Congratulations to club captain Ben Hart who won the L.S. ZACHARIAH MEDAL, awarded by the umpires to the best player in the entire division!
Full vote count here: http://www.vafa.com.au/latest-news/premier-c-final-vote-tally/
Congratulations to club captain Ben Hart who won the L.S. ZACHARIAH MEDAL, awarded by the umpires to the best player in the entire division!
Full vote count here: http://www.vafa.com.au/latest-news/premier-c-final-vote-tally/
Writer’s note: It’s difficult to review a season such as we’ve had in few words, so apologies in advance for the length. Get comfortable.
As the exhilaration of the weekend’s events begins to settle, the magnitude of what this group have achieved this past year may not have dawned on them yet. In fact it may take years for them to realise the impact they have had on Old Camberwell Grammarians AFC – as a football club, community and home to many – and the generations of women to come who will take up their legacy. It is a legacy that will live with the club forever and should not be underestimated.
I commented to several people after Saturday’s game that in 50 years’ time a photo of 40 or so young women (and a few men) will hang in the clubrooms at Gordon Barnard Oval alongside a premiership cup and flag. Those present might not recognise the faces or know the names, but it will be genuinely celebrated and remembered as one of the most significant events in the club’s history. You can only be an inaugural women’s team and premiers once. Thanks to each of them, it’s now impossible to think of Old Camberwell without a women’s team at the heart of our club.
The fact that this team did not even exist 12 months ago, let alone the idea that it might at all, is a surreal thought. There are many thanks to be made to various people for why it does now, a lot of whom I’ll acknowledge later, but it’s only fitting to first recognise our ex-president Andrew Tsindos who was the brainchild, current president Adam Kyriacouand our super coach Ken Schwab for making this a reality. Their passion, commitment and vision have guided this team and its development. Without them it may not have happened at all.
Looking back to where it all began in late 2016, five girls turned up to the initial introductory meeting at the clubrooms, and not long after a small group of a 17 girls gathered at GBO for their first training session. They came from a range of schools and backgrounds. Some new each other, others did not. Without being there myself, I am confident they would have approached that first night with the same sense of enthusiasm, fun, comradery, determination and willingness to learn that has become characteristic of this team. A mix of abilities and expectations for what was to come were probably floating around, but the initial foundations had been laid.
Pre-season was different to what the average male footballer would experience. No gut busting sprints or gruelling runs, just the basics of the game. They literally started from scratch. While I was still training and considering playing myself, I was interested to look across at times and observe how they were going under the guidance of Alex Mackenzieand Schwaby. Kicks flying here and there, handballs missing targets, dropped marks. But also the occasional pinpoint pass and clean hands. Lots of chatter and encouragement, consistent numbers at training, but not huge. A sign of things to come.
Fast forward to a week or so before the first practice game and Schwaby had officially been appointed as coach. I had opted not to play due to a back injury and be Schwaby’sassistant instead. We were both excited and unsure about what the season had in store for us, but knew we had a great group to work with.
Our first practice games were at a round robin tournament at Marcellin College in Bulleen. Ironically, our first game was against Marcellin who had one team on the field and a whole other team on the bench – they would go on to win this year’s Premier Division. We had 16 or so from memory. Suffice to say we lost that first game, but followed it up by recording our first win in even more ironic circumstances against Old Carey. The following week our pre-season wrapped up with the VAFA Women’s Lightning Premiership at Elsternwick. Again we had about 16 give or take, but showed plenty of promise recording a great win against Oakleigh in our final game.
Given we were only just able to field teams for the practice games we were a bit unsure if we would have enough players committed to play throughout the year. Fortunately, and unexpectedly, in the few weeks between the Lightning Premiership and about Round 2 or 3 we had close to ten new players join – the likes of Sturrock, Harper, Hart, Sloane, King, Richards, Stoyle and a second Bangs all fitted in seamlessly on and off the field. Selection was tough from then on.
Based on the pre-season, we thought if we could be competitive and win a few games then it would be a successful year. The only aim Schwaby and I discussed, and agreed on, was that we needed to create an environment and team culture that everyone enjoyed and felt a part of. If by season’s end all, or most of, the girls wanted to play again in 2018 then we would have done our job.
Prior to Round 1 the team appointed S. Defina to be our inaugural captain, supported by M. Wilson, Anderson and Nolan who led the team with distinction all year. Then it was upon us, the first of three grading games. Up against Old Geelong at Como Park we got flogged by 80-plus points, but in the final minutes of the game who else but E. Definabecame the first woman to kick a goal for the club in a competition game. That initial loss turned out to be a rarity. We returned to GBO the following week for our first home game and turned that around to record our own 80-point win against Canterbury, uncovering some genuine stars. We backed up a week later on the top oval with a commanding win over Hawthorn who ended up winning the Development Division 4 flag.
Placed in Development Division 2 with our two previous wins still counting, we maintained our winning form in the season proper with a huge win against Yarra Grammarians under lights. With three wins on the trot an early season top of the table clash against Collegians established our season-long rivalry. After defeating Collegians in a tough game, it was probably then that we first thought we had a team that could seriously play and challenge for the flag.
This was confirmed a week later when we took on Ivanhoe in what turned out to be our most hard fought win. They were unfancied at the time and beat us physically early on. It wasn’t until C. Wilson ran straight from the bench and floored her opponent that the intensity lifted. It was a season defining moment. We clawed the lead back and held on in a heart stopper. I also recall reflecting on that game and the attitude of the team when we were down. The encouragement and incessant cheers from the bench were so loud, while Ivanhoe’s players began to abuse each other. I felt this really showed the calibre of our players, the respect they had for each other and the bond they were forming.
Another strong win against Old Carey was followed by a stinging 3-point loss to Oakleigh. Probably our low point for the year, but also pivotal to the rest of the season. The marginal loss came with an undermanned team showing the depth of the squad. Outstanding defensive efforts from Mirabella and Donkin in the absence of our key defenders, S. Defina and M. Wilson, was particularly impressive. The game also highlighted that we needed to be more physical. The loss hurt and we didn’t want to experience it again.
History will show that we didn’t. From that point on we won eight games straight to claim the flag. We put the loss behind us and flogged UHS-VU in a top of the table clash to regain top spot. Then went on and did the same to four teams in succession – St Bede’s, Ivanhoe, Old Carey and Yarra Grammarians. The juggernaut was gaining momentum and still we had players wanting to get on board. In the second half of the season we gave debuts to Franklin, Hillman, Hamilton, Ham and Collins. Again, the ability for the team to welcome new faces and see them become a part of the group so quickly is not something I have experienced with any other team. Unfortunately, we also said goodbye to the physical presence provided by Booth and speed of Kertes who went abroad.
Halfway through the season, Green and the Defina twins became the club’s first women Big V representatives. All three made the final squad, but unfortunately (and somewhat mistakenly it could be argued) missed out on being selected in the final 24. There were few other clubs that achieved this and hopefully in years to come we will have many more represent the Big V.
Our final home and away game was a precursor to the first semi-final and a test of how we would perform in the finals. Collegians were up for it and it took a serious effort to get over the line. The following week was not much different. By this stage we knew the flag was ours to lose. Beating Collegians and getting direct passage to the grand final was key. The most nerve-wracking finish all season came down to a goal-saving smother from Anjou in the dying seconds, allowing us to avoid a preliminary final.
Making the grand final was the minimum this team deserved. The week leading in was a mix of emotions and activity. We kicked it off with a training session at Trevor Barker Oval on the Saturday before. Over 20 girls made the effort to get there demonstrating they wanted to finish the job. The Monday night delivered our first women’s competition B&F and goal kicking award to Green and E. Defina respectively, while Tuesday and Thursday training were sharp with a buzz of excitement. Saturday came and there is no need to repeat the rest of it.
This year has been successful on the field, but it’s perhaps off it that the team has made their biggest impact. They have contributed enormous energy and enthusiasm to organising and being part of the social life of the club. The off-field shenanigans – player events, crap trap Thursdays, Super Saturdays – have been first rate with the girls often showing the guys how it’s done.
I was initially unsure how a group of women would fit into an environment dominated by men almost since its establishment. The attitude and level of interaction from both sides was always going to need an adjustment. Hindsight has shown this was never something to worry about. This year has gone a long way to building a better atmosphere and making GBO a place people want to spend time at. It has never been better in the 12 years I’ve been associated with Old Camberwell. Everyone I have spoken to has attributed this to the girls. In this instance a huge acknowledgment goes to Kath, Alex, Bec and Jo for their involvement on the committee, and Jules on game days. They have all put in considerable time and effort.
As much as the girls have embraced being a part of the club, so too have their parents, siblings and extended networks. The team and coaching staff have had continual support all year. A team where every single off-field job is filled week in week out has been a rarity in my time at Old Camberwell. We have been lucky to not have this problem, for which we can eternally thank Tim Wilson who has carried out his team manager duties to perfection. He has the entire admiration and respect of the playing group, as well as Schwaby and I.
Added to this are the goal umpiring and interchange feats of Michael Hook and Mitch Anjou. They have never hesitated to put their hands up for these roles. Our runner Stefan Anjou and sometimes controversial umpire Dave Anjou have similarly been there without fail. Stefan, in particular, has been a key member of the game day squad, and again has the respect of the whole playing group. In general, the Wilson, Anjou and Hook familieshave been enormous support.
Mid-season, Jay Tapscott came along and began to help out with training and on game days. His patience and drive has been crucial to many of the girls improving their individual skills. The whole team and our performance has benefited greatly from having him around.
The team has stayed hydrated largely thanks to Jackson Eade who really took to being there every week without any expectation or having to be asked. He’s already signed up for next year. Emilia Fuller and Jade Bingley who are both players, but for various reasons have had interrupted seasons, and while not always getting on the field we never needed to ask them twice to help out running the boundary, water or filling other roles. Jordan and his team of trainers who have kept us on the field as players started to pick up injuries throughout the season. And as always, Tim Cottrell and Warren Earle (aka Wearly) for ensuring we were kitted out and fed/hydrated post-match or training.
I’m sure I have missed individuals, apologies if so. There are many who helped out at various points in the year. Thanks to all.
To tie it all up (thanks for sticking with me), I would (selfishly) like to say a very big personal thanks to the team, Schwaby and Adam. Some know that I returned to Melbourne late last year after a few years abroad. As always there is a transition period with these things and I looked to Old Camberwell as a place that was familiar. However, while I was still considering playing in early January I wasn’t so sure it was that place anymore. So when I opted not to play and said I would help out, I had very little sense of what that would mean. The excitement of being involved with something new, a new challenge and community was what triggered my interest.
Eight months down the track I can well and truly say that this team has had a profound impact on me, just as it has this club. The fun and enjoyment you have fostered, along with the improvement and success you have achieved, and the respect and friendship you show towards each other, and to me, has been a most fulfilling experience to be a part of. For me, you have made Old Camberwell that familiar place again and for that I’m very grateful.
Let this be the beginning of some thing special. Stick together. Cheers to the women and premiers of 2017. Onwards to victory!
Women’s Assistant Coach
I will never write a newsletter like this again.
With the introduction of a Women’s Competition into the VAFA this year there was always going to be ‘firsts’ – the first OCGAFC Women’s Team led by our first leadership group – Steph Defina (C) alongside Maggie Wilson, Lou Anderson and Cassie Nolan, the first time we’ve had 4 women on committee – Katherine Bithavas, Alex Osborne, Jo Hookand Bec Kertes, our first Women’s Coaching group – Ken Schwab, Andrew Romaninand Jayden Tapscott, our first Women’s Team Manager – Tim Wilson, our first dedicated Women’s runners – Steph Anjou and Jackson Eade, our first Women’s supporter and helper group lead by the Wilson’s, Anjou’s and Hook’s, our first Women’s sponsor – Ray White Balywn, our first Women’s Jumper and Women’s Club Song!
But clearly this group wanted to create a few more firsts!
Our first Women’s Competition Best & Fairest and Best on Ground in a Grand Final – Rhiannon Green, our first VAFA leading goalkicker – Eloise Defina and to cap off a season we’ll never forget – OUR FIRST WOMEN’S PREMIERS! History makers you most definitely are!
Andrew Romanin has put together a superb wrap-up of not only the game but also the season. Thank-you Roma. Enjoy it along with some of the photos from Saturday.
I speak for every part of our large and widespread community and say a huge thank-you for it all and to you all. You have spoiled us. You have exceeded all expectations and made so many people so happy and proud to be a part of this club. Accolades, achievements and premierships aside, you are some of the finest young women I will ever have the privilege to know and deserve every last bit of your success. We can’t wait for next year.
Come on the Wells!
Women’s Grand Final Review
19 August 2017. A day that has been etched in the history of Old Camberwell Grammarians AFC. The women’s team took home the ultimate prize with an outstanding grand final performance against a determined Old Carey.
After a week of rain and bitter cold, conditions turned out to be near perfect at Trevor Barker Oval. With the team having mentally and physically prepared for wet and windy conditions, the added confidence and assurance that this offered was the perfect boost as the women ran through their final warm up. The feeling in the rooms, as it has been all year, was positive and upbeat. Hints of nervous energy were there, but the players were harnessing this and looked focused pre-match. Schwaby’s final message echoed the confidence in the room. The team had done the work, put in the hard yards week in week out and that’s all they needed to do again. Get on top early and we would win.
With that, a first quarter goal burst set up the day and we never looked back. Across the ground everyone was in the play early on, finding the footy and attacking the contest with a desire to impact the game. Led by a brilliant and tireless performance from the starting midfield trio of Green, Anjou and Anderson
We looked dangerous each time we attacked, setting up well across half forward and with our small forwards E. Defina, C. Wilson and Nolan applying forward pressure to lock the ball in. Our efforts were rewarded with two goals at the first change – a classy roving effort from Anderson and a classic big forward poacher’s goal to Sturrock.
As Old Carey worked their way into the game during the second quarter and began to get their share of the play our defence held up strongly. Donkin, Sam Bangs, Mirabella and M. Wilson were in the thick of it, winning their one on ones but we were struggling to clear our defensive fifty for much of the second quarter. Conceding a goal during that critical period would have opened the door for Old Carey to take the momentum into the main break, so it was pleasing that we weathered their best while marginally extending our lead.
In absorbing their pressure, and with a comfortable but not an unassailable lead at half time, the “premiership” quarter delivered the most exciting and memorable performance for the year. Our run and link up game was in full stride with Opray, Soph Bangs, Elovaris and Mohamed
The three third quarter goals not only put the result beyond doubt, but it did so with a statement. The quality of all three goals was unquestionable. Each one would win a goal of the round (maybe even season) award without doubt. Green’s effort to slot two almost identical goals in which she read the play beautifully, gathered the ball cleanly and baulked several players to split the middle from close to the boundary was pure class. Her two goals came either side of possibly the most magical goal E. Defina, and any women in the VAFA, has kicked all year (and she’s kicked a few). A crumbing effort after a long kick forward, gathering it with ease off the deck and snapping on her non-preferred from an acute angle to dribble the ball through. All three goals will be talked about for years to come. Our third quarter broke Old Carey, in the process delivering a display and brand of footy that exemplifies this team.
The final huddle for the year was enormous. It was an amazing sight to see and with the win virtually locked up there was a sense of relief. With a comfortable lead, the break offered the opportunity to mix it up a little. Strong final quarter contributions from Taverner and Edwards to nullify Old Carey’s effective No.7 was impressive, and in hindsight a call we should have made earlier in the day. They provided us with another level of energy around the contest as legs began to tire, continually finding space.
Despite the sting going out of the game, credit to Old Carey for their last quarter performance. They stuck at it and were rewarded with a final goal, which only slightly raised a few heartbeats.
As the final siren sounded the celebrations began. Green deservedly won the best on ground award to cap a memorable season. But all 24 who played on Saturday impacted the result in some way and can be proud of their contribution. The further 20 or so that did not take the field were just as important to our grand final win. Particular acknowledgment needs to go to Tori Fotheringham, Maddy Sloane and Jules Hart who were desperately unlucky to miss out on selection this week. Every player in the squad has stood up this season at different times and this is the sole reason for our success.
The fact that this team did not even exist 12 months prior, let alone the idea that it might at all, is a surreal thought. There are many thanks to be made to various people for why it now does, a lot of whom were acknowledged on Saturday, but it’s only fitting to here acknowledge our ex-President Andrew Tsindos, current president Adam and our super coach Schwaby for making this a reality. Their passion, commitment and vision have guided this team and its development. Without them it may not have happened at all.
Congratulations to the team, we answered that one final question… Enjoy it, they really don’t come around often. Next year will be a bigger and more exciting challenge, but we get to do that as the reigning and inaugural premiers – a feat that everyone at Old Camberwell is, and will always be, proud of.
Goal Kickers: R. Green 2, E. Defina, A. Sturrock, L. Anderson
Best Players: R. Green, S. Anjou, C. Nolan, M. Wilson, L. Anderson, S. Defina
Women’s Assistant Coach
Importantly and critically for the club, our Seniors, Reserves and Under 19s had big games on Saturday. I know as a club we will come together for the remainder of the season and bring home all our teams who all have everything to play for in their remaining games.
Our Seniors had one of those games where it seems things didn’t click. After some wayward kicking in the first quarter and with a Hampton side facing the prospect of the drop, we couldn’t make the most of our chances and suffered a disappointing loss. With 2 games to go, next week’s game against Kew is a must win to consolidate our season and finish as we know we can.
Our Reserves continued their astonishing run taking their unbeaten streak to 7 games with an empathetic win over a good Hampton side. With 2 rounds remaining finals are confirmed which is a superb achievement for this group after a slow start to the season. Confidence is clearly strong and it will be a very competitive few weeks on the training track and remain game days given the depth of the playing group this year.
Hugely impressively, our Under 19s secured a top 2 spot in their penultimate game against Old Paradians at home. In a sometimes spiteful game, our boys kept their heads brilliantly and played outstanding football as they have all year to record another 100 + points victory. Our final game is away to Williamstown CYMS after which we’ll have a week off as the Under 19s have a final 6 with the top 2 sides earning the week off. I know I’ve said it before but we have a great group of young men and we can all be proud they’ve secured finals football for OCGAFC. We’re looking forward to getting right behind their final series.
Finally we’d love to see you all for a casual Spit Roast Lunch for the final Home & Away game for our Seniors & Reserves and GBO on September 2nd. Details available here and you can book online (preferable) or pay on the day.
Congratulations again to all our Women’s Team. A weekend that will live in the memory forever.
Come on the Wells
Our first quarter showcased the game style we have been working hard on all year. Quick ball movement and high defensive pressure saw us control the quarter. Unfortunately our finishing let us down and we went into quarter time having dominated the quarter, however only kicking 3 goals and 6 behinds. Hampton on the other hand made the most of their chances and were able to get 2 goals despite not having much of the ball.
After quarter time Hampton upped their intensity and we were unable to match them. Though we still had our fair share of chances, our skills and finishing consistently let us down both through the middle of the ground and up forward in front of goal. An inaccurate second term again cost us and we went into halftime with a score line of 3.12, compared to Hamptons 6.7.
Despite our poor play, we managed to stay in the game through determination and some outstanding individual efforts – namelyJimmy Allen and Nick Adamson. We were well in the game at ¾ time, only 4 points down with a score line of 6.16 to 8.8. Alas it was not to be and we ended up going down 70 (9 goals 16 behinds) to 89 (13 goals 11 behinds). It was a disappointing result after such a positive win the week before. The challenge for the group now is to stick together and finished the year off on a positive note. We have 2 very important games left and there is no reason that we can’t go 2/2 to finish the year off!
Goal Kickers: J. Allen 3, M. Trait 2, F. Wells, N. Latsas, A. Taverner, N. Adamson
Best Players: J. Allen, N. Adamson, R. Deev, S. Powell, C. Hensby, A. Clarke
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ReservesThe Ressies faced an in-form Hampton side on Saturday and with both sides’ seasons more or less on the line it was another fiery encounter. After a strong 2nd half performance we were able to pull away and book ourselves a spot in the finals with a 37 point win!
Following on from a tough outing against Geelong the boys knew they were up for another arm wrestle. Earlier in the season we lost narrowly to Hampton in a close and physical game and were keen to test how much we have improved over the second half of the year. With a few injuries / niggles carrying over from last week, several players had the opportunity to stand up and play a key role in the game: Stanboultgis led from the front all day in the centre, Simon relished playing at full forward with plenty of spark and a 4 goal haul and we welcomed backParker, Warburton and Emery
The rain came down right on cue as the game started and after a scrappy few minutes we managed to get our hands on the ball and lock it in our forward line with repeat entries. It took us a little while to adjust to the conditions and were guilty of over possessing the footy in the greasy conditions however we looked dangerous when we were able to move the ball laterally and get out into space. Hampton worked their way into the game and were able to kick a couple of quick goals to lead by 1 goal at quarter time despite our early work.
The clouds disappeared as quickly as they had arrived for the 2nd quarter and with a few tweaks to our forward line structure we were a lot more dangerous in attack with Kaiser (4 goals) and Allen’s (1 goal) speed at ground level. With Pepperell finding plenty of space and Vogelfinding plenty of the footy we were able to move the ball forward quickly however were a little wasteful kicking 3.5 for the quarter to Hampton’s 2.1
Watching from the sidelines this was shaping up to be a real 4 quarter arm wrestle however the boys came out firing in the 3rd quarter. Despite some distractions from several errant Hampton elbows and fists the boys were able to focus on the footy and pile on 5 goals to nil for the quarter. The difference being our smarter ball use, fast movement in the forward line and intensity at the footy with Huntsman and Gorman
With the game threatening to boil over, Herbstreit somehow found another gear (and is fast becoming our 4th quarter specialist) and gave us first use in the last quarter and we started to out run our opponents to kick another 3 goals from some excellent end to end ball movement. It’s great to see the boys enjoying their footy so much and making the most of our opportunities. We have certainly benefitted from increased depth this year so it important that we work hard over the remaining 2 games to keep the momentum up
Goal Kickers: J. Simon 4, S. Kaiser 4, G. Tolson, C. Allen, C. Gorman, H. Crothers
Best Players: L. Stanboultgis, J. Huntsman, T. Pepperell, S. Kaiser, Z. Herbstreit, T. Vogel
Reserves Assistant Coach
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The Unders took on a 17 man Old Parade side on a beautiful (if a little cold) afternoon at GBO knowing that a win would make certain of a top two ladder finish.
Kicking in to a slight breeze, the boys were quickly into stride, with Matt Appleyard’s ruck dominance giving onballers Wil Dalrymple, Robbie West and Fraser Masciatelli an armchair ride, of which they took full advantage. Up forward Stephen Everett was dominant, and Lucas Lewitt-Mendes repealed many attacks from half back. We took a 27 point lead into the first break, after holding the opposition goalless.
Our boys really kicked into gear in the second quarter. Slick ball movement allowed us to ram home seven goals for the quarter, with Alex Dalla Riva and Mike Schumann each kicking two. Mitch McPherson was outstanding through the middle of the ground, whether it be marking, tackling or simply clearing contests. Matt Appleyard continued on his merry way in the ruck, and Tom Oliver found plenty of space and plenty of ball on the wing. In his return from injury, Mitch Fletcher, together with Kallan Percy, made scoring impossible for our opponents.
With the game all but over at half time, we took the opportunity to rotate and rest some players in preparation for the weeks ahead. Given an opportunity on the ball, Jake Purcell excelled, and Josh Holding and Alex Dalla Riva were excellent up forward. Harry O’Brien and Tom Oliver controlled the wings, allowing us to add five goals for the quarter. The unselfish nature of the team was highlighted by a great shepherd on the line from Jonathan Tan that allowed Everett’s long shot for goal to sail through untouched.
With a number of key players rested during the last quarter, an opportunity presented for other to step up. Rohan Solomongathered a number of touches when running on the ball, and Anthony Stefanos kicked a booming goal. Jonathan Tan continued with his great pressure acts, and really finished the game well. The match ended in victory by 112 points.
I know a number of boys are looking forward to a closer contest – rest assured, that will come. In the meantime, the chance to hone our ball movement and skills is welcome. With one game to go, we have assured ourselves of finishing first or second, thereby giving ourselves the best chance of the ultimate success. However, there is much hard work to be done over the next few weeks, so down to training lads and let’s finish the home and away season strongly.
Goal Kickers: A. Dalla-Riva 5, J. Holding 3, M. Schumann 3, S. Everett 2, F. Mascitelli 2, A. Stefanos 2, H. O”Brien, W. Dalrymple
Best Players: A. Dalla-Riva, M. McPherson, M. Appleyard, S. Everett, K. Percy , T. Oliver
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SATURDAY 2ND SEPTEMBER
Join us for the last game of the home and away season for the Club as our Seniors and Reserves take on Marcellin and we host many of our 2007 Premiership Team to raise a glass or two for their 10 year anniversary.
No doubt some of our Women’s Premiership Team will be there as well. A spit roast lunch and a perfect chance to catch-up with friends and family. It’s a casual affair and we’ll get started around 11.30am. No speeches other than the impromptu ones and a chance to properly catch-up at GBO.
$30 per head. Book online or pay on the day.
Drinks at Wearlwind Bar prices!
We’d love to see you.
WHEN: Saturday 2nd September, 11:30am onwards
Congratulations to our Women’s team who recorded a historic win in their first season by defeating Old Carey at Trevor Barker Oval.
Old Camberwell: 5.7.37
Old Carey: 2.4.16
Goal Kickers: R. Green 2, E. Defina, A. Sturrock, L. Anderson
Best Players: R. Green, S. Anjou, C. Nolan, M. Wilson, L. Anderson, S. Defina
Best on Ground: Rhiannon Green
From the VAFA: http://www.vafa.com.au/latest-news/wellers-hawks-claim-first-ever-vafa-wilson-womens-flags/
Old Camberwell capped off an outstanding season as Development Division 2 premiers following a hard-fought 21-point victory over Old Carey at Trevor Barker Oval. Led by a best-on-ground performance and two goals from competition best & fairest, Rhiannon Green, the Wellers kicked the first two majors of the game within the first two minutes and increased their lead to 33 points by three quarter time. As they have shown throughout their four-game winning streak over the past month, the Panthers fought back valiantly in the fourth term with two unanswered goals. Both Sophie and Samantha Bangs impressed for the Wellers alongside Green and Cassandra Nolan. Captain Steph Defina provided a constant source of run from defence for the Wellers, while Clare Hollebone continued her outstanding recent form in the ruck for the Panthers. Hannah Pangrazio and Matilda Hubbard were also sensational for the Panthers with Hubbard playing a starring role in defence.
Fantastic to see such great away support as well – I’m pretty sure we had as many supporters as Old Geelong on Como Hill! Makes a huge difference.
First up, the Under 19s confronted an Aquinas Oval masquerading as a Slip ‘n Slide but without the necessary sunshine. It was a miserable surface and the 9.20am start compounded the challenge. But this team are building toughness and togetherness and these games can often provide the perfect platform. Gavin’s match report is, as always, brilliant and to pull away in the last quarter to record a memorable away win was epic.
Next up our Senior group who took on Old Geelong at Como Park. Both their Reserves and Senior teams sat above us on the ladder and would provide plenty of challenge.
Our Reserves have built beautifully this year and there is real belief in our game plan and personnel no matter who plays. I’m sorry to say I missed the game due to travel but as you’ll read, the boys turned around a 3 goal 3rd quarter deficit and stormed home to a mighty victory. Judging from the smiles and chat afterwards, it was a very satisfying win and testament to our group, fantastic to see so many stay for the Seniors.
As they’ve proved this year, on their day, our Seniors can match anyone in C Grade. Aside from the first 10 minutes when Old Geelong’s kicking let them down and a brief period in the 3rd quarter, we were up for and won the challenge. The wide open spaces worked in our favour and our ‘first in’ attack on the footy saw us win more of the contests. At times our ball movement was superb and we recorded a tough and well deserved win. Unfortunately Simon Bennett sustained a nasty finger injury and we wish him a speedy recovery.
As I hope everyone knows, a massive day for the club this weekend with our Women’s Team in the Grand Final against Old Carey. 2pm at Trevor Barker Oval (Sandringham Football Club).
Further details later in the week.
It’s also a huge day for our Senior Group and Under 19s who all play at GBO at the usual times.
Not many games left and hope to see you at one of the games.
Old Geelong started the better team on their home deck, winning plenty of contested ball. Their sharp ball saw them control the majority of the quarter peppering the goals with 15- 6 forward entries. Luckily they couldn’t convert, kicking 1 goal 6. We were able to make them pay scoring 3 late goals against the flow to take an unlikely 7 point lead into the first break.
The second quarter was a different story as we gained control of a fiercely fought contest with plenty at stake. We gained the upper hand and forced many turnovers though some relentless pressure from Allen, Arnold & Young through the middle with our backs Wilson & Proska starting to dominate their opponents. Youngster Alex Tavener playing his first game for the year was showing the way with some clever goals and a few bone jarring tackles. The boys lifted their work rate and we would go into the long break with a well deserved 19 point buffer.
The third saw a resurgent Geelong come to life with their stars up forwards getting some clean ball and the dangerous Burbury starting to get some important possessions. Our boys were beginning to tire and a few crucial turnovers gave the OGs some momentum with 3 unanswered goals. But we responded superbly with Nick Adamson and Alex Tavenerstopping their surge with 2 late quarter goals and relieve some pressure heading into the last quarter.
The last would see our boys grind out a fantastic win after being challenged by a top four side. The group will take a lot of confidence out of the victory and look to come home strongly for the next remaining 3 games.
Thanks to all supporters who turned up on the day and we hope to see you all at GBO this Saturday to cheer the boys home.
Goal Kickers: A. Taverner 3, N. Adamson 3, F. Wells, J. Arnold, C. Young, C. Hensby
Best Players: C. Wilson, D. Proksa, J. Allen, C. Hensby, A. Taverner, D. Lattanzio
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ReservesComing up against Geelong, who have been sitting 3rd all year and have not been challenged by anyone below them, the Ressies knew they had a big day ahead and this was a good opportunity to demonstrate our improvement against a quality opposition. We were refreshed following the bye and we welcomed back several players through the midfield and backline to make it 6 wins in a row
Learning from our last encounter earlier in the season, where Geelong got the jump on us with fast, slick ball movement through the middle, the Ressies started well with the first goal following good pressure around the ball. The ball spent most of first quarter bouncing between half forward lines as both teams struggled to get meaningful entries. Tolson, Stanboultgis and Campbell cont
The focus for the second quarter was to pressure Geelong’s ball carriers knowing that they can score quickly if given the freedom and to not rush the ball going forward. We conceded a couple of consecutive goals early as our pressure dropped off however were able to fight back and hit the scoreboard ourselves with a couple of clever goals against the tide from our small forwards. Our forwards were working hard withGorman, Rusty and Huntsman rotating through CHF but we struggled to keep the ball in our forward line and creature much pressure.Tolson moved forward and provided a steadying hand as we went into the main break only 7 points down despite not playing out best football
Coming out after half time we started to get some ball movement going forward and our half backs and wings started to link up throughVogel. Again Geelong were able to score consecutive goals but we responded kicking 3 goals to 4 goals for the quarter. Simon was starting to get plenty of the ball through the midfield and looked dangerous up forward (following an early knock) whilst Boyce and Crothers stat
Going into the final break we were 11 points down and this would have been a very frustrating loss if we were to give up now knowing we had stuck with them for 3 quarters. Finding the desire to win and lift another the gear we were found our pressure from the 1st quarter and lifted across the ground; all of a sudden we had kicked the first 2 goals to edge in front and the boys were up and about. Attacking through the corridor we had plenty of run and our forward line sparked into gear with Rusty, Huntsman, Allen and Kaiser all playing with new found intent. Where earlier in the game we had let Geelong push us around we were hunting in packs and supporting each other and it was very pleasing to see the team stand up once again when it counted. We closed out the game with close to our best quarter for the year kicking 7 unanswered goals to win by 28 points!
Of note Eastick kept their leading goal kicker goalless for the day whilst Mann (in a BOG effort) fought hard all day against a taller opponent and was supported by Gorman who won some crucial physical contests. Herbstreit came up against another man mountain in the ruck and fought hard all day; even against their second ruckman he ran all day through the ruck and managed to find another gear as we started to win some clean footy from the stoppages in the last quarter
Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 4, J. Simon 3, J. Huntsman 2, G. Tolson, N. Russell, H. Crothers, C. Allen
Best Players: B. Mann, T. Vogel, G. Tolson, J. Simon, J. Huntsman, Z. Herbstreit
Reserves Assistant Coach
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The Unders arrived at Aquinas College for their early start and were surprised to find a very wet and boggy oval. I was reminded of the old days at Moorabbin – it was wet but every other ground in the league was dry!
We expected a fierce contest and were not disappointed. Aaquinas are a very physical team but pleasingly our boys responded, matching the opposition in intensity but clearly out tackling them.
This pressure contributed to a 14 point lead at quarter time. Small forwards Steve Everitt and Harry O’Brien excelled in the greasy conditions, with O’Brien kicking the first after receiving a great pass from Will Dalrymple, while lightening hands from Everitt to Lachie Powell resulted in our second.
Jonathan Tan on the wing contested fiercely, and Fraser Masciatelli’s efforts at the stoppages were outstanding.
The second quarter turned into a real slog. Lucas Lewitt-Mendes, Harrison Lucas and Kallan Percy were excellent in defence, and Seb Terriaca provided a strong target for the backs to kick to. Will Dalrymple and Robbie West gave drive through the middle, and Fraser Masciatelli continued his excellent form until a shoulder injury late in the quarter prevented him from taking any further part in the game. The undoubted highlight of the term was Harry O’Brien’s goal of the year. Following up his own soccer kick forward, Harry picked up the ball cleanly and slotted a right foot boo-nan- na from the left forward pocket. Genius!
Aquinas came out hard in the third quarter, and added three goals to one, to take an eight point lead into the last break. In such a low scoring game, and with a few boys being pretty sore, victory looked unlikely. Asked for a supreme effort, the boys dug deep and wrestled back the momentum to add four goals to a single point. The change in the game came from quicker and more direct ball movement – a much more effective tactic in difficult conditions.
Once again Everitt and O’Brien were sensational up forward, with Everitt kicking two critical goals. Lewitt-Mendes and Percy ensured nothing got through our defence, and Lachie Powell turned the game when thrown onto the ball. Mitch McPherson’s physical presence around the contest can also not be underestimated.
So, a great result for the lads resulting from a brilliant team effort – 21 contributors were needed to get the job done. A big thank you to the many supporters who made the long trip out to Ringwood. They would be proud of the effort which led to one of our best wins for the year.
Goal Kickers: L. Powell 2, H. O”Brien 2, M. Schumann 2, S. Everett 2
Best Players: S. Everett, L. Lewit-Mendes, H. O”Brien, R. West, K. Percy , L. Powell
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|4||Melbourne High School Old Boys||15||9||6||0||0||1||1115||882||126.42||40|
|5||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||15||8||7||0||0||1||1067||855||124.80||36|
|11||La Trobe University||14||3||11||0||0||0||628||1484||42.32||12|
I was again reminded how lucky we are to be part of such a special club. Many past players commented on how much they love OCGAFC and have had some of their greatest times when playing or supporting. Thanks to everyone who attended and in particularly to Alex Dance, Egan Smithand Pam & Daryl Brown for pulling it all together.
We’ll sort out the sound system for next year and thanks to Dave Provanfor offering to help with this.
You’ll see below that we had some outstanding results over the weekend. I know the Seniors were bitterly disappointed to lose to Old Mentone when halfway through the third quarter they drew level. But as my header points out, we are One Club and we are fully behind all our teams and will back them all the way to give their all and push for victory.
Speaking of being as one, this weekend is a special one for OCGAFC as our Women play in their first final – the semi-final against Collegians. It’s at our home – the GBO – and it’s going to be great fun. I know the team would love to see as many supporters there as possible to barrack for them and then our fantastic Under 19 team who are doing brilliantly and play after the semi.
Spurred on at quarter time after Mentone jumped out to a near 8 goal lead, the boys rallied and responded to Anson’s call to play Old Camberwell footy. Great pressure was put on by the forwards and Nick Adamson and Nick Latsas in particular were able to capitalise on some hard gut running from the mids lead admirably by James Allen.
In for his first game was young Josh Holding who was providing some flair on the wings and Shawny MacDonald also found form and was prolific through the midfield accumulating a high number of quality possessions.
At half time the team was buoyed by the response and during the third quarter limited Mentone to 3 goals with the breeze whilst piling on four themselves. Mitch Trait’s close hands and ability to release the ball out to our runners meant that opportunities kept coming and our forwards again capitalised in tough conditions.
The last quarter was a real slog. Stoppage after stoppage and our forward entries were negated by Old Mentone. 1 goal 3 to 1 goal meant we saw out our second loss in a row. The two sides have now swapped spots on the Premier C ladder, with Mentone climbing to seventh and the Old Camberwell slipping to eighth.
We will dust ourselves off and revisit the playbook and bounce back this week.
Goal Kickers: N. Latsas 3, N. Adamson 3, J. Edwards, M. Jenkin, S. MacDonald
Best Players: M. Trait, J. Allen, J. Holding, S. MacDonald, N. Adamson, D. Lattanzio
Senior Assistant Coach
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|8||Old Camberwell Grammarians||14||6||8||0||0||0||1074||1264||84.97||24|
Goal Kickers: A. Taverner 5, J. Huntsman 2, L. Campbell, O. Lloyd, A. Gilmour, S. Kaiser, M. Jeffers
Best Players: A. Gilmour, O. Lloyd, T. Pepperell, M. Cristiani, A. Taverner, T. Stone
Reserves Assistant Coach
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|9||Old Ivanhoe Grammarians||14||3||11||0||0||0||787||1211||64.99||12|
The girls team played 2nd place collegians at 4:45pm under lights at Harry Trott oval in a preview of next weeks 2nd semi final. In a hard fought game we managed a 9 point win.
The first quarter with the breeze we managed to kick 2 goals and kept collegians scoreless. The second quarter saw us get frustrated by poor umpiring and a knee injury to Steph Defina meant we had to shuffle our backline around. At half time we led by 2 points.
The third quarter they closed up the game and despite having the breeze we only led by 10 points. The final quarter was full of character and when Collegians closed to within 2 points we were under pressure. Great last few minutes saw us kick the only goal to the defensive end and we held out for a fine victory.
Obviously with a few out it was going to be hard but credit to all girls who represented us this weekend. You did a great job and played your role.
Once again our on ballers in Rhiannon Green, Sam Anjou and Claire Wilson had plenty of the ball and some excellent marking up forward by Jess Sincock and Amelia Robinson helped the scoreline. Others who contributed especially with their determination were Khalifa Mohammed, Cassandra Nolan and Sophie Bangs. Maggie Wilson was superb at fullback ably supported by an inexperienced backline.
Overall the effort was really pleasing and makes selection this week a nightmare.
Well done team for finishing on top. A great effort in what has been an exciting year.
Goal Kickers: R. Green, S. Anjou, M. Harper, J. Sincock
Best Players: C. Wilson, R. Green, K. Mohamed, A. Robison, S. Anjou, M. Wilson
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Against the bottom side, the Camberwell boys lost the toss and kicked into the howling gale in the first quarter at GBO.
Despite the wind we took control of the game early. Kallan Percy was rucking well, and then dropping back to take intercept marks as required. He was ably assisted by key backs Harrison Lucas and Matt Appleyard, and Stephen Everett was lively when the ball moved forward. Lachie Powell was marking strongly and kicked the first two goals of the game. Mike Schumann and Harry O’Brien also kicked majors. The highlight of the quarter was a brilliant running goal by Jonathan Tan after causing an opposition turnover through great pressure.
Kicking with the wind in the second quarter, we were looking to buil on our four goal quarter time lead. Robbie West and Harry O’Brien drove the ball forward relentlessly to Alex Dalla Riva who used the ball intelligently up forward. Despite the boys’ dominance, we added four goals eight for the quarter, including goals to Will Dalrymple and Harry Veitch.
We were able to maintain the pressure in the third quarter, and add another four goals, the highlight being a kick off the ground by Harry Speagle. Jono Elliott led the way with some vigorous tackling, and Matt Appleyard and Rohan Solomon defended calmly. Percy, West, Veitch and Dalrymple continued to dominate the midfield, limiting Peninsula’s opportunities.
The boys finished off the game well, with Declan Hudson-Mollard, Will Dalrymple, Mitch McPherson and Lachie Powell all adding goals. Unfortunately inaccuracy struck again as we kicked four goals seven during the term.
Overall, the boys turned in a very consistent performance and showed that with the right game plan scoring is possible even into such a strong wind. Predictable results in the other games means we must continue to win to maintain our spot in the top four.
Goal Kickers: L. Powell 7, W. Dalrymple 2, M. McPherson, H. Veitch, D. Hudson-Mollard, R. West, H. Speagle, J. Tan, M. Schumann, H. O”Brien
Best Players: A. Dalla-Riva, L. Powell, H. Veitch, R. West, J. Tan, M. Appleyard
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|4||Melbourne High School Old Boys||13||8||5||0||0||1||932||745||125.10||36|
|6||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||13||6||7||0||0||1||923||754||122.41||28|
|10||La Trobe University||12||3||9||0||0||0||588||1276||46.08||12|
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 Seniors, Reserves 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.
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
Senior Assistant Coach
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|7||Old Camberwell Grammarians||13||6||7||0||0||0||1014||1186||85.50||24|
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
Reserves Assistant Coach
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|9||Old Ivanhoe Grammarians||13||3||10||0||0||0||768||1143||67.19||12|
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 Green, Sam Anjou, Cassandra 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 Bithavis, Alex Osborne, Sam 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 King, Emilia 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
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|8||Yarra Old Grammarians||12||2||10||0||0||0||118||682||17.30||8|
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
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|2||De La Salle||12||9||3||0||0||1||1029||587||175.30||40|
|4||Melbourne High School Old Boys||13||8||5||0||0||0||932||745||125.10||32|
|6||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC||12||6||6||0||0||1||906||730||124.11||28|
|10||La Trobe University||12||3||9||0||0||0||570||1051||54.23||12|
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 Bithavas, Alex Osborne and Jo Hook who were nothing short of sensational in pulling together a superb lunch and afternoon. Brilliant job!
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.
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 Hensby, Latsas & 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 Howells, Allen & 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
|3||Old Ivanhoe Grammarians||12||7||5||0||0||0||873||947||92.19||28|
|7||Old Camberwell Grammarians||12||6||6||0||0||0||946||1107||85.46||24|
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
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 Stanboult
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 Stayner, Urwin and Pepper
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
Reserves Assistant Coach
|5||Old Camberwell Grammarians||12||6||6||0||0||0||879||852||103.17||24|
|9||Old Ivanhoe Grammarians||12||3||9||0||0||0||758||1035||73.24||12|
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
|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|
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
|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|
|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|
|9||La Trobe University||11||3||8||0||0||0||565||1054||53.61||12|