In a crucial match our Senior team took on Beaumaris on the weekend.
The Sharks were sitting in 2nd spot in front of the Bloods in 3rd position.
Footy can be a cruel game at times and that is how all our players felt at 5pm on Saturday.
At 3 quarter time we were clearly the better team on the day and led our opponents by 16 points.
What happened in the next 30 minutes will hopefully help to drive our boys for the remainder of the season to achieve something at the pointy end of the year.
Beaumaris completely controlled the quarter kicking 7 goals to 1 to win by 20 points.
We have lots of positives to take out of the game in how we played in the first 3 terms to get to the position we found ourselves in.
Conversely there are a lot of RFIs to take on board and correct in the future.
Individually Noah Gown & Jack Lonie were super dangerous up forward kicking 4 & 3 goals, respectively.
In the middle of the ground Lach Treverton, Max Sievers, Lach Riley and Josh Gasparini among others worked hard in the mud in the centre of the ground.
A massive positive was the performance of Jayce Morgan in his first game for our footy club.
Down back it was great to have our skipper play his first game with us for the year in Jimmy Paul.
He led our backline that held up well against bigger opponents with Nath Dowsett, Duz Seccull, Will Gown and Kye Turner doing a great job at bringing the ball to ground.
Our best player for the day was Will Paul who continues to set the standard at our club for attitude and willingness to play his role for the team.
We have another opportunity next week to test ourselves against one of the better teams in our competition as we take on Uni Blacks away.
This is our last game before we have 3 weeks off so our boys will be keen to come home with the 4 points.
See you at the footy.
Senior Women's Match Report
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Old Haileybury 5.7-37
Old Trinity 5.3-33
Our entire Hearts group were all excited to be part of Spud’s game in our match against Trinity in what was clearly the most important day on our calendar in season 2022. The contribution of the Frawley family to both our club and team was celebrated as we also acknowledged the importance of mental health awareness in our community. Many members of our Hearts group attended the StKilda vs Essendon Spud’s match on the Friday night as a collective to show our support towards the Frawley family and this wonderful cause.
It was awesome that our senior men’s and reserves teams as well as the guys from Beaumaris all joined the 2 senior women’s teams on the main oval before the game. Chelsea and Danielle Frawley both spoke extremely well and marked this occasion with some strong and passionate messages about mental health awareness to all who were present. To the Hearts playing and support group, Spud’s match was a lot more than a game of football.
Our girls warmed up strongly and were keen to put on a big display in front of the large crowd that had come down to support this day. It was evident from the first bounce that the Trinity girls had come to play and they were hard at it from the word go. They were getting extra players up to the contest and it appeared that they were happy to turn the game into a low scoring arm wrestle. Scores were level at quarter time and it was certainly game on.
Trinity kept up the pressure after the first break and were able to kick a couple of goals to gain the ascendancy on the score board. Despite some strong work in defence to avert any more goals, we found ourselves in a tricky spot trailing by 14 points at the main break. To compound matters, we lost Alana and Lexie to injury and were down to only 1 player on the interchange for the second half.
Our girls were asked to dig deep against a fair bit of adversity at half time and that is exactly what they did. Our mids got right on top and we dominated inside 40 entries in the third. Despite numerous opportunities near goal we were only able to kick 3 points for the term. Importantly, our backs kept Trinity scoreless and we were 11 points down at the final break.
Magnets were moved around as we decided that we would rather risk losing the game by a large margin in our attempt to get the four points. At ¾ time, we chatted about what the day was all about and the adversity that we were up against with limited rotations. Maddie reminded the group that everyone had to remember to have fun and to play with flair and instinct. The move of Bear from defence onto the half forward line paid off immediately as she collected a loose ball and kicked a huge 50m goal on the run to set the Hearts alight. The surge footy style that our girls were playing had come to life and Danielle Frawley kicked a big goal on the run shortly afterwards and the Hearts were right back in it. Our mids kept up their work rate even though they had not had a breather all day and the ball continued to go deep into our forward line. Trinity responded with a major of their own but soon after Jordan Shanks took a big grab and slotted the goal to put us in front for the first time all day. After a 3-4 minute break in play due to one of their girls being injured late in the quarter, Trinity came again and were able to kick a big goal to put themselves back in front. With the clock ticking down, the Hearts knew that we needed something big on this super important day. We won the next clearance but Trinity had stacked their backline and were happy to force repeat stoppages. Our girls knew that there wasn’t long to go and after a Trinity clearing kick from deep in defence, Junior was able to take a mark. The siren sounded and as cool as a cucumber she went back and slotted the goal from 35m out to the delight of all. The Hearts ended up winning the game by 4 points.
The match was a true reflection of what Spud’s game was all about. Our girls displayed great courage, team work and a tremendous amount of resilience to get the job done. More importantly, everyone really enjoyed the day. The after match in our social rooms was particularly special as we joined with the men’s teams and heard Stewie Loewe speak fondly about his great mate Spud. Chelsea and Danielle closed out the formalities with some more lovely words before receiving the largest applause of the day. A big thank you to everyone who came down to support the day.
Men's Reserves Match Report
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Old Haileybury 22.8-140
Our best 4 quarter effort for the year……..
Quarter one, we started very well with really strong tackling and body work around the ball, that was our plan to be physical to send a message to a team that has always beaten us comfortably that we meant business. It took us a while to break through a pretty committed Beauey defence, it took us a while to get our bearings and adjust but Jackson Coleman got us going with a great goal from the boundary. Olly Sharpe was giving us first use of the ball in the ruck and dominating hit outs and Hoody took some strong marks when needed and Jesse Laite and Dre Stefanakos were in everything. We kicked 3.4 and led by 21 pts at Quarter time so a solid start.
In the second quarter the boys worked really hard to man up and slow progression of the ball, we were very disciplined and via our defence, led by Bainy and Stuey Connolly we managed to win the quarter and extend the margin to 28 points at half time, this was a sign of maturity to replicate what we did last week against Ajax to be able to hold a team and respond late in the quarter. The key to be able to do that was having Rogo, Jacob G and Oaksey forward and our mids could play a bot quicker and kick it in there.
Then third quarter was a bit of a shock where it all came together and we kicked 8 goals to take the game away from Beauy , we were able to score freely when we went forward and Stuey moved onto a wing, the boys really did play under instruction in moving the ball to the topside and defending across the ground. We lead by about 80 points at 3 quarter time. Sammy Algeri and Sam HK were leading the charge, their work rate was brilliant. Jack Grenda never ever lets you down and gives nothing away and is our unsung hero most weeks.
A great last quarter from the boys and we kept our discipline in what was, at times, challenging circumstances. We went a bit flat and they kicked the first 3 goals and I am sure they were hurting with the margin. The boys worked well against the wind and were able to extend the margin to 101 points at the end. They kicked the last 7 goals of the game It was a pleasing result for so many reasons that were different to last weeks game v Ajax, I felt we played better against better opposition and the boys game style is developing each week. In any football club there is an interchange on any given week from the seniors to the reserve squad, the attitude of the players dropping back has been wonderful and the leadership of them in conjunction with Olly, Oaksey, Jordy and Joel has been great for the team and has made all the difference. Great to See scotty Ellis back kicking a couple of handy goals and Jacob kicking 5 and Dre kicking 5. Highlight for me was watching Cooper Nolan kick 3 goals in the second half and watch Brad Prior kick his first goal for the club.
This week, Uni Blacks at Uni and that will be another test for us……….
Under 19's Match Report
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Old Haileybury 2.2-14
Old Xavierians 16.14-110
Our Under 19s took on arch rivals Old Xavier at home this week. A number of injuries and unavailability gave the coach some concerns pre-game however confident that the boys would have a crack.
The boys started off well kicking the first two goals and dominating the play and surprising Xavier. In a competitive quarter we went in 7 points down but full of confidence.
Max Walstab was dominating the midfield and Riley Cairns was keeping the league leading goal kicker under control.
Xavier dominated the rest of the game and proved to be too strong with a commanding victory.
Our defence held up strongly with Josh Gillon and Jack Hardeman playing well all day.
Hopefully some injured players will return and strengthen some sides up over the next few rounds.