Round 10 Match Report

Wednesday 28 June 2023

Winter hit with a vengeance on Saturday, with a howling wind accompanied by sleeting rain mid-afternoon.  A couple of our lads thought they had hyperthermia it was that cold.
 
Despite the unfavourable conditions, we participated in a number of close games, and managed to be on the right side of the ledger for most of them.
 
Our Women had a thrilling one-point victory over Old Xaverians.  With scores level at three-quarter time 0.3 to 0.2 in the last quarter was enough to get us over the line.  The win leaves us just half a game out of the four, with a massive game against top of the ladder Beaumaris this weekend.
 
A depleted Third XVIII were not so lucky, copping a 93 point hiding from the undefeated Richmond Central.  One small positive to take out of the game was a three goal final quarter, which showed the boys fought the game out to the end and did not throw in the towel.
 
In a hard fought contest, the Under 19’s went down by 14 points.  After leading by 19 points at half time, our boys could not hold Mazenod in the third term, conceding 4.6 to nothing.  The match was significant in that a number of current schoolboys debuted for the club, a great sign for the future.
 
The Seconds were overrun was PEGS in the last quarter, falling by 22 points.  A big thank you to those players that stepped up to help in the absence of a number of regular players due to injury and unavailability.
 
After losing to PEGS four times in the last two years, our Seniors finally turned the tables, grinding out an excellent 11 point win out at the windswept PEGS oval.  After conceding 6 goals against the wind in the opening quarter, it took a fighting six goal last quarter to get over the line.  In a brilliant defensive display, we held PEGS to just 2 points after quarter time, and 9 scoring shots for the match.
 
This week our senior men’s teams travel to Old Carey, our women visit Beaumaris, the Under 19’s host St Kevins, and the Thirds host Old Brighton.
 
Just a reminder about memberships.  A huge thank you to all those that have signed up so far, but we are well behind our $20k in ’23 target, and would love you to get on board and help the club out.  Running sporting clubs is an expensive business, and all financial help is gratefully received.  Membership details can be found on the website.
 
Good luck to all teams this weekend.

Go Wellers,
 
Gavin Powell
President


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Weekend Results


 
WOMEN SENIORS   2.11.23
Old Xavs   3.4.22
 
MEN SENIORS   7.8.50
PEGS   6.3.39
 
MEN RESERVES   5.5.35
PEGS   8.9.57
 
MEN THIRDS   5.9.39
Richmond Central   20.12.132
 
U19   5.11.41
Mazenod   7.13.55
 

 
-- ROUND 11 --

Saturday 1st July
 
Men Thirds
9:40am vs Old Brighton (H)

Women Seniors
11:40am vs Beaumaris (A)
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U19
11:40am vs St Kevins (H)

Men Reserves
11:40am vs Old Carey (A)
Carey Sporting Fields MAP

Men Seniors
2pm vs Old Carey (A)
Carey Sporting Fields MAP


 
 

Mens Seniors vs PEGS

Our journey to Keilor East always allows us time to reflect on the PEGS ‘machine’ that has enjoyed a number of wins over us in recent times. This week we were drawn to meet them at the Playing Fields. In winter! Well, at least the ground was in magnificent condition, and it was just another windy day, as usual. Jane Bunn promised us a partly cloudy afternoon. Little were we to know what lay ahead for the afternoon.

Coming into the lineup was Kail Buntine, for his first senior game. Kail joined the club this year, recruited from Reece Plumbing (well done Carson) after a few years out of the game. A big man, with a great pair of mitts, he has acquitted himself well with the Ressies. His role was to give Big Gussy a chop put in the Ruck. Also, back for another crack at the senior team was Harry Crothers, who had forced his magnet back in front of the selectors with some solid Ressies performances in recent weeks.

The all important toss was convened and Gussy managed to call incorrectly. PEGS with the wind. After a slow start and some strong defence by our Boys, their teamwork improved and gathered momentum which was cause for concern as we did not want them to enjoy a massive lead at the first break and us having to contend with scoreboard pressure for the remainder of the match. The result was a 6.1 to 0.1 scoreline at the first break. Certainly at least 2 more goals than we were prepared to concede, considering the wind.

Q.2 Wellers with the wind. It would be fair to say that our team GPS system was on ‘the fritz’ and we struggled to find the way into the deep forward line area. Then it happened. The skies to the West began to grow darker & darker, the wind rose and down came the rain. Big Huwie, the weather god was not smiling on us at all. We found a way to scramble in the madness a score of 1.3 and kept the opposition scoreless, but was it enough, given PEGS had the Q.3 wind?

Well, they often say that Q.3 is the premiership quarter and it had to be for us. Defend, defend, defend boys - that’s what was required. And defend they did, keeping the extremely frustrated home team to a 0.1 point scoreline, more than ably matched by our 0.1 point as well. It was desperation city at every contest.

The script has been written a number of times this season, final ¾ time break, Wellers down, this time by a 27 point deficit. Could they pluck another ‘rabbit out of the hat’? Cometh the hour, cometh the man. Riley Verbi, resident Wellers superstar! Well held early and struggling like so many others with the conditions, Verbs got off the chain and ran wild in the last. The result, 4 last quarter goals, added to the teams total of 6. He was ably supported by Tom Oliver, who seemed to spend a lot of time forward of centre, even though he was playing CHB. Jimmy Allen was another to stand out in what was a mighty team effort in the final quarter.

Gussy, Jay (winning everything in the midfield that came his way) Big Kell (repelling all PEGS forward forays), Matty P (big runs down the wing driving the ball deep forward), young Caleb, up from the 19s (in and under competing as if his life was dependent upon it) were also significant contributors to the overall team effort and the boys were good enough to get the PEGS “monkey off their back” by winning their first match in 6 times played over the past two seasons.

Phew!!! Another week where the boys have come from behind to win. The fourth quarter score differential, this season is growing. Hopefully, in the back half we can put together 4 quarters of footy, as we head toward the final l round in September. Well done boys. You fought it out the end. Enjoy the Win.

Goal Kickers: R. Verbi 5, H. Laukens, J. Allen
Best Players: R. Verbi, T. Oliver, J. Allen, H. Veitch, C. Finlayson, K. Percy

Tim Killworth
Assistant Senior Coach
 

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FG For Agst PTS %
1 Old Camberwell Grammarians 9 8 1 0 1 0 0 630 495 32 127.27
2 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 9 7 1 1 1 0 0 807 477 30 169.18
3 PEGS Football Club 9 6 2 1 1 0 0 599 500 26 119.80
4 Mazenod OC 9 5 4 0 1 0 0 588 607 20 96.87
5 Old Carey 8 3 3 2 2 0 0 626 575 16 108.87
6 Parkdale Vultures 9 3 5 1 1 0 0 658 629 14 104.61
7 Hampton Rovers 9 3 6 0 1 0 0 573 697 12 82.21
8 Ormond 9 1 7 1 1 0 0 601 783 6 76.76
9 Marcellin OC 9 1 8 0 1 0 0 484 803 4 60.27

 



Mens Reserves vs PEGS

Goal Kickers: M. Vogel 2, L. Weinlich, A. Tripodi, M. Clark
Best Players: M. Vogel, S. Garrard, P. Boakes, A. Tripodi, G. Tolson, T. Heavey

Steve Warrr
Reserves Coach

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FG For Agst PTS %
1 Mazenod OC 9 9 0 0 1 0 0 845 326 36 259.20
2 Old Ivanhoe Grammarians 9 8 1 0 1 0 0 727 333 32 218.32
3 Marcellin OC 9 6 3 0 1 0 0 517 525 24 98.48
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 9 5 4 0 1 0 0 471 652 20 72.24
5 Parkdale Vultures 9 4 5 0 1 0 0 529 517 16 102.32
6 Hampton Rovers 9 3 6 0 1 0 0 495 633 12 78.20
7 Old Carey 8 2 6 0 2 0 0 464 559 8 83.01
8 Ormond 9 2 7 0 1 0 0 434 632 8 68.67
9 PEGS Football Club 9 1 8 0 1 0 0 335 640 4 52.34

 


U19 vs Mazenod


Goal Kickers: J. Blew 3, J. Spalding, L. Ross
Best Players: J. Blew, A. Shinnick, B. Grlj, W. Allsop, M. Horn, H. Kimmitt
 

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FG For Agst PTS %
1 Old Carey 10 8 2 0 0 0 0 748 550 32 136.00
2 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 860 510 24 168.63
3 Old McKinnon/Glen Eira AFC 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 719 568 24 126.58
4 University Blacks 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 565 464 24 121.77
5 Old Haileybury 10 5 5 0 0 0 0 483 300 20 161.00
6 Parkside 10 5 5 0 0 0 0 572 459 20 124.62
7 St Bedes / Mentone Tigers 10 5 5 0 0 0 0 677 701 20 96.58
8 St Kevins 10 4 6 0 0 0 0 487 718 16 67.83
9 Mazenod OC 10 3 7 0 0 0 0 368 439 12 83.83
10 Monash Blues 10 2 8 0 0 0 0 419 651 8 64.36

 


Thirds vs Richmond Central

The match report is below and to be read as a poem of war. 
 
131 – 39 Old Camberwell Loss. While there is conjecture on the final score, there is no doubt of the valiant effort displayed by the thirds. Entering the weekend with the reality that substitutions would be as complicated as the rubik’s cube, there were still 20 men who arrived with the willingness to perform. I thank them for this.

Pre game as coach, the words of Napolean Bonaparte were repeated to will the men to the battlefield. Choas was to be controlled both within themselves and their enemies, and while Wilfred Owen in 1920 warned of the great lie “that it is sweet and fitting to die for ones country”, the requirement of all on this day was to believe this lie and to leave everything on the ground for our opposition to sight our heart and spirit.

The team showed early promise of effort and contest, controlling the top side and creating opportunities that maybe on another day would have acquired an alternate reality. Sam Windisch suffered an early shoulder injury that left him sidelined for the remainder of the game. Oliver Papillo fought some nasal capillary capitulation leaving the taste of iron gargling in the rears of his throat. Defeat was a sensation that would have flowed through the minds of all like the ribbons of a bow endlessly floating in the wind. But these problems are simply minor setbacks in the time that is now, they are not to be carried forth like a weight that would break a man’s back through the fight.

Oscar Anderson displayed athleticism in the ruck contest that to my calculations awarded Old Camberwell with the statistical advantage in the center. Jeremie Alexeyeff fought on the wings with Benjamin Williams to support anyone they could. Roberto Spagnoletti kicked the leather like it was a grenade thrown from the opposition into our bunkers. Richard McDonald the newly crowned father of Freddie and Husband of Caitlin had everyone mouthing the words “I’m Loving it”. Jamie Steverlynck showed aerobic fitness and grace. Lachlan Appleby displayed conviction like a lion leading his pride. Liam Mouat was as relentless in his performance as he has been in the weeks prior. Christian Gorman and Matthew Cottrell were ever present in their execution and direction on the field. I could name every player and their achievements but the words I write would not compare to the integrity they all displayed as men and individuals ready to fight the past Saturday.

Old Camberwell arguably won the fourth quarter and the totality of 14 scoring opportunities showed that no matter how far down you may be, or how poorly the odds are against you, there is always the opportunity to present a performance to a crowd that may return home with the memories of brave men.

I like to think the opposition saw us walk out and question why we were even there. They were undefeated and we were men walking to battle with the knowledge that most would not return to the shores of their country. I like to think they scoffed at our attendance because it makes my view of our soldiers that much more beautiful. I like to think they did not consider us as men with lives and loved ones. I like to think they saw us only as puppets in their play. These thoughts uncover the words once spoken by Friedrich Nietzsche “and those who were dancing appeared to be insane by those that could not hear the music.” 21 men heard the music, and that is all that matters.

For every man that attended on Saturday, I want to say thank you. I am proud.

Goal Kickers: M. Kearsley 2, L. Appleby 2, R. Spagnoletti
Best Players: J. Alexeyeff, O. Anderson, R. McDonald, L. Mouat, R. Spagnoletti, J. Steverlynck

Andrew Lacki
Thirds Coach

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FG For Agst PTS %
1 Richmond Central AFC 10 9 0 0 0 1 0 964 351 40 274.64
2 Ivanhoe AFC 10 7 3 0 0 0 0 879 429 28 204.90
3 University Blues 11 6 4 0 0 0 1 802 610 24 131.48
4 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 770 689 24 111.76
5 Ormond AFC 10 5 5 0 0 0 0 596 603 20 98.84
6 Old Brighton Grammarians 10 5 4 0 0 0 1 471 591 20 79.70
7 Hampton Rovers 10 4 5 0 0 1 0 472 598 20 78.93
8 Marcellin OC 10 4 6 0 0 0 0 342 364 16 93.96
9 West Brunswick AFC 10 2 8 0 0 0 0 428 664 8 64.46
10 Monash Blues 11 1 10 0 0 0 0 269 754 4 35.68

 


Women Seniors vs Old Xavs

Goal Kickers: C. Lack, M. Wilson
Best Players: M. Wilson, A. Herrington, G. Bianco, G. Opray, E. Hooper, E. de Rauch

David Cooper
Women's Coach

Current Ladder

POS TEAM P W L D B FF FG For Agst PTS %
1 Beaumaris 10 9 0 1 0 0 0 494 188 38 262.77
2 Old Melburnians 10 7 3 0 0 0 0 422 146 28 289.04
3 Old Brighton 10 7 3 0 0 0 0 455 215 28 211.63
4 Old Geelong 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 323 187 24 172.73
5 Marcellin OC 10 6 4 0 0 0 0 332 225 24 147.56
6 Old Camberwell Grammarians 10 5 4 1 0 0 0 311 280 22 111.07
7 Old Haileybury 10 4 6 0 0 0 0 300 339 16 88.50
8 Hampton Rovers 10 3 6 1 0 0 0 240 343 14 69.97
9 Old Xaverians 10 1 8 1 0 0 0 143 269 6 53.16
10 Hawthorn AFC 10 1 9 0 0 0 0 66 510 0 12.94
Round 10 Match Report