Round 3 Wrap Up
It’s funny how football can bring you up and take you down in the space of a week but that’s life and the only response is to pick yourself up, dusted yourself off and bring your best to the next task at hand.
I’ve no doubts that when our first Women’s team played their first ever game of football against Old Geelong 3 years ago they could have then imagined a winning margin of over 10 goals. And yet our Women’s Seniors did by dusting themselves off and continuing to improve their game across all levels.
And so too will our other teams. That’s the beauty of football – you get the opportunity to reset, train hard, think about what you need to do differently and then put that in to practice on Saturday. Our fantastic leadership group and our coaches and support staff have already started that work and I’ve no doubts we’ll come out fighting next Saturday and give our best. It is the Wellers Way.
What is also the Wellers Way is hosting social lunches that bring together our community and it was a huge pleasure to welcome many to our Ladies Lunch last Saturday. It was sensational to see parents of our Men’s and Women’s teams along with a strong contingent from my own era at the club reminiscing and catching up in our clubrooms. We had a modest showing last year and have built some momentum this year. Our aim is to bring together 50 people for this lunch so please spread the word and join us.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – GALA BALL FOR 2019
Our Social Director Katherine Bithavas is continuing to power the club’s social calendar and we’re now gearing up for our 2019 Gala Ball. As ever, early table bookings are hugely appreciated and we’ll publish further details again on Friday. Please read below for details and contact Katherine – 0424 345 605, Ben Ebbage – 0418 123 419 or myself – 0499 333 571 for details.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ – LAUNCHING OCGAFC PODCAST
Some of our players have come together to launch our first ever podcast as a club. We’ll publish details in this Friday’s newsletter and looking forward to updating you with where to access it and what to expect from the producers. It will be great.
After a sensational win against Fitzroy the previous Round, it was time to front up to Old Xavarians and did we gave our all against a team blessed with a lot of experience and resources.
There was no time for pretty footy so it was time to dish out the tackles, continue the man on man pressure and push the ball forward at all costs.
In the first quarter we started with some ferocious tackling and pressure by Tan, Mascitelli, Giomi and Augustes and held them to 5 goals with limited scoring opportunities for our forwards.
The rest of the game was a battle but we stood tall and played hard and physical. Our ball movement improved up forward and Schuman slotted a goal in the third quarter which was duly celebrated.
Congratulations to Oliver for presenting all day, Eastick for applying countless tackles and developing play and everyone contributing.
We never dropped our heads against a well-oiled machine and the endeavour and pressure was applied all day and our efforts were not reflective of the final score.
Our Under 23 team is a development team and we’re delighted with their progress and the opportunities it provides for our boys to play good footy.
Goal Kickers: M. Schumann
Best Players: A. Giomi, T. Eastick, J. Tan, J. Oliver, M. Tesoriero, F. Sampson
After a week off and coming up against strong opposition in Old Geelong it was important to get off to a good start in our first home game of 2019.
The first quarters we have started relatively strongly this year and we again managed to get off to a good start as we were able to get our hands on the ball through the middle of the ground,. With a number of forward entries we were able to spot our forward targets who in turn converted on the scoreboard. The contested work rate from all our players throughout the quarter meant that we had a 3 goal opening term whilst the defensive work of our backline was fantastic as we held Old Geelong scoreless for the quarter.
In the second term we were keen to ensure that we went in at the half time break having played two strong quarters. The team didn’t disappoint getting 4 goals for the quarter and having 8 scoring shots in total. Our defensive pressure continued and despite Old Geelong managing to get a number of entries we were able to hold them to just 3 points for the quarter. Our rucks continued to work hard at the stoppages and provide our midfield first use of the ball . The team approach had seen us had manage to get a 45 point lead.
The second half the team were focused on continuing the hard work and winning the 3rd quarter and a 4 goal term ensured that we came in to the final change with a 70 point lead. Our midfield and forwards combined well with a number of options presenting, while our back line continued to play accountable football ensuring that the Old Geelong forwards and midfield had limited space and minimising their ability to impact on the scoreboard.
The final quarter was an arm wrestle as Old Geelong continued to press and work hard and eventually managed to kick there first goal for the quarter. We were unable to convert our forward entries for a goal despite our work rate but with a number of players playing different roles it was pleasing to see how competitive we were through out the quarter.
To get the 4 points was fantastic, but even more pleasing was the even contribution of players throughout the day that resulted in the strong performance. With 8 goal kickers across the 4 quarters highlighting the team work and the even contributions of all players for the full 4 quarters.
Congratulations to Ana Smith who played her first senior game this week. A huge thanks again to all the people that helped out on the day and the supporters – it is great to have so many people involved each week.
With another big game this week against Old Xaverians at home we look forward to continuing the work that we have done so far this year and we hope to see as many people down to support again.
Women’s Senior Coach
Goal Kickers: M. Wilson 4, R. Green, S. Anjou, S. Bangs, A. Anjou, L. Anderson, E. Defina, S. Bangs
Best Players: E. Defina, S. Bangs, M. Wilson, A. Herrington, E. Todd, T. Lam
Following the extended Easter break, everyone was eager to pick up where we left off. There were a few nervous faces in the change rooms prior, as our last outing against Geelong had ended in a 100 point loss, and no team had registered a score against Geelong in the opening two rounds.
The theme for the day was to play our contested brand of footy that has served us well in the first 2 rounds. Gemma Smith led brilliantly with an unrelenting ferocity for the contest, laying tackle after tackle.
Hannah Martin playing her first game for the Wellers showed the fierceness the girls have demanded from each other, applying some great forward pressure and a perfectly executed front and centre crumbing goal from Laura Chesney had us take a one goal lead into quarter time.
During the second quarter, due to some outside dash from Maddy Sloane and with Bridget Facey repeatedly breaking lines out of defence, we continued to provide our forwards with plenty of opportunity. Lisa Hamilton, captaining the side for the day, managed to get onto the end of this exciting football and kick truly, ensuring we went into half time with a 2 goal lead.
As was to be expected Old Geelong came out strongly and had pegged the lead back to a singular point by three quarter time.
The final quarter was a fierce seesawing contest. Old Geelong had taken the lead early but with Alex Sertic quickly firing back, the sides were deadlocked for a large part of the last quarter. Unfortunately the weight of forward entries allowed Geelong to pinch a 2 point victory.
We look forward to bouncing back from a heartbreaking loss with our next game against Xavs in Round 4.
Goal Kickers: L. Chesney, A. Sertic, L. Hamilton
Best Players: K. White, G. Smith, M. Sloane , R. Kertes, A. Robison, B. Facey
Women’s Reserves Coach
This week we returned to GBO for our Round 3 clash against strong flag favourites, Williamstown CYs. With plenty to play for after quite a drubbing received the previous week, the team selected certainly, on paper, appeared capable of pulling off a big upset win. Coupled with the significant personnel changes we were able to celebrate Chris Young’s 100th game with the Club.
Congratulations Chris, you have been a wonderful servant of the Club, a pleasure to coach, and your hardnosed approach to the contest and to the overall effort of the team is very difficult to surpass!
First gamer Olly Randall debuted for the club and we saw Lucas ‘Dukesy’ Huysmans, Greg Tolson, Nick Russell, Ben Warburton, Michael Jenkinand Louis Campbell return for the clash.
The boys started strongly kicking 3 goals to surprise their opponents with confident ball movement and a team approach to defence.
Unfortunately, after the first break, we struggled to impact the scoreboard with the opposition racking up 14 goals to our 3. Disappointing yes, but as Coach I am buoyed by the boys preparedness to adopt a modified game plan that certainly does rely on them executing their skills better, for longer! I remain confident that we are on the right path and look forward to seeing the boys back out on the track this work working on the game style.
Goal Kickers: B. Williams, N. Russell, T. Schipper, C. Young, Z. Herbstreit, J. Huntsman
Best Players: C. Young, B. Williams, T. Vogel, Z. Herbstreit, N. Russell, B. Mann
Men’s Reserves Coach
The Wellers good start to the season came to an abrupt end with a relentless Williamstown CYs team handing out an 83 point defeat on our home deck.
We started the game well, matching Williamstown’s aggression with some crunching tackles and intense pressure but Willy’s stronger bodies in the midfield and some talented tall timber up forward eventually kicked several telling goals to go into the long break with a 3 goal buffer.
The second half saw a Williamstown team in full flight determined to make an early statement after last year’s finals exit and they ran away with the game kicking a rampant 12 goals to our 1 goal for the half. They proved far too slick in all areas over the ground and our young group were taught some crucial lessons required to be competitive at the top end of Premier C.
Jimmy Allen was a shining light in the middle and Lachy Powell and Simon Bennett worked hard across half back. Speedy youngster David McColl also continued his good form across half forward.
Next week we look forward to Hampton at home and a chance to redeem ourselves.
Goal Kickers: K. Percy , J. Holding, J. Allen, M. Powell, S. Kaiser
Best Players: J. Allen, A. Vickery, L. Powell, S. Bennett, J. Holding, D. McColl
Men’s Senior Coach