Round 13 Review – Men Seniors go 7-in-a-row!

Men’s Seniors make it 7 on the trot and Women’s Seniors go back to back
It’s never easy following a clean sweep but all our teams gave it a red hot go on Saturday. The sun was bright early and while I didn’t make it over to Marcellin for the Thirds, the effort their sounded superb. I did manage to take in the first half of the Women’s Reserves and while the scoreboard won’t reflect this, the endeavour our girls displayed was sensational. Our Men’s Reserves went close against a solid outfit and importantly, played some flowing football.Both our Senior teams deserve some special praise. Our Women have had a tougher season than their first as they not only went up a grade to Premier B but also had to contend with a horrendous run of injuries. What continues to impress me is the tightness of this group, their determination to compete and win and the huge improvements they have shown as individuals and as a group. Make no mistake, beating Old Geelong on Saturday was epic. In our first ever game of Women’s football in 2017, Old Geelong beat us by at least 15 goals. To run over the top of them at Como Park was a magnificent achievement. Stick together as 2019 will be a bumper year.

As Anson said, our Men keep finding a way to win. Each week, different people step up and have their best games. This week it was Joey Arnold and Robbie West, the previous weeks others have made the difference. There is real unity, hardness and team play and while you can’t always play expansive, flowing football, you can always compete hard and we are doing that in spades. PEGS away is always a very good win and to come away after the terrible injury to Lachie Powell speaks volumes about the character of this team.

A gentle reminder re the dates below –

  • 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.

Enjoy the week and we look forward to seeing you either at GBO for the Men’s or away at West Brunswick for the Women’s.

​Come on the Wells.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au

Men

After suffering a heavy defeat to PEGS in round 7 earlier in the year, the boys were keen for redemption out at Essendon Fields on a perfect winter’s day.

The first half was played at a frenetic pace with neither side giving an inch and both teams looking to secure spots in a tight top 4 at the pointy end of the season. There was plenty to play for and the tension was high from the off.

The boys were caught on the back foot early as PEGSs ran in waves and presented their big marking forwards with plenty of opportunities to score. We were overusing the ball a little which lead to some poor skills and execution. We hadn’t clicked early and needed to lift and matters weren’t helped when young gun Lachie Powell went down early in the game with a serious broken leg and the boys were understandably a little rattled and concerned for their teammate.

Fortunately Joe Arnold, fresh from a dropped tribunal charge, was on fire, racking up 27 possessions and bagging 3 goals in a low scoring affair. He was having his best game for the year as was speedster Robbie West (18 possies & 4 tackles). Cam Wilson was well on top of PEGS danger forward Adrian Romanyk and Simon Bennett was, as ever, providing plenty of dash from half back.
It was a tight, gritty affair for three quarters and while we hadn’t played our best footy, our pressure was high and we weren’t allowing PEGS to get on top. With a 2-3 goal breeze in the last, we had given ourselves a chance.

The start of the last quarter didn’t go to plan. PEGS kicked 2 goals into the breeze and were finding it hard to create scoring opportunities. But with 15 minutes to go, we exploded into life. Kellan Percy led the way in the middle, jumping high and giving us first use, Chook Hensby (26 possies) started to dominate with his damaging outside run. Jimmy Allen (26) & Ben Hart ( 29 ) both ran riot in the middle and Nick Adamson sprang to life up forward kicking truly. We blasted the last 4 goals to run over a dogged PEGS outfit.

A fantastic effort in the end from the boys after a even, hard fought first 3 quarters. It was very pleasing to see our boys “finding a way to win” and continue our amazing run.

Thanks for all those who travelled out to Keilor and we hope to see you all back at GBO for our massive clash with top of the ladder Fitzroy next week.

Goal Kickers: J. Arnold 3, A. Taverner 2, N. Adamson 2, S. Powell 2, J. Allen
Best Players: C. Wilson, S. Bennett, B. Hart, J. Arnold, K. Percy , R. West

Anson Brownless
Men’s Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Williamstown CYMS 13 12 1 0 0 0 1554 728 213.46 48
2 Fitzroy FC 13 11 2 0 0 0 1406 750 187.47 44
3 Old Camberwell Grammarians 13 9 4 0 0 0 1086 982 110.59 36
4 Old Geelong 13 8 5 0 0 0 1086 997 108.93 32
5 PEGS Football Club 13 7 6 0 0 0 975 992 98.29 28
6 Marcellin OC 13 6 7 0 0 0 1024 1071 95.61 24
7 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 13 5 8 0 0 0 1169 1170 99.91 20
8 Old Mentonians 13 4 9 0 0 0 1000 1148 87.11 16
9 Peninsula 13 2 11 0 0 0 765 1417 53.99 8
10 St Mary’s Salesian 13 1 12 0 0 0 914 1724 53.02 4

 


 
Men Reserves

Footy ‘finally’ returned for the team, having not played for three weeks (Bye last week & an opposition forfeit the previous week).
The theme for the first quarter was “Early Involvements”. The boys had certainly freshened up & we were drawn to play an opponent whom we had recorded a 2 point victory, earlier in the season. Everyone was on edge & keen to perform. The gods were smiling, no wind & the sun was shining bright. What more could a coach ask for …?

The team put on its brightest start to a match with 9 inside 50s recorded and 3 goals scored to take a small lead into the first break. Jase Edwardswas relishing his move into the forward line & he was certainly hunting the ground ball. Disappointing to report that his return for the afternoon was 3 behinds. (If only they were goals, sigh!!!) Jon Huntsman was a livewire as well and with great support from the “will o the wisp” Tom Pepperell out on the wing, racking up his score assist stats we were buoyed by our efforts thus far.

As always, we anticipated a lift in effort & intensity by the opposition, but the boys stood strong to take a 7 point lead into the long break. Whilst the endeavour was highly evident, we were not getting a return for our efforts and basic skill errors and costly fumbles were costing us dearly all over the ground.

The half time break is concern to the coaching panel as we have too regularly seen our boys concentration levels dip and we can roll back out with our mindset significantly lower than when we went in. Alas it was the same again for us & after our early strong efforts we could only score one more goal for the match, conceding 5 to the Bombers to go down by a disappointing 17 points.

It was great to see Alex Vickery regain his spot in the team, Matty ‘The Mail Man’ Cottrell returned, as did Tom Schipper & Scotty Kaiser from a long term hand injury. We had the fire power, but our concentration levels waned significantly as the game wore on and we struggled to run the game out.

A big week this week boys, as we face the Fitzroy juggernaut at GBO. We matched them for a half last time round, falling away as the game wore on. We will be looking for big numbers on the track working on their fitness and more importantly their footy skills, particularly under pressure.

Goal Kickers: B. Williams, S. Kaiser, M. Jenkin, A. Vickery, J. Huntsman
Best Players: T. Schipper, J. Huntsman, J. Edwards, A. Vickery, N. Benson, O. Lloyd

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Fitzroy FC 13 12 1 0 0 0 1304 430 303.26 48
2 Williamstown CYMS 13 10 2 1 0 0 1236 509 242.83 42
3 Old Geelong 13 10 3 0 0 0 1108 535 207.10 40
4 Marcellin OC 13 8 4 1 0 0 944 600 157.33 34
5 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 13 7 6 0 0 0 1105 790 139.87 28
6 PEGS Football Club 13 6 7 0 0 0 831 763 108.91 24
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 5 7 0 0 1 628 823 76.31 24
8 St Mary’s Salesian 13 3 10 0 0 0 737 1020 72.25 12
9 Peninsula 13 2 11 0 0 0 507 1200 42.25 8
10 Old Mentonians 12 0 12 0 0 0 280 2054 13.63 0

 


Women

The Seniors strung two wins together for the first time this season, coming away with an extremely satisfying win against an Old Geelong side sitting in third place and a certainty to play finals this year.

With a focus on hard running and link up play at training over the last couple of weeks, our aim was to execute this and take advantage of the large expanses at Como Park. The improvement at training has been fantastic and we were confident about taking the game to Old Geelong.

That confidence was on display early as we began the game full of running. Dee and Meg were dominant in the ruck while our midfielders were on their toes and reading most of the taps, giving us consistent forward entries. We were working hard to create pressure around the contest and set up well across the ground, particularly when setting up the defensive wall on our offensive side of the square. An early goal through Ash set the tone, which was almost immediately followed up by a second. It was a strong statement, and despite Old Geelong responding to go in two points ahead at the first break, we had shown enough to suggest we were a genuine chance.

While the first quarter hadn’t offered the opportunity to spread and run, we knew this would happen as the game wore on and legs tired. Being on the warmer side, their legs began to tire earlier than usual, while our running game and work rate lifted. All over the ground we found another gear and were ferocious. The midfield rotations clicked with GabElClareMaggieSoph and Izy finding a way to get to every contest. We won about six or seven free kicks from holding the ball decisions, often with two or more gang tackling the ball carrier. Sam BSam A and Steph began to transition the ball from defence with more deliberate play and some great team efforts deep in defence. Generally, we made them look sloppy when moving forward because of how well we were working to support each other by dropping back in numbers.

In contrast, our forward line looked more structured having deliberately paired off into three tall-small forward combinations. We had good movement with ChelseaAnna and Ash offering multiple leads that allowed our runners a range of short or long options when hitting up targets. As the small forwards in those combinations, Nat and Jane (and El when not in the middle) were getting front and centre and winning the crumbs. Our feedback handballs were hitting targets and we kicked a second goal through a good combination from Chelsea and El.

Up at the main break, we looked focused and hungry. The third quarter was all about maintaining the same level of intensity and ensuring Old Geelong didn’t get on top while kicking with the wind.

While they managed to pull one back, we kept working hard and denied them opportunities to score. Brig was shutting down a wiry Old Geelong forward who has caused us troubles in the past and often given them a lot of creativity up forward. While significant pressure and lots of sacrificial running from TraceGeorgiaEdie and Amelia contributed to our overall ability to maintain the standard we had set. In fact, we scored freely ourselves (albeit behinds) and could’ve put the game away.

Up at the final break, a big push was needed from everyone. In the end we never looked like giving it up. A final goal from El after another feedback handball gave us breathing space and a couple of points put it out of reach for Old Geelong. Without being instructed to do so, the team played the final quarter in a way well-drilled and experienced teams know how to do. Contest after contest we were switched on and smart about locking down the play in our forward half, protecting the ball carrier, covering off their loose players, occupying space and slowing the game down when needed.

Without doubt the most complete performance, and bar our grand final win, perhaps the most satisfying result we have had. In Round 1 last year, Old Geelong beat us 66 to 6 (we kicked the last goal of the game) and they laughed us off. Saturday’s win should be a proud moment for everyone.

Thanks to the training staff, Katie and Rachael for helping after their game, and all other helpers and supporters.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 2, A. Sturrock
Best Players: E. Defina, C. Wilson, G. Opray, S. Anjou, S. Defina, M. Harper

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick 12 12 0 0 0 0 653 182 358.79 48
2 St Mary’s Salesian 12 9 3 0 0 0 600 238 252.10 36
3 Monash Blues 12 7 4 1 0 0 405 232 174.57 30
4 Old Geelong 12 7 5 0 0 0 295 323 91.33 28
5 Collegians 12 4 7 1 0 0 250 419 59.67 18
6 Brunswick Renegades 12 4 8 0 0 0 253 372 68.01 16
7 Old Camberwell 12 4 8 0 0 0 228 399 57.14 16
8 Mazenod OC 12 0 12 0 0 0 207 726 28.51 0

 


Women ReservesLooking to secure back to back wins, we knew we would need to bring our top game against the much fancied Old Geelong given that they have been one of the teams to beat all year. With only one on the bench, we needed to get off to a good start to ensure that we put the pressure on the opposition.

At the opening bounce we dominated the centred clearances as Alice and our on ballers of KatieEmiliaGreta and Lucy all managed to get plenty of the ball, while Laura worked hard on the wing. Despite dominating the centre clearances we were unable to put the score on the board as Old Geelong were quick across the ground and showed plenty of run as they managed to secure 5 goals in the opening quarter.

Despite the score line not reflecting the work of the girls, we showed some great fight in the second quarter as we began to stick our tackles and restricted the oppositions ability to get our the back in their forward line. Sav and Lisa worked hard to shut down the run out of our forward line, while Alex S took some great marks across the half forward line.

In the second half we showed great fight as we locked down Old Geelong and ensured that they didn’t have any easy shots on goal as Rosie at full back patrolled the goal line saving a number of attempts from the opposition. LucyEmilia and Georgia S fought for everything across the half backline as they continued to fight for every ball. Rachael’s work rate was enormous as she ran through the middle and pushed back to help her team mates in defence. Prue presented well up forward and worked hard to lock the ball in the forward line, whilst Georgia Phoebe and Eliza played across a number of different positions as they put pressure and showed some great poise against one of the top sides.

Our second half showed great fight as we managed to keep Old Geelong to 4 goals for the half – however we couldn’t manage to get a score on the board ourselves despite a number of opportunities, which was disappointing but showed that the never give up attitude of the team.

We look forward to getting a number of players back this week and will bounce back as the team continues to improve and our work rate has continued to improve each week.

A huge thanks to everyone who helped out on the day as well as to those who came down to support the team.

Best Players: R. Strasser, L. Cooper, G. Kaehne, A. Fly, R. Brazzale, G. Smith

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 West Brunswick AFC 12 11 1 0 0 0 959 154 622.73 44
2 Old Geelong 12 10 2 0 0 0 973 114 853.51 40
3 St Mary’s Salesian 12 10 2 0 0 0 851 217 392.17 40
4 Brunswick Renegades 12 6 6 0 0 0 292 459 63.62 24
5 Collegians 11 3 8 0 0 0 211 731 28.86 12
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 3 9 0 0 0 151 722 20.91 12
7 Monash Blues 11 2 9 0 0 1 149 743 20.05 12
8 Mazenod 12 2 10 0 0 0 187 642 29.13 8

Thirds

This week was always going to be a difficult affair due to a lack of numbers facing the thirds and the quality of our opposition playing good footy on their home deck. Unperturbed by these challenges, the boys started extremely strongly, kicking the first goal of the game and getting right in Marcellin’s faces. However, due to a lack of defensive abilities on the outside, Marcellin were able to kick away to a four goal lead into the first break.

Our second quarter was also a tremendous effort, with the boys physical in the contest and Declan Hudson-Mollard becoming more and more the enforcer of our team! Unfortunately, it was during this term that not only did Marcellin get on top of us but Nick Russell reinjured himself and after half time was unable to take the field again.

Asked at half time with the enormous challenge of playing a man down for the rest of the game, not only did everyone stand up, but they took it right up to the opposition. In a season where we have rarely won a third quarter, we matched Marcellin for the entire term. Steven Cunningham, Tom Eastick & Richie McDonald were all instrumental in willing the troops forward, while Ty Phelps & Steve Richards provided plenty of drive off.

All in all the boys were inspirational in their efforts and while the score did not at any stage reflect the endeavour and closeness of the day, they played very bravely.

Goal Kickers: T. Eastick 2, O. Anderson 2, N. Russell, L. Moran
Best Players: D. Hudson-Mollard, T. Phelps, S. Cunningham, S. Richards, R. McDonald, T. Eastick

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 St Bernards 13 10 3 0 0 0 1277 659 193.78 40
2 Old Carey 12 7 4 1 1 0 908 702 129.34 34
3 Marcellin OC 13 8 4 1 0 0 1018 929 109.58 34
4 Mazenod 12 7 5 0 0 1 773 761 101.58 32
5 Old Geelong 13 6 7 0 0 0 818 893 91.60 24
6 P E G S 13 4 8 1 0 0 770 813 94.71 18
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 12 3 9 0 0 1 579 995 58.19 16
8 St Mary’s Salesian 12 3 8 1 0 0 678 1082 62.66 14