Round 8 Match Report

Thursday 08 June 2023

Cricket has a saying – catches win matches, and the football corollary is “bad kicking is bad football”.  Old Camberwell’s weekend results proved that adage.
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon our Women travelled to Marcellin and played some dominant footy, controlling the ball for large parts of the game.  Unfortunately, we could not get the ball through the big sticks, and eventually fell by three points: 1.7 to 2.4.  Congratulations to our captain, Sara Fortunato, on playing her 50th game for the club.
Our Under 19’s had a similar experience.  17 scoring shots apiece, but having missed some relatively straightforward opportunities, lost by 30 points: 5.12 to 11.6.
The Seniors recorded a heart-stopping one point victory at Parkdale.  After being jumped early and conceding the first four goals of the game, we gradually ground our way back into the game, eventually overcoming an 18-point three quarter time deficit.  Parkdale proved to be a formidable opponent, and showed the value of accurate kicking, notching 12 straight goals before their first behind.
Our Seconds consolidated their spot in the top four with a comfortable 15-point victory over Parkdale, highlighted by 3 goals from the returning Tom Schipper.
The Thirds had a 75-point win over Monash Blues that saw them move into fourth spot on the ladder, in what is proving to be a very even competition.
Our players and officials get to have a well-earned break over the long weekend, with football retuning on Saturday 17 June.  Our Senior men’s teams will host Marcellin, while our Women will host Hampton Rovers.  The Under 19’s face Old Mackinnon/Glen Eira away while the Thirds face an early morning visit to West Brunswick.  I believe there are some nice coffee shops out that way lads to help you get ready for that one.
As I mentioned last week, we are holding a big luncheon on 17 June to celebrate the 1978 senior premiership, the 2017 women’s premiership and the 2017 Under 19 premiership.  Interest is building and tickets can be purchased through the website.  It will be a great way to catch up with some old friends as well as supporting our home teams that day.
And if you haven’t signed up as a member yet, it is not too late – get onto the website and secure your membership package today.
Enjoy your break and I look forward to seeing you on the 17th.

Go Wellers,
Gavin Powell

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Weekend Results

Marcellin   2.4.16
MEN SENIORS   12.11.83
Parkdale   13.4.82
MEN RESERVES   10.8.68
Parkdale   7.11.53
MEN THIRDS   18.12.120
Monash Blues   6.9.45
U19   5.12.42
Parkside   11.6.72

-- ROUND 9 --

Saturday 17th June
Men Thirds
9:20am vs West Brunswick (A)
Ransford Oval, Parkville MAP

Men Reserves
11:40am vs Marcellin (H)

Men Seniors
2pm vs Marcellin (H)

Women Seniors
2pm vs Hampton (H)

2pm vs Glen Eira
Packer Park, MAP

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

Andrew Lacki
Thirds Coach

Women Seniors vs Marcellin

Goal Kickers: E. Defina
Best Players: E. de Rauch, S. Fortunato, I. Griffin, L. Zhang, E. Defina, M. Wilson

Tracy Lam

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

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

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

Steve Warrr
Reserves Coach

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