Mens Thirds vs Whitefriars

The People’s XVIII took on Whitefriars in what shaped up to be a great test for our group. The first quarter saw positive signs, with the Wellers gaining an early ascendancy through Jenkin and Cunningham bossing the midfield. Alexeyeff looked likely down forward, ably supported by Viola in defence. This rolled onto the 2nd, although inaccurate kicking halted out momentum slightly, the boys still took a healthy lead into the main change.

The game went up a notch in the 3rd quarter to reflect a more competitive affair, before a late flurry of goals in the last quarter saw the Wellers achieve the commanding win their performance warranted. Olivier Hessman and Lachie Appleby made valuable contributions, whilst Matty Todd was instrumental to our domination down back.

It finished The Wellers 16.12.108 to Whitefrairs 2.4.16, with Jenks and Apples kicking 3 each. We look forward to another home game next week against Monash. It would be great to see supporters of the People’s Teams over the years there for an early coffee.
Goal Kickers: M. Jenkin 3, L. Appleby 3, M. Todd 2, J. Alexeyeff 2, N. Peckham 2, A. Viola, S. Cunningham, D. Lewis, C. Frazer
Best Players: M. Jenkin, S. Cunningham, O. Hessmann, L. Appleby, M. Todd, J. Alexeyeff

Womens Seniors vs Collegians

Our first game at our home, GBO Top Oval, for the year and the team were excited to take on Collegians as both teams searched for their first win of the year.

The opening quarter started strongly after managed to kick the opening goal when Maggie Wilson converted in front of goal. Our second goal came from Eloise Defina after she marked powerfully on the lead and converted from a tight angle. The final goal from some great ball movement and team work when Maddy Sloane streamed forward, had a bounce, followed her kick and converted to give us a 3 goal term just before the quarter time siren.

The second quarter tightened up into a battle as neither team could convert on the scoreboard with a major. A close check side that hit the post ensured we went into the main break with momentum as we held a 16 point lead off the back of a team effort across the ground with our midfield working well as a group and our pressure a highlight of the first half

We continued to work hard in the second half and our defence stood firm as Collegians launched some sustained attacks. We managed to hold them to 1 point for the second half which ultimately saw us hold on to take home the win.

Our back six of Steph Defina, Lou Anderson, Sam Anjou, Tracy Lam, Alex Herrington and Nikki Strickland were instrumental in holding Collegians goalless for the day which helped ensure our first win of the year. 

We look forward to welcoming Fitzroy to GBO this Saturday and putting together a strong game across the four quarters.

Goal Kickers: M. Wilson, E. Defina, M. Sloane
Best Players: L. Anderson, S. Defina, M. Sloane , S. Anjou, E. Fisher, C. Nolan

Womens Reserves vs Collegians

We were back at the Barnyard against our oldest rival – how good to have footy back! The Women’s Reserves were chasing our first win after a draw in Round 1 and welcomed some new players with Charlotte Kanini-Parsons, Emma Vogel, Eloise de Rauch and Scarlett King all debuting for the club.
The girls were up and about from the first bounce and it was locked in our forward 50 early in the game. Despite dominating possession in the first quarter, we were unable score and frustratingly, Collegians scored against the run of the play. A notable highlight was Emilia Miller-Wilson’s brilliant contested mark, as she showed everyone her skills go beyond just her dominant ruck work.
Much of the game was an arm wrestle, with both sides fierce around the contest all day. Our biggest ball winners and stars were Gemma Smith, Katie Fabian and Emma Vogel, who worked tirelessly around the ground. There were passages of play where we showcased how well we could move the ball from end to end but in the end the Collegians’ strong marking and ability to hit their forward targets proved to be the difference.
The third quarter was marred by an injury to our brave Scarlett King, who badly broke her ankle after coming down in a marking contest. It was her first game for the club and she was making a name for herself across the half back line. Credit to Scarlett’s courage, she somehow managed a smile as she was stretchered off and we all wish her a very speedy recovery.
As is the case with injuries, the game had to go on and we could not be more proud of how the Old Camberwell girls responded. We persevered all the way to the end, and our unrelenting efforts were rewarded with a superb snap goal to Jane Cuningham in the final quarter. Special mentions must go to Bridgette Facey, Joy Szeredi and Emma Hooper who held strong under a lot of pressure in the backline and it didn’t go unnoticed.
Lots to take from the game and looking forward to a good week on the track!
Goal Kickers: J. Cuningham
Best Players: G. Smith, K. Fabian, E. Vogel, C. Kanini-Parsons, E. Hooper, L. Chesney

Mens Seniors vs Oakleigh

We returned to Scammell Reserve to play Oakleigh Amateurs for the first time since 2016 where narrowly won against a fast finishing Crushers team. This time around, they had come off a first round loss to Kew and we knew they’d be looking to bounce back with their high tempo game. We’d been to be at our best to take on the challenge and grab the four points.
Given our improved playing group depth this year, we were able to accommodate our Captain, Simon Bennett and midfield dynamo Nick Latsas being unavailable due to a wedding (congratulations to  former Wellers Superstar player Phil Bennett and his lovely wife Jess on your marriage) and Cam Wilson, our key defender returning from injury via the Ressies. 
This enabled young tyro, Fin Sampson and veteran Defender Robbie Deev to return to the team, ensuring we have a great balance in age and youth.
The game started at a cracking pace, with the opposition scoring the first goal of the match within a minute of the commencement of play. Fortunately, we were able to return the favour with a quick reply from Kellan Percy through a strong mark and goal. The ball continued to rebound between half forward lines with the lines being broken rarely.  Both sides went into the quarter time break at three goals apiece.
The game opened up for the Wellers after the break and we scored five goals to the opposition’s one. From the midfield coach’s perspective, it was most pleasing to report that three of those goals came from forward 50 stoppages. The boys headed into the rooms for the long break with a 20 point lead, confident in their ability to build on this margin as the game progressed.
It was anticipated that Oakleigh would come at us hard and  they did, slotting 4 goals against our 3 goals 5 behinds. The pressure was high and at times we missed easy opportunities to score the 6 pointers required. The margin was cut to 19 points at the three quarter time break and the game was in the balance.
The boys were urged to stay the course and trust in their ability to meet any challenge presented and to believe that they have the required fitness levels needed to get them over the line. 

Oakleigh kept coming, and were always super dangerous once they got the footy into the forward line area, where their key forward #6 Cloke was starting to find more of the footy than we would have liked. Fortunately, our back 6 stood firm, playing their brand of team defence and they repelled many forward forays in Q4. The ball was regularly taken forward, at speed, however the radar again was off and we scored 4 goals 8 behinds to the opposition’s 4 straight enabling us to run out 27 point winners.
The match was played in great spirits and was an exciting spectacle right up to the final siren. Kell Percy played his best game for Old Camberwell since becoming a senior player, taking strong marks in the forward line, scoring two valuable goals, and offering big Gus support as the 2nd Ruckman. Riley Verbi continued his super form from last week by being in everything and contributing 4 goals as well. Other standouts in a strong team performance were Lach Powell as the intercept defender,Jimmy Allen, deputising as captain and giving us great drive out of the middle, at Stoppages and in a defensive support role.

Goal Kickers: R. Verbi 4, B. Hart 3, K. Percy 2, S. Kaiser 2, J. Holding 2, J. Allen, A. Milham
Best Players: K. Percy , L. Powell, R. West, T. Oliver, R. Verbi, J. Allen

Mens Reserves vs Oakleigh

Looking to build on a strong performance from last week, Old Camberwell set off to their first away game taking on Oakleigh at Scammel Reserve. Ready for a physical encounter the Wellers started strongly again getting first hands on the footy and winning repeat entries early on. Augustie was rewarded for his attack on the footy with two early goals whilst Engellenner seemed right at home in the middle for his first hit out in the Ressies.
Our backline held strong with the luxurious inclusion of Cam Wilson who's aerial prowess was on clear display giving us explosive rebound out of defence. The structures and game style we have been working on took great shape with regular link ups and run provided by Pepperell, Tom Vogel and Sam Cooper. Our engine room of Young, Lloyd and Stone provided plenty of opportunities up forward which we unfortunately couldn't quite capitalise on. 
The second half saw a fired up Oakleigh side live up to their tough reputation of hard nosed attack putting our boys on the backfoot after multiple goals scored against. To our credit, we rose to the occasion fighting back with counter punches launched through the composure and leadership of Warburton in the backline. Vitinaros offered strong leads and proved more than the Oakleigh defence could handle taking a number of great contested grabs. 
There were plenty of encouraging signs to take from the day but perhaps most enjoyable to see was our ability to fight back under pressure and adjust our game style to suit conditions. We were able to take control of the game with run, spread and structure and then when momentum shifted, we were able to match the heat when the game turned to a dog fight and ultimately better our opposition with endeavour and basics. We spoke about the confidence momentum can bring but being able to dig in when the momentum changes is a mark of our sides collective character. As a team, we have to learn to win against all varieties of opposition and yesterday saw a solid leap in our groups journey together this year.

Goal Kickers: D. Augustes 3, O. Lloyd 2, G. Vitinaros 2, C. Young, P. Dennis
Best Players: D. Augustes, C. Wilson, J. Engellenner, G. Vitinaros, T. Pepperell, S. Cooper

Mens U19 vs Williamstown

Round 2 was played on our home deck against Williamstown, who like us were coming off a good first up win. With several new names in the team our challenge was to maintain the intensity around the ball and team football that drove our win the week before.

The first quarter was a tussle, our backline settling in well and our mids were switched on. But it was our ball movement into the forward line that let us down a bit. Ryan Albert at centre half forward was fantastic, crashing packs and following up at ground level.

The second quarter belonged to Harry Laukens, who put on a half forward masterclass, kicking five classy goals. The game was over at half time.

As the game went on our midfield got on top and our wingers ran riot. Charlie Wills, playing his first game for Old Camberwell, was one of those wingers. When resting forward he snapped a goal from the pocket and dashed around the boundary holding his new jumper, our jumper, proudly.

Our forward line was again lead by Harry Rice, a player fast developing a reputation as one to look out for. At his feet was Declan Woolf who tackled and scrapped like a man possessed - he was simply superb.

The backline was held up beautifully by every player, but a special shout out must go to Woods and Nicholson who were just incredible.

Overall another fantastic team performance. Not one passenger.

The next two weeks will test us as we play two of the stronger teams in the comp. How we handle the extra pressure will be interesting, but the early signs are very good.

Goal Kickers: H. Laukens 5, H. Rice 4, R. Fitzgerald, S. Garrard, C. Wills
Best Players: C. Amling, D. Woolf, G. Gong, W. Woods, S. Garrard, H. Laukens