Round 5 on Saturday and we hosted Old Scotch on a fantastic day weather wise for Footy.
After last weeks disappointing effort against Collegians our Senior group were looking to respond.
Right from the first bounce we had a different intensity and were putting pressure on our opposition.
Even though we gave up some easy goals we were well and truly in the game at quarter time as we trailed by one point.
In the 2nd quarter our midfield led by Trevo were starting to get on top and give our forwards plenty of opportunity to hit the scoreboard.
We were a bit wasteful with the chances we had but went into the long break with a lead of 2 points.
Scotch had only lost one game for the season, so we expected them to come out and respond in the 2nd half.
Unfortunately, this is what happened as they took over ascendency in the midfield and scored 4 goals to 1 to lead by 19 points at the last change.
Going into the last term we needed to try and take the game on and keep the pressure up for the whole 30 minutes.
Disappointingly we were only left with 1 on the bench and ran out of legs as we made a few too many errors and were made to pay by a good team.
Overall, a far better effort but just gave them too many opportunities to score and they were good enough to take them.
Individually Trevo, Gassy, Luke Bailey and Max Sievers were very good through the middle of the ground.
Defensively we worked hard but gave up too many marks to their key forwards in the end. Rosey and Will Gown showed some good signs down back.
Up forward we worked hard and looked dangerous when we could get some clean ball in but the 2nd half we were starved of opportunities.
Next week we play Caulfield Grammarians who are looking for their first win of the season, it will not be coming against us.
Thank you again for your support.
See you at the Footy!
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Men's Reserves Match Report
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Old Scotch 32.15.207
Old Haileybury 01.2-08
Last weekend, Old Haileybury Reserves played Old Scotch with a heavily undermanned side, making nine changes from the previous week's team. This resulted in us starting the game with only 21 players, two of whom had just finished a full game in the 19s. By the end of the first quarter, they had 19 fit players. Despite this, Sam Morris, Bailey Yates, and Ayden Collins stepped up to help the team, for which the club is grateful.
Although we finished the game with only 17 players on the ground, the boys fought hard until the final siren. The Reserves boys will put the game behind them and focus on making a comeback this week with a few welcomed ins to secure a win against Caulfield away.
A special mention goes to Harry Grenda, who put his body on the line despite the score line. Unfortunately, he took a heavy hit to the head from a collision on the far wing, leading to him being rushed to the hospital. Harry underwent surgery to repair a broken jaw, cheekbone, and eye socket, as well as plastic surgery to repair the cut on his head. The team wishes him a speedy recovery.
Furthermore, a big thanks to Bec Hardeman, who drove Harry to the hospital, and Jack Grenda, who took care of his brother while his family was away.
Women's Match Report
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Old Haileybury 02.05-17
Old Xavier 05.05-35
The Hearts hosted Old Xavier in a home game on the small oval at Princes Park. The Xav’s team had come down from Premier A after folding their second team and our girls knew that this was going to be a challenge. Chloe, Morgan and Peg were warmly welcomed pre match as another 3 debutants to pull on the Hearts jumper this season.
The message pre-game was all about effort and if our group brought this for the whole 4 quarters that we could take it right up to the Xav’s. The first quarter was an arm wrestle with both sides trying to gain some ascendancy. Holly was rucking strongly and was looking to give our mids first use of the ball as she won many hit outs. Pulli had come to play and was very lively on a wing and throwing herself into lots of contests. Scores were level at the first change and it was clear that this was going to be no easy game.
The sun was shining brightly as the second term started and Tay, Junior, Eloise and Ella were all giving us lots of drive from the middle. Our backs led by Gracie, Loz, Macca, Maddie and Bec were working extremely hard and doing all they could to repel opposition attacks. After a very even quarter, it was the Xav’s who were able to break the deadlock and kick the first major of the day. Our girls were 6 points down at half time. The third quarter started as an arm wrestle and the Hearts were doing all they could to gain control. Our forwards were lively and were doing a great job to lock the ball in and give us repeat stoppages. Most of the play during this term was played in our forward half with Bella and Chloe leading the way in the air. The Xavier girls were able to kick a goal in the last minute of the quarter to go into the last change with momentum and a slender 7 point lead.
Down to hardly any rotations, our girls gave their all in the last quarter and the game was in the balance for the majority of the term. The Xavier girls proved a bit too strong for us and despite Tay kicking a really good goal, we went down by 18 points. Once again there are heaps of positives to come out of this game and the effort of the entire Hearts group could not be questioned. Just like the week before, our girls had chances to run away with this game with just a few moments giving momentum to the opposition. We look forward to bouncing back next week when we take on Old Geelong at Como park.
Go Hearts !
Under 19's Match Report
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Uni Blacks 5.03-33
Old Haileybury 08.12-60
Old Haileybury U19’s hosted University Blacks on Saturday and it was Old Haileybury who emerged victorious with a final score of 8.12.60 to 5.3.33. The match showcased good football from both teams, but it was our defenders who stole the show.
Hugo Lynch, James Connell, and Josh Gillon were the standout players in the backline for us repelling many Uni Blacks attacks. Their tight marking and intercept skills proved crucial in stifling the opposition's forward line.
University Blacks kicked the first goal of the game. However, we arrested control of the game after that and proceeded to maintain that for the remainder of the day.
A credit to the players who have come off four tough losses that they have stuck together and worked hard on the track and the reward of a win is well deserved.
“RAISING THE BAR”
Goal Kickers: Kennedy 3, Black 2, walstab, ganim, williamson 1.
best players: connell, lynch, gillon, giustiniano, walstab, black