Round 6 Review

In what will be our first out of 3 five team Super Saturday for 2018, there was a great buzz around the club from the moment the Thirds ran out on the top oval. And what a game they played, tearing apart top-of-the-table Marcellin in a display that made us all smile. Our new coffee machine guru Noah was cranking out fresh flat whites and BBQ heroes Tony Holding and Vickers had the flames working early with fresh egg and bacon rolls on the menu.

Our Women’s Reserves took on Old Geelong and while the scoreboard looked one-sided it was anything but a tackle followed by bump followed by effort. Our Wellers girls weren’t taking a backward step. Our Men’s Reserves were in a battle of their own in a frenetic encounter with arch rivals PEGS. Not sure why but this game is a proper grudge match and we held on in a thriller by 2 points!

Meanwhile,  some of our amazing Mum’s (not enough mind) were popping the champers and dining out on cucumber sandwiches and quiche lorraine while they cheered on both teams from the balcony. Plenty of urging from the stands and even a few discussions re some interclub relationships – time for me to exit.

Our Senior sides displayed great grit and skill but fell short at different stages of their games. While it’s never easy to watch tight contests as a supporter, it’s great to see us play good football. The results will come rest assured.

More on the Gala Ball Friday but it’s going to be a great night. Looking forward to Saturday.

Saturday 26th May – Gala Ball

If you have anything to donate as an auction item, please contact Adam.

Go Wellers.

Adam Kyriacou
President
president@ocgfc.com.au
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ThirdsOn a perfect May day, the Old Camberwell thirds team produced their best performance of the year! In a stunning win over first placed Marcellin, the boys played with vigour and plenty of run. After playing a few games together, it finally clicked for the boys and they were able to not only defeat the opposition in the contest but also apply the scoreboard pressure needed to snatch the game.

Matthew Todd continued his stellar start of the year at Centre Half Back, while Patrick Dennis, Louis Campbell and Michael Jenkin all had standout games in the midfield. However, it was the newcomers who showed the most promise, with Ange Viola and Tyler Phelps kicking 3 goals and 2 goals respectively. What made the feat even more remarkable was that it was Ange’s fourth game and Tyler’s second. Above everything, the win was a full team effort, with everyone contributing and putting in their all! From my point of view, it was a very satisfying win and I am extremely proud of the boys.

Goal Kickers: A. Viola 3, M. McPherson 3, T. Phelps 2, J. Alexeyeff 2, M. Jenkin, L. Campbell, T. Owen
Best Players: M. Jenkin, A. Viola, T. Phelps, P. Dennis, L. Campbell, M. Todd

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

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Ben Ebbage
Third’s Coach


WomenAnother promising display by the Seniors showed the continued development we’re making as a team. Had we shown up in the first quarter, we may have been celebrating a monumental win over an Old Geelong side that had demolished us in our first ever competitive game in Round 1 last year. The first quarter aside, we were able to push Old Geelong in the remaining three, and outscored them in the second half.

The opening quarter was a stiff lesson for the side, demonstrating how a game can be lost in just 20 minutes of footy. Being nearly five goals down at the first change is always going to make for a long day, and teams rarely recover from such an early deficit. Old Geelong put on an impressive display, showing their quality, moving the ball with speed and taking their opportunities to pile on scoreboard pressure. We were caught napping. There was nothing we could do, but forget it and move on.
The coaches didn’t need to say much at the quarter-time huddle. It was obvious to the playing group that the effort was lacking. All the coaches asked for was that the team lift the effort and not let the opposition think they were going to get an easy run of it. That’s not what this team does.

And what ensued was a terrific and inspiring three quarters of football, where you could see from the sidelines that we believed we could match it with Old Geelong. We played with tenacity and confidence, over running and virtually shutting down their game. Putting aside the two second quarter goals they kicked, we held them to four points in the second half, showing the extent to which we turned it around.

We got on top in the middle and around the ground, through some key changes in personnel. Meg was thrown into the starting ruck position, playing it smart to out muscle the opposition ruck, which Dee tuned into and then followed suit. Pushing Amelia onto the wing and Isy into the middle, and Anna to centre half back, gave us a different structural dynamic, which worked effectively. It allowed for Steph D and Gab to be let loose across the half back, while Soph and Amelia’s hard running on the wings gave us good balance across the centre of the ground.

Getting more of the ball around the ground was the catalyst for applying consistent forward pressure. Picking up from the previous week, RachaelNatBrigAlexJane and Eadie continued to work hard to lock the ball in our forward line and to provide options and support to our tall forwards. In the last two weeks, our ability to keep the ball in out forward fifty is allowing us to generate scoring opportunities where we haven’t in the earlier rounds. Although, our forward structures still require work. Special mention to Jane who kicked her first senior goal after a strong marking contest, and Amelia who would be boosted by slotting one after threatening to do so all season.

Maggie’s availability was a welcome return down back, as she worked her way into the game. Tracy (on debut) and Smitty, playing alongside her for much of the game, put in strong performances after being thrown into the deep end after the first quarter. It was great to see them not be overawed and stick to the task. And huge praise to Brig and Sara, probably the two smallest midfielders in the competition. They both put in classy performances, and are fast becoming serious ball winners, as well as great users and decision makers.

All in all, a great display from the team. Another performance that can give us confidence that we’re settling into the division and closing the gap between the stronger teams. A look at the ladder suggests we’re still right in the mix and not out of the race for finals. With a bit of luck we would already have been in the four. Fingers crossed that Sam and Lou have not sustained serious injuries after going down during the game. Big thanks to all who assisted with various jobs, especially Dave Anjou for umpiring both games. Looking forward to getting back to winning ways against Mazenod, in one we should be looking to give maximum effort to win.

Goal Kickers: A. Robison, J. Cuningham
Best Players: S. Bangs, M. Harper, I. Burke, T. Lam, S. Fortunato, B. Howell

Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
Women’s Coaches


Women ReservesOn Saturday we took on the top side who had taken all before them so we knew that it would be a challenging game from the opening bounce.

The opening quarter saw us start strongly as we managed to keep the opposition to just the 2 goals on the back of some great defence and our midfield working hard to ensure that the opposition didn’t get too many loose players. We worked hard to lock down the play and fought for every ball.

In the second quarter Old Geelong showed some great structure as they managed to kick 5 goals and have 10 scoring shots for the quarter and whilst we battled hard we were unable to put a score on the board. Our tackling was again a feature, however Old Geelong were able to get some loose players behind the ball and find space around the ground as they used their foot skills and run and carry to move the ball. Maddie RichardsLucyEmeliaLisaRosieKath Dale and Georgia all having a run through the middle. While KateNicole and Alice all worked through the Ruck and forward line tirelessly throughout the game.

At half time we consolidated and spoke about having a belief as despite the scoreboard we had physically been in the game and just unable to finish our hard work in front of goals. The team worked hard and showed the belief kicking a goal in the first 5 minutes of the third quarter thanks to the work of Lucy Cooper. The forward continued to work hard and despite not getting the reward they showed plenty of spirit to keep the ball in the forward line. Our backline was again strong as they kept Old Geelong to just the 2 goals for the quarter with Sarah, Greta, Phoebe, Hannah, Eliza, Prue, Eliza and Bridget all working extremely hard to repel the ball

The last quarter saw more of the same from the team as the defence again managed to hold Old Geelong to 2 goals, while the midfield worked hard to close down loose players and ensure that the opposition didn’t get any free disposals and whilst we deserved more the scoreboard it was great to see that we finished off the game with hard work as our forwards of SavEvaJoJade and Alex Sertic who didn’t have any easy day worked to push up the ground.

A huge thanks to the supporters and helpers who again assisted on the day – it is greatly appreciated and makes such a  big difference. Look forward to next week and seeing us secure our second win of the year.

Goal Kickers: L. Cooper
Best Players: A. Fly, S. Dunwell, S. Kaehne, G. Kaehne, B. Facey, M. Richards

Alex Mackenzie
Women’s Reserves Coach


Men

Despite the heavy rain experienced late in the week, the good work of Boyd and Coach Brownless with the centre wicket covers saw the ground in tip-top condition for our clash with third placed PEGS.  We had prepared for a tough encounter and that is exactly what occurred.

The game had a strangely flat feel to it early and consequently we did not take full advantage of the assisting wind until later in the quarter.  After conceding the first goal we began to work our way into the game.  Hensby and Wells were winning plenty of ball through the middle, and Jimmy Allen was dangerous forward, kicking two goals for the quarter.  We took a slender six point lead into the first break.

Hard work was going to be needed to limit the damage in the second quarter against a stiffening breeze.  Our backline, led by Simon Bennett and Rob Deev, were resolute, and kept us in the game.  Sam Boyce’s pace and drive from the wing was also important.  In fact we were able to generate five scoring shots to four for the quarter – unfortunately only one goal resulted as opposed to three for PEGS.  To trail by only three points at half time after a lacklustre half left us feeling reasonably confident.

Hopes were dashed early in the third quarter though, with PEGS kicking the first two goals of the half.  Their hard running and precision kicking to loose players was text book “into the wind” football which we failed to counter.  A late fightback, which included goals to Wells and Brettingham-Moore, saw us within two points at three quarter time, with the game well and truly on the line.

We were no match for PEGS in the last quarter, with their dominance in the ruck finally translating into decisive centre clearances and perfect delivery to a highly talented full forward, who managed to kick six goals in the last quarter alone.  A measure of their efficiency was eight straight goals in the last quarter.

So the tale of the tape – more inside fifty’s, more clearances, and only one less scoring shot.  But only five marks inside forward fifty, and less clinical when moving the ball forward, leading to a 31 point loss.  As we discussed pre-game, it is a really even competition, and you need to bring your best every week.  So we dust ourselves off and head to Peninsula where a win is critical.

Goal Kickers: J. Allen 4, N. Adamson 2, H. Crothers 2, F. Wells, A. Brettingham-Moore, S. Boyce
Best Players: J. Allen, S. Bennett, R. Deev, A. Brettingham-Moore, F. Wells, S. Boyce

Anson Brownless
Men’s Coach


Men ReservesIt was certainly a treat to rock up to GBO on Saturday morning, the sun was shining, the track was fast, the turf wicket firm (thanks Boydey, you’re a legend for sorting the wicket block covers) and all the players were on time.

We welcomed back our skipper Charlie Urwin back in his familiar defensive role, Andy Parker up front , Will Kanz through the middle and Robbie Vienet down back. On paper the team looked a very strong unit. They were drawn to play PEGS who had won one more than us but, importantly for them, they had a percentage of 130% more than us! Phew, that looked on paper a pretty tough mountain to climb.

Our good fortune continued to prevail & we duly won the toss & kicked with perhaps a 3 goal breeze running to the North end. The ball was bounced & within no more than the blink of an eye, Parksey was poking it through the big sticks for a classic opening goal.
Well that certainly woke everyone from their slumber!

That form continued and the boys piled on another 4 goals (Scotty Kaiser 2 & Oly Lloyd 1) to end the quarter 26 points in front. We held the view that Q2 would be tough but as long as the team pre-match mantra of “Defend First” was adhered to, & we maintained that mindset for the quarter, we could set the game up to finish off well later in the afternoon. PEGS scored 3 goals (& another 5 behinds) which reflected the pressure being applied by the Wellers boys. Fortunately Jimmy Wilson found the big sticks with a late quarter snap close to goal to help maintain a 10 point lead at the long break.

The PEGS boys rolled up high to clog up our forward line, so there were no easy goals, as was the case in Q1. We were able though to conjure up 3 scrappy goals, but disappointingly we allowed our concentration to wane slightly & they rebounded well to put 4 on the board, getting them back to a 5 point margin at the final break.

With a smart “+1” down back in Q4, Andy Parker, we needed someone to step up and create some Intercept opportunities. ‘Cometh the hour, cometh the man,’ Parkesy stepped up big time & with the support of Tommy EastickMichael Hook & Robbie West in particular, the boys were very cool & calm under a lot of pressure. This enabled the ball to be run forward enough to sneak a couple more knock off our highly favoured opponents by 2 points.

Well done boys, the Club is extremely proud of your efforts, overcoming the frustrations of the past few weeks where we simply have not converted our opportunities.

We will now start to look at another of the old foes, AGS rival Peninsula Old Boys. A road trip, fantastic! Can’t wait!

Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 4, A. Parker 3, J. Wilson, M. Schumann, O. Lloyd, M. Bromell
Best Players: R. West, A. Bongiorno, A. Parker, W. Dalrymple, T. Stone, T. Pepperell

Tim Killworth
Men’s Reserves Coach