The Woodsmen sit at the top of the WRFL ladder at the first break of the season after going through rounds 1-5 undefeated.
The most recent encounter, playing Wyndhamvale at home, was a tale of two halves according to coach Anthony Eames, who said his side “still have plenty to work on” despite the favourable results.
“We have been a little inconsistent throughout the start, which is not so bad early in a season, but we do have some work to do on our mindset,” he told SpotswoodFC.com.au.
“I think a bit of laziness crept in, in the first quarter against Wyndhamvale, who to be fair had a decent crack at us. Our protection of the ball was limited which really played into their hands, but thankfully we took control in the second half.”
Took control they did, as the Woodsmen piled on 14 goals (and 11 points) in the second half to Wyndhamvale’s 1 goal and 1 point.
Lachlan Fairly was the chief destroyer, bagging another 7 goals to continue his rich vein of form, while Charles Bettiol also got in on the action with 5 majors of his own.
Young stars Bryce Williams and Nayef Hamad featured in the best, proving that the Woodsmen have plenty to look forward to as the season progresses.
“Our focus will continue to be rounding out our whole game, over four quarters,” Eames said.
“I think the last few weeks has seen a positive turn in terms of our team coming together, but there will be plenty of work ahead to ensure we have a strong season.”
Eames admitted he is “loving being back coaching” in 2017, after having a couple of years away from the game.
“It is great being back and having that coaching challenge,” he said.
“The competition is very even at the moment, which I think is a credit to all the teams’ efforts in player development through the juniors. As far as our competition goes, I believe Deer Park is starting to find some form, and will get better as the year goes on, which means the challenge will be out for all teams, including us.
“The challenge for any team will be to remain healthy, if they can do that then anyone has a chance.”
For many, this weekend will see a welcome break as the WRFL hits out against the Northern Football League in the annual Interleague game. Several Spotswood players will represent the club and the league this weekend, with the final team to be announced later in the week.
Spotswood coach Anthony Eames will mentor the WRFl squad for a second consecutive year, and said that he believes the squad will be ready to play.
“Last year we made a really good account of ourselves to knock off Ballarat, and I think we will make a good account of ourselves this weekend,” he said.
“There is plenty of talent in the Western Region, and I think the larger ground at Preston will suit us well. If it happens to rain as expected, then we won’t be too disappointed as I think we are pretty good contested side.”
One of the Spotswood players that may feature will be Nick Ryan, should he be available (he is also a part of Footscray’s VFL side), who captained the WRFL Under 19 Interleague in 2016.
“If he (Ryan) is available, then that right there is an example of the talent being developed in this region,” Eames said.
“He’s a player that has come through the ranks in this region, and captained the WRFL to a great victory last year before going on to make Footscray’s VFL list again. I believe if our squad can play with a passion to represent the region well, and with an aggression at the footy, we will do well.”
Following the WRFL clash this weekend, the Woodsmen will face St Albans at St Albans.
Final score: Spotswood 23.17.155 def Wyndhamvale 4.3.27
Goals: L. Fairley 7, C. Bettiol 5, M. Boyd 2, N. Hamad 2, J. Norton 2, D. Wilson, J. Beilby, T. Langlands, J. Orchard, D. Isbister
Best: B. Williams, T. Langlands, N. Hamad, M. Boyd, G. Newton, J. Marks
Bermingham goes out with a bang
Departing favourite son Sean Bermingham has left the Australian shoreline in terrific fashion, leading Spotswood to victory in his final game before leaving for Ireland.
Captaining the side against Wyndhamvale, ‘Irish’ as is fondly referred to, kicked tree goals and was named best on ground in as good a send-off as you will see.
Although he will be missed dearly at the club, Irish has left the country on a high, as Spotswood claimed a 90-point win over Wyndhamvale. The 2016 Best and Fairest winner, and reasonable bloke, was well aided by Shaun Buttigieg-Clarke who bagged 4 goals, with Tom Doe-Tolhurst also kicking three.
Mitch McLean played his best game since returning from injury, while youngsters Jack Cairns, Sean Hardeman and Conor Daly also impressed.
While ‘Irish’ had his official send-off after the game, a late final quarter goal was the sealing touch on a whirlwind 18 months in green and gold. The club wishes the stalwart all the best, and thanks him for his contribution.
The players will now focus on getting back to full fitness after the break, with the hope of moving up the ladder in the second half of the season.
Final score: Spotswood 20.10.130 def Wyndhamvale 5.10.40
Goals: S. Buttigieg-Clarke 4, M. McLean 3, T. Doer-Tolhurst 3, S. Bermingham 3, T. Gorey 2, J. Boyd 2, C. Daley, J. Cairns, A. Hinds
Best: S. Bermingham, M. McLean, J. Cairns, S. Buttigieg-Clarke, S. Hardeman, C. Daley
The Woodsmen have scored a convincing victory over Wyndhamvale in the Under 19s as 10 individual goal kickers combined to snare 32 majors for the day.
Jordan Dimkovski and James Waters were the key beneficiaries of the Woodsmen’s strong play, both finishing with 7 goals apiece, while Elliot Rosado kicked 5 of his own.
Dimkovski was named best afield for the game, with his experience in the senior side to start 2017 clearly shining through as he cut the opposition apart.
The Spotswood defence and midfield are also credited heavily for the win, with their relentless efforts for four quarters ensuring that Wyndhamvale did not penetrate the goals.
Final score: Spotswood 32.21.213 def Wyndhamvale 0.2.2
Goals: J. Dimkovski 7, J. Waters 7, E. Rosado 5, M. Coleman 4, J. Bunting 2, T. Barnes, T. Bennett, J. Boyd, J. Drage, P. O”Keefe
Best: J. Dimkovski, Z. Busuttil, J. Bunting, T. Kopa, J. Drage, E. Rosado