Match Reports: Round 3 2016
By John Forster
Fresh off a good win against St. Mary’s one week prior, the Seniors were confident that the momentum would keep rolling with a win against Ivanhoe. Unfortunately the only thing that can be taken for granted in football is change and in this circumstance it was adverse change as Ivanhoe handed us a lesson in hard and skilful football.
The first term was a hard contest with Ivanhoe wresting a 2 goal head-start before our cop-on-the-beat Aaron Bird serenaded his return to the senior team with a trademark goal to get us into the contest. The quarter ended with a 2 goal lead to the Hoer’s but with the contest still well and truly on.
Unfortunately the ensuing second quarter bought only bad tidings as our opponent asserted their authority on their home deck. What followed in the 3rd and 4th quarters was much the same as they extended their lead at each change.
Notable efforts on what was an otherwise lamentable day included Josh “Blonde Bomb” Hutley’s magnificent best on ground performance punctuated by blistering runs, penetrating left foot field kicking and manic tackling. Hugh “He’s my guy” Mackay was also lauded after the game for his hard running and stiff contested work, continuing his recent good form. Our captain Andy “Amber Liquid Salesman” Leahy fought hard in the clinches all day and Rupert “Butcherer” De Crespiny again showed us all how clean his skills are.
The Hoer’s gave us a very stiff lesson in good football on the day, and the players were rightly reprimanded by a disappointed coaching panel who have worked hard to bring the playing group to a level where we can win consistently. This week we are back on Lady Como for a duel with the old enemy Prahran Assumption, which should see a greater effort from all players involved.
By Ben Millar
With the directions of Team App discarded we found our way to sunny Ivanhoe, ready to redeem ourselves for a poor Round 2 performance. The team was buoyed by the return of Nick ‘Polly Farmer’ O’Hare and the OGs best kept secret Tom Osmond as well as the Reserves debut for Tom ‘Slippery’ Hays.
The first half of football was a see-sawing affair with the OGs struggling to break Ivanhoe despite playing some decent football. Shannan ‘Shagga’ Gove began to take control of the backline and won intercept after intercept, pumping the ball back down the field to our big forwards who well fed Andy ‘kick 3 or 4 a week for fun’ De Fegely and Ryan ‘no need for’ Parson ‘when you can kick 6 sausages’.
With a 20 point lead at the long break it was important we went up a gear in the second half and we did just that, kicking 11 goals to 5 from that point on. This was largely thanks to the great work of big Harry ‘name your spot and I’ll hit it there’ Wynn-Pope, not just in the centre circle but covering the ground well, reaching all corners in a similar fashion to that of Will ‘Avicii who?’ Holmes at Arcadia later that evening.
The fleet footed trio of Will ‘week off for the masters if you don’t mind’ Evans, George ‘OGs favourite’ Macdonald and Henry ‘try and catch me, you’ll only make yourself look silly’ Johnstone had a field day in the second half, accumulating possessions at will and killing off any Ivanhoe hope.
All in all it was a great team performance with even contributions across the board, hopefully building some momentum into knocking over a bogey side in Prahran next weekend.
By Will Griffiths
In the Under 19’s 110-point loss to Ormond, there were a few glimpses of potential that have kept spirits high in our young side. We realised that although we were beaten convincingly, we actually won the contested ball as much as they did; we just didn’t use it correctly, and panicked when we needed to steady.
The back six were under enormous pressure for almost all of the game and it is a credit to the way they stood tall and kept competing. Ed Gubbins dominated the fourth quarter in the back half; cutting the ball off with spoils and grabs at every opportunity. Louis De Moor also took the game on even in the face of a huge loss.
The youngest player on the field, Joe Griffiths, was terrific in the ruck and forward line, taking big pack marks and kicking two of our three goals. Shaggy Tivendale was in and under every pack, working the ball out to Hugo Beinvenue who drove it forward with his left boot.
Tim Breadmore was all over the ground and continued to give everything his best effort all game. It’s a difficult task to match Ormond on their small home ground, especially when we are used to the wings of Como. We have huge areas to improve on which is exciting and we will continue to get better every week.
By John Graham
Saturday morning saw a top of the table clash between two undefeated sides, as the Clubbies took on second-placed West Brunswick. This has been unfamiliar territory for the Thirds since their premiership success in 2012.
If the boys weren’t aware that it was a top of the table clash before entering the rooms, they certainly knew it was once they entered. Coach Lewi had destroyed half of the Mt Gambier forest (much to the delight of John “Twiggy” Forster), posting 25 copies of the ladder around the rooms, circling and highlighting the two top teams.
The OGs dominated the ball out of the middle early, helped by arguably the deepest ruck stocks in the VAFA; Cam Sher ”we did” win, Dayle “Dug-another-hole” Kerrigan and Joe “Biggest schnoz in the VAFA” Kemp.
Donald “I’m still bitter that I lost my title of the ‘Biggest bum in the VAFA’ to AP” Sahlstom certainly played his game of the season, skirting around the back of packs and distributing the ball Sam Mitchell-like across half-back. Josh “Como Specialist” Archer, playing his 3rd successive game on the Lady, was the major benefactor of the schlick ball movement kicking another 7 majors.
The OGs eventually ran out 30 point winners and cement themselves on the top of the leader board.
3 Things I Liked
- Dewie, Ed Smith and Reedy’s support of the Clubbies, without their help we would be in a lot of trouble
- Lewi kicking his first major as playing Vice Captain
- Rhett leaving post-match festivities early to get ready for the MCC young members ball, “Men should spend just as much time getting ready for balls as the ladies do”. Although I don’t condone leaving OGs festivities early, I certainly do appreciate that one should be looking their absolute finest when on their first date with a work colleague (see below).