2021 In Review!

Wednesday 20 April 2022

Unlike the previous season, the VAFA made it a long way through Season 2021 before the global pandemic once again led to a premature end to proceedings.

Just because the season wasn't completed doesn't mean that the Monash Blues didn't have plenty to celebrate in 2021!

Let's start at the end... our Men's and Women's Senior teams both produced their section's Best & Fairest winners...

  • Premier C Men's 2021 B&F: Macgregor Cameron - Monash Blues
  • Premier B Women's 2021 B&F: Ainslee Elliott - Monash Blues

Our congratulations to Mac (pictured) and Ainslee (pictured) on these wonderful achievements.

Our Senior Men's team, who were sitting a match clear on top of the ladder with a 10-1 record when the season ceased, had five players selected to Premier C Men's 2021 Team of the Year and supplied the Coach of the Year. Well done to Jake Meade, Joe Cosgriff, Nick Argento, Mac Cameron and Daniel Easson on making the 22 and also to our Coach, Mark Passador.

VAFA's Women's competitions made it through to Semi-Finals but COVID lockdowns meant no further Finals were completed. Our Senior Women's team, with five-year Coach Ian Mills at the helm, ended their truncated season in fifth spot with a 4-6 record, missing out on a finals berth by one win and a small percentage difference. We still had two players selected to Premier B Women's 2021 Team of the Year... well done Ainslee Elliott and Ella Stephenson (who was selected as the TOTY's Vice Captain).

A quick look at our other sides...

  • Men's Under 19s: under the guidance of first year Coach Liam Carnelley, the team was sitting in 7th spot with a creditable 4-6-1 record when the season was abandoned.
  • Men's Reserves: with no Reserves Coach in place, experienced players Sam Whatley, Pat Long and Lachie Buck took on playing-coach roles and they had the team seemingly finals-bound with a 9-2 record, sitting in third place when the season came to a close.
  • Women's Reserves: having finished the home & away in third spot with a 6-4 record, Coach Shane Chapman's team won their Semi-Final and were off to the Prelim when the season came to its premature end.
  • Men's Thirds: Coach Josh Boyle's team were in seventh position with a 4-7 record when the plug was pulled on Season 2021.
  • Women's Thirds: the team was sixth with a 0-9 record when the season came to a halt as Coach Jaymie Moynihan's players gained plenty of valuable experience.
  • Men's Fourths: under Coach Matt Davies leadership, the team were heading for the finals from third place with an 8-3 record when the halt was called.

Our congratulations and thanks to all of the Club's coaches, staff, volunteers, sponsors and players who got us through season 2021, a year we won't forget!

And finally...

A few players reached personal milestones in Season 2021. Our thanks and congrats to each of the following:

  • 200 games - Luke Leviston
  • 100 games - Charlie Cosgriff
  • 100 games - Lachlan Buck
  • 100 games - Andrew Hawes

...and, creating history, the first Monash Blues' Women to reach the 50 game milestone!

  • 50 games - Grace Mills
  • 50 games - Ella Stephenson
  • 50 games - Molly McFarlane
  • 50 games - Sarah-Jade Rose
  • 50 games - Eliza Millen
  • 50 games - Ainslee Elliott