The Weather Gods are certainly smiling on us again this season. After a week of rain and overcast greyness, the sun came out early for the Thirds and stayed with us across our five games for the day.
There were signs everywhere of real improvement in our teams and while we didn’t win every game, the effort and passion we asked for leading into our biggest weekend of the season was there for everyone to see.
As you know, we held our Gala Ball Saturday and I’ll write on this in Friday’s newsletter but I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our players on their on and off-field performance. I had made the point that Saturday night’s function was an inter-generational event and I was really pleased to see so many players and supporters talking and enjoying themselves Saturday night. We have such an incredible group of young women and men at OCGAFC and they did our club proud on Saturday in every way. Well played.
Please read the reviews and thanks, as always, to our army of helpers and supporters.
The Wellers secured back to back wins for the first time this year on a perfect Autumn day at GBO.
The first quarter’s started at a hectic pace. Both sides were playing quick, end to end football and high intensity. Our pressure efforts were up early and we steadily began to gain control with in-form duo Tavenor & Latsas kicking clever goals after numerous forward entries. Robbie Campbell, playing his 50th game for OCGAFC, was on top in the middle and our midfielders were licking their lips with his first class service. We kicked 5 goals to 2 for the quarter and took an early lead into the first break.
St Mary’s came hard in the second quarter, with a real determination at each contest and kicked 2 early goals to bring them back within striking distance. We urgently needed a spark and young gun Josh Holding stepped up to shut down one of their prime movers. Rob Deev continued to dominate across half back and we reassert ourselves to go into the break with a 3 goal buffer.
After half time, our on-ball brigade, led by Hensby 31 possessions and 4 tackles, Joe Arnold with 27 and Benny Hart’s 27 and 2 goals helped put the foot down courtesy of some vintage tap work from Robbie and fast developing youngster Kellan Percy. Jimmy Allen (3 goals ) was everywhere and Angus Brettingham-Moore was playing his best game for the season. We converted 6 goals to 2 and took a stranglehold on a challenging contest.
Big man Nick Adamson out the game to bed early in the last, continuing his scintillating form with another 10 marks for the day and 2 goals.
Another consistent performance from the group led to a well deserved 50 point victory leaving us with 4 from 4 and in touch with the top tier of Premier C.
Next week we face the talented Fitzroy FC away and we’re excited to see if the group can go to the next level after a month of continuous improvement. Away games are always great tests of character and we’d love to see a strong Weller contingent at the Brunswick Street Oval this Saturday.
Goal Kickers: N. Latsas 3, R. Campbell 3, A. Taverner 3, A. Brettingham-Moore 2, N. Adamson 2, J. Allen 2, B. Hart 2, S. Powell, F. Wells
Best Players: C. Hensby, B. Hart, N. Adamson, S. Bennett, C. Wilson, K. Percy
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Seven matches in and the boys find themselves with 4 wins for the season to date chasing three on the trot, playing the recently promoted St Marys Salesian, who were coming off a previous season Grand Final performance in Division 1. Four changes to the winning combo from the previous week with Benny Warburton coming into the team having played in the Ones for most of the season, Alex Vickery promoted from the Threes, Chris Young returning from a long term ankle injury and Nick Searles who has returned to the Club after a stint working in Queensland.
Another bright sunny Saturday greeted us and once again GBO was a fast track ensuring the game was going to be played at a fast pace. After a slow start, and again conceding early goals, the boys found their groove late in the quarter to at least put some respectability on to the scoreboard, going into the first break with a 4-point deficit. Frustrating? Yes, to say the least! We had quite possibly 70% of the play in our forward only to be consistently outmarked by the St Marys defenders, who showed their ability to read the play and intercept mark way too often for all involved’s comfort.
The call came for more poise when taking the ball forward, being prepared to hold the ball for the millisecond longer to enable a target to be selected. A positive response was the outcome and the scoreboard began to tick over in our favour, however there were too many behinds scored for the coach’s liking! Mick Jenkin was busy up forward showing off his ability to finish by scoring a couple of quality goals from snaps around the goal face.
The level of time the ball spent in our half continued for the remainder of the game, and certainly the opposition showed a willingness to tough out the contest by continuing to frustrate our forward efforts. When it wasn’t in our half, players such as Benny Mann were busy at the opposite repelling the opposition forward forays, ably supported by Charlie Urwin and Benny Warbs, who was busy consigning the opposition’s key forward to a very quiet afternoon.
To the team’s great credit, they toughed it out and kept peppering away at the goals to finally finish with a 26 point winning margin and building winning form to take into the Rd. 9 clash against the highly favoured Fitzroy.
It’s always a great feeling to be heading into a large Club function knowing we had a successful afternoon, so well done boys you set the tempo for the remainder of the afternoon!
Goal Kickers: M. Jenkin 3, B. Williams, M. Schumann, A. Bongiorno, B. Mann, R. Vienet, A. Parker
Best Players: A. Parker, B. Mann, M. Jenkin, J. Huntsman, T. Pepperell, N. Benson
Men’s Reserves Coach
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On a perfect May day, the Thirds took the field with a genuine sense of optimism and a fire in the belly to redeem themselves from their previous week’s performance. And right out the blocks it was clear that the boys were going to give it a red hot crack as they tackled and chased their opponents hard and heavy. In what became a terrific arm wrestle in the contest, we were able to put into practice what we had been working on all year, with the boys using the corridor and working hard both ways.
What was extremely pleasing was our ability to work hard in defence, with our backmen standing up as a group and withstanding the pressure being applied from Old Geelong. Michael Hook was a standout performer, even leaving the ground to take a spectacular mark on the wing. Richie McDonald had a breakout game, running through the midfield with poise and strength, while Nick Russell returned from an extended hiatus to be in blistering form!
Although the boys played really well, Old Geelong were too good in the end, running over the top of us in the forth. However, considering we lost to them in our first game by 76 points, this week showed how far we have come as a team and what we look like when we play good footy. I was very proud of the boys.
Goal Kickers: N. Russell 2, T. Phelps, M. Todd, G. Vitinaros, M. McPherson, L. Bannister
Best Players: C. Gorman, M. Hook, D. Hudson-Mollard, R. McDonald, T. Phelps, N. Russell
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In the final game of the first half of the season, the Seniors faced a previously undefeated West Brunswick outfit packed with talent and experience. On paper it presented as a tough ask to come away with a win, but the players and coaches were confident in our ability to match it with them if the intensity and effort levels were where they needed to be.
At the final siren it was pleasing to say that we played exactly how we wanted to against such a dominant opponent. Saturday’s game was a case where the scoreboard did not reflect the closeness of the contest and the performance of the team. It was a genuine four quarter effort, which didn’t deliver the rewards we deserved, but hopefully demonstrated to everyone involved what we’re capable of.
The first three quarters exemplified this lack of reward, in that we controlled and outplayed West Brunswick for long periods, but their ability to put on short bursts of goals proved the difference. Right from the first bounce our work rate was strong, getting plenty of numbers to the contest and making West Brunswick work for footy. Despite them peppering the goals, we were clearly holding our own around the ground and setting up well at the contest. Clare, Rachael and Sa
Defensively we shut them down more consistently from the second quarter. Our back line did a great job to support each other and communicate, providing good cover to allow Steph D to play the sweeper role. As small defenders, Gab, Tracey, Edie
Equally hard running efforts came from Soph and Georgia O (on debut) out on the wings. Their leg speed and hunger to win the disputed ball across the middle of the ground was a large reason for why we controlled long periods of the game. Each time it came out of our forward fifty, they were quick to force it back in. Similarly, our midfielders set up the well across the half forward line to allow this to happen. Generally, the way individuals set themselves up and communicated around the ground was very effective and evident from the sidelines.
To top it all off we put on our most impressive display of forward pressure this year. We locked down the footy in our forward line repeatedly, forcing ball ups and boundary throw ins, as well as taking a fair number of contested and uncontested marks within range. Both small forwards – Jane, Brig, Maddie and Nat – and key forwards – Maggie, Ash, Amelia and Anna
Having reached the halfway mark of the season, it’s a good time to reflect and set some goals for the run home. Our improvement has been steady and each week we are looking more cohesive and deliberate in how we go about it. As everyone continues to gain match experience, and we welcome back some quality players from injury, we should be genuinely considering ourselves a chance each Saturday – no matter the opposition. Everyone should be excited by this, and believe it too. We are 100% capable of beating any side in this competition.
Goal Kickers: C. Wilson, J. Cuningham, A. Sallows
Best Players: C. Wilson, S. Bangs, S. Fortunato, G. Opray, G. Opray, A. Sallows
Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
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As has been the case so often this year it was always going to be a tough game coming up against the second top side in the reserves. We spoke before the game on focusing on our structures, intensity and work rate. Whilst the scoreboard didn’t reflect our output or the way in which the game was played – we definitely delivered on these focuses.
In the first quarter we showed some great work in close at the contest and our ability to hold tackles as well as ensuring that our pressure on the ball carrier was strong. Our midfield worked hard from the opening bounce with a number of players going through the midfield. In particular it was great to see Alice and Kate continue their work in the ruck as they came up against a strong ruck on the opposition, while our midfielders of Lucy, Lisa, Laura, Rosie, Eliza and Georgia all worked to run both defensively and offensively.
The second terms saw our defence show some great fight as we continued to stop the opposition of scoring despite the number of entries that they were able to construct with Bridget and Kath proving a dynamic duo in the back-line, whilst Hannah, Sarah, Eva, Dale, and Greta all showed some great run and positioning to ensure that the West Brunswick forwards couldn’t get too much space or time. Even with the great defensive pressure we were unable to stop West Brunswick for the full quarter as they again managed to get another 4 goals on the board.
At half time we were very focused on continuing to ensure that we showed spirit and work rate and in particular started to get the ball in to our forward line as well as ensured that we continued to work on our defensive pressure and work around the stoppages. We came out in the second half and despite getting the ball in our forward line as well as some great tackling which saw us get a shot on goal we were unable to convert it into a scoreboard results. Emilia showed some terrific desperation and contested work as she continued to work around the ground, whilst Prue and Sav went in to the middle and worked hard at the stoppages, while Carly, Georgia W, Alex S, Katie and Alex O all showed continued some great work up forward as we attempted to get on the scoreboard.
It was disappointing to not get the reward on the scoreboard for our hard work, it was a good opportunity for a number of players to play in different positions throughout the day and continue to learn the different positions against a good opposition. We look forward to heading out to Monash this week after having shown some great development in terms of our positional structures as well as players focusing hard on work rate.
A huge thanks again to all those that helped this week – it is greatly appreciated.
Best Players: B. Facey, E. Fisher, R. Strasser, G. Kaehne, S. Dunwell, G. Smith
Women’s Reserves Coach
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