MATCH REPORTS: ROUND 18 2019
Written by Colby O'Brien
The sight of seeing Jason “Bumble” Barry apply sunscreen during the hours of 9am and 9pm is not necessarily a guarantee of sunshine, however on this occasion it certainly was. Greeted by a glorious South Yarra day, a “dead rubber” was considered anything but by the men's Seniors keen to continue its momentum going into Week One of finals.
At 16-1 Williamstown deservedly went in favourites, however a blistering start by the group with four goals in five minutes set the scene for what would turn out to be a successful day at Como. Looking back, there is no doubt the quick beginning was prompted by the measured and relaxed speech of debut captain Jonny “I like the Salted Caramel bars” Simson.
Challenged by a very good Williamstown side throughout the first quarter, the group settled in the second and third quarters with nine goals to three setting up a handy 30-point lead at three quarter time. Unfortunately in the second quarter, Jock “I’ll be back in 1 week” Grimshaw almost lost one of his ankles to a wombat hole bore by Bradley “Womby” Gore and he looks to be on the sidelines for at least a week. The search remains for other wombat holes created by our resident wombat and we expect these will be revealed in the upcoming cricket season.
Wombats aside, the efforts of the back six and in particular Don “Sahlstrom” Nicholson and Will “bringing back #91” Horsefall were outstanding with run and dash, allowing our elite midfield led by Will “who needs a rug” Sloss to deliver to a redesigned, quick and dangerous forward line. Special mentions to Ed “leapin” Long for his deft tap work in the ruck, Jake “energiser bunny” Ward for doing the reserves boundary and seniors running, as well as Christian “the God” Hatzis for providing gyros to the boys at half time.
In my time at Old Geelong, the Club has never been as well placed on and off the field. See you on Sunday.
Written by Tony Tripodi
The weather gods set the stage for a blockbuster game and the audience was not disappointed with the men’s Reserves squaring off in a top of the table clash for second spot against highly favoured Williamstown. A team full of depth boosted by some top end under 19’s talent lined up on what has been a fortress for the Reserves who were yet to drop a game on their home ground. Pitched as an elimination final by coach Nick Bourke, the assignment was clear: win at all costs.
The OGs exploded out of the blocks with hard won footy out of the centre and a dangerous forward line peppering the goals. Inaccurate kicking from League leading goal kicker Joe Kemp and a man clearly at the wrong side of the ground George Chisholm meant Williamstown were never out of the game and kept coming back.
The finals-like pressure continued in the second half and had it not been for a rock solid defence led by iron fist Harry Sleigh, the scoreboard could have looked very different.
The final quarter was a continuation of the entire game; more inaccurate kicking from Joe Kemp and the OGs forwards with more resilient hardnose defence from the OGs defenders.
The OGs head into the game against Fitzroy with winning form, explosive energy and a clear belief that they deserve to go all the way!