Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
We made four changes for our clash with Uni Blues, with Dimi Fasoulis, Aaron Trusler, Michael Griechen & Reuben Hayward all included for the game.
Uni Blues started well and kicked two early goals, their ruckman Ayce Cordy setting the tone for them and dominant all day. We trailed 3.5.23 to 1.3.9 at the first break.
In the 2nd term we continued to concede more Inside 50’s however we did look threatening when we worked it forward. By half time, the score line was Uni Blues 7.9.51 to our 4.3.27. We were fortunate that they missed a number of set shots!
Our second half was much improved, however poor finishing when kicking for goal really hurt us, as we kicked 1.8 for the term. As a result we were 29 points down going into the final quarter.
In the last term, we kicked two in quick succession with Liam Murphy & Brodie McLaughlin kicking great goals. We closed the gap to get within range and had all of the play. We just could not capitalise on our chances. Defensively we held up, but our inability to kick enough goals remains our most concerning issue.
Jake Williams continued his outstanding season with another best on ground performance for us. We play Old Melburnians at home this week and look forward to the challenge.
UNI BLUES 11.16.82 def DLS 8.11.59
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Mick Hogan
Blues away is always a hard task and they were pushing for a top 4 spot.
It was Ryan McDonough’s 100th game and he immediately made an impact with 2 first quarter goals and set the standard for the team.
Unfortunately, we then lost multiple players before half time to injury, in Curwood, Pennell and Marchese. However, our early work had given us a 5-goal lead at the main break.
The second half turned out to be a real contest, with Uni pushing us hard physically. We were restricted in rotations with only one on the bench and to our boy’s credit they held on to win by a couple of goals in a tough day at the office.
In our best were Ryan McDonough up forward with 6 goals, Luke Williams leading the way in midfield with 10 tackles/22 disposals and 1 goal. David Lowe set up the team with great leadership when we were under pressure. Alex Lvovsky was solid down back with 20 disposals. Lachie O’Connell gave us plenty of rebound off the back half and Nic Catrice broke the lines with his run off the wing.
Next week we play Old Melburnians who sit 4th, and the only team to beat us this year. It shapes up to be a big challenge for the team.
Best: R. McDonough, L. Williams, A. Lvovsky, D. Lowe, N. Catrice, L. O’Connell
DLS 14.3.87 def. UNI BLUES 10.11.71
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
There was excitement in the air as we ventured out to Ramsden St for a game against a Fitzroy outfit that had won 6 win a row and thus far, the only team to get within 5 goals of us this season.
The Roys where keen to stamp their mark on the game early and had the better of us in the first quarter, with poor kicking halting an early lead. We responded well in the second quarter buy sticking to what we have done well this year: being tough when in and under, and smart out the outside. When this group of players puts their mind to it we can play some wonderful football. We took a 35-point lead into the main break.
The game really opened up in the 3rd term with the Roys kicking 3 goals to our 3 – the game had fired up: the boys really responded well to their first proper challenge this year.
We called on our midfield to step up and they did, Bisogin, Collins and Grant really started to dominate the clearances and the backline with stood the pressure from the opposition and dealt with some poor umpiring without remonstration.
In the end we ran our 25-point winners and morale was high for the lead in to our mid-season bonding event, The Northside Pub-Crawl. Some of the better players included : L Bisongin, O Perrson, M Martinez, M Collins, K Grant & S. Lowe
DLS 11.6-72 def FITZROY 7.5-47
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
By Nick Hyland
It was 3rd vs 4th as we took on St Bernard’s at home. Coming off a good win last week, we were looking to keep our momentum rolling.
We started really well in the first quarter. Our mids really set the tone with their physicality and thirst for the contest. We were working hard, winning the contested ball and generating plenty of forward entries. Had we taken a little more care in front of goal, our lead could have been significantly bigger, as we lead 3.6 to 2.0 at the first break.
The second quarter was very similar to the first. We felt we had the game on our terms, but were failing to take chances in front of goal. Cotchett was proving damaging on ball, while Ahearn and Bufalo were providing great run. We took a 19-point lead into the main change.
The boys were challenged at halftime to go on with it, and put together a full 4 quarters for the first time this year. To our credit, that’s exactly what we did. Our pressure was outstanding and our ball use was sharp. Jarvis was able to get on the end of our good work and finished with 5 goals for the game.
In the end, it was a solid result and a pleasing 8-goal win. We need to improve our work in front of goal, and the challenge now is to play at that level consistently. We look forward to taking on ladder leaders Old Xavs next week.
Best: Cotchett, Bufalo, Jarvis, Roberts
DLS 14.16.100 def St BERNARDS 8.4.52
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
We took on St Bernard’s at home, keen to avenge a poor performance against them a few weeks back.
We started well, our focus of playing calculated bold footy and pressuring St Bernard’s was evident. We held a narrow lead at the first break after a fairly even 1st quarter.
We sensed if we continued in the same vain in the 2nd quarter we could break them and that was what happened, with our best quarter of footy for the year kicking 7 goals.
We held a well-deserved 45-point lead at half time but were well aware St Bernard’s would come out hard in the third.
We started the 3rd quarter well, but a couple of moments of hesitation turned the ball over and St Bernard’s goaled from our error and they were suddenly up and running. Our backs, led by Tom McDonald and Ollie Smith did well to hold them to 4 goals whilst we could only manage a couple of behinds.
We held a handy 21-point lead at 3/4 time but St Bernard’s were up and about. We all committed to defend fiercely but when we won the ball take it on and play brave footy. We were under siege early in last with St Bernard’s getting within 7 points but our belief was there, the boys dug deep, defended bravely, won back control of the ball and played bold footy. We kicked 3 goals and had the last 7 scoring shots of the game for a great fighting 30-point victory. We know our best footy is good enough to compete and win against the better teams but we need to bring this on a more consistent basis.
Better Players: Joel Caruso, P Hounihan, O Smith, W Taylor, J Brown, T McDonald
Scores: DLS 12.12.84 defeated St BERNARDS 8.6.54
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
By Stefan Taranto
The colts faced the ladder leaders Peninsula this week in a must-win game.
Keen to make amends from our disastrous last quarter against Aquinas last week, the boys responded well with a strong opening half. Our pressure in the contest was phenomenal, and our determination to play tough football saw us hold a 2-point lead at half time.
Peninsula were playing very well, but we were able to dismantle them in the third quarter, kicking 8 goals to 1 which sealed the game for us.
All players contributed to our aggressive high-pressure game plan which was very pleasing to see. Hamish Burt was dominant with a 5 goal day, which was a testament to his work rate as well as the support shown by his teammates.
The only negative for the day was Luke Astone’s 1 game streak of not getting into a fight ending.
DLS 15.9.99 Def PENINSULA 7.10.52
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
By John McDonough, happiest coach in the VAFA
A 2.30pm start allowed plenty on time for the girls to be ready for the game against Old Ivanhoe. We had a number of positional changes and it was great to see each player embrace their opportunity and learn about the game.
Unfortunately we lost a midfielder just 2 minutes into the first term and our rotations went out the window early. Sarah McMaster joined us for her second game and had a run in the ruck. Anne Jessup and Chess Olivia both played well and executed their role for the team all day.
We had plenty of the ball in the second term and at least 6 chances to score however our entries were a little slow, allowing Old Ivanhoe to get numbers back and rebound through the corridor.
Another hard slug in the first half with no return on the scoreboard, to their 3.6.24.
If only we were able to play games with 6 terms of footy! We seem to always get better as the game goes on. Our second half was full of spirit and we looked better than Old Ivanhoe across every line.
Strong defence by Michelle Bourke and Michelle Ball allowed us to hold our structure through the midfield and apply pressure inside 50. We outscored Old Ivanhoe in the last and finished full of run. The challenge will be to carry that last quarter intensity into the first next week.
Look out Oakleigh!
DLS 2.2.14 def by OLD IVANHOE 6.10.46