Last Saturday we traveled to Marcellin College to meet a Club, where the rivalry has grown to the extent that it has become very much a local derby, in recent years.
Round 1 was no different! With new recruits Chris Hensby, Rohan Swan, Gene Thorbecke playing their first games for the Club, and Sean MacDonald and Tom Vogel making their Senior debuts the team was well placed to continue the form shown in the latter half of the previous season.
Add in new “recruits”, Simon Bennett and James Howells, both returning from long term injuries and the scene was set for an almighty contest with the Eagle boys from Bulleen.
Kicking with the aid of a 4 goal breeze in the first quarter, the Wellers jumped out to a 13 point lead at the first break. Chook Howells was relishing his return to senior footy and getting plenty of it!
Unfortunately, in Q.2 the boys took the foot off the pedal somewhat and allowed Marcellin to kick 5 goals, with only one being scored by the Wellers, a “coast to coast” effort, mid quarter to Jimmy Allen.
Feeling the heat of the day, at the half time break, the players appeared flat and slightly out of sorts. However, the spirit of the team kicked in, the leaders started to win some serious inside ball and the boys were able to get our running game back and into full swing. The result was a 5 goal quarter, with Nick Adamson kicking 3 to leave us with a 6 point deficit at the three quarter time break.
As forecast beforehand, the wind shift kicked in and the mighty Wellers found themselves kicking with a strong Southerly wind in the final quarter, making scoring to the school end more difficult.
Needless to say, the Eagles kicked the first of the quarter, making the team pay for an errant kick-in, after a point, that missed its target. This error seemed to develop a steely resolve amongst the playing group, and they continued to attack the goals with a vigour that delighted the Coaches and the Supporters. Four goals scored under great pressure to the Wellers with no response by the opposition saw the mighty Wellers senior team run out winners by 17 points, kick starting their season in the most positive manner.
Goal Kickers: N. Adamson 6, J. Allen 2, S. Powell 2, J. Arnold, S. MacDonald, C. Young, C. Allen
Best Players: J. Arnold, G. Thorbecke, N. Adamson, F. Wells, C. Wilson, C. Allen
Senior Assistant Coach
Photos are from the VAFA Facebook Page
After a promising build up over our practice matches and the discovery of some new players and returning faces, the Magoos came up against a strong Marcellin side in very hot Round 1 conditions.
Marcellin got off to a fast start and jumped us early and thanks to the work down back from Eastick early and efforts from Herbstreit to curb the influence of their dominant ruckman we were much more competitive in the 2nd quarter. We were able to string together multiple forward entries, however, some wasted opportunities meant that we weren’t able to capitalise on the scoreboard and were 6 goals down at the main break.
We started the 3rd quarter with lots of energy and with Tolson and Parker directing the ball down back and Urwin and Warburton working well together defensively we played some of our best footy for the day but were unable to hold Marcellin for the whole quarter. Coming into the last quarter the focus was all about effort and mental strength and to their credit the boys played to the final siren despite some tired legs. Dick, Stayner and Co worked tirelessly across the midfield all day whilst Mann ably supported in the ruck after losing Gorman early.
The bar has now been set for the season and the boys understand where they need to get to, both individually and as a team, in order to have a competitive and successful year. As cliché as it is to say, the final scoreboard did not reflect the effort put in by the boys, however shows us how costly 5-10 minutes lapses in quarters can be.
Finally, congratulations and welcome to first gamers Benson, Huntsman and Cristiani who all worked hard throughout the midfield.
Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser, J. Simon, A. Parker, A. Taverner
Best Players: A. Parker, G. Tolson, C. Urwin, B. Warburton, A. Taverner, Z. Herbstreit
Reserves Assistant Coach
Old Camberwell Under 19’s journeyed to Packer Reserve in Carnegie to take on Old Mackinnon/Glen Eira in the first game of the 2017 season.
Old Mackinnon kicked with a strong breeze, and quickly had three goals on the board. After that initial onslaught our midfield of West, Dalrymple and Straw began to get their hands on the ball, and a goal to Tim Allan was the reward.
Despite trailing by five goals, our boys came out firing in the second quarter. Lewitt-Mendes off half back and James Oliver on the wing continually drove the ball forward, with Powell, Dalrymple, Thomas Oliver and Schumann all converting. If not for two late goals to the opposition, the game would have been even at half time.
The third quarter saw us defend desperately. Great pressure across the ground coupled with Fletcher starring at Centre Half Back contained the deficit to a very gettable four goals at three quarter time.
With the wind at our backs we gave ourselves a great chance, but unfortunately having no bench took its toll.
The gallant efforts of Percy and Appleyard in the ruck and Masciatelli all over the ground went unrewarded as our lack of run was exploited by the opposition, who were able to kick three goals and secure what was, in the end, a comfortable victory. The general consensus was that with 22 players, it would have been a very winnable game. So boys – let’s get a few more mates down, and we can win plenty of games.
Goal Kickers: M. Schumann 2, W. Dalrymple, J. Oliver, T. Allan, L. Powell
Best Players: M. Fletcher, L. Lewit-Mendes, R. West, J. Oliver, M. Appleyard, K. Percy
With great excitement Old Camberwell girls team headed off to beautiful Como Park in South Yarra for our first grading game to play Old Geelong, who had not been scored against in any games. We had plenty of numbers with 24 girls available and certainly made Old Geelong earn every possession.
Despite being behind on overall ability the team contested everything and our tackling was sensational. We eventually lost 70 to 6 with our goal coming in the last minute from the boot of Ellie Defina. Old Geelong are destined to play in first division so our effort over 4 quarters was excellent. We just need to find a way to make the most of our opportunities up forward.
Goal Kickers: E. Defina
Best Players: S. Defina, M. Wilson, L. Anderson, D. Booth, C. Nolan, G. Opray
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