Women Seniors vs Old Brighton
A crisp, early morning saw the Weller's women head down to Brighton Beach Oval to take on
The girls started off incredibly strong, with great teamwork and poise through the mid resulting in
Alex Herrington kicking an absolute boot from outside the 50 off a step to score a goal in the first
Liv Honoré dominated as usual in the ruck and could often be seen roving her own ball, while
mids Clare Wilson and Al Herrington were consistently competitive all day.
The second quarter also got off to a strong start, with Sara Fortunato knocking a quick ball
through from the goal square off the ground. Isabella Griffin played a magnificent first game back from injury and, along with Charlotte Lack, provided reliable run and support along the wings all game.
While unfortunately the game got away in the last half, the backline remained strong as usual,
with Izzy Dedoncker playing a vital role and taking some goal saving marks.
Overall, the girls showed promising signs and we look forward to taking on Old Brighton again in
Goal Kickers: S. Fortunato, A. Herrington
Best Players: A. Herrington, O. Honore, C. Wilson, I. Dedoncker, I. Griffin, L. Zhang
Mens Seniors vs Mazenod
Round 6 saw the senior men’s side travel to Central Reserve to take on Mazenod. We were eager to get back on the winners list however were met by a sharp and determined opposition.
The first quarter saw us on the back foot and struggling to settle into our game style. Mazenod were moving the ball quickly and putting out backline under constant pressure. Some fantastic defensive efforts from the backs and a lone goal from Lachie Powell would ensure that we stayed in touch on the scoreboard early in the game.
As the game progressed into the second quarter, we would find some more composure with the ball and work our way back into the game. Our foot skills were gradually improving, and we were able to make the most of our opportunities up forward. Will Neville was controlling his wing, and Caleb Finlayson was looking dangerous across half forward in his first senior game. Some great work across half back from Harry Mccoll and Tom Oliver would limit Mazenod to 1 goal and ensure that we go in at half time with a 1-point lead.
The third quarter saw us play our best footy for the day – our midfield group of Allen, Veitch x 2, Verbi and Dave Mccollwere on top and our forwards were looking more and more dangerous as the game wore on. A great mark and finish from the skipper Gus Milham would give us 4 goals for the quarter, however our opponents were not going to lie down, and we went into ¾ time with an 8-point lead.
Mazenod would test us again in the last quarter, pressing hard until the final siren. Much of the final period was played with the margin at less than a kick, however a late mark and goal from Harry Laukens would give us some breathing room in the final minutes. Our backline were rock solid throughout, and we would eventually hold on for the win by 7 points, 63-57. It was a great effort from the team to hold on and win away, against a quality opposition.
Goal Kickers: L. Powell 3, B. Hart 3, R. Verbi, H. Laukens, A. Milham
Best Players: H. McColl, J. Allen, H. Veitch, S. Veitch, T. Oliver, W. Nevill
Mens Reserves vs Mazenod
Goal Kickers: J. Seaton-nichol 2
Best Players: J. Seaton-nichol, M. Vogel, K. Buntine, T. Nicholson, C. Young, C. Hillier
U19 vs Old Haileybury
Goal Kickers: L. Thomas 4, M. Cheshire 3, T. Beechey 2, F. Chable 2, A. Shinnick, B. Carlisle, B. Joy, S. Peirson, B. Grlj, C. Rutledge
Best Players: J. Schreuder, C. Rutledge, B. Carlisle, B. Joy, A. Shinnick, P. Blew
Thirds vs Ormond
88-69 Loss, teaching the boys a little lesson on how important it is to not fall asleep at the wheel and cause a car crash that could ruin the lives of fruitful friends in a frightful flash! The victors were Ormond but football still won at the end of the day!
A new week to show up and stretch the legs was in order after a dismal loss the week prior, however many names still remained absent, meaning the team was once again having to adjust to a new playing group and styles not previously sussed. An early lead of 3 goals from the boots of Matthew Cottrell, Lewie Neil and Brett Cottrell had the boys in blue holding their heads high and brimming with confidence. The heat in the kitchen however was about to be turned up by the opposition, almost as if Gordon Ramsay himself had entered to commence his onslaught of gratuitous foul language and questions of your passion for the culinary arts. An arm wrestle ensued but a series of goals saw the quarter time score conclude at 26-25 with Camberwell trailing by the loneliest number.
Second quarter was primed for the thirds population to pounce and position themselves as half time leaders. Unfortunately, skill errors, inability to attack the ball and like Simon and Garfunkle’s beautifully crafted song, the sounds of silence swept the field and Old Camberwell trailed by 24 at half time. If it weren’t for the likes of Liam Mouat tirelessly working in the backline this multiple of 6 could have been considerably higher. He who shall not be named (Andrew Lacki, the coach) was suitably frustrated and not willing to wear a mask of friendliness as he addressed the cohort in the cold crevasse that is the Ormond ‘away’ change room.
With the leadership group addressing the games weaknesses and the coach showering the souls with saliva, the men who proudly wear the Camberwell patch were ready to prove that who they were in quarter two is not who they are in their hearts.
The third quarter saw early goals from Ormond and missed opportunities from us boosting the lead to 35. In the blink of an eye, lighting struck and the ability to support one’s man with second efforts and linking plays saw the behemoth of a bicep that was the opposition reduce to a pre-pubescent muscle that can only be seen on a boy entering the gym as he tries to become a man. Coops, Kimmo, Jez, Jamie and Heavey, all came together for what would be the play of the season. The crowd watched in awe as the ball propelled from the back white paint, past the oppositions offensive attempt at defence and into our forward arc. The ball bounced off the boot of Timbo and over the heads of several on the sidelines. The reaction of Tim was like that of ‘He-man’ raising his sword to the sky as the lucky lads near by all gathered round basking in the glory of the successful solution to the equation Ormond had put on the board.
While the deficit reduced from 35 to an all time low of 8 thanks to the beautiful boot of Matthew Cottrell, some late goals in the fourth term saw a final score of 88 against every boy’s favourite number of 69. A remarkable effort was displayed by all, in particular Ben Williams who without actually attending the match somehow managed to secure his 50th game for the club…
Notable mentions of some additional players sought in the last minutes of the week must be given to Thomas Murphy and Steven Henderson who showed a willingness to give the glorious game everything they had and creating a nightmare evening at the laundromat as their white gurnseys were now deeply stained mud brown.
Goal Kickers: B. Cottrell 4, T. Heavey 2, M. Cottrell 2, L. Weinlich, L. Neil
Best Players: J. Alexeyeff, S. Cooper, B. Cottrell, Z. Herbstreit, B. Kimmitt, L. Mouat
Congratulations to Ben Williams - 50 games