Coaches Corner Round 4

Seniors
by Paul Satterley

We were looking for back-to-back wins in our fourth hitout for 2017 against a highly regarded Uni Blacks team searching for their first win.

As a team, we were acutely aware of Black’s potential and the pending physicality of the game ahead.

We kicked with the breeze in the first quarter and could only manage one goal. Matt Cullinan started well in the ruck, Tom Humphrey was leading the charge down back playing on one of the best forwards in the comp (Dornauf) and collectively, our tackling pressure suggested we were up for the fight.

Blacks took control of the second quarter and we went into halftime with still only one goal on the scoreboard. Jason Tutt was moved to Half Forward and he helped ignite the side as we kicked 3 goals in the 3rd term. Along with David Lowe, Tutty got us playing more direct footy and Sean Fisher became a key target up forward.

Whilst we held a small 2-point margin at three quarter time, it was going to take a resilient effort to win the game as Blacks had the wind going in the last. They kicked away and by the 20 minute mark we were two goals down.

We scrapped out the game and despite playing below our potential we won ‘ugly’ – all the lads found another gear when needed.

Brendan Close, Tom Humphrey, Jordie Bull & Sam Haslem were all solid contributors and new recruits Sean Fisher (four goals), Chris Robinson and Matt Cullinan all played their best games since arriving at our club.

Reserves
by Jack McDonald

It’s always nice to play at home and again half our side was under 20 years of age. We were looking for our first win and Uni Blacks were in the same boat, both sides were desperate to get the four points.

Kicking with a handy breeze, we managed 3.1 to Blacks 0.7 in the first and had some work to in the second to make stay in the game. As it turned out, we went into the main break only nine points down – not a bad result.

We urged the boys to run, run and run. Our skipper Ryan McDonough led from the front with an outstanding job in the ruck up against a monster. Young kids Sam Michael, Nick Taylor and Mason Martinez were great setting up our forward thrusts and repelling the Blacks attacks. Callum Dooley was a thorn in the Blacks defence, causing them all sorts of grief.

We kicked four goals to one in the third to lead at the last break by 13 points, but with Uni blacks kicking with the breeze in the last . Game on. We continued telling our boys to take the game on and had a great last quarter, matching them with 2.2 and getting over the line by 13 points, 10.8.68 to 7.13.55.

So we register our first win with more to come. We had 22 contributors this week. Callum Dooley kicked five, Simon Lowe kicked two and best players were Dooley, Taylor, Michael, Martinez, Parker and McDonough.

Onwards & Upwards!

19 Blues
by Nick Hyland

After a disappointing week we were looking to respond against an undefeated Xavs team. Our boys were challenged during the week to bounce back with a solid four quarter effort.

The game was extremely tense and physical early in wet, greasy conditions. The first half was a real battle and our intensity around the ball was excellent, led by our mids Pennell, Mackie, Fasoulis and O’Callaghan. But despite our front half looking extremely dangerous, we failed to make any significant impact on the scoreboard.

In the second we lost our way and started to focus on things out of our control. Our minds weren’t on the job and we were more interested in the opposition than the ball. As a result Xavs took advantage and took the lead into half time.

Our third quarter was probably our best 25 minutes of footy for the year. Colak gave our mids first use and we hit the scoreboard with great effect. We played our brand of footy and focused on what we could control. Morgan was looking dangerous deep in the forward 50 and he rewarded our efforts by kicking five majors.

The final quarter was workman like. We knew Xavs would come hard, but to our boys credit they hung tough and were tougher for longer – it was a very good team performance. There’s still plenty to work on and the boys know we can’t afford lapses in concentration, as it costs us dearly.

We’re yet to put four quarters together, but there are some real positives going forward to this week’s challenge against newly promoted Parkdale.

19 Golds
by Martin Kelliher

In a physical and some times ill-mannered game the Golds went down to Old Xavs by 20 points on the small surrounds of Stradbroke park.

It was a game where the patience of the umpires was tested, with many heavy hits, strong and aggressive tackling, some testy spot fires and what’s best described as an all-in brawl when both teams lost their heads and let off some steam at the quarter time siren.

Once that finished, the teams retreated to their huddles and the game settled into quite a high standard with pressure applied all over the ground by both teams.

It would not be unreasonable to suggest that 25 scoring shots to 15 would see Old Xavs clear winners, but in reality the game was decided by very small margins and in the end, Old Xavs were able to utilise the confines of Stradbroke better.

It could be argued we were severely hampered by injuries to running players Danny Melissinos, Josh Galbraith and the human battering ram Joe Gallucio. Tom Harrington was suffering the after affects of a debilitating head cold and we had the De La staple undersized rucks in Dan Brasher and Liam Kelliher… but in the end Old Xavs were deserved winners – this time.

For long periods we withstood the physical and mental challenge that comes when playing Xavs and it was pleasing to see lot of good players who will improve during the season.

There may be also a new cult hero in the Golds – James ‘Grievous bodily harm’ Greaves became a one man wrecking ball. The small forward set a tone in the third which lifted and inspired his teammates as he won his own ball, laid tackles and made contests across the whole forward half.

Really good games from Pat Cook, Harry Bowen, Ben Ahearn, Josh Ingram and Jimmy “Cha Cha” Mullaly and Tom Christiansen, who won his duel with his larger opponent, along with the ‘twin Tom’s’ Harrington and McDonald and the wiry (some would say spindly) Nathan Antonucci.

For now, we regroup and get back to our winning ways – we may have lost a battle, but the season is long and there are lots of other battles to be won.

Womens
by John McDonough – the happiest Coach in the VAFA

Expectations were high after we were graded into what we think is the correct division. It was an early start for some of the group with an 8.15am arrival for a 9.30 kickoff!

We had four outs from last week, two new inclusions and we hit our home deck to meet Fitzroy with the sun out and a great attitude which helped us early, scoring our first goal in six minutes.

Confidence was high and the pace of the game was giving the girls time to execute what we are learning each week. Tackling was again a feature and we had a number of scoring shots from free kicks and turnovers but unfortunately, no majors were registered for the remainder of the half.

Fitzroy fought their way back into the game late in the third quarter. Although they weren’t rewarded on the scoreboard, it could have easily been a different story at the last break.

But our last quarter was fantastic as the girls held their positions well and had some good link up footy rewarded with a second goal. The celebration was something to see and we got up for our first ever win – 2.10.22 to 0.4.4.

Singing the club song after the game was something that will be treasured by all in the rooms.It was a great day and we look forward to the next adventure against Canterbury on “Ladies” day.

Key players:
Taylor Weltner led the way with her quick release kicks and continually got the ball into our forward half.
Chelsea Nurthen had her best game and was competitive all day up forward and in the ruck.
Anna Musgrave had a great game rebounding the ball out of defence.

Chicks footy Rocks!

Colts
by Steven Ingram

We travelled to South Yarra to take on Melbourne High. The first quarter was played in steady rain but our focus to start well with smart ball use saw us with a three goal advantage at quarter time.

MHSOB increased their work rate but we met their challenge, heading into halftime with a deserved 27 point lead. In his first game back after illness, Jordan Gregory was providing plenty of strength up forward with three goals to half time.

Our run off the wings provided by Cam Roberts and Lachie Armstrong gave plenty of opportunities to our forwards, who worked hard in difficult conditions.

The third quarter saw both teams wanting to umpire and focus too much on each other. We agreed at the last break that it was time to forget that rubbish and focus back on winning the ball, which resulted in our having nine shots at goal for four majors with a couple of easy shots missed on our way to a comfortable win

Our best players were Jordan Gregory, who was great before injuring his ankle during the third quarter, our captain Mat Tyquin was terrific all day in the middle, Can Roberts played four quality quarters across the wing, Riley Watson played his best game for year and Nick Jarvis was solid down back.

Warriors
by Rob Breda

The Warriors fielded a strong team against Fitzroy with a number of quality players missing out due to the depth of the playing list.

Fitzroy won the toss and chose to kick to the City end of the Ramsden Street Oval, assisted by a howling breeze. The field also had a slight and gradual decline down a hill, so the first quarter was a real test for the midfield and backline especially. Fitzroy used the breeze well but did not capitalise on the scoreboard, kicking 1.5 to our two behinds.

Like the week before, we broke the game apart in the second quarter with smart ball use and direct football to our forward line. By halftime we had opened up a handy four goal lead, but knew the third was going to take a full team effort with the breeze picking up.

The third quarter was one of the best 25 minute periods that we have put together this season, using the switch well and running the ball by hand up the field. We kicked four goals to one against the wind and set up a comfortable lead into the final quarter.

The game was a physical encounter with plenty of feeling and hard contests. The boys showed great composure to absorb the enormous pressure of the first quarter and settle into our game of using the ball well and coming back through the middle to attack.

Best players in the 44-point win were Nick Fiyfield who kicked four, Michael Nankervis controlling the half back line and Tom Kovarik rucking all day.

Dino’s

The Dino’s travelled down the highway to Hillside and delivered another win!!!!

With a strong breeze to the grandstand end the Dino’s gave another stellar defensive effort which allowed the opposition to only kick two goals for the game. Our players continued to work on our game plan for quick movement of the footy and high intensive pressure.

We had contributions from all 20 players who took the field however particular note must go to Pauley, Tillsy, Spits, Troy, Roo and Farms for a sustained four quarter effort.

The Dino’s might not be the headline act within the club but it is becoming apparent that this year’s Dino’s are a force to be reckoned with. The attitude and effort is first class and whilst the footy might not always be pretty, the results speak for themselves.

To date, the Dino’s have yet to trail during the course of any match and it is clear from those who watch that the players play in a manner which the club can be proud of!!

The Dino’s bring the show back to De La on 21 May against Old Scotch-South Yarra. Supporters are encouraged to jump on the bandwagon and cheer on the Dino’s!

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