Seniors Report: presented by Western Union Business Solutions
By Peter Schwab
WELL IT WAS PROBABLY OUR BEST GAME IN THE PAST 4 MATCHES AND SHOWED A GREAT FIGHTING SPIRIT FROM THE TEAM.
STILL UNDERMANNED IN PERSONNEL THE PLAYERS DIDIN’T LET THIS IMPACT ON THEIR APPROACH OR EFFORT ALL DAY.
IT WAS UNFORTUNATE THAT ONCE AGAIN WE WERE ONE MAN DOWN EARLY IN THE GAME WHEN YOUNG NICK BUFALO TOOK A HEAVY KNOCK. THIS ALWAYS HAS AN IMPACT ON ROTATIONS AND CLEARLY FAVOURS THE OPPONENT IF THEY ARE AT FULL STRENGTH IN NUMBERS.
THE FIRST QUARTER WAS A GOOD OFFENSIVE MATCH BY US SCORING 5 GOALS FOR THE QUARTER, BUT WE UNFORTUNATELY COULDN’T RESTRICT THEM AND THEIR ABILITY TO MARK THE BALL INSIDE FORWWARD 50 AND CONVERT HURT US. 6 GOALS FROM MARKS WAS A TELLING STATISTIC AGAINST US.
GOING INTO A BREEZE IN THE SECOND QUARTER IT LOOKED LIKE OLD MELBURNIANS WERE LIKELY TO GAIN A BIG LEAD BY HALF TIME WHEN THEY LEAD 10 GOALS STRAIGHT TO 5.4 HALF WAY THROUGH, BUT WE FOUGHT BACK WELL AND WERE ABLE TO GO IN AT HALF TIME IN TOUCH.
STATISTICALLY WE HAVE BEEN WELL BEATEN FOR MOST OF THE YEAR IN THE KEY STATS OF INSIDE FORWARD 50M ENTRIES AND FORWARD 50M MARKS AND IN THE CLEARANCES. THE HALF TIME STATS INDICATED WE WERE ON A PAR WITH OUR OPPONENT AND CONSEQUENTLY IN THE GAME.
THE THIRD QUARTER WAS ONE OF OUR BEST FOR THE YEAR. WE SCORED 5 GOALS FROM MARKS FROM 10 ENTRIES. OUR BEST RETURN FROM MARKING INSIDE FORWARD 50M FOR THE YEAR. THE BONUS WAS WE CONTAINED OLD MELBURNIANS TO ONLY 1 GOAL AND SO WE HAD A 10 POINT LEAD GOING INTO THE LAST QUARTER.
WE IMMEDIATELY STRATED WELL AND HAD THE FIRST 3 INSIDE F50M ENTRIES FOR THE GAME BUT FAILED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE. THIS PROVED COSTLY AS THEY SCORED THE NEXT THREE GOALS.
WE HAD TWO CHANCES TO BRING THE MARGIN BACK TO WITHIN A KICK BUT OUR MISSES IN FRONT OF GOAL WERE COSTLY.
CLOSE BUT NOT A WIN AND WE REMAIN SECOND LAST WITH 5 GAMES REMAINING. WE STILL CONTROL OUR DESTINY BUT WE NEED A WIN.
DLS 12.11.83 def. by Old Melburnians 15.10.100
RESERVES Report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Bentleigh
by Nick Hyland
Playing top of the table Old Melbournians in round 13 was always going to be a difficult task given the number of players we have unavailable at this time of year. Having been the only side in the comp to defeat O’Ms this year, we were quietly confident going into the contest.
We felt we had control in the first quarter. We were tough in the contest and we were dominant on the outside. We probably had 75% of the play in the first quarter but we failed to take our chances, kicking 1.6. Unfortunately for us on a couple of occasions, we were sloppy in transition and gave up two very easy goals.
From quarter time onwards, Old Melburnians took control. Their bigger, stronger, more mature bodies dominated inside and were far more clinical going forward. We lost our way a little bit and seemed rattled. What was most disappointing was how easily we conceded goals in the second and third quarters. In those two quarter alone we conceded 12 goals to 3 and saw us facing 46-point deficit at the final change.
Three players off injured in the last quarter didn’t help the situation as we ran out of legs and were comprehensively beaten by a better team. If you were to summarise the game, we had enough of the ball to put pressure on them, but our inability to hit targets by foot was disastrous!! The opposition scored 12 of there 18 goals from our direct turnovers by foot. No matter what level of footy you play, if you can’t kick the ball effectively, you are going to struggle to win games of footy.
We will learn from this, strive to get better as we take on another tough assignment next week in St Kevin’s.
Best: Michael, Hogan, Fasoulis, McGaw, O’Brien
DLS 6.9.45 def. by OM’s 18.9.117
THIRDS Report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
No game this week due to yet another opposition forfeit. Our Thirds clash with Monash Blues this Saturday at Frearson Oval, Monash Uni, 11.40am.
U19 BLUE Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
No report due to a bye. The boys clash with St Bernards at home this week at 2pm.
U19 GOLD Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
DLS 15.5.95 def Oakleigh 5.7.37
U19 Colts Match Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
No report due to a bye. The boys clash with Therry Penola at home this week at 9.20pm.
De La Guns (16-35 Womens) Report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
by John McDonough
Our last game for the season, and a double header at that: as we joined with the Cannons for their host round. Our opposition Glen Eira were by far the best team in our division across the year, and they deserved to be on top of the ladder.
Following our huge win against Ajax last week, we were looking for a repeat performance in front of a good crowd.
Surge footy and hard tackling in the first quarter had us in front at the first break and we had Glen Eira on the back foot. A great goal by Courtney Coulter finished off some hard work from the midfield.
The second saw Glen Eira have plenty of opportunities to take the lead however they were wasteful in front of goal and spayed the ball wide on four occasions. We went into the main break two points up.
We had plenty of chances to put the game away but could not get the ball across the line. Glen Eira got a late goal with 45 seconds on the clock and they went into the last quarter with a three-point lead.
Two quick goals by Glen Eira had us in a bit of trouble however we came at them and we got one back, with enough time to give us a sniff of victory.
Sarah Hobson scored one of our better goals for the year as she broke the line and kicked truly.
We got within nine points and again showed that our game style and hard tackling could keep us in the game.
Steph McMurray, Rachael McDonough and Jen Males were great through the midfield. Bridie McConville had another strong performance up forward and Michelle Bourke dominated down back.
It was a pleasure to coach the Guns this season. The ‘team first’ attitude both on and off the field set an example for the club and I look forward to seeing the girls back next season.
DLS 2.4.16 def. by Ajax 3.7.25
Cannons (Women’s Masters) Report, presented by Waverley BMW
Report unavailable however the Cannons next clash is on Sat Aug 10 at 12.30pm, Bill Woodfull Oval, against the Waverley Warriors.
DLS 3.3.21 def. by Melbourne Masters 4.6.30.