Match Report: Preliminary Final 2016
After a tough week addressing the issues that caused the loss to Old Mentonians, the Seniors started well against PEGS at Bill Lawry Oval, winning most of the ball out of the middle and generating plenty of inside 50s. Unfortunately, just as they had done a week prior, the OGs struggled to convert their forays forward into goals, and at the first break they led PEGS by nine points despite having double the scoring shots.
The game continued to play on the OGs' terms in the second, and they kicked five goals to two against a slight breeze. Forward momentum continued to stem from intensity at the ball at stoppages, and then movement by hand through the middle of the ground to break the lines. At half time the boys were content with their position, but keen to continue to put pressure on PEGS and build an insurmountable lead.
PEGS began to fight back in the third quarter kicking through quick and efficient ball movement as the OGs dropped their defensive pressure a touch around the contested ball. Despite having another seven shots on goal, the OGs could only score four majors to PEGS’ five straight, and at the final break the OGs were a not-quite-comfortable 22 points in front.
With a real belief in their skill, structure and setup, the OGs lifted in the last, continuing to run and break the lines, moving the ball quickly to our forwards who had presented well all day. These forward entries were duly converted into six goals, as the OGs started to find their kicking boots. The result was a 40 point victory and a win that puts Old Geelong back into Premier C for the first time since 2010.