Under 19’s Update | Declan McLaughlin

After a difficult start to the season, the U19s recorded a terrific 40 point victory over Therry Penola last week. We have already seen tremendous improvements in many players in a really short period of time which leaves the entire club feeling very excited for the rest of the season.

Players such as Josh Ferraina, Conor Whiting and Nick Scala as well as many more have given us great consistency through backline, midfield and forward line respectively. Our leaders Jack Galapi, Mitch Cassidy and Logan Parris continue to impress with their commitment both on and off the field. The U19’s are not only impressing within the U19 side though, with U19’s player Lachlan Postans being a regular part of the Senior side since Round 1 and Mitch Cassidy’s great form being rewarded with a call up to the Senior side on the weekend. Knowing the talent within this side, I doubt these will be the only two to have played Senior football by the end of the season.

It also must be noted, the great pathway that the U19 side is creating from junior football to senior football. We have been privileged to have already provided opportunities to outstanding Colts (U17) players such as Andrew Andriopolous, Joseph Brenner and Oscar Strike who have gotten a consistent feel for VAFA football throughout the first few rounds. Several others have also stepped up an all have proved up to the challenge.

This week the U19 Bullants play Brunswick NOBS at Ted Ajani as they look to capture another win and some serious momentum heading into the middle part of the year.

Go Bullants!

Senior Mens Update | Jason Reynolds/Michael Popovski

Seniors:

Round 5 vs Brunswick NOBS

The senior team had shown considerable improvement over the first month of the home and away season, and found themselves with an impressive 3-1 record. This was their best start to a season since the premiership year of 2012. Round 5 was an opportunity to test ourselves against another quality opponent. NOBS were relegated from D1 at the end of 2018, but had hit the ground running on the way to a 3-1 record and three dominant performances in a row.

It was obvious from the outset that NOBS were very fleet-footed side, who transitioned the ball extremely well from their back half. They backed their teammates in to win the ball at stoppages or in general play and pushed hard forward of the footy. There were a number of talls in their forward line that were agile, explosive on the lead, strong above their head, and quality finishers in front of goal. The first half unfortunately didn’t go to plan. Players were regularly drawn towards the ball and/or player and we quickly lost our shape. It enabled NOBS to create loose players and use them to good effect. Players were not quick enough to react after we turned the ball over and NOBS exploited our lack of two-way running (accountability). Our ball movement broke down forward of centre and we were extremely wasteful with our inside F50s. Old habits had crept in and we found ourselves behind at half time.

The second half was a lot more positive. We became more patient with the ball in hand and did not turn the ball over under perceived pressure. There were large periods of the third quarter where we won stoppages, got back to support our defense, and controlled possession. All whilst kicking into a very noticeable breeze. I have been blown away by the resilience of this group. They have been challenged in every game this year and always had the strength of character to fight the game out to the very end. We had the better of NOBS in the last quarter, were able to outscore them, and can take some momentum into the game against Whitefriars next week. There will be a clear emphasis on our midfield-forward connection at training this week. Too many times we kicked long to the narrow side of the ground. It was too predictable for the opposition and meant that they could outnumber in the air. Many of our forwards had worked higher up the ground, but failed to work back in time and be in position to receive the ball inside F50. Instead of moving the ball quickly, we had to slow down far too often, and this gave the NOBS defenders time to get back and set up.

Patrick Moio was an absolute standout on the day. He is such an honest player, who is manic with his pressure, and has shown tremendous balance between offense and defense. He has stepped into a leadership role this year, and at only 19 years of age, shapes to be a key pillar in our team for many years to come. Ashwyn Mohandas presented as a target all day, was physical, brought his teammates into the game and shown great vision and awareness in traffic. Ethan Mainieri returned to form in his role across half-back. He broke the lines with his run, was really efficient with his disposal (especially by foot), and was strong in his one-on-one contests.

While all coaches, players and board members acknowledge that the group has shown significant progress, this game acted as a bit of a reality check. We know what it takes to match it with the top 3 teams in the competition, and will continue to work tirelessly to further bridge the gap. Our best is certainly good enough, but we need to avoid lulls within or between games. Consistency is key to our ongoing improvement.

Jason Reynolds

Reserves:

This year so far has been a little trying at times with us have 45 players going through the Reserves so far. In the power house game we finished  with just  15 fit player on the ground and yet my boys didn’t give up. Things have changed for the better over the last couple of week with 6 new players entering the senior group which gives us the opportunity to have a full bench. New players have come from mates within the existing playing group which tells me we do  care and are wanting to improve and willing to move forward for the remainder of the season .Our determination to play out games is fantastic and it is a credit to the boys.

I believe we can turn this year around let’s get on the track be committed to the Club and each other and let us see what happens

Your loving coach

Poppy xxoo

Womens Update | Harry Urwin

We are now a third of the way through the season and what a rollercoaster it has been. Ups and downs in the first few rounds with it leading to our first win in round four.

Our first two rounds against oakleigh and Emmaus st Leo’s saw us play a lot of good footy and be ahead at 3/4 time in both games. Unfortunately both times we got over run in the final quarter. Whilst it was a tough way to start the season, the fact that we were scoring and leading against good quality sides meant that we knew our first win wasn’t far away.

Round three was our turning point. Unfortunately it was a loss against a very strong Hampton rovers side. Whilst we played good footy again it was time for us to have a good hard look at ourselves and discuss what we wanted out of the rest of the season.

The girls all responded in great fashion at trainings and it lead to a fantastic win against Prahran assumption. Everything fell into place with all girls buying into the structures and game plan we had worked so hard on that week.

The women’s team have flicked the switch, and with it being a very tight competition in 2019 every game counts. As a group we feel extremely confident that we are now moving in the right direction and that there is more wins to come.

Social and Club Events Update

 

6th April | First home game v MHSOB

 

15th June | Players Function

Time – 7.00pm
Venue – Ted Ajani Clubrooms
Theme – When I grow up
Cost – $20 (Pizza and drinks at Bar Prices)
RSVP – Billy Wilson on 0433 066 988

 

20th July | 40th Anniversary 1979 Triple Premiership

Venue – Ball Room, Manningham Club, Bulleen Road, Bulleen
Cost – $120 pp

 

24th August | Last Home Game v

 

24th August | Reverse Raffle Draw

Time – 7.30pm
Venue – Ted Ajani Clubrooms

 

5th October | Presentation Night

Info to come

 

Draft President’s Address

Happy New Year

I hope you all survived the festive season and enjoyed the time that this provides for families to get together, to relax and to recharge the batteries for the coming year. 2019 is going to be an exciting year for everyone involved at The Bullants, from the players and coaching staff to the committee and supporters. We have a new Senior Coach in Jason Reynolds, we will be fielding an Under 19 side for the first time since 2011, and we will be celebrating the 40th Anniversary of our 1979 Triple Premiership success. All of this is creating a real buzz of excitement around the club.

Pre-Season

After a very successful four-week period before Christmas, pre-season training resumes for all teams at Ted Ajani on Monday 21st January from 6.00pm. While the weather at this time of year is not what you would normally consider ‘footy weather’, the hard work that is being put in now is going to stand us in good stead for the season ahead.

The following practice matches have been confirmed for the Seniors, Reserves and Under 19s.

– Saturday 16th March v Yea Football Netball Club – The Tigers
– Saturday 23rd March v Fairpark Football Club – The Lions

The venues for both matches are still to be finalised however they will be away games. We are also trying to organise a third match for Saturday 2nd March.

Details regarding the practice match schedule for the Senior Women’s team will be available shortly.

Upcoming Events

Friday 29th March – Season Launch and Jumper Presentation, 7.00pm Ajani Community Hall

This year we are having a more formal launch to the season with a meal and formal jumper presentations. Players partners and other supporters are more than welcome to join us as we look to launch our assault on the 2019 season. Tickets will be available soon.

Saturday 11th May – Past Players Day

We are currently finalising a guest speaker for this year’s Past Players Day however the date is locked in. Put this date in your diary to come down to the club to catch up with old friends and support the Seniors and Reserves as they take on the Brunswick Football Club who are coached by Bullants 2012 Premiership Coach Anthony Palmer. Details regarding speaker and costs etc will be available shortly.

1979 Triple Premiership 40th Anniversary

1979 was the sixth season we fielded a side and it turned out to be a monumentally successful one for the Club. Our Seniors, Reserves and Under 19s all tasted premiership success giving us a rare hat-trick of flags for the year. As this is the 40th Anniversary of that success we are planning a major event to mark the occasion. Watch out for a formal announcement around the end of January.

Focus on Sponsorship

We welcome back the following key sponsors for the 2019 season, if you have an opportunity to support these sponsors please do so. It would be very difficult to keep the club going without the financial support that our sponsors provide and your support of them will help encourage their on-going involvement with us.

Toscano Plumbing www.toscanoplumbing.com.au

Rob and the team at Toscano Plumbing pride themselves on providing a rapid response and resolution to ensure you commercial plumbing and domestic plumbing needs are met with a minimum of fuss.

Sammic Australia www.sammic.com.au

Sammic Australia supply imported quality European commercial catering equipment suitable for all food service establishments. Talk to Mike and the team at Sammic for great service and products.

Money Quest Blackburn www.moneyquest.com.au\blackburn

If you’re looking to buy a new home or refinance an existing loan, give Simon and the team at Money Quest Blackburn a call to discuss how they could help you.

The Harp of Erin Hotel, Kew www.facebook.com\theharpoferinhotel

The Harp has a great loyalty program that directly rewards the club for every dollar our supporters spend in the bar/bistro or in the bottle shop while also providing loyalty points to the individual supporter. To apply for a loyalty card just complete the attached application form and return it to The Harp.

 

Good luck for 2019 – Go Bullants

Womens Update | Harry Urwin

The 2019 season started in early November of 2018 for the women’s team. After just missing out on finals in the 2018 season, the girls were all keen to get back on the track with finals being the goal in the season to come.

Improving our base level of fitness was one of the main goals for our pre-Christmas training. The girls were working extremely hard through the heat but fantastic numbers at trainings allowed us to move into improving our fitness through skill drills and game sense training. Year one, the average pre-Christmas training was six players per session, year two averaged 10 players per pre-Christmas session, and this year we have averaged 18 players per session. The level of commitment at this stage of the season from the players fills me with great confidence for the year to come.

So far, we have seen six new players come to the club, and we are also very excited to announce that we have a new assistant coach, Nick Cunningham. Nick has played for multiple senior clubs but comes to us with a sport science background. Having just finished his degree Nick will oversee our strength and conditioning program for the women in 2019.

New coaches, new players and a new level of commitment and effort shown by our players is sure to make 2019 our year.

Harry Urwin

Senior Women’s Coach.

Under 19’s Update | Declan McLaughlin

After being appointed U19’s coach a few months ago, I have been welcomed into the club with open arms. Everyone whether they be a player or a coach can feel the real sense of excitement that currently surrounds the club, a feeling of new beginnings.

Bringing back an U19’s team was never going to be challenge-free but the subcommittee and coaches are really pleased with the progress we have made so far and are extremely excited for the months ahead. We cannot wait to fully attack preseason after the Christmas break and are ready for a (hopefully) successful season to follow.

The club has fully embraced a ‘one-club’ mentality and all the U19’s have been completing preseason training in conjuction with the Senior playing group and in parts also with the Women’s playing group. All U19 players have benefited immensely from this experience. This has also been a brilliant initiative in creating a positive environment, as well as building and strengthening bonds between the U19’s and the rest of the club.”

Cheers,
Declan