TUESDAY 27TH NOVEMBER
Old Camberwell Grammarians Football Club
ABN 31 400 615 100
Notice is hereby given that this year’s AGM will be held:
Date: Tuesday 27th November 2018
Venue: Camberwell Grammar School – Development Office
All are welcome to attend.
IF YOU WISH TO JOIN THE COMMITTEE – you need to advise the Secretary beforehand. We welcome all interested parties to get involved. The club relies heavily on volunteers, and many hands might light work.
1. Welcome & Apologies
2. Confirm minutes of the Annual General Meeting.
3. Presidents Report
4. Treasurers Report & Annual Accounts. Receive and consider the Annual Financial Statements for the financial year ended 30 September 2018.
5. Election of Office Bearers and Committee for 2019 Season.
6. Any special business of which notice has been given in accordance with the Club’s Rules
Any questions or nominations should be made to email@example.com
– By Order of the Committee
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With summer breaking a little this week it’s hard to believe it wasn’t that long ago a lot of us were either at the first final in 7 years against Old Geelong or glued to the VAFA website on our mobiles desperately refreshing every few seconds.
As with our Women’s Teams, our Men’s Coaches Anson Brownless and Tim Killworth have put together some great season reviews along with our Men’s Award Winners for 2018.
On behalf of the OCGAFC community, I’d like to say a huge thanks to the coaches, support staff, supporters and especially the players for a very memorable season. We have been denied the joys and heartbreak of finals football for too long and to play as you did across the season, ably supported by our Reserves and Thirds teams was sensational.
I am working on my yearly review of the club which I will circulate over the coming month alongside the date for our AGM.
Enjoy these great reviews and importantly, have a think about 2019. We have a great platform to build on and we are looking for more helpers, sponsors,supporters and people to join our great club and make it an even better one. We need all the help we can.
Wow! What a season!
It was evident to those closely involved with last year that there were some encouraging signs in our Men’s Teams and after a solid pre-season we went into the season quietly confident. After a football lesson to the tune of 107 point loss at Williamstown away in round 1, we realised were a little underdone.
It certainly wasn’t the start we had planned and trained hard for and our early season form was patchy throughout the first part of the season. A disappointing loss to Old Mentonians in Round 2 then saw us onto the winners list with a solid win over old rivals Old Ivanhoe at GBO. We were well in the game away to Old Geelong in Round 4 but lost by 19 points but the signs were there as we started to play good football at times. We bounced backed strongly to beat Marcellin OC by 11 points in Round 5. In a game we felt confident about against PEGS at home, we lost our composure and went down to a talented outfit.
After 6 games we sat 2 wins from 6 and while disappointed, knew we had much more to give and there was a belief there was more to come. And come it did!
A trip down the Eastlink to Peninsula Old Boys was the beginning of an amazing 7 game winning streak. We started to play to our potential with fast paced, scintillating football founded on a new defensive mindset and hard running. The mix of experience and youth found it’s groove with the influx of our Under 19s and we started to play as one. Defining wins away over Marcellin OC, PEGS and Fitzroy FC and at home over Old Mentonians’, St Mary’s and Old Geelong showed we had the capability, game plan and character to match it with anyone. While the winning run ended with a lost to Fitzroy I believe this team realised how far they came when we pushed Williamstown all the way in Round 16 at the GBO in what had to be one of the games of the Premier C season. We finished the season strongly with emphatic wins over St Mary’s and Peninsula OBs to book a place in the finals for the first time in 7 long years.
Sudden death football is high pressure and we went into the first semi-final against Old Geelong at the Bill Lawry Oval believing we could match it with them and win. Our start was sensational but we ultimately fell short by 7 points after the boys gave their all in a very tight and even contest. In the end we ran out of legs and Old Geelong were deserved winners. It was a cruel way to end the season given the big strides we’d made but I believer everyone realised there were so many positives to take away and we know it was a successful season.
We will build strongly in 2019.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where the improvement came from but it’s clear to everyone that we now have a bigger group of players to choose from as not only did our Under 19s step up but many players made huge improvements to their games. If we continue these improvements our chances of team success will continue to grow.
From all the players, support staff and coaches, we’d like to thank all supporters, our Women’s Teams who were fantastic at Old Geelong and everyone across the globe who was watching and backing us. Thank you for coming along for the ride and we hope to deliver more next year.
A big thank you to my assistants Tim Killworth & Gavin Powell for their support throughout the season and a special mention to our Team Manager Dave Frearson for all his hard work. Thank you also to our Committee, sponsors and helpers all across the Club for their commitment and hard work.
Some highlights to remember –
- Our away win at by 25 points against power house Fitzroy at Brunswick Oval in Round 9.
- Winning 7 games on the trot from rounds 7-14.
- Winning 11 games in total for the year (7 in 2017) and playing our first final for 7 years.
- 6 players picked in C Grade team of the year – the most of any club. Cameron Wilson, Simon Bennett, Chris Hensby, Robbie Campbell, Ben Hart and Nick Adamson.
- Playing 7 debutants for the 2018 season including 2 more Under 19’s Will Dalrymple & Rob West.
- Simon Bennett’s 150th in a big win over Marcellin.
- Robbie Campbell 50 games for OCGAFC.
- Matthew Powell 50 games for OCGAFC.
- Matthew Vogel 50 games OCGAFC
Award winners for 2018 –
- B & F Simon Bennett
- B & F Runner up Nick Adamson
- Most Improved Sam Boyce
- Most Consistent Chris Hensby
- Most Determined Lucas Huysmans
- Seniors Coaches Award Cameron Wilson
- Goal Kicking Award Nick Adamson with 45 goals.
Senior Men’s Coach
“That was the Year That Was!”
This season the team underwent a solid pre-season without an appointed Coach, which could have had a detrimental affect on player development throughout the pre-season period. To the boys’ great credit though, they responded and got along to training in great numbers which gave the Club the confidence to field a Third XV111 for the first time since 2016.
Supported by Ben Ebbage, who accepted the Thirds role, the core group of 40 + players received great guidance and counselling from the senior coaching panel and by Round 1, they were ready to hit the ground running!
The season started in disappointing fashion, with an away defeat to Williamstown CYs but the learnings from that game were strong and the team strung together 5 wins from the first 8 rounds to see the team sitting inside the Top 4. By Round 9 we were drawn to meet eventual season premiers, Fitzroy where we copped our largest loss of the season, going down by 92 points to a very slick, organised & disciplined unit.
The back half of the season saw our depth tested, the positive being that a number of players were promoted to the Seniors and once selected, remained at the higher level playing great footy at the higher level. We were able to draw on the talent available to us from our Third XV111 team (thanks Bennie for your support and positive approach to recommending the players who were deserving of promotion). Our win loss record, in the back half of the season was very disappointing, running at 3 wins /6 losses, including a forfeit received in our favour against Old Mentonians. Credit, where credit is due, the mainstays of the team, ably led by skipper Charlie Urwin, and his able deputies, Tom Vogel and Jon Huntsman, the season finished strongly with two great wins recorded against teams that we had much closer contests earlier in the season.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people who provided us with invaluable support throughout the season, which helped make the job of coaching the group so much easier.
The senior coaching group, Anson Brownless, Gavin Powell and Robbie Campbell
Game Day Assistant, including Board Man – Matt Vogel
Runner – Nick Russell (too often Rusty for both our liking, I am certain you will overcome the challenges of 2018 and return bigger and better in 2019!)
Team Managers – Boyd Elliott, Tim Cottrell
Boundary Umpire – Andy Lane
Goal Umpire – Andrew Wilson, Justin Urwin and Rob Terriaca
The Trainers were always ready to look after the boys in need, which was always appreciated by those involved.
Season Key Statistics
Win / Loss Record 8 wins; 10 losses Percentage Achieved 81.15%
Goals Scored 127 (Behinds 144); Goals Conceded 163
Leading Goal Scorer: Scott Kaiser 18 goals
Highest Winning Margin Rd. 18 Vs Peninsula Old Boys, 99 points
Closest Winning Margin Rds. 6 & 7, 2 points
Players selected to represent the team – 49
Players promoted to the First XV111 during the season – 19
Players promoted to the First XV111 who remained at that level – 11
Players achieving 18 games for the season: Alex Bongiorno, Nick Benson, Taylor Stone, Tom Vogel
Player Club Games Played Milestones achieved during the season:-
Rd. 1; 50 games – Matt Vogel, Will Kanz
Rd. 10; 50 games – Alex Bongiorno
Rd. 11; 50 games – Tom Pepperell
Rd. 13; 50 games – Tom Eastick
Rd. 17; 50 games – Matthew Todd
Rd. 18; 50 games – Tom Vogel
Best & Fairest Award Winner – Alex Bongiorno
Best & Fairest Runner Up – Oliver Lloyd
Most Improved – Tom Pepperell
Most Consistent – Jon Huntsman
Most Determined – Taylor Stone
Coaches Award – Chris Young
Reserve XVIII Coach
Women’s B&F and Award Winners
Congratulations to the following players on their fantastic seasons in 2018.
Best & Fairest – Stephanie Defina
Runner Up Best & Fairest – Sophie Bangs
Most Consistent – Clare Wilson
Most Determined – Gabrielle Opray
Coaches Award – Amelia Robison
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.
With the core group returning and some great new talent in the likes of Sara, Izz, Rachael, Georgia 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 Soph, Gab, Maggie, Clare 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 Tracey, Edie, Greta, Georgia 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 Nat, Chelsea, Ash, 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
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:
- 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.
- The Senior Team totalled 40 players for the season. Average Age for most games ranged from 23 to 25.
- The Reserves Team totalled 37 players for the season. Average Age for most games ranged from 22 to 23.
- 34 Players made their debut for the club in either the Senior or Reserves side.
- 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 (Kath, Hooky, Bec K, Alex), support staff (Stef, Jackson, Jay, Tim W, Maddy, Bec K), the training staff, all friends and family members who filled game day roles, and the broader committee and club personnel (Adam, Boyd, Tim C, Wearly, Anson, Killer, Gav, Ebbo). 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
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 Arnold, Chook 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
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…….
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 Bennett, Deev & Wells would completely shut out our opponents playing some classic sling shot football. Sam Boyce was dominating his wing and midfielders Holding, Hensby & 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
Men’s Senior Coach
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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 Ebbage, Christian Gorman, Michael Hook, Fraser 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
Men’s Reserves Coach
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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.
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
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
Men’s Senior Coach
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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
Men’s Reserves Coach
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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 Smith, Squizzy 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 Buchanan, Dick Mullet, Duncan 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 Hutchinson, Bob Healey, Noel 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.
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 Bennett, Huysmans & 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
Men’s Senior Coach
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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
Men’s Reserves Coach
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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.
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
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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 Allen, Sam 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
Men’s Senior Captain
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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
Men’s Reserves Coach
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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
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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 Lucy, Laura, Katie, Steph 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 Kath, Bridget, Greta, 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
Women’s Reserves Coach
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