The Seniors came out firing and touched up Mazenod. The Hearts went down to Old Brighton while Rainsy’s Ressies were brave in the early game. The school XVIII remain undefeated after knocking off Wesley.
We turned up to Princess Park on Saturday with the same confident feeling we have had over the previous seven weeks but we were still looking to register our first win for the season in B Grade. After a really positive week on the track and spending time looking at how we can get better output from our group there was an air of confidence that this might be our day. Right from the first bounce our intent and desperation were evident led by Trevo who was giving our mids first use. At ground level, our skipper Jimmy Paul was in everything supported by in no particular order Shak, Whitey, Will, Gledders, Raff, Donners, Munners and Nick Gooda. We went into the first break with a lead of 25 points but needed to go on with it in the 2nd quarter which we did, culminating in a lead of 39 points at the long break. Our defenders were starting to get on top led by Brodes with great support from Aaron Toy, Plymo, Timmy, Nicko, Cal Searle and Torsten.
The start of the third quarter saw us dominate play but could not capitalise early. Halfway through the quarter, we started to use the ball better and delivery to our forwards improved. Durras was having his best game of the year and his marks were sticking. Pop was at his dangerous best, Corey was very dangerous before copping a heavy cork and Oaksy was working hard to create a contest. We went into the last change with a lead of 58 points and the game was over. Our challenge as a group was to win the last quarter and finish on a high. Unfortunately, this was not the case as we run out of gas a bit and Mazenod finished with 5 goals to two for the quarter.
Disregarding the last quarter it was a very even and satisfying result for this group who at no stage had dropped their attitude at looking to improve and get better.
That now has to be the standard and be repeated. If that is the case we can compete with anyone and look forward to testing ourselves against Uni Blacks next week.
Old Haileyburians 5.1-31 9.2-56 13.4-82 15.6-96
Mazenod 1.0-6 2.5-17 3.6-24 8.11-59
Goal Kickers: J. Nicolopoulos 4, N. Gooda 3, C. Connelly 2, D. Seccull 2, N. Garratt, J. Munro, J. Paul, S. Loewe
Best Players: D. Seccull, B. Steele, J. Nicolopoulos, L. Treverton, S. Loewe, J. Paul
Rainsy’s Ressies Wrap
On a superb autumn day, it was important for the reserves to set the scene for the Seniors in a must-win match for the club. So with some shameless channeling by the coach of the “Life is a game of Inches” speech from Any Given Sunday in the pre-match address the match the boys looked up for the challenge.
On paper, it was our strongest team yet with a number of players missing out at selection and three players from the seniors joining the fight in the form of Sammy Algeri, Matty Taylor and Rayner Seccull.
Despite being a bit slow out of the blocks and an early flurry of goals by Mazenod the signs were good they were in for a fight as Matty Taylor took control of the ruck and the team steadied by posting our first major midway through the quarter.
The second quarter was by far our best of the year as the backline and midfield controlled the football with accurate passing, quick hands, linking, switching and some of the most attractive ball movement into the forward line all year. This allowed Sam Hall-Kahan to lead strongly as we kicked four unanswered majors in a row to take the lead in a match for the first time all year.
At full back Declan Forster was in supreme form in his attack of the ball marking strongly and switching confidently across the ground to the running half back Rayner Seccull who was ably supported by Johnno and Benny Scammel. With Matty Taylor dominating the ruck supported by Mark Irwin it allowed us the luxury of a true target at CHF in the form of Oli Sharpe who provided a moving target up the ground and for the long kicks into the forward line. Sammy Algeri showed guts and determination by getting in and under the footy. Jamie Cain continued is his strong attack at the footy and at the marking contest, whilst the young brigade of Coleman, Green, Gaspa all linked up well.
In a big blow for us and the club Matty Taylor had to come off with a recurring back injury 20 mins into the 2nd that sidelined him for the rest of the match. It seemed to take the wind out of our sails as his presence was sorely missed around the ground and Mazenod kicked three late goals.
At half time the mood was positive and we came out ready to have a red-hot crack. Mazenod kicked three goals to one as it turned into a spiteful third quarter as Mazenod typically seemed determined to rough up players and go the man rather than the footy with a number of behind the play incidents.
The fourth quarter was valiantly fought out as we were left with exhausted players and no one on the bench as one player after another went down. Ari, Rayner, Leysy, Irwin, Scammel and HK all sustained injuries with several bravely limping back on on the ground to provide some sort of contest. It turned out to be a 3 goal to 1 goal quarter but I’m proud to say the boys can hold up their heads up high in what was an entertaining and very competitive match.
Lots to like and take out of this as the lads continue to learn the drills and work better as a team.
Old Haileyburians 1.1-7 5.2-32 6.3-39 7.4-46
Mazenod 5.1-31 8.2-50 11.6-72 14.9-93
Goal Kickers: S. Hall-Kahan 4, J. Klein 2, M. Irwin
Best Players: S. Algeri, O. Sharpe, D. Green, A. Coleman, J. Cain, D. Forster
Heart to Hearts
Saturday was not a great game for the hearts as they faced Old Brighton in what was a fight for 2nd position on the ladder. Having come off a gallant loss the week before, the girls should have been in good stead. However, they played one of the poorest games that they have in the past two years, going down by 4 goals. Old Brighton kicked three goals in the third quarter to seal the deal, leaving Haileybury in their wake. Frances Land played another stellar game, being one of the only girls serving it up to Brighton. Maggie Dunn held down the back line with her great ability to read the play. Tayla Vines-Chapple lead from the front. Unfortunately, we were not switched on and will look to take down Rivals, Beaumauris this week.
Old Haileybury 1.1-7 1.2-8 1.2-8 1.4-10
Old Brighton 1.2-8 2.5-17 5.8-38 5.8-38
Goal Kickers: P. Gardiyawasam
Best Players: M. Dunn, T. Vines-Chapple, F. Land, C. Stark, P. Gardiyawasam, S. Stewart