Match Reports: Round 7 2018
Written by James Wright
As the men's Seniors went back to school and ran out at Geelong Grammar School, they were facing an old-fashioned ‘8 point game’ against newly promoted PEGS. Our team had been misfiring somewhat of late, and whilst four wins from six matches left us sitting amongst the finals contenders, we had not quite been able to muster up a consistent four quarter performance.
Some new faces and playing positions created challenges for Senior Coach Nick Bourke and his coaching staff in attempting to counteract and negate a PEGS outfit that was undeniably talented. The biggest question, however, still remained what kind of start would the OGs get off to.
After early goals from Liam Maiden, Tom Balcombe and Jock Grimshaw gave us a small cushion, the first half was largely a grind. Large periods of momentum and territory resulted in the OGs edging ahead on the scoreboard, only for PEGS to rebound and draw back within striking distance. In the past, this frustration may have led to a ten minute lapse and an accompanying flurry of opposition goals, but to the boys credit they held their nerve and withstood the challenge. Led by a new look, small and dynamic back six the OGs continued to execute the coaching staff’s game plan, spreading over the ground and running with intent.
The third quarter was more of the same with a four goal to three return as the hoops edged further away. For anyone associated with the Club, the fourth quarter was a sight to behold, keeping the opposition goalless whilst adding a final three goals, rounding out the most complete performance from the boys for 2018.
Young star Matt Kirkwood claimed Best on Ground honours with his job on the dangerous PEGS Full Forward Romanyk, who up until last week was averaging six goals per game. He was helped immeasurably by Ed Long, who consistently read the play, dropping off his direct opponent to sit in the hole helping and protecting his fellow defenders. Our midfield bull Jeremy Nettlefold set the tone with bullocking work through the stoppage to bring our running players into the game.
Jon Simson was absolutely everywhere, amassing up 36 disposals whilst also slotting two majors. With 27 possessions, livewire Sam Anderson continues to build nicely into the type of player we know he can be, bursting away from the contest with his speed, undoubtedly providing plenty of headaches to the opposition.
Vice-Captain Tom Balcombe was prolific between the arcs, complementing his 17 possessions with eight fierce tackles to build a level of pressure around the ground which had PEGS forever looking over their shoulders. Line breaker Jack Anderson showed signs of his importance to the team and will look to continue to build his form and fitness, while Matt Bird keeps on keeping on, bagging three majors and popping up at the right place at the right time. Bird and Captain Cal Wood sit atop our goal kicking charts with 13 each from the first seven matches.
Echoing the words of Senior Coach Nick Bourke, our attention immediately turns towards Old Mentonians this week, a team who despite a 2-5 record have put in a number of strong performances so far this season. We escaped injury free and with a number of players due back from injury in the next two weeks the competition for spots is strong.
Thank you to all supporters who came to Geelong Grammar School on the weekend and we look forward to seeing you again this week.
Written by Libby Graham
Playing away against a higher ranked Collegians, and a twilight match under lights, the Oggettes knew it was going to be a difficult game. We started strong and held our own through the midfield and managed to pepper the goals before Ella “another bloody” Scott finally drew first blood and booted her first for the match. It was a welcome sign to see hard work paying off for Mimi “I’ve got strong” Bones as she made her way back in to the Seniors and the best players list. Taking charge through the midfield, Mimi was prolific in stopping Collegians' run and carry play.
Collegians fought back in the second quarter, however the welcome return of Kath “I’m not” Dunn and another ripper performance from Ally “got the BnF in the bag” Kirkwood helped us steady the pace from the half back line and get it going back forward.
When the game was on the line to be won in the third, Lizzie “everyone come check out my dog” Slattery really stood up in an impressive performance. Slats dominated at the clearances which allowed us to get in to space and use our pace. She even managed to stop their biggest player dead in her tracks, which unfortunately knocked the wind out of her, but it was inspiring stuff none the less.
Sim “I’m actually a really nice person” Brown played a crucial shut down role on their half back, being told to shadow her player's every move for the remainder of the game. Having marked everything in their forward 50 in the first half, Sim reduced her opposition to just two second half marks, which ultimately allowed the Oggettes more freedom within our attack.
Unfortunately the game was played largely under Collegians terms who wanted a scrappy and in-close match, which often restricted our run and carry, however it was really good to see the Oggettes break that open in the third term as we managed to run over the top of them. Well done on a hard fought win.
Written by Rupert de Crespigny
Heading back to Geelong Grammar School was a blast from the past for many of the boys in the Reserves on Saturday and gee were they excited to run out on a pristine looking Main Oval. A few old war stories were being shared as we waited for Old Marcellin Collegian Nick Bourke who clearly didn’t know the drive as well as some of the other boys arriving slightly later than usual. Nonetheless, as soon as he turned up, it was all footy and the boys were switched on and ready to take it up to an older, bigger bodied PEGS line up who were sitting third on the ladder.
Both teams started well which resulted in a tight tussle for the first 20 minutes of the first quarter. Tim “Twiggy” Breadmore was giving our mids first use of the footy allowing Brad “Wombat” Gore to dig the footy out of every stoppage and propel us forward. However, some inaccurate kicking and high pressure from PEGS saw the OGs kick zero goals, five behinds to open the match. It wasn’t until late in the quarter that we were able to rectify this situation with Harry “sticky mits” Gubbins bobbing up and duking a few solid grabs and kicking truly giving the OGs a solid 22 point leading into the first break.
With the key message to run the footy into the wind and drive the footy deep into the forward line the OGs were ready to capitalise on their solid finish to the first quarter. The OGs hit the ground running with Shaggy “gut running” Tivendale and Will “I’ve had a” Horsfall driving the OGs deep into attack at every opportunity. With Joe “this one can mark” Kemp taking marks and kicking straight the OGs piled on five goals to none ensuring they obtained a commanding lead of 53 points at half time.
With the older and bigger bodied players of PEGS starting to tire, the OGs continued their relentless attack on the footy with solid defensive pressure and silky skills throughout the second half resulting in a satisfying 70 point win. The OGs look forward to Old Mentonians this week.
Written by Libby Graham
The Reserves started the weekend how they finished the last, piling on goal after goal against an undermanned Collegians. Being the great sports that the Oggettes are, six of us donned the purple and yellow to make sure we got a proper game up and running. Massive thanks and congratulations to Mia MacMahon, Zoe Watson, Izzy Sanchez, Judy McKay, Indi Rofe and Alex Cooper who all put their hands up to help out Collegians with numbers.
Meanwhile, Phoebe “leather poisoning” Ulrick absolutely went to town in the midfield, setting up multiple goals and earning herself a best on ground in the process. Up front, Annabel “Bananarama” Richards topped off a great day with, as you can probably guess, an absolute ripper of a banana goal. We’ve got no idea where that came from because Toby “the Rat” Boyle or Sam “look how fit I am” Goddard certainly haven’t taught us that at training yet! One thing is for sure, it was delightful to watch.
Charlotte “O” Kay has gone from strength to strength in the midfield, jumping into the best in just her second game - well done. Up front, Clare “celebrations” Mackarness has fitted in to the forward line like a duck to water after booting four goals in a standout performance.
It was a little bit quieter down back, however thankfully Tess “Ten” Lawless, (who must have been on a quick Bali holiday to get that nice golden glow after training on Thursday) had everything under control, making sure anything that came near the defensive 50 was repelled back as quick as possible.
Well done to the Oggettes on yet again another ripper win keeping the opposition scoreless.
Written by Graeme Wertheimer
“1,2,3, the Ogger boys are we” is still echoing down the banks of the Yarra River after a tremendous victory in the early hours of Saturday morning when the men's Thirds knocked off the top of the table Old Carey down at Como Park.
Wet weather footy brought a physical contest with both sides putting their head over the ball, trying to assert their authority early. Old Carey got the jump on us with their accuracy paying off going into quarter time a couple of goals in front.
After a better second quarter we clawed back to within a kick, however some unfortunate “technical difficulties” allowed Old Carey to get a cheap goal and lead by a couple leading into half time. An inspirational coach pleaded for some self belief and ignited a spark that had previously been absent. We headed back out with our heads held high to “control the controllables”.
Just 20 seconds into the third, a quick clearance saw Max “Grundy” Johnson take a great grab and capitalise to bring us back to within a kick. He put on a clinic in the second half finishing with three majors. It was delicious. Another perfect tap from Pricey straight down the throat of Bakesy, who got a quick clearance deep into the forward line, allowed Wert to showcase his crumbing skills and wheel one around the body to snap up a second goal in as many minutes. The OGs were really up and about now.
The momentum continued as Rhett “get around me” Nicholas brought his bedroom prematurity to the game, throwing his finger up in a celebration so hard he fractured it, only to be told it was nothing but a point. He quickly redeemed himself by snagging a big juicy goal, and yelling his trademark “Get around me boys". A lap of honour followed before heading back to the bench where he sat comfortably for the remainder of the match.
Burbury continued finding people silly enough to get in his way as another bloke fell victim to the freight train in full motion. Chocco Williams dominated through the middle, tying the noose around their necks and helping us kick further in front.
Bakes cramped up late in the fourth quarter, going down with suspected leather toxicity and Ripper required a quick spell after a potential diagnosis of altitude sickness, making it a very well deserved victory.
This great win shows what we are capable of and highlights that with a bit of commitment the silverware is not far out of reach!
Written by Hugh Coltman
The Under 19s came up against an in form Whitefriars over the weekend but their winning streak didn’t stop the boys cracking in early. The OGs seized the momentum early in the first quarter with the opening goal of the match. The first quarter was a real arm wrestle with both sides whacking in and showing great endeavour. Whitefriars lead at the first break by just one goal.
The early momentum and bulldog attitude from the OGs extended into the second quarter. We were hungry at every contest but sometimes over committed and this saw Whitefriars use their outside runners well to take a couple of goals on us. The boys regrouped and produced some excellent passages of play to bring the margin back to fifteen points going into the major break.
The game was in the balance at the start of the second half and the boys in hoops were eager to get back into it. A few quick goals to Whitefriars really slowed down our ball movement which then costed us in our forward 50 and a few sloppy 50m penalties really hurt us. The quarter ended and Whitefriars were leading by 30.
Heading into the last quarter the boys still kept going however our efforts weren’t rewarded on the scoreboard. Angus McPherson, Jim Mitchell and Trent Tembo lead the way all day and stood out however Whitefriars proved why they are the top team and ran out 60 point victors.