Seniors go 4 in a row!
The Seniors continued their late burst with yet another win over 4th placed Ivanhoe. The strongest win of the season. Anson, the coaching group and the team are now enjoying the hard work they have put together over the past weeks. The believe they can win and beat the best. It was great! Over the past month their game has been played with maturity and very exciting football.
This week we travel to Peninsula for a difficult game. I do believe we have the opportunity to upset, a hard task, you never know. The 3 teams below us on the ladder also recorded wins (including Mazenod getting knocked off the top of the ladder by Oakleigh!). With only 2 games remaining, we need to win at least one of them. It is shaping up for a relegation battle in the final round when we take on Ormond at the GBO.
The Ressies were not so fortunate this week and went down to a stronger Ivanhoe reserves outfit.
The Thirds played their last game last week against Caulfield. Unfortunately it was a fairly one-sided affair but a huge thanks to all of those who pulled on the boots to help out Macca. Hat’s off to Macca who did an absolutely fantastic job pulling a team together for almost every week. A very difficult job indeed.
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It was an intense and fast game of footy from outset. We had our share of the chances in a hard fought
first quarter, however Old Ivanhoe were able to capitalise on their opportunities better than us and we went in
at quarter time 9 points down despite having more scoring shots.In the second quarter, like the first, we were able to win plenty of the footy but failed to convert our opportunities into goals.
Some great play all over the ground from Jimmy Allen, Riley Verbi and Nick Latsas resulted in numerous chances up forward but we unable to capitalise. Unfortunately Old Ivanhoe were again more efficient in front of the goals and we went in at half time down 1.11 – 17 to 7.5 – 47.
The second half saw a renewed intensity at every contest. Everyone lifted in their attack on the footy and we were able to convert chances. The backline was holding firm with Rob Deev and Damien Proska playing important roles while Phil Bennett was marking everything.
Nick Adamson provided a spark on ball while Jackson Eade, Andrew Clarke and Tom Kanz were looking dangerous up forward. A much improved effort in the third quarter saw us pile on 5 goals and come in at 3/4 time one point down.
We were able to maintain our run and attacking football in the last quarter, putting on four goals to one and coming away winners by 19 points 10.18 – 78 to 9.5 – 59.
It is encouraging to see many of the things we have worked on all year coming to fore in some victories over the last few weeks. We have another massive challenge this week – Peninsula away.
Goal Kickers: T. Kanz 2, J. Eade 2, F. Wells, J. Allen, S. Powell, R. Campbell, R. Verbi, N. Adamson
Best Players: R. Verbi, P. Bennett, N. Latsas, B. Hart, J. Allen, D. Proksa
ReservesThe twos, despite having one of their better sides on paper, delivered a fairly poor performance on Saturday.
We started against the breeze and allowed Ivanhoe a 5 goal lead by the first break. The rest of the game was playing catch up football and despite kicking the first goal of the last quarter and looking a slight chance we faded to lose by about 6 goals.
Overall it was a disappointing effort. Ivanhoe managed to control most of the contested ball and were better in their delivery. Better players over 4 quarters were hard to find but Matt Vogel did very well on his wing, Will Kanz gave a lot of drive on-ball, Ben Mann improved the further the game went and Peppa kicked 4 of our goals.
Like a lot of sides that look good on paper they can easily be blown away if the attitude and determination is not up to scratch. Our chance to redeem ourselves comes this week against a side playing finals.
Goal Kickers: T. Pepperell 4, A. Taverner 2, M. Corso, M. Hook
Best Players: M. Vogel, W. Kanz, B. Mann, M. Bromell, M. Cottrell, L. Stanboultgis
The thirds travelled to Caulfield to take on the top of the ladder in our final game of the year. After last time losing by over 140 points we were keen to make sure that we put in a strong performance. After kicking the first goal of the game we were unable to maintain the momentum in the 1st as Caulfield kicked the next 5 goals to take a 27 point lead in to quarter time.
In the second quarter we showed great effort and intensity but were unable to reduce the margin by more then a solitary point and trailed Caulfield by 26 points. Our defence worked hard to limit the scoring opportunities of Caulfield and keeping them to 2 goals for the quarter, while our midfield, led by Tom andRyan in the ruck showed great work rate and defensive pressure as locked down the Caulfield midfield and forced them to play contested football.
After the halftime break we continued to show our intensity at the contest and managed to hold Caulfield to 1 goal while responding with 1 goal of our own. Again our defence worked hard as did our midfield who pushed back to stop the run of Caulfield.
In the last quarter we continued to fight unfortunately Caulfield were to good across the field as they ended up running out winners by 62 points. It was a great effort by all players and showed how far the group had come over the last 8 weeks.
Well done to all players in the thirds this year – it was great commitment from so many players as well as the effort from all who played often going in to games under manned, but still putting up great fight week-in and week out.
To those who helped out and came down to support – thanks… It was great to hear the support on the sidelines as friends and family came to watch the final match of the year for the 3rds. Thanks to Tom Staynerand Ben Coleman for their help in goals and boundary respectively on the weekend – it was great to have you both involved.
A special thanks to Jason Edwards for all his help as runner throughout the year. It was terrific to have someone each week help out as runner and providing help each week on the sidelines. Appreciate you giving up the time to support the team and make sure that the weekends were enjoyable.
Finally I’d like to thank David Margetts for everything this year! David was an enormous help at training, during the week and match day. To have someone of David’s experience and passion around each week to coach and be assistant coach was something that was invaluable for not only myself but also the players.
As the Seniors and Reserves finish off their year – make sure that we continue to get down to the club to train and on Saturdays to support the teams.
Goal Kickers: S. Stone 2, N. Russell, T. Pepperell, J. Simon
Best Players: S. Stone, J. Simon, T. Vogel, S. Cunningham, S. Clark, T. Coleman
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