Round 4 Review

Forgettable Weekend
Saturday wasn’t the day we’d hoped for but everyone at the footy club is working their socks off to ensure the lessons learnt will make us stronger and better. I have almost got over the ‘bizarre’ umpiring decisions in the Ones but as Anson said, we had opportunities and sometimes that’s footy…and life for that matter. How we respond is the key.

We are having hugely excited about our upcoming GALA BALL on MAY 26th. Our Social Committee is working all hours to secure fantastic auction and raffle items and the list is looking good. What we need now from our supporters and community is to work together and book our tables. Put simple this is our major fundraising event for the year. With five teams playing we need all the funds and support we can to make our club great.

Saturday 26th May – Gala Ball

Tickets and info available here

The next three weeks are critical to ensure we secure the 250 people we need to make the night a corker. Spread the word, book a table, send me adamkyriacou@outlook.com auction items and most importantly gear up for a brilliant night of fun and community.

PARKING FINES
This weekend is Super Saturday as we host both the Men’s & Women’s teams @ GBO. The school are also playing a lot of footy in the morning so the carpark will be busy. Please note that the council may hand out parking infringements if you park on the grass (even though there are no signs saying not to). They send them in the mail, so you won’t know you have one for a few weeks. Forewarned!

Go Wellers.

Adam Kyriacou
President
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Men ReservesThursday night sessions are meant to be the time where Coaches can prime their players for the upcoming battle ahead. Unfortunately, injuries prevailed and the planning that went into the games was thrown out the door. Losing our Captain, Charlie Urwin to an ankle injury & Andy Parker to an ankle sprain, combined with the loss of Matty Cottrell from the previous week, our depth was being tested. Coupled with some key senior players not coming up from injury, plenty of opportunities were on offer for the boys from the Third XV111.

Old Geelong has a long history of producing strong Reserves sides & today was no different. They ran out onto Como Oval looking like Jack & the Beanstalk x 5!!!

Perhaps basking in the glory of two recent solid wins, our boys were slow out of the blocks & very slow to react to the pressure being applied by the opposition. In truth, the opposition was relentless & we were very fortunate to be only 37 points down at quarter time, not having bothered the scorers at our end.

The backline was extremely resolute in the face of consistent attacks & they were able to force the OGs into scoring more behinds than goals, but that didn’t stop the scoreboard from spinning along & we went into the final term 78 points in arrears.

Pride was on the line now. Could we score at least one major before the end of the game? Fortunately Taylor Stone spun out of a pack, ball in hand & scored a lone goal, on the run to give the scoreboard some small level of decency.

Back to the drawing board now for the coaching panel, with our next opponents being the strong Marcellin outfit, to be played at GBO.

Goal Kickers: T. Stone
Best Players: R. West, O. Lloyd, J. Huntsman, C. Gorman, B. Mann, K. Percy

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coaches


ThirdsThis week proved our toughest test yet as the boys went in against a very well-drilled side that also boosted additional numbers and support. Showing ample amounts of grit and determination, the lads fought bravely. Steven Cunningham was our best on, collecting plenty of fire from both sides as he led the team in the midfield for much of the day.

Michael Hook also extended his run of form and was pivotal in defence, providing much of our grunt off the backline throughout the day. Tom Schipper and Matt Tesoriero were also excellent down back, both playing their best game to date and were amongst our best on. Michael Jenkin’s kicking skills enabled us to transition from the backline and set up a number of goals in stylish fashion.

However, it was our ruckman Declan Hudson-Mollard who played with the most vigor and determination as he pushed his opponent all day and by the last quarter was well on top in contests. I’m looking forward to watching his development over the next couple of weeks!

Unfortunately, despite the brave effort, St Bernards were too strong and Old Camberwell suffered our first 100 point loss for the year. However, I was extremely pleased by the effort the boys provided and am looking forward to seeing what they bring to the table this week against Old Carey.

Goal Kickers: T. Bedford, C. MacCallum, L. Campbell
Best Players: S. Cunningham, M. Hook, D. Hudson-Mollard, M. Jenkin, T. Schipper, M. Tesoriero

We still welcome more players to sign up!  You can sign up here: FootyWeb

Or contact Ben for more info:
Ebbage11@live.com
0418 123 419

Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach


Men

After last week’s great win The Wellers suffered a hard fought and narrow 19 point loss against Old Geelong after leading for most of the day on a Sun drenched Como Park.
Forced to make four late changes to the side going into an important away clash with Old Geelong was somewhat unsettling particularly as 2 were on the training track Thursday night but it allowed in form Will Dalrimple his first Ones opportunity and we were confident we had a team capable of winning.

We started strongly with some slick ball movement in a fast paced and entertaining opening term. Herbstreit was giving the boys plenty of opportunities in the middle and Hensby Arnold were busy in the midfield as they continued to give our forwards plenty of early entries. We were in control at the first break and 3 goals up. Most pleasingly we were able to restrict Geelong’s run & carry game plan with some intense pressure and fierce tackling.

The second quarter saw Old Geelong slowly work their way into the contest. They switched the play and had repeat entries into their 3 giant forwards who were starting to look very dangerous. Our backs led by DeevWilson Warburton were on fire repelling many attacks and continuing their fine form this season to keep us in an absorbing contest.

After the main break we again started to gain control with the inform Adamson Kanz dominating up forward and Boyce Sam Powell controlling their wings. If it wasn’t for a few bizarre umpiring decisions we would have pulled away and led comfortably into the last break.

The last quarter saw a slick Geelong outfit start to wither down our slender lead with a few mistakes and poor execution from our tired boys. OGs put the game out of our reach with 5 last quarter goals to our 7 points. As we all know, poor kicking is poor football and we would pay in the end.

After the game I reminded our boys that if we keep up that effort and work rate for a full 4 quarters we will start to win games on a more consistent basis. We are right in Premier C and played well enough to win.

Thanks for all helpers who turned out on the day.

Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 3, N. Latsas 2, B. Hart, C. Hensby, H. Crothers
Best Players: R. Deev, N. Adamson, C. Hensby, C. Wilson, B. Hart, J. Arnold

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach