Round 6 Review – The Quaddie!

Lessons Learned from Success

We’re often told the greatest lessons in life come after defeat. Pick apart the damage and there you’ll find the answers to your problems. Clearly that’s true but perhaps a part of sustained success is about our everyday evaluation a little more. We often breathe a sigh of relief when something goes well, internally thinking “thank goodness (polite version)” and then look to apply the same principles to our next task. 80% or even 90% of what we did may still apply but that 10% – 20% is where the sustained success can be derived.

Reading through the write-ups from a brilliant weekend for our football club, you can see the 10%-20% that made the difference from the week before or during the game.

Our Women were challenged and perhaps didn’t go into the game as prepared as they had been previously? They adjusted with Claire Wilson providing the impetus and were able to maintain their winning ways. Andrew’s comments are insightful and the experience will serve the team well.

Our Reserves passion to play a full game was evident throughout the week and they brought a level of intensity to their game our opponents couldn’t live with. Tom and Woody’s Team set the tone for the day at GBO and that feeling spread around the ground.

Our Under 19s reacted to last week’s loss with the run and dash we’re beginning to expect from them and took apart a fellow top 4 side in the process. Across the team, the performance was remarkably even and consistent with winners in all positions.

Our Seniors focussed all week on getting back to how they know they can play and enjoying it. Fast ball movement, ferocious tackling and precise disposal saw them end to end football at times. The last 10 minutes showed real grit and resolve.

Our challenge this week is to learn from our success. Much of what we did well will work again but that 10%-20% will be different. Different match-ups and opponents, conditions, teams etc. How we evaluate this week and learn from our success will have an impact this week.

Well done to all our coaching staff this week. You’re a brilliant group and we all look forward to seeing our teams improve throughout the season

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

Match Reviews Below
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Women’s

The women’s team learnt some valuable and timely lessons this week as they came up against an opposition that sat bottom of the table, but showed up to play. Going into the game with four wins in a row, confidence and expectation is naturally growing within the group and there’s a strong sense that we have the ability to be a serious contender, but perhaps Saturday’s opponent was approached with too much confidence. This was a warning made in the pre-match address and proved to be right.

Despite kicking the first goal in the opening minutes of the game, the first half was really Ivanhoe’s. They were harder at the ball, first to the contest, consistently won the stoppages and handled the dewy conditions with cleaner hands. Although, not to say we weren’t in the contest at all. Our backline absorbed huge amounts of pressure, with the reliable MirabellaBithavas and Donkin holding strong. Lou Anderson returned to the midfield imposing herself around the ground and giving Ivanhoe similar headaches to some of the performances their midfielders were giving us. Being down at the main break was an usual position for the team to be in.

The task for the second half was clear – lift the intensity and attack the contest with intent. We needed to be the team we had been in the previous four wins, a team that harasses, tackles and pressures the opposition relentlessly. Pleasingly, there was no negative chat amongst the team and everyone was confident that if we did these simple acts, we’d be able to run over the top of them.

With the morning dew gone, much drier conditions worked in our favour as the second half got underway and we slowly began to take back the momentum. The turning point was one of those unforgettable moments in a game when the pressure is on and nothing seems to be going right. Enter C. Wilson who runs off the interchange straight at an Ivanhoe player 15 meters away, laying the perfect bump and sending her to the ground in a world of pain. Intent and hunger was written all over it. That moment seemed to rattle Ivanhoe and lift the team, igniting some of our key players whose usual contribution had been missing in the first half. In defence both M. Wilson and S. Defina had been caught out by playing behind early on, but worked hard to find front position and nullify the Ivanhoe attacks. Similarly, Taverner had had a tricky time dealing with a clever half forward flanker, but held her own as the backline tightened up.

A two goal to one point third term gave us a small lead at the final break, with momentum. However, to their credit, Ivanhoe fought back and pinned us in our defensive half for much of the final quarter. In the end it was a sensational mark and goal from E. Defina who split the middle from about 30-out that made the difference. Combined with a dogged performance from the backline, and Booth, OprayNolan and Anjou tirelessly running back to help out in defence, was enough to see us over the line.

A really pleasing aspect was the amount of support and positivity coming from the sidelines. Our players cheered every time we laid a bump or a tackle, while the Ivanhoe bench stayed silent. No one took their frustration out on a fellow team mate when things weren’t looking good. This speaks volumes for the character, culture and comradery this team has developed in a short period of time.

In all, our best and most physically tough contest and win for the year, great to know we can ground out results when needed. Important to take away that the womens’ competition is extremely unpredictable. We can’t assume anything based on ladder position or previous results. Old Carey, our opponent this coming Saturday, lost to Oakleigh on the weekend who are second last, but previously smashed Ivanhoe in the grading games. Every game will be a fresh challenge.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 2, A. Robison, S. Anjou
Best Players: C. Wilson, S. Defina, L. Anderson, S. Anjou, A. Robison, M. Wilson

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coach

 
 
 

More photos available here.


SeniorsThey say “a week is a long time in football” and the old cliche sums up The Wellers after last week’s heavy loss to Old Haileybury as we saluted our team at home with a well deserved 11 point victory.

From the first bounce the boys were hungry for the physical contest and Williamstown were unable to live with our immense pressure and some supern, slick ball movement. Hart, Wells and Mcdonald would set the standard in the middle and Nick Adamson was unstoppable up forward in his comeback game kicking a first quarter bag as we kicked away to a 6 goal lead, our best first quarter effort for the season.

The second quarter saw the same commitment levels from our boys and our backs, led by Bennett, Wilson and Allen dominated their opponents and set up many Camberwell attacks. Our work rate was up and we went  into the long break with a 35 point buffer.

Williamstown are a good side and we expected a reaction from them after the long break. So it proved as they began to get their running game going and a few costly mistakes resulted. While we held close to a 6 goal margin going into the last quarter, the breeze and Willy’s pressure started to build and they pulled to within a goal. It appeared the momentum was theirs. It was time to stand up and be counted and I am pleased to say “the boys stood tall” across the team, Fras kicked a terrific clutch goal on his right after terrific midfield strength and we broke their momentum to run our winners by 11 points.

Well done to the boys for one of our best wins of the season against quality opposition. Thanks to all trainers, helpers and supporters on the day. Wonderful to see plenty of passion on the sidelines.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 6, B. Hart 3, G. Tolson, S. MacDonald, A. Brettingham-Moore, D. Proksa, F. Wells, N. Latsas, H. Crothers, R. Campbell
Best Players: B. Hart, S. Bennett, J. Allen, N. Adamson, D. Lattanzio, C. Wilson

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

 
 
 

More photos available here.


ReservesAfter a disappointing week last week, the Magoos were able to bounce back against Williamstown off the back of contribution from 22 players over 4 quarters which was very pleasing to see. Hard work on the track over the week and a renewed focus on our structures and organisation would see us defend well, win the 50:50 contests and move the ball quickly to an open forward line.

After conceding a few early goals and despite coming up against a jumping beanpole of a ruckman, Herbstreit was able to adjust and give us some drive from the centre and we took a 2 goal lead into quarter time. The second quarter was an even affair and we went in to half time with a 3 goal lead and a real desire to mark our authority on the game. Despite starting the 3rd a little sluggish, our midfield, led by Simon, started to gel and we lifted to kick 8 goals for the quarter and double our score. Pleasingly we were able to maintain this momentum and run out the game with Kanz, Christiani, Stone and Stayner working tirelessly through the midfield all day.

Stanboultgis and Mann provided great leadership all day at half back whilst Huysmans and Eastick were able to kill any ball coming in and deny any easy goals. Our small forward line was a constant throughout the day as we were constantly on the move at the feet of Gilmore and Rusty who competed well. Kaiser (5) (in a new role up the ground) and Allen (4) (known as “Redhead” to the umps) saw plenty of the ball and pleasingly we had a spread of 10 goal kickers.

The challenge this week will be to demonstrate consistency and show an understanding of what we were able to do differently from other weeks. Finally, welcome back to Campbell who played his first game for the year and congratulations to Clarke who played a very solid 50th game for the club!

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 5, C. Allen 4, J. Simon 3, M. Jenkin 2, N. Russell, A. Taverner, A. Gilmour, S. Clark, W. Kanz, T. Pepperell
Best Players: L. Huysmans, S. Kaiser, L. Stanboultgis, C. Allen, J. Simon, S. Clark

Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Assistant Coach

 
 
 

More photos available here.


U19s

The Under 19’s once again faced a fellow top four side in St Bedes/Mentone Tigers on a sunny afternoon at GBO.

After a sluggish start the previous week the boys came out firing, kicking six goals to a solitary point in the first quarter. Mike Schumann was electric up forward, marking everything and kicking three majors.  Kallan Percy’s ruckwork allowed Josh Holding and Will Dalrymple to continually drive the ball forward, and Jono Elliott competed fiercely across half forward.

Kicking against the breeze in the second, our stout defence prevented the opposition from kicking a goal, while adding two ourselves.  Lucas Lewitt-Mendes, Harrison Lucas and Mitch Fletcher were outstanding down back, while Robbie West and Fraser Masciatelli provided plenty of grunt around the contests.  Mitch McPherson was proving to be a useful forward target and competed strongly in the ruck later in the quarter.

Holding an eight goal lead at half-time, the challenge was to maintain the momentum in the second half.  The boys started slowly, allowing St Bedes to kick the first two goals of the quarter.  Some good work by Will Dalrymple and Tim Allan settled the team.  Matt Appleyard got on top in the ruck and some sustained pressure saw Kasper Scheiber and Mitch McPherson add steadying goals.

The last quarter tapered out, with each side adding a solitary goal.  The quarter was highlighted by Jonathan Tan’s tackling and repeat efforts, and Fraser Masciatelli’s aggression at the contest.

Overall, a good team effort resulted in a comfortable 58 point win.  Importantly, our performance showed we can be competitive against any side in the competition if we bring effort and the right attitude.

Goal Kickers: M. Schumann 4, M. McPherson 2, K. Scheiber 2, R. West, J. Oliver, S. Donaghey
Best Players: L. Lewit-Mendes, F. Mascitelli, M. Schumann, M. McPherson, K. Percy , J. Elliott

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

 
 
 

More photos available here.

Round 5 Review

We are “One” Old Camberwell!

It wasn’t going to be long before we had a 1 win – 3 loss weekend. That’s the nature of footy and sport and life for that matter. What’s been impressive is how the teams are beginning to support each other through tough times and good. That’s what will see us through.

Our Women’s Team were again sensational. Challenged early, they responded through guts and hard work and beat a fancied Collegians to go top of the ladder! There is real momentum in this group and still new players are looking to join every week. It would be great to see our supporters this weekend away at Ivanhoe AFC.

Our Under 19’s had a game on their hands from the first bounce and battled all day to narrowly go down to De La Salle, a traditionally strong club with great depth. Confidence is strong though and I’m sure they’ll bounce back.

Our Seniors and Reserves had a Saturday that I’m sure they’d like to forget. Sometimes it’s just not your day. I know they’re disappointed as they aren’t playing the football we all know they’re capable of but the coaching teams have been impressive this week and we have a strong plan ahead. It’s imperative we recapture our ‘form’ and put in a good performance.

It was another enjoyable day around the club – thanks again to those who helped with the BBQ, Canteen and all areas. A special thanks to Jason who at very short notice helped with the water for the Seniors straight after playing in the Reserves.

I’ll shortly be looking for help to start filling tables for our next two club lunches on June 24th (Community Lunch) and July 15th (Ladies Lunch).

I mentioned in the heading that we are ‘One’ Old Camberwell. Why? During the course of Saturday so many players were asking me how the other teams were going. I saw Senior and Under 19 players arrive early to take in the Women’s and many of the Reserves and Women stay to watch the Seniors and Under 19s play. The more we get behind each other the more successful we’ll become. Our Reserves and Seniors are a great group of young men who have our full support and backing. I’m excited already for Saturday and hope to see you there.

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

Full Match Reviews available here

Congratulations Greg Tolson on 200 Games

Congratulations to Greg Tolson who plays his 200th game for the Wellers this weekend. Greg is a stalwart of the club and a big contributor on and off the field, currently on the committee and has served as Secretary in the past. Some of Greg’s other highlights include:

  • First played Rd 1 2004 in the Under 19s, first coach was Anson Brownless
  • Played in 2004 losing Grand Final in Under 19s to Collegians
  • Played in 2005 losing 1st Semi-Final to Rupertswood
  • 2006 Played first game in the Seniors whilst still an eligible Under 19 player (7 Snr 13 U19s)
  • Played in 2006 U19s Premiership win over Old Carey
  • Played in 2007 losing Grand Final in the Reserves to Ormond
  • Games breakdown to date:
    • Seniors:  140 games
    • Reserves: 10 games
    • Under 19s: 49.
  • Goals breakdown to date:
    • Seniors: 48
    • Reserves: 8
    • Under 19s: 70 (Total: 126)
  • Awards:
    • Most Improved Seniors 2012
    • Rising Star Award 2007

Wellsmen Two Blues Ball – June 3rd

The Wellsmen are holding it’s inaugural Two Blues Winter Ball this year .

Saturday 3rd June at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.

The Prez, The Human Dynamo, The Man Who Can Dance through Walls – Alex Dance has promised it will be a night to remember!

Please speak with Alex, myself or email wellsmen.inc@gmail.com for further details.

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Round 4 Review – Women Keep Winning!

Almost Quarter Time!

Before I start the weekly update, OCGFC wish to pay their respects at the passing of Lou Richards – an icon of our game and voice of football for generations.Incredibly we’re fast approaching quarter time for the 2017 season. Hard to believe and an opportunity for a very brief recap and reset.

There’s no question the Senior Group (Seniors and Reserves) will be hurting after Caulfield. I made it after quarter time for the Seniors and trust me, there was no shortage of effort. Sometimes you come up against a stronger side “on the day” but I remained proud of our effort. Both teams will bounce back. While the Reserves are seeking a second win, I think we would all have taken 2 from 4 at the start of the season. Now we need to discover our home form and take advantage of a good platform.

The Under 19s are flying high and given the fixtures I was able to take in most of their game. Gavin Powell and Boyd Elliott have a great bunch together and after a few lean years at school level, the club song is being sung with extra gusto! 3 wins in a row and sitting 4th is just reward for the early hard work. The platform is strong.

Our Women continue to steam forward celebrating another convincing win and notching up 3 in a row as well. To win away under lights is special and it will be fascinating to see how we fare against Collegians, a longstanding A Grade men’s club. Bring them on is what the girls would say I’m sure. A little early to say given last week was our first Division 2 game but the signs are also strong.

My read on ‘quarter time’ is positive. We’re in the mix across all our teams. Plenty of hard work to do but well done to everyone involved. Now is the time to push on and take advantage.

As always, our teams always play better with a crowd. The BBQ will be going again from 11.15am – 2.30pm outside the entrance to the clubrooms, our canteen will be firing and our fast becoming globally renowned $5 afternoon tea will be available at 3.30pm upstairs.

We need helpers across all these areas so please get in touch if you can spare some time on the day. No time to small. My email – adamkyriacou11@gmail.com

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

For full match reports, please click here: http://eepurl.com/cNfeav

Round 3 Review – A Mixed Bag

Great family day with mix bag of results!

Our first Super Saturday kicked off at 8.00am given the Women’s Team started at 9.20am. I arrived early and was greeted to some pounding hip hop coming from a small hatchback jammed packed with what looked like half the Hawthorn Women’s Team. As they sat there singing away and no doubt waking up a few weary souls across North Balwyn, I reflected on how our game and club has changed recently. And it’s fantastic!

Of course I’d love to always write about 4 wins from 4 but that’s not always going to happen. Losing is a part of football just as winning is but how we respond and what we stand for as a Club is what ultimately matters. Don’t read this the wrong way – I love to win and if you asked any of my former teammates, they may allude to a few incidents that would imply I hate losing. But if I’ve learnt one lesson from sport and business it’s that you will always deal with adversity – soak it up, calm yourself and get better from the loss. The beauty of football is you have the next game to put this right! I’ve no doubts our Seniors and Reserves are already looking forward to this Saturday.

What’s amazing about having 4 teams is we’ll usually be celebrating as well and what a superb weekend for our Under 19s and Women’s teams. The Match Reports are great and as you’ll read, the Women’s Team have qualified into Division 2 or effectively C Grade. Congratulations girls. I’ve attached a link here with the divisions below –

http://www.vafa.com.au/latest-news/vafa-wilson-womens-sections-released/

The Under 19s winning 2 in a row is also huge. Our group is young and their confidence is growing week by week.

Finally and importantly, our volunteers (especially boundary umpires this week!) and supporters were sensational. So many people pitched in and helped and it was wonderful to see ex-players and their kids kicking the footy and taking in the game and post match. I’ll update with the social function calendar this Friday but needless to say we’ll be putting on more egg and bacon rolls and would love to
see you all again.

Go Wells!

 

For full match reports, please click here: http://eepurl.com/cM2lQ5

Round 2 Review – Seniors 2 from 2!

A Weekend of Firsts!

What a weekend for our football club and one many won’t forget.

A special mention must go to the Women’s Team who have created history with our first ever victory in the inaugural VAFA Women’s League. Congratulations to every single person involved from our most recent President Andrew Tsindos for taking
on the challenge and making it happen, Ken Schwab and Andrew Romanin for their coaching, Tim Wilson the new Team Manager but most importantly all the young women who have taken on the challenge, trained hard and will now go down in history – Sensational!!!

The Under 19s also recorded their first win for the season and as Dancey ‘The Prez’ tells me, it was gutsy and hard fought – no better way to win them. We all know how crucial a thriving Under 19s team is for our Club and congratulations to Gavin Powell and Boyd Elliott for putting this team together and the players for a stirring win with only 19!

I was invited to the matchday lunch at Old Ivanhoe and was warmly welcomed by their committee. Their coach and president graciously acknowledged the good work Anson and his coaching team have done over the past few seasons and expected a tough and uncompromising encounter. The Two Blues didn’t disappoint. The Reserves were rampant and set the tone for the afternoon. The Seniors then delivered a comprehensive victory and to win 2 away games in a row first up is no small achievement. It’s the start we all wanted.

For full match reports, please click here:  http://eepurl.com/cMb3Mf

Winning Women! First ever win!

A special mention must go to the Women’s Team who have created history with our first ever victory in the inaugural VAFA Women’s League. Congratulations to every single person involved from our most recent President Andrew Tsindos for taking
on the challenge and making it happen, Ken Schwab and Andrew Romanin for their coaching, Tim Wilson the new Team Manager but most importantly all the young women who have taken on the challenge, trained hard and will now go down in history – Sensational!!!

The Under 19s also recorded their first win for the season and as Dancey ‘The Prez’ tells me, it was gutsy and hard fought – no better way to win them. We all know how crucial a thriving Under 19s team is for our Club and congratulations to Gavin Powell and Boyd Elliott for putting this team together and the players for a stirring win with only 19!

I was invited to the matchday lunch at Old Ivanhoe and was warmly welcomed by their committee. Their coach and president graciously acknowledged the good work Anson and his coaching team have done over the past few seasons and expected a tough and uncompromising encounter. The Two Blues didn’t disappoint. The Reserves were rampant and set the tone for the afternoon. The Seniors then delivered a comprehensive victory and to win 2 away games in a row first up is no small achievement. It’s the start we all wanted.

However it’s only a start and we mean to go on from here with your support.  JOIN US THIS SATURDAY APRIL 29th for our first home game of 2017 for The Wellsmen Day Family BBQ.

8.30am – Bacon and Eggs Rolls for the Women’s Game

11.30am – 4pm = BBQ – Kids Free

3.30pm – Afternoon Tea in the Rooms – $5 per head

Post Match – Presentations and Bar Open and all welcome.

Well played everyone.

Go Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President

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Women’s Match Review

After coming up against a strong Old Geelong in Round 1, our second game became a historic one for the OCGFC Women’s Team. The team recorded a resounding 80-point win over Canterbury to write a small piece of history for the Club.

Pre-match, the emphasis was put on making the first contest count to set the tone for the day – when it was your time to go, you go. The team took that into the first bounce and jumped straight out of the blocks. With Deanna Booth dominating in the ruck, our midfielders were getting first use of it, moving the ball long and direct through new recruit Rhiannon Green, Sam Anjou and Gabi Opray. Four first-quarter goals gave us a handy lead, and with all the momentum the opportunity was there to really put the result beyond doubt by half time.

A couple of extra goals in the second did just that, with Ellie Defina running rings around the Canterbury defence, and Ash Sturrock and Jess Sincock providing strong marking options up forward. This developing forward structure is something we missed in the pre-season games and is exciting to see.

Going into the rooms with a comfortable seven goal lead at the main break, the team was re-jigged allowing some girls the chance to play in unfamiliar positions and the coaching staff to experiment a little. The changes didn’t halt the scoring momentum and a big take out from the second half was the amount of on-ball depth and genuine ball winners we have. While it was quiet down back, the back line has settled quickly and there is already a very strong back six led by Maggie Wilson and Steph Defina – plus good depth too.

The team can be extremely proud of a sensational performance, but still to have a little work to do on learning the Club song! With a list of 40-odd girls and the squad developing quickly, there will be plenty of opportunity to sing it a few more times in 2017.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 4, A. Sturrock 3, R. Green 2, S. Anjou, E. Taverner
Best Players: R. Green, S. Anjou, G. Opray, A. Sturrock, N. Edwards, E. Defina

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Assistant Coach

Round 1 Review – Seniors Start with a Win!

Seniors Start with Win

The Wellers season has kicked off with our 4 teams playing away. The Ressies struggled out at Marcellin on a hot day, however the Seniors came storming home kicking 4 goals to 1 in the final term in an impressive win.

The Unders battled hard out in Carnegie but after a few injuries the boys were unable to hang on. The Women’s team took on the Lightning Premiers Old Geelong who were in good form and unfortunately it was not a good day out for our ladies. However the first 3 rounds are “grading grounds” to determine balanced divisions for the remainder of the season.

Congratulations to Daniel Dick in playing his 50th game for the club in the Ressies.

This week there are no game scheduled due to Easter. I wish all the players and supporters a safe and enjoyable break and look forward to Round 2 on the 22nd April where all teams are again playing away.

Our first home games will be Round 3 on 29th April where we have all 4 teams playing at GBO. We would love to see as many supporters as possible.

Adam Kyriacou
President

Practice Matches for Saturday 1st April

The final round of practice matches are scheduled for this SATURDAY:

Men’s Teams
Venue
: Gordon Barnard Reserve
10am U19s vs Old Ivanhoe
12pm Reserves vs Old Ivanhoe
2pm Seniors vs Old Ivanhoe

Womens’ Team
Venue: Sportscover Arena (Elsternwick Park), Glenhuntly Rd & St Kilda St, Elsternwick

There is a Lightning Premiership scheduled

Round 1 9:40am Old Camberwell vs Oakleigh AFC
Round 2 12:20pm Old Camberwell vs Swinburne Uni AFC
Round 3 2:20pm Old Camberwell vs Old Haileybury

Grand Final at 3pm

All spectators and supporters welcome!