After last week's disappointing loss the boys were determined to get our season back on track against top 4 side Ivanhoe in blustery conditions at Chelsworth reserve on Saturday.
The boys were switched on early with on-ballers Allen and Latsas getting plenty of ball in the middle and our attacking halfbacks Howells and Parker giving plenty of run & carry. All over the ground our tackling and defensive pressure was relentless causing Ivanhoe to continually turn over the ball. A Thursday night training session with ex-Melb Storm player Robbie Kearns seemed to be doing the trick.
The Wellers would go into the long break in front by a goal but it should have been more with 24 forward entries but with only a return of 5 goals.
The second half would see the boys slip back into old habits of bombing away and not picking up their opponents at stoppages. Ivanhoe would go into another gear and kick 7 goals to 1 and virtually take the game from our reach. The last quarter would remain even with the boys fighting until the end but the damage had been done by the opposition in the third quarter.
Once again our failure to put scoreboard pressure on our opponents early would cost us dearly in the end. Excellent performances from Youngy & the dangerous Kanz who is having a standout year. Overall it was pleasing to see the boys really work hard if we keep up those efforts wins will start coming very soon.
Goal Kickers: T. Kanz 3, S. Powell 2, G. Tolson, C. Allen, J. Allen
Best Players: J. Allen, K. Darby, J. Howells, N. Latsas, D. Proksa, C. Young
The team worked hard and together today to achieve a good win against a long time foe.
The team were greeted with a strong wind, “birthday boy” Luca Stanboultgis won the toss and away we went. Many entries into our 50m did not convert, however the endeavor was pleasing to watch. Good football was played.
In the last quarter we did allow Old Ivanhoe to score freely, an area we can work on to maintain score board pressure and more pressure.
There were many good players Stan lead from the front all day, Bromell in the ruck & around the ground, Tommy Bedford taking on all sizes, Jenkin being Jenks, Kaiser being Scottie, Eastie and Cavemen contributed well.
Campbell, Lloyd, Vogel, and Mailman continued to drive the ball into our forward line. The forwards did convert and fought hard to keep the ball in our attacking zone.
Pepperell, Boyce, Clarkie S., Hillier, Dick and Crothers were good throughout the ground, being hard at the contest. The return of Cam Wilson was good to watch, working hard in the ruck and CHF. We thank Mattie P for his two quarters played before his promotion to the seniors.
Maxie Wakefield was travelling well till his good hamstring snapped. We wish you a quick recovery Max.
So now we play the top of the table leader this week – Ormond. If we maintain the same pressure and team approach, we are a good thing against the ladder leaders.
Look forward to seeing you all there on Saturday.
Goal Kickers: S. Kaiser 4, M. Jenkin 3, T. Pepperell 2, S. Boyce 2, S. Anjou, T. Bedford, H. Crothers
Best Players: L. Stanboultgis, M. Bromell, B. Hillier, T. Bedford, M. Jenkin, T. Eastick
The team were excited to have the opportunity to take on one of the old foes in Ormond at home. Celebrating Charlie Urwins 50th game the team looked ready to gain our first win for the year despite having a limited bench.
In the first quarter Ormond took an early lead kicking with the breeze and managed to put through 4 goals to our solitary goal. Unfortunately we were unable to capitalise on our opportunities despite having some entries early in the first quarter. M.Todd was working hard in the ruck and getting great support from Zac as they battled against two of the tallest ruckmen in the VAFA.
The second quarter we had the breeze but only managed to get 1 goal 2 behinds on the board – this was despite the great work across the ground to ensure that we had control of the football. Fortunately our opposition were held goal less as our entire defence was solid. In particular Warburton was able to not only stop the opposition but proceeded to repel a number of Ormond entries in to the backline.
In the 3rd quarter we managed to kick 2 goals thanks to some great work from Zac and Jeffers. Unfortunately we were unable to stop Ormond from kicking 4 goals themselves despite the strong work from our backline as well as the continued work of T.Vogel on the wing. Our on-ballers were continuing to work hard with limited rotations but continued to show tremendous persistence.
The last quarter we had the same scoring shots as our opposition and most pleasing was the endeavour and effort of the team to continue to fight out the game until the final siren. Danny in particular led the way in the last continuing to put his body on the line to win the hard balls, while Harry Urwin and Brent Hodson lifted to show some great straight line attack and ball usage.
Again I would like to congratulate Charlie Urwin on the 50th Games as well as thank all the people who helped out and came to support – as a team we really appreciate the support.
As we take on St Mary’s this week we will look to get our first win on the board.
Goal Kickers: M. Jeffers 3, Z. Herbstreit, L. Huysmans, M. Todd
Best Players: C. Cramb, B. Hodson, T. Vogel, D. Bancroft, M. Jeffers, L. Huysmans