ROO’S FOOTY UPDATE – Wednesday 21st April 2021

To our Roo’s Family

Well they say a week’s a long time in footy and it certainly proved to be that for our men’s teams on the weekend.Injuries from the previous weeks’ games meant that there were a number of changes in all 3 men’s teams but that’s footy – so it’s now up to the boys to continue to train hard and to continue learning each other’s games so the improvement is a steady upward one as the season progresses. I have full confidence in both the coaching and playing groups that they will get back into the winning groove sooner rather than later.

The women’s teams have had a very challenging start to the season coming up against two arch-rivals in a row but have answered the challenge beautifully. Brad & Bails have had the girls up and about and playing some fantastic footy and with both teams currently sitting at 2-0, they pack the water bags and head out to Angle Vale to hopefully keep their unbeaten run going.

This Sunday sees the commencement of our Junior games for 2021 and with almost a full card of games on Sunday, it would be great to see as many of you out as possible supporting our future Roo’s in action.

I also want to take this opportunity to put a call out for ANYONE reading this that is able to lend a hand out on game days at the Club. Like all Clubs, there are many, many jobs to be done in a day, week or season to make it all happen so even if you have an hour or two a week to volunteer for our great Club it would be sincerely appreciated. It may be something as simple as serving (not necessarily cooking) in the canteen for an hour or two or washing a set of guernseys for a week or season, it all helps and means we can spread the load – MORE HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK is never more relevant than in a footy Club. So please, if you can offer ANY time at all, please contact Brenda on 0413 285 393 and discuss with her an area/s where you might be able to assist. See you at the footy!

Paul Farrelly
President MPFC

RESULTS
MEN
Saturday 17th April 2021

SMOSH/West Lakes V’s MPFC

A Grade – Round 2

Despite coming into the game with 4 key players ruled out and 2 others not quite ready to return, we went into this game confident of a win. We copped a good old fashioned ambush from the opposition who set the tone early by rattling us with 14 scoring shots to 1 in the first quarter. It set us on the back foot and then we copped injuries and virtually had no bench after half time. You could say that whatever could have gone wrong, went wrong.

That said, there should be no excuses coming out of the game – good sides overcome adversity and simply put, we didn’t on the day. There are many learnings to come out of this game and I’m looking forward to seeing how we respond this week against Hope Valley at home. I am backing my guys 100% to bounce back. Please stick with us and come along to show your support – we appreciate you being there.

MPFC 5.5 – 35 lost to SMOSH/West Lakes 11.20 – 86

Goalkickers- Doak 2, Brauer, Thompson, Murphy

Best Players- McConnell, Gregson, Godlevsky, Gordge, B.Smith

Steve Nolis

A – Grade Men’s Coach

B Grade – Round 2

A disappointing result in round 2 against Smosh/West Lakes going down by 69 points.

With 6 changes to the team from round 1 we needed to re-structure the line up, hoping to reproduce the same intensity from round 1. The boys certainly brought that in the first qtr.

To lead 4.0 to 3.3 at qtr time was a good start, quick decision making, link up handball and run, enabled quick transition into our forward line.

The 2nd qtr was a tight struggle, only adding 2 points, whilst conceding 1.6 , inaccurate kicking from the opposition, keeping us in the game to trail by 7 points at half time, but we were confident going into the 3rd qtr.

The 3rd qtr , the opposition started to get on top, kicking 4.2 to our 1.1 – for us to trail by 26 points at 3 qtr time. We spun some magnets at ¾ time to try to get back into the game but unfortunately the floodgates opened. We lacked run, and confidence and were completely outplayed by the opposition.

We dropped our heads and were hanging out, for the final siren to blow, conceding 8.2 to 1.1 to lose by 69 points. Conceding 12.4 to 2.2 after half time, not good enough and not what we are about.

Yes- disappointing, as this year, we are making a conscious effort to raise the standard and not be content with a good half of football. A host of players had good first halves but we dropped away significantly, after half time.

Our execution by foot, letting us down, whilst their clearance work and tall timber up forward, was too strong. We need to work on our kicking at training to improve it asap, before it costs us more games. We were in the game at half time, but could not sustain the pressure or execution required, to get the result we wanted. We need to arrest the flow of the game when its getting away from us and look to play 4qtrs of solid footy, every week.

Nathan Clarke stood tall all day, Mitchell Harvey tackling solidly and Xander Allison backing back into packs were individual highlights but as a team ,we couldn’t gel for long enough.

We look forward to the challenge of responding this week against Hope Valley at home, as I know we can. We need a good training week on the track, with all players required to put that loss behind us and move forward.

Unfortunately Paddy Constable has broken his collarbone and is having surgery Tuesday..

We wish him all the best.

MPFC 6.4 40 lost to SMOSH/West Lakes 16.13 109

Goalkickers- Allison, Cock, Higgins, Jenkins, McDermott, Peters

Best Players- Clarke, Harvey, Allison, Wolfenden, McDermott

Matt Tymmons – B Grade Men’s Coach

C Grade – Round 2

Tough day at the office on Saturday against a well drilled and fit SMOSH outfit. With a number of outs for various reasons we were down to 20 from the outset and SMOSH started strongly with a dominant first half piling of 13 goals to our 1. Our fight in the 2nd half and especially the last quarter was pleasing to hold SMOSH to 3 goals in the last quarter to our 1 and have plenty of the footy shows we can certainly match it with them.

Special mentions to Tom Miller and Riley Post for 2 ripper goals and our backlines lead by Glase, Constable, Gordon and Morris for their efforts in the backlines.

MPFC 2.0 – 12 lost to SMOSH/West Lakes 21.14 – 140

Goalkickers- T.Miller, Post

Best Players- Glase, T.Constable, D.Miller, Nesbit & Morris

Nick Shanks

C – Grade Men’s Coach

WOMEN
Saturday 17th April 2021

MPFC V ADELAIDE UNI

A Grade – Round 2

This week saw us face our arch rivals in Uni. These games always have that little extra in it. We controlled the play early in the game however were unable to put the dominance on the scoreboard in the first quarter. As the game went on we were able to get on top and put it on the scoreboard. Our game was built on pressure abs intensity proved to be youth to score against and allow us to play the game in our half. We ended up running out convincing winners in a game that was hard to pick best players as well everyone played their role.

Next week we have another challenge as we face Angle Vale away.

Morphettville Park 2.4 7.12 8.5 12.19 91

Adelaide University 2.1 2. 2 3.4 3.4 22

Best – T. Maple, A. Rusden, E. Little J. Searle M. Speechley, L. Bigg

Goal Kickers – T. Maple 6, M. Speechley 3, L.Bigg 2, A Rusden

Brad Ferrall – A Grade Womens Coach .

B Grade – Round 2

After heading into round 2 V UNI with 1 solid win on the board the team went out prepared and ready to play the first home game for the 2021 season. As usual the rivalry between the two teams shone through making it a great game to watch. Repetitive second and third efforts to the ball, hard tackles and accurate kicking specially from our goal kickers, was reflected in our score for the day. Fantastic efforts were shown by everyone specifically A. Hartlett, C. Aunger, J.Schar, W. Dix-Manley and K.Murdock who went through all 4 quarters putting in maximal effort and repeated attacks at the play. Another great win for the girls who rose to the challenge. I am excited to watch their skills continue to excel in the coming weeks to what looks to be like an exciting season ahead.

MPFC – 9.6 – 60

UNI – 3.8 – 26

Goal Kickers – K. Buckalka 3, K. Murdoch 2, J. Schar 2, N. Christophers, A. Hartlett

Best Players – A. Harlett, C. Aunger, J. Schar, W.Dix-Manley, K. Murdock

Bailey Miller – B Grade Womens Coach

JUNIORS

Juniors start this weekend. Goodluck to you all.

THIS WEEKENDS GAMES
MEN
Saturday 24th April 2021

MPFC V’s Hope Valley (Home)

C Grade 10:15

B Grade 12:15

A Grade 2:15

WOMEN
Saturday 24th April 2021

Angle Vale V’s MPFC (Away)

B Grade 1:30

A Grade 3.15

JUNIORS
Sunday 25th April 2021

U/10

MPFC V’s SMOSH West Lakes (Home) 9:50

U/12

MPFC V’s Woodville South (Home) 11:20

U/13 Girls

MPFC V’s Blackwood (Home) 1.10

U17.5 Girls

MPFC V’s Blackwood (Home) 3.10

U17.5 Boys

Glenunga V’s MPFC (Away) 3:30

KITCHEN

Please remember the kitchen is open every Wednesday through to Saturday. Opening times are Wednesday: 6pm – 8pm, Thursday: 5:30 – 8pm, Friday: 5:30 – 8pm and Saturday 5:30 – 8pm. A sample of the current menu is below, with various “Specials” also being added daily.

MPFC VOLUNTEERS

If anyone is interested in volunteering in any capacity at the Football Club please see our Secretary Brenda Farrelly or call her on 0413 285 393.

MPFC Sponsors in 2021

A & S Window Cleaning Adelaide

AC Demolition

Aceit Couriers

Adelaide Coachlines

Australian Vermiculture

Banana Boogie

Brand Sports Design

Carisbrook Collision

CFA Finance

Churchill Pallets

Flair Curtains, Blinds and Shutters

Good Physio

Hilltop Offic Supplies

IDM Sports

IVY Lane Hair Studio

J & E Building Inspections

James Anthony Consulting

Keely Landscaping

Loan Market – Scott Shanks

Mansour Associates

McArthur Recruitment

McCammon Real Estate – Anton Vizzari

Melrose Park Plumbing

Metro Homes

Morphettville Park Sports & Community Club

RJE Global

Samios Plumbing Supplies

Selah Homes

Storage King St Marys

Strappers Cafe

The Broadway

The Junction

TJS Events

Player Sponsors in 2021

Bone Built

Caveo Partners

Cellebrations – Brooklyn Park

CMI Toyota – West Terrace

Dane Sulicich Plumbing

FTMS Shirts

Laurinex Cleaning

Print Solutions

Solomons Flooring – Reynella & Lonsdale

Trojan Fire Protection

Ultra Tune – Marion