Match Reports: Round 12 2018
Written by Andy Leahy
Keen to atone from the four-point loss against second placed Fitzroy the week prior, the men's Seniors travelled out to PEGS Sporting Fields in what was a classic eight-point game. Leading into the Round Twelve match up the OGs sat fourth on the ladder with a 7-4 win-loss record whilst PEGS sat sixth with a 6-5 record; only one game behind.
Despite being met with tricky conditions and extra wind, the message from the coaching staff did not deviate from previous weeks. The team that wanted the footy the most and continued to put their head over it to get first use would win the contest. There was also a firm commitment from the 22 players in the lead up to each apply tackles and defensive pressure which would then enable us to turn the ball over and gain some quality scoring opportunities.
The first quarter started with no team taking any real ascendency. The ball moved from one end of the ground to the other with both defences exposed early in a tight arm wrestle to start the match. Despite kicking to the scoring end, the OGs came into quarter time only up by one goal as both teams continued to feel each other out during the start of the match. The start of the second quarter saw the OGs lift their intensity in the midfield with Ed Keach and Jacob Jess cracking in to win the footy first and get the ball going forward. Despite kicking against the breeze, the OGs started to turn the tide and when Sam Anderson broke free to kick a magnificent snap goal on the run (his second for the match) the OGs had gained the momentum and broken out to a handy buffer. Despite this team lifting goal and spark the boys disappointingly dropped their intensity and took the foot off the gas at the halfway mark of the quarter and in doing so let PEGs back in and gain the upper hand allowing them to kick some late goals and take the lead at half time.
The contest continued to be a seesawing battle with no team gaining any fluency and momentum shifting constantly. At the start of the fourth quarter PEGS kicked away to a handy three goal lead due to some poor turnovers and the OGs were staring down the barrel of their third straight loss. Bravely lead by Tom Balcombe a mini fight back occurred by the OGs and at the 20-minute mark of the final quarter when Josh Hutley burst through to kick truly the scores were level and the match was up for grabs once again. True to previous form, the match continued to be tight and both sides had opportunities with each defence scrambling to ensure no score was conceded. As the clock ticked up to the 25-minute mark PEGS took the ball forward and quickly snapped the ball out of the pack to the top of the goal square which was then heartbreakingly marked by their prime forward who went back and iced the game with only seconds left in the match. Disappointingly this was the last real chance of a score and when the final siren sounded PEGS had won an arm-wrestle contest by six points.
Heading into the second bye weekend for the year the Seniors remain in fourth spot and confident of turning their recent fortunes around with a continued focus on working hard on the training track and maintaining the intensity for the full four quarters. Thanks to all the supporters who made the trip out to support the boys this weekend and we hope you enjoy the break over the bye. We look forward to getting back on the winners list against Marcellin away at the College which will be another massive match.
Written by Toby Boyle
The battle for third spot between the the women's Seniors and Monash Blues was easily the match of the round in the Premier B Blue competition. Last time in Round One Old Geelong had jumped out of the blocks only to be reeled in after half time and surpassed by Monash. This time in it was the complete opposite as the Oggettes fought their way back from two goals down at quarter time to grind out a one point victory and leap above Monash into third.
A bruising early battle with everything to play for, some exceptional ball movement wasn't capitalised on by the Oggettes as Monash made the most of their opportunities in front of goal. Caz Edwards got the Oggettes on the board before Kath Dunn kicked two brilliant goals to shift the momentum before half time in favour of Old Geelong.
With Libby Graham dominating the ruck and back half of the ground, the mids went to work with Isy Currenti, Amelia Cronin and Lizzie Slattery getting plenty of football and using the wide open spaces of Como to their advantage. Olivia Williamson was throwing her body into every possible contest, eventually succumbing to a head knock but not before having a significant impact on the match. An opportune and brilliant check side goal from Isy gave the Oggettes some breathing space before three quarter time siren.
The final quarter provided the supporters with plenty of anxious moments as the Oggettes pursued the killer blow. It wasn't forthcoming and every player was called into action to prevent a fast finishing and desperate Monash team. Ally Kirkwood and Tess Lawless stood up in defence whilst Amelia continually got her hands on the ball first to prevent Monash advances. The final frantic seconds played out with all 36 players in the Monash half but it was the Oggettes who clung to a much deserved win, 27-26.
Written by Andy De Fegely
On a windy, wintery Saturday morning the men's Reserves travelled out to Keilor to take on PEGS. After a hard-fought win against ladder leaders Fitzroy the boys went in confident that we would get the 'W' against the mid-table placed PEGS.
After losing the toss and being sent in to kick against the wind the OGs controlled most of the play. Led in the middle by Matty Planner who bored in hard and continued to win the contested footy, creating many opportunities up forward. Despite this we only went into the first break with a one goal lead.
After a serviceable first quarter, complacency set in as the OGs played two of their poorer quarters for the season. PEGS were getting first hands on the ball and playing better in the conditions. The OGs were struggling to adapt to the swirly conditions and generate any run across the ground. Usually a strength of the Reserves the lack of quality forward entries and field kicking made it hard to create any sort of scoreboard pressure. At three-quarter time PEGS led by four goals and a big last quarter effort was required to steal a win.
Despite only having one fit player left on the bench the OGs finally started to win the footy and get some momentum. The decision to swing Charlie Crozier down back started to pay off as we started to get some drive off the backline and run through the middle. Thanks to some crafty finishing from Wink Simson, who slotted three goals in the final term, the OGs had worked their way back into the match. Unfortunately, the siren came too soon with PEGS holding on for a seven-point win. It was a shame the boys couldn’t get up for Ed Manton’s 50th match but the loss uncovered a few weaknesses in our game that we’ll look to work on over the next few weeks starting with Marcellin after the bye.
Written by Toby Boyle
Injury and travel claimed a lot of Oggettes this round and the recently all conquering women's Reserves team were looking a bit vulnerable with only nineteen players available. As luck would have it, Monash Uni also had their own squad decimated and could only muster up seventeen troops. On Lady Como, it was going to be a tiring affair but the Oggettes were encouraged to spread and keep moving the ball all day to put a gap on the "Ash's" early and that is exactly what they did.
The Oggettes enjoyed a five goal first term with Olivia Gleeson and Sophie Hughes prominent only eclipsed by the celebrations of Luci "Kini" Kinimonth after she slotted her first goal for the season. By half way through the second quarter the game was beyond doubt as the Oggettes piled on the pain and doubled their own first quarter score. Olivia and Sophie were having an Oggette-shootout up forward whilst Annabel Rafferty and Simone Brown were repelling any Monash counter attack.
With the game under wraps the Old Geelong girls began to tire but yet again this season refused to concede even a miserly point even though Monash practically had the ball on their goal line! Gemma Sullivan ran riot in the midfield on her return from concussion whilst Georgia Cerutti made it two weeks in a row dominating across half forward. The shootout finished with Olivia and Sophie finishing with six goals apiece and Soph reclaiming top spot on the league goalkicking table. By the final siren the Oggettes had surpassed the milestone mark with a 102-0 victory.
Written by Justin Logan
A gloomy Gordon Barnard Reserve was the stage for the OGs opening game for a super Saturday across Melbourne. There were a few new faces in the line-up, none as notable as AFL first-timer and OGs debutant Will Arnott who was aptly dubbed "The Biscuit". Returning to the side was Andrew "The Goz" Gosnold, who had not been seen in the hoops since our last visit to Gordon Barnard. Also returning to an Old Camberwell vs Old Geelong game was a brick wall blowing a whistle, which proved a frustrating obstacle throughout the day.
With rain switched on and off, the message was clear. "Handball" was a swear word and any sort or connection between boot and ball towards goal was strongly encouraged. Old Camberwell kicked off proceedings with a goal directly from the first bounce despite an aggressive press off the square from the OGs. The hoops were able to steady the ship through some miraculous snags from someone...urgh, most likely Gus Wertheimer whose surname is German for "goal sneak". As a back-pocket plumber who never ventures out of defensive 50, I very rarely see who kicks our goals. Old Geelong held a ten point lead at quarter time.
The second term saw our great American dream import Brian "Ripper" Rippeto control the contests in the air and at ground level, always trying to "make the thirds great again". He had support in Will "no nicknames spring to mind" Evans, who would have pushed J.J. for meters gained across the day. Paul "pass the ball to" Tucker caused the opposition headaches forward of the centre circle with his strong footy nous and exquisite physique. An uncanny turn of events saw the deficit unchanged heading into half time, with the OGs leading 32-22. Not exactly raining goals.
Trading snakes for Emma & Toms bars at half time proved unwise, leaving several boys dryer than a desert in the mouth, but it would be the only ill-advised decision leading into the third quarter. Our structures held up strong against Old Camberwell who were struggling to keep the hoops at bay. Momentum was with us and we managed to add three goals to one behind for the quarter giving us a handy 29-point buffer heading into the final quarter.
That word "momentum" I used earlier, it’s a funny thing and it can swing like a rusty gate. The luxury of having a full rotation on the bench was not awarded to us on the day, with only one OG waiting in the wings at a time. This eventually proved our downfall, although the whistle-blowing brick wall didn't help our cause either. The herocis of "The Biscuit", James Imhoff and Zach Carrol in defence were not enough to prevent Old Camberwell from piling on six last quarter goals to one to secure what can only be described as an upset. It just goes to show that you can do 95% of things right on the day and still leave empty handed. Gordon Barnard Reserve, get stuffed...
Written by Jack Hardy
After previously winning the past three of four games, confidence and high expectations surrounded the Under 19's as we were given the opportunity to test the hot streak and hand the top ranked Old McKinnon side their second loss of the season at Como Park.
Cold, wet weather footy was the theme for the first half as Como Park struggled to dry up through the frosty morning while both sides prepared for some physical and messy contests. Despite the loss of some key players, our first half effort proved a willingness and effort to not fold under the top ranked team, matching their goals in the first and holding the margin in the second. Expectations were being met as a half time rally saw everyone in good spirits and ready to step up the intensity and grab a much needed win.
However, the third quarter exposed breakdown after breakdown that Old McKinnon quickly capitalised on, pouring on six convincing goals and a huge dent in the score. Unfortunately, the final quarter followed a similar narrative with a final losing margin of 73 points.
With a late push for the finals at this stage in the season, a hard loss to a top team seems untimely and unfortunate, but the boys proved in the first half that we have the energy and effort to compete with the best even when we're shorthanded on players. With some hard work and the weekend off to put in some more training, expectations remain high to clinch a position in the top five.