Blues defy conditions to notch up win


HASTINGS FNC – By Phil Stone, club president


IT was a tough day at the office. The wind out on the ground was horrendous and made it really tough to use the football.

The game was strange with the first quarter littered with wasted opportunities and we didn’t really take advantage of the breeze.

At half-time we said we were not playing the way we wanted to and the boys come out and responded. It was great to see us put in a big third quarter and basically win the game in that quarter. It is always good to get wins in scrappy games, I believe, because it shows great mental stability in game plan and the confidence to look at the guy next to you and know he is going to get the job done for you.

I felt that Shaun Foster and Paul Rogasch were fantastic for us. Final score: Final score: Devon Meadows 6.8  (44) to Hastings 11.11 (77).

UNDER 19s by Aaron Wilson

A tough loss to swallow as the Hastings Under 19s succumbed to a narrow 5-point loss against Dromana. A slow first half cost the home side as Dromana took the ascendency in the first quarter leading by 17 points.

From here on out, Hastings played catch up until the final siren. Full credit to the guys though as they reduced a 24-point lead to 5 points with not long remaining in the final quarter.

Stephen Williams, moved back to into the middle, proved an instrumental move as he found plenty of it and kicked two important goals. Forwards Dan Culnane and Liam Rogan were potent down forward and gave us plenty of opportunities.

Hastings will rue a missed opportunity but will take plenty of positives out of this encounter.


Hastings vs Dromana

It was another hard day for all teams but we remain positive, committed and continue to support each other in our quest to see some closer results.

C again battled throughout their match, the very new players are starting to look a little more comfortable on the netball court being well supported by the more experienced team mates and their coach Talia. Talia was very happy with Tessa Cave going into goals and creating some space and Ash Masterson for doing what was asked of her. C grade also welcomed Karen Barton for her first game for the Blues.

B was a tough fought contest with some strong defence from Issy Shepherd, Abbie Baker and Alana Stone with Rachel Miller trying hard all day up the goaling end. The Girls showing some great improvement and we look forward to this continuing.

A grade came up against a very experienced Devon team however they worked tirelessly and never gave up throughout their match with Emily doing a great job in the centre position.

Let’s support each other with lots of cheering from the side lines.

Next week the Hastings Blues are at Home with our seniors going for their fifth win on the trot should be a great day of Football/Netball. Let’s make sure that everyone who supports our great club gets down to cheer on our young men and women.

Hastings FNC vs Somerville FNC, all games start 10am.

Important dates to remember Tuesday 19 May at 7pm an evening with Rosie Batty gold coin donation at The Hastings Club, Saturday 30 May, 8pm BABBA. Cost $30 a ticket at The Hastings Club.

Go Blues.

First published in the Western Port News – 12 May 2o15


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