Seniors report presented by Western Union Business Solutions
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DLS 6.6.42 def by COLLEGIANS 15.25.115
RESERVES Report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Bentleigh
by Nick Hyland
Round 5 saw another 9 changes to the line up from the previous week. Having 13 players 21 years of age or younger was always going to be a great challenge against a mature Collegians outfit.
Having been poor starters this year, we were looking to settle in, get the game on our terms and play our brand of footy. Unfortunately, we had yet another sloppy start, as we failed to match the opposition’s intensity around the ball, and we allowed two easy goals. What was pleasing was the way we were able to grind our way back into the game and swing the momentum late in the first term.
We failed to take full advantage however, as our ball use going into forward 50 was poor.
The second quarter was all Collegians. They slammed on 5 goals to nothing and absolutely dominated the game. What was most disappointing was our lack of effort in the contest and our poor defensive transition running.
We were looking for a response after halftime from everyone right across the board. We got that in terms of effort, intensity and wanting to commit to the contest. The first 15 minutes of the third quarter we dominated but again poor ball use cost us, and we didn’t shorten the deficit. Our failure to execute the fundamentals well for the majority of the game proved very costly.
In the end, we were outplayed. We had too many passengers on the day and left too much to too few. Having lost our past two, we will look to swing things around next week as we take on the top of table, undefeated Old Melbournians on their home deck. A massive challenge ahead, but I have no doubt we will get a response.
Best: Scipione, Morgan, Hockey
DLS 9.6.60 def by Collegians 14.6.90
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
by Cam Watts
The Thirds were looking to keep momentum up from a good win last week as we travelled to Albert Park early Sunday morning against Ajax.
The first half was a scrappy affair with rain affecting most of it. We were able to convert when it counted and win the contests around the middle. We took at three goal lead into the half time break.
The Sunday game was not kind to us with availability and some late injuries meant we only had one player on the bench which would really test how we could run the game out.
Ajax kicked for goals to nothing as our skills dropped and we played some shocking football to let them take a 20 point lead into the final change.
Full credit to the boys as they dug right in to silence a vocal opposition bench and kick 5 goals in a row to win the game by 20 points. A great team effort and a couple of wins on the trot as we go into the grand final rematch next week.
DLS 10.7. 67 def Ajax 7.5. 47
U19 BLUE Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Gabe Deane-Johns
We had fantastic start against the old enemy in Old Xavs, at Xavier College. We were up and about and played the first term with belief and confidence. In the second quarter they lifted, and our work rate dropped off – they went in to the rooms with an 8-point buffer and were wayward in front of goal, with 16 shots to our 13.
In the third quarter, they continued to outwork us around stoppages and through the corridor (we lacked quick midfield rotations) and we were badly beaten in the air. The led by 25 at the last change, and if not for more poor kicking in front of goal, it would have been more.
In the last term, we encouraged each other to have a positive mind-set, and asked the team to play aggressive football with some freedom.
The boys delivered an awesome response. It was really encouraging that those whom had previously played some poor games stepped up for a great last quarter contribution, and by kicking 4 goals 6 behinds to 4 straight behinds in the last, we were able to get up by the narrowest of margins (with 2 players down to injury and cramping)! Well done lads.
BEST: Ryan, Karvellas, Morganthaler, Aitken, O’Meara, Webb, Roberts, Bohan, Stanton, Day, Cotchett
DLS 9.16.70 def Old Xavs 8.21.69
U19 GOLD Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Josh Galbraith
Coming off a disappointing loss, the boys were looking to bounce back coming up against the top team in the league. We came out ready to make a statement and started off strong, managing to finish the first quarter with a one-point lead.
After an early lapse in energy, we struggled to find our groove in the second quarter but managed to fight back, and bring the margin to 11 points at half time.
After a bumpy first half, the boys came out to play some of the best footy of the year allowing only a single point in the 3rdquarter mostly due to some great rebounding and running from our half back and wings, bringing a 2-point lead coming into the final quarter.
After a tough final 25 minutes, we unfortunately fell just 2 points short of the top side, but it was a great show of application and effort. The season ahead is only looking brighter as we take this contagious energy that we have discovered into the next round.
Best: J.McCormack, E. Powell, S. Mannix, L. Panozzo, O. Smith
DLS 7.9.51 def by MONASH BLUES 7.11.53
U19 Colts Match Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Stef Taranto
Looking to rebound following a 100-point loss, the colts faced off against North Brunswick at home. In slippery conditions, our players brought the intensity that was lacking last week.
Unfortunately, intensity doesn’t always come with skill, and we were wasteful in front of goal throughout the game. We dominated the first quarter, recording 8 scoring shots to Brunswick’s solitary point, but only taking a 17-point lead into quarter time.
Brunswick provided a tighter contest for the remainder of the game, however our inaccuracy in front of goal kept them in the game. While our skill was lacking, our commitment to the contest didn’t drop throughout the game, allowing us to come away 10 point winners. It wasn’t pretty, but the effort from all players was pleasing.
Best: Richter, Caruso, Robertson, Livens, Florentzou
DLS 9.18.72 def Brunswick NOBs 8.14.62
De La Guns (16-35 Womens) Report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
by John McDonough
We got jumped early and Richmond Central had three goals on the board before we could get out of first gear. The discussion at quarter time focussed on intent and pressure around the ball.
Our second quarter was much better and we were rewarded for our efforts around the contest. We spread well and had a number of players executing the game plan and kicking the ball into space. The game was then back in our control as both teams looked evenly matched across the ground, despite a 16 point deficit in favour of the Tigers.
It was a dominant third quarter from the Guns. Great ball movement and plenty of inside 50’s. Richmond struggled to get their hands on the footy and this was reflected on the scoreboard.
We held them scoreless for the term and came into the last only nine points down.
Fitness got us in the last, and we were down to one on the bench.
It was a tough slog however the intent and effort we were looking for earlier in the game was still there. Richmond are a well organised team and to see us match them for the majority of the game shows we are close to another win. Very happy with the way we played, even happier with the attitude after the game.
DLS 2.4.16 Richmond Central 5.4.34
Cannons (Women’s Masters) Report, presented by Waverley BMW
by Pat O’Callaghan
The Cannons had a week off, our next game is this Saturday at Princes Hwy Reserve, 1658 Dandenong Rd, Oakleigh against Chirnside Park, and join the team afterwards for drinks at home in the clubrooms.