Also some good news for Div 3, instead of a ‘bye’ this week, Camberwell have withdrawn their Division 3 team which means Malvern have been fixtured to play Caulfield at Caulfield Park at 2:30pm!!
Get your skates on boys!! Lots of phone calls and coercing guys to play has not been wasted and I know that this team will be successful.
Our Div3 Team is sitting on top of the ladder with a percentage of 1,000,000 yes One Million. (Another World Record !!)
State League Men and B Grade Girls are also on top of the ladder and even though it is early days, it is a very encouraging sign for the club.
This Weeks Games
|Saturday 25th April 2015|
|U17||11:00||No Games||Anzac Day|
|U15||11:00||No Games||Anzac Day|
|U13||9:30||No Games||Anzac Day|
|U11 Blk||9:30||No Games||Anzac Day|
|U11 Red||9:30||No Games||Anzac Day|
|Sunday 26th April 2015|
|B Grade Women’s||1:15||Newport||Town Hall|
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
With all of the good things happening around the Club from time to time there is not so good news.
It is with regret that I report the peaceful passing of past player and stalwart Ernie Page.
Ernie joined MLC as a player in the 1950s and was always seen around the club, especially on past player’s day. Ernie’s son Eric and Grandkids Christine and Rennell also played at MLC.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the Page family.
As mentioned in earlier Malvern Mail editions MLC had 5 lads in the Under 18 Vic side and competed in Adelaide last week to become Undefeated National Champions. Glenn Meredith, Nic Chapman, Darcy Campbell.
Jordan Campbell, Nick Maher and Tim Graham represented MLC in a very distinguishable manner.
Vic defeated WA 17 – 5 in the Final. Darcy, Tim and Chappo received MVPs during the week and Tim Graham and Nic Chapman were also named in the “All Star” Team.
Our boys were super and dominated the “Turf” for the whole tournament.
Darcy got 2 cracked ribs in the first quarter of the Final and will be out of action for a couple of weeks.
We wish you a speedy recovery Darcman and hope you can get the Red and Black back on soon.
One of our Under 17s Daniel Taylor suffered a broken wrist in last week’s game.
Danny had been “Hanging Out” for a game of Lax and was on fire scoring 5 goals before his unfortunate injury in the last quarter.
Keep your head up Danny and our thoughts are with you.
I would hate to be the defender playing on you when you get the Red and Black back on.
Great job by all of the hardworking people within our club so far this year as we band together to make 2015 a real good one.
“Catch us if you Can” Gus.“Good Tough Malvern Lacrosse Each and Every Day”
Just a reminder to all I will be at the club tonight 5.30pm -7pm to collect CASH or CHEQUE registration payments.
If you have not yet paid towards your fees, you need to have at least paid $100 before this weekend’s game. (If any of our members have difficulty paying, please contact Karen or Gus to organise a payment plan) Please either transfer funds in to the Malvern Account below or bring cash along tonight.
Malvern Lacrosse Club.
Account Number 132030388
Ref – Your surname
C’mon it’s easy as it’s online this year! No need to venture out to a lecture theatre to listen to the refs go through the updated rules as you can do it in the comfort of your own home! We (the committee) expect all senior players to become accredited as per what Gaz said at coaches corner.
If you’re a parent and would like to help out the junior ranks then we’d make sure you weren’t thrown into the deep end with some guidance on game day if required.
Here’s the link.
As always we are looking for willing volunteers to help out with the ‘little things’ that make the club tick.
Whether that be, helping set up the ground, managing a team or even Thursday Night dinners (see below).
If you have some time and would like to take some of the workload off the ‘regulars’ who are doing too much already, then contact anyone on the committee who will be able to point you in the right direction.
Thanks in advance for your time.
Just a reminder re the Bunnings BBQ coming up on Sunday the 17th May to raise funds Malvern Lacrosse Club.
This has been filled by kind volunteers but we have two additional BBQ’s coming up at Masters on the 28th June (Toorak Masters) and 5th July (Oakleigh Masters).
If you can assist for a couple of hours on either day can you please contact Tarryn Suffolk via email or speak to her direct.
Tarryn Suffolk – email@example.com
Thursday Night Dinners
Starting Next week, unless you smell something cooking (pardon the pun) as in previous years we are doing Thursday Night Dinners.
Best meal this side of the carpark and great way to talk tactics before the weekend game.
There will be dinner available for juniors and their families at 6pm, then a later sitting at 8 for seniors.
Prices start at $5 for juniors and $6.50 for adults.
Unless you’re Tim Walker then it’s $15 😉
Stallion Helmet for sale
There is a brand new STX Stallion Helmet for sale.
It is XL size and pumps up to fit your head.
It retails at $325 and would suit a senior player.
If anyone is interested please contact Gus for more details
Barrow of Booze
Once again we are accepting donations which will be drawn at our “World Famous” Spit Roast Night.
It is expected that all senior players make a donation and we would also appreciate a donation by junior parents (if possible).
This is our major fundraiser for the year.
Tickets to be distributed shortly.
State League Men
It was always going to be a tough game playing Eltham for the Bob Russell Cup especially with so many players away and unavailable around the Club. Whilst losing Fish, Toby, Chappy & Darcy and having Billy unavailable we put together 13 players which included Callum Gerrard for his first game in 12 months from a knee reconstruction.
Eltham looked to have some serious fire power in attack and we knew we would have to play a strong and disciplined game to get the points. After a tight first quarter where both defences & goalies dominated the scores were Nil all and it looked as if whoever scored first could potentially get on a run and break the game open. Eltham finally scored but to Malvern’s credit we quickly replied with goals the AJ and Gaz and another late goal to AJ saw Malvern head into the half time break with a 3 – 1 advantage.
At half time we analysed areas of our game we needed to improve particularly in attack and to the teams credit we put these into practice on the field and scored 4 goals to 1 in the third quarter and took control of the game. 2 goals to Drew and singles to Will and Callum saw Malvern leading 8 – 2 at the end of the third and if not for some poor shooting we could have had a greater lead.
We knew Eltham would come hard in the last which they did but once again a disciplined team effort saw Malvern outscore Eltham 3 – 1 with goals to Drew, Gaz & Callum to seal the win 10 – 3. It was a really good team effort under a lot of pressure that secured Malvern the win.
Dave Gal in goals was brilliant and the defence of Cam, Jon, Browny & Roo were just as good. Watching Cam & Jon go head to head with some of the Eltham power forwards and hold them was great to see ably supported by Roo & Browny. In the first 2 weeks the long poles have played great disciplined defence and have given very few penalties which hopefully has set the standard for the rest of the season.
Patty Mac was once again dominant in the face off giving the team first use of the ball and Gaz was super running the wings for 90% of the game. He ran hard both ways all day and scored 2 goals and had 2 assists in a very good performance.
The attack improved greatly as the game wore on with Josh becoming dominant controlling the ball, Drew (3g, 2a) and Will (1g) worked themselves into the game and with Callum (2g), AJ (2g) and Sammy provided some real headaches for the Eltham defence.
A great win 10 – 3 for Malvern who retained the Bob Russell Cup with the highlight of the game being the outstanding performance by both Goalies.
A big challenge awaits next week against Footscray but if the team continues to play as they have in the first 2 rounds we should be very competitive.
Malvern 7 v Altona 16
D1 played Altona out at Altona. We were short players on a warm day. It was a great effort by the boys who played. Trav, Shannon and Cammac lead the way in the attack. Boppa, Az and Thomas ran hard all day through the midfield. The defence Sherm, Will and Toby J lead by Jay in goals did a fantastic job. Thanks to Mick for coming down to help out after D3 were given a walk over. Made a huge difference as Shannon was injured during the third quarter. We never gave up, everyone was positive all day and it was awesome for me to be part of this group. A 4-5 second half shows we can match it with the best. Congratulations to Aaron on his first game of D1. Next weeks game is starting early. 12.30 @ Eltham
** Editors Note **
It must be pointed out that the effort that Squeak puts in each week does not go unnoticed. With someone leading by example, it makes it easy for the rest to follow suit.
Malvern received a Walkover from Footscray
Women’s B Grade
Round 2 had all the ingredients of a tough games coming up against a combined Camberwell & Surrey Park team both of whom we have built up a rivalry against over the past few years.
Compared to the opening round the weather was cold and at times wet and the team was dealt a double blow before the game with the absence of Tarryn to injury and Kate to illness which was offset by the return of Eleanor and the debut of Brooke.
Malvern opened the scoring but then a quick and skilful opposition got their momentum together and jumped to a handy lead. They were more aggressive on ground balls, ran harder and deserved their lead which would have been greater if it wasn’t for some good defence (Nina & Ivy) and goal keeping (Bruiser). Despite some injury concerns for Tara & Romy they combined with Sarah D to score some late goals which saw Malvern head into the half time break down 7 – 4.
At half time we all agreed where we needed to improve and knew that if we scored a couple of quick goals we could establish momentum and put them under pressure which is exactly what happened. Our desire and aggression for the ball improved greatly, we were first in at the face off and we started to play some very good Lacrosse. After finally breaking the opposition down we were able to get a 2 goal lead late in the game which we hung onto with the final score 13 – 11.
Romy led the way scoring 8 goals and many of these were the result of great team transition from defence and the centre face offs, Tara 2 goals, Sarah D and Lauren one each. Sarah’s goal was the result of a good fast break and Lauren put a bounce shot into the top corner, both really good goals.
Eleanor’s experience was a great asset to the team along with really solid and competitive efforts from Nina and Sarah who both never stopped running and pressuring the opposition.
The team’s “mosquito fleet” (Emma, Sarah & Brooke) ran hard all day and their contribution to the team was significant. Brooke was outstanding in her debut and picked up a number of ground balls under pressure. For these girls to have such an impact in their first and second (respectively) Senior games is a great sign for the future of the team.
U17 V Eltham/Moreland/Surrey
With our ref away, I was going to take on the role and let Drew & Curly run the show. As it turned out Dave Gal offered his services to umpire our game (much thanks Gal! )
This gave me a good opportunity to observe the dynamics of the team.
With seeing such a ‘spread’ of talent, it will be the governing factor when we play “3 star player” teams. If they cut off 1 or 2 of our players, the rest following are as of equal quality and will cause more headaches for opposition teams.
The team is starting to Gel and with bolstered numbers from Seb & Jake, this will make games a little more enjoyable.
Everyone had a good game and a great effort from Az, Thom & Danny.
Score line was a comfortable win 14 – 4
Unfortunately for Danny, in the last ¼ he suffered a broken wrist just from a passage of play that he was involved in.
This gave him an opportunity to get a ride to the RCH with a lovely paramedic keeping Danny’s spirits up.
Also thanks to Callum for rendering his services to assist Danny and we look forward to seeing you back as soon as possible.
U15 v Williamstown 11-3
This was the first game of the season after being given a walk over last week. The boys were a little rusty but showed plenty of promise. Loc and tom Martin dominated the defence. Loc made plenty of interceptions and cleared the ball to attack. He pulled off one of the sweetest overhead checks too. Tom’s defence is continuing to improve. He has the best poke check going around and his defensive body position and lift in a one on one contest is great which is making him impossible to score on. The attack and midfield will start to work better over the coming weeks. There were a lot of good plays. Special mention to Mitch baker with a lazy 7 goals. He showed you didnt need to blast away. Good quality shots all day
The U/15 girls had Footscray as well this week and played an awesome game to only lose by one goal!! Brooke had the very tough job of being Goalie and made some great saves against some very strong shooting from the Footscray girls, well done Brooke you are braver than me!! Sarah was excellent through the midfield and got a few assists as well, her pace and ground balls are fantastic!! Emma was unstoppable in defence making intercepts and running the ball out of defence numerous times, Paige also provided good options for her team mates and did a LOT of running, you would not have known it was her second game of the day! The conditions turned nasty and the team played the better part of the second half in rain and then hail! Well done girls great effort and a much better team game this week, this team will go from strength to strength each week.
The U/13 girls had a tough match this week against Footscray on their home ground, we had a few extras from Surrey Park this week and the girls are still learning everyones names and how they play! Meg ran hard all game and got some tough ground balls and made excellent position, Brianna is fantastic all over the ground and wins nearly all of the contested ground ball competitions she has, it is awesome to watch Bri develop and gain more confidence with every game! Paige also made great space and gave our team some much needed relief running up from attack to offer a pass. We welcomed back Brooke Reid to the U/13’s this week and she was a handy edition! Running hard through the midfield most of the game and providing a strong reliable clears out of defence, great to have you back Brookey!! The whole U/13 girls team will get together at Malvern this Thursday night at 5pm to work on our team game together which will help us immensely throughout the season. The final result was 1-8.
U11 Malvern Black:
Dave Gal and Lance Coleman stepped in to help coach the team this week. First game was against a less experienced and younger Chadstone/ MCC team. The boys started with a few quick goals, picked up a number of ground balls, spread well when moving both into attack and defence. At half time they had a big lead so instead of only the one required pass, this was increased to two and then three before their shot on goal. Came away with a 12-0 win.
Their second game was against Caulfield which was much more closely contested – final score 4-2.
Player of the day – awarded to Matthew Arnold.
U 11 Malvern Red:
Josh Naughton stepped in to coach the team, Malvern Red’s team consists of 4 girls (Alexandra, Danielle, Bella and Ella) and two new players (Doug and Joe). Ella Gibbs having her first game back after a break. Their first game was a hard fought game against Caulfield which they went down 0-8.
Second game against Chadstone/ MCC was more closely contested – 1-1 at half time. In the second half they picked up some contested ground balls, got some passes then shots on goal and came away with a win 5-1.
Player of the day – Alexandra Jackson.
Lacrosse Victoria News
The full fixtures for the Senior Men’s Competition will be released later this week. There may be a slight delay in releasing the Division 3 fixture due to Camberwell’s withdrawal.