Hoppers dominant over Bloods in opening round

April 12, 2018

Olivia McEvoy of Colbinabbin during the HDFNL A grade netball match between Colbinabbin and Elmore. Photo by Luke Hemer.

JUST like that, round one is done and dusted. The club would like to thank their major sponsors, Morgan Legal, Reid Stockfeeds, Tyrepower Bendigo and Old Boundary Hotel for their continued support for the 2018 HDFNL season.

A very successful round one saw Colbinabbin come away with wins in every football match and all but one netball game. To kick off the 2018 season the A grade premiership flag was unfurled and inspired the girls to come away with a very convincing win.

The club thanks all supporters, players and sponsors who were there prior to the senior match to pay respect to Life Member Tom McEvoy who passed away in the off season. With several grandchildren playing for Colbo, Tom’s legacy continues to shine.

Bring on Heathcote in round two.


THE seniors made a solid start to their season under lights at the Triple M J Morgan Reserve, eventually kicking away from a physical, determined Elmore outfit.

The first term saw the Hoppers flex their muscle and put into practice the fast flowing, open brand of footy they have been training for during the pre-season.

This allowed them to score freely and open up a handy buffer heading into the opening break.

The second quarter was played more on Elmore’s terms as the dew set in and the game became congested and mainly contested at ground level.

The Bloods were able to scrap and restrict the Hoppers overlap, run and gun style of play, which led to them reducing the deficit heading into half time.

After a classic Nick Knight focus shift in the rooms, the Hoppers came out to play in the third term.

Skill execution, pressure, work rate and intensity all lifted dramatically as the cracks began to appear in the Elmore line up.

Those cracks developed into gaping holes in the final term as the Hoppers scored freely, finishing the game 22.16-148 to Elmore 8.3-51.

Chris Horsely was sensational in his debut for the club, showing his polish at ground level and in the air.

Big Pony finished with two goals and a case of leather poisoning.

Another extremely impressive debutant was Elliott Bowen, the Hound taking control of the game in the second half and finishing with seven goals.

Mitch Bright’s work rate and attack on the footy were second to none as he also impressed in his debut, the quality of his on field leadership was also on display.

Other better players were Damien Carmody, brilliant in his return to defence, as was first gamer Xavier Walsh who featured prominently in the midfield.


THE Reserves bid to improve on last year’s Preliminary Final exit has gotten underway with a bang, thumping the Bloods to the tune of 112 points.

After a wasteful first term that saw the trigger-happy Hoppers convert two majors from nine attempts, they regained their composure in the second, booting 7.2 to take a commanding 63 point lead into the main break.

The second half was all green and gold as Elmore failed to hit the scoreboard, while a wayward Colbo added 9.13 to complete a resounding victory.

Ricky Welch was electric up front; his pace and aerial marking were no match for the Elmore defence as he slotted six goals.

We will not talk about how many behinds he kicked. Co-coach Darcy Taylor was very busy through the midfield, with his exceptional clearance work a real highlight.

First gamer Joe Barlow impressed with his ability to break the lines and use the ball with precision. Cult hero Braydon Kerlin picked up where he left off last season, booting two majors and having a heap of the prune.

Other better players were co-coach Hugh Barlow who was at his hard-nosed best and Tim Hill who acted as the general in defence. Final score, 15.22.112 to 0.0.0.

Under 17

THE thirds began the season in fine fashion, outclassing old rivals Elmore 15.12-102 to 3.6-24.

The game was set up by a sizzling opening term, in which the lads dominated the clearances and went inside 50 at will, scoring 7.3 while restricting Elmore to a solitary behind.

With the game effectively over, it was a great opportunity for the boys to play in some different positions and experiment with some new set ups and structures.

They responded to the challenge exceptionally well and continued to play an excellent brand of footy right up until the final siren.

Hugh Hamilton was clearly best afield, dominating in the air as well as at ground level, he capped a fine game by booting six majors.

Cooper Hamilton was at his industrious best through the midfield, covering plenty of miles and amassing a swag of disposals as a result.

Sam Ryan showed his class and versatility, dominating his direct opponent in a number of different positions across the ground.

Rounding out the better players were first gamers Ned Morgan, Hamish Wallace and Tom Morris who all attacked the footy with courage and were clean with their disposal.


THERE was a lot of unknown regarding the A grade season opener, with Elmore set to be one of the big improvers in the competition.

Without the likes of Brydie Lawford and Holly Guerra (unavailable), Colbo called upon Carly Geary and Jac Dupuy to help out in hot conditions.

Jac was awarded best on court for her efforts in GD, followed closely by Olivia McEvoy who had plenty of mileage in the legs after also playing A reserve.

It is always special to see two sisters playing together, and it sure looked like Lou and Jac Dupuy enjoyed the rare opportunity to hold up Colbo’s backline.

Colbo 49 def Elmore 16

A Reserve

IT WAS a tough first quarter for Colbo as they struggled with injuries, Zara Myers did an amazing job coming up and filling in for the team, also thanks to Liv and Chirney for coming down and helping out as well.

Meagan Fuller pulled through with an outstanding four quarters in defence and Allie Nixon was a speedy asset in the mid court.

Best on court went to Zara Myers and Megan Fuller. After a hot and steamy day out, the A reserve girls finished off with a good win.

Colbo 39 def Elmore 33.

B grade

THE first game of the season and the girls got themselves a great win. Even though the team was fairly new, the girls worked well together, moving the ball down the court and into the shooters.

Defenders worked well and put the pressure on Elmore shooters, creating many turn overs.

There wasn’t a best on court awarded, as the girls showed a team effort for their win.

Colbo 35 def Elmore 31

B Reserve

UNFORTUNATELY, Colbo went down to Elmore in the B reserve. With a team of fresh faces and girls who haven’t played together, they did an amazing job and were very competitive. They fought hard, giving everything they could until the end. In hot conditions, all girls played very well. Best on court went to Molly Taylor.

Elmore 45 def Colbo 21.

Under 17

A GREAT start to the 2018 season. Fresh faces included Steph Crouch, Lily McArdle and Anna Lowe.

Ella Coghill and Ella Kerlin performed well in the goals, scoring first and second goals of the match.

Spectators witnessed some impressive intercepts by Zara Myers and Harper Pearson (long arms come in handy). Those zippy dodging moves kept Abbey Blow out of reach of her opponent, and Lizzy Ingram read the play well from both WA and C. Best on court went to Ella Kerlin and Zara Myers.

Colbo 32 def Elmore 26.

Under 15

EVEN though it was a new look U15 team to start the season, the girls came out firing with Tahlia Pain taking many intercepts in the first quarter. The team built on a good first quarter lead with Dom and Leila Palmer working well in goals and new player Stella Martin dominating at WA.

Highlight for the game was Alex Ingram getting her first goal in U15 and seeing the girls come away with a convincing win. Best players were Tahlia Pain and Tanzin Myers.

Colbo 51 def Elmore 16.

Primary D

WHAT a great first game played by both clubs. Charlize Weeks’ determination throughout the game saw her intercept many passes.

Dana Mussared (Sponsor Award) and Monica Ingram (Canteen Voucher), both showed great leadership skills, talking and praising others for their efforts.

Best on court went to Allanah Weeks, who played a magnificent game in the mid court.

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