A special mention must go to the Women’s Team who have created history with our first ever victory in the inaugural VAFA Women’s League. Congratulations to every single person involved from our most recent President Andrew Tsindos for taking
on the challenge and making it happen, Ken Schwab and Andrew Romanin for their coaching, Tim Wilson the new Team Manager but most importantly all the young women who have taken on the challenge, trained hard and will now go down in history – Sensational!!!
The Under 19s also recorded their first win for the season and as Dancey ‘The Prez’ tells me, it was gutsy and hard fought – no better way to win them. We all know how crucial a thriving Under 19s team is for our Club and congratulations to Gavin Powell and Boyd Elliott for putting this team together and the players for a stirring win with only 19!
I was invited to the matchday lunch at Old Ivanhoe and was warmly welcomed by their committee. Their coach and president graciously acknowledged the good work Anson and his coaching team have done over the past few seasons and expected a tough and uncompromising encounter. The Two Blues didn’t disappoint. The Reserves were rampant and set the tone for the afternoon. The Seniors then delivered a comprehensive victory and to win 2 away games in a row first up is no small achievement. It’s the start we all wanted.
However it’s only a start and we mean to go on from here with your support. JOIN US THIS SATURDAY APRIL 29th for our first home game of 2017 for The Wellsmen Day Family BBQ.
8.30am – Bacon and Eggs Rolls for the Women’s Game
11.30am – 4pm = BBQ – Kids Free
3.30pm – Afternoon Tea in the Rooms – $5 per head
Post Match – Presentations and Bar Open and all welcome.
Well played everyone.
After coming up against a strong Old Geelong in Round 1, our second game became a historic one for the OCGFC Women’s Team. The team recorded a resounding 80-point win over Canterbury to write a small piece of history for the Club.
Pre-match, the emphasis was put on making the first contest count to set the tone for the day – when it was your time to go, you go. The team took that into the first bounce and jumped straight out of the blocks. With Deanna Booth dominating in the ruck, our midfielders were getting first use of it, moving the ball long and direct through new recruit Rhiannon Green, Sam Anjou and Gabi Opray. Four first-quarter goals gave us a handy lead, and with all the momentum the opportunity was there to really put the result beyond doubt by half time.
A couple of extra goals in the second did just that, with Ellie Defina running rings around the Canterbury defence, and Ash Sturrock and Jess Sincock providing strong marking options up forward. This developing forward structure is something we missed in the pre-season games and is exciting to see.
Going into the rooms with a comfortable seven goal lead at the main break, the team was re-jigged allowing some girls the chance to play in unfamiliar positions and the coaching staff to experiment a little. The changes didn’t halt the scoring momentum and a big take out from the second half was the amount of on-ball depth and genuine ball winners we have. While it was quiet down back, the back line has settled quickly and there is already a very strong back six led by Maggie Wilson and Steph Defina – plus good depth too.
The team can be extremely proud of a sensational performance, but still to have a little work to do on learning the Club song! With a list of 40-odd girls and the squad developing quickly, there will be plenty of opportunity to sing it a few more times in 2017.
Goal Kickers: E. Defina 4, A. Sturrock 3, R. Green 2, S. Anjou, E. Taverner
Best Players: R. Green, S. Anjou, G. Opray, A. Sturrock, N. Edwards, E. Defina
Women’s Assistant Coach