Match Reports: Round 9 2019
Written by Hugh Fitzpatrick
OGs brave in defeat as they return back home to the College!
For once the dreaded trip down the highway to Geelong College didn’t feel like a punishment. The men's Seniors were reenergised with two debutants and many boys returning to their old school Geelong College against an opposition that was on very foreign ground.
The senior side led by John Simson and Will Langley started the game in great fashion kicking five goals to two and going into quarter time 19 points up. Returning to his old stomping ground, 2018 Best and Fairest winner John Simson played an unbelievable first quarter, kicking two goals and collecting multiple possessions himself. Will Langley returned to the side this week and was given a role to attack the opposition defensively, collecting 10 tackles and two goals, Will’s defensive pressure reenergised the side as they looked to hunt Old Caulfield for the whole game.
Old Caulfield slashed the margin in the second quarter after finding themselves 25 points down early in the quarter and their class started to show as they were able to hit the lead late in the quarter. With Old Geelong struggling to stop momentum throughout the year, the side willed themselves back into the contest with a goal after the siren giving them a narrow leading margin at half time. Injury plagued Joe Couch returned to the senior side for the first time since injuring himself in last year’s preliminary final. Joe’s leadership on the field is something that doesn’t go unnoticed with the younger players thriving off his nurturing.
According to Senior Coach Nick Bourke the third quarter was our best for the year as against skilful opposition the side’s intensity never dropped. Josh Hutley played his best game for the year as he completely shut down Old Caulfield’s best midfielder whilst winning the ball himself, highlighted with a brilliant running goal from 40 metres stretching our lead to thirteen points late in the third quarter. Sam Anderson played his best half of football for a while with the lively midfielder running all over Old Caulfield’s backline. Sam finished with 19 disposals and three goals with the young OG impressing the home crowd as the side went into the final break thirteen points up.
Unfortunately the fun stopped there. Old Caulfield kicked into second gear in the final quarter kicking eight goals to one as the ladder leaders silenced the home crowd with an unbelievable display of football, ultimately winning by 32 points.
The senior side would like to thank all family and friends who came down to the College and cheered loudly, this support doesn’t go unnoticed and we thrive off your energy.
Best: Simson, Hutley, Anderson
Goals: Simson 3, Anderson 3, Langley 2,Noakes 1, Hutley 1, Wood 1.
Written by Toby Boyle
After missing out on the return to school match in 2018, the Oggettes were looking forward to a trip down the highway to old town. A stop over at King of the Castle in Pako St for some fueling with the Ressies had the group in good spirits for a tough match up against Collegians.
The previous encounter with Collegians was a tough day at the office, going down by eight goals despite throwing everything at them. Denying the Lions their customary run from behind and link up play this time around was a key focus. The mids and forwards were given the task to deny the run and carry of the visitors.
Collegians started the better with some early territory but the Oggettes defense was up for the challenge. The backline of Kath Dunn, Dani Trott, Alice Long, Laura Hallam, Tess Lawless, Sophie Joubert and Annabel Rafferty have become a team within a team this season with some pinch hitting from Anna Brodie to compliment the group. The settled group proved to be the catalyst for what was an exceptional team display. Within five minutes the Oggettes has their first major on the board and added another two before the quarter time siren rang out.
Isy Currenti, Steph Hird and Anna were causing headaches for the Collegians defense and the midfield rotations through the forward line were working a treat. Nicole Chodelka and Liv Gleeson were giving Sharni Godfrey, Alex Cooper and Brooke McKay first use of the ball and Collegians were reduced to roving to the Oggettes rucks.
As expected Collegians came out firing after the quarter time break and kicked their first goal of the game. From the resulting centre bounce, an Oggettes clearance to centre half forward allowed Steph to pounce onto the footy, burn off a would be tackler and slam home the immediate reply from 40 metres on the run. By now Collegians knew they were a long way from Albert Park and the OGs supporters began to swell in numbers and voice. The half time margin flattered the guests as the Oggettes didn’t capitalise on forward half territory.
A 22 point half time margin expanded when Georgia Small sprinted onto a loose ball into an unopposed forward line and kicking truly from 30 out (heart in mouths as Georgia could’ve run all the way to the goal line). Collegians responded but were made to work hard for their second major and had absolutely no answers for the midfield dominance of the hoops, Eliza Scott and senior debutant Jemma Allsopp getting involved whilst we gave Collegians a breather by giving Brooke a rest.
After bullying the Oggettes at times in Round Six, this time it was Collegians who were feeling the pain. A perfect bump front Liv on her Lions opponent was followed by a bone crunching McKay/Joubert sandwich tackle on another. The Oggettes were faster, stronger and more determined and building with confidence.
The final term was shared at two goals apiece with the Oggettes answering any last ditch challenges Collegians could muster. Goals to Anna and Isy sealing a four quarter effort and 22 point victory. With winners in every position, the match was one of the best if not the best performance in our short history.
A trip to Old Xavs on Sunday awaits the Oggettes. A repeat performance would go a long way to turning the tables from three weeks ago.
Written by Harry Gubbins
The men's Reserves faced Caulfield on the weekend on the Geelong College main oval. Having yet again a very strong side of players we walked onto the campus fired up to face a good side.
At half time we had held Caulfield off with a very similar score and were only reaching distance from getting the win. The first half also resulted in a few injuries which made our bench very minimal. Fantastic speed around the ground displayed by Jack Anderson made our game more fluent.
Coming into the third quarter, Caulfield put their foot on the accelerator with confidence and skill. A fantastic effort from Harry McDonald and Ben Seamer provided a very strong defensive structure in the back line throughout the day. Incredible defence and attacking marks under pressure by Tim Hosking who’s game is becoming more and more exciting to watch each week.
The forward line pressure was impressive throughout the game, with Joe Kemp making strong leads to snatch himself two goals. Tom Wilson picking up a lot of the ball as a small forward and Sam Clements aka Gary Ablett running all day showing excellent forward defensive pressure.
With a lot of the ball in our fifty we just struggled to hit the target with Caulfield defensive pressure. Will Griffiths’ strong defensive plays in the half back line, made it extremely difficult at times for Caulfield to get past.
Overall as a team we played very well with a side that can easily beat any team. Unfortunately we didn’t work collaboratively as well as we should have in the last two quarters. Putting this game behind us we are fired up and know what we must improve on this weekend against Beaumaris at Como Park.
Written by Taylor McNab
With the rain settling and the sun peaking through on the odd occasion, Como Park came alive for the mighty Thirds to take on Ivanhoe to make it six on the trot.
Losing a staple in the ruck department two hours from the first bounce may or may not have made coach Blatchford’s blood boil, with the big Lack having to drag himself to G town it left Ruck duties to “rising star” Sam Walsh.
He handled it like a star throughout the game, coming up against a sometime bigger opponent he still used his skill to give us the first use of the pill.
In the first half Liam “sausage” Higgins and Will “stinger” May had a field day in the middle giving our forwards something to aim for, it meant the Thirds could stream forward and anyone could slot them. The score was 65-8 at the main break.
More of the same continued in the second half as the mids were running over the contest. At one point it felt as though Higgins had kicked it to himself to have a set shot, having a field day and being best afield with nine majors to send the boys of Como into a Frenzy.
Notable mentions to Sammy Hanlon for getting a few majors in a great performance on the wings, the big flying fish was in fine form intercepting everything especially with the help of Gist and Calanchini.
In the forward half saw the cobwebs come off and skipper Logan gave us a sight as he got on the end of a great snag, while Goodwin was plucking them from everywhere. Walking away with a higher contested mark average than the big tommahawk himself.
All in it saw Old Geelong walk away 135 point victors, and sit comfortable in third position on the ladder.