Rd 7 Carlton 2017

The Woodsmen

Function Report

Round 7 - Collingwood v Carlton

Erin Mason

Winter had really set in on Saturday 6 May when the Collingwood Football Club commenced celebrating their 125th year anniversary but the mood in the Yarra Park Room was anything but cold at the MCG.

The Woodsmen Coterie enjoyed a delicious three course meal as they gathered to mark the occasion and watch Collingwood take on their traditional rival Carlton.

To help celebrate, the Coterie was joined by a handful of famous past Collingwood players including Ron Reeves, Des Tuddenham, Graeme Jenkin, Peter McKenna, Phil Carman, David Cloke, Paul Williams and Barry Price.

As past players mingled with The Woodsmen and their guests, MC, Darren James, commenced the afternoon by welcoming the Coterie and helped ensure the convivial atmosphere of the Yarra Park Room. This was followed by The Woodsmen Chairman, Kim Long who gave an opening address.

While dessert was being served, Darren interviewed special guest, Jeff ‘Joffa’ Corfe the famous Collingwood personality. Joffa (wearing a silver jacket – “gold is for after we’ve won”) talked about his book Joffa: Isn’t That Life? Which donates all proceeds to the Epilepsy Foundation, a cause close to Joffa’s heart.

Joffa also talked about his love for the Collingwood Football Club – “I am a passionate Collingwood man. I love the Club deeply”.

Following lunch, the group assembled at their seats on level 2 to watch the match.

At half time, The Woodsmen adjourned to the Yarra Park Room to enjoy an arrangement of fresh sandwiches and scones. Collingwood 3.5 (23) trailed Carlton 6.5 (41) with Fasolo, De Goey and Elliott kicking one goal apiece.

The room remained optimistic in spite of being behind by 18 points. Ex-Chairman (1991-1995) and Coterie member for over 30 years, Brian Duxbury praised the club on its 125th anniversary – “The Club’s strength today is a credit to the Board and Eddie McGuire”.

Before the end of half time, a presentation was made to Coterie members who received membership ties in recognition of their time and contribution to The Woodsmen.

At the games conclusion, The Woodsmen continued to enjoy each other’s company with an open bar and hot food. The match result was not the desired outcome with Carlton 12.7 (79) defeating Collingwood 8.8 (56). Jamie Elliot was Collingwood’s leading goal scorer kicking three goals and
Scott Pendlebury was one of Collingwood’s best on ground totalling 29 possessions.

Overall despite the loss, the function was a success. The Collingwood Football Club and
The Woodsmen are sure to enjoy many more anniversaries in the future to come. As Joffa during his interview prompted everyone to remember – “The wonderful people of the Collingwood Football Club and its supporters are what makes the Club tick”.

Our next match day function will be Round 9, Saturday 20 May when we take on Hawthorn at the MCG.