Mens Thirds vs St Leos
The People’s XVIII were hosted by cellar-dwellers Emmaus St Leos with the boys eager to continue a strong run of form. The day started in eventful fashion (literally), with an unforeseen jumper clash Lachie Bannister in his first game for the season looked lively up forward, supported by our resting mids Stevie Cunningham and Sam Guss. Herbstreit and Hudson-Mollard worked tirelessly to provide our mids with silver service, leading to an early domination at the stoppages.
This domination looked set to continue with Angus Dunn winning the first two centre clearances of the second term. Lucas Moran saw a bit of the footy in his return game, as did James Drago on the wing. Despite our inaccuracy in front of goal, we were able to open up a 44 point lead at HT.
The call was put out by the coaches for a greater emphasis in team defence and the boys delivered. Anton Giomi made his case for a call up to the 2s with a superb effort on the ball, as did Steve Walsh who’s made the most of his opportunities in the middle of the ground in recent times. Phil Corso’s organising down back was impressive as was the discipline showed from Williams and Alexeyeff on the wings.
The last quarter was a continuation of the story, as we threw the magnets around to mix up the look of the side. It led to two fantastic moments, the first being Dan Rappel (having moved to the midfield) snapping a fantastic goal on the run in the pocket. The other, being Declan Gaffney in his return game from long-term injury moving forward and slotting a great goal from beyond the arc. We won by 103 points in the end. Be the 3s.
Goal Kickers: S. Cunningham 5, Z. Herbstreit 2, L. Appleby 2, A. Dunn 2, P. Corso, L. Bannister, S. Walsh, B. Williams, D. Rappel, D. Gaffney
Best Players: S. Walsh, S. Cunningham, P. Corso, A. Giomi, S. Guss, A. Dunn
Mens U19 vs St Kevins
The Under 19’s ran out on to GBO under brilliant sunshine, highly motivated to take on St. Kevins.
The first quarter was a tight tussle, with Sam Garrard and George Kalargyros running riot through the midfield. The ball pinged up and down the field, with both back lines well on top. Cohen Frazer’s marking and dash off the half back was a real feature.
St. Kevins came out to play in the second quarter, kicking two quick goals to square the game at 30 a piece. And that’s where our Old Camberwell Under 19’s decided to go to another level. We ran, linked up and moved the ball through the middle with real dare. The wingers, Martin, Gong and Beechey, were tireless, and our forwards worked hard, found space and took their opportunities.
Sean Larkin, who’d been playing mostly back this season, was swung forward and took no time to show the coaches that up forward is where he belongs. Harry Rice also returned to form, marking strongly and kicking important goals.
Our backline was amazing! They worked together beautifully to dominate the opposition forward line. Craigie, Warburton, Nicholson, Biggs, Bryson and Fitzgerald were simply superb.
As the game wore on, despite the team leading comfortably, our midfield continued to run both ways. Kalargyros topped off a great game with a running goal that Wayne Carey would have been proud of, and Garrard kept creating opportunities for our forwards to kick majors.
This was an important game. Lose it and we came back to the field. Win it and with a few other teams, clear out from the pack.
On our home deck we are very hard to beat. Our challenge is to go to Mazenod next Saturday and play with the same intensity and passion.
Goal Kickers: H. Laukens 4, H. Rice 3, G. Kalargyros 2, S. Larkin 2, B. Ewens, C. Wills, J. Jayawardena, H. Beechey, T. Heavey, C. Amling, C. Frazer, M. Augustes, D. Walia
Best Players: S. Garrard, G. Kalargyros, H. Beechey, H. Laukens, J. Jayawardena, C. Martin
Mens Reserves vs Prahran
Keen to get back into the winners list the Reserves took to the centre of Toorak park to set the standards that would shape their day and from the outset of the bounce it was clear that the prior week's defeat was not going to be repeated.
The engine room of Young, M Vogel and Stone bodied their opposition hard at each stoppage giving good use to our outside ball users in T Vogel, Hayward and Pepperel. There were plenty of opportunities early on that went begging but our defensive structure denied Prahran much opportunity past the halfway mark. Adamson showed the team spirit by giving one to Schipper to start the second and in doing so was lost for the day to a hamstring. We were met with a strong lift in intensity from the opposition, denying us the ability to move the ball freely from stoppages and putting our ball carriers under a massive pressure. We needed the long break to regroup.
The challenge was laid down to lift again and find another gear which the boys were able to do with resounding effect. Huntsman launched into full flight booting quick goals while Pat Dennis, celebrating his 50th game, went about bullying the opposition around the ball with a toughness and integrity that has defined his time in the double blue. But the highlight of the day came when Alex Vickery marked just outside his range against the wind and played on around the man on the mark, lumbering like a baby giraffe but striking true.
We will take plenty of positivity into the week of training before a massive two weeks against ladder leaders Kew and Whitefriars. Spots have rarely been harder to come by in the mighty twos and with lots of blokes putting their hands up each week it brings a strong emphasis to the importance of training. The depth should drive our teams hunger for success and we will eagerly anticipate the challenges ahead before the break.
Goal Kickers: J. Huntsman 4, M. Vogel, A. Vickery, T. Schipper, N. Searles, M. Jenkin
Best Players: P. Dennis, T. Vogel, A. Vickery, T. Pepperell, J. Huntsman, M. Jenkin
Womens Reserves vs Melb Uni
A Sunday fixture against top of the ladder undefeated Melbourne Uni was always going to be an exciting challenge for our girls. Coming off our first win for the year against Beaumaris we were keen to apply the same level of pressure and intensity from last week. From the start our girls were ferocious at the contest, successfully stifling Melbourne Uni’s run and forcing repeat stoppages. Ultimately we kept them scoreless for the first quarter.
Emma Vogel had a great game and set the tone in the first quarter laying tackle after tackle, she won multiple contests whilst also providing a huge amount of run up and down the wing. Our backline functioned really well all day, nullifying the contest and keeping them to the boundary. The first quarter intercept work from Alex Sertic and Kara White was tremendous and set the tone for our defensive efforts.
As was to be expected Melbourne Uni responded, locking the ball in their forward fifty they were able to kick a couple of goals in the second and third quarter which proved the difference. It was fantastic to see us stick it out right till the very end, keeping them again goalless in the final term.
A few special mentions, Amber Smith made a cracking debut, demonstrating blistering pace on both the wing and half forward line. We look forward to seeing this as a weekly fixture moving forward. Alannah Frampton epitomised the weller spirit and intent for the 4 quarters, not letting her opponent impact the contest at all. A huge shepherd in the last quarter was one for the highlights reel. Finally but not least Schrader McLeay battled fiercely all day in the ruck, proving a great addition to the midfield with her run and dash. Frustratingly a sling tackle ended her day early.
Whilst the loss was frustrating, our structure held up well under pressure and we are confident a huge second half to the season awaits.
Best Players: A. Frampton, N. Decarne, S. McLeay, K. White, E. Vogel, S. Dunwell
Mens Seniors vs Prahran
The Men’s 1st XVIII ventured to Toorak Park to take on Prahran Assumption on a beautiful Saturday afternoon. Prahran had brought in 5 of their better players and had set themselves for this game, so we expected a tough encounter.
And tough it was. The strong bodied boys from Prahran ensured every Camberwell possession was earned, with high and late contact an unfortunate feature of the day.
The boys started well into a slight breeze, with Scott Kaiser prominent early, and we held a two-point lead at quarter time. Bad kicking ruined our early second quarter dominance, and we eventually racked up 8 straight behinds for the quarter. Cam Wilson and Tom Oliver were magnificent in defence against quality opponents, and helped to restrict the opposition’s lead to 11 points at half time.
Once again, we dominated the start of the third quarter, but could manage only 2 goals 5 for the term. Late goals to Prahran saw them open up a 27-point lead at three quarter time. A big effort would be needed to get us back into the game, especially with only two fit players on the bench.
Gus Milham began to dominate the hitouts, and with Jimmy Allen and Ben Hart getting plenty of it, the ball was continually being driven forward, where Cain Hillier and Riley Verbi were looking dangerous. Three quick goals saw us draw to within 5 points, but we couldn’t go on, eventually falling by 16 points. A brave effort, but also a glimpse of things to come – we are now the hunted and will have to be right on our game as we take on second and third on the ladder over the next two weeks.
Goal Kickers: C. Hillier 4, S. Kaiser 2, R. Verbi, J. Holding
Best Players: C. Wilson, C. Hillier, J. Allen, B. Hart, T. Oliver, J. Holding
Womens Seniors vs Melb Uni
We headed out to face top-of-the-table Melbourne Uni at their home deck for our only Sunday game of the season. In perfect conditions for football, we set the tone early with our attack on the ball led by Clare Wilson and Alex Herrington in the mid-field, but were unable to kick a major and trailed by 4 points at the quarter time break.
The second term saw the ball live in our defensive 40 and our back group were phenomenal holding Melbourne Uni to only 1 goal. Despite our lack of score in the quarter, we were still in the contest at the main break.
Unfortunately we allowed Melbourne Uni to run away with it in the second half. The ball lived in our backline again in the third term, and despite the repeat efforts of Louise Zhang and Nicki Strickland rebounding the ball forward, we struggled to capitalise on our forward entries and went into the third quarter break over four goals down.
Our heads dropped in the final term, with Melbourne Uni dominating the contest and adding to their lead. Plenty of lessons to take out of the game and areas to focus on at training this week.
Thanks to all the supporters and numerous helpers on the day. We look forward to hosting Yarra at GBO on Saturday.
Best Players: C. Wilson, G. Opray, N. Strickland, M. Wilson, A. Herrington, R. Strasser