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WOMENS SENIORS - GEORGIE RULE
The Oggettes headed out to Gordon Barnard Reserve Saturday morning eager to restart the second half of their season. The extended mid-season covid break provided some much needed recuperation for the senior girls, with Deputy-Vice-Captain Dani Trott back from injury.
After a slow start to the game, the girls scored two quick goals and headed into quarter time 6 points ahead. A frustrating second quarter saw the backline under pressure with Milla Bornas and Charlotte Kay providing standout performances locking down their key forwards.
Head of Social Committee Sophie Batten forgot ball was cancelled and had spent the night in Bali with Steph Topp which proved to be a winning combo with the pair assisting in both the forward and backlines.
Star volleyball recruit Alison Youlten (refer to previous edition of Lemons Lines or just google her) was dominant in the ruck all day, providing plenty of first use for our mids and earning herself BOG.
A few injuries and missed opportunities saw the margin drop to just 2 points by three-quarter time, with the Oggettes unable to hold onto the lead and ultimately drawing the game after a tough fought last quarter.
MENS SENIORS - JAKE WARD
Half dozen Hatzis spearheads upset OGs win
After a four week hiatus, football returned on Saturday as the Men’s Seniors and Reserves welcomed Ormond back to a muddy Como Park for the first time since 2015. Little over a month ago, Ormond were far too strong in the reverse fixture, handing a youthful OGs side a proverbial shellacking on the way to winning by 93 points. However, as we can all no doubt appreciate, a lot can happen in a month, and with an almost identical side, the Men’s Seniors produced their best performance for the season to take the points and leap into outright second on the Premier C ladder.
Two new faces came into the side to make their Senior debuts. Harry McDonald’s fine form in the Reserves was rewarded with a spot down back, whilst Will Loone marked his comeback from a pre-season injury to take his place in the Senior team having come across from Uni Blues with namesake Tom at the start of 2021.
Before the game, the players spoke of the need to take the game to Ormond and to increase the ‘one percenters’ such as smothers. The players were true to their word, with their relentless tackling pressure on show from the first whistle. An early goal from Sam Anderson got the team off to a flying start, however Ormond always looked dangerous on the outside with their ball use, and managed to edge their way in front late in the quarter. Right at the end of the quarter, Christian Hatzis was rewarded for his tackling and pressure without the ball with a late goal to take the OGs into quarter time with a 5 point lead.
The second quarter was an arm wrestle, as Ormond managed to edge their way in front early with consecutive goals, only for the OGs pressure to be rewarded with late goals from Seb Hutley and Christian Hatzis to narrow the margin back to only 3 points and the main break.
The two sides went goal for goal in the third quarter, with any move from Ormond quickly matched by an OGs response. This was typified when Matt Suckling kicked his third goal for the day from deep in the pavilion end pocket, only for Toby Lever to kick a similarly brilliant goal from the boundary line at the other end after wrongfooting his opponent. Thereafter, the quarter was dominated by repeat stoppages with neither side able to break away. However a late goal from Harry McDonald following a tremendous mark running back with the flight meant there were only three points separating the sides going into the final quarter.
The players carried the momentum into the last, with an intercept mark from Seb Hutley leading to an early goal from Sam Anderson to give OGs a 3 point lead. This was followed by another goal from Christian Hatzis as a result of a quick rebound after a brilliant smother from John Simson on the Ormond half forward line. Subsequent goals in the form of Hatzis’ sixth for the day, and a quick snap for Sam Anderson’s fourth broke the game open. Whilst Ormond got a late consolation, the players would run out 15 point winners.
Jack Sheridan gave his midfielders first use at every stoppage, dominating the ruck battle all day. Elsewhere, Rupert Kemp was a commanding presence down back, taking several intercept marks and marshalling the defence in conjunction with George Chisholm. Sam Anderson revelled in a free role and filled his boots with 4 goals, including two priceless goals in the last quarter. However it was Christian Hatzis who stole the show, carrying on his great form from before the break with a career best 6 goal haul. The enigmatic front man was superb all day, dominating his opponent when one out. Yet it wasn’t just his goal scoring that impressed – Christian’s pressure without possession was a feature of his game and his tackling led to several turnovers that opened up scoring opportunities for others, whilst his third quarter goal straight from the ruck showcased his ability to score goals out of nothing.
Next up for the OGs is a trip north to face Preston. The OGs had a narrow win against Preston in the reverse fixture at the end of April and the players are mindful that they will need another performance to match the Ormond one to get past a side still looking for its first win this season and with its Premier C survival on the line.
WOMENS RESERVES - ISSY FRY
The oggettes ressies came back firing from our recent break to defeat Old Camberwell 56 to 21. Previously we had only won by a point to this side so we were determined to put training into action by playing smart and for each other.
True to statistics we again scored the first goal of the game making that 8/8 games in which we hit the scoreboard first.
Lee anne Imboden soccered her first ever goal for OGs and continued to play with great intent. Raff, Lucy, Jules, KR and Jesse were assets on the ground, their confidence to take on the play and make things happen was just what we needed.
Rama’s Dees inspired rolling grid format dubbed ‘33’ proved effective again against the unsuspecting Old Camberwell. ‘33’ ensures players are set up behind and in front of the contest.
Our “best quarter of football ever” was played in the 4th in which we pulled ahead of Camberwell significantly. This was started by our hard working mids winning center clearances, forwards threading the needle and backs like GP supporting the team by getting in the right positions.
MENS RESERVES - TBA
THIRDS - ED JOHNSON
Arriving at Ramsden St Oval, the boys knew there was a tall task facing up against the top placed Fitzroy. Buy with a few big ins, everyone was raring and ready to go.
Heading into a stiff breeze, Fitzroy got the early lead, but the boys held strong, still in the game due to Sam “Brigga” Briggs 30 spoils. The second quarter came and playing with the wind, we took advantage winning the quarter, notably with a James Haberfield goal that was blasted from 65 out.
The second half was a similar game, but Fitzroy showed their class and demonstrated why they are the team to beat. All in all a hard fought effort with plenty of positives to take into next week.
U23s - NED HELLIER
The boys rolled into Como eager to get the season back underway. The stage was set for a showdown with a strong Old Xavier team. A slow start saw Xavier pile on early goals however the second half of the first quarter saw the 23s fight back to finish the first quarter down by a couple of goals.
The second half saw a back and forth battle with Will Townson dominating across the ground. In his first game of the year for the unders Xav Blackley kicked two goals and dominated in the air despite the wet conditions, at ground level he was joined by Hugh Coltman, also in his first game of the season, who racked up touches and tackles across the half forward line. The second half was one to forget for the 23s with Old Xavier piling on goals. Zac Jackson, James Edmunds and Mike Mortimer were also deservedly named in the best players along with Alex Crowe who added another goal to his haul of 28 so far this season.