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  Round 2 Reports  
Warrandyte 23.10.158 defeated Eastern Lions 3.4.22

Eastern Lions had a great win the week before against Kilsyth in Round 1 so we knew they had improved on their 2013. It had been a solid week on the track, in the wet and we were fired up to get our first win on the board. We made two changes for the game bringing in two running players Ross Ansaldi (new for 2014) and Kyle Speers. It turned out to be a nice Autumn day with a 3-4 wind towards one end with the ground in perfect condition after a week of solid rain.

A 6 goal to 1 first Qtr with the wind was just what we needed with all players having a red hot crack.

In the second Qtr we dropped Tim Hookey back as a loose man in defence to combat the wind. He read the play extremely well and was rebounding the ball as quickly as it came in. They managed just 2 goals into the wind and we kicked 3 goals 4pts to take a 41pt lead into the main break. A half time malle (not our fault) got the players fired up and they came out breathing fire.

We kicked 14.12 in the second half to their 1pt and we ran away with a 136pt victory. To the Eastern Lions credit they never stopped applying pressure and kept trying until the final siren sounded. We just played extremely well and moved the footy with great execution.

We had 9 individual goal scorers with Josh Barrett kicking 5, Luke Dunn 4, Kyle Sultana 4 and Ross Ansaldi 3. The positive for the game was the form of our new players to 2014, it obviously took a game for everyone to click and hopefully this is start of good things to follow.

Best players - Tim Hookey, Kyle Sultana, Jacob Daley, Josh Barrett, Troy Ratcliffe and Dave Hand.

Warrandyte 33.25.223 defeated Eastern Lions 2.2.14

Coming off a 130pt win the week we had much confidence coming into the game. Due to high numbers at the Club we rotated 6 players into the side from Rd1.

As you can see by the score the game was somewhat one sided with our boys dominating the entire the game. We kicked 9 goals in the first half and then in the second half we kicked 24 goals and 17pts to totally destroy the opposition.

Scotty Patroni who kicked 8 the week before continued his form with another 7 and 14 other players hit the scoreboard. All up it was a great game and day for the club.

Goal Kickers: S. Patroni 7, J. Stringer 4, B. Taylor 4, N. Clapham 3, L. Saunders 3, M. Munro 2, J. Wright 2, N. Prelorenzo , J. Miller , J. Bentley , R. Pascoe , T. Beasley , J. Prelorenzo , P. Heffernan , D. Rodoni
Best Players: J. Stringer, C. Johnstone, M. Munro, S. Patroni, J. Bentley, T. Beasley

Under 19's
By Shane Newman

Eastern 13.14.92 defeated Warrandyte 10.7.67

Round 2 was a bit of a copy of Round 1.

Warrandyte finishing the game with 16 fit players and being overrun in the last quarter. The difference this week was we got off to a reasonable start and the Bloods led at every change but not at the conclusion of the game.

There were plenty of areas for us to improve on. Eastern Lions had a dominant ruck man who controlled the stoppages and with some of our stronger midfielders out, we were often starting our attacking thrusts off half back. It's important we learn to nullify the opposition mids better when they have the advantage although I'd expect improved fitness and the return of injured players should help in that area.

Looking at the positives, Occy, Patto and Darcy played their first games for the club and all acquitted themselves well. Sid was excellent again and Frowdy continued to attack the ball well.

The break has come at a good time for us and hopefully we'll get one or 2 players back and those who are carrying injuries will enjoy the break.

It was also positive for the club that every player who started on the ground on Saturday trained at least once which can only make us stronger. With the probability of having a couple of players on the bench next week, those who train will have first opportunity to prove themselves again.

Stay positive boys, we led most of the game against a team who had won by 140 points the week before. With some quality players returning over the next couple of weeks, I'd expect our fortunes to turn.
  Round 1 Reports  
By Michael Tout

Silvan 21.13. 139 defeated Warrandyte 14.17.101

We headed to Silvan with some uncertainty of what was to happen. 7 new players in the side, a venue we have never played on before and we knew little about the opposition apart from they finished 3rd in 2013. It had been a big pre-season and we knew expectations were high. The reserves had delivered Silvan a 130pt thrashing so we wanted to continue the theme of the day.

Things don't always go to plan - The first Qtr was extremely disappointing - 42 to 8 in Sivan's favor. They played the small ground extremely well and we were very flat footed and were caught napping.

I asked the boys at Qtr time for a big second quarter to try to get back into the game. We moved the ball well, took chances and started scoring. A 6 goal quarter (which should have been more) saw us 15 points down at the main break.

We had our chances in the 3rd Qtr however we butchered the ball and turn overs cost us on the scoreboard. We missed some easy chances around goal and gave them some easy goals which hurt us. Suddenly we were 40 points down at the final break.

The last quarter was even and we went down by 38 points. The positives were the form of Lee Evans, who after a injury plagued 2013 presented well and took some strong grabs all over the ground. New players such as Josh "Barrel" Barrett and Stephen Harris showed us patches on why we recruited them however a 4 quarter performance is needed by them. Kyle Sultana, Luke Dunn, Tim Hookey and skipper Tom Naughtin performed well but there was too many passengers.

We are told Silvan are the bench mark of the competition so we know we have a lot of work to do however with so many new players playing we need more game time together.

By Wally Cashion

Warrandyte 27.16.178 defeated Silvan 7.4.48

What a great start to the season! Around 12 players missed out on a game this weekend so we knew the side we had in the reserves was going to be strong. We also had around 8 players that had played 1's in 2013.

The boys started well and were hard at the ball and moved it well on the small ground. A 28pt lead at quarter time rewarded the hard running and good kicking. We were a little slow in the second quarter and struggled to damage the scoreboard for the amount of ball we had. It was 3 goals each so at half time we had a 5 goal lead.

The second half was a different game. We kicked 19 goals and Silvan kicked 3. There were many highlights - none better than our full forward Scotty Patroni who finished with 8 goals and was just far too strong up forward - could have kicked more with straight kicking. Ever reliable Jake Bentley was BOG and new player Thomas "Wellsy" had a great game along with Ben Taylor, Kyle Speers and Ryan Pascoe. The Twins - Jack & Nick also had solid games.

All in all, the boys did everything asked off them and the guys that missed out on a Senior game will be pushing selection.

Under 19s
By Shane Newman

Silvan 14.8.90 defeated Warrandyte 8.12.60

Our first game on 2014 commenced with Warrandyte heading to the rural setting of Silvan with 17 players.

Slippery conditions and a small ground seemed to unsettle our players early and the first half saw the Bloods dropping marks, fumbling the ball and struggling play with any composure. Conversely, the bigger bodies of Silvan relished the conditions and they were able to maintain a contested and congested style of game which seemed to suit their team structure and saw them head into the break leading by 12 points.

The third quarter was a better display with Warrandyte running more, sharing the ball and hitting our targets. Handball receives were up and we were managing to transition the ball more often without turning it over. Although Scott Ternes was struggling with an ankle injury, he was hitting the contests hard up forward, often against their loose man and he was rewarded with some quality goals. After Silvan got away to a 20 point lead early, the Warrandyte boys started to control the game and the Bloods edged to within 4 points late in the term. With Warrandyte having the win in the last quarter, an upset seemed to be brewing.

Unfortunately Lachy Frowd suffered a head knock which saw him leave the field and Sean Bowers injured his ankle and was stretched from the field. 15 players against 18 was proving a difficult proposition and Silvan kicked away with a couple of late goals to lead by 14 points at 3/4 time.

The last quarter saw Warrandyte peppering the goal face but our inaccuracy was hurting. Early goals may have put more pressure on Silvan but our inability to capitalize on our momentum was going to come back to haunt us.

Silvans 4 goals 1 to our 7 points saw them run away comfortable winners.

Although a loss was disappointing, the effort of the players was admirable. After struggling with the conditions early, the Bloods adapted and although Silvan had a full complement of 24 players, a 16 man Warrandyte pressured them all the way to the final siren.

Best players included Sean Bowers who has started the season in brilliant form. Although the Silvan players and crowd tried to get under his skin, Sean was a dominant player until he went down with injury.

Michael Bilos, Scott and Sid were also excellent which is great for the club to have such talented bottom age players coming through.

The challenge now is to get some players in to cover our injuries and to get on with winning games.

Lots of positives to come out of the game. We can see that when we maintain possession, run and create and share the ball, we're a quality team. Let's focus on playing to our strengths and the wins will come.
  Membership 2014 - Share The Journey  
  Warrandyte Football Club is pleased to launch its membership campaign for 2014.
"Share The Journey" will be the slogan in 2014 as we strive to get back into 3rd Division. We are a Community Club and want everyone to support the Club through buying a membership and to share the journey with us.

You will no doubt have noticed that the new community facility Warrandyte Reserve is well on the way to completion which once completed will give the Warrandyte Sporting Clubs some of the best playing and social facilities in Metropolitan Melbourne.

Without generous financial support from the local community, our terrific sponsors and member, the club could simply not operate in its current capacity.
It is a constant battle to raise money to improve the playing list, both in terms of recruiting new players but more importantly to attract good coaching and support staff to develop our talented home grown crop of players into Warrandyte's next senior premiership team.

To be competitive in the Eastern Football League we must increase our membership base.

2014 will be the start of a new era for the Warrandyte Football Club and we look forward to sharing the journey with you.

Warrandyte Football Club Membership packages range from just $30 to $100.

Click on the attached link to download your membership form.
  WFC Season Launch  
  The annual Warrandyte Football Club Season Launch will take place on Sunday 30th March 2014 at the Grand Hotel. The event will kick off at 1pm and will feature the -

Introduction of the new Coaches & Players for 2014
Annual Player Auction
Special Guest interview
Announcement of the 2014 captains & leadership team

Entry is just $20 which includes cocktail food (drinks at bar prices).

See attached flyer for further information.
  Warrandyte FC now has it's own App!  
  All players, supporters, past players and sponsors with a smart phone can download the App and would be encouraged to do so as all the latest news and events will be updated via the App. To download, search for "Team App" in the App store and then search for "Warrandyte FC" within the App. More information can be found at http://www.teamapp.com/   
  Warrandyte Fun Run  
  Over 30 players participated in the annual Warrandyte Fun Run on Sunday 2nd February.
It was a great representation from the Football Club which was extremely well received from the local Community.
Congratulations to Tim Beasley who took the honours by winning the footy club challenge over 8km in a time of 32.51 and finished 3rd overall of the 100 participants.
Tim was well ahead of the group with Luke Brewis finishing in 2nd place with a time of 34.29 (blaming two shoe lace mishaps as his downfall).
Well done for all that participated and congratulations to the Warrandyte Sporting Group on another successful event, promoting fitness in the community.
  2014 Run Warrandyte  
  Run Warrandyte is back again this year on Sunday 2nd of February, and WFC requires 10 volunteers for the day.
Anyone interested should contact Tom Naughtin through email on  tomn@dfkbkm.com.au or call 0421 231 419.
Click here for a flyer.
  WFC Coaching Appointment  
  The Warrandyte Football club is thrilled to announce that Shane Newman will again coach the Under 19 team in season 2014.

Shane coached the Under 19's in 2013 and impressed everyone with his passion and dedication to improving the players in the under 19 squad. Shane worked tirelessly often in trying circumstances due to injuries, unavailabilities and other obstacles not of his making and the 2014 committee and senior coach Michael Tout are excited about working with Shane in 2014. Shane has a large amount of coaching experience behind him including 8 years coaching with the Warrandyte Junior Football Club.

We welcome Shane back to the fold for 2014 and look forward to working with him to build a strong and highly competitive under 19 squad.

  Massive Subdivision  
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  Pre-season News  
  The Bloods in the news.  
  Season 2014 Fixture  
  The fixture for next year is here!  
  Bendigo Bank Offer  
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  Pre-season Training  
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  Thank You
  WFC Major Sponsor The Grand Hotel Warrandyte ran a ladies day function on Oaks Day. Peter Appleby and his team at The Grand kindly donated all proceeds from raffles held on the day to the Warrandyte Sporting Group (WSG) which is the body responsible for the management, marketing and communications of the new sports club facility at Warrandyte Reserve. The Grand raised $1,234 on the day and recently donated this amount to the WSG.

On behalf of all WFC members we thank Peter and The Grand for their ongoing support. The WFC urges all members and supporters to support local people and businesses such as The Grand that provide financial and in kind support for community interests.
  Our Certificate to The Grand  
  Breaking News  
  WFC senior coach Michael Tout has confirmed that Kangaroo's legend Glen Archer will assist the Bloods in season 2014 and beyond.

Arch was last involved with the club in season 2010 when he helped guide the senior side to a Division 3 finals appearance, the last time the club has had any team in finals. In addition to the assistance Arch will be providing off field he has also committed to playing some games with the senior team this season and he is working hard to secure a big name signing to pull on the jumper for the Bloods in season 2014 for some guest appearances. Stay tuned...

Full details of senior coaching panel will be advised at our 'Meet the Coach' night at Grand Hotel on Fri 8th November @ 7PM.

The club is still recruiting for the reserve and under 19 coaching positions. Anyone interested in taking on these attractive roles should contact Michael on 0418 203 419 or Tom Naughtin on 0421 231 419.

  Warrandyte Football Club AGM  
  The Warrandyte Football Club Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th November at 7:30pm, upstairs at the Grand Hotel.
The club invites all interested to attend the meeting.
  Meet the Coach!  
  The Warrandyte Football Club would like to announce the appointment of Michael Tout as senior coach for the 2014 season.

Michael returns to the club after stints at Donvale FC and most recently Greensborough FC. Michael was senior coach in the club's last two finals appearances in 2009 and 2010. Michael has extensive coaching and playing experience and we welcome him, his team and Cathy and family back into the fold.

The club is thrilled with this appointment and is looking forward to working hard with Michael to be successful on field and off in 2014 and beyond. Click here to view our invitation to meet Michael.
  WFC Sponsorship  
  Warrandyte Football Club prides itself on two underlying principles - uncompromising passion and genuine hard work. We are looking for like-minded sponsors interested in developing sound commercial relationships based on long-term commitment, mutual benefit and sustained growth.  
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