Match Reports: Round 5 2019
Written by Hugh Fitzpatrick
OGs fail when it counts
It was all smiles up until the 22nd minute mark of the second quarter when Old Geelong missed a near certain shot at goal that would have put the boys 32 points in front at half time and from that moment on Old Haileybury kicked 11 goals to our 4 with Old Geelong’s inability to stop momentum again an issue that cost us another victory at home.
In what was a must win game for Old Geelong at home. The senior side showed glimpses of football that would hold up against the best sides in Premier B this year. The midfield and forward line worked beautifully for the first time this year with all six starting forwards kicking a first quarter goal. Lively forward Sam Anderson was brilliant having eight first quarter possessions and also kicking the first goal of the match.
Old Geelong was fiercely competitive for the first half of the match however in the end the physicality and overall class shown by Old Haileybury was telling in the second half of the match. Old Haileybury’s ability to attack from defence is a strength the players knew before the game; however our incapacity to stop momentum was, and is a major flaw so far this season. With it not being the first and definitely not the last time our senior side will have to stop a momentum shift, the side’s leadership and experience was put under the microscope post-match with the player’s lack of confidence coming to the fore in the second half.
John Simson and Mickey Nicholls could both hold their heads high with the pair doing all they could to will the side over the line. Simson collected a season high 28 possessions in the midfield showcasing his class that won him the 2018 best and fairest. Nicholls was lively again kicking a goal of the year contender in the second quarter with a scissor kick on the run impressing the Como crowd.
With the match all square at three-quarter time and all the momentum going Old Haileybury’s way, with this not being the first time the senior side have had to look within, the boys had an opportunity to make a mark on the competition and show what it means to be an Old Geelong player. The last quarter had its ebbs and flows however due to inaccurate kicking and poor defence by the senior side, Old Haileybury were eventual winners by ten points. This disappointing defeat leaves Old Geelong 2-3 and sitting sixth on the ladder as they face eighth place St Bedes at Brindisi Oval.
The senior side would like to wish Charlie Crozier the best in his recovery as he has torn both his ACL and his meniscus on the weekend. Charlie has started the season in impressive fashion with senior games becoming a regular, the character he shows around the club leaves me knowing that he will come back bigger and better in the 2020 season.
With the season somewhat at the cross roads so early in the season, Old Geelong find themselves in a must win clash away from home. The onus is on the playing group this week.
Written by Andy Leahy
The Round Five display from the Old Geelong men’s Reserves side will go down as one of the more dominant team performances ever. With 13 individual goal kickers (Joe Kemp 7 and Tom Wilson 4) and winners on every line, Old Haileybury simply had no answers as the OGs had their way for the whole match to win by 206 points and concede only 1 point thanks to a lack of judgement in the air by Charlie Hawkins (who now owes all the boys a beer).
In my mind Round Five will no doubt be remembered for one reason. The inspirational comeback from much loved club stalwart Hamish Sellar. To paint the picture, Hamish had put in a remarkable pre-season in 2018 as a new recruit to the club and in the week leading up to Round One looked primed to take his spot in the senior 22, however was cruelly struck down with a season ending knee injury. No doubt it would have been easy for Hamish to throw in the towel at this stage however, he displayed tremendous resilience. Doing all the rehab and sticking by the club and being a huge presence off the field to win the Best Clubman Award in 2018. To see Hamish come back 12 months later and kick his first goal in the hoops and every team mate get around him during the last quarter was a great reminder of why we play this great game. Well done to Hamish and I wish him all the best for the rest of the year.
In a sour note for the side it was hard news to hear young gun Charlie Crozier being struck down with a similar injury to his knee which will unfortunately see him sidelined for the remainder of the season. On behalf of all the Reserves players and everyone else at the Old Geelong Football Club, I want to wish Charlie all the best in his recovery and let him know that we are all here for him.
Next week the challenges continue as the boys will face a hardened Premier and Premier B side in St Bedes/Mentone. Another solid performance here will see us in touch with the top four as we continue the march into season 2019.
Written by Liam Higgins
A fixture change for the men's Thirds marked the first triple header and a long awaited return to Como. Although the crowd really only consisted of Colby filming Ryan McEovy miss set shots and twos blokes getting strapped, it was nice to finally play in front of someone. A few major changes to the seconds saw Blaze Jordan, Johno Thomson, Andy De Fegely and Harry Sleigh join Jarrod “Emergency” Tydnall and Gus “older, bigger and better Harry Mac” Perry on the inclusions list. After Tobes was caught with a chub whilst looking over the star studded magnets that had been added to his white board, the ball was bounced.
It was a fairly tight arm wrestle throughout the first, Pez held down the fort amongst a flurry of Xavs entries in his 100th game. The big man's milestone match was grimly brought to a close after a groin injury, however his presence was replaced by Harry Sleigh, who intercepted brilliantly off half back all day. The Oggers kicked away during the second and third, inspired by Declan Peacock who dominated the Old Xavs midfield and added a pair of crafty left foot snags. Blaze Jordan proved his class with six goals and Johno Thomson added three more to the onslaught from the cage.
Harry Gubbins was given the “Tyndall Treatment”, which entails stiffly being listed as emergency, becoming a late inclusion after Stinga May was ruled out with piss sinking related injuries, and then earning a spot in the bests after a classy and bullish performance. A masterful motivational tactic from Tobes that has worked well all year. The forward line, unlike recent weeks, was potent and provided 31 scoring shots, however due to their bizarre fetish for points, 16 of the 31 shots were behinds.
The OGs piled it on in the last, with Nick O’Hare even sneaking up from full back to add two junk time snags. Gist, Tyndal, Walsh and Stewart also played huge roles for the second week running in what was a convincing team victory. Two wins on the trot for the men's Thirds and despite not cracking the top five yet and sitting at 2-3, there’s whispers the lid is off.