It was Round 6 for our Senior Men and we travelled to Glenhuntly Oval to take on Caulfield Grammarians.
After an improved showing last week, we needed to make sure that we took our opportunities when we had control of the game.
Unfortunately, in one of the most frustrating games for our group in recent memory this is exactly what we struggled to do as we suffered a 22-point loss.
We had more of the footy which converted to many more Inside 50s and more scoring shots than our opposition. Frustratingly we kicked 5 goals 18 for the day which proved costly. Also, we need to work on our delivery to our forwards and our ability to defend on turnover.
Our effort was overall pretty good, and all these things are fixable we just need to get them right. From an individual perspective Brodie Steele and Lachlan Treverton were both enormous and provided great leadership. We had 3 players run around for the first time with us this year and all showed some great signs for the future.
Hugo Nosiara was great off half back and through the wing with his use of the footy being the highlight.
Max Walstab came up from the Under 19s and again looked very comfortable at the level looking dangerous and kicking 2 goals.
Jesse Laity led the way with his attack on the footy and his ability to pressure the opposition.
Next week we host Old Melburnians at Princess Park and we will be desperate to get back on the winners list.
Thanks for your support.
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Men's Reserves Match Report
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Old Haileybury 07.08.50
Round 6 – vs Caulfield Grammarians
The Old Haileybury Reserves faced Caulfield Grammarians in a tightly contested match that unfortunately didn't go our way. We were delighted to welcome back Zac Buckley, Alex Gibson, Lachlan Eddey, and Ben Hood, all playing their first game of the year. Red Fennessy was expected to make his debut, but he had to withdraw at the last moment due to a broken finger. Additionally, the seniors had three players who had previously played in the reserves, demonstrating the depth of our team and their ability to field a competitive side.
In the first quarter, the Bloods took an early lead with a dominant performance, giving us a two-goal advantage at the first break. Keaton Law played a strong game and led the team from the front in the early stages. Despite Caulfield's large ground, our boys adapted well, utilizing the switch and demonstrating the ball movement we are capable of.
During the second quarter, Tom McPhee experienced knee soreness, and Ben Hood unfortunately aggravated his troublesome shoulder. We wish both of them a quick recovery. With a few rotations down and the large ground taking its toll on some of our players, Caulfield fought their way back into the game, leaving us trailing by 7 points at halftime.
In the third quarter, our boys fought hard but were not rewarded on the scoreboard for their efforts. Jack Grenda showcased his defensive prowess, repelling numerous attacks and almost single-handedly keeping us in the game at times.
In the final quarter, our Chairman of Morale, Brad 'Bush Pig' Prior, took a magnificent mark and calmly slotted a goal, reducing the deficit to one. Stuart Connolly and Jacob Gown displayed great resilience, battling it out in the ruck and up forward, and both had their best performances of the year. The final quarter was a back-and-forth affair, with Max Greene scoring his first goal of the year. Unfortunately, Jack Hardeman suffered an early injury, suspected to be a broken wrist, leaving us with no substitutes on the bench.
It's disappointing to admit that we ultimately lost by two goals and added more names to our injury list. However, there were many positives to take from the game. The great thing about football is that we have another opportunity next week to bounce back, and we'll face Caulfield again later in the season, aiming to even the scorecard. The reserves team, for the first time in a long while, has a strong core that has been growing week by week, with more players eager to get involved and enjoying their time at the club. We will continue to fight for our elusive first win of the year, hopefully achieving it sooner rather than later.
Next week, we'll return to Princes Park to take on Old Melburnians.
Goal Kickers: Jacob Gown, Brad Prior, Max Greene, Keaton Law, Ben O’Leary, Tom McPhee, and Tarli Reed.
Best Players: Jack Grenda, Jacob Gown, Stuart Connolly, Ben O’Leary, Keaton Law, and Jordan Johnston.
Women's Match Report
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Old Haileybury 02.03-15
Old Geelong 05.07-37
The Hearts ventured to Como Park to play Old Geelong in our round 6 match. After a rainy start to the morning following lots of overnight showers, we were surprised to see that the huge ground was in relatively good condition. We welcomed another 3 debutants, Meg, Daniella and Arielle into the side this week and were very happy to have them since they boosted our player numbers to 20.
Our girls started really well and the ball was inside our forward line for the bulk of the first quarter. Holly and our mids were building the wall to lock it in there and Chloe kicked a great goal to have the Hearts full of momentum. We were right on top and the effort of the girls all over the ground was outstanding as we took a 7 point lead into the first change.
Old Geelong started to find their groove during the second and third quarters and our backline were put under enormous pressure. Loz and Bec were leading the way to repel the opposition attacks as best they could. Eloise and Pulli were both outstanding on the wings and were running and competing as hard as they could. Junior, Tay and Ella were in and under at every contest as usual. The lack of rotations on the big ground started to wear down our girls and Geelong were able to kick 5 goals across these quarters.
To their credit, our girls were still smiling and supporting each other at ¾ time even though we were down by 28 points. We set a team goal to win the final quarter even though many of the Hearts hardly had anything left to give. Chelsea moved into the ruck to give Holly a break and provided an immediate impact. Our girls were ignoring the fatigue and were starting to run over the top of Geelong. Eloise kicked a huge goal from near the boundary line after beating 2 opponents to cap off a great final term. We lost the game by 22 points but the effort from all 20 players was superb. We look forward to returning home to take on the Hampton Rovers next Saturday.
Go Hearts !
Under 19's Match Report
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Old Camberwell 17.07-109
Old Haileybury 06.13-49
A heavily depleted Old Haileybury U19’s travelled out to take on Old Camberwell on Saturday and it turned out to be a tough day at the office. Although we started the game well and the effort across the board was solid, we struggled to make an impact on the scoreboard. On the other side Old Camberwell managed to score whenever they went down their end.
Josh Gillon, Nick Guistiniano, Jake Black, Bailey Yates and JJ Adams were strong competitors all day and should be commended on fighting the game out till the end.
As a team we need to find a way to kick more goals, we have plenty of the football and we move the ball well until the money end of the deal.
We also need to decide what we want to get out of the season and what level of commitment we want to give to each other. Creating a great club starts with the U19’s and we need to Raise The Bar in 2023