Match Reports: Round 4 2018
Written by Matt Bird
On a sunny Saturday afternoon down at Lady Como following good wins from the Unders and the Reserves, the Seniors had a point to prove after their disappointing loss to Fitzroy against an Old Camberwell side coming off a strong win. After only laying twelve tackles in the first half against Fitzroy, the senior side was eager to improve on this under the watchful (some maybe not so watchful) eye of the annual Ladies Day crowd.
The first term saw the OGs down by ten points at the break. This was largely due to some sloppy skill errors and a rampant Old Camberwell side filled with confidence after a 50 point victory the week before.
The second term saw OGs find their way into the game with a three goal to two quarter, bringing them within four points at the main break. Ed Long was a standout not only in the first half but for the whole match highlighting his ability to put his head over the ball and distribute cleanly. Tim Breadmore was also important early getting his hand on the ball during every ruck contest and giving opportunity to the midfielders to get their hands on the ball first. Included for his first senior match at the Club, Christian Hatsis booted his first of two goals thundering one home to get the boys within four points.
The third quarter was a tale much like the first two with OGs not being able to assert their dominance on the match. The effort was there throughout but the polish wasn’t quite there with both sides trading three goals each. However, this was the start of the Jock Grimshaw resurgence as his clean hands and accurate goal kicking (five goals) inspired the team and ultimately proved the difference between the two sides at the end of the contest.
Hence, a five goal to nothing last quarter proceeded to lead the OGs to their third win from the first four games. Sam Anderson was typically lively, Will Sloss was as consistent as ever and John Simson continued to get the ball moving forward.
Next week proves to be another true test for the Seniors as they take on a Williamstown CYMS side who look to be the form side of the competition thus far.
Written by Harry Gubbins
The Reserves had a fantastic win on Saturday against the Old Camberwell seconds. With an extremely strong start with the opposition not touching the scoreboard, the mindset of having a large win with the large group of girls up at the clubhouse encouraged the boys to make every play look as smart as possible. Our strong full forward Joe Kemp played very intelligently to snag four goals and encouraged the team to keep playing our hardest.
Our star midfielder Charlie Youngman, who celebrated his impressive milestone of 50 games, played to his usual high standard with a full game playing in the middle. I was very impressed with the team as we didn’t let Old Camberwell slip once. Last year we played the same team and had a comfortable lead at half time, however they came back strongly after the break and we only ended up winning the game by a few points. It was great to see us not let them do that again.
Our defenders are to be recognised as they provided us with an incredibly solid wall and barely allowed Old Camberwell to pass. By the end of the match we were all ready to have a well-earned drink with the rest of the teams up at the clubhouse.
Written by Toby Blatchford
The Thirds have claimed their third win of the season, defeating St Mary’s Salesian by 50 points at Ferndale Park .
The game was mainly played in the OGs favour until St Mary’s piled on five late goals in the last quarter, but the lead was already too great for the boys from Como. The OGs were able to break away early and responded well to Coach Truck’s instructions around bringing a physical mindset and presence to the game as well as backing each other with skills to “link up” through the middle.
The backline pressure for most of the day was unrelenting with J.Potter leading by example in the absence of C.Burbury. The forward line enjoyed a free flowing entry from both sides of the ground but were exposed with accuracy issues early before some class movement from the Old Geelong side saw J.Browning moved to Full Forward resulting in a five goal masterclass. A.Wylie hit the contest early in the middle and was flanked by some classy support with J.O’Shea, D.Baker, W.May & J.Tyndall. A highlight of the day saw Wylie win the center clearance and sail home a goal from outside the 50 with many of the team pushing up the ground to get around the man after the performance.
Matchday captain S.Caldow was showing off his goal smarts snagging three goals roved from deep in the forward pocket while N.Simpson found touch early but struggled to convert sailing only one of three set shots through the big sticks.
Old Geelong coach Toby “Truck” Blatchford is happy that ‘the boys are playing consistent footy’. “I thought our defensive group and the way we have been moving the ball through the middle at the moment has been really pleasing, obviously we need to do a bit of work on our scoring but you can't fault 32 scoring shots for the game.”. Blatchford said.
Old Geelong Thirds host Marcellin OC at Como Park next round, before travelling to PEGS Sporting Fields.
Written by Nick Neeson
The weather on Saturday morning was the expected dewy conditions that the Under 19s are prepared for each week. We were up against the Preston Bullants who similarly had not yet claimed a win. With all 22 players backing in Lucien Bienvenu, our new 195cm midfielder, there was positive spirit amongst the group. The first quarter was balanced with our boys slightly in the lead. It was in the second that the boys were able to get on top of the scoreboard lead by Jacob Anthony at center half forward. Jim Mitchell carried his good form into the match continuously clearing the ball from the middle of the ground.
A healthy start to the second half was on the account of strong words by senior coach Nick Bourke who let the boys know some areas for improvement. Jack Roe, Trent Tembo and Angus McPherson were some of many to stand up and act upon the experienced advice. The attack and link up football improved, which may have been supported by the conditions drying up. The boys were up by about four goals going into the final term. It was now it was time to test the legs.
It was the run from James Sholl, from one flank to the other, and the encouraging words from coaches Hugh Coltman and Charlie Mann that provoked the boys in maintaining it for the last 25 minutes. The lads managed to win the game by 22 points (8.11 59 to 5.7 37) and hopefully secure our position in the division.