From the Committee
Top Vs bottom was a much tougher game than the ladder suggests. On Saturday we came up against a very strong and determined Golden Grove who showed us that they are a much better team then 6-0. The game showed that if we are not on our game in any grade this year we can be beaten. This was evident in the B grade when they lost their first game for awhile. They were infant most of the day but were over run in the final term. Both teams will be looking to put a stronger performance in this week against Brighton at Brighton as well as the C grade who are coming off the bye last week. We hope to see plenty of supporters out at theme in what is shaping up to be three hard fought games.
Off the field we have Ladies Day next Saturday on the balcony of the upgraded Pentreith Building. Tickets can be purchased through the tryboking link below.
We also have the annual Nose Lyon Country Day coming up on the 23rd of June.
Please join us for the 2018 Nosey Lyon Country Day celebrating SPOC FC’s strong country connections. The day will consist of a gourmet BBQ lunch supplied by O’Connell’s Meats along with a 4 hour beer and wine package, with all wine supplied by our generous SPOC FC wine partners. The day is kindly supported by Westpac agribusiness so head along for what should be a huge day!
Tickets can be purchased at www.trybooking.com/VUEB
On the same weekend we are co-hosting the long lunch with PAOCFC at the Arkaba Hotel. We have been able to secure some of the best footy analysts and commentators in the business, which will be accompanied by great wine, beer and food. Everyone who attended last years event loved it and this year is shaping up to be even better. Tickets can be purchased again through trybooking, under a table captain. The table captains are listed below with the flyer for the day.
We hope as many SPOC supporters can make 1,2 or all 3 of the upcoming events as they are not only great fun but also support the footy club.
We are also looking for volunteers for the canteen and BBQ at homes games. If you can help out, the club would be very appreciative of that as these two parts of a Saturday home game are vitally important to running the club. If you can help out please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The year is off to a great start and we hope to continue this week. The players all love playing in front of a strong SPOC crowd and we hope this week is no exception.
5 things we learned last week;
An ugly win is better than a pretty loss: except if you’re Coach Hall and the playing group didn’t follow the game plan or otherwise demonstrate what he requires. Watch out for what happens if and when we have an ugly loss! Big test this week away at Brighton v Brighton, come on boys follow the game plan
Sharpie is the newest Club Life Member and legend: well done and congrats again to much decorated and loved Owen Sharpe who celebrated his 200th game in style with a Best On performance. Onya Sharpie!
Staffy cops a hard knock and surgery: Jake Stafford, having won his hardfought spot back in the A Grade, has had surgery this week to repair a broken collar bone, sustained in a nasty collision with a Modbury player. We look forward to the return game. Staffy, all the best from the Committee and your mates at the Club. We hope the surgery goes well. You’re a great guy and we love having you in the Club, see you back in the Club and on the park soon.
The Ladies are on Board: Over 50 tickets are already sold for Ladies Day on the Balcony on Saturday week. There are only 100 seats on the Balcony to watch your boys go around, so get on trybooking girls and avoid disappointment!
The SPOC & PAOC Long Lunch is locked and loaded!: all speakers are now locked in for the best footy lunch of the year. Its a star studded line up of speakers. Flyer and tickets released TODAY, see below!!! Support your Club and have a great day!
See you all at Brighton.
- Guy Roberts
- Bruce Frayne
- David Myers
- Stephen Duncan
- Philip Cheney
- Andrew Cudmore
- Richard Milne
- Richard Powell
- Henry Treloar/Jack Yates
- Graham Alexander
- Ben Atkins
- Coaches and Players
- Coaches and Players
Sam Roberts 50 Games
Last week saw us play Golden Grove who are yet to register a win for the season. Notwithstanding this fact, you could sense they were up and about from the very first bounce with good pressure around the ball and winning the battle in the midfield. The game was a low scoring affair with our forwards, other than Jock McLeay, struggling to apply much scoreboard pressure throughout the day. After a good old fashioned bake at half time, our midfield intensity lifted and we started to win some important stoppage contests. Full credit must go to Golden Grove who continued to join the ride with us and maintain their consistency across the full 4 quarters. Unfortunately there was some bad news to come out of the game with Jake Stafford incurring a broken collar bone which will keep him out for the rest of the season. Staff has had a difficult year hurting his shoulder right before the first trial game this year, only to regain some match fitness before suffering this latest setback. I wish Staff all the best with his recovery and will look to give him a match day role when he is able. We also see Harry Cudmore out for the next month after undergoing some minor cosmetic improvements to his schnoz this week and eagerly await his return to the field. The injury list is piling up somewhat with Jack Johnson still out with an adductor strain and Luke Trenorden (yet to play this season) still 3 weeks away with his ankle injury and Fothers still unavailable due to work commitments. Fortunately this week should see the return of Robbo and Hamish Allan has returned to the club from the Port Adelaide Magpies reserves, which will be a good boost to the side against a strong Brighton outfit. Finally, congratulations to Owen Sharpe on 200 games for the club. He was instrumental in our win on the weekend and it was a fitting game for a player who has contributed so heavily to the club over the past 13 years. Hally
Golden Grove came to our home ground to level with us on three wins and two losses. They had a strong, big-bodied midfield that was on top of our boys all day. After leading at every change, we could not hold on in the last quarter with Golden Grove eventually running over the top of us and winning by two goals. Overall it was a pretty disappointing performance, and to be honest we never got going. We couldn’t take advantage when we were on top and didn’t quite make the most of our opportunities going forward in the last quarter. Copping looked good at both ends of the ground and Goldworthy showed his versatility through the middle. Sam McLeay has a terrific game down back, and probably kept us in the game in the first half. This week we take on a side who has been performing at similar level to us, in Brighton. Finally, congratulations to Owen Sharpe on his 200th game (playing in the A grade), had the pleasure to play with him in his first 100 games. A fantastic achievement by a fantastic bloke.