Round 11 Match Report

Wednesday 05 July 2023

I would like to begin this week’s newsletter with some sad news.  Unfortunately the club lost one of its greats last weekend - John Steven, a past president and life member of the club, passed away on Saturday night, aged 95.
 
John’s three sons, Peter, David and John represented the club with distinction in the 1970’s/80’s, with David and John playing pivotal roles in the club’s 1982 senior premiership.  David lost his battle with cancer a few years ago, and since then the David Steven medal is presented to our best senior men’s and women’s player in a select round each year. 
 
John made a huge contribution to not only our football club, but to Camberwell Grammar School through his role as President of the Parents Association and a member of School Council, and also to the community of Camberwell as a member of the Rotary and Probis Clubs.  John was a wonderful man with a fantastic sense of humour.  He lived life to the full and was the first to put his hand up if anyone was in need.  Our thoughts are with his wife Audrey and all of his family at this difficult time.  John will be sadly missed.
 
Back to matters of football.  It was a mixed day for the club.  The Seniors travelled to Old Carey and in unusually (for this year) benign conditions, recorded a comfortable six goal victory.  We remain on top of the ladder.
 
The Seconds put up a spirited performance, finally succumbing by 32 points.  This was a good effort in the circumstances, with a number of Third XVIII players filling in due to a chronic shortage of players.  The highlight of the day was Chris Youngcelebrating his 150th game for OCGAFC.  Chris has been a magnificent servant of the club, giving his all week after week.  No fuss, no fanfare, just getting the job done.  Tim Killworth has peened a nice tribute to Chris, which you can see below.
 
As a result of player unavailability, the Thirds had to forfeit their game against Old Brighton.
 
Our Women took on Beaumaris, who have been our nemesis over the last couple of years.  Once again Beaumaris proved too strong, beating us by 47 points.  We are now 6th on the ladder with some work to do to make the finals.
 
The Under 19’s took on St Kevins, thrashing them by 151 points.  The win keeps us in second place on the ladder, with a very strong percentage.
 
This week the Senior men’s teams take on Mazenod, who will be desperate to win to retain their place in the top four.  Our women play Old Geelong, also at GBO, while the Thirds are scheduled to meet Ormond.  The Under 19’s have a bye.
 
With a bye for all teams next weekend, it would be great to see as many supporters as possible down at GBO this weekend.  The canteen will be pumping and the coffee will be hot.
 
Good luck to all teams this weekend.

Go Wellers,
 
Gavin Powell
President


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Weekend Results


 
WOMEN SENIORS   2.2.14
Beaumaris   9.7.61
 
MEN SENIORS   15.7.97
Old Carey   9.7.61
 
MEN RESERVES   10.7.67
Old Carey   16.9.99
 
MEN THIRDS    
Forfeit    
 
U19   20.31.151
St Kevins   0.0.0
 

 
-- ROUND 12 --

Saturday 8th July
 
Men Thirds
9:20am vs Ormond (A)
EE Gunn Reserve MAP

Men Reserves
11:40am vs Mazenod (H)

Men Seniors
2pm vs Mazenod (H)

Women Seniors
2pm vs Old Geelong (H)

U19
BYE

 
 

Chris Young - 150 Games

This week we celebrate Chris “Jaw” Young’s 150th game for the Mighty Wellers. Chris joined the Club from Greythorn Juniors in 2011, playing for our Under 19s and he made his way into the Senior XV111 in 2013, his first season of open age footy. A tough, uncompromising Inside Mid, with a lethal left foot, especially when making his way through traffic at Centre Bounces. He is highly regarded and respected by his team mates through his willingness to share the footy around when going forward.

Chris has been well regarded by his Coaches and he has secured two Reserves Best & Fairest awards, 2019 & 2021. He continues to play, in the quest for a Grand Final win, having missed several times over the journey, 2013, 2014 and 2022.

One of the few players at the Club with a young family and an ever-developing career, Chris still finds time to pull the jumper on each week and for that we are ever so grateful.

Go well Youngy, we are all most proud to be in your presence around the Club and on the footy field.

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Women Seniors vs Beaumaris

Goal Kickers: S. Fortunato, B. Facey
Best Players: A. Herrington, G. Bianco, S. Fortunato, E. de Rauch, M. Wilson, N. Rogers

David Cooper
Women's Coach
 

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FG For Agst PTS %
1 Beaumaris 11 10 0 1 0 0 0 555 202 42 274.75
2 Old Melburnians 11 8 3 0 0 0 0 447 151 32 296.03
3 Old Geelong 11 7 4 0 0 0 0 383 194 28 197.42
4 Old Brighton 11 7 4 0 0 0 0 462 247 28 187.04
5 Marcellin OC 11 7 4 0 0 0 0 364 232 28 156.90
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 5 5 1 0 0 0 325 341 22 95.31
7 Old Haileybury 11 5 6 0 0 0 0 399 342 20 116.67
8 Hampton Rovers 11 3 7 1 0 0 0 247 403 14 61.29
9 Old Xaverians 11 1 9 1 0 0 0 148 294 6 50.34
10 Hawthorn AFC 11 1 10 0 0 0 0 69 609 0 11.33

 


Mens Seniors vs Old Carey

Our boys took the short journey down Bulleen Road to the Carey Sports Fields, a trek we have not made at this level since 2009, when we spent time in Premier B.

We were fortunate to have Josh Holding return after VFLW commitments, and we also promoted Sam Garrard following consistently strong performances in the Reserves. Another recruit from the School, Sam’s form, had been building to the point where he was knocking on the selectors’ room door checking to see where his magnet was sitting.

We knew that Carey was going to be strong opponent, especially back on their home deck, which is in magnificent condition, as one would expect. They aim to play with plenty of ‘heat’ on the footy, going forward, fortunately our backline was at near full strength, so they were going to have to be accurate by hand and foot to scythe their way through our defenses.

The boys raced out of the blocks and put on 7 goals in the first quarter, something we have not done since the pre-season praccys. The ball movement was slick, the forwards were holding their marks, and converting, Gus Milham was dominating in the ruck, and up forward and Riley Verbi was in everything, as usual. Young Caleb Finlayson was back to his busy self around the goals and higher up the ground. He finished the quarter kicking 2 magnificent goals, one after the siren from what looked to be at least 60 metres out from goal.

We continued in a similar vein in the second, with Verbs putting on a show before he headed off on his mid season sojourn to Europe. In order to make certain he received a quick footy fix before departure, he kicked 3 goals to give us a 6 goal lead at the long break.

Carey came out hard in the back half and continually attacked their forward zone. True to form though, the boys held firm and were able to contain Carey’s back half to 4 goals 3 and we matched that with the same scoreline. The ball whizzed back and forth for much of the half, highlighting our backline comprising Robbie West, Will Dalrymple, Josh Holding, Kell Percy, Louis Campbell, Tom Oliver and Matty Powell’s’ determination to not them through. You don’t often get acknowledged collectively boys, but you were simply wonderful and the way you work together is one of the key reasons why we are placed on the ladder, where we are, at this stage of the season.

We maintained the same margin at the games end of 6 goals. Carey, to be honest gave it a real crack and they were playing a number of their talented U19s and two recruits from the School’s First XV111. Exciting times for both footy Clubs, I believe, given we are in a similar position with our recruiting potential.

Next week we return to GBO to take on 4th placed Mazenod, who will still be smarting from the 7 point loss they sustained against us back in May. We now officially move into players overseas in numbers mode. Travel safe guys, enjoy your break, come home fit and well. We now look forward to casting our eyes toward the other playing groups seeking to promote the next batch of Ones superstars!!

Goal Kickers: R. Verbi 4, C. Finlayson 2, H. Laukens 2, L. Powell 2, A. Milham, J. Kennedy-Harris, B. Hart, S. Murphy, D. McColl
Best Players: D. McColl, W. Dalrymple, R. Verbi, R. West, J. Allen, S. Garrard

Tim Killworth
Assistant Senior Coach
 

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FG For Agst PTS %
1 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 9 1 0 1 0 0 727 556 36 130.76
2 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 9 7 1 1 2 0 0 807 477 30 169.18
3 PEGS Football Club 10 7 2 1 1 0 0 681 561 30 121.39
4 Mazenod OC 10 6 4 0 1 0 0 692 634 24 109.15
5 Parkdale Vultures 10 4 5 1 1 0 0 748 692 18 108.09
6 Old Carey 9 3 4 2 2 0 0 687 672 16 102.23
7 Hampton Rovers 10 3 7 0 1 0 0 634 779 12 81.39
8 Ormond 10 1 8 1 1 0 0 628 887 6 70.80
9 Marcellin OC 10 1 9 0 1 0 0 547 893 4 61.25

 



Mens Reserves vs Old Carey

While the financial year closed, gates at the Carey Sports grounds were well and truly open to invite the boys of Old Camberwell to tackle the seemingly achievable task of the Old Carey Football club. While Nick Daicos was not present (supposedly had more important affairs to attend), the remainder of the side had well and truly turned up. Old Camberwell succumbed to an unfortunate loss, the likes of which could be a result of the thirds having to provide 9 supplementary players to prevent an unfortunate forfeit.

The sun shone for the commencement of the game, and just like the success of Old Camberwell, quickly disappeared, allowing the grey skies to roll through and relieve themselves of precipitation upon the men that wore blue. Oscar Anderson held his own in the ruck, a threes representative for the day however had many from the sidelines commenting on his performance like the small-town women in their monthly meetup at the hairdressers.

The midfield had Charles Mccallum showing the hunting spirit of a lion for a gazelle as he chased his opponent to provide opportunities for his pride to feast. Tom Nicholson was ever present and prepared to take on a tackle and evade the opposition like a student evades their teacher when the Monday maths homework had not been completed. While the first quarter concluding margin read 33-32 in Carey’s favour, the following two quarters where only single goals were scored in each meant the task to take down the Baptist boys was basically unachievable. The margin remained consistently at a 30 point deficit.

Brett Cottrell should be awarded not only a nomination for best on ground with his tally of four major scores, but should also be placed in the running for a golden globe nomination with his ability to convince the umpire that it wasn’t his weary knees that may have caused him to fall but an “illegal” grab in the goal square that was the perpetrator to his poorly propped body. Lucas Noack was notable throughout the day with the blonde hair floating in the wind as if he were propelling down to the peninsula with the top down on a warm summer’s afternoon. Lachlan Purcell, down from the firsts had this sideline samaritan suitably stunned as he made the game of football look easy. When the ball was in Lachie’s hands you felt the safety of a mother’s hug, and like the great Japanese carpenters, you could clearly tell that football is his craft.

A surprise guest appearance from Luke Lowden saw the average height of the Old Camberwell boys raise about 15 centimetres and his previous professional football experience showed momentarily when he flew higher and farther than any sane man dared to imagine. The unlucky individual below was subsequently left on the ground too wishing it were his imagination.  

The umpiring on the day had many scratching their heads with almost as many 50-metre penalties paid as games that Christopher Young has played (it was his 150th game). Controversial commentary from some assisted in this payment, but it was the controversial discrepancy in two field umpires’ own interpretation of the rules that saw a touched ball simultaneously awarded as a mark and a play on. The players were confused, lines were crossed and a territory advantage of half a hundred-metre sprint ensued. The tale of the day stands as one of bad luck, the likes of which Daniel De Santis had his fair share, suffering a calf injury in the pre-game warm up….'

Oh also Timothy Heavey played well.

Goal Kickers: B. Cottrell 4, L. Weinlich 3, L. Purcell, T. Schipper, T. Heavey
Best Players: T. Nicholson, T. Heavey, L. Noack, L. Purcell, O. Anderson, B. Cottrell

Match Report provided by Andrew Lacki

Steve Warrr
Reserves Coach

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FG For Agst PTS %
1 Mazenod OC 10 10 0 0 1 0 0 903 355 40 254.37
2 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 9 8 1 0 2 0 0 727 333 32 218.32
3 Marcellin OC 10 7 3 0 1 0 0 576 557 28 103.41
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 9 5 4 0 1 0 0 471 652 20 72.24
5 Parkdale Vultures 10 4 6 0 1 0 0 561 576 16 97.40
6 Hampton Rovers 10 3 7 0 1 0 0 527 743 12 70.93
7 Old Carey 8 2 6 0 2 0 0 464 559 8 83.01
8 Ormond 10 2 8 0 1 0 0 463 690 8 67.10
9 PEGS Football Club 10 2 8 0 1 0 0 445 672 8 66.22

 


U19 vs St Kevins

Goal Kickers: S. Veitch 8, N. Taranto 2, B. Joy 2, M. Horn 2, J. Davidson 2, A. Shinnick, L. Ross, B. Grlj, J. Schreuder
Best Players: B. Grlj, B. Joy, C. Robertson, M. Horn, J. Davidson, O. Henderson

Current Ladder
POS TEAM P W L D B FF FG For Agst PTS %
1 Old Carey 11 9 2 0 0 0 0 877 574 36 152.79
2 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 7 4 0 0 0 0 1011 510 28 198.24
3 Old McKinnon/Glen Eira AFC 11 6 4 0 0 1 0 719 568 28 126.58
4 Old Haileybury 11 6 5 0 0 0 0 551 327 24 168.50
5 University Blacks 11 6 5 0 0 0 0 596 524 24 113.74
6 Parkside 11 5 6 0 0 0 0 596 588 20 101.36
7 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers 11 5 6 0 0 0 0 704 769 20 91.55
8 Mazenod OC 11 4 7 0 0 0 0 428 470 16 91.06
9 St Kevins 11 4 7 0 0 0 0 487 869 16 56.04
10 Monash Blues 11 2 8 0 0 0 1 419 651 8 64.36

 


Thirds vs Forfeit

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FG For Agst PTS %
1 Richmond Central AFC 11 10 0 0 0 1 0 1015 375 44 270.67
2 Ivanhoe AFC 11 8 3 0 0 0 0 988 468 32 211.11
3 University Blues 11 6 4 0 0 0 1 802 610 24 131.48
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 11 6 4 0 0 0 1 770 689 24 111.76
5 Hampton Rovers 11 5 5 0 0 1 0 638 676 24 94.38
6 Old Brighton Grammarians 11 5 4 0 0 1 1 501 696 24 71.98
7 Ormond AFC 11 5 6 0 0 0 0 620 654 20 94.80
8 Marcellin OC 11 4 7 0 0 0 0 381 473 16 80.55
9 West Brunswick AFC 11 2 9 0 0 0 0 476 725 8 65.66
10 Monash Blues 11 1 10 0 0 0 0 269 754 4 35.68

Andrew Lacki

Thirds Coach
Round 11 Match Report

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