Match Reports: Round 6 2018
Written by James Wright
As the men's Senior team sat 3-2 and not quite playing to the potential expected of them in the early parts of the year it was a significant danger game coming up against a Club that has spent previous years in higher divisions. With some senior experience sitting on the sidelines due to injury Senior Coach Nick Bourke once again called upon one of his great coaching philosophies ‘Always go with youth; they’ll never let you down’. Thus it was with that we welcomed Liam Maiden into the team for his first game.
The first quarter epitomised the season with large periods of dominance going without reward and small lapses resulting in a scoreboard deficit with the work ahead of them. To the boys credit they began to work their way into the game with workman like performances from Ed Keach and our Vice Captain Tom Balcombe (who reminded everyone why his leadership and elite kicking is such a valued asset to the Club). Under instruction from backline assistant coach Joe Couch the defence lead the way, tightening up their structure and beginning to switch and run which piled the pressure onto the Pirates.
It was the second quarter where the boys asserted their dominance over the Pirates with some of our best football of the year. We spread the ground and matched excellent switching options with the unselfish overlap run which is the corner stone of how we want to play. It was an impressive second half from the boys and not withstanding a small five minute lapse in the third quarter managed to keep the Pirates to four goals for the last last quarters of the match.
Tireless Captain Cal Wood registered his best game of the season with six majors whilst new recruit Christian Hatzis slotted two and adds X factor inside forward 50. Livewire Sam Anderson with speed to burn left the hapless Pirates in his wake as he notched his best game for the Club and Johnny Simson found plenty of ball in only two and a half quarters of game time. Youngster Matt Planner continued to keep chipping away and provided hardness at the contest which defies his young age whilst first game player Liam Maiden's thumping left foot was always a danger with the ball in his hands.
As the final siren sounded it was an impressive 70 point victory for the OGs. It was important to get back onto the winners list and entrench ourselves inside the top four, however the focus was shifted very quickly to PEGS in seven day’s time which is shaping up as the most important match of the season so far.
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Written by Libby Graham
After copping a belting last weekend, the women's Seniors were ready to hit back and show Old Camberwell why we deserved to be in the top four. Heading away to Balwyn, the tunes were blaring and we were ready to get out there and hit the scoreboard.
It may have been either Mich Pham-Ba-Lam’s pump up dance moves or the inclusions of Tilly “King” Arthur and Isy “sister of Ed” Currenti, but the Oggettes came out firing to record the Seniors biggest quarter in their short history to lead at the first break 27-1. Both Tilly & Isy were prolific around the stoppages, racking up bulk clearances and booting some very classy goals. Unfortunately, we suffered another season-ending injury with Tilly going down with a suspected ACL. The whole Club wishes her the speediest of recoveries and all the best for getting back to playing as quickly as possible.
We kept the momentum going in the second quarter, keeping Old Camberwell scoreless and adding a couple of goals for ourselves. Claire “gimme” Moore kept her 7 foot 5, full forward opponent honest, winning every one-on-one contest that came their way.
Eliza “Wacky” Scott walked off the ground with leather poisoning after a career high disposal tally and using all the space on the wing to show her pace and skill.
Unfortunately we were unable to add too much more to the score, staying goalless in the second half, however the game was done and dusted by that stage and the Oggettes recorded their third win of the season.
Written by James Wright
The ground may have been a little damp but the sun was shining on Lady Como as a new look Reserves team took on the newly relegated Pirates who were back at Como Park for the first time since 2012. With a bout of illness sweeping through Como during the week causing a flurry of late changes and with first game player Jack Sheridan pulling on the hoops the OGs started in impressive fashion holding Peninsula scoreless in the first quarter.
It was more of the same in the second as the OGs executed Nick Bourke’s plan perfectly with fast running, overlap football utilising the wide expanses of the ground and then deep entries to the advantage of our marking players in the forward line. Will Horsfall, perhaps unlucky to find himself in the Reserves this week has given the coaches plenty to think about as he racked up the touches through the middle of the ground while Twiggy Breadmore was launching himself at every contest and consistently providing the forwards with another forward 50 entry. Late inclusion Harry Gubbins staked his claim for football in the higher grades with a classy four goal performance while Jack Sheridan complimented his ruckwork with strong marking and a two goal return from his first outing.
Premiership Captain Andy Leahy once again staked his claim for a senior recall as he continually presented in the right spots at the right time with a BOG performance, while another of our promising young recruits Charlie Crozier had his best game in the hoops with a four goal haul.
The last half was a precession as the OGs continued to pour on the goals as the boys took the opportunity to enjoy a good tune up ahead of the back to school game against PEGS at Geelong Grammar School.
Written by Libby Graham
Sitting pretty as the only OGs side on top of the ladder, the Reserves took on a seventh placed Old Camberwell over at Balwyn. In another best on ground display, Gemma “Dusty” Sullivan was everywhere and proved too much for the opposition as she ran rampant all through the midfield, setting up multiple goal opportunities.
Lucy “80 or 7” Rourke again put her hand up for senior selection as she broke tackles and transitioned the ball to our forwards with ease. Putting in a massive second quarter, the Oggettes piled on five majors in the short twenty minute quarter (with no time on) and put the game to bed early.
Leading the Reserves Coleman Medal, Soph “turf checker” Hughes added another three goals, taking her tally to fourteen after just five games. Big congratulations also go to Charlotte “I’ll be O-” Kay and Clare “yes” Mackarness, who both made their debut for the Oggettes. Charlotte made the most of it by smothering everything Old Camberwell threw at her. And Clare started her celebrations early, cheering the selection decision at dinner on Thursday night. This unrivalled enthusiasm continued as she showed the rest of the team how to celebrate a goal. Congratulations to both Charlotte and Clare and the entire Reserves team.
Written by Zach Carroll
On Saturday the men's Thirds were blessed to have a sleep in and rather than play in their normal timeslot of 9.20am they were graced with a 2.00pm match start time.
Arriving at PEGS and realising that the wind was going to be a huge factor in the outcome of the game we knew we wanted to start kicking with the wind. However unfortunately this did not happen. The first half was a back and forth battle, where one team would have the momentum but would rapidly switch to the other. Having big Harry Graham return to the team, stopping every ball that came across half back, helped us immensely but we left the field at half time having not taken advantage of the wind and being eleven points down.
In the third quarter PEGS showed us how good they can be, kicking four goals and five points to our solitary one goal.
The last quarter we had the wind and had a lot of catching up to do being 34 points down. Cam Sherwin showed exactly why he is such a good player, winning every tap and placing it directly onto the chest of an OGs player. Although James Browning was unable to miss in front of the goals during the last quarter and the backline kept the PEGS boys scoreless, the game ended in another close finish with the Thirds going down 65-62.
The Thirds have been involved in more close finishes than they would have wanted and will look to change it this weekend with a game at Como Park with the top of the ladder side Old Carey.
Written by Lucien Bienvenu
After a positive week on the track the Unders were greeted by a surprisingly dry Lady Como on Saturday morning. Eager to bounce back from last weeks loss and start turning “good efforts” into wins the side was buoyed by the return of Co-Skipper James Calanchini. However, this pre-game positivity quickly vanished as South Melbourne dominated the first five minutes of the game. To the credit of our boys we managed to turn around this poor start and through the efforts of Jim Mitchell and Trent Tembo in the midfield, and James Calanchini and Jack Menzel’s drive off half back we entered the first break fourteen points down.
The second quarter was evenly contested in the centre of the ground. However, a plethora of skill errors going forward and stronger two way running from South Melbourne meant the Unders couldn’t capitalise on the play they had and entered the half time break 37 points behind, but still very much in the contest.
Stern words from coaches Hugh Coltman and Charlie Mann at the main break disappointingly weren’t adhered to and the third quarter effort was poor at best. South Melbourne piled on six goals and went into the final break with an unassailable 64 point lead.
With a goal set by the coaches to win the last quarter, the last 25 minutes of the game summed up the Unders' day. Not only were we unable to win the quarter, South Melbourne extended their lead by sixteen points, but there was a succinct lack of true effort with many tackles not sticking and the opposition bullying us to win a majority of the contested ball. While the overall effort lacked, and was reflected in the 80 point loss, Sam Sitzler, Harry Gibson and Nic Neeson amongst others were commendable in their efforts all day.