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RD 1 MATCH REPORTS

RD 1 MATCH REPORTS

MEN'S SENIORS (thanks to Jake Ward)

18 months had passed since the OGs last kicked a ball in anger, and to say there was excitement around Como Park on Saturday morning would be to understate in the extreme.  Finally, after all the time away, and countless Committee meetings via Zoom, it was time for the Club to get down to business.  However, with the VAFAs umpiring ranks facing a supply shortage second only to Australia’s COVID-19 vaccines, Club volunteers across all grades were called upon to make up the numbers, leading to President Simon Bones umpiring the U23s game, former President Jimmy Wright umpiring the Men’s Reserves and yours truly boundary umpiring the Men’s Seniors.  Fortunately, this provided a great opportunity to get an up close view of the action.

With plenty of C Grade experience, Mazenod provided a difficult first round opponent and proved themselves to be a hard-nosed and determined outfit that will no doubt be competitive during 2021.  Furthermore, with a blustery wind and the forecast of afternoon showers, getting a win in Senior Coach Nathan Brown and Senior Assistant Coach Paul O’Connell’s first games in charge would require a strong performance from those selected. 

In the face of some committed early Mazenod pressure, the OGs started slowly kicking with the support of the wind towards the RSY end, missing a couple of good chances to put on some early scoreboard pressure.  However, late goals from George Chisholm and Sam Anderson meant the OGs went into quarter time with a 6 point lead. 

Now in his fourth season at the Club, Sam Anderson has really matured after a season playing for Banks in the Northern Territory.  Combining lethal pace with the ability to kick off both feet, Sam will be one to watch in 2021 and we fully expect him to take his game to another level this year and really prove himself to be one of the outstanding players in C Grade.

The sides traded goals during the second quarter, with neither side able to establish supremacy.  The OGs headed into half time with a 5 point lead with the prospect of a big second half to come.

Building on the words of encouragement from Browny at half time, the OGs came out and put on four goals to one in the third to build a solid lead.  Mazenod, as often happens to opposition sides travelling to Lady Como, found themselves starting to run out of legs and the OGs midfield began to come out on top.

Star new recruit, Alex “Boof” Moloney, started to assert his dominance in defence during the period, taking several contested and uncontested marks.  Combining excellent reading of the play with composure on the ball and assured distribution, Moloney will be another one to watch during the 2021 Season, having also enjoyed the summer playing up in the Northern Territory for Waratah.

Mazenod kicked the first two goals of the final quarter, narrowing the lead to only 12 points.  However a second goal from new boy Brandon Efthimiou (clearly showing no ill effects from an unfortunate collision with yours truly in the 3rd quarter), coupled with some strong OGs defending, meant Mazenod never really threatened a comeback.  A second goal from Jacob Jess after the siren meant the scoreboard took on a rather more comfortable sight than what had been the case for much of the afternoon.

Captain Scott Dixon was outstanding all day off half back, showing the type of on field leadership that we have come to expect from him.  New recruits Tom Loone and Paul Dreher took to the expansive wings of Como like ducks to water, racking up plenty of possessions, whilst the ever reliable Jack Sheridan and Will Sloss proved their class yet again at the coal face.  Young guns Lochie Radcliffe and Seb Hutley also impressed in only their first and second senior games respectively.

With new midfielder Sam Hooper available this weekend, and plenty of players from the Reserves and U23s knocking on Browny’s door, selection will be no easy task this week.

Club Como was rocking on Saturday night following 3 wins from 3 at home, and 4 wins from 6 for the Club.  With the difficulties of 2020 hopefully starting to become distant memories, and with an undeniable air of excitement and optimism around the Club, there is plenty to look forward to in 2021.

 

WOMEN'S SENIORS (thanks to Tilly Arthur)

It was a long time coming pulling on the ogs jumper thanks to the COVID draught but every Oggette was keen as a bean to get out there and finally get down to business. Coach David Cooper finally coaching his first Official game gave a tremendous pre game speech that put the girls in place ready for battle.
Nerves were defiantly present and showing on the field with the girls having most of the ball in our inside 50 but conceding 5 points (the wind was to be blamed also). But managed to get a goal in the first by Sally Norman her first for the club.
Fitzroy game out fighting in the second quarter scoring 3 goals in a row to what seemed to be the scoring end. Olivia Gleeson showed tremendous effort in the ruck given her opponent was nearly the height of the Eiffel Tower.
It was time to turn on the jets in the 3rd no excuses nerves had been dropped. Matilda Arthur kicked a dribble goal that the ogs needed with the help of Vicky Tan crashing packs. Celia Cody then followed with an enormous near 50m goal. We seemed to find our rhythm. Laura Hallam was mistaken for Patrick Dangerfield and Dusty Martin with amazing 1st 2nd 3rd and even 4th attempts and earned the title of BOG.
The last quarter hit and fatigue set in, Fitzroy added on extra defensive pressure and got on the board early with a few points. The oggettes struggled to find power and composure in the last with the wind against us. Dani Trott off half back powered the packs with the help of Clare Horsfall and Sophie Joubert. But it wasn’t enough and was found too late with the siren sounding in front of our goals. The seniors are looking forward to the next game with much to take away from the first hit out.

 

MENS'S RESERVES (thanks to Winx Simson)

The Men’s Reserves season got off to a nervous start after barely laying hands on the football for the first 10 minutes of play. The nervous start certainly wasn’t ideal, although, there was no major damage done on the scoreboard and the boys were able to work into the game.

Nick “Pies” Morwood and Ed “The Janitor” Ratcliffe began to win clearances and disposals which helped gain a 24-point lead over a solid Mazenod side into halftime. The new captain of the side Tim “Ratboy” Hosking produced an inspiring halftime speech which kickstarted a high scoring third term. The OGs ran away with a 45-point victory, Matt “Diesel” Bird and Will “Daicos” Simson both finishing with 3 goals each.

It was a long time coming pulling on the ogs jumper thanks to the COVID draught but every Oggette was keen as a bean to get out there and finally get down to business. Coach David Cooper finally coaching his first Official game gave a tremendous pre game speech that put the girls in place ready for battle.
Nerves were defiantly present and showing on the field with the girls having most of the ball in our inside 50 but conceding 5 points (the wind was to be blamed also). But managed to get a goal in the first by Sally Norman her first for the club.
Fitzroy game out fighting in the second quarter scoring 3 goals in a row to what seemed to be the scoring end. Olivia Gleeson showed tremendous effort in the ruck given her opponent was nearly the height of the Eiffel Tower.
It was time to turn on the jets in the 3rd no excuses nerves had been dropped. Matilda Arthur kicked a dribble goal that the ogs needed with the help of Vicky Tan crashing packs. Celia Cody then followed with an enormous near 50m goal. We seemed to find our rhythm. Laura Hallam was mistaken for Patrick Dangerfield and Dusty Martin with amazing 1st 2nd 3rd and even 4th attempts and earned the title of BOG.
The last quarter hit and fatigue set in, Fitzroy added on extra defensive pressure and got on the board early with a few points. The oggettes struggled to find power and composure in the last with the wing against us. Dani Trott off half back powered the packs with the help of Clare Horsfall and Sophie Joubert. But it wasn’t enough and was found too late with the siren sounding in front of our goals. The seniors are looking forward to the next game with much to take away from the first hit out.

 

WOMEN'S RESERVES (thanks to Elle Davey)

The Oggetts Reserves put on an absolute clinic after what has been a lagging 18 months since we last picked up the Sherrin red. The team was buzzing with excitement to get back out there and put on a show. And a show they did. Walking away with a 59-point victory over Fitzroy Women’s reserves, the girls dictated the field, offending the opposition with continuous pressure, communication and perseverance. For some, it was the first-time playing Football and for Old Geelong. Walking out with the first win was a real testament to the hard work put in during pre-season and to coach James. 

The first half of the game proved strongest with the mid field consistently bringing the ball through the play. Tessa Longden and Abbey Allsop dominated the mid field applying pressure and movement to the forward line. Captain of reserves Sophie Batten played a stellar match. Steph Amy ran rings around the backline and a force to be reckoned with, protecting the ball tackling the play away! 

Congratulations to the Oggetts reserves on their first win!

 

UNDER 23's (thanks to Mickey Nicholls)

The Unders got the 2021 season off to a humming start with a 159 point pumping of Old Trinity Grammarians on the home deck.  The match got off to a flyer with 2 quick goals from two of the big key forwards inside the first 5 minutes which set the tone for what was to come.  Our midfield was A1 for 4 quarters due to exceptional play led by Bailey Austin and James Green who had it on a string, controlling the tempo and breaking the lines.  A special mention to Nick Lucena, who on debut for the hoops shone through as a stand out player with his ball winning ability and crisp kicks around the ground, whilst lacing out the forwards all day.

Despite the backline having minimal time with the pill in their area, they made sure to clean up our opponents’ weak entries, and utilise the switch to open up the play on Como.  Special mention to the Skipper, Tom Kebbell, and Will Foster who locked down the opposition and controlled the game from half back both with their footballing ability and their voice.  My god, the forwards had a field day out on Como to start the season with everyone kicking bulk snags and duking so many marks.  Special mention to Connor Dixon who was by far and away BOG booting 7 goals, whilst dishing out some candy to the opposition in the process, and to Toby Lever who kicked 4 whilst claiming to have “30 disposals and 15 clearances” despite playing forward pocket for 85% of the game.  Congrats to all round one winners and players, looking forward to next week.

 

THIRDS (thanks to Fergus Willett)

Round 1 of the 2021 season hosted a tough hit out for the 3’s against Old Carey Grammarians. Early doors the boys fought hard on the small and sopping deck of the Carey sporting complex out in Bulleen. Despite arriving 2 minutes before the pig skin was thrown up by the ump, Tom Fowler nailed the first major of the match with a heaver from outside 30. This led to a spark of energy and confidence amongst the lads. Despite this, the fitness and strength of the opponents in the 2nd quarter was too much for our boys to compete with, giving them a 40-point lead to finish the first half. With various glimpses of grunt and our signature attack on the leather on the inside, we managed to slow the flood in the second half, finishing the game 35 points behind. Despite the loss, it wasn’t all doom and gloom in Bulleen. There were a bunch of standout performances which must be noted. Tristan Phung’s bull mentality in the guts saw him winning a poisoning amount of Sherin. Spencer Wells shone all day with his attack and run through the middle. Liam Wilson proved to be dangerous in the ruck, showing off his foot skills to supplement his height advantage. All in all, it was great to be back out of the oval playing for the OGS. And I know the frosty goats were heavily appreciated post final siren.

 

 

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