Round 3 Match Report

Thursday 02 May 2024

Saturday was a big day for the club, with four wins from five home games, and one narrow loss.
Our women had their first win of the season, comfortably defeating Brunswick by 18 points.  A thoroughly deserved victory for the players and coaches, congratulations to you all.
The men’s seniors lost in a heartstopper against Beaumaris, a B grade finalist last year.  After leading for much of the day, a goal in the last minute put Beaumaris in front, and we ran out of time.  The boys gave it everything, with a few skill errors being the only difference between the two sides.  The result shows we can be more than competitive at the level.
Further reinforcing this view was the strong showing by the reserves, which resulted in a 57-point victory.  That’s two in a row taking us to fifth on the ladder, with a game against the side sitting sixth this weekend.
The Under 19’s continued their good form with a comfortable 49-point win over Parkside.  The boys are gelling well under new coach Al Rodriguez and are setting themselves up for a good season.
Later that afternoon twilight footy made its debut at GBO with the Thirds taking on Parkside.  In a high standard game, the boys drew away in the last quarter to win by 45-points.  A couple of early issues with the lights were dealt with swiftly, after which the “twilight experiment” was an unqualified success.
This week the senior men’s teams play Old Geelong at Como Park in what will be important games for all sides.  The women host Old Xavs (2.00pm) whilst the thirds visit St Kevins.  At the time of writing the Thirds fixtures have not been released following the re-grading of a number of teams.
I have talked previously of the importance of the club’s fundraising activities to the future of the club.  The committee is thrilled with the response to our recent Patrons Club initiative, with 17 members having already joined.  The Wellsmen Golf Day, to be held this Friday, has a record number of players, and should also raise a significant amount for the club.  We do have work to do on general memberships though, so would welcome you visiting the website and signing up as a “Social” or “Deluxe” Weller.  Your support is greatly appreciated.
Go Wellers.
Gavin Powell

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Weekend Results

WOMEN   6.1.37
Brunswick   2.7.19
SENIORS   10.11.71
Beaumaris   11.10.76
RESERVES   14.13.97
Beaumaris   6.6.42
THIRDS   15.10.100
Parkside   8.7.55
U19   11.12.78
Parkside   3.11.29

-- ROUND 4 --
Saturday 4th May
11:40am vs Uni Blues (A)
Crawford Oval
11:30am vs Old Xavs (A)
Princes Park Caulfield South
11:40am vs Marcellin (H)
Men Reserves
12:30pm vs Old Geelong (A)
Como Park
Men Seniors 
2:50pm vs Old Geelong (A)
Como Park


U19 vs Parkside

Best Players: Ben Carlisle, Samuel Woods, Lachie Ross, Billy Booth, Charles Robertson, Joshua Blew
Goal Kickers: Joshua Blew 3, Harrison Haintz 2, Lachie Ross 2, Ben Carlisle 1, Matthieu Gibert 1, Simon Lewison 1, Charles Robertson 1

Women vs Brunswick

The girls opened their account in fine style on Saturday with a much-deserved win over Brunswick.  Led well by co-captains Juz Gabriel and Alannah Frampton, the girls built a three goal lead by half time and held that margin through to the end of the game.  Bella Griffin led the way with four goals, whilst Romy Klooger and Tegan Engelander scored one each.
In what was a very competitive game, our defensive group made scoring hard, with Brunswick only able to get difficult shots due to the pressure exerted by the girls.  On the other hand, an open forward line allowed our mids and forwards to create opportunities that we were able to convert, giving us the ascendency.
Contributions were made across the board, with Gabby Bianco, Izzy Dedoncker, Izzy Burke and Romy Klooger all playing well, with solid contributions from Gypsy Folwell across half back, Ava Sandy deep in defence and Maddy Riddle on a wing.  Go Wackettes!

Best Players: Justine Gabriel, romy klooger, Isabella Burke, Isabel Dedoncker, Isabella Griffin, Teagan Engelander
Goal Kickers: Isabella Griffin 4, Teagan Engelander 1, romy klooger 1

Nick Hooper
Women's Coach

Seniors vs Beaumaris

For the first time since 2010, the seniors took to the field against Beaumaris. It was a great day for footy, with the sun shining and Gordon Barnard in great condition. The opening quarter set the tone for the day – the ball movement was fast and both sides were running hard. Harry Laukens and Jay Kennedy-Harris were showing their skills up forward, whilst Jimmy Allen and Harry Veitch were getting plenty of it in the middle. Despite a strong start from our opposition, we managed to hold our own for the quarter, and would go into quarter time 1 point down, 27 to 28.
During the second quarter, we managed to gain some momentum and boot 5 goals on the back of continued pressure from our midfield group and some great finishing from the forwards. The backline, lead by youngsters Lachie O’Neill and Jack Spalding (in his first senior game) were outstanding, keeping Beaumaris to a single goal and constantly rebounding the ball from our defensive 50. We entered half time with a 20-point lead, feeling as though we still had more to give. 

Unfortunately, the third quarter saw Beaumaris turn the tides through some relentless pressure and slick ball use. Despite the efforts of Rob West, Patty Blew, Josh Gale and Sam Boyce to get to, and win contest after contest, our opponents were showing their class and they took the momentum from us, kicking 4 goals to our 1.
The final quarter saw the match turn into an arm wrestle with both sides struggling to hit the scoreboard. Although we had some early opportunities, our opponents were able to close down our scoring opportunities and gradually generate some of their own. We held onto a 1-point lead until the final minute, where a Beaumaris mark and goal put them ahead. We made a final forward entry, however the siren sounded, ending our hopes for a scoring shot and we would end up being defeated by 5 points.

Whilst it was a disappointing end to what was a great game of footy, there were plenty of positives to take out of the game – most notably we had held our own against a quality opposition, in a grade we have not been in for 15 years. Having said that, we are not here for honourable losses. We will hit the training track hard and look to right the ship this week against Old Geelong at Como Park.

Best Players: Robert West, Patrick Blew, Josh Gale, Jack Spalding, James Allen, Sam Boyce
Goal Kickers: Harry Laukens 4, Jay Kennedy harris 3, James Allen 1, David McColl 1, Callum Rutledge 1

Ben Hart
Senior Player

Reserves vs Beaumaris

Best Players: Alex Taverner, Dominic Rossetti, Tyson Beechey, Sam Murphy, Louis Campbell, Lachlan Purcell
Goal Kickers: Tyson Beechey 4, Alex Taverner 4, Declan Gaffney 2, Flynn Chable 1, Oliver Lloyd 1, Sam Murphy 1, Lachlan Purcell 1

Steve Warr
Reserves Coach

Thirds vs Parkside

Best Players: Sam Cooper, Private player, Charlie Dore, Lucas Noack, Benjamin Kimmitt, Lachie Weinlich
Goal Kickers: Lachie Weinlich 4, Matt Cottrell 3, David Berry 2, Charlie Dore 1, Carson Howard 1, Michael Jenkin 1, Tom Masanauskas 1, Oliver Papillo 1, Chris Young 1

Harley Beechey
3rds Coach


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