Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
Another home ground game against Old Scotch, a side without a win all season…very much a danger game. Scotch averaged 5 of their 6 losses by 9 points so they were going to be competitive.
Josh Scipione (injured), David Convery (Boxing commitment) & Matt Fieldsend (ACL) were withdrawals with Joe Black, Jack Vickers (who had finally returned after 12 months’ rehab) & Ed Clinch playing his 150th game for the club the 3 replacements.
We started okay in the first quarter with youngsters Sam Michael, Liam Murphy, Andrew Walker & Geordie Nagle in everything. Jason Tutt also started the game really well.
In the 2nd quarter we extended our lead to 17 points. Jake Williams & Michael leading our midfield. Ben Nethersole also doing well on the wing.
By halftime, we had lost two defenders to injury with both Joe Black & Brendan Close concussed.
After half time, we missed the opportunity to really put our stamp on the game. Missed goals we should have nailed. Jake Gotch was terrific, Brodie McLaughlin improving every game and Adrian Indovino kicked 2 goals in the quarter. Our lead of 29 points going into the last term.
In the final quarter we were totally outplayed, could not win enough of the ball and again missed early chances for goal. We didn’t score and full credit to Scotch who ran over us. A set shot after the siren would have finished us off however fortunately they missed, resulting in a 2-point win.
We meet Old Melburnians away this week, a game we must win to stay in touch with the Top 4.
DLS 10.12.72 def. OLD SCOTCH 10.10.70
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Archie Whiting
Round 7 vs Old Scotch was a highly-anticipated clash between 1st and 3rd on the Premier Reserve ladder.
We certainly came to play, kicking 6.2 to 1.1 in the first quarter and a further 5.3 to 1.4 in the second quarter to open up a 54-point lead at the main break.
The second half proved to be much more of an arm wrestle. Scotch increased their pressure and fought out the contest to the final whistle. However, off the back of a ruthless first half, I’m pleased to report we recorded a comfortable 41-point victory.
As I mentioned last week, we continue to get an even contribution from all our players and it’s a major strength of this group. Some of our better players included Lachy O’Connell, who returned from injury and was influential in the first half. He combined nicely with Ryan McDonough (6 goals), Callum Dooley (3 goals) and Dimi Fasoulis (1 goal) during the day.
Looking ahead, we play Old Melbournians at Elsternwick Park who have jumped into third spot on ladder and will present another tough challenge.
Best: R. McDonough, L. O’Connell, D. Fasoulis, C. Dooley, H. Perrson, J. Tyquin
DLS 15.9.99 def. OLD SCOTCH 8.10.58
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
We turned up bright and early for the opening game of the day at Dairy Bell against the 6th placed Monash Blues. After a slow start, we kicked into gear and finished the quarter with a 27-point lead. the second quarter was a bit better with us kicking a further 5 goals but conceding a couple to Monash late. The backline was once again steadying the ship with Monash struggling to have many forward 50 entries.
The second half was played much more on our terms and in the style that we have strived to play this season, our pressure and tackles where up, we were starting to hit the scoreboard with ease, we kicked five goals to one in the 3rd and then piled on 8.4 in the last compared to 1 solitary behind from Monday.
Tyson Parker and Nic Fyfield finished with 6 goals each, Harry Jarvis and Jacko McKay had good games in the backline and Liam Bisognin, Mark Collins and Jack Hanley all had good games through the midfield.
DLS 23.14.152 def. MONASH BLUES 3.3.21
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
By Nick Hyland
We travelled down the road to TH King reserve to take on a highly competitive team in St Kevin’s. After a poor showing last week, we were keen to put in a solid 4 quarter effort together and get back on the winners list.
The first half was a hotly contested game. Both teams pressure around the ball was good, making it extremely difficult to be clean going forward. Our ball movement was positive and we were looking to expose the St Kevin’s defence. Debutant Nick Jarvis was looking dangerous down forward, while our defence was holding up really well. Morris, Karvellas, Jakes and Morganthaler were controlling the back half and saved countless Skob forward assaults. We manage to hold a comfortable 15 point lead at the main break.
The boys were challenged out halftime to go on with it. Lift the intensity around the contest, be aggressive with ball in and play fast direct footy. Unfortunately, the break at half time was no help. The next 25 minutes was extremely poor. To SKOB’s credit, they really responded and dished it up to us. We failed to take our chances early in the quarter and SKOB made the most of theirs with 3 goals to 1 for the quarter. We held a 5-point lead at the final change.
The final quarter was one of our best for the year. With St Kevin’s throwing up a real challenge and with the game on the line, the boys responded really well. We took the game on, were fierce in the contest and played a brand of tough combative footy. Ahearn’s run and carry, along with Cotchett contested ball winning really got us going, and our forwards took their chances. We managed to pile on 5 goals to none, to run out with a much needed 5 goal win.
We look forward to our challenge of taking on Scotch at home next week, in what is another, must win game for us.
Best: Morris, Ahearn, Karvellas, Jakes, Morganthaler, Cotchett
DLS 11.12.78 def. SKOB 6.11.47
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
We were away to St Bernard’s and were expecting a bold showing against one of the better performed teams in U19 Premier Reserve.
We were competitive in the first half with Riley Watson and Ben Crowe marking well up forward, but what has become the norm we did not convert our chances and some dumb lazy footy gifted St Bernard’s a number of easy goals.
At half time we were down by 26-points but we were in the contest. We committed to be aggressive at the ball during the 2nd half and this was exemplified by Tom McDonald’s attack and focus on the ball from full back and Ben Melissinos lifted and gave us plenty of run off his wing. Our onballers lifted and we tried to take the game on and we played well in patches. The 3rd quarter was a relatively even performance from both teams.
We needed all 23 players to lift our consistency throughout the final quarter and play the game out but we tired badly. We dropped our heads and let St Bernard’s play as they liked and they strolled to an easy 58 point win.
Overall, we did not do the basics well and made some bad footy decisions. We had some good players on the day but don’t think anyone could say they played 4 quarters of footy.
If we want to get the season back on track, it needs to start with a commitment to train well to improve our skills and reduce the number of errors where we are letting ourselves down.
Better Players: R Watson, T. McDonald, B. Melissinos, J. Almeida, R. Beeby, B. Crowe
St Bernard’s 15.14.104 def. DLS 6.10.46
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
By Stefan Taranto
Following a disappointing loss last week, an undermanned Colts side travelled to Essendon to take on Therry Penola. Whilst we felt more switched on than we did last week, we were very slow to start, recording only 3 goals by half time.
Our intensity picked up in the third quarter and we were rewarded for effort, taking a 2-goal lead into three quarter time.
Therry came out firing in the last quarter, closing the gap before Angus Grey kicked a game-winning goal from the boundary line!
It was pleasing to get the four points, though we need to work on our skill execution and ability to play four quarters, as we move towards the halfway point of the season.
DLS 6.9.45 def. THERRY PENOLA 6.3.39
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
By John McDonough, happiest coach in the VAFA
We arrived at DW Lucas Oval ready to play – coming out of the blocks firing, we had our first goal on the board after two minutes.
The goals didn’t stop there, as we out continued to out-run and out-play Oakleigh for the first 20 minutes, finishing the quarter with three unanswered goals.
With a full bench for the first time this year, the rotations through the midfield kept us fresh, and allowed us to move players around and combat the opposition.
Oakleigh came out hard in the second with the intent to slow the game down and stop our run.
Continual stoppages frustrated players and spectators, and we struggled to break free: both teams only scored one goal for the second quarter.
It was a fantastic first half by the Guns and great to see the effort rewarded on the scoreboard. Plenty of link up footy and hard running to support each other.
As the half time siren sounded we were up by two goals, 4.4 to 2.4.
Oakleigh started to control the stoppages and we were a little slow to start the second half. As a result, the backline was under the pump and to their credit rebounded well, with consistent running, and kicking to space.
Inside 50’s for both teams were minimal and the game was predominantly played between the arcs. Oakleigh were working harder than us and you could feel the game moving in their favour. However, neither team scored in the 3rd term, which did not reflect the effort by both teams.
At the final break, we shifted some of our mids to half back with one instruction. Kick to space and overlap with run.
We rediscovered our first quarter-spark, and put two more unanswered goals on the board.
What a great feeling for all after the game as we sang the song for the first time this season. It was also great to see first gamer Natalie Derrick attack the footy and enjoy her first hit out. It was a team effort with the challenge to back it up next week.
DLS 6.4.40 to OAKLEIGH 2.4.16
DINO’S (DLS Over 35s) match report, presented by Malvern Auto Tech
By Peter Harrison
The De La Salle Dino’s have returned to the winner’s circle with a handy 24-point win over a competitive Mordialloc on Sunday.
The response was swift and strong having suffered our first lost in 18 months the previous week. In a very strong defensive display we virtually lead from start to finish, to improve the season’s record to 3-1 which leaves us in third place on the ladder.
The game commenced in reasonable calm and cool conditions but was played in rain throughout the second half. Tommy Moloney was a clear standout during the course of the day with his inside midfield work and general run and carry. Ben Corin continued his hot form and anchored our defence with nothing getting past him all day. Troy Castricum carried the rucking duties all game and gave the midfield first use, and as usual provided plenty of highlights with his marking.
The back six were unflappable and held the opposition goal-less in the second half. The midfield worked with blue collar intensity all day, whilst up forward Delly, Durack, JB, Pickle and Paul Hesse (not a misprint) managed to kick a winning score.
In a strange set of circumstances, Chicken Palmer and Roo Miller were sent off in separate incidents. Thankfully we are not sanctioned against commentating about such issues, and without fear of recrimination both decisions were questionable at best.
The Dino’s next game is on June 3rd, at Dairy Bell against the Waverley Warriors. We encourage all members and supporters to come along and get behind the team.
DLS 6.6. 42 def. MORDIALLOC 2.6.18