As our compelling Coach reviews show, while we didn’t take the chocolates in every game, our effort and commitment was there for all to see. I was able to take in all but the Thirds, who were away, and it was fantastic to watch 4 solid contests against hard and fair opposition.
A special note this week to the Men’s Senior Team. Wearly pointed out it was the first time we’ve beaten Marcellin at GBO in 15 attempts – i.e. ever! The guts and character shown in the last was testament to the talent we have and congratulations to all involved.
A special thanks to all those who helped on the day around the club and in particular to our Superman – Boyd Elliott – who is doing an absolute power of work around the Club.
Please join us if you can this Saturday. If not, then on May 26th at the Gala Ball. Tickets are selling fast but there is plenty of room for more. It is shaping up to be a corker.
|Saturday 26th May – Gala Ball
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Right from the first bounce, our intensity at the contest was fantastic. Having worked on protecting the ball carrier and blocking to open up space at training over the last couple of weeks, the girls had clearly taken this on board and were focused on this in the opening stages. For the first time this season, it allowed us the opportunity to have clean possession and feed out to our quick runners. Much improved composure under pressure from Sam A, Sara and Rachael in the middle was great to see as it opened up Soph and Ella to stretch their legs out on the wings. Some exciting and free flowing passages of play were matched by Monash, and with a couple of points in it at the end of the first quarter we knew it would be a tight game.
As the momentum and run continued into the second quarter, our tall forwards – Anna, Amelia and Jess – worked hard up the ground and deep in the forward fifty to present and bring the ball to ground. And in another first for the year, our small forwards were getting in great position and pushing to the fall of the ball. StephEl, Nat, Isy and Eadie (on her Senior debut) were all getting their share of the crumbs, as well as providing small marking options to link with runners coming out of defence and the midfield. Another tight quarter, meant the scoreboard read just as it did at the end of the first.
There was a strong, positive feeling in the rooms at the main break as the team recognised they were being rewarded for their efforts to run hard, block and carry, and persist with the game plan to move the ball on quickly and cleanly – basically, to work to our strengths. So, there was no surprise when we continued to control the opening period of the third term. Unfortunately, we lost a bit of concentration in the middle part of the quarter as Monash kicked three quick goals. Some which we probably should’ve dealt with. Despite this, the girls didn’t drop their heads and worked back into it, to finish the quarter strongly and snag a late goal. Which could have been a couple more.
We were right in it at the final change and confident that we could maintain the intensity.
Our last quarter was exceptional, if not disappointing for our inability to convert all the possession and play into goal scoring opportunities. Defensively we were composed, as Sam B, Gab, Beck, Smitty and Steph D showed grit to finish off the game still providing plenty of drive out of the back line, demonstrating plenty of versatility with their skills and defensive efforts. Likewise, through the midfield Clare, Dee, Brig, Meg and Lou ran and ran and ran.
It was the exhaustion at the final siren that was most evident and pleasing. The team worked hard all day and it paid off. Not on the scoreboard, but how we moved the ball and protected each other, ran to present and to create space, and outnumber and harass the opposition around the ball. The girls can be extremely proud of their performance and look forward to a big clash against Old Geelong, full of confidence and with a point to prove.
Goal Kickers: S. Fortunato, S. Anjou
Best Players: S. Defina, S. Bangs, S. Bangs, G. Opray, S. Anjou, S. Fortunato
Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
After the break we returned to our home ground to take on Monash and were buoyant about our chances given our continued improvement each week.
The first quarter we were unable to match the ball use of Monash as they looked to hit targets down the line. Their ability to control the ball with strong marking and continued leads was hard for us to negate. Despite the control of the ball and play for much of the quarter our defensive pressure was exceptional as we managed to stop them from causing damage on the scoreboard. Our backline worked hard to make every contest as well as ensure that they didn’t get any loose players goal side which meant that we only trailed by a single goal at quarter time. Tracey, Rosie, Kath and Greta all worked hard in the backline to ensure that Monash weren’t able to put more scoreboard pressure on us.
In the second quarter we again were under pressure as the midfield worked hard to try to get more ascendancy over the opposition and whilst we responded well we were unable to match the opposition who again managed to kick just the one goal for the quarter. Alex Osborne and Song were terrific as they worked hard with their defensive pressure in the forward line.
At half time we spoke about putting together a strong quarter of football and beginning to put some scoreboard pressure on the opposition and we came out firing as we kicked the first goal in under 15 seconds with our midfield pushing hard to drive the ball forward and Sav managing to weave through traffic to get her first for the game. It was a quarter in which Maddie, Eva and Jane all showed poise with their possessions.
In the final term we through the magnets around with a number of players playing in different positions as we looked to try to close the gap on the opposition. Despite dominating the play for much of the quarter we were unable to convert this to the scoreboard as Monash kicked another goal to our 2 points. With some fantastic work through the middle of the ground and forward we were unable to close the gap on Monash.
Whilst it was disappointing to not get the win it was great to see so many of the players have an opportunity and to wrestle back possession. Often work rate can go unrewarded but we are confident that if we continue to improve and focus on our work rate that our next win is just around the corner.
Thanks again to our supporters, helpers and Roma for being the runner for the game.
Goal Kickers: S. Dunwell
Best Players: E. Fisher, G. Kaehne, J. Cuningham, A. Osborne, B. Facey, E. Fuller
Women’s Reserves Coach
The Wellers produced a brilliant final quarter comeback to secure a much needed 11 point victory against a strong Marcellin outfit on Super Saturday at GBO.
Led by Onballers Joey Arnold (bog) James Allen (3 goals) & Ben Hart (2 goals), the Wellers hunted in numbers and pressured the Eagles at every opportunity from the first bounce. Wingers Sam Boyce and Harry Crothers played their best game for the year and young Wellers Lachie Powell, Kellan Percy & Josh Holding continued their rapid improvement this year. Forwards Taverner and the dangerous Latsas were combining well together and backs Bennett & Deev were well on top. We would go into the main break with a handy 1 goal lead.
The third quarter saw Marcellin kick 4 goals in a row and take the biggest lead of the game out to 18 points. The pressure was definitely red hot. Showing great character and fight, our boys fought back brilliantly late in the quarter though important goals to dominant big man Adamson & Nick Latsas, playing a new role forward. We had cut back the lead to trail by 7 points going into a tense last quarter.
The conditions were almost eerie given our late start and all breeze vanished. This would prove to be our best final term so far this year and we continued that momentum and were fully rewarded for our work rate allowing us to take our game to another level. We ran over a very courageous Marcellin outfit and apart from a late scare with late Eagles goals, we got home by 11 points in a confidence building win.
It was fantastic to finally see 4 quarters of pressure football after last weeks drop off against Old Geelong. Full credit must go to the leadership group who were challenged before the game and responded with some outstanding performances.
Thanks to all helpers on the day and we hope to see many supporters back again next week at GBO.
Goal Kickers: N. Latsas 3, N. Adamson 3, J. Allen 3, B. Hart 2, A. Taverner 2, H. Crothers, S. Powell
Best Players: J. Arnold, S. Boyce, J. Allen, H. Crothers, A. Brettingham-Moore, R. Campbell
After a quite disappointing showing against OGs in Rd. 4 we returned to GBO to meet the confident Marcellin Eagles, who have started the season in a manner not too dissimilar to our boys.
The question was asked of each of the players in the pre-match … did anyone think that we had met the “Sweep the Sheds” ethic the previous Saturday? Each player conceded that they could have done better & therefore the theme for this week, EFFORT, ENERGY, HONESTY was put to the players before they ran out onto the ground with those words ringing in their ears as they entered the ground to do battle with the old AGS competition enemy!
The game started at breakneck pace and the ball travelled up and down the ground with both sides backlines dominating the play. Unfortunately, our concentration waned late in the quarter enabling the opposition to score a couple of goals late in the quarter to give them a handy 3 goal lead at the first break.
Whilst frustrated in our inability to score goals, the team remained focused and committed to the task at hand and continued to attack hard, maintaining the ball in the front half of the ground for well over half the quarter. Oliver Lloyd was certainly relishing the freedom afforded him moving from the backline into the midfield, where he provided great drive by winning the inside ball & getting it to the outside runners with great aplomb! The overall level of effort was not being rewarded by a release in scoreboard pressure though, and combined with us missing a couple of “sitters” in front of goal, we would have been back closer to the lead.
The coaches reminded the boys that honesty in effort was what was required if we were to salvage some respect from the contest. To the boys’ great credit, there was a significant rise in the urgency of our play and we were able to score multiple goals through the efforts of Scotty Kaiser & Jimmy Wilson, both from strong contested marks in front of goal.
Heading into the final quarter 34 points down, the boys continued to pile the pressure on the Eagles defenders but still struggled to regularly find the big sticks, finishing the game with a scoreline of 1 goal 6 behinds for Q4, whilst keeping the opposition scoreless.
Would’ve, could’ve should’ves all were being sprouted post-match, but as the boys were reminded, the final scoreboard did not reflect anything other than a 22 point loss!
For this group of players to move forward, the greater amount of time that they spend working on their game will have benefits for them individually and as a team. We are already seeing the benefits of our Under 19s graduates coming into the team and contributing massively. Robbie Westperformed magnificently against the opposition’s leading goal scorer, his pace and attack on the incoming footy was something to behold, and Fraser Mascitelli played his best game in the midfield winning a number of stoppages with his strength and presence. Bring on the rest of the season!!
Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 2, D. La Fontaine, J. Wilson
Best Players: O. Lloyd, F. Mascitelli, R. West, T. Eastick, A. Bongiorno, W. Dalrymple
Men’s Reserves Coach
In perfect conditions, this week provided the boys the ideal opportunity to bounce back after a big loss the previous week. However, due to a lack of scoreboard pressure, we were unable to match Old Carey where it counted most. Patrick Dennis stood up for a break-out game, providing strong contested work inside and out of the contest, while Michael Jenkins and Louis Campbell both continued to display class by foot and plenty of dash.
Other creditable performers where Declan Hudson-Mollard who worked hard all day and gave an honest performance and Mitch Collard who held down the fort in defence in his first game for the year. Special mention must also go to Josh Barrington and Andrew Clarke, who were late inclusions and provided genuine leadership around the ground.
In the end it was a disappointing loss for all involved, especially since we were right in the contest but just could not convert. However, those watching were extremely proud of the boys’ efforts and at no stage did they drop their heads.
This week we play Marcellin at GBO, which should be a very good contest for both teams.
Goal Kickers: M. Jenkin, T. Phelps, M. Todd
Best Players: L. Campbell, A. Clarke, P. Dennis, D. Hudson-Mollard, M. Jenkin, A. Viola
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