The women were the first round winners on the weekend, while both men’s teams put in better performances than the scoreboard suggested.
Summer conditions greeted the teams for Round One with all teams excited by the prospects for 2018. The guys were playing away at Princes Park which was a little unusual in itself. Encouraging effort from the Seniors and they did not deserve to lose by 59 points. There was a great feeling within the group as we welcomed 9 players to play their first game of senior footy for the Magenta and Black. They all acquitted themselves and showed a great ability to work hard from their teammates. The first quarter we played a hard contested brand of footy but did not take our chances in front of goal kicking 6 behinds to Ajax 2 goals straight. We moved the ball really well in the 2nd quarter resulting in 7 goals for the quarter but let in some soft goals defensively to concede 7 goals and trail by 7 points at halftime. The 3rd quarter we went back and forth with Ajax but they forged ahead to lead by 21 points at the last change. At this stage, we were down to 2 on the bench as a couple of our best in Shak andTrevo had gone off injured. Unfortunately, in the last quarter, we had nobody left on the bench halfway through the quarter resulting in our young group running out of legs and losing the game by 59 points. Not a true reflection of the contest and a lot of positives to be taken out of the day. Our backline held up really well and our midfield held their own well led by Jimmy Paul & Trevo before he went off. We are looking forward to getting everybody right for our first home game next week against Beaumaris.
Ajax 2.1-13 9.1-55 13.3-81 20.7-127
Old Hailey 0.6-6 7.6-48 9.6-60 10.8-68
Goal Kickers: L. Treverton 2, D. Seccull 2, R. Seccull, J. Nicolopoulos, B. Steele, S. Algeri, S. Loewe, J. Paul
Best Players: L. Treverton, J. Paul, A. Toy, T. Witherow, B. Steele, S. Loewe
The Old Haileybury Premier B Women’s team (White) started off the season with a terrific 41-point win against Hampton Rovers in perfect conditions at Trevor Barker Oval on Saturday. The Danny Frawley coached team was the curtain raiser before the Bulldogs and Sandringham Zebras VFL team at Trevor Barker oval on Saturday performed at a very high level clearly showing they will be a very competitive unit for the forthcoming season.
The women’s have a very healthy squad of 30 girls of which 22 were available for the Round 1 clash. The first quarter was a very tight affair with Old Haileybury’s Jordan Shanks kicking the first goal of the match. The tackling and tenacity for the ball stood out clearly in the first quarter.
The starting midfield of Sam Stewart, Mim Waterman, Jordan Shanks and Frances Land set the scene for the day and were instrumental in the strong victory.
Thedefence was terrific on the day ably led by Lauren Oliver, Charlotte Russo, Maggie Dunn and Georgie Janssen only allowing 2 goals for the day.
The girl’s fitness was shining through kicking 5 goals in the 2nd half thanks to a couple of long bombs from Jordan Shanks and two opportunistic goals from dangerous goal sneak Pulli Gardiyawasam and a great snap out of the pack by Kate Foley.
Best onground was Jordan Shanks playing an all-roundperformance kicking 3 goals in a dominating midfield display with her depth and quality of kicking being a feature of her game.
Frances Land playing her first game of AFL (coming off a high-level soccer career) was also a standout. Frances’s ability to hit the contest at a high speed and her ferocious tackling (glad she is on our team !!!) showed the coach what an asset she will be the forthcoming season.
The ruck combination of Sam Stewart and Chelsea Frawley proved telling for the game in what was warmish conditions, and the frequent rotation between both girls was a huge asset on the day and we are sure they will be a combination to be reckoned.
Mim Waterson played all parts of the ground and put in a terrific consistent performance across the 4 quarters with her strength of play and kicking a classy goal before coming down with cramp late in the game. Her clearance work was terrific.
A very even performance across the board with nearly half the team playing their first game of AFL football which all goes well for a good competitive year as they learn and grow more about our great game as the season unfolds – a very happy coach in Danny Frawley post game indeed.
Hampton Rovers 0.0 1.0-6 1.0-6 2.3-15
Old Haileybury 1.1-7 3.4-22 6.4-40 8.8-56
Goal Kickers: J. Shanks 3, P. Gardiyawasam 2, M. Waterman, F. Kate, F. Land
Best Players: J. Shanks, F. Land, M. Waterman, T. Vines-Chapple, P. Gardiyawasam, F. Kate
Rainsy’s Reserves got off to a solid start in the first quarter, with nine goals being kicked amongst the two teams. While the boys battled well all day, the AJAX opposition probably just showed the benefit of having played a bit more together. Mitch Rafferty led the team well all day and Oaksy slotted four to again highlight his mastery around goals.
Ajax 7.4-46 9.8-62 13.14-92 16.21-117
Old Hailey 2.2-14 4.5-29 5.8-38 5.9-39
Goal Kickers:B. Oakes 4, D. Gauci
Best Players: M. Rafferty, J. Elston, B. Oakes, M. Kirkwood, J. Cain, H. Bignell
PETER NICHOLSON LUNCH
A reminder that the first luncheon of the season will be taking place on the 5th of May at Princes Park. We are teaming with St Bernards to recognize the coaching exploits of Peter Nicholson who coached both clubs to A Grade Flags. It will be a great afternoon of revelry and fabulous fare as we remember so many Nicho moments. Tickets are $30 for non-members and can be booked through Peter Bowring (0418 340639) or online here –