RD 4 MATCH REPORTS
MENS SENIORS (thanks to Jake Ward)
Dixon duo delight in big OGs win
In glorious autumnal sunshine, the OGs Men’s Seniors and Reserves headed north to the Zoo last weekend to face the other newly promoted side in UHS-VU. Similarly to Preston, UHS-VU had found the step up to C Grade a difficult one, registering heavy losses in their first three matches. This week would prove to be no different, as Colby’s Reserves racked up a proverbial cricket score in the lead-up match before the Seniors similarly found their scoring boots.
Following some strong form in the U23s, Connor Dixon and James Edmunds made their Senior OGs debuts. Both players are new to the Hoops in 2021, with both having played Senior football for Old Scotch Collegians in Tasmania during 2020, and before that at Mazenod and Uni Blues respectively. They both made seamless transitions as well, with Connor carrying on his fine goal scoring form with another 4 goals (to go with 14 in 3 games for the U23s) and Jimmy slotting in nicely to the meanest defence in C Grade. John Simson also made a welcome return to the midfield, having served his two game suspension from Round 1.
The players got down to business straight from the first bounce, scoring two goals in as many minutes through Christian Hatzis and Paul Dreher, before UHS had even managed to register a clean possession. Another four goals in the first quarter, coupled with some strong defending meant that the side took a 6 goal lead into the first break. The second quarter was more even, as the players kicked up the slope into the moderate northerly wind. However, two goals to one enabled the lead to build to 40 points at half time, although this lead was soured with news of an ankle injury to Will Horsfall, a wrist injury to Christian Hatzis and a shoulder injury to Charlie Crozier. We wish them all the best in their recovery and hopefully see them on the field again soon.
The third quarter was a repeat of the first, with the OGs scoring another 6 goals kicking towards what was clearly the dominant scoring end and taking a 71 point lead heading into the final break. The final quarter was a bit of a non-event, with the intensity levels of the first three quarters not quite matched and UHS playing a loose man off half-back who took several intercept marks. A 4th goal after the siren to Connor Dixon took the final winning margin to 65 points, with the players also registering 100 points for the first time this season.
Scott Dixon once again led from the front in a best on ground performance, taking numerous intercept marks. As noted earlier, Connor Dixon carried on his strong form in front of goal with another 4 goal haul, which was matched by 4 goals from Paul Dreher, with other goal scoring contributions from Sam Anderson and Christian Hatzis (two each), and John Simson, Liam Higgins and Seb Hutley (one each). Elsewhere, John Simson racked up 30+ possessions in his return to the midfield, whilst Jack Sheridan continued his fine start to the season giving the midfielders first use of the ball at the stoppage. Shez will need to be at his best again this weekend as he goes up against Monash ruckman MacGregor Cameron, who the VAFA are already considering the early favourite for C Grade Best and Fairest.
Whilst the win takes the Seniors to a 4-0 start, the players are under no illusions that the next month will be key in determining just how far they can go in the 2021 season. With games against the similarly undefeated Monash Blues, Ormond, Marcellin, Mentone and Hampton coming up, they will get a good idea of where they are at in facing some of the other highly fancied teams. The games against Monash and Marcellin will be played at Como Park, so it would be great to get a large contingent of supporters down to cheer on the players in these key matches.
WOMEN'S SENIORS (Thanks to Celia Cody)
The oggettes couldn’t ask for better conditions at Lady Como as we were spoilt with a beautiful 24 degrees day. Round 4 was due to be a big matchup against Old Camberwell who scraped past Fitzroy the previous week, our round 1 loss.
The forwards grouped up pre-game, with a goal to make up for our inaccuracy in front of goals the previous week. Tilly Arthur was spotted at Como on Monday and Thursday very early for training practicing her forward craft which paid off for her as she finished up with 3 goals for the day against the infamous Old Camberwell.
Dani Trott finally made it into the forward line after nagging Coops for weeks. She started off with the first goal after grabbing the ball out of a contest and exploding out to get a shot on the run. Finished off the day with 2 goals to her name, a shiner and a 6-pack of beers for getting BOG.
Highlight of the second quarter came from Vickie “Jackie chan” Tan after Helen Saulter rucked the ball out of a stoppage in our goal square. Vicki got a kick at the ball before it even hit the ground and set us up to go into the halftime break 6 goals ahead.
Helen almost didn’t make it for her special appearance down from Hamilton after running out of fuel on the highway, but provided some support to Alison Youlten in the ruck. This gave Steph Topp the opportunity to show her aerial craft at centre halfback, stopping every contest that came her way and clearing the ball out of Camberwell’s 50. The backline was a brick wall, and unstoppable as they only let one goal through. However, as one of the Camberwell girls launched a kick from 60m out, dribbling into the goal square and G Rule’s touch was deemed too late for the Old Camberwell goal umpire to call a goal. Video footage provided by one of our supporters proved otherwise. Charlotte Kay was also thrown into the backline, and remained calm and composed as she bought the ball out.
Special mention to Mimi Bones who was playing her first seniors game for the season and made sure the other team knew she was there to play. Running through the midfield, Mimi laid tackle after tackle and got across to every contest.
The Oggettes were happy with finally getting some reward for effort and being cleaner in front of goals as we finished up winning 51-10 with only 3 points.
MENS RESERVES (thanks to Rupert Kemp)
After a good week on the track, the Ressies Men woke up to a pearler of a day on Saturday with the goal of keeping the undefeated ball rolling. There were a few exciting ins coming back from injury and the pre-game message from Colby “Better without J-Baz” O’Brien and stand-in coach Ed “Radford” Ratcliffe was to be ruthless right from the outset.
And ruthless the Ogs were. Kicking with a strong breeze in the first quarter the Ogs had piled on 2 goals before UHS had touched the footy thanks to Tim “Hops” Breadmore putting it on a platter out of the ruck for the midfielders. The rest of the quarter followed this pattern as the Ogs midfield dominated possession through Nick “Juddy” Morwood and Pat “Wrong Way Champ” Pekin, and the forward line duly saluted from all angles despite the heavy breeze. The score at quarter time was 63-0.
The 2nd quarter brought with it a different challenge due to being faced with a heavy headwind, however the Ogs were able to add 15 points to the margin through disciplined kicking to the top of the goal square. Unfortunately UHS were able to kick a couple of goals after what can most politely be described as some mercy-rule umpiring in the backline and the Ogs went into the halftime break knowing there was improvement to be made in the 2nd half.
The Ogs put the foot to the floor again with the wind in the 3rd quarter, kicking a further 53 points to zero for the term. Strong work from the midfield in both winning clearances and delivering the footy inside 50 meant that Charlie “Anyone want to rotate with me?” Hawkins fortunately was not made to work too hard at full back after his inexplicable decision to wear a sleeved jumper on a 25 degree day.
Despite being up by over 100 points at the time, the winning move of the day was made deep into the third quarter where Coach Ratcliffe asked Runner O’Brien to send Rupert “Golden Fist” Kemp forward, and this delivered immediate results with “me” slotting a 50m bomb straight through the big sticks after sidestepping a couple of hapless defenders.
The fourth quarter against the breeze was an improvement from the second quarter with the Ogs adding 37 points to the final margin to walk off with a 168 point victory. This was aided by the Ogs courageously playing with a 5-man backline, with Will “Don’t make weekend plans with this man” Simson reaping the unusual reward of playing as the loose 7th man in the forward line.
This week presents a massive challenge for the Ressies with a top of the table clash and the boys are fired up for it. Come down and support a blockbuster against Monash at Como!
WOMEN'S RESERVES (Thanks to Katie-Rose Campbell)
Round 4 saw the Oggettes reserves girls back home at Como this week to take on Old Camberwell. The sun was shining early on Saturday morning which provided exceptional playing conditions for the girls. The Oggettes started strong and snatched a promising lead, kicking three goals in the first quarter.
Emily Hatty delivered outstanding skills in the midfield, consistently working the ball down towards the forwards. Old Camberwell struggled to keep up with Phoebe Chirnside’s excellent speed and agility through the forward line whilst Issy Fry demonstrated outstanding intensity around the field, leaving Old Camberwell scoreless for the second quarter.
By halftime, the Oggettes had proven they were not there to muck around. Spirits were high and the talk was strong going into the second half of the game. The third quarter saw further domination by the Oggettes who kicked another two goals. Shout out to Lou Johnson for her brilliant goalkicking on the weekend.
Old Camberwell found a new lease of life in the fourth quarter coming back stronger than the Oggettes anticipated. However, this was not strong enough to take down the Oggettes who were determined to take the win. Caroline Edwards and Liv Batten both provided outstanding backline defence in the stressful final quarter of the game which held the lead for the Oggettes until the final siren was heard.
Amazing efforts from all of the ressies girls this weekend taking away a 6-point win over Old Camberwell. No doubt the girls will be training hard this week to hopefully grab another win next weekend!
It was a beautiful day for the Thirds to make their debut on Lady Como for Season 2021. Although coming of a tough loss in R3, spirits were high as we were starting to mesh and play good team footy. The OGers got off to a hot start, dominating the midfield battle with Lachie Kerr and the Irish Phenomenon Eoin Culligan racking up clearances. Although having most of the play, we didn’t take the most of our opportunities, but went into quarter time 7 points ahead.
In the second term the ball was flooding into our backline with the tall timbers of Rupert Johnston and Will Clerk doing their best to stem the flow. James Calanchini used his booming right boot to rebound out of defence and get the ball moving going forward. With good defensive work we managed to stem the flow and go into half time only 4 points down.
After a quality rev up from Mickey and Rhett at half time, the boys were raring to go for the third term. It was another hard-fought quarter with both teams going goal for goal. Ed Sillitoe and Fraser Locke were a force in front of goal, both booting 3 goals which helped us stay in the game.
Coming into the last, the boys were ready to go for what was the biggest quarter of our season so far, being only 6 points down. We came out hot playing some fast free flowing footy. With a big goal each from Gardner and Johnstone, we took a strangle hold on the game early in the quarter. At this point, the pressure went up a notch as both teams were really hungry for a win. Although the defence worked hard, the crafty forwards of St Bedes/Mentone proved too much late in the last quarter, making the most of all their opportunities. The final margin was a 9 point win for St Bedes/Mentone.
Was a tough loss and the disappointment could be seen on the faces of the players after the game. This just shows how hungry the boys are to get some wins on the board. Watch out in the coming weeks as the 3s are starting to fire.
UNDER 23s (thanks to Matt Oates)
“Young OGs deliver 34 snags at local grilling”
Sheeesh, what a win that was from the Unders.
The day began a little later than others with a hike out to whoop-whoop to play against bottom of the ladder St Bernards. After a late pre-game switcheroo with the game relegated to a smaller than anticipated ground, and a STIRRING pre-game address from coach Mickey, the young OGs were up and about early.
The game started off with a bang, with the midfield core dominating out of the centre. James Green was a stand-out racking up what seemed like 30 touches and a goal in the first quarter. Many of the other mids followed suit, using the strong breeze to our advantage to deliver punishing blows to the spirits of St Bernards.
Up by 60 points + at the first change, the sting was taken out of the game, but don’t tell Bailey Austin, who amassed both a ton of ball and equally as much damage as he made his presence known in the contest. Half time soon rolled around and the boys were up and about, leading by 105. Like beating a dead cat against a wall, the boys kept up the torment, piling on goals from every part of the ground (just ask Fergus) all day, rubbing salt into what was already a huge lead at the half.
The second half was run out much the same, like an angry parent whipping out the belt, the OGs U23s delivered an absolute flogging, victors in the end by 215 points. But the day belonged to a Wilbur Stephenson, who against an undersized midfield opposition, tore the game apart in the second half, showing serious athleticism and strength in the contest to deliver to the forward line. One of the beneficiaries of this delivery was Toby Lever, beating out “stepladder” Crowe for the most goals on the day with 8 snags. Alex Crowe provided plenty of star power in the forward line, “robbed of multiple goals from Toby Lever himself” according to Crowe.
One person you should not be asking about goal kicking this week however is Tom Fowler, who delivered some of the most questionable set shot kicking ever displayed on the footy field.
On a more serious note, a commendable mention does go out to St Bernards who were able to provide a game knowing the potential for a blow out. We at Old Geelong understand how tough this can be but respect the contest – it doesn’t go unnoticed.