Round 2 Match Report

Thursday 27 April 2023

Footy is a funny game, and every now and then something very special happens.
On Saturday we witnessed one of those very special things.  After trailing by 42 points at three quarter time, our senior men’s team kicked 7.4 to 0.1 in the last quarter to record a famous three- point victory.  As senior coach Anson Brownless said after the game: “that is why we coach football clubs”.  It was just reward for the never-say-die attitude of this team, and leaves us undefeated after two rounds.
Unfortunately, the men’s reserves endured a very tough day at Old Ivanhoe, going down by 112 points.  Interestingly, we had plenty of the paly, particularly in the first half, but were unable to hit the scoreboard.  The Ressies are a young side this year, with a number of new players, and will likely take a bit of time to gel together and play their best footy.
Our women’s team recorded their first win of the year, defeating Hampton Rovers by 13 points.  Well done to “Coops” on his first win as coach, and to all of the players - it is great to get a win on the board.
The Under 19’s continued their great start to the year with a 106 point thrashing of Bulleen Templestowe.  The highlight of the win was the 10 goal performance of Liam Thomas, a rare feat for any player these days.
And the Third XVIII also remain undefeated after crushing Hampton by 78 points.  The Thirds have a great mix of the old and the new, and importantly, are really enjoying their footy.  Keep up the good work!
This week sees four of our five teams at home, with the men taking on Hampton Rovers.  Hampton was narrowly defeated in the Div C preliminary final last year, so will represent a stern challenge.  The Under 19’s face De La Salle at 11.40, while the women host Haileybury at 2.00pm.  The Thirds travel to Brighton for an 11.40am game.
There was a fantastic atmosphere down at GBO for round 1, and hopefully we can recreate that this week.  It makes a huge difference to our players to have a big crowd cheering them on.  Get down if you can – I look forward to seeing you there.
Each week I will be reminding you of our membership drive - $20k in ’23.  We need your support, so get on board as soon as you can.
Good luck to all teams for the week ahead.

Go Wellers,
Gavin Powell


Mens Seniors vs Old Carey

After a fantastic round 1 victory the Wellers travelled to Ivanhoe with plenty of confidence. Young gun Sam Veitch coming into the side after recruit Jay Kennedy-Harris unfortunately doing a double hammy last week. 

Old Ivanhoe however had other ideas and would start at a hectic speed controlling the first half with some precision kicking and slick ball movement kicking 4 goals to our 1 for the half. We were lucky to stay in the contest and needed a big second half. 

The third would see more of the same old Ivanhoe kicking 6 goals to us 3 and continuing their dominance.  Luckily for us Tom Oliver & Kellan Percy were outstanding down back to limit the damage. 

Old Ivanhoe were relentless and would lead by 42 points at 3/4 time. 

The boys were asked for one last effort, and they would respond with the most scintillating quarter of football for years. Our Captain Gus Milham would start the fight back and new recruit Harrison Veitch & James Allen (BOG) would follow to take over in the middle providing our forwards with plenty of opportunities. Veteran Ben Hart would kick 4 Magic goals and half forwards Dave Mccoll & Harry Laukens would start to get very dangerous.

We would kick 7 unanswered goals to come away with a 3-point victory. 

The song has never sounded louder in the rooms. 

Thanks to all support on the day.

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

Goal Kickers: B. Hart 4, S. Veitch 2, H. Laukens 2, S. Murphy, J. Allen, L. Powell
Best Players: J. Allen, H. Veitch, T. Oliver, A. Milham, J. Holding, B. Hart

Mens Reserves vs Old Carey

Wowee! What a change to last week! The 2’s came up against an extremely slick Ivanhoe on Saturday.

In the first quarter we were not using the ball effectively and Ivanhoe were cutting off the rushed kick very easily. We reset at quarter time and were extremely competitive in that second quarter. They got a couple of lucky goals, and we didn’t take our opportunities.
The third quarter they kicked away again. However, credit to Camberwell in the last quarter as we didn’t just roll over. We put in a good amount of fight and were winning the quarter for the first 20 minutes of it.

Kail Buntine kicked our only goal for the game, although we had a few opportunities which we didn’t seize.

Youngy and Lloydy battled hard all day in the middle and certainly played their part in getting clearances from stoppages.

A disappointing result for us, however we can take plenty out of the game. There were patches where we had Ivanhoe on the back foot and all we have to do is have that intensity for the full 4 quarters. We did get exposed in our backline a bit due to some early injuries as well. Certainly fixable problems.

Looking forward to bouncing back this week against Hampton at home

Steve Warrr
Reserves Coach

Goal Kickers: K. Buntine
Best Players: C. Young, J. Seaton-nichol, O. Lloyd, A. Warburton, D. Gaffney, J. Kerr

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Women Seniors vs Hampton Rovers

Early morning start 9.20am at Hampton Rovers ground.

Players excited and ready to make amends for the round 1 loss.
1st quarter started with Hampton bringing the heat early but to the Wellers credit snagged 2 goals with an exceptional mark and kick from Bec Kertes.

2nd quarter was lead by the midfield attacks into the forward 50 but to Hamptons credit their backline held strong. Finally a terrific lead and mark from Bridget Facey was able to land the ball deep into full forward and C. Lack converted.

Late goal to Hampton took us in at half time 2 goals up.
3rd quarter and the backline was under pressure but held strong and started to switch the ball and open up the game for us to score another 2 goals. Thanks to the strong leads and marking by Georgia OPRAY. Maggie Wilson’s elite foot skills also taking precedence.

Last quarter was a chance to switch the team around and get everybody involved.
Late goal to Hampton finished off the day.

Great team effort and especially Loiuse Zhang B. O. G was also noted by the opposition with a 6 pack after the game.

Bring on Haileybury this week.

David Cooper
Women's Coach

Goal Kickers: G. Opray, C. Lack, S. Fortunato, R. Kertes, E. Vogel
Best Players: L. Zhang, M. Wilson, A. Herrington, G. Opray, S. Fortunato, B. Facey

U19 vs Bulleen Templestowe

Goal Kickers: L. Thomas 10, T. Beechey 3, S. Woods 2, Z. Johnson 2, G. Cox 2, M. Dalla Riva, J. Schreuder, C. Finlayson
Best Players: L. Thomas, S. Woods, B. Carlisle, C. Rutledge, A. Shinnick, C. Finlayson

Thirds vs Hampton Rovers

Anticipation struck the core of the leadership group, Saturday morning circa 7:30 as the lips of ladies and gentlemen pursed to produce the words “can they do it again?” 

After an inaugural victory of 95 points the players were poised for competition with the Hampton opposition showing previously that their efforts against Ivanhoe were one to be noted. In true old Camberwell Grammarian fashion though the doubts of many were reduced to few as the sounding siren cemented a score of 126-48. 

Midfielders Matthew Cottrell, Charles MacCallum and Lucas Noack (note the echos of last week) all showed their excellence and effort with repeated defensive pressure and equally valiant offensive establishment. The hands of Caine Hilliercame as comfort to his competitive compadres acting as respite to societies old and weary. A final tally of 9 goals personally emulated the likes of Lance Franklin in 2008 however this wasn’t a one man show. Opportunities came to fruition through the steady headed thinking of wingers Samuel Cooper and Jeremie Alexeyeff. Additional efforts from Benjamin Kimmit and Lachlan Weinlich meant they could clear space, play the player and generate an open forward fifty. This would inevitably result in a reality of major scores produced with the consistency of a metronome adorned on a piano to keep the maestro in time. 

Greg Tolson acted like a warrior refusing to let his lands die, with the back flanks guarded as if he had conjured the military precision and discipline so eloquently outlined in Sun Tzu’s ‘Art of war’. Roberto Spagnoletti and Liam ‘mozz’ Mouat held their roles and acted in Anzac spirit as if they too had landed on the beaches of Galippoli, our success however not mimicking the results of 1915. 

While positive stories could be produced from the events that unfolded this past weekend, it was the second efforts post first quarter that showed the true character of the team. Early on the actions of the men left much to be desired with a seeming lack of attempt to take in the next tackle or look past the primary play. This all changed and the early favourable inaccuracy of the opposition meant the boys in blue could increase their lead and laid the foundations of another phenomenal victory that maintains the mighty “Old Camberwell thirds” in top spot after two rounds. Congratulations to all players should be awarded and the palpable prowess of those that filled positions such as boundary and board management should be equally lauded. 

History is always written by the victor and this tale is one that we as a team should happily sign our names to.

Andrew Lacki
Thirds Coach

Goal Kickers: C. Hillier 9, L. Weinlich 4, C. MacCallum 2, L. Noack, M. Cottrell, B. Cottrell, H. Rice
Best Players: S. Cooper, M. Cottrell, C. Hillier, R. Spagnoletti, G. Tolson, L. Weinlich

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