Round 3 Match Report

Wednesday 03 May 2023

A beautiful day for football greeted us when we arrived at GBO early last Saturday.
The Under 19’s kicked things off, holding on to beat De La Salle by 7 points despite not scoring in the last quarter.  This made it three from three for the Unders, and was a particularly meritorious victory given 5 players represented the seniors on the weekend and a further 5 were injured/unavailable.
Our Women’s team followed on the top oval, and at 3/4 time trailed by only 3 points in a low scoring affair.  Unfortunately, Old Haileybury kicked 3 goals to 1 in the last quarter to go on and win by 15 points.  A number of players will return this week to hopefully help us to a second win for the season.
On the bottom oval an undermanned Ressies team had a sensational 11 point win over Hampton.  Steve Warr’s coaching career has started well with 2 wins in 3 games, and the boys are playing with great energy and spirit.
The Seniors took on Hampton with a team that included 5 under 19 boys and a debutant, Jack Kerr – 15 games senior experience across 6 players!  After a tight first half the boys drew away to win by 44 points, keeping Hampton goalless in the second half.  A third straight win represents a great start to the year, and the belief amongst the group is building nicely.  We head into a bye this week before a top of the table clash with PEGS, our nemesis from last year.
The Third XVIII headed to Brighton and went down by 3 points in a thriller, after coming from 23 points down at the last break.  Once again it looks like being a very competitive season for the lads.
Once again it was great to see so many supporters at the ground on Saturday – something we want to make a habit of.  As I have mentioned previously, we want all of our followers to become members.  So far 10 have signed up, for a total of $2,200.  A fair way to go to our target of $20k in ’23, so help us out and get on board.
This weekend the Senior mens’ teams have a bye, following the withdrawal of Mentone from the competition. Due to some regrading in the Womens competition we are still waiting to hear who we will be playing on Saturday, and where.  The Under 19’s will visit Ivanhoe at 2.00pm and the Thirds will play Prahran at GBO at 11.40.
Good luck to all teams for the week ahead.

Go Wellers,
Gavin Powell

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Weekend Results

Old Haileybury   4.6.30
MEN SENIORS   13.8.86
Hampton Rovers   5.12.42
MEN RESERVES   10.9.69
Hampton Rovers   8.10.58
MEN THIRDS   9.7.61
Old Brighton   9.10.64
U19   8.9.57
De La Salle   7.8.50

-- ROUND 3 --

Saturday 6th May
2pm vs Old Ivanhoe (A)
Chelsworth Park MAP

Men Thirds
11:40am vs Prahran (H)

Women Seniors
12pm vs St Marys Salesians (A)
Ferndale Park MAP
Men Reserves

Men Seniors

  Thirds vs Old Brighton

A sunny Saturday morning set the scene for what would be the hardest contest of the season thus far. 11:40am loomed but there was no Brighton beach brunch on the table for us, instead just the reality of a team missing it’s merry men in the midfield and an opposition with a history of heart wrenching victories against the old Camberwell clan. 

Noting early to the boys that the results of the preceding Thursday night team pillage was to place pressure on our previously established prominence, the first half saw a minimal array of scoring opportunities and a half time score of 14 points. While the footy was hard fought and faces named Timothy Heavey, Jeremie Alexeyeff and Benjamin Kimmit all putting their bodies on the line, there was an underlying understanding that when it came to the contests, the old Brighton boys simply had an appetite that had our associated efforts appearing anorexic.  

The time in the change rooms felt somber at first, but every good coach knows that now is not the time to reiterate the emotions understood by the playing group. Instead there was a focus on each players style, and to prove what old Camberwell could produce. Final comments from Matthew Tesoriero emphasised that Richard MacDonald would be playing his final game before his beloved baby would enter this world and with this the team was now suitably ready to show their spirits. 

Just like the infamous efforts of the Collingwood football club, old Camberwell commenced the second half with a silky smooth centre clearance from James Smith and converted a much needed goal within the first minute. Remaining as our centre saviour, James Smith’s new roll as ruck provided opportunity after opportunity that allowed the likes Jamie Steverlynck in his first game to show that while tennis is his forte, football might be a close second. The tireless work of Ben Williams, Robert Spagnoletti and Jeremie Alexeyeff all meant the forwards Lachlan Weinlich and Brett Cottrell could convert major scores and depreciate the deficit of 28 down to a final siren margin of only 3. 

While we weren’t victorious this time, a final score of 64-61 showed that the boys who herald the leafy suburb of Camberwell as home, had a bit more fight than those on the sunny sidelines had initially insinuated. Shout outs Carson Howard and Cam Martin as well! 

Andrew Lacki
Thirds Coach

Goal Kickers: L. Weinlich 3, B. Cottrell 3, J. Dow, R. Spagnoletti, T. Heavey
Best Players: T. Heavey, B. Kimmitt, J. Smith, J. Steverlynck, A. Viola, L. Weinlich

Mens Seniors vs Hampton Rovers

Our Round 3 match saw us meet last season’s Premier C preliminary finalist, who went down to Old Geelong by 1 point, missing the opportunity to move to Premier B. Such is ammos footy!!

Roll forward 6 months and the beaten Grand Finalist from Division One (us) met at home on a glorious late Autumn Saturday afternoon. Fresh from their massive ‘come from behind’ victory the previous week, the Wellers might have been excused for having a down day, especially when the were six changes to be made from the previous week’s team due to injuries & unavailability’s.

As Clarko has said many times, A Soldier Goes Down, We Simply Replace Them with Another Soldier. Fortunately, we had readymade replacements in the shape of two U19s, Liam Thomas – Key Forward/ Ruck, Callum Rutledge – Mid/ Forward with Jack Kerr, making his debut for the Club at the level along with the ever-reliable Alex Taverner and Louis Campbell earning promotion to the senior team.
These boys certainly had big boots to fill, with Benny Hart and Andy Parker unavailable, Riley Verbi, Lachie Purcell and Eden Runge injured. It was going to make for an interesting afternoon.

The boys got off to a fast start with a 5 goal first quarter, restricting the Rovers to two and things were certainly looking positive. The team had a tall target up Forward, capable of taking contested marks and kicking goals. Tavers, roamed the front half of the oval giving great drive going forward, Harry McColl and the Veitch brothers were giving great drive going forward, the defence was holding solid and things were looking up. At quarter time they went into the first break with an 18 point lead.

That lead in the second quarter was eroded somewhat as we had stirred the opposition into action and for the first 20 minutes of the quarter, they dominated play but failed to convert. Fortunately, our backline combination was standing tall and refusing to be beaten at the goal face.
This trend continued into the third quarter where the opposition attacked regularly but continually picked out our defenders, or we were able to successfully spoil the ball and gain a reset through a kick in. The footy was certainly being played at a high level, and with the warm conditions, the team with the most run in their legs would be the most likely victor. 
As has been the case in all three games played so far this season, the boys came home strongly with a 4 goal effort, keeping the opposition goalless for the second quarter in a row. Kell Percy, down back was impassable and he took a number of intercept marks, setting up play with his precise footpasses going forward.

A 44 point victory was the end result and most importantly the team’s third win in a row. It is so pleasing to report these early victories in our return to the higher grade. This was made even sweeter by our ability to select five U19s, something we have not done since 2009. Well done boys, you should be extremely proud of the way you ran the game out!

A break next Saturday due to Old Mentonians going into recess for the season, therefore we have a Bye. The break will be handy. We can freshen up and hopefully we will see players returning from injury. Enjoy the week’s break!

Tim Killworth
Senior Assistant Coach

Goal Kickers: L. Thomas 3, L. Purcell 3, H. Laukens 3, J. Allen 2, D. McColl, S. Murphy
Best Players: K. Percy , H. Laukens, H. McColl, S. Veitch, L. Purcell

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Mens Reserves vs Hampton Rovers

On Saturday, Camberwell Reserves took on a fired-up Hampton Rovers on our home turf. With both teams sitting on 1 win and 1 loss, it was always going to be a hard fought contest.

Our boys started slowly, seemingly not being able to get out of first gear. It looked like it might be another long day with Hampton scoring the first couple of goals.

After abut 10 minutes in, we started to realise that we were harder at the ball, had more skill and were fitter then the opposition. It was just a matter of playing to our potential.

Caine Hillier and Joe Simon turned on a bit of magic and kicked a few snags leaving us in front by a point at quarter time.

The next quarter was bit of a tussle, but some fantastic efforts from Jimmy Seaton Nichol, and Sam Garrard ensured we went into the mian break a goal in front.

The fight continued in the third and Hampton got 5 points clear of us going into 3 quarter time. Our backline was under siege that quarter and the only scored 3 goals due to some great leadership from Andrew Parker and Tom Nicholson.

We knew we could win this game going into the last quarter as long as everyone gave it their best, which I can proudly say everyone did. We fought hard and used the ball smartly to get in front of Hampton, then sealed the win with a 60 meter bomb from Nick Russell.

The boys have a bye this week, which will be timely for us as we are slightly plagued by injuries. But we are looking forward to coming back after that with full stocks and taking on PEGS.

Steve Warrr
Reserves Coach

Goal Kickers: C. Hillier 4, J. Simon 2, M. Jenkin, M. Clark, H. Crothers, N. Russell
Best Players: S. Garrard, T. Nicholson, J. Seaton-nichol, A. Parker, C. Hillier, O. Lloyd

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Women Seniors vs Old Haileybury

This week we welcomed Old Haileybury to Gordon Barnard, hoping to replicate our victory against them in last year’s preliminary final. The sun was shining, and it made a great setting to face a strong competitor on our home ground.

Both teams came out fighting and it was a battle to see who would get the first score on the board as defence across the ground held strong. Sara Fortunato got the ball rolling with our first goal, which was left unanswered by Haileybury until the final seconds of the opening term.

Liv Honore dominating in the ruck, as well as strong defensive efforts from Sam Anjou, Louise Zhang and Suanne Leemeant that we were able to keep Haileybury from scoring another goal before half time.
The Wellers attacked the third quarter with intensity, as strong tackling efforts from Nikita Rogers allowed us to keep the ball out of our backline. The game was tight coming into the last quarter, as we trailed Haileybury by just 3 points.

Our tanks were nearing empty as Haileybury managed to kick 2 back-to-back goals at the start of the final term, but we refused to give up as a quick snap from Maclyn Matheson kept us in the game. Alex Herrington’s intercept marks and foot skills gave us every opportunity to score, however Haileybury’s goal in the final seconds of the game ultimately secured their 4 points.

We’re looking forward to next week’s game, hungry for a win and hoping to see the rewards for our hard work.

Emma Hooper

Goal Kickers: M. Matheson, S. Fortunato
Best Players: O. Honore, S. Anjou, A. Herrington, I. Dedoncker, S. Lee, E. Defina

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U19 vs De La Salle

Goal Kickers: Z. Johnson 2, S. Woods, T. Beechey, F. Chable, H. Haintz, J. Davidson, L. Ross
Best Players: S. Woods, F. Chable, C. Robertson, T. Beechey, Z. Johnson, J. Schreuder

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