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Returning Nyora forward, Ilan Osman, gets out wide to create something for his fellow
forwards in the warm mid-Autumn sunshine during the first match of the season at Lang
Nyora tames Tigers
for opening win
NYORA has added 11 new players in the off-
season and while not all of them were playing
in the seniors on Saturday, it was going to be
interesting to see how they gelled in an impor-
tant first-round match against close rivals,
The club needn’t have worried because the
Saints were up for the contest from the out-
set, and having welcomed back Ilan Osman to
resume key forward duties for the club, they
looked the side most likely to succeed, despite
determined opposition from the home side.
There’s certainly a much better atmosphere
around the club, after all the changes to the El-
linbank league over the break, and according
to reserves coach, Gavin Doig, the Saints has
been getting a really pleasing response from
“We had 38 at training on Tuesday night and
44 there on Thursday night which is great to
see,” Doig said.
“In a reduced league, we’ve got realistic hopes
of making the finals this year and who knows
“I think a lot of the clubs feel better about
that and have gone out and done some recruit-
“We also had 11 new guys in the reserves to -
day, a game I thought we really could have won
until they overran us in the last quarter.”
The club has restructured its game-day or-
ganisation and has a proper match committee
which is really encouraging more commitment
to training and fitness.
Senior coach Fia Tootoo has Adam Tagliafer-
ro back as his assistant coach and good sup-
port on the coaching bench from Troy Fergu-
son and Pete Smith.
The emphasis on fitness really showed out
on Saturday with the Saints looking like break-
ing away from the Tigers at various stages dur-
ing the game but forced to really grind it out in
the last quarter, kicking 2.3 to Lang Lang’s 1.3
to take the match by just three points as the
storm clouds rolled in.
Osman was often the go-to man up forward,
not only kicking three crucial goals himself but
also handing off quite a few scoring chances.
But steering the wind-affected ball through
the big sticks was no mean feat and Osman
had numerous other chances to kick majors.
Despite the addition of a number of new play-
ers, only Sam Burns figured in the best with
Nyora regulars Chris Hodges, Nick Carrigy,
Brett Kelly and Jordan Anderson showing the
Dylan Heylen and Aiden Cumberland also
made solid starts but right across the lines, the
club seems to be well resourced this year and
could certainly expect to play finals.
After the hard-fought win over Lang Lang, the
club retired to the Lang Lang pub for drinks
and counter meals to acknowledge the Palace
Hotel’s sponsorship support of the club.
It’s back to Nyora next Saturday for the first
home match against Buln with the aim of win-
ning all home games this season, no matter
One of Nyora’s best on the day, Chris Hodges, looks to take a shot on goal under pressure
from his Lang Lang opponent and in difficult, windy conditions. M481517
falls just short
A GALLANT Poowong has shown signs of
improvement in its first match of the season,
going down by nine points against Ellinbank
The Magpies held a slender two -point lead
at the first change and extended the lead to
nine points at half time, before the visitors
bounced back with a four goal to two third
term to lead by three points.
The Eagles triumphed in the end, kicking
three goals to two in a tense final quarter to
claim the points.
There were plenty of positives for the Mag-
pies, with recruits Joseph Bisognin, Jack
Hazendonk and Alexander Doria stellar on
debut, while Lachie Green, Matt Cozzio and
Tom Wyatt were also amongst the best.
Josh Harvey was dangerous up forward
with three goals and the Magpies will take
confidence into their next match against
Longwarry at Longwarry on Saturday, April
22, after the break for Easter this weekend.
Poowong Under 18 player Scott Loughridge
gets away from his Ellinbank opponent in a
good game, personally for him against Ellin-
bank last Saturday. The Magpie Thirds actu-
ally won the third quarter but they couldn’t
hold the visitors in the other three quarters.
Photo courtesy of Jeff Tull.
Wonthaggi Power FNC president Brett Tessari and Wonthaggi Toyota’s Tony Cuzzupi and
Rob O’Neill welcomed former Western Bulldogs star Daniel Giansiracusa to Wonthaggi on
Wednesday night as part of the Toyota Is Good for Footy promotion. rg121517
Gia inspires Power youngsters
FORMER Western Bulldogs star Daniel
Giansiracusa visited Wonthaggi Power on
Wednesday night as part of the Toyota Is
Good for Footy promotion.
There was a super clinic for the Power’s
Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Youth
Girls teams, along with inflatable football
‘Gia’ arrived towards the end of the clinic
and joined in the action, helping the teams
with drills and passing on wisdom from his
265 AFL games.
One piece of advice stood out – to practice
kicking on your opposite foot – which he
stressed was very important for all players.
His visit was wrapped up with a question
and answer session in the Power clubrooms
and a free barbecue for the kids.
Wonthaggi Power’s Under 10, Under 12, Under 14 and Youth Girls teams were treated to
a visit from Daniel Giansiracusa on Wednesday night. rg131517
‘Gia’ passes on his wisdom and advice to the Wonthaggi Power Youth Girls team.
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