Match Reports: Round 6 2017
By Josh Hoevenaars
The Seniors approached Saturday's match against Hampton Rovers with a sense of purpose and focus after suffering a disappointing loss the week prior against Marcellin. It was a pleasure to head down the Nepean with Michael "Baron of Brighton" Holland who was calling out street names quicker than he calls out rotations on his magnetic board, guiding us safely into Boss James Reserve. We were greeted with a beautiful autumn day, and a tightly-knitted summer couch (pronounced cooch) surface, despite arguments from the Baron that it was in fact a winter turf. You didn't have to be a botanist to understand that this setup lent itself to fast-flowing footy, and so the boys prepared themselves for a match with plenty of run and carry. After plenty of chat within the semi-claustrophobic confines of Hampton's away rooms, the Seniors were ready to head out onto the Boss to show who truly was the boss from a footballing perspective.
Kicking with a breeze that reminded me of Tom "Slight Yet Strong" Balcombe, the boys started well, kicking the first four goals of the game and controlling the majority of play in the first quarter. We were winning the ball in the midfield thanks to "The Bull" Nettlefold and distributing to our forwards into space. Sam "Brother of Jack, Let's Call Him Jill" Anderson bobbed up with his first goal for the Club, whilst Colby "Age Shall Not Weary Them, Nor the Years Condemn" O'Brien spurred the boys on with a floating punt from outside 50.
The second quarter saw the OGs change up their game style slightly, and tighten up around the contest to try to reduce Hampton's scoring potential with the wind. Despite going against the wind, there were plenty of forays forward, but unfortunately we couldn't take our chances in front of goal, and went into half time only three goals to the better of Hampton. The focus at half time was evident, and there was a quiet confidence amongst the group that we could get the job done.
Kicking with Balcs again in the third, who had lost a bit of strength by this point, it was important to translate our possession and ball movement into scores. Although we were rebounding well through Harry "Web-Spinning" Graham, transitioning play through the midfield thanks to Ed "Granny Graham Makes a Wonderful" Keech, we couldn't translate this dominance into scores. One goal and six behinds in the third told a story, and as the siren sounded to end the quarter, we knew that we would have to hold strong in the last to claim the win.
Early in the last, things were looking OK, as we continued to win the ball and transfer it forward. Ten minutes in, two head knocks meant we were left with no spares on the bench, no cash in hand, no cards in our back pocket, and little fuel left in the tank. Whichever way you want to put it, we were swimming against the tide, facing an uphill battle, and heading into the wind, literally. Spare men were put back, as we tried to prevent the Rovers from scoring. Inevitably we couldn't stop Hampton as they came at us with the wind, fresh legs, and a funny little thing called momentum. A goal scored with half a minute to go was the nail in the team's coffin, and was a horrendous way to lose the match after being up all day.
We regroup this week back on our home deck against Old Ivanhoe. The next few rounds will reveal a lot about our team, and the rest of the season. Thanks to all volunteers and helpers last week, and in the weeks to come, we can't do it without you!
By Ben Millar
Saturday presented a great opportunity for the Reserves side to bounce back from their first loss of the season the week prior. Hampton were positioned at the bottom end of the ladder but proved more difficult to conquer than expected, making for a nervous last 10 minutes.
Kicking with the breeze in the first we made a good start (although early inaccuracy has become an ongoing trend) kicking 4.5 to lead by 17 points at quarter time, with John ‘Bradbury’ Graham getting a touch carried away with his new title as he bounced his way along the outer wing. Will ‘Honey’ Beasley, along with Matt ‘Meatball’ Lammeretz and Cam ‘Ken’ Sherwin had strong games and put us into a position at half time where we felt we could overrun an older and heavier Hampton outfit. Ball movement was certainly not as slick as at other times this year; however, the attack and intensity toward the ball kept us ahead in the contest.
The third term gave us the wind, and the opportunity to kick Hampton out of the game. But disappointingly, we didn’t capitalise and were outscored for the quarter, taking just a two-point advantage into the last. Talk at the huddle focused on running into the wind and making good decisions with the ball to hold possession.
Xavier ‘Pinball’ Everett had a huge impact on the closing stages, along with Joe ‘Daniher’ Kemp who took some telling marks in the forward half. Pleasingly we were able to withstand a fast finishing opposition and win one which we probably didn’t deserve by a slim margin of seven points. There is plenty of improvement left in the side but another four points in the bag was a good outcome.
By Ed Simpson
Saturday was the hotly anticipated grand final rematch. With a completely different outfit to the grand final last year, OGS were attempting to get back into the winners’ circle. With Rob "One Hand" Officer assisting Rhett Nicholas with coaching duties, there was nothing but expectation of things going our way.
The game was extremely even all throughout the contest. The first half was a great, where we showed a lot of promise. The third quarter started off with a bang with Josh (Golden Boot) Archer snagging a few beauties. The intensity in the midfield during the second half was extreme with Jimmy Cave and Nick Simpson creating pressure.
Sadly, like all good things, it doesn’t last. The final quarter started in promising fashion, however - disappointedly - Brunswick kicked away quite convincingly in the last 10 minutes. Both Matt Robertson and Paul Tucker took it upon themselves to try and drive the resurgence in the second half, but West Brunswick proved too good in the end.
There were many encouraging signs throughout the game and, with the added confidence of this, there is plenty to look forward to for the rest of the season. Special mention to Carroll and Burbs for manning the backline that was getting absolutely peppered throughout stages of the match.
By Libby Graham
On what was a perfect afternoon, the Oggettes headed off to the lopsided ground in Glen Iris to take on St Mary’s.
In a first for the Oggettes, we were hit hard from the outset and were down at quarter time. With us starting the game half asleep, St Mary’s took their chances and kept the Oggettes goalless. A bit of a pep talk was needed at quarter time and we came back out firing – peppering the goals, and thanks to some elite running and work ethic from Jess “Ballet Dancer” Brotchie, we managed to keep the ball in our half for the vast majority of the quarter, keeping St Mary’s scoreless. Unfortunately, however, we were unable to capitalise on our efforts and didn’t hurt St Mary’s on the score board.
After the break, Sass “Bend It Like Beckham” Le Lierve again provided the excitement up forward by slotting the Oggettes’ first major after a magical snap, bouncing it through – even the Mary’s lippy crowd didn’t have a response for that. After that the Oggettes only managed one more goal for the day in what proved to be a difficult encounter. Amelia “Rob Millsy Mills” Cronin put on a clinic across half back and provided us with some much-needed rebounding. However, St. Mary’s proved to be too strong this time, downing the Hoops by 20 points.
Looking to bounce back next week at Como – the Oggettes will, for the first time, have two teams playing, with the second team taking on Caulfield (at Caulfield) in an early morning curtain raiser.
By Ben Thomson