MEN'S SENIORS (thanks to Jake Ward)

The OGs Men’s Seniors and Reserves returned to home comforts at the weekend with a match up against newly promoted Preston Bullants.  Preston had come off heavy 80 point defeats in their first two games and all expectations were for a big percentage boosting win, however it proved to be anything but. 

Charlie Crozier made a welcome return to the Senior side after an injury hit 2019 season, replacing the unfortunate Sam Hooper who injured his hamstring during his debut appearance last week at Ivanhoe.  Also returning to the side was Matt Kirkwood to provide his run off half back, in place of Alex Moloney, who was unavailable.  Prior to the game, an impeccably observed minute’s silence was held to commemorate the ANZAC Day weekend, with the players also donning specially designed ANZAC Day jumpers (thanks to former OG Jack Wall at TLA). 

With rain forecast later in the afternoon, it was important for the team to get off to a fast start and put the game to bed early.  However, neither side was able to get a stranglehold of the proceedings in a cautious opening.  As the quarter progressed, the players started to find a bit of run and carry and following a couple of forward entries, Joe Kemp managed to kick his first Senior goals, including a great set shot from a narrow angle.  Nevertheless, a late goal from Preston against the run of play meant that we took a lead of only 14 points going into the first change. 

This lead quickly disappeared at the start of the second quarter, as Preston capitalised on a slow start, scoring a couple of early goals that could only be described as soft.  They then managed to take the lead mid-way through the quarter, taking full advantage of a sloppy turnover in the middle of the ground.  At that point, we fought back and quickly regained the lead through Joe Kemp’s third goal for the day.  A trademark contested mark and goal from Joe Griffiths, coupled with a late goal from Sam Anderson meant we went into the main break with a 15 point lead, but with plenty of room for improvement after a disappointing first half.

However, in a similar fashion to the first half, the third quarter was a dour affair, dominated by skill errors and uncertainty as the forecast rain arrived.  A couple of late goals to Preston meant that our lead had been cut to only 7 points and they took all the momentum going into the final term. 

Fortunately, the rain eased for the start of the final quarter and following a passionate rallying cry from Browny, the players came out and managed to finally get the game on our terms.  With the defenders, led by Will Horsfall and George Chisholm, standing tall, Preston rarely threatened during the final quarter as they were kept scoreless.  Our pressure going forward was finally rewarded, with Will Sloss finding space in the forward 50 to take an uncontested mark and goal.  Thereafter, goals from Hugh Fitzpatrick and Christian Hatzis provided some additional breathing space as the players saw the game out and record a 27 point win, 10-8 to 6-5.  At the end of the day, whilst the final margin flattered us, it was still another win and a priceless 4 points in the bank. 

Will Sloss was everywhere in a comfortably best-on-ground performance, with countless contested and uncontested possessions, as well as kicking the all important first goal of the final quarter to settle the nerves.  His form at the start of 2021 has been nothing less than outstanding.  A member of the 2018 Premier C Team of the Year, Slossy is already well on the way to repeating this feat in 2021.  Lochie Radcliffe also impressed again with his pace and positivity, whilst Paul Dreher continues to find plenty of the ball on the wide expanses of Lady Como.

Next up is a trip to the Zoo to play UHS-VU, promoted with Preston from Division One in 2019 and similarly coming off heavy defeats in their first 3 games.  With a run of difficult matches to come, it is vital we continue on our winning ways this weekend and put in a four quarter performance.  With John Simson available for selection, and several U23s and Reserves in good form, there will be plenty of competition for places as the season enters May.


WOMENS SENIORS (thanks to Brooke Mckay)

Saturday 24th saw the Senior girls take on Collegians at Harry ‘Dani’ Trott oval. The energy was high off the back of watching the Ressies dominate before us and we came out ready to take on the game. Rumours were circling that ex-og midfielder Lizzie Slattery had swapped her hoops for the lovely purple and was as dangerous as ever in the centre. The rumours were unfortunately true. The first half saw Collegians show more aggression and voice around the ball, leading by 8 as we devoured some sour worms at half time.

A different team ran onto the oval for the 3rd quarter with the likes of Sophie “fist of steel” Batton contesting marks left-right and centre in her debut seniors match and Celia “legs for days” Cody majestically opening up passages of play. The entire team pulled together, keeping the opposition nearly scoreless and taking the lead by one point.

We started the 4th quarter strong, with Emma “bowling for a strike” Morrison knocking over anyone who dared touch the ball and Vicki “6ft 6” Tan showcasing her usual quick wits. The scramble began as it started to absolutely pour in the final 10 minutes. To say there was high intensity and desperation for a win is an understatement, with the girls celebrating like we’d won the AFLW Granny at the final siren with a 3 point lead. Fair to say we heard about the need for some goal-kicking practice with a 3-10 result at the end of the day.

With another win under the belt, I think we nearly even got a smile out of Coops at the end of the game. Before he was dressed in his full Melbourne Demons kit and racing off to run waters at the MCG (go dees!).

A big shoutout to Liv “Don’t give a ruck” Gleeson who came off the field with a potential knee injury, we are all thinking of you and hoping for good news to come.


WOMEN'S RESERVES (thanks to Jessie Gleeson)

It was a nice and windless Saturday morning down at Harry Trott Oval against Collegians. The Oggette Reserves were fired up and ready to go, determined to make amends following last weekend’s loss.

From the very first bounce, the Oggettes were off to a flying start, kicking 3 goals within the first 15 minutes. It was clear girls like Mimi Bones and Milla Bornas were not there to muck around, making a big impact on the game by winning almost every centre clearance.

As the game went on, the momentum grew and grew, leaving Collegians goal-less until the 3rd quarter. It was girls like Vic Wetherhall and Abbey Allsop who played crucial roles in defence, blocking Collegians from any kind of forward push.

Collegians had a hard timing keeping up with the likes of Goldie O’Gorman and Katie-Rose Campbell who proved unbeatable forces around the ball with their fast pace and attack moving forward. Special mention to Sam Davies and Lou Johnson for both kicking their first goals playing for Old Geelong (and scoring 2 each!).

A stellar performance from the Oggette Reserves, with a well-earned 45 point win over Collegians!


MEN'S THIRDS (thanks to Zack Carroll)

The OGGers rolled into Marcellin for their third away game for the season.  Mouths were watering as the sun glistened on the pristine turf that would give the ‘G a run for its money.  But the chance of playing on a main oval was short lived.  After we were instructed once again that our game would be held on the field next to the highway.  The grass was begging for a solid weed and feed.

The game started very physical from the first bounce which kept the umpires busy.  So busy in fact that they missed the blood pouring from Wilson’s finger.  Lucky the Thirds “trust pink and forget stains with vanish gold pro”.

The second term was one to forget as Marcellin’s big bodies dominated the air.  A previously injured 1s player known as Rooey gave the forwards a run for their money, intercepting 9/10 forward 50 entries.  However, the rocks down back, Fisher and Fenton, kept the flood gates from opening.  With seconds left on the clock, the Gus Bus steamed out of the centre and launched a monster punt from outside 50, leaving the OGs with the momentum before half time.

Excited by the challenge after getting the call up to play real footy, Pescott led the way back into the game.  Breaking the lines through the midfield, he was untouchable.  The midfield started to come out on top.  The overlapping run between Hackett, Phung and Smith fairing too much for the ancient Marcellin players.  However, missing some important opportunities and a stiff call from the goal umpire saw the boys 3 goals down leading into the final term.  The final term matched the game’s seesawing momentum, with Marcellin grinding to a 27 point victory.


UNDER 23's (thanks to Mike Mortimer)

Wow…St Kevin’s, the school yard bully.  The school that Geelong College and Geelong Grammar would struggle to get within 50 points of, a club whose senior side is a major contender for the premiership in the Premier section.  That didn’t stop the mighty Under 23s on Saturday.

We had no idea what to expect but all we knew was that we were going to have to dig in to the trenches to get the victory we’ve been training hard for.  We had a strong start down on the home deck with an impenetrable back 6 keeping them to only 1 point and our forward line kicking 3.1.  St Kevin’s fought their way back in the second quarter, bring our lead to only 14 points.

Mickey brought us in at half time and said “It’s now or never.”  We knew how big an opportunity we had in front of us, and in the OGs U23s fashion we took the lead in the premiership quarter by pushing it out to 30 points.  In the last term, St Kevin’s kicked a couple early, but luckily Tom Kebbell and James Edmunds, our Sir John Monash-like generals down the back, held the fort down setting up Charlie Dixon to kick another bag of 4, making his tally 14 goals in just 3 games.

Final score for the game: OGs 62 – SKOBs 37, making us a game clear on top of the ladder.  Congratulations to the best ons, S Wells, L Giusti, T Kebbell, J Edmunds, W Townson and B Austin.


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