Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
Saturday was a second successive game at home and a huge opportunity against a top-quality side in the second-placed SKOBs. We welcomed back Sean Masterson and Lachie O’Connell into the side from injury, Howie Persson from Bulldogs VFL, and Ed Clinch who was a late withdrawal the week before due to illness. Jason Tutt was unavailable for this game & Harry Burt was promoted to make his VFL debut with Box Hill.
St Kevin’s added three experienced VFL/AFL players to their winning side from the previous week, so they were going to be a challenge.
We started as well as we possibly could, kicking with the breeze having 13 shots at goal to zero, and conceding only 5 inside 50’s. We kicked an unanswered 7.6.48. The only downside was Adrian Indovino not returning to the field for the remainder of the game due to injury.
In the second term, we continued to pile on the goals kicking 6.2.38 to 2.6.18 extending our lead to 68 points by half-time.
Our 3rd quarter was exceptional. We continued to hit the scoreboard, kicking 6.4.40 to 1.1.7 and all players were having an impact across the ground. We were 101 points up at 3qtr time.
Hugh Nicholson unfortunately broke his wrist early in the quarter and was having a big impact to that point.
In the last quarter, we conceded a few cheap goals and they made some inroads on our lead, but overall, we were super proud of our best performance of the season.
DLS 20.15.135 def. SKOB 7.12.54.
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Mick Hogan
St Kevins was always going to be a tough contest, loading up their Reserves team with some young talent as they desperately needed to win for a top 4 chance. In clear but breezy conditions, SKOB came out with all guns blazing, grabbing an early 3-goal first quarter lead.
In the second quarter, Nic Catrice was felled behind play which fired our boys up and we dominated the quarter kicking 5 goals to 2, to grab a narrow 2-point lead at the long break.
The second half was played with a finals like intensity. Running against a 3-4 goal breeze, we controlled the third quarter for large periods but let SKOB back into the contest, conceding two late goals to be down by that margin at three quarter time.
At the break, we asked the boys to play fast and go direct which they executed perfectly, running rampant in the last quarter kicking 7 goals to 1 to run out 24 point winners and end SKOB’s finals chances.
Among our best were Cal Dooley (26 disposals, 3 goals), Ben Nethersole (2 goals), Dave Marchese (13 tackles) and Ryan McDonough (4 goals).
All the team wish Nic Catrice a fast recovery from a crack in his jaw and hope to see him back out there in the finals.
BEST: C. Dooley, B. Nethersole, D. Marchese, M. Colak, R. McDonough, T. Parker
DLS 15.08.98 def. SKOB 11.8.74
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
DLS 7.12.54 def by BEAUMARIS 16.8.104
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
By Nick Hyland
We made the trip out to Essendon to take on fellow top-four contender in St Bernard’s. Both teams needed a win to cement themselves in the top 4, and we knew we were in for a competitive battle. We welcomed another debutant into the line-up with young Liam Eldering being rewarded for some good form in the Colts.
The first half was extremely even. Both teams had control at certain stages, but both failed to capitalise in front of goal and get full reward for effort. We were winning enough of our own ball, defending strongly, but really failed to execute in our front half. We led 3.9 to 2.8 at the major break.
The second half was an arm wrestle. The wind picked up, which made it difficult move the ball swiftly. It was always going to be a grind. Both teams were really cracking in and the game had a finals feel to it. Our backline was terrific all day, led by Karvellas and Deftereos, while Ritson proved to be quite dominant in the ruck. In the end, I was very proud of our group as we responded from last week’s disappointing loss to record a gritty 2 goal win. We look forward to playing on our home deck next week against St Kevins.
Best: Eldering, Ritson, Karvellas, Deftereos, McGaw
DLS 8.15.63 def St Bernard’s 6.15.51
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
With a spot in the four up for grabs, we took on St Kevin’s at TH King oval.
We started well and had the first four shots at goal. However, we didn’t take advantage of our early efforts managing only one goal for all our play. The 2nd part of the quarter saw St Kevin’s gain control and we were punished on the scoreboard and trailed by 29 points at the first break.
We lacked belief after quarter time and a very impressive and efficient St Kevin’s outfit dominated the next 2 quarters kicking 11 goals.
We fought out the last quarter but were totally outplayed by a superior opposition on the day.
Jordy Brasher’s tireless efforts in the ruck and Kasey Entwistle who battled hard down back were a couple of our better players.
DLS 5.7.37 defeated by St Kevin’s 22.18.150
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
Treated to a perfect day for football, the Colts travelled to Williamstown to take on a side that needed to win if they wanted a chance to make finals, whereas we needed to win to hang on to second spot.
Though we knew that Williamstown would be aggressive from the first bounce, they managed to get a significant jump on us, kicking four unanswered goals in the first quarter. They did have the breeze, however we missed a few crucial opportunities.
The next two quarters were extremely even, with both teams playing high risk, high reward footy. We went in to 3 quarter time down by 24 points, though we were playing much better than we were in the first quarter.
Ninety percent of the final quarter was played in our forward 50, though we failed to capitalise on our opportunities. We were wasteful in front of goal, kicking 2.4 and a couple of out-on-the-fulls. The inability to convert at this critical point of the game resulted in us losing by 14 points.
It was pleasing to see Bailey Joyce return from a broken leg he suffered earlier in the year, taking several effortless intercept marks before being managed.
In his first game in a month, Luke Astone managed to go four quarters without starting a fight, bringing his streak to 28 days. All involved with the colts are extremely proud of his efforts.
DLS 8.11.59 Def By WILLIAMSTOWN 10.13.73
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
By John McDonough, happiest coach in the VAFA
It was terrific to play our last match for the year at home, and finish off the season kicking off a triple header for the club.
We had great numbers with 4 on the bench and plenty of energy in the rooms before the first bounce. The first half played out similarly to most of the season with the ball moving inside 50 with little result.
Willy had two strong marking defenders who broke through our tackles and rebounded with long kicking to running targets. Something we can learn from and take into next season. It was also hard to watch two of the Willy goals roll through from 20m out! We trailed by 19 at the main break.
Our third quarter was much better and we had a goal scored from a set shot after some good work from our midfield.
Tina Chokbengboun slotted it from 30m out and we were looking for some momentum on the scoreboard. Unfortunately, that was our only major for the day.
Willy kicked 2.5 in the second half and showed why they are in the top four.
Jen Males on a wing and Lewina Evans in defence were out two best and were supported by Claire Clarke and Bree Enberg around the ground.
As we put the boots away after another Womens season I thank our girls for their outstanding effort throughout 2018 where we took great strides in our development. I look forward to 2019 and seeing more new faces join the blue and gold army.
DLS 1.1.7 def by WILLIAMSTOWN CYMS 5.8.38
DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech
On Sunday at home the Dino’s won their 6th straight game in a hard fought 8-point victory over Melbourne Masters.
In a low scoring affair, the game never reached any great heights. That being said, when you’re on the winning side of the result that’s all that really matters!
In a pleasing sight for all Dino’s players and supporters, Big Merv was outstanding in the ruck all day and managed to take several telling marks in attack and defence. The midfield lead by Phila, Iggy and Cossi all had impact when the game was on the line. A special shout out to Cossi who courageously put his body on the line and kicked a vital goal in the third quarter!
The back six were again up to the challenge with club legends BC, Macca, Leigh Harrison and Tom Moloney all leading the way.
Chris Knight was stellar across all four quarters whether in the midfield or in defence.
Full credit goes to Melbourne Masters who provided tough combative football across the day and there is every chance the teams will meet again in the finals.
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 Dino’s on as we continue our quest for finals glory!
DLS 3.9.27 def. Melbourne Masters 2.7.19