Sat’dy footy 02/07/2011


by Chris Riordan

Most of us love to browse the suburban and country footy results in Sunday’s paper. Some even start to barrack for towns or grounds they’ve never visited.

I tend to scour the main metro leagues and the SANFL and WAFL (when printed!). Others prefer their Ammos or juniors or various regional comps.

It can be a player you followed, a holiday once enjoyed, the town a mate comes from, or even a side you laced up for…

For many years I have tried to keep an eye on the fortunes of the Tooradin/Dalmore Seagulls.

Once entrenched in the West Gippy League, they’ve been part of the major League reshuffling of recent seasons and can now be found in the cumbersome Mornington Peninsula Nepean: Casey Cardinia conglomerate! It’s part of Melbourne’s “brick veneereal” spread which pushes inexorably outwards to envelope former country towns. The ‘Gulls (“the arsehole of the sea, and all the universe”) are always pitted against bigger towns but generally fight well above their weight.

The Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football (and Netball!) League contols the Casey Cardinia, Nepean and the primary Peninsula comps. It’s a growing empire, having apparently defeated the once mighty Ovens + Murray to now claim 3rd spot on VCFL rankings. Many would question its qualification as “country” footy – but good footy it undoubtedly is, with a thriving junior programme and a proud boast of graduates in to the “big time”.

Berwick v Doveton (4v3) looks the pick of the Casey/Card section this Sat’dy. Tooradin’s hopes don’t look great as the struggling red and greens visit undefeated powerhouse Cranbourne. (But if you are down the Sth Gippy H’way one weekend and see a home game scheduled, drop in to the Seagulls’ ripper ground and grab a pizza from the famed local vendor afterwards.)

In the Nepean section, perhaps Frankston v Sorrento is the best match-up with 5th visiting 2nd.

Frankston YCW is dominating the Peninsula ladder, undefeated after 9 games and heading this Sat’dy to 5th placed Bonbeach.

A few kms up the highway you get in to the Southern Footy League’s zone…the Mordy and Chelsea Heights game pretty much straddles the border. In this League, I’d recommend heading to McKinnon for the St Pauls v Cheltenham game if you want the closest match-up (4v5).

To the east, I’m keeping a close eye on Balwyn’s stutters in the EFL this season, probably due to an unfortunate experience out there with cricket over summer as well as the profile they receive through Big Shorts Harford.  Their loss to Knox, as well as Blackburn’s failure against Noble Park, makes for a really interesting second half to the EFL season. They’ll be happy to head out to hapless Mulgrave this week. Possibly the most interesting game of this round is at improving East Burwood, where the home side (4th) will attempt to scrape away at the confidence of early-season trailblazers Blackburn (3rd).

Also out that way is the pick of suburban VFL footy for Sat’dy. With matches at Geelong, Werribee and Ballarat, the Box Hill Hawks v Collingwood game is the only one near the tram grid. It’s a good place to watch footy and, though both sides are lowly, you’ll see plenty of players to watch out for. It is interesting that, for example, both the Pies and Geelong are happy to use the VFL as development squads. Geelong, notably, are 1-10 this season yet were able to seamlessly promote 7 players to the AFL last weekend! Compromising the comp? Yep. Interesting to watch? Yes also.

Let’s hope you find a good game to watch and enjoy, be it U10s or over 40s, Little League or large.

And keep the great barracking tradition alive….which means having a good time at no one else’s expense. I want to look up footy scores not court cases or vilification allegations next Sunday!


  1. Richard Jones says

    YEP, Crio we’ve had a vilification issue in Bendigo. The Kang. Flat supporter who racially vilified a North Bendigo under-15B players has been banned for 2 years.

    In the major league Bendigo F.L. Nathan Thompson makes his return to Kyneton for the 2nd time this season. The Tigers are playing the Strathfieldsaye Storm which plays in Geelong colours, but with a bloody great lightning bolt across the guernsey’s front.

    Thommo played for Kyneton (his home club B4 a stint in the Bendigo Pioneers u-18 side and thence to Hawthorn) back in April and is having his 2nd gallop this season in the yellow and black.

    He drags them through the gates at the Kyneton Showgrounds. Even tho’ we were overseas in April, my Kyneton sources tell me 3000 turned up for the first Thommo outing 2 months back.

  2. Thommo should be a handful for Strathfieldsaye’s defence. What do you think of the incentive of salary concessions for blokes returning to their club of origin? It is such a boost for the towns.

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