Round 3 & 4 Review

Wednesday 04 May 2022

A sincere apology for the lateness of this week’s newsletter and the absence of last week’s. The 60 Seasons Gala Ball was a large affair with 300 in attendance and we were squarely focused on making it a night to remember which we hope it was for those who joined us. I will write a separate newsletter updating everyone re the night, the Teams of the Decades and the incredible support and patronage the club received that night.

Come on the Wells’

Adam
 


Round 3 - President's Report

The Anzac Day weekend is a special time for football, with many teams around the country drawing on the spirit of the Anzacs for inspiration. Nothing ever done on the football field can compare to the horrors of war experienced by our brave soldiers, but the characteristics they exuded in spades, such as courage, mateship, selflessness, sacrifice and teamwork, apply equally in our game.

On Saturday, Vice-President Adam Kyriacou addressed both the senior men’sand women’s teams before their games to remind them of the importance of the occasion, imploring them to give everything for the jumper on this special day. And both teams responded in kind, although neither was able to get over the line. The women suffered their first defeat of the season, going down by four points in a very tight encounter. In a tough and bruising encounter, the first XVIII showed great fight to come from behind late in the game to salvage a draw against a physically imposing Prahran unit.

Our seconds continued on their winning way crushing their opponents by 55 points. They sit on top of the ladder with a phenomenal percentage of almost 500!

The Third XVIII also recorded its third straight victory with a comfortable 44 point win at Glen Eira. They are also on top of the ladder.

Our Unders took on Oakleigh early Saturday morning in beautiful conditions at GBO. The boys wentdown by 20 points in an entertaining game. Despite being 32 points down at the last change, we were charging home before a couple of late Oakleigh goals snuffed out our challenge. If we continue to play with that spirit and intensity I am sure our first win is just around the corner. It was great to see a number of our past players at the game on Saturday – thanks for turning out lads, it was fantastic to have your support. It was gratifying to hear from many of them that the club seems to be in a great space at the moment, which really reflects the hard work of all of our committee, coaches and players coupled with the outstanding support we receive from our sponsors and members.

It is a big week ahead for the club. The famous Wellsmen Golf Day will be held at Kew GC on Friday. We appreciate the fantastic support we get from the Wellsmen and I am sure a great day will be had by all. On Saturday we are spread far and wide, with our senior men’s teams travelling to PEGS for what promise to be two very competitive games. Our women visit Old Mentonians, our Under 19’s head to St Bedes Mentone and our thirds are playing at Ivanhoe. And on Saturday night our 60th year anniversary Gala Ball will finally be held in what will be a great celebration for the club.


Round 4 - President's Report

Saturday saw a mixed bag of results for the club.

Our Women’s team had a convincing win at Old Mentonians in a high scoring affair. El Defina kicked 6 goals for the game, a fantastic effort.

The Under 19’s put up a tremendous fight, eventually going down to the top side by 9 points. Although yet to register a win, the boys are getting close, and have now played four of the top six sides. We take on the side sitting eight this week, so a real chance for our first victory of the season.

The Third XVIII continued their winning streak. Coming from 15 points down at the main break the boys rallied to prevail by a single point in an absolute thriller. Keep it going lads.

Unfortunately, our Senior men’s team recorded its first loss for the season, being comprehensively outplayed by PEGS. With two tough games ahead we will be looking for the boys to recover their form quickly and return to their winning ways. Our reserves did, however, maintain their unbeaten record and remain on top of the ladder.

This week the Seniors and Reserves take on Oakleigh at home, with the Under 19’s hosting De La Salle at 9.20am. The women’s team visits Old Hailebury while the thirds are at home to Chadstone.

It was a big social weekend for the club. The Wellsmen annual golf day was held on Friday, and as always, was a great success. Thanks to all the participants and the sponsors – all money raised on this day flows through to the club and maintains the Wellsmens’ status as the club premier sponsor. And on Saturday night the club’s 60th anniversary gala ball. It was a fantastic event, exceeding all expectations. Men’s and women’s Teams of the Decade (2010 – 2019) were announced, and will be published on our website. Congratulations to all players and coaches selected – you are now part of a select group at our club.

A huge thank you to the organisers of the event, particularly Adam Kyriacou, Kath Bithavas, Rebecca Kertes and Carole Anjou. The success of the event is just reward for your outstanding efforts. And once again a huge thank you to those who donated prizes for the live and silent auctions and the raffle, and to those that bought prizes and raffle tickets. Your generosity helped turn this into a much needed financial success for the club.

Good luck to all teams this weekend.

Go Wells

Gavin Powell
President

 


R3 Women vs Beaumaris

Back after the break and a top of the table clash awaited us at GBO.

Beaumaris a formidable opposition who we have had some fantastic close games with big finishes was on the cards. The opening bounce Beaumaris were strong from the clearance and it looked like we were going to have our work cut out for us.

It took a sensational play to open our account where we took the ball from the backline to full forward through a wave of marks which El Defina capitalised on when she kicked a goal to open the tally. A quarter time lead of 1 goal was the margin.

The second quarter we again managed to kick the first goal of the quarter thanks to a long goal from Sam Anjou. Meanwhile our defenders stood up holding Beaumaris scoreless for the first half - a huge effort that was a combination of our defenders, midfield and forwards pressure.
After half time Beaumaris came out firing and controlled the start of the second half amassing forward entries and opening their account with a 3 goal 3 behind quarter. We managed to wrestle back some control late thanks to another goal from El Defina.

The final quarter was an arm wrestle in the midfield with both teams having their chances. Ultimately Beaumaris would prove too strong on the scoreboard and run out 4 point winners.

It was a great game played in great spirits. Again it was great to see past players, coaches, volunteers and supporters cheering the team on. And of course thanks again to our volunteers.

We look forward travelling away to Mentone playing fields this week and hope that we have great support again.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 2, S. Anjou
Best Players: E. Defina, S. Anjou, E. Vogel, S. Fortunato, M. Matheson, S. Lee

R4 Women vs Old Mentonians
Heading into round 4 we were keen to bounce back after losing a close one at home. Travelling out to Keysborough to take on Old Mentonians was sure to be a challenge.

A strong start was needed as we kicked with the breeze in the first quarter and we started quickly with Eloise Defina kicking the opening 2 goals to get us off to a quick start. Clare and Maggie Wilson then both converted before El would finish of a great first quarter with 2 more goals to give her 4 goals in the first quarter. Old Mentonians were showing great pressure and managed to kick a goal of their own into the breeze. Holding a 5 goal lead at quarter time was reward for a great team quarter but we knew that Old Mentonians would respond.

Old Mentonians took the game right up to us in the second term. Kicking with the breeze they managed to convert some of there attempts kicking 2 goals 3 behinds for the quarter. Our defensive group along with our midfield were working hard to make sure we maintained a lead going into the main break. Maclyn Matheson and Izzy Dedoncker were terrific in the ruck all day.

The third quarter we wanted to make sure that we capitalised on our forward entries and Rosie Strasser was thrown forward after holding down full back for the first half with immediate effect kicking the first goal of the second half, along with her first goal for the club. Our second goal came curtesy of Issy Burke when she marked and played on. Eloise Defina again went forward and managed to kick the final two of the quarter.

The final quarter our defence was again under pressure as Old Mentonians used the wind to their advantage kicking 2 goals and 2 behinds. Steph Defina and Alannah Frampton led the defensive group strongly.  Unfortunately we were unable to capitalise fully from our forward entries finishing with 4 behinds for the quarter. We showed great depth and versatility this week with a number of players playing different roles throughout the day and was great to come together to secure the win.

It was great to have so many players helping out on Saturday and to see the support around the ground. As always we appreciate it.

This week we play Old Haileybury in what will be a tough game against one of the top sides. We look forward to seeing plenty of supporters at the game.

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 6, R. Strasser, M. Wilson, C. Wilson, I. Burke
Best Players: E. Defina, C. Wilson, L. Zhang, M. Matheson, S. Fortunato, S. King



R3 Thirds vs Glen Eira

Report Round 3 – Bill Appleby (Coach) – The People’s 18
We were back to our old starting time at 9.20am at the home of Glen Eira, Packer Park in Carnegie. The sun shone brightly for the start of the ANZAC weekend with no wind to navigate and Captain Richie McDonald back to lead our chargers.

Now that the F1 has left our shores and Easter has passed us by, we have a very full list to select from with 5 starting on the interchange bench. With only 2 soft tissue injuries during the game, we could keep our rotations up, and despite the heat, we were able to run out the game well.

Before the game we reflected on the significance of the ANZAC weekend and the important lessons history has taught us to never underestimate the enemy.

We entered the battleground with gusto and at the first break we levelled the card at 8 points each. Terrific ruck work by the dynamic duo, Declan Mollard and Dom Rossetti who dominated in the tap outs.

The second quarter we managed to create more scoreboard pressure however our backline structures remained a little unpredictable. At the major beak, we were 2 goals up and enjoyed some shade in the sheds to regroup and reflect on the importance of game-day discipline and role accountability.

The second half of footy was a lot more pleasing to watch. The defensive work rate had improved significantly, and the backline structure remained rock solid for the balance of the game, keeping the opposition scoreless at the third break with a 43-point lead and some impressive defensive work up forward by Jim Smith.

We closed out the game with a 50-point margin and managed to belt out the club song albeit only the first verse!!

Goals: Dav Augustes 2; Jeremie Alexeyeff 2; Charlie MacCallum 2; Jack Leamer-Alessi 2; Ryan Albert 1; Brett Cotrell 1 and Angelo Viola 1.
Best players: Dav Augustes; Christian Gorman; Charlie MacCallum; Jeremie Alexeyeff; Ryan Albert; and Jim (James) Smith.
Old Camberwell remains undefeated and top of the ladder with 12 points which is pleasing this time of the season. Next week we are away again playing Ivanhoe at Ivanhoe Park.

Lest We Forget

R4 Thirds vs Ivanhoe

Bill Appleby (Coach) – The People’s 18
The journey of unfinished businesses continues.

This week we played a strong Ivanhoe team who adorned the Collingwood stripes, which proved extremely motivating for the team!
Despite the 35 mm of rain overnight, the ground presented well with minimal wind influence in the first half.  In the second half the wind came up, but unfortunately died in the 4th when it was to our advantage.

Captain Richie McDonald did what is does best, and that is to lead by example on and off the park.  Our zone leadership was extremely solid throughout the day – thanks to Matthew (Tessa) Tesoriero, Oliver (Liv) Hessmann, and James (Jim) Smith. 

Before the game we discussed the importance of leaving nothing on the park.  We sought inspiration from the boys who were undergoing treatment for injuries from the last 3 rounds and could not play with us today.  We needed to be able to enjoy the gala dinner night with our teammates and be able to look each other in the eyes and honestly know that each person had done their part to the best of their ability.  Teamwork, honesty, and accountability!

Despite some wonderful individual efforts in the first quarter, we found ourselves lacking some carry in the centre and were 9 points down at the first break.  Ivanhoe consolidated their first quarter with more scoreboard pressure in the second and we entered the main break 15 points down.   Importantly, the work rate was strong and improved in our backline, which helped to limit the damage. 

At the major break, we set ourselves the target of focussing on winning the next 2 quarters and played a 5-man forward line adding some real grunt in the centre with an extra man – well done to Brett Cottrell.  Despite Ivanhoe kicking with the wind, we entered the third break 10 points down and were supper excited about the changes we had made and some wonderful individual efforts through the likes of Cyrus (Billy Ray) Chan, Liam (Mozza) Mouat and Javana (Jav) Jayawardena.

The final quarter was a nail biter.  The wind had lost its intensity and it came down to ‘who really wanted to win the game’.  Injured Dav Augustes played deep in the forward line providing a reliable marking target and Lachlan Bannister consolidated on his great third quarter – both kicking goals to get our nose in front.  We closed out the game with a narrow 1-point victory.  It was a wonderful hard-fought battle that finished deep in Ivanhoe’s forward pocket.  I was dreaming of a Leo Barry type mark to shut the game down, however despite the absence of the mark our defenders kept their cool and we held onto the narrowest of margins for an unforgettable win.

Old Camberwell 7.8.50 v Ivanhoe 7.7.49
Goals: Lachlan Bannister 2; Dav Augustes 1; Jack Leamer-Alessi 1; Shaun Mitchell 1; Charlie Wills 1; and Rob Spagnoletti 1.
Best players:  Oliver (Liv) Hessmann; Christian (Gorm) Gorman; Cyrus (Billy Ray) Chan, Liam (Mozza) Mouat, Charlie Wills and Javana (Jav) Jayawardena.

Excitingly, Old Camberwell remains undefeated and top of the ladder with 16 points.  Next week we are playing Chadstone at a new timeslot of 12 noon – very civil indeed for the People’s 18.
Just a reminder to all, next Sunday the 8th May is a very important day to acknowledge and celebrate all the amazing mothers associated with the club.  Be the Thirds!


R4 Unders vs St Bedes

Under the rising sun our under 19’s team took on St Bedes Mentone who had to this point dominated division 3. Given we were zero and 3 the prediction may have been a substantial loss. From the opening bounce however, it was very clear that our boys didn’t get that memo.

Austin Petersen came back into the side and and immediately dominated the ruck. Our captains, Nicholson and Chable, were thrown into the centre for the first bounce and boy did they make their presence felt. Alongside the typically dogged Pat Blew, those 4 boys set the scene for the rest of the team to follow.

The message for the day was to play 100 minutes of desperate football, and that’s precisely what they did. Dalla-Riva, Kimmitt and Gong stuck to the task of playing defensive wing, helping out the likes of Hwang, Wheelhouse and Lynch whenever the opposition surged forward.

In the first we made the most of a strong wind and managed to go into the first break a couple of goals up. This, for St Bedes was not in the script.

In the second quarter Ty Beechey was swung in as a loose back and worked tirelessly to cut off their leading forwards. Maybe the story of the game came from stand in full back Harry Rush. Harry took on the task of manning their full forward who had kicked 12 goals in the past 2 games. Rushy not only kept him goalless, but he beat him and ran off him at will. Into the main break down by a couple - it was game on.

Now was the time to see whether this team has and is improving. Would they drop their intensity?

The answer was no.

Jack Karayan was incredible in the third. Playing the difficult position of centre half forward, Jack ran and jumped and tackled like his life depended on it. He kicked a goal and lifted Ewens, Neil and Papillo to another level.  Up by 5 points heading into the last quarter.

The wind came up and we were up against the best team in the comp. Lead amazingly by Rutledge who racked up about 30 possessions, we were not going to roll over. In fact, this was when our boys dug deep. We scrounged, we smothered, and we played for each other till the end.

Unfortunately, though we just couldn’t hold on, going down by 9 points. This was our best performance yet and one that is likely to surge us into the coming rounds.

Go Wellers!

Goal Kickers: T. Beechey 2, M. Dalla Riva, J. Karayan
Best Players: C. Rutledge, T. Beechey, H. Rush, N. Lynch, J. Karayan, A. Petersen


R3 Senior Men vs Prahran Assumption

2 points earned is better than no points.

On a day of great celebration for our Club, where we recognised veteran Midfielder Harry Crothers’ 150 games milestone and Vice-Captain Jimmy Allen’s 100th game milestone, we faced Prahran at home on a sunny day and a firm track.

Our boys were buoyed by the pre-match talk from past President, Adam Kyriacou, who spoke about his family experiences relating to the Anzac spirit. The boys hit the Go Button and hit the scoreboard hard and often in Q.1 to lead the boys from Stonnington by 32 points at the first break. Our ball movement was crisp, direct and smart. With an even spread of goals kickers, there was every reason for our confidence to grow for a positive outcome at the end of the day.

Unfortunately, Prahran had other ideas and they fought back in a manner that we had not experienced this season, so far. They took a more physical approach to the man with the ball, they straightened up their ball movements and they pushed their best player forward enabling him to be a vital target and a great finisher.

Injuries to three Mids, in the run up to half time put us on the back foot and left us severely restricted in our ability to rotate players. The afternoon was warm, and it was hot in the kitchen. We were outscored 11 goals to 6 after quarter time and to be fair, we had to scrap hard in the last 5 minutes of the match to secure a draw. One final shot on goal by the opposition’s No. 7 saw it fade to the left and go out of bounds on the full. One metre to the right and it would have been game over.

We offer no excuses. They suffered match ending injuries as well, in what was a brutal encounter. On the footy field, it would be fair to say they don’t like us that much. It will certainly add some spice to the return encounter at Toorak Park in late June.
Old Camberwell 11.8.74 drew with Prahran 11.8.74

Better Players for the Wellers were Robbie West making a welcome return to the team, Big Gus Milham, Defenders Robbie Deev & Will Dalrymple and our two young tyros, up from last year’s U/19s team, George Kalagyros and Harry Laukens. These boys are super exciting to watch and as they continue to play more senior footy, they are certainties to get better & better.

Goals Scorers – Harry Laukens 3, Will Nevill 2, Harry Crothers, Nick Latsas, Sam Murphy, George Kalagyros & Jay Engelenner
We make our first away trip for the season next Saturday against top team PEGS. They have recruited well and will be a force to be reckoned with, both now & later in the season. The coaches will be doing their homework on the opposition to work out the ‘chinks in their armour”. It will be a fun week!

Go Wellers!

Goal Kickers: H. Laukens 3, W. Nevill 2, J. Engellenner, H. Crothers, G. Kalargyros, S. Murphy, J. Allen, N. Latsas
Best Players: R. West, A. Milham, R. Deev, G. Kalargyros, H. Laukens, W. Dalrymple

R4 Senior Men vs PEGS

After last week’s disappointing draw, the Wellers were keen to hit back against top of the table PEGS.

We would start well with big man Gus Milham dominating the middle & taking plenty of big grabs around the ground. Ben Hart & Rob West were clever around stoppages & Captain Simon Bennett was hard to pass down back. Unfortunately, after a competitive start we would get overpowered by a talented & classy side . PEGS slick ball movement was precise and they were never challenged for the remainder of the day. Their intense pressure causing us to fumble and second guess ourselves for most of one-sided contest.

We would try all day but was simply outclassed by a hungrier outfit who would show us how to do the basics for longer.
Rob Deev & L Powell tried hard all day and we welcomed back Caine Hiller with 2 majors . In the end, we would go down by a disappointing 67 points.

We need to regroup quickly with a few of our onballers unfortunately doing some serious long-term injuries. A fantastic chance however for our younger boys to step up and get back on track quickly with a home game and more opportunities to improve against Oakleigh this week.
Thanks to all who made the long trip out to Keilor to help on a testing day. Look forward seeing plenty of support this week at GBO.

Goal Kickers: C. Hillier 2, W. Nevill
Best Players: A. Milham, B. Hart, S. Bennett, L. Powell, G. Kalargyros, R. West


R3 Mens Reserves vs Prahran Assumption

For the third week consecutively the Wellers took astride their home turf at GBO ready to make the most of cracking conditions for footy. Without a breath of wind and sun on our backs it was clear from the outset we'd come to play putting early pressure on Assumption Prahran with precision stoppage work out of the middle led by stalwarts Young and Russell.

Our forwards got plenty of opportunities early with Herb kicking us off with our first major from a strong contested mark. The treasurer, Alex Vickery himself also hit the scoreboard too pushing forward and jagging one with a lofty snap. Our mids worked hard all around the ground but particularly in adhering to our defensive structures, keeping the ball locked inside our scoring half.

Hillier provided a valuable target all day and ended the day with five majors and a valuable contest at ground level. Hard work and grunt was rewarded for Sam Garrard who started to get dangerous. Ollie Lloyd also made most of his rest forward, kicking three sausages for the day. Phil Corso followed up his early entry for goal celebration of the year with a genuine goal of the year contender guiding one home off balance from the boundary line.

Our backline worked hard all day to welcome back The Mailman who looked as if he'd barely missed a beat. Declan Gaffneytook down a genuine monster of a forward for the oppo and provided us with valuable rebound.

The signs are all there for the Ressies but the real test awaits this weekend against PEGS. But for now, we will savour the victory knowing that in the end friendship won the day.

Goal Kickers: C. Hillier 5, O. Lloyd 3, C. Frazer 2, P. Corso 2, A. Vickery, Z. Herbstreit, S. Garrard
Best Players: C. Frazer, O. Lloyd, C. Young, P. Corso, D. Gaffney, M. Cottrell

R4 Mens Reserves vs PEGS

Some writer issues for this report but a hard fought win against a quality PEGS side.

Goal Kickers: Z. Herbstreit 2, T. Schipper 2, J. Simon, W. Woods, S. Garrard
Best Players: T. Vogel, J. Simon, O. Lloyd, P. Dennis, Z. Herbstreit, L. Campbell

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