Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
We made no less than seven changes for the Uni Blues clash, and unfortunately, our captain Tom Humphrey was a late scratching on the morning of the game & Josh Scipione the night before. Adrian Indovino sadly lost his grandfather during the week so was unavailable & Hugh Nicholson was serving a one game suspension. These 4 players are all important members of our side, so it was not ideal preparation.
On a positive note, it provided us with the opportunity to reward some young, in form players, and we had three debutants in Aaron Trusler, Harrison Burt and Kane O’Brien.
Geordie Nagle (returning from injury), Lachy Walker (released from Box Hill VFL), Jake Gotch & Matty Beckmans were also recalled for the game.
We started the game of positively, however were unable to take our chances kicking 1.4. to 4.0 in 1st quarter.
Lachy Walker started really well, whilst Liam Murphy, Jake Williams & Ant Forato had strong 1st quarters.
In the second term, Uni Blues continued to take their chances kicking 5.1 to our 2.3. At the main break, we trailed 9.1.55 v 3.7.21. We still felt that we were competing hard enough to be closer and were all positive about turning it around.
In the 3rd quarter, we kicked the first two goals to get within 18 points. Uni Blues responded quickly after we missed our chance for a third straight major. Lachy Walker and Jake Williams continued to be standout contributors. Aaron Trusler was knocked out in this quarter, he had kicked a couple of clever goals before getting hurt. We finished the third term with quite a task ahead, down by 38 points.
The game really opened up in the last, and our turnovers by foot haunted us for the remainder of the game. Uni Blues kicked 6.5.41 as a direct result of our poor disposal…this must improve to turn our season around.
A very disappointing game from us overall. Better players were Liam Murphy, Jake Williams, Sam Williams & Lachy Walker.
We play Trinity away next week & look forward to the challenge of getting our season back on track.
UNI BLUES 17.12.114 def. DLS 8.13.61.
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Archie Whiting
Our Round 4 clash with University Blues provided an opportunity to consolidate our position at the top of the Premier Reserve ladder and the boys didn’t disappoint.
Back at home in perfect conditions, we controlled the game in the opening quarter, winning the territory battle scoring 3.4-22 to 0.0.00. We continued to pile on the pressure in the second quarter, getting our running game going to dominate the opposition, ending the half 7.6-48 to 0.3-3.
After half time, a determined Blues outfit responded with increased pressure and a burst of three quick goals to give the boys a wake-up call. Not shying away from the contest, the boys went to another level, kicking 5 unanswered goals to restore our position of power and we were relentless from there, finishing the game 66 point winners.
A focus for the game was to execute a consistent four quarter effort and other then a lacklustre 10-minute period in the third quarter, we achieved this.
We have a terrific group that are playing for each other which is reflected in my post game assessment, rating 18 players good or better. With so many players banging the door down to play senior footy, it will hold us in good stead in the weeks to come.
Best: M. Fieldsend, B. Nethersole, A. Lvovsky, S. Michael, R. McDonough, M. Griechen
DLS 16.09.105 def. UNI BLUES 5.9.39
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
The Lifestyle Development Collective had the pleasure playing in the marquee Sunday fixture this weekend, and turned up to Waverley Oval on a perfect day for football. The boys where pumped right from the start as we had some good contests against the Ajax boys last year and wanted to bring it to them from the start.
The first half was played completely on our terms: with great numbers across the back line we rebounded the majority of the Ajax attacks, with many of these rebounds going up the other end for a goal. At the main break, we led by 9 goals, with Nic Fyfield making it look easy with a lazy 7 majors to half time.
I made comment to the group at half time that it was obvious that the team where starting to gel and play an impressive style of footy which was really pleasing to see. We carried on our dominant style of play kicking 5 goals in the 3rd and piling another 7 in the last to run out 130 point winners.
Great performances from Jacob McGaw in the midfield, Mark Breda in the ruck, Simon Lowe once again was impressive at centre half back, and a special mention to Nic Fyfield for bagging 10 majors and rocketing himself to the top of the goal kicking for our division.
We play Williamstown & Beaumaris in the next couple of weeks and are looking forward to those tests.
DLS 22.15.147 def. AJAX 2.5.17
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
Treated to another perfect day for footy, we were looking to register our first win of the season as we faced an unbeaten Scotch outfit at Camberwell.
Coming off an extremely disappointing result last week, we needed to respond and start to gain some confidence and momentum to build into the season. We welcomed Pat Bohen and Bailey Joyce in for their first games of the year.
As predicted Scotch were sharp early. Their ability to stick to a team structure and play fast, skilful, sling shot footy was quite impressive. Our energy was good around the ball, but our disposal really let us down, especially when going inside 50. We went into the first change down by 2 goals.
The second quarter we were dictated too. Scotch played a far better brand, and were far tougher in the contest. To our credit, we hung tough as we weren’t playing our best footy. Had we taken a couple of relatively easy chances, the four-goal deficit we faced at half time could have been significantly smaller.
At half-time the boys were challenged to enjoy this. Not shy away from the task ahead. Enjoy, have fun with their mates and work hard to turn things around. Most the 3rd was much the same as the previous two quarters, however in the last 3 mins, we managed to slam on 4 quick goals, including a brilliant after the siren goal from Curtis Day, to only trial by 2 points at the final break.
We had momentum, and new exactly how we needed to play the last 25 minutes to ensure we got the desired result. Our run and carry was a real feature and our ball use and decision making sharpened up. Jed Roberts was combative in the ruck as the final quarter went goal for goal. We hit the front with 3 mins to go, thanks to a McGaw goal and were able to hold on for a thrilling 3-point win.
Our terrific result and a credit to the boys for meeting the challenge head on and enjoying the tough 4 quarter contest. We look forward to building on this, as we tackle Caulfield at home.
Best: Bohen, J.Roberts, Ahearn, Campbell
DLS 11-7-73 def. Scotch 10-10-70
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
We travelled to Camberwell Sports Complex to take on the undefeated Old Scotch, we were presented with a ground and weather perfect for footy.
We started well but our work rate dropped off in the later part of quarter and were lucky Old Scotch missed a few easy opportunities and by quarter time each side had managed only one goal.
We took it up to them early in the 2nd quarter, our effort was first rate but some basic skill errors and slow decision making allowed Scotch to hit the scoreboard directly as a result of our turnovers.
The mood was up at the main break, we were in game and if we could lift our skill level and make correct decisions we would be right in the contest. However the 3rd quarter was a mirror of the 2nd and we found ourselves 29 points down at 3/4 time.
We were frustrated with our performance and vowed at 3/4 time to take the game on, rather than accept our position and we played our best quarter having 10 scoring shots.
We have a lot to work on, basic skills need to improve and our composure with ball needs lots of work. We need to work hard on track to improve in all areas including our fitness.
Let’s train hard and come out and play in what is a season defining game against Beaumaris this week.
Better Players: T. McDonald, J. Brasher, A. Martuccio, C. Bird, L.Armstrong, K. Entwistle
Old Scotch 13.16.94 def. DLS 8.12.60
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
By Stefan Taranto
After a convincing victory last week, the Colts continued their good form with a convincing victory over Mazenod. After a dominant first quarter, we failed to kick a goal in the second. Luckily Mazenod weren’t able to capitalise on our mistakes, which is a credit to our strong back line.
Whilst we may not have been the better side for the first two quarters, we were able to take a two-goal lead in to half time. After a tight third quarter, we broke the game open secure a 7-goal victory.
Whilst our contributions were inconsistent at times, it was pleasing to see all players contribute at different stages. This very young side continues to demonstrate that they have significant talent, and they continue to improve as they become a more cohesive team.
DLS 11.9.75 def. MAZENOD 4.8.32
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
Break due to completion of grading matches. We are fixtured in Division 2.
The Guns face Old Melburnians this Saturday May 5th at Elsternwick Park Oval 1, 11.40am. Get along and support our girls!