Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
Round 17 rolled around quickly and we had everything to play for in David Lowe’s 200th game. David has been a star for our club over a long period of time and one of the best leaders I have seen in my time in football.
Our challenge was to overcome the league leader Collegians in front our faithful.
In the first quarter, we kicked with the breeze and wasted opportunities going forward. We scrapped out only a 5-point lead, and at quarter time the scoreboard read 3.1.19 to 2.2.14.
Collegians started the 2nd quarter kicking five goals in the first ten minutes, and far too easily. Credit to our lads for regaining some ascendancy and momentum, kicking a couple of goals in response. We were hanging in by halftime, 20 points down with Collegians 8.3.51 to our 5.3.33.
In the third term, we played some free-flowing footy and kicked five goals. Collegians nailed 3 tough chances from difficult positions to even things out. Going into the last quarter we were 1 goal down with scores 11.6.72 to our 10.6.66.
The boys were up for the fight in the last, and it was costly missed shots for goal that hurt our chances. On the other side, our opponent was able to kick goals when it mattered.
Final score was an accurate Collegians 14.7.91 to our 12.10.82.
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
COLLEGIANS 11.10.76 def DLS 5.5.35
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
Another early start on a Saturday at Dairy Bell and the task was simple: win and we would be through to our third grand final in a row, lose and it would be a straight sets exit and a disappointing end to the season.
We started the game well, there was good pressure around the contest and we were moving the ball well into the forward line, we kicked four goals to one against the wind and went into quarter time fairly pleased with the output from the team.
We kick the first two goals of the second quarter followed by 5 behinds missing the opportunity to really capitalise on the hard work put in in over the opening half hour, Fitzroy responded with some great link up play and really started to break us open- kicking four goals in a row into half time cutting the margin to under 2 goals.
Fitzroy had all the play in the 3rd term with our backline under some serious pressure, we kicked some good goals on the counter attack to outscore the Roys against the wind and taking a 13-point lead into the final break.
The last quarter was ‘backs against the wall’ stuff – we kicked a couple of behinds early and then Fitzroy responded with a goal to bring the margin back under two goals, the last 10 minutes where spent with the ball pinging up and down between the 50 meter arcs with no team able to register a goal.
We ran out 8-point winners and are into the Grand Final next week where we will look to reverse the result against Beaumaris from the week before. We look forward to seeing the whole blue and gold army behind the goals at Elsternwick Park at 9:20 on Sunday.
Best players: M. Collins, S. Lowe, K. Grant, H. Zaia, D. Pendergast, M. Martinez
DLS 9.11.65 Def. Fitzroy 8.10.58
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
DLS 10.8.68 def OLD XAVS 7.16.58
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
We travelled down the road to take on the very strong St Kevin’s outfit needing to win to have a chance of playing finals.
St Kevin’s won the toss and kicked with the wind but our first 10 minutes was disappointing as we allowed them to break very easily from the contest and give their forwards plenty of opportunities. We then settled, increased our fierceness at ball and opponent and slowly began to work into the game. At the first break we were 28 points down but the damage on scoreboard had
been done very early in the quarter.
We were up for the fight and in the second quarter, we played good attacking football, but we let ourselves down with skill execution. We didn’t get reward for effort but we believed at the main break we were a good chance as we only trailed by 18 points.
The second half was much like the second quarter, we were playing well and putting the opposition under plenty of pressure but we missed too many targets by hand and foot. We defended well and created lots of opportunities into the wind in the 3rd quarter, but again we didn’t get the reward on the scoreboard. We trailed by 23 going into the last quarter as the rain began to fall. We fought it out, attacking to the final siren but went down by 28 points.
We now look forward to supporting the Blues and Colts both on the training track and at this week’s finals games.
Better Players: Joel Caruso, Oliver Smith, Jordan Brasher, A Martuccio, L Panozzo, Cam Gerny, N Jarvis.
DLS 5.8.38 defeated by St Kevin’s 9.12.66
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
By Stefan Taranto
Firstly, a massive thank you/congratulations to the Colts for raising close to $150 for the charity Berry Street, who are involved with a 70km+ running race called the “Berry Long Run” that I participated in last weekend.
The Colts travelled to Preston for the final game of the home and away season. Even though we were almost guaranteed a finals spot (we needed to lose by 200 points to miss the top four), we aimed to play this game at finals intensity.
Everything went according to plan for the first three quarters, seeing us hold a 28-point lead at three quarter time. We were playing aggressive footy and rebounding from defence effectively.
The opening five minutes of the fourth quarter were high scoring, seeing us kick two goals to Preston’s three. From there, the wheels began to fall off for us, as some players may have begun thinking about next week’s game instead of focusing on the current game. We survived a 15-minute onslaught from Preston to claim a two point victory.
Peninsula (2nd) took on St Bedes (8th) later in the day, and in a stunning upset, Peninsula lost by a point. This resulted in the colts finishing 2nd on the ladder and securing the double-chance.
Luke Astone continues to defy the doubters by not getting into a fight this week as he was “sick” and didn’t play.
DLS 15.5.95 def PRESTON 14.9.93