Round 3 – Diggers Day Wrap Up

What a proud day we had at the club on Saturday 27th April 2019 – our second time hosting Diggers Day on behalf of the Morphett Vale RSL.

It was a great honour for us to meet such inspiring Australian Heroes as Tim and Keith Payne VC AM and have them join in our commemorations on the day.

And I am proud to announce that our Commemorative Game Day Anzac Day Guernsey auction raised a whopping $5735.00 for the Morphett Vale RSL for all the incredible work they do for returned and current service men and women.

Under 13’s: 
Falcons 82 – Reynella 7
Goal Kickers: L. Sorella 4, J. Carlier 2, Z. Mayr 2, L. Roberts, C. Johns, H. Nash, N. Morgan
Best Players: Z. Mayr, L. Roberts, K. Smith, L. Ellis, J. Carlier, B. Jeffries Coach:Craig Bunworth 
This was a big challenge for our group. Reynella had been a big hurdle in the past so we took some inspiration from the ANZAC legacy. Pride, commitment and perseverance were the key motivations for our game. The lads attacked the ball from the first bounce and never looked back. Extremely satisfying performance by young men but they know this only one step along the long path ahead. TOGETHER WE SOAR.

Under 15’s: 
Falcons 64 – Reynella 98
Goal Kickers: B. Gallacher 2, H. Lemmey 2, D. Kelsey, B. Richman, T. Brockhurst, A. Hill, E. Johnson
Best Players: H.Lemmey, J.Costello, L.MacNab, A.Bunworth, J. Comley, T. Brockhurst
Coach: Paul Hollands 
A real test for us and while the scoreboard did not show the evenness of the game many of our other stats did which gives us confidence that we are not that far off the mark against a team that will be a benchmark this season. The biggest positive was 2 of our 1st year players making the top 3 best players for the game. Great to see these boys stepping up to U15 footy. We look forward to bouncing back at Morphett Vale.

Under 17.5’s: 
Falcons 78 – Reynella 60
Goal Kickers: L. Pudney 4, L. Tillett 2, S. Baltagie, M. Baltagie, B. Pearse, A. Buersch, T. Smith, J. Little
Best Players: K. Vanzetta, T. Warren, T. Smith, J. Little, A. Buersch, B. Aldridge
Coach: Marty Clifton
A fantastic first quarter against reynella being 7 goals up at quarter time. The exciting thing is that i think the boys surprised themselves with how well they played when they play exciting ‘on the edge’ footy.
Consistency is the key and going to the ‘graveyard’ this week against Morphett Vale is a fantastic challenge.

B-Grade: 
Falcons 30 – Reynella 58
Goal Kickers: T. Meinecke, A. Allen, C. Gilbert
Best Players: B. Tomkins, C. Gilbert, D. Crisa, B. Steer, R. McNamara
Coach: Kym Dooley
Unfortunately we had a game to forget. Early on we matched it with Reynella around the ground but just couldn’t get it through the middle of the big sticks. Being 0.8 at half time we had our opportunities but didn’t take them. That’s when the game took a turn for the worst. Reynella ran harder and were more desperate and we had a half to forget. But hey that’s footy and we get another chance this week to make amends

A-Grade: 
Falcons 91 – Reynella 66
Goal Kickers: R. Mountford 4, D. Butcher 3, T. McAllister 2, S. Smith 2, D. Kearsley, A. Fisher
Best Players: D. Kearsley, S. Smith, B. Heyward-Ferors, S. Tharaldsen, L. Beenham, C. Davies
Coach: Darren Vanzetta
This was a special day remembering the diggers and we had lots of dignitaries in the rooms before the game to let the players know the importance of this special day. Well we took that on board and started really well playing our brand of footy. But forgot to come back out after the quarter time break and let Reynella back into the contest. Half time Reynella were in front. With a discussion at halftime the boys come back out with some ANZAC spirit. This was a hard fought contest but in the last quarter we had 9 scoring shots to one for us to get over the line. Now we turn our attention to the Emus and hopefully put 4 quarters of Flaggy footy together. Thanks for all the support from our staff and supporters. See you down at Emu park.

Thanks to Andrew Benda for being our official photographer on the day.

Author: Kate Williams