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                                                    We'll Miss You

The committee, players and supporters of the Doveton Football Club would like to send our condolences to the Rutledge family on the passing of Craig and the Ladgrove family on the passing of Brian. Both men had been battling illness for awhile.

Craig Rutledge a past player who played 70 games and  has been a ongoing sponsor and supporter over many years for the club, but was probably better known for his ability to make people laugh.

Brian Ladgrove better known as Ballsey was a great supporter of the Doveton Football Club and is the father of Mark, Hall of Fame member, premiership player and coach of our club.

             Congratulations Shannon Henwood - Three Time Best & Fairest
A huge crowd squeezed into our Robinson oval club rooms to witness Shannon Henwood become only the sixth player in club history to win three or more senior best and fairest awards, well done Shannon. What about the under 17's the top three all within a vote of each other, and to all the trophy winners well done. I don't have a list on the netball results so hopefully someone can send it to me.

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                                                       (2014 Votes)
 Seniors - Medal & Shield Reserves Under 19's Under 17's
Best & Fairest Shannon Henwood Chris Rodriquez Nathan Smith Mitchell Lewis
Best & Fairest R/Up Frank D'Agostino Daniel Soar Ben Johnson Andrew Humphries
Most Consistent Simon Black Ethan O'Connell-Webb Josh Presta Dylan Bowman
Most Determined Andrew Green Nick Anderson John Ramos Luke Coad
Best Team Man Ryan Morrison Mark Puts Daniel Chaplin Justin Burghardt
Most Promising Junior Mitchell Pierce Best finals player Andrew Humphries
 Congratulations to the A Grade Netballers on winning the PREMIERSHIP
And well done to the two under 13 teams, although beaten it was a great effort to make the grand final
Preliminary Final - So Close
The Under 17's had another nail biter against Narre Warren going down in the final minutes to be nocked out of the finals race. After trailing all day the boys fought there way back to hit the lead with about a minute to go, but to then see Narre go coast to coast and kick a goal and then with only seconds to go the boys went into attack only for the siren to beat them. Well done to Stu, Dave and all involved it was a great year and to see all those talented young footballers coming through the ranks makes all us older heads encouraged for the future of the Doveton Football Club.
And what about those Under thirteen netballers, both side into next weeks grand final and don't forget the A Grade side is playing later today.

(Under 17 Pics)   (Under 13 Netball Pics)

1st Semi Final - What A Thriller
The boys broke away for a four goal lead in the first quarter with some great hard at it football and looked to be back to there best form. They carried there good form into the second with the first goal, but Cranny came back with two late goals to cut the boys lead to seventeen points at half time. The second half seen Cranbourne claw there way back to level the scores and set up an exciting last few minutes. With only seconds to go every players dream, Josh Battle takes a great pack mark and kicks the ball straight through the middle for a great win, well done boys everyone put in a great game. 
Also well done to the under thirteen netballers with the red side winning comfortably to advance to the prelim along with the under thirteen white.
The A Graders suffered there first defeat for the season and will also be playing in the Prelim for a chance to advance to the grand final.

(Under 17 Pictures)   (Under 13 Red)

              Qualifying Final    
(Under 17 Pictures)    (Under 13 Netball Pictures)
                                             Under 17's Finish Third
Although beaten soundly by top side Berwick the under 17's secured third spot to give themselves the double chance in the upcoming finals starting next week. The boys will play Narre Warren at Berwick next Saturday at 8.45am, so all come along and get behind the boys. The A Grade netballers finished on top and will have a rest next week and both under 13 red and white finished third and will play next week at berwick, I'm not sure about the times though.
Both the seniors and reserves were beaten comfortably by berwick and with all the injuries over the last month will be glad the season is over. The under 19's I believe have done a great job over the second half of the season considering they have continually supplied players to the seniors and well done to the boys who doubled up to help the reserves when numbers were down.
The club has been active in making sure we improve next year in every department and I'm looking forward to the Mighty Doves getting back to where we belong, as a strong and feared opponent.

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Another Day To Forget

Same as last week, just put Narre Warren in for Cranbourne.

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                                                                        Day To Forget
Not much I can say about the clubs trip to Cranbourne with all four sides being well and truly belted, we could only manage eleven goals between all four teams while Cranbourne kicked fifty nine goals betwwen there teams.  I wasn't at the games so there's nothing more I can say.

                                        Sorry there are no senior pictures Jimmy Olsen forgot to take the spare battery
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                                    White Ribbon Day Big Success
The only winner we had on the day was the great response to our WHITE RIBBON DAY with the rooms filled to the max with people listening to the staggering statistics of women assaulted in our district presented by Superintendent Wayne Viney of the Victorian Police and what we can do to prevent violence against women from former AFL star Russell Robinson. What a awesome turn out by everyone involved and a great initiative by the club. 
The seniors put in a gutsy performance to go down by 14 points and if not for a couple shockers in front of goal it could have been closer. Coach Shannon Henwood put in a great game along with Frank DÁgostino, Travis Davis and well done to Cameron Bowman and Mitch Robinson on there first games, both sons of past players.
The reserves were undermaned and only kicked two goals in there 40 point lose to Pakenham and are now in fifth spot and in trouble of going out of the five with three hard games ahead. Nick Anderson played a great game and with the numbers being down this week the father and son duo of Tyson and Dave Hoy played ther first game together, what about there walk, the spitting image of each other.
Still with a number of players in the seniors the under 19's struggled against a strong Pakenham team and were soundly beaten.
The under 17's won by forfeit after the fifth placed Pakenham couldn't field a side, the boys had a training run to make up for the game, I think the boys went up and down the Laurel avenue hill a few times, been there done that.
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                                  Winning Streak Comes To End
The seniors went down to Beacy by 33 points in a hard fought contest to end there five game winning streak. The boys were in touch at half time, within two goals but a couple of undisiplined acts gifted Beacy two goals at the start of the third quarter and in the wet conditions made it near impossible to make up. Scotty Dinsdale played his usual courageous game down back, Andrew Green put in a good solid performance and we had another first gamer in our under 19's vice captain Ben Johnson (pictured). It was a much improved effort to the first time the two sides meet and we can hopefully carry the same effort into the Pakenham game next week.
Not much to say about the reserves they went backwards on there previous form, and will have to improve if they want to hold there spot in the five with the tough games ahead.  Just a little advice to a couple of players, if you don't like being tackled don't play football.
Again the under 19's have improved on there first time meeting with the oppostion and with three of there better players having a run in the seniors the boys should be very happy with there performance.
The under 17's had another big win with Jack Lock marking strongly up forward kicking 4, Kyle Hendy 3 and again there were multiple goal kickers ten in all. The boys will have to work hard at training and in games leading up to the finals to be up there with the top two in Narre and Berwick.
Well done to Under 17 Jordan Cackett on recieving his "SPIRIT OF SPORT AWARD" from the Victorian Police.

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                                       Seniors Win Five Straight
The Doves had a very successful day at Hampton Park winning all four games but more importantly the seniors going up one more rung on the ladder to be just outside the five. The seniors have turned there game around from the early part of the season and are now playing with a lot more commitment and endeavour, and with the big games ahead the boys will need to keep up the intensity to possibly play finals. Great game by Michael (pickles) Henry, Taylor Rainey also had a big game along with Blackie and young Dylan Triffit (pictured) in his first game showed he has what it takes to play senior football.
The two's had a hard fought win against a determined Hampton Park and have now gone up to third on the ladder. It was an even performance by all the boys and now look forward to some big games ahead.
The under 19's recorded there second win for the season and the improvement definitely shows the more they play. Better players were Cameron Bowman, Nathan Smith and Matthew Ferguson.
Finally the frustration of not playing for a while is over for the under 17's, and boy did they show it putting in there best perfomance for the year winning by a massive 143 points. The boys shared the scoring around with twelve goal kickers and the better players were Tyson Hoy, Michael Lewis and Che Gray.
 Next week we play Beaconsfield  at home and the seniors have a lot to prove after the first time around and can keep there finals hopes alive with a big game.

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                                        30 Year Reunion Pictures
I've finally put together an album of pictures that Wesley "doc"Keenan gave me that were taken at our 30th year reunion back in 1988. There are a few premiership pictures among them and a lot of old heads, there are also a lot of young heads that now have old heads. What about Bert's coat, Laddie's babyface, Johno's got hair and 40 kilos lighter, but Dicka's beatles haircut takes the cake, even back then it was twenty years out of fashion.
                            Senior Keep In Touch With Strong WIN
After a very ordinary performance the first time we played ROC, beaten by 21points the senior completely turned that form around with a dominant 53 point win keeping there finals hopes alive. Awesome game by big Frank DÁgostino in the ruck and around the ground, Jake Mullens and Michael Rodriquez were unstoppable on the backline, Simon
Black put in a great game and young Lachlan Batten (pictured) showed great pace and courage in and around the packs for someone with only a couple of games of senior football under his belt "well done".
The two's had an impressive win against Roc doubling there score and would really have to stumble bad to go out of the five. Mitch Robinson played probably his best game for the club attacking the ball hard on the ground and in the air, a special mention on young Ethan O'Connell-Webb every week he continues to improve and his style of football is great to watch, all in all it was a very good team effort.
The 18's continue to improve on there first half of the season performances with Nathan Smith continuing his good form and Matthew Scarlett and Luke Sutton also playing well.

Well done to netball coach Natu on her "ice challenge" for
Cancer, couldn't have picked a better day (pictures)

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            (would you like some "ICE" with that pics)

Next week we have the split round bye followed by Hampton Park away the week after.
                                                   Three Out Of Four For Doves
The seniors after being forty one points up at three quarter time fought off a last quarter comeback by Tooradin to win by twenty two points and keep in touch with the top five. The reserves lead all day to eventually win by nine points to move a game clear plus percentage in fifth spot on the ladder. All though b


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