2014 in Review
East Keilor – Division 2 – 16-2 (2nd) – Premiers & Promoted to D1
Division 2 Premiers
Under-14 Division 4 Premiers (combined with Keilor Park)
Division 2 Reserves B&F – Adam Paterson
Under-14 Division 4 B&F – Benjamin Nicholl
Senior team of the year: Luke McCormack, Dean Roberts, Daniel Neville, Con Grampsas, Anthony Mondio, PJ Grampsas
From the club:
What were the positives for your club in 2014?
We were really pleased to go a step further this season with both of our senior and reserve teams making the Grand Final . With the senior victory we achieved our aim of getting into Division 1 and setting ourselves to consolidate in this division. Unfortunately the reserves fell a kick short but overall a successful year for the club.
Where will you be looking to improve for next season?
Continue to improve our exciting group of Under-18s that have graduated through to the senior teams over the last couple of years. These players are vital to our long term success and already some have become regular senior players in their first season. Overall as a club we want to show that we belong in Division 1 and each season continue to make gains on all on field and off field efforts.
How did you rate the performance of your senior group in 2014?
The hard work of the last two seasons has paid off and this along with the melding of our young talent has us as well placed as we have been for many years to keep moving forward. We are really pleased with our efforts both on and off the field and want to keep continuing to improve our club.
Junior Group 2014
The highlight was the alignment with Keilor Park in the Under-14s . Both teams were struggling for numbers and to come together right on the start of the season was a great effort. To go and win the flag was a magnificent achievement. Our Under-16s also played finals and good progress made with our Under-10s and Under-12s Well done to all our coaches and helpers.
The consensus best relegated team from the 2012 Division split has finally “righted the wrong” in the words of coach David Battistella.
The 2012 flag may have been a nice prize but promotion to go with it was what East Keilor was after. A year bowing to the might of Hillside in 2013 was followed by a season on top of the Division as very much the team to beat.
The premiership favouritism did change hands for seven weeks after losing to Roxburgh Park during the year, but by finals time the feeling was that it would be an upset if the Cougars didn’t finish as premiers.
A strong bond between playing group and coaching staff held East Keilor in good stead through 2014. Their battle to consolidate in Essendon Ford Division 1 next season is one of the more interesting unknowns to be sorted out in 2015.
Best win – Grand final aside, the Round 14 against Roxburgh Park went a long way to suggesting that losing to the Magpies in Round 7 was an aberration.
Toughest loss – A 61-point hiding at home against an inspired Jacana in Round 10 left everyone scratching their heads as to what on earth had happened. Jacana was on a good run and making its case for the top four, but the big margin was something nobody saw coming.
Club best & Fairest results:
Seniors Vincent Madaffari
Reserves Cory Lucas & Phil Galbo
Under 18’s Kosta Zournatzian