Our Senior team on Saturday were visited by Fitzroy and with both teams sitting at 3-3 the result was crucial.
Although losing the last 3 games several players have stood up and taken their opportunity with some of our experienced boys unavailable. Unfortunately, we lost another 4 players during the week but were lucky enough to get 2 important boys back into our team in Gleaders and Rayner Seccull.
Our opposition had 2 very good wins over the last fortnight so nothing less than our great attitude last week against Uni Blacks was required to get back on the winners list.
The positive of our long injury list is it has allowed us to blood young first gamers into our team and we had another one on the weekend. Jesse Laity has been in great form in our Reserves and deserved his opportunity and looked very comfortable at the level tackling everyone he came across.
After a first quarter where our attitude and intent were great, we led by 19 points at quarter time.
Our midfield of Bradtke, Gassy, Lach Riley, Munners, Sievers, Dowsett and Laity were giving our forwards plenty of opportunity.
Sam Algeri and Dre were working hard at ground level to lock the ball in and set up goals for their teammates.
After another quarter of quality footy we went in at Half Time with a lead of 39 points.
We spoke about in the break how we needed to keep up the pressure on our opposition and that is exactly what we did in the 3rd term. Our backline was fantastic led by our Vice Captain Brodie Steele, Gowny, Will Paul, Rosey, Max Sinclair, Rayner and Kirky shutting down everything that came their way. Heading into the last term we were in front by 66 points.
Although Fitzroy won the last quarter, we were still comfortable winners by a margin of 56 points.
A fantastic effort by our group led by our forwards in Castan and Duz taking their opportunities.
Castans game was clearly our best of anyone this year. To kick 8 goals at this level as a Medium Forward is great reward for the work he has put in over the last month.
Next week is our final game before we have the weekend off for the Queen.
We hope to see you there supporting as we take on Ajax in Albert Park.
Senior Women's Match Report
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Old Haileybury 2.3.15
Old Camberwell 2.5.17
We were thrown a curve ball heading into the big clash vs Old Camberwell with Coach Sean testing positive to Covid on the Tuesday night prior. The team were in great hands though with Dee, who has a huge amount of coaching experience, stepping up to take the reigns.
It was clear from the first bounce that Camberwell were keen to turn around the 10 goal hiding we had given them a few weeks earlier. Their attack on the ball was fierce and our mids had their hands full to gain some ascendancy. Our girls were up for the challenge and were able to get some repeat inside 50 entries to put the first goal on the board courtesy of Vanders running onto a loose ball. With the opposition responding with one of their own, the game became an arm wrestle with contested footy the key.
Scores were level at the first change and unfortunately with Serene down with an achilles injury our forward / ruck rotations needed urgent alteration. Chels was trying hard in the ruck and was right on top of her opponent with her crafty body use and tap work. Whilst Camberwell took some strong marks up forward, our defenders were working hard under immense pressure to stop them from kicking goals.
We went into the main change 3 points in arrears and the message was all about digging deep and working hard so the game to start to swing our way. Our girls came out firing in the third quarter and started to get on top in the midfield battle. Gracie put us in front with a nice goal which was a big team lifter. The whole group kept running and working together with the tackling by all of our girls a real highlight. We went into the final change with a 4 point lead.
We knew this was going to come down to the wire and the girls were asked for one final 20 minute effort. Our backs were coming forward to defend and were starting to give us plenty of drive as we exited our defensive area. Despite constant ball into our forward line we just couldn’t find a way to put the result beyond doubt. To their credit, the Camberwell girls never gave up and were rewarded with a free kick with the resultant goal putting them in front with 3 minutes to go. Our group gave their all and after non stop repeat entries our forwards just couldn’t manage to take a grab. The siren went with the ball deep into our goal area and Camberwell had pinched a gutsy 2 point win. Whilst disappointed, our girls knew that they had all given their all.
That’s only the Hearts second loss this year and both have been by the slender margin of 2 points. We keenly look forward to taking on Beaumaris next Saturday who currently sit on top of the ladder after going through undefeated so far. Our girls plan to change all of that next week !
Go Hearts !
Men's Reserves Match Report
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Old Haileybury 12.2.74
What a great game of footy to be part of, sad to allow them back in so late in the game buts that how it goes sometimes and we will move on, that “scalp we are looking for is not far away as long we continue to work at it!
Our best start of the year kicking 6 straight in the first quarter but allowed Fitzroy to kick some in the middle of the quarter, that being said as a top 2 team you would expect they would respond but we steadied to lead by 15 at quarter time.
The second quarter was an arm wrestle between the two sides and we were able to match their intensity, Bainy was dominating with Olly down back and Jacob and Oaksey giving us a target up to lead by 5 points at half time after a late Corey Connelly goal.
The third quarter Fitzroy really got going 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 out of the 19s in max, Harders and Josh stepped up and Stuey Connolly worked tirelessly around the ground and Spirodon got going as well. We still lead by 3 points at the last change.
Seesawing last quarter with Fitzroy kicking the first 3 goals to lead by 15 points but to the boys credit, through Oakesy, and Ari we bounced back to trail narrowly and when Jacob gown took a pack mark in the square and goaled we were in front by 3 points with about 3 minutes to play. Then rest is history Fitzroy got a late goal 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.
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 the their development this was a better learning experience than winning the game at Willy a few weeks ago. The boys are hurting but are a resilient group and will bounce back this week against Ajax. They are learning that nothing happens without consistent hard work and preparation, hopefully the “penny has dropped” for them as a group.