Netball teams for 2016 Announced.....
2016 netball squads have been announced and newly appointed senior coach, Ciara Stewart, is really pleased with the teams for 2016 after having a large number of girls try out for the club for season 2016. That said, as the competition continues to improve our teams are preparing for a big pre-season to put us in good shape to be able to challenge again next year. Go Cats!
Netball trials announced
Netball trials are set to take place on November 14 and 21. Click here for full details
New signings at the Cattery
We are thrilled to announce the arrival of Tom Waters, Casey Summerfield and Matt Know who are all joining us from Gisborne. Tom, Casey and Matt will provide a further injection of high quality talent and experience into our playing group and we look forward to seeing them wear the Navy Blue and White hoops in season 2016. Welcome to the Cattery fella's.
Cats sign new netball coach
We are excited to announce the appointment of our new Senior Coach for netball for season 2016. Ciara brings a wealth of experience to the club and a determined drive for success and we very much look forward to seeing her working with the players throughout pre-season and into season 2016. Welcome to the Cattery Ciara....
Goods and Services Auction
Following a great day for the club where we posted 7 wins from 7 matches against Sunbury Kangaroos on Saturday the 18th of July, we held our annual Goods and Services Auction. Approximately 100 people were in attendance and the club is very thankful for everyone who came along and supported the event -a great night was had by all. The GSA is our major fundraiser each year and early figures suggest another highly successful night at the Cattery. Special thanks to our resident auctioneer Steve Graham who put in another great effort for the club, and to all those that helped organise the night and the players, members, supporters and sponsors that donated items, your generosity is greatly appreciated.
David Parkin Guest Speaker at Coterie Luncheon
David Parkin was our guest speaker at our Coterie Luncheon against during our game against arch rivals Woodend. In front of a full house and a wonderful luncheon theme for Christmas in July, David enthralled our people in attendance with his open and candid presentation.
David was also very generous with his time, being interviewed by Highlands FM at half time of the Senior Game along with spending time with guests throughout the afternoon.
On the field the Senior team came away winners on a very cold and wet day at Tony Clarke whilst on the court due to the weather conditions, A grade was cancelled given safety concerns.
Post match address from Jeff Andrews
Post match against Rockbank, Macedon Senior Coach Jeff Andrews was kind enough to let Cats TV behind the scenes to film his address to the players.
A very positive message on the back of a 100 point + win over Rockbank however remaining firmly focussed on what promises to be a tough clash for our boys on Saturday against reigning premier and league leaders Romsey.
Jacqui Cooper leaves her mark at Coterie Function
For those who attended the Coterie Function on Saturday they were left with an ever lasting impact from Guest speaker, Jacqui Cooper. Whilst talking the audience through her journey, challenges and overcoming adversity to achieve the ultimate accolades in her sport perhaps the biggest impact was left by her energy and unwavering commitment and desire to achieve her dreams.
Jacqui is a truly remarkable sportswomen and more importantly a remarkable person who has the ability to lead others to help them too achieve their dreams.
If you haven't heard the full Jacqui Cooper story please take the time to check out Jacqui's website www.jacquicooper.com
Strong win over Rockbank sets up top of table clash.
Following a strong win on Saturday over Rockbank, our Senior team has moved into 2nd place to set up a top of the table clash with League Leaders and reigning Premiers Romsey this Saturday at Romsey Park. Coach Jeff Andrews is looking forward to the clash to see test ourselves against the benchmark of the competition.
On the court, our A Grade girls continued their unbeaten run with a strong 20 goal win over Rockbank and if previous encounters with Romsey are anything to go by this Saturday too will be another fierce match between two strong netball groups.
Ed Morrissey nominated as Round 3 RDFNL Rising Gun
Congratulations to Ed Morrissey on being nominated as the Round 3 RDFNL Rising Gun. In his nomination the RDFNL have commented "Still eligible for Under 18.5 football, Morrissey has played all five of Macedon's senior games this year, and was a standout in the Cats' Round 3 win over Wallan. A lifelong Cat, Morrissey's name went up in lights after the under 19 Challenge Match against the Ballarat FNL. where he was named the RDFNL's best player, and he again performed well in front of his home crowd in the league's under 19 interleague match against Nepeal FNL".
We would like the extend our congratulations to Ed who has worked very hard off the field and we think he is a very deserving nominee and a big chance to win the coveted Steve Turner medal at the end of the season.
Click here for the full press release from the RDFNL.
Daniel Markworth continues to build his form after returning to football on June 13 after a long injury lay-off for St Kilda's VFL affilliate Sandringham. Dan kicked a goal in the Zebra's 12 point win over Werribee on July 18. Great to see him back playing footy!
Matt Dick continues to push for senior selection at Carlton playing for their VFL affiliate the Northern Blues where he has been named in the best players in 2 of their last 3 matches. After making his AFL debut in Round 4 against St Kilda in New Zealand, Matt also played in Carlton's senior side for their Round 7 clash with GWS on Saturday May 16 @ Etihad Stadium. It was great to see Matt at our home match against Lancefield supporting the club at which he still has so many mates.
Lachie Plowman is getting continuity back after returning to football on June 20 following his recovery from an elbow injury. He has played the last 4 matches for the GWS Giant's affiliate UWS Giants in the NEAFL. Good form will hopefully see him adding to his 18 games with the Giants who are forging ahead in leaps and bounds in Season 2015.
Phil Cleary addressing our club - a powerful experience..
On Thursday the 28th of May, Phil Cleary spoke after training to our players, supporters, family members and partners in relation to the very important community issue of Domestic Violence.
As many people don't know, Phil played and coached in the VFA through its hey day in the 70's and 80's when the VFA was what is now the VFL. He coached back to back premierships in 88 and 89. He has been a teacher, independent politician and television football commentator.
Phil specifically spoke about his passions of sport, politics and his campaigns against family violence.
A big thank you to Phil for addressing our club, a truly powerful experience for everyone in attendance.
Jacqui Cooper to speak at Coterie function
This Saturday Jacqui Cooper will be speaking at our Coterie Function and from what we believe she is one of the best speakers around. We are very much looking forward to hosting Jacqui and is you haven't got a ticket yet there are still a limited number of spots available so please contact the club via the events page to secure your place. Go Cats!
Big home game this week v Diggers Rest and Top Cat Function
We have a big home game this Saturday June 6 against the highly respected Diggers Rest Burras. Diggers have played in 5 of the last 9 Senior Football Grand Finals and will be a great test for our developing group.
The match will also be our second of four 'Top Cat' functions where all Top Cat members get Beer, Wine, Soft Drink and Finger Food from the start of the 2nd quarter of the senior game until the end of the 3rd quarter of the senior game. If you are not yet a Top Cat member, the club is offering this membership for only $75 for the remaining 3 functions.
Come and support all Macedon Teams and see if our A Grade Netballers and Senior Footballers can continue their unbeaten starts to the RDFNL season.
Macedon post gritty win over Broadford
Our senior team capped off a good day at the Cattery on Saturday with a gritty win over Broadford. Coach, Jeff Andrews was pleased with the endeavor the players showed throughout the day and felt there was still room for improvement in the group and is now very focused on next week's game against Diggers Rest who have played in the last 3 RDFL Grand Finals. In other results the Reserves fell short by 5 points with the result being decided with a kick after the siren and the U/18's recorded a hard fought win. On the Court the Under 19's recorded a strong win as did B Grade however Broadford got the better of our C Grade girls. Unfortunately our A Grade girls had a Bye as Broadford have not fielded an A Grade team this season and after 3 weeks off they are itching to take on Diggers Rest next week at Tony Clarke Reserve.
Ladies Day enjoyed by all
Ladies Day was held at Tony Clarke during our home game on Saturday May 30 against Broadford. Over 80 women were in attendance to enjoy the day. The girls enjoyed a 2 course lunch with drinks, cocktail on arrival, entertainment, gift bags, giveaways & prizes.
Thanks to Belinda, Lee and all who helped organise and run the event, the feedback has been great.
In addition, all teams wore pink armbands in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Cattery On-Field & On-Court Quarterly Update
On the football field, the senior side is unbeaten sitting 2nd on the ladder after strong wins against Woodend-Hesket, Melton Centrals, Wallan & Lancefield. The team heads into both the club & interleague byes with a great opportunity to freshen up before a stretch of 3 home games against Broadford, Diggers Rest & Rockbank.
The reserves are also unbeaten although it would be fair to say their form has been patchy. Quite a few players are putting their hand up for senior selection each week and Coach Nick Tierney is continually pushing everyone to improve every game. Don't be surprised if the 2's click into gear following the fortnight off..
After dropping their opening game, the Under 18's led by Peter Lord have had solid wins against Melton Centrals and Wallan before having an extended break due to Lancefield not fielding an Under 18 team in 2015. They have been hit hard by injuries but have managed to pull together and we look forward to seeing the boys run out close to full strength against Broadford in Round 6.
Our Under 19 Netballers currently sit in 6th position on the ladder with 2 wins and are showing plenty of promise heading into the remainder of the season.
The C grade girls have continued on from last season where they went unbeaten in the home and away rounds and sit 3rd on the ladder with 3 wins from the opening 4 matches.
Both A grade and B grade are unbeaten this season and are both teams to beat in the competition. B grade sit in 3rd position while our A grade girls sit in 2nd position behind Riddell.
Interleague @ Macedon a great success
3 of our Senior Players represented the RDFL on Saturday May 23 at our very own Tony Clarke Reserve in a upset 3 point win over the higher ranked Nepean Football League. Club Captain James Wright captained the League for the second straight year, while Shaun Harrison was one of the sides best players along with Jack Mills who also kicked the winning goal!
Seb Miletic, Seamus Lynch, Ed Morrissey and Ioannis Fitrolakis all represented the RDFL Under 19 team on the day in a great match that saw them go down to Nepean by 11 points.
A massive congratulations to Ed Morrissey who won the RDFL Under 19 Medal for Best On Ground in their 20 point loss to the Ballarat FL on May 13. Ed is developing at a fantastic rate in the back 6 of the senior side, despite still being eligible for Under 18.5. Congrats also to Seamus Lynch & Ioannis Fitrolakis who represented the side at Eastern Oval in Ballarat.
A MASSIVE thank you to all who helped in the running of the Interleague match. We really showcased our club in a great way.
Aaron Christiansen - 150 Senior Games
Congratulations to Aaron Christiansen who played his 150th Senior Game in our Round 4 home win against Lancefield.
Azza has been proudly wearing the #5 Cats guernsey since he arrived at the club in 2006.
In that time he has won 2 Senior Best & Fairests, captained the club and finsished 3rd in the RDFL Bowen Medal in 2006.
Az is the first player to reach 150 Senior Games since the club returned from recess in 2003.
A great effort by a man admired by the entire club. Well done again.
ANZAC Day Wrap
Wow, what a day we experienced at Tony Clarke Reserve on ANZAC Day. The cooler conditions couldn't dampen the spirits of the huge crowd who stood in silence throughout the moving ANZAC Day service prior to the commencement of the Senior Football and A Grade Netball matches against Melton Centrals. On that note a big thank you must be extended to everyone from Melton Centrals for their participation in the activities throughout the day.
On the field, we had some great games and some good results for Macedon, perhaps no more exciting than the Reserves game where Macedon took the points with the very last kick of the game. Full results from all football and netball games can be viewed in the results section of the website.
On a more serious note, we as a club were very proud on Saturday to partner with the Commando's Welfare Trust and the good news is that early reports are that we raised in excess of $3,000 for the Trust with the donations at the gate still being counted. We hope this is but the first of many more ANZAC Day games where we can further support this wonderful organisation.
Further off field activities saw the past players and officials function which took place throughout the afternoon and from all accounts everyone had a great afternoon on the hill next to the social rooms and it certainly made for plenty of atmosphere throughout the afternoon.
Overall, a huge day at the Cattery and congratulations to all of the volunteers who made it such a fitting way for the Macedon community to pay our respects on the 100 year ANZAC anniversary.
Cats care for Commando's
Macedon Football Netball Club showed its support for Anzac Day with a special gathering at the Mount Macedon Memorial Cross on Monday. Major Steve Pilmore was a special guest speaker. He addressed the significance of the 100th anniversary and educated the players on the club's chosen charity for the year, the Commando Welfare Trust.
Players gathered at dusk to listen to Major Pilmore give a compelling speech about the work of the Trust, which supports families of fallen soldiers. The Cats are happy to announce that they will be donating the money raised at their match with Melton Centrals on Anzac Day to the Trust.
Macedon netballer, Jessie Shipp, was touched by learning about the newly formed connection between the club and the Trust.
"We'll be working with them to help out the 26 children who have been recently affected by war, whose parents haven't come back," Jessie said, "I'm very impressed we are able to do something for somebody else."
Cat's president, Terry Kernan, is passionate about what the weekend will involve.
"We love what Anzac Day brings to this place, we want to embrace it, we want to help with it and we want to be a part of it, so it is important for us," Kernan said.
Furthermore, the Anzac Day match at Tony Clarke Reserve will see some family members of fallen Commandos present. In a show of respect, the club will wear specially designed commemorative jumpers, with several being signed by participants and auctioned off, along with spectacular framed photographic prints of our recent serving soldiers on duty. Money raised will go to the Commando Welfare Trust.
To learn more about the Commando Welfare Trust, check out -commandotrust.com
Club hosts Australian of the Year Rosie Batty
The night was to raise community awareness for Domestic Violence and despite the burdensome subject, the event was a huge success and greatly enjoyed by all attendees.
Rosie was passionate about sharing her story and views to the Macedon community.
"I came here tonight because it is a football environment, male dominated, male culture," she said, "Violence is a gender issue".
The Macedon Cats pledged to continue advocating the need to stop domestic violence and made a significant donation to the Luke Batty Foundation at the conclusion of the night.