Record: 10 wins, 8 losses
Leading Goal Kicker: Isaac Nolan (39, Most in Premier C Reserve)
After 2 years of continuous success, our Reserves Men had an unfortunate end to their 2019 season.
Following 2018 where they were a goal away from a Grand Final spot, the Reserves looked primed and ready to come out firing in 2019.
Their start was very impressive, defeating AJAX in Round 1 on the back of Bluey McGlinns 200th game. The next week the Reserves blew Old Camberwell out of the water, then followed that with a convincing victory against Hampton behind an Isaac Nolan bag of 5 goals.
This was a great start to the season for our Reserves, however the next few weeks began to show some inconsistent football. They fell just short of knocking off Old Ivanhoe in Round 4, and then lost two very winnable games of football against PEGS and Mazenod. Zac Tolley and Thomas Black were bright sparks in this dark time, and Luca Zanella was very handy in the middle of the ground.
Following these losses, the Reserves began to show signs of why they have been a powerhouse for the last two years. They smoked an underwhelming Old Mentone team in Round 7 and lost the next week to Williamstown, with Joe Liccardi excellent down back. The next week they throttled Ormond with Steve Fitzgerald slotting 8 goals, and followed that up with a dominant display against AJAX where Isaac Nolan kicked 9. Although they had an average win against Old Mentone in a wet Round 11 matchup, they followed that with another demolition of Old Camberwell behind a showcase from James Dell.
Following this, the inconsistency began to show again for our Reserves. They dropped a very winnable game against Hampton in Round 13, but were able to knock off Ormond again the next week behind an elite display from Nathan Whelan. A loss to Mazenod in Round 15 put their finals hopes in jeopardy, but were able to help their case after defeating PEGS in Round 16.
Although they needed to win one of their last two games to secure their finals spots, they unfortunately came up short to the two eventual Grand Finalists in Williamstown and Old Ivanhoe. Riddled with injuries and missing key players, the Reserves fell out of the four and missed out on reaching finals.
Although they had some inconsistent football throughout the year, their were still bright spots to carry into 2020. The rise of new Senior players James Way, Josh Vassell, Liam Atherton and Tom Harvey gave this team an extra edge this year, and they will look to impress further next season. As well as that, Reserves players Angus McHenry, Michael Lane, Lachlan Mackie, Nathan Whelan and Zac Tolley all made their Seniors debut in 2019.
After a disappointing 2019 full of injuries and key players missing you can expect nothing less than the Reserves Men to come back hard, especially after the appointment of Thomas Black as coach.
We congratulate the Reserves Men on their 2019 campaign, and we cannot wait to see what next year will bring them.