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Saturday produced a disappointing set of results for all teams. While the effort was certainly there, all teams simply came up against oppositions that were better equipped.
SENIOR MEN – Old Scotch had won their first three games of the year in convincing fashion so were clearly going to be a formidable opponent. Wardy asked his troops to make sure there was always a contest and to never give them an easy ball.
The first quarter lived up to script and when youngster Jock McHale kicked the first goal of the game from his damaging left foot, the faithful thought today may just be the day. It became a dour contest after that with both sides finding it hard to play with any cohesion and certainly scoring was difficult. But that suited us and at quarter time there was little in it.
The second quarter started in similar fashion but then the visitors began to assert themselves on the game. The wind had picked up favouring the end Scotch were kicking towards which made life even more difficult. Their tall forward starting holding their marks and while our defence was holding up, you got the sense the floodgates were going to open. The backline, led by Brodie Steele and Aaron Toy were doing a great job, ably assisted by Rodgo and Raynor Seccull. Scotch went into the main break with a solid five goal lead. Our forwards had few opportunities in the quarter and as a result, only registered the one minor score.
The third quarter was going to be a test of the players’ resolve and to their credit, they held up pretty well. Unfortunately the few scoring opportunities weren’t taken, making it difficult to put any scoreboard pressure on. Once again, a 10 minute lapse in concentration was proved costly as Scotch took full advantage, kicking four goals. Their height was causing problems and coach Ward made a few positional changes to mix it up a bit. Matty Taylor went to full forward and moved quite well, while Nicho started to produce a few of his renowned runs to help the home supporters find their voice. Brodie Steele took the mark of the day to inject further light but we still faced a mountain in the last quarter. While the result may have seemed a foregone conclusion, it is fair to say the boys had a real crack in the last quarter. It would have been easy to completely fold, but they stuck to their task and the Scotchies didn’t get any easy kicks and knew they had played a game of footy. Brodie Steele, Raynor Seccull and Aaron Toy were our best players – all defenders not surprisingly. On Saturday we travel to the wide expanses of Como Park to take on Old Geelong – important games for both the Seniors and Reserves.
Old Haileyburians 1.5-11 1.6-12 1.9-15 2.9-21
Old Scotch 1.3-9 6.6-42 11.6-72 14.12-96
Goal Kickers: S. Loewe, J. McHale
Best Players: B. Steele, R. Seccull, A. Toy, T. Rogerson, E. Bitters, P. Gleadhill
Earlier in the day the Ressies also faced a huge task against the top side. With unavailability and injuries, it was always going to be a tough assignment. And while the scoreline is not very flattering, it doesn’t reflect the effort shown by the team. Every player had a real crack and when asked put his head over the ball, did just that and made it a contest. Clearly Scotch were too good but the efforts from the undermanned team has to be acknowledged as does the contribution from some of the kids from the school who helped the team out. Oakesy and Whitey led from the front, while “new boy” Finn and Brad Gilbert were real goers all day.
Old Haileyburians 0.0 0.1-1 0.3-3 0.4-4
Old Scotch 7.9-51 12.13-85 19.16-130 23.25-163
Best Players: B. Oakes, B. White, Z. Tsinanis, J. Mantell, H. Traum, H. Bignell
The Hearts came up against a tough opponent Beaumaris on Saturday and went down in a highly competitive match at Princes Park Caulfield. Beaumaris came to the game with fire in the belly, with the memory of losing the Prelim final in a nail-biting finish against the Hearts last season.
The girls started reasonably well and had a high percentage use of the ball but struggled to convert when the ball went forward during the day.
Best players on the day were Chelsea Frawley who competed in the ruck for much of the game against a very strong component. Chelse’s ruck craft is increasing every week.
Anna Stewart continued her good form for the first part of the season with a strong 4 quarter effort.
No question the competition has improved this year and we will need to continue to raise the bar to compete against our opposition. Our training standards have improved greatly and we need to take some of this form/work onto the ground on the weekend when the 4 points are up for grabs.
Alexandra Gilchrist, daughter of OHAFC Legend Anthony, was seen playing in the Blue and Yellow so clearly the Hearts’ Father/Daughter policy needs to be reviewed.
Saturday sees the girls host Ivanhoe in a must win encounter.
Old Haileyburians 2.1-13 3.1-19 4.4-28 4.6-30
Beaumaris 1.2-8 5.2-32 5.5-35 7.6-48
Goal Kickers: D. Frawley 2, J. Shanks, T. Vines-Chapple
Best Players: A. Stewart, D. Frawley, C. Weiss, C. Dillon, T. Vines-Chapple, M. Dunn
The boys were back from a 2 week break, feeling rejuvenated and close to a full squad going into the game against Fitzroy. The lads were keen to grab their first win of the season. We started off well, kicking the first 2 goals however the lead didn’t last long with Fitzroy kicking the next 4 unanswered. Our potent forward Res Fennessey was made to play CHB to stop the bleeding. Tom Morris’ first game for the year was giving us plenty of run and carry on the wing, combined with Greeny, Coleman and Johnston wrestling hard for the clearances we seemed to be in with a sniff. The heavens opened up and by halftime the boys had been outplayed and were down by 40 pts.
We went into the second half not worrying about the score but to change our mentality and really take the game on, to switch the play and run the ball through the corridor. It was a better brand of footy and we looked dangerous at times. Jack Grenda was a highlight down forward showing grit and determination at each contest. Our general down back, Gibbo fought hard all day and was coach Budge was impressed with the backs ability to keep going under the constant pressure that was being given to them.
The boys now head into Round 5 up against Old Ivanhoe away at 2pm.
Old Haileybury 2.1-13 3.1-19 3.1-19 3.2-20
Fitzroy FC 5.0-30 9.3-57 10.7-67 16.9-105
Goal Kickers: R. Fennessy, A. Coleman, D. Green
Best Players: R. Fennessy, D. Green, T. Morris, A. Gibson, T. Bain, A. Coleman
On the Social Scene, our next Luncheon takes place on the 18th of May. Everyone is welcome to help celebrate the Premiership years of 1969, 1989 and 1978 which was the year of the club’s first u/19s Flag. The festivities will commence at approximately 12noon with a huge amount of entertainment but with plenty of time to reflect on the past glories and compare long lasting injuries. Response has been terrific to date so make sure you advise Mark Thompson of your plans to attend – 0407 040715 or email (preferred) email@example.com
And if you are looking for a feed on Thursday night, come and watch the boys train and enjoy Bonnas’ (Jim) BBQ. The bar will be open and you can hear all the ins and outs for the weekends’ round of matches.