Round 12 (U19's and Senior Women's) Match Review, 2022
Senior Men's Match Report
Senior Women's Match Report
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Old Haileybury 7.12-54
Old Mentonians 1.2-8
The Hearts were back at home for our round 12 match vs Old Mentonians. We were contacted by Matt the Mentonians coach to advise that they were short of players and we agreed to play 16 vs 16. We shifted the game to our small oval which was more appropriate for the reduced playing numbers.
A team goal was set before the match to kick 8 goals in this game as we wanted to get back to playing an exciting brand of surge football and kicking a big score. The Hearts girls were on from the start and with our mids getting their hands on the footy first, our forwards were given some good opportunities early. It was great to see the girls kick 3 goals in the first quarter. It was more of the same in the second and at half time we had the game in our keeping and were up by 5 goals. If not for some slightly inaccurate kicking the margin could have been even greater.
Unfortunately, the Mentonians group alerted us to the fact that they had lost 2 players to injury at half time. We decided to play within the spirit of community football and only put 14 players out on the ground for the second half. This gave us lots of rotations and we took the opportunity to give many girls a go in some new positions of the ground. Despite a large number of forward thrusts our girls found it difficult to kick a goal in the third and our main chat at ¾ time was to open the game right up in an attempt to kick 4 majors in the last term. The Hearts pushed hard and their efforts were rewarded early on as goals started to flow. Vanders and Carla were leading strongly and screaming at the top of their lungs for the ball to be kicked to them. We ended the term kicking 3 goals which made it 7 goals, 12 points for the day. We all had a chuckle afterwards as many of our players pointed out that our overall score equalled 9 goals.
We had our usual cohort of good players in this match as Tay, Junior and Peta put on great running and skilful displays. However, the most pleasing aspects were how Carla has taken to the centre half forward position with authority and Ella Gown, a first year player, is looking really lively up forward and kicked 2 goals. Having 6 individual goal kickers highlights how the Hearts group are uncovering more avenues to goal which is an area we have been working on.
The Mentonians group came into our social rooms for some delicious pizza and a cool drink after the match. We thanked them for their effort to muster up a team for this game rather than forfeit. On behalf of their side, Matt said some nice words about our group and was very appreciative of how our girls were happy to match their playing numbers. A big thank you to Lauren Oliver and Angus Wright-Smith who both did heaps of work to set everything up for us and to host the after match gathering. The day was topped off as news of other results filtered through and we learned that the Hearts moved to 2nd spot on the ladder with the all important double chance now in our own hands with 2 match to play before finals.
Go Hearts !
Men's Reserves Match Report
Under 19's Match Report
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Old Haileybury 6.14-50
Old Trinity 8.7-55
The 19s made the track out to Bulleen to take on Old Trinity coached by legendary Haileybury identity, Roger Gerny.
A number of our team have taken the opportunity to take a well-earned break and travel so we called upon some school kids who were looking for a game of footy.
Our boys were nothing short of magnificent losing by 5 points in a game that could have easily gone our way. Our last encounter against Trinity on their home ground saw us comprehensively beaten so a sensational effort.
Max Walstab continued on with his stellar season and the return of our Skipper, Gus Bonwick hardened up our midfield. Michael Cowell in the ruck was heroic in the last quarter nearly single handedly getting us over the line with his second efforts. Ryley Cairns again played a stoic game in defence along with his partner in crime Daniel Zhang.
School kids, Mitch Kirkwood-Scott(son of Adam), Daniel Wall, Ky Allcock (son of Sean), Keegan Mountfort (son of Andrew) and Will Hardeman were all brilliant.
The boys walked off disappointed but proud of their efforts and resolved to have a crack at our arch enemy, Old Xavier in 2 weeks time.