EFL: North Ringwood go two from two at the Panther Pit

Max Otten (Blackburn) is pressured by his North Ringwood opponent (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Max Otten (Blackburn) is pressured by his North Ringwood opponent (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Determined to prove to the 11 unfamiliar Division One teams that they were no slouches, North Ringwood pulled out a memorable victory to send Blackburn home winless after the first two rounds of season 2015.

Yet the final scoreline of 9.13.67 to 6.13.49 belied what went on for 95 percent of the game.  The seesawing first quarter, which saw just four goals, was a scrap of a game, with ball handling errors and relentless pressure from the Panthers and Saints.  Sam Banfield opened the Blackburn account, and it only took an additional two minutes before Nick Murphy’s booming left foot slotted one through for North Ringwood. Continue reading

My year with the EFL

Park Orchards and Silvan battle it out in the Div 4 Grand Final (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Park Orchards and Silvan battle it out in the Div 4 Grand Final (photo: Davis Harrigan)

You might have seen quite the inundation of local footy posts on my blog this year; that’s because of my volunteer work with the Eastern Football League this season.

Having spent 2012 & 2013 building up something of a profile with AFL Victoria and covering state football, in many ways, a move to different pastures felt right. Continue reading

EFL: Rowville Hawks fly high at Panther Pit

Rowville and Blackburn go head to head at Morton Park (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Rowville and Blackburn go head to head at Morton Park (photo: Davis Harrigan)

In what turned out to be an exciting contest between two high quality teams, Rowville penetrated Blackburn’s defence when it mattered to secure a 9.14 (68) to 10.20 (80) win over the Panthers at Morton Park.

Sunny skies greeted both sides after early overcast clouds.  Matthew Robinson kicked four goals in a forward line performance that gave Rowville the edge in the second half, but the tale of the first half was the polar opposite. Continue reading

EFL: Norwood taking flight

Leigh Williams pulls in the contested Mark from Blackburn's Michael Locco (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Leigh Williams pulls in the contested Mark from Blackburn‘s Michael Locco (photo: Davis Harrigan)

The purple army at Mullum Reserve could not be flying any higher over Division One right now.

Norwood Football Club are doing everything right, and not much wrong in season 2014.  They started their campaign off with a bang, defeating East Ringwood away by 42 points, before returning home and hurting Vermont to the tune of 56 points.
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Cricket: BHRDCA: Forest Hill claim silverware and piece of history (McIntosh Shield)

Forest Hill: McIntosh Shield Champions (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Forest Hill: McIntosh Shield Champions (photo: Davis Harrigan)

It may have taken 36 years, but the Forest Hill Zebras finally claimed another McIntosh Shield title, defeating Vermont by 46 runs at Morton Park on Saturday.

Under overcast skies the Shield game started early, to make up lost time from day one.  With all other finals completed, the crowd almost doubled on last Saturday’s patronage. Continue reading

Cricket: BHRDCA: McIntosh Shield almost gets wet on day one

Forest Hill captain Ben Johnston (photo: Davis Harrigan)

Forest Hill captain Ben Johnston (photo: Davis Harrigan)

For the 24 hours prior to Saturday, March 15th, weather forecasts were very closely monitored.

It was a day of firsts for the Box Hill Reporter District Cricket Association to start the Grand Final weekend.  Not only were the patrons at the ground witness to a high quality game, but so were people at home or on mobile, courtesy of a live streaming service. Continue reading