Seniors report presented by Western Union Business Solutions
by Peter Schwab
We came into the game with a team that had lost Geordie Nagle, Sean Masterson and Reuben Hayward to injury following Round 3, but we had the return of our captain Tom Humphrey.
We knew the Old Xaverians have been in very good form to start the season and on their home deck would be hard to beat, nonetheless the mood in the rooms before the game was upbeat.
We couldn’t have asked for a better start than what we had. Kicking against a slight breeze we were winning the ball, switching play and creating opportunities in our forward line.
At the 20-minute mark of the first quarter we were level and only 1 goal down at the 25-minute mark.
But we conceded 3 goals in the final 5 minutes and went in 4 goals down. It was a disappointing result after such a good start. And in hindsight it sapped our confidence.
The second quarter we were fighting hard but simply made too many fundamental errors, fumbled the ball and gave easy access to the football for Xavs who made us pay on the scoreboard. Our composure under their pressure was also not up to standard this quarter and we started to go into our shells and not take the game on ever when we controlled the ball.
The worrying trend statistically was the amount of marks we were allowing Xavs to take inside their forward 50m. It was 12 to just 2 at half time, this was a combined consequence of us turning the ball over in bad position to defend, usually the corridor and a lack of pressure once we did, which made it near on impossible for our defenders who again battled hard despite the purity of the entries by Xavs.
We stressed again at half time the effort but also the need to risk a bolder style of ball movement through switching the play and looking to come through the corridor whenever we could. The effort was up but the ball use was down.
Again, we had a poor third quarter like the previous week with the sheer volume of ball inside forward 50m which was heavily weighted Xavs way 16-4. We did well to restrict them to only 2 inside forward 50m marks.
It was a frustrating day for us again. Soundly beaten by a very good team. I was pleased with the performance of Adrian Indovino over 4 quarters and our younger players are really starting to improve at the top level with Ben Ahearn, Trent Shannon, debutant Sean O’Callaghan doing well in his first game, Matt Colak who showed good signs both forward and in the ruck. Proving they will be very good long-term players for the Club.
We now must dust ourselves off, not let the loss burden our thoughts negatively but as lessons to learn and get ourselves ready for the next opponent Collegians at home.
DLS 8.6.54 def by OLD XAVS 21.14.140
RESERVES Report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Bentleigh
by Nick Hyland
Round 4 saw us travel to Toorak Park to take on the always competitive Old Xavs. With 9 changes to the line up from the previous week we knew we were in for a real challenge to keep our winning momentum going.
Old Xavs jumped us from the start and had us on the back foot. We failed to match their intensity around the ball and as a result we were under the pump in the back half. We were getting smashed at clearances and overall our work rate was down. This was the trend the entire first half. We did ourselves no favours when we had our chances in front of goal, kicking 1.5. We trailed by 7 goals at halftime.
We knew we were up against it at the major break. Making matters worse, we had lost McDonough and Marek Lvosky for the game, while Luke Williams was on one leg.
Our third quarter was our best quarter for the year. We had a thirst for the contest. We hunted the opposition and moved the ball in waves, with run and carry. The boys were encouraged to be bold and brave with ball in hand and challenge the opponent. Again, we failed to take full advantage in front of goal.
After a great 25 mins, we had bridged the gap to 20 points at 3/4 time.
Unfortunately for us, we ran out of legs in the last. Being down on rotations was far from ideal, but I cannot fault the effort of all of the boys. We fought out the contest right until the very end. Unlike previous weeks when we have conceded a start and come back to pinch a win, we learnt that we cannot afford to do that against quality opposition.
We must learn to string 4 quarters of De La footy together if we are going to compete against the strong opponents. Plenty of positives to take away from the game. Hockey looked good in the ruck second half. Pennell, Hawker and Nation won plenty of contested ball, while Morris and Martinez controller the back half. We look forward to regrouping and bouncing back against Collegians next week at home.
Best: Pennell Hawker Nation Clinch Bull
DLS 4.13. 37 def by OLD XAVS 11.9.75
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
by Cam Watts
Round Four saw the Thirds playing in the prime time 2pm slot at Basil Street for the first time in a couple of years, and we were greeted with an interesting day for football, it rained on and off for all of the game, which provided tricky conditions.
Goals were therefore hard to come by in the first half with the game being played mostly through the centre of the ground, and it became a battle of the midfields. We went into the halftime break a couple of goals ahead and were looking to keep going as the conditions dried up.
The dry conditions didn’t last long as the heavens opened Monash also made the most of their chances, closing the gap to under a goal at three quarter time.
We kicked 5 points in a row before a long shot from Luke Brownhill was marked and goaled in the goal square by Dan Pendergast. Then another monster goal was converted by Brownhill to give us an 8-point lead and a great win to get the season back on track after a couple of tough weeks.
Some of the best players included: Bowen, Deftereos, Hanley and Zaia.
DLS 9.11. 65 def MONASH 9.3. 57
U19 BLUE Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Gabe Deane-Johns
As a team (myself included) we underestimated Parkdale and could have prepared better mentally. We expected them to be undermanned and played the first half accordingly. We had a big win the week before so we were mentally “down” a bit, and also had 5 changes which certainly had an impact.
We should have 3-4 of our starting 18 back this week. (We had 8 genuine Blues players unavailable on the weekend) so we look forward to stringing together some strong performances in the coming weeks.
BEST: Bohan, Aitken, Morgenthaler, Williams, Fernandez, Brasher, Karvellas, Roberts, Lyngberg
DLS 7.7.49 def PARKDALE 5.11.41
U19 GOLD Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Josh Galbraith
For Round 4 we came up against local rivals Oakleigh. Both teams were on the same points for the year, with two wins and one loss, so it was an important game for both clubs.
Conditions were difficult for both teams. Sunshine one minute, pouring rain the next!
We allowed Oakleigh to kick the first two goals of the game, we kept chipping away but couldn’t quite get our noses in front.
In the last quarter, we had all the play but just couldn’t kick the goal we needed. The Ball was locked in our forward fifty for the first 15/20minutes. They went forward and kicked a goal against play that totally demoralised our boys. To their credit, they dug deeper than what we did, and deserved the four points, running out winners by 15 points.
The fought hard but fell short. We look forward to bouncing back next week.
Best players McCormack, Robinson, Webb, Buzza, Armstrong, Doherty
DLS 5.5.35 def by OAKLEIGH 7.8.50
U19 Colts Match Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Stef Taranto
Following a 130-point win against St. Kevins, the Colts received a serious reality check against a quality opposition in Williamstown.
Five minutes into the game saw both sides looking promising with a goal each. From here we capitulated. Our mids worked hard to give our forwards access to the footy, but our forward pressure was non-existent.
Coupled with our backline’s inability to lock down an opponent, Williamstown piled on another 18 goals to our 1. In all honesty, they should have beaten us by more than they did. We’ll look to rebound next week against ladder-leaders Kew.
Best Players: Sam O’Connor, Nick Robertson, Nick Caruso, Ben Richter, Angus Mclean
DLS 2.12.24 Def by WILLIAMSTOWN 19.6.120
De La Guns (16-35 Womens) Report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
by John McDonough
The girls faced off against Albert Park with another good week of training under our belts. The main focus was maintaining structure, and free flowing ball movement. A slow start out of the blocks meant Albert Park were given some early opportunities, which they were unable to convert on. We quickly reverted back to our attacking style of last week which saw Jen Males kick her first goal to finish the quarter, 1.0.6 to 0.3.3.
In the second term Albert Park got the run on us and kicked a goal early on but we remained steady and were able to hold them scoreless for the rest of the quarter. A close contest in the first half meant it was all still left to play for come half time, as we were only a point down.
The third quarter proved to be our downfall as we were run over through our midfield where Albert Park used their foot speed to their advantage and secured three goals to our none. With rain and injuries setting in on the fourth quarter we faced into the last term 2.3.15 to 5.3.33. A tremendous effort from the girls showed that there was still hard fought football yet to play with both teams only securing 1 goal each for the final term.
A special mention to Sophie Nash who was relentless in her defensive effort and to our wingers Kate, Jen and Sarah who lead the team with their persistent running. We have a few key things to work on throughout the week when we reset and face into what is sure to be a great contest against Richmond.
DLS 3.3.21 def by ALBERT PARK 6.3.39
DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech
by Peter Harrison
The Dino’s have moved to the top of the ladder with a comfortable 90-point victory over Greenvale.
Coming back to the Dairy Dome for the first time in 2019, we led all day and extended the margin at every change in a workman like performance.
Like many teams this round, the Dino’s did not have a full complement of players to choose from, however, with some last-minute recruiting we were able to have a full team.
New players Sergio & Chris Leeton were both outstanding on debut, Serg giving plenty of run out of the back half and Leets kicking two goals up forward.
The back six were up to their usual tricks being hard to score against. BC, Macca, Marks (until his hamstring injury) Butts, O’Hara & Palmer all played high level football throughout the day with the Greenvale forwards unable to find any space.
Merv & Troy lead the midfield all day with Cossi, Sanga, Phila, Iggy, Knighter and Co providing hardness at the football that went unmatched.
Up forward the Steve Ryan show rolled on with a 6-goal best on ground performance. Mercuri, Dave Harro and Farms provided the necessary support to ensure we kicked our highest score of the year.
A 3-0 start is a terrific way to begin the season. Our next game is on Sunday 19 May 2019 at Whittlesea, all fans and supporters are encouraged to come along and cheer us on.
DLS 18.10 118 def GREENVALE 4.4 28
Cannons (Women’s Masters) Report, presented by Waverley BMW
by Pat O’Callaghan
What a day for the Cannons and what a day for the Club.
The Cannons ventured to the scenic surrounds of Coburg City Oval to play against a determined Coburg team.
After last week’s near miss the girls were extremely determined to go one better, and were super keen to get out on the ground and into the action. The first quarter started with a bang – by Coburg, who quickly scored 1 goal and 1 point to be 7 points up in the first few minutes. This was a bit of a kick in the backside to the girls who quickly found their groove and started playing footy the way we want to play it.
The rest of the game was a superb display of footy from girls who were mostly playing their second or third game. This was extremely entertaining footy with strings of handballs resulting in goals and the girls use of the space telling on their Coburg opponents. Run, carry, handball and great marking were showcased on a historic day for the De La footy club.
There were too many highlights to mention but the most pleasing aspect of the win to the coaching staff was that it was a team effort, everyone played their part and contributed to the end result which was – 7 goals 6 points to 1 goal 1 point – with a number of bad misses in the last quarter – a bit of goal kicking practice might be on the cards this week!!
Congratulations to all the girls, as you can imagine they celebrated long and hard!
DLS 7.5.47 def COBURG 1.1.7