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Round 11 didn't go as we would have liked, with loses going to both sides. However, in true Masala spirit, the boys gave it their all and fought for their jumper with pride. The Seniors started off strong but were outrun in the end and the Reserves couldn't convert their shots at goal despite their best efforts.
There is a VAFA bye week for the VAFA state round of football. However, on the 15th July Masala will host Elsternwick at home for Round 12.
Reserves MasalaFC 1.6 12 defeated by Eley Park 30.20 201
Masala Football Club is urgently looking for another Trainer to join our team, with assistance at game day and at training. If you, or someone you know, is interested in the role please email secretary@Masalafc.com.au or contact us on our Website or Facebook
In 2017 Masala is offering supporters the opportunity to join up as a social member. Masala Football Club offers a social membership for individuals and families who wish to support our club. For the cost of $40 per individual you can not only help us but receive:
-A free beanie, scarf OR stubby holder
-A free coffee, tea OR pie at every home game
-A free drink at every social event held at our club rooms
-An email subscription to our newsletter
-Exclusive benefits from our sponsors
Social memberships can be purchased at any home game at the canteen or on our new website, click here to view the details!. For any queries contact Wayne on 0430 369 406.
Our next Masala event will be the back-2-front draw being held at the club rooms (WJ Turner Reserve) on Saturday 29th July after our home game against Manningham.
Tickets are $40 per person and include an open bar at the club rooms from 8pm-10pm on the night of the event and a chance to win the $1500 cash prize along with many other prizes!! Tickets must be purchased prior to the event but attendance is not required to claim your prize/s.
There are only 150 tickets so get in fast!! Contact any Masala player or committee member in order to purchase your ticket to Masala's back-2-front draw!!
Click here for more information which is on our website.
Social Event Coordinator
With the help from Pat Crock, we are developing a club video. Click here to watch our promo!
A Word From Our President
Masala welcomes back all the returing players and new players in our season 2k17. I would like to thank you Melbourne Smile, Denture Clinic, Sandleford Hardware, Pinnacle Hardware, Sunrun Solar, Dandenong Club, Stonestar, RMBL Investments & CN Booting for supporting us for in 2017. Club is happy to have Nick Boyd as Reserves Coach and Assistant Coach for seniors. Nick's passion and energy around the trainings makes all lot of difference for the boys. As a president I am really pleased with the preseason work done by all players as planned by coaches.
As a club we have set high expectations from coaches and we expect playing group to show the resilience, toughness and commitment to help achieving the goals set by club. We have increased our indigenous talent by adding Philip, Thauraka, Manuel and Alick (played for Wandin's junior side) to the list. We are pleased to have playing list depth which allows coaches to have options for selection.
As a President, I can assure that club is heading in the right direction off the field and on field. I have to admit that support and work load sharing done by the committee members is remarkable.
The club is also excited to have our Multicultural Auskick program starting in two weeks time which will give an opportunity to have junior sides in near future. For our Auskick program we will be working close to AFL Victoria & St Kilda Football Club. We are working with community groups to create opportunities for new multicultural youths coming to Australia.
Good luck to both the teams and coaches for the year and hopefully we can achieve the goals set during preseason.
Masala Football Club President
There appears to be so much interest around our indigenous boys and I would like to take this opportunity to introduce Manuel Jackonia, who is new to our program in 2017.
Manuel is 19 years old and originates from Saibai Island, in the Torres Strait. Manuel is the youngest of 9 children, with 6 sisters and 2 brothers.
Manuel spent 4 years at Djarragun College in Cairns, boarding alongside Josh and JT and learning the art of AFL playing with Pyramid Power.
Manuel has settled in well in Melbourne and has returned to school to finish his year 12 education and is also studying automotive.
Manuel stands out onfield with his trademark dreadlocks and crazy hair. He is a Melbourne Storm supporter and has yet to decide on an AFL team to follow.
He is looking forward to getting out and about and exploring this great big city of ours. He has yet to experience the club scene so feel free to hit him up and get him out. I have seen the young man dance, look out ladies !
On a serious note, he is an awesome young man and it has been a pleasure getting to know him, he is very funny and quick with come backs. He has been a great addition to Masala this year and we look forward to what the future hold for Manuel.
- Kelly Bailey
Indigenous Program Coordinator
Manual Jackonia at a photoshoot with Viva! Life Photography.
Our four senior Indigenous Players in a recent photoshoot with Viva! Life Photography. A group photo of all our Indigenous Boys!
Saturday we took on Eley Park and after a 6 point loss last time the boys started where they left off last week and came out of the gates with an awesome first half of footy. We moved the ball quickly and put scoreboard pressure on our more fancied opponents.
We let ourselves down a bit in the 2nd quarter with poor kicking at goal kicking. The boys were disappointed with the 10 behinds and went into the main break 2 points down but really could've easily been 4 or 5 goals in front.
In the 2nd half we unfortunately went back to back habits and we were over run by 9 goals. We need to find consistency and fight when we fall behind and I'm sure over the next couple of games we find that and finish the season off in style. A great performance by. Nick Cunningham to take out the Best On Ground medal put up by the VAFA and along with Jaryd Coghill, Josh Kyle and Furkan Erkel who also played serviceable games . We have a bye next week but have 2 home games in a row so please come down and support the boys.
Goals: J. Kyle 3, S. Freeman 2, J. Coghill, A. Dorrington
Best: N. Cunningham, J. Coghill, J. Kyle, L. Murphy, D. Crkvenac, F. Erkal
Masala Football Club is excited to have Sandleford on board to help us recognise the Seniors player who best shows determination, commitment and dedication to the club. The 'Sandleford Superstar of the Week' will be awarded at Thursday night Training sessions and will be in the following week's newsletter.
Congratulations to our Round 9 Sandleford Superstar of the Week, James Philips. James has seen some solid games in both the Seniors and Reserves, however today he is being recognised for his amazing efforts in the win against Parkside. Your efforts all day helped the boys clock up a win and show the league what we are capable of. Congratulations, keep up the hard work and we hope to see you in the Senior side more often!
A massive thank you to Sandleford for supplying us with an award which showcases a Reserves player who best shows determination, commitment and dedication to the club. Sandleford specialise in security safes, house numbers & outdoor play equipment. If you're ever in the market, head over to their website and show your support for Sandelford. Mention MasalaFC if you do!
This week was a huge test for us as we playing a very good opposition who had a lot of players pushing for senior selection. We, as a group, want to bring the same things each week which consists of hard attacking football and a never say die attitude.
This week we're a bit inconsistent at times during each quarter and they made us pay on the scoreboard. But in saying that when we played our attacking styled football we were pushing the ball forward, giving ourselves opportunities at goal. In doing this we also stemmed the goals they were kicking.
All in all we learnt a lot from this game which will hold us in good stead moving forward. If we attack the ball and hunt as a group and we have all 18 men on the field doing this then we're a great team. We need to focus on doing this for longer and longer to the point where we can do it all game every game.
We're getting better and stronger each week and playing teams like we did this week will only further our development. Let's learn from their forward zoning and fast ball movement through the middle and aim to use it against them next time we play. Heads up boys, we'll get there!
Shout out to our volonteers this week
Goal Umpire - Cody
Runner - Josiah
Boundary Umpire - Muti
Trainer - Kossy
Goals: T. Rickets Best: M.Tsivoulidis, T. Rickets, J. Madden , D. Shanks, J. Mann
Continuing into the 2017 season, the SunRun Solar Scorcher of the Week is only possible through the support of SunRun Solar. SunRun Solar are kind enough to offer a $20 prize the Reserves player who plays with teamwork, cooperation and run! The 'SunRun Scorcher of the Week' will be awarded at Thursday night Training sessions and will be in the following week's newsletter.
Our SunRun Solar Scorcher for Round 9 was Nick Nation. Nick has quickly become an impressive force both on and off-field for Masala. It is his social nature off-field which helps the boys during the hard training sessions, and his commitment and teamwork on-field which helps him prove his worth. Each game you give 100% Nick and we really appreciate it, keep it up and help guide the boys to a win this season!
A massive thank you to SunRun Solar for supplying us with an award which showcases a Reserves player who displays the most run, team work and commitment to the MasalaFC jumper. Visit our friends at SunRun Solar for all of your solar power needs, make sure you mention MasalaFC!
MasalaFC is excited and proud to announce that Pinnacle Hardware has hopped on board this year to help us recognise a volunteer who has helped out each week and made a difference with the club.
Each week we will be recognising someone who has volunteered their time around the club to help out, either on game day or during the training week. These people go about their duties without complaining or wanting recognition, however this is the perfect platform to let others know about their hard work. Each Thursday night at selection, someone will be nominated to receive this award.
The Pinnacle Volunteer of the Week for Round 9 was Testy. As always, being a small club has a host of issues with the main one being a lack of hands. Game day on home games is extremely difficult and without the help of people we are stretched until breaking point. Thanks for your help Testy!
A huge thanks to our friends down at Pinnacle Hardware. They are dedicated to supplying home improvement products that represent great value for money and quality satisfaction to the DIY market. If you need quality products for your DIY needs, head over to Pinnacle Hardware's website and let them know we sent you!
The 'Spice Rack' refers to the injured players at Masala Football Club. We are lucky enough to have Cheryl and James down at the club helping us out with our Training needs. We are, however, always looking for more training assistance with the boys so if you are qualified and interested please contact us on our website or social media.
Below is 'Kelly's Spice Rack' tips, thanks to the AFL Community Development website found here.
Spice Rack #10 Concussion
The AFL is committed to the health and safety of all people who play the game of Australian Football.
To achieve this, the AFL has adopted a specific and consistent approach to a range of health and safety issues such as concussion, underpinned by education, awareness raising activities, support services, social responsibilities, research and compliance.
The game of Australian Football is a contact sport that involves high flying marks, extraordinary skills, and exhilarating tackles. The rules of Australian Football have always had a focus on protecting the safety of players, with the most important body part being a players head. The ‘high contact’ rule aims to minimise the frequency in which players receive contact to their head that may lead to brain injuries.
Concussion is a brain injury that occurs from impact to a players head, either through collision with another player (which includes whiplash from body contact) or with the ground. Whilst the skull is in place to protect the brain, in a high impact collision, the brain can move back and forward within the skull causing temporary dysfunction.
Concussion is not always an immediate injury, and sometimes the symptoms may not present themselves until hours after the initial impact. Some concussion symptoms may include:
* Difficulty staying awake
* Headaches or migraines
* Forgetfulness or memory problems
* General unwell feeling, or feeling a bit 'off'
* Confusion, slurred speech or unusual behaviour
* Blurred or double vision
The appropriate management of concussion is essential in ensuring the brain has enough time to heal and recover. Therefore anyone who experiences concussion type symptoms are encouraged to seek medical advice from their Doctor on how best to manage the injury. If any deterioration is observed, transport to an accident or emergency department should occur as soon as possible.
It is crucial that anyone with a diagnosed concussion does not immediately return to play Australian Football.
As a temporary brain dysfunction, concussion will resolve with time. This may vary from an hour or so to several days. Occasionally the brain will recover even more slowly. The best treatment is rest from physical activity and work/study. The player should be seen by a doctor who will monitor the symptoms, signs and brain functioning.
The doctor must clear the player to return to sporting activity and this will usually involve a stepped approach with a gradual increase in activities over a few days. The doctor may arrange a specialist opinion (if the concussion is slow to resolve) or cognitive testing (brain functioning). If at any stage the symptoms or signs are getting worse seek urgent medical attention.
Masala FC Australia wishes to thank the sports medicine practitioners and Sports Medicine Australia state branches who provided expert feedback in the development of this fact sheet.
For more detailed information refer to the AFL brochure Management of Concussion in Australian Football and the Coaches/Injury Management section of the AFL’s Community Development website www.aflcommunityclub.com.au.
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