Round 4 Match Report

Thursday 11 May 2023

A cold and wet Saturday did not detract from the OCGAFC results over the weekend.  Our Women’s team played a thrilling draw against Old Xaverians at Greythorn Park – a commendable result given Old Xavs had come down from Premier B during the week.  It took a goal from El de Rauch in the dying seconds to level up the scores after a close match all day.
Our Under 19’s travelled to Old Ivanhoe and recorded a comfortable 43 point victory, making it 4 wins from 4 outings.
Our Thirds ran out 35 point winners against Prahran, no doubt benefiting from the presence of a couple of senior players who needed a run during the bye weekend.  We now sit in second position on the ladder with 3 wins and an imposing percentage.
This week the Seniors return to action at GBO in a top of the table clash with rivals PEGS.  This match promises to be a cracker and we will certainly benefit from a vocal home crowd.  Our Reserves also take on PEGS in a match we will be looking to win to move us into the top four.
The Women are scheduled to take on another team that has come down from Premier B, being Hawthorn, at GBO at 2.00pm.  The Under 19’s are also scheduled for GBO against Marcellin, but this could be subject to change, while the Thirds will travel to Ivanhoe. 
Last Friday saw our fantastic supporter group, The Wellsmen, hold its annual golf day at Kew GC.  Somehow the weather held up, and a record 24 groups took to the course.  It was a great day, with former OCGAFC presidents Alan Mitchell, Don McLardy, his son Tim and Stephen Reddish taking home the chocolates.  A huge thank you to Dancey, Eags, Ad and Tezza for their fantastic organisation of this event – a massive fundraiser which ultimately flows straight through to the club.
Good luck to all teams for the week ahead.  I look forward to seeing as many of you out supporting as possible.

Go Wellers,
Gavin Powell

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Weekend Results

Old Xaverians   5.4.34
MEN THIRDS   12.10.82
Prahran FC   7.5.47
U19   10.12.72
Old Ivanhoe   3.9.27

-- ROUND 4 --

Saturday 13th May
11:40am vs Marcellin (H)

Men Thirds
11:40am vs Ivanhoe AFC (TBC)

Women Seniors
2pm vs Hawthorn (H)
Men Reserves
11:40am vs PEGS (H)

Men Seniors
2pm vs PEGS (H)


U19 vs Old Ivanhoe

Goal Kickers: T. Beechey 4, M. Cheshire, S. Wenn, C. Robertson, H. Haintz, L. Ross, C. Finlayson
Best Players: L. Ross, T. Beechey, B. Carlisle, R. Wheelhouse, C. Finlayson, K. Huang

Thirds vs Prahran

As England prepared to coronate the king, the old Camberwell thirds prepared for victory. An early training session, complimented with some competitive music meant the men warmed up as warriors ready for the battlefield. 

With moisture on the ground and the suns attendance appearing non existent, the scene was set for a hard fought footy that favoured those who obtained a low centre of gravity and supporting pressure from their team mates, unfortunately in the opening quarters this was not the camberwellian thirds but in fact the Parisian Prahran locals. Even the crafty works of Jamie steverlynck kicking his first goal was not enough to energise the apparent frosty fellows. 

Half time saw a minor lead of the prime number three, which after a half time rev up and request for accountability was left like the queens memory… in the past. A third quarter with the same intensity as the beaches of Normandy in 1944 saw the prowess and skill of the midfield awaken. Matthew Vogel the interim vice captain showed excellence and effort with pressure that would be enough to cook a pork belly in roughly 40 minutes with the heat set to high. Samuel cooper back from his finger injury had the opposition coincidentally and pointing their own fingers as they failed to damage the board with more than a single point the entire term. 

Timothy Heavey showed that while the ball was wet and the grippo absent like the memories of an alzheimers patient, his hands were strong and unrelenting. The effectiveness and success of his metacarples meant opportunities would present like a father and son with a long history of nepotism. While the quarter was favourable for the team, Michael Jenkin sustained a knee injury that would seem him sidelined for the remainder of the game and perhaps a few more. Supported by his team, the victory was in honour of his relentless efforts, and the silky smarts of Christian Gorman did old ‘Jenks’ proud! 

A final score of 82-47 was a testament to the team taking on recommendations from the leadership group and referencing the warrior spirit from the warm up. Margins altered from down by 1 in the first, up by 3 at half and a final win of 35 all compiling together to make a cracking game of football in the wet, it’s just a shame Dante Sciessere slipped a sitter on the siren to inflate the victory to 41. 

Andrew Lacki
Thirds Coach

Goal Kickers: L. Weinlich 4, M. Jenkin 3, G. Kalargyros 2, T. Heavey, H. Rice, J. Steverlynck
Best Players: J. Alexeyeff, C. Gorman, T. Heavey, M. Jenkin, J. Steverlynck, M. Vogel

Women Seniors vs Old Xaverians

With Old Xavier coming down from Premier A, this weekend’s game was a competitive one from the onset, yet our Camberwell girls did not let that get to our game mentality. The weather was chilly and wet, but this was to no detriment in our fight against the strong team of Old Xavs. 
The game started out strong in the wet conditions with El Defina kicking the first goal of the day and getting the points rolling on the scoreboard. The first quarter was well fought, each and every one the girls contesting at every opportunity.
This round was another great game from Liv Honoré, being fearless in the ruck contests as Alex HerringtonMaggie Wilson and Emma Hooper worked hard on ball and around the wing to ensure the ball stayed in our possession. Maclyn Matheson was also unstoppable with her marks this week, intercepting the ball numerous times off the boot of Old Xavs. 
Ending the first half with a strong lead, scores 7-18, Old Xavier came back out with a fight in the second half, kicking back-to-back goals evening the scores and taking the lead for most of the 4th quarter. 
With the pressure of time creeping up in the final quarter, being 6 points behind Old Xavs, El Defina had a great kick towards goal, creating a contest on the boundary line, where El de Rauch was able to mark the ball, kicking a goal with 5 seconds left on the clock, evening the scores to end the game with a well fought draw. 
It was great to see so many familiar Old Camberwell faces around the side lines coming out and braving the weather to support the girls. Next week we face Old Geelong, being an opportunity for the hard work and constant game improvement to take out the win at Gordan Barnard!

Eloise de Rauch

Goal Kickers: E. Defina 2, M. Wilson, E. de Rauch
Best Players: O. Honore, E. Defina, A. Herrington, M. Wilson, E. de Rauch, E. Hooper


Mens Seniors vs BYE

Anson Brownless
Senior Coach

Mens Reserves vs BYE

Steve Warrr
Reserves Coach

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