We recorded two stunning victories for OCGAFC that deserve the limelight.
Our Womens Twos came from 2 goals down at 3 quarter time to storm to victory and record their second win of the season. Well played girls and well done Macca for your work with the team.
Our Mens Ones led all day against the top side, Fitzroy FC, to capture a stunning, hard fought victory to prove we can match it with anyone in Premier C when we play together. Congratulations to all and well done to Anson and Tim who are putting everything into the season.
I know from talking with the coaches, all teams played some great footy during their games and have plenty to work on for their next encounters. I will be providing a mid-season review of where we are as a Club this Friday heading into the Queen’s Birthday bye and long weekend but needless to say, we can all be proud of how we’ve played and carried ourselves for the first half of the 2018 season. We can also improve and will work incredibly hard to ensure we continue to make the Club a place where all are welcome.
Blessed again with perfect conditions, the boys arrived with plenty of spark and a willingness to provide redemption against a most formidable opponent. However, being hampered by numbers meant that the game was always going to be tough affair. Nonetheless the boys relished the opportunity to play on the main oval and went into quarter time only a goal down and very much in the contest. Unfortunately, our second quarter wasn’t at the required level and Old Carey were able to kick well ahead going into the main break. That said, the boys hung in, out playing Old Carey for much of the second half.
Steve Cunningham again led from the front, along with Christian Gorman and Matt Todd, who all stood up in important moments and provided direction and leadership when it mattered most. George Vitinaros was instrumental up forward, kicking five goals in a dominant display at full forward; while Richie McDonald and Tyler Phelps also plied their trade, improving every game and providing plenty of drive through the midfield and up forward for much of the day.
Unfortunately the boys ran out of run and in turn were unable to turn the tables this week; however, their spirit and courage was most impressive and they are starting to play some really good footy! I know the boys are looking forward to a week off this week to recharge the batteries before we go again into the second half of the year.
Goal Kickers: G. Vitinaros 5, M. McPherson 2, L. Bannister
Best Players: S. Cunningham, R. McDonald, G. Vitinaros, T. Phelps, M. Tesoriero, M. Todd
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WomenAfter witnessing a sensational win by the twos, our First Women’s team were ready to take on the 2nd top side Monash. They kicked with a slight advantage and our deep backline IZZIE, MAGGIE and MICHELLE held them out on numerous times. Monash were having trouble getting clear entries as we held them to 3 points for the quarter.
The second quarter was our turn to take control. With ANNA and SAV doing well in the ruck we were able to win plenty of the ball out of the middle. CLARE, SARA and in particular RHIANNON were constantly sending us forward , where new girl CHELSEA was presenting up forward. Unfortunately after having several clear opportunities in front of goal we were unable to score a major. At half time we trailed 4 points to 3 points, despite having more of the play than Monash.
As has happened in several games this year, we had our lapse and Monash were able to pile on 4 goals in the third quarter, similar to last time we played them. GABI, Edi and GRETA in her first game, were doing everything across half back to stem the tide, but unfortunately Monash were too strong in this quarter. Our pressure had dropped off significantly.
The final term saw Monash put a couple behind play, and despite having the ball in our forward half for the whole quarter, we just couldn’t score a goal. We definitely need some work on making the most of our forward entries, especially against the better opposition we are facing this year. Too many times we let ourselves down with poor disposal in front of goal and kicking into a crowded forward line.
Despite the loss, once again we managed to match a good side for 3 and a half quarters. Another win is around the corner, especially with a few significant inclusions back in the side.
Our better players. SOPHIE Bangs ran hard all day on her wing creating many forward entries. RHIANNON won numerous possessions and her kicking long distances set up several scoring opportunities. The backline, as mentioned were excellent and special mention to GRETA in her first game and GABI who played her best game for the year. Overall it was disappointing to lose after a great first half, but we should have the confidence to know we can match it with any opposition this year. Keep working on skills and we will practise some of our structures over the next few weeks. Thanks to all those who stayed to support and those who helped in freezing conditions. Very much appreciated.
Ken Schwab & Andrew Romanin
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Women ReservesAs we headed out to Monash to take on the 5th placed Monash there was optimism as we looked to secure our second win of the year. Despite having had a tough week the week before, as a team we had continued to improve and we spoke out continuing to show our intensity as well as ensuring that we worked on our structures.
In the first quarter we started strongly as we tackled strongly and worked hard all around the ground. Our midfield was working hard at both ends of the ground, whilst our defence had their hands full with some tall forwards who led and marked well. Our forwards were busy as well however were only able to convert for 1 point, whilst the oppposition had managed to kick 1 goal. Our midfield Steph E, Georgia S, Lucy and Emila all set the tone for how they would play out the game as they picked up possessions and were ferocious in their pressure and also worked hard to push forward.
The second term saw us again only manage the 1 point despite having plenty of play as our wings of Eliza and Sarah showed great defensive pressure as well as ensuring that we kept the ball moving, while Laura worked hard and continued to pick up possessions and ensure that she was first to the contest. While in defence we were again strong with each of the team making sure that they were accountable.
The main change saw us looking to still get our first goal for the game despite having much of the ball in our forward line we were unable to finish off all the hard work. The team came out firing and again began to get more ball in the forward line. When the ball moved its way in to the forward pocket and Georgia W picked it up and snapped on the outside of her right foot to kick our first goal for the day. The team rallied around her and the spirits lifted as we knew we were in the hunt. Our defence was superb with Rosie, Kath, Hannah, Bridget, Dale, Jo and Nicki all having fantastic games as they locked down the opposition who could only manage the 1 point.
At the last change trailing by 11 points we spoke about having belief and continuing to run and work hard for each other. We came out slowly but started to work our way in to the quarter as our run and carry along with our kicking starting to find our targets. When we managed to kick a goal and cut the margin to 4 points we could hear the crowd cheering as the girls looked to drive the ball forward again. When we finish off our hard work again with another goal and took a two point lead the team knew that they had to dig deep with 3 minutes left on the clock as our forwards of Prue, Eva, Alex S, Katie, Georgia W and Carly and our onballers who rotated through all showed great composure to finish off our hard work as well as ensure that the ball didn’t come out. The last 3 minutes was nail biting as the ball spent most of the time in the oppositions forward 50 but our defence stood strong as did Kate H in the ruck who was enormous in her second half rucking efforts and we held on to take victory by 2 points.
It was a sensational win by the team as every player contributed to the win and it was great to see all the 1’s players and supporters cheering the team on in the final minutes. Outside of getting rewarded with a win it was also fantastic to see the attitude to come from behind to win as well as the continued improvement.
Thanks to all the supporters, Jackson for running, Sam Anjou for boundary, Alex Song for goals and to all the players for what was a great victory. We look forward to the week off but also for the next game.
Women’s Reserves Coach
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The Wellers saluted a stirring away win to make it 3 in a row at the famous Brunswick Street Oval on a fine winter’s afternoon.
From the outset our boys showed they had come to play, excited by the challenge that lay ahead and more importantly, keen to test their recent form against quality opposition. Fitzroy had a point to prove after being stung by their first loss for the season against PEGS the previous Saturday and were desperate to assert their authority early in the game on their historic home deck.
The first quarter was played at a frenetic pace with our boys matching their more fancied opponents with enormous pressure at every contest. Fitzroy were struggling to generate any clean possessions forward due mainly to our back six led by Bennett and Deev who again and again cut off any wayward attacks. From the first bounce Robbie Campbell was dominant in the middle and finished with 30 odd hit outs. Skipper Ben Hart’s scintillating form continued with 33 touches and Chris Hensby’s 26 possessions and 2 goals were standout across our midfield. Forwards Nick Adamson (2 goals ) & Nick Latsas (3 goals) were dangerous early and remained so all day.
The Second & Third quarters were totally enthralling as both sides did not giving an inch and we were determined to prove we could match it with the best in the competition. Contest after contest proved we could.
We start the last quarter holding a slender 4 point advantage in what was an incredibly tight contest. It was our biggest test of the season in front of a large & vocal home crowd and I am pleased to say our Wellers boys stood up and to come away with our best win for the season. We broke clear in the last to win with 25 point margin and every point was hard earned.
This was our finest team effort for the year with everyone giving their all for a full 4 quarter performance. Cheers Cheers was belted out with great gusto and we washed our dry throats down with a few well deserved refreshments.
Thanks to all supporters who travelled on the day and we hope to see you all again on June 16th at Gordon Barnard vs Old Geelong after a Queen’s Birthday bye. It would be fantastic to get a good home crowd to another critical game so spread the word and come down.
Goal Kickers: N. Latsas 3, C. Hensby 2, N. Adamson 2, A. Taverner, R. Campbell, C. Wilson, H. Crothers, S. Powell
Best Players: S. Bennett, B. Hart, J. Allen, N. Adamson, C. Hensby, K. Percy
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Round 9 saw us move to the Brunswick Street Oval in Fitzroy to meet the top of the table, Fitzroy who have taken all before them this season having spent a number of seasons playing Premier B.
We certainly went into the game displaying some solid winning form, however we were under no illusion that the opposition would be the toughest we had encountered this season so far.
It didn’t take the team long to realise just how high the mountain was to climb if we were to overcome the quality opposition presented and we were able to take some comfort from the fact that the quarter time margin was a solitary behind having scored a couple of hard won goals against a 1 goal 7 behinds score line.
In reality, whilst our pressure at the source was strong and focused, our ability to sustain the effort required was destined to test us and so it was that we were only able to manage a four-goal afternoon, three of these coming from free kicks to the opposition’s 17 goal score line.
Disappointing to say the least, the only salvation being, I think that we probably saw ourselves at our worst – wanting to give the footy up every time we were challenged by handballing to a team mate who was under an equal amount of pressure, or worse still, fall over!
We have the benefit of a week off to recharge the batteries, but then we face the other super star team in the comp, Old Geelong. How will we front up for that contest? Will the Fitzroy match prove to be our “line in the sand moment” or will we go through the motions for the remaining big matches and simply hope to win the games we should win?
Men’s Reserves Coach
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