|This week saw us host Sydney University (Bees) for our Mental Health Round. Mental Health Round is about supporting mental health in our community and those organisations that provide programs to help those in our community struggling to cope. This year our chosen organisation was Gotcha4Life. Gotcha4Life is a not-for-profit foundation with a goal of zero suicides, taking action by delivering mental fitness programs that engage, educate and empower local communities. Their programs create meaningful mateship, build emotional muscle, and strengthen social connections in local communities. We focus on early intervention and the power of prevention through connection because we know we are all stronger together. Gotcha4Life was established as a not-for-profit foundation by media personality Gus Worland in 2017. Gotcha4Life has supported the Pennant Hills Demons throughout the season with some excellent workshops. These have had a positive effect on our members and our culture. For this round, we all wore the Gotcha4Life socks, ran some raffles and raised much-needed funds for their programs. We thank Gotcha4Life for their support and look forward to continuing our relationship with them. We also want to acknowledge and thank Peter Kelly Flooring (PKF) for sponsoring our mental health programs at the Demons this season. You have had a massive impact on our club and culture. Thank you to Peter Kelly and his staff. Thank you to Melissa Adams, our Player Welfare Officer, Narelle Adem, our MPIO and their welfare sub-committee for all your work this season and for the day.
The day was a success off the field and on the field. Our Div 3 Men kicked the frost off the grass and took our first win for the day against UTS, and keep their finals hopes alive. Reserve Grade had a fantastic tussle against the undefeated Sydney Uni, were the best team on the paddock, but just got overran at the last. Premier Women demonstrated their development this season, narrowly missing beating the top team last week and beating 2nd (Sydney Uni) this week. Some very exciting football and talent on display. Really looking forward to their 2023 season. Well done.
In the match of the season, with everything on the line, our Premier Men were outstanding. Coming from 14 points behind at the start of the last, trailing all day, they fought to the end to come away 1 point winners over Sydney Uni (3rd on the ladder). Even David Redden from Sportscast said that was the best match of football he has called in his life, and it was an absolute pleasure to watch unfold. Well done Ben Roberts and his boys, for keeping our finals race alive.
Unfortunately, our under 19’s and Division 1 men went down against the bees who had very classy outfits. Both these development teams are also showing some great promise for next season. In our away games, the Women’s Div 2 had an early trip out to Henson Park to take on UNSW and kept them goalless to come away with a 16-point win. Masters topped off the day with a win against St George at the rescheduled venue of Olds Park. At the late end of the time clock, our Women’s Div 3 had a 7:20 pm game at Gore Hill and had a thumping win against North Shore.