Win­ter fol­lows sum­mer

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Last week’s hot sum­mer con­di­tions didn’t last long, with foot­ball play­ers and sup­port­ers quickly re­minded that the sport of Aussie Rules foot­ball is a win­ter game.

Low scor­ing matches were the or­der of the day in cold, wet and slip­pery con­di­tions.

It was the Re­serves who per­haps copped the worst of the con­di­tions, with driv­ing hail in matches at Dar­num and West­ern Park.

Um­pire Ja­son Wal­ters had de­cided to take ad­van­tage of an early start to the Re­serves match and it proved a master stroke, with most of the hail at least oc­cur­ring dur­ing the three-quar­ter-time break.

Driv­ing hail be­gan late in the third quar­ter with play in the far pocket at the net­ball court end.

Play­ers were quick to run across the ground to seek shel­ter upon the sound­ing of the siren.

The Dusties Re­serves team ap­peared to have bet­ter footy smarts than their se­nior coun­ter­parts on this oc­ca­sion, tak­ing their three-quar­ter-time hud­dle un­der cover of the An­swerth pav­il­ion as se­nior play­ers made an at­tempt at a warm up out on the ground.

Num­ber 44 re­tired

Ellinbank have re­tired its num­ber 44 guernsey of the late Rick John­son.

His num­ber had been worn for the fi­nal time by his best friend Ash Wal­lace in round one.

The club noted its sup­port re­ceived from the wider com­mu­nity in a tu­mul­tuous time for the club, and thanked the Poowong club for agree­ing to move the game back to Ellinbank.

The Neerim-Neerim South, Nilma-Dar­num and Bun­yip clubs had been some of many in the foot­ball com­mu­nity to reach out, while of­fi­cials on the day joined in wear­ing black arm­bands as a mark of re­spect.

No net­ball at Buln

Satur­day morn­ing at Buln Buln didn’t quite have the same feel with net­ball not played at the venue.

A hic­cup had meant that its new courts were not quite ready, with net­ball played out at the Burke Street courts in War­ragul.

The club is hope­ful the courts will be ready for its next home game.

More new fa­cil­i­ties

Poowong have been the lat­est club to report an im­prove­ment to fa­cil­i­ties is in the works.

Plans are pro­gress­ing to com­plete a new and com­pli­ant net­ball court over the next off sea­son.

Com­mu­nity fund­ing has been se­cured for the project, with one grant al­ready ac­cepted and an­other in the process of be­ing sub­mit­ted to hope­fully see the con­cept get off the ground.

Tanny of­fers ad­vice

Catani pres­i­dent Nathaniel ‘Tanny’ Rodda was at it again in his club notes fol­low­ing last week’s joke at the ex­pense of mem­bers of the well-known Williams farm­ing fam­ily, Brad and James.

Touch­ing on three club wed­dings that had oc­curred over the off sea­son, in­clud­ing his own, Tanny was happy to share some ad­vice that he had re­ceived.

“Mar­riage is like a good hand in poker, you start with a pair and end up with a full house.”

Poowong’s Chris Do­ria evades his Catani op­po­nent. The Mag­pies put in a gal­lant ef­fort, but went down by 17-points; Pho­to­graph: Jeff Tull.

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