Women’s Season Review

Season review
Writer’s note: It’s difficult to review a season such as we’ve had in few words, so apologies in advance for the length. Get comfortable.

As the exhilaration of the weekend’s events begins to settle, the magnitude of what this group have achieved this past year may not have dawned on them yet. In fact it may take years for them to realise the impact they have had on Old Camberwell Grammarians AFC – as a football club, community and home to many – and the generations of women to come who will take up their legacy. It is a legacy that will live with the club forever and should not be underestimated.

I commented to several people after Saturday’s game that in 50 years’ time a photo of 40 or so young women (and a few men) will hang in the clubrooms at Gordon Barnard Oval alongside a premiership cup and flag. Those present might not recognise the faces or know the names, but it will be genuinely celebrated and remembered as one of the most significant events in the club’s history. You can only be an inaugural women’s team and premiers once. Thanks to each of them, it’s now impossible to think of Old Camberwell without a women’s team at the heart of our club.

The fact that this team did not even exist 12 months ago, let alone the idea that it might at all, is a surreal thought. There are many thanks to be made to various people for why it does now, a lot of whom I’ll acknowledge later, but it’s only fitting to first recognise our ex-president Andrew Tsindos who was the brainchild, current president Adam Kyriacouand our super coach Ken Schwab for making this a reality. Their passion, commitment and vision have guided this team and its development. Without them it may not have happened at all.

Looking back to where it all began in late 2016, five girls turned up to the initial introductory meeting at the clubrooms, and not long after a small group of a 17 girls gathered at GBO for their first training session. They came from a range of schools and backgrounds. Some new each other, others did not. Without being there myself, I am confident they would have approached that first night with the same sense of enthusiasm, fun, comradery, determination and willingness to learn that has become characteristic of this team. A mix of abilities and expectations for what was to come were probably floating around, but the initial foundations had been laid.
Pre-season was different to what the average male footballer would experience. No gut busting sprints or gruelling runs, just the basics of the game. They literally started from scratch. While I was still training and considering playing myself, I was interested to look across at times and observe how they were going under the guidance of Alex Mackenzieand Schwaby. Kicks flying here and there, handballs missing targets, dropped marks. But also the occasional pinpoint pass and clean hands. Lots of chatter and encouragement, consistent numbers at training, but not huge. A sign of things to come.

Fast forward to a week or so before the first practice game and Schwaby had officially been appointed as coach. I had opted not to play due to a back injury and be Schwaby’sassistant instead. We were both excited and unsure about what the season had in store for us, but knew we had a great group to work with.

Our first practice games were at a round robin tournament at Marcellin College in Bulleen. Ironically, our first game was against Marcellin who had one team on the field and a whole other team on the bench – they would go on to win this year’s Premier Division. We had 16 or so from memory. Suffice to say we lost that first game, but followed it up by recording our first win in even more ironic circumstances against Old Carey. The following week our pre-season wrapped up with the VAFA Women’s Lightning Premiership at Elsternwick. Again we had about 16 give or take, but showed plenty of promise recording a great win against Oakleigh in our final game.

Given we were only just able to field teams for the practice games we were a bit unsure if we would have enough players committed to play throughout the year. Fortunately, and unexpectedly, in the few weeks between the Lightning Premiership and about Round 2 or 3 we had close to ten new players join – the likes of SturrockHarperHartSloaneKingRichardsStoyle and a second Bangs all fitted in seamlessly on and off the field. Selection was tough from then on.

Based on the pre-season, we thought if we could be competitive and win a few games then it would be a successful year. The only aim Schwaby and I discussed, and agreed on, was that we needed to create an environment and team culture that everyone enjoyed and felt a part of. If by season’s end all, or most of, the girls wanted to play again in 2018 then we would have done our job.

Prior to Round 1 the team appointed S. Defina to be our inaugural captain, supported by M. WilsonAnderson and Nolan who led the team with distinction all year. Then it was upon us, the first of three grading games. Up against Old Geelong at Como Park we got flogged by 80-plus points, but in the final minutes of the game who else but E. Definabecame the first woman to kick a goal for the club in a competition game. That initial loss turned out to be a rarity. We returned to GBO the following week for our first home game and turned that around to record our own 80-point win against Canterbury, uncovering some genuine stars. We backed up a week later on the top oval with a commanding win over Hawthorn who ended up winning the Development Division 4 flag.

Placed in Development Division 2 with our two previous wins still counting, we maintained our winning form in the season proper with a huge win against Yarra Grammarians under lights. With three wins on the trot an early season top of the table clash against Collegians established our season-long rivalry. After defeating Collegians in a tough game, it was probably then that we first thought we had a team that could seriously play and challenge for the flag.

This was confirmed a week later when we took on Ivanhoe in what turned out to be our most hard fought win. They were unfancied at the time and beat us physically early on. It wasn’t until C. Wilson ran straight from the bench and floored her opponent that the intensity lifted. It was a season defining moment. We clawed the lead back and held on in a heart stopper. I also recall reflecting on that game and the attitude of the team when we were down. The encouragement and incessant cheers from the bench were so loud, while Ivanhoe’s players began to abuse each other. I felt this really showed the calibre of our players, the respect they had for each other and the bond they were forming.

Another strong win against Old Carey was followed by a stinging 3-point loss to Oakleigh. Probably our low point for the year, but also pivotal to the rest of the season. The marginal loss came with an undermanned team showing the depth of the squad. Outstanding defensive efforts from Mirabella and Donkin in the absence of our key defenders, S. Defina and M. Wilson, was particularly impressive. The game also highlighted that we needed to be more physical. The loss hurt and we didn’t want to experience it again.

History will show that we didn’t. From that point on we won eight games straight to claim the flag. We put the loss behind us and flogged UHS-VU in a top of the table clash to regain top spot. Then went on and did the same to four teams in succession – St Bede’s, Ivanhoe, Old Carey and Yarra Grammarians. The juggernaut was gaining momentum and still we had players wanting to get on board. In the second half of the season we gave debuts to FranklinHillmanHamiltonHam and Collins. Again, the ability for the team to welcome new faces and see them become a part of the group so quickly is not something I have experienced with any other team. Unfortunately, we also said goodbye to the physical presence provided by Booth and speed of Kertes who went abroad.

Halfway through the season, Green and the Defina twins became the club’s first women Big V representatives. All three made the final squad, but unfortunately (and somewhat mistakenly it could be argued) missed out on being selected in the final 24. There were few other clubs that achieved this and hopefully in years to come we will have many more represent the Big V.

Our final home and away game was a precursor to the first semi-final and a test of how we would perform in the finals. Collegians were up for it and it took a serious effort to get over the line. The following week was not much different. By this stage we knew the flag was ours to lose. Beating Collegians and getting direct passage to the grand final was key. The most nerve-wracking finish all season came down to a goal-saving smother from Anjou in the dying seconds, allowing us to avoid a preliminary final.

Making the grand final was the minimum this team deserved. The week leading in was a mix of emotions and activity. We kicked it off with a training session at Trevor Barker Oval on the Saturday before. Over 20 girls made the effort to get there demonstrating they wanted to finish the job. The Monday night delivered our first women’s competition B&F and goal kicking award to Green and E. Defina respectively, while Tuesday and Thursday training were sharp with a buzz of excitement. Saturday came and there is no need to repeat the rest of it.
This year has been successful on the field, but it’s perhaps off it that the team has made their biggest impact. They have contributed enormous energy and enthusiasm to organising and being part of the social life of the club. The off-field shenanigans – player events, crap trap Thursdays, Super Saturdays – have been first rate with the girls often showing the guys how it’s done.

I was initially unsure how a group of women would fit into an environment dominated by men almost since its establishment. The attitude and level of interaction from both sides was always going to need an adjustment. Hindsight has shown this was never something to worry about. This year has gone a long way to building a better atmosphere and making GBO a place people want to spend time at. It has never been better in the 12 years I’ve been associated with Old Camberwell. Everyone I have spoken to has attributed this to the girls. In this instance a huge acknowledgment goes to KathAlexBec and Jo for their involvement on the committee, and Jules on game days. They have all put in considerable time and effort.

As much as the girls have embraced being a part of the club, so too have their parents, siblings and extended networks. The team and coaching staff have had continual support all year. A team where every single off-field job is filled week in week out has been a rarity in my time at Old Camberwell. We have been lucky to not have this problem, for which we can eternally thank Tim Wilson who has carried out his team manager duties to perfection. He has the entire admiration and respect of the playing group, as well as Schwaby and I.

Added to this are the goal umpiring and interchange feats of Michael Hook and Mitch Anjou. They have never hesitated to put their hands up for these roles. Our runner Stefan Anjou and sometimes controversial umpire Dave Anjou have similarly been there without fail. Stefan, in particular, has been a key member of the game day squad, and again has the respect of the whole playing group. In general, the WilsonAnjou and Hook familieshave been enormous support.

Mid-season, Jay Tapscott came along and began to help out with training and on game days. His patience and drive has been crucial to many of the girls improving their individual skills. The whole team and our performance has benefited greatly from having him around.

The team has stayed hydrated largely thanks to Jackson Eade who really took to being there every week without any expectation or having to be asked. He’s already signed up for next year. Emilia Fuller and Jade Bingley who are both players, but for various reasons have had interrupted seasons, and while not always getting on the field we never needed to ask them twice to help out running the boundary, water or filling other roles. Jordan and his team of trainers who have kept us on the field as players started to pick up injuries throughout the season. And as always, Tim Cottrell and Warren Earle (aka Wearly) for ensuring we were kitted out and fed/hydrated post-match or training.

I’m sure I have missed individuals, apologies if so. There are many who helped out at various points in the year. Thanks to all.

To tie it all up (thanks for sticking with me), I would (selfishly) like to say a very big personal thanks to the team, Schwaby and Adam. Some know that I returned to Melbourne late last year after a few years abroad. As always there is a transition period with these things and I looked to Old Camberwell as a place that was familiar. However, while I was still considering playing in early January I wasn’t so sure it was that place anymore. So when I opted not to play and said I would help out, I had very little sense of what that would mean. The excitement of being involved with something new, a new challenge and community was what triggered my interest.

Eight months down the track I can well and truly say that this team has had a profound impact on me, just as it has this club. The fun and enjoyment you have fostered, along with the improvement and success you have achieved, and the respect and friendship you show towards each other, and to me, has been a most fulfilling experience to be a part of. For me, you have made Old Camberwell that familiar place again and for that I’m very grateful.

Let this be the beginning of some thing special. Stick together. Cheers to the women and premiers of 2017. Onwards to victory!

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Assistant Coach

 

Women’s Grand Final Review

PREMIERS!

I will never write a newsletter like this again.

With the introduction of a Women’s Competition into the VAFA this year there was always going to be ‘firsts’ – the first OCGAFC Women’s Team led by our first leadership group – Steph Defina (C) alongside Maggie WilsonLou Anderson and Cassie Nolan, the first time we’ve had 4 women on committee – Katherine BithavasAlex OsborneJo Hookand Bec Kertes, our first Women’s Coaching group – Ken SchwabAndrew Romaninand Jayden Tapscott, our first Women’s Team Manager – Tim Wilson, our first dedicated Women’s runners – Steph Anjou and Jackson Eade, our first Women’s supporter and helper group lead by the Wilson’sAnjou’s and Hook’s, our first Women’s sponsor – Ray White Balywn, our first Women’s Jumper and Women’s Club Song!

But clearly this group wanted to create a few more firsts!

Our first Women’s Competition Best & Fairest and Best on Ground in a Grand Final – Rhiannon Green, our first VAFA leading goalkicker – Eloise Defina and to cap off a season we’ll never forget – OUR FIRST WOMEN’S PREMIERS! History makers you most definitely are!

Andrew Romanin has put together a superb wrap-up of not only the game but also the season. Thank-you Roma. Enjoy it along with some of the photos from Saturday.

I speak for every part of our large and widespread community and say a huge thank-you for it all and to you all. You have spoiled us. You have exceeded all expectations and made so many people so happy and proud to be a part of this club. Accolades, achievements and premierships aside, you are some of the finest young women I will ever have the privilege to know and deserve every last bit of your success. We can’t wait for next year.

Come on the Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President


Women’s Grand Final Review

19 August 2017. A day that has been etched in the history of Old Camberwell Grammarians AFC. The women’s team took home the ultimate prize with an outstanding grand final performance against a determined Old Carey.

After a week of rain and bitter cold, conditions turned out to be near perfect at Trevor Barker Oval. With the team having mentally and physically prepared for wet and windy conditions, the added confidence and assurance that this offered was the perfect boost as the women ran through their final warm up. The feeling in the rooms, as it has been all year, was positive and upbeat. Hints of nervous energy were there, but the players were harnessing this and looked focused pre-match. Schwaby’s final message echoed the confidence in the room. The team had done the work, put in the hard yards week in week out and that’s all they needed to do again. Get on top early and we would win.

With that, a first quarter goal burst set up the day and we never looked back. Across the ground everyone was in the play early on, finding the footy and attacking the contest with a desire to impact the game. Led by a brilliant and tireless performance from the starting midfield trio of GreenAnjou and Anderson we managed to maintain control on the tempo of the game. While up against an athletic Old Carey ruck, Harper and Sincock won their share of the taps to provide first use all day.

We looked dangerous each time we attacked, setting up well across half forward and with our small forwards E. DefinaC. Wilson and Nolan applying forward pressure to lock the ball in. Our efforts were rewarded with two goals at the first change – a classy roving effort from Anderson and a classic big forward poacher’s goal to Sturrock.

As Old Carey worked their way into the game during the second quarter and began to get their share of the play our defence held up strongly. DonkinSam BangsMirabella and M. Wilson were in the thick of it, winning their one on ones but we were struggling to clear our defensive fifty for much of the second quarter. Conceding a goal during that critical period would have opened the door for Old Carey to take the momentum into the main break, so it was pleasing that we weathered their best while marginally extending our lead.

In absorbing their pressure, and with a comfortable but not an unassailable lead at half time, the “premiership” quarter delivered the most exciting and memorable performance for the year. Our run and link up game was in full stride with OpraySoph BangsElovaris and Mohamed using their pace to break away from the contest. Further up the field, our forwards were also providing a presence, playing their roles perfectly. Osborne was consistently playing in front, with Franklin’s physicality around the contest and Robison’s ability to continue to lead and present wearing down the Old Carey defence. At the other end of the ground S. Defina was imposing herself across the half back line and deep in defence, picking off the ball at will to dominate the second half. Meanwhile Bithavas played disciplined footy, sticking to her man and defensive duties.

The three third quarter goals not only put the result beyond doubt, but it did so with a statement. The quality of all three goals was unquestionable. Each one would win a goal of the round (maybe even season) award without doubt. Green’s effort to slot two almost identical goals in which she read the play beautifully, gathered the ball cleanly and baulked several players to split the middle from close to the boundary was pure class. Her two goals came either side of possibly the most magical goal E. Defina, and any women in the VAFA, has kicked all year (and she’s kicked a few). A crumbing effort after a long kick forward, gathering it with ease off the deck and snapping on her non-preferred from an acute angle to dribble the ball through. All three goals will be talked about for years to come. Our third quarter broke Old Carey, in the process delivering a display and brand of footy that exemplifies this team.

The final huddle for the year was enormous. It was an amazing sight to see and with the win virtually locked up there was a sense of relief. With a comfortable lead, the break offered the opportunity to mix it up a little. Strong final quarter contributions from Taverner and Edwards to nullify Old Carey’s effective No.7 was impressive, and in hindsight a call we should have made earlier in the day. They provided us with another level of energy around the contest as legs began to tire, continually finding space.

Despite the sting going out of the game, credit to Old Carey for their last quarter performance. They stuck at it and were rewarded with a final goal, which only slightly raised a few heartbeats.

As the final siren sounded the celebrations began. Green deservedly won the best on ground award to cap a memorable season. But all 24 who played on Saturday impacted the result in some way and can be proud of their contribution. The further 20 or so that did not take the field were just as important to our grand final win. Particular acknowledgment needs to go to Tori FotheringhamMaddy Sloane and Jules Hart who were desperately unlucky to miss out on selection this week. Every player in the squad has stood up this season at different times and this is the sole reason for our success.

The fact that this team did not even exist 12 months prior, let alone the idea that it might at all, is a surreal thought. There are many thanks to be made to various people for why it now does, a lot of whom were acknowledged on Saturday, but it’s only fitting to here acknowledge our ex-President Andrew Tsindos, current president Adam and our super coach Schwaby for making this a reality. Their passion, commitment and vision have guided this team and its development. Without them it may not have happened at all.

Congratulations to the team, we answered that one final question… Enjoy it, they really don’t come around often. Next year will be a bigger and more exciting challenge, but we get to do that as the reigning and inaugural premiers – a feat that everyone at Old Camberwell is, and will always be, proud of.

Goal Kickers: R. Green 2, E. Defina, A. Sturrock, L. Anderson
Best Players: R. Green, S. Anjou, C. Nolan, M. Wilson, L. Anderson, S. Defina

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Assistant Coach

 

Seniors Round 16 Review

Premiers this year are we!

 

I’m pretty sure most of you will by now have heard how our Women’sTeam won the inaugural Women’s Development Division 2 Premiership against Old Carey on Saturday. It was a perfect day that capped of an incredible season for all the group and we felt it only fitting to put out a special edition newsletter to give all the details and some photos. As we’re pulling together a lot of information including photos we’ll send full details either Wednesday or Thursday this week and hope you enjoy what will be a captivating and remarkable season of achievement for our Women.  Thank-you for your patience but we think it will be worth the wait.

Importantly and critically for the club, our Seniors, Reserves and Under 19s had big games on Saturday. I know as a club we will come together for the remainder of the season and bring home all our teams who all have everything to play for in their remaining games.

Our Seniors had one of those games where it seems things didn’t click. After some wayward kicking in the first quarter and with a Hampton side facing the prospect of the drop, we couldn’t make the most of our chances and suffered a disappointing loss. With 2 games to go, next week’s game against Kew is a must win to consolidate our season and finish as we know we can.

Our Reserves continued their astonishing run taking their unbeaten streak to 7 games with an empathetic win over a good Hampton side. With 2 rounds remaining finals are confirmed which is a superb achievement for this group after a slow start to the season. Confidence is clearly strong and it will be a very competitive few weeks on the training track and remain game days given the depth of the playing group this year.

Hugely impressively, our Under 19s secured a top 2 spot in their penultimate game against Old Paradians at home. In a sometimes spiteful game, our boys kept their heads brilliantly and played outstanding football as they have all year to record another 100 + points victory. Our final game is away to Williamstown CYMS after which we’ll have a week off as the Under 19s have a final 6 with the top 2 sides earning the week off. I know I’ve said it before but we have a great group of young men and we can all be proud they’ve secured finals football for OCGAFC. We’re looking forward to getting right behind their final series.

Finally we’d love to see you all for a casual Spit Roast Lunch for the final Home & Away game for our Seniors & Reserves and GBO on September 2ndDetails available here and you can book online (preferable) or pay on the day.

Congratulations again to all our Women’s Team.  A weekend that will live in the memory forever.

Come on the Wells

Adam Kyriacou
President

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SeniorsRound 16 of the home and away season saw us hosting Hampton at Gordon Barnard Oval. After a gritty win away to Old Geelong the previous week, we were hoping to bring some momentum through the last 3 rounds of the year and push into the top 4.

Our first quarter showcased the game style we have been working hard on all year. Quick ball movement and high defensive pressure saw us control the quarter. Unfortunately our finishing let us down and we went into quarter time having dominated the quarter, however only kicking 3 goals and 6 behinds. Hampton on the other hand made the most of their chances and were able to get 2 goals despite not having much of the ball.

After quarter time Hampton upped their intensity and we were unable to match them. Though we still had our fair share of chances, our skills and finishing consistently let us down both through the middle of the ground and up forward in front of goal. An inaccurate second term again cost us and we went into halftime with a score line of 3.12, compared to Hamptons 6.7.

Despite our poor play, we managed to stay in the game through determination and some outstanding individual efforts – namelyJimmy Allen and Nick Adamson. We were well in the game at ¾ time, only 4 points down with a score line of 6.16 to 8.8. Alas it was not to be and we ended up going down 70 (9 goals 16 behinds) to 89 (13 goals 11 behinds). It was a disappointing result after such a positive win the week before. The challenge for the group now is to stick together and finished the year off on a positive note. We have 2 very important games left and there is no reason that we can’t go 2/2 to finish the year off!

Goal Kickers: J. Allen 3, M. Trait 2, F. Wells, N. Latsas, A. Taverner, N. Adamson
Best Players: J. Allen, N. Adamson, R. Deev, S. Powell, C. Hensby, A. Clarke

Ben Hart
Senior Captiain

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 16 14 2 0 0 0 1703 1056 161.27 56
2 Old Haileyburians 16 10 6 0 0 0 1511 1103 136.99 40
3 Marcellin OC 16 9 7 0 0 0 1490 1248 119.39 36
4 Williamstown CYMS 16 8 8 0 0 0 1562 1352 115.53 32
5 Old Geelong 16 8 8 0 0 0 1354 1220 110.98 32
6 Old Mentonians 16 8 8 0 0 0 1361 1410 96.52 32
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 16 7 9 0 0 0 1213 1406 86.27 28
8 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 16 7 9 0 0 0 1119 1347 83.07 28
9 Hampton Rovers 16 6 10 0 0 0 1001 1370 73.07 24
10 Kew AFC 16 3 13 0 0 0 918 1720 53.37 12

ReservesThe Ressies faced an in-form Hampton side on Saturday and with both sides’ seasons more or less on the line it was another fiery encounter.  After a strong 2nd half performance we were able to pull away and book ourselves a spot in the finals with a 37 point win!

Following on from a tough outing against Geelong the boys knew they were up for another arm wrestle. Earlier in the season we lost narrowly to Hampton in a close and physical game and were keen to test how much we have improved over the second half of the year. With a few injuries / niggles carrying over from last week, several players had the opportunity to stand up and play a key role in the game: Stanboultgis led from the front all day in the centre, Simon relished playing at full forward with plenty of spark and a 4 goal haul and we welcomed backParker, Warburton and Emery

The rain came down right on cue as the game started and after a scrappy few minutes we managed to get our hands on the ball and lock it in our forward line with repeat entries. It took us a little while to adjust to the conditions and were guilty of over possessing the footy in the greasy conditions however we looked dangerous when we were able to move the ball laterally and get out into space. Hampton worked their way into the game and were able to kick a couple of quick goals to lead by 1 goal at quarter time despite our early work.

The clouds disappeared as quickly as they had arrived for the 2nd quarter and with a few tweaks to our forward line structure we were a lot more dangerous in attack with Kaiser (4 goals) and Allen’s (1 goal) speed at ground level. With Pepperell finding plenty of space and Vogelfinding plenty of the footy we were able to move the ball forward quickly however were a little wasteful kicking 3.5 for the quarter to Hampton’s 2.1

Watching from the sidelines this was shaping up to be a real 4 quarter arm wrestle however the boys came out firing in the 3rd quarter. Despite some distractions from several errant Hampton elbows and fists the boys were able to focus on the footy and pile on 5 goals to nil for the quarter. The difference being our smarter ball use, fast movement in the forward line and intensity at the footy with Huntsman and Gorman leading hard all day. We also sharpened up a bit defensively and cut off Hampton’s run from half back with Mann and Cottrell setting us up well

With the game threatening to boil over, Herbstreit somehow found another gear (and is fast becoming our 4th quarter specialist) and gave us first use in the last quarter and we started to out run our opponents to kick another 3 goals from some excellent end to end ball movement. It’s great to see the boys enjoying their footy so much and making the most of our opportunities. We have certainly benefitted from increased depth this year so it important that we work hard over the remaining 2 games to keep the momentum up

Goal Kickers: J. Simon 4, S. Kaiser 4, G. Tolson, C. Allen, C. Gorman, H. Crothers
Best Players: L. Stanboultgis, J. Huntsman, T. Pepperell, S. Kaiser, Z. Herbstreit, T. Vogel

Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Marcellin OC 16 14 1 1 0 0 1589 571 278.28 58
2 Caulfield Grammarians 16 14 2 0 0 0 1488 615 241.95 56
3 Old Geelong 16 10 5 1 0 0 1292 750 172.27 42
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 16 10 6 0 0 0 1214 991 122.50 40
5 Hampton Rovers 16 7 8 1 0 0 1047 1052 99.52 30
6 Old Haileyburians 16 7 9 0 0 0 1128 1253 90.02 28
7 Williamstown CYMS 16 5 10 1 0 0 772 1228 62.87 22
8 Kew AFC 16 5 11 0 0 0 856 1398 61.23 20
9 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 16 3 13 0 0 0 870 1429 60.88 12
10 Old Mentonians 16 3 13 0 0 0 694 1663 41.73 12

 


U19s

The Unders took on a 17 man Old Parade side on a beautiful (if a little cold) afternoon at GBO knowing that a win would make certain of a top two ladder finish.

Kicking in to a slight breeze, the boys were quickly into stride, with Matt Appleyard’s ruck dominance giving onballers Wil Dalrymple, Robbie West and Fraser Masciatelli an armchair ride, of which they took full advantage.  Up forward Stephen Everett was dominant, and Lucas Lewitt-Mendes repealed many attacks from half back.  We took a 27 point lead into the first break, after holding the opposition goalless.

Our boys really kicked into gear in the second quarter.  Slick ball movement allowed us to ram home seven goals for the quarter, with Alex Dalla Riva and Mike Schumann each kicking two.  Mitch McPherson was outstanding through the middle of the ground, whether it be marking, tackling or simply clearing contests.  Matt Appleyard continued on his merry way in the ruck, and Tom Oliver found plenty of space and plenty of ball on the wing.  In his return from injury, Mitch Fletcher, together with Kallan Percy, made scoring impossible for our opponents.

With the game all but over at half time, we took the opportunity to rotate and rest some players in preparation for the weeks ahead.  Given an opportunity on the ball, Jake Purcell excelled, and Josh Holding and Alex Dalla Riva were excellent up forward.  Harry O’Brien and Tom Oliver controlled the wings, allowing us to add five goals for the quarter.  The unselfish nature of the team was highlighted by a great shepherd on the line from Jonathan Tan that allowed Everett’s long shot for goal to sail through untouched.

With a number of key players rested during the last quarter, an opportunity presented for other to step up.  Rohan Solomongathered a number of touches when running on the ball, and Anthony Stefanos kicked a booming goal.  Jonathan Tan continued with his great pressure acts, and really finished the game well.  The match ended in victory by 112 points.

I know a number of boys are looking forward to a closer contest – rest assured, that will come.  In the meantime, the chance to hone our ball movement and skills is welcome.  With one game to go, we have assured ourselves of finishing first or second, thereby giving ourselves the best chance of the ultimate success.  However, there is much hard work to be done over the next few weeks, so down to training lads and let’s finish the home and away season strongly.

Goal Kickers: A. Dalla-Riva 5, J. Holding 3, M. Schumann 3, S. Everett 2, F. Mascitelli 2, A. Stefanos 2, H. O”Brien, W. Dalrymple
Best Players: A. Dalla-Riva, M. McPherson, M. Appleyard, S. Everett, K. Percy , T. Oliver

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 De La Salle 15 12 3 0 0 2 1367 696 196.41 56
2 Old Camberwell Grammarians 17 13 4 0 0 0 1518 667 227.59 52
3 Oakleigh 16 11 5 0 0 1 1278 948 134.81 48
4 Melbourne High School Old Boys 16 10 6 0 0 1 1186 950 124.84 44
5 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 16 9 7 0 0 1 1090 877 124.29 40
6 WIlliamstown CYMS 15 7 8 0 0 2 930 973 95.58 36
7 Hampton Rovers 17 8 9 0 0 0 1057 1010 104.65 32
8 Aquinas OC 17 7 10 0 0 0 1036 1007 102.88 28
9 Old Paradians 17 6 11 0 0 0 953 1375 69.31 24
10 Peninsula OB 17 3 14 0 0 0 898 1530 58.69 12
11 La Trobe University 14 3 11 0 0 0 628 1484 42.32 12
12 Fitzroy FC 14 1 13 0 0 0 456 1890 24.13 8

2007 Premiership Reunion & End of Season Lunch – 2nd September

SATURDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER

 

Join us for the last game of the home and away season for the Club as our Seniors and Reserves take on Marcellin and we host many of our 2007 Premiership Team to raise a glass or two for their 10 year anniversary.

No doubt some of our Women’s Premiership Team will be there as well.  A spit roast lunch and a perfect chance to catch-up with friends and family. It’s a casual affair and we’ll get started around 11.30am. No speeches other than the impromptu ones and a chance to properly catch-up at GBO.

$30 per head. Book online or pay on the day.

Drinks at Wearlwind Bar prices!

We’d love to see you.

WHEN: Saturday 2nd September, 11:30am onwards
WHERE: GBO Clubrooms
COST: $30 Includes spit roast lunch
Drinks @ bar prices

BOOK ONLINE

 

Women Premiers!!

Congratulations to our Women’s team who recorded a historic win in their first season by defeating Old Carey at Trevor Barker Oval.

Old Camberwell: 5.7.37
Old Carey: 2.4.16

Goal Kickers: R. Green 2, E. Defina, A. Sturrock, L. Anderson
Best Players: R. Green, S. Anjou, C. Nolan, M. Wilson, L. Anderson, S. Defina

Best on Ground: Rhiannon Green

From the VAFA: http://www.vafa.com.au/latest-news/wellers-hawks-claim-first-ever-vafa-wilson-womens-flags/

Old Camberwell capped off an outstanding season as Development Division 2 premiers following a hard-fought 21-point victory over Old Carey at Trevor Barker Oval. Led by a best-on-ground performance and two goals from competition best & fairest, Rhiannon Green, the Wellers kicked the first two majors of the game within the first two minutes and increased their lead to 33 points by three quarter time. As they have shown throughout their four-game winning streak over the past month, the Panthers fought back valiantly in the fourth term with two unanswered goals. Both Sophie and Samantha Bangs impressed for the Wellers alongside Green and Cassandra Nolan. Captain Steph Defina provided a constant source of run from defence for the Wellers, while Clare Hollebone continued her outstanding recent form in the ruck for the Panthers. Hannah Pangrazio and Matilda Hubbard were also sensational for the Panthers with Hubbard playing a starring role in defence.

 

Round 15 Review

3 outstanding performances!

You little beauty! What a sensational Saturday for the Wellers as all our 3 teams recorded stirring wins against quality opposition.

Fantastic to see such great away support as well – I’m pretty sure we had as many supporters as Old Geelong on Como Hill! Makes a huge difference.

First up, the Under 19s confronted an Aquinas Oval masquerading as a Slip ‘n Slide but without the necessary sunshine. It was a miserable surface and the 9.20am start compounded the challenge. But this team are building toughness and togetherness and these games can often provide the perfect platform. Gavin’s match report is, as always, brilliant and to pull away in the last quarter to record a memorable away win was epic.

Next up our Senior group who took on Old Geelong at Como Park. Both their Reserves and Senior teams sat above us on the ladder and would provide plenty of challenge.

Our Reserves have built beautifully this year and there is real belief in our game plan and personnel no matter who plays. I’m sorry to say I missed the game due to travel but as you’ll read, the boys turned around a 3 goal 3rd quarter deficit and stormed home to a mighty victory. Judging from the smiles and chat afterwards, it was a very satisfying win and testament to our group, fantastic to see so many stay for the Seniors.

As they’ve proved this year, on their day, our Seniors can match anyone in C Grade. Aside from the first 10 minutes when Old Geelong’s kicking let them down and a brief period in the 3rd quarter, we were up for and won the challenge. The wide open spaces worked in our favour and our ‘first in’ attack on the footy saw us win more of the contests. At times our ball movement was superb and we recorded a tough and well deserved win. Unfortunately Simon Bennett sustained a nasty finger injury and we wish him a speedy recovery.

As I hope everyone knows, a massive day for the club this weekend with our Women’s Team in the Grand Final against Old Carey2pm at Trevor Barker Oval (Sandringham Football Club).
Further details later in the week.

It’s also a huge day for our Senior Group and Under 19s who all play at GBO at the usual times.

Not many games left and hope to see you at one of the games.

Adam Kyriacou
President

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SeniorsThe Seniors put their season back on track with a stirring 16 point victory against an inform Old Geelong at Como Park.

Old Geelong started the better team on their home deck, winning plenty of contested ball. Their sharp ball saw them control the majority of the quarter peppering the goals with 15- 6 forward entries. Luckily they couldn’t convert, kicking 1 goal 6. We were able to make them pay scoring 3 late goals against the flow to take an unlikely 7 point lead into the first break.

The second quarter was a different story as we gained control of a fiercely fought contest with plenty at stake. We gained the upper hand and forced many turnovers though some relentless pressure from AllenArnold & Young through the middle with our backs Wilson & Proska starting to dominate their opponents. Youngster Alex Tavener playing his first game for the year was showing the way with some clever goals and a few bone jarring tackles. The boys lifted their work rate and we would go into the long break with a well deserved 19 point buffer.

The third saw a resurgent Geelong come to life with their stars up forwards getting some clean ball and the dangerous Burbury starting to get some important possessions. Our boys were beginning to tire and a few crucial turnovers gave the OGs some momentum with 3 unanswered goals. But we responded superbly with Nick Adamson and Alex Tavenerstopping their surge with 2 late quarter goals and relieve some pressure heading into the last quarter.

The last would see our boys grind out a fantastic win after being challenged by a top four side. The group will take a lot of confidence out of the victory and look to come home strongly for the next remaining 3 games.

Thanks to all supporters who turned up on the day and we hope to see you all at GBO this Saturday to cheer the boys home.

Goal Kickers: A. Taverner 3, N. Adamson 3, F. Wells, J. Arnold, C. Young, C. Hensby
Best Players: C. Wilson, D. Proksa, J. Allen, C. Hensby, A. Taverner, D. Lattanzio

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 15 13 2 0 0 0 1611 974 165.40 52
2 Old Haileyburians 15 10 5 0 0 0 1473 1028 143.29 40
3 Marcellin OC 15 8 7 0 0 0 1399 1191 117.46 32
4 Old Geelong 15 8 7 0 0 0 1272 1128 112.77 32
5 Williamstown CYMS 15 7 8 0 0 0 1454 1316 110.49 28
6 Old Mentonians 15 7 8 0 0 0 1286 1372 93.73 28
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 15 7 8 0 0 0 1143 1317 86.79 28
8 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 15 7 8 0 0 0 1062 1256 84.55 28
9 Hampton Rovers 15 5 10 0 0 0 912 1300 70.15 20
10 Kew AFC 15 3 12 0 0 0 882 1612 54.71 12

ReservesComing up against Geelong, who have been sitting 3rd all year and have not been challenged by anyone below them, the Ressies knew they had a big day ahead and this was a good opportunity to demonstrate our improvement against a quality opposition. We were refreshed following the bye and we welcomed back several players through the midfield and backline to make it 6 wins in a row

Learning from our last encounter earlier in the season, where Geelong got the jump on us with fast, slick ball movement through the middle, the Ressies started well with the first goal following good pressure around the ball. The ball spent most of first quarter bouncing between half forward lines as both teams struggled to get meaningful entries. Tolson, Stanboultgis and Campbell controlled the ball across half back early with our extra man however our ball use and decision making going forward was questionable as we repeatedly gave the ball back to the opposition. Geelong eventually began to control the ball with multiple repeat entries and their quality foot skills were on display as they found some space – to the boys credit they weathered the storm and only conceded one goal for the quarter with Urwin taking several marks in defence

The focus for the second quarter was to pressure Geelong’s ball carriers knowing that they can score quickly if given the freedom and to not rush the ball going forward. We conceded a couple of consecutive goals early as our pressure dropped off however were able to fight back and hit the scoreboard ourselves with a couple of clever goals against the tide from our small forwards. Our forwards were working hard withGorman, Rusty and Huntsman rotating through CHF but we struggled to keep the ball in our forward line and creature much pressure.Tolson moved forward and provided a steadying hand as we went into the main break only 7 points down despite not playing out best football

Coming out after half time we started to get some ball movement going forward and our half backs and wings started to link up throughVogel. Again Geelong were able to score consecutive goals but we responded kicking 3 goals to 4 goals for the quarter. Simon was starting to get plenty of the ball through the midfield and looked dangerous up forward (following an early knock) whilst Boyce and Crothers stated to impact the game around the stoppages

Going into the final break we were 11 points down and this would have been a very frustrating loss if we were to give up now knowing we had stuck with them for 3 quarters. Finding the desire to win and lift another the gear we were found our pressure from the 1st quarter and lifted across the ground; all of a sudden we had kicked the first 2 goals to edge in front and the boys were up and about. Attacking through the corridor we had plenty of run and our forward line sparked into gear with Rusty, Huntsman, Allen and Kaiser all playing with new found intent. Where earlier in the game we had let Geelong push us around we were hunting in packs and supporting each other and it was very pleasing to see the team stand up once again when it counted. We closed out the game with close to our best quarter for the year kicking 7 unanswered goals to win by 28 points!

Of note Eastick kept their leading goal kicker goalless for the day whilst Mann (in a BOG effort) fought hard all day against a taller opponent and was supported by Gorman who won some crucial physical contests. Herbstreit came up against another man mountain in the ruck and fought hard all day; even against their second ruckman he ran all day through the ruck and managed to find another gear as we started to win some clean footy from the stoppages in the last quarter

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 4, J. Simon 3, J. Huntsman 2, G. Tolson, N. Russell, H. Crothers, C. Allen
Best Players: B. Mann, T. Vogel, G. Tolson, J. Simon, J. Huntsman, Z. Herbstreit

Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Marcellin OC 15 13 1 1 0 0 1439 549 262.11 54
2 Caulfield Grammarians 15 13 2 0 0 0 1432 566 253.00 52
3 Old Geelong 15 10 4 1 0 0 1243 694 179.11 42
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 15 9 6 0 0 0 1130 944 119.70 36
5 Hampton Rovers 15 7 7 1 0 0 1000 968 103.31 30
6 Old Haileyburians 15 6 9 0 0 0 1034 1213 85.24 24
7 Kew AFC 15 5 10 0 0 0 828 1285 64.44 20
8 Williamstown CYMS 15 4 10 1 0 0 659 1200 54.92 18
9 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 15 3 12 0 0 0 848 1279 66.30 12
10 Old Mentonians 15 3 12 0 0 0 654 1569 41.68 12

 


U19s

The Unders arrived at Aquinas College for their early start and were surprised to find a very wet and boggy oval. I was reminded of the old days at Moorabbin – it was wet but every other ground in the league was dry!

We expected a fierce contest and were not disappointed. Aaquinas are a very physical team but pleasingly our boys responded, matching the opposition in intensity but clearly out tackling them.

This pressure contributed to a 14 point lead at quarter time. Small forwards Steve Everitt and Harry O’Brien excelled in the greasy conditions, with O’Brien kicking the first after receiving a great pass from Will Dalrymple, while lightening hands from Everitt to Lachie Powell resulted in our second.

Jonathan Tan on the wing contested fiercely, and Fraser Masciatelli’s efforts at the stoppages were outstanding.

The second quarter turned into a real slog. Lucas Lewitt-MendesHarrison Lucas and Kallan Percy were excellent in defence, and Seb Terriaca provided a strong target for the backs to kick to. Will Dalrymple and Robbie West gave drive through the middle, and Fraser Masciatelli continued his excellent form until a shoulder injury late in the quarter prevented him from taking any further part in the game. The undoubted highlight of the term was Harry O’Brien’s goal of the year. Following up his own soccer kick forward, Harry picked up the ball cleanly and slotted a right foot boo-nan- na from the left forward pocket. Genius!

Aquinas came out hard in the third quarter, and added three goals to one, to take an eight point lead into the last break. In such a low scoring game, and with a few boys being pretty sore, victory looked unlikely. Asked for a supreme effort, the boys dug deep and wrestled back the momentum to add four goals to a single point. The change in the game came from quicker and more direct ball movement – a much more effective tactic in difficult conditions.

Once again Everitt and O’Brien were sensational up forward, with Everitt kicking two critical goals. Lewitt-Mendes and Percy ensured nothing got through our defence, and Lachie Powell turned the game when thrown onto the ball. Mitch McPherson’s physical presence around the contest can also not be underestimated.

So, a great result for the lads resulting from a brilliant team effort – 21 contributors were needed to get the job done. A big thank you to the many supporters who made the long trip out to Ringwood. They would be proud of the effort which led to one of our best wins for the year.

Goal Kickers: L. Powell 2, H. O”Brien 2, M. Schumann 2, S. Everett 2
Best Players: S. Everett, L. Lewit-Mendes, H. O”Brien, R. West, K. Percy , L. Powell

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 De La Salle 14 11 3 0 0 2 1271 686 185.28 52
2 Old Camberwell Grammarians 16 12 4 0 0 0 1386 647 214.22 48
3 Oakleigh 15 10 5 0 0 1 1198 900 133.11 44
4 Melbourne High School Old Boys 15 9 6 0 0 1 1115 882 126.42 40
5 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 15 8 7 0 0 1 1067 855 124.80 36
6 Hampton Rovers 16 8 8 0 0 0 1009 930 108.49 32
7 WIlliamstown CYMS 15 7 8 0 0 1 930 973 95.58 32
8 Aquinas OC 16 7 9 0 0 0 1014 984 103.05 28
9 Old Paradians 16 6 10 0 0 0 933 1243 75.06 24
10 Peninsula OB 16 3 13 0 0 0 830 1459 56.89 12
11 La Trobe University 14 3 11 0 0 0 628 1484 42.32 12
12 Fitzroy FC 13 1 12 0 0 0 446 1794 24.86 8

Round 14 Review

One Wellers! A great time to come together…

There was genuine excitement at the clubrooms last weekend as the Club hosted the Wellsmen’s 1972, 1978 and 1982 Premiership Reunions. Many had travelled from interstate and even overseas to join us and it was fantastic to catch-up with some club legends and stalwarts. We took the opportunity to again acknowledge Ken Wood and he kindly donated the first Best & Fairest Trophy to the club which we’ll proudly display.

I was again reminded how lucky we are to be part of such a special club. Many past players commented on how much they love OCGAFC and have had some of their greatest times when playing or supporting. Thanks to everyone who attended and in particularly to Alex Dance, Egan Smithand Pam & Daryl Brown for pulling it all together.

We’ll sort out the sound system for next year and thanks to Dave Provanfor offering to help with this.

You’ll see below that we had some outstanding results over the weekend. I know the Seniors were bitterly disappointed to lose to Old Mentone when halfway through the third quarter they drew level. But as my header points out, we are One Club and we are fully behind all our teams and will back them all the way to give their all and push for victory.

Speaking of being as one, this weekend is a special one for OCGAFC as our Women play in their first final – the semi-final against Collegians. It’s at our home – the GBO – and it’s going to be great fun. I know the team would love to see as many supporters there as possible to barrack for them and then our fantastic Under 19 team who are doing brilliantly and play after the semi.

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

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SeniorsA 7 goal advantage to Old Mentone at quarter time was the hallmark of a disappointing loss by the Wellers this week. Wind again played a major factor to the result and it was Old Mentone’s ability to adapt and use the conditions to their favour which lead to a narrow 18 point loss.

Spurred on at quarter time after Mentone jumped out to a near 8 goal lead, the boys rallied and responded to Anson’s call to play Old Camberwell footy. Great pressure was put on by the forwards and Nick Adamson and Nick Latsas in particular were able to capitalise on some hard gut running from the mids lead admirably by James Allen.

In for his first game was young Josh Holding who was providing some flair on the wings and Shawny MacDonald also found form and was prolific through the midfield accumulating a high number of quality possessions.

At half time the team was buoyed by the response and during the third quarter limited Mentone to 3 goals with the breeze whilst piling on four themselves. Mitch Trait’s close hands and ability to release the ball out to our runners meant that opportunities kept coming and our forwards again capitalised in tough conditions.

The last quarter was a real slog. Stoppage after stoppage and our forward entries were negated by Old Mentone. 1 goal 3 to 1 goal meant we saw out our second loss in a row. The two sides have now swapped spots on the Premier C ladder, with Mentone climbing to seventh and the Old Camberwell slipping to eighth.

We will dust ourselves off and revisit the playbook and bounce back this week.

Goal Kickers: N. Latsas 3, N. Adamson 3, J. Edwards, M. Jenkin, S. MacDonald
Best Players: M. Trait, J. Allen, J. Holding, S. MacDonald, N. Adamson, D. Lattanzio

Ken Darby
Senior Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 14 12 2 0 0 0 1492 911 163.78 48
2 Old Haileyburians 14 10 4 0 0 0 1415 937 151.01 40
3 Marcellin OC 14 8 6 0 0 0 1336 1071 124.74 32
4 Old Geelong 14 8 6 0 0 0 1219 1059 115.11 32
5 Williamstown CYMS 14 7 7 0 0 0 1352 1206 112.11 28
6 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 14 7 7 0 0 0 986 1153 85.52 28
7 Old Mentonians 14 6 8 0 0 0 1176 1270 92.60 24
8 Old Camberwell Grammarians 14 6 8 0 0 0 1074 1264 84.97 24
9 Hampton Rovers 14 4 10 0 0 0 820 1242 66.02 16
10 Kew AFC 14 2 12 0 0 0 779 1536 50.72 8
 
 
 
 

ReservesA

Goal Kickers: A. Taverner 5, J. Huntsman 2, L. Campbell, O. Lloyd, A. Gilmour, S. Kaiser, M. Jeffers
Best Players: A. Gilmour, O. Lloyd, T. Pepperell, M. Cristiani, A. Taverner, T. Stone

Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 14 13 1 0 0 0 1413 518 272.78 52
2 Marcellin OC 14 12 1 1 0 0 1391 530 262.45 50
3 Old Geelong 14 10 3 1 0 0 1184 608 194.74 42
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 14 8 6 0 0 0 1044 886 117.83 32
5 Hampton Rovers 14 6 7 1 0 0 925 910 101.65 26
6 Old Haileyburians 14 6 8 0 0 0 976 1138 85.76 24
7 Williamstown CYMS 14 4 9 1 0 0 588 1113 52.83 18
8 Kew AFC 14 4 10 0 0 0 760 1224 62.09 16
9 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 14 3 11 0 0 0 787 1211 64.99 12
10 Old Mentonians 14 2 12 0 0 0 568 1498 37.92 8

Women’s

The girls team played 2nd place collegians at 4:45pm under lights at Harry Trott oval in a preview of next weeks 2nd semi final. In a hard fought game we managed a 9 point win.

The first quarter with the breeze we managed to kick 2 goals and kept collegians scoreless. The second quarter saw us get frustrated by poor umpiring and a knee injury to Steph Defina meant we had to shuffle our backline around. At half time we led by 2 points.

The third quarter they closed up the game and despite having the breeze we only led by 10 points. The final quarter was full of character and when Collegians closed to within 2 points we were under pressure. Great last few minutes saw us kick the only goal to the defensive end and we held out for a fine victory.

Obviously with a few out it was going to be hard but credit to all girls who represented us this weekend. You did a great job and played your role.

Once again our on ballers in Rhiannon GreenSam Anjou and Claire Wilson had plenty of the ball and some excellent marking up forward by Jess Sincock and Amelia Robinson helped the scoreline. Others who contributed especially with their determination were Khalifa Mohammed, Cassandra Nolan and Sophie BangsMaggie Wilson was superb at fullback ably supported by an inexperienced backline.

Overall the effort was really pleasing and makes selection this week a nightmare.
Well done team for finishing on top. A great effort in what has been an exciting year.

Goal Kickers: R. Green, S. Anjou, M. Harper, J. Sincock
Best Players: C. Wilson, R. Green, K. Mohamed, A. Robison, S. Anjou, M. Wilson

Ken Schwab
Women’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Camberwell 14 12 2 0 0 0 696 176 395.45 48
2 Collegians 14 9 5 0 0 0 416 229 181.66 36
3 Old Carey 14 8 6 0 0 0 401 336 119.35 32
4 Ivanhoe AFC 14 8 6 0 0 0 324 274 118.25 32
5 Uhs-Vu Afc 14 7 7 0 0 0 426 396 107.58 28
6 Oakleigh 13 5 8 0 0 1 367 453 81.02 24
7 SBMT / St Peters AFC 14 5 9 0 0 0 254 475 53.47 20
8 Yarra Old Grammarians 13 2 11 0 0 0 134 724 18.51 8

U19s

Against the bottom side, the Camberwell boys lost the toss and kicked into the howling gale in the first quarter at GBO.

Despite the wind we took control of the game early.  Kallan Percy was rucking well, and then dropping back to take intercept marks as required.  He was ably assisted by key backs Harrison Lucas and Matt Appleyard, and Stephen Everett was lively when the ball moved forward.  Lachie Powell was marking strongly and kicked the first two goals of the game.  Mike Schumann and Harry O’Brien also kicked majors.  The highlight of the quarter was a brilliant running goal by Jonathan Tan after causing an opposition turnover through great pressure.

Kicking with the wind in the second quarter, we were looking to buil on our four goal quarter time lead.  Robbie West and Harry O’Brien drove the ball forward relentlessly to Alex Dalla Riva who used the ball intelligently up forward.  Despite the boys’ dominance, we added four goals eight for the quarter, including goals to Will Dalrymple and Harry Veitch.

We were able to maintain the pressure in the third quarter, and add another four goals, the highlight being a kick off the ground by Harry Speagle.  Jono Elliott led the way with some vigorous tackling, and Matt Appleyard and Rohan Solomon defended calmly.  Percy, West, Veitch and Dalrymple continued to dominate the midfield, limiting Peninsula’s opportunities.

The boys finished off the game well, with Declan Hudson-Mollard, Will Dalrymple, Mitch McPherson and Lachie Powell all adding goals.  Unfortunately inaccuracy struck again as we kicked four goals seven during the term.

Overall, the boys turned in a very consistent performance and showed that with the right game plan scoring is possible even into such a strong wind.  Predictable results in the other games means we must continue to win to maintain our spot in the top four.

Goal Kickers: L. Powell 7, W. Dalrymple 2, M. McPherson, H. Veitch, D. Hudson-Mollard, R. West, H. Speagle, J. Tan, M. Schumann, H. O”Brien
Best Players: A. Dalla-Riva, L. Powell, H. Veitch, R. West, J. Tan, M. Appleyard

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Camberwell Grammarians 14 11 3 0 0 0 1264 601 210.32 44
2 De La Salle 12 9 3 0 0 2 1189 604 196.85 44
3 Oakleigh 14 11 3 0 0 0 1133 736 153.94 44
4 Melbourne High School Old Boys 13 8 5 0 0 1 932 745 125.10 36
5 WIlliamstown CYMS 13 7 6 0 0 1 840 877 95.78 32
6 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 13 6 7 0 0 1 923 754 122.41 28
7 Aquinas OC 14 7 7 0 0 0 956 861 111.03 28
8 Hampton Rovers 14 6 8 0 0 0 933 927 100.65 24
9 Old Paradians 14 4 10 0 0 0 747 1178 63.41 16
10 La Trobe University 12 3 9 0 0 0 588 1276 46.08 12
11 Fitzroy FC 12 1 11 0 0 0 337 1547 21.78 8
12 Peninsula OB 14 1 13 0 0 0 672 1363 49.30 4