Round 6 Match Report

Friday 24 May 2024

Football began at GBO on Saturday with the Under 19’s taking on Old Trinity.  Remembering that these lads have vivid memories of many thrashings from Trinity at school, it was great to see the boot on the other foot, with a 152-point victory!  It was also great to see some schoolboys, including Luke Davidson and Ryder Smith, playing for the club during what was a bye weekend for the school.
At the same time our Women played at Oakleigh, and despite fighting hard, went down by 28 points.  Hang in there girls, hopefully a win is just around the corner.
Gracing the field for the first time this year, the old stager Caine Hillier helped the Third XVIII to a 41-point victory over Parkside, kicking six majors in the process.  I am not sure whether this means Caine will be seen regularly, or whether he will dine out on that performance for a few weeks.
The Senior men’s teams ventured to the tiny St Bedes/Mentone Oval.  On such a beautifully sunny day it was difficult to fathom why so many marks were dropped, until we worked out the angle of the ground meant players were looking directly into the sun at the north/western end of the ground.
Despite these difficulties, the Ressies recorded a comfortable 41-point win.  An injection of youth this year to go with our core group of experienced campaigners has added some pace and energy to the team, and they are playing some very exciting footy.
Pleasingly, the First XVIII showed they can “win dirty.”  In a tough, scrappy affair, a five-goal third quarter put the result beyond doubt, with the eventual margin being a comfortable 33 points.  Victory did come at a cost, as we lost three players to injury, including a serious knee injury to Jack Kerr.  We will get around Jack and support him through his recovery period, hopeful of seeing him back on the field next year.  Worthy of mention also was the debut of Sam Grjl, who is still in Year 11 at school, and chose to come down and play with the school having a bye.
The Senior men’s teams have another away game this week, travelling to Waverley Oval in East Malvern to take on De La Salle.  The firsts are one of six teams level on 16 points (De La Salle are another), so this will be a crucial game.  The Ressies are fifth with four wins, while De La sit on top with five wins, so this will be another interesting game.
The Women travel to Old Trinity for a 2.00pm game, the Unders play at Old Ivanhoe at 2.00pm, while the Thirds are at Richmond Central at 11.40am.
It would be great to get as many supporters along as possible on Saturday – there promises to be some great footy played.
Good luck to all teams this weekend.
Go Wellers.
Gavin Powell

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Weekend Results

WOMEN   0.2.2
Oakleigh   3.12.30
SENIORS   10.12.72
St Bedes   5.9.39
RESERVES   15.7.97
St Bedes   9.2.56
THIRDS   13.13.91
Parkside   8.2.50
U19   26.18.174
Old Trinity   3.4.22

-- ROUND 7 --
Saturday 25th May
11:40am vs Richmond Central
Kevin Barlett  Reserve
Men Reserves
11:40am vs De La Salle (A)
Waverley Oval, East Malvern
Men Seniors 
2pm vs De La Salle (A)
Waverley Oval, East Malvern
2pm vs Old Ivanhoe (A)
Chelsworth Park
2pm vs Old Trinity (A)
Daley Oval, Bulleen


Seniors vs St Bedes

Our boys ventured down the Nepean Hwy to Mentone Reserve for the first time since 2006 when the Tigers were dominating Premier C at that time under current AFL Western Bulldogs Coach, Luke Beveridge. With the opposition sitting at the foot of the ladder, yet to register a win this season, we knew they would be up for the challenge on their home deck and they would come out ready to strike!

With no new player injuries from the previous week, we went in with only one change, bringing in year 11 Sam Grlj from the School 1st XV111, who had an APS bye weekend. An Oakleigh Chargers bottom aged list player, he brings speed, quality finishing and a competitive approach to the contest that compliments the team’s engine room and forward line scoring capability. Liam Thomas received a release from Richmond, so we were able to go into the contest with a very stable well performing team.

It was soon apparent that the Tigers were up for a contest. Fortunately, our boys were ripe for the challenge as well and despite a low scoring 1 goal apiece start, there was no panic in the camp. The game started to open up as it progressed, and we scored 3 goals in the second quarter and another 5 in the third to take 41 point lead at the final break. No one player was dominating the scoresheet, but there was a 10 minute patch in the third where the team played fast, furious, direct footy to great effect, creating some highly effective “slingshot” actions coming out of defence.

Our defensive unit were performing to the highest level, with key defender Kel Percy leading the way with a number of intercept marking opportunities. He was being ably supported by Lachie Powell, Will Dalrymple & Benny Hart with U19s Lachie O’Neill & Jack Spalding providing strong support as well. To keep our opponents down to a 5 goal afternoon is a massive credit to the defensive unit.

Whilst we were able to register a hard fought 33 point win, it came at a considerable cost to the team and to the Club. We lost in form Mid, Jack Kerr to a serious knee injury, Jay Kennedy-Harris to a hamstring injury and Jack Spalding who sustained a shoulder injury in a crunching contest with one of the oppo forwards. We wish all the boys the very best in their recovery and hope to see them back at the club and on the track as soon as possible.

This week we move across a couple of suburbs to Malvern to meet De La Salle Old Collegians, a club that has spent over 70 seasons in the VAFA featuring in either Premier A or Premier B. They are in great form coming off a massive victory against Old Ivanhoe last week. The boys will be very keen to see a strong supporter turn out to cheer the team home to their 5th win of the season.

Best Players: Kellan Percy, Ben Hart, Lachie Powell, Jimmy Allen, Will Dalrymple, Harrison Veitch
Goal Kickers: Harry Laukens 2, Garnet Brennan, Jimmy Allen, Jay Kennedy-Harris, Sam Grlj, Caleb Finlayson, Harry McColl, Liam Thomas, Josh Gale

Tim Killworth
Senior Assistant Coach

Reserves vs St Bedes

Best Players: Lachlan Purcell, Patrick Boakes, Mathew Vogel, Tyson Beechey, Alex Taverner, Flynn Chable
Goal Kickers: Mathew Vogel 4, Alex Taverner 3, Tyson Beechey 2, Patrick Boakes 2, Jasper Fodor 1, Timothy Heavey 1, Lachlan Purcell 1, Fraser Wells 1

Steve Warr
Reserves Coach

Thirds vs Parkside

The Thirds travelled to Pitcher Park for our second rematch of the season, this time against Parkside. Having played them in a twilight fixture only a few weeks prior, we know that this was a side that we could not take lightly. We got off to a strong start through fast football and superior skills.

Caine Hillier graced the field for the first time in 2024 and did so with a lazy 6-goal performance. Michael Jenkin is in supreme form and was once again one of the more influential players on the ground, whilst Lachlan Peake was a brick wall in defence who gave us multiple goal-saving efforts.

It was a great day out and the boys ran the game out to ultimately win the game by 7 goals. A very well rounded performance and we will be riding this form into Richmond this weekend. 

Best Players: Caine Hillier, Michael Jenkin, Zac Johnson, Lachlan Peake, Nicholas Russell, Dante Sciessere
Goal Kickers: Caine Hillier 6, Matt Cottrell 1, Mitchell Horn 1, Michael Jenkin 1, Zac Johnson 1, Lucas Noack 1, Oliver Purcell 1, Lachie Weinlich 1

Harley Beechey
3rds Coach

U19 vs Old Trinity

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Best Players: Joshua Blew, Luke Davidson, Samuel Woods, William Allsop, Ryder Smith, Aden Shinnick
Goal Kickers: Joshua Blew 5, Luke Davidson 5, Ben Carlisle 2, Lachie Ross 2, Ryder Smith 2, Samuel Woods 2, Billy Booth 1, Hayden Bourke 1, Brodie Carswell 1, Joshua Davidson 1, Matthieu Gibert 1, Josh Hu 1, Ben Joy 1, Simon Lewison 1

Women vs Oakleigh

The Wackettes travelled to Oakleigh for our Round 6 clash which was played in brilliant sunshine.  The start, however, wasn’t brilliant as we conceded two early goals before we got our act into gear.
For the remainder of the game the team played very well on the wide open expanses of Scammell Reserve.  At times we moved the ball very well, linking up by hand and foot, putting into practise some things the team had worked hard on at training.  Despite the loss, it was clear to the team that we are on the right track and that a win is not far away if we continue to improve as a group.
Izzy Burke was her usual tenacious self, whilst Emma Hooper did her best impersonation of Nick Vlastuin in taking 8 intercept marks.  Romy’s left leg continued to drive us forward and it was good to have Gypsy Folwell across half back.  Steph Pride continues to impress with her development, as does Alix CainBK looked dangerous up forward and was unlucky not to snag a couple.

Best Players: Emma Hooper, Isabella Burke, Maclyn Matheson, Justine Gabriel, Alannah Frampton, Isabel Dedoncker
Goal Kickers

Nick Hooper
Women's Coach


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