Mens U19s vs St. Bernards
After nearly two years without football, the Old Camberwell Under 20 team turned up to St. Bernard’s College infamous ‘Snakepit’ near Essendon not knowing what to expect. What we knew was that St Bernard’s would be well prepared and ready and we’d have to be switched on from minute one if we were going to be competitive. And switched on the team were.
From the first bounce through to the final siren, the Wellers tackled, talked, backed up, ran, linked up and took their opportunities in front of goal in what was a highly competitive game that required all our effort.
Divjot Walia got us off to an amazing start when he burst through a pack at half forward, settled and kicked truly from 30 meters. The bench went wild!
Our entire backline, lead superbly by Warburton and Howden, worked together beautifully to not only shut down their opponents, but to start many an attack with link up handball.
The midfield, notably Laukens, Garrard and Amling, were both tireless and impressive, and their wingers ran to the right spaces all game.
Our centre half forward, Kalargyros was Carey like in his attack on the ball in the air and Rice was typically cagey at full forward. Both kicked three important goals. But it was the harassing and endless pressure that the small forwards put on that made all the difference.
Most pleasingly, all 24 players contributed strongly to what was a fantastic first up win for The Wellers and let me say the song was sung with about as much gusto as I’ve ever heard! (and seen if you check out the video online) A good confidence booster to start the season and we’re looking forward to playing our first game at Gordon Barnard next Saturday.
Old Camberwell FC 13.12-90 Defeated St Bernards FC 7.6-48
Goal Kickers: H. Laukens 3, H. Rice 3, G. Kalargyros 2, G. Gong, M. Augustes, D. Walia, C. Howard, J. Jayawardena
Best Players: C. Amling, H. Laukens, S. Garrard, W. Woods, M. Howden, B. Craigie
Womens Seniors vs Yarra OG
The 2021 season kicked off at Doncaster Reserve where we took on Yarra old Grammarians under lights. Kicking with the wind in the opening quarter, we created several chances to score early but unfortunately, we couldn’t convert with a major while Yarra managed to score a great goal into the breeze. Sara Fortunato started superbly in the middle winning plenty of the ball and looking dangerous.
The second quarter saw our defence hold up well, keeping Yarra to a single goal with the breeze while we also managed to convert a major of our own when Katie Fabian kicked a goal after a great tackle. Alex Herrington was looking on fire up the ground and Sam Anjou continued to show her experience and class across the backline.
Yarra gained the upper hand in the second half kicking three goals and holding us goalless. Despite good in our forward line, we were unable to break Yarra’s defence. Rhiannon Green, was terrific around the middle and up forward in her return, while Eva Fisher took a fantastic mark and started to show her run and carry. Georgia Opray provided plenty of run and defensive pressure.
Despite going down by 27 points we were competitive all day and there were some really promising signs for the season with a number of players making their senior debuts - Bec Kertes, Alannah Frampton, Katie Fabian, Charlotte Lack and Nat Decarne.
We look forward to returning home next week and taking on Collegians.
Old Camberwell FC 1.3-9 Lost to Yarra OG 5.6-36
Best Players: Sara Fortunato, Rhiannon Green, Alex Herrington, Georgia Opray, Eva Fisher, Sammy Anjou
Goal Kickers: Katie Fabian
Womens Reserves vs Yarra OG
After a long 18 months with no football, we were treated to cold, wet and generally pretty dour conditions.
Our girls were quick out of the blocks, controlling clearances and successfully locking the ball in our forward 50. Tracy Lam led from the front taking full advantage of our international ruck recruit Penny Vaaben Nielsen to provide our forwards with plenty of opportunity. Ella Taverner was involved in everything, storming out of the goal square taking mark after mark. We peppered the scoreboard but finished the quarter with 0 goals 5. New recruit Bella Griffin showed off her running prowess bounding up and down the wing the entire day, whilst our backs worked tirelessly to repel attack after attack keeping Yarra scoreless to half time. However, a quick long kick over the backs of our girls, in the third proved costly as they managed to kick a goal and level the score.
Gemma Smith & Smitty dominated the clearances all day, taking the game on and bringing the ball through the centre of the ground. It was fantastic to see so many new faces pulling the Wellers jumper on for the first time. Emma Hooper, Meg Mckelvie, Emilia Miller-Wilson, Penny Vaaben Nielsen, Amelia Standfield, Carla Giuffrida, Louise Zhang & Bella Griffin all had to deal with listening to my nonsense and playing in 15 different positions each quarter.
A great day with a result no one knows how to respond to - we finished all locked up on 8 points each. We take the two points with excitement of what the season ahead will bring; footy is back and our girls have shown they will have a great year in 2021.
Old Camberwell FC 0.8-8 Drew with Yarra OG 1.2-8
Best: G. Smith, I. Griffin, E. Taverner, L. Zhang, T. Lam, G. Smith
Mens Seniors vs Brunswick
At long last footy returned to grassroots and the Wellers turned it on at Gordon Barnard Oval to earn a convincing 68 point win to kick off our 2021 campaign.
Five new players were presented with their jumpers; Riley Verbi returning from a few years away, our new 210cm Ruckman Angus Milham, Harrison Lucas who last played in the 2017 Under 19 Premiership, Sam Murphy & Luke Hayward. All were outstanding.
After a slow start into a stiff three to four goal breeze, we held Brunswick to a scoreless first quarter and could see the pressure and effort were high without it showing on the scoreboard. We turned up the heat with 6 unanswered goals in the second quarter and put ourselves in a strong position with some long & direct play accompanied with dogged and fierce defence & outstanding tackling. In the second half we continued with that intense pressure, outscoring & outrunning our opponents kicking seven goals to four and earning a solid victory.
Our strong bodies in the middle led by Nick Latsas, James Allen & Josh Holding dominated all over the ground getting some silver service from our tall timber in the ruck. Our running backs Lachie Powell, Rob West & Will Dalrymple causing havoc with their dash and closed down Brunswick’s attacks particularly after they lifted in the second half.
Our former skipper Ben Hart made a very welcome return up forward assisting in many goals and kicking two of his own in a confident display.
It was the start we wanted for the season for the Boys but we know each week will bring a massive challenge and we look forward to taking on Oakleigh away this Saturday.
Thanks to all helpers on the day.
Old Camberwell FC 14.11-95 Defeated Brunswick FC 4.2-27
Goal Kickers: J. Holding 3, B. Hart 2, L. Hayward 2, K. Percy , A. Taverner, S. Bennett, J. Allen, M. Powell, N. Latsas, R. Verbi
Best Players: R. Verbi, N. Latsas, J. Holding, J. Allen, H. Lucas, L. Powell
Mens Reserves vs Brunswick
Saturday marked the commencement of the Wellers highly anticipated return to the Barnyard kicking off our season against Brunswick Football Club. It was a focused and determined Old Camberwell side boasting one of the more talented line ups in recent times. They absolutely didn't disappoint.
From the first bounce it was clear the side was on a mission to start the campaign in emphatic fashion. Celebrating his fiftieth match, Jimmy Wilson gave our on-ball brigade great first looks taking control in the centre. Our engine room of Chris Young, Ollie Lloyd and Angus Dunn gave our forwards plenty of opportunity with Searles getting his hands on the pill as a strong lead up option. Will Kanz started like a house on fire before unfortunately injuring hamstring.
Our repeat forward entries and forward line tackling pressure was too much for the Brunswick defence with plenty of Wellers sharing in the action. Anton Giome showed the sort of grit and ruthlessness that we want to be known for and Sam Cooperdisplayed class and composure at the fall of the ball jagging two classic snaps.
In a day full of highlights it's hard to go past how good it felt to sing the song after nearly two years. There is still plenty of work to be done on the track but it's clear we have built a solid foundation to grow from. A very proud day for the group and the club.
Old Camberwell FC 13.13-91 Defeated Brunswick FC 0.2-2
Goal Kickers: N. Searles 2, S. Cooper 2, T. Schipper 2, M. Vogel, D. Augustes, A. Giomi, A. Bongiorno, Z. Herbstreit, A. Dunn, J. Wilson
Best Players: C. Young, S. Cooper, A. Giomi, N. Searles, A. Bongiorno, N. Benson
Mens 3rds vs Ajax FC
The People’s XVIII took on a strong Ajax outfit for the 1st round of what promises to be an enjoyable season. The first quarter was a tight affair, with neither side capitalising on opportunities in front of goal. The goal drought broke in the 2nd quarter, with Ajax pulling away and not looking back, despite a fine effort from the Wellers. Matt Tesoriero, Phil Corso and Ange Viola showed great leadership down back, ably supported by Dylan Lewis and Connor McKee, in his first game of footy. Jonny Huntsman wound back the clock with a couple of snags in a BOG performance, while Taylor Stone and Oli Hessmann also shone in the midfield. We’ll go again next week at GBO against Monash, up the Wellers.
Best: Huntsman, Stone, Lewis, Hudson-Mollard, Hessman, Peckham
Goals: Peckham 2, Stone 1, Huntsman 1
OCGAFC 4.5.29 def by Ajax 7.7.49