Celebrating our community – so close to 4 from 4!
Saturday started inauspiciously. I arrived at GBO early to meet Daryl and Pam Brown who had very kindly offered to help set-up for our Community Lunch. I had the key to the rooms and confidently opened up at around 10am watched by some eager St. Bedes-Mentone Women who’d arrived early for their game. The door swung open and I stared at the alarm…blankly. What was the code? Too late. The alarm started ringing, quiet at first but then really breaking into its stride, it bellowed out across North Balwyn warning residents that the coming apocalypse was nigh! Mobiles were called, Tim Cottrell was phoned. For several minutes we couldn’t hear ourselves think. Finally we had the code and plugged it in. Silence and calm prevailed again. The day could only get better.
And it did. The turnout for our 1st Match Day lunch for 2017 was great. It was an opportunity to thank our key sponsors and supporters – Matthew Forwood and James Howard from the Old Camberwell Grammarians’ Association, the Principal and his wife Paul and Susan Hicks from Camberwell Grammar, Alex ‘The Prez’ Dance from the Wellsmen, Alan Mitchell and Mitchell Partners, Richard Spurritt and Liberty Financial, our local representative, Councillor Cynthia Watson and a host of incredible people who have formed, shaped and grown our club over the years. Thanks to everyone for coming and to all those who made the day possible. Special thanks to the social committee – James Way, Kath Bithavas, Steve Derry and Jo Hook – a wonderful job and great day.
It was another successful day on the field. The Women kicked off proceedings with a dominant performance without necessarily playing their best football and the Reserves bounced back onto the winners list with a quality win and great brand of footy. The Under 19s were challenged physically early and more than matched their opponents in that area and went passed them with foot and hand skills. I’ll be honest, I sometimes find it hard to watch us play as I get very edgy and nervous. I did manage to take in some of the Seniors and we played some tough quality footy. In the end kicking probably cost us but they’re’re a great group and will bounce back.
Thanks to all the players who were introduced to the lunch on Saturday – Josh, Lachie and Mitch from the Under 19s, Nick and Chris for the Seniors. You all represented our club superbly.
It’s a slightly odd round this weekend as due to some scheduling clashes, the Senior Group play away at Old Haileybury, the Under 19s are away at Oakleigh and the Women are at GBO for a 2pm game against Ivanhoe AFC. Hopefully that spread will make it easier to find a game to support.
Again a massive thank-you to our superb community for their involvement and help so far this year.
The Unders returned to GBO on a perfect afternoon for football looking to cement top spot on the ladder.
Aquinas brought skill and aggression to the contest, ensuring a tight and tough first quarter. Our boys appeared shell shocked for the first five minutes but quickly lifted their intensity and worked their way into the game. Josh Holding and Mitch McPherson set the standard, with Everett kicking a clever goal to put us in front. In his first game for the club Seb Terriaca showed some real class, and once again Lachie Powell was proving to be a dangerous target up forward. We took a five point advantage to the first break.
The pressure lifted another notch in the second quarter, but our boys rose to the occasion, holding Aquinas to one goal whilst managing four goals ourselves. Robbie West and Jonathan Tan around the middle continually drove the ball forward, while Max Henderson and Rowan Solomon repelled many attacks.
The third quarter mirrored the second, with Aquinas throwing everything at us, but we were able to absorb all the pressure and still kick four goals. Mitch Fletcher was impassable across half back, and Declan Hudson-Mollard applied a number of bone crunching tackles up forward.
Aquinas started brightly in the last quarter, and were able to add three goals for the term, but we gradually ran away adding five of our own. Will Dalrymple and Mike Schumann added to their tally of goals, and Kasper Scheiber was dynamic around the ball.
Another excellent win for the boys could be attributed to a fine team effort – nominating best players was a hard task as all players made a significant contribution to the victory.
Goal Kickers: M. Schumann 3, W. Dalrymple 3, L. Powell 2, K. Scheiber, J. Oliver, S. Everett, D. Hudson-Mollard, M. McPherson, R. West, J. Tan, J. Holding
Best Players: M. Henderson, K. Scheiber, R. Solomon, J. Holding, W. Dalrymple, L. Powell
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As has been the case before every game this year, the team was reminded to respect the opposition and not assume anything. Saturday’s game, while perhaps not as intense as previous weeks, still saw the women put in a polished four-quarter performance.
Our depth is perhaps what sets us apart at this stage of the season. With a whopping 14 girls unavailable there was no selection required this week. Even so, we managed to control the game from start to finish, and on-lookers would have been hard pressed to guess that we had so many missing.
The midfield was again on top early. Through Booth, Green and Frank
A focus for the second quarter was to lock the ball in dangerous positions to allow us to capitalise. We resorted to a traditional six man forward line and forced them to play accountable footy. Without doing serious damage on the scoreboard in the first half, we were able to build a healthy lead – Hart and Harper registering their first goals for the club.
Our usually stubborn defence was switched on, holding them to a single point at the main break (the fifth time we’ve done so in seven regular season games). M. Wilson and Opray had the ball on a string ensuring we had plenty of defensive rebounds ourselves, while Donkin, King, Sloane, Ta
This was mirrored at the other end of the ground, where E. Defina and Sturrock were putting on an unstoppable Big-Small forward display, ending with seven goals between them.
With the game settled by three-quarter time, we hadn’t quite put it away. So it was pleasing that our small forwards in Fuller, Jackman, Bingley, H
This week’s clash against St Bede’s was the final game against unknown opposition. As we start to look towards the finals and contemplate how we might fare, having beaten every team in the division (including Oakleigh in the pre-season), we can be confident that we’re going to have a big say about how it all unfolds. Without getting carried away, the team deserves their place at the top of Women’s Development Division 2 with four rounds to go. There are a couple of clear rivals, one being Ivanhoe who we play this Saturday. They have shown serious improvement in recent weeks and will be out to atone for a nail biting loss to us just over a month ago.
Goal Kickers: E. Defina 4, A. Sturrock 3, J. Hart, M. Harper, L. Anderson
Best Players: D. Booth, G. Opray, M. Wilson, K. Mohamed, M. Jackman, E. Fuller
Women’s Assistant Coach
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Saturday brought together two very even sides, both eyeing a spot in the top four and separated marginally by percentage. Old Ivanhoe have traditionally always been a challenge with the ledger currently squared for wins and losses over the past 2 seasons.
Footy and being able to get the 4 points often comes down to those who take their opportunities and this was the case at Gordon Barnard Oval on Saturday.
The Wellers entered the game on the back of two really well fought out victories and with both teams on 5-4 prior to this match an opportunity to put mounting pressure on the top 4 was on the cards. From the first bounce the theme of the day was set as Old Ivanhoe convincingly lead the centre clearances and piled pressure on our back six. Rob Deev and Chooka Howells repelled Old Ivanhoe’s advances, providing plenty of run and skill from the back line and resolute defending from Simmo Bennett and Willo in the air meant that we gained the ascendancy late in the quarter. Opening goals to Angus Brettingham-Moore and Nick Adamson kept the scoreboard ticking over and when Mitch Trait iced a goal close to the end of the quarter the Wellers were on top and had seized control of the game.
The second quarter was a really tough and competitive contest with neither team taking advantage of opposition turn overs. The arm wrestle around the stoppages continued and experienced heads of Hart and Hensby combined through the midfield to provide options for the forwards. Shawn Macdonald was working tirelessly on the wings and Sam Powell was working hard across the half back. For all their entries in the second quarter Old Ivanhoe were unable to take advantage of their opportunities and the Wellers were up by 7 at the main break.
The theme of the day was to run and play to our strengths. This message was reiterated at half time and with a few yet to really get going an opportunity to run over the top of Old Ivanhoe was the plan.
Unfortunately, the 3rd quarter continued to play out as an arm wrestle with Old Ivanhoe taking the lead in the final stages of the quarter. Both Chooks (Howells and Hensby) were getting plenty of the ball and providing a lot of drive through the half back and middle. Joey Arnold and Chris Young were tough in the clinches and did not allow the Old Ivanhoe onballers an easy run at it but as the quarter went on the bigger bodies of Ivanhoe were proving to be the difference.
Three unanswered goals in the final term helped Old Ivanhoe to an important 15-point victory over Old Camberwell. This was a telling quarter and the missed opportunities were the difference. 8 behinds from 17 entries to Camberwell as opposed to 3 goals 3 from 7 entries from Old Ivanhoe was the difference and one where both players and coaches were left to rue a missed opportunity.
Next week we are up against Old Haileybury who over the past 2 weeks have shown that with applied pressure and a 4 quarter effort they can be over run. It is a huge week for the boys and an opportunity to redeem ourselves from the encounter earlier in the season.
Goal Kickers: A. Brettingham-Moore 2, C. Hensby 2, J. Howells, N. Adamson, M. Trait
Best Players: C. Hensby, J. Howells, B. Hart, J. Allen, S. MacDonald, S. Bennett
Senior Assistant Coach
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After a couple of missed opportunities over the past few games the Ressies were looking to make amends against an in form Old Ivanhoe.
After some good starts in recent weeks the first half was a real arm wrestle with each team unable to string together multiple goals and open up any sort of lead. We had a 1 goal lead in the 1st quarter which turned into a 1 goal deficit at the main break. Sensing that a few of the boys were cruising in 2nd gear and learning from previous weeks that things wouldn’t “just happen” we lifted in what was an impressive second half.
Taverner set the tone for the day with his intensity at the footy and repeat efforts all over the ground. Kanz and Latsas lifted and we started to get some drive from the middle and quicker entries. Up forward Cristiani applied plenty of pressure with ~6 tackles for the half, Rusty ;and Jenkins presently strongly crashing through packs and Kaiser contributed with another 3 goals. We also welcomed back DeSanctis who kicked 6 in his comeback game.
Mann resumed his role as general down back and showed great leadership whilst Eastick, Urwin and Campbell were their reliable selves with Urwin especially taking multiple intercept marks.
It was great to see the boys with their voices up, running in numbers and working together to pile on 6 goals in the final quarter to run out 44 point winners (with only 2 left on the bench). We are now learning that there are no easy games in this competition and that to remain competitive we need to put the foot down and play out games.
Goal Kickers: D. De Sanctis 6, S. Kaiser 2, N. Russell, M. Jenkin, J. Simon, S. Clark, W. Kanz
Best Players: A. Taverner, C. Urwin, W. Kanz, B. Mann, D. De Sanctis, M. Cristiani
Reserves Assistant Coach
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