Round 2 Match Report

Friday 26 April 2024

Saturday proved to be a successful day for the club, with four out of our five sides tasting success.
The senior men hosted Williamstown on a sunny autumn day, with a slight breeze blowing to the northern end of the ground.
Despite failing to score in the last quarter, the ressies held on in a heartstopper to record their first victory for the year by two points.  It was a fitting way to celebrate the 150th game of one of the club’s stalwarts – Oliver Lloyd.  Well done Lloydy on achieving that significant milestone!
After a scoreless first quarter, an emphatic six goal second term with the breeze gave the seniors a 15-point half-time lead.  In a professional display the boys gradually forged further ahead, finally running out winners by 26 points.  Along with Jimmy Allen, it was exciting to see two of the side’s young guns, Harry McColl and Harry Laukens (eight goals), dominate the game.
The Unders returned to the winners list with a convincing 64-point win at Parkdale.  31 shots at goal as against 12 for the opposition gave a true measure of our dominance.
A seven-goal last quarter ensured the winning run of the Third XVIII continued.  The 63-point victory moved us to second on the ladder, with a big game against third placed Parkdale to follow this week.
Unfortunately, our women came up against a red-hot Parkdale and were no match for them.  The highlight of the day came at the start of the game with Bec Kertesbreaking through the banner for her 50th game.  Congratulations to Bec – she has been a magnificent contributor to our club, both on and off the field.

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This weekend will see our first “Super Saturday” for the year – a football feast with five home games!  The Under 19’s kick off proceedings at 11.40 against Parkside, with the senior men’s teams taking on Beaumaris, which will give us a good guide as to where we sit in the competition.  The women host Brunswick at 2.00pm, and the day will end with the Thirds taking on Parkside in a 4.30pm twilight match.  It will be a massive day down at the club, and we are looking forward to seeing as many supporters as possible to enjoy the day.
Finally, I just wanted to mention the Wellsmen Golf Day that will be held at Kew GC on Friday 3 May.  We have a full house – an unprecedented 27 groups will be teeing up.  A huge thank you to Dancey and the rest of his committee for all their hard work.  It promises to be rip-snorter of a day.

Good luck to all teams this weekend.
Gavin Powell

Weekend Results

WOMEN   0.0.0
Parkdale   21.9.135
SENIORS   15.8.98
Williamstown   11.6.72
RESERVES   9.5.59
Williamstown   8.9.57
THIRDS   13.11.89
South Melb
U19   14.7.101
Parkdale Vultures   5.7.37

-- ROUND 2 --
Super Saturday 20th April
11:40am vs Parkside (H)
Men Reserves
11:40am vs Beaumauris (H)
Men Seniors 
2:00pm vs Beaumauris (H)
2pm vs Brunswick (H)
4:30pm vs Parkside (H)

Women vs Parkdale
Round 2 saw our first home game for the year and celebrations around the 50th game of Bec Kertes.  BK was one of the original players in the Wellers women’s team and her milestone was a big occasion for her, her teammates and the club.  Well done BK!
We faced Parkdale and found ourselves outclassed.  They played some superb football both offensively and defensively, making it difficult to move the ball effectively.  With a number of our experienced players out this week, our girls certainly gave it their all but were not able to match the Parkdale girls.
Romy Klooger and Izzy Burke were our best players on the day doing a great job in the mid-field and across half back.  Laura Macdonald played her first game for the club and laid some amazing tackles. 

Best Players: Bec Kertes, romy klooger, Isabella Burke, Alannah Frampton, Isabel Dedoncker, Alexandra Cain

Nick Hooper
Women's Coach

Game Day Photos

Seniors vs Williamstown

In our first home game for the season, the mighty Wellers sent a message to the rest of the Comp, we’re not here to make up the numbers!

Despite losing Key Forward Liam ‘LT’ Thomas to a call up to the Richmond VFL squad and Tommy Oliver unavailable, and not losing the plot after a scoreless first quarter, the boys set forth in the 2nd quarter with a 6 goal effort including 3 goals to Harry Laukens, well supported by Harry McColl playing as a key Forward, Garnet Brennan & Jay Kennedy-Harris. These efforts were supported by the team, who all looked as though they arrived at the realization that Premier B footy doesn’t come easy & we need to work hard, together as a unit. It enabled promising build-ups through the corridor, with run receives back in vogue.

Ever mindful that the opposition would be stung into action & launch a solid fight back, the script was going to plan despite Harry Laukens putting on a bit of a clinic in the art of goal kicking with another 3 for the quarter, which certainly kept the Wellers faithful on their toes, cheering the young man on to greater feats. Our lead was whittled down by a couple of free kicks given away close to goal that certainly would have given the Willy boys a shot at the 4 points if they could have a big final quarter.

In closing out the match, Jimmy Allen, Dave McColl, Josh Gale, Harry McColl were leading the way in the contested areas around the ground and the mids group worked hard to regain the ascendancy in the centre of the ground. Lauks capped off a big day out with another 2 goals to take his game day tally to 8 majors.
With the Backs doing their bit as well, ably led by ‘Big Kell’ Percy & Benny Hart, the defensive group repelled desperate opposition forward forays to ensure that we ran out winners by 26 points.  

We now look forward to our Rd 3 clash against Beaumaris at GBO, next week, in front of a big support group, providing the vocal support to help the team get across the line with another win.

Best Players: Laukens, Harry McColl, Allen, Dave McColl, Percy, Hart, Josh Gale
Goal Kickers: Laukens 8, Harry McColl 2, Allen 2, Brennan, Josh Gale, Kennedy-Harris

Tim Killworth
Senior Assistant Coach

Game Day Photos

Reserves vs Old Ivanhoe

After coming off an old-fashioned shellacking last week, the Reserves came into the game against Williamstown with thoughts of redemption.
The boys knew they were better than what was dished up the previous week and were eager to prove it.
We had 5 changes to last weeks team and welcomed into the side Ty Beechey, Marc Dalla Riva, Oliver Lloyd, Louis Campbell, and Sam Murphy which fired the lads up.
Once we threw into the mix that it was the old stall wart, Oli Lloyds 150th game, we couldn’t contain the eagerness to get out there and take out last weeks frustrations on a well drilled Williamstown side.
The message from the coach in the first quarter was to hit them hard and get the Jump on them, which we did well getting ourselves a nice 2 goal lead at quarter time. Unfortunately, we lost the big Kail-Storm just before the break meaning Boakes was going to have to ruck with little support for the rest of the game.
We had been working on transitioning the ball through the middle of the ground to give our forwards more space and this paid dividends for us as we managed to put on another 2 goals in a tight contest before half time with Ty Beechey looking dangerous up forward.
It was a very evenly matched 3rd Quarter, but we knew we had to snag one or two sausage rolls before the break as we had a slight breeze, and they were going to come home strong. Sammy Murphy kicked goal of the year (so far) to help us get a nice little two kick head start going into the last. Unfortunately, those goals came at a cost with our Skipper Mat Vogel doing his knee.
They came at us hard in that final quarter when they had the wind and we knew we had to play shut down footy, especially with only 2 on the bench.
Jamie Schrueder was unbelievable with Seton Nichol killing the defensive ball in that last quarter, and the whole backline stood up. Big Boaksy managed hang in there rucking all day in a mammoth effort. You could tell the win meant more to us than Williamstown. The boys managed to hang on by 2 points giving us our first win in B grade.

It was one of the best wins I have been involved in at the club. Hats off to the boys for digging deep. Let’s do it all again this week.

Best Players: Patrick Boakes, Louis Campbell, James Seaton-nichol, Jamie Schreuder, Tom Nicholson, Sam Murphy
Goal Kickers: Caelan Farrugia 2, Blake Parkinson 2, Tim Ball 1, Aamir Fernandes 1, Shaun Kostizen 1, Caleb Taylor 1

Steve Warr
Reserves Coach

Game Day Photos

Thirds vs West Brunswick

The Thirds travelled to Brunswick to keep their undefeated streak alive against a tough Brunswick side. The Wellers stood strong for the majority of the match, keeping a solid 5 goal lead for most of the match before a 7 goal last quarter blew Brunswick away. The undefeated streak stays intact leading into a 4:30pm twilight fixture against Parkside at GBO this weekend. 

Best Players: Lachie Weinlich, Sam Cooper, Edward Biggs, Chris Young, Dominic Rossetti, Sean Larkin
Goal Kickers: Lachie Weinlich 3, Max Kearsley 2, Chris Young 2, David Berry 1, Matt Cottrell 1, Declan Gaffney 1, Lucas Noack 1, Jarrod O’Reilly 1, Oliver Purcell 1

Harley Beechey
3rds Coach

U19 vs Parkdale Vultures

Best Players: Samuel Woods, Aden Shinnick, Ben Joy, William Allsop, Joshua Blew, Brodie Carswell
Goal Kickers: Lachie Ross 3, Brodie Carswell 2, Charlie Chun 2, Harrison Haintz 2, Joshua Blew 2, Ben Carlisle 1, Ben Joy 1, Jack Spalding 1, William Stamper 1


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