Match Reports: Round 11 2017
By Johnny Simson
Round 11 saw the Seniors travel to Marcellin looking for redemption, after they got the better of us at Como earlier in the season. We were greeted with perfect conditions for the match at Marcellin college looking to go two wins clear of our premier C rivals on the ladder and continue to push for a top 4 position.
Michael “Baron of Brighton” Hollland had delivered in depth research on their squad throughout the week and we expected a hard-contested game that we would need to be at our best at to get a result. Coach Nick Bourke drilled this message into the boy’s pre-game as we knew the Eagles were going to crack in hard from the start and we needed to match them with intensity and desire for the contested ball to get the game on our terms.
To the opposition credit they managed to jump out of the blocks early with 6 goals to 1 opening quarter taking control of the match with their slick skills and dominant work rate. Coming off back to back wins the boys still had belief that we could turn things around at quarter time and work our way back into the contest. Lead by influential captain George Burbury and partner in crime Jez Nettefold in the midfield the team managed gain some momentum back in the game and were able to kick 2 goals to 1 in the second quarter to cut the margin to 30 points at the main break.
However, after slowly gaining some ascendency in the second quarter a very disappointing third quarter allowed Marcellin to shut out any hope of a comeback. The eagles managed to pile on 5 goals to our none throughout the third term to have the game out of reach at the last break. The boys battled on in the last never giving up at any stage slotting some late goals however we recognised Marcellin were the better team on the day and deserved the 54 point victory.
Despite the disappointing afternoon there were some notable performances for the OGS on the day. George Burbury as mentioned lead from the front and after been tagged all day collected 37 touches and a goal in a best on ground performance. Ed Keach and Will “Slooda” Sloss continued to collect plenty of the ball and provide plenty of run around the ground which was very impressive. While down back Charlie Comben and Rupert Kemp were strong performers under plenty of duress. Josh “Drive in” Hoevenaars provided some bullocking work for the OGS in the middle off the ground and was also able to hit the score board slotting home 2 goals.
The result puts us back to 6th on the ladder and one win behind 4th place Williamstown. We now look forward to going back home this Saturday against a fired-up Kew who have managed to string back to back wins together. Thank you all who came out to support the boys last weekend.
By Chris Gubbins
The hooped hunks strapped in on Saturday hoping to replicate the form of a 1964 victorious Demons side. With the 11:40 start we're all so accustomed to, and the unknown of playing away at Marcellin College for the first time in the 2017 season, optimism, excitement and hunger lingered in the pre-match change rooms. The boys were all prepared with ankles taped, shoulders bound and minds set. The opening clearance is always crucial for a game of such importance, and the Cam 'BOG' Sherwin/ Jimmy 'Lucky I Can Kick Straight Because I Can't Goanna Wrestle' Kooman special didn't let us down. The 'Danger-wood'-like skills of the two saw shots on goal peppered past the sticks until finally a major: Harry 'Set Shot Routine..' Gubbins landed the first goal for the morning and the OGs were on top.
The first quarter remained closely contested, Tommy ‘Tomas Bugg’ Hays playing his role as a key tagger did everything he could to minimise the opponent’s impact; however, an unfortunate collision with a fellow OG saw him side-lined for the remainder of the match and his inevitable Firsts/AFL prospects put on hold, again. The quarter ended 9 -16 in favour of the home team.
Goals continued to be converted throughout the match, albeit predominately off the boot of a Marcellin forward who helped extend his team’s lead into the major break. A few key efforts, however, kept OGs in the game with a sniff, these goal scorers included but weren’t limited to Will ‘Clayton Oliver’ Holmes who was prepared to score at all costs and his quick thinking and Nick-Reiwoldt-like approach saw more goals scored than Marcellin would’ve liked. Tommy ‘A Slab And 5 Snags’ Sheridan continued his brilliant performance in front of goal making it eight goals for the kid in only three games since his move to the football club. Jimmy Kooman was eager to make his impact after a dominant first half in the midfield, and his two goals came as no surprise as the man finished the game with two majors and 26 disposals, including nine contested. What a bachelor!
As much as the midfield and forward line deserved the credit for their efforts, the Old Geelong Reserves stalwart group of heroes, the ‘back six’ went above and beyond as always to restrict an attacking and dangerous forward line from doing the damage they were capable of. Beasley, Herd, Gubbins, Lammertz, Mason and Millar are the back line the competition is fearing, and rightly so. Will ‘Bandwagon Bulldogs Supporter’ Beasley with his punishing left boot and turn of pace, Alex ‘The Big Nerd’ Herd’s speed, height and diverse skill set and Ben ‘Most Desirable Skipper in the VAFA’ Millar all managed to continuously facilitate rebound goals like they’re going out of fashion. And with wings like Oli ‘Chinatown’ le Lievre and Will ‘Razzle-Dazzle, I Better Feature in The Match Report, Took Him to The Candy Shop, Did You See My Last Quarter Transaction’ Evans, OGs continue to be the club with more run, spread and pace than ever before.
An unfortunate final result saw Old Geelong come off second best, trailing by 29 at the final siren 12.9 (81) – 7.10 (52) in what was a game from which the squad is looking to move on, and chase must-needed redemption as we face old foes Kew at home after last week’s bye round.
By Martyn Liekefett
Returning to Como Park for big face off against competition leaders Williamstown YCMS the boys from thirds where in for more than a frosty-fresh morning of 1°C, as big name players such as Ed ‘Gimp Shoulder’ Simpson and Pudge ’Michael’ Dunlop returning to the line-up.
The damp field and artic conditions did not favour the visiting team as they’d hope, with the first quarter putting out a bitter low score of 1.4 and 1.5 to Williamstown and Old Geelong respectively, with many credits given to the Carroll Brothers and their defensive prowess. Big kick and clean rucks from power house Andrew “Ole Goz” Gosnold and tall man Adam “Waqur” Younis kept plenty of ball flowing Old Geelong’s way.
The second quarter was shaping up with some serious intent as the likes of Hamish ‘Hammer Time’ MacMillan and James “Can Kick” Planner ran rings around the mid field creating plenty of opportunities for Charles “Should play forward” Burbury to capitalise on some scoreboard investments. Big hits where made by Will ‘super slammer’ Haslam making the OGG’s presences felt across the field. Without the 3’s hero and regular Alex ‘George’ Forman upgrading to the 2’s for the week Hamish ‘Sweet Caroline’ Felton was forced to take the field and put body on body and keep the OGGs chasing a 3 point lead by half time.
Bangs ‘Josh’ Sumura pulled out into the third quarter like a house on fire and lit up the defensive line with a great leg and consistent defence on the well sized Williamstown forwards. But the quarter was well and truly over for us when our Vietnamese important Rhett ‘Nguyen Nguyen’ Nicholas coped the iron hip of Ed ‘Coaching the girls was rewarding’ Simpson to the head. This friendly fire unfortunately rendered Rhett to aimlessly roll around like a pork sausage with a mild case of the concussion, this was the first and will be last time we ever see him go after a contested possession. 5 days later and he still can’t see colours #PrayForRhett
With a 3 goal lead to chase down for the final quarter the boys pulled together and fought hard for what would be James “Making America Great Again” Sandford’s last game of the season before the great pilgrimage across America. The victory seemed to disappear with each passing minute as Toby ‘The Truck’ Blatchford was left cold in the forward line without clean ball coming his way.
With considerations to the last game played against Williamstown resulting in a loss by 90+ points the boys at the Oggery still found it tough to swallow the 21 point loss of 67 to 46 despite playing with great precision and power for the majority of the game.
By Annabelle Shannon
Friday night was the first game on stage under the lights at Monash Uni. With numbers at an all-time low, 24 primed ladies took the field, eager to secure a win before the next week’s bye.
We were unfortunately off to a sour start with Annabel “I’m Coming to The Ladies Lunch, Hasn’t Mum Bought My Ticket Yet?” Scott side-lined with a broken leg early in to the game.
With what seems to be a regular occurrence for the nimble Oggettes, we were up against some much bigger opponents in what was a tight first half. With a black eye and a broken leg already, the Oggettes couldn’t afford to lose another player.
When Anna “I Think I’ve Just Been Hit by A Bus” Brodie was then tackled off the ball by one of Monash’s more solid defenders, we thought we were going to be down another – however, in true Goanna style, she overcame the attack and went on to outclass her opponent for the rest of the night, taking an Oggettes’ record number of marks up front and proving a real target.
With OGS needing to come out firing in the third term, coaches Toby “Pingu” Boyle and Pete “Silky Skills” Graham instilled in us some much-needed encouragement at half time to try and overcome the on-field struggle. Unfortunately, Monash struck the score board early - within the first minute of the third and took the lead. It wasn’t until we got some much-needed reward for our efforts with Brooke “Come Visit Me in Henty” McKay putting in the hard yards and finishing with a nice goal.
Alice “I’ve Got This Bog Medal in The Bag” Gardiner and Phoebe “Churner” Chirnside dominated the backline, proving too strong for the rather inaccurate Monash forwards. A career-best ruck performance by Mollie “Watch Me Jump Off One Leg” Borshmann kept our spirits alive as she valiantly jumped for Geelong, carrying us to a much-needed victory.
Big congratulations to Alice Gardiner for winning a well-deserved Woman of the Match medal commemorating the VAFA’s 125th anniversary. The OGs and Oggettes wish Scotty all the best for a speedy recovery and hope to have you back out there soon.
By Ben Thomson
The Unders arrived at Old Trinity with a sense of optimism about the day. With six changes to the side from Thursday selection (!!!!!!) it’s fair to say this coach was wondering what the boys would turn out in this game. To his delight it was a 20 goal better result than the previous encounter against Trinity at College.
The boys came out and cracked in from the start until the end and in between played some really good footy.
Kicking the first goal of the game Hugh 'Kick to The Paddock Behind Him' Coltman proceeded to kick a further six for the match leaving him with seven and best on ground for OGS. As Coltman did his thing up one end the backline also did well without our two usual pillars, with James 'Ball Drop' Calanchini and Digby 'Will You Be My Liam Jones' Sharp holding firm down there.
In the midfield, we had the regulars of Matt 'High Vis' Planner and James 'Bull' O'Shea strong in there all day, basically unchanged! We also had two school boys playing with Seb 'Better Than the Older Brother' Hutley and Bailey '4ths Footy Factory' Melzak both doing a great job in our midfield. In all it was a fantastic game by the boys and they will get a win soon!