Seniors report presented by Western Union Business Solutions
By Peter Schwab
It was a very disappointing result on the weekend, not for the final three quarters, but the inability to match our opposition in the critical first quarter.
We had come off a week talking about being a side who was never beaten and hard to play against and our Reserves had set the tone with their great win in a come-from-behind effort.
Therefore, the way we started was where the disappointment rests. We were simply smashed around the contest for the majority of the quarter, which basically meant we were unable to control the ball. A 18-6 inside forward 50m count against us meant Old Melburnians were getting a 3-1 chance to score.
A few positional changes were made at quarter time, but a plea to arrest the game at its source in the centre bounce, around the clearances and in the disputed ball situations was the main message. If you can’t win the ball you can’t compete.
At the 10-minute mark we were still unable to match our opponent and the scoreboard read 9 goals to 1 goal. A change occurred at the 12-minute mark in general play and on the scoreboard. We managed three goals, but we showed how we needed to approach the game.
The basics were there for us to examine at half time:
- We started to win clearances and contests
- Stoppages set ups were better
- Better ball movement
- Effort was high
The issues of basic skill errors still hurt us in attack by not hitting targets often enough when under no pressure. Turnovers also hurt as it throws players out of defensive positions. Working on our skills is basic but it is something we need to work at. I believe an improvement in hitting targets will improve our overall game.
You can always say the opposition will relax once they have a lead like Old Melburnians did at quarter time, but watching the match on vision we didn’t allow them to play as they did in the first quarter and we matched them for three quarters in all facets, which shows if we can maintain a four-quarter effort we will start to be very competitive.
DLS 8.10.58 def by OLD MELBURNIANS 14.17.101
RESERVES Report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Bentleigh
by Nick Hyland
Round 6, and we were treated to a prefect day for football at VAFA headquarters Elsternwick Park, as we took on the top of the table, undefeated Old Melburnians.
Coming off two poor efforts over the last fortnight, we were looking to swing the momentum our way and take a big scalp. We welcomed both Brodie McLauglin and Jack Vickers into the squad for their first games for the season, whilst having another 6 changes to the selected line up from the previous week.
The first half was a hot contest. Both teams cracked in and were really physical. It seemed that whomever won clearances was in control of the game and generating scores. At quarter time, we found ourselves behind 4 goals to 2, but we felt we were right in the contest.
Our second quarter was poor. OM’s dominated the contest and then out-spread us. Overall, we weren’t running as hard and our defensive transition was non-existent. To our credit our back 6 were terrific and held up under difficult circumstances. We were able to get a couple of looks at goal at our end and convert the minimal chances we had. 3 goals was the deficit at half time.
All though we were behind, we felt like we could take control of the contest. Jordy Bull was swung back to play on their dangerous forward, whilst we went with a slightly different mix in the midfield, trying to add some leg speed. The mids led by ruck Hockey, who really set the tone in the second half and was able to give us first use. Fasoulis down forward was proving a handful and played one of the great individual quarters, booting 5 goals. We leaked a couple of easy goals, which was frustrating, but found ourselves 1 point up at the final change.
The last quarter was a tough contest. Both teams looked to assert dominance. For the first time this year, I felt we controlled the game. Our ball use was clean and structured and our mids provided great two way running. Having two down on the bench with concussion, we ran out the game strongly. Every player played a part in the final quarter. Keeping the opposition goalless for the quarter was the most pleasing thing, as we ran out 13 point winners.
A terrific win against strong opposition. We looked forward to another tough week next weekend as we take on Uni Blues away.
Best: Hockey, Fasoulis, Bull, Pennell, Martinez, Morris
DLS 12.5.77 def OM’s 9.9.63
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
by Cam Watts
No report this week, as we won by forfeit!
U19 BLUE Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Gabe Deane-Johns
A really solid 4 quarter performance built on (as asked) a physical, blue collar approach (no broken tackles, general appetite for physicality, clean hands under pressure, forcing the contest etc).
We also encouraged the guys to play with some flair and confidence after an excellent win the previous week – whilst reinforcing that our baseline needs to be combative/physical/aggressive/uncompromising football. We managed this balance well on the weekend.
Very pleasing also that we adjusted to a team that ran hard ahead of the ball
BEST: Ryan, Karvellas, Fernandez, Nikitas, Joyce, Docherty, Roberts, Morganthaler, Fogarty, Cotchett
DLS 14.16.100 def Williamstown CYMS 4.4.28
U19 GOLD Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Josh Galbraith
A tough assignment faced the Golds team on Saturday, facing an old rival in St Bernard’s on the home deck.
Following a heart-breaking defeat 7 days earlier, the boys had an opportunity to bounce back against another really good team. From the moment, the boys walked into the rooms, you could see a good energy amongst the group.
From the first bounce the boys were on, a really impressive first quarter taking a 14-point quarter time that could’ve easily been more had we made the most of all the opportunities they had.
As we knew they would, St. Bernard’s fought back into the game and forced our boys to go slow and play safe, playing into their hands. We had a goalless quarter but hung onto the half time lead.
A high quality third quarter from both teams saw 6 goals between the two teams and a really gold standard of footy. Once again, we hung onto a 3/4-time lead with an exciting finish to come.
Dominating the first 15 minutes of the final quarter saw the boys get quite comfortable and once again playing safely. For a number of minutes, it was all that was required. That was until St Bernard’s kicked two late goals and cut the margin to 3 points with 90 seconds to go. Thanks to a tough finish and being brave to ensure the snow dogs wouldn’t score again, the boys hung onto a significant win!
Whilst there were a number of very good players, it’s hard not to point out the effort of Cooper Joyce. Making a comeback from a serious knee injury from late last year, Cooper played a blinder, kicking 4 goals and being a big reason as to why the Golds held onto a really important win. Go Dees!
Best players: Joyce, Buzza, Powell, Astone, McCormack, Ritson
DLS 8.12.60 def ST.BERNARDS 8.9.57
U19 Colts Match Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Stef Taranto
The Colts took on Latrobe Uni after they were recently relegated from division 3.
Our mids were dominant in the first quarter, resulting in the majority of the play being in our forward half. We didn’t take the most of our opportunities, scoring 4.5 while keeping them scoreless. It didn’t get any better for Latrobe for the rest of the game, as we continued to roll over the, kicking 17 goals to their 3.
In a game where the opposition isn’t very skilled, teams can often lose interest in the game or be arrogant. To our boys’ credit, we remained focused for the entirety of the contest. Our defenders worked together tirelessly to rebound Latrobe’s forward entries, generating plenty of run and scoring opportunities. Our mids gave us first use of the footy and were willing to work defensively. Our forwards were just as willing to apply pressure as they were to kick goals. We still need to work on our goal kicking though…
Overall it was an astounding team effort, with 23 equal contributors playing their role.
De La Salle 17.20.122 def Latrobe 3.0.18
De La Guns (16-35 Womens) Report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
by John McDonough
A great start for the Guns at Packer Reserve as we hit the scoreboard early and were dominant in all areas around the ground. Plenty of highlights, and our tackling was again a feature. Glen Eira Old McKinnon are a young side with plenty of run and we matched them for the first half.
Courtney Coulter gave us our first goal with some strong attack on the footy. Bec Frietz was lively up forward and a target for our mids, and we went in to the main break a point up.
As the day warmed up (and what a day it was for footy) the third quarter was a tight contest as both teams tried to gain control.
Mishani Karunatilake was moved to half forward and we moved Sarah Hobson to half-back to offer us some more run.
Both girls were standouts for the day and are playing some great team footy. We went into the last change a point down.
The last quarter was disappointing as Glen Eira Old McKinnon ran over the top of us and dominated transition through the corridor.
Two quick goals to our one behind saw the game slip away.
It was pleasing to see us match it with the top team and the challenge next week is to make sure we play four quarters of consistent footy.
DLS 1.4.10 def by Glen Eira Old McKinnon 2.12.24
Cannons (Women’s Masters) Report, presented by Waverley BMW
by Pat O’Callaghan
The Cannons headed down Princess Highway to take on Chirnside Park and what a day for footy it was.
In bright sunshine and balmy weather the girls were ready to play and came out firing. An early goal saw us take an early lead and the thought may have passed through some of the players’ minds that this was going to be an easy day in the Sun, despite the warning from the coach pre-game about complacency. Chirnside quickly bought us back to reality with a quick reply goal and two additional points to take a slender lead into quarter time. This was a tough, bruising and physical first quarter, probably our toughest so far and the girls were holding their own with aplomb.
The message at quarter time was to keep persevering with our game plan and to keep running – we would eventually wear them out we had to just work hard!
And work hard we did in the second quarter. Despite a growing injury list, we managed to extend our lead and go into halftime with a good lead.
The message at halftime was to continue to work hard and no matter what happened, we were to maintain our style of play and attack.
The third quarter was a ripper – a real arm wrestle with hard physical clashes and great tackling from both sides and to our girls’ credit, they managed to increase the lead despite kicking into a slight wind. It was a really good quarter, with overlap running, kicking to space and incredibly good use of handball as a weapon rather than just when someone was in trouble. I really think we took a big step forward in this quarter alone – and all this under great physical pressure.
The last quarter was enjoyable to watch and I know the girls enjoyed playing it. We dominated and attacked the goal relentlessly and with a little bit more luck would have scored a lot more. The final score of 4-9 to 1-3 (they only scored 1 point after quarter time) probably flattered the opposition a bit but was a great effort by our girls.
The important point to take out of it was that the girls are starting to believe, believe in what they can achieve and believe in the way we want to play. The message at the start was to keep persisting and they would eventually tire – and this is exactly what happened. Hard work, persistence and sticking to a game plan – a winning formula.
For those that haven’t seen the video of the girls singing the song after the game, do yourselves a favour and have a look on our social channels, you’ve never seen a happier group of players, the smiles on their faces are priceless.
DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech
by Peter Harrison
The De La Salle Dino’s remain unbeaten through 4 rounds this year with an outstanding performance over a hard-working Whittlesea.
In a game which Whittlesea took up to us early on, we were able to gather ourselves at quarter time and put in a very strong performance which all the players should be proud of.
Troy Castricum was a force in the ruck all day long. Tommy Moloney brushed aside tacklers at will, while Iggy & Knighter provided a hardness at the footy which could not be matched by the opposition. Cossi continued to rack and stack possessions & goals on his wing, whilst Sanga and Hairy run rampant on the other wing.
I couldn’t speak highly enough about the back six and the effort they gave. Led by the General of the back half, BC, the combinations of Serge, Cam, Pauley, Dave, Butts & Macca time and time again repelled the opposition.
The ‘Chris Mercuri Show’ took centre stage up forward, helping himself to a lazy 4 goals in a match winning performance. In his first game for the Dino’s Michael Beer looks a likely type, and the career best form of Paul Hesse showed in his versatility up forward. Glenn Wadley played like a young man and seemed to have the ball on a string at stage throughout the course of the day. Poor old Leets was injured early on, but his contribution on the bus on the way home did not go unnoticed and deserves a mention.
The Dino’s next game is at home on SATURDAY 1 June 2019 at 4.40pm, straight after the Senior’s game!! It will be a great occasion for the Dino’s and we would love to see as many supporters come along and cheer on the Dino’s!!
DLS 14.13. 97 def Whittlesea 2. 4. 16