Round One vs Caulfield, Mentone and Collegians

Mixed Results to start Season ’19
Results didn’t all go our way on the weekend with only the Hearts picking up the four points in a hard-fought contest. With a few senior boys away, it was a chance for some youngsters to get a taste of senior footy and they generally acquitted themselves well against an outfit that was pretty impressive. The U/19s went down in a nailbiter but the signs were really positive. It is great to have the club fielding an U/19s side again and the boys seemed to enjoy their first outing for the season.

Below are details of Saturday’s activities including the unfurling of the Women’s 2018 Premiership Flag and lunch where we have a very special guest.

The Senior lads were presented with an opportunity to play some youngsters on Saturday, with three Haileybury Year 11 students Liam Kirkwood Scott, Liam Hall and Luke Cleary. All of them acquited themselves really well and have a really bright future at the club.

Overall it was not the result we were after as our opposition proved far too strong on the day running out comfortable winners. Our pressure was really good up until quarter time but dropped away after that and we were punished by a better outfit. Individually we were really well led by Brodie Steele, Jack Munro and Aaron Toy. In his first game for the club, Emilio Bitters impressed and it was good to see Matty Taylor running around again. Ollie Sharpe down back was fantastic and our forward line looked dangerous when we got it in there with Seccull, Trevo, Sammy Loewe and Corey Connelly providing great targets. Strange to say but the effort was there but things did not go our way.

We will dust ourselves off and look to bounce back next week when we take on Parkdale at our home of Princess Park for the first time this year.

Caulfield Grammarians 2.3-15 9.6-60 16.10-106 22.16-148
Old Haileyburians 1.3-9 4.4-28 7.5-47 9.5-59

Goal Kickers: D. Seccull 3, C. Connelly 2, S. Loewe 2, L. Treverton, A. Toy
Best Players: B. Steele, A. Toy, O. Sharpe, J. Munro, L. Treverton, E. Bitters

The Ressies found themselves up against a very strong Caulfield outfit. Our boys were a bit underdone but fought the game out well. Sam Hall, Nick Carey, Ari and Ben O’Leary battled hard all day, but the team generally battled away and there were some sore bodies on Saturday night. The guys haven’t trained much together so will only improve. Sam Hall already has a tight grip on being the leading goalkicker for the season.

Caulfield Grammarians 3.7-25 10.11-71 17.18-120 22.22-154
Old Haileyburians 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.1-7
Goal Kickers: S. Hall
Best Players: S. Hall, M. Seccull, J. Hurley, A. Ventouras, N. Carey, B.O’Leary


The Hearts ventured to Keysborough to play Old Mentonians on Saturday morning for the first Round of the 2019 season and secured the 4 points winning by 4 goals in a very hard-fought contest.
It was very noticeable in the early part of the game that the standard of the football had risen substantially from the previous year. The progress / development of the girls in the past 12 months has been great to watch.
The Hearts welcomed 8 new players to the team of 24 who played on Saturday. They were Sarah Allingham, Anna Stewart, Claire Weiss, Brooke Allingham, Carla Hewitt, Sarah Kazakoff, Lizzy Stock and Holly Treverton. All the girls fitted into coach Danny Frawley’s team like a glove.
The Hearts had a terrific first half kicking 5 of their 7 goals through Jordan Shanks and Sarah Allingham providing terrific targets up forward (both 3 each for the day).
The addition of Anna Stewart and Claire Weiss has given the Hearts extra welcomed midfield strength. The scoreboard at half time didn’t recognise the evenness of the content. Old Mentonians are going to cause some headaches for the other teams in this competition as the season unfolds.
Claire Weiss played a terrific first up game for the Hearts with a best on ground performance with her versatility, speed and natural competitive nature shining through.
Chelsea Frawley and Holly Treverton made a great team in rotating in the midfield.
Carly Dillon played a terrific 4 quarter game and her quality use of the footy helped set up many attacks for the Hearts.
Anna Stewart showed to all who attended the match what an outstanding addition she will be for the forthcoming season. She is highly athletic, strong overhead and a running player who finished off a great debut game with an outstanding goal on the run.
The Hearts have more midfield depth this season that will assist the Hearts stalwarts Danielle Frawley and Frances Land greatly.

This Saturday the 13th sees the unveiling of Danny Frawley’s Heart’s history-making 2018 flag at home against Old Scotch starting at 1030am. This will be the Grand final replay from last year and expect this to be a high-quality match and you would expect Old Scotch to be fired up to reverse the 2018 result. Our girls will truly need to be on top of their game to secure the 4 points.

Old Mentonians 0.3-3 0.6-6 2.7-19 3.10-28
Old Haileyburians 2.3-15 5.3-33 6.6-42 7.9-51

Goal Kickers: J. Shanks 3, S. Allingham 3, A. Stewart
Best Players: C. Weiss, C. Dillon, A. Stewart, J. Shanks, H. Pastore, G. Janssen


Round 1 up against Collegians on their turf was always shaping up to be a competitive day for the fellas. The first quarter proved this, with scores 32-29 at the first change. Our midfield was on fire with Washy winning the ruck combined with Jordy, Dos and Zu fighting for the clearance and getting it down forward into the hands of Fen. Tavers had a great first half, colliding into packs and using his speed to win the contest. The sun was shining and with a noticeable wind advantage in the second quarter, Collegians played to the conditions and we went into the half time break 56-52, great to see Chuck and Chow combining off the wings to alleviate the Collegians run. Gibbo, our general down back copped a corky to the hip in the 2nd half so we swung big Dova down back and he proved to be a good swingman. At 3 qtr time 81-78 everyone knew this was going to go down to the wire. We swung Fen to CHB and left Mitchy and Haz roaming the forward line. It was goal for goal in the last 5 minutes and Bainy and Martin combined in the back to give us great rebound all day and many thought we were going to run away with the chocolates. However, every coach and players nightmare came true with Collegians getting a goal in the last minute from a dubious ump decision 10m our from their sticks. Full time 101 – 104.

Coach Budge was very proud of the continuous 4 qtr effort from the boys and really good to see those who were injured and didn’t receive game selection supporting and helping out on game day.

Round 2 at home, the boys are looking forward to playing in front of the home crowd when they take on Uni Blacks.

Collegians 4.5-29 7.10-52 11.13-79 15.14-104
Old Haileybury 5.1-31 9.2-56 13.5-83 16.6-102

Goal Kickers: C. Dovaston 3, R. Fennessy 2, J. Johnston 2, C. Highett 2, M. Humbert 2, C. Cho, H. Angwin, A. Coleman, S. Zanelli, B. Taverniti
Best Players: D. Zu, R. Fennessy, J. Johnston, A. Coleman, C. Highett, C. Dovaston

On Saturday, we will return to Princes Park for our first round of home games. This will be a humungous day for the club with plenty to celebrate.

The U/19s will kick things off at 9.20am when they bounce back to record their first win for the year while at approx. 10.15 we will be unfurling the 2018 Premiership Flag so brilliantly won by the Hearts last year. This is a special occasion for the girls and the club, so it would be great for as many supporters as possible to get down to Princes Park. The Hearts will then take on Old Scotch (Grand Final Replay – YOU BEAUTY).

We will be having our thirst luncheon for the year with Angus Brayshaw being our very special guest. A good Haileybury lad, he is really acquitting himself well in AFL circles. Festivities will commence around 12 or as soon as the girls finish off their game. Let hyxy (0407 220952) know if you plan on attending.

And if that isn’t enough, we will have the world famous half – time afternoon tea happening again. Amateur football circles are abuzz, chatting about the delicacies on offer – the best in the ammos.

It is going to be a big day.

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