Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
Round 10 saw us playing at home for the Neale Daniher-inspired FightMND Cup…our club’s most important match outside of finals.
We only made four changes going in (our least for the year) with Andrew Walker, Sean Fisher, Hugh Nicholson & 1st gamer, Frankston VFL-listed defender Sean Masterson included.
In the first term we burst out of the blocks and played our best football for the season, resulting in 6 goals and an 18-point lead at the first change.
In the second term, the rain came and conditions became tougher, and we missed chances: resulting in kicking 0.5 to Trinity’s solitary goal.
At the main break we had twelve shots for a return of 6.6.42 to Trinity’s five, 4.1.25.
The trend of play continued in the 3rd, with scrappy play from both sides. Trinity missed opportunities kicking 1.6 to our one goal, and we led 7.6.48 to 5.7.37.
In the final quarter, Trinity piled on 4.2.26 to our 1.3.9, they outplayed us, converted their chances and kicked a goal with only seconds to play.
We now fall to 9th on the ladder with plenty of work ahead of us to stay out of relegation territory. Uni Blues away this week presents an opportunity to get our season back on track.
TRINITY 9.9.63 def. DLS 8.9.57.
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Mick Hogan
Our earlier clash with Trinity this year was a close call, so we knew it would be a hard-fought game again. The first quarter saw Trinity jump away to a good start, with their midfield putting us under a lot of pressure scoring the first 3 goals. To our boys’ credit they manned up and by half time we had fought our way back to be even at the main break.
The 3rd quarter saw us bring a lot more pressure, scoring 5 goals to their 2 and push ahead and take full control of the game. The last quarter was pretty even and we ran out 4 goal winners.
In our best were Dimi Fasoulis who was great on the wing and also ran forward to kick 5 goals. In the mid field Ed Clinch, Lach O’Connell and Michael Griechen racked up the possessions. Nic Fyfield was always dangerous in our forward line and applied plenty of pressure to keep it in. Scott Vawser was solid down back and gave us plenty of run.
We remain 2 games clear in 2nd on ladder, with Old Xavs just in front on percentage. Looking ahead we play Uni Blues who are sitting 5thon the ladder. If we can knock them off, we will have a handy break on the chasing teams.
Best: M. Griechen, E. Clinch, D. Fasoulis, S. Vawser, N. Fyfield, L. O’Connell
DLS 13.11.89 def. STBM 9.8.62
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
The Warriors ventured to the vast sporting fields of Trinity in Bulleen for the second time in 7 rounds. Billed as a top of the table clash, there was plenty at stake going into the match and an interrupted start with a break down on the freeway and an emergency pulling on the boots 5 minutes before kick-off threatened to interrupt our rhythm.
With the match starting in dry conditions and the weather threatening to break into a cataclysmic category 3 monsoon, both teams were eager to put an early score on the board. The first quarter was hotly contested but De La settled into the conditions best and put some space between us and them early.
From there on the tone for the match was set and we won more of the ball, used it well by linking run and switches and finished with efficiency up forward.
The end result was a 100-point win that neither team saw coming leading into the match, though showed just how good we can be when working as a team. We controlled the game through all positions and never really gave them a chance to get into the match.
The commanding win after a few weeks off was a great way to get back into the groove, leading us into an important match against Fitzroy who have won 5 on the trot and our premier Warriors mid-season social event; the Third Annual North Side Pub Crawl.
DLS 18.15.123 def. TRINITY 2.7.19
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
By Nick Hyland
It was 4th vs 5th as we took on the very talented Caulfield on their home ground, in what was always going to be a hot contest both teams approached the contest in an aggressive manner.
We started the game well and our mids really set the tone with their contested ball work, and helped generate deep, dangerous forward entries. Unlike previous games, our forwards took their chances in front of goal and we were rewarded for effort. Caulfield were looking just as dangerous with ball in hand. They were clean by hand and foot and played an attacking fast brand of footy, which made for an entertaining contest. We managed to take a 5-goal lead into the main break.
At half time, we encouraged our boys to play a full 4 quarters. This is something we needed to address and not have lapses in concentration during quarters. We wanted to be aggressive in the contest, win the hard ball and spread with authority to continue our momentum into the second half.
To Caulfield’s credit they attacked the second half with real intent. They had slick ball movement, and had they taken their chances, the score line could have been a lot closer. Our boys hung tough and worked really hard to combat their forward thrusts. Morganthaler was terrific off half back and Cooper Joyce was proving damaging on the wing. We took a handy 28 point lead into the final change.
The final quarter was a real grind. Both teams cracked in, and fought for everything. I was pleased with how our boys responded and stood up in the pressure moments. In the end a very pleasing result, as we managed to run out with a 4-goal win. We are looking to build on this momentum when we take on St Bernard’s at home next week.
DLS 15.8.98 def Caulfield 10.12.72
Best: Morganthaler, Jakes, Roberts, Joyce, Bufalo, Paul
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
We ventured to Beaumaris looking to continue our good form of the past few weeks. The ground was in great condition but the game was played in very blustery conditions.
We started well but relaxed and took our foot of the pedal, and our work rate and defensive pressure dropped right off. Unfortunately, this was the pattern for the day with not enough respect shown to the opposition and by the last quarter, Beaumaris were outplaying us and our effort and want to defend was well below par.
We can’t afford to get ahead of ourselves and we need to continue working on our game and doing all the right things. If we bring this attitude next week, we will be smashed by a more accomplished St Bernard’s outfit.
Despite this Joel Caruso and Pete Nikitas worked hard through the midfield, Charlie Bird gave us plenty of drive off his wing, Ben Crowe worked hard trying to find space in a congested forward line and Tom McDonald was his usual dependable self down back.
We farewell Lachie Armstrong to Europe for the remainder of year and we will miss his leadership and drive. Have a great trip Lachie.
Let’s have a big week on the track in preparation for this week’s game.
Scores: DLS 10.14.74 defeated SKOBs 5.9.39
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
By Stefan Taranto
A Colts side that was depleted of players, but certainly not depleted of talent, travelled to Ringwood to face fourth placed Aquinas.
The top six in our division is extremely tight, so every win is vitally important. After a slow start to the game, we produced our best quarter as a team this season, holding Aquinas goalless defending against a strong breeze.
Unfortunately, this was the only quality effort we were able to put in all day, as we were overrun by a 15 scoring shot to 1 last quarter in a disappointing display of determination.
We’ve had a poor month of football and need to get our season back on track. Special mention to Luke Astone for going another four quarters without starting a fight, this time because he was out injured.
AQUINAS 12.16.88 Def DLS 6.6.42
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
By John McDonough, happiest coach in the VAFA
We proudly opened the home ground Triple Header for Fight MND Cup Day, arriving at 8.15am with the sun shining. A pre-game address from Troy Buntine reminded the girls of just why this week was so special four our club It was the second time we have clashed with Old Melburnians this year. We all remembered in round 4 this season, they had 21 shots on goal.
We were slow to start and found ourselves in the all too familiar position of plenty of entry inside 50 however, we allow it to rebound too easily.
At half time we had not troubled the scoreboard.
As we went into the rooms we all knew we needed to show each other that we were prepared to work a lot harder around the footy.
We lost our Captain Abbey Snell after a heavy knock and were down 2 on the bench to start the second half, and 4.4. to nil.
We came out firing and started to use the footy a lot better. We ran harder and got first use.
Nat Derrick slotted one from 25 out and we were up and about. As our tackles started to stick, Old Melburnians were handing us back the ball and we soon had a second on the board thanks to a great goal by Sally Fyfield from the boundary line.
We were back in the game and as we broke from the huddle at 3/4 time we had narrowed the margin to 22 points.
Old Melburnians played a great last quarter and put two of their best behind the footy.
It was a little frustrating to see us kick the ball to them on so many occasions.
We learnt a lot on the day and it was great to see Jordy Faulkner, Anne Jessop and Kate Gorfine play well.
Looking forward to next week against Old Ivanhoe.
DLS 2.3.15 def by Old Melburnians 7.9.51
DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech
The Dino’s delivered a 46-point victory in the top of the table clash at Mornington.
With a strong wind at our backs we kicked to the “Non Score Board” end and found ourselves with a 4-goal lead after the opening stanza.
The second quarter was arguably our best 20 minutes of the year.
In what could only be described as an uncompromising commitment to a defensive game plan, we held the opposition goalless whilst managing to snag one for ourselves.
In the premiership quarter it was pretty similar to the first quarter, albeit Peninsula managed to kick their only goal of the day. Oddly, not a single goal was kicked in the last quarter which again highlighted the our total team focus on defence.
Certainly there were no passengers, every player was committed to the cause. Ben Corin (again) was outstanding in the ruck, whilst no stats were kept I cannot remember him losing a single tap during the course of the day. Philactides, Gallagher & Iggy Tran all worked tirelessly in the midfield. Leigh Harrison was supreme all day in defence with Mackintosh, Liascos, Cossi, Marks, O’Hara and Palmer making up the leagues stingiest defence!
Mark Liddell continues to put on a show up forward each week. I’m not sure if he has personal insurance, however, his left leg alone would be worth a small fortunate given his ability to convert any shot on goal.
The Dino’s next game is on Sunday 1 July 2018 at Peterson Street Reserve against Bayside Saints, we encourage all supporters and fans to attend and cheer on the Dino’s!!
DLS 9. 8. 62 def. Peninsula Raiders 1.10.16