Round 5, 2019

Round 5 Match Reports

Hi Folks below are all our Match Reports for Round 5. Scroll Down to find your team's report. There are still a few missing this week but lets give our coaches a break. Life does get in the way some times, so some weeks these just might not happen. Feel free to put your hand up to help write a report for your coach.

Thanks to our coaches and a couple of extra helpers for writing/producing these.


Under 9 Blues Vs Spotswood

Happy Mother’s Day Mum.

The briefest of breakfasts in bed for Siobhan was cut short as we needed to head south of the Westgate for this weeks’ game.  Once again, the dew kickers timeslot betrayed its name – the morning was warm and dry.

Role Call : with Nico following medical instructions and helping from the sidelines for a couple of weeks, we had 2 on the bench.

Captains : Harrison – for his efforts at training and in games, his sportsmanship and good       handballs

     Logan – has kicked at least 1 goal in each of the 4 previous games, by being in good positions and reading the play.

Pre-Game we discussed having some players behind the ball around the ground, in case the next play goes the oppositions way.


1st Quarter;

Angus started us off strongly in the centre, helping to get the ball forward into our A50.  Jack took a mark and kicked long to the goal-square and Logan had our 1st shot at goal.  Ben took a strong mark and Cooper made a desperate dive and handball out of pressure. Jacob chased and gathered the ball on our defensive 50. Angus got a contested kick away on the wing to Jack. His pass was marked by Braydon who made a good lead.  Jack followed up and marked Braydon’s pass, played on and GOAL!

Fletch, Cooper and James combined well out of defence.  Natalie and Maverick were tackling hard and adding to our pressure around the ball.

The Blue’s stated well, with good possessions and field position through the opening quarter.


2nd Quarter;

Leo had a good ruck tap to start us off. The ball went straight into our A50 and Maverick had a shot – just wide.  From the kick-in Leo and Braydon helped lock it in and Mav then won a free kick for a high tackle.  Too far out to score, Mav sent the ball in high to the goal-square.  Jack rose highest from about 3 deep and took a strong pack mark.  He settled for his set-shot.  Straight through the hey-diddle-diddle for another GOAL!

Play wasn’t often in our defensive end, but when it was Fletcher, Arthur and Logan dealt with it well and set us forward again.  Hamish was providing run through midfield.  Zoe won possession on the wing, had a run and sent a beautiful kick forward.  Natalie was playing a contested ball game and winning the ball in the middle.  Mav was dishing out his’ don’t argue’, Harvey H took a pack mark and Leo got another kick away.  The ball finished the term in our forward 50 again.

We really were playing well, the players had listened and kept a couple of players behind the ball around the ground, which meant we were rarely caught out when we lost possession.


Oranges were devoured, magnets were moved and I asked for more of the same effort.


3rd Quarter;

Angus took a strong mark at Half-back, the n played a 1-2 with Arthur who kicked long to clear the area.

Hamish – Fletch – Arthur combined well, with Hamish having a run and bounce through the middle.  Natalie was courageous again in a pack and won a free kick.    Arthur kicked out of defense, Fletch took a good mark and played on to Zoe – handball to Logan, kick to Braydon and kick into our A50 to Harvey H.  Tiger helped out with a strong tackle to lock it in.

Hamish and Natalie won the ball – kick to Braydon – kick to Jack.  Mav won a ground ball, took a quick kick and GOAL!

We were able to get the re-start back to our attacking end. Jacob dove onto the ball to lock it in and stopped a Spotswood forward thrust.  Logan kicked the ball deep to our goal-square.  Jack was on hand to gather and snap a LEFT FOOT GOAL!

Ben was providing tackling pressure, Tiger won a free kick for his tackle.

Fletcher – Jack – Cooper linked up through the middle.  Arthur took a forward 50 mark. His pass to Logan was marked.  Kick to the top of the square and Jack ran on to it for a Dribble GOAL!


4th Quarter;

Ben cleared room for Logan in the centre.  Leo took a good mark and kicked into our A50.  Harvey W burst onto the ball and got out a handball. Tiger got a contested kick away out of a pack.  Natalie found some space and had a run and bounce.  Hamish won a few possessions around the packs.  Ryder was doing his best to get amongst it.  Mav got the ball to Logan who had a shot on the run – point. (hmm – had I put the moccas on Logan with my ‘got a goal in each game so far’ comment?)

Arthur marked the kick-in.  He settled for his set shot, and kicked truly for his 1st Roosters GOAL!

James read the play well with a run and kick to Harrison on the wing.  Cooper provided more run through the middle.  Jacob got a handball on to Harrison again, his ball went to Hamish, his kick went to our forward line.  Mav got onto it and passed to Logan who marked, set shot – GOAL! (Coaches comment can stand for another week...)

Harvey H, Cooper and James worked hard in defense.

Logan – Braydon – Arthur combined for a great running handball play from the defensive 50 to the forward 50.

The ball finished the game again at our attacking end.

7 Goals scored is a great return, but none conceded really shows our efforts.

The Team has really impressed me with their Teamwork, ball movement and today a little bit of tactics (albeit another form of ‘spread out’).


Special mentions;

Goal Scorers – Jack (4), Maverick (1), Arthur (1), Logan (1)

Natalie, Jacob and Braydon had their best games yet.

Heartland Award – Cooper Kenny

Rooster of the Week – Jack Mosca


Thankyou Players, Parents, all our volunteers, paparazzi and scribes.

See you at training,




Under 9 Reds Vs Flemington

Back to our regular time slot of 8.40 am the team came together in the early morning like a well-oiled machine now after a few games in a row.  Today we hosted Flemington Colts, and Charlie surprised with one eye on fashion and a dislike of their yellow and blue colour combination.  All the team were present except for a late illness to Eamon which required some quick edits to the rotations.  Captains today were Otis and Zach who led us onto the park on a near perfect autumn morning for football.

It was a perfect start to the game for the Roosters with the fastest goal in club history (juniors or seniors) from the opening bounce. The ball whizzed from Charlie – Enrique- Noah and finally Carl at full forward who kicked it through the middle.  Fantastic team play!  When Flemington tried to attack Bodee or Oliver were there to hold a strong mark at CHB.  The Roosters whipped the ball around packs with excellent handballs by Eden and when the ball went forward Noah pounced to kick our second goal and the Roosters were crowing having controlled most of the quarter.

Second quarter saw some adjustments by Flemington. They had a couple of athletic and skilful players that gave us plenty to chase around the ground.  Fortunately our defence were up to the challenge.  Arlo took two great marks.  Lachie cleared things out with a long kick on the run.  Hugo had a strong quarter at CHB with some big tackles. Zeph and Paddy were dynamite around the clubhouse wing.  No-one scored in the quarter which was a win for us and the players had earnt some oranges after a great first half effort.

Oranges! Where are the oranges! Oranges arrived and adults stepped back while the pack fed. Who new arranges were so good.

The third quarter was another tight contest.  Eli showed great skills and game sense.  Thomas Mitchell and Bill held up the back line with him.  Otis, Jensen and Tom Watt also stopped many attacks with hard work in the packs, but Flemington did get back in the game.

I asked the players to stay focussed and give 12 more minutes of effort.  The Roosters responded well.  Tom Mulcahy carried the ball well across the rolling hills of the north wing.  We lost Oliver and Carl to injuries (all good now) so Zeph stepped onto the ground at exactly the right time to mark and goal!  Things felt tense and if we were scoring it would have been close.  The final minute saw the ball locked in our back line with almost every player around it. Zach and Thomas E. were in the thick of the action.  Several times it was kicked straight up in the air in the goal square.  Finally Flemington kicked a goal and then the siren sounded.  The

It was another game played in good spirits. The Roosters showed plenty of skill and teamwork and sang the Rooster-Rooster-Rooster chant afterwards in the rooms with plenty of passion.  This week the Slice Girls Roosters of the week were Paddy and Jensen.  Thanks to all the parents for helping especially the Mum’s for getting up early on their special day, and also particularly the Denby gang who took on 3 jobs this week (see the gallery photo).




Under 10 Whites Vs 

The under 10 Roosters played out a mother’s day clash with the St Albans Saints on a cloudy day on the Saints home turf.

It is fair to say that the roosters were a little off early as the St Albans kids got an early jump out of the blocks while our midfield and backline could only watch as many goals were kicked by the saints in the first quarter.

Pleasingly the roosters came out hard in the second term and played much tighter footy staying closer to their opponent and starting to link up with some great in close play. Jack P was in everything on the wing and fought hard to maintain possession. Jack G also provided strong rebound off half back. With many key players missing, we also saw Arlo and Allan step up into key positions and played the key position roles well.

An even larger improvement came after half time as the team started to click. Charlie proved to be a workhorse in the ruck on the large St Albans ground, Eli A and Eli G put on some fantastic forward half pressure and Hudson and Mrinal provided strong targets on the centre half forward line.

As we hoped, the last quarter proved to be the most competitive with the team playing more even and team orientated footy. Jackson Z moved into the forward line to provide a tall option and Jack G and Olly moved into the midfield to provide more drive forward. Rooster matched and probably outplayed the St Albans boys and we can only hope this form will roll into next week against Caroline Springs at home.

Look forward to this next week!


Under 12 Girls Vs Newport Power

Calling out to our U12 girls parents or players to help Simon out with writing a report. I'm sure he would be super happy to get some help.

Under 12 As Vs 

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Under 12 Bs Vs Tarneit

Thanks to Justin (Clara and Louis's Dad) for the effort in writing our game report once again this week. Very much appreciated by me (Ash) and all our players and parents!

Well what a game – equal measures of drama, determination, quick thinking and football nous – it seems our Roosters have worked out their way and what a way it was – on Mother’s Day not least.


Ash’s pregame instructions were clear: be in the right position, use the ball well and think about what to do with it.  And for those who got the ball and had a paddock ahead of them please he said, “touch the ball on the ground don’t bounce”.


His final piece of advice: if you can’t grab the ball easily tap it out in front – and our team followed suit.


We knew we were missing one of our key ball getters, Oscar F and regular contributors Efe, Wes, Alex, Lenny, and Oscar H but history will show we able to carry on regardless.


The first quarter began with our Riley tapping effortlessly in the ruck which was followed almost immediately with a Jordan ‘don’t argue’ – the more we see of this fella the more we know how he can really play.


Mitchell collected and popped a shot toward goal deep in the pocket – his early touches around the sticks was a sign of things to come.


Diego marked well and the Roosters hit the scoreboard first if only for a behind.


Blind turns were back in style on Mother’s Day with Griff showing his mastery in getting out of trouble.


Clara is starting to make her mark as defender with great mark on half back.  But not long after it was not enough to stop a Tarneit player firing at goal hitting the post.  Our opposition kept pushing forward only to be met with solid defence by Miles and tackle after tackle after tackle by he and his teammates.


Our Roosters were able to string a lovely piece of play together with Louis to Griff to Diego and not long after Aiden announced his presence, which would only get bigger as the quarters went by with a key pass to Mitchell who had a go at the goals again only for it to be touched.


One of our standard bearers for effort and integrity Stephen stepped up to the plate with a second effort which denied Tarneit what looked to be an open forward line and likely goal.


Our opposition though were every bit as keen to gift a win to all their mothers’ and soon goaled – there was no doubt that this was going to be hard fought game.


But just before the quarter time siren we had a visitation – Mitchell coped one high and went down and stayed down sore I am sure.  But Lazarus like rose up to take his free kick and accompanying 15 metre penalty to kick truly for a big goal.


Quarter time score: Roosters 1.3-9 // Tarneit 1.1-7


Louis continued his steady contribution in his return game and was resolute in defence early in the second quarter.


The ball remained held up in Tarneit’s forward fifty for a considerable part of the quarter.  Stephen interrupted their flow with a great mark and Billy stepped up to the plate with impressive tackling pressure on our half forward line. 


Braydon kept at it in and around the pack following on from his first term efforts.  Aiden laid a big tackle and kept at it and at it and Billy was busy again getting it to Oliver for an almost goal.


Iggy burst on to the scene with a brilliant mark in defence and was soon fighting hard for the ball at ground level.


By the end of the quarter both teams had scored another goal; our Roosters with their noses in front.


Half time score: Roosters 2.5-17 // Tarneit 2.1-13


Not long into the third stanza Oliver took on what seemed like most of the opposition deep in our forward pocket scoring a behind for his effort.


Riley kept making the play and marked in front with his long kick just off line.


Finn jumped into the fray with big tackle on the wing – when he gets you its almost impossible to get away.


Aiden again marked in the middle of the ground and kicked to Luca who pumped it into our fifty.


Our younger ring in Hamish – Stephen’s brother no less – had already made a real difference in the first half and continued to influence the game with a bursting run and bounce.


Griff got his broom out and swept up a loose ball and there was no doubt that we had to keep fighting with Tarneit’s number 19 having a dominant game.


Boris wasn’t going to let that stop him and got his hand on it in defence admirably supported by Eli.


Clara was great in the back half, and Aiden and Luca combined again to get the ball forward.


Jordan showed he wanted the ball more than the opposition with a magnificent pick-pocket effort.


But the momentum was building for Tarneit and they knew it: scoring a goal and building in confidence.


West Footscray kept fighting – scrimmaging around the ball not letting the opposition get an easy touch – our team fought and fought saving otherwise sure goals deep in defence.


And with the game tied – what a final quarter we were in for.


Three quarter time score: Roosters 2.7-19 // Tarneit 3.1-19


It started with Lou, Finn and Riley around the ball with the latter spinning out of the pack.


Diego contributed with a timely intercept mark and Kai made a real effort in holding Tarneit at bay – his efforts in the last quarter were important to the outcome.


Iggy battled on the boundary with multiple efforts and Stephen made big play extracting the ball and moving it forward.


Finn earned a free for a fearsome tackle.  Griff and Clara were busy and with great team play – illustrating our emerging hallmark of effort and support for one another around the ball – meant the Roosters were able to score the first major of the quarter.


The teamwork continued this time by hand across the middle and Braydon marked expertly and equally so kicked to Billy.


Jordan made his way through pack after pack the way a motorcyclist moves through traffic and with Diego busy we had a sniff.


Eli was rock-hard in defence and then Aiden stole the show with a great gather and run with 2 bounces, then put it out in front of Mitchell who put on the afterburners, had bounce himself, and banged it through the goals.


A brilliant effort by our Roosters and very well-deserved win.


Final score: Roosters 4.7-31 // Hoppers Crossing 3.4-22


Under 14 As Bye This Week

Under 14 Bs Vs St Bernards

Calling out to our U14B parents or players to help Damo out with writing a report. I'm sure he would be super happy to get some help.


Under 15 Girls Vs

Calling out to our U15 Girls parents or players to help Darren out with writing a report. I'm sure he would be super happy to get some help.


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Round 4, 2019

Round 4 Match Reports

Hi Folks below are all our Match Reports for Round 4. Scroll Down to find your team's report. There are a few missing this week but lets give our coaches a break. Life does get in the way some times, so some weeks these just might not happen.

Thanks to our coaches and a couple of extra helpers for writing/producing these.


Under 9 Blues Vs Caroline Springs

There is no place like Home.

After 2 weeks playing away, it was nice to be in the familiar (and closer) environs of Shorten Reserve.

In our previous outing last week, we produced some excellent ball use.  All our Players were gaining confidence, working out how to move the ball and link up together.  I was really impressed with our run and carry and our handballs.

The tv shows all say ‘a week is a long time in football’.  In the week following our last game, I heard some intel on our next opponents – in short, they were Good.

How would we show up? Ready to knuckle down again, or over-confident?



Fletcher – Chosen for his good decisions with the ball and sportsmanship

Jacob – his knock-out of the ball from a pack in our game simulation inspired a training drill the next session.

1st Quarter;

Kicking to the Playground end, we started with a Jacob-style knock out of the pack by Arthur.  The ball wasn’t moving far as both Teams defended well.  Hamish got a kick away, Mark to Arthur – kick – Logan Mark – kick – Harvey H Mark, our link up was starting to gain ground.

To maintain territory Fletcher and Braydon were laid strong tackles.

Jack took mark and then booted a BIG kick into our forward 50.

Mav managed another of his into the pack, tackle-and-leave-with-the-ball moves.

Leo won the ball, kick – Fletcher Mark – kick – Jack Mark.

It was a hard fought start to the game where we were needed to defend a lot and we did well not to concede more than the one Lakers Goal.

At the Quarter Time break we talked about being caught out of position in defense and giving our Team-mates an option when we have the ball.


2nd Quarter;

Fletch won the ball out of the middle and kicked to our numbers.  Jack kicked long on the wing.

Angus got a groundball and kicked to Hamish (Mark).  He burst forward and got the ball on to Natalie.  Her kick didn’t get through our crowded Goalsquare. Maverick got his foot to the ball in a scramble, but hit the Big Stick for a Point.

Hamish and Jack were providing some run and carry.  Mav got the ball again but further out from our goal, where he squared the ball to Harvey W – Good Play.

Our midfield chased hard on the wing and Harvey W kicked up the line.

James collected the ball at full speed as he burst out of the backline and kicked long – Brilliant!

Harrison was in around the ball and won a free kick for a tackle.

Our Triple-H Backline (Harvey H, Harvey W and Harrison) all worked together out of defense and up the wing.

Zoe collected a contested ball and kicked it clear.  Jacob held position in the last line of defence and didn’t let the ball past him.

This was an excellent response from our Players, who have now really evened up the efforts, territory and possessions in this game.

3rd Quarter;

We were right in this game now. Magnets were moved and asked the Players to hold their positions to defend when we need to and have someone to kick to going forward.

Harvey H and James started us off, combining on the wing.  Harvey W got the ball forward to Jack, on further to Harvey H.  Mav kicked to the goal-square, Fletch gathered and snapped a shot... but behind the stick for a point.

From the kick-in, Arthur tapped the ball forward to himself and got a kick to the HotSpot.  Hamish got onto it and got himself a GOAL!

This was a great reward for the maintained efforts though the game so far.

Back to our defensive end, Leo kicked long to James.

After a long defensive effort, the ball crossed for a Lakers goal (2-1)

In the middle Jack took a towering pack mark.

Harvey W and Logan worked together through the middle ads did Arthur and Jack.

Natalie won the ball against the tide of opposition coming at her. She got a handball to Jack who had a long shot that just missed – point.

From the kickin Havey W took a mark by playing in front.  Set Shot.  GOAL!

2- All for goals (not that we score in U9’s)


4th Quarter;

Mav and Fletch were winning the ball around the packs.

Zoe took a strong defensive mark against 3 opposition.

Arthur got a kick to Logan, Harrison and James got quick kicks away.

Harrison then followed up with a smother.

The Lakers scored the next goal, but our players didn’t drop their heads.

Harvey w to Fletcher(mark) into our F50.  Repeat efforts by Fletcher managed to get the ball to Logan who had a long – straight – shot and got – a GOAL!

3 –All on goals.

Lakers kept the ball well from their kick-off and eventually finished the game with the last goal.

3 – 4 in a fantastic Goal-for-Goal contest.


Our players could tell they played well and were part of a great contest, and rightly were not too disappointed on the (non-existent) score line.


During the post match handshakes on the ground, the Caroline Springs Coach mentioned that we were the first tough opposition they had played.  He paid a special mention to Harrisons efforts in the early parts of the game which stopped the Lakers forward thrusts.


Special Mentions;

Many players raised their game today – (as mentioned) Harrison, Harvey W, Arthur and James had their best games for the year.

Goals – Hamish, Harvey W, Logan

(this is the 4th game in a row Logan has scored a goal – great effort)

Rooster of the Week – James : his burst out of defense, to hit the ball at full speed when it was coming in was a bright highlight, in a game of many highlights


Thankyou for you efforts Players and Parents.

I look forward to seeing you at training.





Under 9 Reds Vs Altona

11.25! What an amazing time for an U9 game of football. With a rainbow appearing over Altona on the trip down Millers Road it seemed like things were aligning for a nice day at the football.  We had a full company of Roosters captained by Bill and Noah, ready to take on the Altona Junior Vikings. Even our warm up drills were looking organised this week - thanks to some close instruction by Chris and Mark – and the team was ready to go.

The first quarter started mainly the Roosters way.  Bodee working strongly through the middle with Zach kept the plenty of forward entries.  Charlie made some space near goals and kicked the first goal of the game.  Still the pressure came with a good kick forward by Thomas E.  Noah – Charlie – Tom Mulcahy put on a display of kicking around the wing to the cheers of the hill crowd.  This time Noah capitalised with our second gaol.  Altona did regroup strongly and started to launch some attacks.  Arlo stood firm under a high ball to hold a good mark in the backline.  Paddy taking the kick-ins played on and kicked long outside 50 m following our tactics really well.  The game had evened up by quarter time and it was well worth watching. 

The second quarter began after a shuffle of the magnets and some urging to hold onto our tackles.  The players responded with extra efforts in the middle by Oliver and Jenson, and Carl kicked long with the breeze.  Another long kick by Lachie had us deep in attack and the sharp shooter Eli snapped his first goal.  The contest continued evenly with good marks around the ground especially by Enrique and Zeph. 

The third quarter shaped as a tough one against the breeze and the backline stood up to lots of pressure.  Hugo marked well running back, Eamon attacked the ball strongly and Bill and Tom W. laid big tackles.  Tom Mitchell and Otis ran hard through the middle and get back to help in defence.  Altona were held to only one goal and it was shaping as a tense last quarter.

The Roosters continued to give it their all and the ball seemed to be trapped in our forward line for most of the last quarter.  Eden marked well in front of goal and kicked a valuable point.  Oliver applied great forward pressure to force another rushed behind.  Altona defended bravely and somehow only more points followed. When they did venture forward Eli was positioned perfectly to take the intercept mark and end their hopes.

It was a very even game overall and played in good spirits. Eli collected the Heartland award for courage and skill, and Carl took home the Slice Girls Rooster of the week for his great team play.  The team showed plenty of good signs looking for teammates with the ball this week.  We are back to our regular time slot next Sunday but we should all be up early to see how good this team can be as the season unfolds.



Under 10 Whites Vs 

Sorry folks Luke has had a very busy week so no report this week. I would welcome any parents to put their hand up and help him out with a report for some weeks.

Under 12 Girls Vs 

Coming Soon

Under 12 As Vs Werribee Districts

As I said last week, it is hard to know what to make of the opposition when you have not played them before.

Unlike Round Three, our opposition were at the opposite end of the scale. Werribee had been struggling thus far and had appeared to have been taking a few big hits along the way.

Sunday’s game was a leisurely 12:50 kick off and the early morning rain was clearing to a bright and sunny afternoon, albeit a little breezy. Werribee seemed to be a ground in pretty good nick given that rain that had fallen the night before.

Our Captain’s for the day would be a pair of very good footballers in Too Tall Paddy Hall and The Rooboy.

The Roosters were sharp in the warm up, something that brings a little relief to nervous coach in the absence of Desmond Decker. I was very fortunate to be assisted by the great Tim Grant who had been helping out at training as well and possesses a vast resource of footy acumen. Thanks Tim.

Watching the District boys turn up and run around I was perplexed as to why they had been on the end of some big losses. They seemed to be of a good size and possessed good skills as well. After a quick introduction and chat to their coach, it was suggested that they had been graded too high as they have a Division One side as well which takes precedent over the lower grade.

As it turns out, this would be their last game in Division Two with Round Four being the last of the grading games to take place. Their backline was superb with some great overhead goal saving marks denying the Roosters a few majors and making us work hard for the ones that we got.

With two players on the injury list in Sasha and Xavier and Joharo still away, the dynamic Griffin Barker was called up for his second game of the day to help with the mid field rotations.

The first quarter was slow with the Roosters kicking into a slight breeze. The District boys were a little careless with the sling, with one throwing Showboat into next week, which shook him up a bit landing awkwardly on his back.  Although, Roosters in glass houses……. We were guilty of a few ourselves but more out of frustration/retaliation. Three straight into the wind was a good return for some very ordinary shots on goal of late from our wayward sons. Hitting moving targets has also been a focus at training and one it appears that we need to focus more on as we gave them plenty of opportunities through turnovers. Fortunately for us, they could not capitalise on our errant deliveries.

The second quarter was a carbon copy of the first with three more but could have been six.  As I mentioned earlier Districts had some terrific marking talls in their backline and we had to work hard around goal. The intensity was up and we were much harder at the contest but again some of our composure desserts us when we need it most. We were in control and we felt we could take the opportunity to iron out a few bad habits. We urged the boys to understand that we had some big challenges ahead and the wins would not come this way every week. So let’s look to tighten things up.

They must have been listening as the  third quarter saw Districts slow us up. They had the wind but again they could not capitalise on any forward entries kicking their only two behinds for the game. We were pushed, but to our credit, we were not going to just give goals away because we had a handy lead. We managed to kick one against the tide which was pleasing in itself.

The last quarter saw the Roosters power away, 7 goals until three quarter time and then six in the last. However, once again it was nine shots on goal for a better than average return, but it could be better.  The signs are good, seven individual goal kickers is a good spread. The scoreboard did not do Werribee justice. They fought hard and defended well but the Roosters were a little slicker across the board with more avenues to goal.

 The end of round four would have us as the only undefeated team in Division two although we did not get a crack at who we felt would be our main contenders this season; Sunshine and St B’s. 

With the divisions now reset, we have a couple of new Sheriffs in town with both Williamstown and Werribee Centrals being undefeated and bumped up to Division two. It should make things a little more interesting in the coming weeks.

West Footscray – 13:6:84 – Werribee Districts 0:2:2.


Goals:  Jake Miller 4 – Rylan Rees 2 - Eli Jess 2 – Ashton Odzovski 2 – Hamish Vlaeminck 1 – Achilles Smith 1 – Flynn Roberts 1 :

 Rooster of the Week went to Zaw Zaw for his most complete game to date, finding his home in the forward line.

Heartland went to Rooboy for his relentless gut running and attack of the footy

Special thanks to Zoran for tending to the wounded, Tim for running the messages and assistant coaching, Shaun  for waving the flags and everyone else who keeps us on the park each week, we can not do this with out you.

Richie, Des and Kane.

Under 12 Bs Vs Hoppers Crossing

Thanks again to Justin (Clara and Louis's Dad) for the effort in writing our game report this week. Very much appreciated by me (Ash) and all our players and parents!

So with round five almost upon us it’s time to step back in time and take a look at the efforts of our team last round.


A moment after the siren sounded to start the game against Hoppers Crossing, Luca quickly got the ball out of centre, and the Roosters threatened to goal in their first foray forward.


Oscar F continued his great form smothering a kick from our opponents and as the first quarter continued there was no doubt that we were in for a great game of two teams who were evenly matched.


Stephen who played like the great captain he is cleared the ball and sent it forward on numerous occasions with Aiden taking charge with his dash and carry.


And with the ball forward Jordan showed great touch and creativity with a nifty tap out of a big pack of players to his teammates’ advantage.  Griff proved again that he could dance and then showed some more skills with a big tackle at half forward.


With the ball spending a fair bit of time in our half of the ground we continued to push forward with a number of Roosters gathering and kicking it deep into our fifty metre zone.


Mitchell magnificently dodged and weaved his way through traffic but alas a few minutes later Hoppers Crossing hit the scoreboard with a goal.


Jordon kept making contributions with a big kick into the fifty and a shot at goal which was touched just on the line.


Braydon almost took a big mark breaking open the pack and then it was Riley’s turn to run the ball forward side stepping several opponents.


Miles was unyielding in the pack in the middle of the ground with Wes and Finn defending stoutly.


Quarter time score: Roosters 0.2-2 // Hoppers Crossing 1.0-6


As the second quarter got underway the Roosters battled hard in the centre with Kai accepting a free kick for a high tackle.


The ball slowing made its way to the Hoppers Crossing goal square where they score a second goal after a ball up.


Riley countered on the Rooster’s behalf not long after with a superb tackle in the fifty arc – and too far out the score he was blessed by a 50 metre penalty (a bit dubious I might add) which made the goal unmissable.


Boris got his hands on the ball and is showing real improvement every week.  Efe, Oliver, Lenny, Clara, and Billy all made important contributions keeping the pressure on Hoppers Crossing.


Alex played brilliantly to hold the opposition up in our back pocket and both Griff and Mitchell went for a run and bounce to get the ball forward.


Our opponents were showing real resilience and despite a beautiful gather and kick by Kai managed another goal to end the quarter.


Half time score: Roosters 1.2-2 // Hoppers Crossing 3.0-18


Brandon flew for another big mark a few minutes into the second half and we were back to our best with Griff kicking to Oscar who got it through the big sticks.


Our effort and determination went up a notch with a big Rooster’s mark in the centre of the ground and a thumping punch in a marking contest by Wes.


Diego swept in for a key run and bounce into 50 and Jordon’s bullocking towards goal resulted in a narrow miss and resulting behind.


Finn showed his credentials with a series of repeat efforts and a glorious tackle bring his opponent to the ground.


But despite our teams’ best efforts Hoppers Crossing managed another goal.


Three quarter time score: Roosters 2.3-15 // Hoppers Crossing 4.0-24


The final quarter was hard fought with the Rooster’s playing their best football of the season so far – tough, hard, uncompromising and relentless.  We keep the opposition scoreless.


Diego almost goaled after some fine play and Eli had a kick on goal which narrowly missed.


Much of the quarter was played in our forward fifty. Aiden again had his talent on display with a great attack on the goals scoring an unlucky point.  Oscar H helped out at the bottom of the pack and Iggy kept at it making sure that Hoppers Crossing couldn’t get the ball out of our forward line.


Eli was on fire and had another near miss.


In the end the opposition kept our Roosters at bay, but the efforts of that last quarter go to show that when every West Footscray player tries their best, never gives up, is strong and tough around the ball, and always – always goes the extra mile to help out a teammate we are a really hard side to beat.


Final score: Roosters 2.5-17 // Hoppers Crossing 4.0-24


Under 14 As Vs Point Cook


For the readers of the usual weekly match report I must apologise in advance – our usual match day Reuters correspondent Dave Hall was not able to make the game this week so the following comes from a coach who is an accountant!


There is not much really you can say about a game where the scores are so lopsided. From a coaching perspective, I asked all the players to treat the game like any other game and play the team game we have been trying to build on over the past month. Despite the obvious temptation to go kick chasing every player stuck fat to the game plan. Furthermore, players where shuffled from one end to the other and adapted accordingly. The players are steadily improving week on week which is pleasing.


One thing I will mention however is credit must be paid to our opponents – outsized, outmuscled they fought on to the very end and never dropped their heads. Well done to those lads.


In terms of highlights, there were a few to be noted. The debut of Xavier Lacey and Zac Johnson who played there role with vigour, with Zac scoring the second goal of his career late in the last much to the excitement of his team mates. Lachie (aka Locky) was on fire early with 3 first quarter goals including some selling candy action. Leroy (aka nugget or delicious nugget) was terrorizing opponents as soon as the ball hit the deck and also helped himself to a bag of 3. Isaac also got into the action with 3 good goals of his own. Samuel H (aka the lamp or torch, still to be determined) continued to bamboozle opponents weaving in and out of traffic hitting targets laces out. Henry (aka Kramer) and Diesel (aka D) continued normal service gathering the ball at speed and whisking us into attack quicker than you can blink. Daniel (aka Terry I prefer Terrence) took the mark of the day and followed up with a booming kick.


However the day belonged to 2 players – Micky D (aka sheep) just like our team has been getting better week by week. He hit the ground contests with intent and followed up with some terrific tackles which earnt him the Slice Girls golden fist award. Finally, Socrates (aka shoe) who always puts the team before himself took out the heartland award for his 7 goals and probably as many assists – his first heartland in 89 games of footy for the roosters.

Roll on next week.


Under 14 Bs V Werribee Centrals

The opening 3 rounds of the season had been a real test of character for our boys. They had played the top 3 teams in the competition (two of these have since been graded up to division 3), and endured some horrific scoreboards as a result. Despite this, the boys had continued to go about their game with enthusiasm and spirit, which from a coaches point of view, is something that is proudly commendable. This week Werribee Centrals would make the trek to Shorten Reserve for our first game there for the season. Numbers were skinny with Nicholas and Ziggy out injured. This was countered by the long awaited return of Jacob from injury. Reinforcements had also arrived in the form of Frank, Cooper and Hamish from Andrews’s team, Layla from the U15 girls and Christian, who had been lured out of retirement to help us out for the day.


The game was a seriously hard fought contest. Neither side had registered a win this year, and the opportunity to rectify that was clearly on the minds of all who took to the field. A dominant first term by our side wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard. The ball lived in our forward half, but that elusive goal could not be found. Werribee made the most of their opportunities and scored a couple for their team.


The second term would see us finally snag one of the boot of Tommy after some brilliant body work in the goal square to cap off some beautiful ball movement into our forward 50. Whilst still controlling most of the play, Werribee added another and went in at half time 10 points up.


More of the same in the third term. The only difference being that we had stopped Werribee from scoring. Our backs were awesome at preventing Werribee from scoring. Jacob was on fire in his return to football. His attacking play off half back had Werribee searching for answers. Frankie slotted our second of the day and we had kept Werribee goalless. There was now less than a goal in it!


The last term would be a desperate affair. WE kept the ball in our half for most of the first 10 minutes but couldn’t snag one. It took some classic Samuel Bolton desperation to land our first goal. We were finally in front and Sam had capped off a magnificent game for him. Werribee were still desperate and had chances to pinch the lead back but were foiled by inaccuracy in front of the sticks and the fantastic work of our defence. Hamish would snag another for our team with a few minutes to go. Could we hold on? Werribee pressed again and again, but were unable to find a goal. The siren would sound with us up by 5 points. We had kept our opponents goalless in the second half and found a way to win. The smiles were contagious and the post-game victory song just as scrappy as the game that had proceeded it! A few more wins and we’ll have that song dialled in!


Sam:                      Huge game from Bolts this week. Kept getting hurt, but kept getting the ball. Snagged a goal as well. Magnificent game Sam!

Tom:                      Great game at full forward. Grabbed his first goal and did a power of work deep forward. Amazing strength over the ball and couldn’t be brought down.


Frank:                   Fantastic through the middle and off half back. Grabbed a much needed goal and was a real driver of the team all day.


Hamish:                Provided a great target down forward and straightened us up. Snagged a goal as well and was productive all game.


Murphy:              The run was back from Murf. Great run to set up our first goal. Took on opponents and utilised his speed all day. Great mark running back with the flight in the second.


Nathaniel:           Was an absolute rock down back. His pressure and tackling were crucial. Absolutely brilliant all day and a seriously big improver each week. Great job!


Noah:                    Amazing! Gets more touches each term than I’ve heard words from him all year. Another super consistent game from the leather magnet. His efforts this week, as with those before was simply superb.


Layla:                    Was apparently nervous but didn’t show it on the paddock. A real livewire up forward who provided great drive when we had it and some serious pressure to keep it there. Outstanding game Layla!


Jacob:                   What a return!!! More long runs than a dodgy painter. His pace and attacking endeavour off half back were a real key to our win. Freakishly fast and agile. Werribee had no answer for him. I absolutely loved it!


Aleks:                    On the wing for most of the day and was fantastic. Possesses a good football brain and a pinpoint left boot. His decision making and passing regularly opened Werribee up. Great game in an already stellar season.


Ryan T:                 Lively and involved down forward. Got a heap of touches in tight, contested situations. Was more than handy for our team. Good job mate.


Javier:                   Played down back and rucked. Huge second half from the big man where he really took over the centre square. His tap work was fantastic. Was rock solid at full back as well. Keep it going champ.

Matt:                     Big effort all day in the ruck and deep in defence. Looked spent in the last term down back but willed himself to stop Werribee and get us the four points. Great game.


Cooper:                Provided loads of drive off half back and through the middle. His tackling and run were a big factor in us getting the win.


Jake:                      Started in the midfield and was fantastic. His attack on the ball is sensational and his tackling second to none. Some big clearing kicks from half back were pivotal during the game. Well done Jake. Excellent game.


Christian:             How I’ve missed seeing this guy on the wing!!! Loads of run, great positioning and perfectly timed runs. Didn’t looked like he hadn’t played for months. Fantastic mate!


Ryan B:                 Sensational down back. Big tackles, great shepherding and fantastic pressure. Rock solid all day. Great game Ryan.


A huge thanks to the kids that helped us get the 18 we needed this week. An equally big thanks to all the kids in the team for their effort. It’s been a tough start to the year but we now have that elusive win. A win that was hard earned but seriously well deserved on the day.




Under 15 Girls Bye this week


ROUND 4 PHOTOS - Keep scrolling down there are lots to see!

Round 3, 2019

Round 3 Match Reports

Hi Folks below are all our Match Reports for Round 3. Scroll Down to find your team's report.

Thanks to our coaches and a couple of extra helpers for writing/producing these.


Under 9 Blues Vs Yarraville Seddon Eagles

Our Players were keen at training after the school holidays and an Easter break.  They had spread far and wide over the time off, but were keen to get back together and carry on some decent progress we had made into moving the football around the field during a game.

We focused on keeping possession, handballing to someone moving forward and kicking to someone free, or kicking to numbers.

Today we welcomed Angus Fowlie’s for his 1st Roosters game and was presented with Jumper #9.


Role Call: absent today is Jack Mosca, Leo Annese and Zavior Long.

Captains : Zoe was chosen by last weeks’ Captains for solid and improving play along with a great ‘Team’ attitude.

      Braydon was my choice for his efforts on the field and training to quickly grasp and follow instructions.


1st Quarter;

Fletcher made a good pick-up off the ground around the pack and Natalie got early defensive clearance.  Braydon took a clean mark, Angus made a good chase in defence. Maverick -> Cooper was nice play. 

On centre half forward Logan -> Maverick (mark) -> Hamish (mark).  Arthur helped lock it in with a tackle that won a free kick.  Fletcher and Hamish had a running 1-2-3 chain of handballs.  We trapped the ball in our F50 and eventually the ball fell to Logan who snapped a GOAL!

Back in Defence, Zoe held position at Full Back and stopped an opposition shot, Angus trapped a ground ball and got his kick away.  Harvey Warhurst won a free for a tackle.  Fletcher and Arthur worked well together moving the ball forward.

A great start to the game with nice ball movement and link-ups.


2nd Quarter;

In the middle Tiger laid a strong tackle.  Harrison made a chase down tackle stick and Fletcher chased hard to keep the ball in our F50.  Hamish got a kick in to our Goalsquare where Maverick won a ground ball and quickly shot and got a GOAL!

Our players were working hard and combining well : James(kick) -> Harvey H(mark) -> Fletcher(mark) -> Arthur(mark) - 3 kick marks in a row is fantastic.   Tiger helped Jacob with some good pressure on the wing.  The fast feet of Maverick, Hamish and Harvey H helped lock the ball in our F50.

Back in the middle, Fletcher laid a strong tackle that was deemed ‘taking to the ground’ – an under 9 Rule not often called, which gave up a free kick.

Harvey H made a running handball to Fletch, handball to Arthur and kick through the middle of the ground.

In defence, Zoe and Natalie weren’t letting anything past them. Maverick made a spoil running back with the flight of the ball and Hamish smothered a kick.


Half Time oranges and a break were well deserved – our Team was playing really well.  With the magnets moved for the second half, the message was for more of the same.

3rd Quarter;

A nice defensive mark by Fletcher(kick) to Zoe who took a strong overhead mark and kicked long.

Yarraville Seddon Eagles had lifted their effort this quarter.  Arthur took a defensive mark and passed to Fletcher (mark).  Maverick and Angus were working hard in the packs. Harvey H and Harrison combined, Natalie -> Zoe -> Logan also moved the ball well.

There were lots of little pieces of good play in this quarter as the play rebounded between the 50m archs.


4th Quarter;

For all our good play – and there really was some excellent stuff – the scoreboard tightened when YSE got a goal.  We could hear the chirp and enthusiasm coming from our opposition.  Hold Strong Roosters!

Angus won it out of the middle.  Cooper and Zoe worked the ball forward.  Jacob and Ryder were not letting the ball past them.

Fletch laid another strong tackle, but stood tall and didn’t take the player to ground – winning a free kick for himself (well done adjusting your technique Fletch).

Arthur-> Fletcher -> Zoe had 3 more kick/ marks.

Natalie ran, and ran, and ran (how far??) into space in our F50 to try for a shot at goal.

Angus had quick reflexes to pick up and kick a near impossible, Eddie Betts style, from-the-boundary, in front of your fans checkside boo-nah-nah.

Goal-Line technology however confirmed the on-ground inkling that it had brushed the post. (A tough, but fair call to make Andre).


A controversial off the ground goal was awarded to YSE to set up a tense final few minutes (questionable Goal-Line technology at that end..)


Tiger got himself a kick out of a large pack. Ben stopped a final Eagles push forward and the Bell(?) sounded as Zoe took yet another mark.


Well played today Roosters.

We did a lot of things well in moving the ball.  We were challenged on the scoreboard as the oppositions efforts lifted – but we stood strong and stuck to our way of playing.  I was really chuffed that all our players were getting involved and having some significant touches on the ball.

I was also proud of the players when hearing the Parent’s comment about how well they thought we played.


Special mentions:

Goals : Logan and Maverick

Heartland Award : Harvey Howe

Rooster of the Week : Fletcher Bodman.


I’m looking forward to training and our next game already..




Under 9 Reds Vs Williamstown Juniors

A week is a long time in football, and 3 weeks since our first game feels like an eternity.  In that time we have had school holidays, a bye, Easter holidays and Anzac day.  I think everyone was looking forward to getting back together for a game. This week the young Roosters were captained by Carl and Paddy who led us out against Williamstown Juniors.

The game started off intensely with the ball locked between midfield and our backline for much of the quarter.  Hugo was strong across half back holding tackles and marks.  Carl started really well in the ruck and took an overhead mark. Eden committed to every contest and punched the ball clear from a certain mark for Willi in front of goal.  Thomas Mitchell was injected into the backline and also took a strong mark. Some great defence held Williamstown at bay and it was still nil all at quarter time.

Suddenly with the second quarter came a stronger wind favouring the Willi end which they made good use of.  Lachie got involved with a strong tackle. Bodee worked extra hard at fullback all quarter.  Enrique and Zach both took strong marks around the ground.  We started to find some space to move the ball up the ground and there was excellent link up by hand between Charlie and Tom Mulcahy around the north wing. Noah had been running hard both ways this quarter, took a strong overhead mark forward, then he kicked a long goal into the breeze. Great play Roosters! 

After some half time oranges and encouragement about the breeze we started the 3rd quarter with Bill and Otis getting busy through the middle of the ground.  Oliver and Tom Mu. had a moment of kick to kick across the ground demonstrating excellent skills. Thomas E. laid a strong tackle. The ball spent much of the quarter in our forward line with Eli and Jenson looking dangerous around goals but we couldn’t convert.

By the last quarter Paddy was fully warmed up and became a tackling-running machine.  Eamon and Arlo were also hunting the ball around the middle of the ground.  With the breeze against us the ball spent a lot of time locked deep in our backline.  Most of the players ended up camped around it but the scoring by Willi was slow thanks to some desperate and congested defence.

The Roosters showed plenty of spirit and some good skills against a little more experienced and stronger team. The Roosters marking was a highlight around the ground today.  Time and space is precious in a game when you have the ball and we will keep learning each week how to create more of that as a team.  Zach collected the Rooster of the week with a game full of run today.  The team seemed to head off the ground happy to be playing the game together again which is the best result.




Under 10 Whites Vs Deer Park

The under 10 Roosters ventured out Ballarat road to Deer Park to try and continue a good run of form from round 1 & 2.

From the first quarter the task looked formidable as the Deer Park kids were big and talented and played really fast paced footy. West Footscray however were not to be deterred and had many kids put up a strong fight from the outset. Jackson Rose put his head over the footy all day, Kase was also hard at the contest and ‘New’ Hamish Spark doing some really impressive defensive work.

After letting Deer Park have most of the play in the second quarter the team was called upon to keep tighter on their opponents and work harder to help out their back line. It was impressive to see that the midfield responded and players like Arlo and Hamish Sully held our defence together which made for a much tighter contest.

The second half was a much more even contest as Artisan and Allen linked up for some great midfield bursts giving our forward line some good scoring opportunities.

Jackson Z and Hudson worked hard in the forward line to keep the ball in the attacking half and our little pocket rocket Ateeq played above his stature to collect plenty of possessions within the fifty arc.

It was really pleasing again to see the team stick at it and keep trying what we have been putting together on the training track. Again, with big numbers on the interchange the boys took their breaks without complaint which showed real maturity and team spirit.

Artison was named both the Rooster of the week and the opposition player of the week by Deer Park as he played a great all round game and is developing hid game nicely this year.

We turn to Albion at home this week which should be a much more even affair and we will be looking forward to some home town support. Again, the support o game day was great to see and is much appreciated!



Under 12 Girls Vs Altona

We travelled out to Point Cook on Sunday for a match against a team that was undefeated. The early game start at 8:40 ensured a few late arrivals, which left the coaching staff and parents extremely happy when scores were all locked up at the first break. After our Captains, Claudia & Martha won the toss, the girls settled into a good rhythm in a tight contest. There was plenty of ball movement up and down the grounds, mostly between the 50 m arcs, thanks to some great defensive efforts to repel the ball from the defence of both teams.


The second quarter was a mirror image of the first. Leah Biddle on the half-back plank showed she was becoming more comfortable in the game and showed great poise in beating her opponent in 1:1 contests throughout the first half. Martha was getting plenty of the ball in the middle, Calaen was giving us plenty of first use from the tap outs, and also applying great tackling pressure, along with Merrick. Half-time saw us all locked up again, 0.0. - 0.0.


Who says you need high scoring games of football for it to be exciting.  


The third quarter saw Pt Cook push deeper into our defence than at anytime previously in the game, and with a the ball locked in our goal square for at least 2 minutes, the girls showed how switched on they were by defending their goal and eventually moving the ball out of the area with our willingness to not concede a score. At three-quarter time the girls were praised for their efforts to hold off Pt Cook.


In the end, with the wind at their back, Pt Cook's continual repeat entries into their forward line resulted in the first score of the game, and a few more. It was a great effort by our girls, who once again, came up against a very good team, who look likely to feature in the finals. We have come up against 3 good teams in the first three games, and showed that we're able to match it with them for the most part. This week we're down the hill for our first Flemington home game, which will be another exciting challenge as we come up against another team that looks to be knocking on the door of the top four.   


Under 12 As Vs Hoppers Crossing

It is hard to know what to make of the opposition when you have not played them before.

Statistically they were equal third and unbeaten along with St B’s and our good selves, but had not managed to impact  the scoreboard to any great degree, but as we were about to find out,  they certainly like to impact the contest.

These mid holiday/Easter games are traditionally a bit sluggish, training is not as intense and diets tend to be on the sugary side of the nutritional pyramid if you know what I mean. It is a lot to ask of these young Roosters to be able to flick the switch from weary to warrior.

Our Captain for the day would be Tommy for his Captains crewcut.

Hoppers brought with them a brand of physical contested footy that shook the Roosters early with the bench and Zoran working overtime. Big Z would have had to of had the most meters gained I reckon with a lot of the carnage taking place on the opposite side of the ground. We had planned for midfield rotations but not because of injury.

They also had a couple of mid field jets with sure hands, great pace and long kicking who kept their forward fifty entry count ticking over nicely. If they can work out their avenue to goal they will be very hard to beat.  I know this must be sounding like Hoppers match report but it is not.

The drizzle had well and truly set in by the time we took to the ground. After a few days of glorious weather the conditions had gone from sublime to slippery overnight. We often talk about the footy gods and today they seemed intent on not letting us or our opposition wrest on our laurels and assume that our unbeaten runs would just continue. The ball and the ground would be greasy and hard to handle, not ideal for a side that likes to run and carry.

Hoppers hit the ground and the player hard in the opening quarter and seemed intent on making sure that we respected their intensity (you may read into this sentence anyway you please) and took an early lead into quarter time with the Roosters feeling a little shell shocked to say the least.  The quarter time huddle provided a short respite and some time to reflect on what was happening. Some late rotations in the first quarter had steadied the ship and the lads felt confident that they could match the pressure and more importantly the footy.

The second quarter was a corker with Hoppers realising that they could not just push us around and got a taste of their own medicine with the Roosters standing tall across the whole ground. Two unanswered goals would see us take control and keep them scoreless.  The switch had been flicked. Buoyed by their efforts, the Roosters were confident that they could keep going. We reinforced that they had not kicked any big scores to date and this proved to be true as they could only manage one point in the third quarter against another goal to us. We could have snagged a couple more but we will not dwell on what could have been and set our focus on composure instead.

There was only ten points in this at 3 quarter time with both teams feeling like they could win what had been a down right dour struggle between the arcs. Hoppers had had only managed 9 points thus far so it was going to be hard and we felt like we needed at least one more to seal it up. They got one back and another point as well and trust me, they were pushing really hard right until the end but our backline stood up under enormous pressure to not only stop goals from being scored but also to clear it out of the fifty and down the wing and this would be where the ball was being contested when the final siren sounded. Jubilation ensued; we had earned this one and earnt it well. We were challenged physically and mentally and really took it up to a solid contender, one which we see at least two more times this season you would have thought.


 Raz - tough contested goal from the square: Showboat – typical sneak from the boat: Hammer – best goal you will ever see from the back pocket!

Rooster of the Week went to A-Mac  for his relentless attack in the ruck against some seriously tall timber.

Special thanks to Zoran for tending to the wounded, Brad for running the messages, Tim for waving the flags and everyone else who keeps us on the park each week, we can not do this with out you.

Richie, Des and Kane.

Under 12 Bs Vs Point Cook

Taking on the ladder leaders was always going to be a big task but as the team revved up in the rooms to the instructions of their coach and the encouragement of parents and supporters, they were clearly up for a challenge.


Mitchell was named captain for the day and proved to be a great leader throughout, earning the Heartland Award for his determination in and around the ball.


Ash demanded effort, effort and more effort from his chargers, telling them to follow up the ball, help their teammates, and most of all fight hard for the ball.


And fight hard they did.


The first quarter started, and Manor Lakes quickly kicked the ball into their fifty where it stayed with the assistance of a strong breeze for much of the quarter.


The opposition goaled not long after, and as the ball entered their scoring zone again Mitchell tracked and pushed the ball the other way, ability helped by Clara on the wing.


A ripping defensive punch by Eli prevented a Manor Lakes mark and certain goal, and we were greeted with a few spits of rain to add to the test confronting our Roosters.  Griff was key to driving the ball out of the centre towards our goal and not long after Stephen tackled hard and was rewarded with a free kick.


Luca worked to get on the end of another Roosters surge forward, the first of number of important touches he would have for the match.  Efe tracked the ball forward to our advantage and you got a sense that we might just score against the wind and an opposition which was already on the way to sizeable score.


Eli again got his hands on the ball and kicked it into our fifty and Luca was like lightening with his quick hands.


Braydon was doing his best to hold Manor Lakes up in defence and Griff went for a run and a bounce (well two in fact) and floated past his opponents displaying his trademark two step tap dancing.


Louis tackled hard earning a free kick and as the siren sounded the Roosters had tightened things up around the stoppages making it much harder for Manor Laker to score.


Quarter time score: Roosters 0.0-0 // Manor Lakes 4.1-25


Ash wrung the changes and at the start of the second quarter, Riley was in the ruck and already having a big impact on the game and following the instruction to “kick long and use the wind”.


Finn became busy around the pack, and then then the team started an avalanche of the hardest kick in our great game. 


Imagine when going for a shot on goal and instead of having to put the ball between the big white sticks you instead had to hit one of them directly – yep that’s right you’d miss every time and be lucky to score one goal per month.  But in the second quarter we managed to nail the big sticks – poster after poster after poster – including an unlucky one kicked by Jordan (I’m sure it almost made it through on the right side!). 


Through a great team effort we peppered the goals but alas it was not to be.


As the quarter continued Manor Lakes looked like scoring into the wind but great defence from Miles and Oscar H, and a stellar mark by Diego helped to keep them goalless.


Alex helped us to another foray forward with a smart kick into fifty, Finn coped a knock, and Oscar F sought out one of his own by displaying great courage running back with the flight of the ball going for a mark.  Thankfully he was untouached.


Then calls of “stretcher” could be heard from the far side of the ground, as another Rooster had been struck down, this time Louis.  And flat on his back he remained for the rest of the match with the doctors at the RCH diagnosing a sprained neck and recommending some serious down time, including a week on the sidelines.


Half time score: Roosters 0.4-4 // Manor Lakes 4.1-25



So as you all know, with our fearless warrior Louis down, so too was our match reporter Justin (his dad) over and out for the day. It's a tough act to follow so unfortunately the report for the remainder of last weeks game will be rather short. 

I think we all got a little rattled after Louis went down, I forgot it was even half time and forgot to let Helen know to bring on the Oranges so they were 3/4 time oranges instead. Our players don't let dodgy coaching efforts get in the way of effort though. I think our fight in the 3rd was as good or better than any games we have played so far. We put on a goal against the wind with some good battles by the likes of Billy, Kai and Aiden and all the regular toughened warriors. Even saw Boris do a nice shepard and that made me cheer. We will turn you into a staunch defender, or maybe attacker  by the end of this season Boris.


Three quarter time score: Roosters 1.5-11 // Manor Lakes 5.1-31

So I thought I needed to pick up my coaching effort and focus on the game at 3/4 time with everyone including myself still wondering how Louis was going. Helen bought on the oranges and we were ready for another great final quarter comeback. With their power ruckman the Manor Lakes team took us a bit by surprise with a couple of quick goals and it seemed to take the wind out of our sails, even though we had the wind. I'll take a fair chunk or the blame on this one and think I learnt quite a lot about needing to react much faster to plug up some holes and strenghten  areas where we were being over run.

In the end and even with our players such as Wes and Lenny fighting it out till the end, the game got away from us. You'd expect me to say this but I think considering the opposition are possibly playing couple of divisions below their skill level, we really took it to them.



Final score: Roosters 1.5-11 // Manor Lakes 10.2-62

Thanks to all our volunteers for the day and to Justin for making the effort to write the game report for the first half.

Get well Loius from everyone on the team. We need you back soon champ!


Under 14 As Vs Wyndham Vale

Big Thanks to Dave Hall for helping write this weeks U14A's Report - Cheers, Andrew

It felt like a long time since the under 14A’s had triumphed down at Caroline Springs.


We were back on home turf against a familiar opponent – Wyndham Vale, whom we had played in a practice match a month ago. One of our key players, Weston Barker, was out with an injured wrist. Coaches Chris and Andrew drafted in a couple of likely lads from the under 12A’s: Benjamin Grant and Patrick Hall. For your match reporter it was quite a moment – the first time in about 100 games of junior footy that I’ve seen Samuel and Patrick play in the same team. B.P.’s services weren’t required until after half time, meaning our team trainer Margriet wasn’t called on too much.


That said, it was still a tough contest with some niggle at times. The Roosters quickly hit top gear, seeming to resume where they finished the last quarter against the C.Springians. Kicking in to a slight breeze, we banged home 6 unanswered goals. Diesel was brilliant again, chalking up 3 goals by early in the second quarter. Leroy, Jack and Henry were being well supplied with midfield ball by Daniel and Aaron. We were up against bigger bodied midfielders, but again found a way to extract the ball. #18, #29 and #9 for the W.Vales all had very good games.


Socrates sacrificed some of his Greek Easter celebrations to play today, but his dad Con was back at the family home seasoning the lamb. Soc played very well in what is often regarded as the hardest position on the field: centre half forward. He kicked four goals in total, had a pile of possessions, ran hard and used the ball very well on his trusty left foot. 


The back line accomplished the rare feat of not conceding a single goal. Samuel is the general at CHB, but one of the most pleasing things about today’s game was seeing Mickey, Frank, Blake and Isaac all defend really well and take the game on a bit more. The golden fist was used to good effect, they tackled hard, supported each other and were quick to play on after taking a mark.


The whole team are benefitting from a very clear game plan laid out by Andrew and Chris, especially when coming out of defence and around stoppages. Jonathan and Kadin are key players for us out on the wing, once again holding their positions really well and being excellent link-up players for forward entries.


Nugget kicked a goal, and coach Andrew fulfilled his pre-game promise/dare of screaming out “delicious nugget”. I’d spent a bit of time kicking with Juma during the week. He did not shank a single kick at training, so when he took a mark 20 metres out on a slight angle, I foolishly declared: “Juma will kick this…” What did he do…? Shank it. But he did get on the scoreboard a bit later, and is providing a very handy marking target deep in the forward line. Lachlan D is our other deep forward target, and he laid a couple of good tackles today, and almost snagged a goal (which he does love). Aaron had his best game of footy with a goal and a lot of good work as a mobile ruckman. His marking has improved, and he is dishing the ball off well to the outside runners.


Likewise, Jack had his best game at under 14 level, kicking three classy goals, running tenaciously all day and bravely putting his head over the ball. Sean and Hamish were good targets up forward, too, and helped to set up a number of goals and forward entries.


After half-time Ben and Patrick got their chance – Ben in his familiar role sweeping across the backline, and Patrick in a role he likes up forward. They both contributed really well, with Ben showing customary great courage against boys about three times his body-weight, ‘front-lining the ball’ once to ensure it didn’t get over the back for a goal. He helped to clear a number of forays out of defence. At the other end, Patrick took a fine overhead mark and almost kicking a couple of goals, including one on his left foot. He provided some good forward line pressure, earning a free-kick after a very good chase.


In the end, the Roosters were far too strong for Wyndham Vale, who resorted to flooding the backline to try to limit our goal-kicking, even avoiding the 6-6-6 scrutiny of the umpires. We travel down the highway to Point Cook next Sunday.


West Footscray. 14.14-98

Wyndham Vale. 0.3-3


Best players (on WRFL website): Samuel H, Diesel L, Socrates M, Jonathan S, Aaron M, Jack G.

Goals: Diesel and Socrates (4), Jack (3), Aaron, Juma and Leroy (1).


Match reporter: Dave Hall



Under 14 Bs V St Albans

Maybe coming soon but we are letting Damo focus on his team this week. With a couple out injured we are hoping to boost numbers with some of our U12s and give our U14B's a bit of a lift. Good luck this week lads!


Under 15 Girls Vs Caroline Springs

Sorry U15 Girls, No report this week with Darren away


ROUND 3 PHOTOS - Keep scrolling down there are lots to see!

Round 2, 2019

Round 2 Match Reports

Hi Folks below are all our Match Reports for Round 2. Scroll Down to find your team's report.

Thanks to our coaches and a couple of extra helpers for writing/producing these. Special mention to Paul Cowie who coached his U9 team then Lukes U10 team and has written a match report for both. Well done Paul!


Under 9 Blues Vs Altona Vikings

Our Wednesday training review of our 1st game brought plenty of positive comments – we did a lot of things right, and our Players identified a few things we can work on.

I belatedly announced our 1st Slice Girls Rooster of the week as Maverick – for his work in getting the ball out of packs, chase, tackles and energy.


The School holidays meant a few absentees at training and at our 2nd Game.

In stunning warm weather, we arrived to a plumbing issue where the sprinklers were on, and not willingly going off.  Warm weather, sun out but some wet weather areas on the oval.  All was resolved well before our game.

Role Call : Absent today were Angus, Natalie, Tiger, Leo and Zavier

Drafted In from U9 Red : Zeph (a mid-week-nominated keen-trooper), Bodie (1st response to the Saturday callout – in for his 1st game this season), Noah and Charlie who were probably kicking the footy together when asked…

That gave us a balance 3 on the bench.

Captains for today : Maverick (as chosen by last weeks Captain Jack) for the reasons mentioned above, though Jack wasn’t there when Mav got his Heartland and didn’t know.

And Hamish – for his approach to training : calling for the ball and positioning.

1st Quarter

We lost the pen-hand-guess, we got paper, but that may have been the only loss we had this quarter.  Our players were quick to the ball, tackling hard when we didn’t have it and moving it well when we got it.

Cooper, Hamish and James were adding pace to and around the ball, Charlie, Jack and Logan provided direction forward.  Harvey H kept position on the wing and the ball squirted out.  His pass went to Harvey W in the Forward 50. After a bit of a scramble Noah got his hands on the ball and found the big sticks for a GOAL! Great Start Team.

At the next kick off – Harv H was tod by his wing opposition “we won by 59 last week” – hmmm, we may have just got lucky with our goal.

From the re-start Cooper got it and under with Maverick, HArv H got another touch, James provided a chase and tackle.  Logan marked and got it downfield. Noah, onto to Harvey W and a shot to the Goal Square … touched.

James marked in our F50, Hamish, Mav, James again kept possession.  The ball got forward to Logan, who had a long shot – behind the stick – point.

For the rest of the quarter, the ball didn’t get past our mid-field and the siren saved Altona from another attacking effort.

Well done Team – we are doing plenty of things right.


2nd Quarter

We changed up positions within our thirds and went back to it.

Charlie got a good handball out to Harv H.  Mav to Harv H – Mark.

Zoe gathered the ball well and cleared with a big kick.

Noah-Nico- Charlie combined well and got the ball into our F50 and Harvey W took his chance with a dribbler GOAL!

From the Altona kick-off, Charlie and Hamish kept the pressure on.  Arthur got the ball to the HotSpot.  Logan worked his way out of a pack and got another GOAL!

We were in a groove now. Nico got the ball out of traffic, Jack kicked a 20m pass to Charlie.  Nico and Hamish were in the play again.  Charlie got the ball in our F50 and bounced through a GOAL!

We were pressuring everything that Altona did – Jacob, Bodie and Zeph worked together to tackle and move the ball our way.

Hamish, Mav and Cooper laid a gang tackle.

Braydon got a good kick away into our attacking 50.

Harrison provided a great pop-up handball to Harv H on the outside.

Arthur took a mark on the wing.

Siren sounded to end an excellent half.

As oranges were devoured – our defence was relieved to hear the were moving up the field – a chance to get more involved in the game.  Up till now our Forwards and Midfield had prevented much ball getting past our wings.

I challenged the players to get to 5 link-ups of play.

3rd Quarter

Arthur laid a good tackle.

Harv W – James – Arthur and Hamish combined – 4 link-ups.

Hamish pick-pocketed a player and ran off with the ball.

Zoe had 3 repeat efforts while defending on the wing and got her kick away.

Noah-Jack then Arthur on the outside, run bounce and kick to Maverick  - 4 link-ups.

Jacob got his kick away out of a pack.

Bodie centred the ball – smart play.


4th Quarter

“Lets run the game out – spread when we have it, defend a player when they have it.”

Noah took a mark in defence.  Jack took a nice overhead mark.

Mav chased back to effect a tackle.  Ben provided pressure and a tackle.

Altona were finishing the game strong, but we were up to the challenge.

Nico then Harvey W chased and tackled, James provided a smother.

Finally we were winning the ball : Noah to Harv W (mark).  Some good play up the wing with Logan providing some run and carry. Harvey W (mark) on to Logan (mark – play on) to Zoe (mark) in position about 20m out in front of goal.  She went back and had her shot.  It fell a tad short, but Jack took a mark.  His shot slammed into the big stick for a post-wobbling point.

We finished the game, the way much of it was played – in our forward half.


Very well played today Team.

Thankyou for all your efforts today and at training Players – it was nice to get some reward and play some good footy.

Thankyou to our fill in players, Mike our umpire, flag wavers, H2O holders, magnet movers, interchange director, oranges quarterer, special comments and paparazzi.  Liz for all her organising and our vocal cheersquad.

Special Mentions :

Goals ; Noah, Harvey W, Logan, Charlie

Heartland Award : Zoe Briffa

Slice Girls Rooster of the Week : Hamish Rose (he may have brought his own ball today, he always seemed to have it)



Under 10 Whites Vs Spotswood

I arrived excited to see the Under 10s play a full game.  I jumped at the chance of getting the ‘Keys to the Ferrari’ and try and guide this Teams’ speed and skill around the contours of Shorten Reserve.

After a scramble for masking tape, a Team list and some magnets we were set. Well by set, we got 18 players on the magnet board field and an extended-9-long bench in place.

Last weeks Captain Finn helped me by nominating Arlo as Captain for this week – based on his efforts at chasing, winning the ball and good ball use.

Ted had the Team purring with warm-up drills, I adjusted the seat, mirrors and dropped the clutch.

(Please pardon me if players are not mentioned as they move so fast their numbers can be a blur)

1st Quarter

The Team quickly got into their work : kick – mark – kick, keeping possession through the mid-field. Kade- Arlo – Jackson – Arti and back to Jackson. 

In our Forward 50 : Jimmy took a mark – kick - Artisan (mark) – on to Kade – then Jackson – snap – GOAL!

Some nice sharp play!

But we weren’t having it all our own way. Spotswood spread well when they had the ball and often maintained possession by stretching us.

We were defending a lot, but we were defending fairly well.


2nd Quarter

This quarter was highlighted by the many marks our Team took.

Alan backed into places unknown and courageously took an overhead mark.

Arti took a mark at the HotSpot and shot truly for a GOAL!

Nathaniel and Jimmy took good marks as play swung from end to end.

Alan took another brave mark with pressure coming from the opposition.

The ball was in our attacking 50 a lot this quarter – you could have thought there was a wind advantage to this end.



3rd Quarter

Over our half time oranges, we talked about spreading out to give ourselves room and chasing back harder in defence.

Arti was now repelling a Spotswood attacks in defence.

Kade to a strong mark from a kick in.  The ball went to our #10 who kicked truly for a GOAL!

Ollie chased and tackled, Eli hardly let the ball past him and Jack P defended well.

After some good play through the midfield, Arlo took a mark at our HotSpot.  He settled – set shot – GOAL!


4th Quarter

We had our fair share of possession, but Spotswood was a bit more effective.

Jack G tried hard to centre the ball from the boundary, with a drop kick that looked suspiciously like a checkside-banana that missed the HotSpot, but did curve through the big sticks for a GOAL!

Archer was stoic in defence with good use of the ball at his kick-ins.


Special Mentions : Kade, Jackson, Artisan, Arlo and Archer got their hands on the ball all over the ground.

All the other players also played well and showed some great Teamwork.


Splice Girls Rooster of the Week : Alan Luu for taking a couple of strong pack marks.


Thankyou Players, Ted, our Gameday Volunteers and Cheersquad for a great game.

(I think I handed the Ferrari back with less fuel in it, but unscathed…)




Under 12 Girls Vs Altona

Round 2 saw our girls at our home for the first time in 2019 and looking forward to another test against a team that featured in the finals last year.

The first quarter was tightly contested and we managed to keep scores even. Scoring was difficult in a  tightly contested opening, with the majority of the play concentrated in between the two 50m arcs. Cara Martinkus was scintillating on a wing, seemingly with ball-on-a-string and pack break-aways a plenty. Scores at quarter-time were all square.

The second quarter was not much different with Altona managing to score a goal despite some desperate defensive efforts. Martha was also getting her hands on the football a lot in the middle and booting it our way.

At the half we were down by a goal, but well and truly in the contest. Some mandatory positional changes saw Calaen into the ruck and giving The Roosters first use of the ball, which was important as Altona had a number of tallish girls in the middle who were very good at busting open packs and sending the ball their way. Ruby and Calaen developed an understanding that allowed Ruby many clearances after Calaen had tapped the ball to her; very impressive, and Ruby's best game for the Roosters. The forward-line worked tirelessly to lock the ball in our forward line, which allowed us a goal to Darcy. At three-quarter time we were down by two goals.

The last quarter saw Altona score two early goals to put the result beyond doubt, but a couple of late goals to us showed us the girls had not given up and were still working towards sending the ball our way. A goal to Sophie, which she informs me was her second for the club, and Signe, who was a late interchange after a couple of last quarter injuries to Emma and Mia, saw us finish the game full of steam and confidence and only 9 points in arrears.

Next game sees us up against Pt Cook, who appear to be a team placing themselves in contention for a finals finish at year's end as well.  



Under 12 As Vs Yarraville Seddon

Two rounds done, now for the chocolate.

The Under 12a’s ventured out to Yarraville-Seddon on Sunday and gave a convincing and patchy performance to add to their Rd 1 win. Dominate in the 1st and 3rd quarters with a lull in the 2nd and 4th. Again I want bore you words but let Simon’s gifted work speak.

Some really good highlights from all this amazing 12s. Jacob, Joharo, Jamison all play their 1st game of the year and each put in a very strong performances and will better for the run. Also special mention to Griffin who joined us from Ash’s team and was outstanding with his attack on the ball, run and reading of the game.

The highlights also show some areas to work on, eg. Too many broken tackles). But Thankfully there’s a break. Happy Easter and relaxing time to all. Looking forward to the remainder of the season..

The link is good straight up this week.  all videos will now require a password,  to keep them private.

Password   GoRooster12s2019

 Happy Easter

Des, Richie & Kane 


Under 12 Bs Vs Point Cook

Big Thanks to Justin (Clara & Louis's Dad) for writing this weeks report. It's a great read and I hope he has more of these in him :) - Cheers Ash


Brilliant autumn weather was matched by another fantastic effort by the Roosters U12B team over Point Cook.

Looking around the ground before the first bounce it was clear that what we lacked in size we could hopefully make up in skill and speed.

As Jason our esteemed club president bounced the ball in the middle – thanks Jason for donning the whites and umpiring the game – it seemed we had both speed and skill in droves.

With the school holidays taking its toll on team numbers and Clara away rallying in support of refugees, we welcomed the arrival of 3 ring-ins from the U12As who arrived at the ground following their big win earlier in the day – but more on them later.

The first quarter was a hard fought affair with the bigger Point Cook players making their presence felt around the ball and their #23 at one stage kicking the ball to the goal line from the 50 with ease.

With Ash’s coaching ringing in their ears, Griff was able to mark at centre half back and get the ball with precision to Miles who ensured it landed in the forward fifty.  Mitchell – with Lenny, Wes and Oscar H providing support – got on the end of another piece of excellent play from Louis at half back and turned on the turbo chargers taking a bounce.  Mitchell’s low flying into the fifty was bit much for the umpire who issued him a speeding ticket for running too far.

It wasn’t to be the only time the umpy had his book out.

With both teams taking turns to move the ball between the arcs, it took another Rooster speedster Diego to crank things up on the outside and move the ball with lighting speed. And when it wasn’t Diego, Oscar F was extracting the ball from the pack and going for a canter.

With the ball going forward Luca fought it out and a rebound back into the fifty saw Braydon deftly bring the ball to ground with whip smart Griff taking no time to pounce and goal.  Roosters up by six.

Boris fought hard at the next bounce with Point Cook getting it forward and scoring a point.  A booming kick out by Efe was returned not long after with a goal to the opposition – a one-point ball game.

It was tough in the packs and Point Cook continued to get the ball forward. Oscar H and Louis both came a cropper under friendly fire, staying down for a minute or so before charging back into the fray without the need for our trainer to get out on to the park – thanks Virginia for taking on the role for the day.

Diego took on the game with a stellar run with two bounces.

And Louis with six efforts to get the ball, one after another after another, still wasn’t enough to stop a second Point Cook goal.

Griff again was dangerous in front of goal with only the siren standing between him and another six pointer.

Quarter time score: Roosters 1.1-7 // Point Cook 2.1-13

The second quarter started with our ring-ins, Xavier, Jamison and Rylan in key positions which helped as the game’s intensity went to the next level.

Point Cook scored an early one, with Xavier impacting the scoreboard for West Footscray.  Miles’ big frame and relentlessness at the pill meant that the opposition found it almost impossible to get the ball past the centre.

Rylan almost marked but kept the ball moving only for the stray ball to be gathered up by Griff – and bang – a goal to the Roosters.

Our team has the ability to link the ball down the ground like no other we’ve played this season and it was on display producing another shot at goal which slid through for a behind.

Jamison joined the party, playing off half back and despite their big #23 putting in a huge defensive effort in our forward 50 we managed to keep the ball in our forward line for much of the quarter.

Point Cook managed a poster and repeat efforts by our backs, especially Aiden and Kai kept a further goal at bay, Diego went for another run and Iggy marked perfectly – the right spot at the right time.

Mitchell had another ping at the goals and Alex put in a great effort to keep the ball moving forward with his deft touch.

With the siren sounding momentum was with the Roosters.

Half time score: Roosters 2.3-15 // Point Cook 3.2-20

Ash was quick to advise the team to keep Point Cook out – use your body to get the ball and man up in back line.  One of his chargers, clearly a student of politics, said to the coach “I will build a wall” – Ash was quickly on his own political analysis by responding “yeah sure but not that type of wall”.

The boy’s efforts in the third quarter were marvellous, Xavier became more dominant around the ground with great linking play involving Rylan, Louis, Wes, and Eli who was active in and around the packs.

Rylan’s sausage roll was followed by a critical touch by Aiden on the wing preventing Point Cook from benefiting from the open paddock just behind him.  


Luca’s shot on goal came up just short and Rylan copped one across the face, and moments later, unperturbed, used his head to mark the ball (the side of his head that is) and then goaled.


Iggy kept at it around the pack and Kai once again locked out Point Cook in defence.  Efe kept them at bay too, with Aiden and Braydon lending more than a hand.


And with the siren sounding West Footscray were out in front for the first time in the game.


Three quarter time score: Roosters 5.5-35 // Point Cook 4.2-26


The final term proved as exciting as the last, with Iggy playing a key role and scoring a goal, and Oscar F keeping at it building on a great game in the first three quarters.


Our ability to run and carry, and hit targets helped us to another goal, as did our ability to keep it moving forward in a rolling maul style.


Jamison got a speeding ticket and Eli was able to rebound the ball back into our fifty. Griff clearly wanted what Jamison was having and was issued a speeding fine – and not content with that the other umpire advised him that he wasn’t to dance and weave rugby style but to kick it instead – I say keep it up Griff.


Point Cook added two more goals for the quarter and after a huge effort our Roosters got up for a win with Mitchell still looking for that elusive goal, scoring a point right on the siren.


A great team effort.


Final score: Roosters 7.6-48 // Point Cook 6.2-38


Under 14 As Vs Caroline Springs

Big Thanks to Dave Hall for helping write this weeks U14A's Report - Cheers, Andrew


I’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve made the journey to Town Centre Oval in Caroline Springs for sporting events. Today we came in from the Ballarat direction, and were greeted with perfect weather conditions. Like last week, it was actually a tad too warm, so extravagant hats were the order of the day for spectators and water runners. Yeni Lim even crouched under a shade umbrella.  


The changerooms were less than perfect. Oval 1 boasts magnificent facilities and salubrious changerooms. Oval 2 does not. We were playing on oval 2… and the changerooms consisted of two “dongers”, side-by-side.


The day really was a contrast of the two dongers. In the Caroline Springs donger, one metre away from ours, the coach started his pre-game ‘chat’ about half an hour before game time. With the umpires waiting patiently at their donger door, he let go a full-throated verbal assault on his players, imploring them with language that would make a sailor blush or a maggot gag (take your pick of preferred analogy here)… He calmed down in order to have a polite chat with the umpires about the spirit of the game, etiquette, etc, and was then back in to it, this time with some heavy metal music and banging his fist on the walls.


The Caroline Springians squeezed their way out of the donger, some with determined looks, but most, let’s be honest, squinting, gasping for air and looking exhausted. There’s not much airflow in them there dongers, and that air was thick.


The Roosters coaches and team had a contrasting approach. Coach Andrew quietly sat crossed legged on the donger floor, and went through instructions for each player and a reminder of the game plan. He and assistant coach Chris smile a lot, laugh easily, know footy inside out and clearly enjoy their voluntary roles.


As will be the case most weeks, we lined up as the smaller opponent, and we suspect the Springians thought their pre-game tirade would be enough to intimidate our littler fellas. We even had three under 12’s filling in today – Kiir, Reuben and Eli. And didn’t they play well, all contributing to the team pressure and taking the game on. Kiir flew for mark of the year, and his opponent (who provided the step ladder) had to be helped from the ground. Reuben played the whole game in the back pocket and didn’t give his opponent a chance. Following on from his heartland award earlier in the morning he took home a Slice Girls pizza voucher for his efforts. And Eli almost snagged a goal in the last quarter. Crucially he provided bench cover – something that cost us last week.


With three of our bigger players Daniel, Aaron and Isaac C absent today, we warmly welcomed back Hamish O’Rourke for the season. Not only has he grown a few centimetres, but also improved his skills and game sense, too. He and Kadin Miller combined well in the ruck against bigger opposition. Our on ballers are tenacious hunters of the pill, led by Henry, Leroy (sorry, Nugget), Jack (having recovered from a trailer-induced toe injury), Diesel and Socrates. Weston and Jonathan both played excellent games out on their wings, and held their positions well to often be crucial link-up players when coming out of defence.


Our back six are already beginning to form a strong unit, led by Samuel who had another dominant game with his run, carry and long, strong kicking. Blake joined a growing number of teammates who have been bowled over by one of Samuel’s searing kicks. Last week it was Frank, last year it was Leo Morrison, and today it was Blake, with the very painful face-falcon. 7 plays in 7 days material. At least the ball wasn’t waterlogged. Blake recovered and played well as full back, using the golden fist on occasions. Mickey is another who is really finding his feet at under 14 level, having grown quite a few centimetres in the cricket season. He and Cooper played good tight games on their opponents. Frank took home another of the Slice Girls pizza vouchers for his defensive efforts, tackling and run.


A few throat lozenges were surely consumed by the C springian coach, for he unleashed another tirade at half time on his poor charges, audible from Deer Park apparently. Five minutes in to the third quarter, the Roosters were up by just two goals, even though we had enjoyed the bulk of the possession and were running well in to space. At this point, our senior players started to dominate. Socrates played an excellent game both up forward and in the midfield, kicking four goals. He rarely wastes a kick and is always looking to set up a teammate. Henry is an elite runner and rarely loses a one-on-one contest. Samuel across half-back sets up many of our forays forward. Jack really got moving with his in-and-under play and classy kicking.


But it was Diesel’s day, today. It was a joy to witness his efforts. 7 goals, some of them after blistering runs through the midfield. The C. Springians had no answer for him, no match-up, often just left puffing and bewildered (a bit like the way they emerged from the donger before the game). I suspect a few of our younger under 14’s felt equal parts awe and inspiration seeing the way Diesel plays. What a team to be part of.


We ran out 89 point victors, with Juma taking a great mark and slotting the goal, and everyone contributing really well. A week off for Easter Sunday, and then we are back on the Shorten velodrome to take on Wyndham Suns.


Scores West Footscray 17.14 - 116 def Caroline Springs 4.3 - 27

Goals: Diesel L (7), Socrates M (4), Kadin M (2), Jack G (2), Weston B (1), Juma R (1)

Best players (from WRFL website): Diesel L, Henry L, Samuel H, Soc M, Hamish O, Weston B.


Match reporter: Dave Hall



Under 14 Bs V St Albans

After a torrid day at the office in Round 1, the boys were remarkably upbeat at training during the week and had brought that enthusiasm to their second-round game. St. Albans were an unknown quantity but had won in their opening game of the season. We had a few still unavailable to play. Ziggy had his return delayed due to a foot injury sustained in his first training night of the year, Samuel was ill, Jacob was still a few weeks away with his wrist, the eagerly awaited return of Vinh was on hold with a hip complaint and Eli did a Garry Sidebottom of sorts.  He didn’t miss the bus, just caught the wrong one after a mix up regarding selection. Ashton and Joharo had backed up after their 12’s game in the morning to give us a hand for the big clash.


Once the St. Albans kids hit the paddock, the enormity of the challenge became instantly apparent. Their tallest player was easily beyond the 6-foot mark, the full forward was not much shorter but had a frame nudging 100kgs. A quick scan would show 6 or so kids in St. Albans jumpers that were comfortably larger than Matthew and Javier. This would require a herculean effort from our Roos-Deers, Parkeroos, West Parkers…………..(please send your nickname submissions in folks).


The four quarters that followed were pretty much what you would have expected given my earlier description. St. Albans were a vastly superior side to our Round one opponent but the efforts of our kids to compete were outstanding. We kept them to 8 goals 3 behinds after half time while scoring 3 goals 6 ourselves. That’s only a differential of 2 shots at goal.  Given the score at the main break, our kids looked deflated, and fair enough. Playing against giants who can kick 50 metres is a rough afternoon. We set some targets for the second half, and more importantly we achieved them. That required a massive effort given we only had 16 players, they had 4 on the bench to rotate and it was hot. I was super impressed with the effort guys. That took a lot of character and determination.

Zach: First game of the year. Loved his pressure around the middle and repeat determined efforts at every contest he was in. A bunch of clearances as well.


Ashton: Didn’t look out of place at all in the 14’s. Provided great movement down forward, laid some big tackles and snagged a goal as well!


Noah: Just runs all day. Played in the middle and down back. Did really well in the tight spaces and provided plenty of drive and clearances. Snagged a sausage when resting forward as well. Nice!


Murphy: Gave the tallest kid a 10-metre head start and almost got him in a 50-metre chase.  Big effort that was a team lifter. Looked dangerous and found space down forward.


Xavier: Played his best game yet. Laid countless tackles and won two free kicks within 2 minutes in the third term in an amazing display of determination.


Sean: Provided one of the plays of the day off half back.  He won the ball when outnumbered then broke clear with a great run up the middle. Keep it coming Whispers. I loved it!


Aleksander: Spent a lot of time in the middle this week and didn’t let us down. Great balance and poise in contested situations, clean hands and a beautiful kick of the sherrin. Great game mate.


Joharo: Like Ashton, showed plenty while playing for us. Laid tackles, applied pressure, ran to the right places and kicked a great goal. Brilliant stuff buddy!


Nicholas: Was absolutely outstanding all game. Clearances, tackles and repeat efforts for the full four quarters. Picked up a much-deserved maiden Heartland award for his work.


Ryan T: Clocked up the miles on Sunday and found himself playing in every part of the ground. Found it in space on several occasions which allowed us to open the game up.


Nathaniel: Tried his heart out at Full Back against an opponent that was markedly taller, twice his weight and had a vastly inferior hair style! Did really well, saved goals and looks super assured down back. Keep it up mate.


Javier: Had the task of sharing ruck duties against the giants and battled manfully. Played out of his skin at Full Back in the last, turning defence into attack on numerous occasions. Great game.


Ryan B: Had a crack at both ends during the day. His strength in contests was crucial at various stages of the day. Used his physicality to win the ball for the team. Keep it up.


Thomas: Played mostly forward and competed well. His repeated efforts in one contest were crucial and resulted in us clearing the pill. Keep it up Tommy. More of the same in round 3 and beyond!


Jake: Played a ripping game! Great attack on the ball and tackling pressure. He spoiled certain marks and used his booming kicks to great effect for our team. Unleashed a torp too! Those who know the coach will tell you hex is super fond of the torp! Sensational Jake


Matthew: Like Javier, found himself battling grown men for most of the day. His last term was fantastic at centre half forward.  He worked hard all day and provided plenty of drive for the team.


Fantastic effort guys given the opposition. There were plenty of positives to take from the game and few things to work on. Caroline Springs, Lookout!





Under 15 Girls Vs Caroline Springs

West Footscray 3 5 23 defeated Newport 0 9 9

What a match, it was a arm wrestle all day and a great win by the girls.


The first quarter saw us kicking into a slight breeze and our defence really stood up led by Nina, Faith, Alex and Matilda who provide a  great team effort to keep Newport to 1 point to quarter time. They also supplied plenty of drive of the back line and ran well with the midfield but unfortunately Newport Centre half back Joudy Jawad was a wall we could not get past and at quarter time score where level at one point apiece.


The second quarter we kicked with the breeze and what a great quarter of footy that was keeping Newport to one point but the forward line turned it on especially Mia Harvey who kicked two goals for the quarter. She was assisted by Ella Houghton and Miia Nguyen who provide great marking options and if they could not mark the ball brought the ball down to our smaller forwards in Liberty, Sophie. With reduce playing numbers there was plenty of space on the big ground at Newport so our on ball brigade of Sasha, Isabel, Layla, Chloe provide plenty of run and drive from the centre of the ground and push hard up and down the ground which was a great performance especially with the hot conditions.

At halftime we went with a 14 point lead.


The third quarter saw Newport pepper the forward 50 with loads of forward entry’s but to our girls credit they never gave up and they battle hard as a team to keep them to five behinds despite the ball spending a lot of time in there. We where kept scoreless for the quarter but kicking into the wind that had step up a little  it was a great effort especially the backline and at three quarter time we had a lead of nine points.


Newport continued its momentum into the fourth quarter and had all the play in the first 5 minutes, but then we kicked into football mode again and third time lucky for the quarter our Slice Girls Rooster of the Week Ella Houghton kicked a wonderful long goal to seal the win for the girls.


This week see us with a week off with Easter, we then play Tarneit at home in another game we should be really competitive in.

Girls and parents please remember over the next two week training will only be on Tuesday as we have Easter Thursday and then ANZAC Day. Lets be ready to take on Tarneit and make it 3 from 3.


Go Roosters


Darren Burnham




Round 1, 2019

Round 1 Match Reports

Hi Folks below are all our Match Reports for Round 1. Scroll Down to find your team's report.

Thanks to our coaches and a couple of extra helpers for writing/producing these.



Under 9 Blues vs St Bernards.

“ Now Let the Games begin….”


It was only apt that our season began after the Summers daylight saving had ended.

  • Was I the only one who’s different times on analogue and digital devices caused a moment of panic?


After a lot of effort by our Junior Committee and Volunteer Team Parents, here came the fun part:

We had completed some broad training sessions since the Teams were announced:

  • The players came up with a set of Team Values for Fun, Teamwork, Improvement and Respect.
  • We addressed a few rules around tackling, running with the ball and kicking off the ground.

Across the U9 Blues, our individual players skillset was broad – we had ball getters, good ball users and plenty of speed.  All wrapped up with an abundance of enthusiasm.  It was now going to be interesting to see how this would work together on the field.

For a lot of our players, this would have been the 1st time they had the whole oval, as a playing arena, to themselves.  A big ground and an exciting opportunity.


We took a moment in our Change Room to announce player numbers with our Jumper Presentation. (This is the U9 Blues first year of having consecutive numbers, on matching jerseys – Thankyou Committee!)

  • Angus will receive his Jersey when he is available in a couple of weeks


On a stunning morning with no dew to kick off, our players were ready!

Our Captains today were Jack Mosca – a young player already with plenty of experience and Natalie Meilak who has embraced training with enthusiasm and a smile.

Kicking towards the Dogpark end, Maverick won us some early ball.  Fletcher and Jack were getting possessions as the ball ricocheted between the arcs.  Hamish used his pace to run down and tackle a St Bernard player.  We were starting to get some link-ups with Maverick and Fletcher getting other players involved.  Harrison took a good mark under pressure, likewise Braydon took a strong defensive mark.


By the end of the 1st quarter, I was already impressed with our endeavour and attempts for keeping the ball.


2nd Quarter:

Once the nerves were blown off and a reminder to ‘Keep Moving, Trust each other to get the ball and Play in Front’ our Team launched into the second term.

Maverick showed his gather-dinky-run-kick move again which linked up with Zoe.  Tiger and Jack took marks.  Arthur kicked a nice pass in to Logan in our attacking 50. Logan got it towards goal.  A shot went across the goal-face.  Logan had followed up, found space where there wasn’t much and kicked truly through the Big Sticks – GOAL!

A good reward for a quarter and a half of Team effort.

After some celebration and the re-start Fletcher took a strong mark in a pack and we used some handball and run out of defence.  Zoe ran the ball through the mid-field, kicked the ball in front of Natalie who then got the ball on to Logan, who was playing in position and some space around him kicked another GOAL!


From the re-start we regained the ball and worked it forward again.  Jack was involved a couple of times and got reward of his own GOAL!


As the players devoured the ½ time oranges, we talked about giving ourselves and each other space, keeping in position at either end of the ground and to continue the things we were doing well.

All our players had had a touch on the ball to half-time which in itself was a little victory.

I set the Team a challenge of completing 3 possession link-up.


3rd Quarter;

Our rotations now had Logan at Full Back where he saved a goal – touched on the line.  James laid a good tackle.  Mav grabbed another ground-ball and pass.  Zoe showed good attack on the ball and a long kick.

We had gained territory and the ball was locked in our Attacking 50.  We were too bunched up, too many bodies all trying to do the same thing and just couldn’t get an effective possession.

We were getting a few shots at goal, but they went behind the big stick.  We were defending well up our end, but couldn’t quite get the goal.


4th Quarter;

‘Lets run out the game’

Harvey Howe took a mark on the line to save a goal.

Zoe kept good positioning, repelling St Bernards forward passes.

We were defending hard, Maverick and Jack laid good tackles to win free kicks,

but the ball wasn’t getting forward of our Centre.


We finished up with 3 Goals, a handful of points, a few bumps, bruises and a possible sprained ankle – and our 1st competitive game under our belt.

I’m sure there were plenty of revisits of the action as told by our players on the way home.

I was certainly more than happy with our first hit-out.

There are certainly a few things to work on, but we are starting from a pretty good level.



  • Logan – 2 Goals
  • Jack – 1 Goal

But a special mention for other player also, as everyone contributed to a great 1st game of end to end football (I had many comments from Parents of our game and the next saying it was such a good game to watch)

To all our volunteers : orange slicers, flag wavers, canteen helpers, medic, umpire and umpire security, magnet movers, scribes and photo-snappers well done.

A special thanks from me to Darren and Liz who have ridden a steep learning curve to get to and now through their first game also.


I’m looking forward to training and our next game




Under 9 Reds V Point Cook

The U9 Reds had come together in the past week with a mix of enthusiastic youth and experienced veterans.  Our season opener kicked off under lights on Friday night against Point Cook. The Rooster convoy battled through peak hour traffic and everyone managed to arrive in time – even one player who hitched a lift on the way when a flat tyre struck. After jumper presentations and some pep talk to the players and also the parents I think all the kids were keen to just get started and play.

Captains today were Thomas E. and Charlie.  After a tough coin toss we had to start kicking into a strong wind. Luckily we had Paddy, Zach and Bill starting off across fullback and they did a great job repelling most of the Point Cook attacks.  Enrique started well in the ruck taking his first of several overhead marks. Otis and Jensen played the wings and ran well in the big space on this oval.

Fortunately the wind kept blowing in the second quarter and Hugo and Eden held good marks to kick the ball deep forward.  Lachie and Oliver were in a lot of the action in the middle.  Zeph was busy running hard and racking up possessions. Point Cook had some fast and skilful players too which were a challenge and they managed to score into the wind.

Third quarter was against the strong wind again but the Roosters kept competing and held the opposition to less than the first quarter. Tom W. found his spot and worked hard in the back line.  Thomas E. and Eli gave plenty of effort through the middle and we worked the ball forward into the wind for Eamon and Arlo to take good marks this quarter.

I was very proud of the effort the Roosters continued with in every quarter, and kicking with the wind again helped us move the ball forward many times in the last quarter.  Noah attacked the ball with speed as he had all night but this time came off second best with a leg injury. Paddy seemed to increase his energy winning more contests each quarter. Tom Mulcahy held the full back line together well.  We were rewarded at last when Thomas Mitchell marked a good pass from Charlie, and kicked truly right through the middle - cheers went up around the ground almost like a packed MCG.  Still the Roosters kept giving it their all.  A couple more injuries had Julia busy applying ice packs until the final siren sounded.

Zeph earnt the heartland award with a 4 quarter game of run and skill.  Hugo and Charlie were Rooster’s of the week with very strong games too.

Across the ground Roosters held a lot of marks and were looking to handball to teammates. I have probably missed a few highlights on this big ground under lights but hopefully you have a few yourselves.  There seems to be plenty of heart and talent amongst the kids. I have a feeling that this group will bond together and develop well over the season.

A big thanks to Claire and Richard Denby for managing the team through our first game very smoothly. Also thanks to all the parents for helping on the night. We have a bye next week, and then the Easter break off. Our next game is a while away but I am looking forward to it already. Enjoy the Sunday sleep in’s while you can.




Under 10 Whites V Albanvale

Friday night saw great excitement and beautiful late autumn warmth, and the West Footscray Under ten’s started in sensational fashion with a strong performance under lights at Albanvale Football Club.

In a very one sided affair the roosters burst out of the blocks from the first bounce with Charlie in the ruck giving us first use, Finn was everywhere early and the forward line led by Allan, Justin and Eli Andrews put plenty of scoreboard pressure on the opposition and made full use of the strong wind.

The second quarter saw us kicking against the wind and the roosters were asked to run and carry which is exactly what they did playing great ‘team’ orientated footy and outscoring their opponents again in a strong performance. Kase, Eli G, Hamish and Archer all played their positions well and the roosters went in to the half time break with good momentum.

The second half reflected a much more balanced game as the Albanvale team played much tighter and more congested footy. Roosters had to work harder to clear the footy and struggled to kick goals despite a strong breeze. Artisan was great in the midfield battle, Arlo controlled his areas and Hugo N and Hugo W cracked in hard for their team.

The last quarter was a strong finish with more goals against the fading breeze. Due to the large number of players on the interchange everyone shared the load in the last 15 minutes which was great to see. Dylan, Hudson and Oliver contributed in this quarter and Kade and Mrinal finished off strongly.

Finn O’Connell was named rooster of the week by Albanvale who had a great game and kicked 2 goals as well.

Most importantly everyone played their part in the team and the support from the parents was really encouraging. There were a few teething issues with jumpers, rule changes etc which will sort themselves out for round two. Overall it was a great start to the year. Look forward to next week!

Luke’s weekly reports will also get better as the year goes on as he focuses a bit more on the game than managing the large interchange bench!

Luke Hill


Under 12 Girls Vs Yarraville

The West Footscray Under 12 Girls have combined with the Flemington Under 12 Girls to create a super team in 2019. We headed to Yarraville for the first game of the season after only one combined session where the two teams had a chance to meet each other. It was a whirlwind last week leading up to the first game and the combined team was made up of 14 West Footscray girls and 8 Flemington girls to make a total of 22, creating a new headache with what to do with all the extra players! A headache we would rather have. 


Our two captains for the day were Maya Jess and Bess Martin who were rewarded for their leadership qualities. Yarraville started with the wind at their back and kicked two early goals, but our girls began to find their rhythm with Caelan, Bess & Merrick in the middle steadying the ship by getting their hands on the ball and moving it forward. Bess played an important role as a defensive midfielder covering the back of the packs which meant Yarraville, who were very good at getting the ball out of packs and breaking away into clear space, were always under pressure with their break-aways. Thanks to some desperate defensive work deep in our back line to force some inaccurate kicking, we remained in the contest. 


The second quarter saw our girls use the wind to their advantage to even the scores, with an even spread of players around the contest to ensure their break-aways were always pressured. Two goals to us saw us go into half-time with spirits high that we had pushed last year's runners-up. Some rotations at half-time gave the girls an opportunity to experience some time in different parts of the ground; a trend that the West Footscray girls were used to after spending time in all parts of the ground throughout 2018. In the third quarter with a new on-ball brigade, our midfield found themselves chasing tails when caught too far in front of the contest. The message at three-quarter-time was to be wary around the packs to pressure Yarraville's break-aways. 


With the wind at our backs for the last quarter, the girls fought hard and kicked another goal to end the game with three in total. For a first run together, the combined team gelled well and showed signs of a really fun season ahead. Yarraville are a very good team and will win a lot of games through their football smarts and skills. They were a good team to use as a barometer on our season, and we look forward to playing them again to measure our improvement over the season. Congratulations to all of the girls who played their first ever game of football: Olivia, Alahana, Emma, Leah, Natalie & Merrick (with the girls). Special mention to Caelan who showed signs of a big year ahead, Bess for her smart play around packs, and Merrick for excellent use of her hands. We're looking forward to seeing how the girls improve and continue to enjoy their season ahead. 


Yarraville:                                  9.10.64

West Footscray/Flemington :    3.1.19



Under 12 As Vs Albion

Firstly, Richie, Kane & myself want to welcome back all our players & parents from last year to another exciting and epic chapter in Rooster 12 football, 2019 style. We would also like to warmly welcome some new additions to our ‘family’ – Zachary Beaumont & Jacob Fitzgerald and families. Both Zac & Jacob were unavailable for Rd 1, due to injury and travel but we look forward to making them feel home and their contribution throughout the season.  


And what a way to start the season? A 29 scoring shot bonanza against Albion at home. Lots of good signs here but lots to work to do, in particular, our tackling, pressure and of course our allround skills. But instead of boring you with my words, we thought we would utilise the talents of our parents. In our midst, we have a highly skilled and creative cameraman who covers the AFL, amongst many other sports and programs – Simon McIntyre. Simon graciously offered his skill & nous to our opening game, and produced the goods, doing a remarkable job in capturing the ebb and flow (on a camera that must seem out of the ’80s compared to what he normally uses). Thanks, Simon. Great job! Also, thank you to Craig Gillespie who also tamed my camera for the practice match the week before at short notice. Thanks, Craig.


So please follow the link to watch some match highlights of Game One. It was a team effort and it was great to see every player shine at particular moments. Lots of little things, like a tap on's, shepherds & run which can go unnoticed in the speed of the game, but its these little things that count and stand us well in the coming games. Well-done Roosters, a great base to build from. Hopefully, this will be ongoing but it just depends on work commitments. Enjoy and see you at Rd 2.


Des, Richie & Kane


Under 12 Bs Vs Wyndham Suns

Nothing like a comeback win to get the heart racing!

So we headed off to Tarneit to take on the Wyndham Suns on a windy but fairly pleasant Sunday morning. Don’t get use to that folks, that’s not footy weather, but enjoy it while it lasts!

Tory was kind enough to accept my request to be part of our jumper presentation which was a big thrill for me and hopefully all our players. I’m guessing there wouldn’t be many teams in junior league footy that had their jumper presented to them by an AFL premiership player :D

I had the pleasure of awarding the role of captain for the season to Stephen Sully. I was looking for someone who lead by example both on the field and in training. I felt Stephen’s effort and courage in our first practice game showed he was a great example of what I want to see in all our players. I don’t expect everyone to be the best player, but I do expect them to play to the best of their ability. Congratulations Stephen!

We lost the toss and they had the wind in the first, but as we know that may have been to our advantage in the end. I reckon you can tell how switched on a team is within the first few minutes and I had a good feeling about our team. We fought hard from the start and even though they had the wind we really held them down, so they didn’t get the jump they wanted. While the last quarter may have won us the game, the first quarter effort made it possible.

Even though we had the wind in the second I think we were well matched by the Suns and they made it hard for us to score. But we did manage to put on a goal and Miles become the first goal scorer for our team this season. It was pleasing to see some good linking through the middle so even when they managed to get into their 50 we still took it back down our end without them scoring. Iggy and Jordan put on a couple of behinds to help boost our score, but by half time we still had work to do.

They say the third quarter is the premiership quarter and being they had the wind that could have been dangerous, but OMG did we fight! I can’t remember all the great efforts, but I recall Griff and Louis flying around the opponents like they were The Flash, and a few great in an under efforts from Clara, Mitch and Riley. By the end of the season I want everyone to be prepared to dive in and grab that footy with all their might. ‘If you want it enough it’s yours!’ (stole that from their coach, Helen overheard him saying it in their huddle). I can’t leave out the play of the day where Oscar took it from virtually the boundary through let’s say 10 opponents with 3 or so bounces and bombed it on his left right through the guts! Wow that was special!!!

But we were still 3 points down at the start of the last and the fight wasn’t over. We did however lose the toss, so we had the wind. Some may say the Suns ran out of legs, I’d say we wanted it more and we fought it out, and eventually the dam wall broke and goals came from everywhere. Griff, Jordy, Riley and not be satisfied with 1, Oscar got his second. But let’s remember that goals are the result of efforts. Very rarely can a player score a goal without the efforts of his or her teammates. The effort of the day by any player on the ground went to Aiden for a 30 metre chase that ended in a holding the ball free. Coaches are not meant to cheer, but I cheered that effort, it was awesome!

So we win our first game and congratulations to all of you. There are things we did well and things we can do better, as we discussed at training tonight. But driving home I wasn’t thinking about the result, I was thinking about how everyone played to their best ability. That made me happy 😊.

Thank You to all our volunteers for the day and especially Jane for your help getting us on the park without a hiccup. Great team effort 12 Bs!



Under 14 As Vs Hoppers Crossing

The start of any sporting season brings an air of anticipation – some pre-game jitters, glances across to the opposition, wondering how your team will fare. Glorious sunshine and warm conditions greeted our under 14A Roosters as they sprinted (well, some sauntered) on to Shorten Reserve. With the new WRFL age configurations, it was a new-look side. Eight of our players are top-age, and the other ten are younger. This is their first season playing together. But for coaches Andrew Gerardi and Chris Phelan, April 7 has been a long time coming. Indeed, some of this team have been running pre-season laps since before Christmas! Three of the senior players in Henry Lovell, Socrates Mavrokostidis and Samuel Hall have been appointed captains for the season.


The inside-word from Andrew G and Damian L were that Hoppers Crossing would be a strong opponent. That proved correct. Both teams ran hard, competed well and were skilful. A very fair competitive spirit was on display from both teams.


Your occasional matchday correspondent was roped in at the last minute, so this report lacks a little bit of colour from the crowd and the rooms, but Roosters number 1 ticket holder Liza Lakusa was in the grandstand (well, the Essex Street hill). Any excuse to wear the red and white more often. She’s an upholder of due protocol and manners, is Liza… “I’ve seen three or four people walk directly behind the goal umpire rather than go around the back of the nets,” said Liza. “It’s just not on…” At this point I fell silent, as five minutes earlier I had committed that sin. In my defence, the game hadn’t started.


Shortly thereafter news filtered through that both teams had been fined for starting the game late. The majority of our little crowd thought that was a bit harsh. Not Liza. “Fair enough, it’s about time everyone started paying attention to the umpires.”


So, the game got underway, 90 seconds late… Hoppers had some big bodies in the midfield, but we had some tenacious ball-winners – Henry, Diesel, Weston, Jack G and Leroy (from now on mostly referred to as Nugget, perhaps inspired by the cameo character from Crocodile Dundee). A stream-lined Daniel Hudson was in the ruck. His cross-training for hockey has been handy. He was supported at times by Aaron and Blake against a couple of formidable ruckmen.


Hoppers were kicking with a strong breeze in the first quarter, and had multiple repeat entries. Our back six were under immense pressure, repelling numerous attacks, led by Samuel, Cooper, Weston, Isaac C and Frank. But Hoppers had set up not just one, but two walls – one along the 50 metre arc (Hadrians wall), and one across the mid-field (the Great Wall – I’m making this up – I’m not sure if Hoppers actually call them by those names).


Their #19 unloaded a huge bomb from about 40 metres for a very impressive goal, which actually gave our backline a chance to catch their breath, and our midfield to reset. Although we didn’t score in the first quarter, we restricted Hoppers to just two goals. One of our most creative players, Jonathan S, was off with an ice pack on the upper arm, so we were down to 17 players.


The second quarter was probably our best for the game. Quick entries in to the forward 50 were the key, seeing the Hoppers defenders out of position. Jack Gerardi was nursing a badly bruised toe, self-inflicted the previous day after not quite sticking the landing while trying to dismount from a trailer. I actually missed a game of footy when I was 19 after running in to a trailer in our backyard, but I digress. Socrates, Jack, Leroy, Juma and Lachlan D were all appreciating the ball coming in fast. We hit the scoreboard with four goals in the second quarter – a couple to Soc, one to Diesel and one to Jack G.


At the long break we found ourselves 9 points in front, with a spring in our step. And Jonathan had recovered, setting up a goal after sprinting back on to the field. The third quarter would be a case of defending as grimly as we could. The breeze had picked up a bit more, and Hoppers really got their running game going. We had no-one on the bench, and in the very warm conditions fatigue was a factor. Once again the backline were under siege, and a few times were caught out of position or without an opponent. But we’ll get better at that as the season progresses. Weston and Kadin were showing their footy nous with some excellent handpasses and side steps, linking up well with Samuel who is our primary ball carrier and kicker out of defence. Mickey A played a great game through the middle and on the wings, as did Frank. The courage and effort could not be questioned, against bigger opposition. Number 12 for Hoppers was really exerting his influence up forward – strong marks and sure kicks for goal saw Hoppers take a 13 point lead in to the last quarter.


At the final huddle, the boys were tired but felt they could overcome the deficit. Unfortunately fatigue was a big factor, and a few of our boys were out on their feet. This kept our resident runner Lenny Fitcher very busy in the last stanza, who was making repeat dashes across the ground as the changes were swung - a massive thanks to Lenny for giving us a hand. To their credit, Hoppers ran hard with the ball in to the wind and kicked two goals to make it very difficult for us. A late surge saw us kick two goals in two minutes, but the weight of numbers was with Hoppers, who ran out 14 point victors.


Already we can see our team gelling together and listening carefully to the game plan and instructions from Andrew and Chris. And already, thoughts are turning to our journey down Ballarat Road next Sunday for the match against Caroline Springs.


Hoppers Crossing 7.11-53 def West Footscray 6.3-39

Goal kickers: Socarates 3, Jack 2, Diesel 1

Best players (on WRFL website): Samuel, Henry, Socrates, Diesel, Leroy (Nugget), Frank.




Under 14 Bs V Williamstown

It was hard to know what to expect for our first game of the season. This team had been come to exist through the merger of kids from different clubs, a happening that had only occurred just a few weeks previously. The opening round coinciding with the first weekend of the school holidays had done us no favours either, and several of our team were unavailable to play our opening game. I’d been fortunate over recent seasons to have a team of kids that had played together for years. They knew each other’s games inside out, and the chemistry that existed within the team was a significant contributor to their many victories. This side however would be starting from scratch. How would they play? Would they gel together out on the field? What would I call them? The Roos-Deers?


The focus pre-game would be all about the process. How do we want to play? The scoreboard would be irrelevant for the first few weeks. Sure, we would like to snag a win or two, but he first part of the season would be about getting them to gel, and most importantly getting them to understand how we want them to play, and what we want to do to go about this.


I won’t go into the excruciating and pun riddled detail of my usual match reports. It’s fair to say we got a serious touch up on Sunday at the hands of a far more polished and cohesive unit from Williamstown. Having said that, despite the magnitude of the defeat Josh and I could still draw quite a few positives from the game. The most obvious to me was that despite what was happening on the paddock, all the boys continued to play with their chins up. We made quite a few blunders that hurt us, we got out bodied all over the ground and had to watch the ball sail over our, and the goal umpires head for most of the afternoon. Despite all of this, the boys kept chipping away at it.


I suspect the Mighty Roos-Deers (I’m running with that) learned a lot on Sunday that will help us improve as the season progresses. There’s no point in getting too down about it boys. It wasn’t our day, we simply look to improve for St Albans this week.


I should say a big thank you to Kiir, Alex, Eli and Thomas who backed up after an Under 12 game in the morning to help us out in the afternoon. That’s a huge effort boys and much appreciated. None of you looked out of place playing for the 14 B’s. Another big clap for Jacob who did the running on Sunday courtesy of that plaster cast on your wrist. It comes off on April 29 folks, then we can let him rip, so lock that one in your calendars! More thanks to Maya and Sophie who ran the drinks after their Under 12 girls’ game in the morning. One last especially big thanks to all the parents who helped.


After arriving at the game with so many questions, only to leave with twice as many, I must say I’m looking forward to our game on Sunday.  Let’s get to work!




Under 15 Girls Vs Caroline Springs

The first Under 15’s Girls Rooster side welcome some new faces to go with some returning Roosters from the Under 12’s last year and it was a wonderful way to start the year with a great team effort from the 17 girls who took the field where they come out winners over Caroline Springs 11 15 81 to 1 0 6.


I could not have asked for anymore from them as they play as a team and link up with handball and by foot to dominant the game. Each girl contribute in their own way to the victory.

It was great to see training drills put into practise.


The first quarter started with the Roosters kicking with the wind, and we peppered the goals but we could only manage one goal to Isabel despite some great efforts from Olivia and Ella H who provide great targets.


At quarter time I asked the girls for a special effort to run and link as in the second quarter we kicked into a strong wind. The girls certainly responded kicking

3 goals 6 behinds for the quarter and be lead by the midfield of Sasha, Sophie, Layla Isabel and Chloe. Up forward Edie 1 goal Miia , Mia  and Liberty supplied great targets. The back line repelled every attack by Caroline Springs and back six of Nina, Alex, Kat,

Ella P,  Matilda and Faith keep them scoreless for the half and provide great drive into our forward.

In the third quarter the girls continued their momentum kicking 5 goals to nil with the wind to close out the game followed by another two goals into the wind in the last in what was a fantastic team effort.


Multiple goal kickers with 2 goals where Sophie Isabel and Sasha with singles to Layla, Alex, Mia, Miia and Edie.

In what was a great team effort our First Rooster of the week thanks to our sponsors at Slice Girls (4 Yewers St Footscray) was Sasha Nelson playing her first game for the club.

A big thanks to all the families that help make the day run smoothly and remember without you the girls can’t run on the ground each week.

Hope to see you all at training this week especially Tuesday with the AFLW girls from the Bulldogs coming down.







2019 will be our second exciting season fielding girls teams in the Under 12 and Under 15 competitions. Girls are also very welcome to play in the Under 9, 10 and 12 teams along with the boys as a mixed team. All participants are welcome regardless of football experience or skill level.

For those who need help we offer financial assistance to eligible families through our club administered All Aboard Fund. Please contact our club Registrar at for confidential information about the fund and your eligibility.

If you think you would like to try AFL football this year then please check out our current training schedule on the Juniors page.

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General Information

The Club
West Footscray Roosters is a community based Australian Rules football club competing in the Western Regional Football League. The Roosters Juniors field teams in age divisions from Under-9‘s to under-14’s. The Roosters also field a senior team and is developing Women’s football teams. The club rooms and home ground are located in Shorten Reserve, West Footscray.VisionThe vision of the Roosters is to be a respected and successful member of the Western Region Football league. The Roosters value diversity of thought, experience and culture. The Roosters believe that promoting inclusion and collaboration, by welcoming players and parents from all backgrounds, will increase the success of our club both on the field and in our community.Mission

The West Footscray Roosters aim is to teach, motivate and encourage all our players to work as team members and promote sportsmanship in a family friendly environment.

Code of Conduct

West Footscray Roosters value diversity and promote inclusion. The Roosters aim to provide a safe, secure environment for all members and players to develop as a club and a community.

All Roosters juniors training sessions, matches and official events are alcohol free. Alcohol is permitted to be served in the club rooms at the conclusion of official events.

In addition, verbal or physical abuse or any harassment, vilification of discrimination of any kindwill not be tolerated.

Contravention of this policy will result in immediate expulsion from the immediate location, review of club membership and potential police action.

Training and Matches

All junior teams train twice weekly. Training times are usually 5-6pm on designated training days for your child’s age group. Matches are played on a weekend, with some games played on Friday nights. It is important that your child arrives one hour ahead of their scheduled match time on game days to enable the required administrative work for the league to be completed prior to the scheduled kick-off time.

Volunteering and fundraising

Local community sports clubs rely on volunteers for their very existence. The amount of work required to keep a football club viable and running smoothly is significant. There are no paid positions at West Footscray Roosters Juniors, all work is performed by volunteers. Our club volunteers not only ensure that your child has a safe, friendly and supportive environment to develop their sporting and social skills, but your club is also an integral part of the community you live in. The club is a vital link between parents and families across the community and many members and players develop long lasting support networks based on their involvement with the Roosters.

It is vital that as many parents as possible provide support by volunteering as much time as they can to the running of the club during the football season. There are many and varied ways to get involved, and all support offered will be gratefully accepted. Volunteering is a great way for members to get to know each other and their community, in a supportive and friendly environment.

There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer at your club, each with different levels of time commitment and difficulty to suit your schedule and individual skillset. If you would like to put your hand up for a particular role at the club, or would like more information on what is involved, please send an email to:

  • Coaches and coaching assistants
Teams cannot function without a coach, and your team coach is the most important interface between you, your child and the club. Coaching volunteers are required to run coaching sessions for one hour twice a week, as well as to attend match days (approx. 3-4 hours per match day). Coaches are an important source of motivation for our players and play an important role in developing your child’s technical and social skills. Volunteering as a coach requires some football skills and knowledge, as well as the temperament to wrangle upwards of 20 kids three times per week!
  • Team managers
Team Managers are also an important link between our players, members and the football club. Each team has its own team manager. Along with coaches, your team manager is the person you’ll have most contact with on a weekly basis during your time at the club. Team managers support their coaches by coordinating player lists for their team, ensuring team uniforms are available for games days; and coordinating parent helpers to complete match day tasks which include half time oranges, match umpire (if required), goal umpires, trainers/first aid, timekeepers and washing of team jumpers.
  • Canteen

Your club canteen is an important source of fundraising revenue for the club. The canteen opens on home match days. The canteen is coordinated by members of the club committee, however a large number of helpers are required to staff the canteen during the season. To help ensure adequate staffing levels in the canteen this season, ALL families will be required to undertake ONE CANTEEN DUTY AND ONE BBQ DUTY.  There will be two people rostered on for the canteen at all times so you will not be on your own.

This helps spread the load of servicing the canteen each week and ensures that we get to know as many volunteers as possible working with the club each season. If you volunteer for another role in the club, you will not be required to perform these mandatory duties in the canteen/BBQ.

The canteen managers will create a home game roster as soon as the fixture becomes available to us and you will have the opportunity to select a preferred day to complete your duties. If you do not select a time, the canteen managers will roster you in to an available time slot.

If you are unable to do your duty on the allocated date, it is your responsibility to arrange a swap with someone else. You are also required to inform the canteen managers of your roster change.

If you are rostered on to canteen duty, you are to present to the canteen 20 minutes before the game starts to familiarise yourself with the tasks required and to begin food preparation.

Please note: Young children are not permitted in the canteen food preparation area for safety reasons. You will need to arrange another family member/friend to supervise your children while you are on duty.

A detailed handbook is available in the canteen at all times and basic cooking skills are all that are required.

  • Committee

The junior committee is responsible for the overall management and organisation of the club, both during the football season and over the off-season. Volunteering to be a committee member is a rewarding experience that will enable you to participate in all aspects of the functioning of the club as an organisation. Committee members also contribute to the future direction of the club and have a say in key decisions being made during the season and beyond. The committee meets all year round, though meetings are more frequent during the season and up to presentation day each year. Being a committee member is a great way to participate in your club and to be a part of making sure our club endures into the future.


League and club registration is performed online and is a two-step process. The first step is to pay your registration fee with Western Region Football League (first time members will need to register for membership as well). Once registered with the league, you need to then apply for membership with the Roosters and pay your club membership fee.

League registration is $12.50 and club membership is $200 for 2018 season. There is a discount for families with multiple children playing for the Roosters – a second child’s membership fees are $150 and each subsequent child is $50.

As a result of the changes negotiated by the junior committee last year, junior player membership entitles one adult per family to full membership of the West Footscray Football Club with voting rights. This will ensure parents have a strong voice in influencing the future direction of our club.

All Aboard Fund

The all aboard fund is a fund managed by the committee to help families who have difficulty paying club membership fees, which would otherwise exclude their child from participating in the club. The fund is supported by club members who make voluntarily donations to the fund as part of their registration process.
Access to the fund is administered confidentially. Please send any all aboard enquiries to


  • Team jumpers
Football jumpers are owned by the club and made available for teams each week for matches. Cleaning of the jumpers weekly is the responsibility of each team, and team managers will coordinate this within each team.
  • Team shorts/socks
Shorts and socks need to be purchased from the club for each player. Information regarding the availability and prices for these items will be provided at the start of the season.
  • Football boots
Each player is responsible for supplying their own football boots. Football boots are not required when training starts – your team coach will advise when football boots must be used.
Football boots must not be worn in the club rooms.
  • Game and training equipment
The club provides all game and training equipment. Specific equipment is assigned to each team and is managed by each team’s manager and coach. Parents play an important role in ensuring that their team equipment does not go missing or get damaged during the season. Training and match days can sometime be chaotic and it is each parents responsibility to make sure that their team equipment is always within the control of someone from that team, and returned when not in use.
  • Mouthguards

Every player is also required to provide a mouthguard. Mouthguards are a mandatory item that each child must have and use to be able to participate in club matches. It is highly recommended that mouthguards are worn by each player for training sessions as well.Merchandise

Roosters merchandise is available from the club and is a really good way to show pride in and support your football club. Items available include club hoodies, beanies and scarves.
More information will be available at the start of the season.

Club Feedback, Questions and Dispute Resolution

Your team manager is your first point of contact for all matters relating to your team. Your team manager and coach are also responsible for addressing any disputes or grievances you wish to raise with the club.

Should your team manager and coach be unable to resolve a reported issue, you can escalate your concerns to the committee by emailing

Any issue submitted to the committee for resolution will be reviewed by the club secretary, and presented at the next scheduled committee meeting. Depending on the nature of the issue, the committee may resolve the issue, or nominate a framework and process for the issue to be addressed and a resolution reached.

All parties involved in a dispute will be advised of the outcome or process for resolution once the committee has decided on how to proceed in each instance.


Welcome to the Roosters for 2019!!

The Juniors at West Footscray revolve around participation and enjoyment being more important than success. All children are welcome to play at the club regardless of their skill level. This season we will be fielding teams in age groups as follows:

Under 9, Under 10 & Under 12 (mixed boys and girls)

Under 14 & Under 16 (boys teams)

Under 12 and Under 15 (girls teams)


This will be the second year our club has fielded girls teams. Our girls teams had a great first year and are ready to take on another fun season. Who knows? Maybe we have a few future AFLW stars waiting to  be discovered! To find out more about girls football at the Roosters click here.

Check out our Pre-Season Training Schedule on our Juniors Page Here. We invite all interested players and their parents to attend these sessions and register their interest for the coming season. We will have a representative from our Junior Committee at most training sessions to answer questions and help you become familiar with our club.

Registration is now open for the 2019 season. Click Here to go to our registration page.

In 2019 will once again be running our All Aboard program to subsidies the cost of participation to eligible participants. Information on the program can be found on our website by clicking this link.

We can also offer assistance in applying to council programs for registration subsidies.

In 2019, as in previous seasons we will be offering the cheapest club registration in the competition, with sibling discounts to be available once again this season.

If you have any further questions you can email us at or speak to us at training. To add your details to our mailing list, Contact Us on the above email.

We look forward to seeing you all at training and you joining the fastest growing and most fun junior football club in the Western Suburbs.

Go Roosters!

Junior Registration Guide 2019

This guide will take you through the process of registering your child with the West Footscray Football Club.


Before you begin the process of registration, please ensure that you have read our junior information pack.


Some of you may be eligible for an Active Maribyrnong Grant to subsidise your child’s registration. To be eligible for this scheme you must hold either


  • A current health care or pension card.
  • Be a female participant registering for the first time at a club.


For more info please click this link:

If you fit into these categories you will receive a 75% discount on your registration.

Those of you that don’t qualify for the Active Grant but would like assistance with the cost of registration, please apply for financial support through our All Aboard Fund (see this application at bottom of the Juniors Page.


If you intend to apply for either of these subsidies please inform us via email at We also ask that you continue with the registration process through to payment, but only select the WRFL League registration, do not select the West Footscray Roosters club registration product.


It is vitally important in terms of us being able to coordinate our juniors that you register as early as possible. The information we receive through your league registration enables us to better plan for the coming season. We require all club registration fees to be paid by April 20. You can complete this registration and return at a later date to pay the club fee. The WRFL Junior registration fee is the most important aspect for us now. If you are able to also pay the club fee now, please do so. If you have not registered your child by paying the WRFL registration fee by March 27, your child will not gain a spot in a team if registration numbers for their age group have reached capacity. To ensure you don’t miss out, please register your child as soon as possible.

To begin registering your child please proceed to this link:

Once you have done this, the site will ask how many children you wish to register. If registering more than one, please select the applicable number from the dropdown menu. This will ensure that you receive the sibling discount when registering all of your children. Also, please ensure that you set the Adult number to 0 (it is set as 1 by default).

Click continue to proceed.


You will now be asked for your email address. Enter this now. If you are yet to register a child before a link will be sent to the address you entered with a confirmation link. Open your email in another tab and click the link to continue.


Previously registered children will be directed to enter their password. Parents who have previously registered their children in Auskick will be on the system but will need to be registered as a new player. Previously registered players at the club will be able to select from the left hand side of the screen. Click the applicable tab to proceed. Those registering more than one child will be redirected to here for each child.


If you are re-registering your child, please ensure that the information is correct. If for the first time after participating in Auskick, enter your child’s details. The system will register your child from Auskick registration and give you the option of selecting them from a red pop up menu at the top of the page. Ensure you tick the player box on the form.

If you have played previously at another club you will not be able to continue with the registration until your child is transferred to our club. Please contact us by email to begin this process.


The next page will ask you for the important information such as contact details, emergency contact details, allergies, and important medical information. All boxes with a red star beside them must be filled out. Once you have completed the form you can select our club registration and, if you wish, contribute to our all aboard fund, by clicking the box beside the product. The WRFL registration of $12.50 is mandatory and already selected. There are also Bulldogs memberships available. Once you have selected the products you want and agreed to the terms and conditions by checking the boxes at the bottom of the page, you will proceed to the payment section.



Once you have filled out your payment you are all done! Welcome to the Roosters for 2019!!!

Finals, 2018

Under 12 First Semi Final

West Footscray vs Flemington


If there is a silver lining to being knocked out of the finals earlier than expected, it is that I get to write my favourite match report of the season. It’s my favourite for two reasons. Firstly, it’s my last for the year (admittedly I dropped the ball on these during the season. I probably owe you a few). Secondly, it’s the one where I get to go over every one of the 21 Roosters that I’ve had the pleasure of coaching this season.


  1. Zach: There wouldn’t be a coach anywhere that wouldn’t want Zach in their team. He never complains, always listens and most importantly, never walks off after a game without having given 110%. Zach hit the 50-game milestone in our last match of the season and has seriously stepped up his game to another level this season. His trademark tackling and attack on the ball are now complimented by some serious pace off the mark making him a formidable opponent at either end of the ground. Love the way you play Zach. Keep it up in 2019.


  1. Jack: I’ve caught myself more than once this season forgetting that I was coaching, and instead just spectated as Jacko went through opposition defenders as if they were witch’s hats. This season he has had to deal with being tagged (don’t get me started on that) almost every week and has still managed to influence every game he has played. I suspect the tagging will only make him better. 26 goals this season from the midfield and a top 5 finish in the league Best and Fairest (winner yet to be announced. Good luck Jacko!) are testament to another brilliant year.


  1. Samuel: Samuel is a beauty. His quiet demeanour belies his approach to the game. Make no mistake folks, Samuel is harder than woodpeckers lips! He played most of the season down back in 2018 as his attack on the ball and willingness to get down and dirty were irreplaceable. I wish I had two of him as when I inserted him into the middle he was fantastic. His goal against the Sharks was his first in a few seasons and went uncelebrated at the time. So much so I wasn’t sure he had scored it! Super dependable and another fine season in the red and white!


  1. Murphy: It’s hard to coach your own kids, especially Murf. It’s probably not easy being the coach’s son either. You are guaranteed to see the bench every week! His goal output was down this year, but I also kept count of goal assists in 2018 and when I went through them I realised just how many he had produced. I was happy with that as a coach (and dad) and he, as usual wasn’t overly fussed by it! His field kicking was laser like at times and his hands likewise. His chase and tackle in our final to create our first goal was awesome. Good work again in 2018 Murf!


  1. Xavier: This guy needs a new nickname. The wallet doesn’t work anymore as he played a fair chunk of the year in the forward line (car keys?). Xav chalked up game number 50 for the Roosters and easily produced his best football this season. He never avoids a contest, tackles anything he can get his hands on, fights like a mad man to win it on the ground, and this year marked almost everything kicked his way. He became a reliable target down forward and really helped to straighten us up at times. He’s a fierce competitor and a super valuable member of the team. Outstanding year Xavier!


  1. Cooper: Cooper was sensational at half back this year and has formed quite the partnership with Mickey and Frank. His ability to read the play, intercept the ball and turn defence into attack is fantastic. His tackling is fearsome and his will to take on players to create attacks for us was invaluable. Like Samuel, I wish we had a couple of him (Bec? Any chance?) as when he was injected into the midfield was a super performer. His game in our final was super impressive considering the pressure we were under all day. Take a bow Coop! Fantastic!


  1. Kadin: Brilliant this year on the wing! His ability to find space and open up opposition teams was at times extraordinary. His decision making and skills by hand and foot regularly tore teams apart. Another that figured prominently in goal assists for our team this year. When he wasn’t setting them up he was scoring them. 20 of them to be precise! Another of our 50-game brigade in 2018, Kadin produced his finest year, yet which is quite an achievement considering those that had proceeded this one. Superstar!


  1. Sean: After a good season and a half of asking me how close to his 50th he was, Sean finally got there! To cap off that day he also landed his first Heartland Award as well. He was deployed further up the field this season and did a lot of very nice work at half forward. As the season progressed his form line steadily went up. His game in round 14 vs Werribee Districts was brilliant. His field kicking is super reliable, and he also snagged himself 3 goals for the team. Well done on a fine season Sean.


  1. Nathaniel: The big dog trotted out for his second season in 2018 and showed significant improvement on last year’s excellent start. His 2 goals this season in no way reflect his valuable contribution to our forward line and the team. His physicality is amazing and consistently used to great effect. His shepherding, tackling and bullocking created many more goals than the 2 he slotted this year and enabled us to pile the pressure on opposition defences. Super valuable down forward and a significant contributor. Well done Nathaniel.


  1. Leroy: Amazing season Nugget! I doubt there is a position that Leroy didn’t find himself in at some stage this year. Yet another one I wish I had a few of (Lord knows Kate and Chris are trying!). The harder the game the more prominent Leroy becomes. His attack on the ball, or anyone who dare pick it up is ridiculous! He scored two goals this year and his hard work set up countless more. His game in the final was brilliant. His game the week before at full back saw the competitions leading goal scorer moved off him such was his dominance. Super versatile, frighteningly competitive and always giving 100%. I can’t imagine how he could have had a better year. Phenomenal Leroy!


  1. Frank: There is little doubt in my mind that Frankie is the heartbeat of this team. 2017 was outstanding for Frank, and 2018 was even better. The partnership he formed with Cooper and Mickey at half back was an enormous asset for our side. He never takes a backward step, hits the ball at full pace and launched countless attacks from behind the centre. When moved into the middle he was just as damaging. His energy, enthusiasm, commitment and 100% effort contributed to all our wins this season and cost us hundreds in first aid supplies! A truly vital and irreplaceable ingredient in this team. Frankie, I and everyone that watched us, love your work!


  1. Yash: A super impressive start to 2018 for Yash was derailed in round 2 thanks to a fractured jaw. He fractured it doing what he does best. Winning the ball for his team and taking the opposition on. To say his absence was felt in his 6 games out would be the understatement of the year. We finally got him back in round 8 against Flemington only for the game to be called off at half time. Finally in round 10 we got to let him rip again! His impact was immediate. His pace is a weapon and his attack on the ball was sensational and undiminished, which is remarkable considering his injury from round 2. His pinch hitting in the ruck is amazing. He consistently beat his opponent regardless of their size and then torched them on the ground. So happy to have you back Yash. You’re a gun. Well done, well done indeed.


  1. Mickey: One of the most unassuming members of this team. Also, one of its fiercest competitors. Mickey was an absolute standout at centre half back this season. He was rarely, if ever beaten. He continually beat bigger opponents, tackled superbly and launched counter attacks for our team. The tighter the game, the better he got. His unflappable nature was invaluable in difficult matches and his consistent ability to do the job each week was amazing. His games against Deer Park and Flemington in the final were brilliant. His job in round 14 against Werribee Districts was nothing short of amazing. Every coach in the league would kill for a player as consistently good and reliable as you. Simply amazing year Mickey.


  1. Felix: One of the great disappointments this year was that Felix only scored two goals. Purely because he has the greatest goal celebrations in the game! He did however manage to contribute to quite a few goals with his feverish and innovative play. Moving between the half forward line and the engine room, Felix could be found at the bottom of most packs. His energy levels seemed to remain untouched as he flies from one end of the ground to the other for the entire 4 quarters. His trusty left boot is a handy weapon and was responsible for countless forward entries in 2018. I love his endeavour and enthusiasm. Both are infectious. Great year Felix.


  1. Vinh: If you looked up dependable in the dictionary, there would probably be a photo of Vinh. When it was time to pick a full back for the season, Vinh was an obvious candidate. His poise under pressure and decision making is as good as I’ve seen in a junior footballer. His attitude and application are right up there as well. Most kids don’t want to play full back, yet he barely raised an eyebrow when I told him that’s where I wanted him. Having him at full back does come at a cost though, as we’d dearly love to have him in the middle as well. His game against Deer Park in the round 5 thriller was sensational at full back. His game against Werribee District in round 14 as a midfielder was equally amazing. Well done on a fantastic and selfless season Vinh, and for eating at least 10 cubic metres of biscuits at our joint before training every Tuesday and Thursday!


  1. Elijah-Moon: It was clear to me in the pre-season that E-M was in for a good year. He was super focused and working hard at every training session. Based on his fantastic application at training he was our first captain of the season as reward for his great work and commitment. He had a picnic in round 2 against Sunshine Heights booting 4 and scored his first Heartland for his efforts. He has deadly accurate aim around the big sticks and finished the season with 11 goals. Most pleasing though however was his team play, particularly in the later rounds of the season where he contributed goal assists in almost every game. His final against Flemington was fantastic. One of the big improvers in our side in 2018, well done E-M for a great season.


  1. Aaron: I had made up my mind early in the year that I need Aaron in our forward line. I told him, and he was happy about it after spending last year at full back. The problem is that when your squad is so skinny on numbers, you need to move the boys around a fair bit. Because of this Aaron had to play down back against Flemington in round 4. He played an absolute blinder! This gave his coach second thoughts. He is just so good down there! Coupled with Vinh’s usual mid-season trip to Vietnam, Aaron spent far more time down back than either of us would have liked. His will to win the ball for his team is fantastic and will fight hard no matter the situation. His game against Flemington in the rained-out match was brilliant. Terrible conditions look after those that really want the ball and his game that day showed just how hard he was working. Great work again this year Aaron!


  1. Javier: I distinctly recall the conversation at pre-season training. “I’m 11” said Javier. “Are you sure?” replied Damian. I must have heard correctly judging by the look of excitement on Coopers face who had been listening in! To say that Javier added an extra dimension to the team an understatement. His presence on the field was enormous. He won hit outs, took marks, laid tackles and kicked goals. That makes you popular with your team mates! I can still see the look on his team mate’s eyes when he tackled big Astin and brought him down at top speed. Team lifting stuff. It has been quite a remarkable first year at the club for Javier who has slotted in perfectly and endeared himself to his team mates with his play. Glad you’re here Javier. Fantastic year!


  1. Christian: Just like Kadin on the opposite wing, Christian terrorised opposition sides all year with his run and dare on the wing. His evasive skills in traffic are brilliant and his knack of finding space extraordinary. He covers the ground from one end to the other and constantly provides outlets for his team mates with his game smarts and quick feet. 5 goals were a pretty handy return and his name appeared quite a few times on the goal assist stats as well. His game on the wing against Flemington  was so, so good, particularly given how the game was being played and how hard it was to win the ball. His first season was great, this one even better. I can’t wait to see what you produce next year. Absolutely fantastic year mate.


  1. Sasmitha: Now in his second year, I was looking forward to seeing what Sas had for us in 2018. He had always been a good trainer and had showed glimpses in games. From his first appearance at training it was clear he was much more confident and comfortable with his abilities. Playing predominantly as a forward this season, the 2018 Sas was more than handy for the team. He’s super quick off the mark, but his season added a lot of defensive pressure to his game. He fought hard for the ball on the ground and laid tackles to keep the ball in our forward line. One of my highlights of the season was seeing him nonchalantly pluck the ball off a pack and snap his very first goal for the Roosters from 20 metres out. Just as pleasing was seeing  his team mates come from everywhere to  congratulate him. Really good  year Sas. Well done.


  1. Weston. Yet another brilliant season from West. His work in the middle is simply outstanding. Poise, decision making beyond his years and skills that will always put a smile on his coach’s dial.  Weston’s positioning around the ground to mop up is a standout in the team. His work in packs equally impressive. At times it was like he and Kadin had some sort of telekinesis going as they moved the ball around and ripped through teams with seemingly little effort. 9 goals for the season was a fantastic return as was the number of goals coming from your assists. He leads the team in this statistic. I’ve run out of superlatives! Weston, sensational……. again.


Thanks to all 21 of you for your hard work, enthusiasm and fun for this season. I’ve loved every second of it and am so proud of the way you played this year, the spirit with which you played and team that you have become. You’re quite something!

A huge thanks to Bec for her team management again this year. I, and the whole team love your work and are very grateful for the effort you put in. Byron for slipping into the runner top this season. The hi-viz look  suits you mate! Nick for his work as trainer and help at training. He had quite the initiation with concussions, ambulances and a fractured jaw before we got to round 3! Dan must have run 100 kms this winter as our regular boundary umpire. Thanks so much for your help again. Marke was a regular helper at training and a great sounding post for bouncing ideas off. I really appreciated it. To all of you who helped out in various roles this season, on behalf of the kids and myself, a massive thanks for your efforts. It takes a lot of work to get these boys onto the paddock each week. I'm sure you will all  agree it's worth every minute of it. We couldn't do it without you.



Under 14 Roosters versus Werribee elimination final… 5 August 2018 


The Wyndhamvale ground was in good nick, the wind wasn’t blowing a dog off its chain, and there were fond memories of Jonathan S’s double-baulk goal at this ground during last year’s final series.  


But the last time we played Werribee, they got the jump on us in the first quarter kicking four goals to 0. We outplayed them for the rest of the game.


We won the toss and kicked with the wind in the first quarter. Lenny, in classic Lenny fashion, did a late run back in to the rooms… not sure why…mouthguard, toilet stop, checking the Bombers score…? Aaron and Socrates were away, the latter appropriately in Greece. And we heard that Daniel would arrive at quarter time. 


Their #7 was in seventh heaven, prominent again early in the game. Werribee played with high intensity and dominated play, kicking two goals in to the wind. Zidane was moved from full back in to the midfield, and immediately had an impact with a mammoth kick that was unfortunately touched by Nathan (who had just switched out of the ruck to full-forward).

Xavier then worked one out to Nathan with a scramble out to Henry for a much-needed goal with the wind. 


Samuel H was doing his usual tidy-up work down back, but mention must be made of a left foot torp he unloaded with the wind that seemed to go 65 metres (but probably went about 40).


Werribee kicked another goal, despite the protestations by a gaggle of Roosters that it was touched. 


Zidane won the next centre break, out to Liam, who made good contact and kicked a much needed goal (almost touched by Nathan again, yikes). But their #7 responded with a superb running goal in to the wind. 


Liam, Diesel, Ben and Samuel all linked up, with a down-field free awarded to Henry who narrowly missed the goal. 


In the second quarter, Navindu was moved on to #7. Isaac C was competing hard down back, and Luis kicked a very nice drop punt to Nathan, then on to Ben. We were competing well, but Werribee were finding ways to kick goals. Possibly our best play of the day came with an end-to-end passage of play in to the wind, with a classy goal to finish by Xavier.  


Hamish had some important touches, and Alex Q some beautiful one hand gathers and strong attacks on the contest. Sam V took some really good marks and competed well. Daniel arrived on cue at quarter time, and almost immediately took a mark.


At the half time break, your occasional match reporter sought a bit of colour from the Roosters crowd: “We outplayed them in that quarter,” “whoa, they've been honest, all doing their bit,” “fought back well, restricted opposition to one goal with the wind. Bit of overuse in the forward line.”



Josh’s half time address focused on concerns about their #6, running by himself on the wing, out the back of the contest. 


We linked up with a superb chain of handballs at the start of third. Ben, Nathan, Diesel, Henry, snap, point.


Zidane then kicked a fantastic goal from outside 50 with the wind. His dad reckons it was 80m…(!)


It was a great contest, and Werribee again kicked another goal in to the breeze.

Zidane roosted another one from about 80 (!!) for a point. 


Their #3 kicked a fine goal after superb competing by both teams. 


Liam hurt his calf, and needed to be carried off, making our job even harder. Josh’s message at 3qt was to make the opposition nervous. Jack F implored the lads to take some risks, run it out of the back line, chip the ball on the 45, and take off. 


Stephen took a mark in the goal square, and this is where Sam V’s mum started to find her voice: “Nice high kick, Stephen, nice high kick.” He followed her instructions for a crowd-pleasing goal, but the chatter had already turned to the slight joy for the parents of getting our weekends back. 


Samuel H had plenty of practice with his kick-ins, and at one point had to go all Russell Coight in an effort to retrieve the ball from the adjacent swamp. He eventually located the Sherrin, and play resumed. 


Repeat entries in to the forward 50 eventually took their toll, with #11 taking a towering mark and pumped it long over our lads heads for a goal. Lenny was able to expertly guide the ball to the safety of the boundary a number of times, Jonathan earned a free kick in front of goal, but then muffed his kick. His dad muttered something about how many flamin’ hours he’d spent teaching Jon’s how to kick. Alex Q had a set shot from 30 for a similarly muffed kick (no muttering from Jonathan’s dad about that one). Then Ben, too, hit the scoreboard in the form of a behind. 


Diesel played a superb game, frequently taking marks over much taller opponents, and using his pace and skill. He, too, had to be carried off late in the game, with what looked like an ankle injury. Nathan was his brilliant self all day, with determined ruck work, clean marking and calf-aching running. 


In the end, Werribee were the deserved winners, and will make for tough opponents next week. 


To the Roosters, a huge thanks to Josh C for stepping in to coach the lads this season, and to Chris C for stepping in as assistant coach after the first couple of games, really giving Josh a great hand. Special thanks to Jack Fitcher who has been involved with the Roosters Juniors for many years now, and has such a good footy brain in his running duties out on the field. Thanks to Con for his formidable umpire escorting, Brionhy for her regular time-keeping, Simon as both water runner and boundary umpire, Rohan for regular goal and boundary umpiring, Arjuna and Michael for helping with various tasks, Dave for umpiring at times and writing match reports on occasions, and everyone for chipping in. The biggest thanks goes to Liza Lakusa as team manager. I asked her if she’d eaten anything when we arrived. “Oh heck no, can’t eat on a day like this, and only had half a coffee!” Still been buzzing from the Swan’s win the night before…? Seriously, Liza, thank you for all your efforts during the season, and the delight you have for seeing these lads grow together as good mates. 


Season 2018 done. Go Roosters.