Match Reports: Round 1 2019
Written by Hugh Fitzpatrick
For the first time since 1960, the new look Old Geelong side led by Scott Dixon and Cal Wood has kicked-started their historic campaign with a gritty win over Beaumaris. Sending a message to the competition, that we’re here to stay.
With four debutants putting on the jumper for the first time, the new look OGs looked reenergised as they cemented their first win in B Grade since 1960. President James Wright was excited with the performance “today marks a big day for our club, to begin the year in a positive manner means a lot to the players, coaches, pivot members and supporters”.
First gamers Will Langley, Edward Ratcliffe, Mickey Nicholls and Hugh Fitzpatrick all played a part in the win as they look to earn the respect from the playing group. Will Langley spoke on behalf of the first gamers after the match “the vibe around the club is awesome for a new player coming in; we have all fitted in smoothly and are loving the vibe around the club”. Edward Ratcliffe continued to inflict pain on the opposition’s midfield working alongside Jon Simpson and Scott Dixon in setting the tone for the match. Mickey Nicholls was clutch in his first game for the club kicking two big majors in the third term that would ensure the side went into the fourth quarter with an unreachable margin.
In a low scoring affair, Old Geelong’s defence was resolute in its ability to defend a possible Beaumaris surge in the second half. After a limited pre-season due to cricket commitments, George Chisholm slotted into the centre half back position with ease following the departure of Hugo Perry in 2018, with his decision making and ball use becoming a valuable asset for the side. Following his promotion to the leadership group during the week, Jonny Reid continued his strong pre-season form with his ability to lead the side through on field performances and becoming the general of our young backline.
Co-captains Cal Wood and Scott Dixon thrived under the new look leadership group with both players playing best on ground performances. In his 11th season at the club, veteran Cal Wood set the tone early with two first quarter goals finishing the match with three majors and eight marks in what was a dominant match by the centre half forward, in all his years at the club Cal has never been so bullish about this playing group and the potential these boys have. Scott Dixon's courage was again on show with the gun midfielder collecting 24 disposals and a match high 8 tackles for the side.
In what was a great victory for Old Geelong, coach Nick Bourke is not getting carried away “it was a good win, not a great win” going on to say that the playing group has a big week ahead “we must train well this week and be prepared to take on Scotch for our first home game for the season in what is going to be a huge challenge”.
The playing group encourages all pivot members and supporters to come down to Como this Saturday as the side looks to make it two from two in B grade. Jon Anderson will be hosting Rodney Hogg for the first pivot lunch for the year in what is going to be an engaging and enjoyable lunch with plenty of laughs to be had!.
Old Geelong 2.1 5.2 10.7 10.8 (68)
Beaumaris 2.4 2.9 5.9 7.13 (55)
Goals: Wood 3, Hatzis 2, Nicholls 2, Maiden 1, Bird 1, Ratcliffe 1
Best: Wood, Dixon, Langley, Chisholm, Simpson.
Written by Toby Boyle
The Senior Oggettes faced a tough Round One encounter against last years Semi Final conquerors, Monash Blues. Fielding a very different team to the one who ran the Ashes within a couple of kicks in 2018, the new look Oggettes (complete in the new club uniform) were under the pump from the first bounce!
Monash clearly had a gameplan to hunt the Oggettes, allowing us to be first for the ball and applying immense pressure to force and capitalise on turnovers. The usually inaccurate Ashes had their kicking boots on and made the most of their forays into attack. The Oggettes were unable to get their running game going and were playing the game on Monash's terms.
The second term belonged to Monash as the Oggettes threw everything at them but were on the end of some less than ideal decisions. Monash couldn't do a thing wrong kicking goals from the pocket whilst the harder the Oggettes tried, the unluckier they got.
Half time allowed a reset of thinking and the players were encouraged to chip away at what was working for them. Rather than focus on the negatives, the Oggettes upped their own pressure and doubled down on their ability to win the ball first, picking apart the home side on the counter and getting their reward with a long bomb from Olivia Gleeson. Monash kicked back into gear and finished the term with a goal of their own.
The last term could've been a blow out but the Oggettes refused to let the floodgates open. The scoreboard likely flattered Monash but the result was deserved for the home team. The Oggettes attitude and effort was never question but the reality of life in Premier B in year three is fast, tough and unforgiving footy. The Oggettes will bounce back.
First gamer Dani Trott was brilliant across half back and was well supported by the midfield quartet of Sharni Godfrey, Brooke McKay, Alex Cooper and Libby Graham. Em Carr played a solid game on the wing in her first full game back from a broken hand, whilst Lucy Bishop made a promising start in her first official game for the Ogs.
A tough day at the office but plenty of lessons learned. The playing group will be eager to get a win on the board against La Trobe on Saturday!
Written by Jo Kemp
The reigning Premiers, Beaumaris, at their home ground, Round One. A very daunting task for any football team. Nevertheless, The men's Reserves arrived down at a sunny Banksia Reserve full of determination and raring to go. A late withdrawal from the senior team pulled big man Cam “Drago” Sherwin out of the ruck to be replaced by the nimble and swift Chris “Sonic“ Gubbins. We were also down a co-captain in Andrew “Blazer“ Leahy who couldn’t make it due to prior commitments. Even with these outs, the Reserves side was boasting one of the strongest line ups they had had in years.
New Coach Colby “Still registered to play” O’Brien handled the transition well from player to coach and delivered a rousing speech pre-game about the type of footy we want to play and how to execute it against a strong Premier B Reserves side. The game plan was to use the width of the ground to switch the ball, run and carry the ball through the guts and drive the ball long into the forward line.
The Reserves started the game tentatively, preferring to boot the ball long rather than running and using hands through the middle, as we had been instructed. Soon though, led by Best on Ground Matt “Whack-a-mole“ Planner and newcomer Nick “Very hot pies“ Morwood, the OGs started to move the ball seamlessly and quickly around the ground. This was made easier by the fact that our new ruckman Cal “Two hands for beginners“ Andrews was winning every tap and providing great delivery to our mids. Going into the first break, the OGs had the lead over Beauy but were aware that a momentary lapse could mean the game.
The rest of the game saw the Reserves play some of the best footy we had seen in a long time, not without the momentary lapse back into throwing the ball onto the boot, but for the majority of the game we moved it well. The ball moved fast, hitting targets left, right and centre. Charlie “B1“ Hawkins taking strong interception marks in the backline, Charlie “B2“ Crozier using his strength and speed in the forward line to provide endless opportunity for our tall and short forwards, there wasn’t much that Beaumaris could do to stop the Reserves.
When the final siren sounded, the game had finished Beaumaris 4.10-34 to Old Geelong 14.18-102. A resounding win for the Reserves and a huge confidence boost, proving that we can play the brand of footy we want and command the game in this higher division that is Premier B. Next week, the Reserves take on Old Scotch at the home ground fortress of Como Park. The Reserves haven’t lost a home game since round 15, 2017 and so will be determined to keep their streak alive.
Written by Emme Richardson
The women’s Reserves have opened their 2019 season in style, dominating Monash Blues from start to finish with a 65-0 victory at Frearson Oval.
Pre-match, the women’s coaches presented all girls with their brand new club uniforms bringing lots of excitement and anticipation to the rooms. With a focus on ‘HUSS’ – Hardworking, United, Strong and Sportsmanship, the girls were switched on and ready to go.
Georgie Rule was given the honour of captain for the Round One clash, and showed her strong leadership skills with her voice around the ground giving direction and confidence to her team mates and in particular the eight debutantes.
Congratulations to Clare Horsfall, Ursi Van Dyk, Emma Calvert, Olivia Stone, Skye Ranicar, Kylene Jones, Katie-Rose Campbell and Georgie Voss on their first game for the club. All these girls slotted into the side exceptionally and we look forward to seeing their performances throughout the season.
From the outset, Charlotte Kay’s influence on the contest proved a class above. Her quick hands and sweeping up of ground balls in the middle lead to many goal assists, whilst also adding her own name to the scoreboard twice. Charlotte was well supported by Jessie Gleeson, Caroline Edwards and ruck Helen Salter as the midfield girls dominated the midfield battle.
Erin Strong was hardworking all day on the wing and provided some strong kicks into our forward 50 whilst Ursi made the most of her move into the centre of the ground, running rings around the Ashes and showed promising signs for the year ahead.
The back line were exceptionally disciplined, keeping Monash scoreless and providing a solid wall across the ground, time and again repelling the Monash forwards.
Annabel Richards made the most of the midfield's good work with three goals whilst Michelle Pham bobbed up with an early contender for goal of the year!
Considering a third of the team were playing their first official matches of footy, the style of play and team cohesion was pleasing for the coaches.
We look forward to our next match at good old Lady Como on Saturday against newcomers, La Trobe Uni.
Written by Justin Logan
The ascension to Premier B in 2019 produced one of the all-time hardest pre-seasons for the OGs, so it was no surprise to see so many exquisite specimens donning the updated hoops in the Thirds for Round One. Our Round One opponent was fierce rival PEGS and their confusing jumper colour scheme. A pleasant 2pm bounce meant that all the little ogglings got their beauty sleep before the big game, and Lady Como had time to primp up and look as stunning as ever.
Some trivia to kick us off. Who kicked the first goal for the Thirds in season 2019? Answer, Taylor McNabb who made his long-awaited debut for the club. Whilst you won’t find that on a Carlton Draught bottle top, the moment was celebrated accordingly as the OGs went on their merry way. There was a flurry of goals in the first quarter and we hung out the PEGS to dry leading 24 – 6.
The signs were looking good heading into the second quarter for the OGs but sure enough our opponent begun finding their feet and finding avenues to goal. Our midfield brigade lead by Jonno Thompson and acting skipper Jimmy Cave meant that there was no easy possessions at stoppages for PEGs. Newcomers Liam Higgins and Harry McDonald got their hands dirty across the half back line, reading the play well. Summer was squeezing out every last bit itself as the temperature rose leading into half time. Our opponent managed to PEG back the lead 35-23 going into the main break.
Heading into the third quarter we had a live game on our hands. But it was PEGS who threw the kitchen sink at us and got the upper hand. Whilst the rotations remained consistent plugging the holes a difficult task. Speaking plugging holes, Harry “Jacobs brother” Jesse initiated the teams first blood rule of the year with a bloody nose like a leaky tap, while Sam (not the Sam) Walsh decided go one better and break his. To make matters worse, we went into three quarter time trailing 43 – 61.
We knew it was hot, we knew we had work to do and we knew it wasn’t going to be pretty. Kicking away from the pavilion end is never an easy task but we managed to claw back the deficit in the final moments of the game largely lead by Jonno Thompson who was absolutely everywhere and Harry McDonald who was marking everything down back. But it was not to be as JT sent the ball long towards goal as the siren went, resulting in a devastating one point loss to open 2019. Whilst the loss hurt, all the coaching staff and volunteers and supporters were proud of the boys efforts fighting until the end. This Saturday we head to Rathmines Reserve to take on Hawthorn who will be up and about after their Round One win.
Written by Bailey Austin & Will Clerk
Coming into the opening round, the selections were difficult with such large numbers at pre-season, this meaning the 22 named were well rounded and eager to start the season strong. Round One saw the OGs Under 19’s waking bright and early and hitting the road where we would meet PEGS at PEGS for a 9:20am start. The boys were hyped early after some inspiration from Thomo and some well thought out words from Jack.
PEGS started strong with some early goals but as the likes of Pescott and Radcliff getting more ball in hand the momentum started to swing. Going into half time a goal down we felt we hadn’t shown full potential but still had plenty left in the tank. We managed to win the third quarter leading by just a point going into the final term. Team moral was high and PEGS was running out of steam which resulted in the OGs boys making them pay with four straight goals. The final score being OGs 8.13-61 def PEGS 5.12-42.
It became evident that most of the boys were on debut that day as we had to sing off the coaches whiteboard, however this will undoubtedly change as we look to keep the winning streak alive.