It was a freezing cold day on the Kinglake Ranges with a cold south-westerly wind blowing for most of the afternoon with a top temperature of 4.5c at 2:46pm – not including the wind chill factor.
With many out-of-bounds calls by Kinglake’s much-appreciated volunteer umpires, such as James ‘Jimmy’ Edwards and Mark Mann in the reserves, the Lakers were still able to come out on top in the seniors, despite the reserves side losing to Alexandra by a point.
The club [has] positioned itself to a place it hasn’t been since the halcyon days of the mid-1930s when the Lakers won the premiership in 1939 and 1940.
This year sees the Kinglake Football/Netball Club in the best position it’s ever been, with both the seniors and reserves posed to make the finals for the first time in more than 13 years.
The Lakers need to remember that they were nowhere near this far ahead ladder-wise when the seniors got up and won the flag in 1994.
Also, if Kinglake’s reserve side can make the final five then this will be the first time in the club’s history that the reserves will have played finals football.
Everyone in the reserves should “take that next step for each other and for themselves” [this reported included] “for our team-mates” and ensure guys like Ben ‘Dot’ Collins (Reserves Captain) and Michael ‘Kev’ Maloney (Reserves Coach) are sent off – should they choose to retire – with the ‘bang’ that they truly deserve.
The Kinglake Football/Netball Club would like to thank all of the community support that turned up to watch the mighty Lakers roll the Alexandra Rebels at King Dome.
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The seniors got off to a great start. kicking six goals in the first quarter to the Rebels
In the second quarter, the Rebels restricted the Lakers to just one point and were able to add to their tally, kicking three goals and three points in the second quarter.
When the Lakers ran out after half-time they put their stamp on the game, kicking another
four goals and five points, leaving the Alexandra Rebels far behind.
In the last quarter, when Alexandra realised that they’d lost the game it began
to get a little heated but by then it was way too late, with [the] Lakers accounting for the league’s ‘best side’ by 36 points.
KINGLAKE: 6.3 6.9 10.14 12.13 (90)
GOALS: Brent Gallichio 2, Steven Hurst 2, David McMahon 2, Brenton Styles 2, Daniel Nolan 2, Adrian Beales, Damian Pywell.
BEST: Craig Lovick, James Walker, Adam Butterworth, Matthew Bannister.
ALEXANDRA: 0.0 3.3 3.3 8.6 (54)
The reserves side was able to get in front during the first quarter, kicking four goals and two points to the Rebel’s single goal, using the breeze to Kinglake’s advantage early on.
In the second quarter, Alexandra used the ball well to catch up with the Lakers, kicking two goals and nine points to the Laker’s single goal.
Alexandra’s goal just before the third-quarter break would be the undoing of the Lakers.
While Kinglake lost, it was a much better all-round team effort than when the Lakers first faced Alexandra at the start of the season in a game that could have easily gone either way.
This sees the Lakers [reserves] side sit in third place, but only by percentage, with Yarra Glen also on 32 points, breathing down Kinglake’s neck.
Thanks to Kane Smith for taking photos of the reserves game.
KINGLAKE: 4.2 5.2 7.5 7.5 (47)
GOALS: Daniel Hamilton 2, Glen Jenkins 2, Peter Scott, Ben Munn-Gibbs, Brett Groves.
BEST: Cameron Caine, Brett Robinson, Ben Munn-Gibbs, Aiden O’Connor.
ALEXANDRA: 1.0 3.9 5.9 6.12 (48)
On Sunday afternoon at the club’s Reverse Draw, comedians Rowan Francis and ‘Pommy’ Johnson performed and there were several raffles for various prizes.
More than 300 people turned up to enjoy an afternoon of beer and sunshine to see who would ride away with the Yamaha WR 450 dirt bike and to see Carlton FC star full-forward Brendan ‘Fev’ Fevola.
Round 14 sees the Lakers travel to Powelltown to take on the Demons on their home turf.
While Powelltwon hasn’t won many games this year, no team in this league can be underestimated because it’s been proven throughout the season that any team can win a game of football.
Kinglake needs to remember that they haven’t won until the final siren sounds.
Until next week, when ‘G-Man’ (Ashley Geelan) with some assistance from the ‘Wizard’ and ‘Occha’ trys to bag another one for the mighty Lakers.
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