Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
Round 14 saw us clash at home against Old Brighton (sitting third), who had previously dealt us a severe loss earlier in the year.
We had all the play early in the game, the lads did everything right to generate scoring opportunities. By halftime we had 17 shots on goal for a return of 5 goals. Our wastefulness was really costly yet we led by 7 points.
After half-time our poor finish again hampered us, and credit to Brighton who piled on 8 goals 1 behind to our 4 goals 6 behinds.
We had a lot of good players with captain Tom Humphrey clearly our best in his 150th game. Geordie Nagle, Harry Burt, Lachy Walker & Brendan Close were also solid contributors.
We meet top of the table St Kevin’s at home this week so we hope to see all supporters along to cheer on the blue & gold.
DLS 9.13.67 def by OLD BRIGHTON 12.7.79.
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
by Archie Whiting
After an inconsistent month of football, we were looking forward to playing at home against Old Brighton, who are sitting on the bottom on the ladder to regain our winning form.
Old Brighton were undermanned but determined and scrapped away to make it difficult for us early in the game. After conceding the first goal, we controlled the contest kicking 4.4 to open up a handy quarter time lead.
The game opened up after quarter time and we had an enormous amount of the ball. 368 possessions in total shows our dominance but we missed an opportunity to really put Old Brighton away to boost our percentage.
Jake McGaw (31 disposals), Harry Zaia (28 disposals) and Cal Dooley (26 disposals) lead the way in the midfield. Dimi Fasoulis (3 goals) and Nick Curwood (2 goals) were prominent up forward and Steve Hogan in his 200th game of the club was a rock down back.
While it was not a game for the ages, we will take the 78-point win which secured our place in the finals with 4 games to go.
We now shift our focus to St Kevins who were tough and combative last time we met and we will need to be significantly better to get the win.
Best: J. McGaw, C. Dooley, H. Zaia, N. Curwood, S. Nethersole, D. Marchese
DLS 17.13.115 def. OB 5.7.37
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
DLS 18.10.118 def. CAULFIELD GRAMMARIANS 10.5.65
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
By Nick Hyland
We travelled down the road to take on Caulfield in what was always going to be a challenging contest. Four changes to the side from last week, including welcoming debutant Kaelin Walford into the side.
Our first quarter was extremely disappointing. We lacked energy and thirst for the contest. We weren’t defending well and our overall effort was poor. We trailed by 3 goals at quarter time.
Our second quarter was the complete opposite. We took control of the game. Our work in the contest was excellent and we were able to get full reward for effort, kicking 5 goals to 1 to take a one goal lead into the main change.
Unfortunately for us, that was the last glimpse of positivity all day. Caulfield smashed us in contested ball and proved far to strong all over the ground.
What was disappointing was not doing the fundamentals well. We fumbled and didn’t have an appetite to compete. In the end Caulfield finished 2 goal winners.
We look forward to next week, as we travel out the other side of tan to take on an extremely damaging St Bernard’s outfit.
Best: O’Meara, Day, Roberts
DLS 10.9.69 def by CAULFIELD 12.9.81
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
We had perfect conditions for footy in our away game against a rejuvenated Beaumaris outfit.
We wanted a good start to take the ascendency but after some early control, we were complacent and let Beaumaris into the game.
After an even opening quarter, we were a lot better in the second, with some excellent run and carry and we kicked 4 goals. Jasper White was getting plenty of it up forward but his four shots at goal in the 2nd quarter freakily resulted in 4 points: 3 ‘posters’ and a fingertip touch on the goal line!
We had a handy 28-point lead at half time but well aware Beaumaris would continue to be a determined opponent. The 3rd quarter panned out that way, with both teams managing to break away from the contest too easily at times and even though we held a 30-point lead at the last break, you sensed Beaumaris were up for a fight.
Early in the fourth quarter, Beaumaris were all over us, but with some grand defending we only allowed them to kick one goal until we wrestled back control and kicked the next 4 goals to win by 51 points. The margin doesn’t really convey the intensity of the battle and it was great to see the boys respond well when under pressure.
We have a huge game this week against St Kevin’s, with a spot in the top four up for grabs.
Better Players: O. Smith, J. Caruso, J. White, P. Nikitas, L. Panozzo, A. Martuccio, M. Canny
Scores: DLS 14.17.101 def. BEAUMARIS 7.8.50
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
By John McDonough, happiest coach in the VAFA
We had a great first half and challenged Aquinas at every opportunity. The key message was to keep our structure and switch at every opportunity.
Our ball movement was clean when we kicked to space well, and we had 4 shots on goal for the half. Abbey Snell slotted one from 40m that never looked like missing!
Aquinas had the better of us for the first half however it was only seven points the difference at the main break. The battle on both wings for Jordy Faulkner and Jen Males to stop two skilled players from impacting the game was great to watch.
The third quarter was a close contest and Aquinas scored a goal to widen the gap to 15 points as we started the last.
We hit the scoreboard early. Brooke Robertson and Bree Enberg putting two on the board and the game was in the balance.
Unfortunately, Aquinas got the better of us with a 5-minute burst and we saw the game slip from our grasp. We had our most combative game of the season and it was really pleasing to see the effort over four quarters.
Michelle Ball, Michelle Bourke and Jess Weltner were outstanding down back and Steph McMurray was everywhere.
Next week is our last round as we kick off a triple header at Dairy Bell. Get down early and cheers the girls on!
DLS 3.5.23 def by AQUINAS 7.7.49