Seniors vs Old Ivanhoe (Semi Final 2)
Our boys, having completed a successful season of Home & Away matches this season, and sitting on top of the ladder with 14 wins, eagerly awaited our Second Semi Final opponent, Old Ivanhoe.
The game was scheduled for a venue not well known to the players (unless they were heading to the Dairy Bell Ice Cream shop), Waverley Park in East Malvern. Home of De La Salle Old Boys. The conditions were good, the weather, the surface, the atmosphere all in the positive territory.
Our form against the Hoers over the season was solid, having defeated them twice, once coming from 42 points in arrears at ¾ time to storm home by 3 points, the other at home in the past month, resulted in a 3 goal victory.
Ivanhoe’s form though in recent weeks had been building and they were certainly at near full strength, ready to meet us in the decider that enjoys the prize of knowing, early on in the finals series, that the winner will be heading to Premier B next season.
Our boys started positively and attacked consistently, but without success on the scoreboard. Three early Forward 50 marks, however none taken enabled us shots on goal to allow us some early ascendancy. The opposition, well they grew in confidence kicked a couple of early goals but otherwise it was a tough, tight tussle. Fortunately, we were able to conjure up a goal kicked out of a stoppage by Harry Veitch (one of three for the day which was a real positive).
A few tactical adjustments were made by the coaching group going into the second, but they seemed to be taking time to influence the contest. Ivanhoe kicked 4 goals to our 2 for the quarter to take a 19 point lead into the long break. Our connection with our forward line required some calibration as we were bringing the ball in high, enabling the opposition Defenders to combine, punch and the smalls were getting into the contest and bring the ball out of defence, under less pressure than we would typically expect.
After some stern words from Hornet, at the break, and another review of our structures and tactical setups, the boys came out hard in the third, kicking four goals from the 15 Inside 50 entries, taking 5 Marks in the forward line and keeping the opposition scoreless, the stage was set for a big final quarter.
I would love to be able to report that we continued to display our third quarter form, but it wasn’t to be. We all know that there will be mistakes made in footy. It is a game based on chaos, but we delivered some highly uncharacteristic clangers that appeared to deflate our collective ‘mojo’, more importantly, they seemed to give the opposition greater confidence in their efforts. They stormed home strongly kicking 5 goals, whilst we were able to conjure up one solitary major. To finish 19 points in arrears, having headed them by 10 points at one stage is disappointing for sure. However, it gives us an opportunity to reflect, review and plan our next battle based on where we need to be to defeat the next opponent.
The double chance has worked for us, and we now meet Parkdale Vultures at Trevor Barker Oval this coming Sunday in the Preliminary Final. We will be most keen to see as many club supporters down at the match cheering our boys on as we attempt to emulate the deeds of the 2007 Senior team by securing a berth in the Grand Final. Get on down one and all, your support and voice will be our 19th man, over the fence.
Goal Kickers: R. Verbi 2, H. Laukens, L. Thomas, H. Veitch, J. Kennedy-Harris, S. Veitch, D. McColl
Best Players: T. Oliver, H. Veitch, H. McColl, L. Thomas, W. Dalrymple, A. Milham
U19 vs Old Mackinnon (Semi Final 1)
Goal Kickers: T. Beechey 2, H. Kimmitt 2, L. Ross 2, J. Blew 2, B. Grlj
Best Players: J. Blew, J. Spalding, L. Ross, M. Horn, H. Kimmitt, S. Woods