Perhaps fittingly, our Seniors steeled themselves for a tight contest against 3rdplaced Old Geelong and recorded a stirring victory to continue their fine run.
It was great to see so many past players at the games and with the season over halfway, we’d love to see you down this season.
Come on the Wells.
Before we get to the results etc it’s just amazing that we could still field two competitive sides with 21 unavailable or injured. Great effort girls. Always proud of what you give to this club and each other.
Our match against Brunswick was typical of our year. A narrow loss, missed opportunities and another major injury. Unfortunately Lou Andersonsuffered a bad dislocation and break of her finger and is out for the year- another hand injury about our 4th 5th or 6th- lost count.
We kicked with the aid of a 3 goal breeze in the first quarter and despite having most of the play, managed a 2 goal break at quarter time. Chelsea was a great target up forward and we were winning most of the contested ball. A great goal by Ella Taverner was just reward for all our efforts and we went in with a lead at quarter time.
The second quarter was a hard slog against a strong breeze but we managed to hold Brunswick most of the quarter. A lucky snap and they were within a point at half time. The backline had been superb for most of the quarter. At half time we had matched their physical strength and a plea was made to the umpires to reward and protect both teams, as many decisions were missed and both sides were frustrated.
The third quarter summed up our year. Despite having all the play we couldn’t capitalise and Brunswick kicked the only goal in the last minute – a freak snap that somehow went through. We had managed 7 points and 2 ‘out on the fulls’ from all our scoring opportunities.
The final quarter was going to be a real slog as the breeze had picked up and we only led by 3 points. Despite a great defensive effort we lost the lead at about the 15 minute mark, and not really being able to penetrate into the breeze it really was a matter of time before Brunswick scored. They kicked one more just before the siren to finish on 5-2-32 to our 2-10-22.
The feeling was pretty flat after the game as once again we had our opportunities to win, but just lacked the finish. Can’t be disappointed in the effort, but certainly with the result. The rest of the year is really about improving individually, and as a team. This year has been hard as we have had significant injuries and are playing sides with more experience and skill than last year.
Better performances on Saturday.
Backline- Anjou and Steph Defina were brilliant all day repelling many attacks. Little Brig was ferocious in her attack and played on much taller stronger opposition.
Midfield- Meg and Anna won their share of the contests and Sophie, Sara and Claire were our best on ballers all day. Mention to Sara who we unfortunately lose for most of the year now. She has been a tireless rover and a great acquisition to the side. Izzy was probably the best of our wingers, very determined and ran hard all day.
Goal Kickers: E. Taverner, C. Dyer
Best Players: S. Bangs, S. Anjou, S. Defina, C. Dyer, B. Howell, I. Burke
Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
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Women ReservesAfter the week off the team was excited to get back in to the swing of things against the 4th placed Brunswick Renegades at Gillon Oval.
In the first quarter we kicked against the breeze and started slowly as Brunswick kicked away with 3 goals as there midfield and forwards managed to get space and get goal side. After the first 15 minutes, we started to work our way back in to the game as we were more accountable.
The second quarter saw us create plenty of opportunities as we had 4 scoring shots and the majority of the play which resulted in Alex Sertic kicking her first goal. Despite controlling the play with the work of Steph E, Georgia S, Jane C, Eva and Emilia through the middle and Kate and Sav in the ruck, we couldn’t get more than the 1 goal and trailed by 12 points at the main break. Prue and Alex Osborne made plenty of space and worked hard to provide options in the forward line.
The second half we came out strong and despite the great work of our backs, we were unable to contain the Brunswick forwards as they again managed to kick 3 goals for the quarter, managing to break some tackles as well as get the aid of the breeze. Despite the great defensive work of Hannah, Greta, Kath, Dale and Tracey, who had worked hard all day to stop Brunswick getting too many easy possessions.
Trailing by 32 points going into the last quarter, we knew we would have to throw everything at the opposition and when we managed to kick 2 goals in the first 10 minutes with Eva and Jane both finishing off some great work There was real excitement in the team with Sarah, Jade and Laura continued their hard running and work across the wings. Unfortunately Brunswick responded with a goal of their own and we could only manage another 3 points despite having controlled the quarter.
Whilst disappointing to not get the win – it was great to see the fight and spirit of the team.
Again a thanks to all those that helped out on the day and to the supporters that came down as well – it was great to see past players supporting the team.
We look forward to taking on St Mary’s this week at home.
Goal Kickers: A. Sertic, J. Cuningham, E. Fisher
Best Players: A. Sertic, E. Fuller, J. Cuningham, G. Kaehne, E. Fisher, G. Smith
Women’s Reserves Coach
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Coming off a win against second placed Fitzroy, the question was always going to be: would momentum be lost through the bye weekend?
With Spider Huntsman making his debut, and Andrew Parker returning to the seniors for his first game of the season, the team appeared very focussed during the warm-up, despite the cold and windy conditions.
It was evident early that the boys had come to play. Fraser Wells kicked accurately after a strong mark, and Camberwell was dominating possession. Despite the game being played in our half, inaccurate kicking combined with three opposition goals saw us trail by three points at the first break.
However, there was a genuine confidence in the huddle that we could match it with our third placed opponents. This was vindicated by a strong second quarter performance, which saw us ramp up the pressure on the opposition ball carriers. Fierce tackling by Harry Crothers, Josh Holdingand Kellan Percy limited the supply to their outside runners, and when the ball did break free Joe Arnold and Jimmy Allen created many opportunities for our forwards. The highlight of the three goal to one quarter was a sensational left foot snap by Chook Hensby who was again leading the way with sublime skills.
Looking to build on the seven point half time lead the boys broke the game open in the third quarter. The defence was superb, with the run of Rob Deev and Lachie Powell complementing the strength and strong marking of Simon Bennett, Cam Wilson and Mitch Smith. We added three goals for the quarter while restricting OGGS to a solitary behind. Nick Adamson and Nick Latsas were dangerous up forward, both marking everything that came their way.
Despite some nervous moments we were able to kick two critical goals in the last through Ado and Chook Hensby, and ran out winners by 14 points.
This was a well deserved win highlighted by an ability to follow the game plan and a contribution by all 22 players, each willing to play his role. A special mention to our five “cubs” (from last year’s Under 19’s) – Josh Holding, Kellan Percy, Will Dalrymple, Lachie Powell and Robbie West, who collectively had their best game for the year and have become an important part of the team.
The result – four consecutive wins, but the challenges keep coming, with a visit to fourth placed Marcellin this week. A win over the Eagles would be rewarded by a place in the top four, and would represent a third consecutive win over a top four side. Our recent good form has shown we can match it with any team, and has built a strong belief amongst the group, but the sign of a good side is one that can produce at a high level week after week. So we need to go out and perform like a good side and take it right up to Marcellin.
Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 4, C. Hensby 2, J. Holding 2, F. Wells, W. Dalrymple, N. Latsas
Best Players: C. Hensby, N. Adamson, J. Holding, K. Percy , F. Wells, J. Allen
Men’s Assistant Coach
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The boys rolled back to GBO after the Long Weekend Bye Round which enabled us to recharge our batteries following the first 9 rounds all played after the Easter break.
We had some significant Outs from the game played against Fitzroy, most notably Matty “The Mail Man” Cottrell who became a father for the second time around, the Club most certainly securing a silky skilled Half Back Flanker from the 2036 Camberwell Grammar Year 12 school leavers. Geez I hope I’m around to see that Cotters!! Seriously congratulations mate to you and your lovely wife, having now extended the family to 4 and making Grandpa very happy that the Cottrell flock continues to grow.
We also lost Will Kanz (injury), Chris Young (overseas holiday), and of note we saw two of our better performed players this season earn promotion to the Seniors in Andy Parker and Jon Huntsman (senior debut). We are extremely proud to see our 7th & 8th player promoted to the Senior team this season, a strong sign that our Club’s player development program is working well for the senior team.
We also welcomed back Matt Powell from a long term injury that saw him miss the entire 2017 season. Matt has worked extremely hard to get himself into the position to return to footy and have an impact early into his post recovery period. Well done Matty, we are all extremely proud to see you back in the Wellers jumper!
We also promoted Matt Todd from the Third XV111 after a series of strong performances for Ebbo’s side.
Our theme for today’s game was not surprisingly “Operation Tackle”! Last time we played the OGs at Como earlier this year they took the ball off us in the first quarter & refused to give it back to us until later in the final quarter. We needed our boys to bring their strongest mindset based around tackle pressure, at maximum levels for as long as possible.
Whilst it is pleasing to report that our boys did lay some strong tackles that certainly raised the focus on making our opposition earn every kick, our scoreline did not begin to tick over until early in the third quarter. We took some solace in the fact that we had been able to keep the opposition to 7 goals, through some very fine defensive work by Charlie Urwin, Tom Eastick, Ben Mann, Ben Warburton & co. Those efforts weren’t always met by our efforts up the ground as we continued to miss targets by foot and more importantly failing to hold onto marks, especially when it really counted.
OGs are a very good counter attacking side, & they are quite happy to see the ball in their high defensive area, where they get their best ball users back and look to “slingshot” the ball from that part of the ground. Once they get the ball moving it travels very quickly into our defensive area.
After some deep reflection by the team at the long break & with some minor tweaking of the team setup, the boys were encouraged to play on instinct and to not over think their actions. It certainly worked as we were able to 4 goals to their 3 after half time, enabling us to regain some pride from our efforts.
We will continue to work hard on the defensive side of our game over the coming weeks and we will be highly regarded by the comp as a tackling machine by season’s end, so lookout everyone, here come the Wellers to finish the back half of the season on a super, sound note.
Goal Kickers: O. Lloyd, J. Wilson, M. Jenkin, M. Todd
Best Players: A. Bongiorno, M. Powell, M. Hook, T. Vogel, O. Lloyd, B. Warburton
Men’s Reserves Coach
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Best Players: C. Gorman, M. Tesoriero, R. McDonald, P. Dennis, S. Richards, C. MacCallumWe still welcome more players to sign up! Last chance before 30th June. You can sign up here: FootyWeb
Or contact Ben for more info:
0418 123 419
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