Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
We welcomed a return to our home patch to take on Old Melburnians, who had dealt us a severe loss earlier in the season. We went into the game having made a few structural changes to our line-up, combined with a great week on the track.
In the first quarter, it was a fairly scrappy affair with neither side able to really impact the scoreboard, and we led by 8 points. We kicked into a breeze in the second term, and our running game improved significantly which resulted in a pleasing 5 goals straight. OM’s struggled for accuracy which helped our cause, kicking 3 goals 6 behinds. We went into the main change with 14-point lead, 7.4.46 to 4.8.32.
We stretched out lead in the third term to 23 points at the final change, by maintaining our intensity and work rate. In a must win game, the lads played some of our best footy for the year led by Brendan Close, Hughy Nicholson & Brodie McLaughlin.
Adrian Indovino returned to some good form, whilst our leaders Tom Humphrey, Jake Williams & Jason Tutt all played solid games. It was a great result for us and an opportunity to kick start some better form.
DLS 15.10.100 def. OMs 7.11.53
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Mick Hogan
This week we had a rematch with the only team that has beaten us all year, Old Melburnians. Unfortunately, we were hit by a number of injuries during the week, forcing us to call on some players from the all-conquering 3rds, who came to the rescue and we were able to field a team.
The conditions played a big part in the game, with rain and a strong wind to one end. The OM’s handled the conditions a little better, and in a low scoring game ran out winners by 3 goals.
Our midfield was beaten in the clearances but found plenty of the ball in general play. Will Mackie was terrific (35 disposals, 9 tackles), Cal Dooley had a strong second half (29 disposals, 5 tackles) and Ed Clinch was lively (20 disposals 5 tackles) and Joe Black (20 disposals, 7 tackles) was back to his best giving us plenty of run off the wing.
In the backline, Scott Vawser (19 touches, 9 tackles) and Nic Catrice (24 disposals, 5 tackles) gave us strong rebound and run. Up forward our best was Kayne O’Brien with 3 goals.
Looking ahead, we play Old Scotch after the bye and we are desperate to bounce back and consolidate second position on the ladder.
Best: W. Mackie, K. O’Brien, J. Black, N. Catrice, E. Clinch, C. Dooley
OLD MELB 7.9.51 def DLS 5.4.34
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
After a month away from home it was good to be back opening the day at Dairy Bell on Saturday morning. The weather hadn’t come to the party though- it was about 5 degrees and raining for most of the game. We had a number of changes from last week’s side with 5 players getting the opportunity to play in the reserves due to a number on injuries around the club, it was good to see some old faces pull the boots on and fill in to make sure we could field close to a full team.
With the wet weather nullifying our marking it was up to the midfield and the runner to win the footy around the contest and play smart wet weather football – which they did, Jack Hanley and Kieran grant started the game on fire in the middle and we really causing the Williamstown players grief at the stoppages. some poor kicking in the first quarter really stopped us from gaining a big lead early as our forward pressure was outstanding and resulted in the ball being in out half for most of the term. Willy kicked a couple of goals to open the second quarter and then we responded with 3 of our own to steady and take a 5-goal lead into the break.
We kicked another three goals in each of the 3rd and 4th quarters and kept Williamstown reasonably quiet throughout the second half and were never really challenged for the game, A good win in trying conditions before we freshen up over the bye and gear up for a big month in the run to finals.
Some of the better players for the day where O. Perrson, K Grant, A Zaia and S McGraw.
DLS 12.11 83 def WILLIAMSTOWN 5.5.35
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
By Nick Hyland
We travelled to Kew to take on the top of table Old Xav’s on their home turf. Having 8 forced changes from the previous week, we knew it was going to be a great challenge and one we were thoroughly looking forward to.
Our first quarter was our of the best of the year. We set the tone around stoppages and were moving the ball swiftly. Our forwards were able to take their chances and we managed to kick 7 goals to 1 in the quarter.
In the second quarter, the weather turned and the rain set in, creating extremely difficult conditions. There was nothing pretty about the quarter, but it was pleasing to see the boys grind out the quarter, keeping the opposition goalless. We took a handy 56-point lead into the major break.
We knew Xavs were undermanned and missing several of their key personnel, but that wasn’t going to stop them from coming out firing in the second half. Our boys were challenged to go on with the job and really get on top of the opposition.
We are yet to put a full 4 quarter effort in, and we were looking to make this the first of the year. The second half was played on our terms and it was pleasing to see all 22 boys, play a role and contribute to a good team victory. In the end, a positive result, running out comfortable winners against a depleted opposition.
We looked forward to the bye next week, before setting our sights on a 2nd vs 3rd clash with Old Scotch.
Best: Fogarty, Bufalo, Day, McGaw, Deane-Johns, Bohen.
DLS 21.12.138 def OLD XAVS 8.6.54
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
With lots of lads away taking advantage of the midyear uni break, we were down on numbers but managed to get 18 players onto the ground to take on one of the ladder leaders in Old Scotch.
Without rotations we had to play smart footy, hold our structure and slow the game down at times. We kicked the first goal of match and were holding our own during the first half.
By the main break, we were 20 points down, but well in the game if measured by time in possession. However, our all-too-often approach of bombing it long into the forward line instead of playing through our numbers cost us a number of scoring opportunities.
We maintained our focus during the second half and again had plenty of the ball, which at times placed doubt in opposition minds. By the end of the game we went down by 40 points, but it was a most competitive game of footy.
Good to see our small half forwards in Tom Moloney Morton and Laurence Panozzo working extremely hard and playing good games.
We welcome the bye this week and look forward to getting a few troops back in a fortnight’s time.
Better Players: P. Nikitas, W. Ryan, C. Gerny, B. Crowe, O. Smith, L. Panozzo, J Caruso
DLS 7.2.44 def by OLD SCOTCH 12.12.84
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
By Stefan Taranto
A severely undermanned colts side travelled to Bundoora to take on Parade.
An extraordinary 40 players unavailable across the three unders teams, and we were only able to play with 17, which is never ideal.
The boys came out strongly, and their efforts earned them a lead at quarter time. Unfortunately, this was the only lead we had for the day, and the game slowly fell away from us.
The scoreboard did not reflect our players’ commitment to the game, and our teamwork and effort was a massive highlight. Special thanks to Dyson, Sammy and Rusty from Papunya, NT for playing with us.
Parade 12.11.83 def De La 5.9.39
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
By John McDonough, happiest coach in the VAFA
We jumped Oakleigh early at Scammell Reserve, and had 3 unanswered goals late into the first quarter in one of our best starts for the season. Oakleigh responded with a late one, and we went into the first break 13 points up
Our ball movement and structure for the first 20 minutes proved that we can play a high level of footy when we want to.
Oakleigh came back at us in the second, playing with more aggression and also marked the ball really well in the slippery conditions.
We let them back in and at the main break we were 2 points down.
The third term was relatively uneventful as both teams scrapped in the wet and endured stoppage after stoppage. Only four behinds where kicked with Oakleigh kicking 3 behinds of them.
Unfortunately for the Guns we ran out of steam and Oakleigh ran over the top of us in the last. They moved the ball quickly into their forward line and again marked everything.
We had some great players on the day with Jordy Faulkner, Steph McMurray and Ash Riley the standouts.
Enjoy the bye everyone and we will see you all in a couple of weeks.
DLS 3.4.22 def by OAKLEIGH 5.9.39
DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech
The Dino’s earned a hard-fought 24-point victory away from home on Sunday to move to 6 wins and 1 loss for the season.
With a raft of last minute withdrawals, we were a little bit slow out of the box.
Our first half was marred with short periods of high intensity which our opponent was only too willing to take advantage of, which resulted in lead of only a few points at the main break.
Steve Ryan was one of the few bright spots in the first half, dominant up forward especially in the air, marking anything that came his way. Glenn Wadley and Roo Miller also managed to provide some inspiration with some nifty goals!
The opening 14 minutes of the third quarter saw us play with more precision and effort, and some late goals to the home team gave them a sniff that upset might be brewing.
The last quarter was something to behold for anyone in attendance, After Bayside kicked the opening two goals, our skipper Jason Philactides put on an unforgettable display of skill and determination. Phila singlehandedly won four consecutive centre clearances which resulted in 4 goals to the team wearing white shorts to put the match away.
A special mention to Chris Mercuri who kicked an unbelievable goal on his left foot which put the game beyond doubt.
Clearly we didn’t play our best football on Sunday, but to escape with the 4 points was pleasing all the same. The efforts of Ryan, Phila, Troy, BC, Palmer & Macca were all very important to ensuring we were ahead when the final siren blew as we continue our chase to finish on top of the ladder.
Our next game is on Sunday 15th July at Souter Oval against Dingley Supers, we encourage all supporters and fans to attend and cheer on the Dino’s!
DLS 15.4.94 Def Bayside Saints 11.4.70