Round 13 and the Senior Men’s Team travelled to Dairy Bell to play De La Salle.
After a month between games, it was always going to be a mental battle of getting back going again.
From the start of the game our opposition were very good at applying pressure to our group and moving the ball quickly into their forward 50. At quarter time we trailed by 13 points, but the margin could have been greater as De La hit the post on several occasions.
At the start of the 2nd quarter, we had to respond but unfortunately, we made a few too many errors and they made us pay on the scoreboard. At Half Time we were behind by 38 points and playing our poorest footy for the year.
As we come to expect from our group, we raised our efforts in the 3rd term and trailed going into the last break by 12 points. It now had started to rain and in the last it was hard to chain together our ball movement to give our forwards a chance of winning the game. Again, our effort could not be questioned but the task was too great, and we suffered our 5th loss of the season going down by 9 points.
A disappointing result as our group has come a long way but especially early in the game could not match De La Salles endeavour and want for the contest.
Individually Duz Seccull was a constant threat up forward finishing with 5 goals from limited opportunities.
Down back Rayner Seccull was dependable and his effort at every contest he went to could not be questioned.
In the midfield Trevo and Lones were responsible for getting us back into the game in the 2nd half.
A great lesson for our boys and the Coaching Staff that maybe we did not get the training right over the break and you get the results that you deserve in this tight competition.
We will be looking to re set this week on the track and bringing our best effort against Old Carey at Princess Park this Saturday.
See you at the Footy.
Senior Women's Match Report
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Old Haileybury 8.14-62
Williamstown CYMS 6.3-39
There was a massive build up to our final home and away match season of season 2022. The true founder of the Hearts team and co-captain from 2017 until now, Chelsea Frawley, was playing her 50th game. Both Danielle Frawley and Mim Waterman said some wonderful words about Chelsea and what she means to the group at our whole club selection dinner on the Thursday night. Jordan Shanks, Chels’s co-captain from 2017-2021, had the rooms full of emotion before the game as she told us all how the Hearts would not exist without our great founder and leader. Tay Vines-Chapple topped off the tributes to Chels when she addressed the group before the players headed out onto the ground. If the girls weren’t revved up for this one they never would be !
The stakes were high as we needed to win this match to lock in 2nd place on the ladder and the all important double chance. The girls sure were up for the occasion and were straight into their work from the first bounce. The strong work from our mids was rewarded with the girls hitting the scoreboard and we went into the first change with a commanding 14 point lead. The second quarter was more of an arm wrestle as the Williamstown girls found their groove as the teams went goal for goal. With a 16 point half time lead the Hearts knew that there was still work to do to put the result beyond doubt.
There was a total momentum shift in the third quarter as Williamstown started to get right on top. They were taking strong marks up forward and seizing their opportunities and hitting the scoreboard hard. Our girls were being seriously challenged for the first time in a while and were under pressure to stay in touch. We went into the last change 1 point in arrears with our top 2 chance under serious pressure. The address to the group at ¾ time was all about heart and how hard were players prepared to dig deep for Chelsea and to grab the double chance. It was evident that as soon as the umpire threw the ball up to start the last quarter that the switch had been turned back on. Our mids and wings were firing on all cylinders once again, the backs repelled all opposition forays into attack and the ball continued to be kicked inside our forward 50. The effort was soon rewarded on the scoreboard and goals started to flow. It was a great effort to keep Williamstown scoreless as the Hearts ran out very impressive 23 point winners. What a day and what a last quarter ! Serious momentum to take into the finals series.
The season now starts again as all focus has shifted to the big semi-final against Beaumaris where the Hearts have a crack at getting into the 2022 Grand Final !! It would be awesome to get as much support as we can to our game as our girls look to give it their all against the currently undefeated Beauy side.
Go Hearts !!!
Men's Reserves Match Report
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De La Selle 22.9-141
Old Haileybury 4.7-31
We came up against a very experienced and accomplished side in DLS so it was a tough assignment which gave our boys a set of experiences we can take forward and reflect on to improve ourselves. I can tell you the boys are hurting and will bounce back to see what we can get out of the last part of the season. This sort of effort this year has not been the norm.
We simply could not get our hands on the ball in the first quarter and we looked overrun despite struggling to hang in there, our work at the contest was sub-par and a lack of body size and ability signified the gap between the sides, we just could not win any contests.
The second quarter saw us committing to be better but the physicality of DLS took over, often exiting the front of the contest and pushing the ball forward and our boys looked a bit shocked and struggled to get a foothold in the quarter, we looked second to move a reactive which was a departure from previous weeks. Max Walstab and Jack Grenda worked hard with Jordy Hurley and Sharpy in the backline but the physical pressure started to show and we went 70 pts down at half time
After some adjustments and some reminders to each other the boys came out and matched DLS in every department and without a few costly turnovers we would have had a great quarter but they made us pay for any mistakes we made, the boys endeavour was strong but far too variable across different players. We were well led by Pete Gleadhill and Jordy Hurley across half back and Olly Sharp giving everything in the middle of the ground.
The 4th quarter started badly with DLS kicking quick goals, the boys however to their credit from the halfway mark of the quarter dug in and did not allow DLS to run over them holding them to three extra goals after that. Good to see Gora getting back to some form as well.
They key will be getting to training and working hard on our identified areas for development together and continuing to grow into a consistently competitive side that is hard to play against. We did not achieve that probably for the first time all season and we will have to reflect and come out again after the break hopefully better for it. There are some non-negotiables in footy and we did not meet them on Saturday. Think we had better all get back to training!
Respect is earned and we will get back to it next week