SFNL Division One – Round Two – 22nd April (at Mordialloc)
12.00 midday Reserves Port Colts V Mordialloc
2.15 pm Seniors Port Colts V Mordialloc
Venue: Ben Kavanagh Reserve, McDonald St, Mordialloc VIC 3195
On Saturday morning the senior women’s squad had their first hit out for the year in a practice match at Murphy Reserve against Deer Park.
For most of the girls it was their first game of footy, however, it only took a couple of quarters for everyone to band together and play as a team. A marvellous effort given the lack of game time, and a credit to the leadership group and more experienced players assisting our new recruits.
The third quarter belonged to the Port fillies, kicking 7 goals and the game was ours for the taking. However, the kicking efficiency and experience of Deer Park proved to be too good for the Colts in the final term.
We look forward to season 2017 with lots of new and promising talent emerging over the weekend. There were many future shining stars!
Port Melbourne Colts 23.15.153 def St Kilda City 2.1.13
Round 1 for the Port Colts Reserves saw a dominant display of team first football.
The Colts started with a bang to generate 13 scoring shots to none whilst dominating stoppages and owning the corridor. Arlyn Hagiwara carried his red hot 2016 form into Round 1 booting the Colts first two majors. It was all business after quarter time with the Colts confirming their arrival in Division One Reserves Football with a 140 point victory. The team’s willingness to use the first option coupled with outstanding link up play provided the result the side was after.
Co-Captain Phil Karaminovski was outstanding as were Hery Cristanto, Tom Merrett, Ben Wilson and best on ground – Rob Cornwell.
With many players still to return to this side, selections are tight and the health and depth of the side is in great shape.
SFNL MATCH REPORT by Will Hunter
Port Melbourne Colts 7.10 (52) def St Kilda City 6.8 (44)
There are some matches that mean a whole lot more to football clubs than just the four premiership points on offer. Last Saturday was one of those for the Port Melbourne Colts, as they renewed a fierce local rivalry with St Kilda City at JL Murphy Reserve.
The Colts not only unfurled their Division 2 Senior and Reserve premiership flag before a massive home crowd, but also stood for a minute silence as a Remembrance Round tribute to former player Marcel ‘Bird’ Bouchard, who tragically lost his battle with brain cancer last month.
The two sides played off for the inaugural Bird Cup, so named in honour of the former Colt, and the home side played like a team possessed in the frantic final term to secure an emotion-charged eight-point victory.
It was a tight, congested arm-wrestle in the narrow confines of their home fortress for most of the afternoon, with neither side able to land a knockout blow. But as the torrential rain and lightning lashed Melbourne during the last stanza, the Colts rose to the occasion.
Port booted two final term goals to reclaim the lead, before they held on for dear life as City made their charge. The Saints pumped the ball inside forward 50 time and again in the final 10 minutes, but the home side showed tremendous heart and commitment to thwart each and every attacking manoeuvre. Jake Knox was simply brilliant rebounding out of defence with poise and vigour, earning himself best on ground honours, but Stacey Massis and Jake Wood were also influential in the trenches. The mercurial Mitch Clarke was also conspicuous with three telling goals, including the match-winner. St Kilda City remarkably unveiled more than a dozen debutants on Saturday, with recruits Jaydon Styles, Thomas Motlop and Troy Kelm among their contributors.
THE MARCEL ‘BIRD’ BOUCHAUD CUP
Thank you to all who attended our Season Opening Luncheon and inaugural ‘Marcel Bird Bouchaud Cup’ on Saturday against longtime rivals, St Kilda City. A great day was had by all. We were joined by special guests at the luncheon (and game), including the Bouchaud family, The Hon. Martin Foley MLA, SFNL League Chairman David Coutts, League CEO David Cannizzo, Gen. Manager Adam Sparrow, Members from St Kilda City Football Club and many members, guests and supporters from the Colts community. It was a great success and has set the groundwork to build on this event in the years to come.
Thank you to all who assisted in putting this event together, particularly, Elton Stevens, Stacy Massis, Jason Clarke, Matt McCarthy, Sharyn Critch Pam Snow, and Kim Wood.
Thanks are also extended to the following sponsors for their generosity in supporting our special effort on Saturday for the inaugural ‘ Marcel “Bird” Bouchaud Cup’ and raffle. Please remember to return the favour and support them whenever you can. #thebirdcup #season2017 #giddyup #downonthecorner
Proceedings kicked off last Thursday with jam- packed clubrooms for our Jumper Presentation and Captains/Leadership announcements for all teams. This has certainly set the tone for the year and we welcome all supporters to the club each Thursday night to catch up with friends, have a fantastic bite to eat for dinner, watch training, and enjoy the evening with the ‘fines segment’, and announcements from our coaches for the weekend’s teams!
A big thank you to Harry and the crew from Hunky Dory Port Melbourne, for delicious fish and chips enjoyed by all. Thank you also to all our guests and past players who made the presentations to the leadership teams.
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The Club is excited to announce the appointment of KAILA CATERINO as our Senior Women’s Coach. Kaila has been around football most of her life and along the way has picked up many accolades including Best and Fairest at Westbourne, Member of the Wyndhamvale Premiership team, Member of two interleague teams in the Western Suburbs, before joining the Colts in 2015. Unfortunately an ACL injury has kept her on the sidelines for a while, but on the upside, this has allowed her to accept the coaching role at Port Colts. Please join us in wishing her all the best in Season 2017.