Strangely we had football across both days over the weekend. As you’ll note from our Thirds Coaches report, we were a little thin on the ground and injuries during the game didn’t help but we battled hard. I will say more about our Thirds would will stress here how important they have been for OCGAFC and we love having them play each week.
Our Men’s Teams travelled to Old Ivanhoe it what is always a tricky game. A little undermanned in the Reserves, we didn’t seem to fire and perhaps the same could be said for the Seniors who almost stole victory from defeat in the last quarter but as our captain Ben Hart writes, it was too little too late.
Unbelievably, our amazing Women’s Teams have now finished their seasons! With both sides hitting late season form, I know many of our players would have loved to play finals. As I said to the teams last Thursday night, we are privileged to have two Women’s Teams and the development and work they’ve done this year is brilliant. We’ll say more in our review edition but we have set up superbly for 2019 and will continue to improve, strive and achieve the lofty goals our girls set themselves.
This week our Thirds play their final game at home. It’s an 11.40am start and please get down if you can to support Ben and his men.
Our Seniors and Reserves have a bye and will be back at GBO Saturday 11th for the big Wellsmen Lunch! Details below. Not too late to grab a table.
- Wellsmen Lunch – Saturday August 11th @ GBO 12 noon start. Please contact Alex Dance, Justine Elliott or myself. All are welcome.
- Final Day Spit Roast – Saturday August 25th @ GBO 12 noon start. An invite will go out shortly and please reply if you can make it so we can cater accordingly.
Come on the Wells.
Our second half proved difficult, with no bench and an opposition who had both the numbers and the smell of blood. St Mary’s were able to kick away in the 3rd, however our midfielders, Richie McDonald and James Smith both had terrific days. As did our key backmen, Matt Tesoriero, Angelo Viola and Matt McGee; who all played critical roles holding their forwards and limiting the damage of their midfielders.
The boys rallied in the last quarter, proving again the heart and spirit that they have played with all year is unmatched in our competition. In what really was a case of the walking wounded, we were able to narrow the margin somewhat and show determination right until the end. It was a disappointing loss, but I was very proud of the boys and the way they held themselves throughout the game!
This week we have our final game against St Bernards and are looking for as many players to play!
Goal Kickers: S. Cunningham 3, W. Morgan 2, T. Canetti, C. MacCallum, V. St Clair
Best Players: S. Cunningham, M. Tesoriero, J. Smith, R. McDonald, X. Renehan, P. Collins
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Last Saturday saw us face off against an in-form Old Ivanhoe outfit at their home ground, Chelsworth Park. We knew they would be tough and keen to knock us off to keep their finals hopes alive. It was a high intensity game from the start, with both teams throwing everything at the contest.
Whilst there could be no faulting our attack on the football, Old Ivanhoe were smarter and quicker on the outside of the packs and we weren’t able to close down some classy mids who delivered the ball well to their forwards. Luckily, the likes of West, Deev, Bennett, Dukes, Wilson and Louis Campbell (in his first senior appearance) down back kept us in the game and Nick Adamson worked hard to get to contest after contest. Whilst we weren’t converting enough opportunities into scores, we were able to hold onto Old Ivanhoe and stay in the game, just. The scores at half time saw us trailing 7.6 48 to 3.8 32.
Coming out of the half time break, we knew we had some work to do to start clawing our way back on the scoreboard. Jimmy Allen, Sam Boyce and Angus Brettingham-Moore were providing plenty of drive through the middle, and Kel was battling hard despite giving away plenty of size in the ruck.
Midway through the quarter the margin hadn’t changed, and we were still holding on.
Unfortunately a 5 minute lapse towards the end of the 3rd quarter saw Old Ivanhoe pile on 4 goals in quick succession, putting the game and momentum squarely in their favour. To our credit, we were able to wrestle momentum back in the 4th quarter and finally put some scoreboard pressure on our opponents, but it was too little too late. Had we converted a few more opportunities, who knows what could’ve been. In the end we fell short by 2 goals despite having 2 more scoring shots. The loss leaves us with some areas to work on heading into the final 3 rounds of the year. We have everything to play for currently sitting in 4th position on the ladder.
We are looking forward to a massive game at Gordon Barnard after the week off against the top side, Williamstown. Hope to see you all there!
Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 2, S. Boyce, B. Hart, W. Dalrymple, J. Holding, A. Taverner, J. Allen, M. Powell
Best Players: B. Hart, S. Boyce, C. Wilson, J. Allen, A. Brettingham-Moore, R. Wes
Men’s Senior Captain
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This week we debuted Tyler Phelps & promoted Christian Gorman from the 3s and watched Louis Campbell make his senior debut for the club. The system is working and thankfully our team has been strongly supported by Ebbo’s boys as player unavailability and injuries slowly creep into the Club as the season goes by.
We enjoyed a fairly positive start kicking a couple of quality goals against a fired up opposition, who currently sit half a game out of the ‘4’. Big Zach Herbstreit was at his most imposing self early and he was combining well with his lively small forwards, to give us a positive start to the match.
The Hoers always seemed to have an answer to any of our scoring, by going that 1 or 2 per quarter more than us. Alex Bongiorno was providing some strong outside run through the middle of the ground, supported by his sidekick, Tom Pepperell however our ability to hang onto the incoming ball was affecting our ability to get the scoreboard moving along with greater consistency.
It was identified that we were starting the day with a 6 goal differential, scoring wise and we knew that we had to contain their scoring capability as defensively we were equal each of two from a conceding scores perspective. Olly Lloyd climbed off his sick bed during the week, to provide great run through the middle and Chris Young was laying strong tackles on the opposition making them highly aware of his on-ground presence.
Whilst battling manfully, ultimately, we went down by 33 points to an opponent that we had defeated comfortably earlier in the season.
We wish Christian Gorman a speedy recovery from a nasty concussion that occurred late in the game when he was the recipient of a nasty sling tackle, one which seemed to be missed by everyone except the players involved. Hmmm, not too sure how that wasn’t seen by at least one of the Umps! It is pleasing to report that he is up & about, whilst still feeling the after effects of the knock.
Boys, one strong reminder – Pay Your Subs if you have not made a commitment to the Club already. We cannot run a successful footy Club if people are going to hold out on paying their way! Umpires, League Fees, Medical staff, tape, Thursday night dinners etc. have to be paid for somehow.
Come on boys make a commitment to the Club now before the season is done. The Club NEEDS your support!
Enjoy the week off & we’ll come back strong & focused to meet the Willy juggernaut at the ‘Barnyard’ Saturday week.
Goal Kickers: B. Williams, S. Kaiser, Z. Herbstreit, M. Todd, J. Wilson
Best Players: A. Bongiorno, O. Lloyd, T. Pepperell, C. Young, C. Gorman, M. Jenkin
Men’s Reserves Coach
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In cold, windy conditions on one of the bigger grounds we have played on this year, we wasted little time in stamping our authority on the game. Having been guilty of slow starts on multiple occasions it was extremely enjoyable to see us score freely in the opening exchanges. It all started in the middle. You could see that the usual midfield suspects knew how they wanted to move the ball and were damaging in how they went about it. Following the first centre bounce in which we slightly overused the ball, our midfield wasted no time in ensuring this was a once-off as we moved the ball quickly and effectively using quick hands, with receivers running to advantage and kicking long.
We could take advantage of this, as our forward line was dangerous early on. At times we were almost unstoppable in reading the ball off the contest, kicking a few classy goals, and continuous forward pressure made it look as though we would score with every forward entry.
With control of the game, we didn’t ease off in the second quarter. More scoreboard pressure was great reward for the exciting football we were producing. Schwaby rightly pointed out at the halftime break, despite the level of opposition, our display was purely down to our mentality. Different elements we have repetitively worked on throughout the year was evident on-field, it was all clicking and we were executing with a killer instinct.
Our aim for the second half was to maintain that killer instinct and not let up on Mazenod. To their credit, they fought hard as the play became concentrated out on the far wing for much of the third quarter. However, our back line stood up and worked well as a collective unit when put under pressure. Again, it was a positive demonstration of how what we have worked on for the past few months was coming together. Individuals understood their role, they were unselfish about maintaining their position rather than getting sucked up to the contest, and were disciplined and adventurous when they needed to be.
At the final change, with the game in the bag we had full freedom to change things up, shifting players around and resting others. It didn’t slow us down as we continued to run and be hungry all over the ground. The desire to want the footy and to be a little selfish at times is something that individual players develop at their own pace, and it seems that after two seasons of football (for most of the Seniors) we are getting hungrier by the week. From Saturday’s game, the spread of players across the forward line and midfield who either kicked goals, and directly assisted or indirectly contributed to those goals, or who attacked the ball out of defence, shows that evolving mindset.
The win lifted us out of the bottom two and the way we took the game on should leave everyone feeling positive about what we can achieve next season. This week it would be unfair to single anyone out for praise given it was a great team effort, and so I have deliberately not done so. A more detailed season wrap will cover this.
Thanks to everyone for coming out to support and assist on Sunday. It is always greatly appreciated.
Goal Kickers: S. Fortunato 2, G. Opray 2, M. Wilson, A. Sturrock, S. Bangs, E. Defina, C. Wilson
Best Players: E. Defina, E. Kaehne, A. Sturrock, M. Wilson, S. Fortunato, G. Opray
Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
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In what was our last game of the season, the team was keen to finish on a high and show the continued development we’ve made in the year as well as to get reward for the hard work that had gone on throughout the season in the inaugural year of a second Women’s team. Travelling out to Mazenod, a team that had managed to get over us at home, it was important to get off to a quick start and ensure that we not only put on pressure with our tackles but also to ensure that we put pressure on the scoreboard. When Jess Sincock managed to win the first hit-out and the ball spilled in to the forward line, Kate Hemingway kicked truly to get the first score on the board with her first goal for the year. In what was our quickest score of the year, we showed we could convert quickly, scoring in under 40 seconds of the game starting. Whilst the goal was the only score we could manage for the term, we had shown amazing heart and attack at the ball so far. Unfortunately the game was stopped when Hannah was injured and the clock ran out until quarter time – it was a devastating way to end the quarter for the team and we hope that she has a speedy recovery.
The second quarter was far more challenging as the opposition had a slight breeze. Fortunately the girls were up to the challenge as our defence managed to get on top of the opposition and ensure that we cleared the ball out of their attack as well as ensuring they couldn’t get goal side. Our midfield rotations lifted as we stopped the outside run of Mazenod, with Lucy, Laura, Katie, Steph E and Lisa. While Mazenod managed to score a goal to trail by a point but we were confident we could put more pressure on them in the second half. With Jess and Alice dominating in the ruck and giving our midfield the first use, we went into the break full of belief.
At the halftime break, we settled ourselves and spoke about having belief in our decision making and our team mates. Our defence again held up with Kath, Bridget, Greta, and Sarah Kaehne all playing great games as they stopped the opposition from getting space, driving the ball out defence with run and attack as well as strong communication between the group to ensure that there were no loose players. Prue went onball and gave us another great effort as she was in the packs and ensured that there was good structure around the middle of the ground. While the scoreboard again didn’t reflect the girls work in attack and through the midfield, we managed to keep the opposition scoreless and put on another 3 points ourselves as we took a 4 point lead in to the final change.
The final term was a battle of wills as we hadn’t been able to shake the opposition on the scoreboard despite having controlled the play up until the final quarter. Katie McKenzie continued her tenacity at the contest. Sav continued to work hard up forward and made contest after contest in the final term, while Georgia W and Phoebe continued to play both forward and back as they worked hard to keep the ball to our advantage. Georgia O, Jade and Eliza all worked hard on the wing as they ran all day to push defensively and help our backline. It was a nerve racking couple of minutes at the end as the ball entered both teams 50’s and it seemed that the game could go either way. It was a well-deserved win when the siren finally sounded and we had managed to keep the opposition scoreless for the second half.
A huge thank you to all the people who helped out on the day, the supporters who came down not only on the weekend but throughout the year. It has been a great support to the team to have people assisting and cheering the team on every week.
There is a lot to look forward to after the first year of football for so many of the team and the attitude of all those who played throughout the year. I hope everyone stays together as there is plenty to be excited about for next year
Goal Kickers: K. Hemingway
Best Players: G. Kaehne, K. Hemingway, J. Sincock, L. Cooper, L. Hamilton, K. Mckenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach
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