As winter bites and the scars of battle become a little tougher to shake, our players need all the support and encouragement you can give them. This Saturday is a Super Saturday and all our teams are playing at GBO. It would be sensational to see as many supporters there as possible. Please spread the word.
Given the turnout for our Gala Ball 2019, now is the time to don the beanie (or buy one on Saturday) and bring home the Wellers.
We’ll publish a separate note regarding the Gala Ball with photos but what a sensational night it was. Again a MASSIVE thanks to everyone who attended and make our OCGAFC the place it is. It’s by sticking together through good and tough times that will make our club stronger.
I’d like to personally thank Katherine Bithavas, Rebecca Kertes and Alex Vickery in particularly for pulling together a superb evening
Come on the Wells.
After seeing off the Auskickers from Lynden Park Camberwell, we set about having a crack at Old Scotch. It was a spicey affair given plenty in our team had converted to the Wellers over the last few years.
Minutes before the warn up we recruited Michael Corso, brother of Phil and after some swift registration and uniform allocation we got him on the park. We now have two sets of brothers in our team…anymore out there??
We were slow out of the blocks in our scoring efforts yet the tackling and pressure that we applied was brilliant and we made Scotch earn every one of their scoring efforts. Michael Corso played a vital role driving out of defence and Fin Sampson continued to support around the ground. It was fantastic to see Phil back out on the track.
By half time we had score our first goal and a few points and had lost Anton Giomi to a smack in the face and a heavily bleeding nose and after Woodsy copped an absolute pounding by #9, Gabe produced a sensational clean tackle that was certainly felt.
Tanny continued to gain possession and run through packs, while Tes, James Smith and Mascitelli played their typical hard and consistent brand of football.
Our last quarter was probably the best of the season, outscoring Old Scotch 3 goals to 1 as we dominated play and they only entered their 50 twice due to our intensity at the ball and defensive pressure and tackling.
The biggest highlight was Tanny’s 90 meter run out of the back line shaking off plenty of Scotchies and unfortunately the shot on goal was smothered. Sensational effort and a fine example of our intensity and enthusiasm this season.
Besides going down by 48 points we discovered that we are able to run out games and that football is 90% mental and 10% physical and we need to take this into next Saturday against Fitzroy at GBO….”be there”
Goal Kickers: W. Woods, C. MacCallum, J. Tan, M. McPherson
Best Players: M. Corso, F. Sampson, J. Tan, J. Smith, C. MacCallum, M. Tesoriero
After the week off we were confronted with a top of the table clash against Monash Blues at Gordon Barnard Reserve.
From the opening bounce the opposition were strong at the contest and continued to apply pressure through their tackling. Despite Deanna Boothand Emma Todd competing strongly in the ruck and winning most of the contests in the middle, we were unable to clear the ball from the stoppage as the Monash midfielders moved to the space and placed pressure on the ground. We managed to convert 1 goal in the first quarter to Monash’s 2 goals and trailed by 4 points at the first change.
Monash came out firing in the second quarter kicking 4 goals and 1 behind to our 1 behind as they continued their strong run and tackling through the middle of the ground and held some strong marks in their forward 50. We continued to work hard throughout the quarter but were unable to stop the Monash run or break through their pressure as we got the ball to the middle of the ground but struggled to surge it forward as we have done in previous weeks. Monash took a 28 point lead in to the main change.
In the third term we began to level the game early but were unable to impact the scoreboard, however thanks to some strong work in the final 10 minutes of the quarter, we closed the gap to 9 points at the final change. Savannah Dunwell was thrown in to the middle and worked hard around the contest to get the ball forward while Lou Anderson, El Defina and Rhiannon Green worked tirelessly in the forward line to provide options.
With the momentum on our side we were confident that we could get the job done in the last quarter and whilst we worked hard and continued to product opportunities we were unable to reduce the gap as Monash gained the upperhand and ran away with the game by 16points. Steph Definawas strong down back as she continued to repel the ball from the opposition forward line, while Sara Fortunato was back to her best across the midfield and forward line.
Whilst a disappointing loss there were some positives out of the game that we can look to focus on before taking on Collegians at home this week as we will look to respond with a big 4 quarter effort.
It was great to see a number of supporters, helpers and past players down at the ground and we again appreciate all of you making the effort to support the team.
Goal Kickers: E. Defina 2, R. Green, L. Anderson
Best Players: R. Green, S. Fortunato, S. Dunwell, S. Defina, M. Wilson, D. Booth
Women’s Senior Coach
After a week off and two strong weeks on the track, the Weller women arrived at GBO with excitement and positivity. The sun was out, the club ball was ahead of us and we were ready to go from the first bounce. We welcomed another debutant, with Schrader Mcleay playing her first game for the club.
It was a scrappy start, as both teams struggled to move the ball freely from the centre square. We started with a strong breeze, and it was clear the team that could move the ball quickly with the wind would gain ascendency in the game. Our mids kept at it, and soon with a very open forward line, we began to create some opportunities. Gemma Smith and Jane Cunningham forced the ball into the forward line with repeat efforts, and our explosive forward Sinead Chaplin, opened the scoring with a great crumbing goal. We had begun to control play, but it was the only goal of the quarter.
We picked up where we left off in the second quarter, and were consistently able to move the ball more cleanly than the opposition. Anna Sallowswas instrumental in ensuring our mids had first use, with a dominant ruck display around the ground. Unfortunately, our hard work was minimised by a late lapse in effort, as Monash got out the back and equalised just before half time.
With the scores level, we knew we had to come out firing and score multiple goals to wrestle back control. Not surprisingly, our girls did just that and we were first to the ball once again. The play seemed to be in our forward line for much of the quarter, and at last Lisa Hamilton and Anna Sallows both converted from close range to put the pressure back on Monash for a big last quarter.
They started very strongly, and with the wind behind them, they seemed up for the fight. Fortunately, our backline led by Greta Khaene, Sam Bramwell and Georgia Opray held strong and continued to push the ball wide and create stoppages. Our girls lifted and a spectacular goal from Bec Kertes finished off a well-deserved (and first win) at home for the season.
A big thanks to all the helpers on the day and we look forward to taking on our old foe, the Collegians, next week.
Goal Kickers: S. Chaplin, A. Sallows, L. Hamilton, R. Kertes
Best Players: J. Cuningham, S. Bramwell, B. Facey, A. Sallows, G. Opray, G. Kaehne
Women’s Reserves Coach
In a big celebratory week for the Club, with significant player milestones occurring, i.e. Matt Cottrell 250 games & Michael Jenkin 100 games, we found ourselves drawn to play Ajax FC, who we last played in 2011 in a senior preliminary final. They have spent the past 8 seasons playing in Premier B with limited success and now find themselves back in Premier C. Both teams have had a slow start to the season and we were looking confidently at knocking them over on their home ground, something that is always a very hard task to achieve.
Unfortunately, the footy Gods weren’t smiling as much as we would like and we had a number of unavailability’s from the previous week which altered the dynamic of the team away from the group we put out the previous week. It was great to see Dukesy & Vickers back with us to give us a height advantage over the opposition though.
We kicked with the aid of a 4 goal breeze and took full advantage kicking 5 goals to the opposition’s 3. 100 gamer, Mick Jenkin was on fire early scoring 3 Q.1 goals. It’s probably fair to say that we all underestimated our ability to play quality footy into a tough breeze and it showed when Q.2 came around and it was our turn to kick into the breeze. The opposition upped the ante in the pressure stakes department and our game plan fell into a big hole! The opposition kicked 6 and we scrambled 2 points. Our boys struggled to deal with the increased pressure levels and we started playing ‘pass the parcel’ with the footy, attempting to defer the pressure of the opposition to a team mate. The trouble was that we consistently gave the opposition the footy, rather than getting it to a team mate, in space!
Frustrating yes! A minor positive was that we were able to outscore our opponents in Q.3 … just, but it just wasn’t enough to build a strong enough lead to put the pressure valve back onto the Jackas in the final quarter.
Our final quarter was scoreless, but we were at least able to contain the slick Jackas ball movement to the extent that we at least weren’t opened up in the final quarter by a big margin.
Post match, the boys were asked to make the effort to get to training, over the coming weeks. Too many were missing sessions and it is beginning to show when we play teams who we should realistically see as an opportunity to take the 4 points. Hopefully guys will look into their work schedules and make a special effort to get along and build their skill and fitness base, enabling us to re-build the Ressies team culture that has allowed our Club to put out some strong combinations in years gone by.
Goal Kickers: M. Jenkin 4, B. Williams 2, M. Hatzikostas, T. Pepperell
Best Players: M. Jenkin, A. Bongiorno, C. Young, A. Vickery, L. Huysmans, M. Hook
Men’s Reserves Coach
After last week’s disappointing loss at home, the boys were keen for a big improvement away at Ajax on a windy Gary Smorgan Oval.
Into the side came first gamer James Oliver who had been in good form in the 23’s. He was presented with his jumper by younger brother Tom who plays across half back.
The first quarter saw the boys hold a threatening Ajax to 3 goals. Our early competitiveness however, was unable to be sustained and we were finding it hard to adjust to the tricky conditions and constant pressure from Ajax.
We made some costly mistakes in the second quarter and Ajax took full advantage kicking 8 goals and a stranglehold on the game. Poor field kicking would result in costly turnovers and a very experienced Ajax outfit made us pay.
The second half saw a lot more committed efforts around the ground from our boys and we kicked 3 goals to 1 in the third but more importantly, started to win some ball in the middle and get some repeat entries into our forward half. Simon Bennett would benefit kicking 3 goals from strong grabs up forward. Fraser Wells was winning plenty of ball through the middle and Huntsman & Dalrymple were starting to get on top of their respected opponents.
The last quarter unfortunately would see Ajax gain control and run away with a 7 goal last term to win comfortably in front of a large home crowd. Another disappointing day for our young group who could only admire the impressive team work of Ajax.
Andrew Parker & Dave McColl worked hard all day and Nick Benson continues to provide plenty of drive out of defence.
Thanks to all helpers day. We hope to see you all at home next week. It would be great to see more Wellers supporters as it’s a huge boost
Goal Kickers: S. Bennett 3, C. Wilson, S. Boyce, S. Kaiser
Best Players: F. Wells, S. Bennett, J. Huntsman, W. Dalrymple, A. Parker, D. McColl
Men’s Senior Coach