Round 16 Newsletter

Round 16 Newsletter

August 2, 2022

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From the President

What a highlight watching our Premier Division Women’s run home to the end of their season. The football these girls have been playing is awesome. It is not just the running and hitting targets that is improved but the unselfish acts they undertake (shepherds, blocks, tackles, smothers) to help their teammates be effective with the ball is outstanding. I hope they take a lot of confidence from their end to the season. Get a full pre-season in and 2023 is looking very promising for them.

With a depleted bench we unfortunately ran out of legs against UNSW-ES in Premier Division Men. Was a much better display, with a great start, then last time we met. We certainly “shook their world” and gave them something to think about come finals.

In a tight contest the Reserves led all day, although giving UNSW a sniff in the third. With a strong finish to put them away we hope to take that as the start against Many this week. It was great to see our ex-Club Captain make a return to football after a long rehabilitation from injury. Welcome home Turbo.

With Premier Division Men, Reserve Grade and Women’s Division 2 in finals contention let’s, do what Penno are well known for, get to the games and support their run.

Parkwood came during the week and undertook some long outstanding rectification works. It was good to see the ladies toilet door fully operational and other small items rectified. We await replacement hand soap dispensers in the toilets. Cosmetic rectification works on the outside will be completed over the next week. On order are shelves for the storage facility and once delivered and installed we close out Stage 1 of the club rooms.

As outlined last week, you will see works commencing on Stage 2, under council management, next week. By June next season, we should have completed underneath facilities.

Partners Day
The Spiced Rum that Lisa Maynard was able to get sponsored for Partners Day was very popular. As the day went on the crowd got more vocal as their voice boxes became more lubricated.  Although we did not see many partners, there were plenty of players who were happy to take advantage of the drinks package on offer for the day.

We hope that as COVID fallout becomes a distant memory, we will see more partners venture to the club for next year’s day.

Good For Footy Raffle
The best way you can financially support your club now is through the Toyota Good for Footy Raffle. The funds raised here come straight back to the club. These funds will be used to rebuild up to date scoreboards on our top and bottom ovals. This will enhance the experience for all on game day. We are also hoping the scoreboards we can acquire will allow us to entice more sponsors to the club, due to the game day coverage we can provide them. 

Please, get on board and purchase your tickets, with the chance to win 1 of 3 brand new cars. We need you. Tickets can be purchased through the link here:

Todd Williams – Pennant Hills AFL Club President

Match Reports

Premier Division Women
(PH 4.4.32 defeated UNSW 4.2.26)

We didn’t have a finals spot to play for, but knew we could overtake UNSW on the ladder and take back the win from last time we played them (a 7 point loss with more scoring shots). UNSW are well known for their strong switch game style, to which we planned to shut down from the start.

The first quarter again saw us start perfectly, with strong centre clearances from Tayla Duguid and Ella Morris who didn’t stop running all game. Eleanor Rugg led from the back line again with some smart target hitting, and Kaity Noble was as good as ever at sticking her marks.

The third quarter saw UNSW fight back and claim a couple of quick goals which saw them tie the game up 25-all. It was back to the drawing board and the last quarter was all that mattered as this point.

Grace Painting took some excellent marks in the last half to push the ball into a key attacking position, that led to players like Bri Wade and Laura Donohoe to kick goals. Alex Wade had her second blinder in a row, taking 10 marks on the half forward flank, and finishing the season on a huge high with 2 goals for the game.

We finish the season 7th, after winning 5 of our last 7 games, and I could not be happier at how far we’ve come since the start of the season. There are a lot of positives to build on for next year, where we can hopefully make a run for the finals.

Daniel Fiedler – Premier Division Women’s Coach

Premier Division Men with thanks to Pennant Hills Toyota
(PH 8.6.54 defeated by UNSW 9.11.65)

Coming off the bye last weekend, Round 16 saw the Demons taking on the top of the table UNSW-ES Bulldogs. With the clash shaping as a real test for the Demons and our top 4 aspirations.

The first quarter started off at a frantic pace, with finals like footy pressure applied by both sides. Pennant Hills had clearly come to play and at every contest were putting the Bulldogs under pressure and looking dangerous when moving the ball forward. Unfortunately, the first quarter had a long break, with a Bulldogs player going down with a head injury resulting in the game being stopped for the ambulance to come. Both teams went back into the sheds and composed themselves whilst waiting for the delay to end and the game to resume. Once the game recommenced, the Demons took off where they had started. The midfield was getting on top around the clearances, with Jackson Potter prominent early and the forwards kicking straight to have the Demons in front at the first change 26 – 15.

The second quarter commenced, and the Demons took off where they started from the first quarter. Mitchell Blow was starting to dominate in the ruck and was brilliant around the ground with chase-down tackles and contested marks. The backline was holding strong, and the Demon’s pressure was a standout, causing the Bulldogs to continue to make mistakes and constantly feel under pressure every time they got the ball. With the Demons outscoring the Bulldogs by 1 goal for the quarter and taking an impressive lead over the top of the table Bulldogs at the half 46 – 23.

With the Demons on top for the first half, the question was going to be could they continue the momentum and pressure in the third quarter. Injuries started to take a toll on the demons, with Zac Elliot and Josh Boag going down and the Demon’s resilience and rotations being tested with only 2 men on the bench for the rest of the game. The lack of rotations started to take a toll and the Bulldogs started to take full advantage, moving the ball quickly from the backline and looking to come through the corridor at all costs. Copper Lee continued his good form down back, repelling entry’s from the bulldogs and setting up the Demon’s defence which was constantly under pressure. It was the Bulldogs’ quarter though, kicking 3 goals to 1 goal and cutting the margin back to 7 points at the three quarter time break 52 – 45.

With the last quarter set up for a huge contest, the game started to open up. The Demons continued to tackle, pressure and harass the Bulldogs but it was evident after such a courageous performance all day, the Demons were running out of legs. The last quarter didn’t go the Demons’ way, the Bulldogs showed why they are the top team and scored 3 goals to nil in the final quarter. Eventually getting over the valiant Demons with the final score being 65 – 54.

The Demons will take a lot of confidence from the performance, pushing the top side all the way to the very end with an undermanned bench. The Demons were well represented all day, with the best players being named as Mitchell Blow, Ben Matthews, Sam Eynaud, Christian Webster, Cooper Lee and Jackson Potter.

Next week sees the Demons take on Manly, a must-win in order for the Demons to play in finals and to hopefully grab a top 4 spot come the end of the year.

Ben Roberts – Premier Division Men’s Coach

Premier Division Reserves 
(PH 7.6.48 defeated UNSW 4.6.30)            

Qtr by Qtr Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Pennant Hills 3.3 – 21 3.5 – 23 3.6 – 24 7.6 – 48
UNSW/ES 0.2 – 2 1.3 – 9 3.5 – 23 4.6 – 30

Goal Kickers: B Thompson 2, J Gunstone 1, J Moran 1, A Murdoch 1, T Angel 1, N Sparks 1
Best: M Browne, J Moran, M Kunigiskis, M Trenaman, J Gunstone, N Sparks
Players Player: M Kunigiskis

After the bye last week, which ended up being a washout for the rest of the Reserves comp, we had the opportunity to continue our push for a top 3 spot and to knock out our opponents from finals contention.

After a good start, where we should have been further ahead at quarter time, the game turned into an arm wrestle for the next two quarters.

Although we seemed to have enough of the play during this time, we just couldn’t get on the scoreboard and turned for home with just a one point lead.

They scored first with a behind after about three minutes to level the scores.

It took us another 5 minutes after some solid defence to go forward where Bomber Thompson marked and goaled from the goal square to put us six points up.

Another goal from Nick Sparks another 5 minutes later had us looking in good shape.

A clearance from them and a quick goal had them right back in the game and still with plenty of time to play.

After some desperate defence again and a sensational tackle for Harry Elbourne from which he played on and hit Jonno Moran just inside 50, Jonno scored the goal to put us 12 points in front.

They, once again, won the clearance from the restart, but could only manage a behind.

We defended stoutly again before a sensational passage of play ended with the ball safely on the chest of Tommy Angel who kicked the sealer.

It was great to see Turbo back playing footy and the boys certainly loved having you back.

David Pinker – Premier Division Men’s Coach

Division 1 Men
(PH 2.4.16 defeated by UNSW 14.10.94)

The battle for a potential finals berth had us against the Bulldogs at the unconventional 9:10am time slot, 10 minutes earlier than the normal start time of 9:20am.

The earlier start, albeit 10 minutes, saw us down 5 goals within that period and we were playing catch up for the rest of the day.

Opposition were willing to work harder together and demonstrated a greater willingness to run both ways leading to far greater numbers at the contest. A disappointing display from us after a much improved period over the past 6 weeks or so.

Better players for Michael Fiedler, a clear standout, Kieran Wright down back, Big Billy who continues to get better by the week, Cian Furlong across a wing, Jye Durkin up forward who could have kicked 4 if he decided to kick straight and Sam Macauley in the ruck who continues to progress well in his first season of senior footy.

Seb Parker – Division 1 Men’s Coach

Division 2 Women
(PH 3.2.20 defeated by UNSW 3.10.28)

Playing UNSW for the 3rd time in 6 weeks, we knew that it was going to be a tough contest as they make a late push to be in finals contention.

The first quarter we were slow out of the gate and UNSW had setup very well around the contest and were getting a lot of ball into the forward line. Credit to our back 5 that managed to hold down the fort and stop them kicking a lot of goals early. Natalie Morrow managed to kick a good goal against the run of play, and we led at qtr time 7-2.

Second quarter again was more of the same and UNSW were streaming forward taking multiple shots on goal. Thankfully inaccurate kicking kept us in the game and at the half we were only down by 2 goals.

Second half saw our intensity and attack at ball lift and we were right in the game. Amy Court kicked a fantastic goal and was dominant at attacking the ball. The tackle intensity from Emily Phelps, Emily Lewis and Jesse Smith shifted the momentum and we were down by only a goal at 3 qtr time.

Final quarter we again started to charge home and had opportunities to win the game. UNSW kicked a goal off a turnover to ultimately seal the game, but it was a great fightback by the girls. Unfortunately we lost by 8 points in the end in a tight contest.

Jed Corbett – Division 2 Women’s Coach

Division 3 Men
(PH 5.4.34 defeated by UNSW 10.11.71)

This was your classic ‘must win’ game to reach the finals, and we set out with a strong side more than capable of matching a UNSW team who beat us in the reverse fixture, and who had strung together a good sequence of results in the back half of the season.

The return of Nick and Mike Baglin added some guile and experience to our side, and Nick converted early with a beautifully weighted snap after his best Ginnivan impression earning a free 35m out. This countered the good start by UNSW who also grabbed a couple of early goals in Q1 by swarming past our mids, creating pressure on our backline who was missing Jack Watkins, a late withdrawal after being bitten by the bat.

Geir O’Rourke is one of the stories of the season. His skills and influence around the ground have grown immeasurably and his teammates are reaping the benefits of all his hard work on the training track. Overhead marks, hard-ball-gets and contested possession numbers are all up, but more pleasing is the partnerships and trust he has built with those around him such as Chris Bloom, Luke Bray, Sam Rice and Tim Acheson.

At half time we were right in it, just 9 points behind thanks to goals from the returning Todd Ripps (who unfortunately suffered a calf injury in Q3 and was unable to really return), and a growing influence of Tommy Pellizzon who, despite sporting a very attractive new hairdo (lovely ginger braids) was playing like a seasoned professional, not a 1st season player as he is – this kid has a great future.

The best piece of interplay this coach has seen in some time was delivered by Trent Summers-Levin, passing accurately to Luke Bray who swung on his right to hit Hayden Mitchell on the wing, who turned and hit Mike Baglin on the chest. It was clean, professional and a joy to watch these men produce such effective ball use at this level of football. So proud of these lads!

In truth, despite the stellar performances of every player, not least Josh Everett (concussion), Mitch Yabsley (shoulder), Alex Rashleigh, and Ryan Pascoe (C19), we simply ran out of steam in the 2nd half. We held on long enough to see another N. Baglin goal and a cramp-dance from him which resembled a walk from a night club at 4am after a few too many vodkas (drink wisely folks!).

As usual, the effort, spirit and togetherness of this group ensure we can be proud of these men every time they represent our club. They are the heart and soul of this place and we all hope they have a long future wearing the red & blue.

A final thank you to all the parents, friends and partners who supported us, and also Hugh, our physio who did a great job as always.

I will see you in the next one.

Nigel Blow – Division 3 Men’s Coach

Division 3 Women
(PH 9.9.63 defeated Newtown 0.0.0)

Great start from the mids which continued for the whole quarter, with Alyce and Jazz providing the first touch to Katie, Maddy MD, Lucy and Jesse, who dominated the clearances. Stocky was on fire on the Half Forward Flank and was so quick that her hot boots burnt off any remaining dew left on the ground.  This led to lots of opportunities for Ash Grubba who snagged 3 goals in the first quarter.  It sure looked like she had another goal but the Goal Ump saw it differently. 

Newtown’s second quarter was much improved with more aggressive attack on the ball.  Our backline, however, was superb and snuffed out any push forward from Newtown. Excellent anticipation from Intern, Gurks, Kate C and Ciara saw the ball rebounding to our Mids. Unfortunately, we were not able to turn this into any goals.

The Third quarter was more like the first with the mids exerting their dominance again.  Jazz and Stocky were providing strong targets and this resulted in Gabbi, Jazz, and Ash ( again ) cashing in on some good goals. Stocky’s goal was just rewards for the huge impact she was having on the game.

The last quarter continued like the third as Newtown started to run out of legs.  Our Mids were able to run freely and Jesse and Katie racked out lots of possessions.  Phelps was also taking the ball forward on lots of occasions and finished this off with a goal of her own.  Ash finished off an outstanding day with another to end up with five goals for the day. 

Well done all.

Mark Carroll – Women’s Football Manager

Under 19’s
(PH 1.2.8 defeated by UNSW 15.13.103)

Under 19s took on the number 1 side in the comp UNSW who haven’t lost a game all season.

We knew it would be a tough task, and they absolutely showed why they are such a good team from the first bounce. The positive sign for us is that through the 2nd quarter, our tackle pressure on the ball was first class. Restricting UNSW to no score up until the 2 minutes of the quarter.

Coach believes that the week off really hurt the tidiness of our skills against the most skilful side in the comp. Matthew Gillbee continues to impress winning plenty of ball, Michael Weathers was exceptional off half back and Tait was by far the cleanest of our players and really stood out on the day.

We take on Manly this week and will look to ruin their season.

Joel Cousens – Under 19’s Coach 

(PH 11.10.76 defeated Sydney Uni 2.3.15)

This week the Masters took on Sydney University in another good challenge as we looked to reclaim third spot from them after recent results saw us fall behind on a match ratio basis.

In a first for the team, we played on the St Paul’s ground at Sydney University which would have to be the smallest ground in the competition, narrowed even further to avoid the bog-like outer wings.

Having beaten Sydney Uni earlier in the year by nine goals, there was some danger we would head into the game with some complacency, and although we were ready, warmed up well and looked ready for the game, we did start the game a little sluggish. Sydney Uni, however, were fired up and started the game well, winning the contested possession early and getting the first goal.

After the initial battle, we started working our way into the game, managing to move the ball well out of the backline and moved ahead at the first break three goals to two. Whilst Sydney Uni had some very good players, our depth across the ground shone over the remainder of the game as we comfortable ran out nine goal winners.

Pleasingly, the goals were shared around the team with seven separate goal scorers with new boy Richard scoring a couple of cracking goals for his first goals for the club. Our backline, played to form, restricting Sydney Uni to a miserly two points in the final three quarters of the game. Astro, Seb and Kingy patrolled the backline with class, marking cleanly and distributing smartly helping our midfielders dominate the middle of the ground with Big Waz and Looksy influential.

It was a cracking game with everyone contributing to the result and although we ran out easy winners it was a battle throughout the game and certainly not a walkover. We’ve had an amazing run into the end of the season with our efforts across all the games worthy of the red and the blue. Congrats to all.

Peter Carey – Masters Coach 

Round 17 Fixtures

The Demons are on the road again as our senior grades take on the Manly Wolves on their territory at Weldon. We will be looking for some big wins to keep our finals hopes alive and set the tone for our run to finals. With only 2 home and away rounds left coaches will be wanting to see our game is solid and players are executing the plan with skill. This weekend is our chance to demonstrate this.

Unfortunately, this week was our Premier Division Women’s last round. Such a great finish to their season. Can’t wait to see what they bring in 2023 after a full pre-season. 

Team Opposition Ground Time
PDM Manly Warringah Weldon Oval 2:30 PM
PRM Manly Warringah Weldon Oval 4:30 PM
D1M Sydney University Sydney Uni Oval #1 4:00 PM
D2W Southwest Sydney Blues Rosedale Oval 12:30 PM
D3M Sydney University Sydney Uni Oval #1 2:15 PM
D3W St George Dragons Olds Park #2 3:00 PM
U19 Manly Warringah Weldon Oval 12:30 PM
Masters Bye
Premier Division Women – Season End


The following is our calendar of confirmed events for Season 2022:

Rd 17 – 6th August – Demon Disco (The Underground – UTS) – Buy your tickets here

Grab your akubra, dust off your boots & start practising your best country moves because the Demon Disco is back and this year we’re heading to the Wild West!

Saturday 6th August will see the Demons return to The UTS Underground for the most anticipated social event of the year! Ticket includes 5 hour drinks package.

Tickets are $80 and can be purchased through Athlete Tracker:

This event is 18+ only

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