Hail coming at you sideways is never a good omen first thing on a Saturday morning. When you’re moving house and can’t remember where you’ve placed the box with your jocks, it can be heartbreaking but needless to say I recovered.
After a tough weekend on the paddock, I know many of our players are licking their wounds both physically and mentally. The Women’s Ones have sadly lost Maddy Sloane with an ACL and there were heavy knocks for Lou Anderson, Nat Edwards and Georgia Opray. Our Senior Men’s team are rueing a game they put themselves in a great position to win at half-time and our Thirds will be better for their first run but disappointed to go down.
Our Men’s Ressies came away with a strong win to open their account and given it was a ‘there goes the toupe’ (TGTT) kind of day, should be pleased with their efforts. Our Women’s Seconds kicked their first goal of 2018 and while narrowly going down showed how much they’ve improved in just a few weeks.
What matters this week is how we respond and if Tuesday’s training is any indication, we’re in good shape. We are really privileged to play at The Barnard and with the lights on Tuesday and the grass still green from the rain, it was a great sight watching our teams train hard in preparation for Saturday. With our Men’s teams all playing at home for the first time this year and how Women’s teams out for victory, Saturday’s a fresh start.
We hope some of you can join us this weekend both home and away.
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Come on the Wells.
After last weeks big loss at the hands of Williamstown the Wellers were looking to improve on a disappointing start to the season . Big Jimmy Wilson started his first game in the middle and Boyce & Matt Vogel came into the side for some much needed pace on the wings. The boys were up for a much more committed effort after a excellent week on the track.
We started brightly with some early forward entries and a few shots on goals but we were unable to capitalise. Mentonians then gained control of the quarter with some hard running from their talented mids and mobile forwards kicking 3 goals from 18 entries to our 2 points. Fortunately our back 6 were holding strong led by Cam Wilson & Simon Bennett and the ever reliable Rob Deev.
Our second quarter saw our boys come alive and finally start to attack the corridor with some slick ball movement from Hart & Allen who were starting to get on top of their opponents. Fraser Wells was also proving a handful for the opposition continually pumping the ball forward and giving our big forwards Nick Adamson 4 goals & Tom Kanz 2 goals plenty of opportunities to score. The momentum had changed slightly our way and the boys went into the half time break with much optimism for a big second half.
The second half became a real slog in trying conditions and whenever we clawed our way back into the contest Mentonians responded and their midfielders the put the result beyond doubt. We had our opportunties but ultimatley lacked poise with ball in hand.
Overall I couldn’t fault our boys efforts on the day. Our division is always going to be tight and we need to make the most of our opportunities against all teams. A big thank you to the support crew who helped out.
Looking forward to seeing you all at Gordon Barnard this week for our first home game of the season.
Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 3, T. Kanz 2, F. Wells, J. Allen
Best Players: B. Hart, N. Adamson, F. Wells, R. Deev, S. Bennett, C. Wilson
Unfurling our 2017 premiership flag before the game was something to savour in what was otherwise a tough day out for the Seniors who came up against a strong and mature Brunswick Renegades outfit. While the opening round demonstrated the huge potential in the playing group, Saturday showed what we have to learn.
Having been demoted from the top division at the end of 2017, it was evident from the pre-game warm up that Brunswick would be our most challenging opponent in a while. Given this, our first quarter effort to keep them scoreless was encouraging. Kicking with the breeze we had the majority of the play with Fortunato continuing her strong form from the previous week and Anderson providing strong support in the middle. While the ground was drying out we had early opportunities through our small forwards to capitalise, but failed to do so.
Defensively we were solid and composed in the first quarter, dealing with some smart Brunswick forward line players. However, as the second quarter wore on we lost some of that composure and a burst of three goals late on left us with a significant halftime deficit. The pressure they put us under, mainly due to their ability to position themselves in space around the contest and get the ball to these loose players who kicked long, proved to be the difference.
Needing to find goals in the third quarter, we gave some different roles to a few key players – pushing S. Defina forward and Anjou to centre half back. On reflection this worked and the team responded well. Harper put in an impressively dominant performance in the ruck, controlling her taps to great effect. Unfortunately, we only managed to partially win a share of the clearances, primarily through C. Wilson. Furthermore, we couldn’t convert. Brunswick continued to find players loose around the ground and we weren’t awake to this. Regardless, Anjou did an admirable job on their dangerous Number 8, negating her influence on the second half, and Opray was typically tenacious.
Staring at a first home defeat in our short history, Brunswick added two final-quarter goals to confirm it. Despite this, we had our opportunities as we continued to generate forward entries. Howell, in for her first game for the club, looked dangerous around the contest, finding plenty of footy.
A series of injuries in the second half rubbed salt in the wounds – worst of all a season-ending ACL injury to Sloane. We wish her all the best in her recovery.
It was our ineffective kicking and consistent fumbling when the ball was in dispute that hurt us the most, and point to clear things to work. By no means was it a bad performance, we showed a lot of endeavour and desire, and we matched it with a much more experienced and physically imposing side. But for a lack of polish, and better ball-use and decision making, we were right in it. A positive learning curve for the team and a valuable experience to play against opposition who can reveal how we can improve.
Best Players: C. Wilson, S. Defina, S. Fortunato, B. Howell, M. Harper, G. Opray
Despite the change in weather conditions from brilliant sunshine & warm “Indian Summer” like weather, the Ressies turned out at Keysborough Playing Fields with one singular intention & that was to take the first points for the season in order to get our season underway.
Displaying keenness & desire to get the job done the boys rushed out onto the ground, lined up ready for the battle after what can only be described as a hurricane like hail storm lashed the ground, making it extremely difficult to to think, let alone hear!
Once the playing group adapted to the conditions & started to play wet weather footy, the scoreboard began to tick over at a consistent pace & we saw the likes of Matty Bromell & Will Dalrymple pop up & kick 4 goals apiece. Of equal importance was the contribution of busy in & under midsHarry Crothers, Tom Vogel & Taylor Stone in consistently winning the hard ball & driving it forward to the hungry forwards.
Great to see big man Zach Herbstreit back in the Wellers colours & consistently gave us first use of the footy at stoppages with his deft taps to his mids.
Others to make significant contributions to the team effort were Andy Parker, who worked extremely hard to maintain the ball inside our forward half, Lucas (Dukesy) Huysmans, who responded in a positive manner to his selection in the early match having played in the Seniors the week before. He was able at one stage to get forward into a dangerous spot & score an important goal in the third quarter. Now that’s what I call … rolling up!
Importantly for the group, the first points of the season have been won, now the effort must go towards building on this. Work hard on the track this week boys & we’ll prepare well for Old Ivanhoe at our first game at home this season.
Goal Kickers: M. Bromell 4, W. Dalrymple 3, B. Williams 2, M. Schumann, L. Huysmans
Best Players: W. Dalrymple, M. Bromell, M. Cottrell, Z. Herbstreit, A. Bongiorno, J. Huntsman
Men’s Reserves Coaches
The team looked to respond from last week as we took on Brunswick at our home ground. With a number of players again playing their first game we knew that we would have to be competitive from the start. Winning the toss we decided to kick with the breeze and we started well in what was an arm wrestle all day. We started well with our mid-field of Laura, Eva and Lisa H along with the ruck work of Kate H and Sav got us off to a great start with a number of entries in to our forward line, which resulted in our first goal for the season when Sav pushed forward to snap one through.
In the second quarter we continued to work to ensure that we didn’t give the opposition time or space, with our tackling and pressure again being displayed. Our pressure across the ground was highlighted again with At half-time we were trailing by a point due to our strong defensive pressure around the ground and our hard running. With Lucy, Eliza and Jade all working hard across the wings to ensure that we didn’t give the opposition time or space.
In the second half we continued to make tackles and our improvement continued from last week as all players were involved in the game. Our defense continued to work hard throughout the game with Greta, Prue, Rosie, Georgia, Sarah, Hannah and Rosie all winning contests as they contained the opposition to just 1 goal in the first 3 quarters and ensured that we had a one point lead in to the last quarter, while our forward line of Jo, Alex Osborne, Alex Song, Alex Sertic, Jess, Bridget and Jess all presented and locked the ball in the forward line with some great tackling.
In the final term unfortunately we were unable to hang on as the opposition kicked 2 goals to take a 15 point win for the day. Despite the result not going our way all the players should be proud of the way we played – especially with the improvement we continued to make each quarter.
Thanks to all those that helped out on the day, it is greatly appreciated!
Goal Kickers: S. Dunwell
Best Players: E. Fisher, S. Dunwell, L. Chesney, G. Opray, E. Kaehne, G. Kaehne
Women’s Reserves Coach
With a disappointing forfeit last week from our opponents, the Thirds shaped up eager and keen to put their best foot forward going into their first game. However, many of them had a few extra cobwebs to blow out and within the first 10 minutes, Old Geelong had kicked the first four goals. It wasn’t until late into the first quarter that Richie McDonald put the Wellers on the map with a wonderful kick on the fifty.
After being challenged at half-time to start playing some defensive football and for some of our midfielders to perhaps follow their opponents when we didn’t have the ball, it was good to see Tom Owen taking this message to heart. After winning a clean clearance from the middle, Tom was able to gain 15 meters on his opponent and looked to be running into a massive goal; unfortunately for Tom it was the wrong way, with everyone not entirely sure what to do. After this surprise, the boys responded beautifully, tying up the contest and creating a number of beautiful passages of play.
The Third and fourth terms were the most trying quarters with the rain and wind coming in side-ways. However, even though the scoreboard reflected a challenge too-great, the boys pressured and harassed and were able to match Old Geelong for effort and skill for much of the second half. Special credit must go to those who ran through the middle for the majority of the game and Michael Hook who got through his first game back without pulling either hamstring. We played some fantastic football and there is certainly plenty to grow on for the rest of the year.
We look forward to this weeks challenge against St Marys at GBO this Saturday.
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