HEARTS INTO THE FINALS
Finals came early this year for the Haileybury Hearts who went into the game 2 points clear of Old Mentone who were sitting just below us at 5th on the Ladder. The winner of the game would progress to finals so 11 months of training game down to this game.
The girls started strong, led by Sarah Casey snapping two goals and setting up a great goal by co-captain Jordan Shanks. Momentum was with us, with each and everyone of the girls lifting to the occasion. Once again, our kicking for goal was a little inaccurate as by the second quarter we had posted 5 majors and 8 minors. But that didn’t stop the girls attacking the ball.
The third quarter saw a slump in momentum- and the girls were on the back foot the entire quarter- Mentone snagged two goals to put them 12 points behind us. Spud gave one of his infamous sprays- and the girls lifted in the last quarter. Special mention to Danielle Frawley, Claire Stark and Pia Hatt who all set the tone for the winning game.
Old Haileybury 2.5-17 5.8-38 5.11-41 7.15-57
Old Mentonians 0.1-1 2.1-13 4.1-25 5.3-33
Goal Kickers: S. Casey 3, P. Hatt 2, G. Janssen, J. Wright
Best Players: C. Stark, S. Casey, D. Frawley, J. Shanks, C. Frawley, P. Hatt
The Bloods went down in a nailbiter against third placed Uni Blacks. The boys led for most of the day but couldn’t hold off the fast-finishing visitors. We got off to a good start with a handy 4 goal lead at the first change but the game was back to even at half time.
Sam Loewe chipped in with 4 majors – his best return for the year, while Cameron Searle was terrific all day across half back.
Old Haileyburians 3.7-25 5.9-39 10.11-71 11.12-78
University Blacks 0.1-1 5.7-37 8.9-57 13.13-91
Goal Kickers: S. Loewe 4, C. Connelly 2, D. Seccull 2, N. Gooda, J. Munro, J. Donnelly
Best Players: C. Searle, A. Toy, J. Paul, B. Steele, L. Treverton, P. Gleadhill
In an unseasonably warm Saturday of 19c a very competitive team was assembled with the return of Rayner Seccull, Hamish Bignell Ben White from the firsts as well as Ed Limon and Shane Valenti for their first games since the seniors 2017 premiership last year.
Unfortunately, Uni Blacks jumped us with early goals in the first ten minutes despite us having a large majority of the play and looking quite strong. The boys followed the directions of holding and controlling the ball into the wind and we were moving it well with Limo providing us with a real target up front and kicking our first goal near the end of the term.
The second term was characterised by some competitive contests by individuals but our losse manning up combined with their superior height and defensive structures set ups left us chasing the footy and opponents all quarter as they piled on five goals to one.
The match was effectively over at half time with an eight goal deficit as we ran out of legs and a bench again with injuries. Stellar efforts by the experienced players Limo, Valents, Whitey showed why they are champions of the club. The defence tried hard all day with another couple of excellent performances by Nick Carey and Jordy Hurly once again at full back. It is only now he tells me he played all his junior footy in the backline which shows it always pays to dig a bit deeper. Special mention goes to Scotty Ellis who toiled all day in the ruck changing with a flu-stricken Oli when needed.
With a bye this week I have asked the boys for a special effort over the coming weeks as the best opportunity for our first win for the season comes up in the form of Mazenod. Special mention and congratulations go to the Hearts for making the finals for a second year in a row. Go Hearts! Go Bloods!
Old Haileyburians 1.1-7 2.1-13 3.3-21 3.6-24
University Blacks 4.3-27 9.7-61 13.15-93 18.18-126
Goal Kickers: E. Limon 2, S. Ellis
Best Players: E. Limon, S. Ellis, J. Hurley, S. Valenti, B. White, N. Carey
The School First XVIII recorded a come-from-behind victory to remain undefeated and with the one game to go it would be great to go through consecutive seasons not losing a game.
Haileybury First XVIII Match Report – Saturday 28th July
Best: B.King, Scott, Mackay, Briggs, Ralphsmith, Toner
Goals: B.King 7, Weightman 2, Briggs, Gentile, Laity
With the Premiership already sewn up, the Haileybury 1st XVIII have been counting down the quarters – ticking them off with every win. Setting themselves the target to the last 12 quarters and having one 4 from 4 last week, the boys didn’t quite achieve this against Scotch on the weekend, winning 3 of the 4 quarters. Scotch certainly came to play with some very strong top-end talent and plenty of depth across the ground. With 3 future AFL father-sons (Rioli, Kelly and Maginess) the Haileybury boys were challenged from the start.
Playing at Scotch, possibly one of the best grounds and settings in the country, it was a hard fought contest. Scotch were dropping numbers behind the ball endeavoring to stop every Haileybury forward thrust, and they made the most of every forward entry that they had kicking 8 goals 2 behinds in the first half. Meanwhile, the battle that AFL recruiters game to see was being played in Haileybury’s forward line, Ben King again dominating the air kicking 7 goals playing on Will Kelly (son of Craig) who is a potential first round draftee.
In a game similar to last year, the Bloods had to come from behind at ¾ time with Scotch playing with plenty of confidence. The midfield dominance of Mackay, Briggs and Toner, managed to get their hands on the ball with Liam Scott (aka “the Mummy”) went into the ruck and started bullocking his way through packs and paving the way for his mates. The backs held tight and repelled every Scotch attack, keeping them goalless in the final quarter as the Bloods proved why they are the 2018 and back-to-back Premiers.
The final game of the year will be played at home on the Rendall starting at 1pm. Playing Carey, the team that only lost one game last year, it certainly stands to be a great exhibition of school-boy football. Come along and see the 2018 Premiers in action for one last time and see exactly why they have become the powerhouse of the APS competition.