Round 4 saw or Senior Mens Team host Collegians in a match that would show where our group was at.
Unfortunately, that is what occurred as we were never really in the contest eventually losing to a very professional team by 110 points.
We were taught a lesson in what it looks like to play as a cohesive unit.
It is fair to say that our group is embarrassed by what we put out on the weekend and cannot wait to take on Old Scotch at Princess Park on Saturday.
Individually Pete Gleadhill and Sam Loewe both tried hard to stem the flow our opposition had on the day.
We appreciate your support and hope to see you at the footy this week where you will see a far improved effort.
For full pictorial coverage of the Seniors' match against Uni Blacks, go to the Gallery
Men's Reserves Match Report
Brought to you by The OHA
University Blacks 04.08.32
Round 4: vs Collegians
In a game played on a wet and muddy ground, Old Haileybury faced Collegians in what turned out to be a challenging encounter for the team. Despite making eight forced changes between the reserves and seniors from the previous week's team, Old Haileybury was optimistic of securing a win against a well-drilled Collegians side.
The first quarter saw the Reserves side struggle to find their rhythm as Collegians dominated the play, scoring three goals and leading 3.2-20 to 1.1-7 at the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, Collegians continued their dominance, heading into the main break with a 44-point lead.
Despite the deficit, our boys refused to throw in the towel and fought back hard in the third quarter. The team began to show more resilience in the wet and muddy conditions, with Noah Higgins repelling a lot of ball in our backline, while Dan Hille brought the heat in the middle, throwing his weight around.
George Aivatoglou gave the team something up forward, scoring two goals, while Max Walstab was able to burst from packs and enjoyed the wet conditions. Old Haileybury managed to claw back, scoring three goals in the third quarter to close the gap, trailing 4.6-30 to Collegians' 11.7-73.
In the final quarter, Old Haileybury continued to press hard, but Collegians' defense held strong, allowing them to score three more goals while keeping Old Haileybury to just two goals. The game ended with Collegians winning 14.8-92 to Old Haileybury's 4.8-32.
Despite the loss, Old Haileybury can take heart from the fact that they fought back hard after a difficult start. The boys will take lessons from this and come back better for it. Noah Higgins, Dan Hille, George Aivatoglou, Jack Hardeman, Jesse Laity and Max Walstab were among the standout performers for Old Haileybury on the day.
Goal Kickers: George Aivatoglou (2), Max Walstab, Dan Hille
Best Players: Dan Hille, George Aivatoglou, Max Walstab, Noah Higgins, Jesse Laity and Jack Hardeman
Women's Match Report
Brought to you by One 6 8
Old Haileybury 3.01-19
The Hearts took on a very strong Beaumaris side who had gone undefeated for their past 23 matches, including the 2022 Division 1 Premiership. Our girls were keen for the challenge and the group were given a boost with Junior, our 2023 captain, cleared by the physios to pull on the jumper for the first time this year. Kass was warmly welcomed as another debutant this week after overcoming injury.
The ground was very wet and slippery after heavy over night rain in the lead up to the match and our girls knew this was going to be a scrap. Beaumaris came out all guns blazing and our backs were under immediate pressure. Ella was doing a great job to assist in defence from a wing and curbed many of the opposition forward thrusts. Beauy were able to kick 2 goals, 3 points in the first to no score and could easily have gone on to record a sizeable victory.
Effort was the theme at the quarter time break. Whilst it had been solid in the first quarter, the Hearts knew they needed to lift to stay in this one. That’s exactly what happened once play resumed with Holly giving first use to our mids led by Junior, Tay, Mim and Eloise. Bella was trying to get to all contests up forward as our lone tall down there and did really well to compete strongly. The effort all over the ground was tremendous which led to the Hearts kicking the only goal for the quarter to go in at the main change 12 points in arrears.
The effort of our group remained just as solid in the third and momentum started to go our way. Peta arrived at half time and gave us immediate drive off half back. This allowed us to move Bec to centre half forward to provide Bella with some tall support down there. Our mids kept up their tremendous work rate and our backs were working really well together. The Hearts pulled the margin back to 6 points soon before ¾ time but a late goal against the flow to Beauy left the margin at 12 points at ¾ time.
Our girls had a big crack in the last quarter and despite losing Mim and Amy to injury, kept up the effort right until the end. Beaumaris were happy to make it a scrap to nullify our scoring opportunities and after a real slog they ended up winning by 15 points.
This was a really strong performance by the Hearts and the coaches conveyed to the group post match that if they bring this effort every week that many games will go our way. We wish Mim all the best with the scans on her injured knee. Next week we host the Old Xav’s at home which will be yet another challenge for the group after they moved down from Premier A last week.
Go Hearts !
Under 19's Match Report
Brought to you by CRB Networks
Old Trinity 13.14-92
Old Haileybury 03.06-24
OHAFC vs Old Trinity
The u/19’s played Old Trinity in our first home game of the year; in tough conditions our effort was sensational across the board. OT got away to a quick start kicking 5 goals in the first quarter, 2 from dodgy free kicks and 3 lucky ones.
The scoreboard didn’t reflect the end result, as a group we need to try and find an avenue to scoring. We had plenty of times where we went into our forward 50 without getting the reward for effort. The pleasing thing is that regardless of our tough start to the season our guys continue to pad up and get to training and continue to work hard on improving.
It won’t be long before we see some results fall our way. In the mean-time the guys are staying connected and really buying into the club culture and environment and as a coach, I’m really pleased to see that.
Goal Kickers: Kennedy, Hood, Gordon
Best Players: Lynch, Gillon, Connell, Whitaker, Moore, Gathercole