U19 vs Parkside
Goal Kickers: C. Rutledge 2, J. Schreuder, G. Cox, J. Spalding
Best Players: C. Rutledge, R. Wheelhouse, J. Schreuder, J. Yates, B. Carlisle, Z. Johnson
Thirds vs Monash Blues
Awakening to the rhythm of rain the conscious mind considered that this Saturdays showing would be one that could be encapsulated by the adjective “moist”.
After the opening quarter, the Monash Blues mentality was as their name describes… blue. Old Camberwell had repeat inside 50 entries with an eye-watering statistic of 8-0 in the first 10 minutes (please don’t ask for proof of this). Despite being down by two players who were to attend the event after their contribution to the labour market, the boys showed that rain hail or shine, the scoreboard contributions of 6 were just too alluring. Pre game discussions emphasised that four quarters of effort were required, and after 25 minutes the coach could comfortably tick off the first quadrant of this equation.
With the commencement of the second quarter and the arrival of two pairs fresh legs, the ressies representative Kail Buntinepresented his natural born talent to find space and outwork his man, and while the rain had departed and the sun was shining, this man’s work had truly summoned a ‘kail storm’. Brett Cottrell and Lachlan Weinlich kicked goal after goal giving this thirds side all the momentum to make this match a sizeable percentage booster. Carson Howard was to make his washing machine work overtime post match and like an animal in the wild he was on all fours coating himself with the colours of the earth.
Half time was an opportunity to reset the score at 0-0 and repeat the 73-15 display previously presented. Returning recruit Javana Jayawardena proved that while he spent time in Miami obtaining an education under the Gators, he was well and truly bleeding the blue blood of the leafy eastern suburb Camberwell. Matthew Cottrell stayed deep in the guts and reiterated that the Cottrell name is synonymous with old Camberwell football. While the efforts of Jeremie Alexeyeff, the unrelenting success of Samuel Cooper and the sheer dominance of Matthew Tesoriero and Dante Scissere were all to be lauded, the third quarter saw Monash find a bit of form and believing that a 60 point margin into the final break may actually be achievable….
The final term mimicked much of the first two, some silky displays of finesse from Max Kearsley and Lachlan Weinlich had the sidelines suitably excited as goals were kicked from around the body and the ball bending like Beckham to sail through the centre sticks and cementing another victory. If you give a man purpose and the ability to achieve it, he will crawl through broken glass with a smile, this Saturday had all the players straining their cheeks as the final score read 120-45 and the season record of 5 wins 3 losses.
Goal Kickers: L. Weinlich 6, B. Cottrell 4, H. Rice 2, K. Buntine 2, M. Cottrell, N. Gooden, O. Anderson, M. Kearsley
Best Players: J. Alexeyeff, S. Cooper, M. Cottrell, J. Jayawardena, M. Tesoriero, L. Weinlich
Women Seniors vs Marcellin
Goal Kickers: E. Defina
Best Players: E. de Rauch, S. Fortunato, I. Griffin, L. Zhang, E. Defina, M. Wilson
Mens Seniors vs Parkdale
Looking to continue their winning form, our seniors travelled to Parkdale to take on a side desperate to retain its position in the top four.
Parkdale were up and about early, registering the first four majors of the game (the first within 30 seconds), before Harry Laukens replied after a strong mark on the goal line. Alex Taverner kicked an excellent snap late in the quarter to reduce the margin to 15 points at quarter time.
The game turned into an arm wrestle for the next two quarters, with Parkdale leading by 13 points at half-time and 18 points at three-quarter time. Both Ben Hart and Riley Verbi won the ball consistently and continually drove us forward, with Liam Thomas kicking two goals, Gus Milham snapping one after taking the ball out of a ruck contest, and Caleb Finlayson kicking his first senior goal after drawing a head-high free kick.
At three quarter time coach Brownless reminded the boys of their strong final quarter form and the ability to run over teams. Sam Murphy kicked a long goal early in the quarter to set the cat amongst the pigeons, and then Harry Veitch, whose work around the stoppages had been superb all day, snapped truly. Harry Laukens then marked and goaled to put Old Camberwell in front for the first time for the day. Unfortunately Parkdale were able to force the ball forward and snap what looked to be the winning goal, but with less than two minutes to go, Riley Verbi was held at a stoppage about 30 metres out, and calmly slotted a goal from the resultant free kick. In the desperate final minute we threw players behind the ball, and Liam Thomasdragged down a game saving mark with seconds left on the clock.
Our desperation and will to win was displayed in spades in that frantic last quarter. There was stoppage after stoppage and our boys refused to yield – a great win.
A well earned break this weekend will be followed by a home game against Marcellin – a great opportunity to cement our spot in the top two on the ladder.
Goal Kickers: R. Verbi 2, H. Laukens 2, L. Thomas 2, C. Finlayson, S. Veitch, B. Hart, S. Murphy, A. Taverner, A. Milham
Best Players: R. Verbi, A. Milham, B. Hart, H. Veitch, C. Finlayson, H. Laukens
Mens Reserves vs Parkdale
Goal Kickers: T. Schipper 3, D. De Sanctis, M. Vogel, C. Hillier, J. Kerr, H. Crothers, J. Seaton-nichol, N. Russell
Best Players: J. Seaton-nichol, M. Hook, T. Schipper, J. Kerr, M. Vogel, T. Heavey