2016 - Grand Final - Hawthorn Spartans Vs St Francis Xavier

BACK TO BACK

GUYS, HOW SWEET IT IS TO WIN A GRAND FINAL TOGETHER AGAIN AND DOING IT AS THE FAVOURITES AFTER BEING THE BEST SIDE ALL YEAR.- WINNERS ARE GRINNERS AND WE DESERVED IT.

To BEGIN the game with intensity, ferocity, enthusiasm, spirit and energy was exactly what we wanted. As mentioned, setting the tone early was clearly evident with Jasons first attack on the ball followed by Sam Armstrongs ferocious tackle.

 Your response at the start was enormous, after conceding the first goal and then kicking the next 4 unanswered for the quarter.16 inside 50s was testimony to that positive start. In fact, we had 8 unanswered goals. Some of the passages of play, with sharing and controlling the football, sustained pressure was a delight to watch from the Coaches box.

Another pleasing feature was that we responded to our theme, and models that we put in place, including positional changes, crucial match ups with Matt and Sam covering and easily beating two of their key players. We were committed, loud and up and going, from the beginning and using our focus areas of selflessness, play as we have all year on our terms and our team, we benefitted with the ultimate outcome of a well deserved premiership

Our KPIs were consistently good throughout the game and we almost achieved all which was the catalyst of the win – 74 tackles and 153 1%ers speaks volumes as we tackled them into submission. Our bench use was outstanding with fresh players always rotating on the ground

Other areas of note 

* We had 9 individual goalkickers. – how sweet it is

* 153 1%ers and 74 tackles certainly placed enormous pressure on the opposition – last year we had 163 1%ers and 83 tackles – can it get any better than this

* 16 inside 50s in the first quarter and  4 goals against a 3 goal breeze laid the foundation – you beauty

* Our opposition failed to kick a score in the second quarter – a magnificent performance by our backs but ably supported by teammates down the field – loved singing the song with gusto in the rooms that night

* Limiting St Francis to 2 goals at half time and only 4 for the game speaks wonders of our overall performance. Last year it was 1 goal and 5 for the game by Old Xaverians – unbelievable feeling

* Finding it difficult to nominate a standout player also speaks volumes of our even our team performance was. Everyone contributed, as we requested. – loved seeing you guys receive your medals on the dais

* Daniel Raponis brilliant goal in the second quarter, and only ever goal, after a chain of event passges of play was awe inspiring, titillating, exciting, electrifying, stirring and rousing and was a great spark, which had the crowd, the Coaches box jumping and shouting with joy – the joys of winning a GF and going back to back

* Matts outstretched mark on the wing was a major highlight– how good was the group photo with the Cup

* Courageous efforts by some players, carrying injuries and ill  and getting through the game – we belted out the theme song with passion, gusto, zest, delight in the rooms

* This week we played four quarters – don’t you love it

* We kept our composure with the whole backline taking a plethora, bevy, litany, multitude of intercept marks in their forward line. To witness us controlling the ball was a delight to watch. – weeeeeeee are the chaaampions my friends

* We have set a benchmark of INTENSITY, and we vowed we would do it again, as vindicated by our 1%’ers – we delivered – Spartans, what is your profession?!!!!

* Guys we played some very good football on Sunday – our transitional play from one end of the ground to the other was good to watch  - aou, aou, aou

* We had 25 scoring shots but we limited them to just 8 – that will win any game. Outstanding by all - no prizes for second

* Inside 50s of 45 resulted in a 56% conversion rate which was outstanding– winners are grinners

* Adam Karim withdrawing placing the team first, advocating our focus of selflessness. You are an important cog in this group and to miss a second GF due to a hammy is testament of your character. It also provided another player with the opportunity to play. Fantastic on your behalf Adam.

* To the guys who missed out due to injury or non selection – have a massive part of this because YOU ARE. WE ARE ALL ONE BIG FAMILY. – proper processes lead to correct outcomes

* Daisy apparently BEST ON GROUND, not at the game although he did play well, but at the after match celebrations

* Our recruits were outstanding on the day 

Goal kickers

L.Edwards 4, C.Pana 2,, N. Criticos 1, A.Christou 1, T. Demetriou 1, A. Lekkas 1, A.Mitropoulos, 1 D. Raponi 1, M. Dabab 

Best Players

A great team effort


2016 - 1st Semi Final - Hawthorn Spartans Vs old Xaverians

Guys in, wintery conditions, at home, we played some early brilliant football to set up a reasonable lead, only to see it whittled away with some loose checking and turnovers in the first quarter. From there it became a battle between the two best sides in the competition and to see which team could sustain the constant pressure needed to win finals games.

We certainly proved to ourselves and everyone else watching that when we play on our terms with our game style, we are very hard to beat. To begin the way we did was an example of how we should enter any game with the same mindset. We repeat it in a fortnights time. More about that next week and at training this week and next.

Again, we proved that if we keep playing to the EWW standards we set at training, any side will find it difficult to play us. Another 14 goals against them after 16 goals last week are examples of bevy, plethora, litany of goals they don’t have kicked against them.

Although not as great with our KPIs this week, it does indicate that when we achieve all of them, we would be very hard to beat against any opposition. The fact we were still able to win, when we were down in this area says plenty about the character of the team. The last quarter in particular was most pleasing when we achieved all our KPIs which assisted us in running away from Old Xaverians, However we still need to address a few areas, in particular, clearances from stoppages all over the ground. Tackling needs to improve as well..

Our focus areas of mids filling the hole and trading up, communicating throughout was imperative. Full credit to our defence again for knowing and playing their roles and restricting Old Xaverians to 68 points after 53 points last week. This was the seventh consecutive week we have limited the opposition to a low score - fantastic performance by all. 

Pleasing Aspects

* Lukes contested marking and 8 goals were outstanding

* Our overall competitiveness was excellent again

* 26 scoring shots against quality opposition (average approx 7 per quarter) was not only a great effort, but will win most games we play against anyone. 61 inside 50s should win every game you play.

* Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches, no separation and killing contests, all day – this has improved immensely, massively immeasurably, extraordinarily and incalculably

* Our last quarter saw all KPIs achieved – we kicked 5 goals to their 1

*  19 overlap runs in the last quarter was a reward for working off your man  - decisive.  There is no better sight seeing us run in waves, spreading and creating options

* Mids filling the hole which remains a focus – stays this way – has greatly assisted in restricting teams to low scores

* Jules kicking another great goal for the Club

* Most players contributing again

* The ability to kick goals was great after some great chain of events, including hard running, spreading and sharing the ball. When we are against the breeze, it is only mindset that stops us kicking goals against the wind. With our style of play, it should never matter against or with the wind.

However, there were areas that need to be addressed 

* COME TO TRAINING AND DINNER– numbers were very good last week again – we had a great training session and dinner together – imperative with finals 

* If teams crowd us up in our forward line we have to be a little smarter and square the footy up – be more patient. Too many times they took uncontested marks in our forward 50 – forwards must work harder.43% conversion rate is proof – it was 48% last week. THIS NEEDS ADDRESSING

* They hurt us at clearances from stoppages, in particular boundary throw ins

* Some turnovers, in particular, wrong options with switching were mistakes that can be rectified if we stay patient and set up tempo by controlling the ball.

* Our overlap run was well down from the the last 3 weeks 72, 66 after 72. We only had 55 with only 36 up till ¾ time 

* Only 6 individual goalkickers – we need to be sharing the load and being unpredictable – 43% conversion rate UNACCEPTABLE

* At times, we allowed some of their players to mark uncontested and we could have caused a contest – we must continue to cause a spillage with strong contested football

Goal kickers

L. Edwards 8, T. Demetriou 2, J. Farah 1, A. Mitropoulos 1, J. Handford 1, J. Yap 1

Best Players

L.Edwards, A. Lekkas, J. Handford, M. Muscari, S. Armstrong, J. Maddock, T. White, N. Gieschen


2016 - Round 15 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs old Xaverians

Guys in windy, wintery conditions, at home and against a 4 goal breeze in the first quarter, we played some early brilliant football to lay the foundation for a good decisive win against the second team in Old Xaverians. To outscore them was an example how we should enter any game with the same mindset. We repeat it this week again at home at 11.40am in the second semi final.

Our team game, game style was evident, as we outscored them in every quarter, particularly in Quarters 1 and 3 against the breeze. This was a by-product of some outstanding passages of play which resulted in numerous chain of event goals, switching of play and the resultant goals were clear indicators. Again, we proved that if we keep playing to the EWW standards we set at training, any side will find it difficult to play us. 7 goals into such a strong breeze in those two quarters proved very decisive

We also were excellent with our KPIs again, and our Overlap runs which has been a highlight most of the year, are really hurting teams and proof of our work ethic on display. Witnessing waves of runners around the ball is always a delight to watch.

Our focus areas of mids filling the hole and trading up, communicating throughout was imperative. Full credit to our defence again for knowing and playing their roles and restricting Old Xavarians to less than 53 points was the sixth consecutive week we have limited the opposition to a low score - fantastic performance by all. We take this momentum into this week in the second semi against Old Xaverians

The strong emphasis on these focus areas as well as KPIs have played a major role in restricting teams to low scores

Pleasing Aspects

* Our overall competitiveness was outstanding again, regardless of the scoreline and conditions

* 32 scoring shots against quality opposition (average 8 per quarter) was not only a great effort, but will win most games we play against anyone. 66 inside 50s should win every game you play.

* Our discipline the last six weeks has been great –no back chat to Umpires again – it stays this way, and there was great support shown by everyone against some undisciplined things by some opposition players. We will not ne intimidated by any opposition – OUR TERMS, OUR TEAM.

* Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches, no separation and killing contests, all day – this has improved immensely, massively immeasurably, extraordinarily and incalculably

* Mids filling the hole which remains a focus – stays this way – has greatly assisted in restricting teams to low scores

* Our overlap run has been consistently good throughout the year. We achieved the KPI again with the last 3 weeks 72, 66 after 72. There is no better sight seeing us run in waves, spreading and creating options

* 9 individual goalkickers causing havoc, sharing the load and being unpredictable

* Adrian  Ziccone kicking his first goal for the Club

* Every player contributing again

* The ability to kick goals into a strong breeze was great after some great chain of events, including hard running, spreading and sharing the ball. When we are against the breeze, it is only mindset that stops us kicking goals against the wind. With our style of play, it should never matter against or with the wind.

However, there were areas that need to be addressed 

* COME TO TRAINING AND DINNER– numbers were very good last week – we had a great training session and dinner together – imperative leading into finals 

* If teams crowd us up in our forward line we have to be a little smarter and square the footy up – be more patient. Too many times they took uncontested marks in our forward 50 – forwards must work harder.48% conversion rate is proof

* Some turnovers, in particular, wrong options with switching into the breeze were mistakes that can be rectified if we stay patient and set up tempo by controlling the ball.

* 15 goals from 32 scoring shots  - we missed some easy shots

Goal kickers

J. Farah 3, A. Mitropoulos 2, M. Dabab 2, T. Beech 2, D. Korlos 2, T. Barber 1, A. Lekkas 1, C. Pana 1, A. Ziccone 1

Best Players

Great team effort again – fantastic to have a plethora, cavalcade, throng, convoy, procession, bevy, superfluity and litany of contributors. Always great to make this statement about the team effort we put on display every week. Very difficult to individualise


2016 - Round 14 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Brunswick NOBSPC

Guys in windy, freezing, chilling, and glacial conditions even with the sun out, we played some early brilliant football in the first quarter to lay the foundation for a good decisive win.

It was a great toss to win as we had 20 inside 50s in the first quarter, moved the ball quickly and really kicked well to score 8 goals from 9 scoring shots.

Our team game, game style was evident, in all quarters but in the second and last quarters,  we were able to score into a 6 goal breeze which was very difficult and  led to some outstanding passages of play which resulted in numerous chain of event goals. Our switching of play and the resultant goals were clear indicators. Again, we proved that if we keep playing to the EWW standards we set at training, any side will find it difficult to play us.

We also were excellent with our KPIs again, and our Overlap runs which has been a highlight most of the year, are really hurting teams and proof of our work ethic on display.

Our focus areas of mids filling the hole and trading up, communicating throughout was imperative. Full credit to our defence again for knowing and playing their roles and restricting Brunswick NOBS to less than 45 points was the fifth consecutive week we have limited the opposition to a low score - fantastic performance by all. We take this momentum into this week against Old Xaverians

We have certainly improved in these focus areas as well as KPIs and they have played a major role in restricting teams to low scores

Pleasing Aspects

  • Our overall competitiveness was outstanding again, regardless of the scoreline and conditions

  • 20  scoring shots with the breeze in 2 quarters (the Ist and 3rd quarters) will win  every game we play – close to 10 per quarter – we are good enough to make this a priority per quarter

  • Our discipline the last six weeks has been great –no back chat to Umpires again – it stays this way,

  • Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches, no separation and killing contests, all day – this has improved immensely, immeasurably, incalculably

  • Mids filling the hole which remains a focus – stays this way – has greatly assisted in restricting teams to low scores

  • Our overlap run has been consistently good throughout the year. We achieved the KPI again with 66 after 72 last week. There is no better sight seeing us run in waves, spreading and creating options

  • 8 goal first quarter, including great accuracy

  • Tims 8 goals, Farah 4

  • Every player contributing again

  • The ability to kick goals into a strong breeze was great after some great chain of events, including hard running, spreading and sharing the ball

Goal kickers

T. Demetriou 8, J. Farah 4, N. Gieschen 2, T. Barber 1, D. Korlos 1, A. Mitropoulos 1, S. Speer 1

Best Players

Great team effort again – fantastic to have a plethora, cavalcade, bevy and litany of contributors. Always great to make this statement about the team effort we put on display every week

2016 - Round 13 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs South Mornington

Guys in beautiful Mount Martha and in magnificent, salubrious conditions to play football, we played brilliant football for most of the match to kick our highest score for the year and at the same time limit the opposition to 38 points. The decisive win  keeps us on top of the ladder, and really consolidates top spot.

Again our team game, game style was evident and  led to some outstanding passages of play which resulted in numerous chain of event goals. Our switching of play and the resultant goals were clear indicators. If we keep playing to the EWW standards we set at training, any side will find it difficult to play us.

We also were excellent with our KPIs again, particular our Conversion rate, and our Overlap runs which are really hurting teams and proof of our work ethic on display. Opposition teams will find it increasingly difficult to match us if we keep achieving our KPIs and in particular, our overlap runs.

Filling the hole and trading up, communicating throughout was imperative. Full credit to our undersized defence for knowing and playing their roles.

All the backline players contributed again ably supported by the midfielders getting back to assist. The last few weeks have seen midfielders get back to assist and has led to teams finding it difficult to score. We have certainly improved in this space.

Restricting the  opposition to less than 40 points was the fourth consecutive week we have limited the opposition to a low score - fantastic performance by all.

Pleasing Aspects

* Our overall competitiveness was outstanding again, regardless of the scoreline

* 50  scoring shots will win  every game we play – close to 13 per quarter – we are good enough to make this a priority per quarter –three weeks ago we had 36 scoring shots, two weeks ago 38, last week 35

* 12  individual goalkickers giving us unpredictability with the number of forwards capable of kicking goals

* Our discipline the last five weeks has been great –no back chat again – it stays this way, we had every reason to be unhappy on Saturday, but we must keep playing on

* Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches, no separation and killing contests, all day 

* Mids filling the hole which remains a focus 

* Our overlap run has been consistently good throughout the year. We achieved the KPI again with 72

* 12 goal last quarter

* Michael Zouks, Sam Armstrong kicking their first ever goals for the team

* Juzzy Rieve kicking the last goal on the siren and what a brilliant snap it was to give us 200 points

* Adam kicking 8 goals straight and giving off 4 others

* Farah 6 and Luke 5 goals

* MD having around 50 possies

* Some outstanding individual performances in a great team effort, especially after losing some talls and key personnel

However, there were areas that need to be addressed 

 * COME TO TRAINING

Goal kickers

A. Karim 8,  J. Farah 6, Luke Edwards 5, N. Criticos 2,  C. Pana 2, T. Barber 2,  J. Foti 1, T. Beech 1, S. Armstrong 1, J. Rieve 1, M. Ziccone 1, D. Bubunaras 1

Best Players

Great team effort again – fantastic to have a plethora of contributors. Always great to make this statement about the team effort we put on display every week

2016 - Round 12 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Richmond Central



Guys, 1 v 3 to consolidate the double chance at Rathmines we started fairly slowly, conceding the first two goals before we woke up and had a another decisive win which keeps us on top of the ladder, and really consolidates top spot.

Again our team game led to some outstanding passages of play which resulted in numerous chain of event goals. Our switching of play and the resultant goals were clear indicators. If we keep playing to the EWW standards we set at training, any side will find it difficult to play us.

Filling the hole and trading up, communicating throughout was imperative. Full credit to our undersized defence for knowing and playing their roles. We also were excellent with our KPIs again, particular our Overlap runs which are really hurting teams and proof of our work ethic on display. Opposition teams will find it increasingly difficult to match us if we keep achieving our KPIs and in particular, our overlap runs.

All the backline players contributed again ably supported by the midfielders getting back to assist. The last few weeks have seen midfielders get back to assist and has led to teams finding it difficult to score. Restricting the third side to less than 60 points after only 3 goals last week was the third consecutive week we have limited the opposition to a low score - fantastic performance by all.

Although we did lack urgency, and energy, at the beginning as it appeared we still kicked 58 points in the first half laid the foundation. WE STILL NEED MORE PLAYERS TO BE DEMANDERS from the beginning.

Pleasing Aspects

* Our overall competitiveness was outstanding again

* 35  scoring shots will win almost every game we play – close to 10 per quarter – we are good enough to make this a priority per quarter –two weeks ago we had 36 scoring shots, last week 38

* Eight individual goalkickers giving us unpredictability with the number of forwards capable of kicking goals

* Our discipline the last four weeks has been great –no back chat again – it stays this way, we had every reason to be unhappy on Saturday, but we must keep playing on

* Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches, no separation and killing contests, all day 

* Mids filling the hole which remains a focus 

* Our overlap run has been consistently good throughout the year. We achieved the KPI again

* UFC the new Grundy

* Sam Speer having 25 possessions and 7 marks – he told us

* UFC Grundy kicking his second ever goal and celebration

* Some outstanding individual performances in a great team effort, especially after losing some talls and key personnel

However, there were areas that need to be addressed which we follow up at training

* Slow start – NOT NEGOTIABLE

* Only 16 goals from 35 scoring shots

THINK ABOUT WHAT WE CAN DO BETTER THIS YEAR THAN LAST YEAR TO BUILD A great culture around the place. 


Goal kickers

A. Christou 4,  J. Farah 4, M. Elijah 2, C. Pana 2, J. Foti 1, J. Handford 1, A. Mitropoulos 1, D. Tyrrell 1

Best Players

Great team effort again – fantastic to have a plethora of contributors. Always great to make this statement about the team effort we put on display every week

2016 - Round 11 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Prahran Assumption



Guys, in reasonable conditions, and back at Rathmines we started very well and had a another decisive win  - our third of last 4 wins by over 100 points. What made it sweeter is that we are now on top of the ladder after Old Xaverians had a shock loss to MHSOB, a team we beat by over 100 points last week

Full credit to everyone for the team game we played with some outstanding passages of play which resulted in numerous chain of event goals. Our switching of play and the resultant goals were clear indicators. If we keep playing to the EWW standards we set at training, any side will find it difficult to play us.

Filling the hole and trading up, communicating throughout was imperative. We also were excellent with our KPIs again, particular our Overlap runs which are really hurting teams and proof of our work ethic on display

Again our defence was very stingy with us working on hang time, where players backed themselves, having an impact killing the contest with spoils. We witnessed this a number of times on Saturday with all the backline players contributing ably supported by the midfielders getting back to assist. They only kicked 3 goals which was the second consecutive week this has happened – fantastic performance by all.

Although we did lack urgency, and energy, at the beginning as it appeared we still kicked 54 points in the first half laid the foundation. WE STILL NEED MORE PLAYERS TO BE DEMANDERS from the beginning.

Pleasing Aspects

  • Our overall competitiveness was outstanding again

  • 38  scoring shots will win almost every game we play – close to 10 per quarter – we are good enough to make this a priority per quarter – last week we had 36 scoring shots

  • Tim kicking 6 goals and Luke 5 goals – giving us unpredictability with the number of forwards capable of kicking goals

  • Our discipline the last four weeks has been great –no back chat again – it stays this way, we had every reason to be unhappy but we must keep playing on

  • Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches, no separation and killing contests, all day – only conceding 3 goals again

  • Mids filling the hole which has been a focus the last few weeks

  • Our overlap run has been consistently good throughout the year. We achieved the KPI again

  • UFC the new Grundy, Adam – the new Ceglar

  • Ox first goal and celebration

  • Some outstanding individual performances – Jason Yap in his second game



    However, there were areas that need to be addressed which we follow up at training

  • Being punctual to training and ready to go at 6.30pm. MUST BE RECTIFIED this week – we also had only 13 at training last Wednesday – THIS MUST CHANGE

  • Numbers at dinner need to be also rectified – guys make an effort to be there as it is only the one night of the week and a great bonding session.

  • Only 18 goals from 38 scoring shots

  • Only 6 goalkickers

Goal kickers

T. Demetriou 6, L.Edwards 5, T. Barber 3, J. Farah 2, J. Maddock 1, J. Yap 1

Best Players

Great team effort again – fantastic to have a plethora of contributors

2016 - Round 10 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs MHSOB



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Guys, in wet, difficult conditions, size of ground similar to Rathmines and what was shaping up as a good game, and coming off the week off, we started very well and had a decisive win against a team we only defeated by 4 goals last occasion.

Full credit to everyone for the team game we played with some outstanding passages of play in the wet conditions which resulted in numerous chain of event goals. Our switching of play and the resultant goals were clear indicators. If we keep playing to the EWW standards we set at training, any side will find it complex to play us.

We had focus areas after playing Old Xaverians that we needed to adhere to and thats exactly how we played in the wet conditions on Saturday. Filling the hole and trading up, communicating throughout was imperative. We also were excellent with our KPIs.

Again our defence was very stingy with us working on hang time, where players backed themselves, having an impact killing the contest with spoils. We witnessed this a number of times on Saturday with all the backline players contributing ably supported by the midfielders getting back to assist. They only kicked 3 goals after we conceded the highest score of 12 goals against them last time.

We did come out to play with energy, exuberance, liveliness, animation commitment, positive attitude etc and had a good prematch preparation, 8 goals in the first half laid the foundation. WE STILL NEED MORE PLAYERS TO BE DEMANDERS.

Pleasing Aspects

  • Our overall competitiveness was outstanding

  • 35 scoring shots will win almost every game we play – close to 9 per quarter – we are good enough to make this a priority per quarter

  • 7 goal last quarter was a highlight

  • Gang tackling was a highlight with 58 tackles

  • Mental preparation was good

  • Playing well on a small ground and winning by 100+ points proved that size of the ground will not hinder the way we play, especially after we defeated Brunswick in the wet in similar conditions

  • Our discipline the last four weeks has been great –no back chat again – it stays this way, we had every reason to be unhappy but we must keep playing on

  • Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches, no separation and killing contests, all day

  • Our overlap run has been consistently good throughout the year. We achieved the KPI again

  • Tom White, alias Jonathon Brown kicking two goals and having a huge impact up forward

  • 8 individual goalkickers

  • Witnessing the Yusuf shuffle for two outstanding goals which brought a wry smile to MD in particular

  • Some outstanding individual performances

Goal kickers

T. Demetriou 3, J. Farah 3, C. Pana 3, N. Criticos 2, N. Gieschen 2, Y. Issam 2, A. Mitropoulos 2, T. White 2

Best Players

Great team effort

2016 - Round 9 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Old Xaverians



Guys,in wet, difficult conditions and what was shaping up as a good game, we led until 19 minutes into the second quarter, when an unfortunate and serious injury to an Old Xaverians player and the delay that followed, meant the game had to cease  - the result will be in the hands of VAFA, so we await. The pleasing thing is, that we either win the game as we were in front or we have a draw, so we can’t lose the game.

Full credit to everyone for the sportsmanship displayed and the obvious concern for the injured player, who apparently was a regular senior player.

We know what  focus areas are when we play Old Xaverians and they were on display until the game stopped in what was a very even team performance.

This week we have no game and catch up for a compulsory training night at Deganis.

We did come out to play with energy, exuberance, liveliness, animation commitment, positive attitude etc and had a good prematch preparation, WE STILL NEED MORE PLAYERS TO BE DEMANDERS.

Pleasing Aspects

  • Our overall competitiveness was outstanding

  • Gang tackling was a highlight

  • Mental preparation was good

  • Playing well on a big ground again

  • Outstanding performance as a team until the game was called off

  • Our discipline the last three weeks has been great –no back chat again – it stays this way

  • Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches and killing contests, in the first half

  • Our overlap run has been consistently good throughout the year. 

    However, there were areas that need to be addressed which we follow up at training

  • 3 of their goals (75%) came from not zoning back, particularly midfielders not filling the space. They were always prepared to spot someone up closer to goal. We have visual displays about this for our midfied zones. It was noticeable and can’t happen against any side, let alone the better sides. MUST BE RECTIFIED and will be practiced during EWW

  • The problems organising our team on the Friday. With the exception of a couple of players, who we knew were doubtful, it made our task difficult to ensure we had a minimum of 18 players available. Hopefully it won’t happen again – makes our result even better.

Goal kickers

A. Christou 1, A. Mitropoulos 1, L. Edwards 1, A. Karim 1

Best Players

Difficult to assess for less than a half but it was a very even team effort until the game stopped

2016 - Round 8 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Brunswick NOBSPC



Guys, our response since our loss against St Francis Xavier has been positive with consecutive wins against Richmond Central and last Saturday against Brunswick NOBS in wet conditions. Our  reaction was 4 quarters leading all day to record a fantastic win, considering we had 17 players play the first quarter after we lost Beechy after the first bounce, and were waiting for others to arrive. However, to everyones credit, a day of high 1%ers in the wet was evident and we completely outplayed the opposition which were more than reasonable.

We had 2 focus areas on the day – play 4 quarters and achieving all KPIs – we actually won every quarter, including 9 goals in the last quarter, to them scoreless to completely run away from the opposition. so full credit to everyone as it was a very even team performance.Every KPI was achieved bar our conversion rate,.

We need to continue this week against Old Xaverians in a replay of the last two GFs, played at 11.40am at Bulleen Park, Bulleen, Mel 32 D9

Again our defence was very stingy with us working on hang time, where  players are backing themselves, having an impact killing the contest with spoils. We witnessed this a number of times on Saturday with Ant, Tom, Ox and the Italian mafia of Vanvitelli, Zouks by 2 and Raponi, setting up scoring opportunities for our mids and forwards, after hammer punching the ball from hang time. In fact the opposition should never have been allowed their only goal – free kick should have been paid to us and the resultant goal came off a players knee

What the results have taught us in the last two weeks is that when you come out to play with energy, exuberance, liveliness, animation commitment, positive attitude etc and have a good prematch preparation, it goes a long way in determining the way you perform. PROPER PROCESSES LEAD TO CORRECT OUTCOMES

WE STILL NEED MORE PLAYERS TO BE DEMANDERS.

Pleasing Aspects

  • Space and movement in the forward line, allowing us to kick 18 goals on a dismal day

  • Conceding only 1 goal for the game was a credit to everyone -  this was their lowest score for the year

  • Ox playing a midfield role was a great move, which had us up and going early

  • The Italian stallions dominating up back

  • Winning so well on a big ground

  • Outstanding performance as a team

  • Winning so well with limited numbers

  • Evangelos kicking 5 goals with a brave John Farah also kicking 5

  • Our discipline the last two weeks has been great –no back chat again – it stays this way

  • Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches and killing contests, etc all day

  • Good to see crumbing goals – Yusuf was an example

  • Our transition from back to the forward line resulting in goals was great to watch, particularly when the conditions were so poor

  • Our overlap run has been consistently good throughout the year.

  • 9  goals in the last quarter – outstanding

  • Second quarter broke the game apart with 6 goals

  • 29 scoring shots will win most games you play.

  • The great support for Steph. after she went down, from everyone – well done to all.

Goal kickers

A. Christou 5, J. Farah 5, A. Mitropoulos 3, T. Barber 2, M. Dabab 1, Y. Issam 1, A. Mok 1

Best Players

Outstanding Team effort

2016 - Round 7 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Richmond Central



Guys, 2nd v 3rd and a crunch game against Richmond Central, we responded very well and led all day to record a workmanlike win. In good conditions on a ground where we had not won for two years, we bounced out of the blocks with a matchwinning first quarter of 6 goals that set up the win. However we let ourselves down by only kicking 2 goals for the rest of the game accompanied by 13 points

We had 2 focus areas on the day – our response to last weeks loss and achieving all KPIs – although we didn’t achieve both focus areas, we were very close, so full credit to everyone as it was a very even team performance.

Our defence was very stingy with us working on hang time, where  players are backing themselves, having an impact killing the contest with spoils. We witnessed this a number of times on Saturday with Lawrence, Jules and Adrian, setting up scoring opportunities for our mids and forwards, after hammer punching the ball from hang time

What the result taught us is that when you come out to play with energy, exuberance, liveliness, animation commitment, positive attitude etc and have a good prematch preparation, it goes a long way in determining the way you perform. PROPER PROCESSES LEAD TO CORRECT OUTCOMES

WE STILL NEED MORE PLAYERS TO BE DEMANDERS.

Pleasing Aspects


  • Great start to the game on the back of players being punctual and ready to play. 6 goals of brilliant football was the catalyst for the win

  • Space and movement in the forward line, especially when key forwards Dan, Ari and Tim not playing

  • Conceding only  6 goals for the game proved to be decisive – this was their lowest score for the year

  • Ox playing a midfield role was a great move, which had us up and going early

  • Our response when challenged late in the game was great

  • Winning at the bogey ground

  • Outstanding individual games by Bubs and Con Pana

  • Outstanding rigs on display by Bubs, Con Pana and Dean Browne

  • Our discipline was much better than last week – also no back chat

  • Brilliant defensive work with hammer punches and killing contests, etc

  • We had a number of players punctual to our game, to allow for proper preparation – it was evidenced by our start to the game.

  • Good to see crumbing goals – Crittas sealed the game

  • Our overlap run has been consistently good throughout the year

Goal kickers

N. Criticos 2, Con Pana 2, B. Proebst 2, D. Bubunaras 1, J. Farah 1

Best Players

D. Bubunaras, C. Pana, J. Handford, N. Criticos, J. Maddock, B. Proebstl

2016 - Round 6 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs St Francis Xavier



Guys, our first loss for the year, which overall, we deserved, but NOT ACCEPT. In very windy conditions that both teams had to deal with, we let ourselves down in the first quarter, by allowing 7 goals to be kicked with 4 coming in the final 6 minutes – and we had a spare back at the time.

Mistakes, poor turnovers, undiscipline acts, lack of talk resulted in 5 goals to the opposition as well as easy dropped marks which would have led to shots on goal – no excuse and a result that we will learn from and it starts this week against Richmond Central at 9.20am at their ground.

Not once in the game did we got our act together and dominate the opposition like we have in our first 5 games. A number of players were down and to only lose by 10 points with our KPIs the worst for the year – it all says plenty. What it did teach us is that when you come out to play with energy, exuberance, liveliness, animation commitment, positive attitude etc like St Francis Xavier did, it goes a long way in determining the way you perform.

WE NEED MORE PLAYERS TO BE DEMANDERS. We make this our worst loss for a long time and great sides will rectify immediately. It starts this week

We will learn from Saturdays game about being boisterous and ready to go from the beginning. As it turns out, it was costly. This makes us 5 -1 – still a great start to the season and in second place on the ladder.

Pleasing Aspects

  • Only losing by 10 points and not achieving our KPIs  - it explains plenty and with a number of players down

  • Forward line was very packed especially with the wind – we need to practice for this on Wednesday nights, where we set up the wall and square the football up into the point of the 50 metre arc. We will continue this until we get it right

  • Luke Edwards great debut and kicking 4

  • Conceding only 2 goals into a 6 goal  breeze in the third quarter almost proved to be decisive, as we dominated the quarter

  • Not once did we concede and we kept trying throughout

Goal kickers

L.Edwards 4, A. Mitropoulos 1, N. Criticos 1, T. Demetriou 1, D. Korlos 1, S. Speer 1

Best Players

C. Pana, L. Edwards, N. Criticos, D. (Daisey) Mitchell, J. Herbath, D. Bubunaras

2016 - Round 5 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Melbourne High School Old Boys



Guys, after a sluggish first half, we got our act together in the third quarter to open up an unassailable lead to have a satisfying win. What it did teach us is that when you come out to play with energy, exuberance, animation commitment, positive attitude etc it goes a long way in determining the way you perform. MHSOB, to their credit, displayed that in the first half, being within 15 points at half time in the windy conditions. 

This makes us 5 -0 - a great start the season as we play St Francis Xavier away in a plethora  of away matches.

We  will learn from Saturdays game about being boisterous and ready to go from the beginning – we need to negate Clubs being in a comfort zone.

Pleasing Aspects

* Our game style which was clearly evident, especially as we train for it, ran them off their legs –Lateral movement of the ball – we witnessed this inpatches

* Achieving all our KPIs bar two again – it explains a lot as indicated by the scores and position on the ladder

* Forward line was very open – we practice for this on Wednesday nights and the results say enough. We can be a very high scoring team as the results and Inside 50s every week show us. We will continue this until we get it right

* 31 scoring shots this week, 39 scoring shots two weeks ago, 41 last week will win every game we play. Our forwards worked tirelessly and goals came on the back of relentless pressure to keep the ball in – well done again – KEEP IT UP

* Continual use of POMO  - at least 4 goals 

* Tim kicked 4 and John Farah another 3 led the way

* Scoring over 100 points again – have done this every week bar one – see above

* Conceding only 1 point in a matchwinning third quarter proved to be decisive

* Great first up game by MD

* 9 individual goalkickers, 

* Bonding post game with spending time together at the canteen, then afterwards elsewhere 

* The improvement shown by a number of players provides more depth

* 57 overlap runs was outstanding –-work rate off the ball was great

* 66 inside 50s will win any game 

Goal kickers

T. Demetriou 4, J. Farah 3, D. Korlos 2, A. Mitropoulos 2, N. Criticos 1, N. Gieschen 1, J. Herbath 1, P. Melleli 1, T. Chapman 1.

Best Players

J. Farah, N. Criticos, N. Gieschen, M. Dabab, J. Handford, T. White

 

2016 - Round 4 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs South Mornington



Guys, in windy conditions again, at our home ground, fourth game for 2016, we played a game of 3 quarters, which was the focus last week and must remain for the whole year. In winning by 96 points, we played a great brand of football, particularly in the second half against spirited opposition, who took the game up to us in the first half. This makes us 4 -0 - a great start the season and also starting to see separation on the ladder.

Next Saturday we are against MHSOB at home starting at 11.40am and will ensure we continue with our game plan, set plays, structures, game style, running patterns and leading patterns and continue to be smarter than all opposition teams. Again, chain of event goals were highlights with transition from the backline to the forward line in a hurry. We will keep improving here.

Other pleasing aspects

* The defence was again outstanding and conceded only 2 goals in the second half

* A great second half with 25 scoring shots (16 goals 9 behinds)

* Last quarter kicking 8 goals 4 points into a 4 goal breeze says plenty about the performance  

* We played one of the best second half of football that I can recall

* Our game style which was clearly evident, especially as we train for it, ran them off their legs –Lateral movement of the ball – we witnessed this in the second half

* Achieving all our KPIs bar two and winning comfortably – it explains a lot as indicated by the scores

* Forward line was very open – we practice for this on Wednesday nights and the results say enough. We can be a very high scoring team as the results and Inside 50s every week show us. We will continue this until we get it right

* 39 scoring shots last week, 41 this week at 60% conversion rate will win every game we play. Our forwards worked tirelessly and goals came on the back of relentless pressure to keep the ball in – well done again – KEEP IT UP

* Our voice all over the ground and our support for each other was outstanding – we need this to continue

* Continual use of POMO  - at least 6 goals 

* Dan and John Farah each kicking 4 goals, after 5 each last week. Con Pana - Mr Graduate also kicked 4

* 10 individual goalkickers, our best return for the year

* Bonding post game with spending time together at the canteen, then afterwards elsewhere 

* The improvement shown by a number of players provides more depth

* 52 overlap runs was outstanding – 33 after half time -work rate off the ball was great

* 43 inside 50s after half time will win any game with a conversion rate over 60%

Goal kickers

J. Farah 4, D. Lauletta 4, C.Pana 4, T. Barber 2, N.Gieschen 2, D. Bubunaras 1, A.Karim 1, D. Korlos 1, A. Mitropoulos 1, S.Speer 1

Best Players

A very even team performance which was great for the second consecutive week. Everyone contributed

 

2016 - Round 3 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Brunswick NOBSPC



Guys, in great conditions again, at our home ground, third game for 2016, we played a game of 4 quarters, which was the focus this week and must be again for the whole year. In winning by 50 points, we played a great brand of football against spirited opposition, and makes us 3-0 - a great start the season.

 

Next Saturday we are against South Mornington at home starting at 11.40am and will ensure we continue with our game plan, set plays, structures, game style, running patterns and leading patterns and continue to be smarter than all opposition teams. Again, chain of event goals were highlights with transition from the backline to the forward line in a hurry, even after we wasted more opportunities and made poor decisions at times. We will keep improving here.

 

Other pleasing aspects

 

  • A very even team performance over the whole game where we stamped our authority early on- we must come out every game with similar sustained energy

  • The defence was again very good and conceded only 4 goals in the second half

  • A great first half with 23 scoring shots laid the foundation

  • Our game style which was clearly evident, especially as we train for it, ran them off their legs –Lateral movement of the ball

  • Free flowing football was evident in the first half

  • Achieving all our KPIs bar one and winning comfortably – it explains a lot as indicated by the scores

  • Forward line was very open – we practiced this last Wednesday and the results say enough. We will continue this until we get it right

  • 39 scoring shots was the result at 61%conversion rate will win every game we play. Our forwards worked tirelessly and goals came on the back of relentless pressure to keep the ball in

  • Our voice all over the ground and our support for each other was outstanding – we need this to continue

  • Dan and John Farah each kicking 5 goals

  • Our clearance work was the best for the year – Daves (Gibbo) debut as ruckman contributed here as well as the midfielders working well together

  • Bonding after the game with spending time together at the canteen, then afterwards elsewhere

  • Cooperation of everyone with GDF requests – eg Canteen, pink buns, bonding, etc

  • The improvement shown by a number of players provides more depth

  • 70 overlap runs was outstanding – work rate off the ball was great

 

Goal kickers

J. Farah 5, D. Lauletta 5, D. Korlos 2, N.Criticos 1, T. Barber 1, A. Mitropoulos 1, D. Tyrrell 1.

Best Players

A very even team performance which was great

 

2016 - Round 2 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs St Francis Xavier



Guys, in great conditions again, at our home ground, second game for 2016, we played a game of two halves - great brand of football early and then as poor as a second half that I can remember. The win against spirited opposition, makes us 2-0 as a great launching pad to start the season.

 What it does do is send alarm bells for us to play 4 quarters and not think the game was over at half time – we bounce back next Saturday against Brunswick NOBS at home starting at 9.20am

 Other pleasing aspects

  • A very even team performance in the first half, where we stamped our authority early on- we must come out every game with similar sustained energy

  • Selection problems which indicates selection is healthy

  • Conceding no goals in the first half and only 1 until ¾ time – the defence was outstanding all game

  • A great first half with 8 goals to none which laid the foundation

  • Our game style which was clearly evident, especially as we train for it, ran them off their legs particularly in the first  half

  • Lateral movement of the ball, which opened up the game

  • Free flowing football was evident in the first half

  • Great team chain of event goals transitioning from the backline into our forward half

  • Not achieving all our KPIs yet still winning again.

     

    However, there were areas that need to be addressed which we follow up at training

We will continue to stick with our game plan, set plays, structures, game style, running patterns and leading patterns and continue to be smarter than all opposition teams.

 Lets remain positive and keep winning – great culture around the place.

 Goal kickers

J. Farah 2, T. Demetriou 2, D. Korlos 2,  N.Criticos 1, T. Barber 1, N.Gieschen 1

 Best Players

D. Bubunaras, N.Criticos, J.Farah, A.Demetriou, J.Rieve, N.Gieschen, T.White, J.Maddock, D. Tyrrell

 

2016 - Round 1 - Prahran Assumption AFC Vs Hawthorn Spartans



Guys, in salubrious conditions, a magnificent ground, new players, first game for 2016, we played a very good brand of football early and had a decisive win against spirited opposition, particularly early in the game.

 

The new improved 2016 version of the Hawthorn Spartans put Prahran to the sword with a resounding 58 point win with plenty of room for improvement

 

Ironing out the cobwebs last week was crucial and with an impressive performance on Saturday, its exciting to see the scope for improvement – we continue this next Saturday against St Francis Xavier at home starting at 11.40am

 

Other pleasing aspects

  •  A very even team performance where we stamped our authority early on- we must come out every game with sustained energy
  • Promising debuts by all new players

  • A great first half with 10 goals which laid the foundation

  • Our game style which was clearly evident, especially as we train for it, ran them off their legs particularly in the second half

  • Lateral movement of the ball, which opened up the game

  • Free flowing football was evident on the spacious ground

  • 10 individual goalkickers, so goals were spread

  • Great team chain of event goals transitioning from the backline into our forward half

  • A great team performance where everyone contributed, which is what we expect every week

  • Not achieving all our KPIs yet still winning by 10 goals

     

    However, there were areas that need to be addressed which we follow up at training

     

  1. Our clearance work was again average. The key items that we missed were our sweeper being smarter and holding their position at ALL stoppages.
  2. There were too many easy clearances with forward momentum. We can put up with clearances to the rear but NOT running toward goal.We missed again on our KPI.
  3. They won too many rear clearances through their sweeper and feeding the ball back to the sweeper or runners. Our half forwards coming off the square need to negate here

  1. Our KPIs were still disappointing – see below and will be addressed at training and must improve for Round 2. Playing 20 minutes less game time contributed here but it still must improve. We aim to achieve all every week. This needs to be rectified

     

  2. They took more than enough contested marks in our back half. With hang time, we need players to back themselves, have an impact and kill the contest with spoils.

  1. We need all players to be punctual in arriving to our games, to allow for proper preparation

We will continue to stick with our game plan, set plays, structures, game style, running patterns and leading patterns and continue to be smarter than all opposition teams.

 

Well done to all and with the advent of more players available this week for our second game, the team will be much stronger with selection problems – a great position to be in.

 Goal kickers

N.Gieschen 2, J. Farah 2, A. Demetriou 2, D. Korlos 2, C. Pana 2,  N.Criticos 2, R. Poulakis 1, A. Mitropoulos 1, A. Mok 1, T. Barber 1

 

Best Players

A very even team performance for the second consecutive week.