This Sunday is Ladies Day, Italian style, at Mudlark Park. Your better half will love being treated like Sophia Loren, with Italian champagne, beer, the most delicious BBQ meat this side of the Italian Riviera and an occasional serenade from Mad Mick. All free, all fun and all day Sunday, June 28.
Ladies Day is brought to you thanks to the profundo generosity of Dave 'Chicken' Perrotta.
President Will has written a ripper Match Report for the Round 4 Supers Match - posted below...
We hope to make Match Reports a regular feature from all 3 teams after every game. If you're keen on helping write some please contact your coaches!
Brunswick Mudlarks last travelled to the Kinder Smith Reserve in Sunshine for the last round of 2014 and had a close but disappointing loss to Western Kangaroos for the Wooden Spoon battle. The toll of the first year of playing Superules and the fact that the Kangaroos were able to find a few good 35’s out of the local league to play the last game sealed our fate.
Returning to Kinder Smith in 2015 was a different story though. New Coach Mike Frencham made the journey with a 3-0 win record. A number of new players have joined the club and an away game that would have been a nightmare last season with the struggle for numbers, was now presenting as a chance for the Mudlarks to show they weren’t just early season pretenders and had the mettle to take out a 4th win.
Who would not play on a day like this. 19C, ground in perfect condition and a very light breeze blowing. Unfortunately we did have a couple of late withdrawals which left us with just one on the bench and Showe to arrive later. Brave effort from our resident famous guitarist Glenn Musto who could barely walk the day before but his knee swelling subsided enough for him to run off the bench and have a pretty good game at about 70% of his norm…..as our fastest player that did rob us of some midfield run. The cavalry did arrive with the President, Professor and Mad Scientist arriving from the 45’s to run the bench, trainer Amelia with them as well and Big Rog also rolled in just after the start to assist where required. The President even slipped on this shorts and jumper ready to join the action if needed.
The bench numbers weren’t noticed early though with the starting 18 seeing out the 1st quarter in grand style. Against a much bigger but slower opponent the Mudlarks were up and running. Huss was on fire early but inaccurate with is disposal and it wasn’t till Huss, Benny and Paws got their Radar settings fixed on Trav that the scoreboard started to turn in our favour. The ex-Sunbury champ doesn’t have a very busy weekend at all, coaching Fitzroy Stars on a Saturday, running kids around to footy on a Sunday morning and then rolling in for a lazy 3 goals in the quarter. It is great to have his marking power down forward and it also helps to release Micky Salloum from being double teamed and he was also starting to look very dangerous.
Dacca was also very prominent early and is the new age Bourkey for us. Dacca you will have to ask around about Bourkey but it is a compliment, don’t worry. New players keep arriving as well with Ziggy and Nat slotting straight into the backline. Ziggy came across from Ascot Vale to play with us and team up with a few of his old West Coburg mates. Nat is another member of our Actors Guild, joining Swainey, Rohan and Coach Frencham…..when they make another footy movie in Australia the Mudlarks could be the home of filming. Maybe I will have to get my old Rupertswood teammate Nathan Phillips to come and join us from Snakes on the Plane fame (just looked him up and he is 35 this year). Nat was playing his first game in 11 years and did really well.
Browny was giving away a few inches to the double towers of the Kangaroos and Rohan had another bigger guy as well at full forward. Both of them did great jobs and once they brought the ball to the ground for the runners Brunswick were off.
Carl (doesn’t he look like Jobe Watson) Marin is gaining a rep as the best tackler in the team and Captain Benny will have to watch he doesn’t lose that title. Funnily enough they are both training at the same gym. I don’t think there is any doubt that the coaching role has improved the footy of coach Frencham and he has added some dash to his footy as well. Some great play from the coach during the game but the highlight was definitely his 40 metre run without a bounce and then getting away with it. Another highlight was to the team psyche and motivater Paws. His mark of the year was followed by a beautiful kick out on the full…..in front of the opposition coaches box as well Pawsy…..sure he did that to lull the opposition into a false sense of security.
To finish the 3 highlights reel was the last quarter loose ball in the Mudlarks goal square. Little brother Paul Salloum has played in the shadow of Michael last year but his game has stepped up a couple of notches this year and he provided plenty of drive around the ground. The loose ball in the Mudlarks goal square was pounced upon by the two brothers racing in side by side. Paul gave Mick a slight bump to the side and got his foot to the ball to claim the goal. Michael would have loved to have 3 to his name but ended up with 2 goals (something?). We don’t go into his points but he did kick a few including a poster.
Everyone jumped on the highlights reel at some stage with Matty Sullivan doing some time on the wing, Nick Mann always reliable and running hard out of the backline, Sam is doing amazing work playing across 3 or 4 positions as did Mick playing his second game. Can’t forget to mention Brendan Bailey who Fox Sports have down as 1 goal but I am pretty sure he snagged two. Both were beauties and the 2nd would have been loved by Rex Hunt, a finger breaking mongrel punt J
After watching Rohan from the 45s kick 5 earlier in the day it was great to see Trav snag 6 and could have had more but moved into the midfield for a fair chunk of the second half.
The undefeated Supers now meet the Supers favourites De La Salle in a must win clash in the next game at home ground McAlister Reserve. Be there to see what these boys add to the highlights reel.
T. Hodgson 6, M. Salloum 2, H. Ellahibi , P. Salloum , B. Pawsey , B. Bailey , S. Iaconessi , P. Diacogiorgis , Z. Chakielli
Z. Chakielli , H. Ellahibi , P. Diacogiorgis , B. Pawsey , T. Hodgson , B. Perelberg
A friendly reminder regarding the hilarious and fascinating world of health insurance.
Serious injury is rare at the Mudlarks, but once in a while a player will suffer humiliation, a fracture, or maybe a concussion. Please note that to protect yourself from injury costs, you will have needed to organise your own health insurance, ambulance cover and income insurance.
The club's insurance policy only covers the committee members being sued by a player should he suffer injury due to, say, an unsafe playing surface, playing against an under-age player, or the Mudlark Park banner flying off the fence and knocking you out.
In short, you're 100% responsible for your own heath care, and 100% liable for any costs incurred due to treatment needed after playing for the Mudlarks (psychological and physical). Until one of us strikes oil in the backyard, or wins lotto, that situation will remain. So hit the phones and get yourself protection.
Just a few pictures from Round 2 highlighting three LEGENDS of the Brunswick Mudlarks!
One of them even deserved his own Footy Card!
Fodge! The full 'package' forward
Please arrive 1 hour before game time.
Here's the team lists for Round 2.
Please arrive at the ground 1 hour before game time.
If you become unavailable please contact your coach ASAP.
The family members of our players are rippers.
They never whinge, and they never make us feel guilty for indulging our AFL passion. Ok, that’s a lie. We cop heaps, but that’s the least we should expect for the sacrifices they make.
Our next home game, Sunday 26th April, is the day we give something back. It’s the biggest Family Day line up we’ve ever put together for the Mudlark faithful.
For the Kids…
• Activities and games
• Face painting and balloons
• Fairy floss
• Sausage sizzle
• Goal kicking competition
• Kid’s 50 metre sprint and
other fun games
For the Big Kids…
• Sparkling, wine and beer
• Cheese platters
• Undercover seating in
the Mudlarks Marquee
• Coffee van on site
• Prizes and giveaways.
All child attendees receive a raffle ticket to win a FREE KIDS BIRTHDAY PARTY from LaTrobe
University Sports Centre. Prize drawn at half time of the Supers game (approx. 3:45pm).
Hello to the Mudlark team,
Congratulations to all for your efforts in Round 1 of the Superules competition. 3 great wins for the day was not expected, so therefore it was a very nice surprise. It was also a great reward for the efforts of the committee and coaches during the off season. If we can continue to recruit a few more players, I am sure we will get the opportunity to play some finals football in 2015 but as they say in footy, one week at a time.
Before I move onto the VERY IMPORTANT fixture news, I would like to mention a few unfortunate injuries on the weekend. Apart from a few sprains, a couple of banged up fingers and plenty of sore bodies there were two more serious injuries that I know of. Merrick dislocated his shoulder in the 45’s and will most likely miss the rest of the season. Magoo who has trained the house down and was very excited to be playing his first game with the club tore his calf and will miss the first half of the season. Both of these injuries reinforces the need for all players to make sure they have the appropriate medical cover that us old footballers need. Please check out what you have and if it is not appropriate, please re visit your policy. Hope to see Magoo back soon and wish Merrick a speedy recovery. After 3 shoulder ops Merrick, I know what you are going through.
So IMPORTANT stuff. Round 2 is on April 26th and then Round 3 is the following week on May 3rd to allow for Mothers Day on May 10th. Not only do we only have the one week recovery but we also have our first away games with the club at 3 different venues. Old Scotch In Camberwell for the 35’s, Laurimar way up north for Masters and across the bay for me at Mornington for the 45’s. Can all players please check their schedules and let your coach or coaches know if you can make your game, if you have to play in a different side or if you can’t make it (barring any injuries from Round 2). This is really important as we will need to best try and spread our available players across the 3 teams.
Good luck in Round 2.
Please take note that Wednesday Training has moved back to Ransford Oval, Parkville.
See you all there from Wednesday April 1st at 6pm SHARP.
(No, this is definitely not an April Fools. Dog walkers and demolition workers will be the only thing that greets you if you turn up to Fleming!)
Remember - the first game is only 12 days away - Sunday April 12th.
If you have not already advised your availability, please do so with your coach at training.
Supers - Frenchy
Masters - Liv/Jonesy
45s - JD
What are you doing on Sunday in 3 weeks time?
Playing for the Brunswick Mudlarks!
We need you to register - please do that here (click on 'Member Access' to the top right of the page)
Fixtures for our 3 teams - Supers 35's, Reserves 40's (Masters) and 45's are here:
Monday Night AFL 9's have BEEN EXTENDED.
We now have THREE more weeks of casual (non-contact) AFL 9's on a Monday at Fleming Oval, East Brunswick at 6pm.
We turn up - form two teams - and have a scratch match, with some possible drills if we so desire!
Regular training is still Wednesdays at 6pm - Fleming Oval till the end of this Month.
First game is 4 weeks away - if you haven't been to training yet - get on down!
NEW PLAYERS WELCOME
Looks like the Fixtures are nearly set in stone. (It seems a few errors went out the first time)
Check the 'pretty much done' version below.
2015 Fixtures are out and available at Sporting Pulse.
There's one or two small errors but all the dates and times are as planned.
Book those holidays in now!
Check the full fixtures here:
Check out a selection of match photos from 2014