Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
Our Round 3 clash with Old Brighton proved to be another really poor performance. We have been inconsistent this year with just one solid game, last week against Old Xavs.
Old Brighton were far more combative for the full duration of the game. We had our moments yet could not sustain it for 4 quarters.
We had very few good players on the day, namely Jake Williams (24 disposals & team high 9 tackles) who is working super hard every week. Ant Forato (54 hit outs, 8 tackles & 5 marks) is back to his 2016 form, when he was a standout for us, which is pleasing.
On a positive note, our Reserves (coaches by newly appointed Archie Whiting) have a number of players pushing for Senior selection. We have changed our personnel significantly over these opening rounds and we are yet to really gel, which I look forward to seeing – as consistency of effort is our biggest challenge.
We couldn’t bring that sustained effort on Saturday, with Old Brighton leading all day in what was a close one up to 3/4 time. Disappointingly we showed little or no fight in the last quarter conceding seven goals to one.
We play a winless Uni Blues this week, who like us will be desperate to bounce back. We look forward to rising to the challenge.
OLD BRIGHTON 17.17.119 def. DLS 8.12.60
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Archie Whiting
In stark contrast to last week’s torrential weather, we travelled down to Brighton Beach Oval in bright sunshine and a gentle sea breeze, to continue our winning ways, and I’m pleased to report we didn’t miss out on the opportunity.
We came out firing, playing an attractive brand of footy in the first quarter and controlled the first half of the game kicking 7.7 to 2.2, only conceding two late goals in the second quarter which was a credit to the defensive unit.
Old Brighton attacked the third quarter with improved intensity and aggression, taking the contest right up to us and out scoring us 5.1 to 4.1. Whilst we still had the game in control, we needed to respond to the challenge and get back to playing our brand of footy.
After resetting at three quarter time, we challenged the boys to respond and they did, dominating the final quarter to overran a resilient opposition 17.10–112 to 8.4-52, which included an impressive spread of goal kickers with 9 players registering a major.
Our better players for the day included: Luke Williams, Harry Burt, Matt Beckmans, Sam Pennell and Ben Nethersole.
DLS 17.10.112 def. OLD BRIGHTON 8.4.52
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
The juggernaut that is the Lifestyle Football program continues to roll on. After an interesting preparation before the game, which involved not having rooms available, before being shunted down onto one of the smaller grounds in the VAFA, Trinity had come to play. They brought a tough congested style of footy and still managed to have numbers all over the place. After a pretty scrappy first half we took a one goal lead into the main break.
At ½ time the boys were asked to respond, and respond they did – we completely out-muscled Trinity around the contest and started to string some good passages of running play together.
This continued in the final quarter as we ran out 34-point winners. The entire midfield played exceptionally well, as well as our pillars of the backline Simon Lowe & Jackson McKay who had solid games once again. The lid is still on but there are some exciting times ahead for the Thirds in 2018.
DLS 14.11.95 def. OLD TRINITY 9.7.61
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
Treated to a perfect afternoon for footy, we were looking to make amends for our Round 1 loss as we tackled St Bernard’s at home after coming off the bye fresh.
We started well, with good energy and intensity in the first quarter. Our ball movement was swift and we were playing a good brand of footy which lead to us taking a 3-goal lead into the first break. Unfortunately, from that point on we were extremely disappointing.
Our effort dropped right away and our thirst for the contest diminished. St Bernard’s got right on top of us and really made us pay. We were second to the ball, and got comprehensively beaten all over the ground. Not enough boys were prepared to work both ways and embrace the contest.
An extremely disappointing day for our group. We have plenty of work ahead for us, as we are now behind the ledger with an 0-2 record to start the year.
We will embrace the challenge ahead and be working extremely hard to rectify this. We look forward to rebounding next week.
ST BERNARDS 14.10.94 def DLS 10.10.70
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
Back at home and with perfect conditions, we were expecting a good showing against the travelling St Bernard’s outfit.
After an even 1st quarter, we let ourselves down in the 2nd quarter and were facing a 20-point deficit at the main break.
We addressed a few things at half time and reset and came out and played our best quarter of footy for the season. We won the ball in close, got the ball moving quickly and Nick Jarvis finished off some great team footy booting three goals for the quarter.
The boys were keen to maintain the momentum in the last term, but the St Bernard’s boys rallied, and the ball spent majority of the quarter deep in their forward line. We defended grandly and gave it our all, but unfortunately a last gasp quick snap from St Bernards found its way through the goals and the game ended in a draw.
A great effort to hold them out but in future we need to take every opportunity to slow the game down in those final couple of minutes.
A much improved performance overall. We have set a benchmark with our 3rd quarter effort and must perform at that level more consistently.
Better Players included L. Armstrong, N. Jarvis, J. Caruso, T. Harrington, W. Ryan, K. Entwistle
DLS 10.4.64 drew with St BERNARDS 8.16.64
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
By Stefan Taranto
In the first game of the U19 triple-header, the Colts lined up against St. Kevins, themselves the only other club outside of ourselves in the U19’s competition with three teams.
We invested a quality four quarter effort, with contributions coming from all players in a true team performance.
The boys built on a four-goal quarter time lead to run out the game 12 goal winners.
It was pleasing to see the effort and intensity remain high for the whole game, and such an even contribution across the ground. We look forward to seeing that continue throughout the season from the Colts.
DLS 17.10.112 def. St Kevins 5.5.35
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
By John McDonough
An early start this week meant the team were asked to start at 8am out at Parkville. Pleasingly, our attitude and energy were a complete contrast to last week. We started really well and matched UHS-VU for the first half. Our intensity was on display from the first bounce, and we went into half time with the scoreboard trailing by 25 points, managing to put a goal and four behinds on the scoreboard.
Whilst we were competitive around the ground in the second half, we were unable to convert our entry into the forward line. We lost count of the amount of times the ball was inside 30. UHS-VU rebounded quickly and we ran out of legs in the last 1/4.
That said the feeling in the rooms after the game was really positive with all players knowing they contributed. Tina Chokbengboun, Claire Clarke and Jacqueline Enberg had standout games and it was great to see Grace McDonnell back on the park.
Round 3 completes the grading rounds and we look forward to be more competitive in the coming weeks.
UHS-VU 10.16.76 def. DLS 1.4.10
DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech
The Dino’s held on for a narrow 2-point victory over the Melbourne Masters on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Ross Gregory Oval.
In a hotly contested game we found ourselves in the unusual position of being down 3 goals at half time. We rallied in the third quarter to hold a slender 4-point lead going into the home stretch. In a gripping final 20 minutes, each side had their chances to win the game, however, when the siren sounded we held them off to win by 2 points.
There were certainly no passengers on the day, and the stand the players took at half time was a true reflection of the character, grit and determination of the group. Whilst the Dino’s play a modern version of football, the roots of this team are clearly embedded in the old saying – “no quarter asked, no quarter given”.
A special mention of the back line who held the opposition goalless in the second half lead by evergreen Andrew Mackintosh, Ben Corin, Cam O’Hara, Paul Liascos, Jimmy Seletto, Matty Durack, Dave Harrison and our new star – Justin Costello (Cossi).
The midfield was not without it’s share of heroes, led by best on ground Jason Philactides, Iggy Tran, Jason Bamert, Paul Farmer, Chris Mercuri and the rucking efforts of Troy Castricum.
On a difficult day for forwards, there was a clear standout performance from the Caulfield Grammarians football factory lead by Mark Liddell and ably supported by Anthony Palmer, Ryan Chapple, Adrian Richardson, Glenn Wadley.
The Dino’s next game is at home against the undefeated Carrum Cowboys on Sunday 6 May 2018 at 2.45pm. As usual we encourage and welcome all supporters to attend to help us continue our winning start to season 2018.
DLS 8.7.55 def MELBOURNE MASTERS 7.11.53