The trip out to Ormond is never an easy one,regardless of their position on the ladder the Monders with their large home support are always hard to beat. The bigger bodies would win out in the end by 9 points.
The Wellers would start well with some classic pin point kicking and plenty of run & carry led by big man Vickery and solid onballers Allen & Hart. Mitch Trait would dominate the wing and we would kick 7 goals to 2 and completely dominate the quarter. The opposition would be found wanting and couldn't keep pace with the slick ball movement of a free flowing Wellers outfit in complete control early.
The second quarter would bring a complete contrast from the first, the boys had once again got comfortable with their start and seemed to stand back and spectate. The Monders were gathering confidence and they would return the favour with a 7 goal quarter to our 1 entry 1 point. What a turnaround the boys had given back the lead and found themselves 14 points down a halftime and a winless opposition was gathering in confidence.
The second half would see the Wellers hang on bravely but the sting had been taken out of their sails.The Monders had a sniff and weren't going lie down, their rucks and onballers were starting to take over as ours began to tire. We were down to 2 on the bench and our lack of rotations were taking its toll. Ormond would hold on with a well deserved 9 point victory.
A lack of consistent 4 quarter efforts, would let us down in the end and until the boys commit to each other for the duration we will continue to struggle to beat any opposition.
Some great signs from a youngster playing his first game Matt Bromwell. We also welcomed back Jackson Eade who moved well around the forward line. With some tall timber coming back into the side this week look for a much improved performance against Kew.
Goal Kickers: J. Eade 3, T. Kanz 2, M. Powell 2, P. Bennett 2, G. Tolson, X. Troy, C. Young
Best Players: J. Howells, J. Allen, X. Troy, R. Deev, N. Latsas, P. Bennett
The loss we experienced was a good indicated……we as a team need to achieve a lot, hard training and confidence.
Our first quarter was very good, with purpose and hard at the ball; and there it stayed, all in the first quarter.
The opposition gave us a lesson in using the corridor and assisting each other, this left us in the remaining quarters.
So we need to work at our skills and maintain our game plan.
Better players were Andrew Clarke - in the middle, played into form, Louie Campbell - backline attacking the lines, Tommy Schip - went into the ruck and provided first use of the ball. Lucas S - again lead from the front, Matt Cottrell - driving from the backline, Tom Bedford - smallest bloke on ground tried all day.
Back to drawing board, a new week and new game this coming Saturday.
Goal Kickers: T. Pepperell 3, S. Boyce 2, A. Clarke 2, M. Hook, S. Kaiser, B. Hillier
Best Players: A. Clarke, L. Campbell, T. Schipper, L. Stanboultgis, M. Cottrell, T. Bedford
Searching for our first win of the season we took on St Mary's at the Barnard and with a number of players playing their first game for the club or the year we knew it would take our best effort to get the win. With Davo, Dancey, Simons and Margetts all playing their first games for the year in the thirds.
In the opening term we started strongly with some great ruck work by Zac and Josh who were giving us first use of the ball out of the middle. As a result we had much of the play in the opening term as our forwards and wingmen put the score on the board to take a 2 goal lead after kicking 4 goals in the opening term. Bongiorno started the game in the middle and relished the opportunity to get first use of the ball combining with Hodson and Damo to continually win clearances and repel the oppositions attacks.
In the second term St Mary's were kicking with the breeze but thanks to some great defensive work of the backline - Huglin, Urwin, David, Cunningham, Allright, Lucas and Berry ensured that the opposition had no easy chances, while our wingmen of Simons and Vogel along with the midfield pushed deep in defence to lock down the space of the opposition.
After the main break we came out focused on winning the ball and making sure we used the ball in to the forward line with the wind. With some great work from Dancey, Danny and Sauce we were able to kick 4 goals while we managed to hold the St Mary's to 3 goals. The pressure of the forward line through and was great to see as we continued to put pressure on their backline and midfield.
In the final term we started strongly kicking the first 3 goals of the quarter after some fantastic forward line pressure from Margetts, Sauce, Parks and Dancey , combined with our midfield clearances. St Mary's however rallied and cut the lead back to a solitary kick until Huglin slotted a goal from full back to stop the run of St Mary's and turn the momentum back in favour of the Wellers and eventually we ran out winners by 16 points.
It was a great effort by all the players and a fantastic scenes in the rooms as almost 12 players played in their first win for the club!
Well done thirds on a great win and look forward to seeing as many at training as possible.
Goal Kickers: J. Simon 3, C. Dance 3, R. Pawlik 3, J. Smith 2, A. Mackenzie 2, T. Huglin, D. Park
Best Players: J. Smith, B. Hodson, A. Bongiorno, J. Simon, R. Pawlik, T. Vogel