Seniors Match Report presented by Western Union Business
By Paul Satterley
Round 8 and we headed to the home of VAFA, Elsternwick Park to take on Old Melburnians.
Once again, we were forced to make a number of changes with Brendan Close, Joe Black, Adrian Indovino & Geordie Nagle all unavailable.
We started well with Jake Williams leading the way. Inaccurate kicking meant we didn’t take full advantage of the breeze, kicking 3.6.24 to 2.3.15.
We also lost 2 key defenders in Howie Persson and Jordie Bull as a result of a super courageous attack on the ball by Jordy which unfortunately also took out his teammate.
In the second term we lost momentum, conceding early goals before fighting back to get within 2 goals at the main break. Sam Michael was in everything, he too receiving an injury. By halftime we were 3 players down.
We worked hard for our goals in the 3rd term, however could not make any inroads on OM’s lead. We were 13 points down heading into the last quarter.
Early in the last quarter, we dominated possession and time in the forward 50, yet could not impact on the scoreboard. We missed shots that would have got us back in the game. Instead, OM’s were able to finish their work and they kicked 9.2 from set shots for the day…credit to them.
Our better players were Jake Williams (25 disposals & 11 tackles), Ant Forato (13 disposals & 68 hit outs), Ben Nethersole (24 disposals & 1 goal) & Liam Murphy kicked a couple of goals whilst also negating one of OM’s key players in the second half.
This week we play top of the table St Kevin’s so will need to be at our absolute best.
OLD MELBURNIANS 16.11.107 def. DLS 10.12.72.
Reserves match report presented by East Malvern Community Bank
By Mick Hogan
Like our senior counterparts, Round 8 saw us clash with Old Melburnians at the newly-sewn Elsternwick Park. We have a growing injury list across the senior list at the moment, which forced us to make another 8 changes this week. Extraordinarily, the number of players who have pulled on a Reserves jumper thus far is 50.
We were pleased to introduce a few first gamers in Liam Kelliher, Josh Ingram, and Ed Thwaites, with Nic Fyfield also coming up from 3rds after a string of good performances.
Old Melburnians are one of the ladder leaders at our level, and it showed from the outset, as they brought plenty of pressure and we struggled to equal their intent around the ball, trailing by 4 goals after the first quarter. In the second-quarter we regained some composure but failed to capitalize on our chances, trailing by 5 goals at half time.
The third quarter saw the opposition come out with the same intent and pressure. We were unable to match their work rate and they outscored us by four goals to two. Pleasingly for the group, we were able to win the last quarter, but we were convincing beaten with their 26 shots at goal to our 12, losing by 7 goals.
Amongst our best were Harry Burt who tried hard all day. Dimi Fasoulis kicked a couple goals and provided good support off the wing. Nick Curwood and Sean Fisher were good as they rotated forward and back. Steve Hogan was our best defender, and Scott Vawser played well behind the ball to provide consistent rebound.
OMS 12.14.86 def. DLS 6.5.41
Thirds match report presented by Triple Play Sportswear
By Cameron Watts
After a month of playing at home, we left the fortress of Dairy Bell for what was the first of a string of four away games after a month playing at home.
The first quarter was played in some of the toughest conditions of this season, a heavy dew had settled on the field, and combined with blinding sunlight it was difficult for anyone to take a mark, and near impossible for the coach to see the other side of the field. We managed a couple of goals, whilst Caulfield missed their chances to get the jump on us by kicking four straight behinds.
We slotted six goals to two in the second term as the game opened right up and we started using the ball efficiently in defence, our small forwards were dominating in what were tough conditions for the talls.
We extended our lead after half time despite not really putting Caulfield away. We then kicked five in the last to run out comfortable 70-point winners. It was particularly pleasing to have 13 individual goal kickers in a good team performance, with Mark Collins, Mick Laoumtzis and Josh Oakley among the better players. We have Ajax next week before a much-needed bye for the elder statesmen in our team.
DLS 16.16.112 def. CAULFIELD GRAMMARIANS 6.7.43
U19 BLUE match report presented by Woodards Oakleigh & Woodards Bentleigh
Treated to a perfect afternoon for football, we hosted a fellow top 4 team in Old Scotch, in what was set to be a classic 8-point game. Scotch 3rd on the table and us 4th, it was always going to be a great battle and one which neither team could afford to let slip.
The first quarter saw one team take their chances in front of goal, and one team squander them. Unfortunately for us, we were unable to capitalise on our forward 50 entries, Kicking 1.7 in the quarter to Scotch’s 5 straight. The opposition’s ball use was far superior to ours and they were extremely damaging by foot.
The second quarter was quite poor for us. Repeatedly our decision making and disposal really let us down. We were winning enough of the ball, but turning it over in crucial spots, and Scotch really made us pay. We faced a 25-point deficit at the main change.
We identified a need to get our running game going. Using the ball by hand, trusting our instincts and bringing our mates into the game. We wanted to be bolder with the ball and move it with real intent. The third quarter was a complete reversal of the first half. We had our running game going, shared the ball and delivered it to dangerous areas in our forward half. We slammed on 4 goals, 6 behinds to no score for the quarter to take a 3-point lead into the final change.
Unfortunately, we were unable to go on with it. Scotch we full of run in the last quarter, and we simply ran out of legs. We must realise that we can’t play one quarter of good footy and expect to achieve the desired result. In the end, Scotch were far better on the day and deserved their 27-point win.
We will now regroup and enjoy a couple of weeks off, where we aim to freshen up physically and mentally, work hard and strive to get better.
Best: Bufalo, Jakes, Morris, O’Meara, McGaw
DLS 8.15.63 def by OLD SCOTCH 14.6.90
U19 GOLD match report presented by Harvey Norman Chadstone
By Steven Ingram
We were back at home after a couple away games in a row, to take on the top of the table Old Scotch.
We made a few structural setup changes and went out with a belief we could match it with them. We showed a great willingness to take game on early but our turnovers gave Scotch some easy forays forward, however they missed a few opportunities, and we may have been a touch lucky to be only 3 goals down at the first break.
We focussed on placing more pressure around the contest and at our opponents during the second quarter. The momentum changed and it was game on. Despite being 15 points down at half time we were confident we could catch them in the second half.
It was an even 3rd quarter but two game-ending injuries to two of our prominent midfielders meant some resetting was required and we were 20 points down at the last change.
Another concussion early in the last left us short of rotations and manpower, but our willingness to continue to place the opposition under immense heat and take the game on saw us hit the lead with a few minutes to go. However, we could not quite hang on for the win, due to a bewildering and incorrect free kick to Scotch after the siren, which they converted for the winning goal. Although we were stiff, we had chances to slow the game down and use the clock to our advantage but couldn’t execute that well enough.
Special mention to Ben Crowe, who played a terrific game as a mobile leading CHF finishing with 4 majors, Pete Nikitas on the ball was brilliant all day and stepped up when others went down, and Jordy Brasher was at his combative best, rucking all day.
A very disappointing end, but was probably one of our better four-quarter efforts, and we need to take that approach into this week’s season-defining game at home against St Kevin’s.
Better Players: B. Crowe, P. Nikitas, J. Brasher, T. McDonald, C. Gerny, J.Caruso
OLD SCOTCH 13.13.91 def. DLS 13.8.86
COLTS match report presented by McLardy McShane Insurance
By Stefan Taranto
Following a couple of poor performances, we once again failed to fire in a close loss to Preston.
We looked great in the opening term, playing quality football, but failed to create a significant lead by quarter time. A poor second quarter saw us facing a two-goal deficit at half time.
We identified what was going wrong and came out firing in the third quarter, taking a two-goal lead into three quarter time. Unfortunately, we ran out of legs in the last quarter whilst also making numerous careless mistakes, resulting in an 11-point loss.
Our three losses have been the result of not playing four quarters of football, which we really need to improve on. Our average losing margin is just over a goal though, so we’re extremely close to having everything click.
PRESTON 12.11.83 def. DLS 10.12.72
GUNS (DLS Womens) match report, presented by Vic Mix Concrete
By John McDonough, happiest coach in the VAFA
After a great win last week, expectations were high as the team arrived on a perfect day for footy. We had our first goal on the board inside a minute, with a strong work rate across the ground, running in numbers.
Bulleen-Templestowe are known for their hardness at the footy and unfortunately in the second we were out muscled. Our mids struggled to get clearances and before we knew it Bulleen had four goals on the board.
Our inside 50’s dried up as they placed two players behind the footy. At half time, we trailed by 19 points.
The challenge set to the girls in the second half was three-fold and simple. Be first to the ball, create opportunities and increase the tackle count.
In the third quarter, we did exactly that and we were back in it at the final break with two great team goals.
The momentum was shifting our way and we started the last only two goals down. Our last quarters this year have typically been our best, however not this time. Bulleen ran out the game well and kept us scoreless while kicking three.
We have a bit of work to do during the week however the pleasing thing, as always, is the girls’ ability to understand what they need to do to improve.
A few standouts for us where Brooke Robertson, Claire Clarke, Casey Tobin and Lewina Evans.
BULLEEN TEMPLESTOWE 9.3.57 def DLS 4.1.25