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

Third’s Season Review

3rds Season Wrap

It’s hard to believe that Old Camberwell hasn’t had a Thirds football side for over four years as for most of the year, the 2018 Thirds were spoilt for choice with personnel.

Although the ladder does not reflect a great deal of success for the team, it belies the true success that was achieved with the side. Throughout the year we had over 45 players play, one player has played in all three men’s teams and is now playing senior football  and looking to be included in the side that plays finals. For a large chunk of the boys, they were able to forge new friendships and enjoy a new culture built around inclusiveness (no matter how weird you are) and positivity, as well as the idea that participation is king and that as long as you are giving everything you can then that is all we ask.

We have also been fortunate to have found some quality footballers in our ranks, who should progress in coming years with their football development into the more senior teams. Steven Cunningham was instrumental throughout the midfield, only missing one game, Matt Todd started the year as a rusted on 3rds player, and is now a stalwart of the reserves, and Ritchie McDonald and Tyler Phelps have both shown plenty of football nouce, while Mitch McPherson was potent up forward during his time in the side.

All in all, the thirds team was a tremendous success, as it allowed plenty of boys to play football for a club that really supported them, build friendships with new people from all walks of life and assisted massively in making the overall club better. It has been a privilege to be their coach.

Ben Ebbage
Thirds Coach

Round 17 Review

Double Wins and we’re playing FINALS!!!

With the Thirds finishing up their season the previous week (a season wrap up will be published this Friday), it was left to our Reserves and Seniors to fly the Wellers flag on Saturday and they didn’t disappoint. Both sides had plenty to play for; our Ressies were desperate to get back on the winners list after some strong performances without reward; our Seniors were playing to secure fourth spot and a finals campaign for the first time in 7 years. Neither side disappointed and as you’ll read, took control of their games early and stayed the course to record two wins from two away.

The songs were sung with real gusto and the feeling in the rooms after the Seniors was sensational. We’ve come a long way this season and I know everyone is totally focussed on ensuring we keep the season alive for as long as possible. Well done to everyone for getting to the dance and now let’s see who’s left standing.

Unbelievably, Saturday was the last game I’ll see for 3 weeks as my family and I head off for a wedding in England. However the Wellers are very much alive and kicking in the UK and I am organising a catch up with Andrew Clark and Jemma Wong in London and we’ll be sorting a venue to follow the games live over the coming weeks. Can I ask everyone who reads this newsletter to pass onto those who don’t that we are playing our first final for 7 years. We owe it to our players to get right behind them on the day. I know how much it means to them to play in front of our supporters so if you can, take a mate and let’s make it day to remember.

The club will be cranking up the BBQ this Saturday for our last home game of the season against Peninsula OBs. We’re putting on a spread post game with some of our Under 19 Premiership team from last year and our Women’s Team will be there in force so join us if you can and thank you for all your support over the 2017 home and away season.

Come on the Wells

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au

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Men

Round 17 saw us face off against St Mary’s at Ferndale Park. We had everything to play for, with a place in the finals being the reward for a win.

Coming into the game we knew we would have to make adjustments to our style of play to account for the small ground and bizarre weather. Combine with the fact that our opposition would be desperate to take a scalp before the seasons end, we were aware of the challenge ahead.

Our first quarter was not the fast moving and flowing football that we like to play, however we did enough to take control of the match. Some great work in the middle by Jimmy Allen and down back by Simon Bennett gave us a 5 goal to 1 lead at quarter time. St Mary’s were keen to fight their way back into the match and took their work rate up a notch in the second quarter. Some quick goals to our opposition reminded us that we could not afford to drift out of the game mentally and had to keep the pressure on at all times. Josh Holding, Joey Arnold and Chris Hensby responded well in the middle, and Alex Taverner and Matt Powell were finishing well up forward. Some late goals allowed us to take a 7 goal lead into half time.

In the second half we took up where we left off and played some great pressure football. There were great contributors all over the ground as Boycey and Frazer found plenty of space to work in while Latsas and Crothers were doing some great work at stoppages. At the end of the day we ran out 95 point victors and managed to kick 23.9 which is as accurate as we have been all year. We are now assured of 4th spot on the ladder and our first shot at finals for 7 years. Our next challenge is to carry our good form into round 18 and finish the regular season on a high against a Peninsula outfit who will be looking to do the same. See you at Gordon Barnard this Saturday!

Goal Kickers: A. Taverner 5, M. Powell 4, J. Allen 3, H. Crothers 2, A. Brettingham-Moore 2, K. Percy , W. Dalrymple, N. Adamson, R. Campbell, N. Latsas, F. Wells, R. West
Best Players: S. Bennett, C. Hensby, S. Boyce, A. Taverner, J. Allen, F. Wells

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 17 16 1 0 0 0 1960 951 206.10 64
2 Fitzroy FC 17 14 3 0 0 0 1820 982 185.34 56
3 Old Geelong 17 11 6 0 0 0 1535 1220 125.82 44
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 17 10 7 0 0 0 1439 1336 107.71 40
5 Marcellin OC 17 8 9 0 0 0 1376 1346 102.23 32
6 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 17 7 10 0 0 0 1518 1528 99.35 28
7 PEGS Football Club 17 7 10 0 0 0 1163 1379 84.34 28
8 Old Mentonians 17 6 11 0 0 0 1244 1484 83.83 24
9 Peninsula 17 5 12 0 0 0 1050 1692 62.06 20
10 St Mary’s Salesian 17 1 16 0 0 0 1117 2304 48.48 4

 
Men Reserves

As the season draws to a close for our Ressies team, our collective focus shifts towards finishing the season strongly in order to gain some momentum for next season and to most importantly, kicking some goals!

The team has struggled to consistently put big scores on the board, making for a number of closely fought matches, or significant blow-outs. This week we are drawn for the first time to play St Marys / Salesian for the first time at this level, on the picturesque Ferndale Park in Glen Iris. The ground is small, to say the least and it can make for very tight, contested footy.
This was certainly the case on Saturday in typical Melbourne winter conditions (four seasons in one day) and as the final scoreline suggests, it was a tough, tight contest, with no quarter given or taken by either team.

We got off to a slow start and it was interesting to note that the Combine were more effective at winning the stoppages, consistently taking the ball from the stoppages placing our backline under great pressure. To their great credit, the boys stood firm and repeatedly fought off the opposition’s forward forays.

As we moved into the second quarter, the Mids worked harder on their efforts, particularly on the Inside and we were able to move the ball forward, more often and at a quicker pace. The result was for us to score 4 goals for the quarter, 2 to big Tommy Schipper & 2 to Andy Parker, returning from an ankle injury. This enabled us to take a 5 point lead into the half time break.
The message from the coach was strong in that we needed to work harder to break the opposition’s scragging, retarding tactics stifling our run. We needed to impose ourselves more by pushing back the other way, with interest!

It certainly sunk in and we were able to kick another 2 more goals keeping the opposition to a solitary point, opening up the margin to 19 points. Tom Vogel, coming off half back, & running through the middle was instrumental in setting up numerous forward forays and Oly Lloyd lifted his work rate to his usual hard, charging standards and Tommy Eastick was showing a welcome return to his defensive best by working in tandem with his fellow defenders and repelling everything that came his way.
The match finished off with each team scoring the same amount each for Q.4 (1 goal, 3 behinds) and the boys generated their 7th win for the season, which was most gratifying for all concerned.

4 points was the mission, and the mission was achieved. We now turn our attention to the final round at GBO vs Peninsula Old Boys. Another win is our aim and I am certain the boys will be keen to finish the season on a high note, then stick around to support the Seniors in their effort to knock over the boys from Mt Eliza and move into the finals program with a well deserved victory.

Goal Kickers: T. Schipper 3, A. Parker 2, T. Stone, J. Wilson, A. Vickery
Best Players: T. Vogel, O. Lloyd, J. Edwards, J. Wilson, T. Eastick, A. Vickery

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 17 15 2 0 0 0 1766 585 301.88 60
2 Williamstown CYMS 17 14 2 1 0 0 1621 633 256.08 58
3 Old Geelong 17 14 3 0 0 0 1547 631 245.17 56
4 Marcellin OC 17 11 5 1 0 0 1341 749 179.04 46
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 17 9 8 0 0 0 1278 1021 125.17 36
6 PEGS Football Club 16 6 10 0 0 1 893 987 90.48 28
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 16 6 10 0 0 1 809 1130 71.59 28
8 St Mary’s Salesian 17 4 13 0 0 0 940 1341 70.10 16
9 Peninsula 17 3 14 0 0 0 639 1504 42.49 12
10 Old Mentonians 15 0 15 0 0 0 307 2604 11.79 0

 

Round 16 Review

Top of the table clash & fantastic Wellsmen Lunch for 1978 Premiers
Firstly, commiserations to our Seniors side who narrowly lost against the top side Williamstown. To put this into perspective, we played Williamstown in the first game of the season and lost by well over 100 points. To see how far we’ve come over the course of the year is a huge credit to the hard work the players and coaching staff have put in – rain, hail or shine. The football was fast and of the highest quality and while we lost, I know we’ll take so much from the game.

As Tim Killworth writes, our Reserves started superbly but were unable to match it with one of the top sides in the competition. Although the results haven’t come as I know the team would like, we have a sensational group who have brilliantly supported the rise of the Seniors and I know their efforts will be rewarded if we stick together.

This Saturday was a very special one for our football club as the mighty Wellsmen, led by Alex ‘The Prez’ Dance and ably backed by Egan SmithSquizzy Taylor,Justine Elliott, Pam & Daryl Brown and Peter Kerkvliet organised what will go down as one of the best gatherings the club has seen in years.

Brilliantly MC’d by Don McLardy, four former greats of the club Gregor BuchananDick MulletDuncan MacCullum and David Rimington talked through the 1978 season and our march to premiership glory. We also celebrated four members of the team and support staff who have sadly passed away – Peter HutchinsonBob HealeyNoel Hewitt and David Steven – and shared many fond memories with their families and friends.

This team and all former players and supporters are so important to our football club. During pre-season I took all the players through our history, showing old photos, letting them know what this group did to build the club, what they meant to it and why we now pull on the Two Blues and wear it with pride – because it means a great deal to a lot of people.

As I said on Saturday, I truly believe our young men and women need to be raised by a village. They need older people around them more than ever. We’re extremely fortunate to have you all as part of our community. Thank you again for making Saturday such a special day.

It was a day to remember and a memory that will long stay with me was the moment after the game when David Steven’s sister, Jo Fraser, presented theDavid Steven Medal for Best on Ground to James Allen. She spoke about how important Old Camberwell was to David and commented that after the day, she understood why even more. We are indeed very fortunate to have had such a moment as a club.

Once again, thank you to Dancey and all the Wellsmen.

Cheers Cheers for Old Camberwell.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au

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Men

After last week’s disappointing effort at the hands of Old Ivanhoe, the Wellers were keen to put in a determined 4 quarter effort together against top of the table Williamstown in front of our ‘78 Premiership Team at GBO on Saturday.

Williamstown took an early lead with some quick ball movement, kicking the first 2 goals of the game and make an early statement. David Stevenmedallist Jimmy Allen kick started the Wellers with a long bomb from 50 and we were in the game at the end of an intense first quarter. Our pressure indicators were through the roof after a slow start and we went into the first break confident we could match our more fancied opponents.

The second saw the game go to another level with both sides dominating short periods of the quarter. We controlled the first period with Matt Powell kicking 2 important snaps although we didn’t capitalise on some brilliant play as our midfielders missed 4 good shots on goal letting Willy off the hook. Willy came back hard late in the quarter with their VFL boys stepping up a gear and making the most of their limited opportunities. Youngster Robbie West set up a late goal seconds before the siren to get us back within 4 points at the main break.

If it was possible to step the level up again, we did in the third after a patchy month of football. Hart, Allen & Hensby started breaking lines in the middle and backs BennettHuysmans & Fraser Wells were defending bravery in the back half. Robbie Campbell was becoming dangerous up forward and Nick Adamson broke free from some heavy attention and kick 2 goals for the quarter. We thoroughly deserved our 8 point buffer going into the last quarter.

The last was a classic arm wrestle with both sides not giving an inch in an entertaining battle. Willy however would finish with all the answers and run over the top of a gallant Wellers outfit. Some costly errors late and our opponents kicked the last 3 goals in the final 2 minutes of the game. I think Williamstown would agree the final margin of 24 points didn’t reflect the closeness of the game.

The loss leaves us 4th on the ladder with a must win at St Mary’s this week to secure a final.
Overall a great contest and learning experience for our young group. It was a bitter pill to swallow after a super impressive effort, but a reminder our best can match any opponent in Premier C.

Thanks to all who supported our boys on Saturday. It was sensational to hear the roar from the balcony during the game and we hope to see you all in the next few weeks exciting weeks.

Goal Kickers: J. Allen 3, M. Powell 3, R. Campbell 2, N. Adamson 2, N. Latsas, J. Holding, J. Arnold
Best Players: J. Allen, C. Hensby, B. Hart, F. Wells, R. West, L. Huysmans

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 16 15 1 0 0 0 1894 907 208.82 60
2 Fitzroy FC 16 14 2 0 0 0 1776 916 193.89 56
3 Old Geelong 16 10 6 0 0 0 1427 1149 124.19 40
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 16 9 7 0 0 0 1292 1284 100.62 36
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 16 7 9 0 0 0 1447 1420 101.90 28
6 Marcellin OC 16 7 9 0 0 0 1319 1301 101.38 28
7 PEGS Football Club 16 7 9 0 0 0 1137 1328 85.62 28
8 Old Mentonians 16 5 11 0 0 0 1193 1458 81.82 20
9 Peninsula 16 5 11 0 0 0 1005 1635 61.47 20
10 St Mary’s Salesian 16 1 15 0 0 0 1065 2157 49.37 4

 
Men Reserves

The powerful Willy CYs unit headed over the Westgate bridge for the early game at GBO, intent on taking another scalp and ensuring they set their season up for a top 2 finish.

Our boys coming off a series of losses were keen to show these boys that we meant business and it was not going to be an easy afternoon for the opposition.

“Operation Tackle” was the pre-match catch cry, the message being that it doesn’t take talent to tackle, just attitude and intent!
The boys came out of the blocks hard and scored the first two goals of the game, much to the annoyance of the opposition. Big Zach Herbstreitintercepted an across goal opposition switch and promptly converted, closely followed up by a strong snap across the goal face by Nick Russell, who was returning from a long-term injury and a great deal of frustration on his part in getting his body right.

The Wellers played with great intent and frustrated their opponents to the point of really making them crabby. Unfortunately, the effort wasn’t sustained and were only able to conjure up another goal to Mick Jenkin in Q3, whilst our opponents managed to score 5, 4 and 6 goals for the remainder of the match to roll out easy 89 point winners.

The opportunity was taken by the coaching panel to blood a number of players in spots that they had not spent too much time in during the season. Nick Benson was solid in the midfield having moved from the backline, Olly Lloyd battled manfully again, highlighting his consistency all season, and Charlie Urwin, was intercepting everything that came his way down back until he went off with a leg injury.

Chris Young continued along with his typical hard-nosed approach to any opposition player who had the ball in his possession and Nick Russell was ever on the move up forward.

This week we have the penultimate round and our opponents are St Marys Salesian, an opposition much like us, keen to take a scalp on the way to the end of the season. We meet them at the postage stamp known as Ferndale Park. We are certainly hoping for a huge effort from the boys so that we can finish the season with a couple of solid wins and to provide strong support to our senior team, who are also very keen to lock a win away!

Goal Kickers: N. Russell, J. Huntsman, M. Jenkin
Best Players: N. Benson, N. Russell, C. Young, O. Lloyd, M. Todd, T. Phelps

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 16 15 1 0 0 0 1732 531 326.18 60
2 Williamstown CYMS 16 13 2 1 0 0 1567 599 261.60 54
3 Old Geelong 16 13 3 0 0 0 1494 602 248.17 52
4 Marcellin OC 16 10 5 1 0 0 1255 742 169.14 42
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 16 9 7 0 0 0 1249 968 129.03 36
6 PEGS Football Club 16 6 10 0 0 0 893 987 90.48 24
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 15 5 10 0 0 1 749 1089 68.78 24
8 St Mary’s Salesian 16 4 12 0 0 0 899 1281 70.18 16
9 Peninsula 16 3 13 0 0 0 632 1418 44.57 12
10 Old Mentonians 15 0 15 0 0 0 307 2604 11.79 0

Round 15 Review

Saturday was tough – Sunday finished superbly
Apologies for the delay in getting this report out. It’s been one of those weeks where everything came to a head for a few people but amazingly the team keeps finding a way to work through it. There are great signs at the Club right now and I am constantly amazed by the dedication of those involved. Thanks again for all your hard work and commitment.

Strangely we had football across both days over the weekend. As you’ll note from our Thirds Coaches report, we were a little thin on the ground and injuries during the game didn’t help but we battled hard. I will say more about our Thirds would will stress here how important they have been for OCGAFC and we love having them play each week.

Our Men’s Teams travelled to Old Ivanhoe it what is always a tricky game. A little undermanned in the Reserves, we didn’t seem to fire and perhaps the same could be said for the Seniors who almost stole victory from defeat in the last quarter but as our captain Ben Hart writes, it was too little too late.

Unbelievably, our amazing Women’s Teams have now finished their seasons! With both sides hitting late season form, I know many of our players would have loved to play finals. As I said to the teams last Thursday night, we are privileged to have two Women’s Teams and the development and work they’ve done this year is brilliant. We’ll say more in our review edition but we have set up superbly for 2019 and will continue to improve, strive and achieve the lofty goals our girls set themselves.

This week our Thirds play their final game at home. It’s an 11.40am start and please get down if you can to support Ben and his men.
Our Seniors and Reserves have a bye and will be back at GBO Saturday 11th for the big Wellsmen Lunch! Details below. Not too late to grab a table.

  • Wellsmen Lunch – Saturday August 11th @ GBO 12 noon start. Please contact Alex Dance, Justine Elliott or myself. All are welcome.
  • Final Day Spit Roast – Saturday August 25th @ GBO 12 noon start. An invite will go out shortly and please reply if you can make it so we can cater accordingly.

Come on the Wells.

Adam

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au
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Thirds

In our most winnable game for a month or so, the thirds came ready to play against St Mary’s! With the inclusion of Will Kanz, Alex McKenzie and the Coach, we were looking to run strong into the game. This was evident as we started brilliantly, with our bigger bodies in the midfield proving damaging and our forwards able to convert critical goals. However, our second quarter was marred with injuries, with Will Kanz reinjuring his back, Steven Cunningham hurting his knee and limiting his mobility, Rhys Upton dislocating his shoulder and Declan Hudson-Mollard dislocating two fingers in consecutive contests.

Our second half proved difficult, with no bench and an opposition who had both the numbers and the smell of blood. St Mary’s were able to kick away in the 3rd, however our midfielders, Richie McDonald and James Smith both had terrific days. As did our key backmen, Matt Tesoriero, Angelo Viola and Matt McGee; who all played critical roles holding their forwards and limiting the damage of their midfielders.

The boys rallied in the last quarter, proving again the heart and spirit that they have played with all year is unmatched in our competition. In what really was a case of the walking wounded, we were able to narrow the margin somewhat and show determination right until the end. It was a disappointing loss, but I was very proud of the boys and the way they held themselves throughout the game!

This week we have our final game against St Bernards and are looking for as many players to play!
Goal Kickers: S. Cunningham 3, W. Morgan 2, T. Canetti, C. MacCallum, V. St Clair
Best Players: S. Cunningham, M. Tesoriero, J. Smith, R. McDonald, X. Renehan, P. Collins

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 14 11 3 0 0 1 1389 722 192.38 48
2 Old Carey 14 9 4 1 1 0 1066 811 131.44 42
3 Mazenod 14 8 6 0 0 1 1049 902 116.30 36
4 Marcellin OC 15 8 6 1 0 0 1140 1129 100.97 34
5 Old Geelong 15 7 8 0 0 0 944 1022 92.37 28
6 P E G S 13 4 8 1 0 1 871 848 102.71 22
7 St Mary’s Salesian 13 4 8 1 0 0 790 1347 58.65 18
8 Old Camberwell Grammarians 14 3 11 0 0 1 675 1229 54.92 16

Men

Last Saturday saw us face off against an in-form Old Ivanhoe outfit at their home ground, Chelsworth Park. We knew they would be tough and keen to knock us off to keep their finals hopes alive. It was a high intensity game from the start, with both teams throwing everything at the contest.

Whilst there could be no faulting our attack on the football, Old Ivanhoe were smarter and quicker on the outside of the packs and we weren’t able to close down some classy mids who delivered the ball well to their forwards. Luckily, the likes of West, Deev, Bennett, Dukes, Wilson and Louis Campbell (in his first senior appearance) down back kept us in the game and Nick Adamson worked hard to get to contest after contest. Whilst we weren’t converting enough opportunities into scores, we were able to hold onto Old Ivanhoe and stay in the game, just. The scores at half time saw us trailing 7.6 48 to 3.8 32.

Coming out of the half time break, we knew we had some work to do to start clawing our way back on the scoreboard. Jimmy AllenSam Boyce and Angus Brettingham-Moore were providing plenty of drive through the middle, and Kel was battling hard despite giving away plenty of size in the ruck.

Midway through the quarter the margin hadn’t changed, and we were still holding on.

Unfortunately a 5 minute lapse towards the end of the 3rd quarter saw Old Ivanhoe pile on 4 goals in quick succession, putting the game and momentum squarely in their favour. To our credit, we were able to wrestle momentum back in the 4th quarter and finally put some scoreboard pressure on our opponents, but it was too little too late. Had we converted a few more opportunities, who knows what could’ve been. In the end we fell short by 2 goals despite having 2 more scoring shots. The loss leaves us with some areas to work on heading into the final 3 rounds of the year. We have everything to play for currently sitting in 4th position on the ladder.

We are looking forward to a massive game at Gordon Barnard after the week off against the top side, Williamstown. Hope to see you all there!

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 2, S. Boyce, B. Hart, W. Dalrymple, J. Holding, A. Taverner, J. Allen, M. Powell
Best Players: B. Hart, S. Boyce, C. Wilson, J. Allen, A. Brettingham-Moore, R. Wes

Ben Hart
Men’s Senior Captain

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 15 14 1 0 0 0 1782 819 217.58 56
2 Fitzroy FC 15 13 2 0 0 0 1653 866 190.88 52
3 Old Geelong 15 9 6 0 0 0 1281 1126 113.77 36
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 15 9 6 0 0 0 1204 1172 102.73 36
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 15 7 8 0 0 0 1397 1297 107.71 28
6 Marcellin OC 15 7 8 0 0 0 1263 1223 103.27 28
7 PEGS Football Club 15 7 8 0 0 0 1082 1259 85.94 28
8 Old Mentonians 15 4 11 0 0 0 1115 1402 79.53 16
9 Peninsula 15 4 11 0 0 0 936 1580 59.24 16
10 St Mary’s Salesian 15 1 14 0 0 0 1042 2011 51.82 4

 


 
Men Reserves

This week we debuted Tyler Phelps & promoted Christian Gorman from the 3s and watched Louis Campbell make his senior debut for the club. The system is working and thankfully our team has been strongly supported by Ebbo’s boys as player unavailability and injuries slowly creep into the Club as the season goes by.

We enjoyed a fairly positive start kicking a couple of quality goals against a fired up opposition, who currently sit half a game out of the ‘4’. Big Zach Herbstreit was at his most imposing self early and he was combining well with his lively small forwards, to give us a positive start to the match.

The Hoers always seemed to have an answer to any of our scoring, by going that 1 or 2 per quarter more than us. Alex Bongiorno was providing some strong outside run through the middle of the ground, supported by his sidekick, Tom Pepperell however our ability to hang onto the incoming ball was affecting our ability to get the scoreboard moving along with greater consistency.

It was identified that we were starting the day with a 6 goal differential, scoring wise and we knew that we had to contain their scoring capability as defensively we were equal each of two from a conceding scores perspective. Olly Lloyd climbed off his sick bed during the week, to provide great run through the middle and Chris Young was laying strong tackles on the opposition making them highly aware of his on-ground presence.

Whilst battling manfully, ultimately, we went down by 33 points to an opponent that we had defeated comfortably earlier in the season.

We wish Christian Gorman a speedy recovery from a nasty concussion that occurred late in the game when he was the recipient of a nasty sling tackle, one which seemed to be missed by everyone except the players involved. Hmmm, not too sure how that wasn’t seen by at least one of the Umps! It is pleasing to report that he is up & about, whilst still feeling the after effects of the knock.

Boys, one strong reminder – Pay Your Subs if you have not made a commitment to the Club already. We cannot run a successful footy Club if people are going to hold out on paying their way! Umpires, League Fees, Medical staff, tape, Thursday night dinners etc. have to be paid for somehow.

Come on boys make a commitment to the Club now before the season is done. The Club NEEDS your support!
Enjoy the week off & we’ll come back strong & focused to meet the Willy juggernaut at the ‘Barnyard’ Saturday week.
Goal Kickers: B. Williams, S. Kaiser, Z. Herbstreit, M. Todd, J. Wilson
Best Players: A. Bongiorno, O. Lloyd, T. Pepperell, C. Young, C. Gorman, M. Jenkin

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 15 14 1 0 0 0 1616 508 318.11 56
2 Williamstown CYMS 15 12 2 1 0 0 1452 573 253.40 50
3 Old Geelong 15 12 3 0 0 0 1379 572 241.08 48
4 Marcellin OC 15 9 5 1 0 0 1101 742 148.38 38
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 15 9 6 0 0 0 1225 852 143.78 36
6 PEGS Football Club 15 6 9 0 0 0 864 936 92.31 24
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 14 5 9 0 0 1 723 974 74.23 24
8 St Mary’s Salesian 15 4 11 0 0 0 869 1166 74.53 16
9 Peninsula 15 2 13 0 0 0 581 1389 41.83 8
10 Old Mentonians 14 0 14 0 0 0 308 2450 12.57 0

 


Women
The Seniors delivered a polished, team performance in the final round of the 2018 Season to end the year with a win, our third from the last four games.

In cold, windy conditions on one of the bigger grounds we have played on this year, we wasted little time in stamping our authority on the game. Having been guilty of slow starts on multiple occasions it was extremely enjoyable to see us score freely in the opening exchanges. It all started in the middle. You could see that the usual midfield suspects knew how they wanted to move the ball and were damaging in how they went about it. Following the first centre bounce in which we slightly overused the ball, our midfield wasted no time in ensuring this was a once-off as we moved the ball quickly and effectively using quick hands, with receivers running to advantage and kicking long.

We could take advantage of this, as our forward line was dangerous early on. At times we were almost unstoppable in reading the ball off the contest, kicking a few classy goals, and continuous forward pressure made it look as though we would score with every forward entry.

With control of the game, we didn’t ease off in the second quarter. More scoreboard pressure was great reward for the exciting football we were producing. Schwaby rightly pointed out at the halftime break, despite the level of opposition, our display was purely down to our mentality. Different elements we have repetitively worked on throughout the year was evident on-field, it was all clicking and we were executing with a killer instinct.

Our aim for the second half was to maintain that killer instinct and not let up on Mazenod. To their credit, they fought hard as the play became concentrated out on the far wing for much of the third quarter. However, our back line stood up and worked well as a collective unit when put under pressure. Again, it was a positive demonstration of how what we have worked on for the past few months was coming together. Individuals understood their role, they were unselfish about maintaining their position rather than getting sucked up to the contest, and were disciplined and adventurous when they needed to be.

At the final change, with the game in the bag we had full freedom to change things up, shifting players around and resting others. It didn’t slow us down as we continued to run and be hungry all over the ground. The desire to want the footy and to be a little selfish at times is something that individual players develop at their own pace, and it seems that after two seasons of football (for most of the Seniors) we are getting hungrier by the week. From Saturday’s game, the spread of players across the forward line and midfield who either kicked goals, and directly assisted or indirectly contributed to those goals, or who attacked the ball out of defence, shows that evolving mindset.

The win lifted us out of the bottom two and the way we took the game on should leave everyone feeling positive about what we can achieve next season. This week it would be unfair to single anyone out for praise given it was a great team effort, and so I have deliberately not done so. A more detailed season wrap will cover this.

Thanks to everyone for coming out to support and assist on Sunday. It is always greatly appreciated.

Goal Kickers: S. Fortunato 2, G. Opray 2, M. Wilson, A. Sturrock, S. Bangs, E. Defina, C. Wilson
Best Players: E. Defina, E. Kaehne, A. Sturrock, M. Wilson, S. Fortunato, G. Opray

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

FINAL LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 14 13 1 0 0 0 726 249 291.57 52
2 St Mary’s Salesian 14 10 4 0 0 0 670 303 221.12 40
3 Monash Blues 14 9 4 1 0 0 490 274 178.83 38
4 Old Geelong 14 9 5 0 0 0 391 349 112.03 36
5 Collegians 14 5 8 1 0 0 295 490 60.20 22
6 Old Camberwell 14 5 9 0 0 0 318 454 70.04 20
7 Brunswick Renegades 14 4 10 0 0 0 285 451 63.19 16
8 Mazenod OC 14 0 14 0 0 0 229 834 27.46 0

Women Reserves

In what was our last game of the season, the team was keen to finish on a high and show the continued development we’ve made in the year as well as to get reward for the hard work that had gone on throughout the season in the inaugural year of a second Women’s team. Travelling out to Mazenod, a team that had managed to get over us at home, it was important to get off to a quick start and ensure that we not only put on pressure with our tackles but also to ensure that we put pressure on the scoreboard. When Jess Sincock managed to win the first hit-out and the ball spilled in to the forward line, Kate Hemingway kicked truly to get the first score on the board with her first goal for the year.  In what was our quickest score of the year, we showed we could convert quickly, scoring in under 40 seconds of the game starting. Whilst the goal was the only score we could manage for the term, we had shown amazing heart and attack at the ball so far.  Unfortunately the game was stopped when Hannah was injured and the clock ran out until quarter time – it was a devastating way to end the quarter for the team and we hope that she has a speedy recovery.

The second quarter was far more challenging as the opposition had a slight breeze. Fortunately the girls were up to the challenge as our defence managed to get on top of the opposition and ensure that we cleared the ball out of their attack as well as ensuring they couldn’t get goal side. Our midfield rotations lifted as we stopped the outside run of Mazenod, with LucyLauraKatieSteph E and Lisa. While Mazenod managed to score a goal to trail by a point but we were confident we could put more pressure on them in the second half. With Jess and Alice dominating in the ruck and giving our midfield the first use, we went into the break full of belief.

At the halftime break, we settled ourselves and spoke about having belief in our decision making and our team mates. Our defence again held up with KathBridgetGreta, and Sarah Kaehne all playing great games as they stopped the opposition from getting space, driving the ball out defence with run and attack as well as strong communication between the group to ensure that there were no loose players. Prue went onball and gave us another great effort as she was in the packs and ensured that there was good structure around the middle of the ground. While the scoreboard again didn’t reflect the girls work in attack and through the midfield, we managed to keep the opposition scoreless and put on another 3 points ourselves as we took a 4 point lead in to the final change.

The final term was a battle of wills as we hadn’t been able to shake the opposition on the scoreboard despite having controlled the play up until the final quarter. Katie McKenzie continued her tenacity at the contest. Sav continued to work hard up forward and made contest after contest in the final term, while Georgia W and Phoebe continued to play both forward and back as they worked hard to keep the ball to our advantage. Georgia O, Jade and Eliza all worked hard on the wing as they ran all day to push defensively and help our backline. It was a nerve racking couple of minutes at the end as the ball entered both teams 50’s and it seemed that the game could go either way. It was a well-deserved win when the siren finally sounded and we had managed to keep the opposition scoreless for the second half.

A huge thank you to all the people who helped out on the day, the supporters who came down not only on the weekend but throughout the year. It has been a great support to the team to have people assisting and cheering the team on every week.

There is a lot to look forward to after the first year of football for so many of the team and the attitude of all those who played throughout the year. I hope everyone stays together as there is plenty to be excited about for next year

Goal Kickers: K. Hemingway
Best Players: G. Kaehne, K. Hemingway, J. Sincock, L. Cooper, L. Hamilton, K. Mckenzie

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

FINAL LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick AFC 14 13 1 0 0 0 1082 170 636.47 52
2 Old Geelong 14 12 2 0 0 0 1218 116 1050.00 48
3 St Mary’s Salesian 14 11 3 0 0 0 936 271 345.39 44
4 Brunswick Renegades 14 8 6 0 0 0 354 488 72.54 32
5 Old Camberwell Grammarians 14 4 10 0 0 0 170 801 21.22 16
6 Collegians 13 3 10 0 0 0 225 866 25.98 12
7 Monash Blues 13 2 11 0 0 1 168 843 19.93 12
8 Mazenod 14 2 12 0 0 0 195 802 24.31 8

Round 14 Review

A Tough Weekend at the office but plenty to be very proud of for the Wellers
On the face of our results, you might be forgiven for thinking it was a dark day for Old Camberwell. While we always play to win, football is a tough and often uncompromising game and results don’t always go your way.But as you read through the reports, I hope you’ll realise there is much to celebrate and plenty to be heartened by from our teams performances. From our Women’s narrow loss to the undefeated side in their division, the 50+ point turnarounds for our Men’s and Women’s Reserve teams, the hardness of our depleted Thirds to play through injury or the final quarter pride our Men’s Ones found, we are developing character even at the toughest of moments. We will look back on these games, these moments and remember when we found a little more and that character discovered will find its way into a hardness that will lead to victory. It will make us stronger if we take the lessons and grow together. 

I will write again Friday but an early note that this Sunday our Women’s Teams will play their final games of the season away to Mazenod OC. We would love to see a big crowd to show our appreciation to our amazing girls who have played their hearts out this year. We have so much to celebrate with the creation of our Reserves Team this year and our Seniors stepping up a grade and continuing to create a team that can compete at the higher level and win. There is so much more to come and we’re so incredibly lucky to have our WellsWomen.

A gentle reminder re the dates below –

  • Wellsmen Lunch – Saturday August 11th @ GBO 12 noon start. Please contact Alex Dance, Justine Elliott or myself. All are welcome.
  • Final Day Spit Roast – Saturday August 25th @ GBO 12 noon start. An invite will go out shortly and please reply if you can make it so we can cater accordingly.

Enjoy the rest of the week and we look forward to seeing you this Saturday at our away games.

​Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au

Women

Having won a couple in a row, giving us renewed confidence, the Seniors went into the weekend’s game against the top team (and undefeated) West Brunswick believing we could cause an upset.

We knew it would require us to be switched on and committed for four quarters, so falling behind by two goals in the first five minutes was not an ideal start. However, it was the kick start that saw us turn it around with 10 or so minutes of tough, scintillating football that cut up West Brunswick and left them a bit shell shocked at quarter time.

The turnaround came through contributions all over the ground. We tightened up down back by switching Edi from the wing to full back. Along with the existing match ups, it meant we had their smaller, mobile forward line covered to a large degree. In the middle, Meg and Dee were interchanging in the ruck and winning most of the taps, which were being scooped up by Gab and Clare, who were feeding them out to Soph, El and others to continuously drive us forward. Across the forward line we looked the most dangerous we have all year. We took advantage of our quick ball movement through the middle, getting it into MaggieChelsea and Ash who were holding their marks. The result was two quick goals to Chelsea and El, meaning we trailed by two points going into the second.

With momentum, we continued to match it with West Brunswick, out playing them and controlling large periods of the second quarter. In particular, our captains really stepped up and displayed outstanding leadership. Steph and Sam were patrolling the defensive half of the ground, ensuring we covered off and set up strongly behind the ball. Meanwhile Maggie was playing out of her skin. Throwing herself at contest after contest, in the air and on the ground, with or without the footy. Similarly, NatRosie (on her Senior debut), Tracey and Iz followed suit by harassing around the ground. Putting their bodies on the line at every opportunity and playing beyond what their physical size might suggest. This pressure is what kept us in the game. The only thing that separated the two teams at halftime, was their classy Number 38 who converted two opportunistic goals from limited opportunities.

During the halftime break the focus was on maintaining the qualities and belief we had shown up until then. The coaches set the challenge of pulling the score back, so we were within a kick or two at the final change. If we could do this, we knew we would give ourselves every chance to go on and win.

An exciting quarter ensued, as we produced our best 20 minutes of football to date. With everyone playing their role, we were indisputably looking like the more dominant side. A goal each to Soph and Gab completed a trio of goals from our midfield. And a couple of near misses could have easily put us in front. Instead, West Brunswick were awarded a dubious goal from a set shot marked on the line by Sam, which gave them a nine-point lead going into the last quarter.

Having clawed back a two-goal deficit for the second time in the game, the final quarter was something of an anti-climax, mixed with misfortune. West Brunswick got an early goal, following which we continued to apply forward pressure. But a head injury to one of their players ate up 10 minutes of time (the clock doesn’t stop under VAFA women’s rules), which effectively killed the game. A final goal sealed it for them, as we went down by 21 points.

It was an honourable loss, but one in which we would have been a deserved winner. We more than matched by far the most dominant team in the division who have regularly won by 50-plus points. Moreover, we did it with three less players on the bench, which, due to injuries, became even more as the game wore on. Added to this, our full backline was made up of three girls who have only progressed to the senior team in the latter part of the season (one playing her first game), while our starting midfield all began 2018 in different positions. To a large extent it points to the impact of significant injuries and omissions we have had this year, but more importantly it points to just how much exciting potential there is in the playing group. As much as losses can be savoured, this was one of those. We now look to finishing the season with a win against Mazenod, which should lift us to a ladder position more reflective of where we are at.

Thanks to all the helpers and fantastic support we received on Saturday. I overheard West Brunswick players and supporters comment on this multiple times. Credit to all.

Goal Kickers: C. Dyer, E. Defina, S. Bangs, G. Opray
Best Players: M. Wilson, S. Defina, S. Anjou, G. Opray, E. Kaehne, N. Edwards

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 13 13 0 0 0 0 701 209 335.41 52
2 St Mary’s Salesian 13 9 4 0 0 0 630 278 226.62 36
3 Monash Blues 13 8 4 1 0 0 445 262 169.85 34
4 Old Geelong 13 8 5 0 0 0 340 338 100.59 32
5 Collegians 13 5 7 1 0 0 284 439 64.69 22
6 Brunswick Renegades 13 4 9 0 0 0 273 406 67.24 16
7 Old Camberwell 13 4 9 0 0 0 255 447 57.05 16
8 Mazenod OC 13 0 13 0 0 0 222 771 28.79 0

Women Reserves

After taking on second place Old Geelong last weekend, we travelled to McAllister Reserve to take on the top side West Brunswick who had beaten us by 136 points in Round 7. Starting the game with only 20 players available, we knew that we couldn’t let the opposition get away from us in the first quarter.

The opening quarter saw us get off to a strong start as we got on top in the centre clearances and stopped West Brunswick getting out the back of the contests as we shut down there players. Our tackling pressure and work rate was our strongest first quarter effort all year. We attacked the ball at pace and our play in congestion combined with our defensive work ensured that the opposition couldn’t get any easy possessions. With our midfield leading the way in close with Katie, Lucy, Steph Elovaris and Rach we were showing great fight and setting the standard for how the game would be played. Despite our consistent pressure we were unable to hit the scoreboard ourselves but managed to keep West Brunswick to 8 points at quarter time.

The second term West Brunswick managed to move the ball in to their forward line and despite our best efforts we were unable to lock the opposition down and stop them from putting the pressure on the scoreboard. Despite the continued work of our midfield at stoppages and our defenders playing accountable football, West Brunswick managed to get goal side a few too many times as well as spotting up some targets in their forward line and quickly put on 3 goals before we again showed great spirit to work our way back in to the game. We finished the half trailing by 34 points.  Phoebe was relentless in her endeavours and attack  throughout the game and continued to impact the contest.

Opening the second half, the start of the third term was much like our first as we locked down the outside run of West Brunswick and ensured that they couldn’t get goal side . Our defenders worked hard to go back to the accountable football that we played in the first term with Kath, Sarah and Alex Osborne all showing great composure around the defensive line, while Greta continued to attack from defence, reading the play and providing run all day. Our forward line worked hard with SavKate and Smithy presenting hard and ensuring that we had plenty of options, and Smithy showed great positioning as she continued to take intercept marks and set-up entries in to the forward line. Unfortunately we were again unable to capitalise on the inside 50’s.  Georgia was at the contest and made great position and was fierce in her efforts. Our dominance in the ruck continued as Jess won taps at will and cleared the congestion and worked hard all day with Alice to ensure that our midfielders had plenty of opportunities.  With all our hard work we maintained West Brunswick to only 3 points for the quarter .

In the final term we managed to get the ball and the team’s effort was highlighted by Eliza, who had continued to work hard to make the right position and managed to take one of the great marks of the year as she held her opponent at bay. The hard work of the previous quarters were topped off when Emilia snapped from the pocket to kick our first goal of the game and was a reflection of the hard work that she had been putting in. Jade B worked hard on the wing to get defensive and help out our defenders. West Brunswick managed to put on 3 goals late in the quarter as our rotations became limited and the girls had worked hard to maintain the intensity for 4 quarters. It was great to see Prue work hard playing defence, forward and on-ball as she kept going through the middle of the ground and impacted contest after contest. Eventually we were unable to hold West Brunswick as they ran out winners by 65 points.

Despite the scoreline blowing out late in the game, we had taken the contest up to West Brunswick for most of the game and showed great improvement from the first time we had taken them on. Our endeavour and intensity were incredible as we continued to run all day.  A huge thanks to all those who came down early to support the team and help out on the day it has been great to have the support each week.

We look forward to the final game on Sunday against Mazenod as we look to finish of the season.

Goal Kickers: E. Fuller
Best Players: J. Sincock, G. Smith, R. Brazzale, G. Kaehne, E. Jessup, K. Mckenzie

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick AFC 13 12 1 0 0 0 1031 161 640.37 48
2 Old Geelong 13 11 2 0 0 0 1121 115 974.78 44
3 St Mary’s Salesian 13 11 2 0 0 0 927 220 421.36 44
4 Brunswick Renegades 13 7 6 0 0 0 330 472 69.92 28
5 Collegians 12 3 9 0 0 0 224 769 29.13 12
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 3 10 0 0 0 158 794 19.90 12
7 Monash Blues 12 2 10 0 0 1 152 819 18.56 12
8 Mazenod 13 2 11 0 0 0 188 790 23.80 8

Thirds

In another challenging affair for the thirds, the boys rallied to ensure we were able to get up for the week in tremendous spirit. In the same spirit, we were able to ensure that we were combative and in the first half took it right up to Mazenod, who were placed forth on the ladder. With tremendous efforts from Matt Teseriero and Angelo Viola in the backline, we were right in the contest going into half time.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of time playing as a group with a number of new faces in the team, injuries and loss of rotations, Mazenod were far too good in the third, kicking away to a strong lead and cementing the game going into the final break. However, the boys again showed they were made of stronger stuff and everyone put in to ensure that we were not beaten lightly and made it a contest right to the final siren. Steven Cunningham had his best day for a while, Matt Hazicostas and Tyler Phelps continued with their development, playing most of the game in the midfield.

Special mention must also go to many other blokes played through injury and sickness to ensure that we could compete as a team. It was a very tough day at the office and I was immensely proud of the boys in their fight and toil.
With only two games to go, we are looking forward to finishing the year on a high with a very winnable game against St Marys away this week.

Goal Kickers: A. Lacki, T. Canetti, P. Dennis
Best Players: S. Cunningham, T. Phelps, M. Tesoriero, A. Viola, J. Alexeyeff, M. Hatzikostas

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 14 11 3 0 0 0 1389 722 192.38 44
2 Old Carey 13 8 4 1 1 0 978 752 130.05 38
3 Mazenod 13 8 5 0 0 1 990 826 119.85 36
4 Marcellin OC 14 8 5 1 0 0 1081 1041 103.84 34
5 Old Geelong 14 6 8 0 0 0 868 963 90.13 24
6 P E G S 13 4 8 1 0 1 871 848 102.71 22
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 3 10 0 0 1 606 1117 54.25 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 12 3 8 1 0 0 678 1278 53.05 14

Men

Coming off seven wins in a row the Seniors were confident going into the game against second placed Fitzroy, especially after a stirring victory against our opponents earlier in the year.

The tone of the game was set early, and unfortunately it was not pretty for the Camberwell boys.  A fierce Fitzroy side was quickly into stride, not giving our boys any space when we got the ball, and moving it with pace and precision when they got hold of the pill.  We struggled around the contest with Jimmy Allen off the ground after a knock to the nose and Chook Hensby effectively blanketed by a tagger (testament to the great form Chook has been in over the last month).  When we did manage to get the ball forward Alex Taverner was busy, but the well organised  Fitzroy defence forced him wide to find the ball.  A strong mark and accurate kick by Nick Adamson resulted in our only goal for the quarter.

Scoreboard wise, the second quarter was our most productive, as we added three goals.  Robbie Campbell was dangerous up forward and kicked two for the quarter, and Nick Adamson added another.  Despite being comprehensively outplayed we were 25 points down at half-time and not without a chance.

However, Fitzroy’s dominance in general play translated into scoreboard pressure in the third term as they added seven goals to one.  Had it not been for the outstanding efforts of Robbie Deev and Simon Bennett down back it would have been far worse.

Trailing by 58 points at three quarter time, the game had the potential to turn into a horror show, and to be quite candid, in previous years it may well have.  To our boys credit, we dug in and broke even in the last quarter scoring two goals each.  Kellan Percy tried manfully against the 211cm beanpole, while Josh Holding stuck to his task well in limiting his effectiveness of their gun midfielder.  Ben Hart and Joe Arnold tried hard all day and won plenty of the football.

In analysing our loss a number of points shone through.  We did not cope well with their intense pressure and turned the ball over 37 times, which made life extremely tough for our backline.  Fitzroy’s ability to flood back and then run hard forward after winning the ball back left us out position too often.  And most importantly, Fitzroy are a good side who played extremely well and we were poor on the day.

All in all, there are plenty of things to work on, but we sit fourth on the ladder for a reason.  We need to regroup and learn the lessons from Saturday, just as Fitzroy did after their loss to us earlier in the year.  A tough game at Ivanhoe awaits – we look forward to getting back onto the winners list.

Goal Kickers: R. Campbell 4, N. Adamson 2, M. Powell
Best Players: R. Campbell, J. Holding, R. Deev, R. West, B. Hart, S. Bennett

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 14 13 1 0 0 0 1662 771 215.56 52
2 Fitzroy FC 14 12 2 0 0 0 1515 800 189.38 48
3 Old Geelong 14 9 5 0 0 0 1202 1046 114.91 36
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 14 9 5 0 0 0 1136 1091 104.12 36
5 PEGS Football Club 14 7 7 0 0 0 1034 1139 90.78 28
6 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 14 6 8 0 0 0 1316 1229 107.08 24
7 Marcellin OC 14 6 8 0 0 0 1067 1179 90.50 24
8 Old Mentonians 14 4 10 0 0 0 1049 1264 82.99 16
9 Peninsula 14 3 11 0 0 0 856 1501 57.03 12
10 St Mary’s Salesian 14 1 13 0 0 0 998 1815 54.99 4
Men Reserves

Top team Fitzroy headed up the Eastern Freeway to the “Barnyard” keen to inflict another heavy defeat on our boys, who have struggled to kick a score in recent weeks. They certainly appeared keen as their Coach had them at the ground at 10.20 am meeting mid ground & their pre-match warm-up seemed to go for an eternity.

We welcomed players up from the 3s, Steve Richards to replace Jase Edwards, who failed to come up for the game and also the “raging bull”, Fraser Mascitelli, who has had an injury interrupted season.

Our boys were up for the challenge though, having been forced all week into the Collingwood training jumpers, and playing the role of the opposition in our training drills. It certainly helped give them an edge and they certainly came out of the blocks quickly, scoring the first couple of goals before the Roy boys awoke from their slumber. It is pleasing to report that we kept at them and went into the first break 8 points in arrears.

Lots of excitement in the huddle as we were taking it up to the opposition. It does go to show though that if that urgency and intent dips, the quality opposition will seize the opportunity and score a couple of quick goals to put a break on our endeavours.
Louis Campbell was in everything in the midfield and he certainly gave the team great with his bustling, hard charging approach to the loose ball. Mick Jenkin was showing his versatility in the middle as well but he was also showing his team mates how to score around the goal face by marking strongly in contested scenarios and snapping truly. Even the Mailman Matty Cottrell was getting into the game with a classic goal on the run taking the opportunity presented when following his opponent upfield.

Big Zach Herbstreit spent more time up forward this week, using his height to advantage and was also able to snag a couple of goals as well. He was complemented by Scotty Kaiser, who chimed in for a couple as well, in a welcome return to form in front of the goals.

The final quarter was a real positive for us and the boys were able to outscore the opposition and finish 4 goals down, a significant improvement on previous encounter when the Lions defeated us by in excess of 80 points.

It is pleasing to report that the determination displayed early was carried through the majority of the match and we look forward to taking some serious scalps over the remainder of the season to finish with at least a 9/9 season.

Goal Kickers: M. Jenkin 2, Z. Herbstreit 2, S. Kaiser 2, M. Cottrell, S. Richards, J. Huntsman
Best Players: L. Campbell, C. Young, A. Bongiorno, M. Cottrell, T. Pepperell, J. Wilson

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 14 13 1 0 0 0 1386 488 284.02 52
2 Williamstown CYMS 14 11 2 1 0 0 1330 565 235.40 46
3 Old Geelong 14 11 3 0 0 0 1274 543 234.62 44
4 Marcellin OC 14 8 5 1 0 0 1000 694 144.09 34
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 14 8 6 0 0 0 1156 815 141.84 32
6 PEGS Football Club 14 6 8 0 0 0 856 814 105.16 24
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 5 8 0 0 1 686 905 75.80 24
8 St Mary’s Salesian 14 4 10 0 0 0 821 1065 77.09 16
9 Peninsula 14 2 12 0 0 0 552 1284 42.99 8
10 Old Mentonians 13 0 13 0 0 0 288 2220 12.97 0

 

Round 13 Review – Men Seniors go 7-in-a-row!

Men’s Seniors make it 7 on the trot and Women’s Seniors go back to back
It’s never easy following a clean sweep but all our teams gave it a red hot go on Saturday. The sun was bright early and while I didn’t make it over to Marcellin for the Thirds, the effort their sounded superb. I did manage to take in the first half of the Women’s Reserves and while the scoreboard won’t reflect this, the endeavour our girls displayed was sensational. Our Men’s Reserves went close against a solid outfit and importantly, played some flowing football.Both our Senior teams deserve some special praise. Our Women have had a tougher season than their first as they not only went up a grade to Premier B but also had to contend with a horrendous run of injuries. What continues to impress me is the tightness of this group, their determination to compete and win and the huge improvements they have shown as individuals and as a group. Make no mistake, beating Old Geelong on Saturday was epic. In our first ever game of Women’s football in 2017, Old Geelong beat us by at least 15 goals. To run over the top of them at Como Park was a magnificent achievement. Stick together as 2019 will be a bumper year.

As Anson said, our Men keep finding a way to win. Each week, different people step up and have their best games. This week it was Joey Arnold and Robbie West, the previous weeks others have made the difference. There is real unity, hardness and team play and while you can’t always play expansive, flowing football, you can always compete hard and we are doing that in spades. PEGS away is always a very good win and to come away after the terrible injury to Lachie Powell speaks volumes about the character of this team.

A gentle reminder re the dates below –

  • Wellsmen Lunch – Saturday August 11th @ GBO 12 noon start. Please contact Alex Dance, Justine Elliott or myself. All are welcome.
  • Final Day Spit Roast – Saturday August 25th @ GBO 12 noon start. An invite will go out shortly and please reply if you can make it so we can cater accordingly.

Enjoy the week and we look forward to seeing you either at GBO for the Men’s or away at West Brunswick for the Women’s.

​Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au

Men

After suffering a heavy defeat to PEGS in round 7 earlier in the year, the boys were keen for redemption out at Essendon Fields on a perfect winter’s day.

The first half was played at a frenetic pace with neither side giving an inch and both teams looking to secure spots in a tight top 4 at the pointy end of the season. There was plenty to play for and the tension was high from the off.

The boys were caught on the back foot early as PEGSs ran in waves and presented their big marking forwards with plenty of opportunities to score. We were overusing the ball a little which lead to some poor skills and execution. We hadn’t clicked early and needed to lift and matters weren’t helped when young gun Lachie Powell went down early in the game with a serious broken leg and the boys were understandably a little rattled and concerned for their teammate.

Fortunately Joe Arnold, fresh from a dropped tribunal charge, was on fire, racking up 27 possessions and bagging 3 goals in a low scoring affair. He was having his best game for the year as was speedster Robbie West (18 possies & 4 tackles). Cam Wilson was well on top of PEGS danger forward Adrian Romanyk and Simon Bennett was, as ever, providing plenty of dash from half back.
It was a tight, gritty affair for three quarters and while we hadn’t played our best footy, our pressure was high and we weren’t allowing PEGS to get on top. With a 2-3 goal breeze in the last, we had given ourselves a chance.

The start of the last quarter didn’t go to plan. PEGS kicked 2 goals into the breeze and were finding it hard to create scoring opportunities. But with 15 minutes to go, we exploded into life. Kellan Percy led the way in the middle, jumping high and giving us first use, Chook Hensby (26 possies) started to dominate with his damaging outside run. Jimmy Allen (26) & Ben Hart ( 29 ) both ran riot in the middle and Nick Adamson sprang to life up forward kicking truly. We blasted the last 4 goals to run over a dogged PEGS outfit.

A fantastic effort in the end from the boys after a even, hard fought first 3 quarters. It was very pleasing to see our boys “finding a way to win” and continue our amazing run.

Thanks for all those who travelled out to Keilor and we hope to see you all back at GBO for our massive clash with top of the ladder Fitzroy next week.

Goal Kickers: J. Arnold 3, A. Taverner 2, N. Adamson 2, S. Powell 2, J. Allen
Best Players: C. Wilson, S. Bennett, B. Hart, J. Arnold, K. Percy , R. West

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 13 12 1 0 0 0 1554 728 213.46 48
2 Fitzroy FC 13 11 2 0 0 0 1406 750 187.47 44
3 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 9 4 0 0 0 1086 982 110.59 36
4 Old Geelong 13 8 5 0 0 0 1086 997 108.93 32
5 PEGS Football Club 13 7 6 0 0 0 975 992 98.29 28
6 Marcellin OC 13 6 7 0 0 0 1024 1071 95.61 24
7 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 13 5 8 0 0 0 1169 1170 99.91 20
8 Old Mentonians 13 4 9 0 0 0 1000 1148 87.11 16
9 Peninsula 13 2 11 0 0 0 765 1417 53.99 8
10 St Mary’s Salesian 13 1 12 0 0 0 914 1724 53.02 4

 


 
Men Reserves

Footy ‘finally’ returned for the team, having not played for three weeks (Bye last week & an opposition forfeit the previous week).
The theme for the first quarter was “Early Involvements”. The boys had certainly freshened up & we were drawn to play an opponent whom we had recorded a 2 point victory, earlier in the season. Everyone was on edge & keen to perform. The gods were smiling, no wind & the sun was shining bright. What more could a coach ask for …?

The team put on its brightest start to a match with 9 inside 50s recorded and 3 goals scored to take a small lead into the first break. Jase Edwardswas relishing his move into the forward line & he was certainly hunting the ground ball. Disappointing to report that his return for the afternoon was 3 behinds. (If only they were goals, sigh!!!) Jon Huntsman was a livewire as well and with great support from the “will o the wisp” Tom Pepperell out on the wing, racking up his score assist stats we were buoyed by our efforts thus far.

As always, we anticipated a lift in effort & intensity by the opposition, but the boys stood strong to take a 7 point lead into the long break. Whilst the endeavour was highly evident, we were not getting a return for our efforts and basic skill errors and costly fumbles were costing us dearly all over the ground.

The half time break is concern to the coaching panel as we have too regularly seen our boys concentration levels dip and we can roll back out with our mindset significantly lower than when we went in. Alas it was the same again for us & after our early strong efforts we could only score one more goal for the match, conceding 5 to the Bombers to go down by a disappointing 17 points.

It was great to see Alex Vickery regain his spot in the team, Matty ‘The Mail Man’ Cottrell returned, as did Tom Schipper & Scotty Kaiser from a long term hand injury. We had the fire power, but our concentration levels waned significantly as the game wore on and we struggled to run the game out.

A big week this week boys, as we face the Fitzroy juggernaut at GBO. We matched them for a half last time round, falling away as the game wore on. We will be looking for big numbers on the track working on their fitness and more importantly their footy skills, particularly under pressure.

Goal Kickers: B. Williams, S. Kaiser, M. Jenkin, A. Vickery, J. Huntsman
Best Players: T. Schipper, J. Huntsman, J. Edwards, A. Vickery, N. Benson, O. Lloyd

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 13 12 1 0 0 0 1304 430 303.26 48
2 Williamstown CYMS 13 10 2 1 0 0 1236 509 242.83 42
3 Old Geelong 13 10 3 0 0 0 1108 535 207.10 40
4 Marcellin OC 13 8 4 1 0 0 944 600 157.33 34
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 13 7 6 0 0 0 1105 790 139.87 28
6 PEGS Football Club 13 6 7 0 0 0 831 763 108.91 24
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 5 7 0 0 1 628 823 76.31 24
8 St Mary’s Salesian 13 3 10 0 0 0 737 1020 72.25 12
9 Peninsula 13 2 11 0 0 0 507 1200 42.25 8
10 Old Mentonians 12 0 12 0 0 0 280 2054 13.63 0

 


Women

The Seniors strung two wins together for the first time this season, coming away with an extremely satisfying win against an Old Geelong side sitting in third place and a certainty to play finals this year.

With a focus on hard running and link up play at training over the last couple of weeks, our aim was to execute this and take advantage of the large expanses at Como Park. The improvement at training has been fantastic and we were confident about taking the game to Old Geelong.

That confidence was on display early as we began the game full of running. Dee and Meg were dominant in the ruck while our midfielders were on their toes and reading most of the taps, giving us consistent forward entries. We were working hard to create pressure around the contest and set up well across the ground, particularly when setting up the defensive wall on our offensive side of the square. An early goal through Ash set the tone, which was almost immediately followed up by a second. It was a strong statement, and despite Old Geelong responding to go in two points ahead at the first break, we had shown enough to suggest we were a genuine chance.

While the first quarter hadn’t offered the opportunity to spread and run, we knew this would happen as the game wore on and legs tired. Being on the warmer side, their legs began to tire earlier than usual, while our running game and work rate lifted. All over the ground we found another gear and were ferocious. The midfield rotations clicked with GabElClareMaggieSoph and Izy finding a way to get to every contest. We won about six or seven free kicks from holding the ball decisions, often with two or more gang tackling the ball carrier. Sam BSam A and Steph began to transition the ball from defence with more deliberate play and some great team efforts deep in defence. Generally, we made them look sloppy when moving forward because of how well we were working to support each other by dropping back in numbers.

In contrast, our forward line looked more structured having deliberately paired off into three tall-small forward combinations. We had good movement with ChelseaAnna and Ash offering multiple leads that allowed our runners a range of short or long options when hitting up targets. As the small forwards in those combinations, Nat and Jane (and El when not in the middle) were getting front and centre and winning the crumbs. Our feedback handballs were hitting targets and we kicked a second goal through a good combination from Chelsea and El.

Up at the main break, we looked focused and hungry. The third quarter was all about maintaining the same level of intensity and ensuring Old Geelong didn’t get on top while kicking with the wind.

While they managed to pull one back, we kept working hard and denied them opportunities to score. Brig was shutting down a wiry Old Geelong forward who has caused us troubles in the past and often given them a lot of creativity up forward. While significant pressure and lots of sacrificial running from TraceGeorgiaEdie and Amelia contributed to our overall ability to maintain the standard we had set. In fact, we scored freely ourselves (albeit behinds) and could’ve put the game away.

Up at the final break, a big push was needed from everyone. In the end we never looked like giving it up. A final goal from El after another feedback handball gave us breathing space and a couple of points put it out of reach for Old Geelong. Without being instructed to do so, the team played the final quarter in a way well-drilled and experienced teams know how to do. Contest after contest we were switched on and smart about locking down the play in our forward half, protecting the ball carrier, covering off their loose players, occupying space and slowing the game down when needed.

Without doubt the most complete performance, and bar our grand final win, perhaps the most satisfying result we have had. In Round 1 last year, Old Geelong beat us 66 to 6 (we kicked the last goal of the game) and they laughed us off. Saturday’s win should be a proud moment for everyone.

Thanks to the training staff, Katie and Rachael for helping after their game, and all other helpers and supporters.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 2, A. Sturrock
Best Players: E. Defina, C. Wilson, G. Opray, S. Anjou, S. Defina, M. Harper

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 12 12 0 0 0 0 653 182 358.79 48
2 St Mary’s Salesian 12 9 3 0 0 0 600 238 252.10 36
3 Monash Blues 12 7 4 1 0 0 405 232 174.57 30
4 Old Geelong 12 7 5 0 0 0 295 323 91.33 28
5 Collegians 12 4 7 1 0 0 250 419 59.67 18
6 Brunswick Renegades 12 4 8 0 0 0 253 372 68.01 16
7 Old Camberwell 12 4 8 0 0 0 228 399 57.14 16
8 Mazenod OC 12 0 12 0 0 0 207 726 28.51 0

 


Women ReservesLooking to secure back to back wins, we knew we would need to bring our top game against the much fancied Old Geelong given that they have been one of the teams to beat all year. With only one on the bench, we needed to get off to a good start to ensure that we put the pressure on the opposition.

At the opening bounce we dominated the centred clearances as Alice and our on ballers of KatieEmiliaGreta and Lucy all managed to get plenty of the ball, while Laura worked hard on the wing. Despite dominating the centre clearances we were unable to put the score on the board as Old Geelong were quick across the ground and showed plenty of run as they managed to secure 5 goals in the opening quarter.

Despite the score line not reflecting the work of the girls, we showed some great fight in the second quarter as we began to stick our tackles and restricted the oppositions ability to get our the back in their forward line. Sav and Lisa worked hard to shut down the run out of our forward line, while Alex S took some great marks across the half forward line.

In the second half we showed great fight as we locked down Old Geelong and ensured that they didn’t have any easy shots on goal as Rosie at full back patrolled the goal line saving a number of attempts from the opposition. LucyEmilia and Georgia S fought for everything across the half backline as they continued to fight for every ball. Rachael’s work rate was enormous as she ran through the middle and pushed back to help her team mates in defence. Prue presented well up forward and worked hard to lock the ball in the forward line, whilst Georgia Phoebe and Eliza played across a number of different positions as they put pressure and showed some great poise against one of the top sides.

Our second half showed great fight as we managed to keep Old Geelong to 4 goals for the half – however we couldn’t manage to get a score on the board ourselves despite a number of opportunities, which was disappointing but showed that the never give up attitude of the team.

We look forward to getting a number of players back this week and will bounce back as the team continues to improve and our work rate has continued to improve each week.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped out on the day as well as to those who came down to support the team.

Best Players: R. Strasser, L. Cooper, G. Kaehne, A. Fly, R. Brazzale, G. Smith

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick AFC 12 11 1 0 0 0 959 154 622.73 44
2 Old Geelong 12 10 2 0 0 0 973 114 853.51 40
3 St Mary’s Salesian 12 10 2 0 0 0 851 217 392.17 40
4 Brunswick Renegades 12 6 6 0 0 0 292 459 63.62 24
5 Collegians 11 3 8 0 0 0 211 731 28.86 12
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 3 9 0 0 0 151 722 20.91 12
7 Monash Blues 11 2 9 0 0 1 149 743 20.05 12
8 Mazenod 12 2 10 0 0 0 187 642 29.13 8

Thirds

This week was always going to be a difficult affair due to a lack of numbers facing the thirds and the quality of our opposition playing good footy on their home deck. Unperturbed by these challenges, the boys started extremely strongly, kicking the first goal of the game and getting right in Marcellin’s faces. However, due to a lack of defensive abilities on the outside, Marcellin were able to kick away to a four goal lead into the first break.

Our second quarter was also a tremendous effort, with the boys physical in the contest and Declan Hudson-Mollard becoming more and more the enforcer of our team! Unfortunately, it was during this term that not only did Marcellin get on top of us but Nick Russell reinjured himself and after half time was unable to take the field again.

Asked at half time with the enormous challenge of playing a man down for the rest of the game, not only did everyone stand up, but they took it right up to the opposition. In a season where we have rarely won a third quarter, we matched Marcellin for the entire term. Steven Cunningham, Tom Eastick & Richie McDonald were all instrumental in willing the troops forward, while Ty Phelps & Steve Richards provided plenty of drive off.

All in all the boys were inspirational in their efforts and while the score did not at any stage reflect the endeavour and closeness of the day, they played very bravely.

Goal Kickers: T. Eastick 2, O. Anderson 2, N. Russell, L. Moran
Best Players: D. Hudson-Mollard, T. Phelps, S. Cunningham, S. Richards, R. McDonald, T. Eastick

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 13 10 3 0 0 0 1277 659 193.78 40
2 Old Carey 12 7 4 1 1 0 908 702 129.34 34
3 Marcellin OC 13 8 4 1 0 0 1018 929 109.58 34
4 Mazenod 12 7 5 0 0 1 773 761 101.58 32
5 Old Geelong 13 6 7 0 0 0 818 893 91.60 24
6 P E G S 13 4 8 1 0 0 770 813 94.71 18
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 3 9 0 0 1 579 995 58.19 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 12 3 8 1 0 0 678 1082 62.66 14

Round 12 – Super Saturday – All Winners!

Super Saturday Delivers on All Fronts!
I can’t remember if we’ve had a clean sweep on a Super Saturday previously but after the Thirds kicked off the dew and stormed home in the last to win by 2 points, it felt like it was going to be our day.  As always, the reports are sensational and highlight how we went about our football. The consistent them was hard work, contested football, never giving up and playing out the whole game. On Saturday, it all came together and well done to all the players, coaches, team managers and trainers. The results were richly deserved given all the work that’s gone into our club.What really capped off our Super Saturday was the volunteers and supporters who made it to the game. As you’ll know, it takes a small army to make a day like that work and it was fantastic to see so many volunteers in the canteens, on the BBQ and around the club all day. Thank you to everyone who came to help. Special thanks to Ruth, Michelle, Lisa, Janet, Justine and Di for your super work on the canteens and Towny and Spuz for manning the BBQ and not burning the snags. As always, our committee were sensational – Jo, Kath, Alex, Vickers, Boydy, John – thank you for putting in a power of work to make the day a success. A special thanks to Steve Derry whose photos always make these updates so much better.

Finally, our supporters were absolutely brilliant. I tend to hover on the bank between the two ovals and each time I went to check the scores, the cheers and noise from both crowds was loud and wonderful to hear. Our teams always support each other and to have a full balcony filled with supporters and players to bring home the Seniors made this old man a very happy and proud Weller.
It’s a bye this weekend and we then regroup for away games. Unbelievably, there’s not that much footy left. Some dates for the diary in advance:

  • Wellsmen Lunch – Saturday August 11th @ GBO 12 noon start. Please contact Alex Dance, Justine Elliott or myself. All are welcome.
  • Final Day Spit Roast – Saturday August 25th @ GBO 12 noon start. An invite will go out shortly and please reply if you can make it so we can cater accordingly.

Have a great break and looking forward to catching up at our next games

​Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au

Thirds

The Old Camberwell 3rds enjoyed an early 9.20AM start as they took on Old Geelong at GBO on Saturday morning. Faced with their fair share of adversity, their Coach Ben Ebbage decided this week was the week to dust off his football boots, locate his mouthguard and return to the field after 4 years on the sideline and 2 knee reconstructions. Coached by the dynamic duo of Sam Boyce and Andrew Parker, the team was pumped for the special occasion.

The first quarter brought plenty of opportunities for Tom Pepperell and Alex Bongiorno, often finding each other through the middle. Unfortunately some wayward kicking resulted in missed opportunities and frustrated forwards. Alex Vickery dominated in the ruck with Louis Campbell and Christian Gorman reading the hit outs to perfection. Matt Bromell kicked 2 early goals but Old Geelong kicked 4 straight and were up at the break. Ben Ebbage update: 0 kicks 1 handball 3 1%ers

The second quarter started after a violent spray from acting coach Sam Boyce. The boys were fired up and came out with impressive but ultimately unrewarded effort. Steve Richards, Marcus ‘Schooner’ Cristiani and Charles Maccallum competed hard all quarter but were unable to help cut into the 10 point margin. The boys adjusted well to the pace of the game and took pride in their kicks. Ben Ebbage update: 1 horrible kick that resulted in a turnover goal, 3 handballs 4 1%ers.

After half time, the boys blinked and were down 52-23. An ordinary quarter resulting in only 1 behind scored. The backline was under the pump with Matt Tesoriero and Matt Hatzikostas getting their fair share of the footy. The boys were flat and deserved a spray at the quarters end. Ben Ebbage stat line unchanged. 1 kick, 3 handballs, 4 1%ers.
Assistant Coach Andrew Parke, identifying the boys needed to lift, delivered one of the speeches of the decade before the boys went out in the 4th quarter.

Facing a 29 point deficit, the Wellers came out flying and kicked the first 2 goals thanks to Alex Bongiorno and Steven Cunningham. The coaches could feel a comeback brewing. Coach Boyce decided it was time for Ben Ebbage to go one out in the square and the rest was history. Ebbage dobs one from 40 out, then later steps up and takes a kick from the boundary to put the team up by 2 with 3 minutes to play. Michael Jenkin and Ben Warburton cut off any last effort by Geelong and the siren went. Great team win. One to tell the kids about. Ben Ebbage update: 17 kicks, 4 handballs 2 goals no additional knee injuries.

Goal Kickers: M. Bromell 4, B. Ebbage 2, S. Cunningham, A. Bongiorno, S. Richards
Best Players: M. Bromell, S. Cunningham, A. Vickery, S. Richards, M. Hatzikostas, M. TesorieroBen Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 12 10 2 0 0 0 1223 593 206.24 40
2 Old Carey 11 6 4 1 1 0 824 645 127.75 30
3 Marcellin OC 12 7 4 1 0 0 883 890 99.21 30
4 Mazenod 12 7 5 0 0 0 773 761 101.58 28
5 Old Geelong 12 5 7 0 0 0 752 839 89.63 20
6 P E G S 12 4 7 1 0 0 713 729 97.81 18
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 3 8 0 0 1 540 860 62.79 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 12 3 8 1 0 0 678 1082 62.66 14

 
Men

The Wellers continued their winning streak with a hard fought 12 point win over bogey side Mentone, who we’d not beaten in the our previous 3 outings. It wasn’t our prettiest victory this year, as the winter elements swept across a wet GBO, but probably one of our most rewarding in the end.

The Panthers had come to play and scored 2 early goals, catch us off guard through tough, relentless attack on the footy and a full press to test out boys’ patience. Luckily for us, inform backman DeevWilson and Bennett repelled many attacks given some wayward kicking from our forwards who were unable to capitalise on the many opportunities in front of goal in a tight first half. We went into the long break frustrated after too many poor skill errors but determined to turn our lacklustre performance around.

After a rev up, the boys responded with some cleaner ball movement & forward entries. HensbyAllen & the captain Hart (who flew in from the US earlier that morning) were starting to dominate the middle with the help of talented youngster Kellan Percy in the ruck. Wingers Sam Boyce & Sammy Powell start to find the ball and Nick Latsas was getting dangerous up forward. The momentum had turned our way with fewer errors and much cleaner entries as the boys controlled the second half with 5 goals to 2.

Most pleasing was the way the boys worked their way back into contest and never gave up. In the end, we found a way to win in a scrappy, hard fought contest. We rest up this week with the bye and look forward to PEGS the following week away.

Thanks to the big crowd of supporters who come down on the day. It makes a huge difference to the boys and it would be sensational to get some travelling support to PEGS in what will be another great test for the team.
Goal Kickers: N. Latsas 2, R. West, S. Powell, A. Brettingham-Moore, N. Adamson, B. Hart, W. Dalrymple
Best Players: R. Deev, L. Powell, C. Wilson, S. Boyce, B. Hart, C. Hensby

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 12 11 1 0 0 0 1390 665 209.02 44
2 Fitzroy FC 12 10 2 0 0 0 1249 725 172.28 40
3 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 8 4 0 0 0 1019 925 110.16 32
4 Old Geelong 12 7 5 0 0 0 989 937 105.55 28
5 PEGS Football Club 12 7 5 0 0 0 918 925 99.24 28
6 Marcellin OC 12 6 6 0 0 0 964 974 98.97 24
7 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 12 5 7 0 0 0 1088 1048 103.82 20
8 Old Mentonians 12 3 9 0 0 0 878 1067 82.29 12
9 Peninsula 12 2 10 0 0 0 740 1260 58.73 8
10 St Mary’s Salesian 12 1 11 0 0 0 851 1560 54.55 4

 

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Men Reserves

Disappointingly, the Old Mentone reserve side forfeited late Friday night. We get the 4 points but not the percentage boost we were expecting.

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 12 11 1 0 0 0 1152 415 277.59 44
2 Old Geelong 12 10 2 0 0 0 1062 452 234.96 40
3 Williamstown CYMS 12 9 2 1 0 0 1108 471 235.24 38
4 Marcellin OC 12 7 4 1 0 0 861 553 155.70 30
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 12 6 6 0 0 0 912 752 121.28 24
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 5 6 0 0 1 541 742 72.91 24
7 PEGS Football Club 12 5 7 0 0 0 777 726 107.02 20
8 St Mary’s Salesian 12 3 9 0 0 0 699 892 78.36 12
9 Peninsula 12 2 10 0 0 0 492 1049 46.90 8
10 Old Mentonians 11 0 11 0 0 0 242 1811 13.36 0

Women

A hard-fought 10-point win against our arch rivals Collegians was just reward for the Seniors after a month of near misses. In a dominant display, in which we controlled the game from siren to siren and created plenty of scoring opportunities, the only thing missing was a far greater margin on the scoreboard – which would’ve been thoroughly deserved.

The past month has seen the team undergo something of a reshape after a string of injuries and mid-season departures for the European summer. With players playing in a range of different positions it’s been a learning curve for many, but is clearly paying off. Right across the ground players have switched positions. GabEl Defina and Soph have spent significant time in the midfield, Sam A and Brig have moved to defence, the Kaehne girls have pushed up to the wings, and our forward line has been revamped.

On Saturday, all of those mentioned above, and the entire playing group contributed to the result. Pleasingly, we were switched on from the first bounce and got off to a quick start with an early goal through Maggie and a period of sustained pressure in which we managed to lock the ball in our forward fifty. Collegians seemed intent on heavily flooding our forward line from the outset, and continued to do so for the entire game, making it difficult to create clear scoring opportunities. The work rate in the midfield was strong, lead early by Rhi and Gab who controlled the clearances. Quick rotations through the middle helped to inject fresh legs. In particular, Collegians had no answer for Soph as she continuously broke open the play.
Towards the end of the first quarter Collegians responded with a goal of their own, the only attacking move for the opening 20 minutes – and one of only two or three for the game.

A positive opening quarter, put the playing group in the right frame of mind and they carried this into the second quarter. Kicking against the wind, it was great to see El Defina kick her first goal for quite some time. Coming back from torn ankle ligaments she slowly worked her way into the game and was outstanding in winning plenty of footy, and using it effectively. A couple of Collegians’ smarter players were the difference in us not converting more easily, as they continuously dropped back to cut off a lot of our forward entries. We needed to ensure they were more accountable as we went into the second half.

After the main break, anyone watching would have thought that there was one team there to play football while the other was there to set up shop and build a brick wall. Despite being behind, Collegians looked intent on sitting back and rarely put our backline under pressure. This was in part due the dominance and hardwork of Steph, both SamsTrace and Brig covering off their key players and pushing up to pick up opposition players without an opponent. But it also seemed to be a poor and bizarre game plan on their part.

In the end, all it did was nullify our ability to score freely and really break the game open, which was effective. Regardless, we continuously attempted to create space in the forward fifty where, on different occasions, it was pleasing to see AshNat,ChelseaJane and Beck attempting to drag their players away from the contest. But there’s not much you can do when they don’t follow.

Ultimately, Saturday’s win was a very mature performance. These close games are ones we’ve let slip at different times this season. By turning in a high intensity and sustained four-quarter effort, Saturday’s display makes sense within the context of the season and the continued progress of this team. It demonstrates we are learning from mistakes and lapses made earlier in the season, and adapting to produce more polished performances like this. With three games remaining we should be aiming to finish strongly and get the most out of the last month of this developmental season. It will set us up nicely for 2019.

Thanks to all supporters and helpers on Saturday, especially Stef, Jackson and the medical staff who assisted with both games.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina, M. Wilson
Best Players: E. Defina, S. Bangs, C. Wilson, M. Wilson, R. Green, S. Defina

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 11 11 0 0 0 0 621 170 365.29 44
2 St Mary’s Salesian 11 8 3 0 0 0 526 223 235.87 32
3 Old Geelong 11 7 4 0 0 0 281 301 93.36 28
4 Monash Blues 11 6 4 1 0 0 347 223 155.61 26
5 Collegians 11 4 6 1 0 0 235 345 68.12 18
6 Brunswick Renegades 11 4 7 0 0 0 241 340 70.88 16
7 Old Camberwell 11 3 8 0 0 0 206 385 53.51 12
8 Mazenod OC 11 0 11 0 0 0 198 668 29.64 0

 

 

Women Reserves

It was great to return home and take on Collegians in our final Super Saturday clash for 2018. When the team ran out at the opening siren, it was fantastic to see the number of supporters cheering as the girls ran out from the rooms.

We have struggled to get out of the blocks in our opening quarters this year. We need to put scoreboard pressure on the opposition and this was something that we spoke about before the game to ensure we got off to a good start and kicked the first goal for the game. From the opening bounce we came out firing and ensured that the opposition didn’t get any easy possessions as we worked hard across the ground. When Sav kicked the first goal after working hard in the forward line, we had achieved our first aim. In defence, we continued to lock down the opposition as we held them goalless for the quarter with Alex Osborne, Prue and Dale all holding strong on the last line.

In the second term, we continued where we left off from the first, again showing great pressure in and around the contest and with Emilia and Katie in and under at every contest we made sure that Collegians couldn’t get any easy possessions in the middle of the ground. Our forward locked the ball in and fought for every possession and the tackling pressure continued to be a highlight for the game. Sav again managed to break free to kick her second goal with great support from Jo, Georgia S, Georgia W and Alex Sertic, who presented and provided plenty of options.

After the main break, our aim was to put together 4 quarters. Unfortunately Collegians managed to break to pressure to get their first goal for the game. Our defence responded as Hannah and Carly provided run from defence and repelled Collegians push to put more pressure on the scoreboard. Alex Osborne continued to be strong at full back with great decision making and reading of the play well.

We asked for first use of the football in final term and the girls responded as our midfield once again got on top.  Lucy, Laura, Lisa and Rosie continued to find space as they ran and cleared the ball from congestion. Alice and Kate were terrific in the ruck as they dominated the hitouts and ensured that the midfield were always getting first use. Our forwards continued to shutdown the opposition defence from clearing the ball with Kath and the other forwards reading the ball well and Smithy making great position to create space. Despite all our strong work in around the ground it wasn’t until Alex Sertic converted from a set shot after the siren that we managed to get our first goal for the quarter.

It was a terrific 13 point win for the team. We continue to improve each week and it was great to see us convert from set shots and apply immense pressure on the opposition. With a number of players settling in to different positions, and the continuing communication and confidence of the team, we are looking forward to a strong finish to the season.

A huge thanks to all those that helped out on the day as well as who came down to support – in particular Maddie, Stef and Jackson who are a massive part of each game with the work and support that they provide the team.

With a week off this week we look forward to coming back to take on the 2nd place Old Geelong after the bye and searching for back to back wins.

Goal Kickers: S. Dunwell 2, A. Sertic
Best Players: S. Dunwell, A. Sertic, L. Hamilton, K. Mckenzie, A. Osborne, C. Wigney

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

 

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick AFC 11 10 1 0 0 0 925 154 600.65 40
2 Old Geelong 11 9 2 0 0 0 873 114 765.79 36
3 St Mary’s Salesian 11 9 2 0 0 0 748 209 357.89 36
4 Brunswick Renegades 11 6 5 0 0 0 292 425 68.71 24
5 Collegians 10 3 7 0 0 0 203 628 32.32 12
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 3 8 0 0 0 151 622 24.28 12
7 Monash Blues 10 2 8 0 0 1 149 695 21.44 12
8 Mazenod 11 1 10 0 0 0 139 642 21.65 4