Round 11 Review – Men go 5-in-a-row!

Men make it 5 in a row!
As we head into the home straight for the season, many of our teams are being challenged in different ways and while victory is the ultimate prize, many winners emerged across the course of the weekend.
Notably, the achievement of Simon Bennett notching up 150 games for OCGAFC is remarkable. Not only has Simo been an integral part of our football, he is a central part of our club through the social activities he leads, the mentoring of younger players and the way he connects our club across all teams. I would personally like to thank him for his efforts and commitment and wish him well for the next 150!

Emilia Fuller’s dedication and efforts for the Women’s Teams on Saturday are also amazing. As Schwabby notes in his reports (and thank you Schwabby for coaching both sides on Saturday), Emilia played both games on Saturday and played great footy in both. I have been involved with the Women’s Teams from their inception and there is not a more committed, helpful and positive person at the club than Emilia. We are lucky to have you with us.

Finally our Senior Men’s Team’s win over Marcellin Collegians. You may recall I wrote earlier in the year that we had only beaten the Eagles a few times across the club’s history and to come away with the points away on Saturday was a testament to the grit and resolve developing in our Senior team. Congratulations to the boys and to Anson, Tim and Gavin who have been tireless in their efforts.

REALLY FINALLY – this Saturday is our last Super Saturday for 2018 and we want as many people to drop in as possible. The BBQ will be going from 12 noon, both canteens will be open, freshly ground coffee ready and afternoon tea will be served for a gold coin donation in the clubrooms at half time for the Women’s and Men’s Senior games. Bring your family, take a seat on the balcony or on the fence and enjoy the afternoon with our community.

Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President
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Women

With a completely different side from when we first played St Mary’s, it was always going to be a tough assignment against the in-form team. They were at full strength whilst we had another 5 out from the previous week.

We started well with Meg giving us first use. Gabi, Sophie and Clare were dominating the clearances and Sam and Stef were keeping them at bay. As has been our story all year, we had all the play for most of the quarter but couldn’t get a goal. St Mary’s probably went forward 4 times for 3 goals and at quarter time we had reason to feel disappointed in the scoreboard but not the effort.

The next 2 quarters saw us hold them to a goal and at 3/4 time we trailed by 16 points. Unfortunately having only 1 interchange, we tired, especially around the contests. In the end we lost 7.7 to 2.5

Overall it was a game where the scoreboard did not reflect the effort and closeness of the game. In fact, we probably played some of our best football for the year. More importantly, many of the girls in their first season also stood up to the pressure and have shown continued improvement. We can certainly win more games before the season ends and, with a bit of luck get some players back. It’s quite incredible that with 24 injured or unavailable we could still field two sides.

Highlights

  • Clare Wilson –  Gave us drive all day and never had a spell playing on ball for 4 quarters
  • Onballers Gabi and Sophie had plenty of the ball early, but with no bench, ran out of steam
  • Backs. Steph probably took her usual 12 intercept marks
  • Sam and Maggie continually repelled attacks
  • Tracey also made it hard for the opposition
  • Wingers.  Eva and Greta continue to improve
  • Forwards Amelia, Chelsea and El were dangerous all game and Izzie and Brig two of our smallest were sensational in their attack on the footy
  • Meg and Anna won the hit outs and improved their possession around the ground
  • A special thanks to Emilia Fuller for staying after her game and helping us out on the bench.

I have no doubt we probably played one of the grand finalists and I suppose having beaten them early in the year we will probably look back and think if only …

Goal Kickers: A. Sturrock, C. Dyer
Best Players: C. Wilson, A. Robison, M. Wilson, S. Defina, S. Bangs, S. Anjou

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 10 10 0 0 0 0 539 170 317.06 40
2 St Mary’s Salesian 10 7 3 0 0 0 452 183 246.99 28
3 Monash Blues 10 6 3 1 0 0 321 196 163.78 26
4 Old Geelong 10 6 4 0 0 0 254 275 92.36 24
5 Collegians 10 4 5 1 0 0 228 328 69.51 18
6 Brunswick Renegades 10 4 6 0 0 0 201 266 75.56 16
7 Old Camberwell 10 2 8 0 0 0 189 378 50.00 8
8 Mazenod OC 10 0 10 0 0 0 198 586 33.79 0

Women ReservesAn undermanned Old Camberwell side played an experienced top side in St Marys. We only had 18 players, so for the first half we had no interchange. The girls fought bravely the first half without really threatening the scoreboard. We couldn’t break through their strong defence and despite winning many contests, we just didn’t have as much skill as the opposition to be rewarded for our hard work.

The second half saw us play 16 a side and this opened the game up. It should have worked to St.Mary’s advantage but we lifted and stemmed the flow of goals and they scored less in the second half. Finally we were rewarded for our perseverance, when Jane took a great mark and calmly slotted our only goal in the last quarter. It was just reward for our endeavour.

The game emphasised how far the girls have come this year as in our first encounter they managed over 40 shots at goal. This time the final score was 15-9 to 1.0, and even that score was not a true reflection of the game. It was more an indication of their ability to go forward and capitalise on their opportunities. I would say that 50% of the game was actually played between their half back line and ours.

Highlights:
Steph Elovaris – dominant across CHB with many intercepting marks
Jane Cunningham – rewarded for her efforts with great mark and goal- becoming a dangerous forward
Katie, Emilia and Lucy– gave contests on-ball all day and their endeavour was outstanding
Kate – rucked all day and never gave up
Kath– kicking in was a highlight and never stopped trying
Georgia– versatile and played many positions and worked hard all game.
Overall– despite the scoreboard it was a pleasing effort against one of the top 2 sides.

Goal Kickers: J. Cuningham
Best Players: G. Smith, L. Chesney, K. Mckenzie, E. Fuller, J. Cuningham, S. Elovaris

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick AFC 10 9 1 0 0 0 860 154 558.44 36
2 Old Geelong 10 8 2 0 0 0 767 114 672.81 32
3 St Mary’s Salesian 10 8 2 0 0 0 705 189 373.02 32
4 Brunswick Renegades 10 6 4 0 0 0 272 382 71.20 24
5 Collegians 9 3 6 0 0 0 195 607 32.13 12
6 Monash Blues 9 2 7 0 0 1 149 589 25.30 12
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 2 8 0 0 0 130 614 21.17 8
8 Mazenod 10 1 9 0 0 0 139 577 24.09 4

 
Men

The Wellers continued their amazing run to make it five wins in a row and sneak into the top four for the first time this season.

The first quarter started at a hectic pace with both sides coming into the game in very good form and looking to get an edge in this fierce rivalry. Marcellin struck early with some slick ball movement and an early goal however it wouldn’t be long before our boys began to get their running game going and  control general play. Nick Adamson (10 marks) was continuing his red hot form up front and a spring healed (some would saying flying) Nick Latsas (2 goals 5) was causing havoc up forward.

Marcellin battled to keep up with our pace and were remaining in the contest through for some wayward kicking at goal from us. They scored a late goal on the siren to gain back a little momentum and frustrate our boys after a dominant quarter.

The Eagles maintained that momentum and kick the next 4 goals of the quarter and hit the front with some aggressive football. It was well and truly game on. Our response was impressive with onballer leaders James Allen 33 possessions & Joey Arnold 26 (5 tackles) stemming the tide. We bounded back hard kicking the next 4 goals with Simon Bennett the highlight (playing in his 150th game) kicking a 50 mtr bomb just before the half time siren to take a 13 point lead into the break. The boys had absorbed a Marcellin charge and had responded in the best possible way.

Our boys to our game to another level in the second with Robbie & Kellan completely dominating the middle and youngsters Lachie PowellJosh Holding & speedster Robbie West making the most of their opportunities. Our opposition struggled to match clean and precise ball movement and attack on the footy and we extended our lead across the second half. It was great to see our boys carry our leader for the day Simon Bennett from the field very satisfied and more importantly hungry for more success.

Thanks to all helpers on the day especially Ken Darby who helped with our running duties.

Also great to see so many supporters getting into the winners rooms after the siren. See you all again next week at home. Our last Super Saturday for the club so help us make it a big Saturday for the Wellers.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 2, C. Hensby 2, N. Latsas 2, S. Powell 2, J. Holding 2, A. Brettingham-Moore, S. Bennett, J. Allen, R. West
Best Players: J. Arnold, S. Bennett, J. Holding, S. Powell, N. Adamson, N. Latsas

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 11 10 1 0 0 0 1306 630 207.30 40
2 Fitzroy FC 11 9 2 0 0 0 1160 659 176.02 36
3 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 7 4 0 0 0 961 879 109.33 28
4 Old Geelong 11 7 4 0 0 0 921 863 106.72 28
5 Marcellin OC 11 6 5 0 0 0 898 885 101.47 24
6 PEGS Football Club 11 6 5 0 0 0 844 857 98.48 24
7 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 11 4 7 0 0 0 977 978 99.90 16
8 Old Mentonians 11 3 8 0 0 0 832 1009 82.46 12
9 Peninsula 11 2 9 0 0 0 705 1176 59.95 8
10 St Mary’s Salesian 11 1 10 0 0 0 781 1449 53.90 4

 
Men Reserves

Our Ressies were coming off two heavy defeats against the top two ranked sides in the competition. This week we faced third placed Marcellin at the College, welcoming back Jase Edwards from long term injury & Alex Taverner joined us after a week away. A couple of really solid ‘ins’, combined with a  settled side, and a great build-up through the week at training, the boys were fired up for a return bout against our “local derby” rivals.

Once again, it is disappointing to report that we managed to concede another 5 goal start to a strong opposition. The boys, despite performing well in the warm-up fell back into some old habits – second to the ball, less than optimal defensive efforts, poor skill execution and apart from our first goal in Q.1 which was scored by Benny Williams on the run from the first centre clearance of the match, we failed to keep the scoreboard ticking over as we all would have wished.

A few home truths were espoused by the Coach at the first break with the boys being reminded that we appeared to be playing Marcellin in the same manner as we may have done back in our AGS competition days – constantly chasing and being bullied by them!

To the boys’ great credit, they responded well to the Coach’s urgings and lifted their effort around the contests, winning consistently. A match day highlight was Ollie Lloyd’s “hanger” taken early in Q4, however the outcome of the set shot on goal didn’t match the initial effort, with only a behind scored from the kick.

Our biggest issue so far this season has been our inability to score goals. Thus far, after 11 games, we have scored 75 goals to the oppositions’ 104 goals. 20 of our Goals Scored are from garks. We desperately need our players to be willing and able, and hungry enough to want to kick goals.

We will continue to focus our training around improving our kicking, our marking and our tackling effectiveness. This will enable us to control the ball for longer ensuring that our forward entries are deeper and to our team mate’s advantage.

The team’s attention turns to Old Mentonians this week. They will not be a pushover, having score 7 goals against Peninsula last week, pushing them all afternoon. Have a strong week on the track this week boys and we’ll look forward to improving our Win/Loss ratio this Saturday.

Goal Kickers: B. Williams 2, M. Schumann, A. Bongiorno
Best Players: M. Schumann, A. Bongiorno, O. Lloyd, T. Vogel, B. Williams, T. Eastick

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 11 10 1 0 0 0 1113 383 290.60 40
2 Old Geelong 11 10 1 0 0 0 1018 401 253.87 40
3 Williamstown CYMS 11 8 2 1 0 0 1051 447 235.12 34
4 Marcellin OC 11 7 3 1 0 0 829 514 161.28 30
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 11 5 6 0 0 0 859 716 119.97 20
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 5 6 0 0 0 541 742 72.91 20
7 PEGS Football Club 11 4 7 0 0 0 726 682 106.45 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 11 3 8 0 0 0 663 839 79.02 12
9 Peninsula 11 2 9 0 0 0 468 994 47.08 8
10 Old Mentonians 11 0 11 0 0 0 244 1811 13.47 0

 


Thirds

After being beaten narrowly in a game we should have won earlier in the year, the Thirds were raring to go against PEGS. As shown by a dominant first quarter, where we were able to kick four goals and have the majority of possession, it was exciting football! Our second quarter also showed what we can do with ball in hand and the boys proved themselves strong in the contest and in defence. Although they were able to kick a couple to narrow our lead to just 4 points into the main break, the boys were confident of producing strong, competitive football to get the boys across the line.

Unfortunately, the third quarter produced one of our most disappointing performances to date, with PEGS kicking five goals to our nothing. While the boys toiled hard in the fourth, it was clear that we lacked the depth and drive to win the game.

While it was a very disappointing loss, key players stood up throughout the day. Christian Gorman had another dominant day until a hit to the shin ruled him out of the second half. Jono Elliot had an enormous day, covering a great deal of the ground at centre half forward and continually providing an option all around throughout the middle and forward line. Pat Dennis and Steve Richards both toiled hard in the midfield and Steven Cunningham continued on his consistent season again with another solid game.

While the loss was particularly bitter, we look forward to the challenge of playing Old Geelong in front of a packed house at 9:20 this week at GBO.

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 11 9 2 0 0 0 1098 572 191.96 36
2 Old Carey 10 6 3 1 1 0 803 520 154.42 30
3 Marcellin OC 11 6 4 1 0 0 778 829 93.85 26
4 Mazenod 11 6 5 0 0 0 719 715 100.56 24
5 Old Geelong 11 5 6 0 0 0 694 779 89.09 20
6 P E G S 11 4 6 1 0 0 667 675 98.81 18
7 St Mary’s Salesian 11 3 7 1 0 0 617 977 63.15 14
8 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 2 8 0 0 1 480 802 59.85 12