Match Reports: Round 12 2019 (Women's)
Written by Toby Boyle
The final home match for the Senior Oggettes (the Reserves may still be awarded a home Semi Final) welcomed Old Camberwell to Como Park with the forecast suggesting a miserable day. Despite this, outside was the place to be as inside was increasingly smelling like the toilet area on the fourth day at Falls Festival! A quick relocation of changeroom to upstairs for the pre-match prep couldn't unsettle the Oggettes who were ready to turn the tables on the Wellers.
The opening minutes of the match were frantic as bodies piled in on the ball and tackles being laid thick and fast. Once the match settled down it was the Oggettes with some good territory gains. Alex Cooper and Kath Dunn were busy early, continuously repelling the Sherrin into the forward line. The Oggettes forwards hopwever were caught behind when it mattered and were unable to capitalise on good work upfield. Old Camberwell were much more efficient when they went forward kicking the first of the game and adding a second after a dubious free kick just before quarter time. Despite the quarter time score, the Oggettes mids and backs were well on top.
The second term saw a better response from the forwards as they were more proactive and applied more pressure on the visitors to lock the ball inside forward 50. The reward eventually came when Vicky Tan pounced on some great team work and kicked truly under pressure to pull the margin back to four points. Ella Scott in her last game for the year was providing options across the wing and half forward, bringing her team mates into play and providing the goal assist to Vicky's goal.
The situation inside didn't appear to be improving so the Oggettes regrouped on the field at half time. When the second half commenced, the matched tightened up and neither side was giving an inch. The ruck combo of Olivia Gleeson and Nicole Chodelka were slowly overcoming the Wellers ruck who favoured grabbing possession of the ball over hitouts. Alex McKay and Brooke McKay were the beneficiaries of the Oggettes getting on top in the ruck, whilst both Nicole and Olivia started to assert their influence around the ground as well. The scoring had well and truly dried up until the Wellers broke the deadlock and nudged further ahead just before three-quarter time.
Still in touch and desperate to farewell Como Park with a win, the Oggettes were encouraged to play on at every chance and to take risks in the final 20 minutes. Jemma Allsopp rose to the occasion, putting in her best quarter of the year and her team mates lifted around her. It was clear that Old Camberwell were hanging on for victory as they committed players back and did all they could to make it a scrap. Not to be deterred, Olivia Gleeson finished off a coast to coast goal for the Oggettes to draw within five points of the Wellers with two minutes to play.
With no time on, the Wellers player who was about to collect the ball from Olivia's goal on behalf of her club boundary (who was 100 meters away), was instructed to leave the ball to waste time by the Wellers coaches. Hardly sporting but par for the course from a disgraceful group of yobbos who received official warnings earlier from the central umpires for abuse. With almost a minute lost, the Oggettes threw everything at the visitors with only a minute to play. Brooke appeared to be caught high in a tackle with five seconds on the clock and 20 metres out from goal, but the umpire thought it best to get home safely and keep the whistle away!
Unlucky to go down by five points but a 60 point turn around from Round Three with key players missing highlighted the continued development of the Oggettes as the season has progressed. Next week the Oggettes travel down the road to Glenhuntly Reserve, looking to do the double over Caulfield Grammarians!
Written by Georgia Rule
Following a hard fought victory back in Round Three, the Oggettes were eager to knock off fifth placed Old Camberwell and secure our spot in the finals. Now accustomed to the early morning starts, the girls were primed and raring to go as we took to Como Park for the last time this season. Rising to the occasion the girls delivered one of our best team performances of the year, keeping Old Camberwell scoreless for the day.
Maddy Pham got the Oggettes off to a flying start with an early goal in the first quarter. With the Europe exodus in full-swing the Oggettes were down to a team of just 19. A bench of one and limited rotations meant the midfielders had their work cut out. This however was no problem for the Oggettes with another dominant display from ruck Helen Salter providing the Oggettes first use every time. With both Gleeson sisters back in the team, they formed the ultimate midfield duo and were unstoppable through the middle of the ground.
A slow start to the second quarter on the scoreboard was quickly reversed with a thumping goal from Lizzie Slattery. Fresh from her three-month long Euro vacay Lizzie was everywhere, ensuring the opposition had no chance to get involved and earning herself a well-deserved Best on Ground. Not to be outdone, Ursi Van Dyk provided the goal of the day from the pocket late in the second and sent the Oggettes into half time 3 goals to 0.
With all bar three of the Old Camberwell players in our forward 50, there was a lot of traffic to navigate. This was no match for Judy McKay who ducked in and under the contest quickly collecting the ball and feeding back to our forwards all day. In what could be described as a full-backs nightmare, the Oggettes proved strong structure and positioning beats numbers, with the Oggettes marking 95% of the kick outs, and ensuring the ball rarely left our forward 50.
A few lapses in concentration late in the third quarter saw Old Camberwell break through, only to reach the Oggettes backline. The backline maintained their structure all day with Sophie Wilson marking anything that came her way and Skye Ranicar mowing down anyone in her way.
On a sad note we farewell Tashie who played her last game for the Oggettes after three seasons. From day one Tashie’s speed and silky skills have been a valuable asset and she will be greatly missed.
A big thank you to all of the volunteers for the day. In particular, our boundary umpire Aden Strong, runner Rupert Kemp and waterboys Harry Gubbins and Jacob Jess. And of course to the ever faithful Nick Edwards, who came prepared for the occasion in his gum boots, which turned out to be more useful for cleaning the flooded clubrooms than goal umpiring.