Men's football

Welcome new U19s coach - Patty Garitty

Patty brings a wealth of knowledge both in playing and coaching. He played 200+ games with Boronia & The Basin, captained both sides, won Best & Fairest and played across a number of divisions. Patty has also coached a number of sides from Junior head coach through to Reserves & Assistant coach at Senior level. “I am super excited to jump on board with the Rowville Footy Club and be apart of the landscape of coaches, especially looking at the wealth of talent the club has on hand” Patty’s main focus for 2023 as a coach will be to develop and lead young men to aim to better themselves and those around as as people first, football next and making memories.


Round 13 highlights


Round 14

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Rowville 1.4-10 4.6-30 4.10-34 6.14-50
Park Orchards 1.4-10 5.4-34 8.6-54 9.7-61

Prior to the game we knew Park Orchards would present a challenge and unfortunately, they were better on the day.

It was a cold morning but a good day for footy, however we were beat at the contest and beaten in pressure from the outset. Although the midfield cracked in hard, ill discipline and umpiring decisions made the job all the more difficult.

Despite boasting a strong team, including returning senior players in Matthew Traynor and Rhys Wood, it was Park Orchards who made the most of their opportunities and ran away with the game in the final half.

Matthew Evans was good, kicking three, while the senior boys also contributed well. Yet again, poor conversions cost us, as we lost by two goals despite having four more goal scoring opportunities. Finals will still be considered the minimum requirement, and a good end to the season.

Round 13

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Rowville 23.4-22 4.4-28 5.8-38 9.8-62
Doncaster East 0.0-0 1.2-8 1.3-9 3.3-21

This Saturday we took on Doncaster East for the second time. We'd won fairly comfortably last time but were missing a few players from that team. Captain Ryan Laffan returned from knee injury and Brodie Herkess debuted, playing all four quarters having played for the u19s literally minutes before our kick-off.

The first quarter saw Doncaster East kept scoreless, kicking against a terrible wind. Even when they had the wind through, we were able to keep them pretty quiet with a strong defensive effort.

For once, our goalkicking was a relative positive, as we finished the day with more goals than behinds. Mitchell Jago played his best game for the season, while Tharial Ter ran rings again.

Brodie Herkess was great in his first senior game, scoring three goals and having a big impact with ball in hand.

Next week sees us play Park Orchards, which might decide who maintains 2nd spot o n the ladder so this result was just what we needed.

Round 12

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Rowville 2.3-15 5.7-35 8.10-58 9.11-65
Sth Croydon 2.0-12 4.0-24 4.0-24 5.2-32

Playing South Croydon for the second time after a hard-fought win first time around, we were confident but aware that we needed to be at our best. Despite welcoming back Jonte Duffy to the team, we were still short of rotations and relied on a few u19s to help us out.

Although the first quarter was close, South Croydon's goals came mainly from free kicks, as we wasted a number of chances. The accuracy remained poor for the duration of the game, but we created the majority of the opportunities from quarter time onwards. Matthew Evans scored another three as his rich vein of goal-scoring form continues, with Jethro Calma-Holt scoring two in his best game for the club.

Tharial Ter was best on, weaving his way through the midfield at will, while Kyle Sturley (AKA Rance 2.0) was strong in a solid defensive display.

With Noble Park dropping points, the race for top 2 have become very tight. The next few weeks could be very telling, but we know that we'll be right up there come the end of the season.

Round 11

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Rowville 1.3-9 2.3-15 3.3-21 3.4-22
Blackburn 4.1-25 7.4-46 11.6-72 14.9-93

This weekend was always going to be a tough contest, against a Blackburn side who hadn't lost a game in two years. To add to the challenge, we were missing a lot of key players through injury, including four of the starting midfield/forward line.

Although we started well, just failing to capitalise on a few chances, Blackburn used the small ground well and moved the ball quickly from a defence to attack.

Chances were few and far between, and Blackburn kept the intensity up all game. 

Jack Diedrich has been great after his backline switch, taking a lot of contested marks, and Jarrod Healy and Kyle Hagger did well in unfamiliar midfield roles. Matthew Evans put in a good shift on a day that wasnt great for forwards,too.

Unfortunately Blackburn were just too good, though there is definitely a lot of positives to take away from the game. Come finals, with a full-strength team, we are certainly good enough to change this result around.

Round 10

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Rowville 1.5-11 4.6-30 9.6-60 10.7-67
Vermont 1.3-9 1.4-10 5.4-34 6.6-42

Round 10 was a huge week for the boys, playing against Vermont. Having always been the benchmark in the competition, we knew Vermont were going to be a challenge.

It was a scrappy start, as most close games are, but we kicked away in a second quarter which saw Vermont scoring only a point. Although they did mount a little comeback in the final minutes of the third term, we ultimately held on for a four-game win. 

Matthew Evans backed up his four goals last week with another four-goal performance, marking everything that was in front of him. Ryan Hall was awesome down back, and Callum Houghton was everywhere in the midfield. Our defence has been brilliant all year, and the return of some key positions forwards has lifted our attack to another level.

The wins puts us in a strong position for the rest of the season, though next week's test against Blackburn will be the hardest we've faced.

Round 9

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Rowville 2.2-14 5.4-34 6.6-42 8.10-58
Berwick 2.2-14 2.5-17 3.5-23 7.5-47

After a few admittedly easier games over the last few weeks, Berwick were set to be a challenge. Sitting mid-table, they always seem to be a team that play better than the ladder would suggest, so we needed to switch on from the start.

Although we didnt put together our best performance, we managed to come out on top in what was a hard, physical game. Our fitness really showed on a massive oval, and Matthew Evans marked everything on his way to kicking four, aided by three goals to Jethro Calma-Holt.

Jarrod Healy was a consistent as ever in his 100th game, and Cooper Stainthorpe stood up in the absence of defensive partner Jai Edwards who debuted for the senior team. 

Next week's game will be one of our toughest yet, and a hard-fought scrap is exactly the fighting spirit we'll need to win that too.

Round 8

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Rowville 7.1-43 12.4-76 19.9-123 28.12-180
Doncaster 0.0-0 1.0-6 1.0-6 1.1-7

What a win! Going into the break, we wanted to finish strong and expected to come away with the win. But a lot of emphasis was placed on being ruthless and improving percentage. Turns out 28 goals helps that.

We had 13 separate goal scorers for the day, with Mckenzie Jago (4), Tharial Ter (4) and Kyle Hagger (4) leading the charge. Pressure was high, skills were good, and accuracy was an improvement on earlier games. 

It was a day to test out new things, and Cooper Stainthorpe coped well in a midfield role, while Kyle Hagger, Jarrod Healy and Jack Morrison decided defence wasn't for them, kicking 9 between them in second half.

Two big goals from Jake Maguire and the crowd literally went wild. 

Confidence is high and spirits are through the roof, and rightly so. That makes it seven straight wins and take us into a well-deserved rest. 

More big games to come in the second half of the season. Go Hawks!