Fantastic and frustrating
Another roller coaster weekend with the Wells!
In an early start, the Unders again took the points against a competitive La Trobe and are starting to win even when perhaps not at their running best. They sit at the top of their Division and play a traditionally strong club in Old Parade at 9.20am. Perfect time for an early coffee/bacon sarnie while you watch our boys.
The Reserves were looking to go back to back for the first time this season and duly delivered against Old Mentonians away. There’s plenty of talent flowing through this side and they now have momentum going into Saturday and will feel confident against Hampton and set the tone for the day against the Rovers.
Our Women faced highly rated Old Carey at the Carey Sports Complex in Bulleen and our support was definitely larger than theirs. It was a fierce contest with a little ‘agro’ creeping in but we kept our composure and cemented top position with another good win. Fantastic to see many of the girls wearing ribbons for the indigenous round. They’d love another bumper crowd against Oakleigh!
The Seniors faced a highly motivated Old Mentonians, coming off the back of three straight losses and playing at home. They jumped out to 6 goal half-time lead but we played some scintillating football to pull close but not close enough. Frustrating as we got on top late but couldn’t find a way to win. Still everything to play for as a finals spot is well within reach given how even the division is and your support could make all the difference.
I’m delighted to also announce a new sponsor for the Club for 2017 and hopefully beyond. Richard Spurritt or Spuz had a sensational career as a player with our club. He was part of the 1993 Premiership Team, a Best & Fairest Winner and was responsible for over 50% of all my possessions streaming of half-back. He’s now with Liberty Financial and they have come onboard as a Silver Sponsor. Please read his write-up below and support him where you can.
Looking forward to seeing some of you on Saturday either at the game or at the Two Blues Ball at Kooyong. It would be wonderful to see as many as possible as we go into the bye.
PS – don’t forget to get a table together for our Community Lunch on June 24th.
Halfway through the regular season and the women’s team sits on top of the ladder with a 6-1 record. We’re a game clear of second and three games clear of fifth. A great position to be in and thoroughly deserved.
Following last week’s tough game we expected a similar contest against an Old Carey outfit coming off a loss to the less-fancied Oakleigh. The team were focused and switched on in the pre-game preparations, and we had a solid warm up out on the ground giving us a good opportunity to get used to the windy conditions and very small playing surface.
Kicking against the wind in the first quarter could’ve been a significant disadvantage, but we were able to control the tempo of the game early on with Anderson and Anjou contin
The run and carry continued into the second quarter, as did Robison and Sincock’s mark
With a decent lead we were able to experiment a little in the second half as the game opened up. Green started finding the ball, finishing with three goals. And Opray, Bangs and Mohamed w
A small burst from Old Carey in the final quarter was cancelled out by a couple of goals of our own. S. Defina and M. Wilson were outstanding down back, literally winning contest after contest. In the end we ran out comfortable winners. A very even four-quarter performance from everyone. The next couple of weeks will provide the team with a challenge as we come up against second and third position following this Saturday’s game away to Oakleigh. Thanks to all supporters and helpers on the day, we had a pretty healthy contingent there and was much appreciated.
Goal Kickers: R. Green 3, C. Nolan, A. Robison, G. Opray, N. Edwards
Best Players: A. Robison, M. Wilson, S. Defina, R. Green, M. Harper, N. Edwards
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SeniorsAnother tale of what could have, would have or should have for the seniors this week as they travelled away to verse Mentone at their home deck. After a galvanising win over Williamstown the week before, the seniors headed to Mentone with an expectation of making it two in a row. With new additions to the team and making their senior debut for the Wellers, Lucas Huysmens and ex hawk Michael Osborne added some hardness and versatility to the squad.
Unfortunately sensing a win doesn’t guarantee you one and the boys were left to rue a poor first half, which ultimately cost them 4 points. The first half saw Mentone jump out of the blocks, piling on the pressure through the midfield and attacking their goals almost at will. From the onset our backs were under pressure and had it not been for the hard work from Simon Bennett, Cam Wilson, Robbie Deev and Jimmy Allen the deficit at quarter time could have been far greater. Nick Adamson was proving to be a dominant key focal point in our forward line and the efforts of Joey Arnold and Chris Hensby kept the ball moving forward and provided opportunities for our forwards to capitalize on. Poor kicking and decision making, combined with Mentone’s pressure and ability to finish off in front of goals in the second saw Mentone blow out to a 6 goal lead at the main break.
After some thoughtful but choice words at half time and a number of structural changes it was Camberwell’s turn to show case their talent band a completely different outfit was on display. Sammy Powell and Angus Brettingham-Moore dominated the golf course wing and coupled with what are starting to become trademark-running goals from Shawny McDonald and Jimmy Allen the margin was narrowed significantly .Damo Proska was lively through the main corridor and Chooka Hensby was influential in setting up a number of shots on goal whilst capitalizing himself. Ben Hart lead well at the clearances and 12 shots on goal to 5 during the 3 rd term showed that Old Camberwell had the momentum as the teams headed into the final quarter.
Conceding the first goal in the last meant that the Wellers task was made even harder however the boys fought admirably to push the ball forward. Jimmy Allen sent home his third and Hensby finished well to record his second but ultimately it was the concession of 10 goals to 4 in the first half that lead to the Wellers recording a disappointing loss at Mentone.
This season is starting to shape up as being incredibly even with up to 6 teams all separated by a few games. Dropping points in games like the weekend cannot be underestimated and the boys need to regroup this week, get hungry and angry with themselves and get back into the winners book. The leaders implored all hands on deck this week at training as we look to reverse our latest setback.
Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 3, J. Allen 3, C. Hensby 2, A. Clarke, J. Arnold, L. Huysmans
Best Players: J. Allen, J. Arnold, C. Hensby, D. Proksa, S. MacDonald, B. Hart
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ReservesThe Ressies travelled out to Keysborough this week to take on Old Mentonians in a game that would leapfrog us to fourth on the ladder. Despite some issues that resulted in the game having a delayed start of 15 minutes the boys were still ready to play.
Our midfield got off to a flyer and dominated the clearances with some great tap work by Zach Herbstreit followed up by contested ball winners Will Kanz and Joe Simon seemingly finding space everywhere. We finished the first term down by 2 points due to inaccurate kicking.
Our rotating wings consisting of Vogel, Clarkey and Pepperall were all able to find space in the second quarter and as a result we were able to hit our targets in the forward line which allowed us to finally convert our game dominance to the scoreboard.
We were keen to pull away in the second half and were led by Jason Edwards who has returned to football sensationally after being injured for a couple of seasons.
We finished the third term up by 26 points and were ready to all excited to put the Mentonians away and ensure the victory.
However despite multiple efforts by Nick Russell who competed well all day we were unable to find the big sticks and piled on 6 points in the quarter.
Fortunately for us, Matt Cottrell and Lucas Stanboultgis stood up in our backline and held the opposition scoreless for the quarter.
Sitting in fourth place by percentage, the reserves are keen to cement our spot in the four and show the competition we are serious contenders this year.
Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 2, M. Jenkin 2, N. Russell, J. Edwards, J. Simon, S. Clark, W. Kanz
Best Players: L. Stanboultgis, J. Edwards, M. Cottrell, T. Vogel, W. Kanz, T. Stayner
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Having won the toss Old Camberwell kicked with a strong breeze on the vast La Trobe Uni oval. It took some time to adjust to the size of the ground, but led by Lucas Lewit-Mendes off half back, Harrison Lucas on the wing, and Stephen Everitt up forward, the boys gradually took control of the game. In a welcome return from injury Lachie Powell kicked 3 majors for the term. We led by 33 points at quarter time after preventing La Trobe from scoring.
La Trobe dominated the second term, and it was only through the efforts of Mitch Fletcher, Kallan Percy, Will Dalrymple and Harry O’Brien, coupled with some inaccurate kicking for goal by Latrobe that we held our lead. A late goal to Powell saw us take a 16 point lead into the main break.
The game degenerated into a very scrappy affair in the third quarter, as La Trobe pushed men behind the boy in an effort to stem the flow. Our boys lifted their work rate, with Masciatelli laying a couple of bone crunching tackles, and Harry O’Brien capping off a dominant on-ball performance with 2 goals for the quarter. Will Dalrymple continued to work hard and drive the ball forward.
Early in the last quarter the fickle nature of football was on display again when one of the opposition players broke his leg in a seemingly innocuous incident. Both coaches agreed that it was best that the game was called off at the point – our best wishes for a speedy recovery go to our opponent.
Although winning comfortably, our victory seemed hollow and the boys chose not to sing the song out of respect for the opposition.
Goal Kickers: L. Powell 5, H. O”Brien 3, M. Schumann
Best Players: W. Dalrymple, L. Lewit-Mendes, H. Lucas, H. O”Brien, L. Powell, J. Tan
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