It began with Legends who were not really sure if they were going to have full side on the paddock to begin with but in the end they overcame Waverley by 16 points.
Coburg Legends stayed in front marginally throughout the contest and kicked two vital goals in the last quarter to seal a well-earned victory. Rod Craig (1 goal) led the way all morning and there were excellent contributions from Mark Sedgwick and Ange Chiodo. Sharpshooter Theo Grimaldi kicked three goals with Pete Soligo chiming in with a couple.
COBURG 6.12-48 def WAVERLEY 4.8-32
The Reserves got off to flyer kicking four unanswered goals in the first term to set up a 53-point win.
Despite losing Vinnie Taranto to injury midway through the second term they managed three more majors going into the wind taking a 37-point lead into half time.
It was more of the same in the third term when they piled on another four goals to stretch the lead to 56 points before injury struck with both Gary Jeffery and captain Frank Massara going down.
The Ressies toiled on manfully eventually running out winners by 53 points. Great spirit, determination and effort across the park.
Marco Rabar, on debut, kicked 4 goals, ran all day and put in a best on ground performance. Gary Jeffery was hard at it in the middle and provided 2 goals, Dave Himmelfarb (1 goal) rucked with determination all afternoon, Anthony Manovella gave plenty of run and Ronny Torcasio shored up the tight knit defence.
The forward line was very functional with majors to Taranto, Pengelly, Cummins, Cardillo, and Arnold.
COBURG 12.12-84 def MELBOURNE 4.7-31
To main game and John Haddad celebrated his 50th game with the club in true winning style when Coburg ran out winners by 36 points. In the process Coburg were able to bury the demons of a last gasp defeat at the hands of Melbourne on the corresponding fixture from last season.
Once they settled the Supers got off to a great start kicking 5-4 to 1-0 with the assistance of the wind to open up a 28-point lead.
In the second quarter and despite the effort Coburg couldn’t hit the scoreboard. But, at the same they gave Melbourne very little with defence led by Wayne Pretty in his debut game holding firm.
In the third term Coburg kicked two more majors and held Melbourne goalless, another tick in the box to the defence.
Goals to Pete Cummins and Craig McKay in the last term gave Coburg the buffer they needed and sealed the victory but, it was McKay’s tackle in the dying minutes of the game summed the performance which was full of effort and placed Melbourne under significant pressure throughout the match. The Supers victorious by 36 points.
Wayne Pretty was best on ground with a terrific game at Centre Half Back, Kane “Sugar” O’Brien carved them up early on with two goals, Mark Gillman provided the grunt and plenty of run and carry, the move of Mark Ryan (who bagged a couple of goals) to the forward line was a masterstroke with the big “General “ providing presence and a great target.
Adam Lewis chimed in with two goals and Mark “Hotty” Medley chipped also chipped in with a major.
COBURG 9.11-65 def MELBOURNE 3.11-29