The double-header versus Monash was an eagerly awaited fixture and the first time both teams had played together on The Fearon this year. We looked forward to two great games of FIDA football and we were rewarded with the same.
The impact of COVID on our players is still being felt very deeply. It’s important to remember that participation in FIDA football comes in may forms and game play is just one. Before the game, it was wonderful to see Reid West and vice president Dave Oakley having a kick together in front of the new Peter Sadler digital scoreboard. Reid is still getting ready to return to match play, but importantly, he has retained his connection with the club and his friends. He looked great in his playing gear. Dave commented afterwards, “Reid laced up today for a practice run on the paddock and we hope to see him play a game sometime soon.”
Div 3 /4
Williamstown 4.9 (33) Monash 3.10 (28)
Reserves coach Lainey said in her press conference after the game, “Such a great game for our reserves. Not only did we win, we finally pulled off what we always wanted, playing beautifully cohesive as a team. We have worked in this every single week at training and I can’t tell you how proud I am to see this amazing unity and talent come out on game day. I am so proud of every single one of you. See you on Wednesday.”
Div 1 / 2
Williamstown 15.8 (98) Monash 8.6 (54)
Before the second match, retiring four-time premiership player Kosta Vlahos proudly presented his number 50 jumper to new recruit Jordan Irwin.
In the Div 1 /2 match, an enjoyable game was played after Monash, who are making a very positive statement with their rebuilding program, were unable to raise the numbers, due to injuries and absences.
New recruits were all featured, with Corey “Ballas” Ballantine hitting the scoreboard repeatedly, Anthony “Q” DiQuinzio utilised his speed in the wide open spaces on the wing and Jordan “Jordan” Irwin showing that he is very comfortable at this top level of FIDA. Three Seagulls became guest Demons in the second half – thanks Burger, Ibby and Rod.
Our surplus, new-old stock and match-worn clothing and equipment sale was set up under the Harsley Pavilion shelter. Some great bargains were available. We raised $64 for the club. Thanks to Andrew W, Catherine T. and all the helpers, as we moved into National Volunteers Week.
FIDA is the Football Integration Development Association, a league for footballers with special needs.