497).Wednesday, 15 February 2012 07:14 PM -
GOOD POINT MING - Yes, one good forward on either side can decimate the game. It's the extra weight that's helped Bondy. He is finally transforming himself into a genuine masters forward monster.
496).Tuesday, 14 February 2012 04:10 PM -
Jimmy - Who I'm completing with ? According to rusty he is the faster man in the comp. should talk to him first? Lol
495).Tuesday, 14 February 2012 02:55 PM -
494).Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:13 PM -

Strategy Smategy:- One of Liv's cricket teammates played in Bali last year. And he says that tiredness in the latter games a the major influence in the results.
We have a small side, and the truism is that "quick guys get slower, but big blokes dont get smaller"
could mean that we would be silly to even think about kicking the ball in the air.
Also, there are boundary umps (we have to supply one and a goalie for the game after each of ours) so it looks like throw-ins!!! Very different to what we've been playing on Mondies - you can punch the ball over the boundary for defence.
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 03:07 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox3.its.rmit.edu.au

ADAM:- Don't get tired...that'll do. Thanks Ming.
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 07:42 PM - IP:

Dont bomb it into the forward line:- Keep possession - go sideways or backwards to a loose man - wait for the defence to make a mistake!
The ground is so small, that a little backward kick is still within range of a lead in the forward zone.
We could BONDY it into the forwardline - he's been a star on Monday nights
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 11:51 AM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
493).Tuesday, 14 February 2012 12:11 PM -
NORTHERN SUBURBS MUDLARKS - I'm picking up Benny P in North Carlton at 8 30 for the Castlemaine 9s... so if any wants to spend an hour listening to the Gardening show on the ABC, drop us a text. Will be coming back on same day. 0439 131 954

Merciless:- Kiwi Rob is out, he broke his finger last week, but kept playing - pretty tough for a big bloke. But he does have to let it heal.
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 03:10 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox3.its.rmit.edu.au
492).Sunday, 12 February 2012 06:26 PM -
Ratty - All Good for Stay Overs the night before or the night of the Footy Day
ie the Fri or / and the Saturday. Have 3 Caravans set up for those that wish to or need to
491).Sunday, 12 February 2012 03:07 PM -
ADAM- CASTLEMAINE - Think i'll be able to make it, surplus to requirements, now that I see Frendo is playing.
In spite of the hospitality on offer, brood dictates that I'll drive up and back in the day. WHAT TIME DO THE GAMES BEGIN?
Our Games at 10:30, 1pm 3pm, semi likely 4pm, maybe final 5:30
490).Thursday, 9 February 2012 09:43 PM -
CASTLEMAINE 9s Next Weekend - Saturday 18th Feb. 4 x 24min games.
Games will be played on Chewton Rec Res, (about 99km from Melb GPO, near Castlemaine)
Getting near numbers



Ump &


1.100m x 50m Pitch,
2. 35m scoring Arc
3.PLAYERS: 35yo+ only,
(9 on-field. 9 intchnge)
4. Start 3in each Zone
5. 1 only in Ruck
6.Marks protected
7. Player Protection
8. 15m penalties
9.Send-off System


Games will be played on Chewton Rec Res,
(about 99km from Melb GPO)

9s Philosophy

Code of Conduct
Apply *
Call Ming
WEATHER FORECAST: Saturday 18 February:
Min 17, Max 28, Partly cloudy.
maybe a bit cooler up the hills of Castlemaine

489).Monday, 6 February 2012 12:08 AM -
First coach's report for the season.....YES in Feb - Training began last Thursday night and after a 26C day the night was absolutely perfect. These summer evenings are much better fun at our old age than those cold, wet and windy winter nights....so don't kick back and say it is too hot or too early, come on down and enjoy.
We had 14 to training on the first night which included a couple of new guys, so looking to get more of our regulars up and running. I always say that we will go for an hour but it seems to lengthen out a bit but everyone should come down and work at their own pace and for as long as is comfortable on their bodies. We do have ages ranging from 35 to nearly 60, so we need to cater for all.
There is talk of a number of new players coming down and going on our potential last year we should be in for a strong season. If we get the players we hope for in the Masters we just need to strengthen the numbers a bit in the O/47's, so if you know of any ex players who are looking for something to rejuvenate them, get them to come down for a run.
I have a Coaches Wish list........here goes;
Improve our communication. We have email, internet and sms messages but never sure who is getting the messages. My biggest communication problem is game day and trying to arrange a team with 15mins left before game time. Any suggestions would be great. If we have any computer geeks amongst us who could make up an interactive game day spread sheet I would love to discuss.
Need some help with a good team manager, couple of helpers for goal umpire, scoreboard, etc. If you have a retired family member, brother or other relative who loves organizing or helping get them onboard. The team manager could make such a difference in preparing on game daysWe aren't a strong social club but it would be good for everyone to have a beer or other drink after the game and either host the opposing team (if at home) or have a drink with the opposition and watch a bit of the 35's on away days.
Pretty simple really. Remember training nights coming are each Thursday at Fleming Reserve. Ground is in great nick and we actually get more room than we do on Gillon with the kids using half the ground.
If you can't make Thursday's or want to train two nights there is still the AFL 9's being played at Fleming on a Monday night. Mostly Mudlarks but a few others as well, including a number of kids who try and not get flattened by the "big" boys. See you all soon. - Will
488).Friday, 3 February 2012 12:25 PM -
GOOD TRAINING SESSION - Excellent drills last night, and I like the sound of a practice match in three weeks ...
487).Thursday, 2 February 2012 09:22 PM -
Wilba - Nice to be back out on the track and doing some drills. Amazing how straight the kicks became with the threat of push ups..haha.14 on the track tonight, lets build up the numbers in the coming weeks. Would like to see most of you in the preseason before I leave for the States on March 1st.

chook:- yes commander will great training session great to see the fodge and jimmy who were at the carnival.come on all you mudlarks get to training and lets all have some fun and of course try and get to the top of the table i,m sure we are not that far away.
Friday, 3 February 2012 07:03 PM - Host: CPE-138-217-82-67.lnse4.lon.bigpond.net.au
486).Monday, 23 January 2012 06:49 AM -
Back into it - Bruny 9s Monday evenings from Jan 23 6pm.
No-Tackling-9-a-side Fun on a soccer pitch.
Castlemaine Masters 9s all day Feb 18 (with normal tackling)
Thursdays 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd Feb at Fleming
Be there early and warming-up for a prompt 6:30 start.
Will has great drills that are sophisticated and also a bit of fun.
(This is not the 9s scratch matches, but Will has been known to have a few mins of various competitions)
See you there
Then we go to Wednesdays from 29th Feb, most of March at Fleming,
then once Cricket finishes with it, back to Gillon Wed nights throughout the season

Twas a bit hot this 9s - Jan 23:- OK so it was 34 or so, and the sea breeze didn't come in.
A few were away - or stayed away, and NAJ could only umpire.
- we had 9 there, so 4-a-side! Smaller ground 50 x 100m. How bad can it be?
1 Forward, 1 Back and 2 in the Engine Room. Let's go
What an open fast flowing game this 9s er 4s!
I reckon it got hotter, certainly when they got the overlap and we had to chase - or was it the stand blocking the South Easterly? Gee I was desperate for a breath.
3 x 7 minute thirds was all we could manage, with about 10 for breaks.
The codgers cracked in the third and the whipper snappers took control.
Come back next week you blokes, the codgers need you!
Wednesday, 25 January 2012 12:24 AM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

Blowing a GALE:- TOO WINDY!!! Mon Jan 30th - average 60kmph with 80kmph gusts
- just hopeless for trying to kick, apologies for late notice.
Thursday, 2 February 2012 10:04 AM - Host: its-wv-bcprox4.its.rmit.edu.au
485).Friday, 20 January 2012 07:40 PM -
Ratty - Spoke with Castlemaine boys on wednesday training re the masters 9's on feb 18 th sat . All good and are expecting a big showing by the Brunswick crew. So call all in from other teams . Need some speedy players to run all day 18 lads for a 7 matches in one day. Swimming pool next to field pub 2 min walk . My place up the road and caravans and and house available for stayovers
484).Sunday, 15 January 2012 11:15 PM -
FEB 18 AFL9s at Castlemaine - Looks like it will be ONLY SATURDAY Feb 18
Below is email from Castlemaine.
Hi Everyone, Thank you for your interest in the Castlemaine Masters.
Draw: At this stage we have a few vacancies in our draw and we will continue to accept entries until Feb 1st.
Should we not reach capacity we are unlikely to require play on the Sunday, meaning we will revert to a Saturday event.
Play will begin early Saturday morning with the early games being allotted to the closest sides distance wise.
Function: On the Saturday night we will host a function to celebrate the inaugural Castlemaine Masters event
which will include food and music. More details will come closer to the event.
Venue: Chewton Oval, which is about 10 min drive from Castlemaine. A courtesy bus will run from the town to the oval in the
morning and at night. There are many other options in the town, please feel free to contact me for assistance.
Warm regards, Stuart Dunn, General Manager, Castlemaine Football Netball

Ratty:- Just 5 Minutes from my Place
Monday, 16 January 2012 09:40 PM - Host: 124-254-76-69-static.bb.ispone.net.au

FULL DETAILS:- Hi Everyone, We are now just over 2 weeks from the Castlemaine Masters and preparations are going well.
1. Reduced Entry Fee - We have had some difficulty obtaining enough information from teams to arrange the commemorative t-shirts for the event. We have therefore cancelled the shirts and reduced the entry fee to $280 per team. If you have already paid the full amount then we will arrange a refund or credit you with tickets to the Masters Dinner.
2. The Draw - Each team is guaranteed to play 3 matches plus finals. The final draw will be released closer to the event but the games are likely to begin at 8:30am and conclude at 7:00pm.
3. Game Times - The game format is 2 x 12 minute halves with a 5 minute half time interval. There is no break between games, the coin toss will take place at half time in the preceding game, then at the final siren the next two teams immediately take their place on the field ready to begin. Due to the tight timeline of the day it is crucial teams are ready to play immediately when scheduled.
4. Umpires - Central Umpires are provided for each game. If any teams have any umpires who are interested in helping out on the day please let me know. After each team finishes their game, they need to provide 1 boundary and 1 goal umpire for the next match.
5. Facilities - A space under marquee cover and chairs will be provided for each team. Drinking water is also provided. Showers are available at the ground. A kiosk will operate during the day with a variety of food and drink available
There is a public swimming pool adjacent to the ground which players and spectators will have free access to, as well as a children’s playground.
6. Masters Dinner - Following the completion of the tournament we will host a dinner at the same venue. The night will also include a local cover band, “Balls and All’. Tickets for the dinner will be $20 per person. For catering purposes please advise numbers attending by Monday February 13th.
7. Courtesy Bus - A courtesy bus will operate between Castlemaine and the playing venue at various times during the day and night.
8. Competition Rules - The competition rules can be found here:
Looking forward to seeing you all at the tournament.
Warm regards, Stuart Dunn, General Manager
Castlemaine Football Netball Club, www.castlemainefnc.com
Thursday, 2 February 2012 02:30 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox4.its.rmit.edu.au
483).Sunday, 15 January 2012 10:04 PM -
Well, Here's a WORRY - The FUTURES COMMITTEE have a PROPOSAL for the next 4 years...
The DRIVING FORCE is the AGE-DISPARITY in Masters and also Vets, and Age-CHEATING by some clubs.
The AIM for 2015, 3 years down the track is to have 35/40/45/50/55s age-groups as per Nat.l Carnival.
The HOPE is to keep blokes playing longer in FAIRER age-groups
The EFFECT on Brunswick could be HUGE. How many players do lose from our 35-42 brigade???
HAVE A GOOD HARD LOOK AT THIS and let the committee know what you think. Sarge, Commander, Tiger, Dominator and Merciless will have to work out how we vote.

Stoney:- I don't know about this at all. What's the fixation with age? I reckon it should be based on how old you look rather than how old you actually are. Fur instance, there could be one over 40s comp for blokes with hair and one for blokes without hair. Or over 50s (with angina), over 50s (without). Or my favourite, a comp only for blokes who've done a hammy or had a history of hamstring injuries. Call it the Soft Tissue Injury League or STIL for short. Imagine the betting possibilities!
Tuesday, 24 January 2012 04:29 PM - Host: telstr363.lnk.telstra.net
482).Sunday, 15 January 2012 07:02 PM -
BRUNY9s RESUMES Mon 23rd - I hope everyone had a decent break over the New Year and now it's time to start working that extra waistline up onto the biceps. - Ming
BRUNY9s will resume next Monday 23rd January at 6pm at Fleming Park, Albert St, East Brunswick
UPDATE from Will... Hello to all,
In case you weren't aware I will be coaching again this year with the assistance of Kanna. The O/47's will be shared by the two Tim's (Dolan and Ratcliffe). It has been an interesting season already with the Monday night kicks played in the AFL 9's format. This has seen a number of new players mixing in with some quick young men and some first timers to the game. Great fun and it continues from the end of January.
Mudlarkers are free to get down and have a kick with whoever turns up but our actual training will be taking place on Thursday nights from Feb 2nd. We will train on Thursdays at 6.30pm during Feb (9th, 16th, 23rd) and switch to Wednesdays from Feb 28th.
big grin Gillon Reserve won't be available so you will have to keep tuned to email, sms or the MUD for confirmation on a ground. Ming will see if we can use Fleming Park and if not we will probably go back to De Chene Reserve in Bell St (opposite the end of Nicholson St and Number 1 tram).
We used it last year and it was in great nick.
(DeChene is prebooked)
We can get FLEMING
via MCC Sports&Rec.
Checking Costs - Ming
big grin The Monday night mini games are non contact and have quite a few juniors playing. The rules are a bit different and it is almost a tag game....depends on if Doli, Liv or Ming are umpiring smile They are good for a bit of fitness but not really what we need as our main source of training leading into the season. big grin I will be overseas for the month of March in the U.S and training will pass over to either of the Tim's or Kanna.
Training really picked up last year, as did our numbers, so we are hoping for another increase again in 2012. We have already had 6-8 new players down during November and December, so need to keep that momentum going. Get the word out to your mates and lets get good numbers to training.
big grin Training will be similar to last year where we started right on 6.30 with some running and exercise drills, then into the ball work and get plenty of running and kicking in. I am always keen to keep training to 60-75mins as muscles start to ping after that, so try and get there on time and if you do have energy left at the end, there are usually a few to have a kick with.big grin More information to follow but get the word out and also lets see if a few of us can come up with some good helpers. Team Manager for the Masters would be a great start.
All the best for the New Year and start getting yourselves fit. Please forward this on to your friends if you have any interested in playing or just coming down to keep fit "with the blokes".

Ratty:- All good Willy
shall be there on the 23rd with Bells on
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481).Thursday, 12 January 2012 11:22 AM -
Hi Kev - I see on the NeoPlanet Hit Counter (right side of this page and down a bit) a couple of hits from Southern USA - gotta be Kev Walker, who's living in Mississippi for a year

Tucson, Arizona:- Now we get a hit from Tucson! We seem to be popular in the USA.
New York, Redding(CA), LosAngeles(CA), Seattle(WA), Starkville(Kev) and Hattiesburg(Kev).
Also Vancouver in Canada. Usan SK, Nagoya JP, Instanbul TK, Rostock DE, Lyon FR
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 03:44 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox4.its.rmit.edu.au
480).Saturday, 7 January 2012 12:11 PM -
VALE CHAPS - Former player Garry Chappell passed away on Jan 4.
Our heartfelt sympathy to his family. Rest in Peace Chappie
Chaps was a strong player for East and West Brunswick in the classic small-ruckman way.
He played for our superules team for several seasons in the mid-nineties and was instrumental in our making finals in those years.

Will:- Sorry to hear that news. I had a look at the photo Ming and recognized Noel Borg who I played with at Hadfield. Also went to school with him at Haddy High.
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 01:53 PM - Host: d110-33-184-91.sun801.vic.optusnet.com.au
479).Monday, 19 December 2011 10:56 PM -
Merry Xmas from Bruny9s - Santa did come to Bruny9s and will come to all good little Mudlarks, wishing them a Happy and Safe Festive Season with the family, friends, and of course good food followed by a good stroll to work it back off.
It might look like Santa should have been wearing the traditional red, but Monday is wash day so he borrowed a jumper from his little Dutch helper Zwarte Piet (Black Pete)
Bruny 9s are having a break until 23rd Jan, and stay tuned for Will's training sessions probably Thursdays in feb - To Be Announced

What about to ChrisMoose:- Wee Fish Ewe A Merry X-Moose Panda Hippo Gnu Deer
Monday, 19 December 2011 11:18 PM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au
478).Saturday, 17 December 2011 08:58 AM -
Tiger - Merry Christmas all
I saw an article in The Age yesterday,qouting a Collingwood sports guy. He's just completed a study that proves that cold stretching, actually reduces performance in the game that follows. Couldn't believe that some sports people still sit on the change room floor and do the hammys, calfs etc. He suggested quick run throughs and standing jumps to get the heart going instead - this proven to help performance.
This may explain our form for the past seven years.
And help us next season. Warm up lap then run throughs, lads.
Thought it might be helpful. Right, back to my eggs then.

See you all next year. Cheers, Tiger

chook:- spot on tiger.new research has found that stretching before sport may actually make muscles contract and become shorter the exact opposite of what you want before working out.active warm gets the blood flowing and primes the muscles and joints for movement.post stretching is the best.merry xmas all cheers.
Sunday, 18 December 2011 08:43 AM - Host: CPE-121-214-98-226.lnse4.lon.bigpond.net.au

Sporting Pulse sez:- Basic injury prevention
Sport helps you keep your body happy and healthy, however, injuries can prevent you from participating in your favourite sport.
Below are some quick tips to staying injury free.
* Routine physical / fitness screening
* Warm up and Cool down with slow, gently activities.
   Save stretching for your cool down period.
* Build up gradually until you reach the length and intensity of exercise you’re aiming for.
   It takes time to learn the proper techniques.
* Rest and Recovery. It is important to rest, it can make you stronger
* Wear appropriate protective gear and equipment, this may include;
   protective pads, mouth guards, helmets and gloves.
   Make sure you use it correctly and that it fits well.
* Avoid playing in pain      WHAT?! HOW?
* Pay attention to your hydration – drink plenty of water.
* Use proper techniques, if you’re unsure about the technique ask your coach or a friend.
* Play safe – follow the rules.
Sunday, 18 December 2011 11:00 AM - Host: 123-243-102-148.static.tpgi.com.au

Stoney:- I've never had a soft tissue injury in my life and I never stretch, before, during or after a game. Never getting anywhere near the ball has also helped me immeasurably over the years.
Happy Christmas you glorious bast..ds!
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And Furthermore:- MAD MICK sez a car don't run on empty
Monday, 19 December 2011 01:55 PM - Host: its-wv-bcprox1.its.rmit.edu.au

James:- "Man that takes the smallest steps goes the further"
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