Seniors Report: presented by Western Union Business Solutions
By Peter Schwab
It was a very important win for us on the weekend away from home against a team who sat just behind us on the ladder.
We knew the importance of the match on two levels. A win is always vital in this tough competition and second, we were hoping to bring the FightMND Cup, pioneered by our club, back home after Trinity claimed it last year.
It wasn’t the best start for us, as Trinity scored the first two gaols of the game inside the first 4 minutes. We were able to steady after that and applied good pressure and started to gain inside forward 50m entries. We finally scored our first goal at the 14-minute mark when Michael Griechen hit a great kick to Kayne O’Brien who converted.
Sean Masterson scored another at the 19-minute mark, and we finished with another set shot goal from Michael Griechen to lead at quarter time by 7 points. It is always our first objective in any game we play to be in front at quarter time. It just helps give us confidence and know we can match it with our opposition.
The second quarter was our best with great drive from our defence, in particular Jake Williams and Ant Forato who consistently provided our midfield with first use.
Five goals to two for the quarter including a kick-in goal which may well be our first for the season. We re-set at half time to keep our own offensive game going and maintain the physical pressure at the source on Trinity. The aim was simple: win the quarter.
The third quarter wasn’t as we had hoped with Trinity scoring inside 30 seconds of the recommencement, and then following up with another. By the 7-minute mark they had reduced our lead to less than two goals.
Once again, we steadied and kept working hard. Slowly the general flow of the game started to go our way. The midfield began to control the ball around the stoppages, our defence were winning the ball and rebounding strongly, and our forwards were tackling and keeping the ball inside our forward line.
Finally, we broke through when Liam Wood marked and kicked our first goal of the quarter at the 16-minute mark. We weren’t finding it easy to score but we had stopped Trinity altogether.
A critical goal from Brodie McLaughlin came late in the quarter and we had won the quarter and held a 23-point lead into the last quarter.
Once again Trinity lifted and controlled the game for the first part of the quarter and managed the first 2 goals. It was game on again.
Once more the team lifted and began to control the ball, but we needed a goal to steady the ship. It came after we patiently built the play up from our Defensive 50m. The way we constructed the goal that followed to Josh Scipione on the run was a great sign of the maturity in our ball movement and our understanding of how to play with tempo.
Straight away we added another when Michael Griechen scored on the run and when Clinchy marked and converted with a set shot we had sealed a great win.
We are gaining confidence, but we know every week will be a hard match and they don’t get any harder than this week when we take on Old Xavarians at home, but one thing is for sure: we are looking forward to it.
DLS 13.8.86 def OLD TRINITY 8.11.59
RESERVES Report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Bentleigh
by Nick Hyland
Round 9 saw us to travel to Bulleen to take on Old Trinity on the big wide expanses of Daley Oval. Coming off a disappointing loss the week before the bye, we wanted to get back on the winners list and build some momentum into the back half of the year.
The first half was an extremely even contest. The wet and sluggish conditions made it extremely difficult for either team to control the ball. Trinity were dominant in clearances and as a result we failed to get the ball into our forward half for any real length of time. Luckily for us, when we did manage to win the ball in our back half, and ball movement was as fluent as it’s been all year. Our flow of play was terrific and we were able to take our chances in front of goal to create a 15-point lead into half time.
We felt like we were in a better position fitness wise, so the message at half time was to really challenge them on the inside of the contest but especially on the outside. We managed to tidy up our clearance work and get some momentum going. Forward of the ball we were looking extremely dangerous. Nation, Melissinos and McDonough were proving a handful for the opposition, while Dooley’s mid-forward work was outstanding. The third quarter saw us kick 5 goals to 1 to open up a handy 39-point lead.
The most pleasing aspect of the final quarter was keeping the opposition scoreless. We were ferocious in the contest and spread with real intent. Had it not been for some inaccurate kicking in front of goal, the margin could have been far greater. In the end, a very pleasing 65-point win.
We look forward to a massive challenge next week, as we take on the top of the table Old Xavs.
Best: Nation, Toka, Dooley, Mackie, Melissinos, Hawker
DLS 16.9.105 def Trinity 6.4.40
THIRDS Report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
Our Thirds defeated Ajax under lights at Harry Trott on Monday night. Their first game in over 6 weeks due to multiple forfeits from the opposition. Can our lads achieve back to back flags? They take on Beaumaris at Dairy Bell this Saturday at 9.20am – start your weekend right with a hot coffee on the boundary watching our Thirds this week.
U19 BLUE Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
by Gabe Deane-Johns
St Kevins were aggressive throughout, including some questionable late/sling tackling. They tackled hard and we had to withstand their physicality. We did so early and got on top on the score board.
In the second quarter, as a team, especially the midfielders, tending forward into our 50 and playing selfish, kick chasing footy. We addressed this head on at half time.
In the second half, we had a fantastic response with some really accountable, unselfish, positive and straight line footy being the result. An open forward line and a positive mindset allowed us to kick 14 goals to 1 in the second half.
Teams will continue to set themselves to knock us off as we remain unbeaten. We need to relish this challenge and keep challenging excellent 4 quarter habits – and tap into our “brand” each week (physical, straight line, unselfish and blue collar approach – with plenty of attacking flair).
BEST: Fogarty, Cotchett, Eldering, Deane-Johns, Morhanthaler, Erharter, Heagney, O’Meara, Stanton
DLS 23.18.156 def. St Kevins 4.4.28
U19 GOLD Report presented by Bendigo Bank East Malvern Community Bank Branch
DLS 14.17.101 def PRESTON 11.7.73
De La Guns (16-35 Womens) Report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
by John McDonough
Last time we met, Richmond jumped us early. This time around we held them scoreless in the first quarter.
Although we only scored a solitary point, we set ourselves up for a great game. Our match ups were working well as we put Jess Ferla up forward to shut done their run off half back and create some inside 50 pressure.
Sarah Hobson and Jen Males were working hard on both wings.
The inside 50s for both teams were high however we were unable to convert and Richmond got a late goal.
At half time we felt we were playing the better footy. Unfortunately, we disappeared in the third quarter and Richmond kicked 3 goals to take the game away from us.
The little things that we did well against Albert Park, handballing back, running hard to position and moving the ball with purpose, were shut down by some good defensive work from Richmond.
The ball was in Richmond’s 50 for most of the quarter and we could have seen a blow out if it was not for some great defensive work from Michelle Bourke and Lauren Hanley.
The final 20 mins of footy was stoppage after stoppage, and we fought the game out well.
We have lot to work on for our game next week against St Bernard’s.
DLS 0.1.1 def by Richmond Central 4.5.29
Cannons (Women’s Masters) Report, presented by Waverley BMW
by Patrick O’Callaghan
The Cannons headed East for a change this week to the catch some of the bracing sea air at Mordialloc – to play Williamstown!
With a few injuries and few returning from injury our depth was proving to be fortuitus.
The first quarter started like the blast of a cannon with the girls kicking two early goals to put the Williamstown girls on the back foot. Williamstown did respond with a goal and point of their own however we went into the first break with a handy lead.
In the second quarter we continued our attacking, running brand of footy that lead the Williamstown girls to try the old flooding tactic – literally all their players were in the forward half of the ground. This and our propensity to kick the ball to the far forward pocket left the coaches and some players frustrated that we didn’t score a lot more.
The coach threw the team around in the third quarter to see how girls reacted to playing in different positions and we again dominated the play but failed to really impact the scoreboard. We had some fantastic passages of play with fast, slick ball movement and the style of play was fantastic to watch.
The final quarter was again frustrating as Williamstown by this stage had given up trying to win and were just trying to restrict our scoring by completely flooding our forward line. We did manage to score but not nearly as much as we should have. We ended up running out winners 38 to 7.
Overall a good win but we can take a lot out of it and will have a good chat on Thursday night about keeping the forward line open and where to and not to lead!!
DLS 4.7.31 def WILLIAMSTOWN 1.0.6