2009 Season


The Club Executive was unchanged for the 5th year in a row. Dean Bowman remained as Supers coach with Stephen Lewis as captain. Graeme Toms continued as Over 47’s coach with Des Dalrymple as captain. Brendan Anderson took over as Masters coach with Don Theobald continuing as captain. The Australian Masters Games were held in Geelong in February. AFL Football was included in the games schedule for the first time. The Raiders entered 2 teams. The Over 35’s were coached by Dean Bowman and won a bronze Medal. The over 45’s were coached by Ross Twyford. The Over 47’s division expanded from 6 teams in 2008 to 11 teams in 2009. The Raiders won 4 games. They kicked their highest ever score in Rd5 at home against South Yarra with 23-11-149 to record a 146pt win. Greg McCracken kicked the most goals in a game for the Over 47’s in that game with 7 goals. The Masters divisions added 4 new teams in 2009 with Masters 2/3 division now 12 teams. For the first time this season there were Finals games played in Masters. While there wasn’t a full finals series, the top two teams in each Masters division by percentage played off in a “Challenge Final” at Pakenham FC. The Raiders finished 2nd on the ladder with 7 wins from 9 games equal with Beaconsfield but behind on percentage. In a low scoring final the Raiders went down by 4 points. Andrew Evans became the first Raider to kick 100 goals for the club when he kicked 2 goals in Rd7 against Frankston. The Supers had a disastrous start to the season losing their first 3 games. They were much better after that only losing one more game to finish the season in 5th place just missing the finals. At the Easter carnival at Pambula, Netball was played for the first time in conjunction with the football games. The Raiderettes had a team that was undefeated at the carnival. In Rd 7 of the season against the Frankston Tigersharks, a Netball match was played as well as the 3 football matches. The Raiderettes defeated the Tigersharkettes to remain undefeated in 2009. At the Raider presentation night held at the Mornington Bowls Club, the first ever Raider Life Memberships were awarded to Ross Twyford and Phil Williams. Peter Ellery & Bill Rutherford became the 12th & 13th players to play 100 games for the Raiders in rounds 8 & 9. Wayne Halbert became the 39th Raider to play 50 games for the club. In 2009 the Raiders sporting fields of endeavour was expanded to include Basketball and Cricket. The Basketballers play Thursday nights at the David Collings Leisure Centre in the Over 35 competition. The Cricketers played in the MPCA Sunday, D Grade, One Day competition under the umbrella of the Mornington CC. They played each fortnight the same as the football season.