"WHATS NEXT FOR THE BLUES"
What next for the BLUES?
Kilmore’s fixture up until the RDFNL Interleague bye is not easy. Saturday "The Blues" face Romsey at Romsey Park. Its next four matches after the bye are against: Riddell (First) at home, Rupertswood (seventh), Woodend (thirteenth) and Rockbank (eleventh) at home. The Club is not shying away from the mammoth task at hand. Instead, Club President Wally Marrett was adamant he will – along with the rest of the coaches, committee and senior players – keep driving the message home. “We keep educating and we keep training and we have a very inexperienced bunch and that’s how you deal with it.” Marrett added that if just a few players were off each week, then the side would be exposed. “I would think that with committment to working hard on the track, there is a real chance for us to notch up a couple of wins in the next month or so.”
ATTARD AND RIGBY TO MISS MATCHES WITH INJURIES
Staunch defender Nick Attard could miss the next two to three matches after injuring his calf during the last round against Macendon at J.J. Clancy Reserve.
Attard confirmed following training that he would miss this Saturday’s clash against last years runners up, Romsey at Romsey Park. Nick Attard confirmed he would have tests to determine how long he would be sidelined.
“I will need to see how it pulls up after some treatment. I have the bye to also get it right, but normally with soft tissue injuries its around the [two to three week mark],” Attard said.
Club President, Wally Marrett said: "He will be sorely missed in the makeup of the back six against Romsey. His experience and leadership back there is a valueable asset, Nick has worked hard to return to the Seniors after suffering an severe ankle injury during a practice match in the Pre-season".
Further to the "Blues" woes came with the news of new recruit, Cam Rigby suffering a broken left hand which was sustained in the same match. X-rays have revealed three fractures in the hand with some concern surrounding one of the breaks that clearly shows some separation and displacement of the bone. Medical advice has advised Rigby that surgery may be required to set the displaced fracture.
"I spoke with "The Big Rig" on Tuesday night at training", said President Wally Marrett. "To his credit, Cam was more concerned about the impact his injury would have on his team mates and the side as a whole. Cam has really developed into the Ruck role at the Club after spending most of his sporting career as a professional basketballer in the National Basketball League. Cam has bought a a unique leadership quality to the playing group and has addapted well to Senior Football".
Rigby's injury could see the Big Man on the sidelines from between 6 to 8 weeks. The Club wishes both lads well in their recovery.
MEMBERSHIP -THE CALLING CONTINUES
Once again they’re here – a loyal band of volunteers & committee, continue to reach out to the "MIGHTY BLUES" connections, continuing the steady effort to bring members into the fold.
Given the trials of the season, it’s an ongoing battle to secure memberships, yet in the couple of months they’ve been undertaking this project, the volunteers have signed up new social members who might otherwise have slipped through the net. As Wally Marrett, President, says, ‘Out of the adversity of early 2013 has arisen a group of volunteers who have decided ‘now is the hour’ to put effort into the club.’
In so doing, the current crop of volunteers and committee are following a long line of committed groups and individuals who have contributed to gathering memberships over decades past. The current crop took shape in 2012, and has been growing steadily ever since. Wally Marrett stated at a recent Club Function how important the activity being undertaken by the volunteers is, and how "nobody knows the work that goes on in the background, and I’m really in awe of what you’re doing."
Marrett, like the volunteers, is looking forward to an improved on ground future, as ‘that’s how we get our reward, from what happens out there.’ It is that belief that keeps most committed through tough times.
"It’s a shared mission, and a challenge that confronts all Clubs. The passion of the "Blues volunteers & committee will always shine through."
INJURY UPDATE - 22 APRIL 2013
Kilmore BLUES Ruckman Rob Peckham is undergoing an intensive rehabilitation regime after sustaining a serious ankle injury against Wallan.
Star midfielder and Club Captain Adam Goudge has a 6 centimetre tear in his right hip flexor. Adam will also tackle a rehab program to ensure his return to the ranks as soon as possible.
In better news for the BLUES, defender Nick Attard is progressing well with his ankle injury and is aiming for a return to training shortly.
Our Netballers are injury free at the moment which makes a pleasant change from the horrific run of injuries the girls sufferred last year.
|Nick Attard||Ankle||1 - 2 weeks|
|Adam Goudge||Hip Flexor||4 - 6 weeks|
ROUND 2 VS BROADFORD - ROOS TOPPLE BLUES IN FOURTH QUARTER
In fine but windy conditions on Saturday at our 1st home game at J.J. Clancy reserve our netballers took on a strong Broadford unit. Our "C" Grade girls fought the whole game & actually had more shots on goal but were unable to convert. The girls finally went down 15 to 9. Club Awards going to Emily Traynor & Jemma Wightman.
The "B" Grade girls started well but made some costly mistakes in their endevour to overcome a fairly competitive Broadford Team. Quick use of the netball by Broadford saw them get out to a comfortable led & from there, they were never headed winning 34 to 10. Club Awards going to Tarsh Treacy & Hayley Machen.
On the football front, our reserves took to the field with high expectations. With Nick Ferris being selected in the Seniors, the Ruck duties were filled by young Chris Finnie. Chris was up against his "Old Team" & played with a big heart in difficult circumstances. At the "Long Break" our boys were only 11 pts in arrears. Another new lad Jesse Parkin was also dominant, starting at Centre Half Forward, in a fine performance in the "Two's". Great contributions were from "Joffa", 2003 Club B&F Geoff Still, Ben Dawson & up & coming youngster Adam Milne. The boys were eventually beaten by 32 pts with a 4qtr effort required this week against Melton Centrals.
The Senior lads in their "Gameday Apparel" looked the goods early on with a tight contest expected from both teams. New inclusions in the side were Nick Ferris for Rob Peckham (Inj), Peter Carter for Adam Goudge (Inj), Brad Corneille for Tom Butterworth (Omitted), and Olly Duff. A tight tussle ensued with both teams struggling to capitalise on their forward attacks. At the Half time break, Kilmore were just off the pace facing a 23 pt deficit. The challenge was laid firmly at the foot of the players at 3/4 qtr time who trailed by 17 pts, by Senior Coach Chris Nolan, asking the boys for a big effort into the wind. Our boys fell away in the final term to go down by 43 points. Rick Saunders & Alex Desmond toiled hard all day in the midfield as did Dave Saunders in the backline. Good efforts from Luke Crowley, Pete Carter and young star Matt Lawson were notable coming up to selection time against the strong Melton Centrals outfit.
FOOTNOTE: We ask all our Players, Supporters, & Sponsors to understand the Clubs vision for the future which is to give ALL players the opportunity to develop into seasoned Senior footballers. With such a young list it is a must that we as a club & a Community support and nurture these young players so the Club can guarantee the future sucess of our club. It's about building up players to have a system that can handle a 120 minute game.
The team showed patches of consistency for the first three quarters, but we just need to make sure that these bodies get trained gradually. If you rush it and break them down, then you ask for trouble.
ROUND 1 AGAINST WALLAN
On Saturday "The Mighty Blues" ventured down the road to do battle with traditional rivals, The Wallan Magpies". Our Netball "C" Grade girls fought out the contest to unfortunately go down to the "Pies" 22 to 5. In the "B" Grade a real solid performance by the girls saw Kilmore lose 19 to 10 in a good contest. Sam George & Michelle Cullen took out the "Club Gameday Awards". More time playing together & good numbers on the training court & a great team spirit will bring results.
Our reserves were a bit slower to get out of the blocks which allowed Wallan to get a jump on the boys. After an honest & very direct Coaches Address at halftime by new Reserves Coach Daniel Cleary, the boys came out motivated and showed Wallan that "Blues Spirit". At the final siren the boys fell short by 10 points. Great efforts from Nic Randone, Nick Ferris, Joffa, Thick, Kurty Lane & Matty Laz on the day with Matty Laz winning the "Club Gameday Award" & Nic Randone winning the "Thursday Night Meals Award".
Our Seniors arrived at Grrenhill Reserve in their "Matchday Uniform" & certainly had an air of professionalism about themselves. Many thanks to our New Sponsor partner WORTHY APPAREL & its directorsPeter & Mary Hawksworth. The lads took the field with a feirce contest expected & the initial ten minutes of the 1st qtr was that and a bit more. Wallan dominated the 1st qtr kicking 6 goals to 1. The 2nd qtr saw the Blues register goals consistently by kicking 5 for the qtr, however The Pies also registered a further 5 goals to go into the long break 27 points in front. Wallan came out of the long break & put the foot down with a 7 goal qtr & our boys suffering from the loss of Mercurial ruckman, Rob Peckham. Nick Sheldon was busy all day and came away with 5 goals to his name. The "Evergreen Captain Courageous" Adam Goudge was up to his armpits in the possesion count & as usual in & under everything. An outstanding return to the club by Dave Saunders saw him lead many attacks of the Half Back Line with notible efforts from Dion Bathman and a tenaciuos Lachlan Murray in the back pocket. Alex Desmond was a great physical presence around the ground but needed assistance around the ground to support him. The Pies ran away 67 point winners at the final siren
The thing to remember as a Club, as we develop, is that Committment, Effort & Endevour are the linchpins to ensure our Club, it members, supporters & all those associated, continue to strive to be their best as individuals & to enjoy the friendships made at our Club.
KFNC APPOINTS NEW CLUB SECRETARIES
It is with great pleasure the KFNC Committee welcomes the appointment of Nick Attard & Dave Heather as Joint Club Secretaries for the upcoming 2013 Season. Both Nick & Dave are highly regarded & respected within the Club & both are still currently playing for the Club.
Nick has spent many years within a football environment at both Whittlesea & at Kilmore. He is successfully involved in business and sharing his time with his young family. Dave is an avid sportsman who is involved in both Football & Cricket for Kilmore. He is currently studying at Uni with asparations to head into Law.
Both lads will be a valueable assest to the Committee in 2013 and we all look forward to their input at Execuative Committee Level
Congratulations to you both!!!!!
LOOKING FORWARD TO THE MASSIVE GOODS & SERVICES AUCTION
Its on again!!!!!! the KFNC GOODS & SERVICES AUCTION 2013. Come along and have a fun night with lots of "HOT" items going under the hammer on the night.
Surprise "GUEST AUCTIONEER" & "LEGENDS & HEROES" will be auctioning off some prized memorabillia.
Bring along a friend from outside the CLUB & get your 1st drink free!!!!!
All players MUST supply a donated GOOD or SERVICE for this MAJOR FUNDRAISING NIGHT.
Enjoy the sounds of our resident "DJ" and have a fun night as a CLUB!!!!!!!!!!!!
All enquiries to NICK FERRIS.
Lets make it a Great night!!!
THE BLUES WELCOME ABOARD TWO NEW PREMIER SPONSORS IN SEASON 2013
Kilmore Football Netball Club has announced Kilmore Trackside & Howard Squires Bamfords Funerals as Premier Partners for the 2013 season.
As outstanding local businesses, both partnerships involve significant signage, as well as Kilmore Trackside logo placement on KFNC Netball Warm up match day apparel. These new partnerships reflect the club’s commitment to ensuring the financial stability of our Club with an eye to the future .
Senior President Wally Marrett said this announcement was the start of a long term relationship with both Partners.
“This is a tremendous vote of confidence for the Kilmore Football Netball Club, and highlights our approach of building strategic relationships that involve the whole club, Marrett said.
“We hope through these partnerships and our ongoing strategic framework program, that we become, in time, a Premier Community Club within the RDFNL.
“We see this as a starting point for a long term partnership between the Kilmore Football Netball Club and Kilmore Trackside & Howard Squires Bamfords Funerals,” Wally Marrett said.
“The Blues are also extremely enthusiastic and proactive, with their coach Chris Nolan contacting me personally to say how excited he was about this new partnership,” Kilmore Trackside CEO John Cameron said.
BLUES SHOW PLENTY IN AVENEL HITOUT
The Ressies started out with a real focus on the young members of the team, with Avenel fielding some much bigger, stronger bodies in their team. To the Blues credit, they moved the ball freely showing their skillful disposal was indeed an asset. The Ressies certainly showed plenty of indication that they can be competitive in 2013.
Our "B" Grade Netballers showed plenty of spirit & tenacity against a combination of Avenel "B" & "A" Grade netballers. Our girls showed plenty in this encounter with clear indications that they have improved markedly since 2012.
The Senior Footballers took the field with New Recruits Cam Rigby, Sean Bathman, Callum Curtis & the return of the Saunders Brothers, Jono & Davey. From the outset, the Blues showed great influence around the ground. The dominance of Ruck Stalwart, Rob Peckham and an extremely keen midfield, ablely led by "Captain Courageous" Adam Goudge, soon had the Blues well & truly "up & about". Major contributions by some players who had assisted in the earlier game shows the depth of the Club in 2013. Many positives were taken out of the game & all is positive going forward towards the Wallan Vs Kilmore game on April 13 at Greenhill Reserve, Wallan.
The Clubs next outing will be against Kinglake FNC on Friday 5 April 2013 at Kinglake. Get along to training and lets look forward to a great year at "The BLUES"!!!!!!!!!
BLUES YOUNG BRIGADE READY TO DO BATTLE
SUPPORTERS should see glimpses of the "Young Blues" talent during 2013, but KFNC President Wally Marrett said no-one should expect them to dominate for a while yet. The young prospects and the direction of the Club as a whole is very exciting
However Marrett cautioned against getting carried away, aware of how hard it is in the modern game for young talent to make an immediate impact.
"You can't expect guys who are 18 or 19 to come in and dominate midfields, particularly with how the competition is now," Marrett said.
"There are a lot of big bodies, and those younger boys need time to develop themselves to cope with the rigours and pressures of the game."
Kilmore Football Netball Club is well aware of the need to develop the talented youngsters for the long-term.
The Club knows we have to be patient, but admits the Club can hardly wait to develop & expose the "Young Brigade" to Season 2013.
"It's pretty exciting to see what they could maybe deliver this year, with the future looking very bright."
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE
How important is Kilmore Football Netball Club to you?
It is a critical time for the Kilmore Football Netball Club, we all know that a number of RDFNL Clubs are struggling in difficult financial times. Our Club is no different, quite simply we cannot continue to play without YOU.
What can you do to help, it's simple
- If you are a supporter become a member.
- If you are a KFNC member, attend games & get involved
- If you have a KFNC friend who is not a member work on them to join as a member.
- If you can, upgrade your membership, there are some great packages available.
If you love the Mighty Blues you have to be a member and you have to get involved.
United we can make sure our Club survives and prospers but we can't do it without YOU
Don't sit back and think everything will be OK, now is the time to act. We need you to help us make sure Kilmore Football Netball Club strives to be a force in the RDFNL.
We all want to see the next KFNC premership.
If you would like to talk about how you can help call us 0409 259807 and speak to our membership department or go to our membership page at www.kilmorefnc.com.au
There are 42 days to go until our first game for 2013 will you really be part of it?
SUPPORT YOUR COMMUNITY CLUB
BLUES FULL STEAM AHEAD DURING PRE-SEASON
The 2013 Pre-season for the Mighty BLUES is well and truly underway with good numbers attending these early sessions. Numbers can always improve on the track as the benefits of a solid preseason are invalueable to players throughout the season.
There will be the xmas holiday break and then back to pre-season in January 2013. With the 2013 RDFL Season Draw having been released, with our first 2 games against traditional rivals Wallan @ Wallan & Broadford at home, all goes well for the start of the season for 2013.
Support your Club. GO BLUES!!!!
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