It’s hard to imagine a more perfect autumn afternoon for football than last Saturday. Plenty of sun, no breeze and 4 premiership points up for grabs away from The Barnard. No easy games or quarters for that matter, but an opportunity to test ourselves playing the game we love.
The day kicked off at the famous Brunswick Street Oval where our newly formed Under 23s played Fitzroy Football Club and recorded their first win for Old Camberwell Grammarians’ Amateur Football Club. The game was free flowing, hard fought and entertaining. Please join me in congratulating our young men and Boyd Elliot for making it happen in 2019.
We then travelled across town to Caulfield to see our Women’s Teams do the double against a strong Caulfield Grammarians’ side. I was only able to catch the last half of the Seniors after the Reserves had started the day off in style but the determination, skill and hard running was on display and it was brilliant to watch the likes of Sophie Bangs, Maggie Wilson and Stef Defina in full flight. Fantastic to see Maddy Sloane (ACL) and Khadiga Mohamed (Hand) return from long term injuries.
It was then back down Bourke Road to Marcellin to see the senior Men’s sides. As Tim points out in his review, we were unfortunately undermanned for our Reserves and I really hope we can rectify this asap for the good of the club.
Our Seniors played out a game that was one of the great wins for the club in recent years. It personified unity, mateship and never giving up. We all wish Nick Adamson a speedy recovery along with Declan Gaffney and Charlie Urwin who have all suffered ACL injuries these last 3 weeks. They’ll be missed on the field but remain integral parts of our team for the season no doubt.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – FIRST OCGAFC SOCIAL FUNCTION FOR 2019
Our Social Director Katherine Bithavas has been working hard and put together an enticing day for our first social function – our Ladies Lunch. Please read below for details and contact Katherine – 0424 345 605, Ben Ebbage – 0418 123 419 or myself – 0499 333 571 for details. We’d love if people could arrange a table together and make it a day to celebrate our incredible women of Old Camberwell.
If it was ever going to be a morning for a victory this was it against Fitzroy at their home ground which was in great nick and with the city as an ideal backdrop, the boys warmed up with precision and excitement. At the first bounce the contest was fierce and out tackling lead by Phelps, Tanand Mascitelli was superb. We jumped on the scoreboard early with goals from Oliver and Tan.
Drive across the middle was exceptional with the inclusion of Jenkin and Campbell who provided a launching pad up forward to Oliver who was taking grabs all day and finished with four valuable goals.
Sampson pushed hard all day with the support of the acting Vice Captain Mascitelli and Giomi, J Smith, N Smith, Cornford and Appleyard continued to push the ball forward from defence to create further scoring opportunities.
After a stand out performance, Brebner-Griffin was concussed in the third quarter but this only inspired the boys to go harder and get the job done although a highly competitive Fitzroy found their feet and slotted a few goals early in the last. Goals from Lucas, Tan, Jenkin, Soloman and Woods capped of a sensational day where everyone in the team contributed to our first win and sung the song in the rooms with gusto and pride.
Many thanks to Alex Smith (Boundary), Craig Sampson (Goals), Michael Hook (Runner) and the Mastermind of the Board Phil “The Mover” Corso
Goal Kickers: J. Oliver 4, J. Tan 2, H. Lucas, M. Jenkin, F. Mascitelli, W. Woods, R. Solomon
Best Players: H. Lucas, J. Tan, L. Campbell, A. Giomi, F. Mascitelli, T. Phelps
Singing the Song – video
After a disappointing result in Round 1 against Collegians we put in a solid week on the track and were confident going in to Round 2 against Caulfield Grammarians who had won well in Round 1. The mood before the game in the change rooms was upbeat and there was a focus amongst the players to get out and win the first quarter.
From the opening bounce we were strong at the contest and worked hard to ensure that we had numbers around the stoppages. Running hard and looking for first options we managed to get on top of the Fields early and our work rate was rewarded on the scoreboard with Eloise Defina, Rhiannon Green, Maggie Wilson and Sam Bangs all managing to convert and give us a 4 goal term. Caulfield were able to convert 1 goal, but thanks to the hard work rate of all the team we held on to a 3 goal lead at the break.
In the second term we maintained the momentum and were able to limit scoring opportunities for Caulfield thanks to some strong work from our defensive line-up. Our forwards and midfield worked hard to lock the ball in our attacking half and there was some terrific work up forward as we kept the ball moving forward through traffic. Converting 2 goals in the quarter, whilst holding Caulfield to 1 goal saw us stretch our lead to 24 points at the main change. It was really pleasing to see the collective effort by everyone to play their positions and work hard to win one-on-one contests.
The third term was an important term and we were keen to ensure that we didn’t allow Caulfield to get back in the game. Whilst we were unable to score a goal ourselves we created plenty of opportunities, but could only convert for 2 points, while keeping Caulfield to 1 goal and 2 behinds. The two-way running of our midfield and wings was a highlight of the quarter – and our forwards, whilst not converting, continued to work hard to provide options. Emma Todd and Deanna Booth continued to work hard in the ruck and provide our midfield with support at stoppages.
In the last term Caulfield came out firing kicking the first 2 goals of the quarter and were attacking at every opportunity. Our defence continued to work hard putting pressure on the opposition around stoppages in their forward 50 and with a number of intercept marks that allowed us to move the ball quickly through the middle of the ground. When we kicked our first goal of the quarter we had a 11 point lead with just over 3 minutes left on the clock. Caulfield managed to score and with under a minute to go the team were now only 5 points up. Forcing stoppage after stoppage we managed to hold on for a fantastic win.
A really positive result. The way in which we moved the ball, and with Caulfield coming strong in the last quarter, we were able to show resilience and commitment to ensure that we got the win. Congratulations to Bridget Facey and Emma Todd on playing their first games in the Seniors for the club.
A huge thanks to all those that helped out on the weekend and the supporters and players that were around it is really appreciated by coaches and players. A special mention to Sara Fortunato (runner), Jackson Eade (water), Bec Kertes (water) and Ken Schwab (team manager) for all their help throughout the game.
After the week off we will come up against tough opposition in Old Geelong at home and hope again to see many supporters and players around.Goal Kickers: E. Defina 3, R. Green 2, S. Bangs, M. Wilson
Best Players: E. Defina, R. Green, M. Wilson, S. Bangs, S. Defina, E. Kaehne
Women’s Senior Coach
Game Interview – video
The cold, wet and dark nights returned to GBO this week, but the girls’ spirits had not been dampened. Our numbers were strong and we were again faced with selection woes on Thursday night. The excitement of an awesome Round 1, meant the enthusiasm for Round 2 was even greater as we sought to improve on our stellar start.
We lined up against Caulfield Grammar at Glenhuntly Oval with the early start time of 9.20am. We welcomed two players returning from long term injuries, Maddy Sloane and Khadiga Mohamed, who had both missed 12 months of football. The message was clear, that we needed to play for each other and always be first to the ball.
From the start, our attack and approach at the ball was fantastic. Savannah Dunwell proved that she was a quick learner, as she rucked from the opening bounce, and was quick to put her ascendency on the game. Our midfield worked well together, and the positive dynamic that is already building within the group was on show. The new additions of Eva Fisher and Ella Taverner made an impact, and they were shown the way in the middle by the hardworking and consistent Lisa Hamilton.
Our wing-stocks had been bolstered with the return of Maddy and Khigs, who despite their long absences, immediately added pace and flair on the outside. Our two first half goals came from Eva and Savannah, who proved very dangerous while rotating forward. As with last week, our backline held strong and despite a healthy amount of forward entries from Caulfield, we kept them goalless.
The second half saw the game shift further onto our terms, as we controlled possession and were able to lock the ball in our forward line for extended periods. Sam Bramwell and Gemma Smith were introduced to the role of tagging, and they both rose to the challenge and nullified one of Caulfield’s better playmakers. Liv Chan was impressive in her first game, and her unrelenting and repeated tackling efforts were an example of the team’s effective forward pressure.
Our determination and effort never wavered, and the rewards came in a flurry of goals in the final quarter. Laura Chesney showed how dangerous she can be when she gets the ball with two quick goals, and Ella Taverner kicked a classy snap to finish off a great win. The efforts of our backs must also be mentioned, as we set up very well defensively, and were difficult to score against.
Sadly, in the final stages of the game our own Eliza Jessup suffered a broken wrist, and we wish her a speedy recovery.
A big thanks to all those that assisted on game day, and we are looking forward to getting back out there after Easter!
Goal Kickers: E. Fisher 2, L. Chesney 2, S. Dunwell, E. Taverner
Best Players: S. Bramwell, E. Fisher, N. Strickland, L. Chesney, J. Szeredi, G. Kaehne Stef Anjou
Women’s Reserves Coach
Singing the Song – Video
After the euphoria of our massive first Round win against Mazenod had passed, the realisation and the learning began to dawn that our team was going to be significantly different to our first round team for the Round 2 clash against another of our rivals, Marcellin.
Players with injuries, players with social activities that would preclude them from playing footy on the weekend, players with travel commitments – lots of reasons that’s for certain!
The total – 11 on the injury list & another 7 unavailable, hmmm that’s another team of players PLUS of the most significance, we promoted 3 players to the Firsts team, one Scotty Kaiser who would be making his Senior team debut for the club. I guess that is what Ressies footy is about for someone like myself. Are we developing people? I certainly hope so!
Fortunately, we were able to leverage off the Under 23s & promote Richie McDonald, Matt Tesoriero, Pat Collins & Matt Hatzikostas into the team & Christian Gorman & Dan Dick returned from injury.
With a scoreline of 3 goals scored (Us) to 20 goals scored to them, there isn’t a lot to write about the match. Yes, we were well beaten on the scoreboard, but we did have a crack & that is all that can be asked of a group that was significantly down on talent when compared to a team that has played a great deal of footy together over the past couple of years.
The boys were asked to use the match as an opportunity to play tempo footy, try & wrest back some momentum and control of the footy, by hanging onto it longer, thereby frustrating the opposition. This style of play, it would be fair to say, is a Work in Progress, that’s for sure! We seem to be spooked into thinking that the only way we can play against a team such as this is to go at a million miles an hour! Unfortunately, that means that we end up making a mistake early in the play & the ball heads back the other way at pace. It’s no wonder the Backs get cross!!
Goal Kickers: M. Tesoriero, D. Berry, T. Vogel
Best Players: C. Young, T. Schipper, B. Frankish, M. Cottrell, A. Bongiorno, S. Clark
Men’s Reserves Coach
Following a nail biting victory against Mazenod in Round 1 Old Camberwell travelled to Marcellin on Saturday – the scene of an epic win last year, but also some horror losses in prior years.
On a beautiful afternoon for football the boys started brightly. Wary of Marcellin’s ability to run and spread we applied enormous pressure early, restricting the opposition to three goals in the opening term. The Wellers managed three goals of their own, including two from Nick Adamson who was on fire early.
The tight tussle continued into the second quarter, with the Wellers adding five goals to four to take a five point lead into the long break. The lowlight of the quarter was the season ending knee injury to Nick Adamson, the third ACL at the club in three weeks.
Already one player down, we were dealt another blow when young ruckman Kellan Percy, who had been instrumental in keeping us in the game, rolled his ankle midway through the third term, reducing us to twenty fit players. Kicking with a slight breeze, Marcelling took full advantage, kicking four goals to two for the quarter, to take a ten point break into the last change. Were it not for Simon Bennett and Mitch Smith down back, the lead would have been far greater.
The last break saw Coach Brownless implore his players to leave nothing in the tank – despite being men down there could be no excuses. An early goal gave the team hope, but Marcellin answered quickly to restore their ten point lead.
Gradually the Wellers began to wear their opponents down. Jimmy Allen and Chris Hensby began to dominate around the packs, and Alex Vickery, playing a lone hand in the ruck, was getting on top. Up forward debutant Scott Kaiser was inspirational, kicking three goals for the term. A freakish Alex Vickery snap and a cool finish on the run from Jimmy Allen saw us surge to an eight point lead, only for a late Marcellin goal to have the nerves jangling again. The dying minutes of a quarter that seemed to last for an eternity (35 minutes) saw the ball trapped in our forward line, and the boys held firm for an outstanding win.
Elation mixed with exhaustion were the overriding emotions in the rooms immediately after the game, but in years to come we will look upon this as one of the Club’s great wins in recent times.
Our starting percentage of 600% will cop a hiding for sure after that result, with our next opponent Williamstown CYs beckoning. Here’s to lots of crossed fingers!! Will players make themselves available for this vital clash at home after the Easter break? Here’s the challenge. Come on boys – make up your mind, are you on board for the season, or simply just keen to run around with your mates, when you feel like it?
Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 6, N. Adamson 2, D. McColl 2, J. Allen, M. Powell, F. Wells, A. Vickery, J. Holding
Best Players: S. Bennett, S. Kaiser, C. Hensby, J. Allen, A. Vickery, T. Oliver
Men’s Senior Coach