Darley’s male footballers travelled to Lara over the weekend to compete in their final practice match before round one.

Coaches Josh Baker (19’s), Cam Taylor (reserves) and Dan Jordan (seniors) share some insight on the season ahead.

Under 19’s

Lara were a quality opponent who challenged us tactically and physically.

Our boys were well prepared and welcomed the challenge early, kicking the first four goals of the game.

Lara soon came back with a good contest, leaving us fairly even at three quarter time.

The boys showed their class and ability, running over the top of them in the final quarter.

All of the players did their jobs and contributed every time they were called upon.

There’s always area to improve in each game and you can see how we’ve already bettered from the first and second practice matches.

I’m looking forward to watching the teams’ growth throughout the season.

BEST: D. Nitschke, D. Fawcett, C. Sanders, B.Bishop, C.Taylor
LEADERSHIP GROUP: Captain : Bayley Bishop Vice Captains : Cooper Growcott and Grant Hatcher

Reserves

Season 2024 is about to kick off and the reserves are going to be major players come the business end of the season.

I’ve inherited a very competitive list due to the work of previous coaches, and the systems that Dan, as head coach, has implemented at Darley.

My group is driven to succeed this year, and because of their desire, selflessness, combined with the winning efforts that they will bring on game day, I’m confident that our goals for the year will be achieved.

We’ve had two pre-season hit outs this year, and although we only fielded 14 players in the first game against Rowville (topped up with 19s players), I was extremely pleased with the endeavour, attitudes, and effort that we showed.

The second game was a complete contrast from the first.

Playing Lara, we had almost a full squad to pick from. This was the first time I got to see what we can do.

Our efforts all day never decreased. Our attitudes were high, and last year’s team accepted the new recruits with gusto. We will get better as the chemistry between old and new develops.

With the team I’ve got, the past coaching they’ve had, DJs current coaching, the new inclusions, combined with the Darley spirit of the established group, we’re confident we’ll put up results that the Darley Family will be proud of.

Seniors

Our boys had our final preseason hit out v Lara on the weekend as we prepare for Round 1 next week.

Our midfielders took an early advantage with some ascendancy around the contest and gave our forwards good looks early whilst being able to capitalise in front of goal (5.0 straight at 1/4 time) which allowed us to put some good scoreboard pressure on our opponents.

Brady Wright and Jayven Tanner (8 goals between them) presented hard all day ably supported around the ball with usual suspects Bewley, Baker and Myers finding plenty of footy.

After losing Jarrod White early (ribs) our defenders were measly in defence with Angwin, Le Huray and D Cadman repelling many forays forward with Jyson Fawcett, Mitch Ward providing a good springboard off half back.

Plenty to work on as we approach round 1 with a huge game against East Point and our group are excited to get into the season proper after a solid and building preseason.

FINAL SCORE:
Darley – 13.8.86
Lara – 4.12.36

 

Women’s footy

With the start of the season only two weeks away, training has been in full swing for a couple months now with good numbers attending.

We know that we need to set the bar higher if we want to achieve the ultimate success again and this group of women are leaving no stone unturned in their preparation for this upcoming season.

The 2024 line-up will be a little different from our 2023 premiership team with 12 players from that team moving on for different reasons including Tamara Henry being drafted by the Adelaide Crows and Ella Tyson & Zoe Attard moving to Williamstown VFL.

There has been a lot of work behind the scenes searching for, meeting with, and recruiting new players for the upcoming season and in all, we have recruited 12 new players.

This includes returning players to the club who did not play last year (Mia Otutaha and Madi Anthony) Montelle Pontisso who suffered an ACL injury early last year will be available and Tahlia Tschujasehenko who played juniors for Darley a couple of years ago has also come back.

Finally, we had our first (and only) practice match a couple of weeks back against Caroline Springs who played off in their leagues’ GF the last 2 years.

This was an opportunity to have a look at all our new players and tinker with positional changes. It was also the perfect game for the women before the season commences as it was an arm wrestle for the entire match, and though there was no official score kept, it is believed that a goal after the siren by our own Kim Bessell put us a couple of points up to end the game.