Match Reports: Round 8 2018
Written by Matt Corney
On a glorious day for footy, the men's Seniors made the trek down to Mentone to continue what has become a fearsome rivalry between the two Clubs. Coming off a fantastic win against PEGS the week prior, the boys were keen to build on our run of form and keep in reach of ladder leaders Fitzroy and Williamstown.
The first quarter was tightly contested between both sides. Charlie Youngman was instrumental early, playing a fantastic crumbing role and bobbing up to kick a couple of early goals. The OGs seemed to be more polished and poised with ball in hand, however as Senior Coach Nick Bourke stated, the boys weren’t able to capitalise due to a lack of contested ball early.
The second quarter saw Jez Nettlefold show how vital he is to the midfield group with his best on ground performance, as the mids started to turn the cogs and win the ball out of the middle. This allowed the likes of outside running machines Liam Maiden, Jon Simson and Jack Anderson to stamp their influence on the game as the boys looked to run and carry the ball. As described by Assistant Coach Nick Abbott as the “best point of all time” the boys had a superb passage of play where they ran the ball from deep in defence to our half forward line where unfortunately the eventual shot on goal missed. This epitomised how we as a team want to play and a style of play that will be very hard to stop when executed well.
However, the new Ice Man at the club Andy ‘Laser’ Leahy stole the show with an after the siren goal that lifted the boys right on half time after a spirited comeback from Old Mentone.
The second half saw the OG’s consolidate their lead with the big three down back Hugo Perry, William Sloss and Matthew Kirkwood doing a terrific job nullifying Old Mentone’s forwards and rebounding the ball out of defence. Jock Grimshaw was dominant in the second half, standing tall and booting five majors to squash any sort of resurgence that Old Mentone tried to conjure.
The game ebbed and flowed throughout much of the afternoon, however the boys continued to counteract anything and everything that Old Mentone threw at them. The OGs eventually proving too strong for Old Mentone, coming away with a 37-point victory.
The side now turn their attention towards Old Ivanhoe Grammarians who much like Old Mentone are fighting to keep their season alive. The OGs will look to capitalise on their solid start to the season and push for a 7-2 record at the halfway point in the season with the much-needed bye round to follow.
Thanks to all the supporters who made the journey to Mentone and we look forward to seeing you this weekend back on the hallowed turf of Lady Como.
Written by Ally Kirkwood
The return of the Oggette’s to Lady Como after a few away games saw the sun shining down and the girl’s pumped up. Looking to cement our place in the top four, we were ready to ensure this team looking to get their first win would have no chance on our muddy home turf.
The Oggette’s came out firing but Mazenod kept the pressure on. A couple of early goals got the Oggette’s excited that something positive was going to come out of this match. Mazenod drew close a few times, getting the ball over the half back line, forcing Claire “I am D3” Moore to take on three players alone and she certainly didn’t let them score. Lucy “runs 15km per game” Gubbins kept finding open space and using her endurance and speed to take the ball out wide on the wings, where Ella “plays left wing only” Scott used her left-foot kicking ability to push the ball into the forward line. Carol “I kick goals” Edwards provided many opportunities in the forward line and out-marked her players. A brain-freeze from Anna “see me June 2 for Go-Anna wrestling” Brodie saw her forgetting to push back on the mark when going for goal, resulting in a fair winding of the Mazenod player on the mark.
A half-time pep talk from Toby “amateur prankster” Boyle got the girls looking to get their name on his board for most blocks, gut running and keeping the pressure on. Kath “I’m never” Dunn continuously showed why she received BOG with her leather poisoning efforts through the mid-field and forward line. Amelia “puts most pressure on opposition” Cronin assisted Kath through the midfield by gaining the pill back off the opposition after applying pressure and stealing it off them.
At the beginning of the last quarter and kicking goals to home (clubhouse) a strategic decision by Libby “The Skipper” Graham saw Laura “I don’t kick goals” Hallam kick two goals with a taped up hamstring from near the 50m line. The Oggette’s intensity lifted and Lizzie “dangerous tackler” Slattery continued her best performance through taking marks as Mazenod kicked it out of the backline and sending it straight to Phoebe “goal square madness” Ulrick. A fantastic final quarter saw the Oggette’s finish strongly and hopefully add fuel to fire-up for next week’s tough match.
Written by Ed Manton
The men’s Reserves have been flying high since their early loss to Fitzroy and with wins against Williamstown and PEGS last week, September football is looking more likely. This week though it was a matter of passing through the round unscathed as we journeyed to Keysborough to play bottom-of-the-table Old Mentone. With a percentage of 11%, and losses to teams in excess of 200 points, we arrived expecting the same kind of clinic.
To give credit where its due Old Mentone came out with some passion and kicked the first goal of the game after a very inaccurate and wasteful first five minutes from the OGs. After the first quarter it was two goals apiece with countless wasted chances gone begging. After some wise words from Nick Burke about making sure the basic skill execution was there and we didn’t get too individually focused, we began to put the foot down and dominate across the ground.
With devastating run out of the backline Ollie Graham was able to use the extra time to great effect, setting up countless forward entries. Will “Wink” Simson and Rupert de Crespigny began to dominate around contests; their ability to duck and weave around the opposition, then use the ball with such pinpoint precision made it a joy to watch. They were also involved in the scoring with seven goals between them. Up forward, with plenty of inside 50’s came masses of goal kickers, with Charlie Hawkins the highlight with six majors for the day. After many games for the OGs, it was also of note when Tim “Twiggy” Breadmore registered his first goal in the hoops late in the game. Walking away from the game with no injuries and a healthy percentage boost, we now sit a game clear in second spot on the ladder, in a great position heading into the depths of winter.
Written by Annabel Young
The women's Reserves were very excited to hit the sunny Lady Como with not a hint of complacency or swagger in sight. Despite what the score might say, the ball entered the opposition’s forward 50 more than the girls were used to. Non stop marking by Lily “best chest marker in the vafa” Burt, and a tireless effort by Mani “The new Rihanna or Cher because I can’t spell her last name”, reinforced the backline as a well oiled machine.
Following in Imo and Gubs footsteps, Olivia “Whips” Williamson became the next Oggette to kick the ball the wrong direction. Determined to only gain territory rather than concede it after that, Whips got busy with the rest of the midfield to make things difficult for Mazenod. Alex “we are still crying about Marissa” Cooper, Keeley “I don’t remember who put me in a taxi on Saturday” Murrihy and Charlotte “O”Kay all starred through the midfield for the Oggettes.
The goal kickers for the day were more composed than ever before, converting the best accuracy this year (a ratio that could only be dreamt of for our instagrams). Shout out to Phoebe “Please not another injury” Chirnside, Helen “I’ll be ruck and rover” Salter and Georgia “Twerk Queen” Cerrutti for two sausage rolls each, as well as the Ogettes very own Buddy Franklin, Sophie Hughes. Soph added another four goals against Mazenod, taking her tally up to 19 and solidifying her position as leading goal kicker thus far.
Special thanks and congratulations to Sophie “Gazelle” Joubert, Emily “Pocket Rocket” Carr and Jessie ”one of the” Gleeson, for filling in for Mazenod. Your skills across the midfield and forward really stood out, even to the point that Mazenod were offering to pay for Uber’s to every training if they joined their team. Your efforts are also helping the OGs confirm we are officially the greatest club in the VAFA.
Congratulations on the club for achieving an unprecedented six from six victories on the weekend. We are wishing Phoebe Chirnside a speedy recovery.
Written by Justin Logan
It was the men's Thirds who reached into the broom cupboard to initiate the eventual sweep across all grades on Saturday. Our opponents Old Camberwell were unfairly gifted four points during our previous encounter and the OGs were keen to make amends. Due to a plethora of late withdrawals, a player confusing Balwyn with Ballarat, the coach catching rays in Perth and insufficient carparking, there were mental shadows brewing over a sun drenched Gordon Barnard Reserve. But to their credit the OGs found some inspiration in their fearless small defender J Banger who had reached the 50 game milestone.
Complacency is one word that springs to mind when describing our efforts for much of the first quarter, but the word 'stiff' probably summed up the thoughts of the OGs as many of the lads didn't quite see eye to eye with the man in green. But just as the great Ron Burgundy said, we decided to "agree to disagree". The 50-gamer in J Banger displayed courage across the last line of defense and was assisted by journeyman Charles "not George" Burbury and the man with no surname George Stewart taking multiple intercept marks. At half time the OGs trailed by three points 27-24.
At the main break the imposter OGs swapped jumpers with the real OGs and they came out blazing in the third quarter, leaving Old Camberwell stunned. The heart and soul of the OGs Thirds Facebook Chat Group Rob Officer stood up when it counted and slotted some crucial goals when it mattered most. The real OGs had finally proved they were a force to be reckoned with.
Entering the final quarter with a handy 12-point lead, they encountered a shaky five minute period that saw Old Camberwell peg back the deficit. But Charles "not George" Burbury managed to settle the ship and provide a Zen-like environment amongst the Old Geelong defenders. There was nothing remotely funny about Lachlan Tosh's game, as he delivered some crucial snags of his own to tilt the Old Camberwell foreheads in a downward direction. Very hard to win football games looking down at the ground, thus they were defeated at the final siren 52-75. Another great chapter in the Old Geelong Thirds narrative. We move on to the cranky St. Bernards at their home deck once again to seek revenge.
Written by Jim Mitchell
After a disappointing loss last weekend, the Under 19s were ready to bounce back and tuck into the Brunswick side with a vigour that was unseen in the first seven rounds. It was a crisp morning yet perfect for footy. To the delight of the boys, Jimmy Wright got down early, helped kick the dew off Lady Como and provided some great structure to the Unders’ pre-game processes. The excitement of the boys was only heightened after watching first game player Lucas Shugg don the hoops, and this eagerness clearly rolled into the start of the game.
The first quarter was evenly fought, with strong performances in the middle allowing for the ball to move its way forward into the hands of Oscar Phillip, who seemed to be kicking very straight. Paddy Whittakers was vital to this midfield dominance and his defensive strength also showed. Going into the break, the Unders were only up by seven points. In the second quarter, Nic Neeson commanded the back line, executing some great switch plays and gave us some much-needed rebound aggression that was lacking in earlier games. By halftime the OGs had strengthened their lead to 26 points.
With poor second half performances plaguing the first games of the season the Unders knew this couldn’t happen again. The boys came out firing, piling on eight goals and keeping Brunswick scoreless throughout the quarter, Lucien Bienvenue was dobbing marks left right and centre and ended the day with a bag of seven snags. The final quarter was very much the same with a big position change seeing Trent Tembo put down forward, which worked a treat and who went on to kick five goals in the last. The OGs finished strong and beat the number six on the ladder by 91 points. The great win highlighted the ability of the Unders to beat teams if they strive for even greater levels of aggression and toughness.