Round 1 Review

Round 1 Wrap Up
The Wellers are off to a solid start in 2019. The Men’s teams had some great wins over Marcellin, whilst the Women faced their foe in Collegians with the Seniors not able to get over the line but the Ressies recording a solid win. The inaugural U23s had a tough day at the office against St Bernards.

We have one more round this weekend before the Easter break. See below for details.

Adam is on holidays this week, hence the short summary.
More to follow next week. Go Wells!

Adam Kyriacou
President

Men Seniors

What a great start to the season with the boys holding off a fast finishing Mazenod at GBO.
After 3 solid practice games the boys were ready to go with 4 debutantes pulling in our famous jumper. We would play one of our youngest sides in years with 7 players under the age of 21.

The game didn’t reach any great heights early with our boys being a little bit flat and unable to get our trademark run & carry going early. We did however put plenty of pressure on Mazenod when they had the ball with some fierce tackling to stay slightly in front in even first half.

The second half would see the boys play a more attacking brand football and the results would come on the scoreboard. We would kick 3 goals to 1 to take a 15 point lead into the last quarter.
Mazenod however would rally late and came storming home with a 4 goal last quarter and hit the lead with only minutes to play. Big man Robbie Campbell would kick a late goal to get us home in a hart stopper!
Newly appointed captain Simon Bennett would lead the way with a BOG performance at CHB & Nick Adamson was everywhere up forward with 3 crucial goals.

James Allen led the way in the middle and was well supported by Nick Latsas,Chris Hensby & Will Kanz playing his best game for some years.

Youngsters Tom Oliver & Dave Mccoll impressed with their first games with plenty of pace & poise.
Thanks to all who supported boys on the day and we will see you all at Marcellin next week.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 3, C. Hensby 2, R. Campbell 2, S. Boyce, D. McColl, J. Allen, F. Wells
Best Players: S. Bennett, N. Latsas, W. Kanz, T. Oliver, K. Percy , L. Powell

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

Men Reserves

Sunny Saturdays, well grassed footy ovals, a hint of autumn & … footy’s back!

The first round saw us drawn to play an old rival of our Club who have been playing in Premier B for a few seasons. A strong side was selected and the boys were raring to go.
After a conservative start where both sides were feeling each other out ad the ball was travelling up and back with regular monotony, the Wellers radar began to kick in and by half time we had kicked out to a 38 point by the half time break.

After the long break, we continued to pepper the goals only to record a number a number of behinds, which should have been goals. A reflection of a pre-season spent away from the goal posts perhaps.

Fortunately in Q.4 the Wellers machine rattled into gear and the boys stormed home with a 9 goal last quarter.

The connectivity between the Defenders Mids and Forwards was fantastic and as a Coach, you would hope will be the portent of things to come as the season evolves.

Marcellin this week, in Bulleen, another big game for sure. Last time we were knocked about by their size and strength. This year we will be seeking redemption. Play well boys and enjoy the rewards of victory!

Goal Kickers: H. Crothers 5, S. Kaiser 4, D. La Fontaine 2, O. Lloyd 2, S. Clark 2, T. Schipper, C. Young, J. Huntsman, Z. Herbstreit, A. Bongiorno, A. Vickery
Best Players: H. Crothers, A. Bongiorno, S. Kaiser, O. Lloyd, T. Vogel, M. Todd

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

Women Seniors
 The first game of the year was away against Collegians at St Kilda Road, a team that we have had a number of great contests against over the years. In addition, having played them in a practice match we were confident that we had what it took to take the game up to them following a strong pre-season by all our players.

In the opening quarter Collegians came out firing and played strong, contested football from the first bounce. Whilst we looked to be a little off the contest for the first 15 minutes we slowly worked our way into the game and began to get our hands on the ball in the final 5 minutes, however we were only able to convert for 2 points and trailed by 12 points at the first change. Although it wasn’t the opening quarter we had hoped for, we had shown some positive signs towards the end of the quarter that we could match it with Collegians as our midfield got on top and began to move the ball well in to our forward line.

During the second quarter we started to find some composure with the football and began to get first use of the ball through the midfield, while our defenders continued to put pressure on the opposition inside there 50. We managed to show some great fight and capitalised on this when Rhiannon Green continued her midfield and forward work and it was rewarded when she kicked our opening goal for the quarter as she continued to work hard through the middle of the ground. El Defina was strong at the contest and in the forward 50 arc, whilst Sophie Bangs and Issy Burke worked hard on the wings, providing us with plenty of run and carry with the ball.

At half time we spoke about taking the first option and ensuring that we didn’t allow Collegians any easy possessions in their forward 50, while making sure that we locked the ball in our forward 50 at every opportunity. Maggie Wilson converted our first goal for the quarter after strong work to consistently find the front of the contest and our team work across the ground and our defensive line managed to hold Collegians to 1 point – with Sam Bangs having a great game at full back on her taller opponent and Anna Sallows at centre half back reading the ball well in the air – which meant that we had closed the gap to 9 points at the final change. Our work rate lifted for the whole quarter and we showed a great spirit and determination which was beginning to show on the scoreboard as well.

In the final term we were unable to keep up the intensity and ball use that had seen us get back in the game for the entire 20 minutes of the last quarter. Collegians managed to score 2 goals for the quarter, but again we restricted their scoring despite a large number of inside forward entries and we ensured that we kept goal side of our players. It was a frustrating quarter of football for us as we looked to have control at times, but were unable to finish the hard work and unfortunately did not score in the final quarter, which meant we went down by 24 points.

Whilst the result didn’t go our way, we have learnt a lot from the game with some really positive signs and we look forward to the opportunity to respond this week against Caulfield. Congratulations to 2 new players in the team for 2019 – Alex Herrington & KaraWhite for playing Seniors in Round 1. A huge thanks to all the players, family members and friends that came down to help and support the team in Round 1.
Goal Kickers: R. Green, M. Wilson
Best Players: I. Burke, S. Bangs, E. Defina, A. Sallows, S. Bangs, A. Herrington

Alex MacKenzie
Women’s Senior Coach

Women Reserves
The excitement and anticipation had been building, and at last round 1 had arrived. A big preseason,new players, new coaches, new captains, new team managers and even a new director of football –the positive energy surrounding this group was palpable. Adding to that it was against an old foe inthe Collegians, who have been with us since our first year and who have developed at a similar rate to us over the two years.
As we’ve come to expect the conditions were perfect for footy, and the nerves were at a high when the first quarter eventually got under way at 12.45 in St Kilda. Our message had been clear, get your hands on the ball first and repeat efforts from the beginning. It became clear from the first bounce,that our intent and desire was there as we tackled ferociously and controlled the clearances.This was made possible by one of the star new recruits – Emma Todd, who gave us first use from allstoppages. Her tap ruckwork was unreal, and she worked tirelessly around the ground the wholeday. She was well-supported in the middle by Jane Ham, Lisa Hamilton, Sinead Chaplin, MaddieRichards, Laura Chesney, Katie McKenzie, and the newly appointed captain of the Women Reserves,Emilia Fuller.
 One of the most pleasing parts of the day was watching the team set up structurally around theground, as they put into place some of the work and learnings from the preseason. Our goals camefrom multiple forward entries (thanks to the wall), as we locked the ball in our forward 50. Ourforward line was led by returning player Bec Kertes and Kath Bithavas, and they were supported byNikki Williams, Jade Bingley, Alex Sertic, Gemma Smith and Emi Holding. In her first game for theclub, Nikki Strickland was a standout and she slotted home our first goal. The second goal camefrom another of our strongest players on the day, and one of our best set shots in the team, JaneHam.
 We went into half time feeling in control and positive, with a well-deserved two goal lead. Asexpected, the Collegians came out firing in the third quarter, and despite it largely being down ourend, they scored an important goal to set up a tense last quarter.
 The final quarter was an arm wrestle, and credit has to go to the efforts of our formidable back line.The Kaehne sisters (Greta, Edi and Sarah), Kate Meehan, Joy Szaredi, Bridget Facey, together withour Kiwi recruits Ana Smith and Sam Bramwell, were irrepressible. For much of the game the balldidn’t get past them, and our ability to slow the ball down around the ground in the last 5-10minutes, was a delight to watch from the sidelines.
 A big congratulations to everyone who played and a special shout-out to all the new players. Firstgamers for the club were – Ana Smith, Sam Bramwell, Joy Szaredi, Kate Meehan, Emma Todd,Sinead Chaplin, Emi Holding, Gemma Smith.
 Thank you to all the helpers on the day and a big thanks/welcome to Helen Fuller and Di Kaehnewho have come on board to assist as managing the team this year. We look forward to anotherstrong week on the track, to be ready to face Caulfield in Round 2.
Goal Kickers: N. Strickland, J. Cuningham
Best Players: A. Smith, G. Kaehne, N. Strickland, E. Todd, J. Cuningham, E. Kaehne 

Stef Anjou
Women’s Reserves Coach

U23

It all began with turning the headlights on for a trek across to St Bernards for an early morning 9.20 am start for the beginning of the new Under 23’s competition. A sensational group of unders and overs have come together to have a crack at round one for this inaugural clash of the VAFA Under 23 Competition.

With a full field and bench with a fantastic contingent of volunteers the stage was set. Ben Ebbage was preparing the boys for the first quarter and our young group were ready. 
We took the field after a fiery address from the captain Fin Sampson and from the first bounce the pressure was applied to St Bernards and the ball was heavily contested across the centre and their forward 50.

In the first 3 minutes our newly appointed vice captain, Phil Corso went down with a lower limb injury which took him out of the game for the rest of the day.
Tan and Mascitelli  continued to unleash a myriad of hard hitting tackles and Phelps was just waiting to apply a “Smoker”.
Our defence was strong and mid field was struggling to push up to present for scoring opportunities.
With few inside 50’s for us St Bernards slotted four goals and our defence pressure saved many others  while we scored a solitary point.

While regrouping at quarter time, we took the field with Fletcher slotting a sensational goal and getting the group up and about for a second but it wasn’t going to be…St Bernards were too strong putting on a 10 goal streak and we battled to stop the flow, Dunn continued to attack the contest with Anjou battling it our with all players large and small,  Phelps continued to attack and apply pressure around the ground.

Half time and each group committed to nut it out..”don’t leave anything on the table” was the call which led us into a much better quarter. Centre clearances were working with Woods receiving taps from Mascitelli and Lucas. A freakish and lightning dash out of the pack resulted in our second goal by  Mascitelli, an outstanding display of courage and purpose.
Schumann started to drive up forward with Lucas showing terrific form in running packs feeding off to running players to present up forward. J Smith, Giomi, N Smith and Eastick running all day presented opportunities all over the ground, we started to understand each other’s skills and strengths which was a magnificent development in such a short period of time together.

Three quarter time, oranges came out and these were the last feed of the day…
Managing only one minor score we held St Bernards to four goals and had very good signs of support and structured plays out of defence and across the middle. Appleyard was on it all day applying defence pressure, Sampson was running all day creating opportunities and valiantly defending, we played good footy and learnt a lot as a side as the game went on.

After the final siren there was feeling of hard work and resolve as a team against a powerhouse club like St Bernards. It was great to see the development in the team as the game went on and we have a lot to take into our game this Saturday against Fitzroy.

Thanks so much for the volunteers on the day, Craig Sampson Goals, Glen Oliver Timekeeping, Carson Howard- CGS Student Water, Michael Hook Runner/Assistant, Alex Smith Boundary and a special thanks to Ben Ebbage for Coaching.

Goal Kickers: M. Fletcher, F. Mascitelli
Best Players: T. Phelps, J. Tan, F. Mascitelli, F. Sampson, R. McDonald, T. Eastick

Boyd Elliot
U23 Coach