Rd 6 and we were up against a formidable opponent on their home deck in Beaumaris.
With a few out from the previous week with injury it created a great opportunity for our younger group of players to step up and play greater roles in our Senior Team.
Conditions looked like they would suit us as Beaumaris have some taller targets forward than what we have on our list.
Coming off a tight loss the week before our group responded with how we trained and our attitude towards game day was exemplary.
Beaumaris kicked to the scoring end in the first quarter, but our backs held up well and at quarter time we were in the contest trailing by 8 points.
The second quarter was frustrating for our group as for the second week in a row we failed to take our chances kicking six behinds while our opposition converted two goals from limited inside 50 entries.
At the half we were unlucky to trail by 16 points but were still well and truly in the contest.
The third quarter and Beaumaris had the wind at their backs and were looking to put the margin out of reach.
Pleasingly the boys hung tough and after both teams kicked 2 majors for the term at the final change the Sharks were 22 points clear.
We spoke at the break how we needed to go and win the game and to do this we needed to take some risks and switch the ball through the middle of the ground.
Pleasingly our group mostly had a crack at this, we made a few errors, but we will be better for playing this style of footy.
Again, our effort was first rate, but we need to work on a few things throughout the week on how we deliver the ball to our forwards.
Final margin was a 16 point loss but our group is not disheartened at all and look forward to welcoming them to Princess Park later in the year.
Our midfield group tried very hard all day. Standouts in the middle of the ground were Max Sievers and Nathan Dowsett in their first year as well as Josh Gasparini and Lach Treverton.
Up forward Duz Seccull was dangerous all day and gave a great contest.
Next week we are back at home and play Uni Blacks who are sitting on top with a 5-0 record.
Another great opportunity for our young group to prove how far we have come as a group and can beat anyone in the competition.
Hope to see you all out there.
Senior Women's Match Report
Old Haileybury: WIN
Old Mentonians: FORFEIT
Men's Reserves Match Report
Old Haileybury: 7.12.54
Beauy started with a strong breeze and lead 5 goals to 1 at Quarter time, our effort was great but the execution still needed a bit of work, it was evident that clearly they had returning personnel and some real physical size that we struggled to cope with . Not an excuse, that was on us.
With a couple of adjustments we worked our way back in to the game via the efforts of Joel, Olly and Jordy. The boys ball movement improved and as the weather changed and the rain came down, the wind advantage was basically non-existent, but to our credit they attacked the game for the first half of the quarter but dropped away in the second half allowing Beauy to help themselves to late goals and push the margin out to 7 goals at half time. We were pretty disappointed with that.
The third and fourth quarters were much improved with the breeze against us in the we restricted Beau goals to just a few, Jack Grenda, Cooper Nolan and Lorenzo stepped up to only allow a net increase of 1 goal against the wind, we started the last quarter 50 pts behind. The boys used the wind really well with a 4 goal to one last quarter , the boys were far tougher and applied superior pressure to Beauy and also finished their work in the wet conditions. Keaton Law was great as was Finn Williams and Stuey Connelly and Dom T and Nick Gooda showed his class all day. Beauy were a strong side last year so it was, again, a lost opportunity to nail a big fish. But I don’t think anyone could question the boys efforts in the second half , we went down by 29 points on the day.
One of the bonuses we have this year is there is 8 under 19s from last year in the side, today included Finn W, Stuey Connolly, Spirodon, Keaton Law, Dom T and the return of Ben O’Leary, Jesse Laite and a few others next week we will go in the Uni Blacks game with confidence
Under 19's Match Report
Old Haileybury: 2.8.20
The Under 19s were hit by injury and flu this week and came up against a strong Mazenod outfit.
Injuries to 3 key players saw us down to 17 players 10 minutes into the first quarter and the boys were up against it.
Our leaders in Jack Hardeman, Gus Bonwick and Max Walstab battled hard but it was a hard day for our boys.
Our boys have been brave all year coming up against much bigger and skilled opponents so we expect a bounce back this week and hopefully a few players back from injury.
Thanks to Ken Knight(boundary), Cindy Bonwick for stepping up to Time Keeper when Bec Hardeman had to take a player to hospital and Dazzling Darren Cotton as our guest Assistant Coach.