2014 in Review
Maribyrnong Park – Strathmore Community Bank Premier Division – 3-1-15 (9th)
Under-16 Division 2 Premiers
Under-16 Division 4 Premiers
Under-10 Division 8 Premiers
Ryder Rousch - Under-10 Division 8 B&F
Mason Tavrou – Under-10 Division 9 B&F
Senior team of the year: Robbie Castello
From the club:
What were the positives for your club in 2014?
Continued consolidation of the work undertaken by the committee in 2013 regarding financial and structural change at the club.
Another strong year by our junior teams with four premierships
Touk Miller appointed Captain of Vic Metro Under-18 team
Participated in ‘Pink Sock Day’ raising just under $1,000 for McGrath Foundation
MVCC completed an upgrade to change rooms, and committed to ground lighting for the Walsh oval, scheduled to be ready for the 2015 season.
8 Under 18 eligible players played senior games this season, plus a number of other young players also made their senior debuts.
Continued improvement in Under 18 numbers and on field performance.
Under-16 Division 2 and Division 4 teams both winning premierships ‘back to back’.
Where will you be looking to improve for next season?
Provide additional on and off field support for our growing group of young senior players. Continued review of our junior structure and support to ensure all players are given the opportunity to improve as players.
How did you rate the performance of your senior group in 2014?
A testing season. Loss of key players through work and other commitments through the season was disruptive, but this gave opportunities to a number of younger players to gain invaluable experience at this level and see this as a huge positive going forward.
What was the most pleasing aspect about your junior group in 2014?
After a period of adjustment due to the introduction of grading, 10 of our 12 junior sides made finals resulting in 4 junior premierships. These included our two Under-16 teams who both won back to back premierships. We had two EDFL Best & Fairest winners, Mason Tavrou and Ryder Rousch, and two Runners Up, Kyle Baker and Jordan Noonan. The introduction of an Under-8 team proved a great success and attracted a number of new families to the club. The club is particularly proud of our juniors and will continue to further resource the junior section to provide appropriate support and structures to ensure we have a place for every child who wants a game of football.
Surviving by half a game in Premier, Maribyrnong Park rarely looked like a team with any options other than to fight to the very last.
A rotating door of senior players is one area to easily identify as a shortfall for Marby this year. While the team did have a core of 12 players that played 14 games or more, filling the full 22 each week seemed like a lucky dip.
Calling on more than 40 senior players during the year meant the Marby team was never settled.
The top-end class in the Lions outfit kept the team’s percentage up and also played a key role in the handful of wins that saved the Lions’ season.
The burning question now is whether Maribyrnong Park has greater ambitions than another battle against the drop, or if the mindset is now one of chasing survival rather than chasing success.
Club best & Fairest results:
Seniors Robert Castello
Reserves Zach Patten & Rocky Davidson
Under 18’s Josh Cole
U16 Div 2 Brodie Romensky
U16 Div 4 Jack Adam
U14 Div 6 Murray Purves
U14 Div 3 Kyle Baker
U12 Div 1 Zachary Bateman
U12 Div 5 Stuart Purves
U12 Div 7 Andre Jaycock
U12 Div 8 Jordan Noonan
U10 Div 1 Jack Mantello
U10 Div 4 Luca Nimo
U10 Div 8 Ryder Rousch
U10 Div 9 Mason Tavrou