On Sunday the Williamstown CYMS Football Club ventured into new territory, claiming the Division One premiership and for the first time since joining the VAFA in 1983 we have ventured into Premier C, a huge step forward for the club on its journey to the upper levels of the league.
Williamstown CYMS (16.14.110) Def Therry Penola (8.6.54)
The entire week was a highlight for the CYs. On Tuesday night a continually developing midfielder in Jack Gray won the Division One LS Pepper Best and Fairest. Congratulations Jack on your determination to constantly improve and the reward for your effort is more than justified.
Tuesday and Thursday night training sessions were sharp and there was an air of expectation floating around the Fearon with the players clearly focused and determined to not let an opportunity pass them by. Selection on Thursday night was tough, Montebello and the coaching staff had the unenviable job of selecting a team of 22 representatives of the club with a full list to choose from. As with all Grand Final teams there were players who were left out of the team, but Monty and his selection committee decided that it would be hard to change the team after the emphatic Semi Final win a fortnight prior, and therefore the team remained unchanged.
Prior to the game the change rooms had the smell of liniment and the energy was calm and focused with an undercurrent of confidence. It was then, prior to the team engaging in the contest that I felt that it was going to be a very tough day for the CYs to get beaten. I have been around football clubs long enough to understand and feel the collective presence and the CYMS were primed for the conflict that was going to decide the Division One Premiership.
The game started with a rush, as alluded to, the boys in the Gold and Blue were on from the first bounce, with a fantastic opening quarter that really took Therry Penola by storm. They failed to get going at the start of the game, and they never really provided enough composure to compete for the cup on the day. By the end of the first quarter the score was 6.1 to 1.1 and it looked and more importantly felt ominous. It had been a tough couple of weeks for Therry and possibly that played a part, however the CYs were relentless and denied them clean ball use, with pressure from Jason Bencich and the defensive team repelled repeated shallow forward entries.
Lead by selfless Captain Ben Gray, he and Ryan Danaher both denied clean marking opportunities for the Therry forwards and Fin “The General” Adamson thumping the ball away from expectant marking hands on more than one occasion. When the ball did come to ground in the Therry forward line Phil Johnson, Sean McVernon and Tim “The Law” Murphy tidied up the mess. At the other end of the ground there was a mixture of strong marks and running goals throughout the match. Matt “Magoo” Johns kicked 6 majors, with a few more narrowly missing, on his way to a Best On Ground effort. He was fantastically supported by Luke Molan (1 goal) and resting ruck man Steven Puhar (3 goals) who consistently took marks or brought the ball to ground for the numerous running players to then capitalise, which is reflected by the spread of goal scorers.
The midfield delivered consistent quality deep forward entries which troubled the Therry defence. The likes of Michael Cini relentlessly harassing the opposition when trying to clear the ball, and supported vocally but the “Peanut Gallery”, the CYs created panic amongst the Therry Penola defenders, this lead to poor decisions saw numerous turnovers on the way out of the back line that turned into CYs goals. Dan Calman-Oor of Co.Create was the man constructing the midfield dominance, with a physical presence and extraction skills to ensure quality ball use to the outside midfields like, Heaver, Richards and Chan.
Joel Hogarth, and Ryan Joy both with minor injury concerns after the Semi Final were relieved they had the week off to recuperate. Both played pivotal roles throughout the game. Joel who shows enormous potential and even more speed had the confidence to stick the ball under his arm and run, break lines which allowed the forward CYs players numerous one on one contests, a forwards delight. Joy had a Stuart Dew like presence, influencing forward contests when it mattered, his ability to read a contest and then with classy foot or hand skills capitalise were evident with a superb roving goal from a marking contest early in the game when the CYs set up the match winning lead.
Tom Johnstone, provided Monty with options all around the ground. Tom who played parts of the year with the Western Jets is pure quality. Strong and quick he provided inside and outside support throughout middle of the ground. Speaking of options Kurt “Bood” Scown and Cameron Oates provided more swing than the infighting of the Rudd-Gillard-Rudd government, with both chipping in at either end of the field with contested marks and physical contest.
An article wouldn’t be complete without mention of the “Golden Child” Nic Holdsworth. Some say its because of his unblemished view in the eyes of coach Montebello, I think it is because the man Holdsworth would bleed Gold, such is his no nonsense attitude to football and his utter dedication to performing at the highest possible level.
Congratulations again to the Williamstown CYMS Football Club on a fantastic year. Its so rewarding to see the club achieve success after the efforts of the likes of Peter Welsh, Bill Deller, Pat Walsh, Paul Johnson, Peter and Mick Buckley, Ken West, Whiskers, John Tuck and others that i have inevitably forgotten, over the last few years. The coaching staff of Matt Montebello, Paul Johnstone, Matt Wynd and Dene Macleod, who spend so much time refining the team and developing the players into better footballers but more importantly into better members of the community as a whole, were able to taste the fruit of their toil, the taste of success flowing from the premiership cup.
Bravo CY’s, Bravo.