It was another typical cold and windy day as our Senior team headed out to Camberwell Oval to take on Old Scotch who were sitting on top of the ladder.
As previously written our boys had been competitive for the last month of footy but little lapses in games were costing us the win.
We welcomed Connor & Lach Riley into the team as Frankston had a bye in the VFL and Jack Bell was back after spending the whole season so far in the ruck for Casey.
Every Saturday it seems this year there has been a wind blowing to one end and that was the case again as we had first use in the first term.
Our energy and effort were great, and we were moving the ball well once we got it off our opposition. At the first change we were in front by 21 points.
At the huddle we spoke about controlling the footy and making it a scrap into the wind and coming into the long break with a lead. Pleasingly that was the result as our boys worked their tails off as the rain made it difficult to move the footy, but we held up well and led by 17 points holding Scotch without a goal for the half.
The chat in the rooms before the 3rd term was that we needed to win the contest and get the ball going our way to give us the opportunities to score.
The opposition had lifted and kicked 2 goals to 1 for the quarter but we were still in front by 12 points. The goal that we kicked for the quarter was put through by Sam Loewe from the boundary and he was still calling himself Dom Sheed well after the Trivia Night had finished up at The Marine Hotel.
There was still a wind going to the end Scotch were kicking to in the last, so we needed to keep the ball in tight and defend and try and score on the counter attack.
The last term was full of players from both teams putting their bodies on the line as the pressure we put on Scotch resulted in them wasting some opportunities and kicking 1.8 for the quarter.
With a minute to go after some smart use of the footy Castan Racunica marked and goaled and we were home with the 4 points for the first since Round 3!
The song was sung as loud as ever as we celebrated one of the better wins for this club in a very long time.
Individually Jack Bell was enormous in the ruck giving first use of the footy to the Riley Brothers as well as Gassy, Corey Rich and Max Sievers.
Our backline was fantastic all day especially our key defenders in Duz Seccull, Will Paul & Max Sinclair who were outsized but fought hard for Jimmy Paul & Rayner Seccull to clear the area.
Our forwards were great and working high up the ground and providing options to deliver it to but more importantly their pressure on the opposition was the best for the year.
A great result for our group and hopefully that gives us the belief that we can match it with anyone in A Grade if we stick at it for long enough.
We look forward to playing Old Brighton back at home this week with a confident group desperate for wins in the back half of the season.
See you at the footy.
For full pictorial coverage of the Seniors' match against Scotch go to the Gallery
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Old Haileybury 02.02-14
The Hearts ventured to Marcellin College in Bulleen for our round 10 clash. Molly Goudie, current year 12 student at Haileybury, was welcomed into the side as another debutant that the Hearts have had this season. It was great that Bec and Chelsea were also pulling on the jumper once again as school aged players.
The Hearts knew the importance of getting off to a good start in this away game but our girls were on the back foot right from the first bounce. With the aid of a slight breeze, Marcellin were all over us early and were dominating play. They continued to have inside 50 entries and went into the first change 23 points in front. The momentum continued in the second term and Marcellin continued to hit the scoreboard. A highlight of the quarter was Serene getting out the back, running onto a loose ball and slotting our first major for the day. Despite the best efforts of our girls, Marcellin led by 42 points at half time.
Our girls were encouraged to keep their spirits up and work together. We needed to tighten right up and go one on one all over the ground. The contest became a lot more even in the second half with the Hearts showing some true team spirit. Pulli and Eloise were moved to run with roles with two of the Marcellin midfielders who had been causing lots of issues and both did a really good job. Another highlight of the day was Chloe taking a strong mark and slotting a goal in the last term. Marcellin eventually ran out 54 point winners. The second half was a very solid effort from the Hearts as this game could have blown out to a much bigger margin. This is the sort of game our girls will learn a lot from as we look forward to bouncing back and returning to the winners list next week.
Go Hearts !
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Old Haileybury 17-18-120
The U/19’s hosted Monash University at home on Saturday and had our biggest win of the year. We were able to take control of the game early and although we were kicking against a strong breeze because Bonners lost the toss again (0 & 2), for the second game in a row we won the quarter by keeping Monash goalless. A 5 goal to 1 second term gave us a handy 41point lead at the main break. Our backline led by halfbacks Jay Adams and Nick Giustiniano were impassable all day and forwards Bailey Yates, James Connell and Liam Riedel provided targets all game. Ethan Hardeman and Judd Moore dominated the ruck giving all our on-ballers first use of the footy. Overall it was a fantastic team effort and the win now sits us only 1 game outside the top four.