Round 11 and we hosted Old Brighton looking to continue our form from last week and register 2 wins in a row.
The game started with an even first quarter with pressure on from both sides and our boys were struggling with our use of the ball going forward. We corrected this and scores were level at quarter time at 2 goals apiece.
The second quarter was probably our best for the year. The way we hunted our opposition and were efficient with our use of the ball was outstanding as we kicked 8 goals for the quarter to lead 35 points at the long break.
The chat at Halftime was to keep up our discipline and to be ready for Old Brighton to lift their intensity.
Unfortunately, a few things didn’t go our way and our opposition were clinical with their ball use and they levelled up the scores with a quarter to go after kicking 7 goals to 1.
The chat at the huddle was we needed to forget about the 3rd term and get back to playing a hard brand and attack them when we had the opportunity. The last 30 minutes both teams exchanged goals and the lead multiple times but in the end our opposition got their noses in front and won the game by 10 points.
It was a brave effort after being down to 21 after losing one of our best mids in Josh Gasparini with a shoulder injury. Old Brighton played off in the GF last year and were just a little cleaner than us at the end of the game. From an individual perspective Sam Loewe looked dangerous and never stopped trying all day. Mitch Kirkwood Scott was dependable down back and has a bright future ahead of him. James Magner was very hard at the footy all day in his first game for the club and provided great leadership for our young group. Trevo, Munners, Gleads and Corey Rich worked hard in the middle of the ground, but it wasn’t to be.
Next week we travel to Elsternwick to play Old Melburnians in a game that is very important for our group.
We look forward to the opportunity of registering another win.
Thank you for your support & see you at the footy.
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Men's Reserves Match Report
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Old Haileybury 05.05-35
Old Brighton 10.14-74
Round 11 versus Brighton
Following a disappointing forfeit, the Magoos rallied with a full 22 players for the match against Brighton. We were fortunate to have the presence of the three Connolly brothers, the two Kozulin brothers, Sam Hall-Kahan (playing his first game of the year), Nick Gooda (returning from injury), Sam Knight (back from band duties), and the valuable contributions of Steve Alderton, Luke Deville, and Aaron Toy. It was truly heartening to witness these club stalwarts stepping up to support the team.
The first half showcased an impressive performance from the Haileybury boys, demonstrating strength in the contest. However, they continued to struggle in converting their efforts into tangible results. At halftime, we found ourselves trailing by four goals. Brighton took advantage in the third quarter, extending their lead to 44 points by the end of the period. Nevertheless, the boys displayed resilience in the final quarter, managing to kick four goals.
We play Old Melburnians away this week as we still chase that illusive first win – hope to see you there.
Goal Scorers: Nick Gooda (2), Sam Hall-Kahan, Ben Oakes, Stuart Connolly
Best Players: Nick Gooda, Jarrod Hewitt, Stuart Connolly, Jordy Johnston, Davis Green, and Jack Hardeman
Women's Match Report
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Old Haileybury 14.15-99
Hawthorn AFC 0.03-3
The Hearts bounced back in a big way with a 96 point win in our round 11 clash against Hawthorn. It was evident right from the first bounce that our girls were going to be right on song in this match.
With the absence of our regular rucks, Peta Simkin moved into that role and was outstanding all day. We could all see why she was a State level high jumper some years ago as she won the taps and gave first use to our midfield all day. Eloise McCrae continued her tremendous form in 2023 and dominated in the middle and capped her game by kicking 4 goals. Up forward, Serene took some strong marks despite the drizzly conditions and also kicked 4 majors. Rach & Ari also chimed in with 2 goals each with both playing strong games. Pulli also continued her good run of form on a wing as she ran hard and gave us options all game.
The Hearts were keen to recognise the 75 game milestone of Georgia Macshane after tallying up her overall games including ones played at her previous club. Macca, our regular full back, was moved to full forward at ¾ time and to the delight of the group she took a strong mark and goaled to cap off a great day all round.
Thanks once again to the school girls led by Bec Allen who have been playing with us whilst we battle low playing numbers with a number of senior players either injured or overseas on holidays.
The Hearts keenly look forward to our round 12 clash against the Hampton Rovers as we look to go into the mid season bye round at 6-6.
Go Hearts !
Under 19's Match Report
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Old Haileybury 10-08-68
St Bedes 3-9-27
The U/19’s advanced into the Top 4 after a super win against StBedes Mentone on Saturday. The group has really been working hard starting strong and individually winning their own first contest. Each of those wins means the team benefits and for the second week in a row we kept the opposition goalless in the first quarter. Each week our two big men, Judd Moore and Ethan Hardeman are dominating the ruck and all our midfielders are the beneficiaries. Bailey Yates’ game just keeps getting better week after week and he really stood up this week given we had a huge list of unavailable players. James Connell, Nick Giustiniano and Jeremy Adams continue to give full four quarter efforts. Jake Black was clearly best on ground and capped of a great game with a goal. Our three schoolboys Tom Antonis, Charlie Begg and George Kokuras were fantastic and we thank them for coming down to help us out. We now have a 2 week break before the run home and we will start to get a few more blokes back which will hold us in good stead for a tilt at finals.
Goalkickers J Moore, B Yates, T Antonis, G Kokuras 2
J Connell, J Black 1
Best Players J Black, B Yates, X Scott, T Antonis, J Connell, N Giustiniano