Women’s Teams Do Double, Heartbreak for Seniors
Reflect and Regroup
As we head into the Queen’s Birthday weekend I’m sure many of the players will be looking forward to some down time. I suspect our Women’s Teams may want to keep playing given their stellar form against Collegians and a recent bye but no doubt everyone at the club will enjoy the break to spend time with family and friends. I hope it’s a wonderful time for all.
It’s with sadness that we say farewell to Chris ‘Chooka’ Hensby, one of our sensational Tasmanians. Chris has played for several seasons with OCGAFC and performed with distinction. A hard running, tough midfielder, he was an integral part of our push into finals last year and will be missed around the Club as he heads to the UK for a few years. Thank you for representing Old Camberwell so well Chris, all the best for our travels and we look forward to seeing you back at GBO.
We also say farewell to Rebecca Kertes but only for a few months as she heads to the US for work. For those who don’t know Bec, she has been a committee member for 3 years, is a huge contributor to the club and still manages to play! Have a great time Becs and thank you for all your hard work in 2019.
Writing briefly about Rebecca has made me reflect on where we are as a club when it comes to our committee, our plans and our resources. I’m constantly amazed by the amount of work our committee, coaches and volunteers get through to ensure we keep things going and endeavour to make our club better.
I will be honest however and say we are stretched. I couldn’t help but feel a little envious after catching up with the Old Ivanhoe president on Saturday who I know. His committee and sub-committees are around 25, none are players and they are regularly getting over 100 people to their home games. Our committee is 8 strong with half of them players and going by Saturday’s crowd at our home game, outside of players we would not have numbered more than 25.
It has made me think hard about what we’re doing and whether we can do better. I won’t lie, it’s been a pretty challenging job at times for a few of us this year and one that is unsustainable in the long term. I have tasked myself to find solutions that will give us a better platform to grow and prosper and will be talking to as many of our community as possible. We have so much potential but right now too much is being left to too few and we’re asking a lot of our young players. As always, I welcome people’s input and help and will be inviting people to some discussions over the coming months to see how we can put together a plan that creates a blueprint for many years to come. I truly hope more of you can get involved with this great club of ours.
Come on the Wells.
If there was a game where there was an opportunity for our second victory, it was against Fitzroy at GBO on a perfect day for footy.
We started with a strong team with Jezza taking the field for his first game after returning to the club. The pre-game message was to play man on man and push the ball forward at all costs, with long kicks to our good making options up forward.
Intensity and tackling were once again our strength with pressure at the ball but it’s been difficult to scare all year and we didn’t register our first until the second quarter. Hans Anjou and Charles MacCallum, our frequent goal kickers, kicked one each with Jezza snapping one in the third but it was all we could muster.
Anton Giomi continued his quick dashes along the wing and Fin Sampson played an inspirational captain’s game around the ground. Jono Tan and James Smith also played hard committed football, and Harrison Lucas showed that there is more talent to come in future games.
Our defence, led by Tessa and David Augusties were magnificent all day and kept Fitzroy out on many occasions. Unfortunately by the last quarter the bench was full of injuries although everyone played their roles and supported each other.
The last quarter saw Fraser Mascitelli heavily collide with a Fitzroy player in a contest for the ball, and ended up with 5 stitches on his 21st Birthday….let’s hope it’ healing well!
The bye this week will allow us to heal wounds and prepare for Whitefriars on 15th June at GBO.
Thanks so much to Ugo and Julia Mascitelli for helping with the day’s tasks as well as Alex Brebner-Griffin running messages, Angelo Viola taking water and Mitch McPherson waving the flags.
Enjoy the long weekend and see you next week.
Goal Kickers: C. MacCallum, H. Anjou, J. Alexeyeff
Best Players: F. Sampson, A. Giomi, S. Cornford, J. Tan, J. Smith, H. Lucas
Returning to GBO for round 8 against Collegians we were keen to make up for our last performance and get back on the winning list. Taking on the 3rd placed Collegians was not going to be an easy task but we were confident we could rise to the challenge.
In the opening quarter we got off to a strong start as we managed to clear the ball from the stoppages thanks to the work of Meg Harper and Deanna Booth in the ruck who provided our midfield with first use, while our wings provided strong defensive pressure to ensure that the opposition had limited space on the rebound. Kicking the opening two goals of the quarter was reward for our forwards worked well to be in front and put on forward pressure. As a result of the forwards along with our midfield we were able to gain a number of entries – finishing the term kicking 2 goals 4behinds as we took a 16 point lead at quarter time.
The second quarter was a balanced affair as Collegians managed to kick a goal to reduce the margin before we responded with a goal of our own. The quarter was a physical quarter that saw collegians take the early dominance however they were unable to impact the scoreboard heavily thanks to work of our defenders with Steph Defina and Sam Anjou leading the way. The second half of the quarter we managed to show great composure to get ourselves back in the quarter thanks to great work of our midfield.
At the main break we spoke about putting together a four quarter effort and ensuring that we came out firing in the 3rd quarter and this was exactly what we did. Our midfield was dominant as they continued to clear the ball and work well to hit our leading forwards. Unfortunately our inaccuracy saw us kick 2 goals and 5 behinds for the quarter, however again our defensive work meant that Collegians could only score 1 behind as we took a 33 point lead in to the final change. Amelia Robison, Maddy Sloane, Clare Wilson and Georgia Opray were all crucial in the quarter on the wings, while our forwards presented well and continued to provide options.
The last quarter we started strongly kicking the first goal , however the last 10 minutes saw Collegians respond kicking 3 goals. Despite the strong finish from Collegians they were unable to close the gap that we had put on throughout the game as we ran out winners by 21 points. It was great to see a number of players playing different positions in the last quarter as we continued to be competitive despite not winning on the scoreboard for the quarter.
It was a fantastic result to get the win against a quality opposition and the focus, intensity and leveled approach throughout the game from the team was a really positive sign. El Defina (2 goals) and Rhiannon Green (1 goal) and Maggie Wilson continued there strong form in the middle, while Ash Anjou (1 goal), Sara Fortunato (1goal) and Lou Anderson (1 goal) all converted opportunities in the forward line.
Congratulations to Sinead Chaplin who played her first senior game for Old Camberwell on Saturday as well as to Meg Harper who made her first appearance for 2019.
Thanks to all the supporters, players, trainers and club staff for their efforts throughout the day – we look forward to another big game on Sunday 16th June at Xavier College.
Goal Kickers: E. Defina 2, R. Green, S. Fortunato, A. Anjou, L. Anderson
Best Players: M. Wilson, S. Anjou, E. Defina, D. Booth, R. Green, L. Anderson
Women’s Senior Coach
The stage was set for a big day for the club and a big day for the Weller women. Super Saturday at GBO, against arguably the girls’ biggest (oldest) rival, Wesley. We were looking to make it two wins in a row at home, and it was a must win game against a team who was yet to win a match for the year.
Once again, with great numbers at training we fielded a very strong Reserves team, even with players falling ill late in the week. We welcomed another debutant in Prue Lescai, who played her first game for the club. Bec Kertes was named co-captain for the day, as it was her final game for the season before she heads overseas on another adventure. A big thank you to all the work she has done for the club off the field, but she will also be missed as an important player and leader on the field.
As has been a trend in the Reserves games, our girls started strongly and looked to be first to the ball around the ground. Emma Todd was a big inclusion this week, and it was safe to say she didn’t lose many ruck contests, with a dominant ruck display all day. Her ability to tap to our players, highlighted a need for our mids to be moving targets (not flat-footed), as we struggled to move the ball out of the congestion.
Despite having the ball down our end for much of the first half, we failed to connect with our forwards, as the Collegians made it very difficult to move the ball. This proved to be the big challenge for the day, as the Collegians’ style of footy involved a full ground press, and we battled to break the game open.
A goalless first half, and we asked the girls to return to our structures and resist getting sucked to the contest. Sure enough, this message got a response and we began to see the play open up. Steph Elovaris provided run on the wing and her kicking began to create opportunities in our forward line. Finally, a goal came through our opportunistic Jane Cunningham, who proved clinical in front of goal when we needed.
Despite the Collegians being kept scoreless for 3 quarters, they were up for the fight in the last quarter. Our back line remained strong, with Gemma Smith and Sam Bramwell continuing to repel the ball in the last line of defence. Another 4 quarter effort saw us hold on for an important win.
Thanks to all the helpers on the day, and we hope everyone enjoys the long weekend.
Goal Kickers: J. Cuningham
Best Players: G. Smith, S. Bramwell, E. Todd, B. Facey, G. Kaehne, S. Elovaris
Women’s Reserves Coach
This week we met the top ranked team in the Premier C comp. Old Ivanhoe, ever one of the “old foes”. Sitting comfortably top of the ladder, with our recent form we knew we were in for a tough contest. Our goal was to keep them to less than 10 goals and be right with them at the end of the third quarter. From there, well who knew!
When you go into a match with a 13 goal differential in favour of your opponent, some creative thinking was required by the coaching panel. Our theme for the day was to create little moments throughout the match into BIG MOMENTS with the catch cry being for us all to TRY. At least when we came off the ground at the end of the day we could all look each other in the eye and say … yes, we tried!
Whilst the end result didn’t go our way, they scored 12 goals & we could only manage 3 of our own, it felt more like a 6 goal game due to the way that the boys applied themselves to the cause and after Q.1 they were held to 1, 3 & 3 goals scored for the remainder of the match. Our defensive effort was magnificent, if only we could replicate those endeavours at the pointy end. Very difficult to take the chocolates with a 3 goal 8 behinds scoreline!
It was fantastic to see George Vitinaros play his first game for the Club in quite some time and we also welcomed the excitement machine Mike Schumann who received a promotion from the U23s. Greg Tolson returned to the team as did Nick Searles and the team had some experience, height and size to benefit from.
Big Zach Herbstreit rucked all day & continually gave us first use at the stoppages, but our forward movements still lack precision, class & composure making it very difficult for our forwards to hang onto the footy. We also lack the required crumbing power to get the ball off the deck as much as we should meaning that our Inside 50s aren’t as effective as the opposition. A further extension of that is that we are consistently either leading the opposition with clearances from stoppages, but all too often turn it over going forward unable to find a viable target!
Next match ….
Goal Kickers: B. Williams, G. Vitinaros, T. Pepperell
Best Players: C. Young, T. Eastick, M. Hook, G. Vitinaros, G. Tolson, M. Todd
Men’s Reserves Coach
It was a huge effort by a much more competitive Wellers outfit only to fall short in a heartbreaking 1 point loss after leading for most of the day.
Greasy conditions greeted us at GBO with the centre wicket area covered in mud. It was time to get down & dirty. The boys recent form has been nothing to write home about however this week’s training was excellent and there was plenty of spirit & energy in the pre-game.
Jackson Eade & Robbie Campbell came into the side and showed some early class with Eade, Andrew Parker and Scott Kaiser combining well and all kicking goals to take a slender lead into the break after a close and tough first half.
The second half and Old Ivanhoe were coming back hard into the contest however Bennett & Wilson were always in control across half back and mids Will Kanz & Wells taking control in middle. We would go into the last quarter with plenty of confidence and a 2 goal lead.
The Hoes had other ideas and with a vocal away crowd they slowly chew into our lead and hit the front late in a frantic last quarter. Captain Simmon Bennett took a classic mark and goal with minutes remaining and we felt we had done enough to secure a well deserved win. Unfortunately Ivanhoe would break our hearts with a stoppage goal in the last seconds of the game.
Definitely a game we should have won but much to take away from such a spirited effort all day.
Thanks to all those who helped on the day. As always it’s hugely appreciated.
Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 3, A. Parker 3, D. McColl 2, N. Latsas, R. Campbell, N. Benson, J. Eade
Best Players: N. Benson, W. Kanz, A. Parker, N. Latsas, D. McColl, T. Oliver
Men’s Senior Coach