Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
We turned up to our last game of the home and away season looking to correct our first loss for the season the week before. It was nice to have a few players back in what was close to a full-strength side.
For a game that ultimately would not affect ladder positions for either side, it certainly was a tough opening. Players where going at each other on and off the ball, and its boiled over into a small melee just before quarter time. We had most of the ball but we were unable to fully capitalise and took a 20-point lead into the first change. The coaching staff called for the boys to settle and start playing our brand in the second term, but Trinity really brought it to us. The lead was brought back to 12 points at the main break.
In the third term, we looked much more like our usual selves: playing smart, link-up footy from the backline which resulted in a 5-goal to nothing stanza. We had a few minor injuries in the last quarter, but ran the game out. A solid 53-point win to round out what has been a great season. Some of the better players for the day were: S. Lowe, M. Collins, D. Prendergast, J. McGaw, D. Melissinos, J. Griffiths.
We have a home final next Saturday at 9:20 v Beaumaris and we’re really looking forward to trying to book a spot in the GF. We hope to see plenty of the Blue & Gold army there to cheer us on.
DLS 13.10.88 def OLD TRINITY 5.5.35
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
By Nick Hyland
We faced bottom place St Kevin’s at home as we looked to continue on from a positive performance last week. Welcoming Dom Tesorierio in for his debut, we knew we were going to be challenged with St Kevin’s having all of their 19’s available, who had been playing seniors and reserves footy.
The first half was played in tricky conditions, with a strong breeze favouring one end. Our mids set the tone of the game with their aggression in the contest and getting our running game going. Our intensity to defend was just as good, as we recorded a high number of tackles in the first half. Our forwards took their chances as we took a 7.7 to 3.5 lead into half time.
The second half was a real grind. We felt we had the game on our terms and we were dictating to the opposition. McGaw was proving damaging up forward, while Canny, Cam Roberts and O’Callaghan lead the way in the engine room.
Had we not wasted some chances in the third term, our 43-point lead could have been greater.
What was pleasing was our full four quarter effort. The boys finished strongly and were workman like in the way they went about it. In the end, we finished with a pleasing 7-goal win. A fantastic team effort that saw all 24 contribute.
We look forward to a huge match next week against a quality opposition in Beaumaris.
DLS 12.14.86 def SKOB 6.8.44
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
DLS 7.5.47 defeated by Old Xavs 9.13.67
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
Following lengthy confusion as to where our home game would be played, the Colts travelled to Elsternwick Park to take on Mazenod. We entered the round sitting third, with the potential to be between second and sixth depending on the result.
Mazenod came out firing, scoring a few quick goals with the assistance of the wind. Our boys defended well and surrender a two-goal lead at quarter time. We were able to use the wind to our full advantage in the second quarter, though we were slightly wasteful in front of goal. We manged to kick 4.5 while keeping Mazenod scoreless, taking a 21-point lead in to half time.
Given the breeze that was present on the day, the third quarter was definitely going to be the premiership quarter. We knew Mazenod would have most of the play, but needed to minimise their damage. Our defence held up extremely well to surrender two goals after a large amount of the quarter was played in our defensive 50.
Ten scoring shots to two in the final quarter sealed the victory for us, resulting in us finishing 2nd on the ladder. The competition is extremely tight at the moment, with 4 teams on equal points with us.
Luke Astone continued his amazing form of not getting into a fight due to being away on a school camp. We apologise to the school teachers that have to put up with him for the week.
De La 10.14.74 Def Mazenod 8.8.56
DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech
The Dino’s final game of the home & away season is on Sunday 12 August 2018 at Waverley Oval against the Waverley Saints.
All supporters & fans are encouraged to come along and cheer the boys on as we continue our quest for finals glory!