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Burras U18s Premiers!
A mixed day of emotions at Gembrook on Saturday the 21st of September when the Burras Under 18s won their Premiership but the B-Grade Netball missed their chance for Premiership glory.
After 27 years since we won our last junior flag, the Burras when into the game as favourites, as they had beaten Silvan in their past two encounters this season.
Silvan won the toss and kicked with the wind, the Burras held them to 8 points & at half time had a slender lead that they held for the rest of the game.
The Burras B Graders had won their past to premierships & for the 3rd year in a row were playing the grand final.
Monbulk were just to good & led the Burras all day.
Congratulations to both teams for making the Grand Final.
The Burras Committee would like to thank all of the Burras Players, Sponsors, Support Staff and Supporters for everything you put into our club. Enjoy the celebrations - and stay safe!
0.0 2.3 3.3 3.5 (23)
1.2 1.2 1.5 2.7 (19)
Shawn Andueza 1, Jarret Barber 1, Alexander Calder 1
Leigh Carswell 1, Giovanni Volpetti 1
Jake Uslar (BOG), Adrian Morris, Jackson Jones, Jarret Barber
Leigh Carswell, Giovanni Volpetti, Rory Kavanagh, Ben Straughair
The excitement of the day started early, with balloons and streamers waving on road signs all the way from Warburton Township to Gembrook.
The team arrived early and all were switched on for the major task in front of them.
The atmosphere in the room before the game was electrifying and with Vinnie's pre-game talk, the boys were ready.
The boys ran onto the ground through a magnificent banner and to the cheers of the crowd. The turn out of Burra supporters was truly fantastic.
The Gembrook ground was in good condition but already the blustery winds had appeared. Silvan won the toss and elected to kick with the wind in the 1st quarter.
The intensity in the 1st quarter was great, our boys only allowing Silvan to score 1 goal 2 points with the wind, to our nil.
The 2nd quarter the boys continued to be first to the ball and manned up very well. Silvan flooded our forward line making it very difficult to get a clear kick, but the boys fought hard to open the game up, with hard tackling and great handballs.
Warby kicked 2 goals 3 points to Silvan's 2 points.
We were 1 goal, 1 point up at half time.
The 3rd quarter continued to be an intense battle, with Warby kicking 1 goal and Silvan only recording 2 points. The weather had turned nasty, with blustery, cold winds and heavy, driving rain. No supporters moved from the fence line, everyone was drenched …..
The boys went into the last quarter with an 11 point lead, which was to be a battle right to the final siren. The ball remained in Silvan's forward line for the last 8 minutes of the game with Warby holding only a 4 point lead. Warby's intense pressure, stoppages and smothering continued. The team's will to win, and their strong determination, got them over the line with a 4 point Premiership Victory.
Final scores - Warburton 3.5.23 to Silvan 2.7.19
Congratulations on a fantastic, well earned win. The team celebrated afterwards at the Club Rooms with a BBQ, Vote Count and DJ. Well done boys.Netball B-Grade
Emma Mullinder 23, Grace Sands 8
Trudy Hancock 13, Peta Adams 11
Emma Mullinder, Grace Sands, Lisa Boyle, Jamiel Salter
Trudy Hancock, Peta Adams, Lisa Crunden, Tegan Ward
MEMORIES OF WARBURTON PREMIERSHIP 1958 - YVFL
I went to a reunion in Warburton some years ago and meant to get up and say a few words then about Warburton's 1958 premiership win and, in particular, to pay tribute to three of the great stalwarts of the Club. Jim Wandin, that great Healesville centre-half-forward (had a couple of seasons with St Kilda) was at the reunion which was poignant because one of the Warburton players and clubmen I wanted to mention was Ron 'Clancy' Walker, Warby's Vice-Captain and centre-half-back, who was killed in a work accident a few years after our premiership win. One of the great highlights of Yarra Valley football in those days was the clashes between Wandin and Walker. Clancy was big, strong, determined and a marvellous high mark. Jim was fast, highly skilled and also excellent overhead. It was worth going a long way just to see the battles between them.
The other two I wanted to pay tribute to were the inimitable Ralph Story whose long coaching record was quite remarkable, and Alan Wheeler, former player, great clubman, true gentleman, and father of Terry. Ralph and Terry were present at the reunion; Alan had died (prematurely) some years earlier. It was Ralph who got me interested in football in grade 6 and who coached me then. He used to stay back until dark if there were kids interested enough and keen enough to learn. I played footy until I was 33 and had tremendous satisfaction and pleasure from that career and it wouldn't have happened had Ralph not taken me under his wing so to speak. That reunion was the last time I saw Ralph.
We made the 1958 grand final via wins in the first semi-final and preliminary final having finished third on the ladder (I think - but it may have been fourth). Marysville had finished on top (minor premiers). They had a number of players (reported to be 8) paid to come up from Melbourne each weekend to play. Their coach was Kevin Dynon, ex North Melbourne star. We had no paid players as far as I know - I remember we had to pay 2 bob a week for insurance - although I think Lee Kidman, our Captain, might have got a petrol allowance. We were a young side, more than half of us under 23 or 24, with a few veterans.
Grand final day. The match was at Lilydale.
Marysville were favourites to win of course. The day was overcast and the ground damp. Marysville had three players who were the 'playmakers' and worked as a very effective unit - Dynon and a rover, and one other whose names I don't remember. Ralph picked me, the youngest player in the team and probably on the ground, to shadow the rover. I still remember exactly his instruction to me before the start "When he turns left I want him to run into you and when he turns right I want him to still run into you." I like to think it was an effective tactic and certainly Ralph saw fit for me to play that role for the whole match. It worked well enough for him to put me on Dynon in a match the following year.
Nonetheless we were down 6 goals to one at quarter time and the task should have daunted our young side but we gradually pegged them back. We were still down but within reach at three quarter time and I remember Ralph's impassioned address with ''guts and determination'' and "b's from the bush" against the city boys figuring strongly.
Still 15 points down with time on to play. Three goals in the next five minutes—one a left foot snap from the wrong pocket by Dick Holliday, another by Graham Priest after he somehow dodged and weaved his way past 5 or 6 defenders. And a third I can't remember clearly - I think it was kicked by Alan (Garron) Story, Ralph's younger brother but oldest player in the side - to give us a three point lead. And then a mark by Marysville centre-half forward (West?) just before the siren, about 40 yards out. Heavy ball, heavy boots, tired legs- he didn't make the distance. As we trooped off the ground, weary but ecstatic, we were greeted by a very emotional, indeed tearful, but speechless coach; indeed I think it was nearly half an hour before he found his voice.
A bit more about some of my team-mates. On the day of the reunion I mentioned earlier, I watched Warburton grind out a gutsy win against somebody from down the line. But I was thinking after the match that:
I saw no player that day:
These are treasured memories and I hope your readers get some pleasure from them.
300 GAMES SINCE AMALGAMATION
Mick Walker - 356 Senior Games (378 games) Club Record
200 GAMES SINCE AMALGAMATION
MOST GOALS IN A SEASON
John "Puddles" Perdie: 102 in 1979
Vince Muccitelli: 174 in 2006, Division 2
MOST GOALS IN A GAME
Rodney "Rocket" Summers: 17 against Olinda-Ferny Creek in 2000
Vince Muccitelli: 19 against Emerald in 2006, Division 2
LEAGUE BEST & FAIREST
Wayne Morris - Seniors: 1975
Wayne Morris - Seniors: 1976
Wayne Morris - Seniors: 1978
Daniel McMillan - Under 18s: 1994
Ross Watson - Seniors: 1995
Jason De Graaf - Seniors: 2000
Brendan Sneddon - Under 18s: 2005
Ben Farrugia - Seniors: 2005
James Iacono - Seniors: 2006, Division 2
Justin McLean - Veterans: 2007
Brendan Woods - Veterans: 2008
David Cracknell - Under18's: 2010 (Kookas) WMFNC & Gembrook-Cockatoo Combined team coached by WMFNC's
Liam Barnard - Seniors: 2013
Jason Ormsby - Reserves: 2013
Steph Durant - 17 & Under Netball: 2015