Match Reports: Round 1 2016
SENIORS - Michael Holland
The Seniors headed across the Bolte to JP Fawkner Reserve last Saturday to kick off our 2016 season against Therry Penola. After a relatively stable summer in terms of player movements, the club was very excited to welcome Jock Grimshaw and Will Sloss for their first senior game, whilst exciting new recruit Tom Balcombe made his first appearance in the hoops after switching from Mansfield. With the rest of the 22 having played together before, we were quietly confident about our chances.
The game started predictably hot, with lots of repeat stoppages in the middle of the ground as both teams tried to gain the early ascendancy through physical pressure. Goals to McMeel and Grimshaw got us underway, and with the backline brigade of Kemp and Sloss successfully repelling Therry raids inside 50, we went to the first break up by a goal. Scoring was harder to come by in the second quarter, but after absorbing a period of pressure, late goals to Wood and Hoevenaars saw us slightly extend the lead into the long break.
The message at half-time revolved around continuing the pressure around the ball, and being predictable going forward. We were able to execute well as McMeel continued to convert his chances, being well serviced by Joyce and De Crespigny from the wings. A vintage 3 bounce and baulk running goal from the franchise player O’Brien (who has nothing else to do now Dissident retired) saw us go into the last change 21 points in front, but all too aware that we were defending what had been the scoring end all day.
The last quarter started brightly, with 3 shots on goal in the first 5 minutes – but those missed opportunities would prove haunting. Therry were still running strong near the end, moved the ball quickly and went inside 50 repeatedly. Having arrested the momentum, the goals followed and despite our best efforts to pinch it at the end, we would fall short by the smallest possible margin. More scoring shots and Inside 50s tells a story that we had enough of the ball, but need to be more clinical with the Sherrin in hand. Obviously a loss wasn’t the way we had wanted to start the season, but the knowledge that we played 3.5 quarters of good footy bodes well for the year to come. This week we’re back at Como Park and we like it there…
Things I Liked
- Impressive debuts from Jock, Sloss and Balcs
- Jack Mc running rings around them inside 50
- Beer on Tap in the Therry social rooms
Things I Didn't Like
- Inability to control the tempo when required
- That feeling when the siren sounded
- Saturday night City Link traffic
RESERVES - Adam Wright
Round 1 saw the Reserves return to J P Fawkner Reserve to play Therry Penola, with the 2014 Round 1 70 point drubbing at the same venue still etched in the minds of those who were there that day. The first quarter started strongly for the Oggers, piling on 5 goals to zip, with Andy “I’ve got the” Power and Tom “The Big Wig” Wigan showing the way.
The rest of the first half fell away a little from the game plan with Therry outscoring us in the second quarter, although some strong tackling from Al “Dougie” Dugdale and Charles “The Fur Coat” Burbury kept us on top at the break.
After a rest at halftime, The OGs were again dominant in the 3rd quarter with a 5 goal to 1 term giving us a commanding lead, largely in part to the efforts of Rory “McIlroy” James and Benny “Millsy’s Love Child” Millar giving us great drive through the midfield. Whilst Therry outscored us in the final term, the result was beyond doubt on the back of what was largely a two quarter performance. It was also a great return to footy by Will “Johnny” Holmes who kicked 4 goals and was a key highlight to a solid overall team performance.
We look forward to the big Round 2 clash against St Mary’s, which will provide a valuable measure of where we’re at this early in the season, and a welcome return to Lady Como for 2016!
UNDER 19s - Matt Collister
The U/19 Old Geelong brigade for 2016 headed to Central Reserve in Glen Waverley to take on Mazenod to open up the season. With Mazenod being one of four new teams to the division from last year there was plenty of anticipation around what they were going to deliver – but nowhere near the level of expectation and excitement around what the new group of Oggers were going to provide!
The feeling in the rooms before the game was a mixture of anxiety and eagerness but the boys were quick to show that they meant business by piling on the first three goals of the game. Midfielders George Manton and Hugo Bienvenu were putting enormous pressure on the opposition around the ball and they were certainly recipients of the excellent work from debut ruckman Tim ‘Twiggy’ Breadmore.
The second and third quarters belonged to the opposition as the boys in the hoops went away from the things we were doing so well early. Will Noall bravely backed back into a pack in the second stanza to help stop the slide but that was the last we saw of him for the day as the courageous attempt has unfortunately cost him an extended stint on the sidelines with a lacerated left kidney.
Slightly more than three goals in arrears at the final break we decided to open up the forward line and encouraged the boys to take the game on with run – knowing that the chunkier Mazenod boys would be tiring. Led by the dash of school kids Harry Morrison and Matt Planner were able to peg the lead back to under one straight kick. Unfortunately that was as far as we could get as Mazenod kicked a steadying goal and ultimately ran out eight point winners.
Whilst disappointing to lose our Round One outing we know that the team will only get better from here. A disjointed pre-season for some meant we lacked the fitness and class when it mattered most but with more training sessions and matches together the rate of improvement within the side will be significant. The boys are champing at the bit for their first home match of the year on Saturday against Collegians and we hope to get as much support along as possible.
CLUB XVIII - Lewis Chiodo
A great morning start with sunshine and the smell of cut grass…it may sound like finals time, or like you’ve just finished mowing the lawn. Instead, it was Round 1, the first Club XVIII hit out for 2016, and the first of 18 steps to the ultimate prize in silverware for the Club.
That is the mantra for 2016 and nothing short will be acceptable - there is a lot of talent on tap and what a great start to the season with an emphatic 20 plus goal salute
It was a great team effort with a great attitude and respect for teammates and the opposition with the game played in great spirit – something the opposition coach commented on after the game - and that’s what it’s all about.
We played hard and tough and with a purpose and showed respect at all times for all involved.
The ball was shared around and first options were used with free flowing ball movement into the forward line. The space was left for Josh Archer to dominate and that is exactly what he did, a lazy seven goals with a few misses.
The on-ball brigade lead by Hamish McMillan, Duane Jefferis and Jimmy Cave kept constant pressure around the ground, with the back six commanders lead by Donald Sahlstrom and Sam Griffiths holding control. The match was accentuated by a great cameo by Joe Kemp up forward, the organising of play from Chief Graham, a late arriving Will Mason with 3 goals, whilst the great ruck work by Sian Martin was another highlight of a good first up effort.
Congratulations to everyone on a job well done - everyone played their role. This week is a new chapter and the next step on our road to glory.