Match Reports: Round 11 2019
Written by Will 'Wink' Simson
Saturday morning provided wet and windy conditions which continued throughout the entire afternoon. Leading into the match the men’s Seniors knew it was going to be a highly contested game playing away from home against Old Haileybury.
The first half was an arm wrestle with many repeat stoppages on Princess Park’s slippery surface. Old Haileybury led by 13 points at quarter time and 16 points at the main break. Despite Old Geelong not playing their best football they were still in the game due high effort and inaccurate goal kicking from the opposition.
The men’s Seniors were outplayed in the second half. The bigger bodies of Old Haileybury took control of the game and the wasted opportunities accumulated to result in a 59 point defeat.
Toby Lever was the best player for the Seniors in just his third game for the team. He provided great strength and furious tackling around contests throughout the entire match. George “the dog” Chisholm had another good performance down back and continued to show how valuable he is to Old Geelong’s defence. The usual suspects in John “the downhill skier” Simson and Joe “the wizard” Couch also contributed strongly with their regular high possession output.
After some hard losses over the past couple of weeks, the upcoming bye should help rejuvenate the entire Senior squad. Hard work on the training track will continue over the break and should hold us in good shape for the next match against Monash and also for the remainder of the season.
Written by Toby Boyle
The Senior Oggettes welcomed a number of players into the team for the big clash with Monash Blues. Tashie Montgomery-Hbrar, Lily Burt, Alex Cooper and Jemma Allsopp all returned to the senior line up whilst Vicky Tan came in for her first senior match of the year. After a run of strong form in the Reserves, Emma Calvert made her senior debut.
Last time out against Monash was Round One in lovely sunshine but this time around at Como Park it was well and truly winter. Strong wind gusts coming from the north favoured neither team in the first quarter. The Oggettes started the better with the stand in captain Kath Dunn dominating and her midfield team mates on top.
Any foray into the Blues' forward line was quickly rebounded by the bash sisters Dani Trott and Anna Brodie. In a classic case of robbing Peter to pay Paul, Anna and Dani were needed down back which left the team short of a key focal point up forward. The Oggettes were looking to use their smalls in the wet weather to apply pressure and create the scoring opportunities.
The Achilles heel of the Senior Oggettes in 2019 has been successful avenues to goal with some luck and finishing in front of the big sticks. Unfortunately this was yet another one of those days and despite enjoying the bulk of possession and territory, the hoops could only muster three points whilst keeping Monash scoreless.
This would ultimately cost the Oggettes as Monash finally made the most of some half chances and booted two goals one behind to just the solitary behind in the second quarter. Vicky was a menacing presence up forward but to no avail and the hoops went into half time nine points adrift.
The Premiership quarter proved to be telling on the overall result as Monash took their chances in front of goals whilst the Oggettes failed to capitalise on their general dominance around the ground. Another three behinds for the home side could've and should've been goals. Up the other end, Monash were jagging them from the pocket and went into the final change with a twenty point lead.
The final quarter was an arm wrestle with stand out performers Caroline Edwards and Sophie Joubert taking the game on from the half back as the Oggettes drove the ball forward time and again. Conditions further deteriorated and Monash were determined to grind out the result and did so to the tune of 18 points.
Another Oggettes performance full of intensity and effort but lacking the polish to match. A combined 4.23 from both Oggettes teams means we are practicing our goal kicking over the bye round and when we return for the next test against Old Camberwell at Como on the 13th July, it will be raining again, but this time raining goals!
Written by Ben Seamer
After a dominant performance against the Beaumaris Sharks, the men's Reserves intended to keep the form into this week. The previous round against Hailebury had forwards keen for a day out and backs bringing extra-long, double thickness socks for what was set to be a teeth chattering day at Princess Park. The boy’s excitement for the day was boosted when Tim “slick hands” Hosking showed his support after rolling his ankle at training and missing the next six weeks.
The start was exactly what the boys wanted with the Matt Planner and Matt Kirkwood showing their dominance and clean ball use out of the centre. It didn’t take long for Harry “Plugga” Gubbins to get a few of his six goals on the scoreboard early, putting the team in great steed for the second half. Not only was the wind strong enough to blow Dom Baker to Europe, but the rain proved difficult for clean football. Sandon “butter fingers” James had a significant presence and composure up forward kicking three goals for the day. Charlie Hawkins celebrated his birthday by not giving away a free kick in the final minutes from an unrealistic hanger, Happy Birthday Charlie.
The wind proved difficult in the second and last quarter, however the run from Matt Kinsman and Sam Clements ensured the forwards had every opportunity. The Reserves had another great win by 117 points and now prepare for Monash Blues at Como after the bye
Written by Georgia Rule
Back on home soil, the Oggettes took to Como Park like a duck to water. Our success this season to date has led to a sense of complacency, which was highlighted by Old Xavs last weekend. This was a distant memory however as the girls took to Como Park ready and raring to go.
A strong first quarter saw Lucy Rourke have more touches in the first ten minutes than the backline had all day. Making the most of the space on offer at Como, Lucy, Erin Strong, Georgia Small and Phoebe Ulrick proved to be too quick for Monash and were unstoppable on the wings.
While the scoreboard showed a slow second quarter, with only one point a piece, this was far from reality on the ground with the girl’s intensity only lifting. A slight lift from Monash gave the backline a chance to get involved. However, clever positioning and quick thinking by Clare Mackarness ensured this was short lived. Fresh to the backline, Skye Ranicar provided some much-needed height and key clearances, quelling any ideas Monash had of a comeback. Georgia Rule from that moment onwards did not let Monash even close to the defensive 50 thinking fast and being a ball magnet all afternoon (added in by Coach Tilly Arthur, not Georgia Rule pumping her own tires).
Another dominant display from Helen Salter provided our mids with first use. Back from injury and her European getaway, Ursi Van Dyk capitalised on this, while Georgie Gleeson provided key centre clearances time and time again. Off the back of her best-on-ground performance Sophie Batten was busy all day, before racing home for a blow wave and jetting off to Africa.
With the ball firmly back in our forward line in the third quarter, the forwards got to work. It was quantity over quality in the forward line, with 19 scoring shots resulting in only five goals (some goal kicking practice may be required in the coming weeks). Queen of OGs and the forward 50 Bel Richards was unstoppable in her ‘castle’, marking everything that came her way and slotting two great goals. Zoe Watson was up and about all day, building on her strong season so far and being rewarded with a goal late in the third.
Not a fan of the early start, Maddy Guest arrived fashionably late and in time to run out for the third quarter. The extra few hours sleep appeared to help, with Maddy providing plenty of run off the half back line.
Back on top of the ladder, the girls are looking forward to the week off before taking on Old Camberwell at our last home game of the season.
As always, a massive thank you to all of our volunteers, in particular Nick Edwards, Aden Strong and Lauren Simpson for helping out on the day.
Written by Toby Blatchford
The men’s Thirds team headed into the Round Eleven clash against Old Xaverians with plenty of confidence after winning the last seven games in a row, however the wonderful thing about our game is its ability to give you a good whack on the backside just when you think things are flying along.
The team was bolstered by the return of some favourite sons with Rob Officer and Nicholas Simpson returning to the side for the first time this season. It would also be remis not to mention the wonderful achievement of 50 games to Harry Sleigh who has been a revelation in our backline this year with not only his football ability but his direction, voice and guidance on field.
All of the fan fair aside when push came to shove our team was found wanting in a few key areas around the ground namely around half forward where loose and unmanned Old Xavs men had set up camp for most of the day and with our only two goal scorers to half time (Coltman & Jordan) out for the second half with injures we needed something and someone to spark us on.
Our midfield powered along with solid efforts from Lack, Cave, May and Blond and our backline was the standout group on the day with Perry, Sleigh and 4 stitches (Burbury) all named in the bests.
In another positive our New Zealand import Duncan Jessup played his first ever game of AFL football and showed his ability and potential to be a regular feature in the side.
A special mention also to Ed Simpson for representing our football club as field umpire across three games for the day!
Our team is by no means in trouble, we still sit a game clear in third position and only one game behind PEGS who fell to Marcellin.
Injuries, illness and holidays will always create challenges for our side but this also creates opportunity. My message to the boys is to enjoy the break the dual bye round creates but keep active and when we come back lets take it right up to the final five teams we play and earn our place in the finals.