Hastings’ gutsy Anzac Day win



THE Hastings FNC played Frankston Bombers FNC in their third Anzac Day clash at Barclay Oval in what can be best described as a bruising encounter between two of the oldest Clubs in the MPNFL.

On a fine day both clubs certainly came to play. The opening term was  fabulous with both sides going toe- to-toe.

In the end the Hastings FNC proved too good with an outstanding second half. They put their stamp on the contest and came out 18 point winners.

Next week we travel to Devon Meadows in what will be another tough contest for all sides.

On behalf of the club we would like to sincerely thank the Hastings RSL, and in particular Boof Dollinson, for all their efforts on the day.

Also a huge thank you to The Diva Talent School, Dawn Shore and the wonderful Bridgett Kennedy for her singing of the national anthem. A big  thank you to Judy Pay from the Old Aeroplane Company in Tyabb.

This weekend we head to Devon Meadows. Games start from 10am.


Senior Report

Anzac Day was a great day for footy . The sun was shining and it was great to see so many supporters at the ground.

As a senior group we were challenged and the Bombers really brought great pressure to the contest.

We worked hard and did a great job to be level at half time.

To the boy’s credit they came out after half time and played really well in the third quarter. Unfortunately we were unable to get the rewards as we kicked two goals 10 for the quarter .

This left the game open for the Bombers.

They hit the lead ten minutes into the last quarter and again we had a fight on our hands.

It was great to get the four points and great to see Wade playing his first game and Jake Hewitt stepping up.

Well done to Matt Clifford who won the Anzac medal.

Reserves Report

After two very competitive weeks with no result we finally found a way to win.

It was a very hot contest early with Frankston taking their chances in front of goal.

Although we were in the contest Frankston were always that step ahead with us not using the ball to the best of our abilities.

The second half we started to win the ball and use it much better and we started to claw our way back into the game.

Although they kicked the first goal of the last the boys managed to stay strong in the contest and will there way over the line.

Every player had their chance to shine in the last quarter and every player took his chance.

A very even spread of contributors led to a very pleasing win. Now onto the premiers.   

Best: Ben Schroen, Jay Austerberry and Nathan Goodacre.

Under 19’s Report

ANZAC Day is a massive privilege for us to be a part of.

The boys were fired up for a great contest and that’s what we got from Frankston.

The first quarter saw no goals scored with both defences working hard.

Great work from Lachie Gibbs and Fraser Rendall in his first game for the club.

Jakecob Withers worked tirelessly chasing and hassling as all good backs should.

In the second Peter Megee, Shaun Hewitt and Luke McVeigh stood up and continued winning the hard ball.

A couple of goals to Frankston made our job harder but the boys continued to work hard; doing the one percenters well, but turning the ball over too easily and consistently.

The boys continued to pressure the opposition right to the end but Frankston eventually ran out winners.

Great effort boys. Continue working hard and the rewards will come.

Netball Report

It was a very warm Monday for our annual Anzac clash against the Frankston Bombshells, the sun making a fool of the ‘winter sport’ title.

Our C grade girls faced a very competitive and skilled side that restricted them to a single goal in the first quarter.

However we saw an Anzac inspired effort from Siobhan. She had a ‘never give up’ attitude despite carrying an  injury, but continued to fight it out until the last whistle.

Overall we were noticeably out skilled, but each girl was doing their best and fought out a tough match.

The girls wish to acknowledge the solid game the C grade Bombshells played.

On the other court we saw a great match between the B grade sides.

Frankston’s first centre pass was quickly turned over, sparking hope and spirit among the Blues B Grade.

They were playing a half flu-filled side and were also short a couple of girls due to birthday celebrations and others due to illness.

Focus points of training could be noticed in our game on the weekend, which makes from exciting progress for our B Grade girls.

A combination of discipline in bringing the ball down the court and match fitness, especially visible in the last quarter, were what let us down overall.

The girls are excited, though, to continue closing the scoring gap each week.

A special mention to Amy Goodacre for her high intensity, unforgiving work in the defence.

Lastly, a quick plug for our Mid Year Gala Ball.

To be held at Mornington Racecourse on 28 May at 7pm, tickets are now available for purchase for this formal, yet casually classy event.

To confirm your place you can purchase tickets from either Emma Smith or Bec Blackney.


Upcoming Functions: John Coleman Luncheon,  21 May including Hastings Hall of Fame Player/Admin Induction. $65 per person.

Neil “Knuckles” Kerley Luncheon,  28 May at 12pm with ex-Footscray Brownlow Medallist John Schultz.  Cost $40. All bookings through the club on 5979  1740.

Mid Year Gala Ball at the Mornington Racecourse,  28 May at 7pm sharp. Tickets $65 for a single. See Beth and Emma.

First published in the Western Port News – 26 April 2016


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