HEARTS IN GRAND FINAL – BLOODS SECURE B GRADE FOR 2019

HEARTS INTO GRAND FINAL – BLOODS GET IMPORTANT WIN

In an important weekend of footy, the Hearts won their preliminary final against Beaumaris, while a Corey Connelly inspired Bloods scored the win that should ensure we play in B Grade in 2019.

A fantastic weekend for our Senior group as we secured our spot in Premier B grade for 2019. We ventured out to Mazenod knowing that they would throw everything at us to try and pull themselves out of the relegation zone. Right from the word go we did not really give them the opportunity to get their game going as we gave them no time and space. Although dominating play we could not put the score on the board but went into quarter time leading by 21 points. Our backline was holding up well led by Aaron, Brodie and Timmy Witherow. Rip and Rogo were bringing the ball to ground for Nicko to provide his run and Joel Constable set the scene for the day with multiple courageous efforts. 

During the 2nd quarter Mazenod kept coming at us but we grew our lead to 28 points by half time. Our midfield was working both ways to effect on a massive ground. Our wingers in Raff and Donners were getting involved in everything. In the middle Trevo was getting his hand on the ball giving Jimmy, Shak, Plym, Will, Munners, Nick Gooda first use were hurting the opposition with their use of the footy.

The message at half time was that they would come out fired up at the start of the 3rd and we had to match that we more than achieved with our highest tackle count for the year for any quarter a major reason why we extended our lead again to 37 points at the last change. Young guys in Gassy and Billy were really standing up and our dangerous forward line of Seccull, Gleads, Corey and Sammy Loewe were putting the score on the board finishing up with 12 goals between them.
We ended up running out 54 point winners and controlled the game from the outset in a great team performance.

Very proud of the group that responded fantastically after sitting at 0-7 earlier in the year to win 5 of our next 9 has been a great result. That being said we have 2 games to go and look forward to picking up some scalps against a couple of Top 4 teams on the way home to conclude our season.

Mazenod    0.2-2    2.4-16    3.6-24    6.8-44
Old Haileyburians    3.5-23    6.8-44    8.13-61    14.14-98

OLD HAILEYBURIANS
Goal Kickers: C. Connelly 5, P. Gleadhill 3, S. Loewe 3, N. Gooda 2, D. Seccull
Best Players: C. Connelly, J. Constable, D. Seccull, A. Toy, J. Paul, J. Plymin

HEART TO HEART
Danny Frawley’s Hearts won themselves into a Grand Final in a thriller at Trevor Barker Oval on Sunday against Beaumaris winning an absorbing nail biter by 2 points in great conditions for footy. Two of the Hearts biggest losses for the home and away season was against a highly talented and physical Beaumaris which saw our girls as very much the underdogs going into the game. But as we know sport doesn’t necessarily remember the past and there are no certainties.

Also leading into the finals, the Hearts had not defeated the 3 teams above them in Old Brighton (3 times), Beaumaris (twice) and Old Scotch (twice) – Hearts were ZERO from 7 in these contests. The Hearts have found form at the right time of the year.

The Hearts now play Old Scotch in the Grand Final this Sunday at Trevor Barker oval at 230pm. 3 weeks ago the Hearts needed to win the last home and away game against Old Mentonian’s to just qualify for finals. We are now into a Grand Final. 

SO, LET’S DISCUSS SUNDAY’S THRILLING WIN AGAINST BEAUMARIS.
The Hearts had our best team in for the year with Frances Land and Charlotte Russo returning from overseas in time for the Prelim Final after missing several weeks overseas.  This extra bit of depth stabilised our team structure which placed Beaumaris under extreme pressure for most of the game.
As with the 1st semi-final the Hearts found themselves down at half-time against Beaumaris – however, somehow found a way to win.  The coaching panel were confident that our team’s fitness was a strength all season and the final quarter saw the Hearts drive the ball forward on many occasions and dominate the field of play.  The Hearts struggled to convert on the scoreboard, but the tackling pressure was outstanding which kept us in the game.

They say sport is a game of inches and this game on Sunday supported that theory.  Half way during the last quarter one of Beaumaris’s forward snapped a ball from the boundary line and it shaved the padding at the back of the goal post. We were extremely lucky as that may have been game over an inch the other way.  

The last 2 minutes of the game saw the Hearts down by 4 points when Frances Land took an amazing competitive mark 30 metres out. She took the set shot and sprayed it right for a point. Unfortunately for Beaumaris (and lucky for the Hearts) saw one of their players go over the mark and the field umpire paid a 25-metre penalty which put Frances Land in the goal score and she kicked truly under real pressure to seal the game for the Hearts albeit there was still 1 and a half minutes remaining on the clock.
Clearly a very even performance during the day with the backline being outstanding for the game.  Sarah Casey showed her class with a Best on Ground performance despite injuring her ankle at training on the Thursday night and receiving a great “shiner” to the eye in the early part of the game.  
Mim Waterman’s form (along with Sarah C) in the past month has helped turned the Hearts season around. Mim’s aggression, her ability to read the ball in the key defensive post was outstanding.   Hannah Pastore was as solid as a rock in defence and well supported by Loz Oliver who kept the competitions leading goal kicker goalless on the day.  Loz sacrificed her own game for the good of the team and played a pivotal role in the Hearts victory.
Jordan Shanks and Pulli played their typical high-level game and both received close attention from the opposition.  Pulli’s snap around the corner in the 1st quarter set the scene (and gave our girls confidence) that the Hearts were here to play for the day and could give Beauy a run for their money.  In the pivotal last quarter both Chelsea Frawley and Carly Dillon both stood up in a tight content which saw one of the Hearts achieve one of its best victories in its short history. 
Congratulations to all girls who played on the day in what was a highly exciting and ultimately memorable victory for the Hearts.  
Hope to see as many Old Haileybury supporters down at Trevor Barker oval this Sunday (230pm) and possibly create history for the Club. The support in the finals of the last 2 weeks was important in helping our girls achieves victory let’s get the numbers there and support our girls again in the final game of the season. 
This Sunday (19th) we play against a team we were not able to defeat in the Home and Away season in Old Scotch.  Can we dare to dream? Of-course we can – what’s happened in the past is the past – lets create our own history.
Go Hearts!!

Beaumaris    0.3-3    1.6-12    1.6-12    1.7-13
Old Haileybury    1.0-6    1.2-8    1.2-8    2.3-15

OLD HAILEYBURY
Goal Kickers: F. Land, P. Gardiyawasam
Best Players: S. Casey, M. Waterman, H. Pastore, L. Oliver , J. Shanks, C. Frawley

RAINSEY’S RAP
The boys were right in the contest for most of the day on Saturday but ran out of legs on the huge Central Park Reserve. Once again the team was brave in defeat, but there is also a sense of one that got away.

Mazenod    2.4-16    6.8-44    10.14-74    13.16-94
Old Haileyburians    3.2-20    6.3-39    7.4-46    10.7-67

SOCIAL NEWS
The next luncheon will be taking place on the 18th of August. As this is the last home game for the boys, it will be the last chance we have to get together. Contact Peter Bowring to RSVP –
0418 340 639  peter@pointahead.com.au

The next major social function is the time honoured AFL Grand Final breakfast. Lawrence Mooney heads an all-star cast of comedians that will once again get the day off to a great start. We are once again at the magnificent Grand Hyatt who look after us so well every year. Tickets are only $165ph or $1,550 for a table of 10. There are discounts for Uni students and players. Book with hyxy at hpbureau@iinet.net.au

All supporters are invited to gather at Hotel Brighton after the last game of the year against Beaumaris. They are a good sponsor and it will be good to reflect on the year over some refreshments and fare.

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