Great to have the Premier Steven Marshall and our local Member Matt Cowdrey – Member for Colton attend the Henley Heroes Luncheon last Saturday 14th July, and even more pleasing, to announce the funding provided by the State Government for our Female Change Rooms 😃 A huge THANKYOU from the HFC
Pictured – Premier Steven Marshall, Trevor Sampson, Matt Cowdrey & Henley President Paul Caica
The Henley Sharks currently have 5 female football teams
Check out club room development photos from years gone by >> here <<
MATCH REPORT: A GRADE Coach – Jarrad Parker
Round 12 @ HOME V Payneham
The evenness of Division 1 this year means that every game is vital. Payneham is a team that beat us fairly comfortably in Round 4 and we came into the game wanting to atone for our performance that day.
Unfortunately like the week before the opposition were able to get a goal in the first minute of the game. Payneham have some real quality forwards but any forward would have been licking their lips when their midfielders were able to stream out of the middle like we allowed them to do. We were on the back foot from the outset and after getting a few early goals Payneham’s confidence grew and it took us some time before we were able to slow their momentum. Conversely, we were kicking into a 3 goal breeze and just couldn’t get any convincing forward movement ourselves. In the end we were thankful for the siren so we could reset.
In the second we again struggled to get ourselves into the game. We were getting more of the football but our kicking into our forward lines was poor and we weren’t getting many meaningful chances. As has been the case for the last 5 or so weeks Brett Ebert was battling hard, while usually going up against 2 defenders. Ross Pederson was a welcome addition to the team and he took a great pack mark to remind us of what he can do. But again it was our inability to shut down the Payneham run, our intentions were right as we were working back hard to help our defenders but by zoning off it allowed Payneham to link up through shorter targets and get deep forward entries. We went in at half time after what was probably our most disappointing half of football.
The boys were pretty flat at half time so our objective for the second half was to get some flair and enjoyment back into our game. I thought we built through the quarter and achieved this. We switched, ran and linked up and strung together a few real positive passages of play which saw us almost level the quarter into the breeze. Tom Thunig and Michael Gautesen were the catalysts through the middle while Chris Schwarz was getting himself into the game and trying to be creative. Down back Sam Ferguson was having a great battle with Payneham’s key forwards.
There were a lot of positives to come from the third quarter and it was important we continued to build confidence regardless of the scoreboard. After losing Harris Jessen at half time, Ross Pederson was thrust straight back into the middle and was giving us plenty of first looks at the ball. We were starting to use the space on the oval which meant we were able to take advantage of genuine one on one contests forward. Even though some of our kicking left a little bit to be desired the intent and willingness to work was there. We won the quarter and the second half which was something small to take away. We are a young team that plays on confidence and I think we can take some confidence out of our second half.
A disappointing day, but due to the nature of the competition there is no time to dwell on the result. We have now put ourselves in a position where each week is critical if we want to play finals football
Another terrific win for the sharks well done to the boys and all officials lets keep up the good work
A GRADE MATCH REPORT – JARRAD PARKER
Round 10 AWAY V Modbury
Even though Modbury have struggled this year it is never an easy road trip and our challenge was to bring the same intensity we had last week. Knowing what it has been like in the past we were pleasantly surprised by the good condition of the oval which was matched by the conditions on the day.
In Round 1 Modbury played with heavy numbers behind the football so we knew we needed to counter that by getting the ball out to space and moving the ball quickly. From the outset our mids continued on from where they left off last week and controlled the stoppages. We were being brave with the football out of the backlines, switching at every opportunity and using our runners on the outside. This produced clean forward movements which was highlighted by what has been dubbed the ‘point of the year’ as Tom Elfenbein ran down the wing with three bounces only to hit the goal post with his shot. James Lean, Travis Lane and Jack Enright seemed to be in everything as we dominated possession but felt at the break we hadn’t taken all of our opportunities.
In the second we got off to another great start, Harris Jessen was controlling the stoppages but was doing the damage in open play, he would have had close to 10 running bounces for the day as he took on the opposition at every opportunity and kicked the ball deep into the forward lines. We welcomed back Ned Heath for his first game for the year and he was playing like he hadn’t missed a beat plucking anything that came his way. Down back Mitch Goldner and Chris Schwarz were getting on top of their opponents with the support of Scott Berry. Brock Kennedy was lively on the wing and giving us plenty of run and as a team we were working really hard to run the football. However we were almost working too hard and running ourselves into the ground, a few turnovers hurt us the other way and as Modbury started winning the clearances it was again a 6 minute period that allowed them to kick 3 goals and stay in the game.
There was some frustration amongst ourselves at half time but we knew for the most part we were in control of the game, we just needed to clean up a few of our errors. Our first 5 scoring shots of the third quarter resulted in points which added to that frustration but when we finally got that goal the flood gates opened. The midfield were getting clean clearances and all of the forwards were getting in on the act. Jamie Grosser kicked a couple for the quarter, Jackson Smith was keeping up his good form and Brett Ebert was causing the defenders some headaches. But a running goal from Harris Jessen, only to be almost trumped by himself moments later were the highlights of the quarter. We kicked 8 goals 8 for the quarter and put the game out of question.
Unfortunately some injuries to Travis Lane and Ned Heath meant we played the last with 19 players and then no bench after we put Brett Ebert on ice halfway through. This took its toll as the players looked out of gas in the last. We still had plenty of scoring opportunities but got beaten over the back a few times by Modbury which allowed them to get a few consolation goals. Jack Enright and Mitch Goldner finished the game off strongly while our skipper for the day Corey Gray ran out a strong second half.
During the long weekend break we spoke about the importance of the next 3 games. We have now won two of them and go into the third with a lot of confidence. There are a few sore boys which may present some other players with an opportunity but we also look forward to getting our skipper Michael Gautesen back this week. With the evenness of the competition all games are important but a win this week can set our season up.
MODBURY v. HENLEY
Round 10 – 23/06/2018
Henley 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 16.8 (104)
Modbury 0.0, 0.0, 0.0, 11.9 (75)
GOALS, Henley :
Jamie Grosser 3, Ned Heath 3, Harris Jessen 2, James Lean 2, Brett Ebert 1, Jack Enright 1, Jackson Smith 1, Travis Lane 1, Cody Hicks 1, Thomas Thunig 1
Kyle McNaughton 3, Matt Fogden 3, Ezrah Holland 2, Christopher Burns 1, Samuel Taylor 1, Matthew Gibson 1
BEST, Henley :
Harris Jessen, Brock Kennedy, Christopher Schwarz, Mitchell Goldner, Jack Enright
Matt Fogden, Marcus Kightley, Quinten Burrows, Ryan Richards, Timothy Davey