Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
Round Two presented us with an opportunity to regain some much-needed respect after the humiliation of the opening game. Old Xavs were also looking to rebound from a loss, so we were expecting a very combative game against a proven powerhouse.
We made six changes to our side selection wise, which included 3 debutants in Geordie Nagle, Howie Persson, and Brodie McLaughlin whilst Dimi Fasoulis made just his second Senior appearance. Experienced players Josh Scipione & Ed Clinch rounded out the inclusions.
Conditions were wet & windy, and Xavs kicked with the breeze in the first quarter. Despite this, we managed to kick three majors against the wind, to take a 2-point lead into the first break.
Scoring proved difficult in the second term, and Xavs were rock solid in defence. We missed a number of scoring opportunities kicking 1.5 to 2.1, with scores tied as we headed for the main change.
I felt we played our best footy in the 3rd quarter, we worked really hard and again kicked three goals into the breeze which hadn’t subsided. Xavs kicked three themselves, and at 2 points down heading into the last quarter I felt we still had plenty left in the tank.
In the final quarter both teams gave absolutely everything to get the win. It took us until the final four minutes to kick a couple of goals and stretch out to a 10-point win.
Significant contributors included Hugh Nicholson (17 tackles), Sam Williams (23 disposals), Ant Forato (67 hit outs) and defenders Tom Humphrey & David Convery, who kept the Xavs’ two key forwards (Handley & Goss) goalless.
Jake Williams & Jason Tutt ran all day whilst Liam Murphy continues to improve in his new midfield role. Pleasingly the three debutants also showcased their talent well.
Overall, a much-needed positive response from our lads. We look forward to next week.
DLS 10.8.68 def. OLD XAVS 8.10.58
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Archie Whiting
The Reserves faced extremely wet and windy conditions against a very committed Old Xavs in Round 2.
We kicked with the wind and driving rain in the first quarter to open up a handy 19-point lead and with a true four quarter effort, we were never headed holding on for a terrific 4-point win.
Our pressure, endeavour and run was the difference in the end, helped by some of our better players which included Ben Nethersole, Matt Colak, Harry Burt and Lachy O’Connell.
DLS 7.4.46 def. OLD XAVS 6.6.42
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
The Thirds continued their winning ways with a hard fought 44-point victory over Caulfield Grammar, an exceptional effort given the extreme conditions at Dairy Bell for the first of three games at home for the day.
After a pretty scrappy first half, we dominated the third quarter whilst against the wind. It was by far our best footy to date this year, and set up the win before the rain hit.
Mark Collins lead a strong midfield performance, and John Griffiths made a handy return to the Blue & Gold kicking three majors.
DLS 12.11.83 def. Caulfield Grammar 5.9.39
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
Arriving at Stradbroke Park, it was very apparent the game was going to be played in trying conditions. A gale was blowing across the ground and the rain was on the way.
The first quarter was an arm wrestle with both sides working hard in the conditions without either team getting any ascendancy. We began slowly in the 2nd quarter as Xavier applied a lot of physical pressure and kicked a couple of goals. The second part of quarter was great as we met their challenge, applied our own pressure and got back in touch on the scoreboard trailing by only a point at the main break.
The 3rd quarter began in horrific conditions with the rain pelting down and the game became a tussle with both teams trying to push the ball forward. The rain eased and we lost our concentration and disappointingly allowed Xavier to kick 4 relatively easy goals just before 3/4 time.
It would be difficult from here but the boys approach to start of last quarter was full of merit but conditions were trying and we battled the game out but the damage had been done in 3rd quarter.
We need to be more consistent and keep up our work rate for the entire game.
Better Players of note included: M. Riley, B. Melissinos, A. Martuccio, D. Tesoriero, C.Day, L. Armstrong
OLD XAVS 10.9.69 def. DLS 6.4.40
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
By Stefan Taranto
The Colts travelled to Peninsula this week to play in disastrous weather conditions. Our intensity was high for the first three quarters, but the game became challenging following a 10-minute delay due to a hail storm.
After leading for a portion of the last quarter, we were overrun by a tougher opponent. Whilst we were the better, more skilful side for a majority of the day, Peninsula were able to better adjust to the conditions to steal a two-goal win. Ignoring the result, it was a determined effort by a very young side.
PENINSULA 9.4.58 DEF DLS 5.18.48
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
By John McDonough
Conditions at the start of the game were wet and windy. Welcome to footy in winter!
As we have a number of new players still learning, we parked the skills, and asked simply that we focus on moving the ball forward. Swinburne did the same. Their key forwards had plenty of opportunities and they could also kick the ball a long way. Fourteen scoring shots to zero was not great however we were determined to keep our heads up and learn from a much better opposition.
Things went from bad to worse in the second half. We quickly lost our bench to injury and as we rotated players in and out of the midfield the final siren could not come quick enough.
The game was called off in the last quarter after a serious ankle injury to one of our players. A terrible way the end the day, and as we look toward next week the challenge for the team is to stick to executing the game plan.
While we have been a long way off the level of the two sides we have played thus far, the engagement is high and the willingness to learn is always on display. We will continue to work hard on the track and get one game closer to singing the song.
Swinburne 10.13.73 def. DLS 0.0.00