After a disappointing result last week our lads were keen to atone when Old Carey came to Princess Park on Saturday.
Our opponents have had their challenges this year and were sitting on the bottom of the ladder.
As soon as we came in on Tuesday night our group was very keen to tidy up a few of the things that had slipped over the last month. Therefore, the game was about how we approached it and what we wanted it to look like than where our opponents were at.
On our Home Ground the wind generally blows to one end, so we basically must play 2 different brands of footy on the one day. In the first term we were kicking into the breeze so needed to work hard back to support our defenders and then work hard to chain it out with run and carry.
At quarter time we had performed this well as we went into the first break with a 20-point lead.
The second quarter was going to be about using the ball correctly and getting maximum return from kicking to the scoring end. Pleasingly we took our opportunities by scoring 8.6 and kept Old Carey scoreless to lead by 74 points at the long break.
The chat at Half Time specifically by our leaders was that the scoreboard was nearly irrelevant it was about us continuing to play our footy the right way.
No matter how hard it got our opposition kept having a crack and won the 3rd term with the wind trimming our margin to 69 at the final change.
Our last term was fantastic as we continued to play a strong brand of footy wearing down OC as we kicked 10 goals and kept them scoreless for the quarter again running out winners by 131 points.
A fantastic response for our group and a great lesson of what works for us when we all buy into what we want to achieve.
Individually Lach Riley, Jack Lonie, Jack McHale and Josh Gasparini were fantastic in the midfield all day and contributed on the scoreboard as well.
Down back our defenders were well led by our skipper Jimmy Paul who provided great drive off half back all day.
Up forward Duz Seccull hit the scoreboard with 6 goals and everyone else who played down there worked hard to lock the ball in and give us more scoring opportunities.
Next week we play St Bedes away with a clear idea of what we need to bring attitude wise on a Saturday afternoon to get the result we are after.
See you at the footy.
Senior Women's Match Report
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Old Haileybury 2.4-16
The Hearts had prepared well and were full of enthusiasm as we ventured out to Banksia Reserve to take on the undefeated Beaumaris side for a shot at making the 2022 Grand Final. A scheduled 4.45pm game start had us playing in our first twilight game and was no issue for the girls who were simply excited to be I with a shot at making the big dance. Unfortunately, the girls were very disappointed to hear that Macca was ruled out with Covid on the Thursday afternoon and Holly on the morning of the game. Whilst disappointed for Holly, Elle was a late inclusion and was excited to take her place in the side.
Our group seemed very vocal and switched on before the bounce and were up for the opportunity which was in front of them. Beauy won the toss and elected to kick with a swirly but favourable breeze. It was evident from the very first bounce that this was going to a hard fought contest. Our mids gained the early ascendancy and after some repeat inside 40s, Junior slotted a huge goal to the delight of the OHAFC faithful, including coaches and players from our men’s teams who had come down to support the girls. Unfortunately, Lexi went down with a serious knee injury shortly afterwards and our group all had lots of concern for her well being. This was unsettling for our players and after a lengthy break in play the Beaumaris girls were able to settle and get into the game. They were able to kick 2 goals in quick succession to go into the first break with a 6 point lead.
The match turned into a real scrap in the second quarter and the opposition were happy to force repeat stoppages and were also dropping multiple players behind the ball. This made scoring quite difficult for both sides and despite some opportunities to kick majors, each team only managed a solitary behind for the quarter. 6 points down at the main break and we knew that we were right in this one. The girls were aware that we had to keep up our work rate and defend in the third to give ourselves a chance to run over the top of them. It was evident that the Beaumaris girls lifted a notch when play resumed and they were using the breeze well which gave our defenders many challenges. Our girls worked tirelessly and did well to hold the opposition to only 8 points for the quarter.
Down by 14 points with what was left of the breeze at our backs for the final quarter the girls knew at the last break that we were still right in this. Danielle was moved forward and our backs were encouraged to take the game on and look to run off their players where possible. Chels was giving her all in the ruck and our mids led by Junior ,Tay and Mim were throwing themselves into every contest to surge the ball forward. Some early shots at goal resulted in behinds until Vanders took a strong mark and slotted the goal to have us within 6 points with only a few minutes left. The Hearts won the next clearance and despite the ball spending much of the last part of the game in our forward line we were unable to get a shot on goal. A big shout out to our backline who worked hard all night to contain the dangerous Beauy forwards, especially Hoy who kept the competition’s leading goal kicker goalless.
Whilst our girls did not get the ultimate result on Saturday, there is a huge amount of belief in the group that we are right in the Premiership race this year. Full focus now turns to our Preliminary Final vs Camberwell, 2pm at Trevor Barker oval this coming Saturday and it would be awesome to have lots of support down at the ground once again. We all wish Lexi all the best with her scan results and recovery.
GO HEARTS !
Men's Reserves Match Report
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Old Haileybury 7.9-51
Old Carey 6.9-45
What a difference the week make in footy!
We started well and dominated the entire first quarter with Carey kicking with what could be considered a gale force breeze, the , the boys played a great brand of football, their work at the contest was great this week, our tackle pressure was up and our ball use was much improved, it was not until the last minutes of the quarter that Carey scored to lead narrowly at quarter time.
The second quarter was one where we wasted the wind advantage a bit, not in the way we played, we kicked three goals but should have kicked more and with some seemingly silly undisciplined acts from the boys allowed them to kick three. This may be a bit oversimplified but as a young team we failed to keep our composure against some fairly aggressive and negative tactics so it was a learning experience for everyone. That’s footy I am afraid! We went into half time a point behind and Carey seemed to be on top in most departments after the first half but I think the scoreboard was not really an indication of what was happening. Some great first half efforts from Gora, Jordy and Jack down back. Great to see Jordy Andrews back playing footy. Bainy starred early before his day finished due to injury which was a big loss.
We spoke about tidying up our reactions to both umpires and the opposition at the break and to the boys credit they were great in the second half, Rosey was great around the ground and Olly gave the mids first use and followed up on the ground and despite not being able to get away on the scoreboard we were on top all over the ground. Harry Whitty kicked our goal late in the quarter to put us back in front which was a great effort to win the quarter with the wind advantage Carey had, the work rate from all the boys was strong and Oakesy and Jacob worked hard forward to keep a structure in place for the boys to kick to.
The last quarter was a tough one, to their credit Carey came at us and kicked a goal against the run of play to go ahead mid quarter but to the credit of our boys we hung in there until our luck turned and we kicked the last goal to go in front. We had opportunities to extend the margin at the end.
The win showed character on two fronts, last time up at Carey they beat us by about 100 pts which Stewey, who coached them on the day felt flattered them. Last week was one we had to bounce back from, losing by 110 pts. To the boys credit they did that. So whilst it was not the easiest of wins it was a big step forward in getting back on track. Dre showed plenty again as did Jordy Andrews and Sam HK never stopped working as did Sam A. The leadership by our experienced players like Joel and Jordy Hurley was great and Oaksey and Olly. Big shout out to Jack G who never ever lets us down and it was a great game from Gora.
The Under 19’s had a sensational win by 10 points against Uni Blacks on Saturday.
In blustery conditions, our boys kicked against the wind but came in at quarter time 2 points down. The coach pulled a masterstroke by throwing usual defenders Gillo and Harders up forward which confused the Blacks. This meant the backline had to hold fast and Hoody and Rizza took care of the Uni tall forwards with great success all day.
Two minutes of magic footy by the Bish saw him kick 2 goals and the boys came in up and about.
Blacks played well in the second quarter throwing extra men in defence and the Bloods battled to score. The midfield were doing well with Staba and Shultzy roving well to make shift ruckmen Knighta and Paddy.
A poor third quarter and a lapse of concentration saw us come in 13 points down and some work to do but the breeze gave us some confidence that it could be done.
The coaching brains trust decided to take our best midfielder out and push him forward and get Gillo up the ground which paid dividends quickly with Staba kicking an early goal and getting the Blacks nervous. Enter J Hardeman who has been stoic in defence for us all year. Playing bravely with a sore ankle and sore hand, our vice captain kicked 2 magic goals to get our noses in front and have the boys believing another win was on the cards. The defence continued to stay organised and disciplined and propelled attack after attack.
The boys ended up winning by 10 points and sang the song with gusto in a super win.
Everyone contributed and the smiles in the rooms afterwards was an indication of a proud and courageous win that was well deserved.