Round 7 vs Chadstone

Guys, in another milestone game, John Farah’s 100th, we didn’t disappoint with a solid win against a spirited opposition.

Our best first quarter for the year and a 12 goal first half laid the foundation for the victory.

We need to continue this against also undefeated team in Old Xaverians this week.

HIGHLIGHTS

·         Winning another milestone game – so important

·         7 goal first quarter, 12 goal first half was a terrific start

·         32 scoring shots always should win

·         The continued good form of a number of players

·         10 individual goal kickers will always be hard to beat

·         Ari’s 7 goals vintage

·         Critta’s 2 goals – smart football

·         Only conceding 5 goals in the first half

·         Most KPI’s achieved

·         Farah 2 left foot kicks – can you believe it? Did it in front of his parents, who were there to witness his 100th game – fantastic

·         Bench Behaviour overall again was very good

·         Stan and Adam post match filling in for myself and GDF with cleaning up

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT (RFIs)

·       Poor 3rd quarter

·       Almost outscored in the second half – a mindset, and lapse in concentration – NOT NEGOTIABLE AGAIN

·       Some players need to have a greater impact when playing, as selection gets more difficult with greater numbers and depth, which augers well and has players having to earn their position

·       Forwards aimed at 20 inside 50 tackles – we had 9 in the first half. Only 15 for the game. Something we need to keep working on.

 SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS

·         Critta – MD – Nick – Fox – Goal

·         Jaffer – Hit out – Bernard – Critta – Goal

·         Farah – Ari – Coutta – MD Goal

·         John Farah great goal on 100th game

·         Sam’s 2nd and 3rd efforts smashing from behind

·         Backward handball brilliant 1st quarter

·         Ari great goal – great contesting at all times

·         Great long goal by Jaffer

·         Adrian Ziccone 2nd and 3rd efforts + Smother

·         Sam’s 2nd and 3rd efforts

·         Critta’s running + marking in the backline

·         Rippa’s 1st and 2nd efforts

·         MD 2nd and 3rd efforts

·         Con Pana 1st and 2nd efforts

Goal kickers

A. Mitropoulos 7, N. Criticos 2, J. Farah 2, A. Coignet 1, B. Coutet 1, M. Dabab 1, M. Fox 1, A. Mok 1, C. Pana 1, J. Rocci 1

Best Players

M. Dabab, J. Rocci, D. Raponi, N. Criticos, S. Armstrong, J. Papa, A. Mitropoulos, B. Coutet, M. Fox


Round 6 VS Prahran Assumption

Guys, after a deluge of rain on Friday, we arrived at Basil reserve in East Malvern to be playing on a ground in immaculate condition.

In a tug of war against a strong opposition in Prahran, the match was a see saw contest early until we took over in the second half, sticking to our game plan to prevail by 34 points.

In 3 time premiership player Ari’s 100th game, he and comeback player and brother in law Gucc started the ball rolling with our first 2 goals.

HIGHLIGHTS

·         Spirit and camaraderie for Ari’s 100th banner was great

·         Our movement off the ball in the second half resulted in a chain of event goals

·         Jaffer – outstanding debut in the ruck

·         Limiting the opposition to 3 goals per half

·         Our clearance work was the best we’ve seen for a long time and we have worked at it during training

·         Response from players having to play in different position due to injuries

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT (RFI)

·       Only 6 goal kickers, we normally have a minimum of 9

·       Forwards not presenting or leading to the ball carrier, particularly in the first half

·       Being involved in an incident on the bench – not a good look and not negotiable – NO MORE!

·       Injuries again are hurting us

·       KPIs down – must be addressed

·       Another player sent off – again not negotiable and NO MORE!

·       34% conversion rate up forward is completely UNACCEPTABLE – even though we are winning we can still improve immensely here with MOVEMENT, not always be reminded

SPECIFIC HIGHLIGHTS

·         Great goal on run – Jaffer

·         Jaffer – Hit-out + Smother – Follow up

·         Ari kicked our first goal ( Gucc tackle set up goal to Ari )

·         Ari – Hit-out to MD – Farah goal

·         Josh great tackling

·         Jaffer’s hit-outs

·         Kouta’s running from backline

·         Coota – Rippa – Farah 2nd + 3rd efforts – Great goal Farah

·         Good switching

·         Spreading 3rd quarter

·         Butta kick – Con Pana – Critta – Farah - Goal

Goal kickers

M. Dabab 3, J. Farah 3, A. Mitropoulos 2, D. Coignet 1, A. Marguccio 1, J. Rocci 1

Best Players

M. Dabab, J. Rocci, C. Pana, B. Coutet, J. Farah, D. Raponi, N. Criticos, P. Siorovingas




2018 - Round 4 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs MHSOB


Guys, in cold conditions and dew, condensation all over the ground at the start we had a top of the table clash versus Melbourne High School old boys team 2 at their home ground in South Yarra.

MHSOB (2) were promoted to our division and in a solid game, we were able to assert our authority and prevailed by 22 points. Their percentage was greater than ours, and we were undefeated, so it was a great test for us. Full credit to the whole team for raising the bar when it counted and especially after losing key players to injuries. Let’s wish Tony Brizzi and Joey Giorgini the best after their injuries – our fingers are crossed for them after both were outstanding until injured   

HIGHLIGHTS

·       Team effort by all, considering injuries and illness

·       Game played hard and fair. No arguing, no send offs, bench much better – it keeps us in control

·       Fantastic individual performances by Karim and Critta

·       Leaders all stood up

·       Defence excellent again – considering the majority of their goals were from poor errors and lucky goals

·       Jack Caminiti’s first goal from 50m check side and a clutch goal

·       Support staff assisting GDF and the team. Many thanks!

·       8 individual goal kickers

·       Adam – Ox-assist – Con Pana goal 

·       Bubs in the spot (in the trigger)Defence worked it very well again

·       Good tackling pressure

·       Adam – Critta – Speer (front and square – great goal)

·       Ripper great handball – goal to Coutta

·       Great tackles by Critta (3 in 7 minutes)

·       Great tackle Brizzi and he played on after the injury – super effort

·       Critta last quarter – Magnificent

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT (RFI)

·       Majority of their goals resulted from poor errors

·       Allowing 6 of their goals to come in the last 3 minutes (Red Time) of 3 quarters – MUST REMAIN FOCUSED for a whole quarter. Could be costly

·       Some players were flat – Question is why?

·       Lack of movement up forward in the first half. Was better after Half-Time

·       Forwards allowing backs to come out too easily. Need more front and centres as well

·       6 behinds in the final quarter from 8 scoring shots

·       30 turnovers was disappointing although the ball was like Dove soap in the first half

Goal kickers

J. Giorgini 3, B. Duarte 2, J. Caminiti 1, C. Pana 1, B. Coutet 1,  A. Karim 1, S. Speer 1, S. Neohoritis 1

Best Players

N. Criticos, A. Karim, J. Caminiti, B. Coutet, A. Brizzi, D. Korlos, C. Pana, J. Maddock, D. Raponi



2018 - Round 4 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs MHSOB

Guys, in cold conditions and dew, condensation all over the ground at the start we had a top of the table clash versus Melbourne High School old boys team 2 at their home ground in South Yarra.

MHSOB (2) were promoted to our division and in a solid game, we were able to assert our authority and prevailed by 22 points. Their percentage was greater than ours, and we were undefeated, so it was a great test for us. Full credit to the whole team for raising the bar when it counted and especially after losing key players to injuries. Let’s wish Tony Brizzi and Joey Giorgini the best after their injuries – our fingers are crossed for them after both were outstanding until injured   

HIGHLIGHTS

·       Team effort by all, considering injuries and illness

·       Game played hard and fair. No arguing, no send offs, bench much better – it keeps us in control

·       Fantastic individual performances by Karim and Critta

·       Leaders all stood up

·       Defence excellent again – considering the majority of their goals were from poor errors and lucky goals

·       Jack Caminiti’s first goal from 50m check side and a clutch goal

·       Support staff assisting GDF and the team. Many thanks!

·       8 individual goal kickers

·       Adam – Ox-assist – Con Pana goal 

·       Bubs in the spot (in the trigger)Defence worked it very well again

·       Good tackling pressure

·       Adam – Critta – Speer (front and square – great goal)

·       Ripper great handball – goal to Coutta

·       Great tackles by Critta (3 in 7 minutes)

·       Great tackle Brizzi and he played on after the injury – super effort

·       Critta last quarter – Magnificent

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT (RFI)

·       Majority of their goals resulted from poor errors

·       Allowing 6 of their goals to come in the last 3 minutes (Red Time) of 3 quarters – MUST REMAIN FOCUSED for a whole quarter. Could be costly

·       Some players were flat – Question is why?

·       Lack of movement up forward in the first half. Was better after Half-Time

·       Forwards allowing backs to come out too easily. Need more front and centres as well

·       6 behinds in the final quarter from 8 scoring shots

·       30 turnovers was disappointing although the ball was like Dove soap in the first half

Goal kickers

J. Giorgini 3, B. Duarte 2, J. Caminiti 1, C. Pana 1, B. Coutet 1,  A. Karim 1, S. Speer 1, S. Neohoritis 1

Best Players

N. Criticos, A. Karim, J. Caminiti, B. Coutet, A. Brizzi, D. Korlos, C. Pana, J. Maddock, D. Raponi



2018 - Round 3 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Therry Penola


Guys, in pristine, eloquent, magnificent, immaculate conditions, we settled down and played some great transactional and lateral football which proved to be a major factor against a spirited Therry Penola.

Full credit to everyone as we were approaching a critical junction in the game in the second quarter, that we played our brand of football, with one player short, and still kicked 5 unanswered goals to break the game open.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Only conceding 5 goals with 4 in the first half – only 1 after half time – fantastic by all defenders and midfielders assisting

  • 36 scoring shots will win any game of football

  • Brizzi’s run from behind – Great overlap running which has been great all year

  •  12 individual goal kickers

  • Mark of the year by Joey

  • All KPI’s achieved – well done

  • Chain of event goals – all great to watch e.g. Critta to MD – Switch to Pana – George Kats to Farah for a goal – 1st quarter

  • Lekkas video reviews – invaluable

  • Great - first quarter 3 consecutive efforts – welcome back Stan

  • Aggressive nature of our players supporting our teammates

  • Brizzi’s long run lead to Bernie’s goal, Stan’s great chases, Korlos repeat efforts, Critta, Bub’s, Pistol Pete and Jack all cleaning up back, Butta’s intercept, Farah’s running goals, Marcus’ great long goal, Jacob’s backward handball, Lekkas cameos, etc. etc. were all highlights

  • Kicking 22 goals, including 19 after half time

  • All helpers doing a great job. It makes GDF’s role so much easier 

 ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT (RFI)

  • Bench getting too vocal – This must cease

  • Need to ensure a defender do not sit in front of our forwards – Make it 2 on 1

  • No more send offs – two already this year. This is NOT negotiable

  • Some 25m penalties again – Non-negotiable again!

  • Poor first quarter where we lost focus, structure and we were a rabble, lowering ourselves to a different unacceptable level and allowing the opposition to get vocal and dictate us

  • The majority of their goals came from our errors – poor outlet kicking, easy forward entries, not manning up, poor turnovers – Non-Negotiable again! 

Goal kickers

J. Giorgini 4, G. Katovolos 4, J. Farah 3, B. Durante 2, M. Fox 2, C. Pana 1, D. Bubunaras 1,  M. Dabab 1, S. Fazzolari 1, D. Korlos 1, S. Neohirtis 1, N. Subotic 1

 Best Players

N. Criticos, D. Bubunaras, C. Pana, M. Dabab, J. Camaniti, S. Neohiritis, A. Brizzi, P. Siorovingas, J. Farah, S. Fazzolari, in a great team effort.  



2018 - Round 2 - Hawthorn Spartans Vs Richmond Central

Guys, in atrocious conditions with rain, wind in a difficult to score game was always going to be a scrap. We managed to play a great first half, which laid the foundation for a good win by 6 goals.

This now places us on the top of the ladder with a healthy percentage. Let’s keep the momentum with a great culture and ethos that we have established. We will only keep improving as we analyse each game play like we want, with the challenge to sustain it.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Another 6 players making their debut and performing very well

  • Everything organised with helpers in place – credit to GDF

  • Only conceding 1 goal. That is 5 in 2 weeks, outstanding effort by everyone, including our defence

  • Healthy percentage of 338%

  • Vision and Analysis by Ang Lekkas – invaluable and key points to work on prior to our next match

  • Consistent form by a number of players. Good sides have that depth

  • Winning 3 of 4 quarters

  • KPI’s were ok for a half – we didn’t measure after half time. Too difficult

  • We lead from start to finish, a credit to our mindset at the start

  • ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT (RFI)

    • 2x 25m penalties and arguing with the umpires waving arms – NOT NEGOTIABLE and NOT part of our culture

    • Poor 3rd quarter when they covered the exits and we played into their hands we will rectify this at training

    • At times, we needed to switch more, regardless of the conditions. Back ourselves with flair

    • Not following instructions at half time, when we overdid handballs with a very wet and heavy ball

    • Positioning at stoppages needed to improve, as well as going 2 on 1 when a spare player is placed in our forward line

    • Only 4 goal kickers, but that was due to the poor conditions

    Goal kickers

    J. Giorgini 3, A. Pana 2, D. Bubunaras 1, A. Karim 1


    Best Players

    A. Karim, D. Bubunaras, C. Pana, D. Raponi, B. Coutet, M. Butta, T. Brizzi, A. Christou, J. Giorgini, G. Pappa

 

2018 - Round 1 - Melbourne HSOB Vs Hawthorn Spartans

Guys, in magnificent conditions to play football, congratulations on a great start with a decisive win in round one over MHSOB. With 6 players on debut, we played some great football, with a plethora of a chain of event goals.

A great gesture by Stan post game to myself, GDF and Terry.

HIGHLIGHTS

6 Debutants

  • Joey with 5 goals

  • Our chain of event goals was a delight to watch

  • Almost achieving all KPI’s

  • Winning all 4 quarters

  • 10 individual goal kickers

  • Over 70 overlap runs with players running in numbers – will win any game you play!

  • Number of debutants kicking goals as forwards

  • Ang Lekkas videoing room for improvements (RFI’s) – invaluable

  • Joey, Zouks (Saturday) Critta on Sunday sharing birthdays

  • Kicking over 100 points (33 scoring shots)

  • Defence was magnificent conceding only 4 goals

  • The loud rendition of the theme song with all debutants in the middle of the circle

  • All the helpers who assisted on Saturday

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT (RFI)

  • Decision making after viewing the videos, EG kicking to a 2 on 1 or into congestion - Running patterns need to improve here

  • Allowing one contested and one uncontested mark for 2 of their goals

  • Forward handballs too risky and we only practice backwards handballs at training

Goal kickers

J. Giorgini 5, B. Duarte 2, J. Farah 2, A. Mitropoulos 2, D. Coignet 1, A. Coignet 1,

C. Pana 1, A. Pana 1, C. Smith 1, S. Speer 1

Best Players

N. Criticos, J. Giorgini, A. Karim, C. Pana, C. Smith, B. Duarte, A. Demetriou, J. Farah