These are unprecedented times. The health and safety of our players, coaches, staff, supporters and members is paramount and we extend our thoughts to all parts of our community, hoping everyone is coping as best they can under the circumstances.
Today, due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 across Victoria and Australia, the VAFA has made the decision to postpone the start of the 2020 season until May 2nd. The VAFA will meet again on April 14th to assess the latest health advice and act accordingly.
I have included a link to the announcement here https://www.vafa.com.au/vafa-makes-decision-on-2020-season/ and have tonight met with the Senior Men’s Coach, Anson Brownless and Senior Women’s Coach Alex McKenzie and some of the Committee to discuss what this means for our football plans for 2020.
With immediate effect, all training and practice matches will cease and all planned events including the Season Launch and Football Planning Day will be postponed until further notice.
This is tough news for our sensational coaches, players and administrators given the huge amount of work that has gone into the upcoming season so far. It is also a decision the Club supports 100% given the current situation and the unknown health impacts it represents. I want to be as clear and direct as possible that we are obligated to endorse and support these measures and whatever else comes next to the best of all our abilities. Our community needs to be part of a broader set of actions that will ultimately protect society.
I would encourage everyone to refer to the website here for the latest information regarding symptoms and actions for COVID-19 https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus
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On this webpage you can find information and guidance about the current outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). This is a rapidly changing situation, so please visit this webpage for regular updates.
As part of our response to these events, we are working closely with some of our expert partners to develop a physical training program and mental health plan for our players and anyone who wishes to access these things. We’re aiming to have these out over the coming week and welcome anyone’s input should they wish to contribute. Please contact Katherine Bithavas (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Andrew Romanin (email@example.com) for discussion.
As mentioned earlier, we have been busy behind the scenes and I look forward to sharing some of this work shortly. We are currently developing several plans that will ensure we keep communicating about our football club, its personalities and history and to all who contribute to make it special. In times like these we need to stay together, look after each other and plan as best we can for the better times that will come.
If you need to speak with anyone at any stage please do contact Anson, Alex and the rest of our fantastic coaching group or myself on 0499 333 571.
Warm regards and a big thank you to everyone who has supported each other so well to date.
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1. Welcome & Apologies
2. Confirm minutes of the Annual General Meeting.
3. Presidents Report
4. Treasurers Report & Annual Accounts. Receive and consider the Annual Financial Statements for the financial year ended 30 September 2019.
5. Election of Office Bearers and Committee for 2020 Season.
6. Any special business of which notice has been given in accordance with the Club’s Rules Any questions or nominations should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
As we head into the Queen’s Birthday weekend I’m sure many of the players will be looking forward to some down time. I suspect our Women’s Teams may want to keep playing given their stellar form against Collegians and a recent bye but no doubt everyone at the club will enjoy the break to spend time with family and friends. I hope it’s a wonderful time for all.
It’s with sadness that we say farewell to Chris ‘Chooka’ Hensby, one of our sensational Tasmanians. Chris has played for several seasons with OCGAFC and performed with distinction. A hard running, tough midfielder, he was an integral part of our push into finals last year and will be missed around the Club as he heads to the UK for a few years. Thank you for representing Old Camberwell so well Chris, all the best for our travels and we look forward to seeing you back at GBO.
We also say farewell to Rebecca Kertes but only for a few months as she heads to the US for work. For those who don’t know Bec, she has been a committee member for 3 years, is a huge contributor to the club and still manages to play! Have a great time Becs and thank you for all your hard work in 2019.
Writing briefly about Rebecca has made me reflect on where we are as a club when it comes to our committee, our plans and our resources. I’m constantly amazed by the amount of work our committee, coaches and volunteers get through to ensure we keep things going and endeavour to make our club better.
I will be honest however and say we are stretched. I couldn’t help but feel a little envious after catching up with the Old Ivanhoe president on Saturday who I know. His committee and sub-committees are around 25, none are players and they are regularly getting over 100 people to their home games. Our committee is 8 strong with half of them players and going by Saturday’s crowd at our home game, outside of players we would not have numbered more than 25.
It has made me think hard about what we’re doing and whether we can do better. I won’t lie, it’s been a pretty challenging job at times for a few of us this year and one that is unsustainable in the long term. I have tasked myself to find solutions that will give us a better platform to grow and prosper and will be talking to as many of our community as possible. We have so much potential but right now too much is being left to too few and we’re asking a lot of our young players. As always, I welcome people’s input and help and will be inviting people to some discussions over the coming months to see how we can put together a plan that creates a blueprint for many years to come. I truly hope more of you can get involved with this great club of ours.
Come on the Wells.
Adam Kyriacou President
If there was a game where there was an opportunity for our second victory, it was against Fitzroy at GBO on a perfect day for footy.
We started with a strong team with Jezza taking the field for his first game after returning to the club. The pre-game message was to play man on man and push the ball forward at all costs, with long kicks to our good making options up forward.
Intensity and tackling were once again our strength with pressure at the ball but it’s been difficult to scare all year and we didn’t register our first until the second quarter. Hans Anjou and Charles MacCallum, our frequent goal kickers, kicked one each with Jezza snapping one in the third but it was all we could muster.
Anton Giomi continued his quick dashes along the wing and Fin Sampson played an inspirational captain’s game around the ground. Jono Tan and James Smith also played hard committed football, and Harrison Lucas showed that there is more talent to come in future games.
Our defence, led by Tessa and David Augusties were magnificent all day and kept Fitzroy out on many occasions. Unfortunately by the last quarter the bench was full of injuries although everyone played their roles and supported each other.
The last quarter saw Fraser Mascitelli heavily collide with a Fitzroy player in a contest for the ball, and ended up with 5 stitches on his 21st Birthday….let’s hope it’ healing well!
The bye this week will allow us to heal wounds and prepare for Whitefriars on 15th June at GBO. Thanks so much to Ugo and Julia Mascitelli for helping with the day’s tasks as well as Alex Brebner-Griffin running messages, Angelo Viola taking water and Mitch McPherson waving the flags.
Enjoy the long weekend and see you next week.
Goal Kickers: C. MacCallum, H. Anjou, J. Alexeyeff Best Players: F. Sampson, A. Giomi, S. Cornford, J. Tan, J. Smith, H. Lucas
Boyd Elliot U23 Coach
Returning to GBO for round 8 against Collegians we were keen to make up for our last performance and get back on the winning list. Taking on the 3rd placed Collegians was not going to be an easy task but we were confident we could rise to the challenge.
In the opening quarter we got off to a strong start as we managed to clear the ball from the stoppages thanks to the work of Meg Harper and Deanna Booth in the ruck who provided our midfield with first use, while our wings provided strong defensive pressure to ensure that the opposition had limited space on the rebound. Kicking the opening two goals of the quarter was reward for our forwards worked well to be in front and put on forward pressure. As a result of the forwards along with our midfield we were able to gain a number of entries – finishing the term kicking 2 goals 4behinds as we took a 16 point lead at quarter time.
The second quarter was a balanced affair as Collegians managed to kick a goal to reduce the margin before we responded with a goal of our own. The quarter was a physical quarter that saw collegians take the early dominance however they were unable to impact the scoreboard heavily thanks to work of our defenders with Steph Defina and Sam Anjou leading the way. The second half of the quarter we managed to show great composure to get ourselves back in the quarter thanks to great work of our midfield.
At the main break we spoke about putting together a four quarter effort and ensuring that we came out firing in the 3rd quarter and this was exactly what we did. Our midfield was dominant as they continued to clear the ball and work well to hit our leading forwards. Unfortunately our inaccuracy saw us kick 2 goals and 5 behinds for the quarter, however again our defensive work meant that Collegians could only score 1 behind as we took a 33 point lead in to the final change. Amelia Robison, Maddy Sloane, Clare Wilson and Georgia Opray were all crucial in the quarter on the wings, while our forwards presented well and continued to provide options.
The last quarter we started strongly kicking the first goal , however the last 10 minutes saw Collegians respond kicking 3 goals. Despite the strong finish from Collegians they were unable to close the gap that we had put on throughout the game as we ran out winners by 21 points. It was great to see a number of players playing different positions in the last quarter as we continued to be competitive despite not winning on the scoreboard for the quarter.
It was a fantastic result to get the win against a quality opposition and the focus, intensity and leveled approach throughout the game from the team was a really positive sign. El Defina (2 goals) and Rhiannon Green (1 goal) and Maggie Wilson continued there strong form in the middle, while Ash Anjou (1 goal), Sara Fortunato (1goal) and Lou Anderson (1 goal) all converted opportunities in the forward line.
Congratulations to Sinead Chaplin who played her first senior game for Old Camberwell on Saturday as well as to Meg Harper who made her first appearance for 2019.
Thanks to all the supporters, players, trainers and club staff for their efforts throughout the day – we look forward to another big game on Sunday 16th June at Xavier College.
Goal Kickers: E. Defina 2, R. Green, S. Fortunato, A. Anjou, L. Anderson Best Players: M. Wilson, S. Anjou, E. Defina, D. Booth, R. Green, L. Anderson
Alex MacKenzie Women’s Senior Coach
The stage was set for a big day for the club and a big day for the Weller women. Super Saturday at GBO, against arguably the girls’ biggest (oldest) rival, Wesley. We were looking to make it two wins in a row at home, and it was a must win game against a team who was yet to win a match for the year.
Once again, with great numbers at training we fielded a very strong Reserves team, even with players falling ill late in the week. We welcomed another debutant in Prue Lescai, who played her first game for the club. Bec Kertes was named co-captain for the day, as it was her final game for the season before she heads overseas on another adventure. A big thank you to all the work she has done for the club off the field, but she will also be missed as an important player and leader on the field.
As has been a trend in the Reserves games, our girls started strongly and looked to be first to the ball around the ground. Emma Todd was a big inclusion this week, and it was safe to say she didn’t lose many ruck contests, with a dominant ruck display all day. Her ability to tap to our players, highlighted a need for our mids to be moving targets (not flat-footed), as we struggled to move the ball out of the congestion. Despite having the ball down our end for much of the first half, we failed to connect with our forwards, as the Collegians made it very difficult to move the ball. This proved to be the big challenge for the day, as the Collegians’ style of footy involved a full ground press, and we battled to break the game open.
A goalless first half, and we asked the girls to return to our structures and resist getting sucked to the contest. Sure enough, this message got a response and we began to see the play open up. Steph Elovaris provided run on the wing and her kicking began to create opportunities in our forward line. Finally, a goal came through our opportunistic Jane Cunningham, who proved clinical in front of goal when we needed.
Despite the Collegians being kept scoreless for 3 quarters, they were up for the fight in the last quarter. Our back line remained strong, with Gemma Smith and Sam Bramwell continuing to repel the ball in the last line of defence. Another 4 quarter effort saw us hold on for an important win. Thanks to all the helpers on the day, and we hope everyone enjoys the long weekend.
Goal Kickers: J. Cuningham Best Players: G. Smith, S. Bramwell, E. Todd, B. Facey, G. Kaehne, S. Elovaris
Stef Anjou Women’s Reserves Coach
This week we met the top ranked team in the Premier C comp. Old Ivanhoe, ever one of the “old foes”. Sitting comfortably top of the ladder, with our recent form we knew we were in for a tough contest. Our goal was to keep them to less than 10 goals and be right with them at the end of the third quarter. From there, well who knew!
When you go into a match with a 13 goal differential in favour of your opponent, some creative thinking was required by the coaching panel. Our theme for the day was to create little moments throughout the match into BIG MOMENTS with the catch cry being for us all to TRY. At least when we came off the ground at the end of the day we could all look each other in the eye and say … yes, we tried!
Whilst the end result didn’t go our way, they scored 12 goals & we could only manage 3 of our own, it felt more like a 6 goal game due to the way that the boys applied themselves to the cause and after Q.1 they were held to 1, 3 & 3 goals scored for the remainder of the match. Our defensive effort was magnificent, if only we could replicate those endeavours at the pointy end. Very difficult to take the chocolates with a 3 goal 8 behinds scoreline!
It was fantastic to see George Vitinaros play his first game for the Club in quite some time and we also welcomed the excitement machine Mike Schumann who received a promotion from the U23s. Greg Tolson returned to the team as did Nick Searles and the team had some experience, height and size to benefit from.
Big Zach Herbstreit rucked all day & continually gave us first use at the stoppages, but our forward movements still lack precision, class & composure making it very difficult for our forwards to hang onto the footy. We also lack the required crumbing power to get the ball off the deck as much as we should meaning that our Inside 50s aren’t as effective as the opposition. A further extension of that is that we are consistently either leading the opposition with clearances from stoppages, but all too often turn it over going forward unable to find a viable target!
Next match ….
Goal Kickers: B. Williams, G. Vitinaros, T. Pepperell Best Players: C. Young, T. Eastick, M. Hook, G. Vitinaros, G. Tolson, M. Todd
Tim Killworth Men’s Reserves Coach
It was a huge effort by a much more competitive Wellers outfit only to fall short in a heartbreaking 1 point loss after leading for most of the day.
Greasy conditions greeted us at GBO with the centre wicket area covered in mud. It was time to get down & dirty. The boys recent form has been nothing to write home about however this week’s training was excellent and there was plenty of spirit & energy in the pre-game.
Jackson Eade & Robbie Campbell came into the side and showed some early class with Eade, AndrewParker and Scott Kaiser combining well and all kicking goals to take a slender lead into the break after a close and tough first half.
The second half and Old Ivanhoe were coming back hard into the contest however Bennett & Wilson were always in control across half back and mids Will Kanz & Wells taking control in middle. We would go into the last quarter with plenty of confidence and a 2 goal lead.
The Hoes had other ideas and with a vocal away crowd they slowly chew into our lead and hit the front late in a frantic last quarter. Captain Simmon Bennett took a classic mark and goal with minutes remaining and we felt we had done enough to secure a well deserved win. Unfortunately Ivanhoe would break our hearts with a stoppage goal in the last seconds of the game.
Definitely a game we should have won but much to take away from such a spirited effort all day.
Thanks to all those who helped on the day. As always it’s hugely appreciated.
Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 3, A. Parker 3, D. McColl 2, N. Latsas, R. Campbell, N. Benson, J. Eade Best Players: N. Benson, W. Kanz, A. Parker, N. Latsas, D. McColl, T. Oliver
As winter bites and the scars of battle become a little tougher to shake, our players need all the support and encouragement you can give them. This Saturday is a Super Saturday and all our teams are playing at GBO. It would be sensational to see as many supporters there as possible. Please spread the word.
Given the turnout for our Gala Ball 2019, now is the time to don the beanie (or buy one on Saturday) and bring home the Wellers.
We’ll publish a separate note regarding the Gala Ball with photos but what a sensational night it was. Again a MASSIVE thanks to everyone who attended and make our OCGAFC the place it is. It’s by sticking together through good and tough times that will make our club stronger.
I’d like to personally thank Katherine Bithavas, Rebecca Kertes and Alex Vickery in particularly for pulling together a superb evening
Come on the Wells.
Adam Kyriacou President
After seeing off the Auskickers from Lynden Park Camberwell, we set about having a crack at Old Scotch. It was a spicey affair given plenty in our team had converted to the Wellers over the last few years.
Minutes before the warn up we recruited Michael Corso, brother of Phil and after some swift registration and uniform allocation we got him on the park. We now have two sets of brothers in our team…anymore out there??
We were slow out of the blocks in our scoring efforts yet the tackling and pressure that we applied was brilliant and we made Scotch earn every one of their scoring efforts. Michael Corso played a vital role driving out of defence and Fin Sampson continued to support around the ground. It was fantastic to see Phil back out on the track.
By half time we had score our first goal and a few points and had lost Anton Giomi to a smack in the face and a heavily bleeding nose and after Woodsy copped an absolute pounding by #9, Gabe produced a sensational clean tackle that was certainly felt. Tanny continued to gain possession and run through packs, while Tes, James Smith and Mascitelli played their typical hard and consistent brand of football.
Our last quarter was probably the best of the season, outscoring Old Scotch 3 goals to 1 as we dominated play and they only entered their 50 twice due to our intensity at the ball and defensive pressure and tackling.
The biggest highlight was Tanny’s 90 meter run out of the back line shaking off plenty of Scotchies and unfortunately the shot on goal was smothered. Sensational effort and a fine example of our intensity and enthusiasm this season.
Besides going down by 48 points we discovered that we are able to run out games and that football is 90% mental and 10% physical and we need to take this into next Saturday against Fitzroy at GBO….”be there”
Goal Kickers: W. Woods, C. MacCallum, J. Tan, M. McPherson Best Players: M. Corso, F. Sampson, J. Tan, J. Smith, C. MacCallum, M. Tesoriero
Boyd Elliot U23 Coach
After the week off we were confronted with a top of the table clash against Monash Blues at Gordon Barnard Reserve.
From the opening bounce the opposition were strong at the contest and continued to apply pressure through their tackling. Despite Deanna Boothand Emma Todd competing strongly in the ruck and winning most of the contests in the middle, we were unable to clear the ball from the stoppage as the Monash midfielders moved to the space and placed pressure on the ground. We managed to convert 1 goal in the first quarter to Monash’s 2 goals and trailed by 4 points at the first change.
Monash came out firing in the second quarter kicking 4 goals and 1 behind to our 1 behind as they continued their strong run and tackling through the middle of the ground and held some strong marks in their forward 50. We continued to work hard throughout the quarter but were unable to stop the Monash run or break through their pressure as we got the ball to the middle of the ground but struggled to surge it forward as we have done in previous weeks. Monash took a 28 point lead in to the main change.
In the third term we began to level the game early but were unable to impact the scoreboard, however thanks to some strong work in the final 10 minutes of the quarter, we closed the gap to 9 points at the final change. Savannah Dunwell was thrown in to the middle and worked hard around the contest to get the ball forward while Lou Anderson, El Defina and Rhiannon Green worked tirelessly in the forward line to provide options.
With the momentum on our side we were confident that we could get the job done in the last quarter and whilst we worked hard and continued to product opportunities we were unable to reduce the gap as Monash gained the upperhand and ran away with the game by 16points. Steph Definawas strong down back as she continued to repel the ball from the opposition forward line, while Sara Fortunato was back to her best across the midfield and forward line.
Whilst a disappointing loss there were some positives out of the game that we can look to focus on before taking on Collegians at home this week as we will look to respond with a big 4 quarter effort.
It was great to see a number of supporters, helpers and past players down at the ground and we again appreciate all of you making the effort to support the team.
Goal Kickers: E. Defina 2, R. Green, L. Anderson Best Players: R. Green, S. Fortunato, S. Dunwell, S. Defina, M. Wilson, D. Booth
Alex MacKenzie Women’s Senior Coach
After a week off and two strong weeks on the track, the Weller women arrived at GBO with excitement and positivity. The sun was out, the club ball was ahead of us and we were ready to go from the first bounce. We welcomed another debutant, with Schrader Mcleay playing her first game for the club.
It was a scrappy start, as both teams struggled to move the ball freely from the centre square. We started with a strong breeze, and it was clear the team that could move the ball quickly with the wind would gain ascendency in the game. Our mids kept at it, and soon with a very open forward line, we began to create some opportunities. Gemma Smith and Jane Cunningham forced the ball into the forward line with repeat efforts, and our explosive forward Sinead Chaplin, opened the scoring with a great crumbing goal. We had begun to control play, but it was the only goal of the quarter.
We picked up where we left off in the second quarter, and were consistently able to move the ball more cleanly than the opposition. Anna Sallowswas instrumental in ensuring our mids had first use, with a dominant ruck display around the ground. Unfortunately, our hard work was minimised by a late lapse in effort, as Monash got out the back and equalised just before half time.
With the scores level, we knew we had to come out firing and score multiple goals to wrestle back control. Not surprisingly, our girls did just that and we were first to the ball once again. The play seemed to be in our forward line for much of the quarter, and at last Lisa Hamilton and Anna Sallows both converted from close range to put the pressure back on Monash for a big last quarter.
They started very strongly, and with the wind behind them, they seemed up for the fight. Fortunately, our backline led by Greta Khaene, Sam Bramwell and Georgia Opray held strong and continued to push the ball wide and create stoppages. Our girls lifted and a spectacular goal from Bec Kertes finished off a well-deserved (and first win) at home for the season.
A big thanks to all the helpers on the day and we look forward to taking on our old foe, the Collegians, next week.
Goal Kickers: S. Chaplin, A. Sallows, L. Hamilton, R. Kertes Best Players: J. Cuningham, S. Bramwell, B. Facey, A. Sallows, G. Opray, G. Kaehne
Women’s Reserves Coach
In a big celebratory week for the Club, with significant player milestones occurring, i.e. Matt Cottrell 250 games & Michael Jenkin 100 games, we found ourselves drawn to play Ajax FC, who we last played in 2011 in a senior preliminary final. They have spent the past 8 seasons playing in Premier B with limited success and now find themselves back in Premier C. Both teams have had a slow start to the season and we were looking confidently at knocking them over on their home ground, something that is always a very hard task to achieve.
Unfortunately, the footy Gods weren’t smiling as much as we would like and we had a number of unavailability’s from the previous week which altered the dynamic of the team away from the group we put out the previous week. It was great to see Dukesy & Vickers back with us to give us a height advantage over the opposition though.
We kicked with the aid of a 4 goal breeze and took full advantage kicking 5 goals to the opposition’s 3. 100 gamer, Mick Jenkin was on fire early scoring 3 Q.1 goals. It’s probably fair to say that we all underestimated our ability to play quality footy into a tough breeze and it showed when Q.2 came around and it was our turn to kick into the breeze. The opposition upped the ante in the pressure stakes department and our game plan fell into a big hole! The opposition kicked 6 and we scrambled 2 points. Our boys struggled to deal with the increased pressure levels and we started playing ‘pass the parcel’ with the footy, attempting to defer the pressure of the opposition to a team mate. The trouble was that we consistently gave the opposition the footy, rather than getting it to a team mate, in space! Frustrating yes! A minor positive was that we were able to outscore our opponents in Q.3 … just, but it just wasn’t enough to build a strong enough lead to put the pressure valve back onto the Jackas in the final quarter.
Our final quarter was scoreless, but we were at least able to contain the slick Jackas ball movement to the extent that we at least weren’t opened up in the final quarter by a big margin.
Post match, the boys were asked to make the effort to get to training, over the coming weeks. Too many were missing sessions and it is beginning to show when we play teams who we should realistically see as an opportunity to take the 4 points. Hopefully guys will look into their work schedules and make a special effort to get along and build their skill and fitness base, enabling us to re-build the Ressies team culture that has allowed our Club to put out some strong combinations in years gone by.
Goal Kickers: M. Jenkin 4, B. Williams 2, M. Hatzikostas, T. Pepperell Best Players: M. Jenkin, A. Bongiorno, C. Young, A. Vickery, L. Huysmans, M. Hook
Tim Killworth Men’s Reserves Coach
After last week’s disappointing loss at home, the boys were keen for a big improvement away at Ajax on a windy Gary Smorgan Oval.
Into the side came first gamer James Oliver who had been in good form in the 23’s. He was presented with his jumper by younger brother Tom who plays across half back.
The first quarter saw the boys hold a threatening Ajax to 3 goals. Our early competitiveness however, was unable to be sustained and we were finding it hard to adjust to the tricky conditions and constant pressure from Ajax.
We made some costly mistakes in the second quarter and Ajax took full advantage kicking 8 goals and a stranglehold on the game. Poor field kicking would result in costly turnovers and a very experienced Ajax outfit made us pay.
The second half saw a lot more committed efforts around the ground from our boys and we kicked 3 goals to 1 in the third but more importantly, started to win some ball in the middle and get some repeat entries into our forward half. Simon Bennett would benefit kicking 3 goals from strong grabs up forward. Fraser Wells was winning plenty of ball through the middle and Huntsman & Dalrymple were starting to get on top of their respected opponents.
The last quarter unfortunately would see Ajax gain control and run away with a 7 goal last term to win comfortably in front of a large home crowd. Another disappointing day for our young group who could only admire the impressive team work of Ajax.
Andrew Parker & Dave McColl worked hard all day and Nick Benson continues to provide plenty of drive out of defence.
Thanks to all helpers day. We hope to see you all at home next week. It would be great to see more Wellers supporters as it’s a huge boost
Goal Kickers: S. Bennett 3, C. Wilson, S. Boyce, S. Kaiser Best Players: F. Wells, S. Bennett, J. Huntsman, W. Dalrymple, A. Parker, D. McColl
Ressies bounce, Seniors and Unders miss. Get behind your Wellers this weekend!
With our Women’s Teams having a well earned bye, it was over to the Men to fly the flag for The Wellers last Saturday at GBO.
I would expect (and hope) that some of you who read this newsletter will be wondering about the form of our Seniors, particularly after such a bright start to the season and I’d like to address this now.
Firstly, I have not heard one single player make any excuses for their performances. Each week, the side picked has given their absolutely all to find a way to win in challenging circumstances. The reality is that we have been hard hit by injury. The coaches and players do not offer this as an excuse but it needs to be acknowledged that we currently have 10-12 established Senior players unavailable through injury. This will stretch the resources of any club.
What you (and I) will be pleased to know is that everyone is working hard. Our sense of unity is strong, our physio partners Peak Physio are working overtime, our captain Simon Bennett and vice-captain Jimmy Allen are leading brilliantly and we are doing what it takes to address the situation. The effort and intensity is there and with that will come results. VAFA footy and Premier C is highly competitive. There are no easy games at this level and we’ll fight through this tough patch together.
Brilliantly, after some disappointing defeats belying their talent, our Ressies thundered back onto the winners list with a resilient display on Saturday. As Tim writes, the result was fantastic as is the involvement of several club legends including previous Seniors Best & Fairest winner Damien McGuigan and 200 gamer Greg Tolson. Having them and others back involved with OCGAFC is sensational. Also pleasing to see our podcasters Bonj and Pep leading the way in our best.
Our Under 23s again gave a highly competitive performance against Old Brighton, ultimately running out of steam in the last quarter but showing they can play good, strong football. Their improvement across the season so far is a testament to them and Boyd who has taken on his first coaching role. How lucky are we to have the great man with our club. Thank you again Boydy.
While the Seniors weren’t able to manufacture a win against a desperate and highly motivated PEGS, David McColl’s best on ground performance was brilliant to see along with the performances of first year player Tom Oliver and our leadership group who give their all week in week out.
Now is the time to redouble our support for the boys, get down to a game and support our football club and bring home the mighty Wells.
Come on the Wells.Adam Kyriacou President
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – GALA BALL FOR 2019 – SOLD OUT!
Our Social Director Katherine Bithavas is a LEGEND! We are now official SOLD OUTand have a whopping 209 people joining us for our 2019 Gala Ball. Thanks again to everyone who has bought tickets to support the footy club. It’s hugely appreciated. We’re looking forward to seeing you on Saturday night for what will be an absolute belter.
It was another sensational day at the Barnard and a perfect one for football and we were gunning for a win against Old Brighton at our home ground. We started superbly and scored two goals early in the first through Upton and Oliver. Our defence as holding up beautifully and our intensity through Tan, Giomi and Brebner- Griffin was sensational.
Hudson-Mollard continued to present all across the ground taking contested marks while Sampson played a captain’s game covering the ground and contributing all day. We continued the drive forward with a goal from strong overhead marks from MacCallum taking us into half time 5 points down. The decision to take another step up was taken by all and MacCallum slotted another two to make it four goals for the day.
Tesoriero played like ten men across the backline and Phelps took a freight train hit on the members wing that would make a grown man cry but shook it off and went back into contest across the middle.
Mascitelli, Lucas and Anjou started the last quarter with a swift centre clearance but after that, we dropped our heads and failed to score in the last quarter, going down by 26 points.
Woods and Schumann took marks all day and pushed forward at all costs but it has been the last quarters that we need to correct if we are to step it up against the stronger teams.
Our intensity and endeavour were faultless by all as was our drive up forward. Manning up in our forward line really hurt us in the final stages but it was another improved performance for the team with real spirit shown throughout. Congratulations on a good effort. We’re making progress every week.
Goal Kickers: C. MacCallum 4, R. Upton, J. Oliver Best Players: C. MacCallum, F. Sampson, M. Tesoriero, D. Hudson-Mollard, J. Tan, F. Mascitelli
Boyd Elliot U23 Coach
Bye last weekend.
Alex MacKenzie Women’s Senior Coach
Bye last weekend.
Stef AnjouWomen’s Reserves Coach
Despite having a number of players unavailable through promotion, injury or unavailability, our player numbers are such at this stage that we remain capable of putting out a quality side on paper to represent the mighty Wellers jumper.
That being said, we have done that a number of times recently and struggled to kick a score. This week saw the return of some past Club stalwarts who have put their hands up to be part of another crack at success in 2019. I speak of Damo McGuigan, Steve Warr who have joined Greg Tolson, Nick Searles and Dom La Fontaine, all of whom have contributed in their own ways to the success and strength of the club over the past 10+ years.
A fast track, great weather and a team ready to go helped put the Coach in a confident frame of mind that today we were going to kick a score, having only managed 17 goals for the past 4 matches, where we were averaging going Inside 50, 8 times before scoring!!
The team can tackle, the Mids are effective at getting the ball clear from Stoppages. We simply have a struggle scoring! The boys jumped out of the blocks and put 4 goals on the board in very quick succession, only to surrender 3 late goals to the opposition, once they had got over the shock that we could actually play!
Q.2 was a struggler for us where inaccuracy in front of goal saw us score a solitary goal and 5 points to PEGS’ 4 goals. Our efforts were cruelled somewhat by us conceding 2 Free Kicks around goal, combined with 50 metre penalties for some undisciplined play by our boys.
Coming into the long break 5 points down, the message was set out loud and clear. Attack the ball, run hard and straight at it, don’t wait for it and when you get it do something effective with it! We all know how to play the game. It simply takes confidence in one’s own ability to take the necessary chances when it’s your turn. Our play opened up, the ball was shared around with great effect and the scoreboard very quickly picked up tempo and we jumped out to a 20 point lead at ¾ time. And, we kept the boys from Keilor to a solitary behind scored for the quarter.
The boys knew they were in a strong position to take the points and simply refused to take the foot of the pedal. They continued to score at the same rate as the previous quarter finishing off strongly and scoring another 4 goals for the quarter.
A very satisfying victory, after the frustrations of the past 4 weeks, for all involved. 9 goal scorers for the match, Midfielders kicking goals, the Defenders receiving great support from their midfield. Effective entries going forward … ahh be still my beating heart!!!
We now look forward to heading across town to Albert Park to meet Ajax, this coming Saturday having come down from Premier B this season.
Goal Kickers: C. Young 2, N. Searles 2, M. Jenkin 2, M. Todd 2, G. Tolson, B. Williams, S. Clark, N. Russell, A. Bongiorno Best Players: A. Bongiorno, G. Tolson, C. Young, N. Searles, D. La Fontaine, T. Pepperell
Tim Killworth Men’s Reserves Coach
A beautiful day greeted us for the home clash against PEGS, who had yet to register a win this season. John Huntsman came in for his first game for the year, and Oliver Lloyd returned to the line-up, as injury and unavailability began to test our depth. And Nick Latsas took the field for the 150th time for Old Camberwell – a fine achievement. Well done Nick, we hope there are many more to come.
OCGAFC started brightly, with Fraser Wells the beneficiary of a PEGS error, kicking our first goal for the game. Sadly this proved to be our only goal for the quarter, while PEGS quicker ball movement to an open forward line put pressure on our backs, with three goals the result.
We were able to halve the second quarter, with Matt Powell kicking three goals in a ten minute burst. Our midfield, led by James Allen, Chris Hensby and Fraser Wells, were getting on top, and although still 13 points down at halftime, the game was in the balance.
As we know, bad kicking is bad football, and this was clearly evident in the third quarter. Despite controlling general play, we added 1.6 for the quarter. PEGS made the most of their opportunities to add 4.2 and turn for home with a 27 point advantage.
Dave McColl moved into the middle at the beginning of the last quarter, and had an immediate impact, continually driving the ball forward. Despite goals to Kaiser, Wells and Powell, PEGS were able to answer the challenge, and add three goals of their own, to run out winners by 30 points. A disappointing end to a day when we were unable to produce our best football – skill and execution errors cost us dearly.
At 2 wins and 4 losses we are in the same situation as last year, when we went on to win 7 games in a row. So the turnaround must start now. Players need to make that extra effort to get to training on time and lift the intensity if we want to make the necessary improvements.
Goal Kickers: M. Powell 4, F. Wells 2, S. Kaiser, S. Bennett Best Players: D. McColl, C. Hensby, M. Powell, C. Wilson, J. Allen, F. Wells
As my son and I headed off on Saturday morning and made our way to Whitefrairs College in Donvale, I marvelled out how lucky we all are to play in a competition that spans all of Melbourne and its surrounds. Nothing is perfect but the VAFA have been putting on a pretty good show for over 100 years and thanks to any army of supporters across this great city of ours, we not only get to play our great game but also travel the breadth of our great city and explore all it has to offer.
The Whitefrairs Campus is pretty impressive, set amongst gum trees and nestled at the bottom of a valley. It was a perfect scene to start Round 5 and our boys, as Boyd writes, kicked things off in style. That we couldn’t finish 4 quarters was largely a fitness issue and one we’ll work on no doubt but we played with passion and dash from the parts I saw.
We headed south west to Ormond Amateur Football Club where our Men’s team took on the Monders. Given our injury list, our Ressies fought bravely but were overrun but a strong outfit. The same cannot be said for our Seniors who took the game to Ormond at their home ground and outplayed them for 3 quarters. As we all know, 4 quarters is what’s required but I was hugely impressed by our performance and know if we bring that level of intensity in games to come we’ll get the results.
Our last stop of the day was St Bedes/Mentone Tigers down on the water. As many of you know, this was the club where Luke Beveridge began his coaching journey to AFL Premiership Coach and fittingly our dedicated and hardworking coaches guided our Women’s Teams to two solid wins against a newly promoted side who played a great brand of footy. With new Wellers playing their first games of football for OCGAFC or first Senior games, it’s a credit to all involved that we continue to grow and improve in all areas across our Women’s Football program.
The Tigers kindly left the lights on and Noah and I kicked a few goals. Not all the results went our way but every team gave their all and will do so again for the next game. Let’s not forget how fortunate we are to be involved in what is the best community based football competition in the land.
Go WellsAdam Kyriacou President
If we were going to add another victory to our tally for 2019, we felt this was the game to do it. With a motivating pep talk by the Mayor of Gordon Barnard, Mr Ken Schwab, the boys were fired up for a battle from the start.
We jumped out of the blocks and kicked a goal in the opening minutes thanks to Ebbage being true to his word to rattle the cage and duly did. We banged another via Oliver from a beautiful pack mark and when Little Anjou snapped truly, geez we were feeling upbeat. Another sausage roll from Oliver sealed a great quarter, our best first quarter of the season.
We were not just attacking the goals. Our intensity at the ball was ferocious and even though Whitefriars were younger and quicker, we were really playing a great style of football.
Augustes was playing a terrific game until an overzealous bump resulting in a red card and a two week rest saw him leave the field. Disappointed in himself, he regrouped and returned to the field where he took a strong pack mark.
Schumann continued to gain possession across the backline with great hands and Sampson was covering huge areas to support his team mates and apply pressure everywhere. It was an inspiring captain’s knock.
Tesoriero and Tan were playing their best games of the season but after half time our big forwards began to tire and the younger opposition started to get a roll on that were found hard to stop.
Two final goals via Oliver and Ebbage made the score more respectable, overall the start was a fantastic reflection on how we can play and the last half showed the need for preseason and regular training to be competitive in this league.
Great effort by all and we must bring a high level game this week against Old Brighton. We need to get as many numbers to training on Thursday to work through our game style.
Many thanks to Craig Sampson and Glenn Oliver for the continued game day support and for all our supporters. It really makes a huge difference to have people to help out.
Goal Kickers: J. Oliver 3, B. Ebbage 2, H. Anjou Best Players: F. Sampson, M. Schumann, D. Augustes, J. Oliver, M. Tesoriero, J. Tan
Boyd Elliot U23 Coach
This week saw us travel away to take on the recently promoted St Bedes / Mentone Tigers who were sitting third on the ladder.
It was again our quick start that allowed us take control of the game. We hit the scoreboard early kicking 3 goals 4 behinds to the oppositions 1 behind. Our work through the middle of the ground combined with our ruck work at the stoppages enabled us to move the ball quickly and our forward work and positioning converted our forward entries into a 21 point lead at the first change.
St Bedes responded with a physical contest in the second quarter, hitting the contest hard with good numbers around the ball. Thanks to our resolute defenders, we kept them scoreless with timely intercept marks across half back and plenty of run and carry from teammates in the backline. Our midfield continued to work hard at both ends of the ground and gave us our fair share of forward entries, however the defensive pressure of St Bedes Mentone meant that we could only convert 1 goal for the quarter to give us a 31 point lead going in to the halftime break.
Focused on ensuring we didn’t allow the Tigers back in to the game, the team responded with a dominant third quarter kicking 4 goals 5 behinds to take a 53 point lead in to the final change. The contribution from players across the ground was sensational and we continued our hard work, spread and ran the ball and took the game away from the opposition. Our key forwards presented strongly taking contested marks as well as creating contests and bringing the ball to ground where we had numbers at the front of the packs. Our run through the middle of the ground lifted with strong quarters in particular from our wingers and onballers.
In the final term St Bedes again mounted a strong challenging and controlled the play for the first 10 minutes kicking 2 goals. As is the spirit of this group, we again rose to the challenge with greater work rate and finished with a goal to take a 47 point win. It was pleasing to see us work the momentum back on our terms after St Bedes had dominated early in the quarter and looked likely to reduce the margin by more. It was great to see players also playing out of position and taking on the challenge.
It was a really strong performance to lead for 4 quarters and to achieve our 4th consecutive win for the season. Our contributions across the board were reflected with multiple goal kickers in Rhiannon Green 3, Amelia Robison 2, Sam Anjou 2, Maggie Wilson 1 and Eloise Defina.
Congratulations to Nikki Stickland who played her first game in the Seniors and it was fantastic to see Maddy Sloane and Greta Kaehne play their first senior game for 2019.
Thanks to the parents, friends, players and supporters who helped on the day – we now have a well deserved week off before we take on top placed Monash Blues on the 25th May back at Gordon Barnard.
Goal Kickers: R. Green 3, S. Anjou 2, A. Robison 2, E. Defina, M. Wilson Best Players: E. Defina, R. Green, S. Anjou, S. Defina, A. Smith, S. Fortunato
Alex MacKenzie Women’s Senior Coach
A long trip down the coast for our girls coupled with an unknown opposition provided a bit of uncertainty and nervousness in the rooms.
As has become customary this season, the first quarter was a hard fought tussle with both teams hard at the contest. Tiff Angelopoulos, playing her first game for The Wellers, led a new look midfield finding plenty of the ball and using it well by hand. Hannah Martin, in just her third game, was relishing some additional midfield minutes and provided our forwards with multiple opportunities. Whilst we couldn’t quite make it work in front of goal, we finished the quarter with a slim lead of 3 points.
With St Bedes kicking with the wind in the second, we knew they would push the ball forward. Sarah Kaehne was a rock in defence, taking a number of crucial marks and ensuring any forward push was stopped in its track. Kate Meehan and Joy Szeredi’s anticipation and run and carry off the half backline brought a smile to the coach’s faces and allowed us to take control in the back half of the quarter.
Our second debutant for the day, Annabelle Salmon, was thrown into the midfield and proved she will be a handy addition to the side. Her strength around the ball allowed us to break through and push the ball forward. Kath Bithavas has made the big move from defence to forward this year and when presented with an opportunity, kicked truly. We entered half time with a 2 goal buffer.
Having started poorly after half time the last two weeks the message was clear – attack the contest and lock it in the forward line. The girls responded brilliantly and some dominate ruck work from Meg Harper & Anna Swallows meant our mids had first use and a well-constructed wall locked the ball in our forward 50. Our 3rd debutant for the day, Eliza Dontschuk, showed an exciting turn of speed and game sense to create multiple opportunities. Whilst our forwards peppered the scoreboard, it wasn’t our most efficient return with 8 behinds for the quarter, thankfully Sinead Chaplin & Eva Fisher kicked truly ensuring we had a 5 goal lead at 3 quarter time.
At the 3 quarter time huddle we spoke about being efficient with our ball use and capitalising on the opportunity in front of us. Anna Sallows andEva Fisher did just that ensuring we completed a 4 quarter effort walking away with the 4 premiership points. We look forward to a well-earned Bye this week before coming back to face top of the table Monash on the 25th.
Goal Kickers: E. Fisher 2, A. Sallows, S. Chaplin, K. Bithavas Best Players: A. Sallows, M. Harper, E. Fisher, S. Chaplin, K. Mckenzie, J. Szeredi
Stef AnjouWomen’s Reserves Coach
Another week playing one of the top 4 teams was going to be a tough ask for our boys to get their first win since Round 1, especially with the opposition playing highly decorated senior players in their forward line. It certainly gave the coaching panel a big headache all week in attempting to sort out the required match ups.
Unfortunately, we experienced a number of key outs from the planned team due to promotions & players unavailable requiring us to dig deep into our players reserves and we were able to add some toughness in Matt Hatsikostas with the skilful Harry Berry also making his way back into the team.
Another week, another positive start and we were able to match the Monders goal for goal in Q.1 which certainly took them by surprise with our endeavour and our forward line marking, which was something to behold.
Q.2 comes around and we take 10 steps backwards, unable to score a goal & conceding 5 goals 5 behinds, the key stat being that we conceded 16 more Inside 50s to the opposition, which was in total contrast to our efforts around the stoppages where we were running at +6, yet could not take advantage of that stat.
Q.3 became a grind and we were able to contain their forwards with some tough, tight defensive play keeping them to 3 goals. Q.4 was a disaster quite frankly & our system of play went out the window, along with our skills & decision making! This enabled the Monders to fly home with an 8 goals final quarter giving them an 87 point victory.
Our fitness was tested as were our reserves as our rotations were severely restricted due to injuries to Patty Dennis (collarbone) & Harry Berry (knee). Hopefully both these boys will be able to enjoy a speedy recovery!
A big week on the track for all of us this week. I am looking forward to seeing as many as possible seeking redemption for our efforts over the past few weeks against the PEGS boys from Essendon this Saturday at GBO. Work hard boys, we are due!
Tim Killworth Men’s Reserves Coach
After last week’s disappointing result at home, The Wellers were super keen to get back on the winners list at an overcast but dry E.E Gunn Reserve.
The first half was full of poise and discipline. We were adjusting well to a new game plan, ball movement was precise and pressure on the ball carrier all over the ground was intense. Rob Campbell was leading the way, dominating the middle and also getting forward with 2 timely goals. Key mids Nick Latsas & Jimmy Allen we’re enjoying some first class service and dominating the corridor. Across the ground runners Wells & McCollwere active through the middle and we kicked kick 5 goals to Ormond’s 2 and went into the main break 12 points ahead.
The third quarter saw signs that a good Ormond side were mounting a serious challenge but our boys were keeping to the plan and executing, extending our lead out to 21 points with goals from Kaiser & half back Lachie Powell crucial during the quarter. Swingman Andrew Parker was finding plenty of the leather and hard nut Harry Crothers was holding up many opposition attacks in a muddy centre.
The last quarter and Ormond again came hard, backed with a vocal home crowd. They gain some ascendancy in the 50/50s and will cleaner ball movement up forward, eventually ran us down in the end to snatch a come from behind victory. Our boys had worked incredibly hard for 3 quarters but tired late and made some costly errors in the end. Ormond made us pay to claim a 9 point victory.
It was a bitter loss after controlling most of the contest. The loss leaves us 2 & 3 and sets up a must win this week at home against PEGS.
I hope to see as many of our supporters as we can to cheer us home this Saturday. It makes a massive difference to have our crowd’s voice behind us.
Thanks to all helpers on the day and our supporters who travelled to watch the game. It’s great to see so many of you and we really appreciate your ongoing support every week.
Goal Kickers: R. Campbell 3, L. Powell, F. Wells, C. Hensby, J. Allen, T. Vogel, S. Kaiser Best Players: R. Campbell, F. Wells, N. Latsas, J. Allen, H. Crothers, T. Vogel
It’s not often you get a ‘first’ for a football club that’s been around for almost 60 years but it is with great pleasure that I can announce we have one! Our Senior Women’s Team recorded an inspirational win against Old Xavarians’ notching up Old Cambewell’s first win over our eastern suburbs neighbour. This group is developing a ‘total football’ game style that will serve them well for the season and beyond. Congratulations on a history making Saturday.Our Under 23s again worked their socks off against a strong SKOBs outfit. As some of you may know, in this inaugural VAFA Under 23 competition, we have been pitted against some of the true powerhouse clubs of VAFA football – Old Xavarians, SKOBS, Old Scotch and St. Bernards. All have vast reserves of players, many experienced. Our side is a combination of Under 19s and senior players who are giving their all and developing plenty. Our club and these players will be better for it and results will come. Thanks again to Boyd Elliott who has taken on a huge role to coach the team. We are asking for past players to help Boyd wherever they can. It is a huge job he’s taking on and I’d love to hear from anyone who can offer their support. Runner, sponsor, assistant coach?I know how disappointed our other teams were after Saturday. Again, I know there was no lack of effort or endeavour. As you’ll read, we were competitive in all our games but couldn’t find the winning formula. It will come if we continue to work hard together. Now is the time to double our efforts and commit to each other. A week is a long time in football. I have huge belief in all of you.All teams are away this Saturday and I’m hoping to get around the grounds to take in the game and club we love. I look forward to seeing some of you and hopefully seeing even more of you at the Gala Ball.
Come on the Wells Adam
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – GALA BALL FOR 2019 – TIME IS RUNNING OUT Our Social Director Katherine Bithavas is continuing to power the club’s social calendar and we’re nearly 3 weeks away from our 2019 Gala Ball. As ever, early table bookings are hugely appreciated and we’ll publish further details again on Friday. Please read below for details and contact Katherine – 0424 345 605, Ben Ebbage – 0418 123 419 or myself – 0499 333 571 for details.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – LAUNCHING OCGAFC PODCASTWe are not far away from launching our much anticipated dive into Podcast World. Stay tuned for the first episode and help us spread the word. Match Reviews, player interviews and profiles, Past Player stories and more. Get involved.Go Wells
Adam Kyriacou President
Winter arrived on Saturday and it with it came a good reminder of the type of game needed to take on St Kevin’s Old Boays at their home ground.
We started with sensational intensity and in a matter of minutes Oliver had taken a strong overhead mark and slotted a confidence boosting goal early on. With a defensive set up and the desire to push forward at all costs and tackle, tackle and tackle with immense pressure, we held a polished St Kevin’s outfit to five goals in the first quarter.
Matt Tesoriero was as strong as ten men in defence with interceptions and run throughs all day, sensational performance. Tom Owen continued to get and run on many occasions to penetrate up forward and our midfield of Giomi, Griffin and Phelps ran all day.
Continual tackles and pressure applied by Giomi and Augustes made the St Kev’s crew second guess when they were competing for the ball but we needed to work on manning up loose players and kicking accuracy which cost us dearly.
One of the highlights of the third quarter was the grab and run out of the centre bounce by Mascitelli which was inspirational all day.
We battled to the final siren and played tough defensive footy and we can hold your heads high as everyone gave it everything we had. While the scores aren’t what we’d like, we’re developing enormously and enjoying the challenge that brings.
Looking forward to our next contest against Whitefriars this Saturday and thanks also to the continued support of Craig Sampson and Glenn Oliver for assisting on the day.
Goal Kickers: J. Oliver Best Players: M. Tesoriero, T. Owen, D. Hudson-Mollard, D. Augustes, F. Mascitelli, F. Sampson
Boyd Elliot U23 Coach
Returning home to take on second placed Old Xaverians on Saturday, our team were keen to maintain our momentum and ensure we won the first quarter.
In rainy conditions we started the game with genuine attack at the ball and a focus on being in front at the contest which ensured we had opportunities in our forward line. Our backline was rock solid with Steph Defina, Ana Smith, Tracy Lam, Kara White, Edie Kaehne, Rosie Strasser and Alex Herrington repelling any forward entries by the opposition and limiting their ability to impact the scoreboard as we again held the opposition scoreless.
The second term saw our midfield get first use of the ball at the contest and our forwards were in front to capitalize as we put on a 3 goal to 1 quarter. With quick ball movement and clean possessions around the contest, despite the physical pressure from the opposition, we maintained our composure and worked to move the ball traffic. Lou Anderson, Steph Elovaris, Amelia Robison, Sara Fortunato, El Defina, and Ash Anjouworked hard in the forward line to present and provide options to the midfield which saw us take a 19 point lead at half-time.
After the main break we doubled down to ensure we stayed strong. Despite Old Xavs’ kicking the first goal of the quarter the team rallied to kick the next one on the scoreboard and then held strong through the quarter despite the oppositions hard work and physical pressure. The work of Rachel Brazzale, Izzy Burke and Georgia Opray with 2 way running enable us to cover the ground well, while Maggie Wilson, Sophie Bangs, Rhiannon Green, Gabi Opray, Clare Wilson and Sam Anjou were relentless at stoppages around the ground and Emma Todd and Anna Sallows rucked tirelessly provide contest after contest.
We continued our strong defensive after the final change, holding Old Xavs’ scoreless for the quarter whilst managing to convert one goal and unlucky to not have another couple given our forward entries. To end up winning by 30 points against quality opposition was a pleasing result as was putting together 4 quarters.
Ultimately,our ability to get to the contest, spread, be in front combined with all our players contributing and focusing on their roles helped us walk away with the 4 points and a 4 quarter performance. El Defina converted her opportunities up forward finishing with 4 goals, Rhiannon Green 1 goal and Ash Anjou 1 goal.
Thanks to all the supporters, parents and players that helped out throughout the day it continues to keep the team motivated and is appreciated the numbers in the weather.Our next game we take on tough opposition in St Bedes Mentone at Brindsi Oval in Mentone and we are ready for the challenge.
Goal Kickers: E. Defina 4, R. Green, A. Anjou Best Players: E. Defina, S. Bangs, M. Wilson, C. Wilson, R. Green, A. Smith
Alex MacKenzie Women’s Senior Coach
No report this week.
Goal Kickers: G. Smith Best Players: P. Stoyles, S. Chaplin, L. Hamilton, E. Fuller, M. Sloane , N. Strickland
Stef AnjouWomen’s Reserves Coach
This week we returned to GBO for our Round 4 clash against the recently promoted Hampton Rovers. With plenty to play for after two big losses against the pre-season Flag favourites, we looked forward, positively to an opportunity to match it with the Rovers, who whilst having one more win than us were only 1 goal ahead of us on the goal scoring capability.
We were able to celebrate Oly Lloyd’s 100th game with the Club on the day as well. Congratulations Oly, you have been a wonderful servant of the Club, a pleasure to coach, and your desire to win every contested opportunity makes you extremely hard to beat in a one on one scenario!
Significant ins for the match included Ben Ebbage playing his first match for the Club for this season. Both Vickers & Lloydey came back to the Twos to strengthen up the team after time spent in the Ones.
After a delayed and slightly protracted start, in wet conditions (Rain in Melbourne – what’s that?) the boys started strongly kicking 2 goals to match their opponents with confident ball movement and a team approach to defence.
Unfortunately, after the first break, again we struggled to impact the scoreboard with the opposition racking up 3 goals to our 1. Disappointing most certainly as we struggled to adapt to the conditions, were consistently outpointed by an opponent who were more keen to ensure that they dominated the Contested Possession aspect of the match. We over ran the footy, slipped over when it counted and fumbled too often when it counted. I remain buoyed by the boys preparedness to get to the ground on time, which is something that I will be keen to see remain in place for the remainder of the season.
I remain confident that we are on the right path and look forward to seeing the boys back out on the track this work working on the game style.
Goal Kickers: G. Tolson, M. Jenkin, Z. Herbstreit, T. Vogel Best Players: T. Vogel, A. Bongiorno, J. Huntsman, L. Campbell, O. Lloyd, C. Gorman
Tim Killworth Men’s Reserves Coach
Following some beautiful early season weather we were greeted with some real footy weather for Saturday’s home game against Hampton Rovers. A drenching shower just prior to the opening bounce led to wet and slippery conditions, which would mean an adjustment to our game plan.
Hampton burst out of the blocks registering a major within 30 seconds of the start. A dour struggle ensued, and whilst James Allen, Sam Boyceand Robert West kept the ball moving forward, a lone goal to Dave McColl was all we had to show for it.
Trailing by a goal at quarter time, the boys were confident of pushing ahead with the breeze in the second quarter. And although the ball spent a lot of time in our forward half, we were unable to convert, adding 1.6 for the term, with Andrew Parker converting after some fluent ball movement.
The third quarter saw Hampton skip away, despite some resolute defence from Simon Bennett and Rob Vienet. A big effort would be required to reverse the 25 point deficit.
Nick Latsas won some early clearances in the last quarter but again, despite controlling the game, we could not score. Finally, at the ten minute mark, James Allen snapped an inspirational goal, which brought hope to the Old Camberwell supporters. But Hampton defended stoutly, and we could not capitalise on our territorial dominance, falling short by 24 points.
49 Inside 50’s to Hampton’s 33 indicated we had plenty of opportunities, but we were unable to convert. We will work on this aspect of our game during the week in a bid to get back to winning ways next Saturday against a tough opponent in Ormond.
Goal Kickers: A. Parker, D. McColl, J. Allen, J. Holding Best Players: J. Allen, R. West, D. McColl, S. Bennett, W. Kanz, R. Vienet
It’s funny how football can bring you up and take you down in the space of a week but that’s life and the only response is to pick yourself up, dusted yourself off and bring your best to the next task at hand.
I’ve no doubts that when our first Women’s team played their first ever game of football against Old Geelong 3 years ago they could have then imagined a winning margin of over 10 goals. And yet our Women’s Seniors did by dusting themselves off and continuing to improve their game across all levels.
And so too will our other teams. That’s the beauty of football – you get the opportunity to reset, train hard, think about what you need to do differently and then put that in to practice on Saturday. Our fantastic leadership group and our coaches and support staff have already started that work and I’ve no doubts we’ll come out fighting next Saturday and give our best. It is the Wellers Way.
What is also the Wellers Way is hosting social lunches that bring together our community and it was a huge pleasure to welcome many to our Ladies Lunch last Saturday. It was sensational to see parents of our Men’s and Women’s teams along with a strong contingent from my own era at the club reminiscing and catching up in our clubrooms. We had a modest showing last year and have built some momentum this year. Our aim is to bring together 50 people for this lunch so please spread the word and join us.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – GALA BALL FOR 2019
Our Social Director Katherine Bithavas is continuing to power the club’s social calendar and we’re now gearing up for our 2019 Gala Ball. As ever, early table bookings are hugely appreciated and we’ll publish further details again on Friday. Please read below for details and contact Katherine – 0424 345 605, Ben Ebbage – 0418 123 419 or myself – 0499 333 571 for details.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – LAUNCHING OCGAFC PODCAST
Some of our players have come together to launch our first ever podcast as a club. We’ll publish details in this Friday’s newsletter and looking forward to updating you with where to access it and what to expect from the producers. It will be great.
Adam Kyriacou President
After a sensational win against Fitzroy the previous Round, it was time to front up to Old Xavarians and did we gave our all against a team blessed with a lot of experience and resources.
There was no time for pretty footy so it was time to dish out the tackles, continue the man on man pressure and push the ball forward at all costs.
In the first quarter we started with some ferocious tackling and pressure by Tan, Mascitelli, Giomi and Augustes and held them to 5 goals with limited scoring opportunities for our forwards.
The rest of the game was a battle but we stood tall and played hard and physical. Our ball movement improved up forward and Schuman slotted a goal in the third quarter which was duly celebrated.
Congratulations to Oliver for presenting all day, Eastick for applying countless tackles and developing play and everyone contributing.
We never dropped our heads against a well-oiled machine and the endeavour and pressure was applied all day and our efforts were not reflective of the final score.
Our Under 23 team is a development team and we’re delighted with their progress and the opportunities it provides for our boys to play good footy.
Goal Kickers: M. Schumann Best Players: A. Giomi, T. Eastick, J. Tan, J. Oliver, M. Tesoriero, F. Sampson
Boyd Elliot U23 Coach
Women Seniors After a week off and coming up against strong opposition in Old Geelong it was important to get off to a good start in our first home game of 2019.
The first quarters we have started relatively strongly this year and we again managed to get off to a good start as we were able to get our hands on the ball through the middle of the ground,. With a number of forward entries we were able to spot our forward targets who in turn converted on the scoreboard. The contested work rate from all our players throughout the quarter meant that we had a 3 goal opening term whilst the defensive work of our backline was fantastic as we held Old Geelong scoreless for the quarter. In the second term we were keen to ensure that we went in at the half time break having played two strong quarters. The team didn’t disappoint getting 4 goals for the quarter and having 8 scoring shots in total. Our defensive pressure continued and despite Old Geelong managing to get a number of entries we were able to hold them to just 3 points for the quarter. Our rucks continued to work hard at the stoppages and provide our midfield first use of the ball . The team approach had seen us had manage to get a 45 point lead.
The second half the team were focused on continuing the hard work and winning the 3rd quarter and a 4 goal term ensured that we came in to the final change with a 70 point lead. Our midfield and forwards combined well with a number of options presenting, while our back line continued to play accountable football ensuring that the Old Geelong forwards and midfield had limited space and minimising their ability to impact on the scoreboard.
The final quarter was an arm wrestle as Old Geelong continued to press and work hard and eventually managed to kick there first goal for the quarter. We were unable to convert our forward entries for a goal despite our work rate but with a number of players playing different roles it was pleasing to see how competitive we were through out the quarter.
To get the 4 points was fantastic, but even more pleasing was the even contribution of players throughout the day that resulted in the strong performance. With 8 goal kickers across the 4 quarters highlighting the team work and the even contributions of all players for the full 4 quarters.
Congratulations to Ana Smith who played her first senior game this week. A huge thanks again to all the people that helped out on the day and the supporters – it is great to have so many people involved each week.
With another big game this week against Old Xaverians at home we look forward to continuing the work that we have done so far this year and we hope to see as many people down to support again.
Alex MacKenzie Women’s Senior Coach
Goal Kickers: M. Wilson 4, R. Green, S. Anjou, S. Bangs, A. Anjou, L. Anderson, E. Defina, S. Bangs Best Players: E. Defina, S. Bangs, M. Wilson, A. Herrington, E. Todd, T. Lam
Following the extended Easter break, everyone was eager to pick up where we left off. There were a few nervous faces in the change rooms prior, as our last outing against Geelong had ended in a 100 point loss, and no team had registered a score against Geelong in the opening two rounds.
The theme for the day was to play our contested brand of footy that has served us well in the first 2 rounds. Gemma Smith led brilliantly with an unrelenting ferocity for the contest, laying tackle after tackle. Hannah Martin playing her first game for the Wellers showed the fierceness the girls have demanded from each other, applying some great forward pressure and a perfectly executed front and centre crumbing goal from Laura Chesney had us take a one goal lead into quarter time.
During the second quarter, due to some outside dash from Maddy Sloane and with Bridget Facey repeatedly breaking lines out of defence, we continued to provide our forwards with plenty of opportunity. Lisa Hamilton, captaining the side for the day, managed to get onto the end of this exciting football and kick truly, ensuring we went into half time with a 2 goal lead.
As was to be expected Old Geelong came out strongly and had pegged the lead back to a singular point by three quarter time. The final quarter was a fierce seesawing contest. Old Geelong had taken the lead early but with Alex Sertic quickly firing back, the sides were deadlocked for a large part of the last quarter. Unfortunately the weight of forward entries allowed Geelong to pinch a 2 point victory.
We look forward to bouncing back from a heartbreaking loss with our next game against Xavs in Round 4.
Goal Kickers: L. Chesney, A. Sertic, L. Hamilton Best Players: K. White, G. Smith, M. Sloane , R. Kertes, A. Robison, B. Facey Stef Anjou Women’s Reserves Coach
This week we returned to GBO for our Round 3 clash against strong flag favourites, Williamstown CYs. With plenty to play for after quite a drubbing received the previous week, the team selected certainly, on paper, appeared capable of pulling off a big upset win. Coupled with the significant personnel changes we were able to celebrate Chris Young’s 100th game with the Club.
Congratulations Chris, you have been a wonderful servant of the Club, a pleasure to coach, and your hardnosed approach to the contest and to the overall effort of the team is very difficult to surpass!
First gamer Olly Randall debuted for the club and we saw Lucas ‘Dukesy’ Huysmans, Greg Tolson, Nick Russell, Ben Warburton, Michael Jenkinand Louis Campbell return for the clash.
The boys started strongly kicking 3 goals to surprise their opponents with confident ball movement and a team approach to defence. Unfortunately, after the first break, we struggled to impact the scoreboard with the opposition racking up 14 goals to our 3. Disappointing yes, but as Coach I am buoyed by the boys preparedness to adopt a modified game plan that certainly does rely on them executing their skills better, for longer! I remain confident that we are on the right path and look forward to seeing the boys back out on the track this work working on the game style.
Goal Kickers: B. Williams, N. Russell, T. Schipper, C. Young, Z. Herbstreit, J. Huntsman Best Players: C. Young, B. Williams, T. Vogel, Z. Herbstreit, N. Russell, B. Mann
Tim Killworth Men’s Reserves Coach
The Wellers good start to the season came to an abrupt end with a relentless Williamstown CYs team handing out an 83 point defeat on our home deck.
We started the game well, matching Williamstown’s aggression with some crunching tackles and intense pressure but Willy’s stronger bodies in the midfield and some talented tall timber up forward eventually kicked several telling goals to go into the long break with a 3 goal buffer.
The second half saw a Williamstown team in full flight determined to make an early statement after last year’s finals exit and they ran away with the game kicking a rampant 12 goals to our 1 goal for the half. They proved far too slick in all areas over the ground and our young group were taught some crucial lessons required to be competitive at the top end of Premier C.
Jimmy Allen was a shining light in the middle and Lachy Powell and Simon Bennett worked hard across half back. Speedy youngster David McColl also continued his good form across half forward.
Next week we look forward to Hampton at home and a chance to redeem ourselves.
Goal Kickers: K. Percy , J. Holding, J. Allen, M. Powell, S. Kaiser Best Players: J. Allen, A. Vickery, L. Powell, S. Bennett, J. Holding, D. McColl
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect autumn afternoon for football than last Saturday. Plenty of sun, no breeze and 4 premiership points up for grabs away from The Barnard. No easy games or quarters for that matter, but an opportunity to test ourselves playing the game we love.
The day kicked off at the famous Brunswick Street Oval where our newly formed Under 23s played Fitzroy Football Club and recorded their first win for Old Camberwell Grammarians’ Amateur Football Club. The game was free flowing, hard fought and entertaining. Please join me in congratulating our young men and Boyd Elliot for making it happen in 2019.
We then travelled across town to Caulfield to see our Women’s Teams do the double against a strong Caulfield Grammarians’ side. I was only able to catch the last half of the Seniors after the Reserves had started the day off in style but the determination, skill and hard running was on display and it was brilliant to watch the likes of Sophie Bangs, Maggie Wilson and Stef Defina in full flight. Fantastic to see Maddy Sloane (ACL) and Khadiga Mohamed (Hand) return from long term injuries.
It was then back down Bourke Road to Marcellin to see the senior Men’s sides. As Tim points out in his review, we were unfortunately undermanned for our Reserves and I really hope we can rectify this asap for the good of the club.
Our Seniors played out a game that was one of the great wins for the club in recent years. It personified unity, mateship and never giving up. We all wish Nick Adamson a speedy recovery along with Declan Gaffney and Charlie Urwin who have all suffered ACL injuries these last 3 weeks. They’ll be missed on the field but remain integral parts of our team for the season no doubt.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – FIRST OCGAFC SOCIAL FUNCTION FOR 2019
Our Social Director Katherine Bithavas has been working hard and put together an enticing day for our first social function – our Ladies Lunch. Please read below for details and contact Katherine – 0424 345 605, Ben Ebbage – 0418 123 419 or myself – 0499 333 571 for details. We’d love if people could arrange a table together and make it a day to celebrate our incredible women of Old Camberwell.
If it was ever going to be a morning for a victory this was it against Fitzroy at their home ground which was in great nick and with the city as an ideal backdrop, the boys warmed up with precision and excitement. At the first bounce the contest was fierce and out tackling lead by Phelps, Tanand Mascitelli was superb. We jumped on the scoreboard early with goals from Oliver and Tan.
Drive across the middle was exceptional with the inclusion of Jenkin and Campbell who provided a launching pad up forward to Oliver who was taking grabs all day and finished with four valuable goals.
Sampson pushed hard all day with the support of the acting Vice Captain Mascitelli and Giomi, J Smith, N Smith, Cornford and Appleyard continued to push the ball forward from defence to create further scoring opportunities.
After a stand out performance, Brebner-Griffin was concussed in the third quarter but this only inspired the boys to go harder and get the job done although a highly competitive Fitzroy found their feet and slotted a few goals early in the last. Goals from Lucas, Tan, Jenkin, Soloman and Woods capped of a sensational day where everyone in the team contributed to our first win and sung the song in the rooms with gusto and pride.
Many thanks to Alex Smith (Boundary), Craig Sampson (Goals), Michael Hook (Runner) and the Mastermind of the Board Phil “The Mover” Corso
Goal Kickers: J. Oliver 4, J. Tan 2, H. Lucas, M. Jenkin, F. Mascitelli, W. Woods, R. Solomon Best Players: H. Lucas, J. Tan, L. Campbell, A. Giomi, F. Mascitelli, T. Phelps
After a disappointing result in Round 1 against Collegians we put in a solid week on the track and were confident going in to Round 2 against Caulfield Grammarians who had won well in Round 1. The mood before the game in the change rooms was upbeat and there was a focus amongst the players to get out and win the first quarter.
From the opening bounce we were strong at the contest and worked hard to ensure that we had numbers around the stoppages. Running hard and looking for first options we managed to get on top of the Fields early and our work rate was rewarded on the scoreboard with Eloise Defina, Rhiannon Green, Maggie Wilson and Sam Bangs all managing to convert and give us a 4 goal term. Caulfield were able to convert 1 goal, but thanks to the hard work rate of all the team we held on to a 3 goal lead at the break.
In the second term we maintained the momentum and were able to limit scoring opportunities for Caulfield thanks to some strong work from our defensive line-up. Our forwards and midfield worked hard to lock the ball in our attacking half and there was some terrific work up forward as we kept the ball moving forward through traffic. Converting 2 goals in the quarter, whilst holding Caulfield to 1 goal saw us stretch our lead to 24 points at the main change. It was really pleasing to see the collective effort by everyone to play their positions and work hard to win one-on-one contests.
The third term was an important term and we were keen to ensure that we didn’t allow Caulfield to get back in the game. Whilst we were unable to score a goal ourselves we created plenty of opportunities, but could only convert for 2 points, while keeping Caulfield to 1 goal and 2 behinds. The two-way running of our midfield and wings was a highlight of the quarter – and our forwards, whilst not converting, continued to work hard to provide options. Emma Todd and Deanna Booth continued to work hard in the ruck and provide our midfield with support at stoppages.
In the last term Caulfield came out firing kicking the first 2 goals of the quarter and were attacking at every opportunity. Our defence continued to work hard putting pressure on the opposition around stoppages in their forward 50 and with a number of intercept marks that allowed us to move the ball quickly through the middle of the ground. When we kicked our first goal of the quarter we had a 11 point lead with just over 3 minutes left on the clock. Caulfield managed to score and with under a minute to go the team were now only 5 points up. Forcing stoppage after stoppage we managed to hold on for a fantastic win.
A really positive result. The way in which we moved the ball, and with Caulfield coming strong in the last quarter, we were able to show resilience and commitment to ensure that we got the win. Congratulations to Bridget Facey and Emma Todd on playing their first games in the Seniors for the club.
A huge thanks to all those that helped out on the weekend and the supporters and players that were around it is really appreciated by coaches and players. A special mention to Sara Fortunato (runner), Jackson Eade (water), Bec Kertes (water) and Ken Schwab (team manager) for all their help throughout the game.
After the week off we will come up against tough opposition in Old Geelong at home and hope again to see many supporters and players around.Goal Kickers: E. Defina 3, R. Green 2, S. Bangs, M. Wilson Best Players: E. Defina, R. Green, M. Wilson, S. Bangs, S. Defina, E. Kaehne Alex MacKenzie Women’s Senior Coach
The cold, wet and dark nights returned to GBO this week, but the girls’ spirits had not been dampened. Our numbers were strong and we were again faced with selection woes on Thursday night. The excitement of an awesome Round 1, meant the enthusiasm for Round 2 was even greater as we sought to improve on our stellar start.
We lined up against Caulfield Grammar at Glenhuntly Oval with the early start time of 9.20am. We welcomed two players returning from long term injuries, Maddy Sloane and Khadiga Mohamed, who had both missed 12 months of football. The message was clear, that we needed to play for each other and always be first to the ball.
From the start, our attack and approach at the ball was fantastic. Savannah Dunwell proved that she was a quick learner, as she rucked from the opening bounce, and was quick to put her ascendency on the game. Our midfield worked well together, and the positive dynamic that is already building within the group was on show. The new additions of Eva Fisher and Ella Taverner made an impact, and they were shown the way in the middle by the hardworking and consistent Lisa Hamilton.
Our wing-stocks had been bolstered with the return of Maddy and Khigs, who despite their long absences, immediately added pace and flair on the outside. Our two first half goals came from Eva and Savannah, who proved very dangerous while rotating forward. As with last week, our backline held strong and despite a healthy amount of forward entries from Caulfield, we kept them goalless.
The second half saw the game shift further onto our terms, as we controlled possession and were able to lock the ball in our forward line for extended periods. Sam Bramwell and Gemma Smith were introduced to the role of tagging, and they both rose to the challenge and nullified one of Caulfield’s better playmakers. Liv Chan was impressive in her first game, and her unrelenting and repeated tackling efforts were an example of the team’s effective forward pressure.
Our determination and effort never wavered, and the rewards came in a flurry of goals in the final quarter. Laura Chesney showed how dangerous she can be when she gets the ball with two quick goals, and Ella Taverner kicked a classy snap to finish off a great win. The efforts of our backs must also be mentioned, as we set up very well defensively, and were difficult to score against.
Sadly, in the final stages of the game our own Eliza Jessup suffered a broken wrist, and we wish her a speedy recovery. A big thanks to all those that assisted on game day, and we are looking forward to getting back out there after Easter! Goal Kickers: E. Fisher 2, L. Chesney 2, S. Dunwell, E. Taverner Best Players: S. Bramwell, E. Fisher, N. Strickland, L. Chesney, J. Szeredi, G. Kaehne Stef Anjou Women’s Reserves Coach
After the euphoria of our massive first Round win against Mazenod had passed, the realisation and the learning began to dawn that our team was going to be significantly different to our first round team for the Round 2 clash against another of our rivals, Marcellin. Players with injuries, players with social activities that would preclude them from playing footy on the weekend, players with travel commitments – lots of reasons that’s for certain!
The total – 11 on the injury list & another 7 unavailable, hmmm that’s another team of players PLUS of the most significance, we promoted 3 players to the Firsts team, one Scotty Kaiser who would be making his Senior team debut for the club. I guess that is what Ressies footy is about for someone like myself. Are we developing people? I certainly hope so!
Fortunately, we were able to leverage off the Under 23s & promote Richie McDonald, Matt Tesoriero, Pat Collins & Matt Hatzikostas into the team & Christian Gorman & Dan Dick returned from injury.
With a scoreline of 3 goals scored (Us) to 20 goals scored to them, there isn’t a lot to write about the match. Yes, we were well beaten on the scoreboard, but we did have a crack & that is all that can be asked of a group that was significantly down on talent when compared to a team that has played a great deal of footy together over the past couple of years.
The boys were asked to use the match as an opportunity to play tempo footy, try & wrest back some momentum and control of the footy, by hanging onto it longer, thereby frustrating the opposition. This style of play, it would be fair to say, is a Work in Progress, that’s for sure! We seem to be spooked into thinking that the only way we can play against a team such as this is to go at a million miles an hour! Unfortunately, that means that we end up making a mistake early in the play & the ball heads back the other way at pace. It’s no wonder the Backs get cross!!
Goal Kickers: M. Tesoriero, D. Berry, T. Vogel Best Players: C. Young, T. Schipper, B. Frankish, M. Cottrell, A. Bongiorno, S. Clark
Tim Killworth Men’s Reserves Coach
Following a nail biting victory against Mazenod in Round 1 Old Camberwell travelled to Marcellin on Saturday – the scene of an epic win last year, but also some horror losses in prior years.
On a beautiful afternoon for football the boys started brightly. Wary of Marcellin’s ability to run and spread we applied enormous pressure early, restricting the opposition to three goals in the opening term. The Wellers managed three goals of their own, including two from Nick Adamson who was on fire early.
The tight tussle continued into the second quarter, with the Wellers adding five goals to four to take a five point lead into the long break. The lowlight of the quarter was the season ending knee injury to Nick Adamson, the third ACL at the club in three weeks.
Already one player down, we were dealt another blow when young ruckman Kellan Percy, who had been instrumental in keeping us in the game, rolled his ankle midway through the third term, reducing us to twenty fit players. Kicking with a slight breeze, Marcelling took full advantage, kicking four goals to two for the quarter, to take a ten point break into the last change. Were it not for Simon Bennett and Mitch Smith down back, the lead would have been far greater.
The last break saw Coach Brownless implore his players to leave nothing in the tank – despite being men down there could be no excuses. An early goal gave the team hope, but Marcellin answered quickly to restore their ten point lead.
Gradually the Wellers began to wear their opponents down. Jimmy Allen and Chris Hensby began to dominate around the packs, and Alex Vickery, playing a lone hand in the ruck, was getting on top. Up forward debutant Scott Kaiser was inspirational, kicking three goals for the term. A freakish Alex Vickery snap and a cool finish on the run from Jimmy Allen saw us surge to an eight point lead, only for a late Marcellin goal to have the nerves jangling again. The dying minutes of a quarter that seemed to last for an eternity (35 minutes) saw the ball trapped in our forward line, and the boys held firm for an outstanding win.
Elation mixed with exhaustion were the overriding emotions in the rooms immediately after the game, but in years to come we will look upon this as one of the Club’s great wins in recent times.
Our starting percentage of 600% will cop a hiding for sure after that result, with our next opponent Williamstown CYs beckoning. Here’s to lots of crossed fingers!! Will players make themselves available for this vital clash at home after the Easter break? Here’s the challenge. Come on boys – make up your mind, are you on board for the season, or simply just keen to run around with your mates, when you feel like it?
Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 6, N. Adamson 2, D. McColl 2, J. Allen, M. Powell, F. Wells, A. Vickery, J. Holding Best Players: S. Bennett, S. Kaiser, C. Hensby, J. Allen, A. Vickery, T. Oliver
Round 1 Wrap Up The Wellers are off to a solid start in 2019. The Men’s teams had some great wins over Marcellin, whilst the Women faced their foe in Collegians with the Seniors not able to get over the line but the Ressies recording a solid win. The inaugural U23s had a tough day at the office against St Bernards.
We have one more round this weekend before the Easter break. See below for details.
Adam is on holidays this week, hence the short summary. More to follow next week. Go Wells!
Adam Kyriacou President
What a great start to the season with the boys holding off a fast finishing Mazenod at GBO. After 3 solid practice games the boys were ready to go with 4 debutantes pulling in our famous jumper. We would play one of our youngest sides in years with 7 players under the age of 21.
The game didn’t reach any great heights early with our boys being a little bit flat and unable to get our trademark run & carry going early. We did however put plenty of pressure on Mazenod when they had the ball with some fierce tackling to stay slightly in front in even first half.
The second half would see the boys play a more attacking brand football and the results would come on the scoreboard. We would kick 3 goals to 1 to take a 15 point lead into the last quarter. Mazenod however would rally late and came storming home with a 4 goal last quarter and hit the lead with only minutes to play. Big man Robbie Campbell would kick a late goal to get us home in a hart stopper! Newly appointed captain Simon Bennett would lead the way with a BOG performance at CHB & Nick Adamson was everywhere up forward with 3 crucial goals.
James Allen led the way in the middle and was well supported by Nick Latsas,Chris Hensby & Will Kanz playing his best game for some years.
Youngsters Tom Oliver & Dave Mccoll impressed with their first games with plenty of pace & poise. Thanks to all who supported boys on the day and we will see you all at Marcellin next week.
Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 3, C. Hensby 2, R. Campbell 2, S. Boyce, D. McColl, J. Allen, F. Wells Best Players: S. Bennett, N. Latsas, W. Kanz, T. Oliver, K. Percy , L. Powell
Anson Brownless Men’s Senior Coach
Sunny Saturdays, well grassed footy ovals, a hint of autumn & … footy’s back!
The first round saw us drawn to play an old rival of our Club who have been playing in Premier B for a few seasons. A strong side was selected and the boys were raring to go. After a conservative start where both sides were feeling each other out ad the ball was travelling up and back with regular monotony, the Wellers radar began to kick in and by half time we had kicked out to a 38 point by the half time break.
After the long break, we continued to pepper the goals only to record a number a number of behinds, which should have been goals. A reflection of a pre-season spent away from the goal posts perhaps.
Fortunately in Q.4 the Wellers machine rattled into gear and the boys stormed home with a 9 goal last quarter.
The connectivity between the Defenders Mids and Forwards was fantastic and as a Coach, you would hope will be the portent of things to come as the season evolves.
Marcellin this week, in Bulleen, another big game for sure. Last time we were knocked about by their size and strength. This year we will be seeking redemption. Play well boys and enjoy the rewards of victory!
Goal Kickers: H. Crothers 5, S. Kaiser 4, D. La Fontaine 2, O. Lloyd 2, S. Clark 2, T. Schipper, C. Young, J. Huntsman, Z. Herbstreit, A. Bongiorno, A. Vickery Best Players: H. Crothers, A. Bongiorno, S. Kaiser, O. Lloyd, T. Vogel, M. Todd
Tim Killworth Men’s Reserves Coach
Women Seniors The first game of the year was away against Collegians at St Kilda Road, a team that we have had a number of great contests against over the years. In addition, having played them in a practice match we were confident that we had what it took to take the game up to them following a strong pre-season by all our players.
In the opening quarter Collegians came out firing and played strong, contested football from the first bounce. Whilst we looked to be a little off the contest for the first 15 minutes we slowly worked our way into the game and began to get our hands on the ball in the final 5 minutes, however we were only able to convert for 2 points and trailed by 12 points at the first change. Although it wasn’t the opening quarter we had hoped for, we had shown some positive signs towards the end of the quarter that we could match it with Collegians as our midfield got on top and began to move the ball well in to our forward line.
During the second quarter we started to find some composure with the football and began to get first use of the ball through the midfield, while our defenders continued to put pressure on the opposition inside there 50. We managed to show some great fight and capitalised on this when Rhiannon Green continued her midfield and forward work and it was rewarded when she kicked our opening goal for the quarter as she continued to work hard through the middle of the ground. El Defina was strong at the contest and in the forward 50 arc, whilst Sophie Bangs and Issy Burke worked hard on the wings, providing us with plenty of run and carry with the ball.
At half time we spoke about taking the first option and ensuring that we didn’t allow Collegians any easy possessions in their forward 50, while making sure that we locked the ball in our forward 50 at every opportunity. Maggie Wilson converted our first goal for the quarter after strong work to consistently find the front of the contest and our team work across the ground and our defensive line managed to hold Collegians to 1 point – with Sam Bangs having a great game at full back on her taller opponent and Anna Sallows at centre half back reading the ball well in the air – which meant that we had closed the gap to 9 points at the final change. Our work rate lifted for the whole quarter and we showed a great spirit and determination which was beginning to show on the scoreboard as well.
In the final term we were unable to keep up the intensity and ball use that had seen us get back in the game for the entire 20 minutes of the last quarter. Collegians managed to score 2 goals for the quarter, but again we restricted their scoring despite a large number of inside forward entries and we ensured that we kept goal side of our players. It was a frustrating quarter of football for us as we looked to have control at times, but were unable to finish the hard work and unfortunately did not score in the final quarter, which meant we went down by 24 points.
Whilst the result didn’t go our way, we have learnt a lot from the game with some really positive signs and we look forward to the opportunity to respond this week against Caulfield. Congratulations to 2 new players in the team for 2019 – Alex Herrington & KaraWhite for playing Seniors in Round 1. A huge thanks to all the players, family members and friends that came down to help and support the team in Round 1. Goal Kickers: R. Green, M. Wilson Best Players: I. Burke, S. Bangs, E. Defina, A. Sallows, S. Bangs, A. Herrington
Alex MacKenzie Women’s Senior Coach
Women Reserves The excitement and anticipation had been building, and at last round 1 had arrived. A big preseason,new players, new coaches, new captains, new team managers and even a new director of football –the positive energy surrounding this group was palpable. Adding to that it was against an old foe inthe Collegians, who have been with us since our first year and who have developed at a similar rate to us over the two years. As we’ve come to expect the conditions were perfect for footy, and the nerves were at a high when the first quarter eventually got under way at 12.45 in St Kilda. Our message had been clear, get your hands on the ball first and repeat efforts from the beginning. It became clear from the first bounce,that our intent and desire was there as we tackled ferociously and controlled the clearances.This was made possible by one of the star new recruits – Emma Todd, who gave us first use from allstoppages. Her tap ruckwork was unreal, and she worked tirelessly around the ground the wholeday. She was well-supported in the middle by Jane Ham, Lisa Hamilton, Sinead Chaplin, MaddieRichards, Laura Chesney, Katie McKenzie, and the newly appointed captain of the Women Reserves,Emilia Fuller. One of the most pleasing parts of the day was watching the team set up structurally around theground, as they put into place some of the work and learnings from the preseason. Our goals camefrom multiple forward entries (thanks to the wall), as we locked the ball in our forward 50. Ourforward line was led by returning player Bec Kertes and Kath Bithavas, and they were supported byNikki Williams, Jade Bingley, Alex Sertic, Gemma Smith and Emi Holding. In her first game for theclub, Nikki Strickland was a standout and she slotted home our first goal. The second goal camefrom another of our strongest players on the day, and one of our best set shots in the team, JaneHam. We went into half time feeling in control and positive, with a well-deserved two goal lead. Asexpected, the Collegians came out firing in the third quarter, and despite it largely being down ourend, they scored an important goal to set up a tense last quarter. The final quarter was an arm wrestle, and credit has to go to the efforts of our formidable back line.The Kaehne sisters (Greta, Edi and Sarah), Kate Meehan, Joy Szaredi, Bridget Facey, together withour Kiwi recruits Ana Smith and Sam Bramwell, were irrepressible. For much of the game the balldidn’t get past them, and our ability to slow the ball down around the ground in the last 5-10minutes, was a delight to watch from the sidelines. A big congratulations to everyone who played and a special shout-out to all the new players. Firstgamers for the club were – Ana Smith, Sam Bramwell, Joy Szaredi, Kate Meehan, Emma Todd,Sinead Chaplin, Emi Holding, Gemma Smith. Thank you to all the helpers on the day and a big thanks/welcome to Helen Fuller and Di Kaehnewho have come on board to assist as managing the team this year. We look forward to anotherstrong week on the track, to be ready to face Caulfield in Round 2. Goal Kickers: N. Strickland, J. Cuningham Best Players: A. Smith, G. Kaehne, N. Strickland, E. Todd, J. Cuningham, E. Kaehne
Stef Anjou Women’s Reserves Coach
It all began with turning the headlights on for a trek across to St Bernards for an early morning 9.20 am start for the beginning of the new Under 23’s competition. A sensational group of unders and overs have come together to have a crack at round one for this inaugural clash of the VAFA Under 23 Competition.
With a full field and bench with a fantastic contingent of volunteers the stage was set. Ben Ebbage was preparing the boys for the first quarter and our young group were ready. We took the field after a fiery address from the captain Fin Sampson and from the first bounce the pressure was applied to St Bernards and the ball was heavily contested across the centre and their forward 50.
In the first 3 minutes our newly appointed vice captain, Phil Corso went down with a lower limb injury which took him out of the game for the rest of the day. Tan and Mascitelli continued to unleash a myriad of hard hitting tackles and Phelps was just waiting to apply a “Smoker”. Our defence was strong and mid field was struggling to push up to present for scoring opportunities. With few inside 50’s for us St Bernards slotted four goals and our defence pressure saved many others while we scored a solitary point.
While regrouping at quarter time, we took the field with Fletcher slotting a sensational goal and getting the group up and about for a second but it wasn’t going to be…St Bernards were too strong putting on a 10 goal streak and we battled to stop the flow, Dunn continued to attack the contest with Anjou battling it our with all players large and small, Phelps continued to attack and apply pressure around the ground.
Half time and each group committed to nut it out..”don’t leave anything on the table” was the call which led us into a much better quarter. Centre clearances were working with Woods receiving taps from Mascitelli and Lucas. A freakish and lightning dash out of the pack resulted in our second goal by Mascitelli, an outstanding display of courage and purpose. Schumann started to drive up forward with Lucas showing terrific form in running packs feeding off to running players to present up forward. J Smith, Giomi, N Smith and Eastick running all day presented opportunities all over the ground, we started to understand each other’s skills and strengths which was a magnificent development in such a short period of time together.
Three quarter time, oranges came out and these were the last feed of the day… Managing only one minor score we held St Bernards to four goals and had very good signs of support and structured plays out of defence and across the middle. Appleyard was on it all day applying defence pressure, Sampson was running all day creating opportunities and valiantly defending, we played good footy and learnt a lot as a side as the game went on.
After the final siren there was feeling of hard work and resolve as a team against a powerhouse club like St Bernards. It was great to see the development in the team as the game went on and we have a lot to take into our game this Saturday against Fitzroy.
Thanks so much for the volunteers on the day, Craig Sampson Goals, Glen Oliver Timekeeping, Carson Howard- CGS Student Water, Michael Hook Runner/Assistant, Alex Smith Boundary and a special thanks to Ben Ebbage for Coaching.
Goal Kickers: M. Fletcher, F. Mascitelli Best Players: T. Phelps, J. Tan, F. Mascitelli, F. Sampson, R. McDonald, T. Eastick