Rd 16 Essendon 2017

The Woodsmen Match Day Function Report

Round 16 – Collingwood v Essendon

Erin Mason

It was a wintery day on Round 16 when Collingwood took on Essendon at the MCG, but the cold weather wasn’t about to put a dampener on The Woodsmen’s spirits.

Upon arrival, the Coterie were greeted with drinks and stand up canapés as they mingled with one another and chatted about the match to come.

The Coterie then took their seats and were welcomed by MC, Darren James and Chairman, Kim Long.

Kim thanked The Woodsmen for their contribution to the auction which was held on Saturday 1 July at The Boulevard Restaurant in Kew. As Kim said, it was a very successful afternoon which could not have taken place without the dedicated Woodsmen and their family and friends.

The afternoon’s special guest was former homicide detective, Charlie Bezzina. Mr Bezzina is one of Victoria’s most successful and longest serving homicide detectives accumulating a total of 37 years’ experience in law enforcement.

He had the room captivated as he recounted his experiences regarding a number of well-known Victorian murder cases. Mr Bezzina told the Coterie that part of his job was not to give people closure, but to give people answers. He then concluded his talk by taking questions from around the room.

At half time another special guest Rene Kink stopped by The Yarra Park Room for a brief interview conducted by Darren James. Rene played 154 games for Collingwood between 1973 and 1983.He talked about life after football and his fond memories of The Woodsmen – “I’ve got wonderful memories of The Woodsmen, they’re a wonderful part of this football club”.

Despite Essendon 18.9 (117) defeating Collingwood 12.8 (80), The Woodsmen continued to enjoy each other’s company by warming up with hot meat pies and sausage rolls after the game.

Our next Melbourne function will be held during Round 18 against The West Coast Eagles at Etihad Stadium.