Round 13 Review

It’s Business Time

Firstly apologies for not putting out the regular Friday Preview email. Encouragingly several people contacted to ask where it was so at least we know there’s a few people reading it! Thanks for all the support this year.

I’m a big fan of the kiwi sitcom, Flight of the Concords particularly one of their songs ‘It’s Business Time’ and it popped into my head as I went to write the review.

Unfortunately due to some prior commitments I was unable to make the trip to Williamstown or North Balwyn for the SeniorsReserves and Women’s so will refer to the write-ups. Again what you’ll note is that it was strong performances across the teams. The Seniors went very close to a rare when at windswept Willy while the Reserves continued their victory run and the Women were able to hone skills and structures leading into their final home and away game and finals.

I made it a very blustery St.Bede’s Mentone to watch the Under 19’s. I’m sure those who read are aware what a great season they’ve had so far. On a tricky day with the wind, our young men played hard against willing competition. I’ve said before how important and vital our Under 19’s are for the future of the club and we have an outstanding group able
supported by a terrific supporter group. I met one Grandma over from WA watching her grandson play for the Wellers and again reminded me our far-reaching our community is and judging by her barracking, she may have been head back in WA as well – loved it.

I will write this Friday to preview this weekend’s games. It’s not quite a Super Saturday as our girls play away but a huge day for the Club with the Wellsmen’s Premiership Lunch, critical games for all teams and another opportunity to catch-up with friends and the OCGAFC family.

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

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SeniorsOur senior side was coming off a season defining win against ladder leaders, Caulfield Grammarians and now we were drawn to travel across the Westgate Bridge in order to meet the third placed Willamstown CYMS.

The preparation during the week was sound and all the players were well aware that Willy at home would only ever be a tough encounter, especially knowing that we had defeated them earlier in the season, having produced an 8 goal first quarter against them.

Despite losing the toss and kicking into a 4 – 5 goal wind, our boys hit the ground running early, following on from the supreme effort of the Ressies beforehand, who had secured a strong win against the home team. Three goals into the breeze was a mighty effort and we were able to keep the opposition to 2 goals 7 behinds. The boys were up and about and prepared to really scrap it out, defending solidly in what was an extremely crowded Willy forward line. When the opportunity presented to be able to run and carry the ball out of defence, it was done so with great effect.

Dealing with the wind was another story altogether though in Q2 and we lost any significant opportunity to ram home a strong advantage going into the long break by equaling the opposition’s Q1 scoreline, consistently kicking to the dead pocket enabling the Willy defenders to retain the ball in the dead zone for extended periods of play.

With a 20 point buffer, in our favour, we found with the increased pressure being applied that we weren’t able to move the ball as crisply and cleanly as we would have wished and therefore scoring became more difficult. There were also a couple of crucial fumbles by players who did not react quickly enough to the error, catching team mates behind them out and the opposition were able to score a couple of long goals that were pushed over everyone’s head. By this time we found ourselves defending a 5 point lead at the final break.

An early goal to Willy was quickly answered by Chooka Howells, who had been moved to the forward line, followed by another to Mitch Trait. Were we on our way to a follow up victory?

Unfortunately it wasn’t to be. The home team sensed a chance for victory, lifted collectively a gear or two and proceeded to take us apart in the contested footy stakes and continually thrashed us on the spread. It was like they had grown a leg, and we had lost one!

This forced our leading possession getters to play individual footy, abandoning the team’s game plan by blazing the ball away toward goal, where it was picked off by the smarter Willy defenders. Once beaten on the spread, the opposition were able to generate run from behind, over lap footy. In the final 15 or so minutes of the game, they were able to achieve with great effect and they ran out winners by 11 points.

Once again, we find ourselves behind on the Win/Loss ledger, having come through a extremely tough month’s footy playing all four top sides with a 1 to 3 win/loss ratio – yet believing that we were (and are) good enough to have won all 4 matches.

We now look forward to meeting Old Mentonians, another side we were painfully close to defeating earlier this season. Prepare well boys, this is a great opportunity for us to secure the highly prized 4 points!

Goal Kickers: S. Powell 4, L. Huysmans, B. Hart, M. Trait, S. MacDonald, J. Howells
Best Players: J. Allen, S. Bennett, S. Powell, J. Arnold, D. Proksa, D. Lattanzio

Tim Killworth
Senior Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 13 11 2 0 0 0 1429 864 165.39 44
2 Old Haileyburians 13 9 4 0 0 0 1348 886 152.14 36
3 Marcellin OC 13 7 6 0 0 0 1230 1022 120.35 28
4 Williamstown CYMS 13 7 6 0 0 0 1296 1126 115.10 28
5 Old Geelong 13 7 6 0 0 0 1139 1003 113.56 28
6 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 13 7 6 0 0 0 939 1090 86.15 28
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 6 7 0 0 0 1014 1186 85.50 24
8 Old Mentonians 13 5 8 0 0 0 1098 1210 90.74 20
9 Hampton Rovers 13 4 9 0 0 0 771 1136 67.87 16
10 Kew AFC 13 2 11 0 0 0 728 1469 49.56 8

ReservesFollowing on from last week’s fantastic effort, the Ressies travelled out to a windy Williamstown and in difficult conditions were able to string together a 4th consecutive win and gain some valuable percentage

Several changes to last week’s lineup saw some familiar faces in Jeffers and B.Cottrell, return of the Huntsman and we also welcomed Bannister for his 1st game of the year who competed well with strong hands up forward. Our improved depth this year has certainly been highlighted over the past few weeks with players being able to fit into the side well each week

As we faced Williamstown earlier in the season we weren’t quite sure what to expect however the boys entered the game with the same intent and focus carried over from last week. We started with the benefit of a slight breeze blowing at a 45º angle so needed to be smart with our ball use. Kaiser was busy early and got us going on the scoreboard and played his best game for the year with 5 goals for the day and created many more opportunities over a 4 quarter effort. We were able to keep Williamstown scoreless for the quarter and came in at ¼ time having kicked 3 goals 5 points and the boys ready to lift a gear with some cleaner and smarter ball use

Our pressure lifted in the 2nd quarter and not wanting to get bogged down in slow stoppage football we were able to get some spread going from the contest and with our backline set up well we were able to control the ball for most of the quarter. Pleasingly, and despite not having played much down back together this year, M. Cottrell, B.Cottrell, Gorman and Rusty were able to control the ball through the middle and we were able to keep Williamstown goalless for the half. Up forward, we underestimated the impact of the wind at times and only added 2 goals 3 behinds for the quarter and weren’t able to make the most of our opportunities

We started the 2nd half well and were able to continue to control the football. Throughout the midfield Dick and Clark fought hard all over the ground whilst Simon continued his habit of hitting the scoreboard each week as we extended the lead by another 3 goals. Going against the wind in the last quarter we wanted to break the game open with some attacking run and carry football however we were unable to sustain our effort from the previous 3 quarters and Williamstown were able outmuscle us as we fatigued on the heavy ground and the two sides went goal for goal in the last quarter

The group have some exciting challenges against some of the top sides in the coming weeks and are looking forward to testing how much we have improved over the second half of the season

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 5, J. Simon 2, S. Clark, N. Russell, M. Jeffers
Best Players: S. Kaiser, D. Dick, C. Gorman, S. Clark, C. Young, M. Cottrell

Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Marcellin OC 13 12 1 0 0 0 1345 484 277.89 48
2 Caulfield Grammarians 13 12 1 0 0 0 1345 499 269.54 48
3 Old Geelong 13 10 3 0 0 0 1184 608 194.74 40
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 7 6 0 0 0 950 872 108.94 28
5 Hampton Rovers 13 6 7 0 0 0 879 864 101.74 24
6 Old Haileyburians 13 5 8 0 0 0 885 1099 80.53 20
7 Kew AFC 13 4 9 0 0 0 721 1133 63.64 16
8 Williamstown CYMS 13 4 9 0 0 0 588 1113 52.83 16
9 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 13 3 10 0 0 0 768 1143 67.19 12
10 Old Mentonians 13 2 11 0 0 0 554 1404 39.46 8

Women’s

Camberwell faced a depleted Yarra valley side on Saturday in cold, windy conditions. Once again we had many changes from the week before and welcomed back Jo Hook and first gamer Claudia Collins who both contributed well.

The first quarter saw us take a handy lead with the breeze with Ash Sturrock and Eloise Defina getting amongst the goals early. Sam Franklin was dominate across half forward and Meg Harper and Jess Sincock were dominating in the ruck.

By quarter time we had built a substantial lead and mangaged to keep extending that over the final 3 quarters. In the end we won by over 20 goals and had 13 individual goalkickers, many who kicked their first for the year.

Once again our on ballers Rhiannon GreenSam AnjouCassandra Nolan and Claire Wilson gave us plenty of drive out of the middle. Our forwards worked hard in tricky conditions, and it was great to see Kath BithavisAlex OsborneSam Banks and Katie Mirabella amongst the goals.

Some other highlights were the efforts of some of our girls who hadn’t played as much game time as others and the way they attacked the footy and used handball effectively to set up teammates in particular, Bronwyn KingEmilia Fuller and Melissa Jackman.

Maggie Wilson, Anna Donkin, Steph Elovaris and Sophie Bangs played their usual superb games. Ella Taverner had her best game of the year dominating across half forward and our skipper Stephanie Defina celebrated her birthday with a rare stint up forward kicking 2 goals and again winning  plenty of the ball.

All in all it was good to come away with no serious injuries and another excellent team effort , especially the use of handball to create goal scoring opportunities. We now face 2nd place Collegians in a prelude to the 2nd semi final, confident but not over-confident.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 4, R. Green 3, A. Sturrock 3, S. Defina 2, K. Bithavas 2, E. Taverner, M. Wilson, A. Osborne, S. Franklin, K. Mirabella, S. Bangs, C. Nolan, S. Anjou
Best Players: E. Taverner, K. Bithavas, S. Franklin, S. Defina, R. Green, C. Wilson

Ken Schwab
Women’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Camberwell 13 11 2 0 0 0 662 151 438.41 44
2 Collegians 13 9 4 0 0 0 391 195 200.51 36
3 Uhs-Vu Afc 13 7 6 0 0 0 424 355 119.44 28
4 Ivanhoe AFC 13 7 6 0 0 0 282 258 109.30 28
5 Old Carey 13 7 6 0 0 0 360 334 107.78 28
6 Oakleigh 12 5 7 0 0 1 351 391 89.77 24
7 SBMT / St Peters AFC 13 4 9 0 0 0 192 459 41.83 16
8 Yarra Old Grammarians 12 2 10 0 0 0 118 682 17.30 8

U19s

With a number of boys returning from holidays Old Camberwell journeyed to St Bedes Mentone for a must-win game.

After losing the toss we kicked into a howling wind.  The defence, led by Henderson and Appleyard, with Percy dropping back to provide support, worked hard to restrict St Bedes to three goals.  We were able to kick two important majors, an excellent snap by Jono Elliott and a nice set shot by Mike Schumann.

Looking to take advantage of the wind, our boys attacked the contest with vigour.  Josh Holding and Robbie West continually drove the ball forward, where Lachie Powell proved to be a key target, kicking two goals for the term.  Josh Holding kicked an incredible goal from the boundary after judging the wind expertly.  The quarter was highlighted by some fine individual efforts by Max Wong who held St Bedes at bay.  We took a 16 point lead into half time.

By now the wind had increased even more, and was pushing across the ground.  Our boys played an outstanding defensive quarter, turning the contest into a real scrap – just what was needed.  Playing loose in defence, Alex Della Riva was impassable, and Jonathan Tan set a great example with his attack on the ball and tackling pressure.  Although unable to score ourselves, we restricted the opposition to one goal five behinds, and maintained a slender lead at three quarter time.

Although the game did not reach any great highs in the last quarter, goals to Josh Holding and Mike Schumann ensured an eighteen point win.  It was pleasing to see the boys grind out a gritty win in unfavourable conditions.  Sometimes you just have to win ugly!

The win resulted from a real team effort, with everybody standing up when required.  The closeness at the top of the ladder means there is no room for complacency, so we will need to bring our A game to GBO again this week to knock off the Peninsula Old Boys.

Thanks to all the parents and friends that made the trip to Mentone to support the team.

Goal Kickers: M. Schumann 3, L. Powell 2, J. Holding, J. Elliott
Best Players: A. Dalla-Riva, M. Wong, J. Tan, R. West, J. Holding, W. Dalrymple

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 10 3 0 0 0 1143 595 192.10 40
2 De La Salle 12 9 3 0 0 1 1029 587 175.30 40
3 Oakleigh 13 10 3 0 0 0 1074 687 156.33 40
4 Melbourne High School Old Boys 13 8 5 0 0 0 932 745 125.10 32
5 WIlliamstown CYMS 12 7 5 0 0 1 831 809 102.72 32
6 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 12 6 6 0 0 1 906 730 124.11 28
7 Aquinas OC 13 6 7 0 0 0 888 852 104.23 24
8 Hampton Rovers 13 5 8 0 0 0 842 909 92.63 20
9 Old Paradians 13 4 9 0 0 0 699 1118 62.52 16
10 La Trobe University 12 3 9 0 0 0 570 1051 54.23 12
11 Fitzroy FC 12 1 11 0 0 0 337 1547 21.78 8
12 Peninsula OB 13 1 12 0 0 0 665 1241 53.59 4

Round 12 Review – 4 of a kind!

A Perfect 4!

There have been many great Saturday’s in 2017 but few will top this one. Going into another Super Saturday after the bye, we’d packed the day full with football and social action. Anticipation was high and as it seems to do this year, the winter sun broke early and continued to shine for us.

Before we get to the games I wanted to thank Jemma Wong, Head of Audience Growth for the AFL. Jemma has spent the last 18 months leading the marketing and audience strategy for AFLW, building crowds of 200,000 and building brand change for the sport. Her talk was about much more than football. It was about empowering women and rethinking how we approach sport, society and work. All of the attendees were inspired by her message and as a club we celebrated the impact our Women’s Team and all women who have impacted our club over the years.

A huge thank-you to Kath BithavasAlex Osborne and Jo Hook who were nothing short of sensational in pulling together a superb lunch and afternoon. Brilliant job!

President Adam Kyriacou, Jemma Wong, Steph Defina

Speaking of sensational, superb and brilliant it’s hard to look past the performance of our Reserves and Seniors this week. Facing an undefeated Caulfield Grammarians’ in the Reserves, our boys won a thriller with the last score of the day to grab the points and put us right in the mix for the top 4.  Listening to the song being belted out as we finished lunch was a wonderful thing.g> and his team have been quietly confident that our group is developing a togetherness and toughness that can challenge the top sides. Sitting 3 games clear on top, Caulfield are rightly favourites for promotion but from the first bounce, it was clear the Wellers had come to play – and hard! What a win which also keeps us in the hunt for 2017. Fantastic.

The Seniors lost to Caulfield by 89 points in round 3 but Anson and his team have been quietly confident that our group is developing a togetherness and toughness that can challenge the top sides. Sitting 3 games clear on top, Caulfield are rightly favourites for promotion but from the first bounce, it was clear the Wellers had come to play – and hard! What a win which also keeps us in the hunt for 2017. Fantastic.

Surprisingly our Under 19’s found themselves 4 goals down at quarter time against Hampton Rovers but responded magnificently to turn that into a 6 goal win by the game’s end. With many players away over the winter months this was a genuine team effort. This group are a super bunch and have an opportunity to launch into finals with real confidence.

Our Women literally kicked the frost of the top oval given the 9.20am start to accommodate our Women’s Lunch and faced a fiesty Old Carey who were determined to apply physical pressure at every contest. Some of our midfielders left the ground in the first 10 minutes but as has been the case this year, we found answers in adversity and recorded an impressive win to cement top spot with 2 games left for the season.

It’s a mixed round this weekend with some teams away and others at the GBO. If you haven’t come down this year, now is the time to get on board an support our players and catch-up with friends.

Our next club function is Saturday 29th of July as the Wellsmencelebrate our earlier Premiership Years – please contact Alex Dance.

Thank-you to all our magnificent supporters who made it down on Saturday. I know all the players get a massive lift when they see you all.

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

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SeniorsAfter a 89 point hiding in round 4 The Senior side were after redemption against top of the table Caulfield at home on Saturday.

After a slow start with Caulfield kicking the first goal within 32 seconds we were able to change momentum as our work rate lifted with HensbyLatsas & McDonald getting on top in the middle and Sammy Powell looking lively up forward.We would even the contest and go into the first break only a point down.

The second quarter would see some of our finest football for the year against quality opposition. Our relentless pressure efforts led by our little warrior Jase Edwards  forced our opponents into many turnovers. Our halfbacks HowellsAllen & Clarke would provide plenty of run down back and Ben Hart was outstanding with 30 posessions and 3 goals for the day in the middle. We would win the quarter and go into the break 17 points up and with all the momentum.

The second half we would see why Caulfield sits on top of the ladder. They would control the third with some relentless running football and provide their big forwards with plenty of opportunities and get themselves back into the contest.

In a thrilling final term the Wellers would record one of our finest wins for the year with Hart & Allen kicking late goals to clinch a 11 point heart stopper!!

The boys had a lot of belief that they could get over the line and that’s a really promising sign for the remainder of a very competitive season.

Thanks to all support staff and a big thanks to all supporters who turned up on the day.

Goal Kickers: B. Hart 3, S. Powell 3, N. Adamson 2, J. Arnold 2, J. Allen, S. MacDonald
Best Players: B. Hart, J. Arnold, J. Allen, J. Edwards, S. Powell, H. Crothers

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 12 10 2 0 0 0 1330 801 166.04 40
2 Old Haileyburians 12 8 4 0 0 0 1205 820 146.95 32
3 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 12 7 5 0 0 0 873 947 92.19 28
4 Williamstown CYMS 12 6 6 0 0 0 1217 1058 115.03 24
5 Old Geelong 12 6 6 0 0 0 1058 953 111.02 24
6 Marcellin OC 12 6 6 0 0 0 1051 981 107.14 24
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 6 6 0 0 0 946 1107 85.46 24
8 Old Mentonians 12 5 7 0 0 0 1035 1111 93.16 20
9 Hampton Rovers 12 4 8 0 0 0 721 1055 68.34 16
10 Kew AFC 12 2 10 0 0 0 687 1290 53.26 8

ReservesHaving achieving back-to-wins as a result of some exciting football recently the reserves were faced with the challenge of an undefeated Caulfield side that has barely been challenged this year. The boys have developed over the past month and are playing like a team that is genuinely enjoying their football and developing a real desire to improve and win games when the going gets tough. A very pleasing sign in the second half of the year is that we have beaten sides recently that have dominated us earlier in the season – reflecting the improvement across the group

The boys attacked this game from the start knowing that Caulfield were an organised and skilled side that probably hadn’t played under too much pressure all year. We were able to match it with Caulfield for the first quarter however struggled to maintain possession at times and were opened up across half forward where Caulfield were able to set up the majority of their goals for the quarter with some skilful kicking and multiple switches. However, we worked ourselves into the game with a narrow 4 point deficit at quarter time

We readjusted at quarter time to cut off their switch from our forward half and step up the pressure on their kickers to force several turnovers kicking 3.2 to 1.1 for the quarter and take a 9 point lead into half time. Tolson and Damooo McGuigan controlled the ball down back and provided plenty of direction, Herbstreit competed all over the ground in the ruck whilst DeSanctis provided a reliable target deep up forward. Mann was also having an impact and looked promising before injuring his leg whilst Kaiser, Taverner and Gilmorecontinued to apply plenty of pressure across our forward line  

Knowing Caulfield would respond, the boys stepped up another gear in the 3rd quarter. For the majority of the quarter we maintained our pressure, played an exciting brand of fast moving football and were able to break through their press with plenty of run and carry. We extended our lead to ~20 points only to find Caulfield peg back the margin to 7 points as we lapsed in our concentration over the final 5 minutes. Young and Boyce led the way from the middle whilst Cristiani and Stanboultgis had an impact at crucial times. Urwinwas playing his best game since returning from injury and would have had 6-8 intercept marks in the backline demonstrating his deceptive closing speed

We headed into the last quarter with an opposition having the momentum and this is a position we have been in several times this year only to be overrun. Caulfield were on top early kicking 2 goals and despite the ball being played mostly in their half, the rest of the quarter was a real arm wrestle. Our backline (with some extra support) repeatedly rebounded the ball and we were able to score quickly to break Caulfield’s momentum. Down to 2 men on the bench and with a lot of the boys out on their feet there were some courageous efforts from StaynerUrwin and Pepperrell who refused to stop running

Following successive points, Caulfield drew level with a couple of minutes to go but we were able to once again quickly rebound the ball and found ourselves marking the ball inside forward 50 within range with 1 minute to go. DeSanctis found space in the pocket closer to goal and marked with 30 seconds to go, he went back and slotted a goal around the corner to put us in front!! A wave of Camberwell players flooded back as the ball was bounced and the siren sounded with Camberwell winning by a goal

As satisfying as it was to get the win, from our point of view it was the fact that they boys responded when challenged and were able to grind out the game when the tank was almost running on empty that was most impressive. We have several more challenges against top sides coming up and with competition for spots increasing it should make for an interesting run home

Goal Kickers: D. De Sanctis 5, S. Kaiser 2, A. Gilmour, N. Russell, C. Young
Best Players: C. Urwin, G. Tolson, T. Pepperell, D. McGuigan, C. Young, S. Boyce

Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Marcellin OC 12 11 1 0 0 0 1224 459 266.67 44
2 Caulfield Grammarians 12 11 1 0 0 0 1257 476 264.08 44
3 Old Geelong 12 9 3 0 0 0 1123 587 191.31 36
4 Hampton Rovers 12 6 6 0 0 0 858 803 106.85 24
5 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 6 6 0 0 0 879 852 103.17 24
6 Old Haileyburians 12 4 8 0 0 0 777 1089 71.35 16
7 Kew AFC 12 4 8 0 0 0 696 1012 68.77 16
8 Williamstown CYMS 12 4 8 0 0 0 568 1042 54.51 16
9 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 12 3 9 0 0 0 758 1035 73.24 12
10 Old Mentonians 12 2 10 0 0 0 531 1316 40.35 8

Women’s

The women’s team played 4th place old Carey and after a good weeks training we were ready. The first quarter was tough with both sides going in quite hard and a lack of decisions from the umpires meant many tackles were unrewarded and many free kicks missed. Carey were having their share of the footy but our forward line was making the most of every opportunity and we led by 2 goals at quarter time.

The second was much the same and we extended our lead to 4 goals by the main break. The message at half time was to get it in quickly as their backline was struggling to control our key forwards and that’s what we did. We managed to hold Carey goalless after half time and won 13 goals to 2. The scores probably don’t reflect how hard the game was but despite some rather unnecessary rough play from the opposition we kept our discipline and more than matched Carey in our attack on the ball.

With two games to go and finals now a certainty the hard work begins. Well done on a great win.

Some outstanding performances on the day were Eloise Defina with 5 goals( left and right foot). Ashley Sturrock 4 goals at full forward proving us with a tall target.

Great to see Meg Harper get a goal and Cassandra Nolan was rewarded for her persistence and great first half with a goal. Rhiannon Green showed why she should have made the comp side with 2 great goals and numerous possessions all over the ground.

The forwards and wings played their roles especially with keeping the ball in attack with some great tackles. Sophie Bangs’running and bouncing was a highlight. The backline led by Stephanie Defina, Sam Bangs and Maggie Wilson continuously repelled Carey.

Our other on-ballers in Claire Wilson (who flew the flag when her sister was hit), Sam Anjou back from holidays and Dee Booth in the ruck gained plenty of possessions.

Overall it was a great team performance which was indicated by all girls featuring in the votes for this round. Probably our strength at the moment is everyone is contributing.

Unfortunately we say farewell to Dee and will miss her heaps.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 5, A. Sturrock 4, R. Green 2, M. Harper, C. Nolan
Best Players: S. Bangs, R. Green, E. Defina, S. Elovaris, D. Booth, A. Sturrock

Ken Schwab
Women’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Camberwell 12 10 2 0 0 0 506 144 351.39 40
2 Collegians 12 8 4 0 0 0 345 181 190.61 32
3 Uhs-Vu Afc 12 7 5 0 0 0 407 313 130.03 28
4 Old Carey 12 6 6 0 0 0 296 299 99.00 24
5 Ivanhoe AFC 12 6 6 0 0 0 240 271 88.56 24
6 Oakleigh 11 5 6 0 0 1 245 312 78.53 24
7 SBMT / St Peters AFC 12 4 8 0 0 0 178 413 43.10 16
8 Yarra Old Grammarians 11 2 9 0 0 0 111 455 24.40 8

U19s

After a rare loss before the bye, the Unders returned to GBO determined to regain top spot on the ladder. With a number of players still away on holidays, the boys would need to be at their absolute best to prevent consecutive losses for the first time this season.

The coaches reinforced the importance of a quick start, and led by Mascitelli, the midfield won early clearances and Camberwell kicked the opening two goals of the game. At the other end of the ground, we found ourselves ball watching at times, which allowed Hampton to take a number of uncontested marks in their forward 50, from which they converted. Hampton got a run on and would finish the quarter with 6 unanswered goals.

Unfazed by the 4 goal deficit, Camberwell lifted their intensity around the ball in the second quarter. West generated strong run from the half-back line and new recruit Dalla Riva provided a mobile target up forward. The quarter proved to be an arm-wrestle and Camberwell did well to peg the margin back to two goals at the main break.

The third quarter was another fierce tussle, with neither side able to break away and kick out to a commanding lead. The back six were sensational all day, led by Henderson and Donaghey, with Percy also taking several strong marks in the defensive 50. A number of mental lapses allowed Hampton players to sneak forward unmanned, but some outstanding one on one efforts from Wong and Tan ensured that the quarter became a repeat of the second term, restricting Hampton to a single goal whilst we managed three of our own to take a one point lead into the final break.

With a finals berth and potential top-two finish on the line, the boys were asked to dig deep and leave everything out on the park during the final 25 minutes. The Unders thrived on the pressure and played, without a doubt, their most impressive quarter for the year. Powell was unstoppable in the forward 50, whilst Holding and Everitt continually drove the ball forward from the middle of the ground. Elliot took a courageous mark and calmly converted his second goal to put the result beyond doubt and mark the Unders most important win of the season.

Thank you to the injured players and parents for their support on the day. With over 35 players making strong contributions across the course of the season, pressure for spots is intensifying, so it is it is paramount that all players make the effort to get down to training and earn their place in the best 22 whilst we continue to build as a group leading into finals.

Goal Kickers: L. Powell 8, J. Elliott 2, S. Terriaca, S. Everett, J. Oliver
Best Players: L. Powell, J. Holding, A. Dalla-Riva, S. Everett, J. Elliott, M. Henderson

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 De La Salle 11 9 2 0 0 1 1093 511 213.89 40
2 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 9 3 0 0 0 1089 559 194.81 36
3 Oakleigh 12 9 3 0 0 0 998 617 161.75 36
4 WIlliamstown CYMS 11 7 4 0 0 1 816 777 105.02 32
5 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 11 6 5 0 0 1 870 676 128.70 28
6 Melbourne High School Old Boys 12 7 5 0 0 0 900 730 123.29 28
7 Aquinas OC 12 5 7 0 0 0 802 795 100.88 20
8 Hampton Rovers 12 4 8 0 0 0 753 873 86.25 16
9 La Trobe University 11 3 8 0 0 0 565 1054 53.61 12
10 Old Paradians 12 3 9 0 0 0 568 1113 51.03 12
11 Fitzroy FC 11 1 10 0 0 0 280 1461 19.16 8
12 Peninsula OB 12 1 11 0 0 0 629 1152 54.60 4

Round 11 Review

Winter is Coming

I’ve certainly felt the cold snap this last week and I expect the players have felt it a little harder. The accidental slap to the back of the arm or head on a cold day was always a good wake-up call and one many a player remembered long after the game had finished. I still can’t work out why more people don’t wear the long sleeves but I guess I was just soft!

Last Saturday was a jumbled up affair. With our Women playing at the GBO at 2pm and all other teams playing away, our teams plied their trade across a gusty Melbourne as the VAFA celebrated 125 years of Amateur football.

While we racked up 2 wins from 4, you can rest assured all our teams had a massive crack and won plenty of plaudits for how they went about their games. Winter can be a tricky period for player management particularly for a young group of men and women looking to travel. We have our fair share of people enjoying warmer climes including my entire family who are sunning themselves in England (OK they are ‘clouding’ themselves but it’s warmer!)

The Reserves are on a mini run and knocked off Old Haileybury away which is no mean feat. The Women faced off a determined challenge from Ivanhoe AFC to cement top spot and played host at GBO after the game (photo below)  Our Unders were severely depleted and battled hard against Oakleigh away with four current school boys donning the jumper. Our Seniors worked tirelessly against a team that had beaten us by 120 points last time around to eventually go down fighting. All teams are keen to be on the winners list next time out and all have everything to play for.

Congratulations to Deanna Booth and Ben Hart who won the Best on Ground medallions from the umpires to mark the 125 year celebrations.

Congratulations also to Rhiannon Green and Eloise Defina who have made the 30 woman Victorian Squad and to Steph Defina for being a current first reserve. A mighty effort to get this far and best of luck when the team is announced later this week.

We will take a pause with the newsletter given the bye this weekend. VAFA Representative football will be played this weekend and I know our girls would love to see our supporters there should they make make it and you fancy a trip to North Ballarat. Road trip anyone?  Details on the VAFA website http://www.vafa.com.au/latest-news/vafa-womens-big-v-squad-30-released/

Next week I look forward to announcing OCGAFC’s 3 nominations for incredible service to our club over the last 25 years to mark the 125 VAFA celebrations.

Our next game is at home – it’s the Women’s Lunch and it’s a Super Saturday. Bring the beanie and look forward to seeing many of you there. Don’t forget free afternoon tea and cakes at half-time.

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

SeniorsAfter a 20 goal loss earlier in the year at home, the seniors were ready to earn some respect back at Princess Park against a tough opponent in Hailebury. We started well, generated many scoring opportunities and leading for the majority of the first quarter. Nick Adamson and Angus Brettingham-Moore looked dangerous up forward and Nick Latsas was busy in the midfield.

Unfortunately a momentary lapse at the 26 minute mark allowed 3 quick Hailebury goals and we went into quarter time trailing narrowly despite having the best of it for most of the quarter.

Whilst we tried hard to wrestle back momentum in the second quarter, we made too many mistakes and Haileybury, showing their class, were able to capitalise on this. A rev up from Browna at half time gave us a renewed vigour in the second half and we gave everything we had. The backline held firm all day with Jimmy Allen and Rob Deev repelling attack after attack from our opponents. Similar to the first quarter – we had our chances, but some near misses and some poor decisions making meant we were unable to make a dent in Hailebury’s lead.

The final quarter continued in a similar vein and despite our best efforts, we couldn’t close the gap. The end result was a win to Hailebury by 43 point. Whilst this is disappointing, it is a 14 goal better result than our last encounter. I was proud of the effort that everyone showed all day however if we want to be finals contenders, we need to be cleaner with the ball and make better decisions under pressure.

We have a week off now to get rid of any niggles and we come up against the top side, Caulfield, at home in our next match. Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

Goal Kickers: A. Brettingham-Moore 2, M. Trait 2, N. Adamson, J. Arnold, J. Edwards, S. Bennett, L. Huysmans
Best Players: J. Allen, F. Wells, W. Kanz, R. Deev, S. MacDonald, J. Arnold

Ben Hart
Senior Captain

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 11 10 1 0 0 0 1258 718 175.21 40
2 Old Haileyburians 11 8 3 0 0 0 1120 694 161.38 32
3 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 11 7 4 0 0 0 812 855 94.97 28
4 Williamstown CYMS 11 6 5 0 0 0 1133 971 116.68 24
5 Marcellin OC 11 5 6 0 0 0 925 896 103.24 20
6 Old Geelong 11 5 6 0 0 0 921 933 98.71 20
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 5 6 0 0 0 863 1035 83.38 20
8 Old Mentonians 11 4 7 0 0 0 943 1050 89.81 16
9 Hampton Rovers 11 3 8 0 0 0 634 971 65.29 12
10 Kew AFC 11 2 9 0 0 0 667 1153 57.85 8

ReservesThe Ressies faced a huge challenge this week taking on Haileybury who were one of the 4 teams tied with us for fourth spot.

The team showed its character and desire to win, with their attitude in the change rooms before the game and the intensity in which they completed the warm up run by Jordan setting the tone for the day.

Tom Stayner played a captains game from the first bounce. From his attitude and intensity it was evident this was a game he wasn’t willing to lose. He took control of our midfield structures and attacked the ball with a toughness he has become renowned for, resulting on us applying great pressure around the stoppages and not allowing Haileybury to run out the back and kick easy goals like they had last time the two teams met.

The end of the first quarter saw an even contest with us taking the lead by a point.

The second quarter saw even more players step up with Alex Gilmour playing his best game for the season, Gilly lead well all day and then followed up all his efforts with great tackles which kept the ball in the forward line and allowed us to dominate control of the game.

Unfortunately we were unable to convert this dominance into scoreboard control but finished the half up by 7 points.

With a renewed focus on playing 4 quarters of footy, the boys were determined to ensure we didn’t drop off.

The third quarter saw a whole team effort with defenders led by Ben Mann & Matt Cottrell who took control of our structures all day and provided great contests around the ground.

The midfield also stepped up their efforts with some great clearance work from Tavs and Boycey, which saw us take a 34 point lead into the final break.

The fourth quarter saw Haileybury come out hard and pile on a few quick goals, however swingman Greg Tolson was able to plug the hole in defence and pretty quickly we had responded with three goals of our own.

Overall this was some of the best footy we have played as a team all season, the turnaround from earlier in the season where we went down to Haileybury by 10 goals has been phenomenal and a testament to the teams positive attitude and willingness to improve

Goal Kickers: J. Simon 3, M. Jenkin 3, N. Russell 2, S. Kaiser 2, C. Gorman, A. Taverner
Best Players: T. Stayner, S. Boyce, A. Gilmour, S. Kaiser, C. Urwin, T. Pepperell

Tom Schipper
Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 11 11 0 0 0 0 1194 407 293.37 44
2 Marcellin OC 11 10 1 0 0 0 1109 430 257.91 40
3 Old Geelong 11 8 3 0 0 0 1011 552 183.15 32
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 5 6 0 0 0 810 789 102.66 20
5 Hampton Rovers 11 5 6 0 0 0 766 763 100.39 20
6 Old Haileyburians 11 4 7 0 0 0 748 974 76.80 16
7 Kew AFC 11 4 7 0 0 0 661 900 73.44 16
8 Williamstown CYMS 11 4 7 0 0 0 528 950 55.58 16
9 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 11 2 9 0 0 0 632 999 63.26 8
10 Old Mentonians 11 2 9 0 0 0 495 1190 41.60 8

U19s

On one of the coldest morning in a long time the Under 19’s ventured away to play Oakleigh who were in third place on the ladder.

With a stiff breeze favouring Oakleigh in the first quarter they attacked the goals kicking 3-6 to our solitary point as we struggled getting the ball into our forward 50, the pressure applied by our defence pressure resulted in  Oakleigh’s  inaccuracy and we were battling to play our typical free flowing game.

With the breeze in the second quarter we managed two goals from the CGS year 12’s Norris and Veitch, we moved the ball better with centre clearances by PercyWesty and Holding out of the centre, with the game becoming more physical our mid field presented better but we started to spectate a little around the packs and our desire fell away in the last stages before half time.

The third quarter was one of the most physical of the season with Hudson – Mollard splitting his nose, McPherson off with a knee and Purcell with a back injury left us with one short on the track. Oakleigh came out of the blocks kicking 5 goals to our 2 and we started to remove ourselves from the contest and due to rotations being a luxury the mid field tiring.

Goals from Holding and Schumann pegged us back slightly but we needed a massive final quarter to get back into the game. We fought back with 4 goals from EverettVeitch, and Dalla-Riva kicking two to lift the spirits which rewarded the efficiency of our midfield out of the centre. Oakleigh had numbers around the ball and accuracy in the latter stages of the quarter kicking 5 goals.

Overall, a good team effort with 5 new players to make up the numbers and the CGS Yr 12’s showing great skills and leadership when required, we thank them very much for playing and hopefully we can get some victories together later in the season.

Slipping to second spot after this week’s loss should rekindle the desire to attend training and to regroup for the second half of the season to play finals.

A big thank you to Alex McKenzie for coaching the boys, also to Peter Storey and Chris Webster for running, very much appreciated.

Goal Kickers: A. Dalla-Riva 2, H. Veitch 2, J. Holding, J. Norris, K. Scheiber, S. Everett
Best Players: H. Veitch, K. Percy , J. Holding, A. Stefanos, J. Elliott, K. Scheiber

Boyd Elliot
U19 Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 De La Salle 10 8 2 0 0 1 924 421 219.48 36
2 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 8 3 0 0 0 997 505 197.43 32
3 Oakleigh 11 8 3 0 0 0 945 565 167.26 32
4 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 10 6 4 0 0 1 820 610 134.43 28
5 WIlliamstown CYMS 10 6 4 0 0 1 617 699 88.27 28
6 Melbourne High School Old Boys 10 5 5 0 0 0 784 643 121.93 20
7 Aquinas OC 11 5 6 0 0 0 750 742 101.08 20
8 Hampton Rovers 11 4 7 0 0 0 699 781 89.50 16
9 La Trobe University 10 3 7 0 0 0 538 867 62.05 12
10 Old Paradians 10 3 7 0 0 0 475 952 49.89 12
11 Peninsula OB 11 1 10 0 0 0 561 1071 52.38 4
12 Fitzroy FC 10 0 10 0 0 0 181 1346 13.45 4

Women’s

On a weekend that the VAFA celebrated a decorated 125 years of continuous competition, it’s ironic that it has taken the same amount of time to introduce a women’s competition. While it should’ve come a lot sooner, Club president Adam Kyriakou reflected on this in the post-match presentation and paid tribute to the fact that the women have well and truly arrived. Our win on Saturday was testament to this.

In our previous meeting, Ivanhoe had proved to be a team that were hard at the ball and the contest. Saturday’s challenge was to match this and ensure we weren’t out-muscled around the ground. A strong, physical display by the women’s team ensured we maintained our two-game advantage at the top of the ladder and put to rest any questions about our ability to match it with the most physical teams in the division.

Led by a best-on-ground performance in the ruck by Booth, our desire to win the 50-50 ball and willingness of all players to take a hit or lay a bump was a feature of this game. From the sidelines it was pleasingly to see players throw themselves around and not shy away. Lots of straight-line running from our normally physical players – GreenC. Wilson and Opray – was complimented by physical acts around the ground from HillmanFullerHart and Mohamed…and many more.

An entertaining first-quarter, in which five goals were scored, saw us take the early advantage kicking against a pretty strong wind. A knee injury early in the second quarter to key forward, E. Defina, while not ideal, did not seem to hinder us with Harper and a season-best performance from Hart ensuring we were still dangerous around goals.  With the wind advantage in the second, we hoped to kick away, but a lack of composure in front of goal and a congested forward line meant we couldn’t quite shake Ivanhoe at the main break. Although, we did still manage to register 12 scoring shots to four, meaning we were comfortably in control.

The third quarter saw a continuation of a tight arm wrestle with both teams cancelling each other out on the scoreboard and leaving it an open contest going into the last change.

Outstanding second half performances from attacking-minded defenders M. WilsonDonkinSam Bangs and Sloane showed the way as we held Ivanhoe to a single point in the last quarter. Across the day, Anderson and Soph Bangs led by example as our running players had linked up really well by hand and foot, showing clean skills and a really deliberate style of movement – something we’ve been working a lot on in training. So it was pleasing that we maintained this throughout and finished the game strongly.

A timely week off to recover and look after those niggling injuries as we look to get ourselves ready for the homestretch.

Goal Kickers: R. Green 2, A. Robison, L. Anderson, E. Defina, C. Wilson
Best Players: M. Wilson, S. Bangs, R. Green, D. Booth, J. Hart, M. Sloane

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Camberwell 11 9 2 0 0 0 420 130 323.08 36
2 Collegians 11 7 4 0 0 0 279 148 188.51 28
3 Uhs-Vu Afc 11 7 4 0 0 0 374 247 151.42 28
4 Old Carey 11 6 5 0 0 0 282 213 132.39 24
5 Oakleigh 11 5 6 0 0 0 245 312 78.53 20
6 Ivanhoe AFC 11 5 6 0 0 0 179 258 69.38 20
7 SBMT / St Peters AFC 11 4 7 0 0 0 165 352 46.88 16
8 Yarra Old Grammarians 11 2 9 0 0 0 111 455 24.40 8

Ladies Luncheon – July 15th

Come join us for our annual Ladies Luncheon following the game against Old Carey @ 9:20am. All are welcome!

$45 per head includes lunch & complimentary drinks
11:30am start following the Women’s game at 9:20am

@ Gordon Barnard Pavilion, North Balwyn

Special Guest Speaker – Jemma Wong
Leading the brand, marketing and audience strategy of AFLW

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 Luncheon Flyer

RSVP – Kath Bithavas 0424 345 604 kbithavas@gmail.com

Round 10 Review

Celebrating our community – so close to 4 from 4!

Saturday started inauspiciously. I arrived at GBO early to meet Daryl and Pam Brown who had very kindly offered to help set-up for our Community Lunch. I had the key to the rooms and confidently opened up at around 10am watched by some eager St. Bedes-Mentone Women who’d arrived early for their game. The door swung open and I stared at the alarm…blankly. What was the code? Too late. The alarm started ringing, quiet at first but then really breaking into its stride, it bellowed out across North Balwyn warning residents that the coming apocalypse was nigh! Mobiles were called, Tim Cottrell was phoned. For several minutes we couldn’t hear ourselves think. Finally we had the code and plugged it in. Silence and calm prevailed again. The day could only get better.

And it did. The turnout for our 1st Match Day lunch for 2017 was great. It was an opportunity to thank our key sponsors and supporters – Matthew Forwood and James Howard from the Old Camberwell Grammarians’ Association, the Principal and his wife Paul and Susan Hicks from Camberwell Grammar, Alex ‘The Prez’ Dance from the Wellsmen, Alan Mitchell and Mitchell Partners, Richard Spurritt and Liberty Financial, our local representative, Councillor Cynthia Watson and a host of incredible people who have formed, shaped and grown our club over the years. Thanks to everyone for coming and to all those who made the day possible. Special thanks to the social committee – James Way, Kath Bithavas, Steve Derry and Jo Hook – a wonderful job and great day.

It was another successful day on the field. The Women kicked off proceedings with a dominant performance without necessarily playing their best football and the Reserves bounced back onto the winners list with a quality win and great brand of footy. The Under 19s were challenged physically early and more than matched their opponents in that area and went passed them with foot and hand skills. I’ll be honest, I sometimes find it hard to watch us play as I get very edgy and nervous. I did manage to take in some of the Seniors and we played some tough quality footy. In the end kicking probably cost us but they’re’re a great group and will bounce back.

Thanks to all the players who were introduced to the lunch on Saturday – Josh, Lachie and Mitch from the Under 19s, Nick and Chris for the Seniors. You all represented our club superbly.

It’s a slightly odd round this weekend as due to some scheduling clashes, the Senior Group play away at Old Haileybury, the Under 19s are away at Oakleigh and the Women are at GBO for a 2pm game against Ivanhoe AFC. Hopefully that spread will make it easier to find a game to support.

Again a massive thank-you to our superb community for their involvement and help so far this year.

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

 


 

U19s

The Unders returned to GBO on a perfect afternoon for football looking to cement top spot on the ladder.

Aquinas brought skill and aggression to the contest, ensuring a tight and tough first quarter.  Our boys appeared shell shocked for the first five minutes but quickly lifted their intensity and worked their way into the game.  Josh Holding and Mitch McPherson set the standard, with Everett kicking a clever goal to put us in front.  In his first game for the club Seb Terriaca showed some real class, and once again Lachie Powell was proving to be a dangerous target up forward.  We took a five point advantage to the first break.

The pressure lifted another notch in the second quarter, but our boys rose to the occasion, holding Aquinas to one goal whilst managing four goals ourselves.  Robbie West and Jonathan Tan around the middle continually drove the ball forward, while Max Henderson and Rowan Solomon repelled many attacks.

The third quarter mirrored the second, with Aquinas throwing everything at us, but we were able to absorb all the pressure and still kick four goals.  Mitch Fletcher was impassable across half back, and Declan Hudson-Mollard applied a number of bone crunching tackles up forward.

Aquinas started brightly in the last quarter, and were able to add three goals for the term, but we gradually ran away adding five of our own.  Will Dalrymple and Mike Schumann added to their tally of goals, and Kasper Scheiber was dynamic around the ball.

Another excellent win for the boys could be attributed to a fine team effort – nominating best players was a hard task as all players made a significant contribution to the victory.

Goal Kickers: M. Schumann 3, W. Dalrymple 3, L. Powell 2, K. Scheiber, J. Oliver, S. Everett, D. Hudson-Mollard, M. McPherson, R. West, J. Tan, J. Holding
Best Players: M. Henderson, K. Scheiber, R. Solomon, J. Holding, W. Dalrymple, L. Powell

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 8 2 0 0 0 945 401 235.66 32
2 De La Salle 10 8 2 0 0 0 924 421 219.48 32
3 Oakleigh 9 6 3 0 0 1 709 471 150.53 28
4 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 9 5 4 0 0 1 743 593 125.30 24
5 WIlliamstown CYMS 10 6 4 0 0 0 617 699 88.27 24
6 Melbourne High School Old Boys 10 5 5 0 0 0 784 643 121.93 20
7 Hampton Rovers 10 4 6 0 0 0 682 704 96.88 16
8 Aquinas OC 10 4 6 0 0 0 629 712 88.34 16
9 La Trobe University 10 3 7 0 0 0 538 867 62.05 12
10 Old Paradians 10 3 7 0 0 0 475 952 49.89 12
11 Peninsula OB 10 1 9 0 0 0 531 950 55.89 4
12 Fitzroy FC 9 0 9 0 0 0 181 1214 14.91 4
 
 
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Women’s

As has been the case before every game this year, the team was reminded to respect the opposition and not assume anything. Saturday’s game, while perhaps not as intense as previous weeks, still saw the women put in a polished four-quarter performance.

Our depth is perhaps what sets us apart at this stage of the season. With a whopping 14 girls unavailable there was no selection required this week. Even so, we managed to control the game from start to finish, and on-lookers would have been hard pressed to guess that we had so many missing.

The midfield was again on top early. Through BoothGreen and Franklin we had no troubles winning the clearances and getting the ball into our forward line, but St Bede’s opted to drop spare players back and clog up space. This presented a different challenge for us, which we were a little slow at adapting to. Some lax forward pressure and the extra numbers allowed St Bede’s to rebound the ball too easily and consistently.

A focus for the second quarter was to lock the ball in dangerous positions to allow us to capitalise. We resorted to a traditional six man forward line and forced them to play accountable footy. Without doing serious damage on the scoreboard in the first half, we were able to build a healthy lead – Hart and Harper registering their first goals for the club.

Our usually stubborn defence was switched on, holding them to a single point at the main break (the fifth time we’ve done so in seven regular season games). M. Wilson and Opray had the ball on a string ensuring we had plenty of defensive rebounds ourselves, while DonkinKingSloaneTaverner, and Bithavas and Mirabella (both prior to injuries) provided strong defensive cover.

This was mirrored at the other end of the ground, where E. Defina and Sturrock were putting on an unstoppable Big-Small forward display, ending with seven goals between them.

With the game settled by three-quarter time, we hadn’t quite put it away. So it was pleasing that our small forwards in FullerJackmanBingleyHart and Fotheringham continued the forward pressure that had been missing early on to be that catalysts for a four-goal final term. Nolan played a disciplined taggers role on a very good St Bede’s No. 27, as she’s done so on multiple occasions this year. This allowed AndersonGreenFranklin, Mohamed and Sophie Bangs to consistently combine by hand; displaying developing footy smarts and composure as the match wore on.

This week’s clash against St Bede’s was the final game against unknown opposition. As we start to look towards the finals and contemplate how we might fare, having beaten every team in the division (including Oakleigh in the pre-season), we can be confident that we’re going to have a big say about how it all unfolds. Without getting carried away, the team deserves their place at the top of Women’s Development Division 2 with four rounds to go. There are a couple of clear rivals, one being Ivanhoe who we play this Saturday. They have shown serious improvement in recent weeks and will be out to atone for a nail biting loss to us just over a month ago.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 4, A. Sturrock 3, J. Hart, M. Harper, L. Anderson
Best Players: D. Booth, G. Opray, M. Wilson, K. Mohamed, M. Jackman, E. Fuller

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Camberwell 10 8 2 0 0 0 372 108 344.44 32
2 Collegians 10 6 4 0 0 0 224 142 157.75 24
3 Uhs-Vu Afc 10 6 4 0 0 0 293 239 122.59 24
4 Old Carey 10 5 5 0 0 0 202 204 99.02 20
5 Oakleigh 10 5 5 0 0 0 239 257 93.00 20
6 Ivanhoe AFC 10 5 5 0 0 0 157 180 87.22 20
7 SBMT / St Peters AFC 10 4 6 0 0 0 156 272 57.35 16
8 Yarra Old Grammarians 10 2 8 0 0 0 103 374 27.54 8
 
 
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Seniors

Saturday brought together two very even sides, both eyeing a spot in the top four and separated marginally by percentage. Old Ivanhoe have traditionally always been a challenge with the ledger currently squared for wins and losses over the past 2 seasons.

Footy and being able to get the 4 points often comes down to those who take their opportunities and this was the case at Gordon Barnard Oval on Saturday.

The Wellers entered the game on the back of two really well fought out victories and with both teams on 5-4 prior to this match an opportunity to put mounting pressure on the top 4 was on the cards. From the first bounce the theme of the day was set as Old Ivanhoe convincingly lead the centre clearances and piled pressure on our back six. Rob Deev and Chooka Howells repelled Old Ivanhoe’s advances, providing plenty of run and skill from the back line and resolute defending from Simmo Bennett and Willo in the air meant that we gained the ascendancy late in the quarter. Opening goals to Angus Brettingham-Moore and Nick Adamson kept the scoreboard ticking over and when Mitch Trait iced a goal close to the end of the quarter the Wellers were on top and had seized control of the game.

The second quarter was a really tough and competitive contest with neither team taking advantage of opposition turn overs. The arm wrestle around the stoppages continued and experienced heads of Hart and Hensby combined through the midfield to provide options for the forwards. Shawn Macdonald was working tirelessly on the wings and Sam Powell was working hard across the half back. For all their entries in the second quarter Old Ivanhoe were unable to take advantage of their opportunities and the Wellers were up by 7 at the main break.

The theme of the day was to run and play to our strengths. This message was reiterated at half time and with a few yet to really get going an opportunity to run over the top of Old Ivanhoe was the plan.

Unfortunately, the 3rd quarter continued to play out as an arm wrestle with Old Ivanhoe taking the lead in the final stages of the quarter. Both Chooks (Howells and Hensby) were getting plenty of the ball and providing a lot of drive through the half back and middle. Joey Arnold and Chris Young were tough in the clinches and did not allow the Old Ivanhoe onballers an easy run at it but as the quarter went on the bigger bodies of Ivanhoe were proving to be the difference.

Three unanswered goals in the final term helped Old Ivanhoe to an important 15-point victory over Old Camberwell. This was a telling quarter and the missed opportunities were the difference. 8 behinds from 17 entries to Camberwell as opposed to 3 goals 3 from 7 entries from Old Ivanhoe was the difference and one where both players and coaches were left to rue a missed opportunity.

Next week we are up against Old Haileybury who over the past 2 weeks have shown that with applied pressure and a 4 quarter effort they can be over run. It is a huge week for the boys and an opportunity to redeem ourselves from the encounter earlier in the season.

Goal Kickers: A. Brettingham-Moore 2, C. Hensby 2, J. Howells, N. Adamson, M. Trait
Best Players: C. Hensby, J. Howells, B. Hart, J. Allen, S. MacDonald, S. Bennett

Kenneth Darby
Senior Assistant Coach

 

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 10 9 1 0 0 0 1184 646 183.28 36
2 Old Haileyburians 10 7 3 0 0 0 1010 627 161.08 28
3 Williamstown CYMS 10 6 4 0 0 0 1061 897 118.28 24
4 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 10 6 4 0 0 0 738 802 92.02 24
5 Old Geelong 10 5 5 0 0 0 877 835 105.03 20
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 5 5 0 0 0 796 925 86.05 20
7 Marcellin OC 10 4 6 0 0 0 827 852 97.07 16
8 Old Mentonians 10 4 6 0 0 0 863 951 90.75 16
9 Hampton Rovers 10 3 7 0 0 0 581 897 64.77 12
10 Kew AFC 10 1 9 0 0 0 568 1073 52.94 4
 
 
 
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Reserves

After a couple of missed opportunities over the past few games the Ressies were looking to make amends against an in form Old Ivanhoe.

After some good starts in recent weeks the first half was a real arm wrestle with each team unable to string together multiple goals and open up any sort of lead. We had a 1 goal lead in the 1st quarter which turned into a 1 goal deficit at the main break. Sensing that a few of the boys were cruising in 2nd gear and learning from previous weeks that things wouldn’t “just happen” we lifted in what was an impressive second half.

Taverner set the tone for the day with his intensity at the footy and repeat efforts all over the ground. Kanz and Latsas lifted and we started to get some drive from the middle and quicker entries. Up forward Cristiani applied plenty of pressure with ~6 tackles for the half, Rusty ;and Jenkins presently strongly crashing through packs and Kaiser contributed with another 3 goals. We also welcomed back DeSanctis who kicked 6 in his comeback game.

Mann resumed his role as general down back and showed great leadership whilst Eastick, Urwin and Campbell were their reliable selves with Urwin especially taking multiple intercept marks.

It was great to see the boys with their voices up, running in numbers and working together to pile on 6 goals in the final quarter to run out 44 point winners (with only 2 left on the bench). We are now learning that there are no easy games in this competition and that to remain competitive we need to put the foot down and play out games.

Goal Kickers: D. De Sanctis 6, S. Kaiser 2, N. Russell, M. Jenkin, J. Simon, S. Clark, W. Kanz
Best Players: A. Taverner, C. Urwin, W. Kanz, B. Mann, D. De Sanctis, M. Cristiani

Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 10 10 0 0 0 0 1087 385 282.34 40
2 Marcellin OC 10 9 1 0 0 0 1028 377 272.68 36
3 Old Geelong 10 8 2 0 0 0 959 471 203.61 32
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 4 6 0 0 0 723 735 98.37 16
5 Hampton Rovers 10 4 6 0 0 0 659 719 91.66 16
6 Old Haileyburians 10 4 6 0 0 0 694 887 78.24 16
7 Williamstown CYMS 10 4 6 0 0 0 505 843 59.91 16
8 Kew AFC 10 3 7 0 0 0 557 868 64.17 12
9 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 10 2 8 0 0 0 588 892 65.92 8
10 Old Mentonians 10 2 8 0 0 0 463 1086 42.63 8

 

 
 
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Round 9 Review – The Halfway Mark

An Almost Perfect Saturday @ GBO

With all our sides in with a chance of victory and the blue sky well entrenched above our ‘G’, it felt like it was always going to be a good day. And it started well. The Mentone schoolboys, clearly ravenous after an early morning game, cleaned out the Sue Mullet canteen’s entire supply of hot dogs even before a ball was bounced. Surely the omens were with us.

Super Saturday’s have a great feel about them and it was wonderful to see past presidents Phil Cramer, Alan Mitchell and Graeme Ballard amongst a strong group of supporters who joined us across the day. REMEMBER next Saturday 24th is our Community Lunch – if you haven’t booked yet please do so today as we need to finalise the catering today!! Details below.

Watching the Women’s and Reserve Teams prepare for their games on the bottom oval together, it was clear the focus and energy was high. The Twos started strongly and burst into a commanding 5 goal lead. Unfortunately Kew bounced back hard and after a tight battle would take the honours. I know it left a bitter taste as it certainly felt like an opportunity lost. With a few late changes to deal with, Tom and Woody’s side will bounce back.

I hadn’t seen the Wells Women so charged and edgy before a game this year. Stung hard after defeat at Oakleigh and after putting in the extra yards before the bye, it was going to take some effort to beat them. Close after quarter time, a stunning 2nd quarter of hard running, tough tackling Wells football blew Uni High away. The girls now move to top spot but won’t be taking anything lightly again I suspect.

The Under 19 competition has seen a few teams move in and out of our league. Recently Peninsula came down from Division 4 and this week Fitzroy FC had dropped down from Division 3. Our boys seems to grow in confidence each week but I’m not sure even they expected to play as they did. The ball literally zipped around, handball and link kicking the order of the day and another large total was posted while keeping Fitzroy goalless. I’m pleased to say the Fitzroy player concussed is doing well.

It’s too often been said of late that games like the ones the Seniors faced on Saturday were ones we often contrived to lose. It’s a little early to know how good our boys are but the way they put this one to bed shows we’re capable of controlling a game and winning when we should. Turning at the half with 5 wins ,we have everything to play for and some of the football was scintillating and great to watch from the balcony.

Looking at the forecast for this Saturday, I suspect we’ll finally see some winter conditions but don’t let that put you off. Join us for the Community Lunch or drop in across the afternoon or for a light refreshment after the final siren sounds.

Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

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U19s

The Unders returned to GBO on a magnificent afternoon for football to take on a new team to the division, Fitzroy.

Following the coaches instructions to the letter, the boys began positively, showing no ill-effect from the week-off for the bye.  Mitch McPherson , Kasper Scheiber and Stephen Everitt were busy up forward, while Harry O’Brien’s pace on the wing was creating problems for our opponents.  Mike Schumann found plenty of space and drove the ball into attack regularly.  The quarter ended with Camberwell leading by 33 points.

The second quarter saw our boys take control of the game.  Our skipper Josh Holding was inspirational with his attack on the ball, and fierce tackling by Jono Elliott and Fraser Masciatelli gave Fitzroy no breathing space.  The highlight of the quarter was a left foot snap goal by Robbie West – a real team lifter.  We added 6 goals 8 behinds for the quarter to take a commanding 77 point lead to the main break.

Kallan Percy’s ruck dominance continued in the third quarter, leading to countless centre clearances.  Mike Schumann and Mitch McPherson each kicked two goals for the quarter, capitalising by the good work of Josh Holding, Will Dalrymple and Jonathan Tan in the midfield.  We added a further 6 goals 6 for the quarter.

Our boys piled on the pressure in the last quarter, with Lachie Powell and Will Dalrymple each kicking 2 goals, with Everitt, Schumann, Holding and James Oliver also converting.  The only criticism could be around our inaccuracy, as we kicked 8 goals 10 behinds in the quarter.  Something for the boys to work on before next week.

Two percentage boosting wins have taken us to the top of the ladder, where with some hard work and dedication we hope to stay.

Goal Kickers: L. Powell 6, W. Dalrymple 4, M. Schumann 4, S. Everett 3, J. Holding 2, M. McPherson 2, T. Oliver, H. O’Brien, F. Mascitelli, R. West
Best Players: J. Holding, L. Powell, W. Dalrymple, M. Schumann, S. Everett, D. Straw

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Camberwell Grammarians 9 7 2 0 0 0 833 361 230.75 28
2 De La Salle 8 6 2 0 0 1 658 333 197.60 28
3 Oakleigh 9 6 3 0 0 0 709 471 150.53 24
4 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 8 5 3 0 0 1 696 528 131.82 24
5 WIlliamstown CYMS 9 5 4 0 0 0 549 643 85.38 20
6 Hampton Rovers 9 4 5 0 0 0 636 572 111.19 16
7 Melbourne High School Old Boys 9 4 5 0 0 0 631 623 101.28 16
8 Aquinas OC 9 4 5 0 0 0 589 600 98.17 16
9 La Trobe University 8 3 5 0 0 0 518 580 89.31 12
10 Old Paradians 9 2 7 0 0 0 410 905 45.30 8
11 Peninsula OB 9 1 8 0 0 0 475 882 53.85 4
12 Fitzroy FC 9 0 9 0 0 0 206 1287 16.01 0

Women’s

The women’s team bounced back from a narrow loss before the break to deliver a performance that to the causal observer wouldn’t have resembled a top of the table clash. To put it bluntly, the women put on a clinic against UHS-VU who had knocked us off top spot the week before following their own resounding win to then third-place St Bedes Mentone.

Instead of taking the previous week off to rest, the team opted to hold their own training session. Coupled with a solid week on the track leading into the game, everyone was switched on and there was an obvious hunger to get a crucial win over a team that was looking like a finals threat.

A lot of positivity and intent pre-game translated into a dominant first half on the field where we asserted our authority on the game from the first bounce. AnjouGreen, the returning Booth and first-gamer Franklin provided a seriously formidable and physically imposing starting midfield. UHS-VU struggled to match our intensity at the stoppages and were made to look second-rate. Five scoring shots to one, and an early mark and goal to Kertes gave us a small lead at quarter time, perhaps not just reward for our efforts.

With the ascendency we were confident the goals would begin to flow if we kept the standard up. With the first goal, the floodgates opened and we began to pile them on. Our key forwards, Sturrock and E. Defina were kicking them at will, while Green slotted an impressive set shot from the boundary and Fotheringham was getting front position to great effect. Unlike the Oakleigh game, we used our pace around the ground to beat our opponent to the contest again and again – lead by Sophie BangsElovarisNolanC. Wilson and Mohamed – and began to link up well and use the handball release to open up the play.

A forty-point lead at halftime made the second half a formality. We piled on the scoreboard pressure even as UHS-VU had their share of the ball (scoring six points). The usual suspects down back – OprayS. Defina, Sam BangsBithavas and M. Wilson – were tenacious. We were winning the one-on-ones in defence, while SloaneStoylesFuller and our other first-gamer Hillman showed discipline in sticking to their defensive duties.

Some final-quarter experimentation slowed our attacking forays while still managing to extend our lead. Hart almost got just reward for her wiry forward line work across the day, as Robison continues to be a tireless contributor from Centre Half Forward quarter-on-quarter.

A complete team performance culminating in a 12-goal win that is sure to send a message to the rest of the competition.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 6, A. Sturrock 4, R. Green, R. Kertes
Best Players: E. Defina, S. Bangs, R. Kertes, S. Franklin, M. Sloane , A. Robison

Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Old Camberwell 9 7 2 0 0 0 302 99 305.05 28
2 Uhs-Vu Afc 9 6 3 0 0 0 252 178 141.57 24
3 Collegians 8 5 3 0 0 0 162 105 154.29 20
4 Ivanhoe AFC 9 4 4 1 0 0 171 171 100.00 18
5 Oakleigh 9 4 5 0 0 0 178 216 82.41 16
6 SBMT / St Peters AFC 9 4 5 0 0 0 147 202 72.77 16
7 Old Carey 8 3 4 1 0 0 132 174 75.86 14
8 Yarra Old Grammarians 9 2 7 0 0 0 96 295 32.54 8

SeniorsCoaches will always be just a little nervous when facing the team occupying the foot of the ladder, coming off a Bye weekend and knowing that the opposition had replaced their Senior Coach after the last game.

What mind games would the opposition have in store for us? Fortunately, having made some structural changes to the team that defeated Hampton Rovers due to unavailability for a variety of reasons, we were still able to select a strong outfit keen to meet Kew and knock them over again for the second time inside 9 months.

The midfield group were enjoying their best start for the season out of the middle and around the stoppages, with Jimmy Allen in particular kick starting the effort with some strong clearances ably supported by his team mates who were working equally as hard to clear a path for him to drive the ball forward. There was also strong support running from the group which ensured that one of our players got themselves into a position to receive and take a running shot on goal. Exciting!!

Nick Adamson, playing as our key tall forward was marking everything that came his way and the opposition were scrambling to get numbers to him, which opened up opportunities for the likes of Ginge Allen, Benny Hart, Sammy Boyce, Joey Arnold and Chris “Chooka” Hensby to register majors. The effort continued and the lead had grown to 39 points at the half time break.

As anticipated, even with their major goals scorer, Brazzale off the ground with a shoulder injury, the Bears rallied as best as they could and they were able to hold our boys to 2 goals in the third quarter to the Bears three, giving the opposition ever such a small “sniff” at the prospect of breaking through for their first victory for the season.

Demands were made of the mid field group to lift their work rate back to the levels shown earlier in the match. The challenge was set, that it was up to this group to set the early agenda and snuff out any form of resistance. With the bounce of the ball, it travelled at break neck speed to the forward line and Chris Young running at full pace forward, found the footy in his hands and an open goal square. Bang! Goal! Our momentum was kick started again and the boys rounded off the afternoon with a 5 goal final quarter effort, to run out winners by 55 points.

An afternoon of great emotion for the group in many ways, but most importantly, we were able to steel ourselves to the task at hand and secure the vital four points, that sees the Senior team turning mid season at 5 wins, and in 5th spot.
Chris Hensby, for the third week in a row was named our best player and finished off a great afternoon with a couple of great goals scored on the run. Tough, uncompromising, highly talented and a great fellow to have at your club, was ably supported by big Nick Adamson with 4 goals, Jimmy Allen was stellar in his efforts through the midfield setting up the play, Joey Arnold was busy as … all afternoon, Dan Lattanzio was manic in his runs from defence, setting up deep entry forward forays, Chris Young played his best game for the year with a strong effort of winning the inside ball and feeding it to the outside runners.

Jase Edwards played his first senior match for a number of years and capped off a successful afternoon with two late crumbing goals.

The stakes for the Senior team rise significantly over the coming weeks with games against Old Ivanhoe, Haileybury (away), Caulfield Grammarians and Williamstown (away). We will need to be at our absolute best to give ourselves a strong chance to take the points. No time for complacency boys, and certainly no time to be thinking about what might be in September. We will be taking every game, one week at a time!

Let’s get to training, work hard on the track in order to be to the best of our ability, prepare well and play to the best of your ability. The senior squad numbers are strong, we have players coming back to the team. Fight hard for your spot boys!

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 4, C. Hensby 2, J. Edwards 2, J. Arnold 2, S. Boyce, J. Allen, H. Crothers, C. Young, C. Allen, B. Hart
Best Players: C. Hensby, J. Allen, C. Wilson, J. Howells, J. Edwards, S. Powell

Tim Killworth
Senior Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 9 8 1 0 0 0 1104 587 188.07 32
2 Old Haileyburians 9 7 2 0 0 0 951 547 173.86 28
3 Williamstown CYMS 9 5 4 0 0 0 944 834 113.19 20
4 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 9 5 4 0 0 0 665 744 89.38 20
5 Old Camberwell Grammarians 9 5 4 0 0 0 738 852 86.62 20
6 Marcellin OC 9 4 5 0 0 0 764 735 103.95 16
7 Old Geelong 9 4 5 0 0 0 778 785 99.11 16
8 Old Mentonians 9 4 5 0 0 0 813 852 95.42 16
9 Hampton Rovers 9 3 6 0 0 0 528 824 64.08 12
10 Kew AFC 9 0 9 0 0 0 495 1020 48.53 0

ReservesAfter another strong start and some impressive football in patches the Ressies were unfortunately unable to hold off Kew and went down by 2 goals.

Following on from the previous round there was a big focus on starting well with intensity and pressuring the opposition. Kew were up for the fight in a fairly even contest that saw each team take momentum for large parts of the game.

We took a narrow lead into the first break and pleasingly we were able to step up a gear in the 2nd quarter led by Jenkins and Huntsman up forward who presented hard all day and we started to get some run from the middle with big Thorbecke finding his groove and
Stayner and Latsas getting first use through the middle. We started to hit targets around the group and some clever work up forward from Kaiser and Rusty / Tavener deep saw us open up a 28 point lead at half time. However, kicking 4 goals, 7 behinds for the quarter meant the lead should have been larger and this is an area we need to address.

Knowing that Kew would reset and come out firing for the 2nd half unfortunately wasn’t enough motivation for the boys as our pressure dropped off and we were unable to break through Kew’s defensive press despite several missed chances on the fast break. DespiteLloyd’s dash from half back and Eastick, Urwin and Campbell’s efforts down in defence we squandered our lead into a 4 point deficit at ¾ time.

Similar to the first quarter the last proved to be another arm wrestle and the game was still up for grabs in the final minutes however we weren’t able to wrestle back the momentum as Kew held on to their narrow lead.

At the half way point of the season it’s important that we continue to improve with a couple of solid weeks on the track to ensure that we can start converting promising performances into wins as we are all sharing the frustration of another lost opportunity.

Goal Kickers: J. Simon 3, N. Russell 2, G. Thorbecke, S. Kaiser
Best Players: M. Jenkin, O. Lloyd, T. Eastick, T. Stayner, N. Latsas, J. Huntsman

Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 9 9 0 0 0 0 1016 333 305.11 36
2 Marcellin OC 9 8 1 0 0 0 900 359 250.70 32
3 Old Geelong 9 7 2 0 0 0 770 458 168.12 28
4 Old Haileyburians 9 4 5 0 0 0 642 816 78.68 16
5 Williamstown CYMS 9 4 5 0 0 0 487 715 68.11 16
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 9 3 6 0 0 0 630 686 91.84 12
7 Hampton Rovers 9 3 6 0 0 0 561 668 83.98 12
8 Kew AFC 9 3 6 0 0 0 506 770 65.71 12
9 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 9 2 7 0 0 0 539 799 67.46 8
10 Old Mentonians 9 2 7 0 0 0 450 897 50.17 8


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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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