Match Reports: Round 10 2019
Written by Hugh Fitzpatrick
OGs bogged down once again.
In what can only be described as a good old fashion bog at Como Park, the men's Seniors buckled in the mud with Beaumaris overcoming a half time deficit and eventually running away convincing winners by 28 points.
The first and second halves were polar opposites for Old Geelong. After going into half time two goals up Old Geelong’s intensity and effort couldn’t be questioned with the side bullish of what the second half had to offer.
In what can only be described as insipid football, the men's Seniors showed no heart in what was our worst half of football all year, with this being a must win clash at this stage of the season. Very few players could hold their heads high with a younger Beaumaris side embarrassing Old Geelong on their home deck.
Jack Anderson returned to the side this week and played his best game for the season. The running machine went head to head with Beaumari's best midfielder, collecting 21 disposals and a goal. Jack ultimately won that battle convincingly. Once again John Simson could hold his head high with the gun midfielder having another stand out game, accumulating 28 possessions and a goal and if it weren’t for a blind goal umpire he should’ve had two to his name.
However that was about as good as it got for the OGs. As mentioned the side’s efforts were poor and not good enough, and as a player I am embarrassed for the way we played. We will respond this week against Old Haileyburians away from home.
Written by Toby Boyle
Traffic jams, junk mail, people who walk really slowly and Sunday football...no one likes any of them but they are inevitable. The Oggettes ventured to Xavier College on a gloomy and foggy Sunday looking to turn the tables on Old Xavs.
Old Xavs chose carefully by selecting the smaller of the two ovals on offer prompting the Oggettes to adjust their normal game plan to suit the smaller oval and slippery conditions. The plan for the day was to scrap at every chance, kick at all costs and forget the visually appealing brand of football they have been building on over the course of 2019.
The Oggettes followed the instructions to a tee, keeping Old Xavs honest around the ground and denying them any run and carry. Caz Edwards in her return to senior footy was everywhere in defence early, rebounding Old Xavs efforts time and again. The hoops defense was under pressure at times but had the answers for their opponents, captain Kath Dunn leading the way and Soph Joubert continuing her good form. The loyal supporters braving the cold were pleased to see the long white sleeves and #1 jumper back running around for the hoops. The return of 2017 best and fairest and now Williamstown VFLW player, Annabelle Shannon, was a welcome addition to the team and the "Ricky Bobby" we all know was busy from the start. The Oggettes had opportunities of their own to strike the first blow but were unable to and the first quarter ended goalless.
Ruck duo Nicole Chodelka and Olivia Gleeson were having an epic battle with the Old Xavs ruck, conceding some height and muscle but not determination. Nic and Liv were getting their hands on the ball enough to provide the muddiest player on the ground - Brooke McKay - with plenty of first use. Sharni Godfrey was busy in and around the contest and with Brooke provided multiple entries into the forward line. Old Xavs were now the ones doing the defending and like the hoops in the first quarter, they were doing a good job of it. Eventually Old Xavs were rewarded for their efforts with a plucky goal out of the pack to take a nine point lead into half time. Despite being scoreless, the Oggettes had played their roles to perfection and were close enough to strike in the second half.
Old Xavs were the ones to strike first after the break but Liv stepped up and kicked a clutch set shot from the pocket after an equally impressive contested mark. Another goal from Old Xavs gave them some separation towards the three-quarter time siren. The Oggettes upped the pressure and save for a bad bounce could've pegged the score back right on three-quarter time.
The Oggettes rallied early in the last with Brooke throwing herself at everything whilst Anna Brodie and Dani Trott swapped ends and began to dominate the match at Centre Half Back and Centre Half Forward respectively. Liv capitalised on good work up field and soccered through her second of the day to give the visitors a chance. However, it was not to be as Old Xavs closed out the match with a goal of their own, sealing a 15 point victory.
Far from disgraced, the Oggettes farewelled Sunday footy for 2019 with a strong four quarter performance made all the more impressive by the discipline to stick to a foreign game plan against a quality opposition.
We return to Como Park this Saturday against old foes Monash Blues and another shot at redemption awaits!
Written by Jacob Jess
The men's Reserves were desperate for a win to keep finals chances alive, and the 91 point win on Saturday did just that, with a bit of magic witnessed at Como Park against the Beauy Sharks.
And yes, the rumours are true. Four time best and fairest winner, 200 plus game player and present coach Colby O’Brien was discharged from the retirement village for a one off cameo performance. With a diagnosed case of white line fever Colb managed to snag a cheeky goal before being picked up at three-quarter time by Uncle Barry to attend an 80th in Tasmania.
However, this did not outshine the performance from our very own Rolls Royce - Harry Gubbins who got the engine firing kicking a classy four goals earning him second best of field (arguably first).
Xavier Seller also made an impressive comeback this week, lining up in the forward line next to his brother Hamish. The boys managed three goals between them. Good work boys, no injuries. Nice.
Following a nine goal performance in the men's Thirds Liam Higgins backed it up with a bag of three goals proving his worth in the higher grade.
Pies and Wilso were terrorising the Beaumaris defence all day in their best performance since Mr and Mrs OGs, proving once again they are a mouth-watering duo.
The boys down back proved dominant. Charlie Hawkins demonstrated he truly is a defender, while Tim Hosking’s distribution from the half back line was poisonous.
The boys now shift their focus to this week’s game against Old Haileyburians. With a 206 -1 point win in our earlier encounter, the boys hope that this week can be much of the same helping us solidify a top four spot heading into the two week bye.
Written by Georgia Rule
On the coldest June day since 1985, the Oggettes headed to Kew to face Old Xavier. Reeling from the cold and concept of a Sunday morning match, the Oggettes started off a bit foggy, conceding four goals to nothing in the opening term. A solid second and third quarter saw us keep Old Xavs from scoring a major but not enough to clinch the lead.
Helen Salter and Skye Ranicar dominated the ruck contest all day, providing our mids with first use. Phoebe Ulrick and Erin Strong provided plenty of run on the wings, conveniently avoiding the large mud patch in the centre of the ground with Phoebe also providing our only goal for the day. Sophie Batten taught us preparation was key, with a blistering game, earning herself a well-deserved Best on Ground.
Our forwards had their work cut out in a very small and congested forward 40. Phoebe Chirnside didn’t miss a beat in her first game back, teaming with Bel Richards to provide strong leads and forward entry targets.
The backline was busy all day and kept pressure on Old Xavs. Emma Calvert continued her strong form with another great game. There were grave concerns from the sidelines when she went down late in the fourth quarter, with a cramp, which quickly dissipated upon realising it was her free kick.
While the small ground and weather didn’t work in our favour, we maintained our intensity to the end and will take a lot away from the game.
A huge thank you to our dedicated volunteers Gus Sellar, Liv Batten and Aden Strong for braving the cold to help us out. A special mention also to runner turned mouth guard moulder Ally Kirkwood (shout out to Clare Horsfall for forgetting her mouth guard, sending Alice to buy one and making Ally run it out mid-game).
Written by David Ruby
Round Ten saw the esteemed OG’s Thirds face up to the Swinburne Pigs, for their second bout this season. The loss of H. Gubbins, L.Higgins and H.Mcdonald with promotion to the men's Reserves and the impending loss of more big names as selfish mid-year euro trips close in, meant there was a lot to prove about the teams depth.
The lead up to the first bounce saw some late outs, forcing coach Blatchford to dust off the boots, a big, big in. A meeting with VAFA officials concluded that there was in fact no centre square at St James Park, rather there was what ironically resembled a pig pen in its position. This meant there would be no centre bounce, and the ball would be tossed up closer to the wing.
The match started with both teams getting on the board early, trying to adapt to sloppy conditions as quickly as possible. An extremely tactical head clash from Declan Peacock eliminated Swinburne’s best player from the game, with a laceration above his eye, and left Peacock (who courageously played out the match) with three stitches on top of his head. The score going into the first break 19-33 in favour of Old Geelong.
The second quarter saw great defensive pressure from the visitors. David Gist played off half back, rebounding countless offensive efforts by Swinburne, taking overhead intercept marks with a wet muddy ball. Old Geelong were able to extend their lead throughout the quarter, not without sacrifice. Jordan Blaze, who snagged a measly five goals throughout the day, copped one behind the play landing him with three cracked ribs, which his team will hear about for a while.
The tide changed in the third quarter as a re-energised Swinburne outscored their opposition. A warranted spray from playing coach Blatchford in the final break fired the boys up going into the last quarter.
Brave efforts from George Stewart through the middle helped see the game swing back into the favour of Old Geelong. Harry Jess was able to snag three goals throughout the day (no hangers suprisingy) playing a pivotal role in Old Geelong’s 39-point win over Swinburne, the final score 4 13-37 to 10 16-76.
Farewell to Stewart, who walked away with a best on ground performance, and successfully overshadowed his spiritless decision to abandon his team halfway through the season. Farewell also to Jarrod Tyndall and William Fisher who are leaving a potential premiership winning team in the meat of the season - Enjoy the weather!