MATCH REPORTS: WEEK 1 FINALS
Written by Tom Balcombe
Bill Lawry Oval – familiar territory for the OGs, where last time we’d palmed off PEGS to continue through the finals campaign back in 2016. It appeared that mindset stuck with a few of the players as we allowed Camberwell to get on top early in the match, keeping the OGs goalless at the first break.
Greasy, wet conditions made it hard for the boys to handle the ball cleanly, as the pressure of finals football was evident. It was not until half way through the second quarter, when Hugh Coltman went down with an injured knee that we got a chance to reset and realise that we needed to get our running game going and create opportunities for the forwards.
Big Jack Sheridan battled well all day, having to contest against former AFL player Robbie Campbell and always providing an option down the wing. Both the Anderson brothers provided plenty of toe (and lip) around the ground when we needed it and there were some solids efforts down back from Will Horsefall and co. rebounding a hot footy. We got our handball count back up after half time and shared the footy around allowing us to deliver it well to the bear in the square, Christian Hatzis. After finishing the game with two goals and too many points he couldn’t quite figure out what went wrong until he pulled the tissue paper out of the toe of his new boots post game.
We now have an opportunity to march into B Grade with a win over Williamstown – a place where the club has not ventured for a very long time. I encourage everyone to prepare well and expect a physical game come Saturday. See you there!
Written by Harry Sleigh
The men's Reserves headed into a top of the table finals clash with confidence after knocking off Williamstown the week before, however it was ladder leaders Fitzroy who got going early and kicked the only three goals of the first quarter.
The finals type pressure was intense, but the Reserves rose to the challenge in the second quarter with Jason ‘the fountain of youth’ Barry providing the run and drive out of the backline. Charlie Hawkins kicked two vital goals within two minutes and the OGs had found themselves back in the game only fourteen points down at the major break.
The third quarter was one to forget for the boys as Fitzroy piled on the pressure that you would expect in a qualifying final. The backline lost focus and did not play like they had all year as Fitzroy wrestled control of the game and the injuries piled up on the bench (shout out goes to Tom Nagle for the most courageous act of the year despite injuring himself). Joey ‘They call me Coleman’ Kemp continued to provide a great option up forward and looked dangerous but was starved of opportunities.
Going into the final quarter the boys continued to fight hard but struggled to get the ball past the half backline and did not get any run or flow going during the last quarter. Timmy ‘Leaping Leo’ Breadmore was a standout around the ground playing both tall and small as he has done all year. The end result was Fitzroy running out 49-point winners.
Despite the loss the team will be better for the experience and will relish the challenge to work hard at training this week and hopefully create a bit more run and spread this weekend against Marcellin.