Season iced in true Woodend way
We certainly know how to end a season of footy – light a couple of fire drums to
counter the hail and snow and end the Vic Country Masters season with talk of
Stones Ginger Wine in the water bottles.
You can only imagine how the Wellington lads felt driving into Gilbert Gordon Oval
and seeing a cross between hail and snow blowing across the oval with the smoke
from the fires.
On the up side, they had 12 blokes so that allowed six of ours to fill their numbers
instead of developing hypothermia on our bench while waiting for a run.
It has to be said this was a great game to end the season after the previous match
was less than palatable. The Wellington guys played Masters footy in the right spirit
and it was a joy to be involved in.
The Warriors controlled the ball early clearing the centre and entering the forward
50, but couldn’t convert. Then the first blast of ‘snail’ (snow-hail) ripped through.
The Hawks settled and, with Racs and Chilts just warming up, the Hawks started
peppering the goals, missing many, but entered the break with a 23-point lead to the
Warriors’ one goal that was just toed across the line by Hodor.
The second quarter was more of an arm wrestle with the Wellington defence stacked
with Hawks recruits holding their own until Leroy’s perfect pass to Chilts opened the
floodgates… a great pass had Leroy not been wearing a Warriors Guernsey. His
Tool of the Game award was sealed.
The Hawks hit the main break with a four-goal lead and three goals to Chilts. The
Wellington boys brought out the oranges (bloody luxury!) and a few players swapped
sides with Chilts heading over to the Warriors.
He kicked arse there too banging on another three goals.
The second half was an even affair no doubt aided by Chilts levelling the playing
field and the Warriors won the second half 4.5 to 4.3.
By the last quarter talk was mostly about a hot shower and cold beer and the siren
couldn’t have sounded fast enough. The Hawks walked off 31-point victors, but
everyone had a great game.
With snow falling on the mountain both teams bee-lined for the clubrooms.
Mick Nolan was again top notch on the whistle, accept when he robbed me of a mark
in the goal square. Razor who had spoilt it four days after I marked it was amused
and taking glory for it. Lucky Hodor had nudged it across the line for a goal.
Thanks once again to Deano for trainer duties and ensuring we were all taped up for
the game and then froze his arse off on the sideline.
After two years as coach Razor announced he’s stepping down. He’s worked
tirelessly behind the scenes to get a team up each game and ensure everyone got a
decent run. And he certainly earnt a rest and a chance to step back and just enjoy
The after-game function was wonderful, and certainly impressed Wellington, with Jay
and Naomi’s roast chicken rolls, a fantastic spread of food and warm clubrooms.
Thanks to Allison, Kirsty and Angela for helping prepare the food.
It was a true Woodend moment watching the kids run around outside in the ‘snail’
while parents relaxed indoors. We make ’em tough up here!
It’s been a longer season and bolstered by many new faces and families around the
We look forward to more joining us next year.
We have some roles that need filling around the club next season and we will
announce those in coming weeks. If you can help out in any way we could certainly
use your help and fresh ideas, so let Fordey or any other committee member know if
Don’t forget our end of season party on Friday, September 22 at the club rooms with
comedian Tom Siegert (The Suburban Footballer) headlining, music from Structure,
pizza and some awards.
Don’t forget to dress up in retro footy gear for your chance
to win an award. Tickets are $40. Purchase them here:
Woodend-Hesket: 4.5 9.5 ?.? 13.8 (86)
Wellington: 1.0 4.2 ?.? 8.7 (55)
WH – Goals: Mango 3, Chiltern 3, Watkins 4, Forde, Racco, McBride.
Best: Chiltern, Watkins, Racco
Wellington – Chiltern 3, Whitehouse, Barker and some of their players.
Best: Chiltern and some of their players.
Tool of the Week: Leigh Barker