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Bedshed Dandenong. The Hearts were the winners this weekend, with an important victory over Hawthorn. The Senior Bloods faded in the last quarter to go down to St Bedes/Mentone, while the Young Bloods fought hard but couldn’t match Old Brighton. The Ressies put in a much improved performance.
The Hearts were the winners this weekend, with an important victory over Hawthorn. The Senior Bloods faded in the last quarter to go down to St Bedes/Mentone, while the Young Bloods fought hard but couldn’t match Old Brighton. The Ressies put in a much improved performance.
The Hearts kept their finals hope alive with a 17 point victory over Hawthorn at Princes Park Saturday morning. The standard of the footy was terrific considering the damp centre wicket area and this was our highest scoring game (kicking 9 goals 7 behinds) for the season.
The first half of the match was very even with Jess Wright kicking a goal (her 2nd for the day) after the half time siren to give the Hearts a narrow 4 point lead at the main break.
The introduction for the first time this season of 2 of our Premiership players from 2018 in Sarah Casey (2 goals) and Mim Waterman (2 goals) were significant contributing factors to the win. Both Mim and Sarah gave the team a huge boost in experience and natural talent and were very much welcomed returns to the team.
Best on ground for the day was our pocket rocket Clare Weiss who gave a magnificent 4 quarter effort. Her goal over her head as shown in the enclosed photo was a real highlight for the day and she is a true professional always wanting to raise the bar on her performances week in and week out.
Anna Stewart continued her outstanding season in the midfield and kicked a terrific crunch goal on the run to seal the match.
The midfield led by Chelsea Rawlings dominated her position in the ruck. Kelly Eaton’s rise as an AFL player continues at a rapid rate and her impact on the game has been enormous. Kelly’s ability to read the play and her depth of kicking and field placement are highlights of what is becoming very much an all-round game.
We expect to see the return our B&F winner (Frances Land) and Runner Up B&F (Danielle Frawley) from last season for our crunch game against Ivanhoe (4th on the ladder) in 2 weeks’ time after 4-5 weeks injury layoff. We are equal 4th on the ladder to Ivanhoe (just short on %) so the game against Ivanhoe on June 15th is a much anticipated and important one. It will be the ultimate 8 point game.
The Division 1 women’s competition is a very even competition and the weekend results showed that any team can beat anyone at any given time which reflects the health of this competition as we start the second half of the season.
Old Haileyburians 3.3-21 5.6-36 8.6-54 9.7-61
Hawthorn AFC 2.0-12 5.2-32 5.2-32 7.2-44
Goal Kickers: M. Waterman 2, C. Weiss 2, S. Casey 2, J. Wright 2, A. Stewart
Best Players: C. Weiss, A. Stewart, K. Eaton, C. Frawley, S. Casey, J. Wright
The boys fought well on Saturday but St Bedes/Mentone just proved a bit too strong in the final stanza.
The first quarter was a real arm wrestle with the home side finding it difficult to score majors. Meanwhile, Loewey and Thommo were causing their defence some issues and they both scored in the quarter to ensure we held a slender lead at the first break.
The game opened up a little in the second quarter and with our onballers led by 150 gamer, Jimmy Paul, getting on top, we managed 5 goals for the quarter. We were accurate and generally took full advantage of our opportunities. Jordan Hurley kicked his first goal for the seniors. Plymo and Shak were using their strength effectively in the middle, while Rodgo, Steeley and Bitters were holding up well down back. Gooda and Nicho were providing drive on their respective wings. We went into the main break with a handy 10 point advantage after skipper Paul scored on the bell. This helped relieve Wardy’s frustration as they had kicked a goal 15 seconds earlier.
The third quarter was very similar. Both teams were scoring on the break as the defences were generally holding up well. There was some good marking around the ground with Trevo, Matty Taylor and Bitters demonstrating their prowess overhead. Loewey was still proving to be a handful for the opposition, while Pop also got in the goal scoring action during the quarter. Thommo got his second and it was set up for a terrific last quarter.
The first five minutes of the last was played in our forward line and things were looking pretty positive. Unfortunately we were unable to score that important first goal to reward our efforts. The home team were dogged and got the first goal from a break that left our defence vulnerable. After another 10 minutes of arm-wrestling, the game opened up again but the breaks went the way of the home team as the Bloods started taking more risks. Try as they might the boys just couldn’t get that major that would give them some important momentum.
As we report each week, the effort was certainly there but the breaks just didn’t go our way. But that will turn around soon. With a week off, we shall come back from the break ready to take on and beat Fitzroy at PP.
St Bedes / M Tigers 0.7-7 4.9-33 9.10-64 13.11-89
Old Haileyburians 2.1-13 7.1-43 11.2-68 11.5-71
Goal Kickers: S. Loewe 4, J. Nicolopoulos 2, R. Thompson 2, J. Hurley, N. Gooda, J. Paul
Best Players: S. Loewe, J. Paul, N. Garratt, T. Rogerson, L. Treverton, P. Shakallis
The Ressies continued their recent improvement, and while beaten again, there were some positive signs. There was much better ball movement and many forward forays. Oakesy chimed in with 4 majors, while Mark Irwin and Zach were once again our better players. Recruit Finn Robinson, playing his first season of footy continues to improve while Jarrod Mantell and Quim were also solid contributors. The highlight of the day was a spectacular one handed grab one the only member of the Columbian express playing on the day Dileep Yogasingham.
St Bedes / Tigers 3.8-26 8.15-63 15.17-107 21.21-147
Old Haileyburians 1.4-10 3.4-22 5.5-35 8.7-55
Goal Kickers: B. Oakes 4, J. Schneider, Z. Tsinanis, M. Seccull, A. Ventouras
Best Players: M. Irwin, Z. Tsinanis, F. Robinson, B. Oakes, J. Mantell, M. Quiambao
The U/19s faced top side Old Brighton at PP in what was always going to be a real test.
But the lads got off to a good start and the visitors knew they were in a real contest. There was some excellent ball movement with skipper Johnno and Goro providing plenty of drive. The back line was generally holding up with Jack Grenda, Gibbo and Bainy doing well.
The second stanza was to prove a little frustrating as we probably didn’t get the reward for effort. But their was no doubting the effort and there were real signs of improvement, demonstrating that the boys were beginning to “gel”. So we went into the main break only four goals in arrears and there were some glimmers of hope.
But Brighton were to prove too strong in the end, managing 10 goals to 4 in the second half. They sit on top of the divisions ladder so it was a good effort from our boys.
They now face St Bedes/Mentone after the break and can go in with a bit of confidence.
Old Haileybury 1.4-10 2.9-21 4.9-33 6.10-46
Old Brighton 4.6-30 6.9-45 9.15-69 16.15-111
Goal Kickers: R. Fennessy, B. Taverniti, J. Grenda, C. Daymond, C. Highett, A. Coleman
Best Players: T. Morris, A. Coleman, J. Grenda, T. Bain, O. Gorozidis
The School First XVIII kept their Premiership hopes alive with a solid win over Geelong Grammar.
There were just as many fine performances at The George for the club’s cocktail party. The George turned it on again as those little niggles became a distant memory. Thanks Greg and team for a brilliant night. (no photos sorry!)
Our social attention now turns to the next luncheon of which details can be found below
OHAFC Women’s Lunch – Women in Footy/Sport
Come and celebrate the pioneers of women in football and the OHAFC first ever women’s football team including its 2018 premiership!
Lunch includes special guest speakers, great prizes, excellent food, drinks and great company!
Where: Princes Park
When: Sat 29th June,
Time: 12pm arrival following the OHAFC Womens team Rd 11 match v Old Mentonians
Cost: $20 Per head
Food: Plenty of Finger food provided
Drinks available at bar prices
Special guests and lots of prizes
Following the luncheon, everyone is invited to stay and watch the OHAFC Senior mens take on Old Geelong FC @ 2pm.
Please RSVP by 24 June and pay by clicking on the link – https://clubdata.com.au/ProductDetails2.aspx?ProductID=21504 or contact Thommo on 0407 040715.