Round 7 Review

Men win big vs Pirates @ Mt Martha, Women Seniors defeat Mazenod @ GBO
In a strange twist of fate, while our Men’s Teams were recording great wins about 800 metres from my house, I was at GBO watching our amazing Women take on Mazenod. Every Saturday can’t be a GBO Super Saturday clearly but it was an opportunity to host and if we are to continue establishing our reputation as a strong and welcoming footy club for a Saturday’s game of VAFA footy, we need to provide a great atmosphere. I’m pleased to say we didn’t disappoint and thank you for everyone’s help Saturday.

As always,  some great reading from our stellar coaches this week and some real highlights. After a tough injury plagued season our Women’s Seasons had a scintillating win against Mazenod. Disappointingly for the Reserves, our opponents chose to field senior players in their Women’s Reserves side which was the difference as our girls played great footy.

The Thirds continued their solid form from the win against Marcellin and but for errant kicking, went down narrowly away against a good Mazenod side. The presence of our Thirds has greatly increased our depth and competitiveness across the entire Men’s group and that’s great for OCGAFC.

Away wins in Premier C are always hard to come by and none are harder down at Peninsula Old Boys. They had come down from Premier B and would have been desperate for victory. To win both the Reserves and Seniors games was a mighty effort and keeps both teams in the hunt in their divisions.

I’m sure I don’t have to remind anyone but it is Gala Week with our big night this Saturday 26th. I’ll be sending around some huge thank-yous shortly and the Club is looking forward to a great night.

Saturday 26th May – Gala Ball

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Go Wellers.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au
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Men ReservesPeninsula Old Boys at Mt Eliza is always a tough encounter, regardless of the position that their teams hold on the ladder. They treat their home games as nothing short of “War”. They fight hard to not lose the perceived advantage they have due to the opposition having to travel a distance to get there.

Our boys all fronted on time, bright eyed & ready to go. We welcomed back Zach Herbstreit, down from a stint in the seniors and brought up Mick Jenkin and Louis Campbell from Benny’s Threes group. After a solid warm-up, we were ready to take on the challenge. Unfortunately, we did not quite anticipate the fierceness that the Pirates displayed in being first in at the contest, winning the one on ones, making tackles stick (and bringing their opponents to ground) and getting big numbers around the stoppages. The result – three well constructed goals scored before we were able to reply with our first goal on the quarter time siren.

No cause for panic. We have found ourselves in this position a few times this season, and we had been able to overcome. A lift in our overall effort, an increase in our intensity levels and a more definite approach to the ‘Defend First’ mindset that has been asked of the players all season was required. Once the ball is to hand, we needed to look for the opportunities to widen the ground, as simply dumping the ball back down the line, from its initial starting point was a sure fire way to play into the opposition’s hands. They were generally bigger than us, taller than us, but we were all quite certain they were not as quick as us, nor were they as fit as us.

A mini fight back resulted in Q2 and we managed multiple goals, plus behinds to claw back to a 3 point deficit at the long break.
A couple of team positional changes were made and immediate effect was felt. Louis Campbell, was shifted into the middle and he showed very quickly that he is a ‘good driver in heavy traffic’. Centre clearances were an area that we had been on the back foot all match and his presence in the middle helped swing the game momentum our way. Tom Vogel was moved to defence and he was instrumental in repelling a number of opposition forward forays.

Matt Bromell was presenting up at the ball carrier and was very strong in the air as well. He capped these efforts with a super tackle of one of the Peninsula defenders in the goal square, nailing him big time. If that type of effort couldn’t motivate his team mates, you would have to question why people play footy!

Scotty Kaiser was busy in the third kicking our only goals, but more importantly the defence was playing tight and we kept the Pirates to 3 points, enabling us to move to a 3 point lead at the final break.

We knew that the match was going to go down to the wire, the Pirates were not going to lay down, especially not on their home turf in front of a vocal, parochial home crowd.

We battled hard all quarter, scored a Mike Schuman goal from a strong contested mark out wide and he was able to drill the much-needed goal. We conceded a couple to defensive lapses, but with our “plus 1” finding the ball more often than the opposition would have wished, we snuck over the line for a 2 point victory (for the second week in a row!!).

Back to the drawing board to assess some key areas to work on during the coming week in order to ensure that we are primed to take on St Marys Salesian at home. Have a good week on the track boys!

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 3, M. Schumann 2, M. Bromell
Best Players: M. Bromell, A. Bongiorno, L. Campbell, B. Mann, T. Pepperell, M. Schumann

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach


Thirds

In a very frustrating day at the office for all involved, the Thirds were unable to kick our way to victory this week. After a big win last week, the boys again played some very good footy, however due to a lack of accuracy in front of goals, we were unable to take our chances and take the win. Mazenod beat us in the contest in the first half but after half time the boys responded brilliantly, started winning the hard ones and created enough scoring shots to put us in the game.

Tyler Phelps was instrumental in the midfield, providing plenty of drive in only his third ever game of Aussie Rules! Matt Tesoriero also had a terrific day, continually beating a very solid opponent in the backline and providing plenty of drive off half back. Other key contributors were George Vitinaros up forward and Alex Vickery and Steven Cunningham in the middle.

In the end we lost by 18 points, however after kicking 16 behinds, it was definitely one that got away.

Goal Kickers: R. McDonald, G. Vitinaros, S. Cunningham
Best Players:S. Cunningham, T. Phelps, M. Tesoriero, R. Upton, A. Vickery, G. Vitinaros

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Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach


WomenAfter a few weeks of rapid improvement and competitive performances, the Seniors came into the weekend’s clash against Mazenod with confidence that they could get back on the winner’s list. A fired up Mazenod showed up ready to play and with a clear intent to get their first win of the season. With a relatively small and quick running team, they looked to play similar free-flowing footy us.
As has happened in previous weeks, we let the opposition control the early play and were caught napping as their quick forwards and midfielders combined to kick the first two goals of the game. However, the trend stuck to the script and we began to work our way into the contest. Our forward line looked to have more structure with Maggie at full forward offering a strong marking option and Amelia back to her traditional centre half forward position. A couple of quick goals saw us get back in the game to be six points down at quarter time.

As the coaches and backline struggled to get the match ups right in defence, our second quarter again got off to a slow start. Eventually shuffling our defence to go with a small and mobile back-six, moving Tracey, Edie and Isy to defence allowed us to settle down back and focus on attacking. Rhi and Sara started to win their own footy, while Soph and Rachael worked hard to find space to capitalise on this. Our forward line clicked as well. A much more open flowing game, in general, and especially up forward was giving us an opportunity to get the ball in quickly and allow our small forwards to run onto it. Steph, El and Jane did this on multiple occasions to create scoring opportunities. Amelia and our midfielders were also taking contested marks in good positions, offering another avenue to goal which we have missed for much of the season.

Turning the scoreboard around to lead by a goal at half time was just reward for the team, and it was important that we stayed focused and kept wearing them down to break their spirit.

Kicking with the wind in the third allowed Mazenod to throw everything at us, but by this stage our defence was working as a tight unit and stuck to the basics. Steph D played a captain’s game and picked off everything, settling things down over and over again. She was supported by Gab and Sam. And collectively our defence never looked like cracking. With Dee going down with an ankle injury, Anna stepped up and played a key role in the ruck contests. She tapped smartly to advantage and kept giving us first use of the ball.

The final quarter was set up for either team to win it, so kicking the first goal extended our lead to a healthy buffer. And with a second, we were confident that we’d done enough to win. To their credit, Mazenod finished strongly, but again our back line stepped up and dealt with everything.

After a tough month, and a couple of games in which we had given ourselves a chance to take the four points, it was just reward for the team to get back on the winners list. We have taken big strides in the first six games and the injuries have allowed us to play a lot of inexperienced girls, which will prove to be a positive as the season unfolds. Well done to the team for how they continue to apply themselves at training and on game days. Big thanks to all the helpers on the weekend, and those who came out to support.
Goal Kickers: A. Robison 2, S. Elovaris, R. Green, S. Fortunato, M. Wilson, C. Wilson
Best Players: S. Defina, D. Booth, J. Cuningham, R. Green, S. Bangs, A. Robison

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches


Women ReservesTaking on Mazenod, we were excited about the opportunity to be back at home chasing our second win for the year.
With Mazenod having a number of their 1’s players in the Reserves, we knew it would be a hard day. When the opposition kicked away in the first quarter we had to work hard to get back in the game. Our usual strong defensive efforts and tackling that have become a highlight of the team were not at the level we expected and the opposition made us pay on the scoreboard kicking 2 goals 5 behinds.

In the second quarter we worked hard and had the opportunities to finish off but unfortunately we just missed some poise in the forward line as we kicked 2 behinds while the opposition finished off their only chance with a goal. Alice and Kate worked in tandem well through the ruck and continued to provide great contests around the ground, while our midfield began to get more run and shutdown the opposition’s best player with work between Emilia and Georgia to ensure that she didn’t continue to get away from us.

The third term we again held them to one goal but were unable to get on the scoreboard but our effort and work rate had lifted as we began to get more dash off the backline with Eva and Greta leading the way as they repelled the ball and KathHannah and Bridget were rock solid in the last line of defence. While Georgia O continued her fantastic form for the game as she ran, marked and provided great distance covered with run and kicks, Lucy, Sarah and Laura began to get more of the ball and provide plenty of run through the middle of the ground.

The final term we had most of the play in our forward 50 however couldn’t finish with more than 1 behind despite consistently having the ball. Georgia W had a great quarter as she ran and worked hard and continued to run to the right spots, while Emilia was first to the ball and showed great fight at every contest with her terrific tackling.

Whilst another hard week in terms of the score there was again some great signs that we are close to getting our second win and the continued improvement from all players is really promising.

Look forward to a big game this week and responding back with a big effort

Best Players: G. Opray, E. Fuller, G. Kaehne, E. Fisher, A. Fly, S. Dunwell

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach


Men

After the long drive down to the Mornington Peninsula, perhaps the journey affected us as out start was slow and we find ourselves a few goals down in the first and lucky not to be further behind courtesy of our wayward opponents. The Pirates had started strongly and would dominate inside 50’s and general play.

Saturday however was not going to be their day as the Wellers turned up the heat and began to dominate possession for the remainder of a one sided contest.

Alex Tavener (4 goals) kick started the boys with a dominant display as a small forward and big man Nick Adamson was playing a major role up the ground raking in a season high 12 marks and 31 possessions. Emerging Ruckman Kellan Percy was starting to take control in the middle and prolific onballers Ben Hart 35 possessions & ‘Chook’ Hensby 33 were in command across the park with some fierce attack on the ball and some slick ball movement through the middle. We went into the main break with a 10 point lead and plenty of confidence growing within the group.

After the break, our relentless backs led by Bennett, Deev & Co became impossible to pass and were rebounding almost every entry. Jimmy Allen continued his amazing form this year with 2 goals and Nick Latsas (3 goals) continued his dangerous form up forward. Peninsula struggled under the constant pressure and we went on to record our first away win for the season.

After last week’s disappointing fade out, it was important to bounce back quickly and keep in touch with a very even Premier C group this year. The win leaves us 3 & 4 and within touch of the top 4.

Most pleasingly, the emergence our younger players led by Josh Holding, Lachlan Powell, Will Dalrymple, Kellan Percy and first gamer Rob West continues. These young Wellers’ show no fear and will bring endless energy to the group for the remainder of the season.

Thanks for those who travelled to support our team and we hope to see you next week at GBO.

Goal Kickers: A. Taverner 4, N. Latsas 3, R. Campbell 2, J. Allen 2, B. Hart, C. Wilson, C. Hensby, H. Crothers, N. Adamson
Best Players: B. Hart, C. Hensby, S. Bennett, A. Taverner, N. Latsas, J. Holding

Anson Brownless
Men’s Coach

Round 6 Review

In what will be our first out of 3 five team Super Saturday for 2018, there was a great buzz around the club from the moment the Thirds ran out on the top oval. And what a game they played, tearing apart top-of-the-table Marcellin in a display that made us all smile. Our new coffee machine guru Noah was cranking out fresh flat whites and BBQ heroes Tony Holding and Vickers had the flames working early with fresh egg and bacon rolls on the menu.

Our Women’s Reserves took on Old Geelong and while the scoreboard looked one-sided it was anything but a tackle followed by bump followed by effort. Our Wellers girls weren’t taking a backward step. Our Men’s Reserves were in a battle of their own in a frenetic encounter with arch rivals PEGS. Not sure why but this game is a proper grudge match and we held on in a thriller by 2 points!

Meanwhile,  some of our amazing Mum’s (not enough mind) were popping the champers and dining out on cucumber sandwiches and quiche lorraine while they cheered on both teams from the balcony. Plenty of urging from the stands and even a few discussions re some interclub relationships – time for me to exit.

Our Senior sides displayed great grit and skill but fell short at different stages of their games. While it’s never easy to watch tight contests as a supporter, it’s great to see us play good football. The results will come rest assured.

More on the Gala Ball Friday but it’s going to be a great night. Looking forward to Saturday.

Saturday 26th May – Gala Ball

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Go Wellers.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au
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ThirdsOn a perfect May day, the Old Camberwell thirds team produced their best performance of the year! In a stunning win over first placed Marcellin, the boys played with vigour and plenty of run. After playing a few games together, it finally clicked for the boys and they were able to not only defeat the opposition in the contest but also apply the scoreboard pressure needed to snatch the game.

Matthew Todd continued his stellar start of the year at Centre Half Back, while Patrick Dennis, Louis Campbell and Michael Jenkin all had standout games in the midfield. However, it was the newcomers who showed the most promise, with Ange Viola and Tyler Phelps kicking 3 goals and 2 goals respectively. What made the feat even more remarkable was that it was Ange’s fourth game and Tyler’s second. Above everything, the win was a full team effort, with everyone contributing and putting in their all! From my point of view, it was a very satisfying win and I am extremely proud of the boys.

Goal Kickers: A. Viola 3, M. McPherson 3, T. Phelps 2, J. Alexeyeff 2, M. Jenkin, L. Campbell, T. Owen
Best Players: M. Jenkin, A. Viola, T. Phelps, P. Dennis, L. Campbell, M. Todd

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Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach


WomenAnother promising display by the Seniors showed the continued development we’re making as a team. Had we shown up in the first quarter, we may have been celebrating a monumental win over an Old Geelong side that had demolished us in our first ever competitive game in Round 1 last year. The first quarter aside, we were able to push Old Geelong in the remaining three, and outscored them in the second half.

The opening quarter was a stiff lesson for the side, demonstrating how a game can be lost in just 20 minutes of footy. Being nearly five goals down at the first change is always going to make for a long day, and teams rarely recover from such an early deficit. Old Geelong put on an impressive display, showing their quality, moving the ball with speed and taking their opportunities to pile on scoreboard pressure. We were caught napping. There was nothing we could do, but forget it and move on.
The coaches didn’t need to say much at the quarter-time huddle. It was obvious to the playing group that the effort was lacking. All the coaches asked for was that the team lift the effort and not let the opposition think they were going to get an easy run of it. That’s not what this team does.

And what ensued was a terrific and inspiring three quarters of football, where you could see from the sidelines that we believed we could match it with Old Geelong. We played with tenacity and confidence, over running and virtually shutting down their game. Putting aside the two second quarter goals they kicked, we held them to four points in the second half, showing the extent to which we turned it around.

We got on top in the middle and around the ground, through some key changes in personnel. Meg was thrown into the starting ruck position, playing it smart to out muscle the opposition ruck, which Dee tuned into and then followed suit. Pushing Amelia onto the wing and Isy into the middle, and Anna to centre half back, gave us a different structural dynamic, which worked effectively. It allowed for Steph D and Gab to be let loose across the half back, while Soph and Amelia’s hard running on the wings gave us good balance across the centre of the ground.

Getting more of the ball around the ground was the catalyst for applying consistent forward pressure. Picking up from the previous week, RachaelNatBrigAlexJane and Eadie continued to work hard to lock the ball in our forward line and to provide options and support to our tall forwards. In the last two weeks, our ability to keep the ball in out forward fifty is allowing us to generate scoring opportunities where we haven’t in the earlier rounds. Although, our forward structures still require work. Special mention to Jane who kicked her first senior goal after a strong marking contest, and Amelia who would be boosted by slotting one after threatening to do so all season.

Maggie’s availability was a welcome return down back, as she worked her way into the game. Tracy (on debut) and Smitty, playing alongside her for much of the game, put in strong performances after being thrown into the deep end after the first quarter. It was great to see them not be overawed and stick to the task. And huge praise to Brig and Sara, probably the two smallest midfielders in the competition. They both put in classy performances, and are fast becoming serious ball winners, as well as great users and decision makers.

All in all, a great display from the team. Another performance that can give us confidence that we’re settling into the division and closing the gap between the stronger teams. A look at the ladder suggests we’re still right in the mix and not out of the race for finals. With a bit of luck we would already have been in the four. Fingers crossed that Sam and Lou have not sustained serious injuries after going down during the game. Big thanks to all who assisted with various jobs, especially Dave Anjou for umpiring both games. Looking forward to getting back to winning ways against Mazenod, in one we should be looking to give maximum effort to win.

Goal Kickers: A. Robison, J. Cuningham
Best Players: S. Bangs, M. Harper, I. Burke, T. Lam, S. Fortunato, B. Howell

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches


Women ReservesOn Saturday we took on the top side who had taken all before them so we knew that it would be a challenging game from the opening bounce.

The opening quarter saw us start strongly as we managed to keep the opposition to just the 2 goals on the back of some great defence and our midfield working hard to ensure that the opposition didn’t get too many loose players. We worked hard to lock down the play and fought for every ball.

In the second quarter Old Geelong showed some great structure as they managed to kick 5 goals and have 10 scoring shots for the quarter and whilst we battled hard we were unable to put a score on the board. Our tackling was again a feature, however Old Geelong were able to get some loose players behind the ball and find space around the ground as they used their foot skills and run and carry to move the ball. Maddie RichardsLucyEmeliaLisaRosieKath Dale and Georgia all having a run through the middle. While KateNicole and Alice all worked through the Ruck and forward line tirelessly throughout the game.

At half time we consolidated and spoke about having a belief as despite the scoreboard we had physically been in the game and just unable to finish our hard work in front of goals. The team worked hard and showed the belief kicking a goal in the first 5 minutes of the third quarter thanks to the work of Lucy Cooper. The forward continued to work hard and despite not getting the reward they showed plenty of spirit to keep the ball in the forward line. Our backline was again strong as they kept Old Geelong to just the 2 goals for the quarter with Sarah, Greta, Phoebe, Hannah, Eliza, Prue, Eliza and Bridget all working extremely hard to repel the ball

The last quarter saw more of the same from the team as the defence again managed to hold Old Geelong to 2 goals, while the midfield worked hard to close down loose players and ensure that the opposition didn’t get any free disposals and whilst we deserved more the scoreboard it was great to see that we finished off the game with hard work as our forwards of SavEvaJoJade and Alex Sertic who didn’t have any easy day worked to push up the ground.

A huge thanks to the supporters and helpers who again assisted on the day – it is greatly appreciated and makes such a  big difference. Look forward to next week and seeing us secure our second win of the year.

Goal Kickers: L. Cooper
Best Players: A. Fly, S. Dunwell, S. Kaehne, G. Kaehne, B. Facey, M. Richards

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach


Men

Despite the heavy rain experienced late in the week, the good work of Boyd and Coach Brownless with the centre wicket covers saw the ground in tip-top condition for our clash with third placed PEGS.  We had prepared for a tough encounter and that is exactly what occurred.

The game had a strangely flat feel to it early and consequently we did not take full advantage of the assisting wind until later in the quarter.  After conceding the first goal we began to work our way into the game.  Hensby and Wells were winning plenty of ball through the middle, and Jimmy Allen was dangerous forward, kicking two goals for the quarter.  We took a slender six point lead into the first break.

Hard work was going to be needed to limit the damage in the second quarter against a stiffening breeze.  Our backline, led by Simon Bennett and Rob Deev, were resolute, and kept us in the game.  Sam Boyce’s pace and drive from the wing was also important.  In fact we were able to generate five scoring shots to four for the quarter – unfortunately only one goal resulted as opposed to three for PEGS.  To trail by only three points at half time after a lacklustre half left us feeling reasonably confident.

Hopes were dashed early in the third quarter though, with PEGS kicking the first two goals of the half.  Their hard running and precision kicking to loose players was text book “into the wind” football which we failed to counter.  A late fightback, which included goals to Wells and Brettingham-Moore, saw us within two points at three quarter time, with the game well and truly on the line.

We were no match for PEGS in the last quarter, with their dominance in the ruck finally translating into decisive centre clearances and perfect delivery to a highly talented full forward, who managed to kick six goals in the last quarter alone.  A measure of their efficiency was eight straight goals in the last quarter.

So the tale of the tape – more inside fifty’s, more clearances, and only one less scoring shot.  But only five marks inside forward fifty, and less clinical when moving the ball forward, leading to a 31 point loss.  As we discussed pre-game, it is a really even competition, and you need to bring your best every week.  So we dust ourselves off and head to Peninsula where a win is critical.

Goal Kickers: J. Allen 4, N. Adamson 2, H. Crothers 2, F. Wells, A. Brettingham-Moore, S. Boyce
Best Players: J. Allen, S. Bennett, R. Deev, A. Brettingham-Moore, F. Wells, S. Boyce

Anson Brownless
Men’s Coach


Men ReservesIt was certainly a treat to rock up to GBO on Saturday morning, the sun was shining, the track was fast, the turf wicket firm (thanks Boydey, you’re a legend for sorting the wicket block covers) and all the players were on time.

We welcomed back our skipper Charlie Urwin back in his familiar defensive role, Andy Parker up front , Will Kanz through the middle and Robbie Vienet down back. On paper the team looked a very strong unit. They were drawn to play PEGS who had won one more than us but, importantly for them, they had a percentage of 130% more than us! Phew, that looked on paper a pretty tough mountain to climb.

Our good fortune continued to prevail & we duly won the toss & kicked with perhaps a 3 goal breeze running to the North end. The ball was bounced & within no more than the blink of an eye, Parksey was poking it through the big sticks for a classic opening goal.
Well that certainly woke everyone from their slumber!

That form continued and the boys piled on another 4 goals (Scotty Kaiser 2 & Oly Lloyd 1) to end the quarter 26 points in front. We held the view that Q2 would be tough but as long as the team pre-match mantra of “Defend First” was adhered to, & we maintained that mindset for the quarter, we could set the game up to finish off well later in the afternoon. PEGS scored 3 goals (& another 5 behinds) which reflected the pressure being applied by the Wellers boys. Fortunately Jimmy Wilson found the big sticks with a late quarter snap close to goal to help maintain a 10 point lead at the long break.

The PEGS boys rolled up high to clog up our forward line, so there were no easy goals, as was the case in Q1. We were able though to conjure up 3 scrappy goals, but disappointingly we allowed our concentration to wane slightly & they rebounded well to put 4 on the board, getting them back to a 5 point margin at the final break.

With a smart “+1” down back in Q4, Andy Parker, we needed someone to step up and create some Intercept opportunities. ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man,’ Parkesy stepped up big time & with the support of Tommy EastickMichael Hook & Robbie West in particular, the boys were very cool & calm under a lot of pressure. This enabled the ball to be run forward enough to sneak a couple more knock off our highly favoured opponents by 2 points.

Well done boys, the Club is extremely proud of your efforts, overcoming the frustrations of the past few weeks where we simply have not converted our opportunities.

We will now start to look at another of the old foes, AGS rival Peninsula Old Boys. A road trip, fantastic! Can’t wait!

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 4, A. Parker 3, J. Wilson, M. Schumann, O. Lloyd, M. Bromell
Best Players: R. West, A. Bongiorno, A. Parker, W. Dalrymple, T. Stone, T. Pepperell

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

Round 5 Review – Super Saturday #1

Super Saturday!
Apologies for the delayed publication this week but after our first Super Saturday, I was still recovering on Monday. I will write again this Friday on other Club matters – this weekend’s Super Super Saturday/Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea and the GALA BALL on May 26th.

As our compelling Coach reviews show, while we didn’t take the chocolates in every game, our effort and commitment was there for all to see. I was able to take in all but the Thirds, who were away, and it was fantastic to watch 4 solid contests against hard and fair opposition.

A special note this week to the Men’s Senior Team. Wearly pointed out it was the first time we’ve beaten Marcellin at GBO in 15 attempts – i.e. ever! The guts and character shown in the last was testament to the talent we have and congratulations to all involved.

A special thanks to all those who helped on the day around the club and in particular to our Superman – Boyd Elliott – who is doing an absolute power of work around the Club.
Please join us if you can this Saturday.  If not, then on May 26th at the Gala Ball. Tickets are selling fast but there is plenty of room for more. It is shaping up to be a corker.

Saturday 26th May – Gala Ball

Tickets and info available here

The next two weeks are critical to ensure we secure the 250 people we need to make the night a corker. Spread the word, book a table, send me adamkyriacou@outlook.com auction items and most importantly gear up for a brilliant night of fun and community.

Go Wellers.

Adam Kyriacou
President
WomenIn our best performance for the year to date, the Seniors fell just short. And aside from a brief period in the third quarter when Monash piled on three goals, the team finished the game full of running – maintaining the intensity to the final siren. After a tough couple of weeks in which we’ve lost key players and haven’t performed the way we know we’re capable, Saturday’s game was extremely pleasing and showed signs we’re adjusting to the rigours of the tougher competition.

Right from the first bounce, our intensity at the contest was fantastic. Having worked on protecting the ball carrier and blocking to open up space at training over the last couple of weeks, the girls had clearly taken this on board and were focused on this in the opening stages. For the first time this season, it allowed us the opportunity to have clean possession and feed out to our quick runners. Much improved composure under pressure from Sam ASara and Rachael in the middle was great to see as it opened up Soph and Ella to stretch their legs out on the wings. Some exciting and free flowing passages of play were matched by Monash, and with a couple of points in it at the end of the first quarter we knew it would be a tight game.

As the momentum and run continued into the second quarter, our tall forwards – AnnaAmelia and Jess – worked hard up the ground and deep in the forward fifty to present and bring the ball to ground. And in another first for the year, our small forwards were getting in great position and pushing to the fall of the ball. StephElNat, Isy and Eadie (on her Senior debut) were all getting their share of the crumbs, as well as providing small marking options to link with runners coming out of defence and the midfield. Another tight quarter, meant the scoreboard read just as it did at the end of the first.

There was a strong, positive feeling in the rooms at the main break as the team recognised they were being rewarded for their efforts to run hard, block and carry, and persist with the game plan to move the ball on quickly and cleanly – basically, to work to our strengths. So, there was no surprise when we continued to control the opening period of the third term. Unfortunately, we lost a bit of concentration in the middle part of the quarter as Monash kicked three quick goals. Some which we probably should’ve dealt with. Despite this, the girls didn’t drop their heads and worked back into it, to finish the quarter strongly and snag a late goal. Which could have been a couple more.
We were right in it at the final change and confident that we could maintain the intensity.

Our last quarter was exceptional, if not disappointing for our inability to convert all the possession and play into goal scoring opportunities. Defensively we were composed, as Sam BGabBeckSmitty and Steph D showed grit to finish off the game still providing plenty of drive out of the back line, demonstrating plenty of versatility with their skills and defensive efforts. Likewise, through the midfield ClareDeeBrigMeg and Lou ran and ran and ran.

It was the exhaustion at the final siren that was most evident and pleasing. The team worked hard all day and it paid off. Not on the scoreboard, but how we moved the ball and protected each other, ran to present and to create space, and outnumber and harass the opposition around the ball. The girls can be extremely proud of their performance and look forward to a big clash against Old Geelong, full of confidence and with a point to prove.

Goal Kickers: S. Fortunato, S. Anjou
Best Players: S. Defina, S. Bangs, S. Bangs, G. Opray, S. Anjou, S. Fortunato

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches


Women Reserves

After the break we returned to our home ground to take on Monash and were buoyant about our chances given our continued improvement each week.

The first quarter we were unable to match the ball use of Monash as they looked to hit targets down the line. Their ability to control the ball with strong marking and continued leads was hard for us to negate. Despite the control of the ball and play for much of the quarter our defensive pressure was exceptional as we managed to stop them from causing damage on the scoreboard. Our backline worked hard to make every contest as well as ensure that they didn’t get any loose players goal side which meant that we only trailed by a single goal at quarter time. TraceyRosieKath and Greta all worked hard in the backline to ensure that Monash weren’t able to put more scoreboard pressure on us.

In the second quarter we again were under pressure as the midfield worked hard to try to get more ascendancy over the opposition and whilst we responded well we were unable to match the opposition who again managed to kick just the one goal for the quarter. Alex Osborne and Song were terrific as they worked hard with their defensive pressure in the forward line.

At half time we spoke about putting together a strong quarter of football and beginning to put some scoreboard pressure on the opposition and we came out firing as we kicked the first goal in under 15 seconds with our midfield pushing hard to drive the ball forward and Sav managing to weave through traffic to get her first for the game. It was a quarter in which MaddieEva and Jane all showed poise with their possessions.

In the final term we through the magnets around with a number of players playing in different positions as we looked to try to close the gap on the opposition. Despite dominating the play for much of the quarter we were unable to convert this to the scoreboard as Monash kicked another goal to our 2 points. With some fantastic work through the middle of the ground and forward we were unable to close the gap on Monash.

Whilst it was disappointing to not get the win it was great to see so many of the players have an opportunity and to wrestle back possession. Often work rate can go unrewarded but we are confident that if we continue to improve and focus on our work rate that our next win is just around the corner.

Thanks again to our supporters, helpers and Roma for being the runner for the game.

Goal Kickers: S. Dunwell
Best Players: E. Fisher, G. Kaehne, J. Cuningham, A. Osborne, B. Facey, E. Fuller

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach


Men

The Wellers produced a brilliant final quarter comeback to secure  a much needed 11 point victory against a strong Marcellin outfit on Super Saturday at GBO.
Led by Onballers Joey Arnold (bog) James Allen (3 goals) & Ben Hart (2 goals), the Wellers hunted in numbers and pressured the Eagles at every opportunity from the first bounce. Wingers Sam Boyce and Harry Crothers played their best game for the year and young Wellers Lachie PowellKellan Percy & Josh Holding continued their rapid improvement this year. Forwards Taverner and the dangerous Latsas were combining well together and backs Bennett Deev were well on top. We would go into the main break with a handy 1 goal lead.

The third quarter saw Marcellin kick 4 goals in a row and take the biggest lead of the game out to 18 points. The pressure was definitely red hot. Showing great character and fight, our boys fought back brilliantly late in the quarter though important goals to dominant big man Adamson Nick Latsas, playing a new role forward. We had cut back the lead to trail by 7 points going into a tense last quarter.

The conditions were almost eerie given our late start and all breeze vanished. This would prove to be our best final term so far this year and we continued that momentum and were fully rewarded for our work rate allowing us to take our game to another level. We ran over a very courageous Marcellin outfit and apart from a late scare with late Eagles goals, we got home by 11 points in a confidence building win.

It was fantastic to finally see 4 quarters of pressure football after last weeks drop off against Old Geelong. Full credit must go to the leadership group who were challenged before the game and responded with some outstanding performances.

Thanks to all helpers on the day and we hope to see many supporters back again next week at GBO.

Goal Kickers: N. Latsas 3, N. Adamson 3, J. Allen 3, B. Hart 2, A. Taverner 2, H. Crothers, S. Powell
Best Players: J. Arnold, S. Boyce, J. Allen, H. Crothers, A. Brettingham-Moore, R. Campbell

Anson Brownless
Men’s Coach


Men Reserves

After a quite disappointing showing against OGs in Rd. 4 we returned to GBO to meet the confident Marcellin Eagles, who have started the season in a manner not too dissimilar to our boys.

The question was asked of each of the players in the pre-match … did anyone think that we had met the “Sweep the Sheds” ethic the previous Saturday? Each player conceded that they could have done better & therefore the theme for this week, EFFORT, ENERGY, HONESTY was put to the players before they ran out onto the ground with those words ringing in their ears as they entered the ground to do battle with the old AGS competition enemy!

The game started at breakneck pace and the ball travelled up and down the ground with both sides backlines dominating the play. Unfortunately, our concentration waned late in the quarter enabling the opposition to score a couple of goals late in the quarter to give them a handy 3 goal lead at the first break.

Whilst frustrated in our inability to score goals, the team remained focused and committed to the task at hand and continued to attack hard, maintaining the ball in the front half of the ground for well over half the quarter. Oliver Lloyd was certainly relishing the freedom afforded him moving from the backline into the midfield, where he provided great drive by winning the inside ball & getting it to the outside runners with great aplomb! The overall level of effort was not being rewarded by a release in scoreboard pressure though, and combined with us missing a couple of “sitters” in front of goal, we would have been back closer to the lead.

The coaches reminded the boys that honesty in effort was what was required if we were to salvage some respect from the contest. To the boys’ great credit, there was a significant rise in the urgency of our play and we were able to score multiple goals through the efforts of Scotty Kaiser & Jimmy Wilson, both from strong contested marks in front of goal.

Heading into the final quarter 34 points down, the boys continued to pile the pressure on the Eagles defenders but still struggled to regularly find the big sticks, finishing the game with a scoreline of 1 goal 6 behinds for Q4, whilst keeping the opposition scoreless.

Would’ve, could’ve should’ves all were being sprouted post-match, but as the boys were reminded, the final scoreboard did not reflect anything other than a 22 point loss!

For this group of players to move forward, the greater amount of time that they spend working on their game will have benefits for them individually and as a team. We are already seeing the benefits of our Under 19s graduates coming into the team and contributing massively. Robbie Westperformed magnificently against the opposition’s leading goal scorer, his pace and attack on the incoming footy was something to behold, and Fraser Mascitelli played his best game in the midfield winning a number of stoppages with his strength and presence. Bring on the rest of the season!!

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 2, D. La Fontaine, J. Wilson
Best Players: O. Lloyd, F. Mascitelli, R. West, T. Eastick, A. Bongiorno, W. Dalrymple

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

 


Thirds

In perfect conditions, this week provided the boys the ideal opportunity to bounce back after a big loss the previous week. However, due to a lack of scoreboard pressure, we were unable to match Old Carey where it counted most. Patrick Dennis stood up for a break-out game, providing strong contested work inside and out of the contest, while Michael Jenkins and Louis Campbell both continued to display class by foot and plenty of dash.

Other creditable performers where Declan Hudson-Mollard who worked hard all day and gave an honest performance and Mitch Collard who held down the fort in defence in his first game for the year. Special mention must also go to Josh Barrington and Andrew Clarke, who were late inclusions and provided genuine leadership around the ground.

In the end it was a disappointing loss for all involved, especially since we were right in the contest but just could not convert. However, those watching were extremely proud of the boys’ efforts and at no stage did they drop their heads.

This week we play Marcellin at GBO, which should be a very good contest for both teams.

Goal Kickers: M. Jenkin, T. Phelps, M. Todd
Best Players: L. Campbell, A. Clarke, P. Dennis, D. Hudson-Mollard, M. Jenkin, A. Viola

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Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

Round 4 Review

Forgettable Weekend
Saturday wasn’t the day we’d hoped for but everyone at the footy club is working their socks off to ensure the lessons learnt will make us stronger and better. I have almost got over the ‘bizarre’ umpiring decisions in the Ones but as Anson said, we had opportunities and sometimes that’s footy…and life for that matter. How we respond is the key.

We are having hugely excited about our upcoming GALA BALL on MAY 26th. Our Social Committee is working all hours to secure fantastic auction and raffle items and the list is looking good. What we need now from our supporters and community is to work together and book our tables. Put simple this is our major fundraising event for the year. With five teams playing we need all the funds and support we can to make our club great.

Saturday 26th May – Gala Ball

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The next three weeks are critical to ensure we secure the 250 people we need to make the night a corker. Spread the word, book a table, send me adamkyriacou@outlook.com auction items and most importantly gear up for a brilliant night of fun and community.

PARKING FINES
This weekend is Super Saturday as we host both the Men’s & Women’s teams @ GBO. The school are also playing a lot of footy in the morning so the carpark will be busy. Please note that the council may hand out parking infringements if you park on the grass (even though there are no signs saying not to). They send them in the mail, so you won’t know you have one for a few weeks. Forewarned!

Go Wellers.

Adam Kyriacou
President
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Men ReservesThursday night sessions are meant to be the time where Coaches can prime their players for the upcoming battle ahead. Unfortunately, injuries prevailed and the planning that went into the games was thrown out the door. Losing our Captain, Charlie Urwin to an ankle injury & Andy Parker to an ankle sprain, combined with the loss of Matty Cottrell from the previous week, our depth was being tested. Coupled with some key senior players not coming up from injury, plenty of opportunities were on offer for the boys from the Third XV111.

Old Geelong has a long history of producing strong Reserves sides & today was no different. They ran out onto Como Oval looking like Jack & the Beanstalk x 5!!!

Perhaps basking in the glory of two recent solid wins, our boys were slow out of the blocks & very slow to react to the pressure being applied by the opposition. In truth, the opposition was relentless & we were very fortunate to be only 37 points down at quarter time, not having bothered the scorers at our end.

The backline was extremely resolute in the face of consistent attacks & they were able to force the OGs into scoring more behinds than goals, but that didn’t stop the scoreboard from spinning along & we went into the final term 78 points in arrears.

Pride was on the line now. Could we score at least one major before the end of the game? Fortunately Taylor Stone spun out of a pack, ball in hand & scored a lone goal, on the run to give the scoreboard some small level of decency.

Back to the drawing board now for the coaching panel, with our next opponents being the strong Marcellin outfit, to be played at GBO.

Goal Kickers: T. Stone
Best Players: R. West, O. Lloyd, J. Huntsman, C. Gorman, B. Mann, K. Percy

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coaches


ThirdsThis week proved our toughest test yet as the boys went in against a very well-drilled side that also boosted additional numbers and support. Showing ample amounts of grit and determination, the lads fought bravely. Steven Cunningham was our best on, collecting plenty of fire from both sides as he led the team in the midfield for much of the day.

Michael Hook also extended his run of form and was pivotal in defence, providing much of our grunt off the backline throughout the day. Tom Schipper and Matt Tesoriero were also excellent down back, both playing their best game to date and were amongst our best on. Michael Jenkin’s kicking skills enabled us to transition from the backline and set up a number of goals in stylish fashion.

However, it was our ruckman Declan Hudson-Mollard who played with the most vigor and determination as he pushed his opponent all day and by the last quarter was well on top in contests. I’m looking forward to watching his development over the next couple of weeks!

Unfortunately, despite the brave effort, St Bernards were too strong and Old Camberwell suffered our first 100 point loss for the year. However, I was extremely pleased by the effort the boys provided and am looking forward to seeing what they bring to the table this week against Old Carey.

Goal Kickers: T. Bedford, C. MacCallum, L. Campbell
Best Players: S. Cunningham, M. Hook, D. Hudson-Mollard, M. Jenkin, T. Schipper, M. Tesoriero

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Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach


Men

After last week’s great win The Wellers suffered a hard fought and narrow 19 point loss against Old Geelong after leading for most of the day on a Sun drenched Como Park.
Forced to make four late changes to the side going into an important away clash with Old Geelong was somewhat unsettling particularly as 2 were on the training track Thursday night but it allowed in form Will Dalrimple his first Ones opportunity and we were confident we had a team capable of winning.

We started strongly with some slick ball movement in a fast paced and entertaining opening term. Herbstreit was giving the boys plenty of opportunities in the middle and Hensby Arnold were busy in the midfield as they continued to give our forwards plenty of early entries. We were in control at the first break and 3 goals up. Most pleasingly we were able to restrict Geelong’s run & carry game plan with some intense pressure and fierce tackling.

The second quarter saw Old Geelong slowly work their way into the contest. They switched the play and had repeat entries into their 3 giant forwards who were starting to look very dangerous. Our backs led by DeevWilson Warburton were on fire repelling many attacks and continuing their fine form this season to keep us in an absorbing contest.

After the main break we again started to gain control with the inform Adamson Kanz dominating up forward and Boyce Sam Powell controlling their wings. If it wasn’t for a few bizarre umpiring decisions we would have pulled away and led comfortably into the last break.

The last quarter saw a slick Geelong outfit start to wither down our slender lead with a few mistakes and poor execution from our tired boys. OGs put the game out of our reach with 5 last quarter goals to our 7 points. As we all know, poor kicking is poor football and we would pay in the end.

After the game I reminded our boys that if we keep up that effort and work rate for a full 4 quarters we will start to win games on a more consistent basis. We are right in Premier C and played well enough to win.

Thanks for all helpers who turned out on the day.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 3, N. Latsas 2, B. Hart, C. Hensby, H. Crothers
Best Players: R. Deev, N. Adamson, C. Hensby, C. Wilson, B. Hart, J. Arnold

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

Round 3 Review

What a great group of players and supporters we have at Old Camberwell

 

What a difference a week makes and I’m not just talking about the weather. Based on last week’s conditions who would blame you if you donned the scarf and beanie and put the gumboot warmers in! Well, you would have fried on Saturday that’s for sure and you would have joined me as I forgot to don the sunscreen and frazzled my forehead good and proper. Thanks Boydy for the cap although you sure can work up a sweat!

Foreheads weren’t the only thing a little frazzled on the weekend as our Men’s Seniors and Reserves took a small but determined torch to Old Ivanhoe in our first home games of the season. A stunning performance by our boys and while our Thirds couldn’t quite get over the line, we have so much to be proud of the way they played, helped with roles and are involving themselves around the club.

While I sadly couldn’t be in two places at once on Saturday, I was absolutely pumped when the news came through that our Women’s 2’s had just celebrated their first win for OCGAFC! This is an huge achievement for Macca and his team, many who are brand new to football and our club. Congratulations all on a sensational first win. We will celebrate with you Thursday night.

Our Women’s Seniors played another spirited game against rivals Collegians and while going down, are demonstrating incredible grit, determination and fighting spirit against the odds. We have sustained 13 injuries over the last few weeks and clearly the club is genuinely concerned. We are looking into injury prevention programs and ensuring we do all we can to support our fantastic girls.

I could not be more proud of the way our players are approaching this season. We are extremely lucky to have such a great group and thank you for all your efforts both on and off the field.  A special thanks to all our coaches – it is seriously impressive the amount of work and passion you put into your roles and we’ve lucky to have you.

A bye this week for our Women’s teams and hope to see you at one of our other games.

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Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President

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ThirdsSaturdays game produced some of the best football from an OCGAFC Thirds team for over two years, with the boys ready and raring to go at the bounce. Up against a formidable side in PEGS, the boys fought hard in the contest, and dominating passages of play at times. While the scoreboard reflected a tight tussle, the mood of the group throughout the day was that the boys were right in the contest.

Matt Todd was pivotal in defense, cutting off kicks and allowing us to set up offensively again and again and again. Scott Kaiser kicked an unbelievable goal just before half-time, when he wheal-housed a kick while the ball was in mid-air through the goals to get Camberwell within three points at the main break.

Following on from that, the boys lead the charge, with Steven Cunningham and Lachlan Bannister working well as our primary forward duo, while Tom Owen proved to be damaging with his run and bounce across the wing. Once again it was the boys who ran through the midfield that led the charge, and who were able to get Camberwell into a winning position at three quarter time.

However, as the weather warmed up and the legs became heavier, it was our formidable opponents who were able to adapt to the conditions better and were better able to apply the pressure on the scoreboard. In the end we lost by two goals, in one that definitely got away, however it was a marked improvement from the previous weeks effort and I am sure that the boys will be out to make a statement third up this week.

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 3, L. Bannister 2, D. Dick, N. Troy, J. Alexeyeff
Best Players: L. Bannister, D. Dick, C. Gorman, S. Kaiser, T. Owen, M. Todd

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Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach


Women ReservesAfter improvement last week and coming up against Collegians we knew that we would need to be on from the start to come away with the chocolates. With a full bench this week we knew that we would need to run and support for four quarters. Despite Collegians kicking the first two goals of the game we fought hard to wrestle back control of the game. Once our defence started to find their feet, and all lines across the ground worked in to the play we shut down Collegians loose players. The team was rewarded for the hard work with Sav kicking two goals in the opening term to ensure that we were in the game on the scoreboard after we had the majority of the play throughout the quarter.

In the second quarter we controlled the play for the first 15minutes with our midfield giving us first use of the ball. It was great to see a number of girls finish off the hard work with Alice, Laura and Emelia F all kicking their first goals for the club, while the skipper Alex Osborne led hard and made good position  With dominant work around the ground from our midfield with Jane C, Edi, Lucy  and Kate giving us first use of the ball. Our forward pressure again was a highlight as we tackled and fought to keep the ball in our forward half. Thanks to the pressure we finished the half leading by 14 points.

The third quarter was an arm wrestle as Collegians managed to get the upper hand early and kick 2 goals. Thanks to our defence with Sarah, Hannah, Dale, Prue, Eliza, Phoebe, a Rosie and Tracey all working hard we managed to shutdown the Collegians attack. Whilst we were unable to score ourselves was really positive to see a number of players play in different positions as well as the new inclusions of Carly, Georgia and Katie working their way in to the game and contributing.

Heading in to last quarter with a narrow lead we knew that we needed to start well. The girls came out firing as we managed to get the ball forward and maintain pressure In our forward line. Our defensive line was rock solid and continued to clear the ball and work together to shut down Wesley to ensure that they couldn’t get the loose number and when Sav kicked truly again and Sarah worked hard forward from the backline to kick her first goal we had taken a 16 point lead. With support in the forward line from Sertic and Song. The girls continued to work hard and ensure that we got our first win of the year.

The contributions of all players was exceptional and as we continue to work hard at training. It was a great win, with a number of new players again this week and the continual improvement we have made each week it was a spirited and determined team effort. A special thanks to Stef and Steph for their help! While it was also great to see another Kihaene down to take care of the goal umpiring!

Goal Kickers: S. Dunwell 3, A. Fly, L. Chesney, S. Kaehne, E. Fuller
Best Players: S. Dunwell, E. Fuller, E. Kaehne, L. Chesney, A. Fly, S. Kaehne

Alex MacKenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach


Men

After a slow start to the season the Wellers saluted the year with an outstanding team effort against an in form Old Ivanhoe.

The boys have endured tough couple of weeks on the road and were keen to play our first home game on the big open spaces at our beloved GBO.  Robbie Campbell came back into the side to give some much needed confidence in the ruck and Chris Hensby returned to add some bite around the middle.

The focus before the game was accountability all over the ground and to not give our opponents any space to set up their many dangerous forwards. The plan was executed well from the outset as we controlled the game early stopping our opponents in their tracks and getting multiple forward entries. We went into the main break with a handy 16 point lead.

The third quarter would see our game go to another level with some great composure from our backs led by DeevBennettCam Wilson & newcomer Mitch Smith who were marking everything and becoming impossible to pass. Our talented midfielders HartHensby Allen were loving first use of the footy and were getting plenty of ball around the ground through our dominant rucks Campbell Herbstreit. Everyone was playing their role and Old Ivanhoe would start to turn the ball over because of our fierce pressure and attack on the man. Our boys were running in waves through the middle and providing forwards Tom Kanz – 6 goals – & A Tavenor – 4 goals – with plenty of opportunities.

Our work rate (32 tackles) was the most pleasing thing to come out of the day and we were rewarded in the end with a comfortable 51 point win. Next week we face Old Geelong away as we look to push our way up the ladder in what is shaping up to be a very even Premier C division this year. The challenge for the group is to bring their A game on a consistent basis.

We hope to see you all next week at Como. Thanks to all those who helped on the day.

Goal Kickers: T. Kanz 6, A. Taverner 4, C. Hensby 2, R. Campbell, J. Arnold, N. Latsas, J. Allen
Best Players: S. Bennett, T. Kanz, N. Adamson, B. Hart, A. Taverner, C. Wilson

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach


WomenAnother tough outing for the Seniors in what has proved to be an unlucky couple of weeks on the injury front. In the past two games around a dozen players have sustained injuries ranging from ACLs to fractures and concussions, so it was unfortunate the clash against Collegians, our biggest rival from last year, came at such a difficult time. Without making excuses, we have found ourselves slightly undermanned in key positions and experience as a result of this unlucky streak – we finished Saturday’s game with 16 fit players. But it’s extremely pleasing that those who have come in, have given their all and not taken a backward step.
Collegians dominated the early periods of the game with some physically imposing new recruits in the midfield. However, as we have demonstrated in the first three rounds this year, we are defensively very solid and tough to break down. Sam BangsGab and Bec were disciplined and rarely beaten by their opponents in the opening exchanges, which allowed us to regularly rebound off half back and attempt to get our running game going. We looked faster and more composed than the previous week as we purposefully tried to feed the ball to running receivers, which unfortunately at times were slightly out of sync or slightly over possessed the footy.

The hard running continued into the first 6-7 minutes of the second quarter as we pushed forward in numbers and began to win a share of the clearances. El Defina and Clare have adapted well to their move into running regularly in the midfield, and alongside Sara and Brig Howell, are getting better week-by-week. All four are dangerous, finding good position and giving themselves the chance to win plenty of the ball, as they did in the second quarter. The forward line pressure and tackling, led by Nat and Rachael, was also much improved. This allowed us to get a goal back through Rachael, who read the ball off a big forward line contest to kick her first for the club. However, Collegians’ ability to outnumber us at the contest, and some basic skill errors, shifted the momentum back their way in the latter part of the half.

Despite there being aspects of our play that we could lift and improve on, trailing by only three points at the half, we had put ourselves in a strong position to go on and win the game.

Unfortunately, the second half played out much like that of the previous two weeks as we ran out of legs and personnel, and the forward line opportunities dried up. The loss of Meg, who had been matching a strong and capable Collegians ruck duo, left it up to Jess to step up and ruck the entire second half. She did an outstanding job as she tirelessly stuck to the task, winning a fair share of the taps and working around the ground as a second tall option. Another tireless display came from Amelia at centre half forward whose ability to run and present all day is first-class. The same can also be said for Sam Anjou and Steph Defina in defence.

Notwithstanding the disappointment of the final scoreboard, these few individual efforts are emblematic of how the entire team ran out the game. It was evident we were undermanned, lacking experience and a bit of skill, but no one can be faulted for effort. Understanding and familiarity is developing amongst the playing group. It may not feel like it to them, but it’s obvious from the sidelines that our inexperienced players like SmittyRachaelIsy, Anna and Eva are all beginning to find their way. This will steadily develop and pay dividends, just like it did for the Reserves on Saturday.

The disappointment on Amelia’s face at the end of the game for not converting a couple of shots on goal is telling. It highlights all those great traits you want to see in players – the expectation to do better, to work harder to be better, and the desire to not want to let it happen again. Individually, and as a team, I think this resonates. With a week off, the chance for some sore bodies to recover, and a long season ahead everyone should be confident that we are heading in the right direction.

A big thanks to all who helped on the weekend – parents, siblings, friends and players for all chipping in with odd jobs. It is hugely appreciated.

Goal Kickers: R. Brazzale
Best Players: S. Defina, A. Robison, J. Sincock, S. Bangs, E. Defina, G. Opray

Ken Schwab
Women’s Coach


Men ReservesThe Wellers returned to GBO for Round 3 and played up on the top oval, in the late autumn sunshine. Despite a positive pre-match build-up in the warmup, the boys were slow out of the blocks and looked very reactionary in the face of a busy opposition. Too many caravans was the call from the fence and before we knew it, the margin was 3 goals to nil. Fortunately, young Will Kanz, fresh from a couple of games in the Seniors grabbed the initiative and forced his way through a crush of players to score our first goal, on the run, late in first.

The message from the bench was to stick to the plan, & most importantly turn our heads & look to open up the ground. The message was received & the were peppered (not always as accurately as we would like) & 5 goals 6 behinds were scored, with Mike Schuman in particular busy in the front half, either hitting up high to meet the mids efforts or rolling back hard around goal getting to some dangerous spots. Harry Crothers also lifted his work rate & set the standard for the afternoon by laying a couple of hard, but fair hits on the opposition that made them move a bit slower in his direction. These efforts were topped off by a couple of valuable goals late in the quarter as well.

The lead at the long break was 5 points, and the boys hit the ground running, ready to face any challenge presented. As a sign of their coming together playing systematic, organised footy they were able to score 6 straight, with Schuey finding the big sticks another 3 times, complemented by his partner in crime, Will Dalrymple who chimed in with a couple himself.

With a couple of injuries, inhibiting the team’s ability to rotate as freely as was the case earlier in the game, the boys were starting to feel the pinch, couple with the heat of the afternoon. The Hoers weren’t to be denied & they threw everything at us, only to be saved by some great defensive marking, in particular EastickUrwin Mann who all are highly capable readers of the incoming ball and capable enough of taking strong contested marks, when the situation demands.

Overall, a strong team effort, one that certainly caught our opponents by surprise with our ball movement and our attack on the player in possession. A great effort to run out winners by 30 points, generated from a 50 point turnaround. This bodes well for the future & has ensured that a number of players have put their names forward to be considered for senior selection.

Congratulations go out to Charlie Urwin, who has accepted the role of Reserves XV111 Captain for the season. A well deserved appointment , & we are all certain that he will lead from the front and continue to be fine contributor to the team effort!

Goal Kickers: M. Schumann 4, A. Parker 3, H. Crothers 2, W. Dalrymple 2, B. Williams, T. Vogel, W. Kanz, T. Pepperell
Best Players: H. Crothers, M. Schumann, W. Dalrymple, A. Bongiorno, W. Kanz, A. Parker

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coaches

Round 2 Review – Rain Hail or Shine!

Hail coming at you sideways is never a good omen first thing on a Saturday morning. When you’re moving house and can’t remember where you’ve placed the box with your jocks, it can be heartbreaking but needless to say I recovered.

After a tough weekend on the paddock, I know many of our players are licking their wounds both physically and mentally. The Women’s Ones have sadly lost Maddy Sloane with an ACL and there were heavy knocks for Lou Anderson, Nat Edwards and Georgia Opray. Our Senior Men’s team are rueing a game they put themselves in a great position to win at half-time and our Thirds will be better for their first run but disappointed to go down.

Our Men’s Ressies came away with a strong win to open their account and given it was a ‘there goes the toupe’ (TGTT) kind of day, should be pleased with their efforts.  Our Women’s Seconds kicked their first goal of 2018 and while narrowly going down showed how much they’ve improved in just a few weeks.

What matters this week is how we respond and if Tuesday’s training is any indication, we’re in good shape. We are really privileged to play at The Barnard and with the lights on Tuesday and the grass still green from the rain, it was a great sight watching our teams train hard in preparation for Saturday.  With our Men’s teams all playing at home for the first time this year and how Women’s teams out for victory, Saturday’s a fresh start.

We hope some of you can join us this weekend both home and away.

Don’t forget – OCGAFC GALA BALL – Saturday May 26th –  book your tickets ASAP and join us.

Tickets and info available here

Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President

 

Men

After last weeks big loss at the hands of Williamstown the Wellers were looking to improve on a  disappointing start to the season . Big Jimmy Wilson started his first game in the middle and Boyce & Matt Vogel came into the side for some much needed pace on the wings. The boys were up for a much more committed effort after a excellent week on the track.

We started brightly with some early forward entries and a few shots on goals but we were unable to capitalise. Mentonians then gained control of the quarter with some hard running from their talented mids and mobile forwards kicking 3 goals from 18 entries to our 2 points. Fortunately our back 6 were holding strong led by Cam Wilson & Simon Bennett and the ever reliable Rob Deev.

Our second quarter saw our boys come alive and finally start to attack the corridor with some slick ball movement from Hart & Allen who were starting to get on top of their opponents. Fraser Wells was also proving a handful for the opposition continually pumping the ball forward and giving our big forwards Nick Adamson 4 goals & Tom Kanz 2 goals plenty of opportunities to score. The momentum had changed slightly our way and the boys went into the half time break with much optimism for a big second half.

The second half became a real slog in trying conditions and whenever we clawed our way back into the contest Mentonians responded and their midfielders the put the result beyond doubt. We had our opportunties but ultimatley lacked poise with ball in hand.

Overall I couldn’t fault our boys efforts on the day. Our division is always going to be tight and we need to make the most of our opportunities against all teams. A big thank you to the support crew who helped out.

Looking forward to seeing you all at Gordon Barnard this week for our first home game of the season.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 3, T. Kanz 2, F. Wells, J. Allen
Best Players: B. Hart, N. Adamson, F. Wells, R. Deev, S. Bennett, C. Wilson

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach


Women

Unfurling our 2017 premiership flag before the game was something to savour in what was otherwise a tough day out for the Seniors who came up against a strong and mature Brunswick Renegades outfit. While the opening round demonstrated the huge potential in the playing group, Saturday showed what we have to learn.

Having been demoted from the top division at the end of 2017, it was evident from the pre-game warm up that Brunswick would be our most challenging opponent in a while. Given this, our first quarter effort to keep them scoreless was encouraging. Kicking with the breeze we had the majority of the play with Fortunato continuing her strong form from the previous week and Anderson providing strong support in the middle. While the ground was drying out we had early opportunities through our small forwards to capitalise, but failed to do so.

Defensively we were solid and composed in the first quarter, dealing with some smart Brunswick forward line players. However, as the second quarter wore on we lost some of that composure and a burst of three goals late on left us with a significant halftime deficit. The pressure they put us under, mainly due to their ability to position themselves in space around the contest and get the ball to these loose players who kicked long, proved to be the difference.

Needing to find goals in the third quarter, we gave some different roles to a few key players – pushing S. Defina forward and Anjou to centre half back. On reflection this worked and the team responded well. Harper put in an impressively dominant performance in the ruck, controlling her taps to great effect. Unfortunately, we only managed to partially win a share of the clearances, primarily through C. Wilson. Furthermore, we couldn’t convert. Brunswick continued to find players loose around the ground and we weren’t awake to this. Regardless, Anjou did an admirable job on their dangerous Number 8, negating her influence on the second half, and Opray was typically tenacious.

Staring at a first home defeat in our short history, Brunswick added two final-quarter goals to confirm it. Despite this, we had our opportunities as we continued to generate forward entries. Howell, in for her first game for the club, looked dangerous around the contest, finding plenty of footy.

A series of injuries in the second half rubbed salt in the wounds – worst of all a season-ending ACL injury to Sloane. We wish her all the best in her recovery.

It was our ineffective kicking and consistent fumbling when the ball was in dispute that hurt us the most, and point to clear things to work. By no means was it a bad performance, we showed a lot of endeavour and desire, and we matched it with a much more experienced and physically imposing side. But for a lack of polish, and better ball-use and decision making, we were right in it. A positive learning curve for the team and a valuable experience to play against opposition who can reveal how we can improve.
Best Players: C. Wilson, S. Defina, S. Fortunato, B. Howell, M. Harper, G. Opray

Ken Schwab
Women’s Coach


Men Reserves

Despite the change in weather conditions from brilliant sunshine & warm “Indian Summer” like weather, the Ressies turned out at Keysborough Playing Fields with one singular intention & that was to take the first points for the season in order to get our season underway.

Displaying keenness & desire to get the job done the boys rushed out onto the ground, lined up ready for the battle after what can only be described as a hurricane like hail storm lashed the ground, making it extremely difficult to to think, let alone hear!

Once the playing group adapted to the conditions & started to play wet weather footy, the scoreboard began to tick over at a consistent pace & we saw the likes of Matty Bromell & Will Dalrymple pop up & kick 4 goals apiece. Of equal importance was the contribution of busy in & under midsHarry Crothers, Tom Vogel Taylor Stone in consistently winning the hard ball & driving it forward to the hungry forwards.

Great to see big man Zach Herbstreit back in the Wellers colours & consistently gave us first use of the footy at stoppages with his deft taps to his mids.

Others to make significant contributions to the team effort were Andy Parker, who worked extremely hard to maintain the ball inside our forward half, Lucas (Dukesy) Huysmans, who responded in a positive manner to his selection in the early match having played in the Seniors the week before. He was able at one stage to get forward into a dangerous spot & score an important goal in the third quarter. Now that’s what I call … rolling up!

Importantly for the group, the first points of the season have been won, now the effort must go towards building on this. Work hard on the track this week boys & we’ll prepare well for Old Ivanhoe at our first game at home this season.

Goal Kickers: M. Bromell 4, W. Dalrymple 3, B. Williams 2, M. Schumann, L. Huysmans
Best Players: W. Dalrymple, M. Bromell, M. Cottrell, Z. Herbstreit, A. Bongiorno, J. Huntsman

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coaches


Women Reserves

The team looked to respond from last week as we took on Brunswick at our home ground. With a number of players again playing their first game we knew that we would have to be competitive from the start. Winning the toss we decided to kick with the breeze and we started well in what was an arm wrestle all day. We started well with our mid-field of Laura, Eva and Lisa H along with the ruck work of Kate H and Sav got us off to a great start with a number of entries in to our forward line, which resulted in our first goal for the season when Sav pushed forward to snap one through.

In the second quarter we continued to work to ensure that we didn’t give the opposition time or space, with our tackling and pressure again being displayed. Our pressure across the ground was highlighted again with At half-time we were trailing by a point due to our strong defensive pressure around the ground and our hard running. With LucyEliza and Jade all working hard across the wings to ensure that we didn’t give the opposition time or space.

In the second half we continued to make tackles and our improvement continued from last week as all players were involved in the game. Our defense continued to work hard throughout the game with GretaPrueRosieGeorgiaSarahHannah and Rosie all winning contests as they contained the opposition to just 1 goal in the first 3 quarters and ensured that we had a one point lead in to the last quarter, while our forward line of JoAlex Osborne, Alex Song, Alex SerticJessBridget and Jess all presented and locked the ball in the forward line with some great tackling.

In the final term unfortunately we were unable to hang on as the opposition kicked 2 goals to take a 15 point win for the day. Despite the result not going our way all the players should be proud of the way we played – especially with the improvement we continued to make each quarter.

Thanks to all those that helped out on the day, it is greatly appreciated!

Goal Kickers: S. Dunwell
Best Players: E. Fisher, S. Dunwell, L. Chesney, G. Opray, E. Kaehne, G. Kaehne

Alex MacKenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

 


Thirds

With a disappointing forfeit last week from our opponents, the Thirds shaped up eager and keen to put their best foot forward going into their first game. However, many of them had a few extra cobwebs to blow out and within the first 10 minutes, Old Geelong had kicked the first four goals. It wasn’t until late into the first quarter that Richie McDonald put the Wellers on the map with a wonderful kick on the fifty.

After being challenged at half-time to start playing some defensive football and for some of our midfielders to perhaps follow their opponents when we didn’t have the ball, it was good to see Tom Owen taking this message to heart. After winning a clean clearance from the middle, Tom was able to gain 15 meters on his opponent and looked to be running into a massive goal; unfortunately for Tom it was the wrong way, with everyone not entirely sure what to do. After this surprise, the boys responded beautifully, tying up the contest and creating a number of beautiful passages of play.

The Third and fourth terms were the most trying quarters with the rain and wind coming in side-ways. However, even though the scoreboard reflected a challenge too-great, the boys pressured and harassed and were able to match Old Geelong for effort and skill for much of the second half. Special credit must go to those who ran through the middle for the majority of the game and Michael Hook who got through his first game back without pulling either hamstring. We played some fantastic football and there is certainly plenty to grow on for the rest of the year.

We look forward to this weeks challenge against St Marys at GBO this Saturday.

We still welcome more players to sign up!  You can sign up here: FootyWeb

Or contact Ben for more info:
Ebbage11@live.com
0418 123 419

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

Round 1 Review – Season Opener

 

With all teams playing away for Round 1 across the Orthodox Easter, we travelled far and wide to spread the good Wellers word. Regrettably Old Ivanhoe Thirds couldn’t join the congregation, forfeiting the game due to lack of numbers. Ben Ebbage and his men are itching to get started and will bag the four points and move on.

As with many away fixtures, results varied and many lessons were learnt. It was a famous win for our Senior Women’s Team, who knocked off the Division 1 Premiers St. Mary’s, that will be long remembered. This team are remarkable in their determination to fight. Just as incredible was over 20 new players pulling on our colours and playing their first game for the Wellers. Congratulations to each and everyone one of them and please come down to GBO for our first home game this Saturday.

Our Men’s Seniors and Reserves came up against a rampaging Williamstown away. We offer no excuses but must acknowledge that with the disbanding of the VFL Reserves league, several suburban VAFA clubs have benefited and Williamstown will be a dominant force in 2018. What matters is that we learn from our experience, continue to develop our brand of football and commit to a strong performance this week. I’ve no doubts we’ll do that.

Apologies for my brevity this week. I’m on a family holiday this week but look forward to the Friday Preview which will include the Volunteer Roster. We need your support this year.

Don’t forget – OCGAFC GALA BALL – Saturday May 26th –  book your tickets ASAP and join us.

Tickets and info available here

Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President


Men’s

After a long preseason and some 30 odd training session it was time to put all that hard work into practice. The sun shone brightly and the wind was slight creating just about perfect conditions to start a new year and kick off the season against Williamstown.

We started positively with young forward Lachie Powell booting the first goal of the game and looking lively early in the game. While we stayed with our opponents early we realised it was going to be a tough day ahead given Williamstown’s strong off- season recruiting and talent on every line. They started to dominate in the middle and gain repeat entries into a dynamic forward line. They were swarming us, gaining the ascendancy through big bodies and strong running and we struggled to stop their momentum.

Intense pressure brings mistakes and our skills dropped under the strain allowing Willy to score from turnovers. While our endeavour and spirit never waned, we battled to contained them and the break didn’t help. Already under pressure, our cause wasn’t helped through several injuries to key runners and Willy come out hard kicking 16 goals to 4 and taking control of the contest. It was a lesson in hard running and precision disposal.

As you would expect, our boys were disappointed with the result but we know there’s a long way to go and know we’re a good side who will improve and learn from the game. We promised a more committed effort in the coming weeks and will deliver. Nick Adamson was a shining light up forward with 5 majors well supported by Lachie Powell with 3. Rob Deev was solid down back as always and Nick Latsas strong through the middle.

We’re looking forward to an improved performance against Mentone away this week.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 5, L. Powell 3
Best Players: N. Adamson, L. Powell, C. Wilson, S. Bennett, R. Deev, J. Arnold

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach


Women’sPromotion to a higher division and a long off season did nothing to slow down the women of Old Camberwell, as the Senior team recorded an impressive win over St Mary’s Salesian – the reigning premiers from the division above us. Emulating last year’s feats may not come easy, but there was certainly no premiership hangover on display in Round 1 as the Seniors soured St Marys’ 2017 flag unfurling.

The lack of preseason match practice didn’t seem to hamper the Seniors as the attacking intent and defensive stability that was a hallmark of 2017 was evident from the first bounce. The returning midfield trio of BoothGreen and S. Anjou were joined by the silky Fortunato – one of six debutants – and were quick to dominate the clearances. This provided a new look forward line with a constant supply of forward entries. Starting Anderson and E. Defina alongside key forward Robison at half forward proved to be effective. They were difficult to contain and key to our three first-quarter goals.

The pressure continued into the second as we added a further two goals to a single point. Burke, another debutant, came off the bench to provide 2018’s first highlight – a goal in her first game of Senior football. In defence we were equally as stubborn and determined. A completely new full back line of Sam BangsC. Wilson and Mcinerney seamlessly replaced last year’s lauded starting premiership trio. Mcinerney, in particular, put in an impressive debut at full back. Anything stopped by the full back line was transitioned quickly through a classy halfback line of S. DefinaGabi Opray and Elovaris.

The hard work gave us a comfortable halftime lead as the afternoon sun began to heat up. However, any sense of confidence gained from the first half quickly evaporated in the third quarter as St Marys worked their way back into the contest. As could be expected, given the conditions and lack of match practice, our skills dropped off, poor decision making and accountability creeped into our play, and our legs began to tire. St Marys capitalised on this and were relentless in their attack, kicking two goals to close the gap to eight points at the last change.

A sense of frustration was felt on the bench, which was definitely unusual for the coaches. The message in the huddle was to demand more of yourself individually, demand more of your team mates, and of the team as a collective. The first-year excuses should no longer be accepted, it was time to get serious. Impressively, the playing group took this on board and responded positively.

Despite not being able to turn St Marys’ momentum, we held strong, as we so often did last year, and ground out what was an extremely satisfying win given the circumstances. Across the ground, everyone contributed. Our depth is pleasing, with returning players such asEdwardsMohamedSoph BangsHarper and Sloane all demonstrating what a year of experience offers. While all our Senior debutants mentioned above, plus BrazzaleSmith and Sallows put in fantastic performances and should be proud of their efforts. We expect these girls, along with the 20-odd new faces who played in the Reserves or who were unavailable, to develop quickly and push for Senior selection over the course of the season.

It was a fitting result, which demonstrates the potential of this group, as well as what is required to take the next step in what will be a much more competitive division. We should demand more of ourselves in 2018, but have belief that we have earned our position and should rightly command the respect of the rest of the division. Having knocked off the reigning premiers, we will now be the hunted. Thanks to all supporters and helpers who came on Saturday, it was fantastic as always.

On a side note, congratulations to our Senior leadership group for 2018. We have reappointed Steph Defina as captain, Maggie Wilson and Lou Anderson as deputies, as well as adding Sam Anjou.

Goal Kickers: L. Anderson 3, R. Green, I. Burke
Best Players: L. Anderson, D. Booth, A. Robison, R. Green, E. Defina, S. Defina

Ken Schwab
Women’s Coach


Men’s Reserves

Our boys enjoyed an early season trip across the Yarra to journey to the Fearon Reserve, nestled along the Williamstown bay beach area. With the sun shining bright, & a smart “deck” & most importantly … no wind, the boys were up for a contest against the CYs.
Whilst not wishing to make too many excuses they ran out onto the ground, looking big, strong and fit! We observed that they were playing past senior premiership players, so we knew we were up for a challenge. With the addition of a number of last years Under 19s players joining the team, Mike SchumanWill DalrympleRob West, along with a couple of quality recruits (Jimmy Wilson, Ruck, Nick Benson, Defender, Matt Vogel, midfielder returning from overseas, Alex Bongiorno returning from overseas and Ben Williams), we hit the ground running with a established team who had finished last season strongly to play finals.

Ultimately, whilst the team showed great endeavour on the day, the systems and structures talked about failed to come into play regularly enough and we found ourselves consistently playing the ball forward to their defensive “plus one”, which was frustrating to say the least & this enabled the CYs to build their offensive forays from across half back. At half time we went into the long break 34 points in arrears.

To the side’s great credit, the boys fought out the second half far more in keeping with everyone’s expectations and players such as Scotty Kaiser up forward started to get their hands on the footy & look dangerous around goal. He kicked 2 in the back half from 5 attempts, perhaps highlighting a missed pre-season, however his cat like movements in the forward half were much welcomed by the rest of the team.

Better Players on the day were midfielders Tom & Matt Vogel, Sammy Boyce, Jon Huntsman, Will Dalrymple & Jimmy Wilson, who consistently gave us first use out of the middle, in the Ruck.

A positive to finish was the fact that we outscored Willy after half time, albeit by 2 points. The team is ready to take the next steps!

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 2, T. Stone, S. Boyce, M. Schumann, J. Huntsman
Best Players: T. Vogel, S. Boyce, J. Huntsman, M. Vogel, W. Dalrymple, J. Wilson

Boyd Elliot / Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coaches


Women’s Reserves

It was a great moment for the club, when on Saturday, we fielded a Women’s Reserves Team for the first time. With the majority of players playing their first game of football against one of the top women’s clubs in the VAFA, there was a great sense of anticipation and superb support as team mates, friends and family came down to cheers on the Wells.

The team went out with a focus on winning as many contests for the day and enjoying the experience. Whilst the scoreboard was one sided and not the result that we would have liked, it definitely didn’t reflect the intensity and effort of the team all day. From the first bounce the team tackled and were great in close around the ball ups. Despite the great contested work, St Mary’s managed to kick out to a 4 goal lead at quarter time.

In the second and third quarters we continued to work hard around the contest and began to get more touches around the ground as we looked to be first to the ball. We started to hold our marks and gain confidence,  getting more touches and gelling with each other. Our backline were relentless in there endeavours as they worked hard to stop their opponents however St Mary’s still managed to kick away on the scoreboard.

The last quarter saw us start to get the ball in to our forward line more often as we worked hard to run and get front position. Despite not finishing off a goal we hit the scoreboard and showed continued improvement throughout. With every player getting their hands on the football and showing great spirit. Our midfield ran hard all day and with a number of run down tackles were desperate to work hard defensively. As our forward line locked the ball in to give ourselves opportunities to score.

All the players should be proud of their endeavour and the spirit in which we played – in particular the last quarter where we were competitive and with a game under the belt, we will look to respond this week with our first goal and reverse the scoreboard.

A huge thanks to all those that helped out on Saturday – it was a great to see the support for the team.

Best Players: E. Fisher, E. Kaehne, G. Kaehne, S. Dunwell, L. Chesney, M. Richards

Alex MacKenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

 


Thirds

Received a forfeit from Old Ivanhoe.  We still welcome more players to sign up!

You can sign up here: FootyWeb

Or contact Ben for more info:

Ebbage11@live.com
0418 123 419

For next weeks’ game vs Old Geelong at Como, be sure to heed the parking restrictions as the council love to hand out infringements.

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

WANTED: Reserves Coach

Old Camberwell are seeking applications from interested candidates with the desire and ability to work with and further develop our young group of players to achieve their full potential.

Applicants will need to demonstrate:

  • Ability to work as part of the Senior coaching panel
  • Either have or be prepared to undertake a Level 1 Coaching Course
  • A strong commitment to grow, develop. mentor and teach players of all ages
  • Strong communication skills both on and off the field
  • The ability to embrace the clubs community values and expectations
  • Previous experience preferred but not essential
  • Commitment to attend training sessions and matches

Please direct expressions of interest to:

Adam Kyriacou (President)  0499 333 571  president@ocgfc.com.au

Anson Brownless (Senior Coach)  0403 301 825 anson.brownless@reece.com.au