Match Reports: Round 5 2017
By Harry Graham
Perfect conditions were on offer last weekend as the senior team faced a tough task against Marcellin. Both teams were two wins and two losses heading into the clash so a true 8-point game was on hand. With it titled the Premier C “Match of the Round" earlier in the week OGS trained well and seemed up for the challenge.
With the pre-game address from coach Nick Bourke centred around beating them in the contested ball and cracking in hard all day, OGS were raring to go. In the absence of skipper George 'VAFA- Love-Child' Burbury the Seniors were lead out by influential ruckman Josh Hoevenaars as skipper for the day.
But the first quarter went very much Marcellin's way as they piled on 6 goals to 2 in a great display of football. Our defenders had no reply for their crafty forwards as their front and centre efforts netted them a fistful of goals. The second quarter continued to be a tough slog with OGS slowly gaining some ascendency. A goal-for-goal 30 minutes proved costly as the OGS had the majority of the possession in our forward half but couldn't quite capitalise.
Going into half time three goals down the boys knew we had plenty left in the tank: the same message from the coaches and the third quarter was underway. In what were probably some of our better passages of play throughout the year the boys really began to gel. Quick ball movement and overlap running is how we are trying to make a name for ourselves this year and we certainly did as we went into three-quarter time just points down.
But the fourth term then came and went, and disappointingly much like the first, the OGS boys had no response for their crafty ball winners who continued to be in the right spot to collect the front and centre and slot some nice goals.
Notable performances for the day were best afield young gun Charlie Comben who was given a defensive tagging job on one of their main players. Not only did Charlie restrict his opponent to barely a touch, Charlie had plenty of the ball too and won every single one-on-one contest. Truly a great sign for years to come to know how well this kid can play!
Jeremy Nettefold was also exceptional, bullocking his way through stoppage after stoppage. His tremendous ball use and quality decision-making was a huge asset in our forward pushes. In the forward half we were lead by the human wrecking-ball himself Jock Grimshaw and Cal Wood who kicked 5 and 4 goals respectively. A great performance by the two of them!
We now look forward to next Saturday where we face the seventh-placed Hampton Rovers in what will be another 8-point game. Thank you to all who came out and supported the boys on the weekend, a good crowd; we look forward to repaying the faith in the weeks to come!
By Nick O'Hare
Lady Como put on a delicious day for her first game of the year, with great conditions for the top-of-the-table clash between the two undefeated magoos teams. Unfortunately, the day didn't go to script, with no less than 10 changes from the previous week, a combination of man-flu’s, injuries and the usual OGS winter holiday retreats, leading to a 15-point loss.
Marcellin's mids got on top early putting the usual OGS brick-wall defence under the pump, and from the get go Marcellin made the most of their forward entries kicking 7.1 in the first half compared to the OGS with 3.8 (at one stage 1-7). After an amazing half time rev up speech from the Captain, the boys came out firing in the third, with Rupert "Dog Breath" De Crespigny, Dion "King Pig" Gilbert and Brad " The Little Wombat That Could" Gore getting some leather poisoning and putting us back in striking distance. (Editorial comment: we hasten to advise that the views of the person who submitted this article do not necessarily represent those of the Old Geelong Football Club Inc.)
The fourth started in the same fashion but it was too little too late, and with some experienced players injured we were unable to get back in the game. Well done to all the blokes who came up from the Thirds or back from injury. We will consolidate and be back next week.
By Nick Simpson
On the back of a loss at Como and an even more shocking performance on the stage at Untz Untz, our fearless coach Rhett “Budgy Smugglers” Nicholas led the Thirds team out to Altona Green park to face the undefeated Williamstown side.
Having lost a number (more) key players to the Reserves throughout the week, spirits were a little low around the rooms prior to the game. It was clear from the first bounce that we were up against an experienced and well-structured side; nevertheless, the OGS boys pushed on and put up a good fight.
By the end of the first quarter OGS were down 41-1 after being trumped through the middle and unable to get it into our forward 50. The second quarter saw two goals on the board for OGS and a fairly even quarter of footy which raised spirits going into half time. Following on from a good performance in the second quarter, OGS played a very competitive third term before conceding a quite a few goals in the last, blowing out the margin to 90 points. The final score was 59-149.
Whilst this was a huge loss, given our shortage of experienced players the boys played very well. Special mentions go to Rob Officer and James Planner who played hard footy in the mid all day, Sam Walsh up forward who slotted 4 goals for us and Josh Archer who pushed back to help out our back line.
By Libby Graham
The sun was out, the crowds were building and the Oggettes turned up to play for our very own deputy vice-captain, Emme "Go-Go Gadget Arms" Richardson, who was captain for the match in honour of Pink Sports Day to help support Breast Cancer Research Australia.
In what we have come to expect from the Oggettes, they yet again came out strong and led at the end of the first term with some hard-fought battles against another suburban side in Beaumaris. Unfortunately, we began dropping like flies after an initial lead and lost stand-in Captain Emme to a head-high tackle and superstar defender Kat "Untz Untz" Monotti to a leg injury.
The second half was again an arm wrestle with goals coming few and far between. (Perhaps in an attempt to be kind to the OGS’ boundary umpire. But I am getting faster. - Ed.) However, some inspired determination from George "Wine and Dine" Edwards winning a crucial one-on-three contest got the team on their feet. Along with some words from coach Toby to "stop playing tennis and get back to playing football" this proved the difference. The Oggettes managed to run over the top of Beaumaris and, despite being three players down, showed we were the fittest team out there and managed to dominate the vast size of Lady Como with speed and endurance.
The move earlier in the season of Sass "No One Can Pronounce My Last Name So I Will Become the Next One-Name Wonder - Like Madonna" Le Leirve to the forward line paid dividends as she bagged two classy sausage rolls as the only multiple goal scorer for the day.
The OGs wish both Kat and Emme a quick and full recovery as they look to get back from a broken leg and torn neck muscle respectively - all the best champions.
By Ben Thomson
The Unders arrived at Brighton (at 8.20am – think of how early those coming from Geelong had to set the alarm clock – Ed.) seeking to put an end to their winless start to the season. It was perfect conditions for footy and the boys were ready to go. We started well in the first quarter running the ball and playing a high tempo game which will now be a cornerstone of our game.
The second was much of the same with George Manton leading the way with 4 goals. We were up by a two-goal margin at the half. But in the second half unfortunately our fitness deserted us and Old Brighton ran over the top of us, pulling away 16 point winners, which was an incredibly bitter pill to swallow, but in the end we will learn from it and move forward. Our best was named as James O’Shea, whilst Hugh Coltman also contributed well with 4.