Round 3 Review

Round 3 Wrap Up

It’s funny how football can bring you up and take you down in the space of a week but that’s life and the only response is to pick yourself up, dusted yourself off and bring your best to the next task at hand.

I’ve no doubts that when our first Women’s team played their first ever game of football against Old Geelong 3 years ago they could have then imagined a winning margin of over 10 goals. And yet our Women’s Seniors did by dusting themselves off and continuing to improve their game across all levels.

And so too will our other teams. That’s the beauty of football – you get the opportunity to reset, train hard, think about what you need to do differently and then put that in to practice on Saturday. Our fantastic leadership group and our coaches and support staff have already started that work and I’ve no doubts we’ll come out fighting next Saturday and give our best. It is the Wellers Way.

What is also the Wellers Way is hosting social lunches that bring together our community and it was a huge pleasure to welcome many to our Ladies Lunch last Saturday. It was sensational to see parents of our Men’s and Women’s teams along with a strong contingent from my own era at the club reminiscing and catching up in our clubrooms. We had a modest showing last year and have built some momentum this year. Our aim is to bring together 50 people for this lunch so please spread the word and join us.

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – GALA BALL FOR 2019

Our Social Director Katherine Bithavas is continuing to power the club’s social calendar and we’re now gearing up for our 2019 Gala Ball. As ever, early table bookings are hugely appreciated and we’ll publish further details again on Friday. Please read below for details and contact Katherine – 0424 345 605, Ben Ebbage – 0418 123 419 or myself – 0499 333 571 for details.

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – LAUNCHING OCGAFC PODCAST

Some of our players have come together to launch our first ever podcast as a club. We’ll publish details in this Friday’s newsletter and looking forward to updating you with where to access it and what to expect from the producers. It will be great.

Go Wellers

Adam Kyriacou
President

U23
 

After a sensational win against Fitzroy the previous Round, it was time to front up to Old Xavarians and did we gave our all against a team blessed with a lot of experience and resources.

There was no time for pretty footy so it was time to dish out the tackles, continue the man on man pressure and push the ball forward at all costs.

In the first quarter we started with some ferocious tackling and pressure by TanMascitelliGiomi and Augustes and held them to 5 goals with limited scoring opportunities for our forwards.

The rest of the game was a battle but we stood tall and played hard and physical. Our ball movement improved up forward and Schuman slotted a goal in the third quarter which was duly celebrated.

Congratulations to Oliver for presenting all day, Eastick for applying countless tackles and developing play and everyone contributing.

We never dropped our heads against a well-oiled machine and the endeavour and pressure was applied all day and our efforts were not reflective of the final score.

Our Under 23 team is a development team and we’re delighted with their progress and the opportunities it provides for our boys to play good footy. 

Goal Kickers: M. Schumann
Best Players: A. Giomi, T. Eastick, J. Tan, J. Oliver, M. Tesoriero, F. Sampson

Boyd Elliot
U23 Coach

Women Seniors
After a week off and coming up against strong opposition in Old Geelong it was important to get off to a good start in our first home game of 2019. 

The first quarters we have started relatively strongly this year and we again managed to get off to a good start as we were able to get our hands on the ball through the middle of the ground,. With a number of forward entries we were able to spot our forward targets who in turn converted on the scoreboard. The contested work rate from all our players throughout the quarter meant that we had a 3 goal opening term whilst the defensive work of our backline was fantastic as we held Old Geelong scoreless for the quarter.
In the second term we were keen to ensure that we went in at the half time break having played two strong quarters. The team didn’t disappoint getting 4 goals for the quarter and having 8 scoring shots in total. Our defensive pressure continued and despite Old Geelong managing to get a number of entries we were able to hold them to just 3 points for the quarter. Our rucks continued to work hard at the stoppages and provide our midfield first use of the ball . The team approach had seen us had manage to get a 45 point lead. 

The second half the team were focused on continuing the hard work and winning the 3rd quarter and a 4 goal term ensured that we came in to the final change with a 70 point lead. Our midfield and forwards combined well with a number of options presenting, while our back line continued to play accountable football ensuring that the Old Geelong forwards and midfield had limited space and minimising their ability to impact on the scoreboard.

The final quarter was an arm wrestle as Old Geelong continued to press and work hard and eventually managed to kick there first goal for the quarter. We were unable to convert our forward entries for a goal despite our work rate but with a number of players playing different roles it was pleasing to see how competitive we were through out the quarter.

To get the 4 points was fantastic, but even more pleasing was the even contribution of players throughout the day that resulted in the strong performance. With 8 goal kickers  across the 4 quarters highlighting the team work and the even contributions of all players for the full 4 quarters.

Congratulations to Ana Smith who played her first senior game this week. A huge thanks again to all the people that helped out on the day and the supporters – it is great to have so many people involved each week.

With another big game this week against Old Xaverians at home we look forward to continuing the work that we have done so far this year and we hope to see as many people down to support again.

Alex MacKenzie
Women’s Senior Coach

Goal Kickers: M. Wilson 4, R. Green, S. Anjou, S. Bangs, A. Anjou, L. Anderson, E. Defina, S. Bangs
Best Players: E. Defina, S. Bangs, M. Wilson, A. Herrington, E. Todd, T. Lam

Women Reserves

Following the extended Easter break, everyone was eager to pick up where we left off. There were a few nervous faces in the change rooms prior, as our last outing against Geelong had ended in a 100 point loss, and no team had registered a score against Geelong in the opening two rounds.

The theme for the day was to play our contested brand of footy that has served us well in the first 2 rounds. Gemma Smith led brilliantly with an unrelenting ferocity for the contest, laying tackle after tackle.
Hannah Martin playing her first game for the Wellers showed the fierceness the girls have demanded from each other, applying some great forward pressure and a perfectly executed front and centre crumbing goal from Laura Chesney had us take a one goal lead into quarter time.

During the second quarter, due to some outside dash from Maddy Sloane and with Bridget Facey repeatedly breaking lines out of defence, we continued to provide our forwards with plenty of opportunity. Lisa Hamilton, captaining the side for the day, managed to get onto the end of this exciting football and kick truly, ensuring we went into half time with a 2 goal lead.

As was to be expected Old Geelong came out strongly and had pegged the lead back to a singular point by three quarter time.
The final quarter was a fierce seesawing contest. Old Geelong had taken the lead early but with Alex Sertic quickly firing back, the sides were deadlocked for a large part of the last quarter. Unfortunately the weight of forward entries allowed Geelong to pinch a 2 point victory.

We look forward to bouncing back from a heartbreaking loss with our next game against Xavs in Round 4.

Goal Kickers: L. Chesney, A. Sertic, L. Hamilton
Best Players: K. White, G. Smith, M. Sloane , R. Kertes, A. Robison, B. Facey
Stef Anjou
Women’s Reserves Coach

Men Reserves

This week we returned to GBO for our Round 3 clash against strong flag favourites, Williamstown CYs. With plenty to play for after quite a drubbing received the previous week, the team selected certainly, on paper, appeared capable of pulling off a big upset win. Coupled with the significant personnel changes we were able to celebrate Chris Young’s 100th game with the Club.

Congratulations Chris, you have been a wonderful servant of the Club, a pleasure to coach, and your hardnosed approach to the contest and to the overall effort of the team is very difficult to surpass!

First gamer Olly Randall debuted for the club and we saw Lucas ‘Dukesy’ HuysmansGreg TolsonNick RussellBen WarburtonMichael Jenkinand Louis Campbell return for the clash.

The boys started strongly kicking 3 goals to surprise their opponents with confident ball movement and a team approach to defence.
Unfortunately, after the first break, we struggled to impact the scoreboard with the opposition racking up 14 goals to our 3. Disappointing yes, but as Coach I am buoyed by the boys preparedness to adopt a modified game plan that certainly does rely on them executing their skills better, for longer! I remain confident that we are on the right path and look forward to seeing the boys back out on the track this work working on the game style.

Goal Kickers: B. Williams, N. Russell, T. Schipper, C. Young, Z. Herbstreit, J. Huntsman
Best Players: C. Young, B. Williams, T. Vogel, Z. Herbstreit, N. Russell, B. Mann

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

Men Seniors

The Wellers good start to the season came to an abrupt end with a relentless Williamstown CYs team handing out an 83 point defeat on our home deck.

We started the game well, matching Williamstown’s aggression with some crunching tackles and intense pressure but Willy’s stronger bodies in the midfield and some talented tall timber up forward eventually kicked several telling goals to go into the long break with a 3 goal buffer.

The second half saw a Williamstown team in full flight determined to make an early statement after last year’s finals exit and they ran away with the game kicking a rampant 12 goals to our 1 goal for the half. They proved far too slick in all areas over the ground and our young group were taught some crucial lessons required to be competitive at the top end of Premier C.

Jimmy Allen was a shining light in the middle and Lachy Powell and Simon Bennett worked hard across half back. Speedy youngster David McColl also continued his good form across half forward. 

Next week we look forward to Hampton at home and a chance to redeem ourselves.

Goal Kickers: K. Percy , J. Holding, J. Allen, M. Powell, S. Kaiser
Best Players: J. Allen, A. Vickery, L. Powell, S. Bennett, J. Holding, D. McColl

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

Round 2 Review

It’s hard to imagine a more perfect autumn afternoon for football than last Saturday. Plenty of sun, no breeze and 4 premiership points up for grabs away from The Barnard. No easy games or quarters for that matter, but an opportunity to test ourselves playing the game we love.

The day kicked off at the famous Brunswick Street Oval where our newly formed Under 23s played Fitzroy Football Club and recorded their first win for Old Camberwell Grammarians’ Amateur Football Club. The game was free flowing, hard fought and entertaining. Please join me in congratulating our young men and Boyd Elliot for making it happen in 2019.

We then travelled across town to Caulfield to see our Women’s Teams do the double against a strong Caulfield Grammarians’ side. I was only able to catch the last half of the Seniors after the Reserves had started the day off in style but the determination, skill and hard running was on display and it was brilliant to watch the likes of Sophie Bangs, Maggie Wilson and Stef Defina in full flight. Fantastic to see Maddy Sloane (ACL) and Khadiga Mohamed (Hand) return from long term injuries.

It was then back down Bourke Road to Marcellin to see the senior Men’s sides. As Tim points out in his review, we were unfortunately undermanned for our Reserves and I really hope we can rectify this asap for the good of the club.

Our Seniors played out a game that was one of the great wins for the club in recent years. It personified unity, mateship and never giving up. We all wish Nick Adamson a speedy recovery along with Declan Gaffney and Charlie Urwin who have all suffered ACL injuries these last 3 weeks. They’ll be missed on the field but remain integral parts of our team for the season no doubt.

IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – FIRST OCGAFC SOCIAL FUNCTION FOR 2019

Our Social Director Katherine Bithavas has been working hard and put together an enticing day for our first social function – our Ladies Lunch. Please read below for details and contact Katherine – 0424 345 605, Ben Ebbage – 0418 123 419 or myself – 0499 333 571 for details. We’d love if people could arrange a table together and make it a day to celebrate our incredible women of Old Camberwell.

U23

If it was ever going to be a morning for a victory this was it against Fitzroy at their home ground which was in great nick and with the city as an ideal backdrop, the boys warmed up with precision and excitement. At the first bounce the contest was fierce and out tackling lead by PhelpsTanand Mascitelli was superb. We jumped on the scoreboard early with goals from Oliver and Tan.

Drive across the middle was exceptional with the inclusion of Jenkin and Campbell who provided a launching pad up forward to Oliver who was taking grabs all day and finished with four valuable goals.

Sampson pushed hard all day with the support of the acting Vice Captain Mascitelli and Giomi, J Smith, N SmithCornford and Appleyard continued to push the ball forward from defence to create further scoring opportunities.

After a stand out performance, Brebner-Griffin was concussed in the third quarter but this only inspired the boys to go harder and get the job done although a highly competitive Fitzroy found their feet and slotted a few goals early in the last. Goals from LucasTanJenkinSoloman and Woods capped of a sensational day where everyone in the team contributed to our first win and sung the song in the rooms with gusto and pride.

Many thanks to Alex Smith (Boundary), Craig Sampson (Goals), Michael Hook (Runner) and the Mastermind of the Board Phil “The Mover” Corso

Goal Kickers: J. Oliver 4, J. Tan 2, H. Lucas, M. Jenkin, F. Mascitelli, W. Woods, R. Solomon
Best Players: H. Lucas, J. Tan, L. Campbell, A. Giomi, F. Mascitelli, T. Phelps

Boyd Elliot
U23 Coach

Singing the Song – video


Women Seniors

After a disappointing result in Round 1 against Collegians we put in a solid week on the track and were confident going in to Round 2 against Caulfield Grammarians who had won well in Round 1. The mood before the game in the change rooms was upbeat and there was a focus amongst the players to get out and win the first quarter.

From the opening bounce we were strong at the contest and worked hard to ensure that we had numbers around the stoppages. Running hard and looking for first options we managed to get on top of the Fields early and our work rate was rewarded on the scoreboard with Eloise DefinaRhiannon GreenMaggie Wilson and Sam Bangs all managing to convert and give us a 4 goal term. Caulfield were able to convert 1 goal, but thanks to the hard work rate of all the team we held on to a 3 goal lead at the break.

In the second term we maintained the momentum and were able to limit scoring opportunities for Caulfield thanks to some strong work from our defensive line-up. Our forwards and midfield worked hard to lock the ball in our attacking half and there was some terrific work up forward as we kept the ball moving forward through traffic. Converting 2 goals in the quarter, whilst holding Caulfield to 1 goal saw us stretch our lead to 24 points at the main change. It was really pleasing to see the collective effort by everyone to play their positions and work hard to win one-on-one contests.

The third term was an important term and we were keen to ensure that we didn’t allow Caulfield to get back in the game. Whilst we were unable to score a goal ourselves we created plenty of opportunities, but could only convert for 2 points, while keeping Caulfield to 1 goal and 2 behinds. The two-way running of our midfield and wings was a highlight of the quarter – and our forwards, whilst not converting, continued to work hard to provide options. Emma Todd and Deanna Booth continued to work hard in the ruck and provide our midfield with support at stoppages.

In the last term Caulfield came out firing kicking the first 2 goals of the quarter and were attacking at every opportunity. Our defence continued to work hard putting pressure on the opposition around stoppages in their forward 50 and with a number of intercept marks that allowed us to move the ball quickly through the middle of the ground. When we kicked our first goal of the quarter we had a 11 point lead with just over 3 minutes left on the clock. Caulfield managed to score and with under a minute to go the team were now only 5 points up. Forcing stoppage after stoppage we managed to hold on for a fantastic win.

A really positive result. The way in which we moved the ball, and with Caulfield coming strong in the last quarter, we were able to show resilience and commitment to ensure that we got the win. Congratulations to Bridget Facey and Emma Todd on playing their first games in the Seniors for the club.

A huge thanks to all those that helped out on the weekend and the supporters and players that were around it is really appreciated by coaches and players. A special mention to Sara Fortunato (runner), Jackson Eade (water), Bec Kertes (water) and Ken Schwab (team manager) for all their help throughout the game.

After the week off we will come up against tough opposition in Old Geelong at home and hope again to see many supporters and players around.Goal Kickers: E. Defina 3, R. Green 2, S. Bangs, M. Wilson
Best Players: E. Defina, R. Green, M. Wilson, S. Bangs, S. Defina, E. Kaehne
Alex MacKenzie
Women’s Senior Coach

Game Interview – video


Women Reserves

The cold, wet and dark nights returned to GBO this week, but the girls’ spirits had not been dampened. Our numbers were strong and we were again faced with selection woes on Thursday night. The excitement of an awesome Round 1, meant the enthusiasm for Round 2 was even greater as we sought to improve on our stellar start.

We lined up against Caulfield Grammar at Glenhuntly Oval with the early start time of 9.20am. We welcomed two players returning from long term injuries, Maddy Sloane and Khadiga Mohamed, who had both missed 12 months of football. The message was clear, that we needed to play for each other and always be first to the ball.

From the start, our attack and approach at the ball was fantastic. Savannah Dunwell proved that she was a quick learner, as she rucked from the opening bounce, and was quick to put her ascendency on the game. Our midfield worked well together, and the positive dynamic that is already building within the group was on show. The new additions of Eva Fisher and Ella Taverner made an impact, and they were shown the way in the middle by the hardworking and consistent Lisa Hamilton.

Our wing-stocks had been bolstered with the return of Maddy and Khigs, who despite their long absences, immediately added pace and flair on the outside. Our two first half goals came from Eva and Savannah, who proved very dangerous while rotating forward. As with last week, our backline held strong and despite a healthy amount of forward entries from Caulfield, we kept them goalless.

The second half saw the game shift further onto our terms, as we controlled possession and were able to lock the ball in our forward line for extended periods. Sam Bramwell and Gemma Smith were introduced to the role of tagging, and they both rose to the challenge and nullified one of Caulfield’s better playmakers. Liv Chan was impressive in her first game, and her unrelenting and repeated tackling efforts were an example of the team’s effective forward pressure.

Our determination and effort never wavered, and the rewards came in a flurry of goals in the final quarter. Laura Chesney showed how dangerous she can be when she gets the ball with two quick goals, and Ella Taverner kicked a classy snap to finish off a great win. The efforts of our backs must also be mentioned, as we set up very well defensively, and were difficult to score against.

Sadly, in the final stages of the game our own Eliza Jessup suffered a broken wrist, and we wish her a speedy recovery.
A big thanks to all those that assisted on game day, and we are looking forward to getting back out there after Easter!
Goal Kickers: E. Fisher 2, L. Chesney 2, S. Dunwell, E. Taverner
Best Players: S. Bramwell, E. Fisher, N. Strickland, L. Chesney, J. Szeredi, G. Kaehne Stef Anjou
Women’s Reserves Coach

Singing the Song – Video


Men Reserves

After the euphoria of our massive first Round win against Mazenod had passed, the realisation and the learning began to dawn that our team was going to be significantly different to our first round team for the Round 2 clash against another of our rivals, Marcellin.
Players with injuries, players with social activities that would preclude them from playing footy on the weekend, players with travel commitments – lots of reasons that’s for certain!

The total – 11 on the injury list & another 7 unavailable, hmmm that’s another team of players PLUS of the most significance, we promoted 3 players to the Firsts team, one Scotty Kaiser who would be making his Senior team debut for the club. I guess that is what Ressies footy is about for someone like myself. Are we developing people? I certainly hope so!

Fortunately, we were able to leverage off the Under 23s & promote Richie McDonaldMatt TesorieroPat Collins & Matt Hatzikostas into the team & Christian Gorman & Dan Dick returned from injury.

With a scoreline of 3 goals scored (Us) to 20 goals scored to them, there isn’t a lot to write about the match. Yes, we were well beaten on the scoreboard, but we did have a crack & that is all that can be asked of a group that was significantly down on talent when compared to a team that has played a great deal of footy together over the past couple of years.

The boys were asked to use the match as an opportunity to play tempo footy, try & wrest back some momentum and control of the footy, by hanging onto it longer, thereby frustrating the opposition. This style of play, it would be fair to say, is a Work in Progress, that’s for sure! We seem to be spooked into thinking that the only way we can play against a team such as this is to go at a million miles an hour! Unfortunately, that means that we end up making a mistake early in the play & the ball heads back the other way at pace. It’s no wonder the Backs get cross!!

Goal Kickers: M. Tesoriero, D. Berry, T. Vogel
Best Players: C. Young, T. Schipper, B. Frankish, M. Cottrell, A. Bongiorno, S. Clark

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach


Men Seniors

Following a nail biting victory against Mazenod in Round 1 Old Camberwell travelled to Marcellin on Saturday – the scene of an epic win last year, but also some horror losses in prior years.

On a beautiful afternoon for football the boys started brightly. Wary of Marcellin’s ability to run and spread we applied enormous pressure early, restricting the opposition to three goals in the opening term. The Wellers managed three goals of their own, including two from Nick Adamson who was on fire early.

The tight tussle continued into the second quarter, with the Wellers adding five goals to four to take a five point lead into the long break. The lowlight of the quarter was the season ending knee injury to Nick Adamson, the third ACL at the club in three weeks.

Already one player down, we were dealt another blow when young ruckman Kellan Percy, who had been instrumental in keeping us in the game, rolled his ankle midway through the third term, reducing us to twenty fit players. Kicking with a slight breeze, Marcelling took full advantage, kicking four goals to two for the quarter, to take a ten point break into the last change. Were it not for Simon Bennett and Mitch Smith down back, the lead would have been far greater.

The last break saw Coach Brownless implore his players to leave nothing in the tank – despite being men down there could be no excuses. An early goal gave the team hope, but Marcellin answered quickly to restore their ten point lead.

Gradually the Wellers began to wear their opponents down. Jimmy Allen and Chris Hensby began to dominate around the packs, and Alex Vickery, playing a lone hand in the ruck, was getting on top. Up forward debutant Scott Kaiser was inspirational, kicking three goals for the term. A freakish Alex Vickery snap and a cool finish on the run from Jimmy Allen saw us surge to an eight point lead, only for a late Marcellin goal to have the nerves jangling again. The dying minutes of a quarter that seemed to last for an eternity (35 minutes) saw the ball trapped in our forward line, and the boys held firm for an outstanding win.

Elation mixed with exhaustion were the overriding emotions in the rooms immediately after the game, but in years to come we will look upon this as one of the Club’s great wins in recent times.

Our starting percentage of 600% will cop a hiding for sure after that result, with our next opponent Williamstown CYs beckoning. Here’s to lots of crossed fingers!! Will players make themselves available for this vital clash at home after the Easter break? Here’s the challenge. Come on boys – make up your mind, are you on board for the season, or simply just keen to run around with your mates, when you feel like it?

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 6, N. Adamson 2, D. McColl 2, J. Allen, M. Powell, F. Wells, A. Vickery, J. Holding
Best Players: S. Bennett, S. Kaiser, C. Hensby, J. Allen, A. Vickery, T. Oliver

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

Round 1 Review

Round 1 Wrap Up
The Wellers are off to a solid start in 2019. The Men’s teams had some great wins over Marcellin, whilst the Women faced their foe in Collegians with the Seniors not able to get over the line but the Ressies recording a solid win. The inaugural U23s had a tough day at the office against St Bernards.

We have one more round this weekend before the Easter break. See below for details.

Adam is on holidays this week, hence the short summary.
More to follow next week. Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

Men Seniors

What a great start to the season with the boys holding off a fast finishing Mazenod at GBO.
After 3 solid practice games the boys were ready to go with 4 debutantes pulling in our famous jumper. We would play one of our youngest sides in years with 7 players under the age of 21.

The game didn’t reach any great heights early with our boys being a little bit flat and unable to get our trademark run & carry going early. We did however put plenty of pressure on Mazenod when they had the ball with some fierce tackling to stay slightly in front in even first half.

The second half would see the boys play a more attacking brand football and the results would come on the scoreboard. We would kick 3 goals to 1 to take a 15 point lead into the last quarter.
Mazenod however would rally late and came storming home with a 4 goal last quarter and hit the lead with only minutes to play. Big man Robbie Campbell would kick a late goal to get us home in a hart stopper!
Newly appointed captain Simon Bennett would lead the way with a BOG performance at CHB & Nick Adamson was everywhere up forward with 3 crucial goals.

James Allen led the way in the middle and was well supported by Nick Latsas,Chris Hensby & Will Kanz playing his best game for some years.

Youngsters Tom Oliver & Dave Mccoll impressed with their first games with plenty of pace & poise.
Thanks to all who supported boys on the day and we will see you all at Marcellin next week.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 3, C. Hensby 2, R. Campbell 2, S. Boyce, D. McColl, J. Allen, F. Wells
Best Players: S. Bennett, N. Latsas, W. Kanz, T. Oliver, K. Percy , L. Powell

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

Men Reserves

Sunny Saturdays, well grassed footy ovals, a hint of autumn & … footy’s back!

The first round saw us drawn to play an old rival of our Club who have been playing in Premier B for a few seasons. A strong side was selected and the boys were raring to go.
After a conservative start where both sides were feeling each other out ad the ball was travelling up and back with regular monotony, the Wellers radar began to kick in and by half time we had kicked out to a 38 point by the half time break.

After the long break, we continued to pepper the goals only to record a number a number of behinds, which should have been goals. A reflection of a pre-season spent away from the goal posts perhaps.

Fortunately in Q.4 the Wellers machine rattled into gear and the boys stormed home with a 9 goal last quarter.

The connectivity between the Defenders Mids and Forwards was fantastic and as a Coach, you would hope will be the portent of things to come as the season evolves.

Marcellin this week, in Bulleen, another big game for sure. Last time we were knocked about by their size and strength. This year we will be seeking redemption. Play well boys and enjoy the rewards of victory!

Goal Kickers: H. Crothers 5, S. Kaiser 4, D. La Fontaine 2, O. Lloyd 2, S. Clark 2, T. Schipper, C. Young, J. Huntsman, Z. Herbstreit, A. Bongiorno, A. Vickery
Best Players: H. Crothers, A. Bongiorno, S. Kaiser, O. Lloyd, T. Vogel, M. Todd

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

Women Seniors
 The first game of the year was away against Collegians at St Kilda Road, a team that we have had a number of great contests against over the years. In addition, having played them in a practice match we were confident that we had what it took to take the game up to them following a strong pre-season by all our players.

In the opening quarter Collegians came out firing and played strong, contested football from the first bounce. Whilst we looked to be a little off the contest for the first 15 minutes we slowly worked our way into the game and began to get our hands on the ball in the final 5 minutes, however we were only able to convert for 2 points and trailed by 12 points at the first change. Although it wasn’t the opening quarter we had hoped for, we had shown some positive signs towards the end of the quarter that we could match it with Collegians as our midfield got on top and began to move the ball well in to our forward line.

During the second quarter we started to find some composure with the football and began to get first use of the ball through the midfield, while our defenders continued to put pressure on the opposition inside there 50. We managed to show some great fight and capitalised on this when Rhiannon Green continued her midfield and forward work and it was rewarded when she kicked our opening goal for the quarter as she continued to work hard through the middle of the ground. El Defina was strong at the contest and in the forward 50 arc, whilst Sophie Bangs and Issy Burke worked hard on the wings, providing us with plenty of run and carry with the ball.

At half time we spoke about taking the first option and ensuring that we didn’t allow Collegians any easy possessions in their forward 50, while making sure that we locked the ball in our forward 50 at every opportunity. Maggie Wilson converted our first goal for the quarter after strong work to consistently find the front of the contest and our team work across the ground and our defensive line managed to hold Collegians to 1 point – with Sam Bangs having a great game at full back on her taller opponent and Anna Sallows at centre half back reading the ball well in the air – which meant that we had closed the gap to 9 points at the final change. Our work rate lifted for the whole quarter and we showed a great spirit and determination which was beginning to show on the scoreboard as well.

In the final term we were unable to keep up the intensity and ball use that had seen us get back in the game for the entire 20 minutes of the last quarter. Collegians managed to score 2 goals for the quarter, but again we restricted their scoring despite a large number of inside forward entries and we ensured that we kept goal side of our players. It was a frustrating quarter of football for us as we looked to have control at times, but were unable to finish the hard work and unfortunately did not score in the final quarter, which meant we went down by 24 points.

Whilst the result didn’t go our way, we have learnt a lot from the game with some really positive signs and we look forward to the opportunity to respond this week against Caulfield. Congratulations to 2 new players in the team for 2019 – Alex Herrington & KaraWhite for playing Seniors in Round 1. A huge thanks to all the players, family members and friends that came down to help and support the team in Round 1.
Goal Kickers: R. Green, M. Wilson
Best Players: I. Burke, S. Bangs, E. Defina, A. Sallows, S. Bangs, A. Herrington

Alex MacKenzie
Women’s Senior Coach

Women Reserves
The excitement and anticipation had been building, and at last round 1 had arrived. A big preseason,new players, new coaches, new captains, new team managers and even a new director of football –the positive energy surrounding this group was palpable. Adding to that it was against an old foe inthe Collegians, who have been with us since our first year and who have developed at a similar rate to us over the two years.
As we’ve come to expect the conditions were perfect for footy, and the nerves were at a high when the first quarter eventually got under way at 12.45 in St Kilda. Our message had been clear, get your hands on the ball first and repeat efforts from the beginning. It became clear from the first bounce,that our intent and desire was there as we tackled ferociously and controlled the clearances.This was made possible by one of the star new recruits – Emma Todd, who gave us first use from allstoppages. Her tap ruckwork was unreal, and she worked tirelessly around the ground the wholeday. She was well-supported in the middle by Jane Ham, Lisa Hamilton, Sinead Chaplin, MaddieRichards, Laura Chesney, Katie McKenzie, and the newly appointed captain of the Women Reserves,Emilia Fuller.
 One of the most pleasing parts of the day was watching the team set up structurally around theground, as they put into place some of the work and learnings from the preseason. Our goals camefrom multiple forward entries (thanks to the wall), as we locked the ball in our forward 50. Ourforward line was led by returning player Bec Kertes and Kath Bithavas, and they were supported byNikki Williams, Jade Bingley, Alex Sertic, Gemma Smith and Emi Holding. In her first game for theclub, Nikki Strickland was a standout and she slotted home our first goal. The second goal camefrom another of our strongest players on the day, and one of our best set shots in the team, JaneHam.
 We went into half time feeling in control and positive, with a well-deserved two goal lead. Asexpected, the Collegians came out firing in the third quarter, and despite it largely being down ourend, they scored an important goal to set up a tense last quarter.
 The final quarter was an arm wrestle, and credit has to go to the efforts of our formidable back line.The Kaehne sisters (Greta, Edi and Sarah), Kate Meehan, Joy Szaredi, Bridget Facey, together withour Kiwi recruits Ana Smith and Sam Bramwell, were irrepressible. For much of the game the balldidn’t get past them, and our ability to slow the ball down around the ground in the last 5-10minutes, was a delight to watch from the sidelines.
 A big congratulations to everyone who played and a special shout-out to all the new players. Firstgamers for the club were – Ana Smith, Sam Bramwell, Joy Szaredi, Kate Meehan, Emma Todd,Sinead Chaplin, Emi Holding, Gemma Smith.
 Thank you to all the helpers on the day and a big thanks/welcome to Helen Fuller and Di Kaehnewho have come on board to assist as managing the team this year. We look forward to anotherstrong week on the track, to be ready to face Caulfield in Round 2.
Goal Kickers: N. Strickland, J. Cuningham
Best Players: A. Smith, G. Kaehne, N. Strickland, E. Todd, J. Cuningham, E. Kaehne 

Stef Anjou
Women’s Reserves Coach

U23

It all began with turning the headlights on for a trek across to St Bernards for an early morning 9.20 am start for the beginning of the new Under 23’s competition. A sensational group of unders and overs have come together to have a crack at round one for this inaugural clash of the VAFA Under 23 Competition.

With a full field and bench with a fantastic contingent of volunteers the stage was set. Ben Ebbage was preparing the boys for the first quarter and our young group were ready. 
We took the field after a fiery address from the captain Fin Sampson and from the first bounce the pressure was applied to St Bernards and the ball was heavily contested across the centre and their forward 50.

In the first 3 minutes our newly appointed vice captain, Phil Corso went down with a lower limb injury which took him out of the game for the rest of the day.
Tan and Mascitelli  continued to unleash a myriad of hard hitting tackles and Phelps was just waiting to apply a “Smoker”.
Our defence was strong and mid field was struggling to push up to present for scoring opportunities.
With few inside 50’s for us St Bernards slotted four goals and our defence pressure saved many others  while we scored a solitary point.

While regrouping at quarter time, we took the field with Fletcher slotting a sensational goal and getting the group up and about for a second but it wasn’t going to be…St Bernards were too strong putting on a 10 goal streak and we battled to stop the flow, Dunn continued to attack the contest with Anjou battling it our with all players large and small,  Phelps continued to attack and apply pressure around the ground.

Half time and each group committed to nut it out..”don’t leave anything on the table” was the call which led us into a much better quarter. Centre clearances were working with Woods receiving taps from Mascitelli and Lucas. A freakish and lightning dash out of the pack resulted in our second goal by  Mascitelli, an outstanding display of courage and purpose.
Schumann started to drive up forward with Lucas showing terrific form in running packs feeding off to running players to present up forward. J Smith, Giomi, N Smith and Eastick running all day presented opportunities all over the ground, we started to understand each other’s skills and strengths which was a magnificent development in such a short period of time together.

Three quarter time, oranges came out and these were the last feed of the day…
Managing only one minor score we held St Bernards to four goals and had very good signs of support and structured plays out of defence and across the middle. Appleyard was on it all day applying defence pressure, Sampson was running all day creating opportunities and valiantly defending, we played good footy and learnt a lot as a side as the game went on.

After the final siren there was feeling of hard work and resolve as a team against a powerhouse club like St Bernards. It was great to see the development in the team as the game went on and we have a lot to take into our game this Saturday against Fitzroy.

Thanks so much for the volunteers on the day, Craig Sampson Goals, Glen Oliver Timekeeping, Carson Howard- CGS Student Water, Michael Hook Runner/Assistant, Alex Smith Boundary and a special thanks to Ben Ebbage for Coaching.

Goal Kickers: M. Fletcher, F. Mascitelli
Best Players: T. Phelps, J. Tan, F. Mascitelli, F. Sampson, R. McDonald, T. Eastick

Boyd Elliot
U23 Coach

Almost at the Starting Line!

The wait is almost over, the rain has fallen and the Wellers are chomping at the bit ready to go for Season 2019, our 59th year and one that promises more thrills and spills than a dodgem car session at the Rosebud Foreshore Fair. Action a-plenty guaranteed. 

Once again our Men’s and Women’s Teams will give their all for OCGAFC and our supporters, sponsors and community. We’re incredibly fortunate to see many longstanding sponsors onboard again. The Old Camberwell Grammarians’ Association and the Wellsmen Coterie Group are central to our club and we thank them for the wonderful and longstanding support they provide to our players and facilities.

Alongside these two Platinum Sponsors, we’re delighted Ray White Balwyn will continue as our Women’s Teams Gold Jumper sponsors. Jason Zou and his team will enter their third year with Old Camberwell and their support makes a massive difference to us and the player welfare programs we’re implementing this year. 

Our other Gold sponsor, The Elgin Inn, are simply superb and have been with the club for many years. This relationship is central to our football club and I’d like to personally thank Jeff O’Meara and the team at the Elgin Inn for their continued support. 

Our other key sponsors PGA Management, Vicpole – Streetscape Solutions, Mitchell Partners, Accru Melbourne, BluemouthDirect.Com, LifeGuard Financial Services and Peak Physiotherapy have been critical to our ongoing success either recently or in most cases, over many years. I would like to acknowledge their support and thank them on behalf of OCGAFC for their generous and vital contributions. 

I would urge everyone in our community to support these great sponsors and should you need an introduction or more information please don’t hesitate to ask me, a member of the Committee or contact them directly through our website. 

Speaking of the Committee, we’ve been lucky to have some new volunteers join for 2019 and to make things a little easier, see below for this year’s Committee photos. Ben Ebbage’s photo is worth looking at alone and if you would like to get involved in any way shape or form please contact one of us through our Secretary Katherine Bithavas – secretary@ocgfc.com.au

This Friday we’ll launch a new volunteer roster for former players, coaches and supporters. More later but we’re simply asking for people to commit to helping out for one Saturday a year at a home game. We’d love to see you at all the games but if you’d like to help out we’d welcome your support. 

This year we’ll be providing more information and content through our social media platforms. If you haven’t already, please join our Facebook Group – Old Camberwell Grammarians Amateur Football Club – for the latest news, information and videos for 2019. 

I’ll write again Friday with game details but both Men’s and Women’s Senior Teams are at home for the opening round while our newest team, the Men’s Under 23s are away. We’d love to get the season off to a cracker with you there to bring us home.

Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President

2019 Coaching Appointments

The club is delighted to announce we have confirmed most of our coaching appointments for next season.
After our first finals appearance for seven years for our Men’s Seniors, we are excited to secure Anson Brownless for 2019. Anson’s dedication, work ethos and desire to keep learning and improving are key to our future success and we believe he is best placed to take the Seniors even further.
Our Men’s Teams worked superbly together this year and to secure Tim Killworth as Reserves Coach and Senior Assistant alongside Gavin Powell for 2019 is brilliant. Tim’s incredible football knowledge and passion for our club and Gavin’s calming influence and strategic thinking make for a great team.
We are still in discussions with Ben Ebbage, our Thirds Coach, and hope to make an announcement in early 2019.
Many of you may have seen the announcements regarding our Women’s coaching positions.
We are extremely fortunate to have secured Alex MacKenzie as our Seniors Coach and David and Stefan Anjou as co-coaches for our Reserves Team. All three are true Wellers who have supported our Women’s Teams over the last two years and are dedicated to taking things to the next level.
We are also excited to formally announce as Director of Women’s Football for OCGAFC. Roma’s overall strategic direction is already proving a game changer
Importantly, we are committed to providing opportunities for our female players to develop their coaching skills and we are working with several of our players to encourage them to pursue a coaching pathway.
Looking forward to providing another update shortly.
Adam Kyriacou
President

Notice of AGM – 27 November 2018

TUESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

Old Camberwell Grammarians Football Club
ABN 31 400 615 100

Notice is hereby given that this year’s AGM will be held:

Date: Tuesday 27th November 2018
Venue: Camberwell Grammar School – Development Office
Time: 7:00pm

All are welcome to attend.

IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE COMMITTEE – you need to advise the Secretary beforehand. We welcome all interested parties to get involved. The club relies heavily on volunteers, and many hands might light work.

AGENDA

1. Welcome & Apologies

2. Confirm minutes of the Annual General Meeting.

3. Presidents Report

4. Treasurers Report & Annual Accounts.  Receive and consider the Annual Financial Statements for the financial year ended 30 September 2018.

5. Election of Office Bearers and Committee for 2019 Season.

6. Any special business of which notice has been given in accordance with the Club’s Rules
Any questions or nominations should be made to secretary@ocgfc.com.au

– By Order of the Committee

 

Kath Bithavas
Secretary OCGFC
secretary@ocgfc.com.au
0424 345 604

Men’s Season Reviews

With summer breaking a little this week it’s hard to believe it wasn’t that long ago a lot of us were either at the first final in 7 years against Old Geelong or glued to the VAFA website on our mobiles desperately refreshing every few seconds.

As with our Women’s Teams, our Men’s Coaches Anson Brownless and Tim Killworth have put together some great season reviews along with our Men’s Award Winners for 2018.

On behalf of the OCGAFC community, I’d like to say a huge thanks to the coaches, support staff, supporters and especially the players for a very memorable season. We have been denied the joys and heartbreak of finals football for too long and to play as you did across the season, ably supported by our Reserves and Thirds teams was sensational.

I am working on my yearly review of the club which I will circulate over the coming month alongside the date for our AGM.

Enjoy these great reviews and importantly, have a think about 2019. We have a great platform to build on and we are looking for more helpers, sponsors,supporters and people to join our great club and make it an even better one. We need all the help we can.

Adam Kyriacou
President


Men Seniors
Wow! What a season!

It was evident to those closely involved with last year that there were some encouraging signs in our Men’s Teams and after a solid pre-season we went into the season quietly confident. After a football lesson to the tune of 107 point loss at Williamstown away in round 1, we realised were a little underdone.

It certainly wasn’t the start we had planned and trained hard for and our early season form was patchy throughout the first part of the season. A disappointing loss to Old Mentonians in Round 2 then saw us onto the winners list with a solid win over old rivals Old Ivanhoe at GBO.  We were well in the game away to Old Geelong in Round 4 but lost by 19 points but the signs were there as we started to play good football at times. We bounced backed strongly to beat Marcellin OC by 11 points in Round 5. In a game we felt confident about against PEGS at home, we lost our composure and went down to a talented outfit.

After 6 games we sat 2 wins from 6 and while disappointed, knew we had much more to give and there was a belief there was more to come. And come it did!

A trip down the Eastlink to Peninsula Old Boys was the beginning of an amazing 7 game winning streak. We started to play to our potential with fast paced, scintillating football founded on a new defensive mindset and hard running. The mix of experience and youth found it’s groove with the  influx of our Under 19s and we started to play as one. Defining wins away over Marcellin OC, PEGS and Fitzroy FC and at home over Old Mentonians’, St Mary’s and Old Geelong showed we had the capability, game plan and character to match it with anyone. While the winning run ended with a lost to Fitzroy I believe this team realised how far they came when we pushed Williamstown all the way in Round 16 at the GBO in what had to be one of the games of the Premier C season. We finished the season strongly with emphatic wins over St Mary’s and Peninsula OBs to book a place in the finals for the first time in 7 long years.

Sudden death football is high pressure and we went into the first semi-final against Old Geelong at the Bill Lawry Oval believing we could match it with them and win. Our start was sensational but we ultimately fell short by 7 points after the boys gave their all in a very tight and even contest. In the end we ran out of legs and Old Geelong were deserved winners. It was a cruel way to end the season given the big strides we’d made but I believer everyone realised there were so many positives to take away and we know it was a successful season.

We will build strongly in 2019.

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the improvement came from but it’s clear to everyone that we now have a bigger group of players to choose from as not only did our Under 19s step up but many players made huge improvements to their games. If we continue these improvements our chances of team success will continue to grow.

From all the players, support staff and coaches, we’d like to thank all supporters, our Women’s Teams who were fantastic at Old Geelong and everyone across the globe who was watching and backing us. Thank you for coming along for the ride and we hope to deliver more next year.

A big thank you to my assistants Tim Killworth Gavin Powell for their support throughout the season and a special mention to our Team Manager Dave Frearson for all his hard work. Thank you also to our Committee, sponsors and helpers all across the Club for their commitment and hard work.

Some highlights to remember –

  • Our away win at by 25 points against power house Fitzroy at Brunswick Oval in Round 9.
  • Winning 7 games on the trot from rounds 7-14.
  • Winning 11 games in total for the year (7 in 2017) and playing our first final for 7 years.
  • 6 players picked in C Grade team of the year – the most of any club. Cameron Wilson, Simon Bennett, Chris Hensby, Robbie Campbell, Ben Hart and Nick Adamson.
  • Playing 7 debutants for the 2018 season including 2 more Under 19’s Will Dalrymple & Rob West.

Milestones

  • Simon Bennett’s 150th in a big win over Marcellin.
  • Robbie Campbell 50 games for OCGAFC.
  • Matthew Powell 50 games for OCGAFC.
  • Matthew Vogel 50 games OCGAFC

Award winners for 2018 –

  • B & F Simon Bennett
  • B & F Runner up Nick Adamson
  • Most Improved Sam Boyce
  • Most Consistent Chris Hensby
  • Most Determined Lucas Huysmans
  • Seniors Coaches Award Cameron Wilson
  • Goal Kicking Award Nick Adamson with 45 goals.

Anson Brownless
Senior Men’s Coach


Men Reserves

“That was the Year That Was!”
This season the team underwent a solid pre-season without an appointed Coach, which could have had a detrimental affect on player development throughout the pre-season period. To the boys’ great credit though, they responded and got along to training in great numbers which gave the Club the confidence to field a Third XV111 for the first time since 2016.

Supported by Ben Ebbage, who accepted the Thirds role, the core group of 40 + players received great guidance and counselling from the senior coaching panel and by Round 1, they were ready to hit the ground running!

The season started in disappointing fashion, with an away defeat to Williamstown CYs but the learnings from that game were strong and the team strung together 5 wins from the first 8 rounds to see the team sitting inside the Top 4. By Round 9 we were drawn to meet eventual season premiers, Fitzroy where we copped our largest loss of the season, going down by 92 points to a very slick, organised & disciplined unit.

The back half of the season saw our depth tested, the positive being that a number of players were promoted to the Seniors and once selected, remained at the higher level playing great footy at the higher level. We were able to draw on the talent available to us from our Third XV111 team (thanks Bennie for your support and positive approach to recommending the players who were deserving of promotion). Our win loss record, in the back half of the season was very disappointing, running at 3 wins /6 losses, including a forfeit received in our favour against Old Mentonians. Credit, where credit is due, the mainstays of the team, ably led by skipper Charlie Urwin, and his able deputies, Tom Vogel and Jon Huntsman, the season finished strongly with two great wins recorded against teams that we had much closer contests earlier in the season.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people who provided us with invaluable support throughout the season, which helped make the job of coaching the group so much easier.

The senior coaching group, Anson Brownless, Gavin Powell and Robbie Campbell
Game Day Assistant, including Board Man – Matt Vogel
Runner – Nick Russell (too often Rusty for both our liking, I am certain you will overcome the challenges of 2018 and return bigger and better in 2019!)
Team Managers – Boyd Elliott, Tim Cottrell
Boundary Umpire – Andy Lane
Goal Umpire – Andrew Wilson, Justin Urwin and Rob Terriaca
The Trainers were always ready to look after the boys in need, which was always appreciated by those involved.

Season Key Statistics
Win / Loss Record 8 wins; 10 losses Percentage Achieved 81.15%
Goals Scored 127 (Behinds 144); Goals Conceded 163
Leading Goal Scorer: Scott Kaiser 18 goals
Highest Winning Margin Rd. 18 Vs Peninsula Old Boys, 99 points
Closest Winning Margin Rds. 6 & 7, 2 points
Players selected to represent the team – 49
Players promoted to the First XV111 during the season – 19
Players promoted to the First XV111 who remained at that level – 11
Players achieving 18 games for the season: Alex Bongiorno, Nick Benson, Taylor Stone, Tom Vogel
Player Club Games Played Milestones achieved during the season:-
Rd. 1; 50 games – Matt Vogel, Will Kanz
Rd. 10; 50 games – Alex Bongiorno
Rd. 11; 50 games – Tom Pepperell
Rd. 13; 50 games – Tom Eastick
Rd. 17; 50 games – Matthew Todd
Rd. 18; 50 games – Tom Vogel

Trophy Winners
Best & Fairest Award Winner – Alex Bongiorno
Best & Fairest Runner Up – Oliver Lloyd
Most Improved – Tom Pepperell
Most Consistent – Jon Huntsman
Most Determined – Taylor Stone
Coaches Award – Chris Young

Tim Killworth
Reserve XVIII Coach

 

Women’s Season Review

Women’s B&F and Award Winners

Congratulations to the following players on their fantastic seasons in 2018.

Seniors
Best & Fairest – Stephanie Defina
Runner Up Best & Fairest – Sophie Bangs
Most Consistent – Clare Wilson
Most Determined – Gabrielle Opray
Coaches Award – Amelia Robison

Reserves
Best & Fairest – Greta Kaehne
Runner Up Best & Fairest – Savannah Dunwell
Most Consistent – Emilia Fuller
Most Determined – Laura Chesney
Coaches Award – Alexandra Sertic

Women’s Rising Star – Sara Fortunato

Women’s Season Wrap

Moving up to Premier Blue (effectively Division 2), integrating a whole new team, remaining competitive and cohesive, while replicating the premiership win of 2017 was always going to be hard. If one was to judge the Women’s season based on ladder position, it might be easy to assume that success is not a word we’d be using to describe our year. However, the definition of success can obviously be subjective depending on how you define it.

Benchmarking our performance against the above challenges, within the coaching and playing group, there is zero doubt we have been successful (premierships aside) – and everyone involved should be very proud.

Looking back to preseason, 2018 started by bringing together a mix of old and new faces – those keen to build on what we started last year, along with those who were just commencing their football journey. For those new to the game it meant starting with the basics, but with the bonus of our more experienced players being able to provide guidance and lead by example. This dynamic made for a similar build up and preparation to our inaugural year, where we went into the season still figuring things out, perhaps a little underdone and with a sense of uncertainty about how we would go. At the same time there was the same feeling of positivity and fun around the group.

Seniors
With the core group returning and some great new talent in the likes of SaraIzzRachaelGeorgia and Anna, we got the year off to a flying start with a sensational win against the reigning (and eventual) premiers, St Mary’s, in Round 1 away from home. This removed the uncertainty about whether we could match it with the more experienced teams in the division, and from here on I don’t think there were ever any doubts about our ability to be competitive.

Sadly, it also kicked off a season-long cycle of quite serious injuries as we lost Kigs to a broken hand, from which she is still recovering. This added to ACL injuries sustained by Bec K (preseason) and Maddy (Round 2), hand fractures for Maggie (preseason), Rhi (training post-Round 3) and Sam A (Round 4), torn ankle ligaments for El, and a fractured nose to Lou (both Round 3). The list goes on as the season wore on.

In fairness, it sounded as though all teams experienced similar sorts of injuries over the course of the season, but it hit us particularly hard early on. As a result, our great opening round win was followed by four losses in which we fought hard and were never completely outplayed, but struggled to adjust to a more physical level of football. The difference in all those games was the ability of the opposition to put on two or three goals, while we had difficulty scoring, leaving us to play catch up.

We rounded out the first half of the season with a morale boosting win against Mazenod and a strong display against the undefeated West Brunswick. While disappointing, the injuries and mixed results in the first seven games forced us to test players in different positions and work harder at training on implementing a running style of play that suited our strengths. At the mid-point of the year there was a great feeling around the team, as we had shown more than enough to believe we could finish the season with a positive win-loss ratio from the remaining games.

Core to our positional restructure at the halfway mark was throwing Sam A and Brig H into defence, relieving Steph D of a key defensive post, and giving SophGabMaggieClare and El more midfield responsibility. This gave us structure across the backline and unleashed some serious attacking talent around the ground. Added to this, we were called on players who were developing well in the Reserves. Consistent performances from TraceyEdieGretaGeorgia O and Jane gave us options across a range of positions. While still learning the game, it was great to see all of them give 100% when given the opportunity, with some solidifying their spots in the Seniors. There is no doubt that this difficult period, accelerated individual and team development, and one can’t help but think we will look back on this as the season’s silver lining.

On field, we really started to come together as a team from Rounds 8 to 10. Without getting the results we were aiming for and deserved, suffering frustrating losses to Monash with the scores level at halftime and Brunswick due to wayward kicking, we were backing ourselves, fitness was increasing, the skill level lifting, and were finding a comfortable rhythm and individual confidence. It was also handy that we had a few big ins.

Full credit to everyone, the standard at training continued to lift and the determination to finish off the season with some momentum was evident. This was on display during our Round 11 win against our old foe, Collegians. Having lost to them in Round 3, and with a mathematical chance that they could still make finals, we had additional motivation. We put on a dominant team display that combined hard running, tackling and great ball movement. It was important in the context of knowing that a team we came up against in 2017 hadn’t progressed beyond us in 2018.

If there was desire for revenge against Collegians, then it was off the charts against Old Geelong. They trounced us in our very first competitive game last year at Como Park, a loss that still lingered. Sitting miles apart on the ladder, it would’ve been easy to mistake which team would go onto play finals this year. Altering our forward line structure and nailing the midfield rotations, we never looked like losing this game. We also cemented our ruck combination. Dee and Meg provide different styles and strengths, and from this round on we really began to take advantage of this. But the most pleasing aspect of this game was the preparation the players put into it and that they recognised they could execute a game plan against very good opposition. It was our grand final and a win to savour.

That focus on preparation and executing the game plan carried on into a tight contest against West Brunswick. We looked to take the game on and knew we were capable of causing an upset, which looked entirely possible as we clawed them back on multiple occasions to be in it at the final change. Our forward structures improved again, with our talls and smalls continuing to understand their role as we looked like a well-drilled side going forward. Multiple hard tackles from NatChelseaAsh, and co., and smart crumbing goals from midfielders, highlighted this. Ultimately, the clock beat us as we went down fighting.

The strides we made in the second half of the year culminated in a resounding final round win against Mazenod. It was fitting that we put on a hard running, attacking and exciting performance that really characterises what this team is capable of. Without diminishing the 2017 grand final performance, watching how well we moved the ball as unit and stuck to our roles as individuals against Mazenod, it is clear we are an infinitely better team. That is our mark of success.
With the season over, on reflection it’s fair to say that we probably should have played finals. We were definitely capable of it and it’s positive that members of the playing group have stated this. It is worth pointing out that of the teams who did not make finals (Collegians, Mazenod and Brunswick), none of them beat a team who finished higher on the ladder. We beat three, including the premiers. Read into that what you will.

Andrew Romanin & Ken Schwab
Women’s Seniors Coaches


Reserves
2018 is a year that I will remember over the years as one of my highlights of football thanks to the great people involved whether playing, helping out or around the club.

I was excited about the season starting and our first game against St Mary’s. Whilst the result for the Reserves wasn’t a win, there were some really positive signs for the rest of the year.  Our attack and commitment of team showed real promise with all but a handful playing their first game of football.

To think that two weeks later however the commitment of the team and their work paid off in Round 3 when we secured our first win for the year against Collegians, with four players kicking their first goal for the club as we ran out eventual winners by 8 points.

While the rest of the year had its challenges with injuries, the great improvement of so many players would see them being promoted to the Seniors throughout the year. The results didn’t always go our way, losing close games against Brunswick and Mazenod, we would go on to win a further three games and ultimately finishing 5th on the ladder which is incredibly impressive for our first year.

There were so many highlights and every player can be so proud of the way we attacked the contest. Our pressure and attitude towards each game no matter the result was a testament to every player. The defensive work was first class as our tackling pressure around the ground and ability to play contested football continued to improve each week becoming an absolute strength of the team highlighted by our come from behind win against Monash.

To watch the skills and knowledge of the game develop each week as well as the team bond that developed throughout the year was a testament to all those involved – players and supporters. To see the development in decision making and backing our first instinct on the field and the trust that was had in each other as a group was amazing.
To finish the year with a win, and to show how quickly we could score with our first goal of the match coming in under 40 seconds, there is much to look forward to in 2019.

At the presentation night it was great to recognise those individuals that received awards, as well as the entire playing group, supporters and those that helped throughout 2018. Congratulations to the following, and a few select words on the winners.

Greta Kaehne – B&F winner for 2018 Reserves. Greta had an amazing year in 2018. Her attack on the ball and run from Half Back became trade marks of her game. Polling votes in 10 games including

Sav Dunwell – Runner Up B&F for 2018 Reserves. Sav had the honour of kicking the first goal for the Reserves team and along with her runner up was the leading goal kicker for the team. Sav was relentless in winning the ball

Emilia Fuller – Most Consistent 2018. Emilia received votes in an amazing 12 games for the year. She was always at the bottom of the pack winning the ball and her defensive pressure set the example each game.

Laura Chesney – Most Determined 2018. Laura showed her competitive nature and determination every game. Her run and pressure against opposition, her attitude to get the ball and move it forward and her learning of different positions were evident each week.

Alex Sertic – Coaches Award 2018. Alex continued to improve during the year and her application and desire to learn were first class. She sort out feedback and welcomed it as she continued to work on all areas of her game wether at training or during games.

It has been an incredible experience to be involved with the players and supporters each week, as the club and team has developed each week. I’m excited about being involved with the teams next year and can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store as for many they enter their second year of football.

Thank you to each player that I had the pleasure of coaching this year – you made it a memorable experience and as did everyone that helped. An amazing group of people and I hope to see them all next year.

Well done on the year.

Looking to 2019
Next season will bring new challenges, new faces and new expectations. The development curve of this season has been fantastic in taking us to another level. It’s easy to get self-absorbed and say there is serious talent in your own playing group, but with the benefit of two seasons of VAFA women’s football and an understanding of what we are up against, we should be confident to say that we can be up there with the best. Time will tell.
Some special Wearly stats about the season:

  1. The Women’s squad totalled 61 players for the season. Average Age at start of the Season was 23, which increased to just 24 by the end of the season. The squad contained 4 players who would have been eligible to play under 19s.
  2. The Senior Team totalled 40 players for the season. Average Age for most games ranged from 23 to 25.
  3. The Reserves Team totalled 37 players for the season. Average Age for most games ranged from 22 to 23.
  4. 34 Players made their debut for the club in either the Senior or Reserves side.
  5. 19 Players kicked their first Goal for the club in either the Senior or Reserves side.

In addition to our winners, there are many people to thank for their time and commitment throughout the year. In no particular order this includes our committee reps (KathHookyBec KAlex), support staff (StefJacksonJayTim WMaddyBec K), the training staff, all friends and family members who filled game day roles, and the broader committee and club personnel (AdamBoydTim CWearlyAnsonKillerGavEbbo). And most of all, the wonderful and committed group of women at Old Camberwell. Apologies if we have missed anyone.
Some special thanks goes to Schwaby who will not continue as Senior Coach in 2019. Schwaby has been at the heart of what we have achieved over the last couple of years. While he’s been a fantastic coach, he’s been an even better friend and mentor to everyone involved. His impact is hard to quantify. Some of us will miss his jokes, but everyone will miss what he’s brought to this club and the mark he has left on our women’s teams.

Alex MacKenzie – Women Reserves Coach

Semi Final Review – Men Seniors vs Old Geelong

The Wellers fine season would come to an abrupt end after a heartbreaking 7 point loss to a well deserved Old Geelong outfit.

Bill Lawry Oval would be the venue for the Wellers first final in 7 years. Luckily the nerves didn’t show early with the boys getting off to a great start with Nick Adamson dangerous early and our mids Joey ArnoldChook Hensby and Josh Holding leading the way in the middle.

The contest was fierce with our boys putting their bodies on the line at every contest. Old Geelong would look to run us off our feet and were spreading hard at every stoppage, however we would match our fleet footed opponents and take a small lead in the main break with some dynamic end to end football.

The second half would see both sides have many opportunities to win the game. We would move dominant backman Bennett into the forward line and Ben Hart into defence and at times felt we were getting on top in a very even contest.

Old Geelong, however, would make the most of their opportunities and finish the game the better team with 3 last quarter goals. We would fight back late in the game but it was Old Geelong’s day and we would rue many missed opportunities.

The disappointment in the rooms could be seen on everyone faces as we felt at times during the game we had played some great footy but didn’t take our chances when they presented. A big learning curve we will take into the years ahead.

Thanks to all supporters who showed up on the day.

Goal Kickers: S. Bennett 3, H. Crothers 2, C. Hensby, A. Brettingham-Moore, N. Adamson
Best Players: R. Deev, F. Wells, M. Smith, N. Adamson, S. Boyce, S. Bennett

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

 

Round 18 Review

Strong Finish to the Regular Season
Spring was in the air on Saturday at GBO and what a weekend of beautiful weather and sensational wins by both the Seniors and Reserves playing their last home and away games.

The sun was shining, supporters gathered as the BBQ was simmering and there was a large sense of victory looming against Old Peninsula for both games.

The Ressie’s jumped out of the blocks and put the pressure on early and continued for four quarters of competitive, aggressive and consolidating football to eventually win by 99 points, fantastic finish to a season with some very respectful wins and losses which formulated the final position of 6th on the ladder. A massive thank you for Tim Killworth for coaching throughout  the year and for the leadership group continually supporting Killer in his relentless search for the “downhill skiers” from Old Geelong- classic comment at ¾ time, round 4.

Voluntary support is the guiding hand at football clubs and we would like to extend with much gratitude our biggest thanks to our full time volunteer boundary umpire Andy Lane who rain hail or shine committed for the season and stepped up to help, very much appreciated. Other volunteers such as Andrew Wilson, Rob Terriaca, Justin Urwin, Ian Percy and Tony Holding, thank you so much for taking on a role and making the game days a true success, sensational effort.

The best finals campaign in 7 years has been the result of hard work and determination to improve every game and geez the Seniors also gave it to Old Peninsula, a beautiful win with all playing vital roles around the ground for a 104 point victory, magic stuff.

The Seniors have cemented their finals place finishing fourth and having a sensational wins during the season most significantly against Marcellin twice- (what a wonderful joy) and  very convincingly against Fitzroy while making the finals after 7 years is a true reflection of the tireless efforts of players and coaching staff. This season has seen our teams learning to win and not backing down while also respecting our fellow players by “having a dip” and being relentless in the pathway to success.

The elimination final is on this SUNDAY 2nd September at 2pm against Old Geelong at the Bill Lawry Oval in Northcote, grab your mates, old team mates, partners and get down to support the mighty Wellers in the final series, best of luck and what a way to celebrate Father’s Day…….

Boyd Elliot
Vice President

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Men

The Wellers would end the season on a high with a 105 point victory in front of a large home crowd and book a spot in the finals after a 7 year absence from September.

The boys would start with some scintillating end to end football resulting in a 10 goal first half. Our work rate was up and Peninsula would succumb time and time again to our relentless pressure. Our back 6 led by BennettDeev Wells would completely shut out our opponents playing some classic sling shot football. Sam Boyce was dominating his wing and midfielders HoldingHensby Brettingham Moore were in complete control though the middle.

Unfortunately for Peninsula we would continue our march to finals with the boys kicking a further 12 goals in the second half in a dominant display. Nick Adamson would continue his fine year with a best on ground display at CHF kicking 7 goals and was well supported by Nick Latsas kicking 5. We would have 9 goal kickers for the day and run away with prefect tune up for next weeks big final against the dangerous Old Geelong.

Look forward to seeing you all at Bill Lawry Oval on Sunday.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 7, N. Latsas 5, S. Bennett 2, A. Brettingham-Moore 2, M. Powell 2, F. Wells, J. Edwards, C. Hensby, S. Boyce
Best Players: N. Adamson, S. Boyce, R. Deev, N. Latsas, W. Dalrymple, J. Holding

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

FINAL LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 18 16 2 0 0 0 2031 1070 189.81 64
2 Fitzroy FC 18 15 3 0 0 0 1904 1064 178.95 60
3 Old Geelong 18 12 6 0 0 0 1654 1291 128.12 48
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 18 11 7 0 0 0 1589 1382 114.98 44
5 Marcellin OC 18 9 9 0 0 0 1505 1423 105.76 36
6 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 18 7 11 0 0 0 1595 1657 96.26 28
7 Old Mentonians 18 7 11 0 0 0 1365 1561 87.44 28
8 PEGS Football Club 18 7 11 0 0 0 1245 1463 85.10 28
9 Peninsula 18 5 13 0 0 0 1096 1842 59.50 20
10 St Mary’s Salesian 18 1 17 0 0 0 1194 2425 49.24 4

 
Men Reserves

The final round of the Home & Away season was never going to be allowed to pass without a theme for the match, at home in the beautiful Melbourne early spring sunshine against the old rival Peninsula Pirates.

Scoring the Goals required to secure a win. When it’s your turn to Go – Go! Taking responsibility when you do Go and Finish Well!

Neither of these statements had been achieved consistently enough all season, hence our struggles to put scores on the board against opposition that continually strangled our efforts, our talent and our flair.

Well I am happy to say that 18 weeks into the season our boys finally achieved a score line to be proud of, thumping the visitors by a 99 point margin, and this was done with a 22 player contribution.

First, let me say a big thankyou to Benny EbbageChristian GormanMichael HookFraser Mascitelli and Mike Schuman who made themselves available to fill the injury and unavailability gaps that arose during the week. I’m sorry, but in my wildest dreams I could not imagine passing up the opportunity to play in a winning game of footy at GBO, to instead go to the snow. Maybe I’m getting a bit crotchety as I grow up but I’ll never quite understand the thought processes of some people who commit to a team sport then choose to head off up a hill where it is bloody freezing!

Enough of my ramblings, let’s talk about the highlights of the day – Wingers kicking goals (Scotty Kaiser with 3, Alex Bongiorno with 2, and Matty Todd chiming in with one beauty scored On the Run). The skipper Charlie Urwin, returning from a calf injury, moving forward, and scoring three Q.4 goals from contested marks, Jimmy Wilson, playing up forward as our key focal point and looking more like Nick Riewoldt with 4 magnificent majors. These efforts were complemented by big Zach Herbstreit also chiming in with a couple of beauties and Taylor “Lazarus” Stone casting aside his crutches, required earlier in the week because of a troublesome ankle, to pop up with two ripper Q.4 goals as well. This was on top of his season high 12 handballs given off during the match.

Seriously, what a wonderful way to complete a fair season overall. The team finished in 6th spot with 7 wins. We will talk a bit more about the overall effort in the season in review commentary is delivered at season end, suffice to say, two wins at the back end of the season rounded the year out reasonably. Not quite a Pass mark, but with plenty to work on.

Final Scores: Old Camberwell 22.15.147 def. Peninsula Old Boys 7.6.48

As the Senior XV111 move into their finals campaign, it would be most appreciated by all concerned that we all get down and support the boys in order to ensure they go deep into the upcoming finals series.

See you at the footy one and all.

Goal Kickers: J. Wilson 4, C. Urwin 3, S. Kaiser 3, T. Stone 2, Z. Herbstreit 2, A. Bongiorno 2, N. Benson, J. Huntsman, B. Warburton, M. Schumann, A. Vickery, M. Todd
Best Players: C. Young, J. Wilson, T. Stone, A. Vickery, T. Vogel, C. Urwin

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

FINAL LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 18 16 2 0 0 0 1948 601 324.13 64
2 Old Geelong 18 15 3 0 0 0 1599 657 243.38 60
3 Williamstown CYMS 18 14 3 1 0 0 1647 687 239.74 58
4 Marcellin OC 18 12 5 1 0 0 1442 810 178.02 50
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 18 9 9 0 0 0 1338 1122 119.25 36
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 17 7 10 0 0 1 956 1178 81.15 32
7 PEGS Football Club 17 6 11 0 0 1 972 1189 81.75 28
8 St Mary’s Salesian 18 4 14 0 0 0 992 1403 70.71 16
9 Peninsula 18 3 15 0 0 0 688 1651 41.67 12
10 Old Mentonians 16 1 15 0 0 0 369 2719 13.57 4