RD 12 MATCH REPORTS 2021
ROUND 12 MATCH REPORTS TO BE POSTED ONCE RECEIVED
MENS SENIORS (by Scotty Dixon)
There was plenty of hype going into OGs away trip to Mazenod. Not only was it the last game before the double bye, Mazenod had won 5 in a row and were sitting 3rd on the ladder, one place behind OGs. An OGs win would keep them in the top 2. However, a loss would put OGs back into the middle of a pack of 5 teams looking to secure 3 finals spots.
The importance of the game was evident early on with both teams portraying high pressure and intensity around the ball. Kicking into the wind in the first quarter, OGs were pleased with their start only being behind by 1 point at quarter time. Will Loone’s diving smother to save a certain goal for Mazenod set the tone for OGs and inspired the boys to produce more selfless acts for the benefit of the team.
Both teams had their chances in the first half although inaccurate kicking kept the game close. Mazenod made the most of their opportunities in the 3rd quarter to establish a 15-point lead going into the last quarter. After a dubious deliberate call went against OGs at the start of the last quarter, Mazenod were in prime position with a 20-point lead. However, the OGs of 2021 have put an emphasis on responding when opposing teams have momentum. OGs did so by staying true to Browny and Okie’s game plan and managed to work their way back into the game. OGs could not be slowed down as their fitness enabled them to run over Mazenod and come away with a famous 12-point victory.
OGs have now won 4 games in a row largely due to the even contribution from all 22 players, as was the case on Saturday. Christian Hatzis continued his dominant form adding another 4 goals to his season tally. If it wasn’t for inaccurate kicking Christian could have gone further ahead as the leading goalkicker in the competition. Key defenders George ‘fossil’ Chisolm and Rupert ‘fossil’ Kemp were solid all day. All midfielders played their role for the team and had their moments of dominance. Sam Anderson’s chase down tackles and pressure lifted the team in key moments. Nick ‘swingman’ Lucena showed his arial skills can be transferred from the backline to the forward line. Tim ‘Twiggy’ Breadmore also had a terrific game winning the players’ fairy dust award which is awarded to the player who does the most selfless and team acts. Jack Sheridan was best on ground with a dominant performance. He led the way with his aggression, smashing contests and he gave the midfielders first use all day.
WOMENS RESERVES (By Lou Johnson)
Round 12 saw the oggettes ressies at home at Como for a second week in a row, going head to head with Beaumaris who came in fighting having lost to OGS previously. The first half proved a tough battle with no goals scored for either team, and both sides fighting hard for the footy. Jules and Jessie dominated the mid field, their speed and confidence with the footy proving vital.
The famous “back 6” shone again this week, keeping Beaumaris goalless until late in the third quarter. Tessa and Abby doing fantastic work taking some great marks and holding the ‘grid’ which proved effective keeping the ball out of our defensive 50.
By the fourth quarter, the oggettes were putting up an impressive fight with only 16 players on the ground and 3 of our best taken out with injury. However, a sneaky goal from an injured Emily Hatty pushed us within 3 points of the lead. Phoebe, also playing despite an injury, showed great determination and her experience and skills lifted the team spirit.
Unfortunately, 2 more quick goals from the opposition saw Beaumaris taking the win. It was a fantastic effort from the oggettes this week in the face of difficulty, despite our second loss of the season.
An impressive show of courage and great football regardless!
MENS THIRDS (by Will Noall)
With the boys ready to leave it all out there ahead of a double-bye round, a somewhat full team (a few late withdrawals on Saturday morning) geared up to face off against 2nd on the ladder, Williamstown.
The away team brought the heat early booting the first two goals in quick succession and giving the feeling that the boys could be in for a long day in the saddle. But thanks to two of our newcomers in Dom “the bull” Power and Al Bates, the Oggers fought back strongly to finish the first quarter trailing by 5 points.
The second quarter was a similar arm wrestle, with the bottom of the ladder OGs hanging on for dear life thanks to some heroics from the likes of Ed Walmsley and the calm & collected nature of Charles McCartin. It was thought that Jack “Plugger” Edgar would provide some much needed physical presence up forward after the deal-pig raced from his 2pm Open straight to Como. Unfortunately, still a bit tender from last week’s effort and spending considerable amounts of time on the massage table, he wasn’t able to have the impact that we all know he is capable of. But with the OGs only trailing 28-13 at the major break, we knew we were still in with a chance if we came out firing…
We came out all guns blazing but after Williamstown showed why they were one spot from the top, and kicked four goals straight, the “People’s” team knew it would be a tall ask pegging back what was now a six-goal lead. Despite this, troopers such as James “Calamari” Calanchini and Rupert Kebbell weathered the storm down back for the remainder of the third quarter to keep the margin to 37 points.
The boys hung in there in the last quarter with valiant efforts from all over the ground but, with Williamstown proving to be the better team on the day, the OGs went down by 49 points. Plenty of positives to take away from the day including Dom Power’s first kick of his AFL career resulting in a goal. With all players looking forward to having the opportunity to recoup and recover over the next two weeks, there is no doubt that the group will be keen to finish the season strongly with a few wins when we return.