Thursday Dinners at the GFC (07/07/0216)
Mains – $12
Chicken Parma & Chips
Thai Red Curry Beef with steamed rice
Dessert – $3
Chocolate Pudding with Ice Cream
GREENSBOROUGH snapped its two-game losing streak with a runaway 27-point win over Macleod in the Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 grand final rematch at War Memorial Park.
Trailing by 10 points at three-quarter time, Macleod reduced the margin to under a kick early in the last quarter, however, a fantastic goal to Tristan Stead kick-started a late surge by the Boro as they ran away with a 12.11 (83) to 7.14 (56) win.
Needing to respond after a fadeout loss to Montmorency in Round 4, the Boro produced the goods late this time around, booting the final four goals of the game to improve their 2016 record to 3-2.
Leading the way for the Boro were Nick Carnell, Matthew Fowler (three goals) and ruckman Michael Hooper, who was the dominant tall on the ground in his return from injury.
The best in defeat for the Roos were Hayden Seivers, skipper Kane Shaw and reigning best and fairest Lucas Hobbs.
A strong wind wreaked havoc in the first half, with neither side able to get a good hold over the gusty conditions. Most scoring opportunities were broken down at half forward, with both sides struggling to hit up a target inside forward 50m.
Greensborough, however, was able to get the slightly better start – kicking the first two goals through Andrew Stellas and Josh Griffiths to take a 14-point lead.
That buffer was reduced to seven at the first break, after an off-the-ball free kick saw Macleod forward Reid Brandt convert a late goal from point-blank range.
The intensity applied from both teams was there for all to see, with the tackling pressure immense during the first quarter, and continuing right throughout the day.
The second term was much of the same, with the sides booting two goals apiece as the Boro held a three-point advantage at the main break.
Despite the Boro holding the lead, it was the Roos who were creating more scoring opportunities in the second term – however inaccuracy plagued the reigning premiers for a second straight week, booting a wasteful 3.8 in the first half.
The third term saw the game start to open up, with both sides creating momentum swings throughout the term, as the lead changed hands four times. Greensborough got on a run late to open up a 10-point buffer at three-quarter time.
Among the highlights of the term were two fantastic marks in defence by Dan McLinden. First he jumped over a pack for a neat hanger, before minutes later hauling in a flying one-handed mark.
With both sides at their desperate best, it took until the seventh minute of the final quarter for a goal to be registered. That major went to Nick Lynch, who made the most of a blunder in midfield by Greensborough and capitalised on the resulting counter-attack.
The Roos kept surging but inaccuracy played its part, before Stead’s 40m shot from the right forward pocket swung the momentum back the home side’s way.
Follow-up goals to Nick Carnell and Matt Fowler (two) saw the Boro storm home and leapfrog the Roos into third place on the ladder.
Greensborough makes the trip to winless, but dangerous, Whittlesea in Round 6, while Macleod is away to a red-hot Montmorency outfit which has won its past two matches to get its season back on track.
Final score: Greensborough 12.11 (83) def Macleod 7.14 (56)
It is with sadness to hear of the passing of a former Greensborough Premiership Player – Rudolph Sondermeyer.
Rudy was an outstanding Greensborough player during the early 1950’s and played in the drought breaking 1952 Premiership side under the great Percy Adamson (see attached photo)
Rudy grew up in Greensborough and was one the new generation of ‘young guns’ who formed the foundation of our champion teams of the 1950’s.
As you know initially this idea was meant to be an uplifting gesture for Robyn, Mat, Emma & Lucas for after Patrick’s funeral. However as clubs were approached and responded with such vigour, it seemed fitting to use the power of the support to send a clear message. Countless people are affected by this senseless act- no one wants it to happen to them, let’s put effort into spreading that message and educating people so they know ways they may be able to prevent this. Every sock represents someone saying-“I’ve been affected, I’m listening, what can we do?”
I am deeply grateful to you for your support in this initiative.
Please share this photo to continue to spread the message.
The Boro boys had a hit out yesterday versus Doncaster East. The 1st game saw our combined U/19 & Reserves side field a team of around 26 players. Doncaster East fielded a team of 17, so we had a fair few rotations during the day. Our boys got up easily winning by 66 points. Really impressed by some of our bottom age U/19s, who don’t physically have the body size of their opponents, but make up for it in skill and game sense.
The 1sts came up against a very spirited Doncaster East outfit and we were down 3 goals to nothing early in the 1st term. We started to find more of the ball and win more contested footy. The lads pulled away and scored an impressive 74 point win with only a couple of players pulling up a bit sore and no major injury worries. Our field kicking again was impressive and with 6 X U/19 boys in the side and all playing their part, it’s an exciting time to be at the club.
We still need plenty more supporters to get to our games and become a part of our family. The 2016 GFC Season Launch is being held today and if you’re interested in attending, don’t hesitate to check out our events page and get in contact with the co-ordinators.
All My Life!
By: Samuel Zito
Friday, March 25, 2016
GREENSBOROUGH sent an ominous early warning to its Meadows Greyhounds Division 1 rivals, smashing Eltham in its Good Friday season opener.
The Boro were ruthless from start to finish, running away with a 13.20 (98) to 6.9 (45) in front of packed crowd at Eltham Central Park.
Wayward kicking denied the Boro an even bigger winning margin, with the 2015 runner-up wasting many gettable opportunities in front of goal.
David Ellard spent most of his debut match for Greensborough inside forward 50m and finished with a game-high four goals, while Tristan Stead enjoyed his first game as co-captain, booting three goals.
Michael Hooper was the best big man on the ground, winning plenty of touches and provided his midfielders with first use of the football from the ruck.
Greensborough’s impressive midfield depth was on display with Stead, Lachlan McQuilken, Matthew Fowler, Ricky Mullins and Nick Carnell winning the midfield battle.
Josh Griffiths fitted neatly back into the Boro line-up and provided plenty of dash from half back, teaming up well with Matthew Hyde.
The only concern for the visitors was a concussion sustained by Josh Callaway, with the speedster taking no further part in the game after receiving a head knock during the first quarter.
Billy Glasgow was Eltham’s best and again displayed the form that saw him selected in the Division 1 Team of the Year for the past two seasons.
Josh Merkel was used in both defence and attack and fought on gamely all day, while Mikael Avramov was fierce in his pursuit of the ball.
Greensborough made a positive start, with Stead kicking the opening goal of the season from a set shot directly in front.
The Boro continued to pepper at goal, but couldn’t convert. Avramov soon converted a goal for Eltham against the run of play, cutting the margin to just two points halfway through the term, despite his side being outplayed.
Greensborough finally turned its dominance into scoreboard pressure late in the opening quarter, with Josh Riddle converting a clever snap before Ellard kicked consecutive goals from free kicks.
Trailing by 22 points at quarter time, Eltham made a positive start to the second term – but was unable to manufacture a goal until 11 minutes in, when veteran Lachie Richardson kicked truly on the run.
The game continued to be played between the two 50m arcs thereafter, with Greensborough’s Jason Rogers breaking the deadlock after running into a vacant goal, giving his side a 24-point lead at half-time.
Eltham’s struggle continued into the third term, with the home side unable to generate any significant attacking threats.
The Panthers were contained to just two behinds for the term, while two goals to Ellard and another to Stead helped stretch Greensborough’s lead at the last change to 44 points.
Bradyn Taglieri finally ended Eltham’s goal drought early in the last term, with the midfielder’s move forward paying immediate dividends.
Any hopes of a miracle comeback were soon dashed, with Andrew Stellas getting a quick reply at the opposite end, before follow up goals to John Desmond and Josh Grubb saw the Boro race to a 58-point advantage.
Eltham was able to hit the scoreboard late in the contest, booting three goals to Greensborough’s two in time on.
The two sides both face a three-week break before their Round 2 outings, with Greensborough to host Northcote Park at War Memorial Park, while Eltham will go back to the drawing board ahead of its road trip to reigning premier Macleod.
The Panthers will hope to regain a host of key players for the clash, with Gavan Connelly, Matthew Evans and Lewis Glasgow all in line to return from injury after missing the season opener.
Final score: Eltham 6.9 (45) def by Greensborough 13.20 (98) at Eltham Central Park.