Premiers this year are we!
Importantly and critically for the club, our Seniors, Reserves and Under 19s had big games on Saturday. I know as a club we will come together for the remainder of the season and bring home all our teams who all have everything to play for in their remaining games.
Our Seniors had one of those games where it seems things didn’t click. After some wayward kicking in the first quarter and with a Hampton side facing the prospect of the drop, we couldn’t make the most of our chances and suffered a disappointing loss. With 2 games to go, next week’s game against Kew is a must win to consolidate our season and finish as we know we can.
Our Reserves continued their astonishing run taking their unbeaten streak to 7 games with an empathetic win over a good Hampton side. With 2 rounds remaining finals are confirmed which is a superb achievement for this group after a slow start to the season. Confidence is clearly strong and it will be a very competitive few weeks on the training track and remain game days given the depth of the playing group this year.
Hugely impressively, our Under 19s secured a top 2 spot in their penultimate game against Old Paradians at home. In a sometimes spiteful game, our boys kept their heads brilliantly and played outstanding football as they have all year to record another 100 + points victory. Our final game is away to Williamstown CYMS after which we’ll have a week off as the Under 19s have a final 6 with the top 2 sides earning the week off. I know I’ve said it before but we have a great group of young men and we can all be proud they’ve secured finals football for OCGAFC. We’re looking forward to getting right behind their final series.
Finally we’d love to see you all for a casual Spit Roast Lunch for the final Home & Away game for our Seniors & Reserves and GBO on September 2nd. Details available here and you can book online (preferable) or pay on the day.
Congratulations again to all our Women’s Team. A weekend that will live in the memory forever.
Come on the Wells
Our first quarter showcased the game style we have been working hard on all year. Quick ball movement and high defensive pressure saw us control the quarter. Unfortunately our finishing let us down and we went into quarter time having dominated the quarter, however only kicking 3 goals and 6 behinds. Hampton on the other hand made the most of their chances and were able to get 2 goals despite not having much of the ball.
After quarter time Hampton upped their intensity and we were unable to match them. Though we still had our fair share of chances, our skills and finishing consistently let us down both through the middle of the ground and up forward in front of goal. An inaccurate second term again cost us and we went into halftime with a score line of 3.12, compared to Hamptons 6.7.
Despite our poor play, we managed to stay in the game through determination and some outstanding individual efforts – namelyJimmy Allen and Nick Adamson. We were well in the game at ¾ time, only 4 points down with a score line of 6.16 to 8.8. Alas it was not to be and we ended up going down 70 (9 goals 16 behinds) to 89 (13 goals 11 behinds). It was a disappointing result after such a positive win the week before. The challenge for the group now is to stick together and finished the year off on a positive note. We have 2 very important games left and there is no reason that we can’t go 2/2 to finish the year off!
Goal Kickers: J. Allen 3, M. Trait 2, F. Wells, N. Latsas, A. Taverner, N. Adamson
Best Players: J. Allen, N. Adamson, R. Deev, S. Powell, C. Hensby, A. Clarke
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ReservesThe Ressies faced an in-form Hampton side on Saturday and with both sides’ seasons more or less on the line it was another fiery encounter. After a strong 2nd half performance we were able to pull away and book ourselves a spot in the finals with a 37 point win!
Following on from a tough outing against Geelong the boys knew they were up for another arm wrestle. Earlier in the season we lost narrowly to Hampton in a close and physical game and were keen to test how much we have improved over the second half of the year. With a few injuries / niggles carrying over from last week, several players had the opportunity to stand up and play a key role in the game: Stanboultgis led from the front all day in the centre, Simon relished playing at full forward with plenty of spark and a 4 goal haul and we welcomed backParker, Warburton and Emery
The rain came down right on cue as the game started and after a scrappy few minutes we managed to get our hands on the ball and lock it in our forward line with repeat entries. It took us a little while to adjust to the conditions and were guilty of over possessing the footy in the greasy conditions however we looked dangerous when we were able to move the ball laterally and get out into space. Hampton worked their way into the game and were able to kick a couple of quick goals to lead by 1 goal at quarter time despite our early work.
The clouds disappeared as quickly as they had arrived for the 2nd quarter and with a few tweaks to our forward line structure we were a lot more dangerous in attack with Kaiser (4 goals) and Allen’s (1 goal) speed at ground level. With Pepperell finding plenty of space and Vogelfinding plenty of the footy we were able to move the ball forward quickly however were a little wasteful kicking 3.5 for the quarter to Hampton’s 2.1
Watching from the sidelines this was shaping up to be a real 4 quarter arm wrestle however the boys came out firing in the 3rd quarter. Despite some distractions from several errant Hampton elbows and fists the boys were able to focus on the footy and pile on 5 goals to nil for the quarter. The difference being our smarter ball use, fast movement in the forward line and intensity at the footy with Huntsman and Gorman
With the game threatening to boil over, Herbstreit somehow found another gear (and is fast becoming our 4th quarter specialist) and gave us first use in the last quarter and we started to out run our opponents to kick another 3 goals from some excellent end to end ball movement. It’s great to see the boys enjoying their footy so much and making the most of our opportunities. We have certainly benefitted from increased depth this year so it important that we work hard over the remaining 2 games to keep the momentum up
Goal Kickers: J. Simon 4, S. Kaiser 4, G. Tolson, C. Allen, C. Gorman, H. Crothers
Best Players: L. Stanboultgis, J. Huntsman, T. Pepperell, S. Kaiser, Z. Herbstreit, T. Vogel
Reserves Assistant Coach
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The Unders took on a 17 man Old Parade side on a beautiful (if a little cold) afternoon at GBO knowing that a win would make certain of a top two ladder finish.
Kicking in to a slight breeze, the boys were quickly into stride, with Matt Appleyard’s ruck dominance giving onballers Wil Dalrymple, Robbie West and Fraser Masciatelli an armchair ride, of which they took full advantage. Up forward Stephen Everett was dominant, and Lucas Lewitt-Mendes repealed many attacks from half back. We took a 27 point lead into the first break, after holding the opposition goalless.
Our boys really kicked into gear in the second quarter. Slick ball movement allowed us to ram home seven goals for the quarter, with Alex Dalla Riva and Mike Schumann each kicking two. Mitch McPherson was outstanding through the middle of the ground, whether it be marking, tackling or simply clearing contests. Matt Appleyard continued on his merry way in the ruck, and Tom Oliver found plenty of space and plenty of ball on the wing. In his return from injury, Mitch Fletcher, together with Kallan Percy, made scoring impossible for our opponents.
With the game all but over at half time, we took the opportunity to rotate and rest some players in preparation for the weeks ahead. Given an opportunity on the ball, Jake Purcell excelled, and Josh Holding and Alex Dalla Riva were excellent up forward. Harry O’Brien and Tom Oliver controlled the wings, allowing us to add five goals for the quarter. The unselfish nature of the team was highlighted by a great shepherd on the line from Jonathan Tan that allowed Everett’s long shot for goal to sail through untouched.
With a number of key players rested during the last quarter, an opportunity presented for other to step up. Rohan Solomongathered a number of touches when running on the ball, and Anthony Stefanos kicked a booming goal. Jonathan Tan continued with his great pressure acts, and really finished the game well. The match ended in victory by 112 points.
I know a number of boys are looking forward to a closer contest – rest assured, that will come. In the meantime, the chance to hone our ball movement and skills is welcome. With one game to go, we have assured ourselves of finishing first or second, thereby giving ourselves the best chance of the ultimate success. However, there is much hard work to be done over the next few weeks, so down to training lads and let’s finish the home and away season strongly.
Goal Kickers: A. Dalla-Riva 5, J. Holding 3, M. Schumann 3, S. Everett 2, F. Mascitelli 2, A. Stefanos 2, H. O”Brien, W. Dalrymple
Best Players: A. Dalla-Riva, M. McPherson, M. Appleyard, S. Everett, K. Percy , T. Oliver
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