Versus Greythorn at home at 10am
Final score Doncaster 7.5.47 to Greythorn 2.1.13.

Finals here we come!!!!
The continued climb up the ladder and mass improvement has helped us finish a remarkable fourth in the regular season and make finals. Our second half of the year has been simply fantastic. We have come a long way since the start of the year where we forfeited our first game and then lost 5 games straight. Since then we have had a number of wins and beaten many teams that we lost to in the first half of the year. Today was a perfect example of that. Our win today was a 21 goal turnaround from the first game against Greythorn earlier this year.

The girls today were combined , simply fantastic. Greythorn was never in it and we were quite convincing. Credit goes to the girls for wanting to learn and get better. They certainly have !!

Goalkickers today were Jacinda and Ashlea with 2 each and singles to Amelia Jasmine and Georgie S. Credit to Holly who stuck with Greythorn’s best player number 9 all day and kept her quiet. That number 9 kicked 6 goals against us last time and today kicked just one. Well done Holly.

Looking forward to our next challenge and thanks to all the girls and parents for all your help and getting us to this position.

Congratulations girls in making the finals!!

Sunday August 5 at 11.30am versus Banyule at home.

Final score Doncaster 9.7.61 to Banyule 0.0.0

Another magnificent performance by the girls. Today brought together a total performance of everything we have been practising and talking about at training and at game days. They have really thrived and are clearly enjoying themselves and playing as a team. Even though the season goes quick and feels very short we have come a long way.

Goalkickers today were Georgie Smith with 3. Ashlea and Holly and Eva scored 2 goals each. The team was moved around a bit from their usual positions and girls were given the opportunity to try different positions. As an example Sophia and Kristi played forward for the first time this year and  nearly kicked their first goals for the year.

Best for the day with many disposals each were Ava Ashlea Holly Georgie S Georgie A Jasmine Jacinda Sophia Kristi Irene Olivia B and Marina. All the girls applied themselves all game. A great team effort.

Last home and away game is next week at home against Greythorn. We look forward to that.



Versus Canterbury away at 11.30am Round 12.

Final scores
Canterbury 4.3.27
Doncaster 1.7.8

A top effort against first placed Canterbury. The girls matched Canterbury in every way except just on the goals part of the scoreboard. We actually had more scoring shots and a lot of these were in the last quarter whilst keeping Canterbury who had the advantage of a strong wind in that quarter scoreless. If not for some inaccurate kicking I am sure we would have won.

It was a great test for our girls playing the first placed team especially after our great win last week. The girls rose to the challenge and the scores were level after quarter time.
The second quarter was also tight but in the third the opposition scored 3 goals whilst Ava who played another great game got our goal.
The last quarter was all ours but we could not get the goals we much needed.
But all in all the girls are playing with much confidence and skill and their improvement continues.
Best players today were Ava Georgie Ashlea Olivia B Holly Jasmine Marina Kristi and Sophia. But all the girls contributed strongly.

We have a bye next weekend but training is still on this Wednesday at 5pm.



Philip Vesdrevanis

Versus Warrandyte at 10am Sunday July 15 Round 11.

Final score Doncaster 3.2.20 to Warrandyte 0.0.0.

Wonderful game and clearly our best 4 quarter performance of the year.

Some key points :
Warrandyte was second on the ladder before we played this Sunday.
Warrandyte beat us by 9 goals last time we played them earlier in the year.
Warrandyte had 4 on the bench and we had none as we had 4 or 5 girls missing.
First time this year we have kept a team scoreless.
Second win of the year.
Warrandyte coach commented to myself that the improvement in our girls has been amazing from when we played them earlier in the year.
First gamer Holly was sensational and one of our best.
Goalkickers were Ava , Olivia B and Amelia who kicked her first goal ever.
Best were all the girls as it was a collective effort but special mention to Ava who was unbelievable and her growth and improvement is an example of what the whole team has achieved in terms of improvement in skills and knowledge of the game.

A really special effort and one that the coaches and parents were really proud of.

We now look forward to playing top of the table Canterbury away this coming Sunday.


Philip Vesdrevanis

Round 9 was a complete wash out. Torrential rain.

Round 10 Sunday June 24 at 10am versus Fitzroy W at home.

Unfortunately we fell short by 10 points after coming back from a slow start to lead by 2 points at 3 quarter time.

We had 18 girls play with 16 on the field and 2 on the bench. The numbers are now great and the improvement in the girls has been drastic. The skills and knowledge of the game has been improving week by week as has been the uptake of our game plan.

The girls did have a slow start and the opposition kicked 2 goals to our nil in the first quarter. But after a few positional changes and the belief started to set in  and the girls got going and kicked 3 goals over the next two quarters to lead by 2 points at 3 quarter time. The girls tired in the last quarter and Fitzroy kicked two remarkable long distance goals in the last quarter to win by 10 points.

Our Goals were kicked by Georgie S , Ashlea and Ava.

These girls were also in our best but mention should also go to Jasmine , Marina , Georgie Archer , Kristi , Olivia Bartlett, Sophia and Jacinda along with all the other girls for competing so hard.

We now have a break over school holidays before our 10am home game against Warrandyte on Sunday July 15. Next training is Wednesday July 11 at 5pm.

Final scores were Fitzroy W 5.2.32 to Doncaster 3.4.22.


Coaches report
V Greythorn away at 1pm
Greythorn 14.14.98 to Doncaster 0.0.1

The biggest positive of the day was that we had our largest team of the year. 20 girls !!! Far cry from our first round when  we had to forfeit due to low numbers and did not have enough girls to make an official game.

Greythorn was in that position on the weekend and it was looking like they might have to forfeit due to low numbers but after some late arrivals it was game on and we had to lend them 3 of our players rotating every quarter to make it 15 a side.

Greythorn,  I later found out,  have been struggling for numbers all year and have forfeited many games and thus sitting on the bottom of the ladder with no wins. We were coming off our first win of the year the previous week and had high hopes. What we found out and saw on the field is that Greythorn has a very strong core 10 players or so. These girls have played quite a few seasons with the boys teams at their club so had a distinct advantage to our girls , some of who were playing their first game. We probably have about 8 girls in our team that have played less than 6 or so games of football in their lives so they will only get better with the experience.

Our girls battled hard but found it hard to combat the Greythorn girls that were very fast runners with excellent footy skills.

All our girls tried very hard but notable mentions to Jasmine who rucked hard all day , Georgie S who continues to get better and better , Ashlea who has great skills and attacks the footy with venom when it’s near her, Sophia V for her defensive rebound kicking , Ava for her hard running and kicking , Evelyn for her hard tacking and Olivia B for her tenacity at the ball.

We have a rest this long weekend and then face Fitzroy at home on Sunday June 17 at 10am.

Hopefully we have 20 and maybe more daring to go girls again.

Sunday May 27 versus Banyule away at 10am.

Our first WIN !!!

It was fantastic to say the least to see and hear the girls sing the song in the club rooms after the game. It’s a credit to the girls for sticking at it and building towards this win. Especially great for the 11 or so girls who have been at it from round 1 as finally now we have a full team. For the first time had a 16 on the ground and one interchange. We also have three girls to come back in next week hopefully. Credit and thanks to the guys behind the scenes such as Steve Smith that have focussed on recruitment. Our new girls that have come in the last few weeks such as Jasmine, Georgie S, Olivia C , Ava, Abbey and Amelia have been brilliant.

We have been focussing on a game plan and with good numbers on the field helping to executing it , ensured our first win. Banyule kicked 2 goals in the first half to our 2 points. The challenge I gave to the girls  at half time was to kick a goal and they responded with not one but two goals and Banyule did not score. Our defence was solid and our forwards kicked into gear. The girls were so excited at 3 quarter time and they went on with in the last kicking another 3 goals to no score. Final was 5.4.34 to 2.0.12

Our goal kickers were Georgie with 3 great goals and Ashlea with 2 goals who were also in our best.  Awards went to Georgie for a great game and Olivia C and Amelia. Fantastic performance from all the girls and special mention to Sophia who’s long kicking was a highlight as well as Jasmine ,Ava  , Olivia B ,Jacinta ,Marina and Kristi.

Overall a great day and reward to all those involved from Day 1.

Next week with our new found confidence we take on Greythorn away at 1pm on Sunday.

Training is Wednesday for an hour starting at  5pm. We welcome any new girls.

Sunday May 13

Versus Canterbury at home at 10am

Even though we Lost by 10 goals we made some inroads.

For the first time this year we had some good numbers with 14 girls playing. We had 4 missing as well so next game we expect to have approx 18 or 19 girls playing. We have had a healthy influx of new girls in the last few weeks.

The new girls such as Georgie Jasmine Olivia C and Ava played really well and showed great skills.

Marina is playing well and learning her new role at full back. Jasmine is new and playing strong footy in the ruck. Sophia and Olivia B are playing well in their role one kick behind the play in a sweeper type role. Ashlea is kicking and marking well and generally all the girls are improving and enjoying themselves.

Awards for the game went to Sophia Georgie and Ava.

We have a bye this week and look forward to our strongest team for the year on the park the week after. Abbey is our nominated captain for our next game.

Our new training time is every Wednesday at 5pm at Schramms.



U12 Girls Coach Report Vs Ivanhoe Sunday 6th May at 10am at Ivanhoe’s home ground. Final Score: Ivanhoe 15. 06. 96 def Doncaster 1. 0. 6

This was a significant game for our U12 girls. We had 15 girls take the field – the largest team we have had this season. We had 3 new players playing their first game this season (Ava, Irene and Jasmine) and each of them made a meaningful contribution during the game.

Our girls came up against the best team they have played this year. A lot of pressure was put on our defence for the entire game and our girls managed to hold back many goals from occurring.

Our girls switched on in the last quarter and played to their potential. Some significant pressure from our centres and forwards kept the ball in our attacking zone which led to a magnificent goal from Ashlea. The girls really enjoyed that goal and that gave the team a boost in energy that lifted them for the remainder of the quarter. The girls held Ivanhoe to only 1 goal in the last quarter.

Throughout the game, I encouraged the girls to compliment and show recognition for great work. That was really evident in the last quarter when they scored the goal. The enthusiasm even spilled over after the game. The girls broke out into song in the rooms singing Jingle Bells – mimicking the sound of the opponents theme song being sung in the other rooms.

Thanks to the recruiting efforts of Stephen Smith, we look forward to potentially increasing our team list by another 2 players in the weeks ahead. Our U12 girls team is becoming quite a popular team. A special thanks to Corey for stepping up to help in an Assistant Coach capacity whilst fulfilling his regular duties of Runner on the day. To Lynda as always for making the day run smoothly and to all the other parents who contributed on the day.

Major Awards for the day: Kristi – Coaches award for the best player on the day – busting through packs and really moving the ball quickly down the ground. And not being afraid of anyone. Ashlea – Best team player award for versatility shown at both ends of the ground, saving goals in defence and scoring a magnificent goal for the team. Jasmine – Encouragement award for gaining lots of possessions and not being afraid to be in the bottom of packs in her first game

All the girls contributed with highlights noted below: Sasha – Amazing Overhead mark in defence and great ruckwork. She is really blossoming in this ruck role. Maddie – Showing real endeavour for the ball – the best we have seen this season. Jacinda – Handballing quickly to free players and showing courage to pursue the ball Evelyn and Marina – for their usual strong tackles Ava – for applying her skills gained in Auskick in the game Georgie – for her usual great runs and safe marks Jessica and Sophie – for applying good pressure in defence around the packs Irene – for her courage to go into packs in her 1st game Olivia – for her usual boundless energy running all day and great ball gathering Abbey – running to space and creating options for other players to kick to.

Bring on Round 5 where we welcome back our Coach Phil Vestrevanis and Sophia from a well earned break.


Under 12 girls coaches report.

Versus Warrandyte Sunday April 29 at 10am at our home ground.

Final score. Warrandyte 7.1.43 to Doncaster 0.0.0.

Tough game for our girls. We had 11 girls again which made it just enough for an official game. Warrandyte had 16 and lent us 2 players to get to 13 each on the ground.

The girls played much better in the second half. Warrandyte scored 5 goals in the first half and 2 in the second half after our girls tightened up and we re jigged our defence. They are still learning the game so hopefully this game gave them a little more experience and we will be better for it in the long run. Our girls looked flat in this game and many of them were away at the Doncaster primary school grade 6 camp in Canberra for the week and got back Friday so I wonder if that had something to do with it as there wasn’t much run.

We get back a few players next week and expect at least 2 new recruits. So we are hopeful that we have approx 15 players for our next game.

I will not be coaching this Sunday as I and my family are away this weekend but my assistant Andrew  will be  writing the coaches report for this game.

Coach’s report for U/12 girls vs Banyule 22/4/18.

Final score:  Banyule 2.3.15
Doncaster: 1.1.7

Goal scorer – Ashlea Bakes
Encouragement Award – Jess
Coach’s Award – Georgie
Best Team Player – Marina

We had twelve girls, enough for an offical game the girls performed very
well, they were extremely competitive and dedicated to the game. They
played with respect for the opposition and are great ambassadors for our
club. Some of the girls that played last year have blossomed in their new
challenge of holding positions new to them such as midfield. In other words
they have been given opportunity to play new important roles as opposed to
last year were they might have been sitting on the bench due to huge
numbers. We had some girls that played their first game ever and others
that have only played a handful of games. But I am still very impressed and
proud of how they’re performing, the main thing is to concentrate on
developing their skills, understanding positions on the ground and the game
in general, I feel they’re grasping all this. The Banyule team and their
coach’s were great hosts and very respectful, overall the girls told me
they had lots of fun and lots of them mentioned this to me.

Philip Vesdrevanis


We did not have the numbers to make it an official game against Bulleen
Templestowe. We had 10 and needed 11. So we agreed to play a practice game.
The girls that played were competitive and it was a good hit out. We are
all trying to get more numbers via various recruitment drives.
4 of our under 12 girls played a second game for the under 13’s straight
after our game to help them make up the numbers. The under 13s are a super
team and had a lot to do with them last year as team runner. They need some
more numbers as well. The under 13s won by a large margin and the risk is
that the girls from the under 12 s that played and others will want to play
in that team from now on. We have spoken about merging the teams and my
assistant Andrew and I are comfortable with that and we can support the
under 13s coach Michael in any way. The girls are of upmost importance.
Merging is an option and maybe we should consider more as time goes by.
Philip Vesdrevanis