Dowie and Casey Return
It is terrific to see a number of clubs confirm their coaches for the 2023 season so early, with four clubs already committing to their current coaches for next season. Portland and Hamilton were on the ball early with Jarrod Holt and Hamish Waldron reappointed early, whilst in the past week, North Warrnambool and Cobden have confirmed that Adam Dowie and Dan Casey will be going around again. Both sides have shown great signs this year, and it understandable why ‘Wiggsy’ and ‘Case’ would want another season at the helm. Two great appointments for season 2023.
Jezza and Spencey Milestones
Two terrific players in the Hampden League play in significant milestones this weekend with Koroit premier ruckman Jeremy Hausler playing in his 200th senior game whilst Camperdown midfielder Cameron Spence playing his 100th senior match. Let’s start with ‘Jezza’, what a key contributor he has been for the Saints in their premiership domination, as well as Hampden League representative. A consistent performer, hard-working teammate and overall a terrific person and role model for the younger brigade at Victoria Park. Cameron, exciting, accumulator, pace, slick and damaging are the words I associate with him. Still young in age, plenty of football left and hopefully he goes on to play another 200 games at the Magpies. Two great Hampden League people and we wish them all the best in their clash against one another at the Leura Oval.
Vale Clinton Hall
Some sad news for the Hampden League family this week, with the passing of former South Warrnambool and Terang Mortlake footballer Clinton Hall. A premiership player in 2006 with the Roosters, Hally was a terrific hard-running wingman whose fitness base was elite. Not only was he a key contributor for South Warrnambool in that premiership year, but he was a life member at the Friendlies Society Park, a huge contributor off-field and most importantly, a terrific person. Condolences to the Hall Family, our thoughts are certainly with you.
Lastly, inspiring support for the Western Victoria Female Football League Grand Finals last weekend, with the senior and under 18 competition growing further in stature this season. Congratulations to Hamilton winning the Senior Female decider whilst South Warrnambool continue to dominate the underage competition. A big shout out to Tank Meade for his work with the Roosters girls, he’s been an important figure in the emergence of the female football league.
The final month of matches coming up in the home and away season. The five in my mind looks set, but the positions all bar fifth could change in this time. This weekend’s tips are in bold.
Camperdown vs Koroit
Hamiltonvs South Warrnambool
Warrnambool vs Cobden
Portland vs Port Fairy
Terang Mortlake vs North Warrnambool
Have a great weekend at the footy.