As our children return to School, a good time to update existing members on the new Football season (feel free to pass on to prospective families!). Lets start with some dates:
• Our Registration/Meet the Coaches day is Sunday 18th February from 2pm till around 5pm. Snags in bread from the BBQ, Cricketers will man the Bar, Soft Drinks from a dollar.
• Our Season Launch/Jumper Presentation is slotted for Friday 13th April, the last weekend of school holidays.
• Round One is Sunday 15th April.
• Plant Sale is Saturday 7th April, we need some help with that to achieve what we want for season 2019...
For existing members you should receive an email from sporting pulse in the next few days enabling you to re-register for this year. Payment can be made to the MJFC via Bendigo Bank Monbulk and details are on our website. You do not have to come to registration day, but we would like a copy of the Medical form filled out prior to players match days. We would love to see you anyway and we can help with the online or paper process!
Our 2018 Season is a busy program. Junior Footy is Sunday footy and we will strive to keep it that way, but keep in mind this seasons challenges:
MJFC embraces the massive explosion in the popularity of female football. We aim to have Under 12, Under 14, Under 16 and Under 18 Girls teams this season, and three of those teams are confirmed before we launch the year! We still have the one ground to play on and train on despite having an almost three fold increase in junior football participation in five seasons. We have new lights. We are about to have a new scoreboard. We are in the process of pulling down the old change rooms and modernising for a future female football competition. We can not possibly play all of our teams at the same venue on the same day...
We have most of our coaching positions filled for our Boys teams this season. Our Girls teams present a challenge that we will certainly rise to. We loved our first season of Junior Girls Footy at Monbulk last year.
And that is the approach we will continue to take with our children. It is important for all of us they love footy in our community. And our community benefits from our junior citizens loving being a part of our footy club.
Looking forward to loving watching our kids playing footy.
A feral weather day with snow on our mountain early and ice on our Girls and Boys as they played crucial finals. To some results:
- Under 12 Girls started our day at The Basin, a most unpleasant venue for our finals series, with many problems and few solutions and we look forward to our Girls playing rounds and finals with their Clubs next season. Downhill was the scoring end, we conceded a goal in the first and retrieved that in the second. Unfortunately weather Gods conspired against us in the third as our opponent had the slope, the wind, the ice and the tide assisting them and we were unable to hold out a couple of goals. Wind dropped off in the last, sun came out and our Girls worked really hard to at least get another goal, to no avail! We had a great week and a great season and came up just short in the end. Well done Girls. Such a fantastic journey in your first season.
- Under 11s were at Seville on a very heavy track again wind and ice would impact the results. We knew we faced an undefeated opponent. We had scored just once to their six last time we faced them. But we were undeterred and focused on a result that would lead us to the promised land and a grand final! Managed to snag a couple of early scores to get to the quarter time break up by two. Jagged a major in the second, conceded two behinds, but led by six at the main break and had shocked our opponent. Another major in the third, conceded seven points and finger nails were going as we lead by five into the last break. Could not hold out our foes in the last as they added two majors and we could not score to go down by seven. Well done Under 11s, first competitive season and almost to the last dance.
- Under 16s did advance to the last dance as the Seville track continued to deteriorate as more hail and rain and wind piled the last of winter upon us. Very difficult for our undefeated boys to exercise their skills, they played one on one accountable football and backed themselves as the better players. This was enough and the final score of six goals nine behinds forty-five points was not flattering, but the mud was thick, the ball was slippery and keeping our opponent without a single score over four quarters reflects how the THIRD best team in the League went today. We trust in our coaches development of our players over a full season, and over their Junior football career, to know we are on the right path. Sunday at Yarra Glen at 2.45 will reveal the truth. Our opponent is Gembrook, we defeated by a very slim margin very early in our season. They overcame Emerald 95 to 38 to set up another showdown for the 1st and 2nd placed sides this year. We welcome the opportunity.
Great support today for our Girls and Boys teams in very inclement weather. We look forward to seeing as many as possible at Yarra Glen next Sunday to see if our Under 16s can go all the way.
Cracking day for our Junior finals for our Under 11s and 12s Girls teams. Both looking to progress:
- 12 Girls started our day, again at The Basin, restricted parking, in the EFL, no lights, showers, power, but could not find any doggie doo-doo this week! Still no results on our partner (EFL) website, but our girls started fast in the bright sunshine and took a healthly lead into the first break. Attacked downhill in the second quarter after conceding an early goal steadied to lead by 15 or so at the main break. Again leaked a quick score or two, but held a solid lead into the last quarter. And a very nervous last quarter it was, conceding a couple to our opponent, steadying, and finally hanging onto win by 8 points and head into a Grand Final! Well done girls!
- Under 11s headed to Wandin 20 minutes later to face a determined Healesville White with some younger opponents. One scoring shot apiece in the first, left us up five points by the break. Turned up the heat after that held our opponent scoreless into the second to head into the main break up by 19. Another goal in the third as we continue to dominate around the contests, three more scoring shots in the last to run out 33 point victors. Head from here into a Prelim final against an undefeated Woori Yallock who headed us by nine points earlier in the season. If we want to win it, we have to beat them!
- Under 16s in rest this week, a couple of our players recovering from concussion and other injuries. Outcome from last weeks tribunal hearings are two Healesville Junior players both ended there junior careers with two and five week suspensions. They were bundled out today and so were there players.
- We expect both our Under 11s and 16s to play at Seville this week, that will be confirmed. Our girls will play at The Basin.
- Had an awesome night with our Under 16s Gala dinner, fare welling our departing top age players...who still have a couple of weeks to go...we hope!
- Keep in mind we have had to move presentation day back a week to Sunday October 8th the last weekend in school holidays.
A cracking late winters day saw our Under 11s, 12s (Mixed!!!), 12 Girls, 14 Gold and 16s all take to the field hoping to advance to the final dance. To some results:
- Under 11s travelled to Upwey to confront the hosts, and were upbeat after a win last week. Conceded a goal to our hosts in the first quarter with Umpires enforcing a rule we endorse, just let us know! We gave up another in the second quarter, but we had 4 scoring shots to two at half time and were well in the contest. Arm wrestle in the third resulted to no scores to both sides and our TWO scoring shots in the last proved not quite enough to miss playing next week. Down by one point, in the opposite side of the draw, but someone is going to have to beat Mt Ev to win it!
- Under 12 Girls were at the Basin...don't talk to us about grounds with slopes...against Mt Ev team has lost just the once in two years. Our girls lead at the first change, opponents had more scoring shots. Kept our heads in the game downhill in the second, firmed up our lead in the half time break. Threatened in the third our girls stuck to task and lead into the last break...all looking good! Conceded a couple of goals in quick time in the last, we continued to work hard, got a goal as a result but went down by five points. No fear next week, go you good things!
- Under 12s hosted Gembrook. slightly above us on the ladder and we expected a contest, getting to the first break up by five a good outcome. We got another in the second, but gave one up to get to the main break up by the same 5 point margin. We were challenged in the third, and were unable to respond as our opponent added four scoring shots to head to the last break up by 9 points. Ran out the game well with our contested possession and running forward to help our team mates high on our radar.
- Under 14s Gold hosted Gembrook and we started with some purpose, kicking the first goal and looking the goods. Today was always going to be a big test as we have tried to even our playing teams with the best intentions on kids playing competitive football. Tough year for our 14s Gold and Maroons. Our Club remains determined to have a 13s and 14s team next season!
- Under 16s had a task to do today finishing on top, undefeated and playing the fourth side - Healesville - to progress. Our boys looked well focused in the first, four straight to nada a reflection on that quarter. Added a couple in the second, gave up one, 30 points to the good at half time. Had seven scoring shots to two in the third, and seven more in the last to none to run out 61 to 8 point winner and a rest next week. Shocked by what occurred in the last two minutes, rest assured so are our opponent. President to President, Coach to Coach has been reached out tonight. A penalty will be paid. Not to be tolerated in kids sport.
We move on, our five finals sides are reduced to three, we have no more canteen/gate/bbq duties. Our 11s and 12s Girls will play next weekend, and all can use your support!
Hard to complain about the weather last Sunday, at least early and at Mount Evelyn, where most of us were, apart from 10's Maroon who travelled to Gembrook and 14's Maroon who were at Home, Alone! To some results:
- Under 11's kicked off our day at Mount Ev. at 8.10 am against a determined opponent. We were 4th on the ladder playing 3rd and sheep stations were on order. Got to the first break up by 2, but trailed at the main break by the same amount. Our footballers worked hard in the third to overcome the deficit and lead by 10 at the last. Another lock down in the last saw us run out 16 point winners, but 9 scoring shots to 3 a better reflection of the contest.
- Under 9's headed to the Creek at Mt Ev, and played on a slightly reduced ground. Our numbers have been tested over the last few weeks, but our resolve has been growing. We know we are bottom age in this competition, but we also know we have improved each and every week and we look forward to next week and next year!
- 12's Girls were next at Mt Ev against the top team who produced just 12 players and their full ground...Our girls were up for the contest, disappointed the opponent did not use some of our players so we could PLAY MORE FOOTY! We had the lead at stages, continue to improve in leaps and bounds, and look forward to meeting them again in finals. Just one less scoring shot today...
- Under 10's Maroon travelled to Gembrook, luckily it was not yesterdays wind or would have found themselves in Officer! We again find ourselves with older opponents but continue to improve and we look forward to contests against our own age group in the future!
- Under 10's Gold were at Mt Ev, down by the Creek and were always going to be tested by the top age side. Our tackling pressure and our chains of possession were highlights and we continue to develop this year. Not sure what next year will hold for these two teams, but the Club remains focused: more kids playing more footy!
- Under 12's were up for a test, Mt Ev were third, we a couple of games behind in seventh. Linked up working really hard to get to the first break up by 8, had three more scoring shots. Up 11 at the main break and 10 at the last, we continued to battle at the contest, keep in our structures and run hard when we did not have the footy! Held off a determined opponent in the last to get home four point winners. ENERGY!
- Under 14 Gold were next at Mt Ev, we outside the eight, they number two to Woori after some not nice scenes a few weeks back. After a fast start we dropped our intensity in the first quarter and were set to play catch up for the rest of the day. 22 points down at the first break was reduced to 19 points at the main and back to 14 at the last before we ran out down by sixteen, but just one less scoring shot on the day! Against a very good opponent. Look out next year.
- Under 16's started next at Mt Ev against the 6th team on the ladder. Our opponent worked hard getting behind the ball and creating a contest and we had to work hard to find a way around that. Our handball back worked all day to spread our players away from the contest and we worked well on the turnover. Finally conceded a score in the last after we had twenty-four of them illustrates the domination on the day. Another tick for this group and we move on to our next contest.
- Under 14's Maroon were at Monbulk of all places, starting just after the 16's at Mt Ev, against a pretty strong Olinda opponent and we had some support. After conceding a couple in the first, we worked hard in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to restrain our opponent and score ourselves. This team has travelled through a tough year, and will taste some success in 2018 as a result.
Impacted on our Home game next week with Volleyball over the older ages, moved our last Meal Night to the Last round. Under 16s have the Bye in that Round, but all have been invited to play for the Under 18s against Yarra Glen, please take the time to express your sons interest, team manager Dave Richardson first point of call.
Cracking day at the Monbulk Junior Football Club, the hot air balloons floated past, once the sun got over the horizon and melted our hard frost cover on our ground. And our 16's headed to Emerald to contend with another finals team...to some results:
- Under 9's started our day against Yarra Glen on a reduced sized ground at -2 Celsius frost covering our lines. Our team is full of new players to our Club this season and we continue to improve our core skills of kicking, hand balling and getting the footy! Tested against an older opponent today, but had some great runs forward today and took another big step!
- Under 12 Girls followed playing Healesville as our day started to warm, just 14 a side as our opponent was short and we started the first quarter in a tight contest. Our girls improve every week, and today Healesville found out our improvement. Despite having some of our players away, we had almost thirty scoring shots to nil to run out big winners! Well done girls.
- Under 10's Maroon in their fabulous clash jumper strip followed against a bigger, stronger, older Wandin opponent and we looked in much trouble early. But our kids can play footy and we spent sustained periods in our forward line unable to score a goal. Continue to do the right things and the results will come!
- Under 10's Gold faced Yarra Glen today and were also tested against a strong opponent. Kept to our structures, understanding our roles, improving the basics we have kids that love playing footy. Next season we get ladders and scoreboards and wins and losses, important we keep our focus on making improving footballers.
- Under 11's had the Bye this week, and would have enjoyed not kicking the frozen dew today!
- Under 12's hosted Yarra Glen who were around us on the ladder and determined to provide a contest today. They held a slender lead at the first change, we manged to claw that back to lead by the slimmest margin at the main break. Conceded the lead at the last break and finally went down by 11 points but remain a competitive team this season. Continue to work hard on the track and results will follow.
- Under 14 Gold hosted Yarra Glen next and got to the first break with a narrow lead and a ferocious contest on the ball. Got to the main break up by six points, but nine scoring shots to three was a better reflection on the contest. Piled on three straight in the third, followed by three more and a point in the last, help our opponent scoreless in the second half and 43 point winners. Contested ball won.
- Under 14's Maroon hosted our final match of the day on our ground with Seville our opponent. Managed to hold a lead at the first break with our single score the result, got to the main break down by 14 as our opponent with bigger bodies started to work their way on top. Lost the third quarter by a goal, but halved the last to drop by 20 points, but held our heads high on the day. Getting tough for both 14's sides this season. Dig deep.
- Under 16's travelled to Emerald (yes our home game) to do combat with another around the mark. Got to the first break up by 17, but had 10 scoring shots to 3 and looked in control. Kicked 3 goals to 1 in the second with a minor scuffle resulting in a lost player for each team. They got 2 more to our 4 in the third sending us into the last up by 42. Held them scoreless in the last, run out 64 point victors and got the job done today. Will have some more tests in the next weeks, but the top two sides have cleared out this year. And likely not contend again until Grand final day.
Enjoy the Bye and the break this weekend. Some training will go on, please take the time to inform your coaches if your son or daughter can not attend.
Be proud of the way our Club conducts itself. I am continually reminded from other Clubs how well we play on field, and control ourselves off field. We plan to continue to lead the way in Junior football in our community.
Cracking winters day greeted our 8 teams (Girls with the Bye) today as our Core Age travelled to Healesville and we had two teams host at our ground. To some results:
- Under 9's started our day at 8.30 on the Soccer Ground at Healesville in cool conditions but on a firm surface. Our group has mostly younger age (8's) players who continue to learn the basics of football with our new coaches. Getting and retaining possession, moving the ball to a target and keeping our positions are all improving each and every week. Another step forward in junior careers today!
- Under 11's next up had one of the two Healesville teams who were around us on the ladder and were always going to provide a contest. They delivered in spades kicking 2 goals and 4 behinds in the first and leaving us wondering what had hit us! The second and third quarter efforts from our players was what was required as we pulled back the deficit to just 7 points going into the last. Spent all of our petrol tickets getting back into the contest and conceded a couple in the last to go down by 3 goals. Next week!
- Under 10's Gold were next at Healesville and we put on an entertaining contest against a team with some really big players (one of my sons think the Beechworth Bakery is responsible for some really big kids over most of their age groups!). We have learned to run and carry the ball, we have learned we have team mates and sharing the ball with them can improve our team, and we are learning to win and to lose, even without the scoreboard we know how we are going!
- Under 10's Maroon were then hosting a determined Woori Yallock on our big ground with scoring always going to be a challenge. We are also learning our structures, trying to maintain our positions, trying to win possession, trying to hit our targets...after we find them, and trying to play an enjoyable game of football! Not all of our opponents spend the same amount of time on player development..
- Under 12's were next up at Healesville vs. the ladder leaders and were well prepared for a battle. After conceding a quick early goal, our group worked hard at the contest and ground out the second to level up the game. But we had a hard slog against physically larger opposition after the first quarter to score just once more, never giving up. Rest around middle of the table at the halfway stage of our season and will need to continue to work hard at training to assure a finals berth. A reality check today.
- Under 14's Gold were next up at Healesville and after a slow start rebounded in the second quarter to trail by a couple of goals at the main break. Entertained an Umpire that wanted to be centre of attention, but fortunately our players continued to put their head over the ball and were determined to have an impact at the contest. Second half saw us again struggle with our depth and our numbers as we had players up from 12's to assist. Game finished prematurely as one of our warriors was injured and we hope he makes a swift return.
- Under 14's Maroon hosted Yarra Glen on our ground and again we were looking for a competitive effort from our combined 13's/14's team. Enjoyed the lead at the first break and carried that into the main break for the second half! But, like our Gold team we are struggling for numbers and questioning whether we have done the right things for our kids. Whilst our team failed to score in the second half, we remain convinced that they are competitive, enjoyed some great patches of football, have coaches that care about their development, and continue to believe if we had a 13's competition this year we would have more fun!
- Under 16's capped off our day with three quarters of football against a determined opponent at Healesville. A late goal (how long after the siren was that mark?) left us with a 7 point lead at our first change. Boys cracked in at the next quarter, again conceding a late goal, but we had four of our own. Last quarter saw us pile on four more, but give up a couple in junk time to run out six goal winners against one of our finals opponents. A new fixture for this group has us playing Emerald rather than the Bye, and our Bye in Round 14 (last round) rather than Wesburn. Learn a lot more from that. Good hit out today boys, did what was required and we can head to Wandin next week for another test.
We have a fixture for the balance of our year, only two more home rounds, with our last Meal Night moved to our last round of the season.
On a positive note, the Monbulk Junior Football Club requires a new President. A succession plan we had in place has derailed due to work and family commitments, that all come before the joy of being involved in junior sport. Our committee remains in place, we have some really good people in really good positions, but after four seasons it is time I move on. Personally, I remained committed to helping anyone willing to take on the role next season, I have two children who will be at the Club beyond this season. I will say this is an opportunity to positively influence parents and kids in our community, there is some time commitment, not all of our parents are perfect (including myself), we all want some one who is willing to carry on the growth in our Club in our community.
It's not really hard...you just need to find the next one 😃
Glorious day greeted our combatants at the Monbulk Junior ground today, and reliably informed at the remote Talaskia ground of Upwey Tecoma JFC who hosted two of our teams. What's not to love about being at Junior Footy on a Sunday on such a magnificent day! To some results:
- Under 9's hosted Wesburn as the sun dissolved a light frost from our ground and did so in style. Overhead marks, kicks to our players in position, winning our own ball are consistent messages for our newest players. With most of our players having never played before, coming against an experienced opposition was always going to be a difficult task. But we learn and improve each week, and we love playing footy!
- Under 10's Maroon made a welcome return to the club, and performed admirably against an Emerald opponent with more experienced players. We had impressive periods of possession we were not able to turn into scores, but our endeavour and desire to win the footy could not be questioned. Our players need to continue to listen to instruction, work hard at training and continue to improve and enjoy!
- Under 11's were next up at Upwey playing the home side we had had some success against in the pre-season. Today was to be a sterner test as we came up against a team more determined at the footy which at this level will determine the outcome of the contest. Well placed at the half way point of the season, should enjoy the break and will rebound after the Bye. Always next week in footy...
- Under 12 Girls hosted Mount Evelyn back at Monbulk, a side that had not lost for two years..but had only two more scoring shots than us a few rounds ago. And that was our fourth competitive game. All streaks come to an end and for our friends from Mt Ev it came in the fourth quarter as our girls responded to a quick start to our opponent with three goals of their own to run out eight point winners! Well done girls..
- Under 10 Gold were next up at Monbulk hosting a Wesburn team with plenty of experience and will for the ball. We had some great run into space from our players. Discipline and structure were outstanding as was our determination. See big leaps of improvement from our players each and every week. Experience playing in different positions will make them more versatile footballers as they continue their journey.
- Under 14 Maroon was our next game (in time) at 12pm at Upwey against the hosts. With just 15 players we were going to be tested today, but battled manfully to 7 points each by the first break. Conceded a couple in the second to go down by 13 at the half. Some individual brilliance saw us kick three majors in the third to trail by just 2 at the last break. Consistent bigger opponents wore us down in the end to go down beaten but unbowed by 27 points. Well done on today's efforts!
- Under 12 Boys were back at Monbulk hosting a Wesburn side with some history of physical contact. No doubt our players were expecting some aggression today, but we directed all of our contact at the contest for the ball rather than the player. The result of the attack on the footy was pressure on the scoreboard. 15 by the first break, 21 at the main, 29 at the last and finally 35 point winners was just reward for cracking in all day. Leaves our players at 3 and 3 (3 wins, 3 losses) at the halfway point of the season, in the mostly hotly contested age group (by numbers usually!)
- Under 14's Gold hosted Wesburn and after conceding a goal in the first couple of minutes looked like they were going to be tested for the day. For the balance of the 15 minute first quarter we managed to scrap and scrape and get to the first break leading by a single point! Simply dominated the second and the third quarters with seven more scoring shots and held our opponents scoreless. Unfortunately did not quite manage the scoreboard pressure we were after and we led by just 18 points at the last break, despite having eight more scoring shots! Opponents managed to double their score in the last, but the damage had already been done as we ran out 29 point winners.
- Under 16's capped off our day in warm(ish) winter sunshine and we appreciated Wesburn sending their reduced numbers. We bolstered them with three of our own each quarter, but the outcome was pre-determined. Our opponents had just 15 players left from last years Under 14s Grand Final. We had the Flag, a few less players, but a Core group of Under 16s from last season that will make the combined difficult to stop this year. Senior football club is looking at this years crop of Junior footballers and beyond as a way to rebuild their stocks and prospects going forward...as it should be. We all want to continue loving watching our kids enjoying playing football.
What else could you possibly want to do on a sunny June Sunday in Monbulk (or Upwey!)