Round 14 Review

A Tough Weekend at the office but plenty to be very proud of for the Wellers
On the face of our results, you might be forgiven for thinking it was a dark day for Old Camberwell. While we always play to win, football is a tough and often uncompromising game and results don’t always go your way.But as you read through the reports, I hope you’ll realise there is much to celebrate and plenty to be heartened by from our teams performances. From our Women’s narrow loss to the undefeated side in their division, the 50+ point turnarounds for our Men’s and Women’s Reserve teams, the hardness of our depleted Thirds to play through injury or the final quarter pride our Men’s Ones found, we are developing character even at the toughest of moments. We will look back on these games, these moments and remember when we found a little more and that character discovered will find its way into a hardness that will lead to victory. It will make us stronger if we take the lessons and grow together. 

I will write again Friday but an early note that this Sunday our Women’s Teams will play their final games of the season away to Mazenod OC. We would love to see a big crowd to show our appreciation to our amazing girls who have played their hearts out this year. We have so much to celebrate with the creation of our Reserves Team this year and our Seniors stepping up a grade and continuing to create a team that can compete at the higher level and win. There is so much more to come and we’re so incredibly lucky to have our WellsWomen.

A gentle reminder re the dates below –

  • Wellsmen Lunch – Saturday August 11th @ GBO 12 noon start. Please contact Alex Dance, Justine Elliott or myself. All are welcome.
  • Final Day Spit Roast – Saturday August 25th @ GBO 12 noon start. An invite will go out shortly and please reply if you can make it so we can cater accordingly.

Enjoy the rest of the week and we look forward to seeing you this Saturday at our away games.

​Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au

Women

Having won a couple in a row, giving us renewed confidence, the Seniors went into the weekend’s game against the top team (and undefeated) West Brunswick believing we could cause an upset.

We knew it would require us to be switched on and committed for four quarters, so falling behind by two goals in the first five minutes was not an ideal start. However, it was the kick start that saw us turn it around with 10 or so minutes of tough, scintillating football that cut up West Brunswick and left them a bit shell shocked at quarter time.

The turnaround came through contributions all over the ground. We tightened up down back by switching Edi from the wing to full back. Along with the existing match ups, it meant we had their smaller, mobile forward line covered to a large degree. In the middle, Meg and Dee were interchanging in the ruck and winning most of the taps, which were being scooped up by Gab and Clare, who were feeding them out to Soph, El and others to continuously drive us forward. Across the forward line we looked the most dangerous we have all year. We took advantage of our quick ball movement through the middle, getting it into MaggieChelsea and Ash who were holding their marks. The result was two quick goals to Chelsea and El, meaning we trailed by two points going into the second.

With momentum, we continued to match it with West Brunswick, out playing them and controlling large periods of the second quarter. In particular, our captains really stepped up and displayed outstanding leadership. Steph and Sam were patrolling the defensive half of the ground, ensuring we covered off and set up strongly behind the ball. Meanwhile Maggie was playing out of her skin. Throwing herself at contest after contest, in the air and on the ground, with or without the footy. Similarly, NatRosie (on her Senior debut), Tracey and Iz followed suit by harassing around the ground. Putting their bodies on the line at every opportunity and playing beyond what their physical size might suggest. This pressure is what kept us in the game. The only thing that separated the two teams at halftime, was their classy Number 38 who converted two opportunistic goals from limited opportunities.

During the halftime break the focus was on maintaining the qualities and belief we had shown up until then. The coaches set the challenge of pulling the score back, so we were within a kick or two at the final change. If we could do this, we knew we would give ourselves every chance to go on and win.

An exciting quarter ensued, as we produced our best 20 minutes of football to date. With everyone playing their role, we were indisputably looking like the more dominant side. A goal each to Soph and Gab completed a trio of goals from our midfield. And a couple of near misses could have easily put us in front. Instead, West Brunswick were awarded a dubious goal from a set shot marked on the line by Sam, which gave them a nine-point lead going into the last quarter.

Having clawed back a two-goal deficit for the second time in the game, the final quarter was something of an anti-climax, mixed with misfortune. West Brunswick got an early goal, following which we continued to apply forward pressure. But a head injury to one of their players ate up 10 minutes of time (the clock doesn’t stop under VAFA women’s rules), which effectively killed the game. A final goal sealed it for them, as we went down by 21 points.

It was an honourable loss, but one in which we would have been a deserved winner. We more than matched by far the most dominant team in the division who have regularly won by 50-plus points. Moreover, we did it with three less players on the bench, which, due to injuries, became even more as the game wore on. Added to this, our full backline was made up of three girls who have only progressed to the senior team in the latter part of the season (one playing her first game), while our starting midfield all began 2018 in different positions. To a large extent it points to the impact of significant injuries and omissions we have had this year, but more importantly it points to just how much exciting potential there is in the playing group. As much as losses can be savoured, this was one of those. We now look to finishing the season with a win against Mazenod, which should lift us to a ladder position more reflective of where we are at.

Thanks to all the helpers and fantastic support we received on Saturday. I overheard West Brunswick players and supporters comment on this multiple times. Credit to all.

Goal Kickers: C. Dyer, E. Defina, S. Bangs, G. Opray
Best Players: M. Wilson, S. Defina, S. Anjou, G. Opray, E. Kaehne, N. Edwards

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 13 13 0 0 0 0 701 209 335.41 52
2 St Mary’s Salesian 13 9 4 0 0 0 630 278 226.62 36
3 Monash Blues 13 8 4 1 0 0 445 262 169.85 34
4 Old Geelong 13 8 5 0 0 0 340 338 100.59 32
5 Collegians 13 5 7 1 0 0 284 439 64.69 22
6 Brunswick Renegades 13 4 9 0 0 0 273 406 67.24 16
7 Old Camberwell 13 4 9 0 0 0 255 447 57.05 16
8 Mazenod OC 13 0 13 0 0 0 222 771 28.79 0

Women Reserves

After taking on second place Old Geelong last weekend, we travelled to McAllister Reserve to take on the top side West Brunswick who had beaten us by 136 points in Round 7. Starting the game with only 20 players available, we knew that we couldn’t let the opposition get away from us in the first quarter.

The opening quarter saw us get off to a strong start as we got on top in the centre clearances and stopped West Brunswick getting out the back of the contests as we shut down there players. Our tackling pressure and work rate was our strongest first quarter effort all year. We attacked the ball at pace and our play in congestion combined with our defensive work ensured that the opposition couldn’t get any easy possessions. With our midfield leading the way in close with Katie, Lucy, Steph Elovaris and Rach we were showing great fight and setting the standard for how the game would be played. Despite our consistent pressure we were unable to hit the scoreboard ourselves but managed to keep West Brunswick to 8 points at quarter time.

The second term West Brunswick managed to move the ball in to their forward line and despite our best efforts we were unable to lock the opposition down and stop them from putting the pressure on the scoreboard. Despite the continued work of our midfield at stoppages and our defenders playing accountable football, West Brunswick managed to get goal side a few too many times as well as spotting up some targets in their forward line and quickly put on 3 goals before we again showed great spirit to work our way back in to the game. We finished the half trailing by 34 points.  Phoebe was relentless in her endeavours and attack  throughout the game and continued to impact the contest.

Opening the second half, the start of the third term was much like our first as we locked down the outside run of West Brunswick and ensured that they couldn’t get goal side . Our defenders worked hard to go back to the accountable football that we played in the first term with Kath, Sarah and Alex Osborne all showing great composure around the defensive line, while Greta continued to attack from defence, reading the play and providing run all day. Our forward line worked hard with SavKate and Smithy presenting hard and ensuring that we had plenty of options, and Smithy showed great positioning as she continued to take intercept marks and set-up entries in to the forward line. Unfortunately we were again unable to capitalise on the inside 50’s.  Georgia was at the contest and made great position and was fierce in her efforts. Our dominance in the ruck continued as Jess won taps at will and cleared the congestion and worked hard all day with Alice to ensure that our midfielders had plenty of opportunities.  With all our hard work we maintained West Brunswick to only 3 points for the quarter .

In the final term we managed to get the ball and the team’s effort was highlighted by Eliza, who had continued to work hard to make the right position and managed to take one of the great marks of the year as she held her opponent at bay. The hard work of the previous quarters were topped off when Emilia snapped from the pocket to kick our first goal of the game and was a reflection of the hard work that she had been putting in. Jade B worked hard on the wing to get defensive and help out our defenders. West Brunswick managed to put on 3 goals late in the quarter as our rotations became limited and the girls had worked hard to maintain the intensity for 4 quarters. It was great to see Prue work hard playing defence, forward and on-ball as she kept going through the middle of the ground and impacted contest after contest. Eventually we were unable to hold West Brunswick as they ran out winners by 65 points.

Despite the scoreline blowing out late in the game, we had taken the contest up to West Brunswick for most of the game and showed great improvement from the first time we had taken them on. Our endeavour and intensity were incredible as we continued to run all day.  A huge thanks to all those who came down early to support the team and help out on the day it has been great to have the support each week.

We look forward to the final game on Sunday against Mazenod as we look to finish of the season.

Goal Kickers: E. Fuller
Best Players: J. Sincock, G. Smith, R. Brazzale, G. Kaehne, E. Jessup, K. Mckenzie

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick AFC 13 12 1 0 0 0 1031 161 640.37 48
2 Old Geelong 13 11 2 0 0 0 1121 115 974.78 44
3 St Mary’s Salesian 13 11 2 0 0 0 927 220 421.36 44
4 Brunswick Renegades 13 7 6 0 0 0 330 472 69.92 28
5 Collegians 12 3 9 0 0 0 224 769 29.13 12
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 3 10 0 0 0 158 794 19.90 12
7 Monash Blues 12 2 10 0 0 1 152 819 18.56 12
8 Mazenod 13 2 11 0 0 0 188 790 23.80 8

Thirds

In another challenging affair for the thirds, the boys rallied to ensure we were able to get up for the week in tremendous spirit. In the same spirit, we were able to ensure that we were combative and in the first half took it right up to Mazenod, who were placed forth on the ladder. With tremendous efforts from Matt Teseriero and Angelo Viola in the backline, we were right in the contest going into half time.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of time playing as a group with a number of new faces in the team, injuries and loss of rotations, Mazenod were far too good in the third, kicking away to a strong lead and cementing the game going into the final break. However, the boys again showed they were made of stronger stuff and everyone put in to ensure that we were not beaten lightly and made it a contest right to the final siren. Steven Cunningham had his best day for a while, Matt Hazicostas and Tyler Phelps continued with their development, playing most of the game in the midfield.

Special mention must also go to many other blokes played through injury and sickness to ensure that we could compete as a team. It was a very tough day at the office and I was immensely proud of the boys in their fight and toil.
With only two games to go, we are looking forward to finishing the year on a high with a very winnable game against St Marys away this week.

Goal Kickers: A. Lacki, T. Canetti, P. Dennis
Best Players: S. Cunningham, T. Phelps, M. Tesoriero, A. Viola, J. Alexeyeff, M. Hatzikostas

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 14 11 3 0 0 0 1389 722 192.38 44
2 Old Carey 13 8 4 1 1 0 978 752 130.05 38
3 Mazenod 13 8 5 0 0 1 990 826 119.85 36
4 Marcellin OC 14 8 5 1 0 0 1081 1041 103.84 34
5 Old Geelong 14 6 8 0 0 0 868 963 90.13 24
6 P E G S 13 4 8 1 0 1 871 848 102.71 22
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 3 10 0 0 1 606 1117 54.25 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 12 3 8 1 0 0 678 1278 53.05 14

Men

Coming off seven wins in a row the Seniors were confident going into the game against second placed Fitzroy, especially after a stirring victory against our opponents earlier in the year.

The tone of the game was set early, and unfortunately it was not pretty for the Camberwell boys.  A fierce Fitzroy side was quickly into stride, not giving our boys any space when we got the ball, and moving it with pace and precision when they got hold of the pill.  We struggled around the contest with Jimmy Allen off the ground after a knock to the nose and Chook Hensby effectively blanketed by a tagger (testament to the great form Chook has been in over the last month).  When we did manage to get the ball forward Alex Taverner was busy, but the well organised  Fitzroy defence forced him wide to find the ball.  A strong mark and accurate kick by Nick Adamson resulted in our only goal for the quarter.

Scoreboard wise, the second quarter was our most productive, as we added three goals.  Robbie Campbell was dangerous up forward and kicked two for the quarter, and Nick Adamson added another.  Despite being comprehensively outplayed we were 25 points down at half-time and not without a chance.

However, Fitzroy’s dominance in general play translated into scoreboard pressure in the third term as they added seven goals to one.  Had it not been for the outstanding efforts of Robbie Deev and Simon Bennett down back it would have been far worse.

Trailing by 58 points at three quarter time, the game had the potential to turn into a horror show, and to be quite candid, in previous years it may well have.  To our boys credit, we dug in and broke even in the last quarter scoring two goals each.  Kellan Percy tried manfully against the 211cm beanpole, while Josh Holding stuck to his task well in limiting his effectiveness of their gun midfielder.  Ben Hart and Joe Arnold tried hard all day and won plenty of the football.

In analysing our loss a number of points shone through.  We did not cope well with their intense pressure and turned the ball over 37 times, which made life extremely tough for our backline.  Fitzroy’s ability to flood back and then run hard forward after winning the ball back left us out position too often.  And most importantly, Fitzroy are a good side who played extremely well and we were poor on the day.

All in all, there are plenty of things to work on, but we sit fourth on the ladder for a reason.  We need to regroup and learn the lessons from Saturday, just as Fitzroy did after their loss to us earlier in the year.  A tough game at Ivanhoe awaits – we look forward to getting back onto the winners list.

Goal Kickers: R. Campbell 4, N. Adamson 2, M. Powell
Best Players: R. Campbell, J. Holding, R. Deev, R. West, B. Hart, S. Bennett

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 14 13 1 0 0 0 1662 771 215.56 52
2 Fitzroy FC 14 12 2 0 0 0 1515 800 189.38 48
3 Old Geelong 14 9 5 0 0 0 1202 1046 114.91 36
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 14 9 5 0 0 0 1136 1091 104.12 36
5 PEGS Football Club 14 7 7 0 0 0 1034 1139 90.78 28
6 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 14 6 8 0 0 0 1316 1229 107.08 24
7 Marcellin OC 14 6 8 0 0 0 1067 1179 90.50 24
8 Old Mentonians 14 4 10 0 0 0 1049 1264 82.99 16
9 Peninsula 14 3 11 0 0 0 856 1501 57.03 12
10 St Mary’s Salesian 14 1 13 0 0 0 998 1815 54.99 4
Men Reserves

Top team Fitzroy headed up the Eastern Freeway to the “Barnyard” keen to inflict another heavy defeat on our boys, who have struggled to kick a score in recent weeks. They certainly appeared keen as their Coach had them at the ground at 10.20 am meeting mid ground & their pre-match warm-up seemed to go for an eternity.

We welcomed players up from the 3s, Steve Richards to replace Jase Edwards, who failed to come up for the game and also the “raging bull”, Fraser Mascitelli, who has had an injury interrupted season.

Our boys were up for the challenge though, having been forced all week into the Collingwood training jumpers, and playing the role of the opposition in our training drills. It certainly helped give them an edge and they certainly came out of the blocks quickly, scoring the first couple of goals before the Roy boys awoke from their slumber. It is pleasing to report that we kept at them and went into the first break 8 points in arrears.

Lots of excitement in the huddle as we were taking it up to the opposition. It does go to show though that if that urgency and intent dips, the quality opposition will seize the opportunity and score a couple of quick goals to put a break on our endeavours.
Louis Campbell was in everything in the midfield and he certainly gave the team great with his bustling, hard charging approach to the loose ball. Mick Jenkin was showing his versatility in the middle as well but he was also showing his team mates how to score around the goal face by marking strongly in contested scenarios and snapping truly. Even the Mailman Matty Cottrell was getting into the game with a classic goal on the run taking the opportunity presented when following his opponent upfield.

Big Zach Herbstreit spent more time up forward this week, using his height to advantage and was also able to snag a couple of goals as well. He was complemented by Scotty Kaiser, who chimed in for a couple as well, in a welcome return to form in front of the goals.

The final quarter was a real positive for us and the boys were able to outscore the opposition and finish 4 goals down, a significant improvement on previous encounter when the Lions defeated us by in excess of 80 points.

It is pleasing to report that the determination displayed early was carried through the majority of the match and we look forward to taking some serious scalps over the remainder of the season to finish with at least a 9/9 season.

Goal Kickers: M. Jenkin 2, Z. Herbstreit 2, S. Kaiser 2, M. Cottrell, S. Richards, J. Huntsman
Best Players: L. Campbell, C. Young, A. Bongiorno, M. Cottrell, T. Pepperell, J. Wilson

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 14 13 1 0 0 0 1386 488 284.02 52
2 Williamstown CYMS 14 11 2 1 0 0 1330 565 235.40 46
3 Old Geelong 14 11 3 0 0 0 1274 543 234.62 44
4 Marcellin OC 14 8 5 1 0 0 1000 694 144.09 34
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 14 8 6 0 0 0 1156 815 141.84 32
6 PEGS Football Club 14 6 8 0 0 0 856 814 105.16 24
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 5 8 0 0 1 686 905 75.80 24
8 St Mary’s Salesian 14 4 10 0 0 0 821 1065 77.09 16
9 Peninsula 14 2 12 0 0 0 552 1284 42.99 8
10 Old Mentonians 13 0 13 0 0 0 288 2220 12.97 0

 

Round 13 Review – Men Seniors go 7-in-a-row!

Men’s Seniors make it 7 on the trot and Women’s Seniors go back to back
It’s never easy following a clean sweep but all our teams gave it a red hot go on Saturday. The sun was bright early and while I didn’t make it over to Marcellin for the Thirds, the effort their sounded superb. I did manage to take in the first half of the Women’s Reserves and while the scoreboard won’t reflect this, the endeavour our girls displayed was sensational. Our Men’s Reserves went close against a solid outfit and importantly, played some flowing football.Both our Senior teams deserve some special praise. Our Women have had a tougher season than their first as they not only went up a grade to Premier B but also had to contend with a horrendous run of injuries. What continues to impress me is the tightness of this group, their determination to compete and win and the huge improvements they have shown as individuals and as a group. Make no mistake, beating Old Geelong on Saturday was epic. In our first ever game of Women’s football in 2017, Old Geelong beat us by at least 15 goals. To run over the top of them at Como Park was a magnificent achievement. Stick together as 2019 will be a bumper year.

As Anson said, our Men keep finding a way to win. Each week, different people step up and have their best games. This week it was Joey Arnold and Robbie West, the previous weeks others have made the difference. There is real unity, hardness and team play and while you can’t always play expansive, flowing football, you can always compete hard and we are doing that in spades. PEGS away is always a very good win and to come away after the terrible injury to Lachie Powell speaks volumes about the character of this team.

A gentle reminder re the dates below –

  • Wellsmen Lunch – Saturday August 11th @ GBO 12 noon start. Please contact Alex Dance, Justine Elliott or myself. All are welcome.
  • Final Day Spit Roast – Saturday August 25th @ GBO 12 noon start. An invite will go out shortly and please reply if you can make it so we can cater accordingly.

Enjoy the week and we look forward to seeing you either at GBO for the Men’s or away at West Brunswick for the Women’s.

​Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au

Men

After suffering a heavy defeat to PEGS in round 7 earlier in the year, the boys were keen for redemption out at Essendon Fields on a perfect winter’s day.

The first half was played at a frenetic pace with neither side giving an inch and both teams looking to secure spots in a tight top 4 at the pointy end of the season. There was plenty to play for and the tension was high from the off.

The boys were caught on the back foot early as PEGSs ran in waves and presented their big marking forwards with plenty of opportunities to score. We were overusing the ball a little which lead to some poor skills and execution. We hadn’t clicked early and needed to lift and matters weren’t helped when young gun Lachie Powell went down early in the game with a serious broken leg and the boys were understandably a little rattled and concerned for their teammate.

Fortunately Joe Arnold, fresh from a dropped tribunal charge, was on fire, racking up 27 possessions and bagging 3 goals in a low scoring affair. He was having his best game for the year as was speedster Robbie West (18 possies & 4 tackles). Cam Wilson was well on top of PEGS danger forward Adrian Romanyk and Simon Bennett was, as ever, providing plenty of dash from half back.
It was a tight, gritty affair for three quarters and while we hadn’t played our best footy, our pressure was high and we weren’t allowing PEGS to get on top. With a 2-3 goal breeze in the last, we had given ourselves a chance.

The start of the last quarter didn’t go to plan. PEGS kicked 2 goals into the breeze and were finding it hard to create scoring opportunities. But with 15 minutes to go, we exploded into life. Kellan Percy led the way in the middle, jumping high and giving us first use, Chook Hensby (26 possies) started to dominate with his damaging outside run. Jimmy Allen (26) & Ben Hart ( 29 ) both ran riot in the middle and Nick Adamson sprang to life up forward kicking truly. We blasted the last 4 goals to run over a dogged PEGS outfit.

A fantastic effort in the end from the boys after a even, hard fought first 3 quarters. It was very pleasing to see our boys “finding a way to win” and continue our amazing run.

Thanks for all those who travelled out to Keilor and we hope to see you all back at GBO for our massive clash with top of the ladder Fitzroy next week.

Goal Kickers: J. Arnold 3, A. Taverner 2, N. Adamson 2, S. Powell 2, J. Allen
Best Players: C. Wilson, S. Bennett, B. Hart, J. Arnold, K. Percy , R. West

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 13 12 1 0 0 0 1554 728 213.46 48
2 Fitzroy FC 13 11 2 0 0 0 1406 750 187.47 44
3 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 9 4 0 0 0 1086 982 110.59 36
4 Old Geelong 13 8 5 0 0 0 1086 997 108.93 32
5 PEGS Football Club 13 7 6 0 0 0 975 992 98.29 28
6 Marcellin OC 13 6 7 0 0 0 1024 1071 95.61 24
7 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 13 5 8 0 0 0 1169 1170 99.91 20
8 Old Mentonians 13 4 9 0 0 0 1000 1148 87.11 16
9 Peninsula 13 2 11 0 0 0 765 1417 53.99 8
10 St Mary’s Salesian 13 1 12 0 0 0 914 1724 53.02 4

 


 
Men Reserves

Footy ‘finally’ returned for the team, having not played for three weeks (Bye last week & an opposition forfeit the previous week).
The theme for the first quarter was “Early Involvements”. The boys had certainly freshened up & we were drawn to play an opponent whom we had recorded a 2 point victory, earlier in the season. Everyone was on edge & keen to perform. The gods were smiling, no wind & the sun was shining bright. What more could a coach ask for …?

The team put on its brightest start to a match with 9 inside 50s recorded and 3 goals scored to take a small lead into the first break. Jase Edwardswas relishing his move into the forward line & he was certainly hunting the ground ball. Disappointing to report that his return for the afternoon was 3 behinds. (If only they were goals, sigh!!!) Jon Huntsman was a livewire as well and with great support from the “will o the wisp” Tom Pepperell out on the wing, racking up his score assist stats we were buoyed by our efforts thus far.

As always, we anticipated a lift in effort & intensity by the opposition, but the boys stood strong to take a 7 point lead into the long break. Whilst the endeavour was highly evident, we were not getting a return for our efforts and basic skill errors and costly fumbles were costing us dearly all over the ground.

The half time break is concern to the coaching panel as we have too regularly seen our boys concentration levels dip and we can roll back out with our mindset significantly lower than when we went in. Alas it was the same again for us & after our early strong efforts we could only score one more goal for the match, conceding 5 to the Bombers to go down by a disappointing 17 points.

It was great to see Alex Vickery regain his spot in the team, Matty ‘The Mail Man’ Cottrell returned, as did Tom Schipper & Scotty Kaiser from a long term hand injury. We had the fire power, but our concentration levels waned significantly as the game wore on and we struggled to run the game out.

A big week this week boys, as we face the Fitzroy juggernaut at GBO. We matched them for a half last time round, falling away as the game wore on. We will be looking for big numbers on the track working on their fitness and more importantly their footy skills, particularly under pressure.

Goal Kickers: B. Williams, S. Kaiser, M. Jenkin, A. Vickery, J. Huntsman
Best Players: T. Schipper, J. Huntsman, J. Edwards, A. Vickery, N. Benson, O. Lloyd

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 13 12 1 0 0 0 1304 430 303.26 48
2 Williamstown CYMS 13 10 2 1 0 0 1236 509 242.83 42
3 Old Geelong 13 10 3 0 0 0 1108 535 207.10 40
4 Marcellin OC 13 8 4 1 0 0 944 600 157.33 34
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 13 7 6 0 0 0 1105 790 139.87 28
6 PEGS Football Club 13 6 7 0 0 0 831 763 108.91 24
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 5 7 0 0 1 628 823 76.31 24
8 St Mary’s Salesian 13 3 10 0 0 0 737 1020 72.25 12
9 Peninsula 13 2 11 0 0 0 507 1200 42.25 8
10 Old Mentonians 12 0 12 0 0 0 280 2054 13.63 0

 


Women

The Seniors strung two wins together for the first time this season, coming away with an extremely satisfying win against an Old Geelong side sitting in third place and a certainty to play finals this year.

With a focus on hard running and link up play at training over the last couple of weeks, our aim was to execute this and take advantage of the large expanses at Como Park. The improvement at training has been fantastic and we were confident about taking the game to Old Geelong.

That confidence was on display early as we began the game full of running. Dee and Meg were dominant in the ruck while our midfielders were on their toes and reading most of the taps, giving us consistent forward entries. We were working hard to create pressure around the contest and set up well across the ground, particularly when setting up the defensive wall on our offensive side of the square. An early goal through Ash set the tone, which was almost immediately followed up by a second. It was a strong statement, and despite Old Geelong responding to go in two points ahead at the first break, we had shown enough to suggest we were a genuine chance.

While the first quarter hadn’t offered the opportunity to spread and run, we knew this would happen as the game wore on and legs tired. Being on the warmer side, their legs began to tire earlier than usual, while our running game and work rate lifted. All over the ground we found another gear and were ferocious. The midfield rotations clicked with GabElClareMaggieSoph and Izy finding a way to get to every contest. We won about six or seven free kicks from holding the ball decisions, often with two or more gang tackling the ball carrier. Sam BSam A and Steph began to transition the ball from defence with more deliberate play and some great team efforts deep in defence. Generally, we made them look sloppy when moving forward because of how well we were working to support each other by dropping back in numbers.

In contrast, our forward line looked more structured having deliberately paired off into three tall-small forward combinations. We had good movement with ChelseaAnna and Ash offering multiple leads that allowed our runners a range of short or long options when hitting up targets. As the small forwards in those combinations, Nat and Jane (and El when not in the middle) were getting front and centre and winning the crumbs. Our feedback handballs were hitting targets and we kicked a second goal through a good combination from Chelsea and El.

Up at the main break, we looked focused and hungry. The third quarter was all about maintaining the same level of intensity and ensuring Old Geelong didn’t get on top while kicking with the wind.

While they managed to pull one back, we kept working hard and denied them opportunities to score. Brig was shutting down a wiry Old Geelong forward who has caused us troubles in the past and often given them a lot of creativity up forward. While significant pressure and lots of sacrificial running from TraceGeorgiaEdie and Amelia contributed to our overall ability to maintain the standard we had set. In fact, we scored freely ourselves (albeit behinds) and could’ve put the game away.

Up at the final break, a big push was needed from everyone. In the end we never looked like giving it up. A final goal from El after another feedback handball gave us breathing space and a couple of points put it out of reach for Old Geelong. Without being instructed to do so, the team played the final quarter in a way well-drilled and experienced teams know how to do. Contest after contest we were switched on and smart about locking down the play in our forward half, protecting the ball carrier, covering off their loose players, occupying space and slowing the game down when needed.

Without doubt the most complete performance, and bar our grand final win, perhaps the most satisfying result we have had. In Round 1 last year, Old Geelong beat us 66 to 6 (we kicked the last goal of the game) and they laughed us off. Saturday’s win should be a proud moment for everyone.

Thanks to the training staff, Katie and Rachael for helping after their game, and all other helpers and supporters.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 2, A. Sturrock
Best Players: E. Defina, C. Wilson, G. Opray, S. Anjou, S. Defina, M. Harper

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 12 12 0 0 0 0 653 182 358.79 48
2 St Mary’s Salesian 12 9 3 0 0 0 600 238 252.10 36
3 Monash Blues 12 7 4 1 0 0 405 232 174.57 30
4 Old Geelong 12 7 5 0 0 0 295 323 91.33 28
5 Collegians 12 4 7 1 0 0 250 419 59.67 18
6 Brunswick Renegades 12 4 8 0 0 0 253 372 68.01 16
7 Old Camberwell 12 4 8 0 0 0 228 399 57.14 16
8 Mazenod OC 12 0 12 0 0 0 207 726 28.51 0

 


Women ReservesLooking to secure back to back wins, we knew we would need to bring our top game against the much fancied Old Geelong given that they have been one of the teams to beat all year. With only one on the bench, we needed to get off to a good start to ensure that we put the pressure on the opposition.

At the opening bounce we dominated the centred clearances as Alice and our on ballers of KatieEmiliaGreta and Lucy all managed to get plenty of the ball, while Laura worked hard on the wing. Despite dominating the centre clearances we were unable to put the score on the board as Old Geelong were quick across the ground and showed plenty of run as they managed to secure 5 goals in the opening quarter.

Despite the score line not reflecting the work of the girls, we showed some great fight in the second quarter as we began to stick our tackles and restricted the oppositions ability to get our the back in their forward line. Sav and Lisa worked hard to shut down the run out of our forward line, while Alex S took some great marks across the half forward line.

In the second half we showed great fight as we locked down Old Geelong and ensured that they didn’t have any easy shots on goal as Rosie at full back patrolled the goal line saving a number of attempts from the opposition. LucyEmilia and Georgia S fought for everything across the half backline as they continued to fight for every ball. Rachael’s work rate was enormous as she ran through the middle and pushed back to help her team mates in defence. Prue presented well up forward and worked hard to lock the ball in the forward line, whilst Georgia Phoebe and Eliza played across a number of different positions as they put pressure and showed some great poise against one of the top sides.

Our second half showed great fight as we managed to keep Old Geelong to 4 goals for the half – however we couldn’t manage to get a score on the board ourselves despite a number of opportunities, which was disappointing but showed that the never give up attitude of the team.

We look forward to getting a number of players back this week and will bounce back as the team continues to improve and our work rate has continued to improve each week.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped out on the day as well as to those who came down to support the team.

Best Players: R. Strasser, L. Cooper, G. Kaehne, A. Fly, R. Brazzale, G. Smith

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick AFC 12 11 1 0 0 0 959 154 622.73 44
2 Old Geelong 12 10 2 0 0 0 973 114 853.51 40
3 St Mary’s Salesian 12 10 2 0 0 0 851 217 392.17 40
4 Brunswick Renegades 12 6 6 0 0 0 292 459 63.62 24
5 Collegians 11 3 8 0 0 0 211 731 28.86 12
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 3 9 0 0 0 151 722 20.91 12
7 Monash Blues 11 2 9 0 0 1 149 743 20.05 12
8 Mazenod 12 2 10 0 0 0 187 642 29.13 8

Thirds

This week was always going to be a difficult affair due to a lack of numbers facing the thirds and the quality of our opposition playing good footy on their home deck. Unperturbed by these challenges, the boys started extremely strongly, kicking the first goal of the game and getting right in Marcellin’s faces. However, due to a lack of defensive abilities on the outside, Marcellin were able to kick away to a four goal lead into the first break.

Our second quarter was also a tremendous effort, with the boys physical in the contest and Declan Hudson-Mollard becoming more and more the enforcer of our team! Unfortunately, it was during this term that not only did Marcellin get on top of us but Nick Russell reinjured himself and after half time was unable to take the field again.

Asked at half time with the enormous challenge of playing a man down for the rest of the game, not only did everyone stand up, but they took it right up to the opposition. In a season where we have rarely won a third quarter, we matched Marcellin for the entire term. Steven Cunningham, Tom Eastick & Richie McDonald were all instrumental in willing the troops forward, while Ty Phelps & Steve Richards provided plenty of drive off.

All in all the boys were inspirational in their efforts and while the score did not at any stage reflect the endeavour and closeness of the day, they played very bravely.

Goal Kickers: T. Eastick 2, O. Anderson 2, N. Russell, L. Moran
Best Players: D. Hudson-Mollard, T. Phelps, S. Cunningham, S. Richards, R. McDonald, T. Eastick

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 13 10 3 0 0 0 1277 659 193.78 40
2 Old Carey 12 7 4 1 1 0 908 702 129.34 34
3 Marcellin OC 13 8 4 1 0 0 1018 929 109.58 34
4 Mazenod 12 7 5 0 0 1 773 761 101.58 32
5 Old Geelong 13 6 7 0 0 0 818 893 91.60 24
6 P E G S 13 4 8 1 0 0 770 813 94.71 18
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 3 9 0 0 1 579 995 58.19 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 12 3 8 1 0 0 678 1082 62.66 14

Round 12 – Super Saturday – All Winners!

Super Saturday Delivers on All Fronts!
I can’t remember if we’ve had a clean sweep on a Super Saturday previously but after the Thirds kicked off the dew and stormed home in the last to win by 2 points, it felt like it was going to be our day.  As always, the reports are sensational and highlight how we went about our football. The consistent them was hard work, contested football, never giving up and playing out the whole game. On Saturday, it all came together and well done to all the players, coaches, team managers and trainers. The results were richly deserved given all the work that’s gone into our club.What really capped off our Super Saturday was the volunteers and supporters who made it to the game. As you’ll know, it takes a small army to make a day like that work and it was fantastic to see so many volunteers in the canteens, on the BBQ and around the club all day. Thank you to everyone who came to help. Special thanks to Ruth, Michelle, Lisa, Janet, Justine and Di for your super work on the canteens and Towny and Spuz for manning the BBQ and not burning the snags. As always, our committee were sensational – Jo, Kath, Alex, Vickers, Boydy, John – thank you for putting in a power of work to make the day a success. A special thanks to Steve Derry whose photos always make these updates so much better.

Finally, our supporters were absolutely brilliant. I tend to hover on the bank between the two ovals and each time I went to check the scores, the cheers and noise from both crowds was loud and wonderful to hear. Our teams always support each other and to have a full balcony filled with supporters and players to bring home the Seniors made this old man a very happy and proud Weller.
It’s a bye this weekend and we then regroup for away games. Unbelievably, there’s not that much footy left. Some dates for the diary in advance:

  • Wellsmen Lunch – Saturday August 11th @ GBO 12 noon start. Please contact Alex Dance, Justine Elliott or myself. All are welcome.
  • Final Day Spit Roast – Saturday August 25th @ GBO 12 noon start. An invite will go out shortly and please reply if you can make it so we can cater accordingly.

Have a great break and looking forward to catching up at our next games

​Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au

Thirds

The Old Camberwell 3rds enjoyed an early 9.20AM start as they took on Old Geelong at GBO on Saturday morning. Faced with their fair share of adversity, their Coach Ben Ebbage decided this week was the week to dust off his football boots, locate his mouthguard and return to the field after 4 years on the sideline and 2 knee reconstructions. Coached by the dynamic duo of Sam Boyce and Andrew Parker, the team was pumped for the special occasion.

The first quarter brought plenty of opportunities for Tom Pepperell and Alex Bongiorno, often finding each other through the middle. Unfortunately some wayward kicking resulted in missed opportunities and frustrated forwards. Alex Vickery dominated in the ruck with Louis Campbell and Christian Gorman reading the hit outs to perfection. Matt Bromell kicked 2 early goals but Old Geelong kicked 4 straight and were up at the break. Ben Ebbage update: 0 kicks 1 handball 3 1%ers

The second quarter started after a violent spray from acting coach Sam Boyce. The boys were fired up and came out with impressive but ultimately unrewarded effort. Steve Richards, Marcus ‘Schooner’ Cristiani and Charles Maccallum competed hard all quarter but were unable to help cut into the 10 point margin. The boys adjusted well to the pace of the game and took pride in their kicks. Ben Ebbage update: 1 horrible kick that resulted in a turnover goal, 3 handballs 4 1%ers.

After half time, the boys blinked and were down 52-23. An ordinary quarter resulting in only 1 behind scored. The backline was under the pump with Matt Tesoriero and Matt Hatzikostas getting their fair share of the footy. The boys were flat and deserved a spray at the quarters end. Ben Ebbage stat line unchanged. 1 kick, 3 handballs, 4 1%ers.
Assistant Coach Andrew Parke, identifying the boys needed to lift, delivered one of the speeches of the decade before the boys went out in the 4th quarter.

Facing a 29 point deficit, the Wellers came out flying and kicked the first 2 goals thanks to Alex Bongiorno and Steven Cunningham. The coaches could feel a comeback brewing. Coach Boyce decided it was time for Ben Ebbage to go one out in the square and the rest was history. Ebbage dobs one from 40 out, then later steps up and takes a kick from the boundary to put the team up by 2 with 3 minutes to play. Michael Jenkin and Ben Warburton cut off any last effort by Geelong and the siren went. Great team win. One to tell the kids about. Ben Ebbage update: 17 kicks, 4 handballs 2 goals no additional knee injuries.

Goal Kickers: M. Bromell 4, B. Ebbage 2, S. Cunningham, A. Bongiorno, S. Richards
Best Players: M. Bromell, S. Cunningham, A. Vickery, S. Richards, M. Hatzikostas, M. TesorieroBen Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 12 10 2 0 0 0 1223 593 206.24 40
2 Old Carey 11 6 4 1 1 0 824 645 127.75 30
3 Marcellin OC 12 7 4 1 0 0 883 890 99.21 30
4 Mazenod 12 7 5 0 0 0 773 761 101.58 28
5 Old Geelong 12 5 7 0 0 0 752 839 89.63 20
6 P E G S 12 4 7 1 0 0 713 729 97.81 18
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 3 8 0 0 1 540 860 62.79 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 12 3 8 1 0 0 678 1082 62.66 14

 
Men

The Wellers continued their winning streak with a hard fought 12 point win over bogey side Mentone, who we’d not beaten in the our previous 3 outings. It wasn’t our prettiest victory this year, as the winter elements swept across a wet GBO, but probably one of our most rewarding in the end.

The Panthers had come to play and scored 2 early goals, catch us off guard through tough, relentless attack on the footy and a full press to test out boys’ patience. Luckily for us, inform backman DeevWilson and Bennett repelled many attacks given some wayward kicking from our forwards who were unable to capitalise on the many opportunities in front of goal in a tight first half. We went into the long break frustrated after too many poor skill errors but determined to turn our lacklustre performance around.

After a rev up, the boys responded with some cleaner ball movement & forward entries. HensbyAllen & the captain Hart (who flew in from the US earlier that morning) were starting to dominate the middle with the help of talented youngster Kellan Percy in the ruck. Wingers Sam Boyce & Sammy Powell start to find the ball and Nick Latsas was getting dangerous up forward. The momentum had turned our way with fewer errors and much cleaner entries as the boys controlled the second half with 5 goals to 2.

Most pleasing was the way the boys worked their way back into contest and never gave up. In the end, we found a way to win in a scrappy, hard fought contest. We rest up this week with the bye and look forward to PEGS the following week away.

Thanks to the big crowd of supporters who come down on the day. It makes a huge difference to the boys and it would be sensational to get some travelling support to PEGS in what will be another great test for the team.
Goal Kickers: N. Latsas 2, R. West, S. Powell, A. Brettingham-Moore, N. Adamson, B. Hart, W. Dalrymple
Best Players: R. Deev, L. Powell, C. Wilson, S. Boyce, B. Hart, C. Hensby

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 12 11 1 0 0 0 1390 665 209.02 44
2 Fitzroy FC 12 10 2 0 0 0 1249 725 172.28 40
3 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 8 4 0 0 0 1019 925 110.16 32
4 Old Geelong 12 7 5 0 0 0 989 937 105.55 28
5 PEGS Football Club 12 7 5 0 0 0 918 925 99.24 28
6 Marcellin OC 12 6 6 0 0 0 964 974 98.97 24
7 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 12 5 7 0 0 0 1088 1048 103.82 20
8 Old Mentonians 12 3 9 0 0 0 878 1067 82.29 12
9 Peninsula 12 2 10 0 0 0 740 1260 58.73 8
10 St Mary’s Salesian 12 1 11 0 0 0 851 1560 54.55 4

 

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Men Reserves

Disappointingly, the Old Mentone reserve side forfeited late Friday night. We get the 4 points but not the percentage boost we were expecting.

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 12 11 1 0 0 0 1152 415 277.59 44
2 Old Geelong 12 10 2 0 0 0 1062 452 234.96 40
3 Williamstown CYMS 12 9 2 1 0 0 1108 471 235.24 38
4 Marcellin OC 12 7 4 1 0 0 861 553 155.70 30
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 12 6 6 0 0 0 912 752 121.28 24
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 5 6 0 0 1 541 742 72.91 24
7 PEGS Football Club 12 5 7 0 0 0 777 726 107.02 20
8 St Mary’s Salesian 12 3 9 0 0 0 699 892 78.36 12
9 Peninsula 12 2 10 0 0 0 492 1049 46.90 8
10 Old Mentonians 11 0 11 0 0 0 242 1811 13.36 0

Women

A hard-fought 10-point win against our arch rivals Collegians was just reward for the Seniors after a month of near misses. In a dominant display, in which we controlled the game from siren to siren and created plenty of scoring opportunities, the only thing missing was a far greater margin on the scoreboard – which would’ve been thoroughly deserved.

The past month has seen the team undergo something of a reshape after a string of injuries and mid-season departures for the European summer. With players playing in a range of different positions it’s been a learning curve for many, but is clearly paying off. Right across the ground players have switched positions. GabEl Defina and Soph have spent significant time in the midfield, Sam A and Brig have moved to defence, the Kaehne girls have pushed up to the wings, and our forward line has been revamped.

On Saturday, all of those mentioned above, and the entire playing group contributed to the result. Pleasingly, we were switched on from the first bounce and got off to a quick start with an early goal through Maggie and a period of sustained pressure in which we managed to lock the ball in our forward fifty. Collegians seemed intent on heavily flooding our forward line from the outset, and continued to do so for the entire game, making it difficult to create clear scoring opportunities. The work rate in the midfield was strong, lead early by Rhi and Gab who controlled the clearances. Quick rotations through the middle helped to inject fresh legs. In particular, Collegians had no answer for Soph as she continuously broke open the play.
Towards the end of the first quarter Collegians responded with a goal of their own, the only attacking move for the opening 20 minutes – and one of only two or three for the game.

A positive opening quarter, put the playing group in the right frame of mind and they carried this into the second quarter. Kicking against the wind, it was great to see El Defina kick her first goal for quite some time. Coming back from torn ankle ligaments she slowly worked her way into the game and was outstanding in winning plenty of footy, and using it effectively. A couple of Collegians’ smarter players were the difference in us not converting more easily, as they continuously dropped back to cut off a lot of our forward entries. We needed to ensure they were more accountable as we went into the second half.

After the main break, anyone watching would have thought that there was one team there to play football while the other was there to set up shop and build a brick wall. Despite being behind, Collegians looked intent on sitting back and rarely put our backline under pressure. This was in part due the dominance and hardwork of Steph, both SamsTrace and Brig covering off their key players and pushing up to pick up opposition players without an opponent. But it also seemed to be a poor and bizarre game plan on their part.

In the end, all it did was nullify our ability to score freely and really break the game open, which was effective. Regardless, we continuously attempted to create space in the forward fifty where, on different occasions, it was pleasing to see AshNat,ChelseaJane and Beck attempting to drag their players away from the contest. But there’s not much you can do when they don’t follow.

Ultimately, Saturday’s win was a very mature performance. These close games are ones we’ve let slip at different times this season. By turning in a high intensity and sustained four-quarter effort, Saturday’s display makes sense within the context of the season and the continued progress of this team. It demonstrates we are learning from mistakes and lapses made earlier in the season, and adapting to produce more polished performances like this. With three games remaining we should be aiming to finish strongly and get the most out of the last month of this developmental season. It will set us up nicely for 2019.

Thanks to all supporters and helpers on Saturday, especially Stef, Jackson and the medical staff who assisted with both games.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina, M. Wilson
Best Players: E. Defina, S. Bangs, C. Wilson, M. Wilson, R. Green, S. Defina

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 11 11 0 0 0 0 621 170 365.29 44
2 St Mary’s Salesian 11 8 3 0 0 0 526 223 235.87 32
3 Old Geelong 11 7 4 0 0 0 281 301 93.36 28
4 Monash Blues 11 6 4 1 0 0 347 223 155.61 26
5 Collegians 11 4 6 1 0 0 235 345 68.12 18
6 Brunswick Renegades 11 4 7 0 0 0 241 340 70.88 16
7 Old Camberwell 11 3 8 0 0 0 206 385 53.51 12
8 Mazenod OC 11 0 11 0 0 0 198 668 29.64 0

 

 

Women Reserves

It was great to return home and take on Collegians in our final Super Saturday clash for 2018. When the team ran out at the opening siren, it was fantastic to see the number of supporters cheering as the girls ran out from the rooms.

We have struggled to get out of the blocks in our opening quarters this year. We need to put scoreboard pressure on the opposition and this was something that we spoke about before the game to ensure we got off to a good start and kicked the first goal for the game. From the opening bounce we came out firing and ensured that the opposition didn’t get any easy possessions as we worked hard across the ground. When Sav kicked the first goal after working hard in the forward line, we had achieved our first aim. In defence, we continued to lock down the opposition as we held them goalless for the quarter with Alex Osborne, Prue and Dale all holding strong on the last line.

In the second term, we continued where we left off from the first, again showing great pressure in and around the contest and with Emilia and Katie in and under at every contest we made sure that Collegians couldn’t get any easy possessions in the middle of the ground. Our forward locked the ball in and fought for every possession and the tackling pressure continued to be a highlight for the game. Sav again managed to break free to kick her second goal with great support from Jo, Georgia S, Georgia W and Alex Sertic, who presented and provided plenty of options.

After the main break, our aim was to put together 4 quarters. Unfortunately Collegians managed to break to pressure to get their first goal for the game. Our defence responded as Hannah and Carly provided run from defence and repelled Collegians push to put more pressure on the scoreboard. Alex Osborne continued to be strong at full back with great decision making and reading of the play well.

We asked for first use of the football in final term and the girls responded as our midfield once again got on top.  Lucy, Laura, Lisa and Rosie continued to find space as they ran and cleared the ball from congestion. Alice and Kate were terrific in the ruck as they dominated the hitouts and ensured that the midfield were always getting first use. Our forwards continued to shutdown the opposition defence from clearing the ball with Kath and the other forwards reading the ball well and Smithy making great position to create space. Despite all our strong work in around the ground it wasn’t until Alex Sertic converted from a set shot after the siren that we managed to get our first goal for the quarter.

It was a terrific 13 point win for the team. We continue to improve each week and it was great to see us convert from set shots and apply immense pressure on the opposition. With a number of players settling in to different positions, and the continuing communication and confidence of the team, we are looking forward to a strong finish to the season.

A huge thanks to all those that helped out on the day as well as who came down to support – in particular Maddie, Stef and Jackson who are a massive part of each game with the work and support that they provide the team.

With a week off this week we look forward to coming back to take on the 2nd place Old Geelong after the bye and searching for back to back wins.

Goal Kickers: S. Dunwell 2, A. Sertic
Best Players: S. Dunwell, A. Sertic, L. Hamilton, K. Mckenzie, A. Osborne, C. Wigney

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

 

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick AFC 11 10 1 0 0 0 925 154 600.65 40
2 Old Geelong 11 9 2 0 0 0 873 114 765.79 36
3 St Mary’s Salesian 11 9 2 0 0 0 748 209 357.89 36
4 Brunswick Renegades 11 6 5 0 0 0 292 425 68.71 24
5 Collegians 10 3 7 0 0 0 203 628 32.32 12
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 3 8 0 0 0 151 622 24.28 12
7 Monash Blues 10 2 8 0 0 1 149 695 21.44 12
8 Mazenod 11 1 10 0 0 0 139 642 21.65 4

Round 11 Review – Men go 5-in-a-row!

Men make it 5 in a row!
As we head into the home straight for the season, many of our teams are being challenged in different ways and while victory is the ultimate prize, many winners emerged across the course of the weekend.
Notably, the achievement of Simon Bennett notching up 150 games for OCGAFC is remarkable. Not only has Simo been an integral part of our football, he is a central part of our club through the social activities he leads, the mentoring of younger players and the way he connects our club across all teams. I would personally like to thank him for his efforts and commitment and wish him well for the next 150!

Emilia Fuller’s dedication and efforts for the Women’s Teams on Saturday are also amazing. As Schwabby notes in his reports (and thank you Schwabby for coaching both sides on Saturday), Emilia played both games on Saturday and played great footy in both. I have been involved with the Women’s Teams from their inception and there is not a more committed, helpful and positive person at the club than Emilia. We are lucky to have you with us.

Finally our Senior Men’s Team’s win over Marcellin Collegians. You may recall I wrote earlier in the year that we had only beaten the Eagles a few times across the club’s history and to come away with the points away on Saturday was a testament to the grit and resolve developing in our Senior team. Congratulations to the boys and to Anson, Tim and Gavin who have been tireless in their efforts.

REALLY FINALLY – this Saturday is our last Super Saturday for 2018 and we want as many people to drop in as possible. The BBQ will be going from 12 noon, both canteens will be open, freshly ground coffee ready and afternoon tea will be served for a gold coin donation in the clubrooms at half time for the Women’s and Men’s Senior games. Bring your family, take a seat on the balcony or on the fence and enjoy the afternoon with our community.

Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President
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Women

With a completely different side from when we first played St Mary’s, it was always going to be a tough assignment against the in-form team. They were at full strength whilst we had another 5 out from the previous week.

We started well with Meg giving us first use. Gabi, Sophie and Clare were dominating the clearances and Sam and Stef were keeping them at bay. As has been our story all year, we had all the play for most of the quarter but couldn’t get a goal. St Mary’s probably went forward 4 times for 3 goals and at quarter time we had reason to feel disappointed in the scoreboard but not the effort.

The next 2 quarters saw us hold them to a goal and at 3/4 time we trailed by 16 points. Unfortunately having only 1 interchange, we tired, especially around the contests. In the end we lost 7.7 to 2.5

Overall it was a game where the scoreboard did not reflect the effort and closeness of the game. In fact, we probably played some of our best football for the year. More importantly, many of the girls in their first season also stood up to the pressure and have shown continued improvement. We can certainly win more games before the season ends and, with a bit of luck get some players back. It’s quite incredible that with 24 injured or unavailable we could still field two sides.

Highlights

  • Clare Wilson –  Gave us drive all day and never had a spell playing on ball for 4 quarters
  • Onballers Gabi and Sophie had plenty of the ball early, but with no bench, ran out of steam
  • Backs. Steph probably took her usual 12 intercept marks
  • Sam and Maggie continually repelled attacks
  • Tracey also made it hard for the opposition
  • Wingers.  Eva and Greta continue to improve
  • Forwards Amelia, Chelsea and El were dangerous all game and Izzie and Brig two of our smallest were sensational in their attack on the footy
  • Meg and Anna won the hit outs and improved their possession around the ground
  • A special thanks to Emilia Fuller for staying after her game and helping us out on the bench.

I have no doubt we probably played one of the grand finalists and I suppose having beaten them early in the year we will probably look back and think if only …

Goal Kickers: A. Sturrock, C. Dyer
Best Players: C. Wilson, A. Robison, M. Wilson, S. Defina, S. Bangs, S. Anjou

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 10 10 0 0 0 0 539 170 317.06 40
2 St Mary’s Salesian 10 7 3 0 0 0 452 183 246.99 28
3 Monash Blues 10 6 3 1 0 0 321 196 163.78 26
4 Old Geelong 10 6 4 0 0 0 254 275 92.36 24
5 Collegians 10 4 5 1 0 0 228 328 69.51 18
6 Brunswick Renegades 10 4 6 0 0 0 201 266 75.56 16
7 Old Camberwell 10 2 8 0 0 0 189 378 50.00 8
8 Mazenod OC 10 0 10 0 0 0 198 586 33.79 0

Women ReservesAn undermanned Old Camberwell side played an experienced top side in St Marys. We only had 18 players, so for the first half we had no interchange. The girls fought bravely the first half without really threatening the scoreboard. We couldn’t break through their strong defence and despite winning many contests, we just didn’t have as much skill as the opposition to be rewarded for our hard work.

The second half saw us play 16 a side and this opened the game up. It should have worked to St.Mary’s advantage but we lifted and stemmed the flow of goals and they scored less in the second half. Finally we were rewarded for our perseverance, when Jane took a great mark and calmly slotted our only goal in the last quarter. It was just reward for our endeavour.

The game emphasised how far the girls have come this year as in our first encounter they managed over 40 shots at goal. This time the final score was 15-9 to 1.0, and even that score was not a true reflection of the game. It was more an indication of their ability to go forward and capitalise on their opportunities. I would say that 50% of the game was actually played between their half back line and ours.

Highlights:
Steph Elovaris – dominant across CHB with many intercepting marks
Jane Cunningham – rewarded for her efforts with great mark and goal- becoming a dangerous forward
Katie, Emilia and Lucy– gave contests on-ball all day and their endeavour was outstanding
Kate – rucked all day and never gave up
Kath– kicking in was a highlight and never stopped trying
Georgia– versatile and played many positions and worked hard all game.
Overall– despite the scoreboard it was a pleasing effort against one of the top 2 sides.

Goal Kickers: J. Cuningham
Best Players: G. Smith, L. Chesney, K. Mckenzie, E. Fuller, J. Cuningham, S. Elovaris

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick AFC 10 9 1 0 0 0 860 154 558.44 36
2 Old Geelong 10 8 2 0 0 0 767 114 672.81 32
3 St Mary’s Salesian 10 8 2 0 0 0 705 189 373.02 32
4 Brunswick Renegades 10 6 4 0 0 0 272 382 71.20 24
5 Collegians 9 3 6 0 0 0 195 607 32.13 12
6 Monash Blues 9 2 7 0 0 1 149 589 25.30 12
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 2 8 0 0 0 130 614 21.17 8
8 Mazenod 10 1 9 0 0 0 139 577 24.09 4

 
Men

The Wellers continued their amazing run to make it five wins in a row and sneak into the top four for the first time this season.

The first quarter started at a hectic pace with both sides coming into the game in very good form and looking to get an edge in this fierce rivalry. Marcellin struck early with some slick ball movement and an early goal however it wouldn’t be long before our boys began to get their running game going and  control general play. Nick Adamson (10 marks) was continuing his red hot form up front and a spring healed (some would saying flying) Nick Latsas (2 goals 5) was causing havoc up forward.

Marcellin battled to keep up with our pace and were remaining in the contest through for some wayward kicking at goal from us. They scored a late goal on the siren to gain back a little momentum and frustrate our boys after a dominant quarter.

The Eagles maintained that momentum and kick the next 4 goals of the quarter and hit the front with some aggressive football. It was well and truly game on. Our response was impressive with onballer leaders James Allen 33 possessions & Joey Arnold 26 (5 tackles) stemming the tide. We bounded back hard kicking the next 4 goals with Simon Bennett the highlight (playing in his 150th game) kicking a 50 mtr bomb just before the half time siren to take a 13 point lead into the break. The boys had absorbed a Marcellin charge and had responded in the best possible way.

Our boys to our game to another level in the second with Robbie & Kellan completely dominating the middle and youngsters Lachie PowellJosh Holding & speedster Robbie West making the most of their opportunities. Our opposition struggled to match clean and precise ball movement and attack on the footy and we extended our lead across the second half. It was great to see our boys carry our leader for the day Simon Bennett from the field very satisfied and more importantly hungry for more success.

Thanks to all helpers on the day especially Ken Darby who helped with our running duties.

Also great to see so many supporters getting into the winners rooms after the siren. See you all again next week at home. Our last Super Saturday for the club so help us make it a big Saturday for the Wellers.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 2, C. Hensby 2, N. Latsas 2, S. Powell 2, J. Holding 2, A. Brettingham-Moore, S. Bennett, J. Allen, R. West
Best Players: J. Arnold, S. Bennett, J. Holding, S. Powell, N. Adamson, N. Latsas

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 11 10 1 0 0 0 1306 630 207.30 40
2 Fitzroy FC 11 9 2 0 0 0 1160 659 176.02 36
3 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 7 4 0 0 0 961 879 109.33 28
4 Old Geelong 11 7 4 0 0 0 921 863 106.72 28
5 Marcellin OC 11 6 5 0 0 0 898 885 101.47 24
6 PEGS Football Club 11 6 5 0 0 0 844 857 98.48 24
7 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 11 4 7 0 0 0 977 978 99.90 16
8 Old Mentonians 11 3 8 0 0 0 832 1009 82.46 12
9 Peninsula 11 2 9 0 0 0 705 1176 59.95 8
10 St Mary’s Salesian 11 1 10 0 0 0 781 1449 53.90 4

 
Men Reserves

Our Ressies were coming off two heavy defeats against the top two ranked sides in the competition. This week we faced third placed Marcellin at the College, welcoming back Jase Edwards from long term injury & Alex Taverner joined us after a week away. A couple of really solid ‘ins’, combined with a  settled side, and a great build-up through the week at training, the boys were fired up for a return bout against our “local derby” rivals.

Once again, it is disappointing to report that we managed to concede another 5 goal start to a strong opposition. The boys, despite performing well in the warm-up fell back into some old habits – second to the ball, less than optimal defensive efforts, poor skill execution and apart from our first goal in Q.1 which was scored by Benny Williams on the run from the first centre clearance of the match, we failed to keep the scoreboard ticking over as we all would have wished.

A few home truths were espoused by the Coach at the first break with the boys being reminded that we appeared to be playing Marcellin in the same manner as we may have done back in our AGS competition days – constantly chasing and being bullied by them!

To the boys’ great credit, they responded well to the Coach’s urgings and lifted their effort around the contests, winning consistently. A match day highlight was Ollie Lloyd’s “hanger” taken early in Q4, however the outcome of the set shot on goal didn’t match the initial effort, with only a behind scored from the kick.

Our biggest issue so far this season has been our inability to score goals. Thus far, after 11 games, we have scored 75 goals to the oppositions’ 104 goals. 20 of our Goals Scored are from garks. We desperately need our players to be willing and able, and hungry enough to want to kick goals.

We will continue to focus our training around improving our kicking, our marking and our tackling effectiveness. This will enable us to control the ball for longer ensuring that our forward entries are deeper and to our team mate’s advantage.

The team’s attention turns to Old Mentonians this week. They will not be a pushover, having score 7 goals against Peninsula last week, pushing them all afternoon. Have a strong week on the track this week boys and we’ll look forward to improving our Win/Loss ratio this Saturday.

Goal Kickers: B. Williams 2, M. Schumann, A. Bongiorno
Best Players: M. Schumann, A. Bongiorno, O. Lloyd, T. Vogel, B. Williams, T. Eastick

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 11 10 1 0 0 0 1113 383 290.60 40
2 Old Geelong 11 10 1 0 0 0 1018 401 253.87 40
3 Williamstown CYMS 11 8 2 1 0 0 1051 447 235.12 34
4 Marcellin OC 11 7 3 1 0 0 829 514 161.28 30
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 11 5 6 0 0 0 859 716 119.97 20
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 5 6 0 0 0 541 742 72.91 20
7 PEGS Football Club 11 4 7 0 0 0 726 682 106.45 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 11 3 8 0 0 0 663 839 79.02 12
9 Peninsula 11 2 9 0 0 0 468 994 47.08 8
10 Old Mentonians 11 0 11 0 0 0 244 1811 13.47 0

 


Thirds

After being beaten narrowly in a game we should have won earlier in the year, the Thirds were raring to go against PEGS. As shown by a dominant first quarter, where we were able to kick four goals and have the majority of possession, it was exciting football! Our second quarter also showed what we can do with ball in hand and the boys proved themselves strong in the contest and in defence. Although they were able to kick a couple to narrow our lead to just 4 points into the main break, the boys were confident of producing strong, competitive football to get the boys across the line.

Unfortunately, the third quarter produced one of our most disappointing performances to date, with PEGS kicking five goals to our nothing. While the boys toiled hard in the fourth, it was clear that we lacked the depth and drive to win the game.

While it was a very disappointing loss, key players stood up throughout the day. Christian Gorman had another dominant day until a hit to the shin ruled him out of the second half. Jono Elliot had an enormous day, covering a great deal of the ground at centre half forward and continually providing an option all around throughout the middle and forward line. Pat Dennis and Steve Richards both toiled hard in the midfield and Steven Cunningham continued on his consistent season again with another solid game.

While the loss was particularly bitter, we look forward to the challenge of playing Old Geelong in front of a packed house at 9:20 this week at GBO.

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 11 9 2 0 0 0 1098 572 191.96 36
2 Old Carey 10 6 3 1 1 0 803 520 154.42 30
3 Marcellin OC 11 6 4 1 0 0 778 829 93.85 26
4 Mazenod 11 6 5 0 0 0 719 715 100.56 24
5 Old Geelong 11 5 6 0 0 0 694 779 89.09 20
6 P E G S 11 4 6 1 0 0 667 675 98.81 18
7 St Mary’s Salesian 11 3 7 1 0 0 617 977 63.15 14
8 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 2 8 0 0 1 480 802 59.85 12

Simon Bennett – 150 Games

150 Games – Simon Bennett
The Wellers community congratulate ‘Simo’ on achieving this significant Club milestone. A mainstay of our Senior XV111, he was first selected at this level in the 2010 Finals Series, having graduated from the Club’s successful junior development program which netted an Under 19s premiership in 2009.

A past Seniors Best & Fairest winner in 2013, ‘Simo’ has been the recipient of a number of Club awards for both on-field and off-field performances. Simon also represented the VAFA in 2012, playing for the C-D4 team against the Eastern Football League.

Highly regarded by all who come into contact with him, we wish Simon well for the next 150!!

Round 10 Review

Men make it 4 in a row!
It’s almost midwinter and there was plenty of evidence of that as the wind and rain lashed our respective games across Melbourne. With our Women playing away at Brunswick, our three Men’s Teams battled it out at GBO.All teams wore the black armbands as a mark of respect after the passing of David Steven and I know all our teams understood the significance of his contribution to our football club. We didn’t achieve the results we wanted but if you read through the reports, you’ll see each game was marked with genuine effort, often against the odds due to injury.

Perhaps fittingly, our Seniors steeled themselves for a tight contest against 3rdplaced Old Geelong and recorded a stirring victory to continue their fine run.

It was great to see so many past players at the games and with the season over halfway, we’d love to see you down this season.

Come on the Wells.
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Women

Before we get to the results etc it’s just amazing that we could still field two competitive sides with 21 unavailable or injured. Great effort girls. Always proud of what you give to this club and each other.

Our match against Brunswick was typical of our year. A narrow loss, missed opportunities and another major injury. Unfortunately Lou Andersonsuffered a bad dislocation and break of her finger and is out for the year- another hand injury about our 4th 5th or 6th- lost count.

We kicked with the aid of a 3 goal breeze in the first quarter and despite having most of the play,  managed a 2 goal break at quarter time. Chelsea was a great target up forward and we were winning most of the contested ball. A great goal by Ella Taverner was just reward for all our efforts and we went in with a lead at quarter time.

The second quarter was a hard slog against a strong breeze but we managed to hold Brunswick most of the quarter. A lucky snap and they were within a point at half time. The backline had been superb for most of the quarter. At half time we had matched their physical strength and a plea was made to the umpires to reward and protect both teams, as many decisions were missed and both sides were frustrated.

The third quarter summed up our year. Despite having all the play we couldn’t capitalise and Brunswick kicked the only goal in the last minute – a freak snap that somehow went through. We had managed 7 points and 2 ‘out on the fulls’ from all our scoring opportunities.

The final quarter was going to be a real slog as the breeze had picked up and we only led by 3 points. Despite a great defensive effort we lost the lead at about the 15 minute mark, and not really being able to penetrate into the breeze it really was a matter of time before Brunswick scored. They kicked one more just before the siren to finish on 5-2-32 to our 2-10-22.

The feeling was pretty flat after the game as once again we had our opportunities to win, but just lacked the finish. Can’t be disappointed in the effort, but certainly with the result. The rest of the year is really about improving individually, and as a team. This year has been hard as we have had significant injuries and are playing sides with more experience and skill than last year.

Better performances on Saturday.

Backline- Anjou and Steph Defina were brilliant all day repelling many attacks. Little Brig was ferocious in her attack and played on much taller stronger opposition.

Midfield- Meg and Anna won their share of the contests and SophieSara and Claire were our best on ballers all day. Mention to Sara who we unfortunately lose for most of the year now. She has been a tireless rover and a great acquisition to the side. Izzy was probably the best of our wingers, very determined and ran hard all day.

Goal Kickers: E. Taverner, C. Dyer
Best Players: S. Bangs, S. Anjou, S. Defina, C. Dyer, B. Howell, I. Burke

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 9 9 0 0 0 0 510 152 335.53 36
2 St Mary’s Salesian 9 6 3 0 0 0 403 167 241.32 24
3 Monash Blues 9 6 3 0 0 0 295 170 173.53 24
4 Old Geelong 9 6 3 0 0 0 236 246 95.93 24
5 Collegians 9 4 5 0 0 0 202 302 66.89 16
6 Brunswick Renegades 9 3 6 0 0 0 156 235 66.38 12
7 Old Camberwell 9 2 7 0 0 0 173 329 52.58 8
8 Mazenod OC 9 0 9 0 0 0 167 541 30.87 0

Women ReservesAfter the week off the team was excited to get back in to the swing of things against the 4th placed Brunswick Renegades at Gillon Oval.

In the first quarter we kicked against the breeze and started slowly as Brunswick kicked away with 3 goals as there midfield and forwards managed to get space and get goal side. After the first 15 minutes, we started to work our way back in to the game as we were more accountable.

The second quarter saw us create plenty of opportunities as we had 4 scoring shots and the majority of the play which resulted in Alex Sertic kicking her first goal. Despite controlling the play with the work of Steph E, Georgia S, Jane C, Eva and Emilia through the middle and Kate and Sav in the ruck, we couldn’t get more than the 1 goal and trailed by 12 points at the main break. Prue and Alex Osborne made plenty of space and worked hard to provide options in the forward line.

The second half we came out strong and despite the great work of our backs, we were unable to contain the Brunswick forwards as they again managed to kick 3 goals for the quarter, managing to break some tackles as well as get the aid of the breeze. Despite the great defensive work of Hannah, Greta, Kath, Dale and Tracey, who had worked hard all day to stop Brunswick getting too many easy possessions.

Trailing by 32 points going into the last quarter, we knew we would have to throw everything at the opposition and when we managed to kick 2 goals in the first 10 minutes with Eva and Jane both finishing off some great work There was real excitement in the team with Sarah, Jade and Laura continued their hard running and work across the wings. Unfortunately Brunswick responded with a goal of their own and we could only manage another 3 points despite having controlled the quarter.
Whilst disappointing to not get the win – it was great to see the fight and spirit of the team.
Again a thanks to all those that helped out on the day and to the supporters that came down as well – it was great to see past players supporting the team.

We look forward to taking on St Mary’s this week at home.

Goal Kickers: A. Sertic, J. Cuningham, E. Fisher
Best Players: A. Sertic, E. Fuller, J. Cuningham, G. Kaehne, E. Fisher, G. Smith

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Geelong 9 8 1 0 0 0 734 70 1048.57 32
2 West Brunswick AFC 9 8 1 0 0 0 816 121 674.38 32
3 St Mary’s Salesian 9 7 2 0 0 0 606 183 331.15 28
4 Brunswick Renegades 9 5 4 0 0 0 254 366 69.40 20
5 Monash Blues 8 2 6 0 0 1 135 548 24.64 12
6 Collegians 8 2 6 0 0 0 154 593 25.97 8
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 9 2 7 0 0 0 124 515 24.08 8
8 Mazenod 9 1 8 0 0 0 123 559 22.00 4

 
Men

Coming off a win against second placed Fitzroy, the question was always going to be: would momentum be lost through the bye weekend?

With Spider Huntsman making his debut, and Andrew Parker returning to the seniors for his first game of the season, the team appeared very focussed during the warm-up, despite the cold and windy conditions.
It was evident early that the boys had come to play.  Fraser Wells kicked accurately after a strong mark, and Camberwell  was dominating possession.  Despite the game being played in our half, inaccurate kicking combined with three opposition goals saw us trail by three points at the first break.

However, there was a genuine confidence in the huddle that we could match it with our third placed opponents.  This was vindicated by a strong second quarter performance, which saw us ramp up the pressure on the opposition ball carriers.  Fierce tackling by Harry CrothersJosh Holdingand Kellan Percy limited the supply to their outside runners, and when the ball did break free Joe Arnold and Jimmy Allen created many opportunities for our forwards.  The highlight of the three goal to one quarter was a sensational left foot snap by Chook Hensby who was again leading the way with sublime skills.

Looking to build on the seven point half time lead the boys broke the game open in the third quarter.  The defence was superb, with the run of Rob Deev and Lachie Powell complementing the strength and strong marking of Simon BennettCam Wilson and Mitch Smith. We added three goals for the quarter while restricting OGGS to a solitary behind.  Nick Adamson and Nick Latsas were dangerous up forward, both marking everything that came their way.

Despite some nervous moments we were able to kick two critical goals in the last through Ado and Chook Hensby, and ran out winners by 14 points.

This was a well deserved win highlighted by an ability to follow the game plan and a contribution by all 22 players, each willing to play his role.  A special mention to our five “cubs” (from last year’s Under 19’s) – Josh Holding, Kellan Percy, Will Dalrymple, Lachie Powell and Robbie West, who collectively had their best game for the year and have become an important part of the team.

The result – four consecutive wins, but the challenges keep coming, with a visit to fourth placed Marcellin this week.  A win over the Eagles would be rewarded by a place in the top four, and would represent a third consecutive win over a top four side.  Our recent good form has shown we can match it with any team, and has built a strong belief amongst the group, but the sign of a good side is one that can produce at a high level week after week.  So we need to go out and perform like a good side and take it right up to Marcellin.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 4, C. Hensby 2, J. Holding 2, F. Wells, W. Dalrymple, N. Latsas
Best Players: C. Hensby, N. Adamson, J. Holding, K. Percy , F. Wells, J. Allen

Gavin Powell
Men’s Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 10 9 1 0 0 0 1228 558 220.07 36
2 Fitzroy FC 10 8 2 0 0 0 1080 583 185.25 32
3 Old Geelong 10 7 3 0 0 0 845 783 107.92 28
4 Marcellin OC 10 6 4 0 0 0 837 786 106.49 24
5 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 6 4 0 0 0 862 818 105.38 24
6 PEGS Football Club 10 5 5 0 0 0 746 805 92.67 20
7 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 10 4 6 0 0 0 905 899 100.67 16
8 Old Mentonians 10 3 7 0 0 0 779 940 82.87 12
9 Peninsula 10 1 9 0 0 0 635 1123 56.54 4
10 St Mary’s Salesian 10 1 9 0 0 0 729 1351 53.96 4

Men Reserves

The boys rolled back to GBO after the Long Weekend Bye Round which enabled us to recharge our batteries following the first 9 rounds all played after the Easter break.

We had some significant Outs from the game played against Fitzroy, most notably Matty “The Mail Man” Cottrell who became a father for the second time around, the Club most certainly securing a silky skilled Half Back Flanker from the 2036 Camberwell Grammar Year 12 school leavers. Geez I hope I’m around to see that Cotters!! Seriously congratulations mate to you and your lovely wife, having now extended the family to 4 and making Grandpa very happy that the Cottrell flock continues to grow.
We also lost Will Kanz (injury), Chris Young (overseas holiday), and of note we saw two of our better performed players this season earn promotion to the Seniors in Andy Parker and Jon Huntsman (senior debut). We are extremely proud to see our 7th & 8th player promoted to the Senior team this season, a strong sign that our Club’s player development program is working well for the senior team.

We also welcomed back Matt Powell from a long term injury that saw him miss the entire 2017 season. Matt has worked extremely hard to get himself into the position to return to footy and have an impact early into his post recovery period. Well done Matty, we are all extremely proud to see you back in the Wellers jumper!

We also promoted Matt Todd from the Third XV111 after a series of strong performances for Ebbo’s side.

Our theme for today’s game was not surprisingly “Operation Tackle”! Last time we played the OGs at Como earlier this year they took the ball off us in the first quarter & refused to give it back to us until later in the final quarter. We needed our boys to bring their strongest mindset based around tackle pressure, at maximum levels for as long as possible.

Whilst it is pleasing to report that our boys did lay some strong tackles that certainly raised the focus on making our opposition earn every kick, our scoreline did not begin to tick over until early in the third quarter. We took some solace in the fact that we had been able to keep the opposition to 7 goals, through some very fine defensive work by Charlie Urwin, Tom Eastick, Ben Mann, Ben Warburton & co. Those efforts weren’t always met by our efforts up the ground as we continued to miss targets by foot and more importantly failing to hold onto marks, especially when it really counted.

OGs are a very good counter attacking side, & they are quite happy to see the ball in their high defensive area, where they get their best ball users back and look to “slingshot” the ball from that part of the ground. Once they get the ball moving it travels very quickly into our defensive area.

After some deep reflection by the team at the long break & with some minor tweaking of the team setup, the boys were encouraged to play on instinct and to not over think their actions. It certainly worked as we were able to 4 goals to their 3 after half time, enabling us to regain some pride from our efforts.

We will continue to work hard on the defensive side of our game over the coming weeks and we will be highly regarded by the comp as a tackling machine by season’s end, so lookout everyone, here come the Wellers to finish the back half of the season on a super, sound note.
Goal Kickers: O. Lloyd, J. Wilson, M. Jenkin, M. Todd
Best Players: A. Bongiorno, M. Powell, M. Hook, T. Vogel, O. Lloyd, B. Warburton

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 10 10 0 0 0 0 1064 324 328.40 40
2 Old Geelong 10 9 1 0 0 0 959 352 272.44 36
3 Williamstown CYMS 10 7 2 1 0 0 941 419 224.58 30
4 Marcellin OC 10 6 3 1 0 0 749 479 156.37 26
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 10 5 5 0 0 0 831 606 137.13 20
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 5 5 0 0 0 506 662 76.44 20
7 PEGS Football Club 10 4 6 0 0 0 679 625 108.64 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 10 2 8 0 0 0 606 792 76.52 8
9 Peninsula 10 1 9 0 0 0 373 948 39.35 4
10 Old Mentonians 10 0 10 0 0 0 198 1716 11.54 0

 


Thirds
On a day with mixed weather forecasts, Old Camberwell arrived full of gusto and eagerness for the day’s challenge. For the first time in a while we would play a team of equal measure, with our opponents having only won the one game. However, a lack of intensity in the contest and turnovers through the midfield meant that for the first quarter, we were comprehensively outplayed and beaten. However, credit to the boys they fought back to be in a reasonable position going into the first break.
After a bit of a rev up from the coach, the boys responded in the second and third terms, matching St Mary’s intensity and we were able to maintain possession for much of both quarters. However, poor forward entries and goal kicking meant that we would still be behind going into the final term.
At this stage, the wind picked up and St Marys were able to kick two early goals to seal the deal. Credit must go to the boys who responded to a pretty sad coach at the first break and who fought hard right to the end. Amongst our best were Matt Tesoriero, who did a magnificent job in the backline; while Christian Gorman and Richie McDonald provided plenty of drive out of the midfield and led the charge to ensure we were back into the contest. Lachie Bannister also finished with three classy goals in one of his best performances for the year.
While disappointed with the result, we play PEGS this week in a very winnable game away.Goal Kickers: L. Bannister 3, C. Gorman, S. Richards
Best Players: C. Gorman, M. Tesoriero, R. McDonald, P. Dennis, S. Richards, C. MacCallumWe still welcome more players to sign up! Last chance before 30th June.  You can sign up here: FootyWeb

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

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 10 8 2 0 0 0 998 515 193.79 32
2 Old Carey 9 6 2 1 1 0 765 442 173.08 30
3 Marcellin OC 10 5 4 1 0 0 643 781 82.33 22
4 Old Geelong 10 5 5 0 0 0 646 644 100.31 20
5 Mazenod 10 5 5 0 0 0 641 677 94.68 20
6 P E G S 10 3 6 1 0 0 607 647 93.82 14
7 St Mary’s Salesian 10 3 6 1 0 0 560 877 63.85 14
8 Old Camberwell Grammarians 9 2 7 0 0 1 452 742 60.92 12

 

Vale David John Steven

It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of David Steven, much loved son of John and Audrey, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and to the OCGAFC community, a favourite, loyal son who will be truly missed and warmly remembered by his teammates and all who he met at our football club. Our thoughts and condolences go to his family during this difficult time.

David’s first game was round 1 with the Seniors in 1974. He went on to play 208 games, 198 with the Senior Team and 10 with the Reserves, across 13 seasons. These were some of the most successful years in Old Camberwell’s history with David playing in two Premierships in 1978 (D Grade) and 1982 (C Grade). There were many individual honours including the Best & Fairest he jointly won in the 1982, captaincy of the Seniors in 1979, 1980, 1983 and 1985 and being named in the Team of the Century in 2010. He went on to serve on the club committee for several years and was Secretary in 1986. David was made a Life Member of OCGAFC in 1987.

When speaking with teammates this week, it was clear that his most treasured moments were playing and celebrating alongside his mates, supporting them on and off the field and being a true clubman in every sense.

In memory of David and to celebrate what he stood for, the Club, former players and our coterie group, the Wellsmen, have decided to create the David Steven Medal. This will be presented to the best afield for our Men’s and Women’s 1st XVIII on the day of the annual Wellsmen lunch at GBO. Each year, we will ask one of David’s family or teammates to present the medals and share a little about him and Old Camberwell.

Like me, many currently at OCGAFC did not know Dave well but he left a lasting impression on us with his passion, laughter, warmth, and interest in our future, particularly our Women’s Teams, and his love of our football club. A few weeks ago he wrote to me and his words speak for themselves:

Dear Adam,

Thank you for your kind words. Good luck for this weekend’s Super Saturday. I’m not sure when your lunch is on but if you’d kindly let me know I’ll be sure to miss it!  🙂

There has not been one day when a club member, life member or ex team member hasn’t dropped in which has made me realise the importance of investing one’s time into such an important tradition.

But hey, if I miss this year I’ll be there next year.  :/

Thanks again for your kind words.

CHEERS CHEERS FOR OLD CAMBERWELL!

David 

 

A service to celebrate his life will be held in the Camberwell Room, Camberwell Grammar School, Mont Albert Road, Camberwell (enter via Gate 3 or Gate 5) on Friday, 15th of June at 10.00 a.m.

Round 9 Review

No Hangover after the GALA
After a superb night the previous Saturday, it was back to the football with a host of tough matches for all teams. Our Thirds were the only team at home and played the top side Old Carey on the main GBO deck. Our Women were away at Clayton for their games against top four side Monash Blues and our Men’s Ones and Twos were also away to top side Fitzroy. Plenty of challenges but none we weren’t looking forward to and didn’t take on with great determination and belief.

We recorded two stunning victories for OCGAFC that deserve the limelight.

Our Womens Twos came from 2 goals down at 3 quarter time to storm to victory and record their second win of the season. Well played girls and well done Macca for your work with the team.

Our Mens Ones led all day against the top side, Fitzroy FC, to capture a stunning, hard fought victory to prove we can match it with anyone in Premier C when we play together. Congratulations to all and well done to Anson and Tim who are putting everything into the season.

I know from talking with the coaches, all teams played some great footy during their games and have plenty to work on for their next encounters. I will be providing a mid-season review of where we are as a Club this Friday heading into the Queen’s Birthday bye and long weekend but needless to say, we can all be proud of how we’ve played and carried ourselves for the first half of the 2018 season. We can also improve and will work incredibly hard to ensure we continue to make the Club a place where all are welcome.

Go Wellers.

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Thirds

Blessed again with perfect conditions, the boys arrived with plenty of spark and a willingness to provide redemption against a most formidable opponent. However, being hampered by numbers meant that the game was always going to be tough affair. Nonetheless the boys relished the opportunity to play on the main oval and went into quarter time only a goal down and very much in the contest. Unfortunately, our second quarter wasn’t at the required level and Old Carey were able to kick well ahead going into the main break. That said, the boys hung in, out playing Old Carey for much of the second half.

Steve Cunningham again led from the front, along with Christian Gorman and Matt Todd, who all stood up in important moments and provided direction and leadership when it mattered most. George Vitinaros was instrumental up forward, kicking five goals in a dominant display at full forward; while Richie McDonald and Tyler Phelps also plied their trade, improving every game and providing plenty of drive through the midfield and up forward for much of the day.

Unfortunately the boys ran out of run and in turn were unable to turn the tables this week; however, their spirit and courage was most impressive and they are starting to play some really good footy! I know the boys are looking forward to a week off this week to recharge the batteries before we go again into the second half of the year.

Goal Kickers: 
G. Vitinaros 5, M. McPherson 2, L. Bannister
Best Players: S. Cunningham, R. McDonald, G. Vitinaros, T. Phelps, M. Tesoriero, M. Todd

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

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

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT THIRDS LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 9 7 2 0 0 0 893 501 178.24 28
2 Old Carey 8 5 2 1 1 0 690 377 183.02 26
3 Marcellin OC 9 5 3 1 0 0 578 705 81.99 22
4 Mazenod 9 5 4 0 0 0 626 572 109.44 20
5 Old Geelong 9 4 5 0 0 0 563 587 95.91 16
6 P E G S 9 3 5 1 0 0 550 564 97.52 14
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 8 2 6 0 0 1 445 686 64.87 12
8 St Mary’s Salesian 9 2 6 1 0 0 504 840 60.00 10

 


WomenAfter witnessing a sensational win by the twos, our First Women’s team were ready to take on the 2nd top side Monash. They kicked with a slight advantage and our deep backline IZZIE, MAGGIE and MICHELLE held them out on numerous times. Monash were having trouble getting clear entries as we held them to 3 points for the quarter.

The second quarter was our turn to take control. With ANNA and SAV doing well in the ruck we were able to win plenty of the ball out of the middle. CLARESARA and in particular RHIANNON were constantly sending us forward , where new girl CHELSEA was presenting up forward. Unfortunately after having several clear opportunities in front of goal we were unable to score a major. At half time we trailed 4 points to 3 points, despite having more of the play than Monash.

As has happened in several games this year, we had our lapse and Monash were able to pile on 4 goals in the third quarter, similar to last time we played them. GABIEdi and GRETA in her first game, were doing everything across half back to stem the tide, but unfortunately Monash were too strong in this quarter. Our pressure had dropped off significantly.

The final term saw Monash put a couple behind play, and despite having the ball in our forward half for the whole quarter, we just couldn’t score a goal. We definitely need some work on making the most of our forward entries, especially against the better opposition we are facing this year. Too many times we let ourselves down with poor disposal in front of goal and kicking into a crowded forward line.

Despite the loss, once again we managed to match a good side for 3 and a half quarters. Another win is around the corner, especially with a few significant inclusions back in the side.

Our better players. SOPHIE Bangs ran hard all day on her wing creating many forward entries. RHIANNON won numerous possessions and her kicking long distances set up several scoring opportunities. The backline, as mentioned were excellent and special mention to GRETA in her first game and GABI who played her best game for the year. Overall it was disappointing to lose after a great first half, but we should have the confidence to know we can match it with any opposition this year. Keep working on skills and we will practise some of our structures over the next few weeks. Thanks to all those who stayed to support and those who helped in freezing conditions. Very much appreciated.

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT WOMEN SENIORS LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 8 8 0 0 0 0 462 128 360.94 32
2 Monash Blues 8 6 2 0 0 0 271 122 222.13 24
3 Old Geelong 8 6 2 0 0 0 227 197 115.23 24
4 St Mary’s Salesian 7 4 3 0 0 0 240 144 166.67 16
5 Collegians 8 3 5 0 0 0 151 281 53.74 12
6 Brunswick Renegades 8 2 6 0 0 0 124 213 58.22 8
7 Old Camberwell 8 2 6 0 0 0 151 297 50.84 8
8 Mazenod OC 7 0 7 0 0 0 132 376 35.11 0

 


Women ReservesAs we headed out to Monash to take on the 5th placed Monash there was optimism as we looked to secure our second win of the year. Despite having had a tough week the week before, as a team we had continued to improve and we spoke out continuing to show our intensity as well as ensuring that we worked on our structures.

In the first quarter we started strongly as we tackled strongly and worked hard all around the ground. Our midfield was working hard at both ends of the ground, whilst our defence had their hands full with some tall forwards who led and marked well. Our forwards were busy as well however were only able to convert for 1 point, whilst the oppposition had managed to kick 1 goal. Our midfield Steph EGeorgia S, Lucy and Emila all set the tone for how they would play out the game as they picked up possessions and were ferocious in their pressure and also worked hard to push forward.

The second term saw us again only manage the 1 point despite having plenty of play as our wings of Eliza and Sarah showed great defensive pressure as well as ensuring that we kept the ball moving, while Laura worked hard and continued to pick up possessions and ensure that she was first to the contest.  While in defence we were again strong with each of the team making sure that they were accountable.

The main change saw us looking to still get our first goal for the game despite having much of the ball in our forward line we were unable to finish off all the hard work. The team came out firing and again began to get more ball in the forward line. When the ball moved its way in to the forward pocket and Georgia W picked it up and snapped on the outside of her right foot to kick our first goal for the day. The team rallied around her and the spirits lifted as we knew we were in the hunt. Our defence was superb with Rosie, Kath, Hannah, Bridget, Dale, Jo and Nicki all having fantastic games as they locked down the opposition who could only manage the 1 point.

At the last change trailing by 11 points we spoke about having belief and continuing to run and work hard for each other. We came out slowly but started to work our way in to the quarter as our run and carry along with our kicking starting to find our targets. When we managed to kick a goal and cut the margin to 4 points we could hear the crowd cheering as the girls looked to drive the ball forward again. When we finish off our hard work again with another goal and took a two point lead the team knew that they had to dig deep with 3 minutes left on the clock as our forwards of Prue, Eva, Alex S, Katie, Georgia W and Carly and our onballers who rotated through all showed great composure to finish off our hard work as well as ensure that the ball didn’t come out. The last 3 minutes was nail biting as the ball spent most of the time in the oppositions forward 50 but our defence stood strong as did Kate H in the ruck who was enormous in her second half rucking efforts and we held on to take victory by 2 points.

It was a sensational win by the team as every player contributed to the win and it was great to see all the 1’s players and supporters cheering the team on in the final minutes. Outside of getting rewarded with a win it was also fantastic to see the attitude to come from behind to win as well as the continued improvement.

Thanks to all the supporters, Jackson for running, Sam Anjou for boundary, Alex Song for goals and to all the players for what was a great victory. We look forward to the week off but also for the next game.

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT WOMEN RESERVES LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Geelong 8 8 0 0 0 0 722 52 1388.46 32
2 West Brunswick AFC 8 7 1 0 0 0 685 121 566.12 28
3 St Mary’s Salesian 7 5 2 0 0 0 511 169 302.37 20
4 Brunswick Renegades 8 4 4 0 0 0 207 342 60.53 16
5 Monash Blues 7 2 5 0 0 1 135 417 32.37 12
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 8 2 6 0 0 0 100 468 21.37 8
7 Mazenod 7 1 6 0 0 0 115 417 27.58 4
8 Collegians 7 1 6 0 0 0 89 587 15.16 4

 


Men

The Wellers saluted a stirring away win to make it 3 in a row at the famous Brunswick Street Oval on a fine winter’s afternoon.

From the outset our boys showed they had come to play, excited by the challenge that lay ahead and more importantly, keen to test their recent form against quality opposition. Fitzroy had a point to prove after being stung by their first loss for the season against PEGS the previous Saturday and were desperate to assert their authority early in the game on their historic home deck.

The first quarter was played at a frenetic pace with our boys matching their more fancied opponents with enormous pressure at every contest. Fitzroy were struggling to generate any clean possessions forward due mainly to our back six led by Bennett and Deev who again and again cut off any wayward attacks. From the first bounce Robbie Campbell was dominant in the middle and finished with 30 odd hit outs. Skipper Ben Hart’s scintillating form continued with 33 touches and Chris Hensby’s  26 possessions and 2 goals were standout across our midfield.  Forwards Nick Adamson (2 goals ) & Nick Latsas (3 goals) were dangerous early and remained so all day.

The Second & Third quarters were totally enthralling as both sides did not giving an inch and we were determined to prove we could match it with the best in the competition. Contest after contest proved we could.

We start the last quarter holding a slender 4 point advantage in what was an incredibly tight contest. It was our biggest test of the season in front of a large & vocal home crowd and I am pleased to say our Wellers boys stood up and to come away with our best win for the season. We broke clear in the last to win with 25 point margin and every point was hard earned.

This was our finest team effort for the year with everyone giving their all for a full 4 quarter performance. Cheers Cheers was belted out with great gusto and we washed our dry throats down with a few well deserved refreshments.

Thanks to all supporters who travelled on the day and we hope to see you all again on June 16th at Gordon Barnard vs Old Geelong after a Queen’s Birthday bye. It would be fantastic to get a good home crowd to another critical game so spread the word and come down.

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

Anson Brownless
Men’s Coach

CURRENT MEN SENIORS LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 9 8 1 0 0 0 1088 514 211.67 32
2 Fitzroy FC 9 7 2 0 0 0 899 541 166.17 28
3 Old Geelong 9 7 2 0 0 0 784 708 110.73 28
4 Marcellin OC 9 5 4 0 0 0 784 744 105.38 20
5 Old Camberwell Grammarians 9 5 4 0 0 0 787 757 103.96 20
6 PEGS Football Club 9 5 4 0 0 0 704 753 93.49 20
7 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 9 3 6 0 0 0 777 842 92.28 12
8 Old Mentonians 9 3 6 0 0 0 735 799 91.99 12
9 St Mary’s Salesian 9 1 8 0 0 0 687 1170 58.72 4
10 Peninsula 9 1 8 0 0 0 578 995 58.09 4

Men Reserves

Round 9 saw us move to the Brunswick Street Oval in Fitzroy to meet the top of the table, Fitzroy who have taken all before them this season having spent a number of seasons playing Premier B.

We certainly went into the game displaying some solid winning form, however we were under no illusion that the opposition would be the toughest we had encountered this season so far.

It didn’t take the team long to realise just how high the mountain was to climb if we were to overcome the quality opposition presented and we were able to take some comfort from the fact that the quarter time margin was a solitary behind having scored a couple of hard won goals against a 1 goal 7 behinds score line.

In reality, whilst our pressure at the source was strong and focused, our ability to sustain the effort required was destined to test us and so it was that we were only able to manage a four-goal afternoon, three of these coming from free kicks to the opposition’s 17 goal score line.

Disappointing to say the least, the only salvation being, I think that we probably saw ourselves at our worst – wanting to give the footy up every time we were challenged by handballing to a team mate who was under an equal amount of pressure, or worse still, fall over!

We have the benefit of a week off to recharge the batteries, but then we face the other super star team in the comp, Old Geelong. How will we front up for that contest? Will the Fitzroy match prove to be our “line in the sand moment” or will we go through the motions for the remaining big matches and simply hope to win the games we should win?
Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT MEN RESERVES LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 9 9 0 0 0 0 927 320 289.69 36
2 Old Geelong 9 8 1 0 0 0 883 324 272.53 32
3 Williamstown CYMS 9 6 2 1 0 0 746 413 180.63 26
4 Marcellin OC 9 5 3 1 0 0 690 439 157.18 22
5 Old Camberwell Grammarians 9 5 4 0 0 0 478 586 81.57 20
6 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 9 4 5 0 0 0 720 596 120.81 16
7 PEGS Football Club 9 4 5 0 0 0 640 566 113.07 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 9 2 7 0 0 0 602 655 91.91 8
9 Peninsula 9 1 8 0 0 0 362 837 43.25 4
10 Old Mentonia

Round 8 Review

Super Saturday Carnival

The Weather Gods are certainly smiling on us again this season. After a week of rain and overcast greyness, the sun came out early for the Thirds and stayed with us across our five games for the day.

There were signs everywhere of real improvement in our teams and while we didn’t win every game, the effort and passion we asked for leading into our biggest weekend of the season was there for everyone to see.

As you know, we held our Gala Ball Saturday and I’ll write on this in Friday’s newsletter but I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our players on their on and off-field performance. I had made the point that Saturday night’s function was an inter-generational event and I was really pleased to see so many players and supporters talking and enjoying themselves Saturday night. We have such an incredible group of young women and men at OCGAFC and they did our club proud on Saturday in every way.  Well played.

Please read the reviews and thanks, as always, to our army of helpers and supporters.

Go Wellers.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au
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Men

The Wellers secured back to back wins for the first time this year on a perfect Autumn day at GBO.

The first quarter’s started at a hectic pace. Both sides were playing quick, end to end football and high intensity. Our pressure efforts were up early and we steadily began to gain control with in-form duo Tavenor & Latsas kicking clever goals after numerous forward entries. Robbie Campbell, playing his 50th game for OCGAFC, was on top in the middle and our midfielders were licking their lips with his first class service. We kicked 5 goals to 2 for the quarter and took an early lead into the first break.

St Mary’s came hard in the second quarter, with a real determination at each contest and kicked 2 early goals to bring them back within striking distance. We urgently needed a spark and young gun Josh Holding stepped up to shut down one of their prime movers.  Rob Deev continued to dominate across half back and we reassert ourselves to go into the break with a 3 goal buffer.

After half time, our on-ball brigade, led by Hensby 31 possessions and 4 tackles, Joe Arnold with 27 and Benny Hart’s 27 and 2 goals helped put the foot down courtesy of some vintage tap work from Robbie and fast developing youngster Kellan PercyJimmy Allen (3 goals ) was everywhere and Angus Brettingham-Moore was playing his best game for the season. We converted 6 goals to 2 and took a stranglehold on a challenging contest.

Big man Nick Adamson out the game to bed early in the last, continuing his scintillating form with another 10 marks for the day and 2 goals.

Another consistent performance from the group led to a well deserved 50 point victory leaving us with 4 from 4 and in touch with the top tier of Premier C.

Next week we face the talented Fitzroy FC away and we’re excited to see if the group can go to the next level after a month of continuous improvement. Away games are always great tests of character and we’d love to see a strong Weller contingent at the Brunswick Street Oval this Saturday.
Goal Kickers: N. Latsas 3, R. Campbell 3, A. Taverner 3, A. Brettingham-Moore 2, N. Adamson 2, J. Allen 2, B. Hart 2, S. Powell, F. Wells
Best Players: C. Hensby, B. Hart, N. Adamson, S. Bennett, C. Wilson, K. Percy

Anson Brownless
Men’s Coach

CURRENT MEN’S LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 8 7 1 0 0 0 981 439 223.46 28
2 Fitzroy FC 8 7 1 0 0 0 845 462 182.90 28
3 Old Geelong 8 6 2 0 0 0 703 628 111.94 24
4 PEGS Football Club 8 5 3 0 0 0 629 648 97.07 20
5 Old Camberwell Grammarians 8 4 4 0 0 0 708 703 100.71 16
6 Marcellin OC 8 4 4 0 0 0 672 682 98.53 16
7 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 8 3 5 0 0 0 697 761 91.59 12
8 Old Mentonians 8 2 6 0 0 0 618 707 87.41 8
9 Peninsula 8 1 7 0 0 0 516 881 58.57 4
10 St Mary’s Salesian 8 1 7 0 0 0 595 1053 56.51 4


Men Reserves

Seven matches in and the boys find themselves with 4 wins for the season to date chasing three on the trot, playing the recently promoted St Marys Salesian, who were coming off a previous season Grand Final performance in Division 1. Four changes to the winning combo from the previous week with Benny Warburton coming into the team having played in the Ones for most of the season, Alex Vickery promoted from the Threes, Chris Young returning from a long term ankle injury and Nick Searles who has returned to the Club after a stint working in Queensland.

Another bright sunny Saturday greeted us and once again GBO was a fast track ensuring the game was going to be played at a fast pace. After a slow start, and again conceding early goals, the boys found their groove late in the quarter to at least put some respectability on to the scoreboard, going into the first break with a 4-point deficit. Frustrating? Yes, to say the least! We had quite possibly 70% of the play in our forward only to be consistently outmarked by the St Marys defenders, who showed their ability to read the play and intercept mark way too often for all involved’s comfort.

The call came for more poise when taking the ball forward, being prepared to hold the ball for the millisecond longer to enable a target to be selected. A positive response was the outcome and the scoreboard began to tick over in our favour, however there were too many behinds scored for the coach’s liking! Mick Jenkin was busy up forward showing off his ability to finish by scoring a couple of quality goals from snaps around the goal face.

The level of time the ball spent in our half continued for the remainder of the game, and certainly the opposition showed a willingness to tough out the contest by continuing to frustrate our forward efforts. When it wasn’t in our half, players such as Benny Mann were busy at the opposite repelling the opposition forward forays, ably supported by Charlie Urwin and Benny Warbs, who was busy consigning the opposition’s key forward to a very quiet afternoon.

To the team’s great credit, they toughed it out and kept peppering away at the goals to finally finish with a 26 point winning margin and building winning form to take into the Rd. 9 clash against the highly favoured Fitzroy.

It’s always a great feeling to be heading into a large Club function knowing we had a successful afternoon, so well done boys you set the tempo for the remainder of the afternoon!

Goal Kickers: M. Jenkin 3, B. Williams, M. Schumann, A. Bongiorno, B. Mann, R. Vienet, A. Parker
Best Players: A. Parker, B. Mann, M. Jenkin, J. Huntsman, T. Pepperell, N. Benson
Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT MEN RESERVES LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 8 8 0 0 0 0 809 294 275.17 32
2 Old Geelong 8 7 1 0 0 0 776 302 256.95 28
3 Williamstown CYMS 8 5 2 1 0 0 675 345 195.65 22
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 8 5 3 0 0 0 452 468 96.58 20
5 Marcellin OC 8 4 3 1 0 0 597 379 157.52 18
6 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 8 4 4 0 0 0 698 489 142.74 16
7 PEGS Football Club 8 4 4 0 0 0 572 495 115.56 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 8 1 7 0 0 0 423 615 68.78 4
9 Peninsula 8 1 7 0 0 0 302 744 40.59 4
10 Old Mentonians 8 0 8 0 0 0 152 1342 11.33 0


Thirds

On a perfect May day, the Thirds took the field with a genuine sense of optimism and a fire in the belly to redeem themselves from their previous week’s performance. And right out the blocks it was clear that the boys were going to give it a red hot crack as they tackled and chased their opponents hard and heavy. In what became a terrific arm wrestle in the contest, we were able to put into practice what we had been working on all year, with the boys using the corridor and working hard both ways.

What was extremely pleasing was our ability to work hard in defence, with our backmen standing up as a group and withstanding the pressure being applied from Old Geelong. Michael Hook was a standout performer, even leaving the ground to take a spectacular mark on the wing. Richie McDonald had a breakout game, running through the midfield with poise and strength, while Nick Russell returned from an extended hiatus to be in blistering form!

Although the boys played really well, Old Geelong were too good in the end, running over the top of us in the forth. However, considering we lost to them in our first game by 76 points, this week showed how far we have come as a team and what we look like when we play good footy. I was very proud of the boys.

Goal Kickers: N. Russell 2, T. Phelps, M. Todd, G. Vitinaros, M. McPherson, L. Bannister
Best Players: C. Gorman, M. Hook, D. Hudson-Mollard, R. McDonald, T. Phelps, N. Russell

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

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

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT THIRDS LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 8 6 2 0 0 0 782 456 171.49 24
2 Old Carey 7 4 2 1 1 0 575 319 180.25 22
3 Mazenod 8 5 3 0 0 0 549 459 119.61 20
4 Marcellin OC 8 4 3 1 0 0 465 628 74.04 18
5 Old Geelong 8 4 4 0 0 0 518 476 108.82 16
6 P E G S 8 3 4 1 0 0 499 487 102.46 14
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 7 2 5 0 0 1 387 576 67.19 12
8 St Mary’s Salesian 8 1 6 1 0 0 427 784 54.46 6


Women

In the final game of the first half of the season, the Seniors faced a previously undefeated West Brunswick outfit packed with talent and experience. On paper it presented as a tough ask to come away with a win, but the players and coaches were confident in our ability to match it with them if the intensity and effort levels were where they needed to be.

At the final siren it was pleasing to say that we played exactly how we wanted to against such a dominant opponent. Saturday’s game was a case where the scoreboard did not reflect the closeness of the contest and the performance of the team. It was a genuine four quarter effort, which didn’t deliver the rewards we deserved, but hopefully demonstrated to everyone involved what we’re capable of.

The first three quarters exemplified this lack of reward, in that we controlled and outplayed West Brunswick for long periods, but their ability to put on short bursts of goals proved the difference. Right from the first bounce our work rate was strong, getting plenty of numbers to the contest and making West Brunswick work for footy. Despite them peppering the goals, we were clearly holding our own around the ground and setting up well at the contest. ClareRachael and Sara were winning the line share of clearances and linking with players smartly positioned around the ball to make for a fast and open game.

Defensively we shut them down more consistently from the second quarter. Our back line did a great job to support each other and communicate, providing good cover to allow Steph D to play the sweeper role. As small defenders, GabTraceyEdie and Isy, worked hard to stick with and match up against some smart running forwards and midfielders pushing into our defensive half. All four attacked each contest when it was their turn to do so and couldn’t be faulted.

Equally hard running efforts came from Soph and Georgia O (on debut) out on the wings. Their leg speed and hunger to win the disputed ball across the middle of the ground was a large reason for why we controlled long periods of the game. Each time it came out of our forward fifty, they were quick to force it back in. Similarly, our midfielders set up the well across the half forward line to allow this to happen. Generally, the way individuals set themselves up and communicated around the ground was very effective and evident from the sidelines.

To top it all off we put on our most impressive display of forward pressure this year. We locked down the footy in our forward line repeatedly, forcing ball ups and boundary throw ins, as well as taking a fair number of contested and uncontested marks within range. Both small forwards – JaneBrigMaddie and Nat – and key forwards – MaggieAshAmelia and Anna, were hungry to keep it in these areas and shared the defensive load amongst each other. Late in the game it was great to see Anna put in multiple efforts to keep the ball alive and kick a great goal for her efforts. This was characteristic of how the team as a collective finished the game. We ran it out strong and finally the scoreboard showed some reward for our persistence. Missing a couple of set shots points to something to work on in training.

Having reached the halfway mark of the season, it’s a good time to reflect and set some goals for the run home. Our improvement has been steady and each week we are looking more cohesive and deliberate in how we go about it. As everyone continues to gain match experience, and we welcome back some quality players from injury, we should be genuinely considering ourselves a chance each Saturday – no matter the opposition. Everyone should be excited by this, and believe it too. We are 100% capable of beating any side in this competition.

Goal Kickers: C. Wilson, J. Cuningham, A. Sallows
Best Players: C. Wilson, S. Bangs, S. Fortunato, G. Opray, G. Opray, A. Sallows

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT WOMEN’S LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 7 7 0 0 0 0 414 124 333.87 28
2 Monash Blues 7 5 2 0 0 0 242 118 205.08 20
3 Old Geelong 7 5 2 0 0 0 210 190 110.53 20
4 St Mary’s Salesian 7 4 3 0 0 0 240 144 166.67 16
5 Collegians 7 3 4 0 0 0 147 233 63.09 12
6 Brunswick Renegades 7 2 5 0 0 0 117 196 59.69 8
7 Old Camberwell 7 2 5 0 0 0 147 268 54.85 8
8 Mazenod OC 7 0 7 0 0 0 132 376 35.11 0


Women Reserves

As has been the case so often this year it was always going to be a tough game coming up against the second top side in the reserves. We spoke before the game on focusing on our structures, intensity and work rate. Whilst the scoreboard didn’t reflect our output or the way in which the game was played – we definitely delivered on these focuses.

In the first quarter we showed some great work in close at the contest and our ability to hold tackles as well as ensuring that our pressure on the ball carrier was strong.  Our midfield worked hard from the opening bounce with a number of players going through the midfield. In particular it was great to see Alice and Kate continue their work in the ruck as they came up against a strong ruck on the opposition, while our midfielders of Lucy, Lisa, Laura, Rosie, Eliza and Georgia  all worked to run both defensively and offensively.

The second terms saw our defence show some great fight as we continued to stop the opposition of scoring despite the number of entries that they were able to construct with Bridget and Kath proving a dynamic duo in the back-line, whilst HannahSarahEvaDale, and Greta all showed some great run and positioning to ensure that the West Brunswick forwards couldn’t get too much space or time. Even with the great defensive pressure we were unable to stop West Brunswick for the full quarter as they again managed to get another 4 goals on the board.

At half time we were very focused on continuing to ensure that we showed spirit and work rate and in particular started to get the ball in to our forward line as well as ensured that we continued to work on our defensive pressure and work around the stoppages. We came out in the second half and despite getting the ball in our forward line as well as some great tackling which saw us get a shot on goal we were unable to convert it into a scoreboard results. Emilia showed some terrific desperation and contested work as she continued to work around the ground, whilst Prue and Sav went in to the middle and worked hard at the stoppages, while Carly, Georgia W, Alex S, Katie and Alex O all showed  continued some great work up forward as we attempted to get on the scoreboard.

It was disappointing to not get the reward on the scoreboard for our hard work, it was a good opportunity for a number of players to play in different positions throughout the day and continue to learn the different positions against a good opposition. We look forward  to heading out to Monash this week after having shown some great development in terms of our positional structures as well as players focusing hard on work rate.

A huge thanks again to all those that helped this week – it is greatly appreciated.

Best Players: B. Facey, E. Fisher, R. Strasser, G. Kaehne, S. Dunwell, G. Smith

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT WOMEN RESERVES LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Geelong 7 7 0 0 0 0 687 52 1321.15 28
2 West Brunswick AFC 7 6 1 0 0 0 591 119 496.64 24
3 St Mary’s Salesian 7 5 2 0 0 0 511 169 302.37 20
4 Brunswick Renegades 7 4 3 0 0 0 207 307 67.43 16
5 Monash Blues 6 2 4 0 0 1 115 395 29.11 12
6 Mazenod 7 1 6 0 0 0 115 417 27.58 4
7 Collegians 6 1 5 0 0 0 87 494 17.61 4
8 Old Camberwell Grammarians 7 1 6 0 0 0 78 447 17.45 4


 

Round 7 Review

Men win big vs Pirates @ Mt Martha, Women Seniors defeat Mazenod @ GBO

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

As always,  some great reading from our stellar coaches this week and some real highlights. After a tough injury plagued season our Women’s Seasons had a scintillating win against Mazenod.

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

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

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

Saturday 26th May – Gala Ball

If you have anything to donate as an auction item, please contact Adam.

Go Wellers.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au
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Men Reserves

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach


Thirds

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach


Women

After a few weeks of rapid improvement and competitive performances, the Seniors came into the weekend’s clash against Mazenod with confidence that they could get back on the winner’s list. A fired up Mazenod showed up ready to play and with a clear intent to get their first win of the season. With a relatively small and quick running team, they looked to play similar free-flowing footy us.

As has happened in previous weeks, we let the opposition control the early play and were caught napping as their quick forwards and midfielders combined to kick the first two goals of the game. However, the trend stuck to the script and we began to work our way into the contest. Our forward line looked to have more structure with Maggie at full forward offering a strong marking option and Amelia back to her traditional centre half forward position. A couple of quick goals saw us get back in the game to be six points down at quarter time.

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

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

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

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

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

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches


Women Reserves

Taking on Mazenod, we were excited about the opportunity to be back at home chasing our second win for the year.
When the opposition kicked away in the first quarter we had to work hard to get back in the game. Our usual strong defensive efforts and tackling that have become a highlight of the team were not at the level we expected and the opposition made us pay on the scoreboard kicking 2 goals 5 behinds.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach


Men

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anson Brownless
Men’s Coach