Match Reports: Round 2 2018
Written by Jon Anderson
We travelled to Ferndale Park in Glen Iris, the home of St Mary's Salesian who had won promotion to Premier C after losing a tight Division 1 Grand Final to PEGS last year. The weather conditions were best summed up as being a typical Melbourne day, strong winds, light winds, light rain, hail and no rain, cloudy, black clouds, blue sky and sunshine. Fortunately the Seniors missed the hail, although they produced some hail of their own in the last quarter after a tight opening three terms.
Part of the reason there were only nine points in it at three-quarter time was our poor kicking (8.18) and their excellent conversion (9.3). But an eight goal to one last quarter was an accurate assessment of the teams as our superior fitness and run came into play.
Many got in on the act late but when the game was hot in the first three quarters it was on-baller Will Sloss who was the clear difference. He kept putting his head over the ball and stayed on his feet despite the slippery conditions. Ed Keach carried on from his Round One form with another 25 possessions and importantly hit the scoreboard again.
Up forward Cal Wood took his marking tally to 21 after two matches and had crumbing forwards at his feet in Matt Corney (three goals) and a lively Sam Anderson. Goal of the day went to Matt Bird on his left foot. The nickname "Silky" would sit well on Bird such are his foot skills.
Rupert Kemp did an excellent blanketing job in defence on a dangerous opponent in Manny Dolan, while Hugo Perry was his typically composed self at Centre Half Back. We will miss Hugo for the next two weeks while he is overseas but are in the fortunate position of having George Chisholm capable of moving from attack to key defence.
Another player who stood out was Matt Kirkwood who has taken his game to new levels as he becomes more predictable to teammates with both his running patterns and decision making. "Kirky" is someone who will hopefully one day become a leader of the Club.
Next week we play Fitzroy Football Club at the old Brunswick Street Oval. They sit 1-1 after a narrow loss in Round One and a win over Peninsula last week. We picked up a couple of injuries but hopefully have the depth to come up and do the job that Senior Coach Nick Bourke asks of his players. The non-negotiable is commitment to the contest; the icing on the cake being a fast run-on game style that gets the ball in quickly to a forward line that has marking targets such as Jock Grimshaw (three goals), George Chisholm and Cal Wood.
Written by Libby Graham
The Oggettes were up and firing on Saturday with the opposition, St Mary’s, the reigning Premiers from season 2017. Wanting some revenge for being defeated both times last year, Toby “I’m from the Rat” Boyle had us pumped up and ready to go. However, unfortunately due to the rain the team had an alternative warm-up inside with a stretching session upstairs to make sure we stayed dry and warm before hitting the park.
On senior debut, Imo “$1.01 for weekly Insta name change” Scott came out all guns blazing with her first touch including a fend off, a bounce, a run and a kick in to the forward 50. It was super stuff, however unfortunately it was a forward 50 entry for St Mary’s. Luckily the defensive unit was on song and repelled it as quickly as it came!
Kath “I’m not” Dunn was again prolific in the midfield causing massive head aches for St Mary’s as her opponents rotated through her to no avail. Continuing to get the ball in our forward half and linking up nicely with Ella “not another” Scott out on the wing, it proved too much for St Mary’s. Unfortunately with most of the play the Oggettes were just unable to convert in the wet. However, the conditions didn’t stop Anna “sticky mitts” Brodie from taking a match high nine marks in the rain.
With a dead lock for most of the final term, Amelia “steam train” Cronin finally got the Oggettes over the line with a much needed goal in the final minute; coming out of the pack from nowhere and slotting it straight through from 40 metres out. President Jimmy “don’t touch the hair” Wright couldn’t get the full time siren sounding quickly enough - notching up the first win for the year.
Written by Jon Anderson
Fortunately the video footage taken at Seniors matches does not exist for a Reserves match which was played in shocking conditions before the sun arrived. However, the match was important in that the Club welcomed three Adelaide boys in Don Nicolson plus the Thorpe twins Will and Cam.
Unfortunately Will received a facial knock which hopefully won't keep him out for long, while his brother Cam and Don Nicolson both showed enough to suggest they are capable of playing senior football. Sadly it wasn't a day where any real flow was possible, the constant stoppages at least allowing Tim Breadmore to jump all over his opponent in the ruck.
Another debutant to impress was Will Horsfall who signed recently from University Blues and again looks a senior player in the making. Speaking of senior players, 2016 Premiership captain Andy Leahy was a clear stand-out, being at the bottom of several packs as he just kept presenting. Tom Saillard was another who was clean in the conditions as was Jack Anderson off a half back flank.
It wasn't a day for forwards but big Charlie Hawkins ran around and had a crack, both in a physical sense and also in some humorous exchanges with a couple of bemused St Mary's opponents. Jono Thomson was also important in a number of roles. The final score resulted in a eight-point win for the OGs, ensuring both the Seniors and Reserves remain undefeated.
The Club is focused on meeting the challenge of each round as it comes, a mentality that will take care of the win/loss ledger after 18 rounds. To achieve what we want will mean a strong Reserves team providing viable senior options, or as Alastair Clarkson always says, one soldier goes down and another soldier steps in.
Written by Libby Graham
In what could only be described as Monsoonal weather on Saturday, the Reserves took to the flooded Lady Como like a duck to water. After conceding the first point of the match, they never looked back and ended up keeping St Mary's goalless up until the third quarter.
Soph “no relation to Dave” Hughes shined up forward as the only multiple goal scorer kicking two sausage rolls along with a solid grab in the goal square that helped set the tempo for the team early on. Further up the field in the ‘slip n slide’, Emily “good luck catching me” Carr got plenty of it on the wing, setting up goals and helping the defence out in her debut for the hoops.
Special mention needs to go to Soph “good with ball and” Batt-en who played in the reserves game, was the boundary umpire for the seniors game and then played in the Thirds team later on - a stellar effort, thank you.
Coach Robbie “I’ll only have 1 drink tonight” Stevens had to ditch the clipboard after it was washed away but that didn’t stop her from coaching the Reserves to another outstanding win. Currently sitting top of the table with a percentage of 1,860%, the team is in red-hot form to get another win under their belt before heading in to the bye weekend and showing their prowess both on and off the field at Ladies Lunch.
Written by James Wright
With the 100 year storm about to bear down on Como Park a very strong Thirds team got the day rolling at Como Park with a terrific 77 point win.
Such is the depth of both squads this year that occasionally a player (regardless of strong recent form) unjustly finds himself in a particular team and is presented with the challenge to play well and continue to put himself up for selection for the higher teams. On Saturday two such players were Ed Manton and Liam Maiden. Ed, a former senior player, and Liam, a new player from Uni Blues, stood out with their clean skills and ability to hit the scoreboard in such trying conditions. Both players arrived with the right attitude and have certainly given Senior Coach Nick Bourke plenty to think about come selection on Thursday night.
Charlie Burbury was again solid in defence with his long kicking and ability to read the play while Wins Simson showed enough talent to suggest he may join older brother Johnny up the ranks in the weeks to come.
Cam Sherwin, another senior player from 2017, gave the midfield first use and continued his trademark physicality and follow up work at ground level.
Our American import Brian Ripetto showed that even in the tough swirly conditions you can still hit packs hard and impose yourself physically on the contest. Some deft tap work in the forward line resulted in early scoreboard pressure and I don’t think it will be long until we see ‘Rippa’ stake his claim for selection in higher teams.
A highlight from the performance was the consistency from the team. There wasn’t a burst of goals which blew the game open, nor a late flurry to put the result beyond doubt, but a solid, workmanlike match where our boys battled away and slowly but surely put the opposition to the sword.
The end result was a very strong 12 goal victory and the first of four wins on Como Park for the day.
Written by Libby Graham
For the first time in Old Geelong and VAFA History the Old Geelong Football Club held its first ever triple header of female matches. The change rooms were electric as the Thirds got ready to head out.
Spearheaded by 2017 veteran Emily “tanned all year round” Jackson, who booted three goals in a solid outing up forward, the Thirds were in control all match. Having three less players than St. Mary’s didn’t phase the team as they took command and put the game to bed early on.
Lucy “Furphy” Firth put on a clinic running rampant through the middle while Jessie “one of the” Gleeson’s had a total day out on debut.
With two wins before them the Thirds bought it home in style in a twilight game to wrap up a very fitting end to a history making weekend.
Written by Charlie Mann
Round Two saw the Old Geelong Under 19s face up against PEGS away from home. After an unfortunate first round loss in which we were leading for the majority of the game, the boys were eager to get the first win on the board. However, this was always going to be hard as the playing conditions were extremely tough due to the extreme winds. We were against the wind in the first quarter and PEGS capitalised outscoring us by 30 points. The score line was not reflective of the match as we had the majority of the ball. Matt Planner and Trent Tembo were exceptional in winning the ball.
What was extremely pleasing to see was the way we played in the final quarter. We outscored the opposition by two goals to none with Jacob Anthony and Killian McGregor each slotting home set shots. The boys 'never say die' attitude is extremely encouraging moving forward and makes you believe if we were playing in normal playing conditions the result would be vastly different. The final score was 52-16, an unfair scoreline given OGs had more touches of the ball then PEGS.