Round 1 Review

Tuesday 05 April 2022

Isn’t it great to have footy back? Despite the early drizzle, the GBO grounds were in perfect condition to host five games for the first of 2022’s Super Saturday. And the season started well, with four wins and one loss in a very competitive game.
We kicked off with the Thirds winning convincingly on the top oval. Congratulations to Bill Appleby on his first win as an OCGAFC coach. It seemed that the boys had taken up from where they left off last year.

On the bottom oval, our Under 19’s were extremely competitive in a narrow loss to Ormond with a number of key players missing. I am certain a win is just around the corner.

Both of the men’s senior teams recorded emphatic wins against a depleted St Mary’s. Both teams did everything that was asked, but there will be sterner tests ahead.

The women’s team started their season well with a hard fought victory over Williamstown, during which Clare Wilson became the first Women’s Weller to play 50 games for the club – congratulations Clare. You will go down in our folklore.

Next week we are spread far and wide – the Women play at Therry Penola, our Thirds are at Old Brighton, the Unders are out at Williamstown, and the Men’s Seniors and Reserves are at home.

As an amateur club, we rely heavily on volunteers, so if you can help out at any time, we would be very grateful. Please contact Kath Bithavas via our website

A reminder we have our 60 Seasons Gala Ball only 4 weeks away – Saturday April 30th. Tables are still available as we look to hit our target of 300. It will be another sensational night and an important one for many players from our Women’s and Men’s of the last decade as we announce our Teams of the Decade for the 2010s!

Gala Ball Tickets

Good luck to all teams for the week ahead.

Go Wells

Gavin Powell

U19 vs Ormond

Old Camberwell Under 19’s stepped out on to GBO, fired up to take on Ormond in round 1 of the season. Kicking into the wind in the first quarter we were soon under the pump.

Back pockets Yates and Hwang worked hard to propel Ormond forays forward, while Blew and Amling did their best to hold Ormond’s speedy on-ballers.

Four goals down to start the second, Petersen started to dominate in the ruck, giving Rutledge an opportunity to show his class in the midfield. Unfortunately, this was a quarter where he, Wenn and Kimmitt succumbed to injuries that sat them on the pine for the remainder of the game.

Despite this setback our forwards lifted their defensive pressure, resulting in two fantastic Harry Rice goals. We went into half time down by 3.

In the third the intensity dropped just enough to allow Ormond to regain control of the match. Despite the desperate efforts of the likes of Karayan, McColl, Beechey and Lynch down back, our opposition kicked away.

In the fourth our wingers, Dalla-riva, Chable and Gong ran themselves into the ground, as actually did every other player. Our team gave their all but to no avail, going down by 29 points.

Despite the loss our boys now believe they belong in division 3 and look forward to taking on Williamstown next week.

Goal Kickers: H. Rice 2, J. Karayan, B. Ewens, C. Rutledge, T. Beechey
Best Players: J. Yates, H. Rice, H. McColl, A. Petersen, T. Beechey, P. Blew

Mens Seniors vs St Marys
The Wellers opened up the 2022 season with a comfortable 100-point home win.

One of our greats Alan Mitchell was in the rooms to present first gamers George Kalargyros & Will Nevill with their jumpers. Fantastic to have Alan in the rooms to talk about his Wellers journey & deep passion for the Club.
Mitch would set the scene with the Wellers setting up a 5 goal to zero first quarter against St Mary’s Our long & direct style of play would feature throughout the day. Our boys we’re relentless in their attack on the ball and restricted our opponents to 3 majors for the day.

Some of our selfless acts were the highlight of the day with the boys sharing the ball and bringing their teammates into the game at every opportunity.

Big man Angus Milham would give us first use all day and prolific ball winners James Allan & Riley Verbi were in everything. Debuting young gun George Kalargyros was also impressive with his ball use in the middle well supported by Nick Latsaswho broke lines at will.

Forwards Ben Hart & first gamer Will Neville would kick 5 and 4 respectively & Harry Crothers would chip in with 3 excellent goals.

Our backs rocked by a few cases of COVID stood tall and were sometimes impassable with Lachie Powell, Andrew Parker &Will Dalrymple intercepting everything & setting up many forward attacks. Rob Deev was also instrumental in shutting down the oppo best player.

Great to be back and playing the game we love!

Thanks to all helpers on the day and look we forward to seeing you all next week at home.

Goal Kickers: B. Hart 5, W. Nevill 4, H. Crothers 3, J. Allen 2, S. Boyce, A. Milham, K. Percy , H. Laukens
Best Players: B. Hart, J. Allen, R. Deev, N. Latsas, L. Powell, W. Nevill


Mens Thirds vs South Melbourne Districts

After a long and enjoyable summer break, it was terrific to see such a strong and enthusiastic turnout for our first home ground match of the season for the People’s XVIII (AKA the Thirds). The competition for the day being the South Melbourne District team who have a number of skilled Gaelic Footballers in their unit.

The morning started with a great discussion around our values and vision as a 2022 outfit. Clearly, with Covid19 getting in the way of finals football last year, the team feel there is some unfinished business this year and look forward to a competitive season ahead.

We started with near perfect football conditions with a slight southerly breeze, a soft and spongy surface (save for the turf wicket which proved a little treacherous at times), however finished the game in greasy wet conditions kicking with the wind.

Our boys played the game out well sticking to the agreed game plan despite changing conditions and several minor injuries nearing the end of the match requiring some more frequent rotations. The results did not really reflect the quality of the competition with a 60 point win: 10-12-72 to 1-6-12. There were multiple goal kickers with singles to Wilson & Appleby, and multiples to Simon, Jenkin, Spagnoletti and Cunningham.

Congratulations to our leadership team Oliver (Liv) Hessmann, Matt (Tessa) Tesoriero, Steven (Cunners) Cunningham and 2022 Captain Richard (Richie) McDonald who really demonstrated great leadership and teamwork during the morning on and off the field.

Match fitness shall improve over the next few weeks with a number of cramps and tired legs in the last quarter. Michael Jenkin who was a powerhouse ball mover for the team was sadly injured in the third and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Next week we are playing the top of the ladder Old Brighton over the Grand Prix weekend so we shall need to bring our A game!! Well done to all the players and helpers that ensured we kicked the season off successfully.

Be the 3’s

Goal Kickers: J. Simon 2, M. Jenkin 2, S. Cunningham 2, R. Spagnoletti 2, J. Wilson, L. Appleby
Best Players: O. Hessmann, J. Wilson, M. Jenkin, M. Tesoriero, R. Spagnoletti, T. Owen

Mens Reserves vs St Marys

The Ressies began their 2022 campaign in emphatic style despite slippery conditions back at the Barnyard this Saturday.

From the onset it was clear the Wellers had come to play taking control of the run of play from the first bounce with the usual suspects in Young and Russell supplying the necessary grunt around stoppages. Perhaps prone to slight overuse in trying conditions, the fortunate inclusion of Caine Hillier straightened us up finishing the day with five majors.

With the cobwebs blown off the surge continued in the second quarter with goals pouring in with some clever soccer skills from Dukesy and Dennis. Benson was also rewarded for his ferocity around the ball with a cheeky sausage just before the long break.

Our defence stood strong all day, led by new skipper Ben Warburton and stalwart full back Hooky providing valuable rebounds and aerial dominance. Our ability to structure behind the ball made it exceedingly difficult for St Marys to craft many opportunities showing the unity of our backline.

The day was taken by new faces to the Ressies however, with six debutants all showing the benefits of a strong preseason. It was Kimmitt who took BOG honours in his first outing showing real metal around the contest and finding possessions seemingly at will. Frazer was nipping at his heels though displaying class with the ball in hand and a real sizeable engine.
We spoke before the game about our desire to succeed as a team this year and the need to fall in love with process in order to secure the intended outcome, and if Saturday's effort was anything to go by the process is alive and well in the reserves.

Goal Kickers: C. Hillier 4, P. Corso, O. Lloyd, N. Benson, A. Vickery, L. Huysmans, P. Dennis, N. Russell
Best Players: B. Kimmitt, C. Frazer, N. Russell, M. Hook, C. Young, N. Benson


Women Seniors vs Williamstown

A milestone home game to start the 2022 season - does it get much better?

After a terrific pre-season across the team and club - there was no better way to launch our season with Clare Wilson playing her 50th game for the club and the opportunity to play in front of the crowd that had gathered to watch the return of local football.

The first quarter we kicked with a slight breeze which we managed to use to our advantage. From the first bounce you could tell it was going to be a competitive game. When El Defina managed to get creative in the forward half of the ground it resulted in converting the first goal of the game. It wasn’t long before this was followed up again by El to give us two goals in the opening term as we took an early lead.

In the second quarter our defenders continued to work hard as did our midfield. Lou Zhang continued her form from our practice matches as she was in around the contest and showing plenty of run as well. Our backline was huge as they played as a collective and managed to intercept the opposition as well as being strong on the ground.

In the third quarter the arm wrestle continued - but was broken when Clare marked the ball directly in front about 20 metres out from goal. The atmosphere around the ground was electric as she went back, kicked and the celebration started as the goal umpire, unmoved, signalled a goal. The buzz continued as we worked hard the rest of the quarter and while not able to convert a goal - Maclyn showed strength overheard to mark as well as a thumping kick just before the 3-quarter time siren.

The final term neither team was able to convert for a major which given the opposition had the breeze showed the backlines strength but also our willingness to work as a team. Maddy Sloane was terrific in the final term with her run and carry into the breeze, while Tracy Lam and Rosie Strasser continued to win one on ones in the defensive half.

It was great to get a win against quality opposition in Williamstown and the fantastic spirit the game was played in. We turn our attention to our next game which will be against another quality side in Therry Penola at their home ground in another Milestone game as Steph Defina will play her 50th Game for the club.

Congratulations to our first gamers for the club - Emma Bosnar and Milla Aleksic. It was fantastic to have some more new faces down at the club and we look forward to more playing in the coming weeks.

As always, a huge thanks to our volunteers on the day who turned up in record numbers as well as those in the crowd who cheered on our players.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 2, C. Wilson
Best Players: E. Defina, S. Defina, C. Wilson, S. Anjou, E. Vogel, L. Zhang


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