U19 vs Old Trinity
After a three week Covid break, we faced arch rival Old Trinity in what has traditionally been a tightly fought encounter and this was no different.
Kicking with the wind in the first quarter, Old Trinity established an early break and the piled on 5 goals, to be 3 goals in front a quarter time. Not to be denied, we rallied and kept them scoreless in the second quarter and were just in front at the half time break. A lift from our on-ballers and some tight defence led by Jav, Howden, Warbo, Woods and Nicho was the catalyst for the improved performance and the whole team lifted in what turned out to be a closely fought last three quarters.
A resolve to be more disciplined and stop Trinity’s run with the wind saw us keep them to just one goal in the third quarter but some continued poor kicking, and option taking, under pressure saw us squander some opportunities in front of the white sticks and only kick four minors for the quarter to finish 2 points in front at the last break.
Both teams kicked two goals in a tense last quarter with a number of our boys cramping up after a fast-running game and the effects of no footy for three weeks was evident. As the clock wound down the ball spent a fair bit of time in Trinity’s forward line, but we had most of our team there defending valiantly to prevent any score and as the siren blew it was Old Camberwell up by three points.
While 5:11 on the scoreboard by us made it tougher than it could have been, the four points we gained from the win ensured we will be playing finals and will be ready for whatever is thrown at us. The next three weeks are all tough games as we lead into the finals and a strong overall team contribution like we had Saturday will stand us in good stead.
The post-game song was sung with gusto with our three ex Trinity boys, Biggs, Larkin and Rosetti in the middle of the circle, and enjoying a tightly fought win over our close rival.
In a win like this it is appropriate to say “all played well” in what was an even contribution across the whole 24. Well done Wellers!
Goal Kickers: G. Kalargyros 2, E. Biggs, B. Craigie, T. Nicholson, C. Amling, B. Kimmitt
Best Players: G. Kalargyros, T. Nicholson, S. Garrard, W. Woods, J. Jayawardena, R. Albert
|9||St Bedes / Mentone Tigers||11||4||7||0||0||0||0||718||908||16||36.36||79.07|
Mens Seniors vs Prahran
It had been a long wait, but the Wellers turned the tables on Prahran Assumption after the round 7 loss at Toorak Park.
Our boys started kick in scintillating style with a 6 goals straight to 1 goal blitz in the first quarter kicking into a slight breeze. The pressure & tackling were intense around the ball and the boys capitalise on the scoreboard. Sam Murphy was dominating early & Ben Hart finish off some fine midfield work with 2 super goals.
The second quarter saw a determined fight back from a talented opponent getting within a kick and starting to cause headaches all over GBO as their powerful forwards got on top. But the Wellers rose to the challenge, as they have done all year, and responded quickly with the next 4 goals to bring the game back on our terms.
Consistency was the theme for the day and I felt we controlled most parts of an even second half to finish the contest 18 points clear at the final siren, Prahran kicking 2 late consolation goals.
Sam Boyce , Alex Taverner (2 goals ) had stand out games with Josh Holding playing an important team oriented role crucial to the team’s success.
Nick Adamson’s comeback game was a highlight after a 2 year layoff through injury. He was back dominating at CHF bringing many of his teammates into the action. Momentum is building as we move towards the pointy end of the season and we look forward to welcoming our supporters back soon.
Thanks to all helpers on a successful day for the Club.
Goal Kickers: B. Hart 4, A. Taverner 2, C. Hillier 2, S. Murphy 2, K. Percy , R. Verbi, D. Augustes, W. Dalrymple
Best Players: A. Taverner, S. Boyce, J. Holding, H. Lucas, S. Murphy, J. Engellenner
|1||Old Camberwell Grammarians||11||10||1||0||0||0||0||1032||623||40||90.91||165.65|
|4||Prahran Assumption AFC||11||7||4||0||0||0||0||816||688||28||63.64||118.60|
|5||St Mary's Salesian||11||5||6||0||0||0||0||814||915||20||45.45||88.96|
|6||Therry Penola OB||11||5||6||0||0||0||0||748||953||20||45.45||78.49|
|7||PEGS Football Club||11||4||7||0||0||0||0||843||837||16||36.36||100.72|
|10||Brunswick Football Club||11||0||11||0||0||0||0||580||993||0||0.00||58.41|
Mens Thirds vs Monash Blues
The People’s XVIII emerged from lockdown to take on finals-bound Monash Uni. With a minor premiership up for grabs, the boys were not lacking any motivation as they took it up to the strong Monash team on their home deck.
The wind made transitioning the footy for both teams really difficult early on, leading to an arm wrestle of a first quarter. It quickly became apparent that the breeze was worth 2-3 goals, so it was pleasing to go into the first break with our noses in front by a few points. Steve Walsh’s early domination at the stoppages was vital to the territory battle, as was Jeremie Alexeyeff’s run and carry on the wing. Zach Herbstreit and Dec Hudson-Mollard set the tone early in the ruck, consistently giving our mids first-access to the footy.
Kicking with the wind in the 2nd term, the lads started to flex their muscles on our dogged opponents. Lachie Appleby rose up the competition’s goal kicking table by regularly reading the ball flight better than the Monash defenders. The supply he and the other forwards received from our midfielders such as Anton Giomi and Dan Rappel was long and direct- which complimented the “finals pressure” style we aimed to bring without the footy. Nick Smith’s tackling, Phil Corso’s 1%’ers and Charlie MacCallum’s desire at the contest were just some of the many examples of this team defence we employed throughout the day.
Coming out for the 3rd quarter with a 4-goal advantage, we knew it was vital to keep the intensity and hold off our opponents who had the wind and a greater impetus to attack directly after seeing what we did. Luckily, our back 6 stood firm under the pressure from our opponents with Phil Corso and Matt Todd winning the aerial battles regularly. Oliver Hessman’s ability to break tackles and run the footy up the ground into the wind proved vital in the tricky conditions, as we held on to a 2-goal lead heading into the final change.
A strong showing in the last quarter provided an exclamation mark on what has been a brilliant season for the People’s XVIII. Lachie Appleby cashed in to finish with 5 goals and finish 2nd in the league for goals kicked. Cyrus Chan and Matt Tesoriero enjoyed good last quarters in defence, as did James Drago as a tagging forward on their loose defender. All in all, it’s a minor premiership for the 3s and a real opportunity for success in what has been a trying 2 years for everyone.
Goal Kickers: L. Appleby 5, P. Corso, D. Hudson-Mollard, O. Hessmann
Best Players: P. Corso, S. Walsh, L. Appleby, A. Giomi, Z. Herbstreit, O. Hessmann
|1||Old Camberwell Grammarians||11||10||1||0||0||0||0||1146||327||40||90.91||350.46|
|4||Melbourne High School Old Boys||11||8||3||0||0||0||0||799||562||32||72.73||142.17|
|5||Whitefriars Football Club||11||5||6||0||0||0||0||737||726||20||45.45||101.52|
|7||Parkside Football Club||6||1||5||0||0||0||0||230||441||4||16.67||52.15|
|8||Emmaus St Leos||11||1||10||0||0||0||0||328||1299||4||9.09||25.25|
|9||La Trobe University||5||0||5||0||0||0||0||111||453||0||0.00||24.50|
Mens Reserves vs Prahran
Ready for the second lock down related restart and celebrating the milestones of several of the Ressies favourites sons, Old Camberwell took to GBO on a striking winter morning with a resounding level of resolve. Johnnie Huntsman took to the park for the 50th time with his patented enthusiasm, and backline stalwart Ben Warburton celebrated his 100th game for the club, a workmanlike effort from a genuine leader of the club. Congratulations to you both.
It was clear from the onset that the Wells had missed footy with Will Kanz starting at a blistering pace keen to make his mark on the game, winning the ball at the scrap with vigour and getting us started with a classy running goal. We kickstarted with eight majors in the first. Scott Kaiser was looking dangerous and making the most of his efforts with his third for the quarter coming from a set shot bomb.
Prahran fought back with the help of the wind but Old Camberwell were not to be deterred - punctuated by a fantastic rundown tackle by Louis Campbell. Matt Vogel was getting busy chipping in with a couple of cheeky snags and Schipper was able to turn the cricket pitch dead pocket into the wetlands, jagging one from absolutely nowhere.
Our defensive half stood tall all match lead by Nick Benson and Oliver Lloyd, but Patty Dennis provided the real grunt with a few passages that bullied the oppo forwards. Chris Young crashed through more than a few packs and was rewarded with a classy running sausage.
All in all, it was a good run for Old Camberwell who now also move to top spot on the ladder and hold themselves with confidence and determination for the upcoming finals series, despite not training on any park during lockdown.
Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 5, L. Campbell 4, M. Vogel 2, T. Schipper 2, C. Young 2, M. Jenkin 2, W. Kanz, T. Stone, T. Pepperell, F. Sampson
Best Players: W. Kanz, C. Young, O. Lloyd, S. Kaiser, M. Vogel, N. Benson
|1||Old Camberwell Grammarians||11||9||2||0||0||0||0||975||354||36||81.82||275.42|
|4||St Mary's Salesian||11||8||3||0||0||0||0||863||619||32||72.73||139.42|
|5||PEGS Football Club||11||7||4||0||0||0||0||633||594||28||63.64||106.57|
|6||Prahran Assumption AFC||11||4||7||0||0||0||0||594||680||16||36.36||87.35|
|9||Therry Penola OB||11||2||9||0||0||0||0||443||1040||8||18.18||42.60|
|10||Brunswick Football Club||11||1||10||0||0||0||0||460||935||4||9.09||49.20|