Round 15 Review

3 outstanding performances!

You little beauty! What a sensational Saturday for the Wellers as all our 3 teams recorded stirring wins against quality opposition.

Fantastic to see such great away support as well – I’m pretty sure we had as many supporters as Old Geelong on Como Hill! Makes a huge difference.

First up, the Under 19s confronted an Aquinas Oval masquerading as a Slip ‘n Slide but without the necessary sunshine. It was a miserable surface and the 9.20am start compounded the challenge. But this team are building toughness and togetherness and these games can often provide the perfect platform. Gavin’s match report is, as always, brilliant and to pull away in the last quarter to record a memorable away win was epic.

Next up our Senior group who took on Old Geelong at Como Park. Both their Reserves and Senior teams sat above us on the ladder and would provide plenty of challenge.

Our Reserves have built beautifully this year and there is real belief in our game plan and personnel no matter who plays. I’m sorry to say I missed the game due to travel but as you’ll read, the boys turned around a 3 goal 3rd quarter deficit and stormed home to a mighty victory. Judging from the smiles and chat afterwards, it was a very satisfying win and testament to our group, fantastic to see so many stay for the Seniors.

As they’ve proved this year, on their day, our Seniors can match anyone in C Grade. Aside from the first 10 minutes when Old Geelong’s kicking let them down and a brief period in the 3rd quarter, we were up for and won the challenge. The wide open spaces worked in our favour and our ‘first in’ attack on the footy saw us win more of the contests. At times our ball movement was superb and we recorded a tough and well deserved win. Unfortunately Simon Bennett sustained a nasty finger injury and we wish him a speedy recovery.

As I hope everyone knows, a massive day for the club this weekend with our Women’s Team in the Grand Final against Old Carey2pm at Trevor Barker Oval (Sandringham Football Club).
Further details later in the week.

It’s also a huge day for our Senior Group and Under 19s who all play at GBO at the usual times.

Not many games left and hope to see you at one of the games.

Adam Kyriacou
President

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SeniorsThe Seniors put their season back on track with a stirring 16 point victory against an inform Old Geelong at Como Park.

Old Geelong started the better team on their home deck, winning plenty of contested ball. Their sharp ball saw them control the majority of the quarter peppering the goals with 15- 6 forward entries. Luckily they couldn’t convert, kicking 1 goal 6. We were able to make them pay scoring 3 late goals against the flow to take an unlikely 7 point lead into the first break.

The second quarter was a different story as we gained control of a fiercely fought contest with plenty at stake. We gained the upper hand and forced many turnovers though some relentless pressure from AllenArnold & Young through the middle with our backs Wilson & Proska starting to dominate their opponents. Youngster Alex Tavener playing his first game for the year was showing the way with some clever goals and a few bone jarring tackles. The boys lifted their work rate and we would go into the long break with a well deserved 19 point buffer.

The third saw a resurgent Geelong come to life with their stars up forwards getting some clean ball and the dangerous Burbury starting to get some important possessions. Our boys were beginning to tire and a few crucial turnovers gave the OGs some momentum with 3 unanswered goals. But we responded superbly with Nick Adamson and Alex Tavenerstopping their surge with 2 late quarter goals and relieve some pressure heading into the last quarter.

The last would see our boys grind out a fantastic win after being challenged by a top four side. The group will take a lot of confidence out of the victory and look to come home strongly for the next remaining 3 games.

Thanks to all supporters who turned up on the day and we hope to see you all at GBO this Saturday to cheer the boys home.

Goal Kickers: A. Taverner 3, N. Adamson 3, F. Wells, J. Arnold, C. Young, C. Hensby
Best Players: C. Wilson, D. Proksa, J. Allen, C. Hensby, A. Taverner, D. Lattanzio

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Caulfield Grammarians 15 13 2 0 0 0 1611 974 165.40 52
2 Old Haileyburians 15 10 5 0 0 0 1473 1028 143.29 40
3 Marcellin OC 15 8 7 0 0 0 1399 1191 117.46 32
4 Old Geelong 15 8 7 0 0 0 1272 1128 112.77 32
5 Williamstown CYMS 15 7 8 0 0 0 1454 1316 110.49 28
6 Old Mentonians 15 7 8 0 0 0 1286 1372 93.73 28
7 Old Camberwell Grammarians 15 7 8 0 0 0 1143 1317 86.79 28
8 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 15 7 8 0 0 0 1062 1256 84.55 28
9 Hampton Rovers 15 5 10 0 0 0 912 1300 70.15 20
10 Kew AFC 15 3 12 0 0 0 882 1612 54.71 12

ReservesComing up against Geelong, who have been sitting 3rd all year and have not been challenged by anyone below them, the Ressies knew they had a big day ahead and this was a good opportunity to demonstrate our improvement against a quality opposition. We were refreshed following the bye and we welcomed back several players through the midfield and backline to make it 6 wins in a row

Learning from our last encounter earlier in the season, where Geelong got the jump on us with fast, slick ball movement through the middle, the Ressies started well with the first goal following good pressure around the ball. The ball spent most of first quarter bouncing between half forward lines as both teams struggled to get meaningful entries. Tolson, Stanboultgis and Campbell controlled the ball across half back early with our extra man however our ball use and decision making going forward was questionable as we repeatedly gave the ball back to the opposition. Geelong eventually began to control the ball with multiple repeat entries and their quality foot skills were on display as they found some space – to the boys credit they weathered the storm and only conceded one goal for the quarter with Urwin taking several marks in defence

The focus for the second quarter was to pressure Geelong’s ball carriers knowing that they can score quickly if given the freedom and to not rush the ball going forward. We conceded a couple of consecutive goals early as our pressure dropped off however were able to fight back and hit the scoreboard ourselves with a couple of clever goals against the tide from our small forwards. Our forwards were working hard withGorman, Rusty and Huntsman rotating through CHF but we struggled to keep the ball in our forward line and creature much pressure.Tolson moved forward and provided a steadying hand as we went into the main break only 7 points down despite not playing out best football

Coming out after half time we started to get some ball movement going forward and our half backs and wings started to link up throughVogel. Again Geelong were able to score consecutive goals but we responded kicking 3 goals to 4 goals for the quarter. Simon was starting to get plenty of the ball through the midfield and looked dangerous up forward (following an early knock) whilst Boyce and Crothers stated to impact the game around the stoppages

Going into the final break we were 11 points down and this would have been a very frustrating loss if we were to give up now knowing we had stuck with them for 3 quarters. Finding the desire to win and lift another the gear we were found our pressure from the 1st quarter and lifted across the ground; all of a sudden we had kicked the first 2 goals to edge in front and the boys were up and about. Attacking through the corridor we had plenty of run and our forward line sparked into gear with Rusty, Huntsman, Allen and Kaiser all playing with new found intent. Where earlier in the game we had let Geelong push us around we were hunting in packs and supporting each other and it was very pleasing to see the team stand up once again when it counted. We closed out the game with close to our best quarter for the year kicking 7 unanswered goals to win by 28 points!

Of note Eastick kept their leading goal kicker goalless for the day whilst Mann (in a BOG effort) fought hard all day against a taller opponent and was supported by Gorman who won some crucial physical contests. Herbstreit came up against another man mountain in the ruck and fought hard all day; even against their second ruckman he ran all day through the ruck and managed to find another gear as we started to win some clean footy from the stoppages in the last quarter

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 4, J. Simon 3, J. Huntsman 2, G. Tolson, N. Russell, H. Crothers, C. Allen
Best Players: B. Mann, T. Vogel, G. Tolson, J. Simon, J. Huntsman, Z. Herbstreit

Chris Woodbridge
Reserves Assistant Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 Marcellin OC 15 13 1 1 0 0 1439 549 262.11 54
2 Caulfield Grammarians 15 13 2 0 0 0 1432 566 253.00 52
3 Old Geelong 15 10 4 1 0 0 1243 694 179.11 42
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 15 9 6 0 0 0 1130 944 119.70 36
5 Hampton Rovers 15 7 7 1 0 0 1000 968 103.31 30
6 Old Haileyburians 15 6 9 0 0 0 1034 1213 85.24 24
7 Kew AFC 15 5 10 0 0 0 828 1285 64.44 20
8 Williamstown CYMS 15 4 10 1 0 0 659 1200 54.92 18
9 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 15 3 12 0 0 0 848 1279 66.30 12
10 Old Mentonians 15 3 12 0 0 0 654 1569 41.68 12

 


U19s

The Unders arrived at Aquinas College for their early start and were surprised to find a very wet and boggy oval. I was reminded of the old days at Moorabbin – it was wet but every other ground in the league was dry!

We expected a fierce contest and were not disappointed. Aaquinas are a very physical team but pleasingly our boys responded, matching the opposition in intensity but clearly out tackling them.

This pressure contributed to a 14 point lead at quarter time. Small forwards Steve Everitt and Harry O’Brien excelled in the greasy conditions, with O’Brien kicking the first after receiving a great pass from Will Dalrymple, while lightening hands from Everitt to Lachie Powell resulted in our second.

Jonathan Tan on the wing contested fiercely, and Fraser Masciatelli’s efforts at the stoppages were outstanding.

The second quarter turned into a real slog. Lucas Lewitt-MendesHarrison Lucas and Kallan Percy were excellent in defence, and Seb Terriaca provided a strong target for the backs to kick to. Will Dalrymple and Robbie West gave drive through the middle, and Fraser Masciatelli continued his excellent form until a shoulder injury late in the quarter prevented him from taking any further part in the game. The undoubted highlight of the term was Harry O’Brien’s goal of the year. Following up his own soccer kick forward, Harry picked up the ball cleanly and slotted a right foot boo-nan- na from the left forward pocket. Genius!

Aquinas came out hard in the third quarter, and added three goals to one, to take an eight point lead into the last break. In such a low scoring game, and with a few boys being pretty sore, victory looked unlikely. Asked for a supreme effort, the boys dug deep and wrestled back the momentum to add four goals to a single point. The change in the game came from quicker and more direct ball movement – a much more effective tactic in difficult conditions.

Once again Everitt and O’Brien were sensational up forward, with Everitt kicking two critical goals. Lewitt-Mendes and Percy ensured nothing got through our defence, and Lachie Powell turned the game when thrown onto the ball. Mitch McPherson’s physical presence around the contest can also not be underestimated.

So, a great result for the lads resulting from a brilliant team effort – 21 contributors were needed to get the job done. A big thank you to the many supporters who made the long trip out to Ringwood. They would be proud of the effort which led to one of our best wins for the year.

Goal Kickers: L. Powell 2, H. O”Brien 2, M. Schumann 2, S. Everett 2
Best Players: S. Everett, L. Lewit-Mendes, H. O”Brien, R. West, K. Percy , L. Powell

Gavin Powell
U19 Coach

CURRENT LADDER

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FOR AGST % PTS
1 De La Salle 14 11 3 0 0 2 1271 686 185.28 52
2 Old Camberwell Grammarians 16 12 4 0 0 0 1386 647 214.22 48
3 Oakleigh 15 10 5 0 0 1 1198 900 133.11 44
4 Melbourne High School Old Boys 15 9 6 0 0 1 1115 882 126.42 40
5 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers AFC 15 8 7 0 0 1 1067 855 124.80 36
6 Hampton Rovers 16 8 8 0 0 0 1009 930 108.49 32
7 WIlliamstown CYMS 15 7 8 0 0 1 930 973 95.58 32
8 Aquinas OC 16 7 9 0 0 0 1014 984 103.05 28
9 Old Paradians 16 6 10 0 0 0 933 1243 75.06 24
10 Peninsula OB 16 3 13 0 0 0 830 1459 56.89 12
11 La Trobe University 14 3 11 0 0 0 628 1484 42.32 12
12 Fitzroy FC 13 1 12 0 0 0 446 1794 24.86 8