Match Reports: Round 6 2019
Written by Hugh Fitzpatrick
Old Geelong valiant in defeat
One of the toughest assignments in VAFA football is playing St Bedes / Mentone Tigers away and despite kicking the opening four goals of the match the men’s Seniors eventually became another victim of the tricky Brindisi St Oval. Now sitting at 2-4, next week’s Grand Final rematch at home against a bottom-placed Fitzroy becomes a must-win fixture as the OGs look to seek revenge following last year’s Grand Final defeat.
As mentioned, Old Geelong started the match in great fashion with the boys capitalising on inaccurate kicking by the home side, with the first four goals going Old Geelong’s way. Co-Captain Cal Wood was excellent, kicking four majors for the match and neutralising their best defender all game. Cal’s form this year is a credit to his hard work and the love he has for the Old Geelong Football Club, evident in an humorous altercation with a St Bedes player in the third quarter (ask Cal for further details!!).
St Bedes / Mentone Tigers controlled proceedings in the second and third quarters with their physicality and home ground advantage proving too much for the young OGs. Old Geelong’s second and third quarters have been an issue all year and is one that will be addressed during the week. Going into half time just a goal down, the boys urged themselves to continue their effort and intensity as that was something that couldn’t be faulted. Coming down from Premier Section last year, St Bedes / Mentone Tigers showed their class with ex AFL player Billy Hartung collecting what felt like 60 possessions with a clear best on ground performance. St Bedes kicked 5.10 in the third quarter, eventually creating a margin too big to close.
Old Geelong’s efforts throughout the day couldn’t be questioned. Christian Hatzis played no further part in the game after injuring his knee in the third term, and star midfielder John Simson had little impact on the game with the midfielder suffering a leg injury early on in the match. Matthew Bird played his best game for the year with the small forward competing valiantly against a bigger outfit. Will Horsfall and Josh Hutley continued their early season form in the backline with the pair continuing to attack and create off the backline all day.
St Bedes ultimately ran out victors by 42 points.
Sitting at 2-4, Old Geelong again find themselves in a must win clash, however this clash is one that the OGs have been looking forward to, as a Grand Final rematch awaits the OGs against Fitzroy at Como Park on Saturday.
Goal Kickers: C. Wood 4, C. Hatzis 2, M. Nicholls, J. Rawlings, H. Fitzpatrick , S. Anderson
Best Players: C. Wood, S. Dixon, W. Horsfall, J. Sheridan, M. Bird, J. Hutley
Written by Toby Boyle
Fresh from a week off, the Senior Oggettes were greeted by a brilliant autumn day in St Kilda to take on Collegians. The Reserves had saluted in the sunshine and the Seniors were keen to make it a double over our closest rivals.
Both teams started with a bang trading strong tackles and relentless pressure. It was Collegians who opened their account first but the Oggettes weren't willing to let their good early work go unrewarded. Steph Hird's clean gather and quick snap at goal sailed through and the hoops were on the board. Collegians capitalised on some defensive mistakes late in the quarter and made sure the Oggettes paid the price. The hosts held sway with a two goal lead heading into the first break.
The second quarter was an intense arm wrestle with neither side willing to give the other the ascendancy. Michaela Long finished off the good work of her team mates pressure in the forward line, slotting a mid range drop punt on the run. Collegians also managed just the one goal to keep their buffer at the main break. The Oggettes had their defensive book ends Alice Long and Anna Brodie to thank for keeping them well and truly in the hunt.
Alice and Anna repelling wave after wave of attacks clearly frustrated the Collegians midfielders who started the third term the better. Despite the solid and often dominate ruck combo of Olivia Gleeson and Nicole Chodelka winning the taps, the Oggettes midfield couldn't stem the hard running of their opponents and a four goal to nil quarter effectively closed the door on an Oggettes victory. Brooke McKay and Steph battled gamely during the quarter gamely whilst Dani Trott was providing a focal point up forward.
Collegians were still trying to put the hoops to the sword right until the final seconds. True to the Oggettes spirit, they fought out the last quarter with Olivia getting the first goal of the quarter and reward for her efforts all day. Another loss full of effort and intent but short on execution. Plenty of positives from the match however and a return to the expanses of Como Park this week will be a sight for the Oggettes eyes as they take on Old Xavs.
Written by Will Griffiths
The men's Reserves arrived at Brindisi St Oval ready for a fight, and when we eventually made it to our accommodation barely in the same suburb, we knew we were in for one. Coming off the double-ton victory from Round Five, there was a good feeling in the rooms and the boys wanted to maintain their habit of winning tough games on the road.
From the first bounce, the boys quickly realised we weren’t going to kick 30 goals and 27 behind like last week; we were going to have to work for it. Coach Colby had made it clear what he wanted from the mids, win it at the contest and then spread, which is exactly what they did. Andy Leahy continued his stellar year, racking up contested ball numbers and creating opportunities to score. You couldn’t tell that Shaggy Tivendale had come down with the flu the night before, he had the ball on a string as usual. Rupe De Crespigny decided to relieve Charlie Hawkins of the quarterback position, setting up every play and tirelessly rebounding the ball of half back. The boys were on, and went in to quarter time four goals up.
It was more of the same in the second quarter, except we dropped off around the contest. A St Bedes player began to tear us up through the middle, breaking multiple tackles and creating dangerous entries. OGs were able to win the quarter by a few points, thanks to some great forward craft from Joey Kemp and Blaze Jordan. At half time we’d maintained our lead of four goals, but St Bede’s weren’t going to simply roll over. The two old fellas in Colby O’Brien and Jase Barry gave us a stern warning… “Do not let them in.”
Not wanting to break our well-formed habits, we did let them in. Dom Baker did his job and completely shut down St Bedes' major ball winner, but their other players simply stepped into his place and wanted the footy more than we did. We had lost our structure up forward, and although Jock Grimshaw kept getting his enormous mits near the pill, he couldn’t bring it down. Going into three-quarter time a few goals up and all the momentum with St Bedes, we’d left the door ajar and they had stormed right through.
A very solid spray from Coach Colby was well and truly taken on, even though he kept his designer sunnies on while shredding us to bits. Again the message was clear, win the ball first and get deep, relentless entries. We couldn’t let this win slip through our fingers.
St Bedes kicked the first goal of the final term. The margin was back to just nine points. Our two big ruckmen in Cal Andrews and Cam Sherwin really started to turn it on, getting our mids first use and even playing as rovers at times too. But we needed something to steady the flow and win back the momentum… we needed a goal. Enter Jono Thomson. After being told to get on the ground and kick a goal, within a minute he kicked an absolute pearler from the boundary. That was the catalyst we needed. Another goal followed and St Bedes were flat on their feet. The game finished with the OGs up by three goals, securing our fourth win for the year. The boys are very fired up for some vengeance against Fitzroy in our Grand Final rematch at Como Park this weekend.
Written by Emme Richardson
The Oggettes Reserves have continued their winning streak in Round Six defeating Collegians 52-21.
Not even an early morning F45 session could stop Katie-Rose Campbell, “KR”, from kicking the first goal of the match. However, after a tight first quarter the Oggettes realised they were dealing with a much smaller ground compared to Lady Como, and focused on not overcrowding the ball and creating space.
It was the Oggettes composure that kept them in control throughout the second term, with Collegians kept scoreless for the quarter. Forward duo Vicky Tan and Judy McKay were hitting targets all day with plenty of strong marks and three goals between them.
The backline worked well as a team building a strong wall with the the ball rarely moving into the Collegians forward half throughout the third quarter. We also had our most cheered reaction when Zoe Watson kicked her first goal of the season! The Oggettes lead strongly at the end of the third with Collegians adding only a point before three-quarter time.
Like a fairy tale ending, captain for the match Michelle Pham finished off her year of football with a spectacular goal and three strong tackles in the last quarter. We wish her all the best with her move interstate for work. Michelle was one of the original Oggettes and we will miss her around the club!
The women's Reserves now turn their attention to Round Seven against Old Xaverians who will be sure to put up a strong fight.
Written by Declan Peacock
For the second week on the trot the men's Thirds found themselves on the wide expanses of Como Park, this time enjoying the coveted 2:00pm timeslot (given that our opposition, Swinburne, only have the single team, there is merit in the claim that we were in fact playing senior football…). The sunshine and warm temperatures had everyone chomping at the bit, with the exception of the author of this report, who was undoubtedly questioning his belief in the ‘live by the long-sleeve die by the long-sleeve mantra’.
After a hot start, it became clear that the OGs were a cut above their opposition, with Cam Lack providing first use out of the middle, allowing the on-ball brigade of Higgins, May and McDonald to get the upper hand, smashing Swinburne both in the contested ball department and on the spread.
The game was really put to bed in the second quarter, with the OGs putting on a wayward four goals eight behinds, thanks, in large part to the contributions of Tom Sheridan, bash brothers Chris and Harry Gubbins as well as Oli Le Lievre who were all impenetrable across half-back. Special mention goes to David Gist in this regard, who, in the absence of a number of our defensive pillars, marshalled the troops splendidly, a performance capped off with a number of big contested marks and pinpoint passes splitting Swinburne up the middle.
David Ruby made a remarkable contribution up forward until his day was cut short with a shoulder injury, one that was arguably a by-product of simply being too dominant overheard. Although with Taylor McNabb bobbing up for three majors, as well as a number of long range efforts from Gist and Le Lievre streaming out of the backline, the OGs were not short of scoring options.
A brief third quarter lapse was cut short with a rev up from coach Toby at the final change. The boys may have been scratching their heads and reaching for the calculators, but it nonetheless sparked a revival. With the inspiring words “come on, just do maths!!” ringing in their ears, the OGs piled on a further four goals to none in the final term to punctuate a well-earned nine goal victory.
Special thanks go to Xenia and Cathy Kemp for ensuring the BBQ was firing and the bar was open upstairs afterwards, congratulations to Gisty who (author note: rightfully) claimed his six pack of the finest for his B.O.G performance. Credit also goes to the Swinburne boys who hung around in great numbers for a beer and something to eat, which is what it’s really all about.