Seniors report presented by Western Union Business Solutions
by Peter Schwab
Round One is always the great unknown for ourselves and the opposition. We came up against Carey, who’d been promoted from B Grade.
They weren’t to be underestimated given the quality of their top 5-6 players and an influx of youngsters. In team make up they are very similar to ourselves with a strong number of young players from the school and under 19’s combined with a sprinkling of experience.
We didn’t expect a shoot-out, but 6 goals each in the first quarter indicated both teams were playing offensively. Carey had set up with a spare behind the ball and we had decided to allow both teams that option.
It was an even first half with both teams controlling the game for periods. Carey troubled us with their tall forward in Jacksch who looked dangerous. Whilst he managed 4 goals for the game, Tom Humphrey did a good job on him.
The most annoying part of our game in the second quarter was our disposal. Poor decisions and execution gifted them goals. Not what you want in a tightly fought match.
We lost Jake Williams to a calf injury half way through the second quarter. And when Josh Scipione went off injured in the third quarter, we were down to two rotations from the bench. We knew this was going to create a problem for us as the game progressed.
Halfway through the third quarter it seemed Carey had control of the game and got out to a 4-goal lead. Two great snap goals from the same spot from Lachie Connell kept us in the contest and we went into the three-quarter time break only 2 goals down.
The boys were up for the challenge, we moved Reuben Hayward from defence to the wing and Hugh Nicholson from the wing to the midfield. Both had been playing well. We started the last quarter well and got ourselves out to a 16-point lead.
We had a chance to go further in front but missed it. A quick rebound and goal to Carey gave them hope. Running out of legs we were hanging tough, but Carey managed the last 2 goals of the match and we failed to hang on. An honourable loss, but a loss just the same.
Best: Nicholson, Hayward, Burt, Indovino, Michael and Fisher
Old Carey 18.9.117 def. DLS 18.5.113
RESERVES Report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Bentleigh
by Nick Hyland
After a long pre-season, Round One finally presented itself, as we took on the newly promoted Old Carey at home. We were treated to perfect conditions and were looking to start the season on a positive note.
Our start was fairly poor. We were second to the footy and our defence was almost non-existent. Carey were able to move the ball swiftly and were rewarded with the opening two goals in fairly easy fashion.
Mid way through the quarter we were able to adjust, settle into the contest and start to arrest the momentum of the game. We were winning more of the ball and looking dangerous forward of centre.
Our second quarter was solid. We had control of the game, but failed to take full advantage on the scoreboard. Our defence tightened up, and we looked in control of the game at halftime. We took a handy 22-point lead into the main break.
After half time, we were dominant. Colak, Shannon, Nation, Pennell and O’Callaghan got their hands on the footy and really started to assert some dominance. Our ball movement was swift, and all 22 players bought into the way we wanted to move it.
McDonough and Fasoulis were proving to be a handful up forward, while Dan Melissinos played a perfect small forward’s role with countless tackles in the forward 50.
What was most pleasing in the second half was keeping the opposition goalless. We were tough, combative and really strong defensively after half time.
Despite a handful of injuries and very limited rotations, the boys ran out the game strongly and came away with a well-deserved 86-point win. A positive way to start the season. We looked forward to building on this and developing our game next week against Old Brighton.
Best: Morris, Shannon, Nethersole, Colak, Melissinos, Hastie
DLS 17-13-115 def. Old Carey 4-5-29
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
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DLS 12.14.86 def. St Bedes 9.5.59
U19 BLUE Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
The Blues were handed a tough first round assignment, scheduled to play St Bernards away at the dreaded ‘snake pit’. St Bernards have a very proud record at their home ground so we knew we were up for a fight. They selected a tall and mature side and started off hard and aggressive as we had expected.
After a hard fought first quarter, De La had a slender lead. Once again in the second term we had trouble getting our preferred game style up and going but after another bruising quarter we went into half time 3 goals up.
At half time, we sensed St Bernards were fatiguing so we went into the second half looking to run the ball and switch it into space. Unfortunately, they found another gear and put some extra pressure on us. At the end of a 3rd quarter arm wrestle we went into the final quarter about a goal ahead.
In the last term, the players committed to share the ball around and run hard forward which we did very well, eventually running out 17 point winners in an excellent away win. The coaches kept asking for a lift from the players and a response was always there.
Best: O.Ryan, P.Nikitis, J.Squires, C.Day, S.Fernandez, K.Heagney, N.Bufalo
De La 12.12.84 def. St Bernards 10.7.67
U19 GOLD Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
A big summer of change has swept the under 19 group of 2019, but one thing that remains consistent is the enthusiasm and the mateship on display with this group.
Bright and early down at Parkside, the Golds kicked off the year with a very impressive team performance.
From the very beginning the boys were switched on and shared the ball around resulting in 4 opening quarter goals.
We got to half time with a 10 goal lead thanks largely to a dominate performance in the ruck from Jordy Brasher and a clinical midfield performance, as well as 3 goals from Hamish Burt.
It was easy to get goal hungry in the second half given the score line but the boys continued playing team footy and that meant the margin continued to blow out. Many players had the chance to play in some different positions and flourished.
The big guys dominated the game with Sam Doree bagging 6 goals in an impressive forward/ruck performance.
An all round impressive display that ya set the tone for the season for the golds team and we look forward to what is to come for the rest of season 2019!
Best players: Brasher, Doree, McCormack, Burt, Martuccio and Burt
De La Salle 20.18.138 def Parkside 4.4.28
U19 Colts Match Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
By Stefan Taranto
After months of pre-season, the Colts team was finalised and lined up for a rare afternoon game against St. Bedes. Playing at Brindisi street is always a challenge, as all St. Bedes sides seem to player better on their home ground.
Both teams started slowly, with only 5 goals kicked in total at half time.
St. Bedes came out strong in the third quarter and kept us goalless while scoring three of their own, taking a 9-point lead into 3-quarter-time.
In the last quarter, our midfield – lead by Kaelin Walford, Joel May and Nick Robertson – took control of the game, creating 13 scoring shots to run away with a 23-point win.
Tom Lynberg was dominant at full back, often leaving his opponent to impact a contest further up the ground.
Best: Tom Lynberg, Kaelin Walford, Joel May, Nick Robertson, Hugh Hyslop, Sam O’Connor
DLS 8.16.64 def. St. Bedes 6.5.41
De La Guns (16-35 Womens) Report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
by John McDonough
After a long pre-season, there is always a nervous anticipation around how we may perform. We had a late game starting at 4.45pm as the Parkdale Vultures hosted 4 games at their new facility.
Unfortunately, our first half was not good as we were outrun, out-tackled and outplayed by a young fit team.
A number of the Parkdale girls had progressed from their junior program and the structure and discipline around the ball was a stand out. We had a total of 11 players playing their first game of footy and it took some time for them to adjust to the pace of the game. The effort was on display which was great, we just needed a little composure when we had the football. The Vultures went in 37 points up at the main break.
Our third quarter was much like the first half as we were second to the contest and Parkdale ran through stoppages with little resistance, kicking 5 unanswered goals.
We swung a few positional changes in the last and were rewarded on the scoreboard. The ball was in our 50 for the majority of the last term, and the pattern of play gave our forwards a chance.
We outplayed the opposition around the ground and our ball movement and overlap was much better.
It was a great finish to the game well and we learnt a lot from how Parkdale moved the ball.
Parkdale 11.10.76 def. DLS 1.1.7