Match Reports: Round 9 2017
Men’s Premier C - from Jack Anderson
We went to top-side Haileybury on the back of a 95-point loss to Caulfield at Como, so we knew a statement had to be made. Then we found out that Haileybury considered us "an easy side to play against", so by the time we ran onto Princes Park we just wanted to prove something to ourselves, to Haileybury, and the competition. We did that from the opening bounce with everyone cracking in and making sure the opposition knew there was nothing easy about playing against the OGS.
Players in the middle like Ed Keach and Jacob Jess tackled anything that moved, which provided loose balls for our runners such as John Simson who were too quick for the Bloods. The return of Jeremy Nettlefold was really important for his strength over the ball.
And then there was our captain George Burbury. Before we ran out there were OGS players genuinely worried that George might physically harm them, such was his level of intensity. Then he played the same way and set the tone for us. He got targeted but kept putting his head over the ball and ran his guts out.
At one stage in the third quarter we moved to 38 points up but knew they would always come back at us. There were some key moments in the second half with Callum Wood the difference with his marking and straight kicking, plus Will Sloss and Colby O'Brien standing up when it mattered.
By three-quarter time the difference was back to 18 points, as Haileybury kept on coming and things then moved into the tensest of last quarters. Indeed, the Bloods stuffed up a shot late with a chance to win it but they didn't deserve it, leaving 22 exhausted OGS knowing we had achieved a win of real significance, one that hopefully will set us up for a genuine crack at the four. And it made the win all that much better to see the smiles on the faces of our proud coach Nick Bourke and President James Wright after the siren. Now for Old Mentonians.
Reserves - from Ben Millar
Having failed against the two sides above us on the ladder previously, it was important that we stood up against a team which was hot on our heels in Old Haileybury.
Eleven scoring shots to three in the opening quarter confirmed that we were switched on and ready for the challenge, with some of the early ball movement right up there with our best of the year. Jim ‘Kouta’ Coumans was everywhere and the delivery from our mids to forwards first class.
The second quarter was more of the same as Harry ‘Duck’ Gubbins presented hard up the ground and continued to clunk marks, providing a great target across half forward. Alex ‘Thongs’ Herd continued his good form with another clean-up job on his direct opponent, whilst combining with Nick ‘Willie’ Mason to continually run and deliver from the back half.
A 44-point lead at half time showed we were on top but it was important that we finished the job.
Andy ‘Mid-Season Spell to Freshen the Legs’ De Fegely ensured that O.H. weren’t given any opportunity to mount a comeback, his clean work through the midfield and up forward a key factor in the increasing margin. Andy ‘Check-side’ Leahy also cashed in, kicking four ripping goals for the match.
With the sting slightly out of the contest, the last quarter was not our best footy for the day; however we continued to score freely, running away to an 85-point win.
All in all, this was probably our best football for the year and should serve as the standard required for the remainder of the season.
Thanks to all who helped out on the day including Tom Hays French water boy.
Women’s Seniors – from Lucy Gubbins
After a ripper day from the boys’ Seniors and Ressies, the Oggettes were fired up for our 4:45pm twilight game down at Brighton. Donning the pink socks again to support Brighton’s Breast Cancer Awareness Round and a pink footy to boot, we kicked off as the sun dipped over Brighton beach.
Despite Toby “Super-Coach” Boyle’s warning to take the field switched on (something that might also have been asked of the ground lighting), the Oggettes lacked their normal intensity in the first quarter, letting the fiery Brighton girls boot three goals in the first term.
However, in true Oggette style we knuckled down in the second term and started the clawback, finally getting the lights switched on after some serious dusk play. A quick goal by Sarah “Robbo” Robinson set the OGS’ wheels in motion, but with some extremely questionable umpiring it was an upward battle for the Oggettes.
Despite some valiant efforts by our key mids, Ally “Game of the Year” Kirkwood and Laura “Usain” Hallam, we were unable to get the pill into our forwards and reap the rewards. After a couple of ‘dangerous tackles’, a slightly put-out Amelia “Stream Train” Cronin was left seeking some half-time tackling advice, because “they just fall on their face”.
A relentless Brooke “Heels” McKay worked to force some action in the OGS’ forward line, finally getting rewarded with a perfectly straight set-shot by Anna “Straight as an Arrow” Lane. And some brilliant defensive efforts by our key back-liners Mani “The Hunter“ Kolomanski and Annabel “Frothie” Rothfield kept the Brighton beasts goalless for the second and third quarters, only allowing one more to slip through in the final quarter. But alas, this wasn’t enough to pull back a win, finishing off the night 14-34 in a devastating loss for the Oggettes.
Women’s Reserves – from Michelle Pham
Saturday marked the first time the Women’s reserves weren’t playing at the crack of dawn and boy- oh-boy did we relish it at Como Park. The sun was out, the temperature was somewhere in the double digits, and the Oggettes were ravenous for some Caulfield blood.
Having won the last time we met, the Oggettes probably started out a bit complacent, letting Caulfield get some easy points on the scoreboard first. However, with big “ins” such as Caz “Figjam” Edwards and Gemma “Shakas” Sullivan coming back from illness and injury, this was never going to be the case for long. The turning point was probably in the second quarter when one of the Caulfield girls actually roared as she tackled Katie “WTF Did That Chick Just Roar” Hawker, and the Oggettes, albeit a bit startled and alarmed, kicked it up a notch.
Some brilliant midfield work by Eliza “Wacky” Scott, Rach “Silent but Deadly” van Santen, and Georgie “Dos Cervezas Por Favor” Sanchez helped the ball up the field, but a handful of behinds meant that the Oggettes were still trailing Caulfield going into the last quarter. In the final few minutes, the girls absolutely shone. A huge goal from “Dizzy” Lizzy Slattery finally put us in front, and a massive defensive effort by Keeley “Sister of Brydie” Murrihy took us all the way to victory, allowing everyone join us in singing the song for the very first time.
A humungous thank you to J-Banger (alias Josh Samura) for stepping in and coaching, and to Ed (Simpson) for umpiring and providing the impeccably cut half-time oranges. Thanks must also go to Toby for organising a second game this week, and to Peter (Graham) for helping out when J-Banger got a bit confusing…
Under 19s - from Ben Thomson
The under 19s rolled up to Princes Park with a job on their hands. The top-of-the- table Haileybury side were out for a win and boasted some good players.
The first quarter we brought the intensity and went in three goals down with David Gist repelling a number of attacks. Even though we hadn’t registered a score ourselves we were confident heading into the second.
This quarter brought another level out of the top side. The pleasing thing was again we matched it with them with Nic Neeson setting us up well and helping restrict the scoring.
The third was yet another quarter where Haileybury would have thought they could run over us and this was not the case with George Armytage making the ruck contest an even battle.
The final quarter we seemed to squander a few opportunities (behinds not goals) and with them kicking on from a few on turnovers we went down by 75 points.
It was a good game to have first game back and build into this FRIDAY NIGHT against Old Brighton.
Third’s – from Hamish Felton
After a string of tough opponents and an unfortunate injury list the past 4 weeks it was an important match against Kew AFC, who were just sitting below us on the ladder and threatening finals likelihood.
The opening quarter set the tone for the wet morning at Como, with slippery movement that showed Kew didn’t have the ball control to prevent the OGG’s bagging multiple sausage rolls, while showing a superior possession count which put fear into Kew’s 18.
The second quarter showed the pistons moving with Jono “Stock Standard” Thomson sending a couple through the centre posts comfortably extending the OGG’s mysteriously unknown lead due a lack of scoreboard setup, motivating the boys to make the lead clear off screen. Henry “Ow my finger” Hewitson immersed himself in a tackle resulting in a hospital worthy realignment of his dislocated digit, shortening the mid’s efficiency leading up the half time break.
Key presence by Sammy “Eveready” Everett locked the ball in the forward half showing some silky run and carry with Hamish “Hammer” McMillian throughout the third and fourth as a taste of victory looked a chance.
Overall a clean style of play and superior disposals through the middle corridor saw the OGG’s take a convincing, yet still unknown, victory margin.