Finally, our supporters were absolutely brilliant. I tend to hover on the bank between the two ovals and each time I went to check the scores, the cheers and noise from both crowds was loud and wonderful to hear. Our teams always support each other and to have a full balcony filled with supporters and players to bring home the Seniors made this old man a very happy and proud Weller.
It’s a bye this weekend and we then regroup for away games. Unbelievably, there’s not that much footy left. Some dates for the diary in advance:
- 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.
Have a great break and looking forward to catching up at our next games
Come on the Wells.
The Old Camberwell 3rds enjoyed an early 9.20AM start as they took on Old Geelong at GBO on Saturday morning. Faced with their fair share of adversity, their Coach Ben Ebbage decided this week was the week to dust off his football boots, locate his mouthguard and return to the field after 4 years on the sideline and 2 knee reconstructions. Coached by the dynamic duo of Sam Boyce and Andrew Parker, the team was pumped for the special occasion.
The first quarter brought plenty of opportunities for Tom Pepperell and Alex Bongiorno, often finding each other through the middle. Unfortunately some wayward kicking resulted in missed opportunities and frustrated forwards. Alex Vickery dominated in the ruck with Louis Campbell and Christian Gorman reading the hit outs to perfection. Matt Bromell kicked 2 early goals but Old Geelong kicked 4 straight and were up at the break. Ben Ebbage update: 0 kicks 1 handball 3 1%ers
The second quarter started after a violent spray from acting coach Sam Boyce. The boys were fired up and came out with impressive but ultimately unrewarded effort. Steve Richards, Marcus ‘Schooner’ Cristiani and Charles Maccallum competed hard all quarter but were unable to help cut into the 10 point margin. The boys adjusted well to the pace of the game and took pride in their kicks. Ben Ebbage update: 1 horrible kick that resulted in a turnover goal, 3 handballs 4 1%ers.
After half time, the boys blinked and were down 52-23. An ordinary quarter resulting in only 1 behind scored. The backline was under the pump with Matt Tesoriero and Matt Hatzikostas getting their fair share of the footy. The boys were flat and deserved a spray at the quarters end. Ben Ebbage stat line unchanged. 1 kick, 3 handballs, 4 1%ers.
Assistant Coach Andrew Parke, identifying the boys needed to lift, delivered one of the speeches of the decade before the boys went out in the 4th quarter.
Facing a 29 point deficit, the Wellers came out flying and kicked the first 2 goals thanks to Alex Bongiorno and Steven Cunningham. The coaches could feel a comeback brewing. Coach Boyce decided it was time for Ben Ebbage to go one out in the square and the rest was history. Ebbage dobs one from 40 out, then later steps up and takes a kick from the boundary to put the team up by 2 with 3 minutes to play. Michael Jenkin and Ben Warburton cut off any last effort by Geelong and the siren went. Great team win. One to tell the kids about. Ben Ebbage update: 17 kicks, 4 handballs 2 goals no additional knee injuries.
Best Players: M. Bromell, S. Cunningham, A. Vickery, S. Richards, M. Hatzikostas, M. TesorieroBen Ebbage
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The Wellers continued their winning streak with a hard fought 12 point win over bogey side Mentone, who we’d not beaten in the our previous 3 outings. It wasn’t our prettiest victory this year, as the winter elements swept across a wet GBO, but probably one of our most rewarding in the end.
The Panthers had come to play and scored 2 early goals, catch us off guard through tough, relentless attack on the footy and a full press to test out boys’ patience. Luckily for us, inform backman Deev, Wilson and Bennett repelled many attacks given some wayward kicking from our forwards who were unable to capitalise on the many opportunities in front of goal in a tight first half. We went into the long break frustrated after too many poor skill errors but determined to turn our lacklustre performance around.
After a rev up, the boys responded with some cleaner ball movement & forward entries. Hensby, Allen & the captain Hart (who flew in from the US earlier that morning) were starting to dominate the middle with the help of talented youngster Kellan Percy in the ruck. Wingers Sam Boyce & Sammy Powell start to find the ball and Nick Latsas was getting dangerous up forward. The momentum had turned our way with fewer errors and much cleaner entries as the boys controlled the second half with 5 goals to 2.
Most pleasing was the way the boys worked their way back into contest and never gave up. In the end, we found a way to win in a scrappy, hard fought contest. We rest up this week with the bye and look forward to PEGS the following week away.
Thanks to the big crowd of supporters who come down on the day. It makes a huge difference to the boys and it would be sensational to get some travelling support to PEGS in what will be another great test for the team.
Goal Kickers: N. Latsas 2, R. West, S. Powell, A. Brettingham-Moore, N. Adamson, B. Hart, W. Dalrymple
Best Players: R. Deev, L. Powell, C. Wilson, S. Boyce, B. Hart, C. Hensby
Men’s Senior Coach
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Disappointingly, the Old Mentone reserve side forfeited late Friday night. We get the 4 points but not the percentage boost we were expecting.
Men’s Reserves Coach
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A hard-fought 10-point win against our arch rivals Collegians was just reward for the Seniors after a month of near misses. In a dominant display, in which we controlled the game from siren to siren and created plenty of scoring opportunities, the only thing missing was a far greater margin on the scoreboard – which would’ve been thoroughly deserved.
The past month has seen the team undergo something of a reshape after a string of injuries and mid-season departures for the European summer. With players playing in a range of different positions it’s been a learning curve for many, but is clearly paying off. Right across the ground players have switched positions. Gab, El Defina and Soph have spent significant time in the midfield, Sam A and Brig have moved to defence, the Kaehne girls have pushed up to the wings, and our forward line has been revamped.
On Saturday, all of those mentioned above, and the entire playing group contributed to the result. Pleasingly, we were switched on from the first bounce and got off to a quick start with an early goal through Maggie and a period of sustained pressure in which we managed to lock the ball in our forward fifty. Collegians seemed intent on heavily flooding our forward line from the outset, and continued to do so for the entire game, making it difficult to create clear scoring opportunities. The work rate in the midfield was strong, lead early by Rhi and Gab who controlled the clearances. Quick rotations through the middle helped to inject fresh legs. In particular, Collegians had no answer for Soph as she continuously broke open the play.
Towards the end of the first quarter Collegians responded with a goal of their own, the only attacking move for the opening 20 minutes – and one of only two or three for the game.
A positive opening quarter, put the playing group in the right frame of mind and they carried this into the second quarter. Kicking against the wind, it was great to see El Defina kick her first goal for quite some time. Coming back from torn ankle ligaments she slowly worked her way into the game and was outstanding in winning plenty of footy, and using it effectively. A couple of Collegians’ smarter players were the difference in us not converting more easily, as they continuously dropped back to cut off a lot of our forward entries. We needed to ensure they were more accountable as we went into the second half.
After the main break, anyone watching would have thought that there was one team there to play football while the other was there to set up shop and build a brick wall. Despite being behind, Collegians looked intent on sitting back and rarely put our backline under pressure. This was in part due the dominance and hardwork of Steph, both Sams, Trace and Brig
In the end, all it did was nullify our ability to score freely and really break the game open, which was effective. Regardless, we continuously attempted to create space in the forward fifty where, on different occasions, it was pleasing to see Ash, Nat,Chelsea, Jane
Ultimately, Saturday’s win was a very mature performance. These close games are ones we’ve let slip at different times this season. By turning in a high intensity and sustained four-quarter effort, Saturday’s display makes sense within the context of the season and the continued progress of this team. It demonstrates we are learning from mistakes and lapses made earlier in the season, and adapting to produce more polished performances like this. With three games remaining we should be aiming to finish strongly and get the most out of the last month of this developmental season. It will set us up nicely for 2019.
Thanks to all supporters and helpers on Saturday, especially Stef, Jackson and the medical staff who assisted with both games.
Goal Kickers: E. Defina, M. Wilson
Best Players: E. Defina, S. Bangs, C. Wilson, M. Wilson, R. Green, S. Defina
Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
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It was great to return home and take on Collegians in our final Super Saturday clash for 2018. When the team ran out at the opening siren, it was fantastic to see the number of supporters cheering as the girls ran out from the rooms.
We have struggled to get out of the blocks in our opening quarters this year. We need to put scoreboard pressure on the opposition and this was something that we spoke about before the game to ensure we got off to a good start and kicked the first goal for the game. From the opening bounce we came out firing and ensured that the opposition didn’t get any easy possessions as we worked hard across the ground. When Sav kicked the first goal after working hard in the forward line, we had achieved our first aim. In defence, we continued to lock down the opposition as we held them goalless for the quarter with Alex Osborne, Prue and Dale all holding strong on the last line.
In the second term, we continued where we left off from the first, again showing great pressure in and around the contest and with Emilia and Katie in and under at every contest we made sure that Collegians couldn’t get any easy possessions in the middle of the ground. Our forward locked the ball in and fought for every possession and the tackling pressure continued to be a highlight for the game. Sav again managed to break free to kick her second goal with great support from Jo, Georgia S, Georgia W and Alex Sertic, who presented and provided plenty of options.
After the main break, our aim was to put together 4 quarters. Unfortunately Collegians managed to break to pressure to get their first goal for the game. Our defence responded as Hannah and Carly provided run from defence and repelled Collegians push to put more pressure on the scoreboard. Alex Osborne continued to be strong at full back with great decision making and reading of the play well.
We asked for first use of the football in final term and the girls responded as our midfield once again got on top. Lucy, Laura, Lisa and Rosie continued to find space as they ran and cleared the ball from congestion. Alice and Kate were terrific in the ruck as they dominated the hitouts and ensured that the midfield were always getting first use. Our forwards continued to shutdown the opposition defence from clearing the ball with Kath and the other forwards reading the ball well and Smithy making great position to create space. Despite all our strong work in around the ground it wasn’t until Alex Sertic converted from a set shot after the siren that we managed to get our first goal for the quarter.
It was a terrific 13 point win for the team. We continue to improve each week and it was great to see us convert from set shots and apply immense pressure on the opposition. With a number of players settling in to different positions, and the continuing communication and confidence of the team, we are looking forward to a strong finish to the season.
A huge thanks to all those that helped out on the day as well as who came down to support – in particular Maddie, Stef and Jackson who are a massive part of each game with the work and support that they provide the team.
With a week off this week we look forward to coming back to take on the 2nd place Old Geelong after the bye and searching for back to back wins.
Goal Kickers: S. Dunwell 2, A. Sertic
Best Players: S. Dunwell, A. Sertic, L. Hamilton, K. Mckenzie, A. Osborne, C. Wigney
Women’s Reserves Coach
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