Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
We ventured out to Trinity and perfect conditions on the biggest deck in the VAFA.
During the week, we made six changes to the side, with captain Tom Humphrey heading the list of returning players which also included Hugh Nicholson, Josh Scipione, Adrian Indovino, Ben Nethersole & Matt Fieldsend.
We gave Trinity an easy goal early, responded quickly then conceded 3 more goals to trail 4.1.25 to 1.1.7 at quarter time. Hugh Nicholson left the field and did not return.
In the second term, we were dominant at stoppages and around contests, and we kicked four of the first five goals of the quarter with Burt and McLaughlin kicking goals and Scipione slotting his 3rd to take the lead.
We lapsed late to concede 3 goals in the final 5 minutes of the quarter, which gave Trinity a 15-point lead at half time, we trailed 8.4.52 to 5.7.37. Again we missed some easy shots for goal. Lachy Walker did not return after the main break.
In the 3rd quarter, Jake Williams kicked the first goal to get us within 9 points. In a low scoring term, Trinity kicked two goals that frustratingly, we could have prevented. Their lead crept out to 23 points.
Brendan Close, Jason Tutt, Jake Williams, Liam Murphy and Tom Humphrey were giving everything. Ant Forato continued his good form in the ruck. We just could not capitalise inside the 50m arc.
In the last quarter, we gave up a goal within 30 seconds due to a centre square infringement which deflated us – a costly start to the quarter. Trinity kicked another 2 goals to extend out their lead 40 points. We kicked a couple of late goals to no avail. Another disappointing loss.
We meet St Bedes at home this week in what will be an important game to get our season back on track. We encourage all of our supporters to come along to support the side.
TRINITY 14.8.92 def. DLS 8.10.58.
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Archie Whiting
Round 5 was an away clash against Old Trinity Grammarians. A high pressure, high tackle contest that resulted in a number of turnovers and some exciting end to end scoring chains.
The game was extremely physical and full of momentum swings that felt like it could go either way but I’m pleased to report we outlasted a gallant Old Trinity outfit to win by 21 points.
We controlled the game for large periods, largely due to some solid contributors in the middle of the ground. David Lowe, Sam Michael and Jack Vickers found plenty of the ball, allowing us to consistently enter our forward line 58 times to 30. However, poor skill execution made us venerable to counter attack scoring and Old Trinity were able to capitalise, closing the gap to 14 points at three quarter time.
Trinity certainly came to play which was compounded by losing Liam Wood in the opening minutes to a nasty finger injury. The boys had to dig deep with reduced rotations and showed some real guts and determination to close out the game in front.
Ryan McDonough was a standout performer up forward with 4 goals including a clutch finish from the pocket to seal the game late in the fourth quarter.
Best: J. Vickers, R. McDonough, D. Lowe, S. Michael, W. Mackie, M. Griechen
DLS 12.8.80 def. OTG 9.5.59
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
After a strong opening month, we made the trip out to Williamstown looking to go 5-0 and maintain our unbeaten record. The boys started strongly, kicking 5 goals to 1 against the breeze. Our midfield was working hard and there were some fantastic passages of play that really showed how we are staring to gel as a team. We piled on another six in the 2nd quarter to take the ascendancy, leading by seven goals at the half time break.
The wheels fell off in the 3rd quarter as Williamstown outplayed us all over the ground, converting all of their scoring chances. Ever accurate, they scored just two behinds for the day, one of which was rushed. At the final break, they had pulled the margin back to under five, goals and had all the momentum.
It was really pleasing to see the response from the boys in the final quarter. We kicked a couple of steadying goals and held on to win by 34 points.
Some of the better players included: L. Bisognin, S. McGraw, C. Dooley, J. Hanley, J. McKay, R. Spillane. We play another undefeated side next week at home at 9:20 – see you there!
DLS 14.12.96 def. Williamstown CYMS 10.2.62
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
Following a positive performance last week, we were looking to keep our momentum rolling as we faced a much-improved Caulfield Grammar at home.
We welcomed the inclusion of four TAC Cup boys, plus debutant Jared Williams. The first half was extremely competitive and played at a significantly high level.
Caulfield’s ball use and aerial work was very impressive and they were looking extremely dangerous, especially when our pressure around the ball dropped off. On the other hand, we were looking just as dangerous going forward. We really let ourselves down however with our delivery into our forward line, fumbling at critical times, which cost us shots at goal. We went into the main break trailing by 3 points.
During the second half, we were treated to a change in the conditions and were faced with a wet weather slog. We knew it was going to be tough, but the boys were challenged to do the basics well; be tough in the contest, defend first, and deliver to dangerous spots forward of centre. Our backline, led by Nick Bufalo and Josh Paul, were proving to be very effective for us and giving us great drive from the back half. As the game went on, our forward six gelled a lot better and were proving to be quite a handful for the opposition defence. Curtis Day led the way with his forward pressure and Charlie McGaw played an extremely unselfish role, often competing 2 on 1 against an extra defender.
We managed to grind out a hard-fought win. I was really pleased with boys and how they adapted to challenging conditions. We still have plenty to work on. Our skill level must improve and we can’t afford to have flat patches throughout the game. We are yet to put a full four quarter effort in, yet we manage to square our ledger at 2 and 2. We look forward to the challenge of travelling to Beaumaris next week to play on massive ground, which will hopefully really suit us, as we look to continue our winning momentum.
Best: Day, McGaw, Bufalo, Paul, O’Callaghan, Morganthaler
DLS 12.11.83 def. Caulfield 9.10.64
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
We looked forward to taking on Beaumaris at home in what was a season defining game for our Golds.
We started well and dominated the first quarter but we missed some easy goals and didn’t take advantage of numerous scoring opportunities whilst allowing Beaumaris to kick two goals from our lack of structure.
By half-time, we were well in control of the game but we still let down our good attacking work by not finishing well and didn’t work hard enough to defend when they had control of the ball.
We looked to take some ownership of this at half time and we improved our conversion rate with 13 second-half goals, whilst allowing Beaumaris only one scoring shot.
The most pleasing aspect of the game was our willingness to take the game on, follow the game plan and be daring in our play.
We need to take this mind set into next week’s game against top of the ladder Xavier at Stradbroke Park.
Better Players: A. Robinson, B. Melissinos, C. Gerny, B. Crowe, M. Canny, P. Nikitas.
DLS 22.19.151 def. BEAUMARIS 5.2.32.
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
By Stefan Taranto
The Colts faced their toughest opponent yet in Aquinas OC (excluding the game where it almost snowed) against Aquinas at home. The contest was tight all day, with no team achieving more than a two-goal lead at any stage in the game.
Going into the 3-quarter time break, we were ahead by 5 points, though both teams were playing great football.
Neither team dropped the intensity going into the final term, and after several back-and-forth goals, we were facing a two-goal deficit with 10 minutes to go.
After missing a very kickable set shot, Jakub Folty didn’t drop his head and was able to kick two crucial last quarter goals, leaving us down by 5. After some contentious umpiring decisions (I know it’s Umpires Appreciation round, but geez…) we were able to secure a final goal and hang on to a well-fought 1 point win.
Sam “Two Dinners” Doree was dominant in the ruck all day, leaving our usual ruckman Ted Buzza free to dominate through the middle of the ground. Ethan Powell’s intercept marking against several much taller opponents was also crucial to our win.
Every player contributed significantly throughout the day, which was extremely pleasing to see.
DLS 11.9.75 def. AQUINAS 12.2.74
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
By John McDonough, happiest coach in the VAFA
After being regraded into Division 2 the expectation to be more competitive, and that was discussed prior to the first bounce. With three players pulling on the Blue & Gold for the first time, we had a very nervous but excited bench.
A great first quarter saw us in front at the first change, albeit by a solitary point.
Old Melbourne has a small, quick mosquito fleet up forward and we struggled in the second quarter to match them for pace.
The backline was under the pump however the pressure we put them under saw Old Melbourne return 1.6 for the quarter. We went into the main break 1.2 to 2.7.
Whilst we didn’t trouble the scoreboard in the third term, the inside 50’s were again a positive sign for the coming weeks. If we can stick a few more tackles and keep the ball alive we are going to get the result we deserve.
We changed up our backline and went small. By the end of the 3rd we saw some positive signs with some free-flowing passages of play.
Our new players were having a positive impact and gave us some fresh legs in the last. Bree and Jacqueline Enberg, Sally Fyfield, Jess Weltner, Claire Clarke and Grace McDonnell all played well in the last quarter and we were rewarded with 1.4. on the scoreboard
We played overlap team footy and buzz in the rooms after the game tells us all we are getting close to signing the song.
Old Melbourne 4.17.41 def. DLS 2.5.17
DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech
By Peter Harrison
The De La Dino’s lost a hard-fought match at Dairy Bell oval on Sunday by 11 points. In a top of the table clash of the only remaining undefeated sides, it was the Carrum Cowboys who finished slightly stronger to come away with the victory.
In a tight and competitive battle the sides exchanged goals throughout the course of the match, with neither side able to gain any ascendancy for a prolonged period of time.
At the end of the day Carrum were simply a little bit cleaner and used the football better than the Dino’s. Full credit has to go to our opposition who matched us in the contested football department and the pressure which they applied was superior across the four quarters.
Whilst it was disappointing to lose, the endeavour, effort and intent of the Dino’s could not be questioned. If nothing else, in our first three weeks of this new competition the Dino’s have shown that we are certainly more than capable of match it with any of our opposition.
Three former players played their first game with the Dino’s namely, Tommy Moloney, Leigh Harrison and Matty Nichol. All three players made terrific contributions and will only strengthen our group in the long term.
Mark Liddell was again a standout in the front half of the ground kicking four goals. Ben Corin was as usual a power of strength in defence for the Dino’s repelling Carrum time and time again. Castricum, Moloney, Leigh Harrison and Liascos all played a significant part in trying to trying to peg Carrum back.
The Dino’s next game is on Sunday 20 May 2018 @ 2.45pm against Mordialloc Supers at Ben Kavanagh Reserve.
Carrum 7.4.46 def. DLS 5.5.35