Round 15 for our Senior Group and we travelled down to Brindisi Street to take on St Bedes/Mentone.
Our opposition still had a slight chance of playing finals so were very keen to grab the 4 points on their home turf.
Right from the first bounce our boys were putting fantastic pressure on the Tigers and hitting the scoreboard regularly. At the first interval we were in charge in all areas and led by 32 points.
At the start of the second term, we attacked for 10 minutes straight but could not put the score on the board. St Bedes took their opportunities, but we still led by 29 points at Half Time.
We needed to start the 3rd term well and we played some of our best footy for the year to bang on 8 goals to 1 and lead by 71 points heading into the last break.
By halfway through the last quarter, we were down to only 1 on the bench so our guys were out on their feet but still worked hard to secure a 10-goal win.
From a team point of view this was our most complete game for the year on a ground that always is very tough to win at.
Our want to put pressure on our opposition when they had it was fantastic and for the first time this year, we had an even contribution from all.
Individually Durras Seccull continued his great year finishing off his mate’s hard work to end up with 7 goals for the day.
At ground level up forward Sam Loewe, Jayce Morgan and Dre were fantastic at locking the ball in and looked dangerous all day.
Our midfield was great and dominated from start to finish. It was great to have one of our strongest leaders in Brede Seccull back after a long injury layoff.
Trevo led the way in getting the ball going our way and was a great example for all our group on how to influence a game by the way he attacked each contest.
Max Sievers was at his dynamic best, Lones was dangerous all day, Gassy, Gleads, Munners and Dows were all great contributors in the middle of the ground.
Down back Jimmy and Brodes set a great example for Max Sinclair, Rayner, Turns, Kirky and Will Paul to follow.
First year players in Rosey and Justin Davies also showed that they have a bright future in front of them.
Next week we take on Fitzroy at Brunswick Street Oval in a twilight game that kicks off at 4.30pm.
Another test for our group but if we can keep up how we have attacked the last 2 games we will get the result we are after.
2 Home Games after that before we hit finals with hopefully a healthy list.
See you at the footy.
Senior Women's Match Report
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Old Camberwell 6.3-39
Old Haileybury 2.8-20
Hearts Preliminary Final vs Old Camberwell
The stakes were high for this game and the reward was a place in the 2022 Grand Final. The girls were up and about and trained strongly during the week. Danielle, Bear and Eloise were ruled out by the physios on the Thursday night and Amy was away for this one. The girls were not perturbed, and we fielded a strong line up to take on Old Camberwell.
The girls were revved up as they took their positions for the first bounce and we knew that getting on top in the middle was critical. Unfortunately, Chelsea Frawley injured her thumb in the first ruck contest of the day and had to come off. Holly was immediately switched into the ruck whilst Chels was assessed. Chels showed her bravery to return to the field 5 minutes later even though the physios felt she had seriously injured the ligaments around her thumb and should have been done for the day. Camberwell had come to play and brought the anticipated heat to the contest. They were able to go forward on numerous occasions and despite the best efforts of our backline they soon hit the scoreboard. We were 11 points down at quarter time and under serious pressure to stay in touch. The girls still had belief at the first change and everyone got around each other. Every contest was willing early in the second as the Hearts tried to arm wrestle their way to supremacy around the ball. We started to put together some repeat inside 50 entries but despite the best efforts of our girls, we went into half time 20 points in arrears.
The girls were reminded that they are the best come from behind team in the competition and needed to maintain belief. The group knew that if we started to play our best footy that we could still run over the top of the opposition. Junior, who came into the game feeling unwell, was moved forward and Carla into the middle. Bella was moved from a wing to become a focal point up forward and Tay was released from her tagging role as we looked to go into full attack mode. It was clear that the girls had lifted as soon as the umpire tossed the ball in the air to resume play. Our mids started to gain ascendancy and the ball was going into our forward line on regular occasions. Vanders was looking super lively and got on the end of one to kick our first goal of the game. Her sister Gracie took a big contested mark and slotted a goal soon after and the Hearts were right back in it with all of the momentum our way. Camberwell weren’t to be denied and managed to kick 2 late goals to maintain their half time lead.
The magnets were moved around at ¾ time as we attempted to have one last crack to pull off the win. Our girls continued to give their all at every contest and were not going down without a fight. The Camberwell side had a plan though and it was to limit our ability to score. They dropped players back into our forward line and were keen to force repeat stoppages to restrict our ability to kick goals. After a hard fought quarter the siren sounded to leave the Hearts 19 points in arrears.
Whilst the disappointment was evident after the game that we didn’t make it to the Grand Final in season 2022, the playing group were reminded to reflect on all of the positives. The Hearts girls achieved so much this year and to finish third on the Division one table illustrated that the group played some awesome football during the season. There was a fair amount of adversity the team had to overcome during the season but the girls continued to find a way to compete and faced the challenges before them with full gusto. A big thanks to our physios, Dubsey and Lea for the great care they provided to our players all season. Also to G our runner who did a great job all year and to Loz who worked tirelessly as the women’s team committee representative. The OHAFC committee gave us a huge amount of support which was greatly appreciated as well. Also, thanks to all of the injured players, friends and parents who took up important match day roles this season. We couldn’t do it without the support of every one of you. One last thanks to all of our coaches who were a great support to the girls all year.
Losing finals will hurt for a bit but the Hearts group will reflect on the positives of season 2022 as we look to come back fitter and stronger to attend to some unfinished business in 2023 !!
Men's Reserves Match Report
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St Bedes/ Mentone Tigers 10.11-71
Old Haileybury 11.3-69
What a great game of footy to be part of, sad to not quite be able to get there in the end but that how it goes sometimes and we will move on, our next. “scalp” we are looking for is not far away as long we continue to work at it!
I was a really tight start we kicked the last two goals of the first quarter against the wind, the boys did as they were asked and sent St Bedes a message that they were up for the fight and would be competitive all game.
The second quarter was an arm wrestle between the two sides and we were able to match their intensity, Jordy Hurley and Jordy Andrews were great in the middle of the ground Bainy was dominating with Olly in the ruck and Jacob and Oaksey giving us a target up to lead by 5 points at half time. Given the fact we started the game with only 17 players and St Bedes were unwilling to drop back and play 17 on 17 (which was their right) it was a gutsy effort to that point.
The third quarter St Bedes really got going when we were reduced to 16 players on 18 when Nick Good tweaked the same calf muscle and was out for the day. They looked to be getting away from us and hit the front but to the credit of our boys they bounced back to kick goals when it mattered and defended the ground well to attack the game and provide second and third opportunities for each other. Our young blokes like Jack Grenda and Owen Gora worked really hard down back.
Seesawing last quarter with St Bedes kicking the first goal to lead by 15 points but to the boys credit, through Oakesy, and Jacob we bounced back to trail narrowly by 2 points, Jordy Hurley and Harry Whitty along with Jordy A and Ben O’leary worked hard to get the ball through but the rest is history, St Bedes were able to hold us off and off a turnover and as we tried to go forward and score again, we perhaps copped a couple of tough breaks that could have gone either way. Joel Constable was brilliant all day on one leg, his leadership in the group is always really quiet but I know the boys all appreciate it. Olly was fantastic all day as always and Gowny, by his own admission, was better than last week.
Sometimes even when you lose you get far more out of it than when you win, when the boys reflected on this they acknowledged that for their development this was a better learning experience than winning the games a few weeks ago. The boys are hurting but are a resilient group and will bounce back this week against Fitzroy. They are learning that nothing happens without consistent hard work and preparation, to play against a side that played a full compliment of 22 players against 17 and then 16 was one of the best efforts I have ever seen in my time in footy and I was really proud of them all. More proud of their character and fact that the boys never whine and never make excuses either.