the start with both teams showing great run from defence. Caitlin and Ayva B slotting right into the fast tempo and giving us many forward thrusts. Charlotte playing as a running defender and ruck at times was flying and the game was being played at a very high standard. Our backline led by the ever reliable Ella was again sensational. Her elevation to one of the vice captains has certainly helped her football. Fellow backline palyers in Marianne and Libby were also having an influence on the game and their link up across half back was a highlight in the first term. The match was being played in the right spirit and the scores at quarter time were even. Templesowe 0.1.1 to Preston 0.1.1.
The second quarter saw the arm wrestle reach a stale mate with both teams moving the ball the length of the ground with opposition backlines mopping up at will. It was a Ross Lyon special, defensive football at its finest. Lauren was attacking the footy with both hands and one day she will take half a dozen marks in a game. Ginger was using her elite speed to team up with Erin, our number one race horse. Freya, Lucy and Gabby were nipping at the heels of their opposition numbers and keeping us in the contest. At half time a solitary point split the two sides. Templestowe 0.3.3 to Preston 0.2.2
At half time Emma, Simon and I made a few changes to see if we could generate a spark in the Bullant nest. Zara came off injured so Tahlia had to go down back where she gave us an extra tall defensive post. This meant Victoria had to be the general in the forward line, and control it she did. Olivia smashing her way through a pack and getting the ball onto Freya who somehow managed to hit Victoria on a lead was brilliant. Vic went back and slotted the set shot to put our first major on the board. Templestowe sensing the occasion answered straight back and the game had gone up a gear. At the last break the scores were Templestowe 1.5.11 to Preston 1.2.8.
During the three quarter time huddle I signaled out Rose as a player I needed a lift out of. We decided to play her deep in the forward 50 to try and lock the ball in for us until the rest of the cavalry arrived. Rose had other ideas and when Gabby snapped the ball forward Rose ran into an open goal to put us 3 points clear. What a game and what a first goal for the smallest player in our team. Templestowe kept fighting and with some ‘creative’ goal umpiring decisions they clawed their way back to level the scores with less than a minute to go. The last passage of play saw the ball go long into the Templestowe forward line where the opposition pounced on the ball and run into an open goal only to be run down by our number one hard nut in Freya. She seemingly saved the day and at this stage we were happy to bank the draw. In a dramatic twist the umpire called a free kick for a push in the back with seconds remaining. The kick missed but it mattered little as Templestowe recorded their second win of the season. Final scores were Templestowe 1.9.15 to Preston 2.2.14. A great game of footy and one we will learn from. Better players were Ayva B, Caitlin, Ella, Charlotte, Olivia, Ginger and Erin.
Thanks to Emma and Simon for their coaching and running assistance. Thanks to Mish for taking on the role as Team Manager and Bek the role of Trainer. Thanks to all the other parents for their help. See you all in a month after our overseas trip to the homeland. Emma is in charge with Jules and Simon so any complaints can be made to them.
After a gruelling four-week period, where the Preston Bullants endured three losses despite competing well for large parts of each match, the boys headed into the fifth round home encounter against Fitzroy 1 at Zwar Reserve. With grading complete, the Bullants had been judged to be a good fit for Brown division, but would end up getting a bit of a wake-up call after a 99-point drubbing.
After winning the toss, Fitzroy 1 elected to take advantage of Zwar’s distinctive wind, and didn’t take long to register their first goal. The away team would end up with three goals in the opening term, and it could have been more were it not for the great defensive pressure from the likes of Jacob, Lucas and Harry, the latter attacking the contest hard in defence and also contesting on the wing, taking a few consecutive grabs as Fitzroy tried to repel the Bullants’ attacking plays. There were flashes of brilliance in attack as well; Phoenix’s evasiveness in the middle to generate a centre clearance to hit up Cooper, but the boys would fail to score a major.
Things hadn’t gone to plan for the Bullants, and the boys started the second half with good intent. Harry remained strong in defence; Cooper continued to be a reliable target around the ground, and Josh and Mahmoud both had pings at goal after winning the ball, but with neither kicking a goal, a major score would prove to be elusive. In comparison, Fitzroy 1 would add another five goals in the third quarter, extending their already commanding margin and just about putting the result beyond doubt.
Despite the overwhelming odds, there was still some fight in the boys during the final term. Jack and Jordan were still full of run, and Jessie was chasing hard up forward. Unfortunately, the boys would finish the game without registering a score in the last quarter. Time now to reset, and reassess. The Bullants had previously proven that they were capable of matching it with other Brown division teams, they’ll have an opportunity to show it again next week.
Hi Everyone, round 5 was underway and after a dominating win last week at home the boys travelled to Stradbroke Park to tackle the Kew Rovers who moved up a division through grading.
From the get-go the boys were clearly in the mood to play and immediately showed their class and their growing knowledge of the game. The focus this week was an emphasis on the game tempo, with control through composure.
I will make it short and sweet and say it was well deserved win in the end after losing some momentum through the second and third quarters, due to a couple of unfortunate injuries, leaving the remaining boys to seal the win in the last couple of minutes with clear heads prevailing as Kew were coming home strong.
After an emotionally charged day, I would like to acknowledge that football is an emotional game, a full contact physical sport and we are only human, good calls and bad. I can say collectively, regardless of the outcome, the coaching group hold the welfare, development and journey in a higher regard than the week to week outcome.
A heads up and hurry back to: -
Tom R, Xav G, and Yianni P.
A big fingers crossed for the relentless and ever brave: -
Marcus C and Felix MSB
Strength in numbers, Keep it Up, Go Bullants 2019
Cheers Mick & Josh
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This was a disciplined unit playing a disciplined game. Measured, controlled, considered and methodical. And yet, creative, dynamic and risk taking. The 2019 Bullants Colts is miles ahead of where the same bunch of guys were only seven games ago when they played their first scratch match. The spread of talent across the field is impressive, let alone the players coming into their own, rising to each week’s challenge. This game told us a lot about where the team is at. And it’s good news!
In the First, Josh was everywhere. Aided at every bounce by Kingy’s tapping. Terry, our half-back roadblock takes a mark and moves the ball quickly forward to Hamilton. Jack E swings around the play, scoops up the errant ball and curves it neatly through the big sticks. The Bullants had maximum ball time. Johnny took a strong mark. In one of our many runs down the field we saw Terry move it to Jackson to Rory in quick succession. Ben T’s tackle and then second effort was only the first good piece of footy from him today. GI got on the board and we answered immediately. Like in 30 seconds. Kingy tap, Josh clearance, Johnny tap and Punter goal. Kingy again, this time Brodie cleared it forward. The team was already in 4th gear and we were hardly half way through the First. Jackson’s Gibbo punch then follow up tackle on the boundary sent the opposition the sort of message they didn’t really need. Bash’s tap saved a certain GI goal. Alister was impressing with his smart footy moves. Jackson’s kick sees the ball travel from the back line to the forward 50, to Billy on the flank. He moves it to Johnny and we have another.
As I walked away from the Quarter time huddle I was struck with the beauty of this ground. Trees line the oval like environmental guards, the late May sun boosting this autumnal day with an extra dollop of rays and if you look real hard you can just make out across the skyline the huge imposing electrical-lines stretched hard and rigid across this sacred place, breaking the tranquillity of the moment. Anyways, back to the game.
The second quarter was all ours. My notes read: Kingy’s first ruck tap gets the Bullants engine running. Anton takes a strong defensive mark. Jack B with his trademark, tough as guts tackle – he has a great quarter and is starting to show signs of what made him a devastatingly good player last year. Josh marks. Josh marks again. Hamilton with a solid grab. Johnny marks right in front. Goal, natch. Ben and Anton were lifting. Alister spins the contest inside out and runs it forward. Jakeb, who is all heart and instinct spoils. Kingy follows up a clearance ruck with a boundary line smother. By now most of the play in this quarter was inside our 50m line. Jack E’s pass is moved on to Johnny then Punter. Terry to Jackson. We have had our chances, we’re just can’t finish it off. Until. A classic Bullants run. Ben to Sam to Lucas to Billy and back to Sam who sends it deep into the goal square where Hamilton marks and Hamilton goals. But there’s more. Brodie steals the ball in a squabble on the back flank, sprints away, takes four bounces and almost does a Manassa! Marty immediately nicknames him Roadrunner. Terry continues his protector of the backline role. At one point he takes on ten Glen Iris players … and wins the contest. Billy has created a number of promising plays. Lucas is getting his hands on the ball, he’s had a great quarter. Jackson and Zac are never far from making Glen Iris pay for a mistake. In a very tight pocket Billy slots through a goal.
We start the Third with a couple of out of character mistakes, resulting in a Glen Iris goal, their first since the First. But we settle soon after that and through terrific Bullant teamwork get the ball to Hamilton who runs off the mark and kicks true. I should state that in some of our runs and quick ball movement I have trouble recording all players involved. I apologise if I miss out a player. Like in this run. Terry gets it to Anton and he passes it to Ben who finds Josh down forward. Josh’s kick, clean as a whistle, puts another goal on the board. Billy reminding Dusty how to do a jumper shove, find space and handpasses to Johnny. The Third finds the Bullants slightly off rhythm. I put it down to the lead they’ve established and that damned sun almost beckoning a siesta. Maybe that’s just me. Zac takes a strong mark. Okay, the intensity is starting to lift. Zac has been excellent. Keeps committing. GI score with possibly the best ball movement they’ve produced all day. Zac, again, instigating attacks out of defence. Jakeb and Lucas are really imposing themselves on the contest. Billy find space, kicks deep into the forward 50. Where Alister who has sprinted into space, takes the ball and makes no mistake. Billy, again in the action, takes a defensive mark. Jackson clears down the wing. Zac tackles (it’s in his blood) but it’s his second and third efforts that show his mettle. The ball is kicked high and Josh gets under it, commits and marks. Johnny takes a strong pack mark. The quarter ends.
I know I’m like a broken record but Kingy’s ruck taps do not get less as the game goes on. We start the fourth on top courtesy of his best efforts. GI are not laying down. We will win but not without a contest until the final siren. Hamilton’s backline pressure and Zac on the goal line thwart GI’s desperate forward thrusts. My notes have me writing Alister down and a tick beside his name. His game’s been good. Real good. Terry just north of centre looks for options and kicks across the ground to Jackson. He’s about 45 out on a 45 degree angle. The kick goes straight over the umpy’s head. Minutes later Kingy gets it to Jackson and he finds Josh. And Josh does not miss. My play of the day was Zac’s efforts down the wing and flank, hard against the boundary and single-minded in his pursuit of the Sherrin. Footy at its best. Terry so far past his post kicks the ball deep into the pocket. Josh, from an angle that might not even be in Maths books, kicks it as straight as a ruler. Our key players took control of the ball in the final minutes. Johnny, Billy, Hamilton, Terry, Jackson and Jakeb all had their moments. Jackson in particular was playing his change the game role to a T. And then we saw just how committed the Bullants are. Alister sprinted with GI players as they surged forward. His pressure and determination was palpable. He had a backer in Kingy, the captain. Alister made sure GI would work hard to even get a sniff of their reward. Or fall over. Kingy took over when Alister was spent from his efforts. They saved a sure goal and let GI know the Bullants never surrender. It was fitting that Terry’s mark in defence was the last play of the game.
This game marked the season proper post the grading games. The Bullants could well have moved into Division 3 where I am sure we would have been in the thick of the contest right through the Finals. In Division 4 we are a top level team. We should not let that go to our heads. If we play like we did today every week then we will do well. If we get ahead of ourselves we won’t.