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The 2017 season has officially ended for MasalaFC with just the Best and Fairest to come. The boys put on a real show - going toe-to-toe with the in-form Parkside. The Seniors had a close one; after having the lead in the final quarter Parkside just kicked away to take the final reward. The Reserves had an emphatic win - first for the season and what a way to get it!
We are so very proud of each and every player who dons the jumper for Masala. It has been a tough few years on and off the field, however we keep on pushing as we believe sport is the best way to help bring people together. Stay tuned - we will be having a final wrap up newsletter in the next few weeks!
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.
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
The Masala Indigenous Program is predominantly designed to support indigenous youth in completing their education and providing football opportunities for development. What an exciting year we have had with our boys in 2017.
This year we welcomed many new faces including Thuraka Sammons. Unfortunately homesickness led to his early return to Cairns, but I am pleased to say he is currently participating in the finals series for Pyramid Power AFL. Good luck Thuraka!
Angkamuthi Charlie (Muti) was a regular helper on games at Masala. He completed the emerging leader program At Richmond Football Club and was also fortunate to play for the Laguntas team twice this year. Muthi managed to pull on a Masala guernsey for the last game and will commence pre season with Murray Bushrangers in the coming months, Good Luck Muthi.
Josiah Kyle was 14 when he came to Melbourne earlier in the year. He commenced school and played junior football with Carrum Downs. Not only has he grown in height since his arrival, his confidence and commitment have also grown. As a regular participant in training nights, his football is really beginning to show the rewards. Having completed a leadership program at Richmond Football Club, I look forward to seeing what the next year holds for this amazing young man.
Manuel Jackonia came to Melbourne in search of a future. He made the brave decision to return to school and complete his education. His trademark dreadlocks made him easily identifiable and his dedication to making the most of his opportunities should be commended. Having committed to returning to Melbourne next year, I am excited to see the future of this young man unfold.
Phillip Solomon is a name you will hear again when we talk about football. We were blessed to have this humble young man pull on a Masala guernsey this season. Phillip leaves us to continue his journey through Murray Bushrangers TAC. Phillip has signed with Richmond FC Next Generation Academy who are draft preparing him for season end 2018. Phillip captained the Laguntas team and played for VIC Country Futures Stars. An amazing year and with commitment and hard work an AFL career is within reach. Good Luck Phil
After 3 years on our program we say farewell to Alick Nai. Alick is continuing his education and football journey with family in Seymour. Alick was also a member of the Laguntas team in 2017 and I am sure you will agree how much he has grown and developed since first coming to Melbourne. Alick will be commencing pre season with Murray Bushrangers in the near future and we wish him much success as he chases his AFL dream. Good Luck Alick.
Last, but by no means least, Josh Kyle. Josh has been fortunate to be on our program for 4 years and it is fair to say the program has changed his life. Having completed school last year, being professionally employed this year and now researching further study designed to assist indigenous youth, this young man is a true inspiration. As the eldest of the boys he has taken on the role of mentor with them and it is a role that has ultimately enabled the growth and success of this program throughout 2017.
I thank Masala Football Club for the opportunity to share part of the journey with such brave and inspirational young men. I have learnt so much about history and culture and my experiences with the boys have not only given me much joy and happiness but I am a much richer person after my involvement.
Taking on such a role requires enormous support and I thank Taylor, Robbo and Josh, who have also shared this journey.
Moving forward, I say to our boys..... believe in yourself and you can achieve anything. I look forward to following you all and helping you where and when I can. Keep chasing your dreams !
- Kelly Bailey
Indigenous Program Coordinator
Our four senior Indigenous Players in a recent photoshoot with Viva! Life Photography. A group photo of all our Indigenous Boys!
The last game of the season always brings a mixed bag of emotions; with the body crying for the offseason and the heart knowing you’re going to miss lacing up the boots on a Saturday in a mere 2 weeks. With that in mind the message from the coaches and senior players was clear and simple – enjoy your footy cause it’s a long wait until we get to play again.
The game was hot from the start, with both teams wanting to get on top and force the other team into laying down early. To the credit of both Parkside and our boys, neither team gave an inch and a back and forth battle was underway. A first quarter scoring effort of 2 goal and 9 behinds would end up proving to be too wasteful and a major hurdle to overcome for the remainder of the match.
David Crkvenac and James Logan were standouts in the middle, dominating the ruck and giving our mids every opportunity to win the clearances and move the ball forward with pace. Maurice Mills-Rolfe was given the difficult task of tagging one of the best players in the league and was more than effective, with one of the best plays of day coming seconds before the halftime siren when we duked it out 1on1 in the opposition forward line to stop a certain goal.
The third quarter saw us come out firing and managed to gain a slight edge going into the fourth and final quarter of the season. No one was more clutch in the last quarter than Anthony Dorrington, who slotted timely goals in bring us back into the fight when we almost let it get away from us. As the scoreboard showed, we weren’t shy of opportunity in front of goal and despite unbelievable efforts by so many players around the ground, Parkside creeped out in front just at the right time to take the game from underneath us.
Irrespective of the result, I can truly say it would have been a fun and entertaining game to watch. It had it all; from high flying marks (Alick Nai), constant lead changes, butchered shots in front of goal, controversial umpiring and a bit of biff, all coupled with a tight finish made for a great rivalry game and a good reminder of why we all play and love the game so much.
Goals: S. Freeman 3, J. Kyle 2, P. Soloman 2, A. Dorrington 2, M. Jackonia, D. Crkvenac, M. Mills-Rolfe, A. Nai
Best: S. Freeman, B. Kelly, A. Dorrington, B. Nugent, J. Phillips
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 16 Sandleford Superstar of the Week, Anthony Dorrington. Dorro has always been a superstar both on and off-field, his world class gymnastics skills make him a one of a kind player. Your determination and commitment to Masala makes you our Sandleford Superstar once again. Keep up the hard work mate!
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 game unfortunately marked the last game of the year for us and as it was against our newly found rivals it shaped as a big one. The last couple of months post our only disappointing outing of the year against Aquinas, we had been taking our hard attacking game to the next level with no result on the scoreboard but we've been growing in conference and heart. This was our last test to see how far we'd come from the start of the year and the boys saved their best game till last. Every single player out there contributed to our maiden season win and it was amazing to see!
To our fortune we had a lot of players to choose from with Mathew Decarne, Jaryd Coghill and Jordan Cahill who had been regulars in the seniors but were able to put their hand up and play with us this weekend. All three had a massive impact on the game with plenty of run and carry and goals to show. These three were the difference early on and gave the whole team the confidence to back themselves. Our backline stood tall and played the best collective game of the year with Mark Nugent and Tristan Rickets standing tall, and having John Farrell at half back really helped with talk and structure. Brad Parker and Nathan Green played superb in and under football with stints through the middle and their hard bodied approach helped shut the oppositions hard players down. We were also fortunate to have a three way rotation through the ruck and half forward line with Ian Golding, Mathew Hawes and Wayne Chaplin which proved costly for the opposition as all three had massive influence on the game, with not only structure and two goals to Hawesy, but also winning the ball in the middle through their ruck work. It was by far Wayne Chaplins best game of the year as he's hard work through out the year was on show, with marking but also a smart play which included a dummy hand ball then a wheel around to his left to hit a target, making a mockery of his opposition.
The leaders in Shannon Saultry and Andrew Nichols showed how far they had come with both skills and leadership, both showcasing the attributes we want this team to be known for in future generations which is courage, non stop attack and a never say die attitude as they did not stop until the final whistle even with the game being won early in the last quarter. Mathew Kos was a late replacement for James Phillips and he did not disappoint with multiple intercept marks and his start of play from deep back helped the team quickly transition the ball. Adam Gleeson and Michael Tsivoulidis were both great through the middle and half forward and half back giving plenty of use for our forwards, taking the game on and taking risks that payed off and resulted in goals, giving everyone else the conference to do the same. Dave Inge III and Ryan Salim both played their best games which made me just as proud as the win itself. Two men who didn't grow up playing the game, who wanted to try it and give it their all and who have both reaped the benefits in their hard work and commitment made me and those watching so happy. These two gentlemen show exactly what this club is all about and what it's founded on! I hope they both stay on for future years as I cannot wait to see what they can do next year.
John Wilson and Brad Shirley played quick stints through the game and gave 100% when out there, both executing their roles for the team and helping our game play and style brilliantly. Two special mentions for the end, firstly to Muthi, it was great to see him out there for us. It was great for me personally to watch him go from a very polite and excited young man last year to a growing young man this year and to see him showcasing his talent against older men. His speed and skill could not be missed and he has an amazing football career ahead of him. His dare to take on the game was exciting to watch and I encourage him to do that in every game moving forward, not just for this club but for any club lucky enough to have him represent them. And lastly to the retiring pres. For the entirety of this year I have seen him give everything for the team, he has put his body on the line every game and is the first one there to back up his team mates in an 'altercation' or perhaps starting one himself, either way he was there showing that we're united and not there to take flack off any other team. Even after representing Team India and playing at least 4 games in under 2 weeks he was out there for game number 5 and putting his heart and soul into it even if his body was struggling to listen. It saddens me to think he won't be playing on but after a year like he has had, it's a good one to hang the boots up to and to hold his head up high so congratulations!
It was amazing to see us get our elusive win but, as I've said all year, if we kept building off of our hard, attacking and unforgiving style the scoreboard would eventually turn in our favour and this week it did. It is proof that if you give it your all, even when times are tough and the numbers aren't there, the tide will turn. It has showcased this groups ability to rise above adversity and to never give up and if this is applied through their life then the sky's the limit for everyone on this team.
I thank all the players, volunteers and supporters for a very fun and rewarding season and if we all stick together and get to pre season together, we will pick up where we left off and together we can get to the next level next season!
Goals: J. Coghill 7, M. Decarne 6, A. Gleeson 2, M. Hawes 2 Best: M. Decarne, T. Rickets, J. Cahill, A. Gleeson, J. Cahill
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 16 was Nathan Green. Greeny has had his name up in the awards section more than a few times this season which will no doubt help him out towards the vote count with his overall effort on field. We really appreciate your effort and cooperation on and off field. Keep up the good work and finish the season off strong!
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 16 was David Crkvenac. Dave is always the first to put his hand up to help out on training or game day which makes him legendary. We always appreciate your help and positive attitude mate so keep it up for the last week of footy!
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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