Our final Home and Away game of the year as we hosted Williamstown CYMS at Princess Park.
After 4 strong victories we were looking to continue to play our brand of footy heading into the post season.
We started well but didn’t make the most of our opportunities kicking 4.8 for the quarter but still led by 11 points at the first change.
The opposition were having a real crack and after they kicked the first goal of the term, they had reduced the margin to single figures.
Pleasingly we lifted our effort and our ball use as we banged on 7 majors for the rest of the quarter to go into the long break with a lead of 48 points.
The second half was going to be about playing for one another and continuing to do all the little things which would result in us hitting the scoreboard.
We continued to play the right way in the 3rd term and our lead had increased to 102 points at the last change.
By this time, we were down a couple of rotations on the bench and had to look after a couple of others that have had limited preparations recently.
We finished the game well keeping our opposition goalless for the entire 2nd half and ran out winners by 124 points.
Individually Jack Lonie continued his great recent form and finished up with 5 goals.
Duz Seccull also finished with 5 for the day securing the goalkicking award for the competition with 54 majors for the season.
Our best player for the day was Sam Loewe who as always worked super hard from contest to contest and was a constant threat.
In the midfield Brede, Lach Riley, Bill McKay amongst others were dominant.
Down back our keys in Nath Dowsett & Kye Turner led the way.
Now our season starts. Our group are determined to make an impact in the finals, and we are confident of how our team is looking currently.
We encourage everyone connected in some way with Old Haileybury to head out to Piranha Park in Coburg on Sunday with a 2pm start to support our boys.
See you at the footy.
Men's Reserves Match Report
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Old Haileybury 20.12-132
Williamstown CYMS 7.6-48
One of our best efforts for the year……..
Quarter one, we started very well with really strong tackling and body work around the ball, that was our plan to be physical to send a message to a team that has always beaten us comfortably that we meant business. It took us a while to break through a pretty committed Williamstown defence, it took us a while to get our bearings and adjust but We got going with a great goal from the boundary from Oaksey. Gora was giving us first use of the ball in the ruck and dominating hit outs and Jordy and Jack took some strong marks when needed and Castan and Sam HK were in everything. We kicked 6.1 and led by 31pts at Quarter time so a solid start.
In the second quarter the boys did not work hard to man up and slow progression of the ball, we were very disappointing and via our defence, led by Bainy and Jordy and Jack we managed to hang in to the quarter and they cut the margin to 7 points at half time. After the break we showed maturity to replicate what we did in the first quarter, to be able to hold a team and respond late in the quarter. The key to be able to do that was having Rogo, Jacob G and Oaksey forward and our mids could play a bit quicker and kick it in there.
Then third quarter was where it all came together and we kicked 8 goals to take the game away from Williamstown, we were able to score freely when we went forward and Bainy moved onto a wing, the boys really did play under instruction in moving the ball to the topside and defending across the ground. We lead by about 60 points at 3 quarter time. Sammy Algeri and Sam HK were leading the charge, their work rate was brilliant. Jack Grenda never ever lets you down and gives nothing away and is our unsung hero most weeks. Great to see Sam Morris kick his first goal since Auskick. Croc and Wil had been great all quarter.
A great last quarter from the boys and we kept our discipline in what was, at times, challenging circumstances. We went a bit flat, the defended well for a bit as well, and I am sure they were hurting with the margin. The boys worked well against the wind and were able to extend the margin to 84 points at the end. We kicked the last 3 goals of the game It was a pleasing result for so many reasons that were different to last weeks game v Ajax, I felt we played better against better opposition and the boys game style is developing each week. In any football club there is an interchange on any given week from the seniors to the reserve squad, the attitude of the players dropping back has been wonderful and the leadership of them in conjunction with Olly, Oaksey, Jordy and Joel has been great for the team and has made all the difference. Great to See scotty Ellis back for the second week in a row and he was pivotal. Highlight for me was watching Castan get his groove back kick 4 goals and Jack Grenda kick one.
We get a rest now, we have been much improved winning 6 games this year, our most for a while, we need to build on this next year.
I am very proud of them all and it’s been a privilege to coach them…….most weeks 😂😂