On behalf of the WSFC Committee, Players and Supporters we extend our congratulations to Hus “Bobby” Yusuf and Chance McPhee on receiving 300 Game -EFL Life Membership at the EFL Annual General Meeting held on Thursday 27th November. 2014.
The Devils would like to welcome Aaron “Bear” Riddle who joined the club this week coming across from Ringwood FC where he played in 2014 and was second in their Best & Fairest. Aaron is more well known in the EFL for the 9 years he spent playing with the Glen Waverley Hawks which in that time he led their midfield group and also collected 2 Best & Fairest and 3 Runners Up. He played a big role in getting GW Hawks into back to back Grand Final appearances in 2011 (Div 4) and 2012 (Div 3) playing as a bash and crash centreman. He is a strong inside midfielder who wins his own footy and likes to give off to running players, he will offer great leadership for our younger players and will also be a great club man and a very popular member of the Devils playing list. Our supporters will love the way he goes about it, a big welcome to the “Bear”.
The Wantirna South Football Club is extremely pleased to announce the recruitment of talented defender Dean Waller from Vermont FC.
Dean joins us as a 2 x Senior premiership player at Vermont and will bring a wealth of experience to our club. He is in the prime of his football life at 26 years old and stands 6ft 4inch and is best known in Division 1 circles as a key position back-line player who has a strong mark and is rarely beaten. Waller also has the ability to play a number of other positions on the ground making him very versatile. We welcome Dean to the Devils and look forward to seeing him in the green and white in 2015.
The football club would like to welcome a new player Nick Johnson who has joined the Devils for season 2015. Nick is a 21 year old who comes to us from Vermont FC where he played in the midfield for the Eagles. As a player he is described as a quick, hard at it midfielder with a natural ability to be a leader. Nick had a great 2014 where he made 14 senior appearances at Vermont and also collected a Div 1 Reserves premiership. The club is very excited that Nick will be playing his football with us next year and beyond.
The club is thrilled to announce 2008 premiership player Tom Carmody will be returning to the Devils to play Division 2 football in 2015.
Tommy came straight out of our U18’s where he impacted senior footy straight away and was a key forward in our Div 2 premiership team of 2008. In 2009, the club struggled on the ground up in Division 1, but Tom starred in our only victory for the season when he booted 9 goals against powerhouse side Noble Park. Tom played his junior footy with Vermont and in 2010 he returned back to the Eagles to continue playing in 1st Division where he lined up in a forwardline that boasted names such as Matt Greig and Ash Froud. A couple of years later Tom suffered a major set back breaking his leg in the Senior Div 1 Grand Final, but he returned to football this season at Vermont after a lengthy lay off.
Tommy is a 27 year old key forward who is at the peak of his powers and is much loved and respected person by all at the club and we are very happy to have him back in the green and white next season.
Leadernews 16 Sept, 2014
HOW do you make sense of the nonsensical?
Wantirna South was sleeping soundly beneath six feet of East Burwood Reserve turf at three-quarter time in the Division 3 grand final on Sunday.
The Devils line-up had been outplayed by a disciplined Templestowe outfit all afternoon.
The Dockers shut down the Devils’ run, harassed them into mistakes and looked for all the world like a premiership team.
The score at the final break, Templestowe’s 7.6 (48) to Wantirna South’s 2.10 (22), told the story of the Dockers’ suffocating pressure to that point.
The Devils had missed chance after chance, most of them gettable.
They were low on confidence and in need of a spark.
A single Templestowe goal would have snuffed out their chances.
But, instead, something spectacular happened.
Instead, there was something to rouse the Wantirna South faithful.
Instead, the ball finally bounced the Devils’ way, right into the path of Scott Edgcumbe who scrubbed home a goal in the opening minute of the final term.
It was a fire starter for Wantirna South.
Two minutes later, Brad Hutchinson had a set shot from deep in the pocket and he was celebrating as soon as he struck it.
In a flash, the Devils were within 14 points, and they had what they’d been missing all day: momentum.
Andrew Goland was up next, snagging a beauty from the pocket and, when Brent Walker drilled a set shot from 40m, the Devils were within a kick and the final term was just 10 minutes old.
The game was in the balance and for 10 minutes the two sides battled back and forth, half chances and tough tackles on either side.
Big full-forward Daniel Beddome earned a free kick and put it away and the Devils had a lead they were never going to relinquish.
Anthony Papa’s launch from the 50m arc a minute later made sure of it, giving them a nine-point lead the Dockers couldn’t reel in.
Having kicked 2.10 in the first three quarters, the Devils kicked six goals straight in the final term to decide the match.
The final siren sounded and the Devils had achieved what seemed beyond them, claiming the Division 3 premiership, 8.10 (58) to 7.8 (50).
Wantirna South’s Brad Hutchinson was awarded the best on ground medal.
CLARK SAYS IT WAS ‘SOMETHING SPECIAL’
Wantirna South coach Matt Clark said it took a special effort for his side to come back and win.
“I was as concerned as anyone out there,” he said.
“We just didn’t play the game on our terms. To Templestowe’s credit, and they deserve full credit, they won the footy.
“They used it well. They denied us opportunities.
“We responded when we needed to, and good sides do that, but you don’t want to do it too many times. It’s a small window of opportunity.”
Clark said his side needed a good deal of luck to do it.
“When you miss that many, you start to doubt yourself. The guys were pulling the trigger from too far away,” he said.
“We had to work through the corridor a lot more. We got the ball in the corridor and we were able to make it a man-on-man contest.
“We got it on our terms.”
He praised the Devils’ defensive efforts in the final quarter to match their six-goal burst.
“I thought some of the desperate efforts down back were massive,” Clark said.
“It’s hard work getting in front, but you can lose it straight away.
“Some of the one-percenters, the smothers, the tackles. Just putting them under pressure.
“They weren’t under scoreboard pressure all day. It comes in a wave. It happened to us last year.
“I’m proud of the guys.”
What a weekend and we are back to Div 2 where we belong! Well done to Clarky, the coaches and all the players.
Wantirna Sth 8.10.58
Goal Kickers: B. Hutchinson 2, A. Goland , S. Edgcumbe , B. Walker , A. Teakel , A. Papa , D. Beddome
Best Players: , A. Teakel , S. Edgcumbe , S. Young , B. Hutchinson , T. Lee , J. Freeman
Wantirna Sth 13.10.88
Goal Kickers: J. Stone 3, S. Colosimo 3, M. Jamieson 3, B. Hardham 2, H. Yusuf , T. Tranter
Best Players: , H. Yusuf , J. Stopinski , C. Gleeson , S. Colosimo , S. Murray , B. Cromb
WS 15.11.101 def Ringwood 4.4.28
Goal Kickers: B. Hardham 5, P. Cahill 2, J. Raab , M. Dimashki , S. Bates , J. Stone , M. Persson-Clark , J. Sarinn , S. Murray , B. Cromb
Best Players: , B. Hardham , B. Cromb , S. Murray , J. Stopinski , J. Raab , P. Cahill
WS 6.3.39 lost to Boronia 16.13.109
Goal Kickers: T. Phillips 2, B. Croxford , S. Carter , C. Mitrevski , J. Graffen
Best Players: , Z. Robinson , T. Anderson , J. Kells , A. Creak , J. Roberts , S. Naylor
Division 3: Sunday at East Burwood Reserve
Under 19s Preliminary Final – 9.40am
Boronia v Wantirna South
Reserves Preliminary Final – 11.55am
Wantirna South v Ringwood