With the Thirds finishing up their season the previous week (a season wrap up will be published this Friday), it was left to our Reserves and Seniors to fly the Wellers flag on Saturday and they didn’t disappoint. Both sides had plenty to play for; our Ressies were desperate to get back on the winners list after some strong performances without reward; our Seniors were playing to secure fourth spot and a finals campaign for the first time in 7 years. Neither side disappointed and as you’ll read, took control of their games early and stayed the course to record two wins from two away.
The songs were sung with real gusto and the feeling in the rooms after the Seniors was sensational. We’ve come a long way this season and I know everyone is totally focussed on ensuring we keep the season alive for as long as possible. Well done to everyone for getting to the dance and now let’s see who’s left standing.
Unbelievably, Saturday was the last game I’ll see for 3 weeks as my family and I head off for a wedding in England. However the Wellers are very much alive and kicking in the UK and I am organising a catch up with Andrew Clark and Jemma Wong in London and we’ll be sorting a venue to follow the games live over the coming weeks. Can I ask everyone who reads this newsletter to pass onto those who don’t that we are playing our first final for 7 years. We owe it to our players to get right behind them on the day. I know how much it means to them to play in front of our supporters so if you can, take a mate and let’s make it day to remember.
The club will be cranking up the BBQ this Saturday for our last home game of the season against Peninsula OBs. We’re putting on a spread post game with some of our Under 19 Premiership team from last year and our Women’s Team will be there in force so join us if you can and thank you for all your support over the 2017 home and away season.
Come on the Wells
Round 17 saw us face off against St Mary’s at Ferndale Park. We had everything to play for, with a place in the finals being the reward for a win.
Coming into the game we knew we would have to make adjustments to our style of play to account for the small ground and bizarre weather. Combine with the fact that our opposition would be desperate to take a scalp before the seasons end, we were aware of the challenge ahead.
Our first quarter was not the fast moving and flowing football that we like to play, however we did enough to take control of the match. Some great work in the middle by Jimmy Allen and down back by Simon Bennett gave us a 5 goal to 1 lead at quarter time. St Mary’s were keen to fight their way back into the match and took their work rate up a notch in the second quarter. Some quick goals to our opposition reminded us that we could not afford to drift out of the game mentally and had to keep the pressure on at all times. Josh Holding, Joey Arnold and Chris Hensby responded well in the middle, and Alex Taverner and Matt Powell were finishing well up forward. Some late goals allowed us to take a 7 goal lead into half time.
In the second half we took up where we left off and played some great pressure football. There were great contributors all over the ground as Boycey and Frazer found plenty of space to work in while Latsas and Crothers were doing some great work at stoppages. At the end of the day we ran out 95 point victors and managed to kick 23.9 which is as accurate as we have been all year. We are now assured of 4th spot on the ladder and our first shot at finals for 7 years. Our next challenge is to carry our good form into round 18 and finish the regular season on a high against a Peninsula outfit who will be looking to do the same. See you at Gordon Barnard this Saturday!
Goal Kickers: A. Taverner 5, M. Powell 4, J. Allen 3, H. Crothers 2, A. Brettingham-Moore 2, K. Percy , W. Dalrymple, N. Adamson, R. Campbell, N. Latsas, F. Wells, R. West
Best Players: S. Bennett, C. Hensby, S. Boyce, A. Taverner, J. Allen, F. Wells
Men’s Senior Coach
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As the season draws to a close for our Ressies team, our collective focus shifts towards finishing the season strongly in order to gain some momentum for next season and to most importantly, kicking some goals!
The team has struggled to consistently put big scores on the board, making for a number of closely fought matches, or significant blow-outs. This week we are drawn for the first time to play St Marys / Salesian for the first time at this level, on the picturesque Ferndale Park in Glen Iris. The ground is small, to say the least and it can make for very tight, contested footy.
This was certainly the case on Saturday in typical Melbourne winter conditions (four seasons in one day) and as the final scoreline suggests, it was a tough, tight contest, with no quarter given or taken by either team.
We got off to a slow start and it was interesting to note that the Combine were more effective at winning the stoppages, consistently taking the ball from the stoppages placing our backline under great pressure. To their great credit, the boys stood firm and repeatedly fought off the opposition’s forward forays.
As we moved into the second quarter, the Mids worked harder on their efforts, particularly on the Inside and we were able to move the ball forward, more often and at a quicker pace. The result was for us to score 4 goals for the quarter, 2 to big Tommy Schipper & 2 to Andy Parker, returning from an ankle injury. This enabled us to take a 5 point lead into the half time break.
The message from the coach was strong in that we needed to work harder to break the opposition’s scragging, retarding tactics stifling our run. We needed to impose ourselves more by pushing back the other way, with interest!
It certainly sunk in and we were able to kick another 2 more goals keeping the opposition to a solitary point, opening up the margin to 19 points. Tom Vogel, coming off half back, & running through the middle was instrumental in setting up numerous forward forays and Oly Lloyd lifted his work rate to his usual hard, charging standards and Tommy Eastick was showing a welcome return to his defensive best by working in tandem with his fellow defenders and repelling everything that came his way.
The match finished off with each team scoring the same amount each for Q.4 (1 goal, 3 behinds) and the boys generated their 7th win for the season, which was most gratifying for all concerned.
4 points was the mission, and the mission was achieved. We now turn our attention to the final round at GBO vs Peninsula Old Boys. Another win is our aim and I am certain the boys will be keen to finish the season on a high note, then stick around to support the Seniors in their effort to knock over the boys from Mt Eliza and move into the finals program with a well deserved victory.
Goal Kickers: T. Schipper 3, A. Parker 2, T. Stone, J. Wilson, A. Vickery
Best Players: T. Vogel, O. Lloyd, J. Edwards, J. Wilson, T. Eastick, A. Vickery
Men’s Reserves Coach
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