Past players and friends of Malvern day is fast approaching so can we all make an effort to Contact at least one person each and let them know about it. With a big day of Lax games On the program it will be a lot of fun. June 20th is the day and we kick off with the Under 13s at 9.30am followed by U17s at 10.30 am, Veterans at 12.00 noon, Div 1 at 12.45pm and S/L at 2.45pm,
This will be a huge day and I am hoping that some members will put their hands up to help out,
We are going to need people to help in the Kitchen, Bar and Generally around the club on the day,
The Junior section is moving along nicely and all of our kids are improving each week and competing very strongly,
Seniors are also holding more than their own and we are looking good for a Finals berth in all grades. All we need to do is keep up the hard work,
Unfortunately another one of our up and coming stars Toby Jardine broke his arm in Div 3 Last Saturday. It was momentum going one way and he just bumped the opposition player awkwardly and the result is we have lost Toby for 6 weeks,
Bad Luck Toby as you were playing so well,
Maybe we get a Corporate Box in the stand for you and Danny Taylor,
I would also like to mention that due to the efforts of Joey Forster the Christ Church Grammar School has kindly donated 23 Lax Sticks that the club can use for its Junior program,
Good Job Joey,
We also have our trivia night coming up May 30th and it would be good to get a table of 8-10 from each team. Coaches please get into the parents ears about this,
It is also a great time for our Junior parents to meet some of the Seniors,
That’s it for this week and good luck to all of our teams for this weekend,
“Catch us if you Can” Gus,
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Barrow of Booze
Make sure you get your donations in for our major fundraiser! A six pack, a spirit or a ‘nice bottle of chianti’ would be much appreciated,
What’s happening? – a gathering of Malvernites
Where? – BEER DELUXE
Tonight? – Yes
Attendance? – You
If your free tonight with nothing to do, call in to BEER DELUXE and catch up with some Malvern regulars for a few bevvys at one of our new sponsors establishment,
#notoomany Make sure all teams check there times if they are at MCC’s family day as it’s there big day out!
See you on the weekend
Surrey Park Loss 11 to 7
I’m sorry to report another terrible opening quarter and 6 to 1 at quarter time probably flattered us, as a group were constantly second to the ball, had no energy for the contest and were again as flat as a pancakes when the first whistle went.
The main stats focus for me is the contested ground ball count and we must have lost that something like 30 to 4 just in our attack half which sends massive transition fast breaks in waves down to our defence end and completely negates the great work Pat and Toby do in the face off area.
Josh, AJ, Pat M, Toby and the defence tried hard all day but any great and successful lacrosse teams have a ferocious desire not to fail their teammates in any contest on the field and Footscray, Williamstown and now Surrey Park have all embarrassed us badly in that area.
I have changed our weekly training structure again and will again alter the warm up looking for a spark and have put some of the onus onto the players to stand up for our 110 year old proud club and hopefully we can have something more positive to report next week.
The really funny thing is with the talent we have we should be successful this year and make finals..
But talent without hard training, guts, drive and fear of failure is useless in life and certainly in lacrosse…
I challenge the players at least win the contested ground ball count against MCC on Saturday and this will give us a 10 goal win and give our season some life..
Malvern 17 Bendigo 2
Malvern finally clicked against Bendigo to record our biggest win of the season.
With the inclusions of Joe Forster, David Gerrard and Aaron Currie to the team we finally had an almost full team.
The game started off well with the midfield winning the ball a lot to let the forwards control the game. Darcy Campbell and Tim Laidlaw played patiently on the forward line to score at regular intervals. The defence of Brad Skepper, Toby Jardine, Nick Maher, Zac Ansell and Pauly Spierling were at their stingiest all year not conceding a goal in the first half.
After half time it was more of the same while the defence let a couple slip through.
While it was a good win we did lose Toby Jardine late in game with a broken arm and will be out at least 6 weeks.
Best: Darcy Campbell, Nick Maher, Tim Laidlaw, Anthony Bosisto.
Goals and Assists : Darcy Campbell 5 and 1, Tim Laidlaw 4 and 1, Anthony Bosisto 3 and 0, Brendan Farrell 2 and 1, Rod Finnigan 0 and 2, David Gerrard 1 and 0, Aaron Currie 1 and 0, Nick Maher 1 and 0.
B GRADE WOMEN
Sunday saw the team travel to Royal Park to take on Melbourne University.
Once again it was going to be a challenge with Sarah, Tara and Eleanor all unavailable leaving the team with 10 players and no subs.
From the opening face-off Ivy came up with the ground ball, drew a free, a quick pass to Kate who passed to Romy who scored and we were on the board in the first minute. Within the first 5 minutes of the game we were 3 up and things looked to be going smoothly.
The defence held strong thru Nina, Ivy & Tarryn along with Bruiser in goals and it was not until late in the half before Melb Uni managed to score. We had great transition from defence and our “Mossies” Sarah, Emma and Brooke were playing well, running hard, getting ground balls, dodging and creating scoring opportunities.
The half time score was Malvern 7 – Melb Uni 1 with our goal scorers being Romy 3, Emma 2, Kate and Nina 1 each.
Everyone was playing well and without subs were running hard, working for each other and creating many scoring opportunities, the dodging work we had been doing at training seemed to be paying off although our shooting let us down on a number of occasions undoing some of the great work.
After a well-earned break at half time we came out a different team. MU scored 4 quick goals, fought hard for ground balls and lifted their intensity whereas we seemed to lose our composure, run and confidence. A time out seemed to break their momentum and the remainder of the game unfortunately was an up and down the ground transition battle with both sides trying to take advantage of the other teams errors.
The remainder of the game saw a goal from each team (Romy for Malvern) with the final score being a win 8 – 4. Overall it was a good team effort considering we had no subs and all the players tried and ran hard.
We need to continually work on our general skills, fitness and shooting to ensure we can be competitive with the more experienced teams as the season unfolds.
Once again the Defence was fantastic and without a great game by Bruiser (not only stopping the ball but creating transition with her clearing) the scores would have been much closer.
Next week we play MCC at 2.30pm on Saturday as part of their family day.
UNDER 15 girls
The U/15’s only had 9 players this week so Eltham/Camberwell were good enough to play 8 on 8 so we could have one on the bench.
The girls were fantastic defensively and put great pressure on the ball carrier creating many turnovers. Emma and Sarah made great decisions in defence sliding often to the ball carrier when needed. They also ran hard through the mid field all game.
Brooke was dominant in the centre draws winning almost of all them and putting the team in a great position.
Paige and Meg made excellent position in attack and created some good space. Both scoring some handy goals. Paige also did a great job in goals in the second half. Well done Paige
The girls were only one goal down at half time but ran out of legs in the second half and went down 10-15.
A great effort and lots of improvement is being made each week, the girls seem to be enjoying playing in the higher grade and it is very pleasing to see from a Malvern perspective that our girls are more than holding their own against much more experienced teams.
Well done girls
UNDER 11 – BLACK
The U11 Blacks played against Camberwell this week at home.
This was going to be a challenging game as Camberwell have one team of nine players and some very good players.
Unfortunately the U11’s had four kids away this week, so with 6 players we took to the field, and our skills and determination was reflected in the score line of 4-3 at quarter time.
Sustaining this though, was always going to be difficult and we ran out of legs.
The kids who played in the blacks this week should be proud of themselves, their skills, attitude and mateship will continue to ensure they make themselves and the club proud week in week out.
Next week out to Williamstown.
UNDER 11 – REDS
As the early morning mist thinned over our hallowed home ground it revealed the under eleven Reds, pumped full of vim and ready for the start of their most promising match-up yet. The Caulfield opposition was still bruised from its 21-3 pummelling by the Malvern Blacks a few weeks ago and our hopes were high as emergency referee Toby Exton put Malvern Lacrosse’s first whistle of the day to his tough, crusty lips.
The club’s freshest recruit, Jake Seedy, donned the chest guard and helmet for the start of a potentially brilliant career keeping goal, but when Fred Jackson replaced him in the second quarter he showed just as much promise shooting at the other end, bagging the first tally of his career.
Three-foot-three Riley Suffolk towered over his two-foot-four opponent and showed voracious grit in offence as he helped Jake bolster the score, and we entered the half-time break with a slim lead and a gutful of team spirit. Fred did a handstand.
After a scintillating first half combining the fleetest feet on the field with the wettest derrière of the season so far, Allee Jackson moved in to the goal to keep the rest of herself dry, and impressed everyone with a slew of tremendous saves.
Unfortunately our offensive sharp-shooters lost sight of their targets late in the game, and a few biscuits wide of the proverbial basket allowed the Caulfield midfield to field the leftovers and tip the balance back in their favour to win 9-4. Bella Korouk exemplified the team’s tenacity all game long and earned a best-on-ground certificate, mysteriously awarded by umpire, scorer and non-coach Toby.
Division 1,Under 17 & Under 13 girls all had byes this week