Club Captain Michael Cullum gets free from the pack against Glen Waverley

Our 2019 campaign kicked off at home on Saturday, with round 1 being our community sponsors round. It was a fantastic day, with a great turn out and perfect weather for footy. Thanks to all who attended to make Round 1 a success and a great place to be.

We did have a number of unfortunate injuries including Tom Grimes (head), Jordan Powell (shoulder) and Ben Richardson (ribs). All 3 are recovering and hope to be back out on the ground as soon as possible.

Seniors

Warrandyte: 11 . 8 . 74 – def.
Glen Waverley: 9 . 11 . 65

What a great way to start season 2019! After a good start we got the jump on Glen Waverley, but to their credit they continued to apply pressure and at one stage were up by 16 points. Showing unbelievable courage going with the flight of the ball, new recruit Tom Grimes ended his first game in the back of an ambulance after a heavy contest ended in him hitting his head on the ground.

The next three quarters were an absolute battle of attrition for us with our boys going down left right and centre. Despite our numbers dropping, we kept digging and kept finding a way to stay in the game and keep the scoreboard ticking over. We were left with no rotations and as few as 11 fit players on the park but they went to war and managed to come home with the win.

We are super proud of the boys as they showed true spirit, never gave up and left nothing behind. We need to bring the same hunger into next week against Donvale.

Reserves

Warrandyte: 5 . 6 . 36 – def. by
Glen Waverley: 11 . 4 . 70

The reserves hit the ground running with positive signs in the first quarter ending in a lead heading into the first break. Unfortunately we were unable to capitalise on the momentum over the next 3 quarters, allowing some mistakes to creep in and missed opportunities cost us over the next 3 quarters. Plenty of things for us to work on as a team at training and continue to improve into round 2 and beyond.

U19’S

Warrandyte: 22 . 16 . 148 – def.
Norwood: 3 . 9 . 27

With 7 players from last year putting the boots on again for the bloods 2019 and the inclusion of 15 new young bloods for their first hit-out, this was going to be a test for the new Bloods.

Norwood were going to be a good starting point for our 2019 campaign to see how the young bloods would combine and execute the new game plan – with dual captains Liam Vaughn & Leo Garrick leading us this year. Our list is so balanced and once it is working as one it will be a force in 2019.

Throughout the match, we controlled the centre which gave our forwards a great day out. Callum Padfield kicked 6 and Matt Baynon pulling on the bloods jumper for the first time helped out with 3 of his own. Our back 6 controlled the defence and the rebounded the football well, which set us up nicely and was great to watch.

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