MENS SENIORS (by Jake Ward)

Forwards feast in big OGs win

With spirits still high after the previous week’s win over Ormond, the OGs headed north on Saturday for an inaugural visit to Preston Bullants.  A dour OGs win to the tune of 27 points was the result back on Anzac Day when the sides first met this season, and so the players were mindful that they couldn’t let their guards down knowing Preston would be playing with home ground advantage and would be desperate for their first win of the season.

With a couple of players suffering injuries from the previous weekend, another two new faces came into the side to make their Senior debuts.  Harry Gubbins and Tim Hosking have both been in great form in the 2s this season and richly deserved their chance to play Senior football.  Also getting another opportunity at the Senior level was Tim “Twiggy” Breadmore to share ruck duties with Jack Sheridan.

Kicking with the aid of a slight breeze, Preston made a fast start to score the first two goals of the game after winning a couple of early clearances.  However, once the OGs settled, they very quickly got on top of proceedings to dominate the remainder of the first quarter.  Nevertheless, poor kicking for goal meant that the lead was only 5 points at quarter time.  The second quarter was a different story fortunately, as the OGs ran in eight unanswered goals in a ruthless display of attacking football.  With the midfield, led by John Simson, Will Sloss, Jacob Jess and Liam Higgins in complete control, the forwards were provided with plenty of scoring opportunities and they promptly feasted on the service, with Christian HatzisHarry Gubbins and Joe Griffiths all kicking multiple goals for the quarter.  The players walked off at half time with a 55 point lead knowing that a big percentage boosting win was on the cards.

The third quarter was more of the same, as another 7 goal quarter pushed the lead out to 86 points at three quarter time, and whilst the sting had long since come out of the game, the players were able to add another four goals in the final quarter to push the lead over 100 points at the final siren.  With 10 individual goal kickers, and no injuries to report, it was a complete team performance and a welcome percentage booster.

After such a dominant win, it is difficult to single out too many players.  However, Nicholas Lucena’s performance off half back impressed many onlookers in what was only his third Senior game, combining strength overhead with a deceptive turn of pace, whilst Jacob Jess had arguably his best game of the season in the midfield with his trademark tackling coupled with numerous clearances.  Christian Hatzis’ recent feast in front of goal continued, as another bag of 5 catapulted him to the top of the Premier C scoring charts.  Christian was ably supported by Joe Griffiths who bagged four himself in a display which showcased his marking ability and accurate set shot kicking.  The small forwards also got in on the act, with Toby Lever and Harry Gubbins both kicking multiple goals. 

Next up for the OGs is a massive game against third place Mazenod, who are arguably the form team in C Grade at the moment.  The OGs managed to edge out Mazenod in Round 1 at Como Park, however the players will need to be at their best to do the double over the Nodders.  Knowing that a win will consolidate second place in C Grade, and with a two week bye to come, there is plenty to motivate the players.  Be sure to make your way out to Central Reserve in Glen Waverley on Saturday.


WOMENS SENIORS (by Emma Morrison)

Well done to the senior OGS girls for bringing home the win at our home ground Como Park. Like courageous Kath said to us at the beginning of the game “Our home, our game” and we well and truly proved that on Saturday.

After losing to Yarra by a point in our previous game against them, we came out for a fight from the second the delayed siren sounded. 

Izzy had a massive impact in the game with power through the play and setting up in perfect positions opening up ground. 

Brooke was handy over head taking some crucial inside 50 marks. 

After hyper extending her elbow in last weeks game Celia had some precautionary bench time, only to come on in the second half and snag an amazing goal.

Vicky Tan had excellent vision kicking to Ella in the forward 50, which assisted with Ella’s goal. Vicky then continued to absolutely strive through the game when she leaped up into the stratosphere with an attempted screamer, yet being the smallest on the team by a proverbial mile, living up to her 6ft 6 nickname.

An out on the full fumble by Courageous Kath only made her more determined as she won the ball back with an excellent play.

Credit to the backline for keeping the opposition to a very low score of 3 points with the Oggettes taking home the win by 27 points.

Despite the physicality of the game the Oggettes stuck true to our style of game and were stoked with the way we played as we showcased four consistent quarters. Well done!


WOMENS RESERVES (by Jazzie Negrello)

Round 11 saw the Oggettes reserves girls back home at Como this week to take on Yarra Old Grammarians. It was an icy morning sitting at 3 degrees just before the Oggettes took to the muddy oval. Luckily the sun came out shining early on and so did the girls. 

In the first quarter, goals came left right and centre, with Phoebe Chirnside and Sophie Battern back from seniors keeping the talk strong in the forward line giving the Oggetts a chance to score numerous goals. The trusty back line also came out of the gates strong keeping Grammarians scoreless.

Leading into half time, Lucy Rouke and Jessie Gleeson used their speed and agility to work the ball clearly out of the middle giving the Oggests a strong lead. This was assisted by Maddy Drew's defensive wall, continuously stopping the ball from passing into Grammarians forward 50. 

Third quarter the Oggettes were a little quieter. The weather made the ball super heavy and tougher to move around the field not to mention the Grammarians held up a strong contest but this didnt stop the Oggettes. We saw Leanne go leaps and bounds. It was also this quarter we saw Tess give a mean 40m boot to dribble through the goals leaving the scores at 63 – 0. 

In the fourth quarter the Oggettes were kicking towards the Como end of the ground where they fired up and finished strong. With Kate Mortiaty staying consistent in ruck all four quarters, the Oggettes were able to solidify their hard efforts only conseeding a mere 1 point finishing the game with a final score of 76 – 1. 

Overall the Oggettes are finishing the season strong with high scoring games assisted by Coach Ramma's new game strategies and focus on structure and positining. The Oggettes look forward to having another home game next weekend against the Lions. 

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