An Almost Perfect Saturday @ GBO
With all our sides in with a chance of victory and the blue sky well entrenched above our ‘G’, it felt like it was always going to be a good day. And it started well. The Mentone schoolboys, clearly ravenous after an early morning game, cleaned out the Sue Mullet canteen’s entire supply of hot dogs even before a ball was bounced. Surely the omens were with us.
Super Saturday’s have a great feel about them and it was wonderful to see past presidents Phil Cramer, Alan Mitchell and Graeme Ballard amongst a strong group of supporters who joined us across the day. REMEMBER next Saturday 24th is our Community Lunch – if you haven’t booked yet please do so today as we need to finalise the catering today!! Details below.
Watching the Women’s and Reserve Teams prepare for their games on the bottom oval together, it was clear the focus and energy was high. The Twos started strongly and burst into a commanding 5 goal lead. Unfortunately Kew bounced back hard and after a tight battle would take the honours. I know it left a bitter taste as it certainly felt like an opportunity lost. With a few late changes to deal with, Tom and Woody’s side will bounce back.
I hadn’t seen the Wells Women so charged and edgy before a game this year. Stung hard after defeat at Oakleigh and after putting in the extra yards before the bye, it was going to take some effort to beat them. Close after quarter time, a stunning 2nd quarter of hard running, tough tackling Wells football blew Uni High away. The girls now move to top spot but won’t be taking anything lightly again I suspect.
The Under 19 competition has seen a few teams move in and out of our league. Recently Peninsula came down from Division 4 and this week Fitzroy FC had dropped down from Division 3. Our boys seems to grow in confidence each week but I’m not sure even they expected to play as they did. The ball literally zipped around, handball and link kicking the order of the day and another large total was posted while keeping Fitzroy goalless. I’m pleased to say the Fitzroy player concussed is doing well.
It’s too often been said of late that games like the ones the Seniors faced on Saturday were ones we often contrived to lose. It’s a little early to know how good our boys are but the way they put this one to bed shows we’re capable of controlling a game and winning when we should. Turning at the half with 5 wins ,we have everything to play for and some of the football was scintillating and great to watch from the balcony.
Looking at the forecast for this Saturday, I suspect we’ll finally see some winter conditions but don’t let that put you off. Join us for the Community Lunch or drop in across the afternoon or for a light refreshment after the final siren sounds.
The Unders returned to GBO on a magnificent afternoon for football to take on a new team to the division, Fitzroy.
Following the coaches instructions to the letter, the boys began positively, showing no ill-effect from the week-off for the bye. Mitch McPherson , Kasper Scheiber and Stephen Everitt were busy up forward, while Harry O’Brien’s pace on the wing was creating problems for our opponents. Mike Schumann found plenty of space and drove the ball into attack regularly. The quarter ended with Camberwell leading by 33 points.
The second quarter saw our boys take control of the game. Our skipper Josh Holding was inspirational with his attack on the ball, and fierce tackling by Jono Elliott and Fraser Masciatelli gave Fitzroy no breathing space. The highlight of the quarter was a left foot snap goal by Robbie West – a real team lifter. We added 6 goals 8 behinds for the quarter to take a commanding 77 point lead to the main break.
Kallan Percy’s ruck dominance continued in the third quarter, leading to countless centre clearances. Mike Schumann and Mitch McPherson each kicked two goals for the quarter, capitalising by the good work of Josh Holding, Will Dalrymple and Jonathan Tan in the midfield. We added a further 6 goals 6 for the quarter.
Our boys piled on the pressure in the last quarter, with Lachie Powell and Will Dalrymple each kicking 2 goals, with Everitt, Schumann, Holding and James Oliver also converting. The only criticism could be around our inaccuracy, as we kicked 8 goals 10 behinds in the quarter. Something for the boys to work on before next week.
Two percentage boosting wins have taken us to the top of the ladder, where with some hard work and dedication we hope to stay.
Goal Kickers: L. Powell 6, W. Dalrymple 4, M. Schumann 4, S. Everett 3, J. Holding 2, M. McPherson 2, T. Oliver, H. O’Brien, F. Mascitelli, R. West
Best Players: J. Holding, L. Powell, W. Dalrymple, M. Schumann, S. Everett, D. Straw
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|9||La Trobe University||8||3||5||0||0||0||518||580||89.31||12|
The women’s team bounced back from a narrow loss before the break to deliver a performance that to the causal observer wouldn’t have resembled a top of the table clash. To put it bluntly, the women put on a clinic against UHS-VU who had knocked us off top spot the week before following their own resounding win to then third-place St Bedes Mentone.
Instead of taking the previous week off to rest, the team opted to hold their own training session. Coupled with a solid week on the track leading into the game, everyone was switched on and there was an obvious hunger to get a crucial win over a team that was looking like a finals threat.
A lot of positivity and intent pre-game translated into a dominant first half on the field where we asserted our authority on the game from the first bounce. Anjou, Green, the returning Booth and first-gamer Franklin provided a seriously formidable and physically imposing starting midfield. UHS-VU struggled to match our intensity at the stoppages and were made to look second-rate. Five scoring shots to one, and an early mark and goal to Kertes gave us a small lead at quarter time, perhaps not just reward for our efforts.
With the ascendency we were confident the goals would begin to flow if we kept the standard up. With the first goal, the floodgates opened and we began to pile them on. Our key forwards, Sturrock and E. Defina were kicking them at will, while Green slotted an impressive set shot from the boundary and Fotheringham was getting front position to great effect. Unlike the Oakleigh game, we used our pace around the ground to beat our opponent to the contest again and again – lead by Sophie Bangs, Elovaris, Nolan, C. Wilson and Mohamed – and began to link up well and use the handball release to open up the play.
A forty-point lead at halftime made the second half a formality. We piled on the scoreboard pressure even as UHS-VU had their share of the ball (scoring six points). The usual suspects down back – Opray, S. Defina, Sam Bangs, Bithavas and M. Wilson – were tenacious. We were winning the one-on-ones in defence, while Sloane, Stoyles, Fuller and our other first-gamer Hillman showed discipline in sticking to their defensive duties.
Some final-quarter experimentation slowed our attacking forays while still managing to extend our lead. Hart almost got just reward for her wiry forward line work across the day, as Robison continues to be a tireless contributor from Centre Half Forward quarter-on-quarter.
A complete team performance culminating in a 12-goal win that is sure to send a message to the rest of the competition.
Goal Kickers: E. Defina 6, A. Sturrock 4, R. Green, R. Kertes
Best Players: E. Defina, S. Bangs, R. Kertes, S. Franklin, M. Sloane , A. Robison
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SeniorsCoaches will always be just a little nervous when facing the team occupying the foot of the ladder, coming off a Bye weekend and knowing that the opposition had replaced their Senior Coach after the last game.
What mind games would the opposition have in store for us? Fortunately, having made some structural changes to the team that defeated Hampton Rovers due to unavailability for a variety of reasons, we were still able to select a strong outfit keen to meet Kew and knock them over again for the second time inside 9 months.
The midfield group were enjoying their best start for the season out of the middle and around the stoppages, with Jimmy Allen in particular kick starting the effort with some strong clearances ably supported by his team mates who were working equally as hard to clear a path for him to drive the ball forward. There was also strong support running from the group which ensured that one of our players got themselves into a position to receive and take a running shot on goal. Exciting!!
Nick Adamson, playing as our key tall forward was marking everything that came his way and the opposition were scrambling to get numbers to him, which opened up opportunities for the likes of Ginge Allen, Benny Hart, Sammy Boyce, Joey Arnold and Chris “Chooka” Hensby to register majors. The effort continued and the lead had grown to 39 points at the half time break.
As anticipated, even with their major goals scorer, Brazzale off the ground with a shoulder injury, the Bears rallied as best as they could and they were able to hold our boys to 2 goals in the third quarter to the Bears three, giving the opposition ever such a small “sniff” at the prospect of breaking through for their first victory for the season.
Demands were made of the mid field group to lift their work rate back to the levels shown earlier in the match. The challenge was set, that it was up to this group to set the early agenda and snuff out any form of resistance. With the bounce of the ball, it travelled at break neck speed to the forward line and Chris Young running at full pace forward, found the footy in his hands and an open goal square. Bang! Goal! Our momentum was kick started again and the boys rounded off the afternoon with a 5 goal final quarter effort, to run out winners by 55 points.
An afternoon of great emotion for the group in many ways, but most importantly, we were able to steel ourselves to the task at hand and secure the vital four points, that sees the Senior team turning mid season at 5 wins, and in 5th spot.
Chris Hensby, for the third week in a row was named our best player and finished off a great afternoon with a couple of great goals scored on the run. Tough, uncompromising, highly talented and a great fellow to have at your club, was ably supported by big Nick Adamson with 4 goals, Jimmy Allen was stellar in his efforts through the midfield setting up the play, Joey Arnold was busy as … all afternoon, Dan Lattanzio was manic in his runs from defence, setting up deep entry forward forays, Chris Young played his best game for the year with a strong effort of winning the inside ball and feeding it to the outside runners.
Jase Edwards played his first senior match for a number of years and capped off a successful afternoon with two late crumbing goals.
The stakes for the Senior team rise significantly over the coming weeks with games against Old Ivanhoe, Haileybury (away), Caulfield Grammarians and Williamstown (away). We will need to be at our absolute best to give ourselves a strong chance to take the points. No time for complacency boys, and certainly no time to be thinking about what might be in September. We will be taking every game, one week at a time!
Let’s get to training, work hard on the track in order to be to the best of our ability, prepare well and play to the best of your ability. The senior squad numbers are strong, we have players coming back to the team. Fight hard for your spot boys!
Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 4, C. Hensby 2, J. Edwards 2, J. Arnold 2, S. Boyce, J. Allen, H. Crothers, C. Young, C. Allen, B. Hart
Best Players: C. Hensby, J. Allen, C. Wilson, J. Howells, J. Edwards, S. Powell
Senior Assistant Coach
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ReservesAfter another strong start and some impressive football in patches the Ressies were unfortunately unable to hold off Kew and went down by 2 goals.
Following on from the previous round there was a big focus on starting well with intensity and pressuring the opposition. Kew were up for the fight in a fairly even contest that saw each team take momentum for large parts of the game.
We took a narrow lead into the first break and pleasingly we were able to step up a gear in the 2nd quarter led by Jenkins and Huntsman up forward who presented hard all day and we started to get some run from the middle with big Thorbecke finding his groove and
Stayner and Latsas getting first use through the middle. We started to hit targets around the group and some clever work up forward from Kaiser and Rusty / Tavener deep saw us open up a 28 point lead at half time. However, kicking 4 goals, 7 behinds for the quarter meant the lead should have been larger and this is an area we need to address.
Knowing that Kew would reset and come out firing for the 2nd half unfortunately wasn’t enough motivation for the boys as our pressure dropped off and we were unable to break through Kew’s defensive press despite several missed chances on the fast break. DespiteLloyd’s dash from half back and Eastick, Urwin and Campbell’s efforts down in defence we squandered our lead into a 4 point deficit at ¾ time.
Similar to the first quarter the last proved to be another arm wrestle and the game was still up for grabs in the final minutes however we weren’t able to wrestle back the momentum as Kew held on to their narrow lead.
At the half way point of the season it’s important that we continue to improve with a couple of solid weeks on the track to ensure that we can start converting promising performances into wins as we are all sharing the frustration of another lost opportunity.
Goal Kickers: J. Simon 3, N. Russell 2, G. Thorbecke, S. Kaiser
Best Players: M. Jenkin, O. Lloyd, T. Eastick, T. Stayner, N. Latsas, J. Huntsman
Reserves Assistant Coach
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