After 3 great wins where we have been building nicely, we welcomed Ajax to Princess Park for a Rd 17 clash.
There were many regulars who were unavailable this week so it provided a great opportunity for several players to show what they could do in our Senior environment.
In no particular order Ollie Sharpe, Sam Algeri, Jordy Andrews, Jordy Hurley and Tom Bain all came in and performed their roles on the day well.
We also had a debutant in Max Walstab who all the boys were really excited to be a part of his first game.
He finished the day with 2 goals but also created plenty of opportunities for others and has a great future with the footy club.
From a team perspective other than the 2nd quarter where we were not at our best, we controlled the game and played exactly the way we wanted to. At Half Time, our opposition were still in the contest and scores were level.
After we talked about how we wanted to attack the contest our last 2 quarters were fantastic. We kicked 12 goals to 1 in the 2nd half and ended up with a 70-point victory.
Another lesson for our group on what works for us and how we need to keep that intensity up for the full 120 minutes.
Individually Jack Lonie was clearly our best for the day. It seemed like every time he had the ball in his hands, we would score from it, and he is in great form currently.
Brodie Steele also continued his consistent form and was a constant attacking weapon for us off half back.
Will Paul was his usual reliable self who can be trusted to every week shut down a dangerous opponent and then win his own footy. Brede Seccull is building nicely heading into the post season.
Nathan Dowsett was again reliable in his new role down back and Sam Loewe and Jayce Morgan were always working their backsides off.
Peter Gleadhill came off early with a nasty injury but pleasingly shouldn’t be out for too long.
We now play one more game at home before we start our finals campaign the week after and our group cannot wait.
See you at the footy!
Men's Reserves Match Report
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Old Haileybury 8.11-59
A difficult week in the ressies, between people being unavailable and blokes with nicks and niggles in the seniors it meant huge turnover. U/19s all played back in their won team so we had to make about 11 changes.
We ended up with only having 16 for the ressies so we bolstered that with some of our 200 game milestone man Scottie Ellis’s mates, Plymo, Spencer Roberts, Tom Chisholm, Alfie and Nathan Waite. Harry Whitty was able to get back to the side as well.
It was a fairly even game all through with Ajax leading at quarter time by two points with a wind advantage in scrappy conditions, standing on the sidelines it was perhaps difficult to fathom just how hard it was for players to execute their skills and read the ball. “Big” Gora playing in the ruck for us was everywhere as was Jack , Grenda and Jarrod Plymin seemed to find the footy wherever he went.
The second quarter was a frustrating one for the boys as we just couldn’t hit a target and get the ball to go our way, no doubt due to a very committed Ajax side who played very well and whilst we did score we did give goals back in turnovers. We led by 7 points at half time. Owen giving us first use and following up all over the ground and Hewey playing his best game so far, Alfie got into the game as did Spencer and Waitey. Castan’s work rate was great and the results seemed to be coming. Croc and Oaksey kicked late goals for us and Hewey kicked his first goal for the club
The second half saw Ajax throw everything at us, Jack Grenda was huge for us in the second half as was Plymo and Tom Chisholm down back. Great to see Harry get going along with Joel and their experience began to show. We managed to kick a goal into a howling breeze a trailed narrowly at 3 quarter time.
I think the boys realised the sport they were in and responded but we could not bridge the gap there for a bit, Ajax snuck a couple of goals in but to the boys credit they came again late in the quarter and some big efforts from Lorenzo and jack Grenda down back and Owen in the middle kept us in it. Oakesy and Waitey got going along with Croc and for the second half of the quarter we dominated and got back from 8 points down late in the quarter and when Castan kicked a goal with a minute and a half to go we had done enough.
Not our best looking win but a win is a win!
Congratulations to Scottie Ellis in his 200th and life membership, it was nice for him to play with his mates and our current generation of young players.
The 19s took on third placed Mazenod in our last game of the season.
A number of school kids who had finished their seasons stuck their hands up to play which excited the regular players.
The boys started off magnificently going in 7 points up at the quarter time break. We out played and out run a much bigger opposition.
Harders and the Bish were magnificent and Kenno kicked 3 from unbelievably difficult angles.
The Mazenod boys got a rev up from their coach and the kicked into gear and troubled us for the rest of the game.
A season completed that has seen lots of fun and development from many of our young players.
Thanks to the club for all the support and a big thanks to Bec Hardeman, Jim Bonwick, Tom Walstab, Kenny Knight, Dan Williams, Darren Cotton, David Connell and Brett Carson for all the help and support during the year.