This weekends action of community sport across the Outer East Football Netball region is bound to be action-packed, as all remaining premier division fixtures get underway.
Take a look at the weekend ahead with the week two preview:
Premier Division Football
Olinda Ferny Creek and Woori Yallock will play off in the Match of the Round honours this weekend, as both sides look to get its seasons off to a good start. Brendan Donovan and Kelsey Currie will return as coach and captain for the Bloods and following seven games in 2021 where they scored four wins, the club will look to go one step further in season 2022 as they aim to be a leading contender with the best in premier division. Jack Cole and Kody Busoli return as coach and captain at Woori Yallock and following a busy off-season where they recruited some great talent, will also look to go one step further on its efforts of last season.
Officer and Upwey Tecoma will face off for the first time in its history this weekend, with the match at Starling Road to set the scene for the season ahead for both clubs. With the Kangaroos stepping up into premier division for the first time, they have recruited well over the off-season to give themselves the best possible start and claim some success this weekend as they take on new opposition. Similarly, Stuart Hill makes his return as playing coach for the Tigers and aim to improve on its seventh-place finish last season and test themselves against new opposition to gauge where they are at in the early stages of the season.
Wandin and Mount Evelyn will reignite their long and storied rivalry this weekend, with the Rovers step up into premier division and the scheduled matches placement on a Sunday allowing the game to have clear air from others. Following an off-season of strong training and recruitment, the Bulldogs are now well placed to be genuine contenders in season 2022 and will look to get its season off to a positive start against its local rivals this weekend. Mount Evelyn, on the other hand, will embrace the challenge of premier division and will hope to knock over its rivals when they face off this weekend.
Premier Division Netball
Olinda Ferny Creek will aim to continue on its strong netball program over the last few years and go after more success in season 2022, when they take on Woori Yallock on its home court this weekend. Brie DeJong will move into the role as A grade coach, taking over from Tim Smith who has been promoted to the position of Netball Coordinator at the Bloods. The Tigers will also go into the new season with new coaches with Mia Sudomirski and Alana McGurgan taking the reins from Sarah Hogan.
With ROC stepping into premier division for the first time alongside its football affiliate in Officer, the Kangaroos will also look to capitalise on its run of success from last year when they take on some new opposition in season 2022, with Upwey Tecoma being the first of its new opponents. Simon O’Shanassy returns as A grade coach, but reigning Division One A grade best & fairest winner Sam Neil takes the reins as captain, following the departure of Zoe Callanan. Under the tuition of David Hare, Upwey Tecoma will be aiming to improve on its efforts of last year, in starting off with a competitive performance against the Kangaroos this weekend that sets them up for the rest of the season.
Just as it is with the football sides, Wandin and Mount Evelyn will reignite its rivalry on the netball court they face off at Wandin North Recreation Reserve. Ruby Tidd returns as A grade coach, while Kaitlyn Black will combine her playing commitments by again steering the ship for the Rovers in the A Grade department.
Beaconsfield Netball Club return for another year, beginning its campaign against Monbulk who make the step up to premier division for the first time. With reigning B grade best & fairest winner Jordan Lang stepping up into the A grade line-up, the Eagles will be hoping to capitalise on its third place finish last season and continue its strong form this year. Under the guidance of coach Christina Puopolo, Monbulk will be aiming to put its best foot forward for its first game this week as they look towards a year of development in the netball department.
Division One Football
Following its loss to Emerald last week, Yarra Glen will be looking towards putting in a better performance this weekend when they take on Healesville on its home turf. Still reeling from the loss of its captain Ben Ashton to an injury only two weeks out from the season’s commencement, the River Pigs will be sure to try their hearts out this week when they come up against the Bloods whose group of young kids put in a superb performance last weekend in its defeat of Berwick Springs. The Bloods appear to be in a prime position to make it two in a row, but there’s no doubt the River Pigs will do all they can to make it hard for Bloods.
Old rivals Belgrave and Gembrook Cockatoo will face off at Belgrave Recreation Reserve, with Darren Hamilton’s Magpies to have another go this weekend against the Brookers as they continue in its development of the playing group. The footballers at Gembrook Cockatoo will launch its attack on season 2022, as they set its sights on a potential finals appearance come September. Brad Coller returns as senior coach, while Colin Bastow will take over from Damian Volta as captain.
Playing host to Seville at Mick Morland Recreation Reserve, Berwick Springs will look to bounce back from a loss to Healesville last week by putting in a competitive performance against the Blues this week in front of its home crowd. Daniel Ousley will be sure to fire up the Titans this weekend, while Nathan O’Keefe’s Blues will hope to capitalise on the efforts of its big win last week by going back-to-back this weekend and maintaining its lead on top of the ladder.
Division One Netball
With both teams coming off a loss this weekend, Yarra Glen and Healesville will be fiercely determined to get their first wins on the board this weekend before the Easter break occurs. The River Pigs were competitive last week against Emerald, following their step up to Division One, but a win against Healesville on Saturday will get the monkey off the back and assist in developing some confidence as they progress throughout the season. Nicole Schoche’s Healesville side on the other hand, will aim to put in a competitive performance against its local rivals as they continue its pathway of development.
Belgrave will enter its first home game of the season with great pride and excitement, as they play on its newly built netball courts for the first time. The Magpies, however, will come up against some good opposition for its first match on the beautiful new courts, as they take on Gembrook Cockatoo. With both sides going into the weekend having lost its matches last week to Seville and Berwick, this is shaping up to be an exciting contest between two competitive outfits.
With both sides getting their 2022 campaigns off to a great start last weekend, Berwick Springs and Seville will be hoping to maintain the great momentum they built last week when they face off for the first time this weekend. Like the football squads, both sides will be eager to gain first bragging rights over the other when they step onto the netball court, which ensures this will be a gripping contest to watch.
Another two sides going up against each other for the first time, Emerald will play host to Berwick on Saturday afternoon and will be sure to not let its rivals gain the ascendency over them early in the season. Michael Loulanting’s team of A grade players performed well against Yarra Glen last week and will hope to maintain the consistency into this week, while Chloe Phillips will do all she can to encourage her squad to get up over the home side.
Division Two Football
Powelltown and Warburton Millgrove will continue their rivalry on the football field this weekend, with both the Demons and the Burras hoping to develop further on its great wins over Yarra Junction and Alexandra last week and continue building its momentum on season 2022. Playing coach Jarrod Bayliss is expected to return to on-field duties for the Demons in its first home game of the season while the Burras will do all they can to not go down this weekend.
Yea and Yarra Junction will go head-to-head this weekend, with the Tigers putting the steps in place to ensure they can continue its development by recruiting more players through transfers into the club this week. Anyone who would like to enjoy the environment for this proud club of the Murrindindi Shire Council is encouraged to get in contact with the club. The Eagles side who went down marginally to Powelltown last week will look to regroup and bounce back when they travel up the Melba Highway.
Kinglake will be hoping to get its 2022 season off to a great start when they take on Broadford on its home turf on Saturday. With new recruits Jake McNamara and Matthew Coen stepping into the side for the first time, the Lakers will be sure to challenge well when they host the Kangaroos. Broadford themselves, will hope to carry on its momentum developed from the last round when they had a good win against Yea.
Division Two Netball
Following a draw and a win last week, Powelltown and Warburton Millgrove will replicate the rivalry from the football field to the netball court, with neither side willing to yield on the other when they go up against each other on Saturday. Both sides are looking really strong in season 2022 and under the guidance of Hayley Debuf and Nat Petrucev, this is looking to be a great contest between two great sides.
Following games last week against Broadford and Powelltown last week, the matchup between Yea and Yarra Junction will be a case of youth versus experience as they both look to gain the upper hand on the other. On a development pathway where playing talented young players is the plan for 2022, the Tigers will again look to put in their best efforts for the match while the Eagles will do all they can to achieve its first win for a season still in its infancy.
Just like the footballers, the netball sides of Kinglake will play its first lot of games on Saturday when they take on the might of Broadford. Kathy Carden will again take control of the netball department and will set their sights on a year of development. Meanwhile, Broadford will be looking to carry on from the great form of last weekend when they come out with great competitiveness against the Lakers.
Following its forfeit last weekend, Monbulk will hope to come out firing when they travel to play Thornton Eildon on Saturday afternoon. Under the guidance of Jessica Moseley, the Hawks will be determined to put the disappointment of not fielding a team last weekend behind them and come out firing against the might of the Shinboners. Likewise, the women of Thornton Recreation Reserve have put the disappointment of a loss to Olinda Ferny Creek behind them by putting in a performance that encourages the home crowd.
Following a great win against Yarra Junction last week, Pakenham will reignite its rivalry on Saturday afternoon when they play Upwey Tecoma, who defeated them in a semi-final appearance last season. To ensure they don’t go down the same way as they did in the final last season, the Lions will be hoping to execute a different game plan this week so they can best avoid the experience of being on the end of a loss as they were last year. Upwey Tecoma, on the other hand, were unable to take the field last weekend due to a forfeit from Yarra Glen and will be keen to play.
The match between Belgrave and Yarra Junction has been cancelled and will not take place.
Following a late call up to play Thornton Eildon last week, Olinda Ferny Creek will be hoping to continue its great start to 2022 when they play Seville on its home turf in the late afternoon on Saturday. Simon Gilson’s team of enthusiastic footballers will again come out firing, while the Blues will be keen to look past the disappointment of a big loss to Belgrave last week by putting in their best efforts against the Bloods this week.
Yarra Glen will be hoping to have fun and gain a lot of excitement on Saturday when they play local rivals Healesville on its home deck in the twilight of Saturday afternoon. Following its withdrawal for the game against Upwey Tecoma last week, the River Pigs will be keen to get its team up and on the park while Healesville will also aim to get its season underway following the forefeit of its opponent last week.