The 2017 season was a "onwards and upwards" challenge for the club following our decision to move to the Country Division of the Hills  Football League. For those who would like to follow the year week by week read on.

Round 1

Our boys went to Callington on Saturday to play last year’s premiers Bridgewater.

Our under 13s had a great win. Our B’s lost 8 13 to 5 5 after being 5 goals to nil down at quarter time. For a bunch of young lads thrown together in the past week gee they did a good job once they got going.
Our A’s started well 4 goal to 1 up at quarter time 1 point down at half time. Got outscored 9 goals to 1 in the third before fighting back in the last to lose 15 10 to 9 9.
The boys in all grades proved they have what it takes to be right up there in their respective grades. I know the coaches are happy with where we are at and it was great to see so many spectators come for a look.

Get to Thunder Park next week to see the boys take on Kersbrook in the seniors and Kangarilla in the kids. After the games everyone is welcome to stay and enjoy a meal and presentations for the days games and then a local band will be entertaining us for the night.

Hope to see you for this our first home game of the season.

 

Round 2

What a cracking day of footy at Ironbank last weekend for our first home games of the season. It started with the 13s having a great win Friday night against Kangarilla to make it 2 in a row.

The B grade came from behind at half time of their game to beat Kersbrook in a tough hard contest in very hot blustery conditions. Well done Brandon and his boys.

The A grade played yet another finalist from last year and after being down 5 goals at half time came back to get to within 2 points before going down 20 goals 14 to 18 goals 14 in an absolutely cracking game.

It augers well for the rest of the year if the whole senior squad can keep up their enthusiasm and commitment. No doubt some wins are just around the corner to reward their efforts.

From here the club has the Easter weekend off and the following weekend is a bye so our next game is on 29th April at home against Gumeracha. This is also the Ladies Day so hope to see all the girls out and having a great time as we thank you for all the support you give to club as patient girlfriends or wives and strong supporters.

There will be an internal trial on Thursday evening 20th April so come and support the boys, enjoy a beer and a meal. There will be $6 burger and chips for the kids.

There is also a trial game for the Open Women’s team on Friday 21st at 7pm against Flinders Uni so let’s also get out and support our new female footy teams as well. The first game for the Open Women’s team is Sunday 30th at 1pm. We have not yet been given the fixtures for the U16’s side but that should come out very soon.

A big thanks again to all our club sponsors. From the committee we wish everyone a safe and happy Easter and look forward to seeing you all after the break. 

Onwards and upwards as we go back to the future in 2017.

 

Round 3

Well what another weekend of football!...... it started Friday night with the Moddies under 9s having a great win against Macclesfield.

Saturday morning saw the under 11’s just beaten by Hahndorf and the under 13s had another fantastic 15 goal win over Birdwood. The U13’s are a real force this year and the work that has been done by Craig and the rest of the Junior team to get this group of boys really firing bears well for the next few years as they move up through the Junior divisions.

Then our young B grade team (the “Young Guns”) had their second straight win to jump into the top five. Good to see our young fellas enjoying their footy.

Bad kicking is bad football and the A grade kicking 8 goals 21 pts ended up in a disappointing narrow loss to Gumeracha. The endeavor as usual was great and the lack of height at clearances does not help our cause but with 2 close losses behind us we have confidence in the boys and we know that a win is just around the corner.

SUNDAY - WHAT A DAY
Sunday saw women’s footy come to Ironbank Cherry Gardens for the first time and what a fantastic day it was. There was a terrific crowd present to see the Senior women’s team win by 10 goals over Kangarilla in their first ever game of footy and the under 16 girls fight out valiantly but lose to a very strong Flinders Park. It was impossible to pick best players for either of the games as everyone played their absolute best and the spirit of these girls, most of whom have never played footy before, was something to be proud of. The cheers and excitement from the players and the crowd when every goal was kicked was fantastic. It was history in the making!

A huge shout out and well done to Dave Farmer and Bernie Hegarty as coaches for these girls and a huge mention to Don Watton for organizing the ladies side of our club. Based on today this will become a very successful part of our club so make sure you get out and have a look and support the girls. You will be amazed at their determination, commitment and love of the game!

We would also like to recognize the support from the Netball Club. Many of our Football players are also Netball players and having the sporting community working together to ensure that the girls get to play both sports and enjoy both codes is very important to the players and the clubs. Sunday was an especially proud day for 2 Ironbank families. Skye Morgan made her debut in the inaugural women’s team in the number 12 guernsey, 31 years after dad, Brian (Pud) Morgan wore it when he first played for IBCGFC. Skye’s cousin, Alice Hayden also made her dad, Rob Hayden, proud by donning the number 19 that he also wore in first IBCGFC team back in 1986.

Here is your Open Women’s Team for 2017

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Here is your U16’s Girls Team for 2017

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Round 4

Yet another big weekend of footy at Ironbank. Isn't it fantastic the place is starting to buzz again? If you haven’t been able to get out to the club for a home game then hope you can put it in your calendar for our next home game which is on May 20th against Nairne. This also coincides with both our “Pink Socks” day, when we raise money for Breast Cancer research and it is also the clubs “Past Player” get together which will be followed by a “Rump and Red” night for dinner.

Female footy is absolutely fantastic. Our young under 16 girls played Friday night against Kenilworth but were outclassed by a superior opponent however they will get better as the season progresses. Our senior Women were absolutely awesome on Sunday afternoon in a 10 goal win over Nairne Bremer. There was a terrific crowd again as more and more spectators come out to see what this phenomenon called women’s footy is all about. Well done to both teams and keep doing the club and yourselves proud.

Friday night also saw our Moddies play under the lights at Thunder Park with the under 9s losing to Meadows and the under 11s a great win against Bridgewater. The under 13s then had a narrow loss on Saturday against Macclesfield after leading at half time and with a bit more luck may have won.

Our B grade which is full of young kids came up against an opposition that was physically a bit too intimidating and experienced which despite us trying valiantly ended up with a 6 goal loss. It was then our A grade's turn to try to grab their first win of the year after being so close on a couple of previous occasions. Boy did they win big time, 28goals 18points to 10goals 13points - a massive 19 goal mauling which had everyone trying to recall a larger winning margin. Everyone played well and it was a huge confidence boost that the club is heading in the right direction. We now look forward to Birdwood next week at Birdwood.

A reminder that you can follow what’s happening at the club on our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IronbankFC/

We also have a facebook page for our new female footy teams https://www.facebook.com/IBCGfemalefooty/

If you get a chance please check out these pages and then “like” them and follow what’s going on!

 

Round 5

Yet another terrific round of footy done and dusted for the weekend. The open Women kicked off proceedings Friday night under lights against a seasoned Happy Valley outfit and were well beaten by a team that has been playing for some time. The girls put up a good effort against a team that played with an aggressive style to be polite about it. We obviously came up short but they can hold their heads high as they never gave up. Well done girls.....

Pink socks night at Thunder Park on Friday evening saw our Moddies teams both have good victories. Well done to the under 9s and 11s and all concerned with the evening on a very successful night from all reports raising some money for Breast cancer research.

Our under 13's kicked off Saturday at Birdwood with a 12 goal victory on an oval they are probably not used to playing on size wise. It is big oval and not very flat and they keep their spot in the top 3. The B Grade followed a bit later in the day and were up against the undefeated top side. Birdwood kicked the first 2 goals but then after that our young team really took it up to them for the remainder of the game to just lose by 4 points. It was a belter of a game and I think the boys realized they had their chances to grab an upset and it gives them great confidence moving forward.

The A Grade continued their good form of last week to follow that win up with a 21 Point victory over a finalist from last year. They are playing a really good brand of footy and can hopefully carry that form forward to this week against Nairne.

Our under 16 Girls ventured to Mt Barker on Sunday afternoon and were beaten but tried valiantly against the odds. The coach Dave Farmer is proud of the girls and the effort so keep up the hard work girls and the tide will turn so to speak.

If you want to check out all the match fixtures, results, ladder and best players for our teams then follow these links:

Finally hope all you mums out there had a very Happy Mother’s Day with your families.

A special mention that this coming weekend we are joining with the Nairne football club to have a “Pink Socks” day and cake/dessert stall for our home game with all proceeds going to the McGrath Foundation who raise funds to place nurses in communities to support Breast Cancer patients. We will have a reciprocal arrangement when we play at Nairne later in the season where together we will raise funds for Prostate Cancer research.

 

Round 6

Yet another weekend of footy has past us by.

Round 7 saw the under 9s travel to Bridgewater to face the Raiders and despite a valiant effort went down fighting.... The under 11s travelled to Meadows and had a great 10 goal plus win. Well done lads and keep up the great work.

Saturday was Pink Socks day and thanks to Sheridan Priestley and Jenny O'Sullivan for organising it all. We will let you all know how much was raised later in the week with proceeds to the Jane McGrath Foundation.

The day had a real buzz about it as all 3 Grades played Nairne who were top or second in their respective grades. The under 13s went down narrowly but were really competitive and did themselves proud. The opposition were physically bigger which doesn't help our boys cause. In the B Grade the Rams were simply too good for our boys with the opposition having too many older more experienced lads. The endeavor was fantastic as usual so we march onwards to next week.

In the A Grade it was a cracker of a game. After trailing by 4 points at quarter time, 15 at half time and 14 at 3 quarter time the boys got to within 4 points with 7 minutes to go but could not quite get over the line. It yet again proved we are not far away from the top teams.

The under 16 girls and Open ladies played on Sunday.
The girls at Blackwood had a 9 goal loss and the Women at Mt Lofty battled hard but went down in the end 8 goals to 4. Both teams have some injuries which make things hard but hopefully they are back soon. Both Coaches Dave Farmer and Bernie Hegarty remain positive and upbeat about the upcoming weeks ahead.

Finally a big thanks to all the volunteers who made Saturday such a great day at the club. It’s a long time since we have had such a great crowd and vibe at a game. It was great to see all the past players who took the time to come out and catch up with past mates, have a beer and make the day a memorable one despite the close defeats. Next week we venture to Meadows.
Have a great week.

This week the A’s game was broadcast live on Hills Radio, 88.9FM and was videoed by Roy (AKAROY). Roy has uploaded some highlights to YouTube and you can find the links on our facebook page. Check out the boys!

 

Round 7

Wow yet another weekend of footy gone. Our under 9s kicked off the weekend but suffered a 15 goal defeat. They tried hard against one of the best teams they will play. The under 11s kept their winning streak going with a 130 point drubbing of Kangarilla. Well done boys in both teams and keep working hard for your coaches.

On Saturday all teams were at Meadows. The under 13s played Mt Barker and had a great 5 goal plus win. They are playing some good team footy and are sitting currently 3rd on the ladder. The B grade then played Meadows and in a ripping game came from 3 goal down to win in a gripping last quarter. That elevates them back into 5th spot in the ladder.

The A grade game was played like the other games in blustery conditions. We ended up winners by 12 goals in a game that was sometimes scrappy, sometimes physical with an all in brawl and then in the last quarter free flowing. We head into round 9 next week against Kangarilla hoping for wins in all grades that would then see all teams in the top 5 at the half way mark of the season.

The ladies teams had their pink sock day supporting the Jane McGrath Foundation. The senior team faced off against one of the top teams in Christies Beach and went down by about 8 goals in the end after battling hard for the duration. The under 16s were under manned but battled their hearts out. They scored 2 goals in the last quarter to go down by about 10. Thanks to Mitcham for loaning a couple of players during the game. Great sportsmanship. A great crowd was in attendance and the ladies are now a huge part of our club. If you haven’t been to watch them yet make sure you do.

There are a number of links on the club facebook page with highlights of the Nairne game and post-match celebrations in the changerooms.

Until next week onwards and upwards as we continue our journey back to the future.

 

Round 8

Half Way...... Round 8 and yes the halfway point of the season. We have come so far in the past 3 months from where we started from this year so a very big thank you to all and sundry that are involved and support in any small way our club in season 2017.

The under 16 girls kicked off the round with a creditable loss to Seaton on Friday night. They were down to only 10 players in the end but still kept battling on. The great news is they have 3 or 4 new players coming on board so a very big welcome to them and their families to our club.

On Friday night our 9’s Moddies lost to Onka Valley by 7 goals and on Saturday morning our under 11’s had a 5 goal victory over Meadows and Craig’s under 13’s had a 6 to 7 goal victory over Kangarilla. Well done to all the lads as all 3 junior teams do the club proud flying the flag so to speak.

Our young B Grade team led for 3 quarters before being overrun in the last quarter to go down by 2 goals in the end in yet another competitive performance.

Our A Grade struggled in the first half against Kangarilla but eventually got the job done by 3 goals over a tough opponent. Both senior teams now are equal 5th leading into the second half of the season.

Our senior Women lost yet another close game 7 goals to 4 and hopefully they get some of their injured players back soon. Another win for them is just around the corner.

There is no club footy over the long weekend but we have 2 lads Danyon Wells and Josh Rosman hopefully playing in the HFL interleague under 18 game against the Mallee at Callington this Saturday. We wish them all the best.

As there is no footy training at the club and no senior netball there will be no meals served at the club on Thursday night this week. Everyone can have a rest and come back strong and refreshed ready for the second half of the season.

Enjoy your long weekend everyone and we look forward to seeing you again shortly as we continue our journey in 2017 back to the future...

 

Round 9

Footy is back... What a great weekend for our club.

Our under 9s had a narrow loss to Echunga in a good game on Saturday morning but our mighty under 11s beat Hahndorf by 5 goals under the lights at Pine Avenue on Friday night. A great result for the boys as Hahndorf beat them in the first round...

On Saturday Craig’s under 13s beat Bridgewater by 15 points in a close contest to establish themselves into 2nd place on the ladder as we start round 10. The B Grade followed suit with a great win over Bridgewater with a 9 goal final quarter. The margin of 6 goals means the B’s are entrenched into 5th spot on the ladder. A great effort.

The A Grade were underdogs against the reigning premiers as we started the game without 2 key players. The first 3 quarters were tough and close with Bridgewater leading at 3 quarter time by a goal. What happened in the last quarter was nothing short of sensational. Ironbank kicked the first 7 goals in 15 minutes to make the premiers look second rate and ran out winners by a comfortable 5 goals. It places the side back in the top five and moving in the right direction... After the game and presentations the players held a Mexican night and iPod shuffle. Sounds like it was a good night!

The senior women played Sunday against the top team in Adelaide Uni and got to within 4 goals in a great effort despite having many players out. Great effort Bernie. The under 16 girls tried valiantly against top team Henley and lost against the odds. Their numbers are looking up so good luck Dave and the girls for future rounds.

Skye Morgan is off to Gladstone Hospital Queensland for work this week so good luck Skye for your new adventure. She will be away for at least a year and we will miss her in the senior women’s team.

The club is away to Kersbrook in the men’s round this week so keep your eye out for what’s on when and where later in the week.

We thank you all again for the continued support as we continue our journey back to the future in 2017

 

Round 10

Well another week of Thunderer’s footy is over

On Friday night both Moddie’s teams played at home. Under 9’s lost to a determined Macclesfield and then the U11’s took on Hahndorf for the third time this season, and this week seeing Hahndorf beat our boys by a couple of goals.

On Saturday the seniors travelled to Kersbrook on a beautiful winter day and the B’s got the day off to a good start with a very strong showing and ended up winning by nearly 12 goals. The A’s then came out and played a good brand of footy winning by just over 8 goals. So in the last 2 weeks we have performed well against 2 teams who are above us on the ladder and set’s us up well as we strive to play finals footy this year. This now sees both teams sitting 4th on the ladder as we move further into the second half of the season.

On Sunday the senior women came up against Kangarilla who we played in the first game of the season. The girls put on a great show in their first game in the wet and came away with a good win holding Kangarilla scoreless and kicking away to win by more than 6 goals. The U13’s made the decision to hold their home game at Kangarilla as a follow up to the senior girls also playing Kangarilla. The got off to a slow start in the first half but kicked away in the second half to win by 8 goals. The U16 girls had a bye this week.

The club now has a couple of weeks off for the boys and men but the girls will still be playing each week so if you want to get your footy hit then come out and see the girls playing. The boys will still be training so meals are still available at the club on Thursday nights.

We thank you all again for the continued support as we continue our journey back to the future in 2017

There are a number of links on the club facebook page with highlights of some of our recent games for the A’s

As I mentioned last week there was no men’s footy last weekend however this did not mean there was no footy for our club.

On Friday night both Moddie’s teams played away. The U9’s travelled to Meadows and had a competitive game, especially in the second half but inaccurate kicking didn’t help and they went down by 20 points in the end. The U11's travelled to Bridgewater and they bounced back from the loss last week against Hahndorf and won by 50 points. Both teams are away again this coming Friday night with the U9’s at Balhannah at 6:30 v Onka Valley 2 and the U11’s are at Echunga at 7:30.

Also on Friday night the U16 girls travelled to West Lakes to play against SMOSH. What an amazing group of girls. We were down to 12 girls so SMOSH lent us 3 including their captain who is a state representative player. The game was played in an awesome spirit and while we lost we did kick 3 goals which is the most we have kicked so far this season. After the game all the girls were invited in for free soft drinks and all coaches given free drinks as well and a joint team photo was taken. The SMOSH club is to be congratulated for the way they welcome and treat away teams.

 

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On Sunday the senior women were away and had a tough and close game against Narine winning by just one goal. Well done to all the girls.

This coming weekend the Senior men and U13’s have another week off footy however the Moddies and the Girls will still be playing if you would like to come out and watch some footy. While the Moddies are playing away both our girls teams are playing at home on Sunday afternoon. The seniors will be playing Happy Valley at 1pm and the U16’s playing Morphettville Park at 3pm. It would be great to see a good turn up of supporters to watch both these games.

We thank you all again for the continued support as we continue our journey back to the future in 2017

 

Round 11

There were no Moddies or U13 games over the weekend.

On Saturday our seniors travelled to Gumeracha, a first for most of us. The B’s came up against a side which was physically bigger than our boys but we came away with a 4 goal win and this now puts our B’s firmly in the top 4 and looking like a good show for a finals berth if they keep up the good work.

Gumeracha are sitting in a similar position to our A’s on the table so this was an important game for us, as every game now is! We came away with a 3 goal win and this places us 4th on the ladder but having played one game less than a number of the other teams due to us already having the bye. If our boys can keep up the great work they are doing then we are looking like playing finals footy this year.

No Women’s footy over the weekend due to a bye being the middle week of the school holidays.

This coming weekend we get back to a full weekend of footy for all our teams

This week both Moddie teams are playing home on Friday night. The Under 9’s take on Bridgewater from 6:30pm and then following that the Under 11’s are playing Meadows from 7:30pm.

On Saturday our U13’s and seniors play at Macclesfield. The U13’s are playing at 9.55am with the B’s at 12.50pm and the A’s at 2.30pm. We need to continue in our winning ways and would be great to see a good number of supporters come out.

Our U16 girls are playing on Friday night at Goodwood Saints at 6.50pm and the senior women are playing home against Morphettville Park at 1.00pm on Sunday. Let’s continue to support our girls as they also head towards the end of their first season of AFL.

Check out the Silent Auction on our facebook page with some top items available. We will announce the winning bids at the next home game against Birdwood on July 29th.

Don’t forget that this Saturday night after the Macclesfield game we have the annual THUNDERBALL. Everyone welcome and see facebook for details. It will be a great night so dress up and come along!

 

Round 12

On Saturday our seniors travelled to Macclesfield. The B’s had a very close game and lost by just one point. Our B’s are still firmly in the top 4 and looking like a good show for a finals berth if they keep up the good work.

Macclesfield have had a tough year and are sitting bottom of the ladder so we had high hopes of a good solid win against them. Our boys came out firing and had a huge win in the end which is a percentage booster for us which might be very important come the end of the minor rounds. If our boys can keep up the great work they are doing then we are looking like playing finals footy this year. The A’s are also currently sitting 4th on the ladder.

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The U16 girls travelled to Goodwood Saints on Friday night and again struggled with numbers but had a fun game with Goodwood being great hosts and winning convincingly. Our girls were praised by Goodwood as showing great spirit and attitude which was great to hear. We are very proud of these girls for what they have achieved this year.

The senior women played home against Morphettville and got a bit overrun in the first quarter however held Morphy scoreless in the second quarter and had a huge come back from behind in the 3rd quarter. They worked so hard in the last quarter but just could not get the majors and went down by a couple of goals in a very exciting game.

This coming weekend we again have a full weekend of footy for all our teams

This week sees the Under 11’s away on Friday night against Kangarilla at 7.30pm. The Under 9’s have a home game on Saturday morning at 8.45am against Onka Valley which starts off a big day at the club.

On Saturday our U13’s and seniors play at home against Birdwood. The U13’s are playing at 9.55am with the B’s at 12.50pm and the A’s at 2.30pm. A very big day for us and very important that we continue in our winning ways and being our second to last home game we are looking forward to a large crowd. Saturday is also our Sponsors Day so welcome them to our club and let them know how important they are to us! At half time in the A’s game we have an Auskick game for the kids that have recently just completed their first go at footy. It will be their first game of footy ever so give them a cheer and support as it will be very exciting for them and their parents!

Our U16 girls are playing on Sunday at home at 3pm. This is their last game for the season so get around them and cheer them on. The senior women are playing away against Christies Beach at 1.00pm on Sunday. Let’s continue to support our girls as they also head towards the end of their first season of AFL.

Note that for the Juniors the Moddies will be having their team photos taken this week however the U13’s will have their photos taken at the next home game on August 12th.

Check out the Silent Auction on our facebook page with some top items available. We will announce the winning bids at the home game against Birdwood on this Saturday.

Rump and Red night this week after presentations and everyone is welcome!

 

Round 13

Last weekend we had another important round of footy for our teams.

The Under 11’s kicked off proceedings at Kangarilla in what turned out to be a balmy evening.  Plenty of quick ball movement, hard running and hard tackling resulted in a pretty dominate display all over the ground.  The ball was shared around by everyone which resulted in 8 players kicking goals in the match.  Plenty of drive and dash from the back line and the defensive unit ensured that not much got through which included a point post coming off second best. 

The Under 9’s played on Saturday morning in sunny but windy conditions, by the end of the day it was pretty dark, gloomy and wet, with the A grade playing the 2nd half under lights.  The team probably put in one of their best team performances for the year.  They chased and harassed their opponents and made it hard for them to move the ball with any confidence.  The wind made it difficult for everybody including the umpire who had trouble throwing the ball up in the ruck contests.  The kids have all improved over the year and have gelled quite well which can be difficult due to having different players from Meadows each week.

Following the U9’s the U13’s were up against Birdwood and they came out easy winners by 10 goals. Well done boys! The B’s came up against the undefeated top team, Birdwood and it was a very close game. James Van Loon put in the game of his career in ruck and Danyon Well’s who has been rucking for the A’s much of the season had a great game kicking 4 goals with the winning goal kicked in the dying seconds of the game. You can see this winning goal on the YouTube link here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgniDmKtHps&feature=youtu.be

The A’s game started with the wet weather still threatening but very windy. Ironbank got off to a quick start but Birdwood kept close and at half time there was only a goal in it. During the halftime break the Auskick kids had their first game ever and it was something special to see how much they and their parents enjoyed the opportunity. Some budding footy players there for sure.

 

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After the half time break the sky opened up and we had a real Hills Footy wet weather game on our hands. It belted down and stayed that way for the rest of the game. By three quarter time it looked like it was going to be a close finish however in the final quarter Ironbank came out and gave Birdwood a lesson in wet weather footy kicking away to win by 10 goals in the end.

So after Round 15 both the A’s and B’s are still sitting in 4th place and we are still looking at playing finals footy for both teams.

Both our girls’ teams played on Sunday with the senior women’s heading down south to play against Christies Beach. It was a low scoring game and our girls just got in front in the last quarter however Christies kicked a couple of goals and came out the winners in the end. Well done ladies anyway! The U16’s played at home against Flinders Park and got drenched before the game even started. They fought on all game but Flinders were too strong for them. That being said our girls played a great game and enjoyed every minute and although it was their last game for the year they still wanted to train this week and are keen to keep working on their skills so that next year they can have another good season. Congratulations girls on what you have achieved this year!

This coming weekend we again have a full weekend of footy

This week sees both Moddies teams playing their last home game for the season on Friday night. If you have time please come out and cheer them on! The under 9’s commence at 6:30pm against Onka Valley 1 and the Under 11’s follow at 7:30pm against Meadows for the 4th time this season.

Our U13’s, B’s and A’s play Nairne this Saturday and this will be a test for all our boys. The U13’s kick off at 11.30, the B’s and 12.50 and the A’s at 2.30. Get around our boys as this is going to be a tough week but will be a good test for how far we have come since the early part of the season.

On Sunday our Seniors Women’s team comes up against Mt Lofty and the winner will be the top Hill’s league team in this Div 4 competition. As it will be the last home game for the girls it would be great to see a bunch of Ironbank supporters out there to cheer on our girls. The game starts at 1pm so hope to see you there!

There are a number of links on the club facebook page with highlights of some of our recent games for the A’s and the win for the B’s against Birdwood

Thanks to the bidders and winners for the Silent Auction. We raised $1,750 for the club from the sales of the 2 Guernseys and the Golf Clubs.

Last week we also were presented with 2 cheques by the Onkaparinga Council as part of their Grant program. The Grant money will be used for our Junior Program and for Guernseys.

Thanks to our Sponsor, Coromandel Meats Butcher for cooking the Rump Steak for the Saturday night meal and also GD Wholesale Fruit and Veg in Hawthorndene for the supply of the vege’s that were roasted for the meal.

 

Round 14

Last weekend was a tough round of footy for all our teams.

Due to the poor weather the opposition cancelled both the U9 and U11 games even though Friday night was not all that bad at Thunder Park. All our boys were dis-appointed to miss out on the second to last game of the season.

On Saturday we travelled to Nairne on a blustery winter day. All day the wind howled and the rain came in sheets at various times throughout the day. A tough day in the office for our boys. The U13’s were a bit under-manned with a couple of key players out this week and went down by 4 goals.

The B’s had a good first quarter however in the conditions we struggled to maintain possession and the Naine B’s taught us how to play in the wet and wild conditions and we went down by a few goals.

The A’s won the toss and we elected to kick with the wind in the first quarter however we did not capitalize on this and Nairne punished us in the second quarter. We came back strongly in the second half and in the end we only lost by just over 1 goal but we had more scoring shorts and if not for lack of discipline and straight kicking could have come away with a win. The boys knew after the game that we had their measure and we have the belief that we can take them next time we meet.

 

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So after Round 16 both the A’s and B’s are still sitting in 4th place and we are still looking at playing finals footy for both teams but for both teams the last 2 games are extremely important as to where we finish up at the end of the minor rounds.

Our U16 girls have finished for the year but are all very keen to keep training and are looking forward to the start of the preseason training for the 2018 season.

Our senior women’s team drew the short straw in regards to the weather conditions playing at 1pm on Sunday at home. It rained most of the game, sometimes very heavy and the oval was like a lake. Twice during the game it hailed and the second time the hail was so heavy it was deafening on the clubhouse roof and the umpires called off the quarter until the hail stopped. The girls played a fantastic game considering the conditions and came away with a good win against Mt Lofty giving them their 5th win for the season. Check out the photos and video on our facebook page.

 

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This coming weekend we again have a full weekend of footy

This week sees both Moddies teams playing their last game for the season on Friday night. The Under 9’s will be at Echunga at 6.30pm and the Under 11’s will be just a few km’s down the road at Hahndorf at 7.30pm.  The Under 9’s will be back in action on Sunday at Echunga in their carnival to finish off the season.  The day commences at 10:00am and we are first up.

Our schedule for the day is as follows:

10:00am – Oval 5 v Gumeracha

10:50am – Oval 5 v Birdwood

11:40am – Oval 4 v Mt Barker 1

1:45pm – Oval 2 v Echunga

2:35pm – Oval 5 v Uraidla

Our U13’s play Mt Barker and the B’s and A’s play Meadows this Saturday for our last home games of the season. The U13’s kick off at 11.30, the B’s at 12.50 and the A’s at 2.30. Get around our boys as this will be our last home game and all the boys deserve your full support for what has been our year of rebuilding and they are to be congratulated for the effort they have put in. This match will again be a back to Ironbank for past players and thanks to Shaun Lewis and Banner Mitre10 Blackwood who donated a Weber Smoker to the club this will be raffled on the day and a sampling of what you can cook in them will be available.

After the A’s game we invite Meadows to join us and there will be choice of Roast beef and Schnity’s with veges for dinner and the drawing of the raffle.

On Sunday our Seniors Women’s team comes up against Adelaide Uni in the city for their last game of the season. It will be a fitting finale for the first year of female footy at Ironbank! The game starts at 11am.

Don’t forget that on Sunday from 2pm we invite all members, players, supporters and anyone interested in the future of our club to join us for a Club Planning Workshop. We want you thoughts and ideas so come along, have your say and be a part of the Ironbank Cherry Gardens Football Club future!

 

Round 15

So we are at the pointy end of the season now!

Last weekend was the last games for our Moddies. The Under 9’s travelled to Echunga and like most of the season were up against a bigger and faster opponent.  To the teams credit they kept on fighting for the football and never gave up.  A number of them also played probably their best games for the year and credit goes to them for listening and learning at trainings and during their matches each week.  The team received tremendous support from the Meadows Football Club through the lending of players each and every week.  This ensured not only Ironbank was represented but also allowed the kids from Meadows to have a full game of football each and every week.  Both clubs can be commended on the support and co-operation that was shown each and every week.

The Under 11’s were just up the road at Hahndorf. This was the 4th time this season that they had played each other and ironically have to play them again in the carnival this coming weekend.  After a tight first quarter the game was blown right open in a totally dominant 2nd quarter by our boys.  From there the 2nd half was like the first quarter with the ball continuously rebounding between the teams respective half-back lines and nobody from either side willing to give in at the contest.  The ledger is square at 2 all and both teams have won at their respective opponents home grounds.

On Saturday The U13’s had our last home game of the season against Mt Barker. The day was so different to the previous weekend weather wise. They played 3 great quarters of footy with the third quarter being their only one where they did not dominate. They came away winners by nearly 7 goals. They have 10 wins for the season the same as Macclesfield and are in third place with a couple of percentage points behind them. They are definitely playing finals.

The seniors were also at home and came up against Meadows. The B’s were somewhat undermanned as we had a number of players out of the A’s so had to promote some players and this left our B’s struggling to keep up with the Meadows boys. Unfortunately the B’s lost on the day and as a result have slipped to 5th on the ladder and must win this week to stay in final contention.

Many thought that it was a danger game for our A’s however we won the first quarter by a couple goals and from there our boys took control of the game and came away with a convincing win by close to 20 goals. Our players shared in the goals with 12 goal kickers. This now locks us in to 4th on the ladder with a slim chance of pressing into 3rd if we win convincingly this weekend and Kersbrook lose. Either way our boys are playing finals footy this year which is a great outcome for them.

On Sunday our senior women’s team travelled to the Adelaide Uni oval in the city and played in almost summer conditions. The previous week they played in rain and hail in the coldest game of the year but what a contrast with the girls searching for sunscreen on a warm sunny day. They led at quarter time which must have been a surprise for Adelaide Uni who are leading the division on the ladder. In the second quarter Adelaide Uni came out firing and got a few goals up on us and it stayed that way for the rest of the game with the Adelaide Uni winning on the day. Overall though I think we must all be very proud of these girls who in their first season of footy finished 5th on the ladder and leading the way for all the Hills teams in the comp.

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The Medal count for both the U16’s and Senior Womens teams have now been held. In the U16’s three of our girls polled votes and we congratulate them on a great effort. In the Seniors Olivia Walker-Obushak polled 8 votes and finished 7th and Brianna Hobbs polled 7 votes and finished 8th. 3 other girls polled votes. Congratulations to Ollie and Bri and to all the girls for a great season.

This coming weekend we are playing our last games in the home and away season.

The Under 11’s travel to Callington this week for their carnival and we are all hoping that the rain goes away and we are presented with a fine day with a relatively dry oval to play on. We are playing 4 games for the day with 3 of those games against opponents from the other division.  It’s a great way to finish off the Moddies season. 

Our schedule for the day is as follows:

10:25 v Onka Valley on Oval 4

11:40 v Birdwood on Oval 4

12:55 v Mount Lofty on Oval 3

2:35 v Hahndorf on Oval 3

All 3 of our boy’s teams are playing at Kangarilla this Saturday. The U13’s kick off at 11.30am and will be looking to finish the season on a strong note as they head into finals.

The B’s kick off at 12.50pm and this is a must win for them to stay in the finals race. We need everyone there to cheer them on and encourage them to finish the season strongly so they can play finals footy. The A’s then play at 2.30pm to get the opportunity to push for a possible spot at 3rd on the ladder. Come out and give them some voice and let’s see them finish the season on a high note.

Last Sunday we had our Club Planning Day where we invited all players, supporters, members to come along and have your say, give us your ideas and feedback so the committee can plan for the future. We were a little disappointed at the turn out however those that did attend provided us with some good feedback and we set some clear goals for the future.

Round 16

Ironbank Cherry Gardens Playing finals starting next weekend!

This weekend our boys wrapped up the home and away season with 3 wins. A great finish to the minor rounds for all teams and congratulations to all the players and team officials and thanks to all of our supporters.

The U13’s kicked off Saturday with an 8 goal win against Kangarilla who have fielded strong junior teams this year. Our boys finished second on the ladder with 11 wins with Nairne Bremer in first position having not dropped a game all year.

The B’s were in a must win game against Kangarilla to hold on to 4th spot on the ladder. If they did not win then they would have slipped to 6th position on percentage and missed finals. Inaccurate kicking in the first quarter saw them just behind at the break and the second quarter saw Kangarilla kick away to a 2 goal lead. In the 3rd quarter we fought back and found the goal posts and led by just over one goal into the final quarter. The boys played a great last quarter and kicked away to 4 goal win and locked in 4th spot on the ladder with 8 wins and a small percentage lead over Meadows on the same number of wins.

The A’s had a lot to play for. Currently sitting at 4th on the ladder a good win against Kangarilla and Kersbrook losing to Bridgewater could see us end the minor rounds 3rd on the ladder. The boys kicked away to a 6 goal lead in the first quarter and were playing our good brand of footy. We stretched the lead to 8 goals at half time and there was measured confidence however early in the 3rd quarter our playing coach, Wendels, landed heavily and awkwardly going up for a marking contest and was stretchered off. Kangarilla came back at us strongly and by three quarter time had our lead back to under 6 goals. We went goal for goal in the final quarter and held on for a 5 goal win. Kersbrook did go down to Bridgewater and in the end we finished 0.04 percentage points ahead of Kersbrook so snatched 3rd place on the ladder. Unfortunately the injury to Wendels was bad and he ended up with a fractured fibular and compression injury to his ankle. Means he will be coaching us from the sidelines for the rest of the season.

There is no doubt that this is a great end to the minor rounds for all teams in 2017.

So now this coming weekend is the first round of finals.

The U13’s will be playing the qualifying final against Macclesfield at 8.30am on Saturday Aug 26th at Nairne. The last time we played Maccy was round 14 and Macclesfield came away winners by 4 goals so it will be a good test for our boys but we are confident they can do us proud.

The B’s will be playing the elimination final against Meadows on Sunday Aug 27th at the Birdwood oval starting at 12.40pm. Please come and support them as they try to get through to the next week. Meadows were a strong team when we met them a couple of weeks ago at home so the boys are going to have to work hard to get a win.

The A’s will be playing the qualifying final against Bridgewater at 2.30pm on Saturday Aug 26th at Nairne. We played Bridgewater at home in round 10 at home and came away with the win so our boys have a good level of confidence that playing our top brand of footy we can test Bridgewater who are last year’s premiers. As this will be the first finals our A’s have played for many years we hope to see a lot of our supporters make their way to Nairne to cheer the team on.

We hope to see you all this weekend to support all our teams.

 

Finals Week 1

A reminder that this weekend is the first round of finals and we hope to see as many supporters come out and cheers the teams on.

The U13’s will be playing the qualifying final against Macclesfield at 8.30am on Saturday Aug 26th at Nairne. The last time we played Maccy was round 14 and Macclesfield came away winners by 4 goals so it will be a good test for our boys but we are confident they can do us proud.

The B’s will be playing the elimination final against Meadows on Sunday Aug 27th at the Birdwood oval starting at 12.40pm. Please come and support them as they try to get through to the next week. Meadows were a strong team when we met them a couple of weeks ago at home so the boys are going to have to work hard to get a win.

The A’s will be playing the qualifying final against Bridgewater at 2.30pm on Saturday Aug 26th at Nairne. We played Bridgewater at home in round 10 at home and came away with the win so our boys have a good level of confidence that playing our top brand of footy we can test Bridgewater who are last year’s premiers. As this will be the first finals our A’s have played for many years we hope to see a lot of our supporters make their way to Nairne to cheer the team on.

For any supporters that cannot get out to the A’s game it will be broadcast on Hills Radio 88.9 FM and it will be streamed on YouTube by Roy.

 As the 2017 season is coming to a close we still have 2 teams playing finals footy.

The U13’s (mini colts) had a sensational win against Macclesfield on Saturday morning at Nairne. They held Maccy goalless for the game and the coach and all parents and supporters cheered them on for what was one of their best performances of the season. This week they travel to Kersbrook to take on Nairne at 8.30am for a place in the Grand Final. We know it is a big trip but worth it to watch these boys play a great game of Ironbank footy.

The A’s played a tough game against last year’s premiers, Bridgewater, but just did not play their signature game and with things just not going our way lost by 7 points in the end. As the A’s finished in 3rd place at the end of the minor rounds they get a second chance and this week come up against Kersbrook this Sunday at 2.30pm at Callington. Should be a great game and the boys are really keen to show what they are made of. Hope lots of supporters come along and make a lot of noise.

The B’s played Meadows in the elimination final and unfortunately just could not get the score on the board even though they had more of the ball and in the last quarter had so many inside 50’s. The lost by 2 goals and the club is still very proud of all the players, coaches and volunteers who all put in a good season and are to be congratulated at making the finals this year. Great work!

Don’t forget that this week is your last chance to get your name down on the list for the Presentation night at the Belair Golf Club on September 23rd. We are finalising the booking this Friday so let us know ASAP either by email info@ironbankfootball.com.au  or write your name in the book that is on the bar at the clubrooms. It is going to be a great night with all senior teams coming along including the women’s team. We  currently have around 100 people attending but would be great to get around 120+. The cost is $60 a head including the meal and drink on arrival.

 

Finals Week 2

We still have 2 teams playing finals footy this week.

The U13’s (mini colts) played against Nairne, who they are yet to beat this year, and although they worked hard they were unable to get the win. This week they will be playing against Macclesfield at Kangarilla at 8.30am. A win will see our boys get a shot in the Grand Final against Nairne the following week so get out there and give them your support.

The A’s took on Kersbrook out at Callington and while they were a bit slow to get going in the first half, they came out firing in the second half and played a fantastic last quarter to win by a couple of goals. This week they will be playing Bridgewater again, this time at Kangarilla at 2.30pm. A win will see us play in the Grand Final against Nairne. Should be another great game and the boys are really keen to show what they are made of. Hope lots of supporters come along and make a lot of noise.

This week the HFL held the Mail Medal count for best and fairest and we are proud that Will Muirden, our A’s captain, was runner up B&F for the Country Division A grade. Well done Will, a great season. A number of our boys received votes throughout the season and the club congratulates you all.

 

A couple of reminders:

  • The committee is looking for expressions of interest from volunteers including coaches, team managers, trainers and anyone else interested for all teams in making sure that the 2018 season builds on what we have achieved this year. We would like to be able to field 3 senior men’s teams, all junior teams and 2 female teams however to do this we will need more volunteers to come forward and help out. Please contact us if you are keen to be a part of the 2018 season.
  • The Juniors Presentation will be held on Sunday September 17th at the clubrooms, arrive at 3.30 for a 4pm start. All Junior players, including the U16 girls, parents and members are welcome. See the flyer for details.
  • The Seniors Presentation night is September 23rd at the Belair Golf Club with a 7pm start. All senior players including the women’s side, partners and members are welcome to attend. We have already made the booking and confirmed numbers but if you are interested to attend and have not given us your details then let us know ASAP otherwise you will miss out. Do not delay!

 

Finals Week 3

Unfortunately the U13’s were unable to defeat a strong and determined Macclesfield this week. The A’s were playing Bridgewater and at half time there was only 3 points in it. They played a good second half and came home strong so – Grand Final next week!!

 

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Calling all Thunder supporters!!

Get your green and gold on and join us at Macclesfield oval on Sat 16th Sept, 2.30pm for the Grandfinal!

This is a great day for our club and our supporters, it has been 17 long years since our A's played in a Grand Final and in fact, in our time in Div 1, we only made the finals once and lost in the first round. We would love to see all our supporters and the local community come out in force to support us.

We will be returning to the club after the game, win or lose, and will be serving Paella for evening meals so if you want to come down and have a meal with us we’d love to see you there.

Let’s hope we have some great spring weather for the Final on Sat and hope to see you there.We will be returning to the club after the game, win or lose, and will be serving Paella for evening meals so if you want to come down and have a meal with us we’d love to see you there.

Lets hope we have some great spring weather for the Final on Sat and hope to see you there.

 

We will be returning to the club after the game, win or lose, and will be serving Paella for evening meals so if you want to come down and have a meal with us we’d love to see you there.

Grand Final Week

Lets hope we have some great spring weather for the Final on Sat and hope to see you there.

“Go you Thunderers!”

Tonight is our last Training night for the A’s and hope to see plenty of supporters out at the club.

The Grand Final team will be announced and the last Meals for the footy season served before we change over to the summer season

On Saturday we hope to see lots of club members, junior players and anyone from the club community make the trip to Macclesfield to support our A’s as they come up against Nairne.

This season we came up against Nairne twice and in both games they got on top early and we were unable to recover. Our boys have the belief that we can succeed in this game and we need everyone out there to support them.

After the game we will all return to the club and will be serving Paella. We look forward to everyone coming back to the club to celebrate what our boys have achieved this year irrespective of win or lose the Grand Final.

On Sunday morning we also welcome our supporters to come to a BBQ Brunch at around 10am at the club and mix with the players and celebrate our 2017 season.

For those that are interested at 4pm on Sunday the Junior presentations will be held at the clubrooms for our Moddies, U13’s and U16 girls teams. Everyone is welcome to come and support the kids. We are supplying finger food and the bar will be open.

Finally don’t forget that the seniors presentation night is September 23rd, 7pm at the Belair Country Club (Belair Golf Course). We have made the booking already but will be confirming final numbers next Monday. If you have previously said you are coming but for some reason cannot make it now OR you want to come along then let us know immediately so you don’t miss out. Either pay in advance by direct transfer to the club bank account OR pay Cash on the night before entry. $60 a head. Email the club on info@ironbankfootball.com.au

 

Grand Final

We lost! Thanks to all the club members, sponsors, volunteers, supporters, players and anyone we have forgotten to recognise. A great season for the club.

 

Thanks to all our 2017 Sponsors for your support this year

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