As Tim Killworth writes, our Reserves started superbly but were unable to match it with one of the top sides in the competition. Although the results haven’t come as I know the team would like, we have a sensational group who have brilliantly supported the rise of the Seniors and I know their efforts will be rewarded if we stick together.
This Saturday was a very special one for our football club as the mighty Wellsmen, led by Alex ‘The Prez’ Dance and ably backed by Egan Smith, Squizzy Taylor,Justine Elliott, Pam & Daryl Brown and Peter Kerkvliet organised what will go down as one of the best gatherings the club has seen in years.
Brilliantly MC’d by Don McLardy, four former greats of the club Gregor Buchanan, Dick Mullet, Duncan MacCullum and David Rimington talked through the 1978 season and our march to premiership glory. We also celebrated four members of the team and support staff who have sadly passed away – Peter Hutchinson, Bob Healey, Noel Hewitt and David Steven – and shared many fond memories with their families and friends.
This team and all former players and supporters are so important to our football club. During pre-season I took all the players through our history, showing old photos, letting them know what this group did to build the club, what they meant to it and why we now pull on the Two Blues and wear it with pride – because it means a great deal to a lot of people.
As I said on Saturday, I truly believe our young men and women need to be raised by a village. They need older people around them more than ever. We’re extremely fortunate to have you all as part of our community. Thank you again for making Saturday such a special day.
It was a day to remember and a memory that will long stay with me was the moment after the game when David Steven’s sister, Jo Fraser, presented theDavid Steven Medal for Best on Ground to James Allen. She spoke about how important Old Camberwell was to David and commented that after the day, she understood why even more. We are indeed very fortunate to have had such a moment as a club.
Once again, thank you to Dancey and all the Wellsmen.
Cheers Cheers for Old Camberwell.
After last week’s disappointing effort at the hands of Old Ivanhoe, the Wellers were keen to put in a determined 4 quarter effort together against top of the table Williamstown in front of our ‘78 Premiership Team at GBO on Saturday.
Williamstown took an early lead with some quick ball movement, kicking the first 2 goals of the game and make an early statement. David Stevenmedallist Jimmy Allen kick started the Wellers with a long bomb from 50 and we were in the game at the end of an intense first quarter. Our pressure indicators were through the roof after a slow start and we went into the first break confident we could match our more fancied opponents.
The second saw the game go to another level with both sides dominating short periods of the quarter. We controlled the first period with Matt Powell kicking 2 important snaps although we didn’t capitalise on some brilliant play as our midfielders missed 4 good shots on goal letting Willy off the hook. Willy came back hard late in the quarter with their VFL boys stepping up a gear and making the most of their limited opportunities. Youngster Robbie West set up a late goal seconds before the siren to get us back within 4 points at the main break.
If it was possible to step the level up again, we did in the third after a patchy month of football. Hart, Allen & Hensby started breaking lines in the middle and backs Bennett, Huysmans & Fraser Wells were defending bravery in the back half. Robbie Campbell was becoming dangerous up forward and Nick Adamson broke free from some heavy attention and kick 2 goals for the quarter. We thoroughly deserved our 8 point buffer going into the last quarter.
The last was a classic arm wrestle with both sides not giving an inch in an entertaining battle. Willy however would finish with all the answers and run over the top of a gallant Wellers outfit. Some costly errors late and our opponents kicked the last 3 goals in the final 2 minutes of the game. I think Williamstown would agree the final margin of 24 points didn’t reflect the closeness of the game.
The loss leaves us 4th on the ladder with a must win at St Mary’s this week to secure a final.
Overall a great contest and learning experience for our young group. It was a bitter pill to swallow after a super impressive effort, but a reminder our best can match any opponent in Premier C.
Thanks to all who supported our boys on Saturday. It was sensational to hear the roar from the balcony during the game and we hope to see you all in the next few weeks exciting weeks.
Goal Kickers: J. Allen 3, M. Powell 3, R. Campbell 2, N. Adamson 2, N. Latsas, J. Holding, J. Arnold
Best Players: J. Allen, C. Hensby, B. Hart, F. Wells, R. West, L. Huysmans
Men’s Senior Coach
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The powerful Willy CYs unit headed over the Westgate bridge for the early game at GBO, intent on taking another scalp and ensuring they set their season up for a top 2 finish.
Our boys coming off a series of losses were keen to show these boys that we meant business and it was not going to be an easy afternoon for the opposition.
“Operation Tackle” was the pre-match catch cry, the message being that it doesn’t take talent to tackle, just attitude and intent!
The boys came out of the blocks hard and scored the first two goals of the game, much to the annoyance of the opposition. Big Zach Herbstreitintercepted an across goal opposition switch and promptly converted, closely followed up by a strong snap across the goal face by Nick Russell, who was returning from a long-term injury and a great deal of frustration on his part in getting his body right.
The Wellers played with great intent and frustrated their opponents to the point of really making them crabby. Unfortunately, the effort wasn’t sustained and were only able to conjure up another goal to Mick Jenkin in Q3, whilst our opponents managed to score 5, 4 and 6 goals for the remainder of the match to roll out easy 89 point winners.
The opportunity was taken by the coaching panel to blood a number of players in spots that they had not spent too much time in during the season. Nick Benson was solid in the midfield having moved from the backline, Olly Lloyd battled manfully again, highlighting his consistency all season, and Charlie Urwin, was intercepting everything that came his way down back until he went off with a leg injury.
Chris Young continued along with his typical hard-nosed approach to any opposition player who had the ball in his possession and Nick Russell was ever on the move up forward.
This week we have the penultimate round and our opponents are St Marys Salesian, an opposition much like us, keen to take a scalp on the way to the end of the season. We meet them at the postage stamp known as Ferndale Park. We are certainly hoping for a huge effort from the boys so that we can finish the season with a couple of solid wins and to provide strong support to our senior team, who are also very keen to lock a win away!
Goal Kickers: N. Russell, J. Huntsman, M. Jenkin
Best Players: N. Benson, N. Russell, C. Young, O. Lloyd, M. Todd, T. Phelps
Men’s Reserves Coach
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