Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
We welcomed St Bedes to Dairy Bell for our Round 6 clash, in front of a feature luncheon for the club, our Mother’s Day event that to celebrated all of the wonderful women involved at our club.
We made six changes to the line-up, with three of those forced changes due to injury including Hugh Nicholson, Lachy Walker & Lachy O’Connell.
Coming into the side were ruckman Matt Colak (on debut), Luke Williams, Michael Griechen, Jordie Bull, Geordie Nagle & Sam Michael.
We started strongly, kicking 4 goals to 2 in the first quarter with Colak dominating the ruck, Liam Murphy & Andrew Walker in everything, and Brodie McLaughlin kicking two early goals, for a ten-point lead at the first change.
In the second term, we stepped up our pressure, our midfield was on top and we extended our lead to 26 points, with Murphy, Forato, Walker and Sam Michael having a significant impact. Matt Colak kicked his first goal in senior footy, igniting the quarter. We went in to the main break with the ascendancy, 9.3.57 to 4.7.31.
After the break, we piled on 6 goals to nothing in a pleasing quarter of footy, led by skipper Tom Humphrey at CHF, who kicked three goals in a row to build our lead out to 67 points. Luke Williams (15 disposals for the quarter), Ben Nethersole on the wing & Josh Scipione up forward all had a positive influence on the game. At the last change we were in charge, 15.9.99 to 4.8.32.
In the final quarter, we coughed up two quick goals before kicking the next six. Liam Murphy was dominant yet again, Jake Gotch was in everything and Brodie McLaughlin kicked another two goals to finish with 5 for the game. Ant Forato enjoyed more time up forward to finish with three majors for the game. A much-needed percentage boost for our side.
Sadly, club stalwart & former captain Matt Fieldsend did his ACL in the 3rd quarter. He is an integral part of our club with his leadership and determination. We wish him well for his road to recovery.
We look forward to taking on Old Scotch this week, again at home.
DLS 21.11.137 def. ST BEDES / MENTONE TIGERS 6.10.46.
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Archie Whiting
Our Round 6 clash was back at home against a young St Bedes/Mentone side. We picked a particularly strong reserves team, looking to improve from a sub-par performance last week and I’m pleased to report we were relentless, running away 104-point winners.
The game was played in windy but surprisingly dry conditions and it didn’t take long to get our running game going, kicking 3.3 to 0.1 against the breeze in the opening term. We continued to pile on the pressure in the second quarter, making the most of the breeze to skip out to a 43-point lead at halftime.
The game opened up in the second half and we played some terrific team first football. Kicking a further 11 goals to 1 to record a percentage boosting victory.
Most pleasing was the even contribution from all our players, highlighted by 11 individual goal kickers and 13 players recording 15+ disposals. Some of our better players included Joe Black (22 disposals, 8 marks, 5 tackles), Jack Vickers (22 disposals, 10 marks, 5 tackles) and Callum Dooley (23 disposals, 9 marks, 1 goal).
Looking ahead, we play a strong Old Scotch outfit this week. Scotch are sitting third on the ladder and we will need to be at our best to continue our winning ways.
Best: J. Black, B. Tokatlidis, J. Vickers, C. Dooley, A. Lvovsky, S. Pennell
DLS 19.9.123 def. STBM 2.7.19
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
We arrived to Dairy Bell on what was a perfect morning for a top of the table clash with Beaumaris. We had 6 changes to the side, in what is becoming a trend for the Thirds, we seem to have a number of different players each week. It was clear that the Sharks intent from that start was to try and impose themselves physically around the contest (and behind play). After a tough first quarter, we had kicked the only goal for the game and came into the huddle fired up. In the 2nd qtr. we upped the pressure on Beaumaris and started to apply some pressure on the scoreboard as well, we were playing with a small so it was great to see players like A. Zaia & Oakley step up in the absence of our regular forward line players. We took a 23-point lead into the main break
The first 15 mins of the 3 Qtr. was our best for the year. Our tackle count was through the roof and our pressure all around the ground was immense. We stretched our lead to 45 points before a couple of late goals to the sharks set up an interesting final term. A 6 goal to nothing quarter followed and we ran out comfortable winners. Our Midfield worked really hard all day as did our backline. Some of the better players in a great team performance where: S. Griffin, O. Person, L. Bisognin, M. Collins, M. Lvovskiy, G. McDonough.
DLS 14.11.95 def. Beaumaris 3.0.18
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
We travelled south to take on an always competitive Beaumaris outfit. Following a couple of good weeks, we were looking to keep our momentum rolling and get in front of the win loss ledger for the first time this year.
We started well with great intensity around the ball. Our pressure early was extremely good, and we were able to kick the first goal of the game thanks to fantastic forward pressure.
From then on, it was a day to forget. Beaumaris started to get on top in the contested ball, our intensity dropped and we really struggled to do the fundamentals well, which was disappointing. To Beauy’s credit, they moved the ball really well and made us pay when we turned the ball over. We trailed by a couple of kicks at half time.
We challenged each other to take the game on after half time and enjoy the challenge that faced us. The third quarter was extremely disappointing. We didn’t respond, our energy was low and we looked really flat. To add to the disappointment, Jordy Gregory went to hospital with a thumb injury, Peter Nikitas hurt his wrist, Curtis Day suffered a head knock, and Bailey Joyce went down with a knee.
To our boys’ credit, they really fought out the last quarter. Down on rotations, they dug deep and really toughed out the contest. Ben Ahearn and Jared Williams gave great drive in the wing, Steve Karvellas continues to impress down back and Cooper Morris gave us some real spark when thrown into the ruck.
In the end, a disappointing day, going down by 6 goals. We need to regroup, train well, and look to rebound next week against St Kevin’s.
Best players: Morris, Ahearn, Karvellas, Williams, Aitken.
BEAUMARIS 11.13.79 def. DLS 6.10.46
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
We travelled to Stradbroke Park to take on the top of table Xavier outfit, realising we needed a concerted 4 quarter effort to compete.
In what has becoming continuing frustrating, we played one poor quarter, in this game the first before regrouping and playing very well in the final 3 quarters. However, the damage was done and the quarter time margin of 25 points was the same as the final margin at the end of the game.
After quarter time, we closed down Xavier’s space not allowing them to run and spread and attacked with less predictability and it was game on.
Nick Jarvis was getting his hand on the ball first and hard at it onballers Josh Ingram and Lachie Armstrong were getting it out to runners Ben Melissinos and Angus Robinson. Riley Watson was providing a great target up forward often one out against 2 or 3 opponents.
Our backs were good after a disappointing first quarter, maintaining touch on their opponents and not giving them the space they had in the 1st quarter. Tom McDonald, Cam Gerny and Billy Ryan fought hard all day and Ollie Smith repelled numerous Xavier forward entries after his move to CHB in the 2nd half.
Lots of positives but we are now six weeks into the season and its time now to deliver a consistent performance. Let’s get the season back on track starting with an away win at St Bernard’s next week.
Better Players: R Watson, J Ingram, B. Melissinos, O Smith, N Jarvis, C. Gerny,
OLD XAVS 10-10-70 def. DLS 6.9.45
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
By Stefan Taranto
Coming off a streak of quality victories, several Colts players earned a game in the Blues. This left us without a leadership group, though Joe Horrigan filled the void admirably as acting captain.
Our preparation heading into the game against St. Bedes was poor, evidenced by an ordinary first quarter. The game went from bad to worse after two players went to hospital in two extremely dangerous tackle incidents (which apparently isn’t a reportable offence in the U19’s…).
During the half time break we spoke about lifting our intensity, and although the boys responded, we were facing a 5-goal deficit at three quarter time.
We are able to claw a one goal lead with 8 minutes to play in the final term, however with no rotations St. Bedes were able to run over the top of us and secure a one goal victory. Overall, a lacklustre display from a side that can play footy to a much higher standard. We’ll lick our wounds and be back next week.
ST. BEDES 9.12.66 Def DLS 8.12.60
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
By John McDonough, happiest coach in the VAFA
Burbank Oval (Williamstown) was our setting, as we took part in the curtain raiser to the VFLW game between Williamstown and St Kilda. We played the top team and saw no reason why we couldn’t give them a fright. Two new players taking the field is always good and the location added something extra special.
A great first quarter by both teams saw us go into the first break level on 1.2 a piece.
Considering we had 16 players unavailable (Happy Mothers Day!) we did well to field a team. Thankfully to Old Geelong loaned us three players for the day.
As we all knew, the wind at Willy was always going to make for a ‘one-ended’ game and we saw Willy score more freely in the second term and we went into the main break down 1.2 to 3.3. It was great to see new players Sarah McMasters and Kate Gorfine contribute to the overall effort by the group.
The third term was a quiet affair. A solitary goal to Willy and a behind to us. It should have been a lot more fruitful for us, but we missed a couple of easy opportunities that would have put us back in the game.
When we link up and run to space we look like a top of the table team.
As the new players improve over the next 3-4 weeks, our performance when in possession will lift as well.
The last term was dominated by our midfield and halfback. Our entry into the forward 50 was direct, earning lots of opportunities. Again however, we failed to convert and we will keep working on this at training during the week.
We play Oakleigh next week and need to play four consistent quarters to have a chance.
Williamstown CYMS 4.4.28 def. DLS 1.4.10