Round 8 Review

Our community on display!

Heading into last Saturday and the stomach butterflies woke early. It was a big day both on and off the field for the club. With most teams either at the halfway mark of the season or just shy, all games had that little bit of extra spice. With the mighty Wellsmen holding their inaugural Two Blues Winter Ball at Kooyong in the evening, it was going to be a long and big day.

I am extremely fortunate to have a remarkable and supportive wife. It helps Lucy’s British and still learning to appreciate our great game as I suspect she may think I am still heading off at 8am Saturday mornings to pull on the boots and play. Our 3 kids are also very understanding as they happily pile into the car. I also suspect the ‘you can buy anything at the canteen’ policy throughout the day aids their understanding.

Kids in tow, we arrived at Old Parade 10 minutes into the 1st quarter and the Under 19s were 8 goals in front. I checked my watch which confirmed my delight. The perfect start to the day. Read Gavin’s top write up. The Under 19s have been magnificent so far this year and are so important to our club’s future. To nearly crack 200 points in a game is a big achievement but to do it without a shadow of arrogance is a testament to the players and coaching staff and supporters.

I wasn’t able to make the Reserves 11.40am game due to family commitments but I caught up with the coaches later that evening and both Tom and Chris were bitterly disappointed with the result. Their form has been strong of late and they were in the game all day. Each week many players are pushing for Senior selection which is a brilliant place to be for our club and I’m sure there will be selection headaches again this week after some strong performances. We’re very much alive to play finals football and the back half of the season will be strong.

Our next port of call was Oakleigh for our Women’s game at 2pm. With the Seniors clashing, I took the opportunity to take in an entire game of  our girls. It was fantastic. As Roma’s write up states, it was our first loss for a while but we can all be immensely proud of the contribution, commitment and passion our Women’s team have brought to the club. Over one hundred people attended last week’s players function organised by the girls at the clubrooms and the feedback was ‘best function for years’. But most significantly for me, the desire to win is palpable in this group and in a nod to their efforts I’m delighted to let you know Rhiannon Green, Eloise Defina and Stephanie Defina have all made the first-ever VAFA Women’s Big V squad – congratulations to you and all the team.

As a lot of you will know, following a game on the VAFA website isn’t ideal. It’s painful. I had been keeping an eye on the score throughout the day and was feeling mildly confident. As the last quarter wore on I must have pressed the refresh button 90 times. When we kicked away (Jimmy Allen 3 in the last quarter!) I missed the refresh and hit the horn, blasting away and punching the air while my son looked at my as if I was a complete weirdo (you know the look parents).  A big win for the Seniors and like all our teams, an opportunity to push on in the second half.

After dispersing the kids to uncles and aunties, Lucy and I donned the black-tie outfits and headed to Kooyong Tennis Club for the inaugural Two Blues Winter Ball. As expected, Dancey and his team did an exceptional job and we dined and enjoyed a great night. Thank-you to everyone who supported the night and well done to the players who attended. It meant a great deal and showcased our community and club well. I’m pretty sure Lucy had a good time given the conversation I overheard on the Sunday. She was telling a friend about the night and said ‘I sat next to a lovely guy. Apparently he was an AFL legend and also a very very funny man. Pretty sure his name was Barry Brownlow. His brother coaches our team!’ She’s getting there!

Have a safe and enjoyable long weekend and please book in for the June 24th Community Lunch.

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

REVIEWS
Women’s

The women’s team winning bubble finally burst. After six wins a row it was perhaps inevitable that the run would come to an end, and while disappointing, it may prove to work in our favour in the second half of the season.

Going in on paper with a somewhat less experienced side, missing three of our usual back six and a couple of regular midfield options, we still felt we had a strong team on the park. The fact we only lost by three points, going behind after Oakleigh kicked a goal in the final two minutes of the game, says we were more than competitive. One stray shot on goal could’ve been the difference.

The first half was an unusual 40 minutes of footy. Oakleigh dominated the majority of possession, winning the clearances and pinning us in our defensive half. However, in both quarters we managed to score goals against the run of play, including three in about five minutes late in the second quarter. This, along with wayward kicking from Oakleigh and outstanding defensive efforts from MirabellaDonkin and Sam Bangs, gave us an eight point lead at half time.

What was clear from the first half was that our physical presence around the contest was, and perhaps in general is, lacking. While our tackling and scrounging pressure is as good as any in the division, there is a tendency (or hesitancy?) to err at attacking the ball, the (wo)man and the contest when the opportunity is there. This is to be expected given the inexperience of the vast majority of the team, and is something that will develop as individuals gain confidence. But footy is a physical contact game, and there’s improvement required in this area. Essentially this was the message at half time and it needed to lift if we were to continue our unbeaten streak.

If the first half was a tale of all-play for no reward for Oakleigh, then it turned 180 and became the tale of our third and fourth quarter. We began winning stoppages around the ground through Green, Soph Bangs and Anderson, while Anjou and Nolan were dropping back to rebound the footy. Unfortunately, we couldn’t capitalise on the scoreboard. A return of three points in the third quarter and a series of goal line saving marks from Oakleigh meant we were unable to extend our lead.

From the sidelines, Schwaby and I sensed a last gasp Oakleigh goal and it duly came in the final minutes. Just reward for their persistence across the whole game.

The bitter feeling after losing a close game is new to a lot of our players. It’s an important lesson to learn. Driving home, I was reminded of many hard to accept loses out in the suburbs and the lull that comes with it. The disappointment felt by the group is a good sign. It says that we expect a lot of ourselves, that every time we step out on the field we want to win. That’s not always going to happen, but we have the opportunity to do that against UHS-VU in two weeks’ time at GBO. Not only did they win big against third-placed St Bedes on Saturday (61-1), they knocked us off top spot.

I couldn’t think of a better stage to be set for a top of the table clash – an agonising loss, the end of a win streak and losing top spot; coupled with a week off for it to fester, a home crowd to look forward to and a point to prove. I personally, am itching for Saturday week to come. Hopefully every single player is too.

Goal Kickers: R. Green, A. Robison, E. Defina, L. Anderson
Best Players: K. Mirabella, A. Donkin, L. Anderson, C. Nolan, R. Green, S. Anjou

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Uhs-Vu Afc 8 6 2 0 0 0 244 98 248.98 24
2 Old Camberwell 8 6 2 0 0 0 210 91 230.77 24
3 Collegians 8 5 3 0 0 0 162 92 176.09 20
4 SBMT / St Peters AFC 8 4 4 0 0 0 119 139 85.61 16
5 Old Carey 8 3 4 1 0 0 132 174 75.86 14
6 Ivanhoe AFC 8 3 4 1 0 0 106 170 62.35 14
7 Oakleigh 8 3 5 0 0 0 115 188 61.17 12
8 Yarra Old Grammarians 8 2 6 0 0 0 94 230 40.87 8

SeniorsA perfect winter’s day greeted us for an important away fixture at Hampton Rovers. The stakes were high –  win this game and we go into the break 4 – 4 and stay in touch with a very even Premier C competition this year.

From the first bounce the Wellers were full of run with Mcdonald, Hensby and Crothers controlling the middle and the inform forward Nick “Baywatch” Adamson getting on the end of a few lace out deliveries. The focus before the game was rapid ball movement and we duly surged forward time and time again at a hectic pace, controlling the first half with a relentless running game that was at times breathtaking to watch.

With precision kicking from our backs led by Howells, Powell and Deev our half forwards Ginge & Angus were getting  plenty of the ball. We felt we were controlling most aspects of the game, defensive pressure acts were up and we went into the long break with a handy 18 point buffer.

A worrying sign this year has been our fade outs for short periods during crucial stages in a few games. Late in the third quarter Hampton lifted their work rate and pulled to within a goal as the 3/4 time siren sounded. Our run had stopped and the boys were being challenged by a desperate side, keen to impress on their home turf and cement a place in the four.

After conceding the first goal of the last quarter and with the home side hitting the front for the first time in the game it was time to show some real character. A few of our leaders stood up led by Mr. Fix It Simon Bennett & Jimmy Allen (3 last quarter goals) and the whole side responded, wrestling the lead back and bringing us home for a crucial 14 point victory. It was an important and impressive win with a strong team performance and will give us some real confidence going into the back half of the season.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 5, A. Brettingham-Moore 3, J. Allen 3, C. Hensby, S. Powell, S. Bennett, C. Allen
Best Players: C. Hensby, N. Adamson, J. Howells, H. Crothers, A. Brettingham-Moore, S. MacDonald

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Haileyburians 8 7 1 0 0 0 872 464 187.93 28
2 Caulfield Grammarians 8 7 1 0 0 0 974 563 173.00 28
3 Williamstown CYMS 8 5 3 0 0 0 846 689 122.79 20
4 Old Mentonians 8 4 4 0 0 0 742 734 101.09 16
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 8 4 4 0 0 0 520 646 80.50 16
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 8 4 4 0 0 0 630 799 78.85 16
7 Old Geelong 8 3 5 0 0 0 694 706 98.30 12
8 Marcellin OC 8 3 5 0 0 0 646 664 97.29 12
9 Hampton Rovers 8 3 5 0 0 0 505 694 72.77 12
10 Kew AFC 8 0 8 0 0 0 442 912 48.46 0

ReservesAfter stringing back to back wins together, the Ressies were hoping to take a 3rd consecutive win into the bye. We came up against an in form Hampton and in a hard fought encounter went down by 14 points. The boys played some very confident and high pressure football at times and despite leading for a large part of the game we were unable to sustain the effort for 4 quarters as Hampton ran over the top of us in the later stages of the game.

A big focus for the day was tackling, blocks and shepherds and our numbers were definitely up in the 1st quarter as we had a best start to the year with Latsas, Stayner and Vogel leading the way across the midfield and Huntsman starting well. Save for some soft turnovers by hand and foot our 3 goal lead could have been larger. Hampton adjusted their game in the 2nd quarter and were able to find some space and run but we were able to also hit the scoreboard and take a 10 point lead into ½ time.

A couple of players down (Pepperell with an injured wing, T.Kanz “vision impaired”) and with Hampton finding space through the corridor made for a tough second half. A.Clarke and Stone battled hard across the wings, Eastick and Warburton held down the backline and with Tavener and Jenkins getting busy up forward we went into the last quarter with only a 4 point deficit. The 3rd quarter provided a valuable lesson for the team; with some decisions going against us and costly turnovers at key moments we gradually let Hampton get on top and we weren’t able to stand up and wrestle back momentum.

Hampton kicked away in the last as they were able to play the game on their terms. To the boys credit, and with everyone out on their feet, we kicked a couple of late goals to bring back the final margin.

This was a game that was well within our reach and we couldn’t fault the boys’ effort. As much as it hurts to lose a close game this should provide us with the motivation and desire to go one step further when next challenged!

Goal Kickers: A. Taverner 4, J. Huntsman 2, N. Latsas 2, J. Simon, A. Gilmour, M. Jenkin
Best Players: T. Eastick, B. Warburton, T. Stayner, T. Vogel, T. Stone, N. Latsas

Tom Schipper
Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 8 8 0 0 0 0 935 298 313.76 32
2 Marcellin OC 8 7 1 0 0 0 752 345 217.97 28
3 Old Geelong 8 6 2 0 0 0 635 408 155.64 24
4 Old Haileyburians 8 4 4 0 0 0 592 681 86.93 16
5 Williamstown CYMS 8 4 4 0 0 0 422 597 70.69 16
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 8 3 5 0 0 0 576 620 92.90 12
7 Hampton Rovers 8 3 5 0 0 0 526 587 89.61 12
8 Kew AFC 8 2 6 0 0 0 440 716 61.45 8
9 Old Mentonians 8 2 6 0 0 0 436 749 58.21 8
10 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 8 1 7 0 0 0 421 734 57.36 4

U19s

For the second consecutive week The Unders traveled to Bundoora seeking a win to cement our position in the top four.

The first quarter saw Old Camberwell dominate play with Josh Holding and Will Dalrymple continually driving the ball into an open forward line, where Mike Schumann, Stephen Everitt and Lachie Powell were able to capitalise on the plethora of opportunities.  The slick ball movement and accurate kicking for goal led to a 9 goal to 1 opening term.

That pattern of play was repeated throughout the game, with the boys kicking 5, 9, and 6 goals in each of the next 3 quarters, without conceding a goal.  Although not reflected on the scoreboard, the second quarter was more even, with Mitch Fletcher and Max Henderson repeatedly repelling Old Parade’s forward forays.  The clever Tom Oliver was able to sneak away from his opponent and kick 2 goals.

The floodgates opened in the third quarter when we added a further nine goals.  Unselfish team player was evident, with the boys dishing the ball to teammates in better positions, ultimately setting up easy shots for goal.

To the boys’ credit they finished strongly, despite taking such a large lead into the last quarter.  Schumann, Dalrymple and Powell all added to their tally of majors, and Harry Speagle thrilled his teammates by also kicking truly.  Mitch Fletcher was again supreme across half-back taking countless intercept marks.

Following the percentage boosting win we go to into the Bye second on the ladder.  The top four or five sides seem to be clearing away from the pack, so it is critical we keep winning to maintain our position.  I look forward to seeing all the boys down at training on Tuesday after the long weekend.

Goal Kickers: L. Powell 9, M. Schumann 6, W. Dalrymple 5, S. Everett 3, J. Oliver 2, J. Tan, J. Holding, M. McPherson, H. Speagle
Best Players: M. Fletcher, M. Schumann, L. Powell, W. Dalrymple, J. Holding, S. Everett

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 De La Salle 8 6 2 0 0 0 657 333 197.30 24
2 Old Camberwell Grammarians 8 6 2 0 0 0 655 358 182.96 24
3 Oakleigh 8 6 2 0 0 0 659 414 159.18 24
4 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 7 4 3 0 0 1 505 440 114.77 20
5 WIlliamstown CYMS 8 5 3 0 0 0 493 565 87.26 20
6 Melbourne High School Old Boys 8 4 4 0 0 0 595 521 114.20 16
7 Hampton Rovers 8 3 5 0 0 0 579 522 110.92 12
8 La Trobe University 8 3 5 0 0 0 518 580 89.31 12
9 Aquinas OC 8 3 5 0 0 0 488 564 86.52 12
10 Old Paradians 8 2 6 0 0 0 341 784 43.49 8
11 Peninsula OB 8 0 8 0 0 0 353 813 43.42 0
12 St Johns 7 0 7 0 0 0 214 846 25.30 0

 

Round 7 Review – Women Keep Winning!

Fantastic and frustrating
Another roller coaster weekend with the Wells!

After four wins from four last week, we all hoped to back up again and we went very very close. I’ll repeat this message again on Friday. Now is the time to pull on the beanie/scarf combination you’ve had tucked away and head out to bring home the Wellers this weekend. It’s a bye the following weekend and with winter upon us, we would love to see as many people as possible make the respective journeys south this Saturday.

In an early start, the Unders again took the points against a competitive La Trobe and are starting to win even when perhaps not at their running best. They sit at the top of their Division and play a traditionally strong club in Old Parade at 9.20am. Perfect time for an early coffee/bacon sarnie while you watch our boys.

The Reserves were looking to go back to back for the first time this season and duly delivered against Old Mentonians away. There’s plenty of talent flowing through this side and they now have momentum going into Saturday and will feel confident against Hampton and set the tone for the day against the Rovers.

Our Women faced highly rated Old Carey at the Carey Sports Complex in Bulleen and our support was definitely larger than theirs. It was a fierce contest with a little ‘agro’ creeping in but we kept our composure and cemented top position with another good win. Fantastic to see many of the girls wearing ribbons for the indigenous round. They’d love another bumper crowd against Oakleigh!

The Seniors faced a highly motivated Old Mentonians, coming off the back of three straight losses and playing at home. They jumped out to 6 goal half-time lead but we played some scintillating football to pull close but not close enough. Frustrating as we got on top late but couldn’t find a way to win. Still everything to play for as a finals spot is well within reach given how even the division is and your support could make all the difference.

I’m delighted to also announce a new sponsor for the Club for 2017 and hopefully beyond. Richard Spurritt or Spuz had a sensational career as a player with our club. He was part of the 1993 Premiership Team, a Best & Fairest Winner and was responsible for over 50% of all my possessions streaming of half-back. He’s now with Liberty Financial and they have come onboard as a Silver Sponsor. Please read his write-up below and support him where you can.

Looking forward to seeing some of you on Saturday either at the game or at the Two Blues Ball at Kooyong. It would be wonderful to see as many as possible as we go into the bye.

PS – don’t forget to get a table together for our Community Lunch on June 24th.

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

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Women’s

Halfway through the regular season and the women’s team sits on top of the ladder with a 6-1 record. We’re a game clear of second and three games clear of fifth. A great position to be in and thoroughly deserved.

Following last week’s tough game we expected a similar contest against an Old Carey outfit coming off a loss to the less-fancied Oakleigh. The team were focused and switched on in the pre-game preparations, and we had a solid warm up out on the ground giving us a good opportunity to get used to the windy conditions and very small playing surface.

Kicking against the wind in the first quarter could’ve been a significant disadvantage, but we were able to control the tempo of the game early on with Anderson and Anjou continuing their good form through the middle, and Harper stepping up in the ruck contest to give us first use of the ball. With Robison providing a big target out of centre half forward, the ball spent much of the time in our forward 50 as we opened up a two goal lead at the first break. Despite this, a general lack of intensity was missing from both sides, with neither team really stamping their authority on the game.

The run and carry continued into the second quarter, as did Robison and Sincock’s marking form, and despite some wayward kicking in front of goal we managed to push the lead out to five goals at half time. Pressure and tackling contributions were coming from some of our small forwards, namely Edwards who took a couple of heavy knocks in the process, and the back line was as stubborn as usual – only conceding three points.

With a decent lead we were able to experiment a little in the second half as the game opened up. Green started finding the ball, finishing with three goals. And OprayBangs and Mohamed were linking up well through the middle. Some really impressive passages of play resulted in goals at both ends of the ground to OprayNolan and Edwards (first goals for the club). While Elovaris responded well to being dragged last week for a “lack of intensity” at the ball, with repeated efforts in the first 10 minutes of the third quarter that allowed us to consolidate our momentum.

A small burst from Old Carey in the final quarter was cancelled out by a couple of goals of our own. S. Defina and M. Wilson were outstanding down back, literally winning contest after contest. In the end we ran out comfortable winners. A very even four-quarter performance from everyone. The next couple of weeks will provide the team with a challenge as we come up against second and third position following this Saturday’s game away to Oakleigh. Thanks to all supporters and helpers on the day, we had a pretty healthy contingent there and was much appreciated.

Goal Kickers: R. Green 3, C. Nolan, A. Robison, G. Opray, N. Edwards
Best Players: A. Robison, M. Wilson, S. Defina, R. Green, M. Harper, N. Edwards

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coach

Current Ladder
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Camberwell 7 6 1 0 0 0 182 60 303.33 24
2 Uhs-Vu Afc 7 5 2 0 0 0 183 97 188.66 20
3 SBMT / St Peters AFC 7 4 3 0 0 0 118 78 151.28 16
4 Collegians 7 4 3 0 0 0 124 91 136.26 16
5 Old Carey 7 3 4 0 0 0 102 144 70.83 12
6 Ivanhoe AFC 7 3 4 0 0 0 76 140 54.29 12
7 Oakleigh 7 2 5 0 0 0 84 160 52.50 8
8 Yarra Old Grammarians 7 2 5 0 0 0 93 192 48.44 8

SeniorsAnother tale of what could have, would have or should have for the seniors this week as they travelled away to verse Mentone at their home deck. After a galvanising win over Williamstown the week before, the seniors headed to Mentone with an expectation of making it two in a row. With new additions to the team and making their senior debut for the Wellers, Lucas Huysmens and ex hawk Michael Osborne added some hardness and versatility to the squad.

Unfortunately sensing a win doesn’t guarantee you one and the boys were left to rue a poor first half, which ultimately cost them 4 points. The first half saw Mentone jump out of the blocks, piling on the pressure through the midfield and attacking their goals almost at will. From the onset our backs were under pressure and had it not been for the hard work from Simon Bennett, Cam Wilson, Robbie Deev and Jimmy Allen the deficit at quarter time could have been far greater. Nick Adamson was proving to be a dominant key focal point in our forward line and the efforts of Joey Arnold and Chris Hensby kept the ball moving forward and provided opportunities for our forwards to capitalize on. Poor kicking and decision making, combined with Mentone’s pressure and ability to finish off in front of goals in the second saw Mentone blow out to a 6 goal lead at the main break.

After some thoughtful but choice words at half time and a number of structural changes it was Camberwell’s turn to show case their talent band a completely different outfit was on display. Sammy Powell and Angus Brettingham-Moore dominated the golf course wing and coupled with what are starting to become trademark-running goals from Shawny McDonald and Jimmy Allen the margin was narrowed significantly .Damo Proska was lively through the main corridor and Chooka Hensby was influential in setting up a number of shots on goal whilst capitalizing himself. Ben Hart lead well at the clearances and 12 shots on goal to 5 during the 3 rd term showed that Old Camberwell had the momentum as the teams headed into the final quarter.

Conceding the first goal in the last meant that the Wellers task was made even harder however the boys fought admirably to push the ball forward. Jimmy Allen sent home his third and Hensby finished well to record his second but ultimately it was the concession of 10 goals to 4 in the first half that lead to the Wellers recording a disappointing loss at Mentone.

This season is starting to shape up as being incredibly even with up to 6 teams all separated by a few games. Dropping points in games like the weekend cannot be underestimated and the boys need to regroup this week, get hungry and angry with themselves and get back into the winners book. The leaders implored all hands on deck this week at training as we look to reverse our latest setback.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 3, J. Allen 3, C. Hensby 2, A. Clarke, J. Arnold, L. Huysmans
Best Players: J. Allen, J. Arnold, C. Hensby, D. Proksa, S. MacDonald, B. Hart

Ken Darby
Senior Assistant Coach

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Haileyburians 7 6 1 0 0 0 754 394 191.37 24
2 Caulfield Grammarians 7 6 1 0 0 0 827 512 161.52 24
3 Williamstown CYMS 7 4 3 0 0 0 721 634 113.72 16
4 Old Mentonians 7 4 3 0 0 0 687 609 112.81 16
5 Old Geelong 7 3 4 0 0 0 641 558 114.87 12
6 Marcellin OC 7 3 4 0 0 0 569 555 102.52 12
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 7 3 4 0 0 0 532 715 74.41 12
8 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 7 3 4 0 0 0 410 567 72.31 12
9 Hampton Rovers 7 3 4 0 0 0 421 596 70.64 12
10 Kew AFC 7 0 7 0 0 0 372 794 46.85 0

ReservesThe Ressies travelled out to Keysborough this week to take on Old Mentonians in a game that would leapfrog us to fourth on the ladder. Despite some issues that resulted in the game having a delayed start of 15 minutes the boys were still ready to play.

Our midfield got off to a flyer and dominated the clearances with some great tap work by Zach Herbstreit followed up by contested ball winners Will Kanz and Joe Simon seemingly finding space everywhere. We finished the first term down by 2 points due to inaccurate kicking.

Our rotating wings consisting of Vogel, Clarkey and Pepperall were all able to find space in the second quarter and as a result we were able to hit our targets in the forward line which allowed us to finally convert our game dominance to the scoreboard.

We were keen to pull away in the second half and were  led by Jason Edwards who has returned to football sensationally after being injured for a couple of seasons.

We finished the third term up by 26 points and were ready to all excited to put the Mentonians away and ensure the victory.

However despite multiple efforts by Nick Russell who competed well all day we were unable to find the big sticks and piled on 6 points in the quarter.

Fortunately for us, Matt Cottrell and Lucas Stanboultgis stood up in our backline and held the opposition scoreless for the quarter.

Sitting in fourth place by percentage, the reserves are keen to cement our spot in the four and show the competition we are serious contenders this year.

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 2, M. Jenkin 2, N. Russell, J. Edwards, J. Simon, S. Clark, W. Kanz
Best Players: L. Stanboultgis, J. Edwards, M. Cottrell, T. Vogel, W. Kanz, T. Stayner

Tom Schipper
Reserves Coach

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 7 7 0 0 0 0 863 260 331.92 28
2 Marcellin OC 7 6 1 0 0 0 672 302 222.52 24
3 Old Geelong 7 6 1 0 0 0 597 336 177.68 24
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 7 3 4 0 0 0 501 531 94.35 12
5 Old Haileyburians 7 3 4 0 0 0 514 606 84.82 12
6 Williamstown CYMS 7 3 4 0 0 0 345 555 62.16 12
7 Hampton Rovers 7 2 5 0 0 0 437 512 85.35 8
8 Old Mentonians 7 2 5 0 0 0 394 672 58.63 8
9 Kew AFC 7 2 5 0 0 0 365 638 57.21 8
10 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 7 1 6 0 0 0 378 654 57.80 4

U19s

Having won the toss Old Camberwell kicked with a strong breeze on the vast La Trobe Uni oval.  It took some time to adjust to the size of the ground, but led by Lucas Lewit-Mendes off half back, Harrison Lucas on the wing, and Stephen Everitt up forward, the boys gradually took control of the game.  In a welcome return from injury Lachie Powell kicked 3 majors for the term.  We led by 33 points at quarter time after preventing La Trobe from scoring.

La Trobe dominated the second term, and it was only through the efforts of Mitch Fletcher, Kallan Percy, Will Dalrymple and Harry O’Brien, coupled with some inaccurate kicking for goal by Latrobe that we held our lead.  A late goal to Powell saw us take a 16 point lead into the main break.

The game degenerated into a very scrappy affair in the third quarter, as La Trobe pushed men behind the boy in an effort to stem the flow.  Our boys lifted their work rate, with Masciatelli laying a couple of bone crunching tackles, and Harry O’Brien capping off a dominant on-ball performance with 2 goals for the quarter.  Will Dalrymple continued to work hard and drive the ball forward.

Early in the last quarter the fickle nature of football was on display again when one of the opposition players broke his leg in a seemingly innocuous incident.  Both coaches agreed that it was best that the game was called off at the point – our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to our opponent.

Although winning comfortably, our victory seemed hollow and the boys chose not to sing the song out of respect for the opposition.

Goal Kickers: L. Powell 5, H. O”Brien 3, M. Schumann
Best Players: W. Dalrymple, L. Lewit-Mendes, H. Lucas, H. O”Brien, L. Powell, J. Tan

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 De La Salle 7 5 2 0 0 0 574 298 192.62 20
2 Oakleigh 7 5 2 0 0 0 524 374 140.11 20
3 Old Camberwell Grammarians 7 5 2 0 0 0 472 348 135.63 20
4 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 7 4 3 0 0 0 505 440 114.77 16
5 WIlliamstown CYMS 7 4 3 0 0 0 440 523 84.13 16
6 Melbourne High School Old Boys 7 3 4 0 0 0 483 454 106.39 12
7 Aquinas OC 7 3 4 0 0 0 453 481 94.18 12
8 La Trobe University 6 2 4 0 0 1 355 419 84.73 12
9 Hampton Rovers 6 2 4 0 0 0 392 439 89.29 8
10 Old Paradians 7 2 5 0 0 0 331 601 55.07 8
11 Peninsula OB 7 0 7 0 0 0 286 701 40.80 0
12 St Johns 5 0 5 0 0 0 184 578 31.83 0

Round 6 Review – The Quaddie!

Lessons Learned from Success

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

Match Reviews Below
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Women’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coach

 
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

 
 
 

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

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

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

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

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

Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Assistant Coach

 
 
 

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U19s

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

 
 
 

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Round 5 Review

We are “One” Old Camberwell!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

Full Match Reviews available here

Congratulations Greg Tolson on 200 Games

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

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

Wellsmen Two Blues Ball – June 3rd

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

Saturday 3rd June at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.

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

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

Tickets can be purchased online here.

Round 4 Review – Women Keep Winning!

Almost Quarter Time!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

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

Round 3 Review – A Mixed Bag

Great family day with mix bag of results!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go Wells!

 

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

Round 2 Review – Seniors 2 from 2!

A Weekend of Firsts!

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

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

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

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

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

Winning Women! First ever win!

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

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

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

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

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

11.30am – 4pm = BBQ – Kids Free

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

Post Match – Presentations and Bar Open and all welcome.

Well played everyone.

Go Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President

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Women’s Match Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Assistant Coach