Our Senior group ventured out to face Old Carey on a beautiful day on a big spacious ground.
For the second game in a row, we had multiple players pull on the jumper for their first senior game with the Bloods.
Both Jordan Andrews and Ben Hood acquitted themselves well and have bright futures with the club.
Unfortunately, with injuries and Covid hitting the group there was a lot of talent missing which meant we needed an even contribution from everyone.
Pleasingly this is exactly what we got as all players performed their role exactly as requested.
From our 2 remaining leaders in Durras and Brede Seccull down to Ollie Sharpe who was drafted into the team at short notice, we dominated our opponents as the pressure that we put on them from the start was too much for them.
Once we got the ball in our hands from turnover, we converted our opportunities to run out winners by 101 points.
It would be wrong to single anyone out at all as the 22 should be all proud of their efforts.
Our group is really engaged and challenging each other now to get better every week.
This Saturday we head out to Williamstown to take on CYs and we hope to see you out there.
Senior Women's Match Report
Old Haileybury: 10.10.70
The Hearts ventured out to Whitefriars for our round 3 clash. The theme for the week was all about Attitude since we knew it would be nice and cold with a scheduled start time of 9.20am.
It was a special day for our team as 2 of our players, Jordan Shanks and Taylah Vines – Chapple reached the big 50 game milestone. Both have been highly valued members of our team since the Hearts started in 2017 and our group were really keen to make it a great day for the 2 of them.
The ground was covered in dew, the ball was heavy very quickly and it was all about strong contested footy in the first half. Our girls adapted well to the conditions, worked hard and tackled strongly which led to a 22 point lead at half time.
We discussed our ball movement at the main break and looked to open up the forward line so we could hit the scoreboard more in the second half. The sun was shining brightly and the oval dried out by the start of the 3rd quarter and the improved conditions helped our group to implement our run and carry game style. The girls were awesome from that point onwards and played some really exciting footy to kick 7 goals in the second half. We ended up posting a comprehensive 63 point win which has moved us to 2nd on the Division 1 ladder.
The girls all had a great day and are playing very well together with a team first mindset. We look forward to our round 4 clash next week.
Men's Reserves Match Report
Old Carey: 24.9.153
Old Haileybury: 9.10.64
Our Reserve Group made the trip out to Old Carey after their encouraging Rd1 performance against De La Salle.
Covid, Injuries, Holidays and Weddings meant that we would only be able to field a team of 18 with no bench.
Club legend Stewie Loewe stepped up to take the reins for the day with Jason Bek unavailable.
The effort from all 18 was fantastic and after winning the second quarter they did well to only trail by 5 goals at Half Time.
With our opposition having a full complement of players it was only natural that they got on top of our group but pleasingly we still hung in there and did not throw in the towel.
Under these circumstances in the past the margin would have been far greater, so it is a reflection on the improvement with this group. Jacob Gown and Ben Oakes were dangerous up forward and some young guys in Jesse Laity, Will Barrie, Tom Morris and Stu Connolly showed some great signs throughout the day and have a big future with our club.
Thanks again to Loewy for working with the group on the day under trying circumstances.
With some older heads back in this week to help our young group we look forward to heading to Williamstown to face CYs who are 0-3 with high expectations of our first win for the year.
Hope to see you all there.
Under 19's Match Report
Old Trinity: 21.15.141
Old Haileybury: 7.5.47
Coached by Old Haileybury legend Roger Gerny, Old Trinity were big and strong and jumped us early in what could only be described as perfect conditions for footy.
Boosted by some school kids covering for some of our regulars, the boys fought valiantly throughout the day but could not match the skill and pace of the Trinity side in the first half.
The side regrouped at half time with some serious sole searching and after flipping the side around and we were very competitive for the second half with our boys playing great footy and outscoring Trinity in the 3rd quarter.
Will Hardeman joined his brother Jack and Cousin Ethan to star in the forward pocket and Jerry Xu kicked his first goal for the club which brought much excitement to his team mates and spectators.
Ben Bishop-Schoff and James Connell battled hard all day and Harry Grenda dominated the second half on the wing.
Lachie Hood was thrown forward in the second half and showed that we have a potential star forward for the rest of the season.
Josh Schutz continued his good form and Tommy McPhee matched it in the middle with the big Trinity bodies.
We have a number of players returning this week to strengthen the side and look forward to taking on our arch rivals Xavs in a blockbuster at 11.40 at Stradbroke Park in Kew. If you are doing nothing Saturday, grab your dog and get to the 19s and support our boys in a traditional Old Haileybury v Old Xavierians clash which are always entertaining.
A huge thanks to our field volunteers - David Connell (part time assistant coach), John Kingsley(goal umpire), Jim Bonwick(timekeeper), Bec Hardeman(team manager) and Dan Williams (runner). Making the trip to Bulleen was greatly appreciated by the players.