Mens U19 vs Beaumaris
Old Camberwell Under 19’s stepped up to take on Beaumaris in what was an important round to collect try and secure four points. Coming off such a fantastic win the week before, the challenge was to turn up with the same intensity and pressure.
From minute one that’s what they did. Charlie Amling won a hard ball from a Dom Rossetti tap, shot it out to Jav Jayawardene who hit up Harry Laukens on a lead. This would be the first of Harry’s 8 goals, in what was a forward masterclass.
Though the boys attacked the contest with their usual vigour, the opposition made it difficult to move the ball freely. The first half was a dire affair, the difference yet again being our ever resolute defence that controlled that part of the ground all day. Through pure grit, the Wellers went to the main break up by 38 points.
It was in the third quarter that our wingmen began to run their opponents off their legs. Cam Martin and Harley Beecheywere constantly in the right spots and Charlie Wills ran riot, kicking two majors.
But the third quarter will long be remembered for Ben Ewens 4 goals. After four years out of football with a myriad of knee problems, to the sheer delight of every team mate, Ben started clunking strong marks and kicking truly.
Well worth a mention was George Kalargyros, who relished the challenge of moving from centre half forward into the guts. A special talent, big Kalar set up several goals with his deft touch by hand and foot.
Overall it wasn’t a pretty win - it was a solid team effort that got the job done.
Lots to work on as we get set to take on Peninsula next week.
Goal Kickers: H. Laukens 8, B. Ewens 5, C. Wills 2, C. Amling, D. Woolf, H. Beechey, M. Augustes, O. Papillo
Best Players: C. Wills, J. Jayawardena, B. Ewens, C. Amling, G. Kalargyros, H. Laukens
Womens Seniors vs Monash
Travelling back to Monash was always going to be a tough challenge and we were keen to bounce back from last week.
From the opening bounce both teams fought hard at stoppages and the contest and the pace of the game was quick. Despite a strong start from our backline led by Amelia Robison, Lou Anderson and Steph Defina, Monash managed to score 2 goals. Our only scoring opportunity for the quarter resulted in a behind and we went into the first break trailing Monash by 12 points.
The second quarter began saw our midfield lift, led by Clare Wilson, Alex Herrington and Maggie Wilson and we began to get more entries into the forward line but unfortunately we could only convert for 2 points. Nikki Strickland, Sam Anjou andRosie Strasser were rock solid on the final line of defence as Monash were held scoreless and the lead was cut to 10 at the main break.
The third term saw our intensity and effort lift with Gemma Smith in her second game leading from the front. Maclyn Matheson was superb in the ruck and her fellow ruck, Eloise De Rauch, in her senior debut was courageous all day. They both continued to fight for every tap and follow up with pressure on the ground. We knew we were in the game despite the margin being 15 points.
The final quarter we had plenty of opportunities but were unable to convert until Alex Herrington continued her fantastic game, finishing to kick our first goal in the early minutes of the quarter. We continued to fight hard for the remainder of the quarter but were unable to convert our forward 50 entries on the scoreboard. Despite the continued pressure we couldn’t close the gap further with the final margin, seeing us go down by 8 points.
Thanks for all the supporters who traveled to Monash, the numerous helpers and of course the players who supported both teams all day.
We look forward to returning home next week to take on Beaumaris.
Goal Kickers: A. Herrington
Best Players: S. Defina, G. Smith, L. Anderson, M. Wilson, A. Robison, A. Herrington
Mens Seniors vs Therry Penola
A fine autumn day greeted us for the long trip out to Oak Park to play Therry Penola, a trip we hadn’t made for over 5 years. A few of our senior troops were missing with injuries but the coaching group were confident our list this year had enough depth to cover any situation.
The fine conditions suied our game style with quick ball movement the plan for the day. Our experienced mids took control early with slick hands & feet led by Nick Latsas, James Allen & Harry Crothers (BOG), setting us up with a 42 point halftime lead.
Therry fought back hard in a tight third quarter but the Wellers gained authority again and came home strongly with a 7 goal last quarter. Cain Hillier made a big statement with a 6 goal return and Riley Verbi was outstanding all over the ground especially forward with 5 classy goals. Special mentions to our younger brigade of Tom Oliver, Fin Sampson & Scott Kaiserwho continue to improve & develop into consistent senior players.
Overall an outstanding team effort on a tough and often tricky away fixture. We have strong momentum but are under no illusions we are heading into a tough month of football.
Thanks to all supporters & staff who made the long trip.
Goal Kickers: C. Hillier 6, R. Verbi 5, B. Hart, J. Holding, H. Crothers, S. Boyce, S. Kaiser, W. Dalrymple
Best Players: H. Crothers, C. Hillier, S. Kaiser, R. Verbi, R. Vienet, T. Oliver
Womens Reserves vs Monash
The sun was out again for our clash against Monash, as our girls arrived in Clayton ready to battle it out in the heat against one of the competition’s stronger ressies teams. A few late outs due to sickness meant we had a small bench and we needed everyone to lift as we searched for our first win.
Monash started strongly in the first quarter kicking an early goal and our defence was put under immediate pressure. Our backline, led by our captain for the day Kara White, weathered the storm and we wrestled back momentum before going into the first break. Unfortunately, we lost another player just before quarter time with Steph Elovaris going down with a nasty knee injury – wishing her a speedy recovery!
The second quarter saw our girls respond positively and take it up to Monash, with Savannah Dunwell and Charlotte Lackgaining control in the middle and we pushed forward a number of time but were unable to hit the scoreboard. Pleasingly, we kept them scoreless for the quarter which was due to the tireless efforts of our backline, notably Kara ‘the general’ White, Alannah Frampton and Katie Fabian.
Monash came out firing in the third quarter and their relentless efforts saw them rewarded with a few goals, which we could not replicate at our end. Laura Chesney’s efforts on the wing were again fantastic and our first gamer Adrianna Yung impressed everyone with her courage and ferocity the whole day. Despite being down to no bench at the end of the game, our girls fought hard until the end.
In the end we lost to a strong opposition in difficult circumstances. We are keen to get to work this week to get our first win on Super Saturday!
Best Players: C. Lack, J. Cuningham, S. Chaplin, K. Fabian, A. Yung, K. White
Mens Thirds vs Elsternwick
The People's XVIII returned to GBO to face an undermanned Elsternwick outfit, but with a number of significant late outs before game day, this would be no walk in the park for the juggernaut that is the OCGAFC Thirds.
It was pleasing to see the boys start well, led by Russell, Cunningham and Guss asserting their dominance in the midfield. Harry Rice, over from the U19s as part of their rotation policy, kicked a fantastic goal from the clubroom's pocket. Our 22 point lead at the first change was extended in the 2nd term, with Charlie MacCallum continuing his early season form. Hudson Gerwing lit up the quarter, highlighting what was his best game for the year. We went into halftime 54 points up.
The storyline stayed the same in the 2nd half as we threw the magnets around and gave some boys a look at different positions. Matt Tesoriero, James Bruce and Luke Hwang capitalised on these opportunities in the midfield. It was pleasing to see Josh Barrington, Fraser Mascitelli and Stephen Walsh shine in their return games, alongside regular contributors Corso and Appleby. Overall, a commanding 95-point win as we turn our attention to a massive game against Melbourne High next week. Be the 3s.
Goal Kickers: S. Cunningham 3, N. Russell 3, J. Barrington 3, H. Rice 3, P. Corso 2, S. Guss 2, J. Bruce, H. Gerwing
Best Players: N. Russell, S. Guss, S. Cunningham, J. Bruce, H. Gerwing, C. MacCallum
Mens Reserves vs Therry Penola
The reserves headed into our round five clash with a number of changes to the squad that had flexed its muscles the week prior. The side welcomed Ben Reid and Alex O'Dea in for their first hit outs for the club and welcomed back into the side Angus Dunn, Dan Rappel and Dan Lattanzio. The first quarter was somewhat reminiscent of round three with much of the play being dominated by Old Camberwell but without reward. As the game progressed the team would discover their chemistry and break into stride.
Augustes once again started quickly and added some strong defensive pressure in the front half to set the tone for his team mates. Taylor Stone took command of the midfield finding possessions seemingly at will but also being patient with his use setting up our offense. Louis Campbell took his chances in front of goal giving us all the momentum into the half.
At the break the challenge was thrown down to lift the intensity and standard and the boys did not disappoint. Slick ball movement from Benson and Lattanzio from the back half opened up play giving our forwards plenty to work with. Huntsman and Jenkin got into a shoot out, both peppering the goalface, Johnny picked up his first bag of five and just pipped Jenks with the final goal, aptly delivered by Jenks himself. Dunn was able to break tackle after tackle and was rewarded with a marvellous running goal.
Unfortunately the result was soured some by our Captain Charlie Urwin reinjuring the knee that kept him out of the 2019 season. Charlie's leadership and positive attitude have become invaluable to the reserves over the last few years. We are all wishing Boz the best and hoping for a speedy recovery.
Goal Kickers: J. Huntsman 5, M. Jenkin 4, D. Augustes 2, L. Campbell 2, N. Benson, T. Schipper, A. Dunn
Best Players: J. Huntsman, T. Stone, M. Jenkin, D. Lattanzio, A. Dunn, C. Young
-- ROUND 5 --
Saturday 15th May
** SUPER SATURDAY **
9:20am vs MHSOB (A)
Melbourne High School, South Yarra MAP
9:20am vs Peninsula (A)
Narambi Reserve, Mornington MAP
12:20pm vs Beaumaris (H)
2:20pm vs Beaumaris (H)
11:40am vs PEGS (H)
2pm vs PEGS (H)