Round 6 Coaches Report – Cardiff vs Lake Macquarie

1st Grade Coaches Report

Back at the nest we took on Lake Macquarie in round 6. There was a lot on the line and not just the 4 points. Due to the women’s team having their first win and reserves having a win we needed to top the day off with a win to secure a Keg of beer from our wonderful Sponsors – The Duke.

With a few last minute scratching we opted to bring in some experience and junior players. Toby Machart, Scott Hawthorne and the Peoples ruckman Tony Edser made their 1st grade return. Two U17 boys made their 1st grade debut, Liam Cathcart and Conner Edwards. Both these boys made the U17’s representative squad. Both are in super form and well deserved a senior jersey. Once again, it’s such a great experience and we were all honoured to witness each father’s speeches to their boys as they hand their jersey to them. The room has such a humble and authentic feel to it once these speeches take place and creates a beautiful moment between father and son. 

 Quarter time we were well behind where we wanted to be. Only managing to kick 5 goals we needed to clean up our skills and relax when in possession of the ball. We kicked 7 goals in the second and went into half time 11 goals up. At half time we spoke about staying structured and making better connection with the forwards. We also needed to get to the loose ball first as we thought we were getting beaten on the spread. The second half we were very average kicking for goal. We kicked 8 goals and 19 points. Fair to say we have a fair bit of the ball, we just failed to kick straight. Wind did pay a minor part for this inaccuracy, but this is not normally our brand of footy.

In the back line, Jack Pratt was best on ground, Jack ability to read the play and set us up behind the ball is as good as anyone in the League. Jack hits the opposition hard and plays an old school brand of footy and is in seriously red hot form. Chad Mayo played a ripper of a game on Lake Macquarie’s key forward. Chad looked so confident and at home deep in defence and may have pencilled in his position. Although I didn’t think it was that cold for Chad to wear a long sleave, maybe on a day like Saturday Chad needed to keep warm throughout the game as the ball didn’t come down his end for very long as our defence rebound was very good.

Marcus Deleur was again in the best this week. Marcus is dominating form and combined well with Matt Vukovich, Bryce Graetz and Simon O’Brien. When you add the big man – Tom Yensch in the ruck, well it’s a pretty solid midfield. Tom kicked 3 goals in the third quarter but his mobile work around the ground is what separates him with any ruckman within the League.

Key forward Josh Murphy played his best game of the year. Josh’s ability to present to the ball carrier and find space in the small forward area is getting better each week. Due to this work rate andconstant effort Josh was rewarded with 4 goals and plenty of assists.  Jack Lennon also kicked 4 goals for a standard day for Jack and little super jet  – Lachlan Price snagged only 3 goals but still lookedclean and polished around the contest.

Don’t forget indigenous round is our next game on the 26th of May against Maitland at the Nest. This is a very special game for so many reasons and I personally can’t wait for this contest.



Final score:

Cardiff 20.28- 148

Lake Macquarie 3.4-22

Goal kickers:

J. Lennon 4, J. Murphy 4, T Yensch 3, L Price 3, T Thompson 2, M Deleur, S O’Brien, B. Job, N Brown.

Best players: 

J. Murphy, C Mayo, M. Vukovich, B Graetz, J. Pratt, M Deleur


Coaches Best on Ground Award: Jack Pratt. 


Lady Hawks

Before this weeks report , we would like to wish all the mothers in and around our club a  great big happy mothers day!This week the birds get to play back on their home turf as we welcome the Lake Macquarie Dockers to the nest! And our yearly celebration of ladies day.
Again our focus was our start. We have seen the difference it makes when we start well and this week we were on from the get go. Our rucks were dominating early and giving us first use of the footy and some early inside fifties had the Dockers on the back foot. It wasn’t long before we hit the scoreboard. A new look forward line and our mids showing patience and discipline when we go forward was paying dividends. Eva Bailey was very impressive at full forward. At quarter time the birds had a handy three goal break.The Dockers came out fired up for the second quarter and piled on the pressure but our defence held strong with Faith and Ellise leading the way with Isabella , Shez and another young gun, Eloise Peterson looking very much at home in the senior side. Despite the best efforts of the dockers we maintain a three goal lead at the break.
At half time we spoke of how we need to lift our intensity when the opposition raises theirs. We were playing pretty well so nothing much needed to change as long as we were prepared for another big effort from the Dockers. As it turned out, We were the ones that lifted and we out scored them by another three goals giving us a nice six goal buffer at three quarter time. Our mids were great again with Taylah Wilks dominating and Ellen ,Abbey , Bri and Grace all making massive contributions.In the last quarter we were against the wind and playing an extra defender as Amy Charlton , showing her versatility ,moving from centre half forward the the spare defender role without missing a beat, it was Amy’s best game so far for the birds. We continued to play well and managed to run out winners by 34 points.
Its been a wild ride so far for this group. Learning a new sport , at a new club with so many new faces to come together so quickly and form such a strong bond has been a privilege to watch. While we have come a long way there is still much to learn and much to achieve so buckle up.

A further congratulations to Eloise Petersen and Ariona Cross on being selected as the only two Hunter Representatives in the 2018 AFL NSW/ACT Under 16 Youth Girls Squad.

Goal kickers:

Eva Bailey 3 , Claudia Russell 2 , Ellen Anderson ,Minerva Bailey , Isabella Jones Taylah Wilks And Mollie Palmer all kicking 1 goal each.
Taylah Wilks picked up the coaches award

Final Score

Cardiff 10 10 70 defeated Lake Macquarie 5  6  36
Cooky and Yowie

Reserve Grade

This week we hosted an undermanned Lake Macquarie Dockers on our annual Ladies Day. We would like to thank all of the women in our lives that help to support us each week and make it possible for us to run out and play footy.


A cold day did not hurt the boys’ start, with them coming out firing. Some silky clean ball out of the middle, allowed Mick Ryan to kick 3 of his 8 for the day, within the first 7 minutes of the game.  For the 2nd week in a row, we unfortunately saw one of our debutants. Isaac, suffering an injury within the first 10 minutes, which kept him on the sideline for most of the game. The quarter finished off with Cal Spoor returning to fine form, winning the contested ball on his 4th effort then hitting Cam Jones laces out in the forward 50. We went into the quarter break leading 9.7-61-2 thanks to a strong performance from our backs who rebounded the ball effectively anytime it entered our back half.


The 2nd quarter was slower paced due to kicking into the building breeze. Accountability around the ground began to lapse as we continued to dominate most areas of the ground. Some good work in the ruck from Clint and Matty, saw the mids get lots of ball. Debutant, Tom Williams, impressed in the middle with his smart play and hard running around the ground. This quality performance continued throughout the game and resulted in him picking up the KCE Coaches Award. Some impressive performances from our backs saw Erich, Bleus, Johnny and Kyie rebounded up the ground with ease. We entered the main break a little disappointed in our defensive efforts across the ground but due to accurate kicking, led 13.7-85 to 1.2-8.


The 3rd quarter saw the boys come hard out of the blocks, with 7 different goal kickers for the quarter and clean running through the mids and off the half back line. This saw us hammering a nail into the coffin by kicking 9.8 to 0.1

The final quarter was a test of discipline for the team, by wanting to maintain our structures and get the most out of the game with a bye week next before taking on Muswellbrook who are sitting above us on the table. We started the quarter leading 147-9 and held the Dockers to a single goal. Our last quarter saw Tom Gordon, Williams and Cal Spoor dominate, while our forwards had a field day, slotting home 7.6 for the quarter. Mick Ryan and Cam Jones continued their impressive form up front finishing with 8 and 7 goals respectively while Damon Rowett kicked himself a bag (5) to round out our top goal scorers for the day.

Finishing the day 180 point winners, we now have a bye before taking on 3rd placed Muswellbrook at home on the 26th May. Enjoy the week off and look forward to seeing everyone at training.

Cardiff 29.21-195 defeated Lake Macquarie 2.3-15

Best Players

  1. Spoor, T. Gordon, T. Williams, M. Ryan, C. Jones, D. Rowett

Player’s Player

Cal Spoor

Coaches Award

Tom Williams