2009 Bulldog Bites

Semi Final

A slightly disappointing end to season 2009 with the Gisborne Bulldogs going down to Kangaroo Flat by 57 points in last Sunday’s first semi final at the QEO. Slow out of the blocks early the boys found themselves 42 points down at 1/4 time before mounting a serious challenge to get back to within 18 points at the main break. The boys made a promising start in the third quarter, controlling possession for the first 10 minutes but failed to convert. From then on Kangaroo Flat took their opportunities extending their lead before finally running out easy winners. Gisborne was best served by Ollie Messaoudi who tried hard,

Darren Farrugia with 4 goals, Scott Walsh, Ryan Webster, Matt McKenzie, Rod Sharp, Shaun Comerford and Ty Elliott.

In the reserves the boys produced a fantastic effort to defy the previously undefeated South Bendigo winning by 9.11.65 to 5.9.39 and advancing into the Grand Final. After a very even 1st half the boys produced a sensational 2nd half to outplay their rival, opening up a 21 point lead at the 3/4 time break before going on to win by 26 points. Gisborne was best served by David Pante, Jacob Forder, Kane Grbac, Ryan Dillon, Pat Taylor and Dan Weaver. Gisborne’s goals were shared around with Mark Strickland the only multiple with 2 goals. Well done boys a fantastic effort and sets you up nicely for the Grand Final in two weeks time.

In the A Grade netball the girls bowed out of finals race losing their first semi final encounter against Golden Square 44 to 36. Overall the girls had a fantastic year putting themselves into a position where they could well have mounted a serious challenge for the flag. It was not to be, but very well done for your season’s efforts.

We held a very enjoyable Sponsors night last Friday evening and a very special thanks to everyone who organized the night, in particular Matt McKenzie and Damian Slater. Well done.

A reminder of Presentation night to be held on Friday the 25th September at the Sporting Association rooms for a 7.30pm start. Tickets are $40 per person which includes a three course meal with drinks at bar prices.

Special mention to our many fantastic sponsors McKibbins Transport, Victoria Tavern, Mitre 10, All Systems Plumbing, Malcolm Freake, Bendigo Bank Gisborne Coles Gisborne, Subway Gisborne, Albert Heights Serviced Apartments, Gisborne Self Storage, Acron Engineering, Macedon Ranges Glass, Foodworks Gisborne, Telegraph Hotel Gisborne Bakers Delight Gisborne, Gisborne Sportspower, Minet & Partners, Westpac Gisborne and Southern Star Internet Services.

A reminder to all members that a meeting to vote on the proposal to move to the Ballarat Football Netball League is to be held at the Gisborne Sporting Association Rooms on Tuesday 15th of September at 7.30pm.

First Semi Final

If there was any doubt as to the gap between the top two sides and the rest of the competition it was put to bed in last Sunday’s qualifying final when Gisborne was defeated in emphatic style by Golden Square. When your down on confidence and competing against quality opposition it becomes all too predictable as poor decision making by hand and by foot results in the creation in undue pressure which invariably leads to mistakes being created. In the stoppages, we need to get over the seeming compulsion to cough up the ball immediately. Lets hang on to the pill, do not panic and find a better option free in space who can then release without pressure. The rest will follow. Its pretty simple stuff and I have no doubt our blokes have the capacity to turn this part of their game around starting this Sunday against Kangaroo Flat. Getting back to last Sunday’s encounter it was a little difficult to find players who you could argue put their hand up but Ryan Webster battled really hard, Luke Saunders looked dangerous up forward with limited opportunities, Rod Sharp who won plenty of possessions through the midfield, Ollie Messaoudi who never gave up contesting for the ball and Scott Walsh who tried hard all day.

In the reserves qualifying final against Kangaroo Flat the boys generally controlled play for most of the day and ran out winners 10.11.71 to 8.11.59. Only for a brief period late in the 3rd quarter when the Flat squared up the match did Gisborne look threatened. The Bulldogs were well served by Damian Slater, Dan Weaver, Darren Ingleton, Kane Grbac, Jacob Forder, Josh Di Camillo. Ryan Dillon put his hand up when required early in the last quarter to virtually turn the match on its head kicking two goals and assisting in another. This week the boys get the opportunity to square up against South Bendigo in the 2nd semi final on Sunday.

In the U18’s elimination final against South Bendigo in the Gisborne boys got off to a slow start kicking only 2 goals in the first three quarters. Some good work in defence by Steven Mills, James Morley and Will Jennings. Through the midfield Matt Bouwmeester, Jamerson Campbell, Tim O’Hare and Taylor Drew made an impact. The last quarter was a much better team effort, the boys were able to kick 5 goals and out score South Bendigo in the final term. We had 7 goal kickers on the day but had trouble getting the ball into our 50 meter zone. Ryan Hickingbotham, Taylor Drew, James Morley, Steven Mills, Mark Strickland, Caleb Forder tried hard all day. A fantastic effort and congratulations to all the boys for there efforts during the season and in making the finals. Special thanks again to U16 players Daine Mann, Tim Walsh, Lachlan Crosbie, Hamish Govan and Luke Rowland. Final scores Gisborne 7.9.50 to South Bendigo 16.5.101.

In the A Grade netball qualifying final the girls got off to a slow start and from there played catch up all day before going down to Kangaroo Flat 34 to 28. The girls now take on Golden Square in the 1st semi final on Saturday evening.

In the B Grade netball elimination final the girls also started slowly and were unable to bridge the gap going down to Eaglehawk 35 to 29.

A reminder of presentation night to be held on Friday the 25th September at the Sporting Association rooms for a 7.30pm start.

Special mention to our many fantastic sponsors McKibbins Transport, Victoria Tavern, Mitre 10, All Systems Plumbing, Malcolm Freake, Bendigo Bank Gisborne Coles Gisborne, Subway Gisborne, Albert Heights Serviced Apartments, Gisborne Self Storage, Acron Engineering, Macedon Ranges Glass, Foodworks Gisborne, Telegraph Hotel Gisborne Bakers Delight Gisborne, Gisborne Sportspower, Minet & Partners, Westpac Gisborne and Southern Star Internet Services.

A reminder to all members that a meeting to vote on the proposal to move to the Ballarat Football Netball League is to be held at the Gisborne Sporting Association Rooms on Tuesday 15th of September at 7.30pm. An information night to discuss the proposal has been tentatively arranged for Tuesday the 8th of September at 7.30pm at the same venue.

This weekend we have three sides doing battle with our senior football and netball sides going into sudden dead contests and the reserves side playing off in the 2nd semi for the right to go straight into the grand final. Good luck to all sides and lets bring home the bacon.

GO DOGGIES.

Prelim Final

As the Gisborne Football Netball Club moves into its ninth finals campaign in the Bendigo Football Netball League its worth reflecting on our club’s achievement’s for the year.

We have all five sides in finals action. These comprise the Seniors, Reserves and Under 18 footballers, together with the A Grade and B Grade Netballers.

Well done guys and girls for all your hard work through the year. Now we all need to build on the belief that we can do it and achieve what many would regard as the impossible.

You can tend to lose sight of the wonderful achievements bestowed on this great football netball club over the journey. Last Saturday night at the Gisborne Sporting Social Rooms the one hundred and forty people in attendance at The Team of the Decade Night got the opportunity to reflect on ten years of success.

The backdrop for the night a rich aggregation of premiership flags and cups was a sight to behold and something we should all be proud of.

For the record the Team of the Decade as announced on Saturday night was:

B: Cameron Medica (12), Eddie Barake (29), Dave Power (2),
HB: Ty Elliott (10), Marcus Barham (9) (Capt), Rodney Sharp (1),
C: Chris Curcio (11), Daniel Sipthorp (17) , Gareth Bowes (18),
HF: Michael Dillon (3), Simon Elsum (2), Luke Saunders (21) (vice Capt ),
F: Jordan Barham (51), Steven Reaper (18), Shane Davis (7),
R: Anthony Belcher (6), Ollie Messaoudi (16), Matthew Fitzgerald (5),
Int: Matthew McKenzie (13), Stewart Hamilton (4), Darren Farrugia (19).
Coach: Mick McGuane.

A reminder to all members that a meeting to vote on the proposal to move to the Ballarat Football Netball League is to be held at the Gisborne Sporting Association Rooms on Tuesday 15th of September at 7.30pm. An information night to discuss the proposal has been tentatively arranged for Tuesday the 8th of September at 7.30pm at the same venue.

This week we are front up against the Golden Square Football Netball Club at the home of country football the Queen Elizabeth Oval. Enough said know its time to deliver.

GO DOGGIES

Round 18

A bad day at the office last Saturday with the seniors going down by 84 points to South Bendigo 18.21.129 to 6.7.43. Not a lot of joy all round as Gisborne struggled to stay in touch with the rivals particularly after 1/4 time. It was difficult to find good players but we can mention Casey Summerfield, Ryan Webster, Grant Bassegio, Ollie Messaoudi, Tim O’Hare, Scott Walsh and Josh Bain. First gamer Jamerson Campbell acquitted himself quite well.

In the reserves the boys also found top side South Bendigo a formidable opponent going down 9.15.69 to 4.4.28. The goals were shared and those players who put their hand up on the day included Aaron Storie, Darren Ingleton, Dave Pante, Kieran Bowling, Heath levis and Tim McCormick.

In the U18’s under near perfect conditions the boys got off to a great start kicking the first 3 goals. The early advantage was also aided by good work in defence by Stephen Mills, James Morley and Lachlan O’Gorman. Through the midfield Matt Bouwmeester, Trent Wright and Wil Jennings were having an impact. The tide changed in the 2nd quarter and we were unable to score and trailed by 25 points at the main break. The 3rd quarter saw the boys pick up their intensity having four scoring shots to South’s five. Despite this the lead went out to 41 points at 3/4 time due to the opposition’s more accurate kicking. The last quarter was a great effort by the defence and midfield and with more possession of the ball did not allow the deficit to blow out anymore. Special thanks again to the U16 players for their contribution, A Connolly, E McKenna, S Delorenzo and J Williams. Final scores were Gisborne 4.6.30 to South Bendigo 9.20.74

In the A Grade netball the girls defeated South Bendigo 57 goals to 32.

In the B Grade the girls went down narrowly 37 to 35.

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Casey Summerfield, Aaron Storie, Matt Bouwmeester, Shelley Barclay and Kristy Blackmore.

Given this is the Club’s tenth year in the Bendigo Football Netball League we are having a Team of the Decade night to be held on this Saturday night after the Round 18 clash against Strathfieldsaye. The venue is the Sporting Rooms upstairs with a 7.30pm start time. The cost is $65 per person or $120 per couple which includes finger food, beer, wine, and soft drink. Dress is semi formal. Bookings are essential and you can contact Ty Elliot on Mob 0417 578 988 or email on typhoongisb@westnet.com.au , and Matt McKenzie on Mob 0402 296 473 or email on m_bmckenzie@bigpond.com .

The task of selecting the Team of the Decade has been given to Doug Belcher, John Fitzgerald and Bill Barham who will announce the team on what should be a pretty exciting night

The Bendigo Advertiser’s sports reporter Luke West took time out to select his Team of the Decade and to be eligible a player must have played at least two seasons with the Bulldogs. His selected side comprised the following:

B: Cameron Medica, Matt McKenzie, Stewart Hamilton.
HB: Anthony Belcher, Marcus Barham (Capt), Rod Sharp.
C: Chris Curcio, Ollie Messaoudi, Ty Elliott, Michael Dillon, Luke Saunders (VC), Shane Davis.
F: Jordan Barham, Steven Reaper, Darren Farrugia.
R: Jason Duff -Tytler, Simon Elsum, Matt Fitzgerald.
Int: Eddie Barake, David Power, Daniel Sipthorp.
Coach: Mick McGuane.

Round 17

In the senior game played at Canterbury Park the Gisborne boys met their match against a switched on Eaglehawk as the home side got out of the blocks early to open up a 5 goal lead at 1/4 time. The trend of the game continued in the 2nd quarter as the home side extended their lead to 6 goals at the main break as their mid combination lead by Justin Arnold took control. Too Gisborne’s credit the boys fought back early in the 3rd quarter kicking 4 consecutive goals to bring back the margin to 9 points before the Borough steadied and went to the 3 quarter time huddle 4 goals to the better. Things did not improve much in the last quarter as the home side went on to win by 8 goals 22.9.141 to 13.14.92. The Gisborne Bulldogs were once again left to rue missed opportunities as this recurring theme continues to fester.

Its a little difficult to reconcile an 8 goal defeat when your inside 50’s are 46 to the opposition 56!!!!!. We had multiple goal kickers with Darren Farrugia, Ty Elliot and Callan Potter kicking 2 goals apiece.

Our on-ballers tried hard but found the Borough’s mid field far too slick. Grant Bassegio did a good job curbing Shannon Milward while Casey Summerfield tried hard. Ryan Webster added a bit of spice when he went forward on occasions as did Scott Walsh. Tom May presence was noticeable earlier on and Rod Sharp had some influence particularly in the 3rd quarter revival. Ty Elliot whilst looking tired at the end would have been encouraged by his game. Matt McKenzie was very good when he went into the centre square in Gisborne’s early 3rd quarter revival and his efforts also helped Gisborne’s best player Cameron Medica who did a fantastic job in keeping Eaglehawk gun Brady Herdman goalless on the day.

In the reserves the boys once again combined well to win in comprehensive fashion against Eaglehawk Just too fast and too slick the boys opened up a 7 goal lead at the main break and continued on their merry way in the second half to win in impressive fashion 15.4.94 to 5.7.37. Heath Levis in an unfamiliar role up forward kicked 3 goals along with other multiple scorer Dan Favaro with 2 goals. Better players were Aaron Bates, David Pante, Jason Storie, Darren Ingleton, Heath Levis and Dan Favaro.

In the U’18s under near perfect conditions the boys got off to a slow start trailing by 3 goals at the first break with good work in defence coming from Stephen Mills, James Morley, and Lachlan O’Gorman. The tide changed in the second and third quarters with a much better midfield effort resulting in Gisborne kicking 8 goals 3 behinds to Eaglehawk 7 goals 6 behinds. great work by Caleb Forder, Damien Herrera, Ryan Hickinbotham, Taylor Drew and Matt Bouwmeester. The last quarter was set up for Gisborne to upset a top four side as continued efforts around the ground by the whole team went largely unrewarded. Despite not making the most of its opportunities the boys will take away a valuable experience that will help them in the weeks ahead.Special thanks again to the U16 players for their contribution being A Connolly, S Delorenzo and N Glenister. Best players were Tim O’Hare, Jamerson Campbell, Caleb Forder, Wil Jennings, Taylor Drew and Matt Bouwmeester. Final scores were Gisborne 11.4.70 to Eaglehawk 16.11.107.

In the A Grade netball the girls after getting away to a handy 17 goal lead at the main break ran out of legs in the the second half to fall over the line winning by 5 goals 50 to 45 . Better players were Meg Grbac and Simone Trevillan.

In the B Grade it was a close contest for the majority of the day before the Gisborne girls got away toward the end to win 40 goals to 31 goals. Kristy Blackmore once again got the chocolates.

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Cameron Medica, Aaron Bates, Jamerson Campbell, Simone Trevillan and Kristy Blackmore.

Given this is the Club’s tenth year in the Bendigo Football Netball League we are having a Team of the Decade night to be held on 22 August after the Round 18 clash against Strathfieldsaye. The venue is the Sporting Rooms upstairs with a 7.30pm start time. The cost is $65 per person or $120 per couple which includes finger food, beer, wine, and soft drink. Dress is semi formal. Bookings are essential and you can contact Ty Elliot on Mob 0417 578 988 or email on typhoongisb@westnet.com.au , and Matt McKenzie on Mob 0402 296 473 or email on m_bmckenzie@bigpond.com

Round 15

In the senior game against 2nd placed Golden Square the Gisborne Bulldogs got an absolute belting going down by 159 points. The loss surpassed Gisborne’s previous heaviest loss in its 183 games in the BFL since joining in 2000 of 154 points against Castlemaine in round 15, 2000. Anyway the least said the better putting it down to an aberration which can happen from time to time. Better players which were hard to find included Cameron Medica, Jacob Forder, Pat Fitzgerald, Grant Bassegio, Tom May and Casey Summerfield.

In the reserves another close encounter against 4th placed Golden Square saw the Gisborne Bulldogs get away in the last quarter going on to win 7.8.50 to Golden Square 5.4.34. It was a real tug of war for 3 quarters with little separating the sides. Gisborne was best served by Kane Grbac, Ryan Dillon, Aaron Bates, Tim McCormick, Darren Ingleton, James Collins, Jamerson Campbell with Liam Jacobs being Gisborne’s only multiple goal scorer with 3 goals. Well done boys to get back on the winning list.

In the U’18s the boys played top side golden square under cold conditions going down 11.13.79 to 4.10.34 A tough match was expected, and to the team’s credit they came out with a very positive attitude and would have been level at quarter time but for a late goal by the opposition. The second quarter saw the boys intensity drop off leaving us 4 goals down at half time but not out of the game. despite a lift in possessions in the 3rd quarter our errors allowed golden square to increase their lead. A big quarter was asked for and the boys delivered having 5 scoring shots to Golden Square ‘s 4. Great team effort boys and thanks to the U’16s who again helped out. Better players were Tim O’Hare, Jameson Campbell., Dylan McFarlane, Mark Strickland, Matt Bradshaw, and will Jennings. The La Rustica pizza awards went to Matt Bradshaw, Ryan Hickingbotham and Ben Watt.

In the netball a slightly undermanned A Grade side went down to Golden Square 45 goals to 31 goals in a clash which was expected to be a closer tussle. Not to be so the girls need to to lift and I am sure they will this week against Castlemaine.

In the B Grade we saw a closer contest with Gisborne girls going down 41 goals to Golden Square 36 goals. Good effort girls.

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Pat Fitzgerald, Kane Grbac, Jamerson Campbell, Tiana Newman and Kristy Blackmore.

This Saturday we have the Cash Count Down night following the Castlemaine game. Entry which includes supper is $10 for non Cash Countdown ticket holders. We have 100 tickets to sell @ $100 each. First prize is $5000 plus 20 additional prizes to the value at $100. Every other ticket holder will receive a minor prize on the night. We are urgently looking for donors who can provide goods and/or services up to a value of $100. If you are in a position to assist contact Noel Wilcox after hours on 54282689 or Mob 040413 702 558. Should be a great night.

Given this is the Club’s tenth year in the Bendigo Football Netball League we are having a Team of the Decade night to be held on 22 August after the Round 18 clash against Strathfieldsaye. The venue is the Sporting Rooms upstairs with a 7.30pm start time. The cost is $80 per person or $150 per couple which includes finger food, beer, wine, and soft drink. Dress is semi formal. Bookings are essential and you can contact Ty Elliot on Mob 0417 578 988 or email on typhoongisb@westnet.com.au , and Matt McKenzie on Mob 0402 296 473 or email on m_bmckenzie@bigpond.com

Special mention to our many fantastic sponsors McKibbins Transport, Victoria Tavern, Mitre 10, All Systems Plumbing, Malcolm Freake, Bendigo Bank Gisborne Coles Gisborne, Subway Gisborne, Albert Heights Serviced Apartments, Gisborne Self Storage, Acron Engineering, Macedon Ranges Glass, Foodworks Gisborne, Telegraph Hotel Gisborne Bakers Delight Gisborne, Gisborne Sportspower, Minet & Partners, and Southern Star Internet Services.

This week we play host to the Castlemaine Magpies who are coming off the back of a home ground victory against Sandhurst in what will be a crucial test for our club given the pounding we received at the hands of Golden Square a couple of weeks ago.

GO DOGGIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Round 14

By the time the senior game commenced last Saturday against the Sandhurst Dragons we knew that the extremely heavy ground conditions coupled with interrupted preparations for a number of our inclusions was always going to make this game a tough one to win and that’s exactly the way it worked out with the Gisborne Bulldogs only gaining the ascendancy half way through the last quarter winning 9.12.66 to 6.9.42.

The Bulldogs welcomed some back quality personnel in Casey Summerfield, Luke Power, Darren Farrugia and Ty Elliott who all acquitted themselves very well. In the trying conditions it was very pleasing to again see the younger brigade of Michael Thornton, Jacob Forder, Josh Bain, Tom May, Patrick Fitzgerald once again have a real impact on the contest as they continue to develop as genuine quality players. Some of the older brigade were valuable contributors included Jason Duff -Tytler, Ryan Webster particularly after half time and Grant Bassegio. Ollie Messaoudi and Shaun Comerford saw enough of ball at ground level but it was Gisborne’s Cameron Medica gathering possessions by hand and by foot and delivering long into the forward line who was our best player. In this low scoring encounter Jason Treloar was the Bulldogs leading goal scorer with 2 goals

In the reserves another close encounter against 5th placed Sandhurst Dragons saw the Gisborne Bulldogs nutted on the line 4.6.30 to the Sandhurst Dragons 5.4.34. Gisborne jumped the gun early to build a 3 goal at 1/4 time before Sandhurst came back to get within a goal at the main break. Attacking with the aid of a breeze in the 3rd quarter our boys failed to capitalize on a number of opportunities and it was Sandhurst which registered the only 6 pointer for the quarter to go in the 3/4 time break 4 points down. To Gisborne’s credit the fought really hard in the last quarter before Sandhurst was able to sneak through a goal to win the game by 4 points. Gisborne’s only two goal kickers were Grant Farrugia and Pat May both with two each. Players to stand out for Gisborne were the hard working Jason Storie, Dan Weaver, James Collins, Damian Slater Josh Di Camillo and Rory Comerford. The boys face a crucial game this week and I its going to be interesting to see how they respond.

With strong winds and the threat of rain the U’18s knew they were in for a tough game but to the boys credit they got off to a great start in the first quarter to lead at the 1st change by 4 points. Great work all around with 3 goal scorer’s and the whole team getting their hands on the ball as Sandhurst came back and lead by 17 points going into the 1/2 break. In the 3rd quarter the boys out scored Sandhurst but failed to pull back their lead, with great defensive efforts coming from Lachlan O’Gorman, Stephen Mills , James Morley and Will Jennings. The midfielders and forwards Dillon McFarlane, Jamerson Campbell, Tom O’Hare, and Mark Strickland continued to be effective in setting up plays. The last quarter was another great team effort, with the number the possessions across the team consistent in each quarter showing how much improvement the boys have made since there last encounter against Sandhurst. Well done boys. Final scores were Gisborne 6.5. 41 going down to Sandhurst 9.9.63. Better players were Lachlan O’Gorman, Dylan Macfarlane, Will Jennings, Jamerson Campbell, Tim O’Hare, James Morley and Mark Strickland with 3 goals.

In the A Grade netball the no – step Reebok classes hastily ranged mid week, obviously worked wonders for the girls as they completed a magnificent victory over the powerhouse of Bendigo netball Sandhurst winning 47 to 34. The girls shoot out of the blocks early setting up a 12 goal lead by 1/4 time. The girls kept up the pressure throughout the remainder of the game never letting up once, as they recorded their first ever victory over Sandhurst in Bendigo Football Netball League history. Its been coming for sometime but a truly magnificent achievement by the girls.

It was a double celebration for the netballers as in another fine achievement our B grade girls also got into the action beating Sandhurst who sat on top of the ladder 33 to 29. Congratulations girls on a great victory and keep up the good work.

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Cameron Medica, Jason Storie, Lachlan O’Gorman, Mel Harris and Melinda Hall.

This Saturday the club will welcome back the 1999 premiers in a ten reunion get together. Should be a great afternoon and a good opportunity for everyone to catch and remiss about the good old days in the RDFL.

On Saturday the 1st August we have the Cash Count Down night following the Castlemaine game. Entry which includes supper is $10 for non Cash Countdown ticketholders. We have 100 tickets to sell @ $100 each. First prize is $5000 plus 20 additional prizes to the value at $100. Every other ticketholder will receive a minor prize on the night. We are urgently looking for donors who can provide goods and/or services up to a value of $100. If you are in a position to assist contact Noel Wilcox after hours on 54282689 or Mob 040413 702 558. Should be a great night.

Given this is the Club’s tenth year in the Bendigo Football Netball League we are having a Team of the Decade night to be held on 22 August. Further details to follow.

Round 13

Last Saturday at home the Gisborne boys went down to Kangaroo Flat by 25 points 12.9.81 to 8.8.56. The stakes were high for Kangaroo Flat after having lost their past two encounters to Golden Square and Sandhurst. The game was played with a lot of intensity from start to finish with goals at a premium but it was Kangaroo Flat who found something extra half through the third quarter that saw them go into the 3/4 time break 13 points to the better, before they pulled away in the last to win by 4 goals. At times the boys tried hard but an inability to sustain that pressure for four quarters together with too many poor disposals really hurt us. Clearly we are down on personnel currently back that’s no excuse as in the end Kangaroo Flat probably wanted the ball a little bit more. Gisborne better players were Grant Bassegio in his best game for the year holding Justin Maddern to 3 goals, Ollie Messaoudi, Tom May, Matt McKenzie, Dan Favaro and Ryan Webster.

The reserves found an opposition equally determined as themselves with neither side prepared to concede an inch. It was all square at 6.4 a piece going into the 3/4 time break before Kangaroo Flat asserted themselves kicking the only two goals of the last quarter to win by 12 points in the end, 8.4. 52 to 6.4. 40. A somewhat disappointing outcome but I am sure the boys can respond as they take on their next challenge Sandhurst this week. It was a bit of a struggle but Gisborne was best served by Josh Di Camillo, Damian Slater, Jason Storie, Pat Taylor, Aaron Bates and Richard McKibbin.

In the 18’s the boy’s after a slow start powered away from Kangaroo Flat to record their biggest win of the season winning in comprehensive fashion 15.7.97 to 3.3.21. Gisborne was well served by Lachlan O’Gorman, Matthew Bouwmeester, Will Jennings, Jamerson Campbell with 6 goals, Tim O’Hare, Mark Strickland and Trent Wright with 4 goals. Great team effort from the boys and a fitting outcome for all the hard work they have been putting in.

In the A Grade netball it was a spirited affair with little separating the sides all day before the Flat girls eventually got away in the end winning 35 to 31. The Gisborne girls were best served by Polly Salter and Virginia Bennett. I think its fair too say that many supporters who watched the game came away somewhat perplexed by a myriad of peculiar umpiring decisions. Importantly the result wont effect their changes going forward given where they are positioned on the ladder and I am sure they are eagerly looking to the game against Sandhurst this week.

In the B Grade it was a real battle all day with the higher placed Kangaroo Flat unable to get on top of our girls and as we went to the final whistle it was 32 goals each of two. By collecting the two points the result should almost guarantee the girls a place in the finals.

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Grant Bassagio, Josh Di Camillo, Jamerson Campbell, Simone Neal-Trevillan and Melinda Hall.

Last Saturday night we had a very successful Masquerade Ball at the Macedon Spa & Function Centre with approximately 170 people in attendance. Special thanks to Matt McKenzie and his working party who made it all happen. To everyone who made the effort to come along and look the part thank you very much.

On Saturday the 1st August we have the Cash Count Down night following the Castlemaine game. Entry which includes supper is $10 for non Cash Countdown ticketholders. We have 100 tickets to sell @ $100 each. First prize is $5000 plus 20 additional prizes to the value at $100. Every other ticket holder will receive a minor prize on the night. We are urgently looking for donors who can provide goods and/or services up to a value of $100. If you are in a position to assist contact Noel Wilcox after hours on 54282689 or Mob 040413 702 558. Should be a great night.

Given this is the Club’s tenth year in the Bendigo Football Netball League we are having a Team of the Decade night to be held on 22 August. Full details to follow next week.

Round 12

A dominant first half of footy was the catalyst for Gisborne’s ninth win as the Bulldogs defeated Maryborough last Saturday by 29 points 15.10.100 to 10.11.71 and leaving them in a three way tie up at the top of the leader board with South Bendigo and Golden Square. The win was set up in the first half as Gisborne found their way out to a half time lead of 39 points before Maryborough closed the gap slightly in the second half. Gisborne was well served by Shaun Comerford was our best player who got plenty of the ball all day. He was well supported in the midfield by Stewart Hamilton, Ollie Messaoudi and Scotty Walsh. Jason Duff Tytler playing a kick behind the play was another valuable contributor. In attack we had Callan Potter with 5 goals and Michael Thornton with his strong leading attack on the ball. Down back Josh Bain the ever reliable Cameron Medica and Grant Baseggio rarely missed a beat and were able to turn defence into attack very quickly. Matt McKenzie also did a good job in nullifying Maryborough’s Jamie Bond

The reserves after displaying clear signs of lethargy finally found a desire to eventually get over the top of Maryborough in the last quarter 12.10 82 to 9.6.60. Finding themselves down by 7 points at three quarter time the boys were strung into action by coach Rick Hartley’s address and the boys duly responded. Players to stand out all day were David Pante, Damian Slater again with his creative use of the handball and Jason Storie who provided a target up forward. Other good contributors included Pat May, Kane Grbac and Sam Del Mastro for his first game back for some time.

In the netball the A Grade girls continued on their winning way getting over the top of Maryborough in a very spirited affair 55 to 43 to cement 2nd spot on the premiership ladder and set up an intriguing contest against Kangaroo Flat this week.

In the B Grade it was a convincing 36 goal victory over the Maryborough girls. Final scores were 53 to 17 and puts the girls in a strong position for a finals assault.

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Stewart Hamilton, David Pante, Tarryn Rymer and Kim Szatkowski.

Congratulations to Ollie Messaoudi who was selected in a the VCFL squad to play against the VAFA scheduled for later this month at the Junction Oval in St Kilda.

On the social calendar we have the Masquerade Ball this Saturday the 4th July from 7.30pm ~ 12.30am at the Macedon Spa & Function Centre. Tickets are $65 per single and $120 per couple. Includes a 2 course meal and drinks are at bar prices. Bookings are essential. Please contact Matt McKenzie on 0402 296 473 or Ty Elliot on 0417 578 988.

On Saturday the 1st August we have the Cash Count Down night following the Castlemaine game. Entry which includes supper is $10 for non Cash Countdown ticket holders. We have 100 tickets to sell @ $100 each. First prize is $5000 plus 20 additional prizes to the value at $100. Every other ticket holder will receive a minor prize on the night. We are urgently looking for donors who can provide goods and/or services up to a value of $100. If you are in a position to assist contact Noel Wilcox after hours on 54282689 or Mob 040413 702 558. Should be a great night.

Round 11

In the battle for the Macedon Ranges Shield the Gisborne Bulldogs after coming off two consecutive losses hit back with a vengeance against the hapless Kyneton Tigers winning in convincing fashion 27.16. 178 to 5.4. 34 and stretching their unbeaten run at the Graveyard to 35 in a row. From the prospective of playing together as a team coach Ty Elliot labeled it the best this year. it was pleasing to see the boys run and carry the ball and share and work for one another all around the ground for four quarters. Building on a 20 point lead at 1/4 time the boys continued to build momentum stretching the lead at every break adding 8, 6 and 9 goals in the last three quarters in a percentage boosting victory. Stewart Hamilton was in outstanding form for Gisborne in his best game for some time while Callan Potter with 7 goals and Darren I did it again Farrugia with 5 goals wreaked havoc on the opposition. Who could forget Callan’s screamer in the 2nd quarter sitting on his opponent’s for what seemed like an eternity before the ball landed in his arms. Ollie Messaoudi never far away from the action was another great combatant for the Bulldogs. The new debutants acquitted themselves well with Kane Grbac linking up well through the mid field together with the Jason Treloar and Daniel Weaver proving dangerous up forward with 4 goals and 2 goals respectively. It was pleasing to see the big fella Jason Duff -Tytler return to the form we all know his is capable of as he gathered possessions at will, playing a kick behind the play. Shaun Comerford was around valuable contributor to a team that collectively should all be congratulated on the way they went about the job of demolishing their opponents.

The Reserves put on an exhibition outclassing Kyneton in a one sided affair. Final scores were 33.11.209 to 1.2.8. Notwithstanding 2009 the first time promotion to senior ranks for Jason Treloar, Kane Grbac and Daniel Weaver the two’s were bolstered by the return of some very handy players who had been absent for various reasons including Damien Slater ( unavailable due to a VB promotional tour), Pat May (stricken down by a mystery illness), Pat Taylor ( lost in Macedon Ranges bushland ), Ryan Dillon ( five weekends of sabbatical leave ), Rory Comerford (breaststroked his way around Australia), and David Pante (rewiring Parliament House in Canberra). Gisborne peppered the scoreboard adding 7, 9, 7 and finishing with a ten goal last quarter. The goals were shared around with Liam Jacobs bagging 6, Clay Illman, Jason Storie and Pat Taylor with 5 apiece, Rory Comerford with 3, followed by David Pante and Darren Ingleton with 2 each. Better players were Clay Illman, Liam Jacobs, Jason Storie, Richard McKibbin, Pat Taylor and Ryan Dillon.

The Under 18’s won a fairly tight contest over a very accurate Kyneton winning 12.8.80 to 10.2.62. The boys got off to a slow start and were down by 2 goals kicking against the wind in the first quarter. C Forder and S Mills were strong in defence, T O”Hare , D Mcfarlane and W Jennings were clearing the ball through the mid field. A five goal second quarter was just what we needed to get back into the lead at half time, M Strickland and T Drew made an impact along with 5 goal scorers. The second half was a very even contest, the whole team maintained their effort and answered each Kyneton goal with a Gisborne goal. T Drew, T O’Hare, C Jamerson and M Bouwmeester gave great value in ruck contests and around the ground. S Mills, L O”Gorman and C Forder maintained their effort in defence. M Strickland was a great target all day in the forward line and finished with 5 goals. Thanks go to the U16’s who all made a great contribution, D Mann, T Walsh and L Rowland. Goals M Strickland 5, D Herrera, R Hickingbotham, L Rowland, B Mann , W Jennings, T Walsh, M Bouwmeester. Best players were M Strickland, C Forder, M Bouwmeester, T Drew, D McFarlane, T O’Hare.

In the only netball match scheduled on the day the B Grade girls had a convincing victory winning 50 goals to 32 goals over the Kyneton girls.

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Stewart Hamilton, Clay Illman, Mark Strickland and Kristy Blackmore.

To our wounded footballers and netballers some of which we hope to get back in the next week or two we are all thinking of you all as you all making steady progress on your rehabilitation.

A reminder of the Masquerade Ball scheduled for Saturday 4th July from 7.30pm ~ 12.30am at the Macedon Spa & Function Centre. Tickets are $65 per single and $120 per couple. Includes a 2 course meal and drinks are at bar prices. Bookings are essential. Please contact Matt McKenzie on 0402 296 473 or Ty Elliot on 0417 578 988. You can refer to the website at www.gisbornefc.com for further details. Should be a fantastic night and its very important that everyone gets behind it and comes along.

Round 10

Gisborne went into the contest against with high expectations of bringing home the 4 points but sadly came up short. No excuses but a score line of 16.4. 100 to 12.20.92 tells the sad story. Castlemaine jumped out of the blocks to set up a 3 to 5 goal lead at varying stages of the match before the Gisborne Bulldogs started their usual fight back, finding themselves in front with 4 minutes to go before the Magpies kicked the final two goals to win by 8 points. Clearly a disappointing result in the end given Castlemaine wanted the ball more than our boys earlier on, and not helped helped in the end by inaccurate kicking not only for goal but in general field play where we turned over the ball far too much. The result left the coaching with more questions than answers but I am sure that collectively as a group the boys can regroup and set themselves to the run into the 2nd half of the season. Better players were Darren Farrugia with 5 goals, Rodney Sharp who fought hard all day, Stewy Hamilton who was lively around the ground Ollie Messaoudi who continues to rack up possessions, Matt McKenzie down back and Dan Favaro.

The reserves continued on their winning way extending their lead at every break to run out comfortable winners 14.11.95 to 5.7 .37 and cement 2nd position on the ladder at the half way mark of the season. Gisborne was well served by Kane Grbac who racked up plenty of possessions and Daniel Weaver who ran into some great form with 5 goals. Other players who were prominent on the day included Jason Storie, Aaron Bates who is having a great year, Darren Ingleton with his impressive run off half back and a welcome addition back to the ranks Clay Illman.

Gisborne played 7th placed Castlemaine in very cold and windy conditions. A good decision to kick with the wind got Gisborne off to a winning first quarter having 8 scoring shots to 3. Good back line work by Lachlan O’Gorman, Matthew Bradshaw was well supported by Taylor Drew in the ruck and Tim O’Hare around clearances. Castlemaine had the use of the wind and gained a 2 point lead at half time despite great work in the backline and midfield by Dylan McFarlane, Will Jennings and Hamish Govan. Steve told the boys at half time that every player was a link in the chain and had to work together to achieve the win. With the aid of a slight wind the boys regained an 8 point lead with 7 scoring shots to 2. The last quarter was an even contest and Gisborne held on to win by 3 points with final score 10.13 73 to 11.4 .70. It was good to see the boys kicking goals in every quarter, there were 8 goal kickers and special mention to Terrence O’Neil for his long goal and Damien Herrera and Blake Mann for their goals under pressure. Better players were Tim O”Hare, Dylan McFarlane, Taylor Drew, Matthew Bouwmeester, Mark Strickland and Hamish Govan.

In the netball the A Grade girls cemented 2nd position on the ladder at the half way mark with a comprehensive victory over the Castlemaine girls winning 67 to 25. Gisborne was well served by Simone Neal-Trevallin in goals, Shelley Farrugia in the centre and Poly Salter and Mel Harris down back in another even team effort.

In the B Grade it was an 8 point game up for grabs with the Gisborne girls getting up narrowly to win 35 to 34 and securing 5th spot on the ladder going into the half way mark.

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Rodney Sharp, Kane Grbac, Tim O’Hare, Mel Harris and Melinda Hall.

A reminder of the Masquerade Ball scheduled for Saturday 4th July from 7.30pm ~ 12.30am at the Macedon Spa & Function Centre. Tickets are $65 per single and $120 per couple. Includes a 2 course meal and drinks are at bar prices. Bookings are essential. Please contact Matt McKenzie on 0402 296 473 or Ty Elliot on 0417 578 988. You can refer to the website at www.gisbornefc.com for further details. Should be a fantastic night and its very important that everyone gets behind it and comes along.

Round 9

The Gisborne boys went into the clash against arch rivals Golden Square with plenty of expectations but sadly came up short with the home side inflicting Gisborne’s worst defeat since 2001 going down by 8 goals 18.11. 119 to 11.4.70. A battle that wasn’t pretty at times, the Square matched Gisborne in all physical aspects of the game and with better hand and foot skills were able to largely dictate play most of the day. Gisborne welcomed the return of Luke Saunders and he will be much better for the gallop.

Up forward our only real avenue to goal was Darren Farrugia who again found time and space to snare 5 goals. Around the packs Ollie Messaoudi and Rod Sharp battled hard along with Tom May and Scotty Walsh. Disappointing as it may have been I have no doubt the boys can regroup and with better ball delivery the results will look after themselves.

In the reserves which essentially was a battle between 2nd & 3rd on the ladder the Gisborne boys after a tight 1st half were able to exert the necessary required pressure to break open the game in the 2nd half to win by 26 points 10.8.68 to 6.6.40. Gisborne was best served by Patrick Fitzgerald who must be pressing for senior selection, Dave Pante again great work, Kane Grbac who got plenty of the ball, Jacob Forder who again dominated the ruck and was mobile around the ground, Tristan James who lead strongly and kicked 4 goals and Aaron Bates who just continues to improve. Well done boys.

In the U18’s Gisborne played the top side Golden Square in cold and slippery conditions. A strong performance in the mid filed saw Gisborne get the ball out of the centre and into the forward 50 on many occasions but strong defence from Golden Square saw the ball cleared continually. Mark Strickland kicked a great goal in the first half and in defence Taylor Drew and Lachlan O’Gorman were solid. the coach Steve Simpson asked the boys for a bigger effort in the 2nd half the boys responded and continued their good form in the midfield and improved work rate around the ground. Defenders who made a great contribution in the 2nd half were Caleb Forder, Stephen Mills and Lachlan O’Gorman.

Good last quarter goal under pressure by Daniel Herrera. Despite going down by a big margin the boys managed to slow the scoring of their opponents in the last half and can be encouraged by the improvement and determination shown. Ryan Hickingbotham battled hard all day in the ruck winning many clearances.
Best players were Dylan MacFarlane , Lachlan O’Gorman, Jameson Campbell, Mark Strickland, Caleb Forder. Final scores were Gisborne 2.3 15 to Golden Square 18.15.123

In the netball the A Grade girls did a demolition job on their equally fancied opponents Golden Square winning 52 to 26 sending another message to Sandhurst and Kangaroo Flat that they are the real deal. Well done girls in putting it all together for a another magnificent win. In the B Grade the girls also had a big win getting over the top of Golden Square by around 20 goals and keeping their finals chances alive..

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Ollie Messaoudi, Patrick Fitzgerald, Dylan McFarlane, Polly Salter and Kim Szatkowski.

A reminder of the Masquerade Ball scheduled for Saturday 4th July from 7.30pm ~ 12.30am at the Macedon Spa & Function Centre. Tickets are $65 per single and $120 per couple. Includes a 2 course meal and drinks are at bar prices. Bookings are essential. Please contact Matt McKenzie on 0402 296 473 or Ty Elliot on 0417 578 988. You can refer to the website at www.gisbornefc.com for further details. Should be a fantastic night and its very important that everyone gets behind it and comes along.

Round 8

In the seniors the Gisborne boys treated the home crowd to an enthralling Saturday afternoon’s entertainment before they finished all over the top of Eaglehawk kicking 6 unanswered goals to win 20.12 132 to 13.10 88. The contest was close early but Gisborne’s inability to find the goals saw Eaglehawk out to a 4 goal lead before relentless pressure by Gisborne saw the boys square up the ledger going in at half time at 7.7 a piece. In the 3rd quarter Gisborne took control kicking 5 unanswered goal through Darren Farrugia who continually found space. In the last quarter Eaglehawk rallied getting within 6 points of Gisborne before the boys steadied to kick the next 6 goals in a wonderful game of football. Michael Thornton was a creative forward leading out strongly and providing Gisborne with another forward option together with Callan Potter. Down back Josh Bain, Matt McKenzie and Luke Power continued to do a resolute job nullifying the Eaglehawk forwards. Onballers Casey Summerfield and Ollie Messaoudi continued on with their representative form finding the ball on many occasions together with Grant Baseggio who was another valuable contributor on the day. Major goal kickers were Callan Potter with 6, and Darren Farrugia and Michael Thornton with 4 a piece.

In the 2nd’s the boys did another great job against quality opposition continually applying pressure all day to run out comfortable winners 14.8 94 to 10.6 66

Jason Treloar and Tim McCormick were damaging up forward with 4 goals and 3 goals respectively. Pat Fitzgerald and Dan Saunders provided plenty of inside 50 thrusts creating many opportunities and doing damage on the scoreboard in their own right. Jacob Forder was providing many opportunities for the crumbers such David Pante and Damian Slater and they did not disappoint with their disposal by hand and by foot. All in all a great win solidifying second place on the ladder.

The U18’s game was played in cold and slippery conditions at Gardiner. Despite getting an early goal the boys started slowly and were only kept in touch by mid-fielders and back men applying pressure to Eaglehawk’s scoring shots. The second quarter was a much better effort despite not registering on the scoreboard. Halfbacks and midfielders got a lot of the ball. The boys came out with a positive attitude and a commitment to handball, Ryan Hickingbotham was good in the ruck and made a great contribution around the ground with marks and handballs. Jamerson Campbell and Tim Walsh also made good contributions around the midfield. In the 3rd quarter the possession tally went up again and resulted in a winning term, Mark Strickland 2 goals to Eaglehawk’s 1 goal. Others winning plenty of the ball were Dylan McFarlane, Will Jennings, Ben Watt and Stephen Mills, great work boys. Though not rewarded on the score board the last term was a great effort, the boys showed character and got a good share of the ball. Best: Ryan Hickingbotham, Stephen Mills, Will Jennings, Dylan MacFarlane, Lachlan O’Gorman, Ben Watt Goals: Mark Strickland 3

In the netball the A Grade girls had a big win winning by 20 goals to defeat Eaglehawk 57 to 37. Again another all round team effort by the girls and leaves them sitting equal top with Sandhurst and Golden Square. In the B Grade the girls lost in a tight encounter to the top side 30 goals to 26.

Congratulations the Calcutta winners being Callan Potter, Jacob Forder, Dylan MacFarlane, Virginia Bennett and Cody Madden.

Round 7

In the seniors the boys got off to a great start against the new debutant Strathfieldsaye and by half time had opened up a 7 goal lead. Tristan James and Callan Potter were was damaging early and getting amongst the goals. Gisborne controlled plenty of the inside football and the on ball brigade were again finding plenty of the footy. After the main break Gisborne had extended their lead to circa 10 goals before Strathfieldsaye came back kicking 4 last quarter goals Final scores saw Gisborne run out winners 13.15 to Strathfieldsaye 8.6 . Better players were Ollie Messaoudi, Grant Baseggio, Matt McKenzie, Luke Power again, Josh Bain, Cameron Medica and Tristan James with 5 goals.

In the two’s it was a tight contest all day with the result going to the wire before the Gisborne boys prevailed in a low scoring encounter 4.7 to 4.5 to win by 2 points. Better players were Richard McKibbin, Darren Ingleton, Patrick Taylor, Jason Storie, Aaron Bates and Jason Treloar.

The U18’s trip to Strathfieldsaye will be remembered for the large ground and strong winds. Under threatening skies and with the help of 3 permit players a tough contest was expected against an unknown Strathfieldsaye and that was certainly the case with the boys going into half time with a 4 point lead. The 3rd quarter saw the boys stretch their lead to 14 points whilst keeping the opposition goalless before going on to win by 31 points 8.10 to 3.7. Stephen Mills was great in defence, with Tim O’ Hare, Matt Bouwmeester, Dylan MacFarlane, Jamerson Campbell and Will Jennings giving us good run and carry around the ground.

In the netball the A Grade girls did another fantastic job beating Strathfieldsaye 47 to 36. The game was tight early on before the girls got away early in the 2nd quarter and went into the main break 9 goals up before extending the lead after half time to win by 11 goals. Another great team performance.

Congratulations to Anthony Belcher who after some setbacks plays his 100th senior game for the Gisborne Football Netball Club.

To the Bendigo Football Netball League representatives congratulations on the weekend’s successes over the Ballarat Football Netball League at Bacchus Marsh last Saturday. In particular to all our representatives including Ollie Messaoudi who captained the senior football side brilliantly, Anthony Belcher, Casey Summerfield, Ryan Webster, Callan Potter, Shaun Comerford and Tim O’Hare who played in the U18’s rep side. Well done.

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Tristan James, Richard McKibbin, Stephen Mills and Tiana Newman

A reminder of our Trivia night for this Saturday the 30th of May upstairs. Starting at 7.30 pm the cost is $15 per head and bring your own supper. Should be a great night.

Special mention to our many fantastic sponsors McKibbins Transport, Victoria Tavern, Mitre 10, All Systems Plumbing, Malcolm Freake, Bendigo Bank Gisborne Coles Gisborne, Subway Gisborne, Albert Heights Serviced Apartments, Gisborne Self Storage, Acron Engineering, Macedon Ranges Glass, Foodworks Gisborne, Telegraph Hotel Gisborne Bakers Delight Gisborne, Gisborne Sportspower, Minet & Partners, and Southern Star Internet Services

A reminder of the Presidents Luncheon scheduled for Friday the 5th June 2009 12.30pm – 3.30pm at the beautiful Macedon Views Function Centre. The function to hosted by Melbourne radio personality Kevin Hillier will feature Mathew Elliot (Victorian , South Australian and Australian cricketer), Michael Klim (Commonwealth and Olympic swimmer), Ben Collins (Author of ” The Red Fox ” The Biography of Norm Smith, ” After Bali” Jason McCartney, ” All I can Be” The biography of Nathan Buckley. As well we have Greg Jones ( Author of ” Walk a crooked mile”. Cost is $90 per head and it should be a fantastic afternoon’s entertainment. For bookings contact Phil on 0418 342 805 or Jim on 0417 336 156.

This weekend we host Eaglehawk at home in what should be a tough contest given their recent dominance over the Bulldogs.

GO DOGGIES

Round 6

Against the backdrop of a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the home of football, The Graveyard, the Gisborne Bulldogs were pitted against league leader South Bendigo. This was always going to a contest which was always going to go down the the wire.

For the the fans who turned up they would not have been disappointed in what they saw with the Bulldogs seemingly out of the contest late in the game before slamming on 3 goals in red time to win by 6 points 13.10 to the Bloods 11.16 in an absolute classic. The game had seesawed all day with never more than a kick in it. Half time scores stood at 3.9 to 3.6. This trend continued into the 3rd quarter with each side trading goals before the Bloods slammed on 4 late goals to go into the 3/4 time break 3 goals up. The Bulldogs faced an uphill battle going into the last quarter with South Bendigo registering the first major of the quarter to lead by 22 points. However you never underestimate the Doggies and with tremendous courage they were able to muster the forces to come home with a wet sail kicking 6 last goals to win in a thriller and extend their 32 match unbeaten run at home. In an even contribution throughout the playing group Casey Summerfield, Ollie Messaoudi, Josh Bain, Luke Power, Jason Duff-Tyter, Tom May and Callan Potter with a number of late goals stood out.
After a good start the reserves dropped their intensity and were not able to match their opposition who controlled the play for the majority of the day and went on to win the match 13.8 to 9.7. Hopefully the boys will learn from the experience that you need to apply yourself 110% particularly against quality opposition. Goals were at a premium with Jason Storie going forward and kicking 2 goals and the rest shared amongst his teammates. Better players included Jacob Forder Michael Thornton, Pat Taylor, Jason Storie, Josh Di Camillo and Grant Farrugia.

Gardiner Reserve was in good condition for the Under 18’s clash but overnight rain and early cloud cover did make for slippery conditions throughout the match. With two on the bench and Tim O’Hare playing in the centre spirits were up and the boys were ready to bounce back from last week’s disappointing result. South Bendigo kicked 3 out of the first 4 goals as a more even second quarter tempo saw the boys well placed at half time with good defence from Ben Watt, Lachlan O’Gorman, Wil Jennings, Tom Lawson, Dillon McFarlane and Tim O’Hare. The boys won the third quarter and with many players winning possession across the ground went into the 3/4 time break down by 4 points after goals from Mark Strickland and Blake Mann. The last quarter was very tight with the boys unable to convert all of their efforts before going down by 14 points. Better players were Stephen Mills, Dillon McFarlane, Mark Strickland, James Morley Tom Lawson and Tim O’Hare.

In the netball the A Grade girls did the job winning by a big margin in the end 43 to 19 and in the B Grade the girls just got over the line with the final score being 31 to 28.

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Casey Summerfield, Jacob Forder ,Stephen Mills, Tiana Newman and Codey Madden

A special thanks to everyone who helped in making Pink Day a great success. This was followed on by a fun night upstairs where good music was had with everyone enjoying themselves in the company of Callan Potter’s band Partyz.

A reminder of our Trivia night for Saturday the 30th of May upstairs. Starting at 7.30 pm the cost is $15 per head and bring your own supper. Should be a great night.

Details of the social calendar for the year will be available shortly on our website at here.

Special mention to our many fantastic sponsors McKibbins Transport, Victoria Tavern, Mitre 10, All Systems Plumbing, Malcolm Freake, Bendigo Bank Gisborne Coles Gisborne, Subway Gisborne, Albert Heights Serviced Apartments, Gisborne Self Storage, Acron Engineering, Macedon Ranges Glass, Foodworks Gisborne, Telegraph Hotel Gisborne Bakers Delight Gisborne, Gisborne Sportspower, Minet & Partners, and Southern Star Internet Services.

Round 5

An under-strength Gisborne went into the clash against Sandhurst under no allusions that this was going to be a tough encounter and tough it was. Leading all day for all bar last minute of the game the Sandhurst Dragons took it right up to the Gisborne before Dan Favaro nailed a set shot from thirty metres to put the Doggies in front for the first time in the match.

In the end it seemed like a hollow victory but we happy to take them all day every day. In conditions more conducive to high scoring a total of only 15 goals were scored in the match with the final score being 8.7 to 7.12 giving Gisborne a one point victory. The Bulldogs went into the main break behind the eight ball to the tune of 17 points and with Sandhurst firing the first salvo early in the 3rd quarter stretched the lead to 23 points. From there Gisborne boys started their usual fight back closing the gap to 5 points at the 3 quarter time break before a ding dong last quarter battle saw the boys finally fall over the line.

Gisborne had only 4 goal kickers with Tristan James and Casey Summerfield each kicking three. Casey was clearly one of our better players and aided by good performances from Ollie Messaoudi and Scotty Walsh. Anthony Belcher was busy whether in the ruck or up forward and Tom May also found plenty of the ball. The backline was resolute with Cameron Medica and Josh Bain leading the way repelling attack after attack. Grant Bassagio started a little slowly but improved as the game wore on in an enthralling battle with Mark Fitzgerald. New comers Dan Favaro and David Pante were good contributors.

The two’s had another solid win running winners by 6 goals. The boys continue to do the team oriented thing, sharing the ball around and getting everyone involved. Ryan Dillon and Sam De Mastro proved to be valuable contributors getting amongst the goals with seven between them whilst Damian Slater was a prolific ball gatherer all day. Other solid contributors include Jason Storie, Craig Franklin, and Jacob Forder.

This week will be a huge test for the boys when they saddle up to top side South Bendigo. Bring it on!!!!!!!!!!!

The Under 18’s with only a starting eighteen were going to be up against it playing Sandhurst on their own dunghill. The Dragons got away to a 7 goal first quarter, despite solid efforts by Lachlan O’Gorman, Ryan Hickingbotham and Matthew Bouwmeester. The second quarter was a repeat with Sandhurst posting another 5 goals. The second half saw a much improved team effort and despite not making a big impact on the scoreboard many players including Dylan McFarlane, Matthew Bouwmeester, Matthew Kitching, Mark Strickland and William Jennings got their hands on the ball. Notwithstanding the final score which saw Sandhurst win comprehensively the boys can take some confidence away with their second half effort.

In the A Grade the girls again showed what they are capable of taking it right up to Sandhurst before succumbing in the 4th quarter 46 to 41. The contest was tight at the main break and the girls ability to push hard was rewarded as they opened up a 5 to 6 goals lead on two occasions in the 3rd quarter before Sandhurst closed the gap to go in 3 goals down at the last break. In the end the Sandhurst girls were a little strong running out winners by 5 goals. Bur again the girls can be proud of their efforts as they build some serious momentum this year

In the B grade our girls get a great job going goal for goal into the main break before the Sandhurst girls got on top to eventually win by 7 goals.

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Cameron Medica, Damian Slater and Ryan Dillon tied in the two’s, Matthew Bouwmeester, Tiana Newman and Melinda Hall.

Saturday night we have a function upstairs with one of our resident bands so make sure you get along to enjoy a great night. Starts at 7.30pm with a $10 cover charge.

A reminder of this weekend which is Pink Day and in conjunction with Mothers day to support people with breast cancer in our community and raise funds for the Breast Cancer Network Australia.

Details of the social calendar for the year will be available shortly here.

Round 4
Aptly described by the media the Dogs still the Boss, Gisborne maintained their domination over Kangaroo Flat extending their unbeaten run to 14 or 15 in a row in a wonderful performance at Dower Park last Saturday night winning 11.9 to 3.10 in difficult conditions.

Gisborne set up the win jumping out the blocks early and setting up a 4 goal lead by 1/4 time. Early injuries to Tom May and Simon Elsum failed to slow Gisborne’s relentless pressure as the boys went to the main break 5 goals to the better. The 3rd quarter started off in similar fashion to the 1st quarter and by 3/4 time the lead had blown out to 9 goals. Gisborne had dominate players all across the the ground, none better than Rod Sharp whether forward or down back, Cameron Medica playing his 100th senior game and Ryan Webster who played his best game for a long time. Gisborne had many other ball gathers including Ollie Messaoudi, Casey Summerfield, Scotty Walsh. Shaun Comerford and Adam Pokrovsky. What the half back line did not clean up, Josh Bain did. The big fellas in Anthony Belcher and Jason Duff Tytler were also valuable contributors creating many opportunities as Kangaroo Flat found themselves under attack all night. The win did come at a cost with Simon Elsum and Adam Pokrovsky sustaining serious leg injuries so everyone at the Club is thinking of them as they try and get back onto the road to recovery.

A wet and windy start to the reserves Anzac Day clash saw both teams struggling to get possession as the weather influenced the opening stanza. Torrential rain saw Kangaroo Flat up early with Gisborne fighting hard to get a return on the scoreboard. Wet weather continued to play havoc throughout the remainder of the game but Gisborne’s great endeavour and disciplined play that saw them prevail in the end winning 7.4 to 3.8. Grant Farrugia contributed 3 handy goals with better players being Heath Levis, Josh Di Camillo, David Pante, Jacob Forder and Ryan Dillon.

In the Under 18’s a tough game was expected with heavy rain and strong winds prevailing. The boys came out with a positive attitude and with a commitment to continually share the ball by hand set up a handy 4 goal lead at the main break. The third quarter saw Kangaroo Flat fight back closing the gap to 7 points at the 3/4 time break to set up an epic last quarter battle. In a courageous team effort Gisborne’s defence held up and they were able to extend their lead winning by 11 points 7.10 to 5.11. better players were Lachlan O’Gorman, Dillon McFarlane Matt Kitching, Matt Bouwmeester, Wil Jennings and Mark Strickland. Jamerson Campbell and Taylor Drew were the major goal contributors with 2 goals each.

In the A Grade the girls had a fantastic win beating one of the premiership contenders Kangaroo Flat 34 to 24 .The girls set up the win getting out early and going into the main break leading 17 to 12. Early domination in the 3rd quarter saw the gap blow out to 9 goals before the Flat girls mounted a comeback to into the last quarter 3 goals. To the girls credit they found plenty to blow!!!!!!!! the opposition away winning by 10 goals 34 to 24 in a BIG BIG BIG win. Congratulations to the girls on a wonderful effort and I know the the supporters who ventured over to the netball thoroughly enjoyed the contest.

In the B Grade the girls were on the receiving end of a loss, battling hard all day before eventually going down 34 to 25.

Details of the social calendar for the year will be available shortly on our website at www.gisbornefc.com

Last week’s best players for the Calcutta awards were Rodney Sharp, Heath Levis, Lachlan O’Gorman Tiana Newman and Melinda Hall

Round 3
Gisborne had to dig deep in the last quarter against a spirited and well coached Maryborough kicking the last 6 goals to run out winners by 40 points. In a game remembered more for its turnovers and poor decision making Maryborough’s style of getting numbers back and obtaining possession and then running into space frustrated our boys for the majority of the game.

However this game is one of four quarters and to the boys credit they eventually regained the ascendancy finding space and spotting up targets before converting accurately to win quite comfortably 15 11 to 9.7. Consistent four quarter performances were hard to find but Ollie Messaoudi stood out again and Darren Farrugia with 5 goals was a focal target. A number of the onballers continued to rack up possessions but found themselves continued harassed which inevitably caused them to turnover the ball.

The reserves totally dominated proceedings in the earlier game running out huge winners by 50 points. Jason Treloar with 6 goals and David Pante with 3 goals were the two standouts in a side of very even contributors whose preparedness to share the ball around was a delight to watch. Additional mention should also go to Pat Taylor and Jason Storie who were resolute off half back.

In the A Grade the girls had a great win beating Maryborough 45 to 35 to set an intriguing contest with Kangaroo Flat this week

In the B Grade the girls also had a morale boosting win running out winners 36 to 13.

Details of the social calendar for the year is here

Calcutta winners were Ollie Messaoudi, Jason Treloar, Tiana Newman and Melinda Hall.

Congratulations to Cameron Medica who plays his 100th senior game with the Club.

Special mention to our many sponsors McKibbins Transport, Victoria Tavern, Mitre 10, All Systems Plumbing, Malcolm Freake, Subway Gisborne, Albert Heights Serviced Apartments, Gisborne Self Storage, Acron Engineering, Macedon Ranges Glass, Foodworks Gisborne, Telegraph Hotel Gisborne and Southern Star Internet Services.

A reminder of the Presidents Luncheon scheduled for Friday the 5th June 2009 12.30pm – 3.30pm at the beautiful Macedon Views Function Centre. Cost is $90 per head. For bookings contact 0418 342 805

Saturday we saddle up to Kangaroo Flat under lights at Dower Park in what looks likely to be an enthralling battle.

GO DOGGIES