Mens Seniors vs Peninsula
The Senior Mens side faced off against Peninsula in round 4, looking for back to back home wins to start the year off. Having had many tight games against this opposition in the past, we knew we would be in for a challenge. We started well, moving the ball quickly and cleanly for the entirety of the first quarter. Some great clearance work from the midfield group, led by Latsas and Allen ensured that the forwards were given ample opportunities. We made the most of them, going in at quarter time with a 6 goal lead.
Our opposition rose to the challenge and came out after quarter time determined to stem the flow and get themselves back in the contest. Despite their best efforts, our backline was rock solid led by a best on ground performance from Lachie Powelland some great defensive aerial work from Tom Oliver. Harry Crothers and Fin Sampson gave us great run all over the ground but we didn't make the most of our chances up forward.
Unfortunately this was the theme of the rest of the game and whilst we held a comfortable lead through the 4 quarters, there was a feeling that we hadn't rewarded the great efforts of our backline on the scoreboard. This provides a great challenge for us moving forward and despite playing great footy at times, we still feel there is a lot of room for improvement.
Eventually we ran our winners 13.18 - 96 to 6.8 - 44. Well done to Scott Kaiser for snagging 3 goals in a congested forward line and the midfield trio of Allen, Latsas and Dalrymple for scoring 2 each
Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 3, J. Allen 2, N. Latsas 2, W. Dalrymple 2, J. Holding, B. Hart, A. Taverner, R. Verbi
Best Players: L. Powell, F. Sampson, N. Latsas, J. Allen, H. Crothers, T. Oliver
Womens Reserves vs Old Geelong
With an early start we were treated to unseasonably warm weather and lovely conditions to take on one of the top teams in the comp, Old Geelong.
Geelong got off to a really strong start, locking the ball in their 50 for the first 10 minutes they managed to kick 3 goals and put us under some serious scoreboard pressure. We had spoken pre game about bringing the intensity from the start and not waiting until half time to get going, so it was great to see the girls respond before coming into the quarter break. Alannah Frampton laid tackle after tackle and we managed to wrestle back control in the stoppages. We moved the ball better between the stoppages and it was with a touch of class that Maddy Sloane hit up a returning Nat Edwards on a lovely lead that we were able to kick a goal and see some reward for effort.
The second quarter was an arm wrestle, we managed to halve the contest and started to seriously frustrate Geelong. We lost first gamer Briony Mellor to concussion, whom had showed some exciting passages of play, breaking free from the stoppages to bring the ball forward. Sinead Chaplin in her first game back for the year, showed great dash up and down the ground and some serious intensity in the contest. It was a quarter played in between the two 50’s with a solitary point being kicked by Geelong before half time.
The third quarter was one of frustration, whilst we controlled most of the play we couldn’t hit the scoreboard. It was from 2 quick kicks over the back of the contest that Geelong were able to score 2 goals. Schrader Mcleay was not only winning ruck contests but roving her own taps, to ensure we had first use from the stoppage. We could sense reward was coming but just needed to find a way to capitalise.
Following a serious rev up from Laura Chesney, the girls came out firing in the last. Geelong were stunned, our mids won clearance after clearance. A huge shepherd from Em Vogel, led to the first of a run of goals. Maddy Sloane was everywhere kicking one for herself and setting up repeat entries. Alex Sertic was rewarded for her repeat efforts kicking 2 majors. Time was not on our side as the siren blew we fell 6 points behind, it was a super effort and we cant wait for next Saturday.
Goal Kickers: A. Sertic 2, M. Sloane , N. Edwards
Best Players: M. Sloane , A. Frampton, S. Chaplin, S. McLeay, A. Sertic, E. Vogel
Mens Thirds vs La Trobe
The People's XVIII took on a depleted La Trobe University 2nd XVIII due to a forfeit in their regular division. This loomed as our toughest challenge yet on a big oval away from GBO. To the boy's credit, we started well with usual suspects Hessmann and Cunningham providing run and carry early. Declan Hudson-Mollard in the ruck was instrumental, whilst James Bruce and Ange Viola up forward were prominent. We continued our momentum in the 2nd quarter, correcting any ill discipline in defence through the likes of "Billy Ray" Cyrus Chan and Nick Smith leading the way. The team took a 3 goal lead into the major change.
Inaccuracy plagued what was a seriously impressive 3rd quarter. Matty Cottrell wound back the clock with a great performance in the guts, whilst Harry Berry continued his strong early-season form. The whole team lifted at this point, with Phil Corso, Sam Guss and Stevie Cunningham specifically standing up to be counted in the last term. After an early scare, we regained the ascendancy to put the game beyond doubt, running out winners by 32 points. Be the 3s
Goal Kickers: A. Viola 2, P. Corso, A. Smith, S. Cunningham, M. Cottrell, J. Bruce, S. Guss, J. Alexeyeff
Best Players: D. Hudson-Mollard, M. Cottrell, D. Berry, J. Bruce, A. Viola, P. Corso
Mens U19 vs Brunswick
The Under 19/20 Old Camberwell team turned up to GBO on a stunning day for footy, ready to take on undefeated Brunswick.
The first five minutes were a worry, with Brunswick’s mids running riot. But as the quarter progressed, our midfield, led by the raging bull Charlie Amling, tightened up and turned momentum back our way.
The first half was tight, it was tough, it went goal for goal. Down back Eddie Biggs was a star, shutting down their most dangerous forward. Cam Martin clocked up the km’s on the wing, his attack on the loose ball a feature.
Ryan Albert and Dom Rossetti were brilliant all day. Our two tallest players but gee were they good at ground level.
Javana Jayawardena and Ben Kimmitt wore Brunswick’s silky midfielders like a glove, eventually wearing them down. This allowed our half backs to take control, repeatedly punching the ball forward where Harry Laukens again bobbed up and kicked four majors.
In the end this was the best win of our season so far. Twenty four fierce competitors came to play and hunted a win.
And win by 29 points they did.
Goal Kickers: H. Laukens 4, R. Albert 2, B. Ewens, H. Rice, M. Augustes, D. Walia, C. Amling, J. Jayawardena
Best Players: B. Kimmitt, M. Augustes, M. Howden, D. Rossetti, C. Martin, E. Biggs
Womens Seniors vs Old Geelong
Taking on top of the table Old Geelong at Como Park was always going to be a tough game.
The opening quarter Old Geelong started strongly with their run and carry as they kicked the opening 3 goals of the quarter before a long bomb from Maggie Wilson opened the scoring.
Trailing by 2 goals at the first break we needed to get first hands on the ball, unfortunately Old Geelong were too strong as they pulled away with a 4 goal quarter. Despite having some chances, ourselves to impact the scoreboard we were unable to convert. Maclyn Matheson and Anna Sallows were terrific all day in the ruck and provided contest after contest.
The second half the intensity and work rate that has seen us competitive in the first 3 games was back as both sides locked in for a tight contest. Clare Wilson worked hard through the middle and her effort saw us begin to get more use out of the middle. Georgia Opray was terrific in the backline, while Lou Anderson and Steph Defina continued their good form for the year. While the scoreboard didn’t have the result, we would have liked we can take some positives into next week.
Congratulations to Gemma Smith who made her senior debut this week.
As always huge thankyou to all the players, supporters and volunteers on the day - as always it makes for an amazing atmosphere.
We look forward to next week when we take on Monash at Frearson Oval on Saturday
Goal Kickers: M. Wilson
Best Players: C. Wilson, S. Defina, L. Anderson, E. Fisher, L. Zhang, N. Strickland
Mens Reserves vs Peninsula
On a picture perfect day for football the Men's Reserves were keen to make amends for the lost opportunity of the prior week coming up against an undefeated Peninsula side and it was clear from the first bounce that was exactly what they were going to do.
Early opportunities were seized and capitalised on with Searles marking strongly in the square to start us off, somewhat indicatively of the performance he was going to display described by Addo as "Carey-esque". In response to the challenge laid down to be brave in front of goal Tom Vogel kicked a leaders goal fighting hard in traffic and converting. The pressure we gave on the ball created opportunities to hurt on the turnover and the run and carry of Williams and Bonjourno as well as clever and patient ball use gave us repeat entrances which saw us add real scoreboard pressure.
Shouldering the bulk of the ruck work Herb stood up the side showing a new level of aggression and setting the tone for one percenters. The Pirates were harried at every turn forcing long high kicks into our defensive fifty that Hook and Urwin repelled with ease. Newcomer Sol Zimmerman looked at home in his second hit out for the Wellers using his smarts to help launch plenty of counter attacks.
As a team we were able to solidify the style of game we look to bring and the outcome should validate that over the course of the season. It's great to get that winning feeling.
Goal Kickers: D. Augustes 3, N. Searles 2, T. Schipper 2, B. Williams, T. Vogel, C. Young, L. Campbell, B. Warburton, J. Engellenner, O. Lloyd, T. Stone
Best Players: A. Bongiorno, N. Searles, Z. Herbstreit, J. Engellenner, S. Zimmermann, M. Hook