Ben Semmler-Farr and Jake Evans – 150th game.
OGGERS TROUNCE SAINTS IN MUDFEST
Old Geelong produced a fine display of wet weather football to trounce St. Marys Salesian by in excess of 100 points at Como Park, South Yarra. In slippery and wet conditions, a very talented Old Geelong Reserves were far too good for SMS Reserves winning by 85 points.
SAINTS TO TAKE ON WESTIES IN WOMENS (1) GRAND FINAL
In the Preliminary Final, SMS Womens team (1) began well and maintained control to enjoy a comfortable win over Monash Blues by 23 points at Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick. They will play West Brunswick in next Sunday’s Grand Final.
In the Reserves Preliminary Final, Old Geelong gained the ascendancy early and proved too strong for St. Marys Salesian Womens team (2) achieving victory by 23 points. The Oggers will play West Brunswick in next Sunday’s Grand Final, while the Saints finish a very creditable third.
Round 16: Saturday July 11
St Mary’s Salesian 3. 5 (23) def by Old Geelong 22. 13 (145)
Goals: L. Brownhill, N. Bussell, B. Andrews
Best: H. Chipperfield, M. Bulte, C. Butler, J. Strangward, D. Hicks, L. Holmes
Ground: Como Park
St Mary’s Salesian 4. 6 (30) def by Old Geelong 17. 13 (115)
Goals: S. Jones, J. Hunt, M. Howard, J. Evans
Best: J. Evans, B. Semmler-Farr, J. Hunt, S. Jones, W. Anderson, J. Ryan
Ground: Como Park
Preliminary Final: Sunday August 12
St Mary’s Salesian 4. 9 (33) def Monash Blues 1. 4 (10)
Goals: K. Smith 2, S. Lawrence, S. Klimpsch
Best: M. Stanley, K. Smith, C. Soderstrom, S. Byrnes, S. Yule, A. Angley
Ground: Elsternwick Park
St Mary’s Salesian 0. 1 (1) def by Old Geelong 3. 6 (24)
Best: A. Bush, S. Duldig, B. Young, T. Wightman, K. MacFarlane, V. Ellis
Ground: Elsternwick Park
AROUND THE GROUND
Our adversary in Round 16 was Old Geelong at Como Park, South Yarra. Coached by Nick Bourke, the Oggers were in third position, and most surprisingly lost to Peninsula by a solitary point in their previous game. We were greeted by the worst weather of the season for out trip to the pleasant surrounds of Como Park at South Yarra. Substantial overnight rain on Friday and early Saturday (17 mm) ensured the ground would be slippery and wet for the footy. It was also particularly cold but thankfully only intermittent showers of rain and little or no wind during the afternoon.
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FIRSTS MATCH REPORT
Old Geelong produced a fine display of wet weather football to trounce St. Marys Salesian by in excess of 100 points at Como Park, South Yarra.
SMS (tenth) was up against Old Geelong (third).
Wet and muddy conditions with occasional showers were the order of the day and SMS began to the Pavilion end in the opening term. The boys played some reasonable footy in the initial 10 minutes with Manny Dolan passing the ball to Mitch Bulte at 35 metres in the mud patch. He cleverly off-loaded to Ben Andrews on drier ground for an impressive goal. As the quarter continued it became clear that the physical strength, marking, and kicking skills of the bigger Old Geelong players would be impossible to stop on the wet surface. The Oggers kicked six goals with smart play to hold a 30 point lead by the first change.
Old Geelong went on with the job in the second quarter adding a further seven goals to effectively wrap-up the game. It was a genuine team effort with goals being shared by a number of players and Jack Sheridan amongst the best. For the Saints, Heath Chipperfield, Dane Hicks and Bulte battled hard, but by half-time the Oggers led by 76 points.
What happened after the interval was all academic, but SMS fought hard and managed to restrict Old Geelong to just three goals in the term. Credit is due to the midfield and backline with Cam Butler, Jackson Strangward and Louie Holmes (at centre half back) and a roaming Dolan being solid contributors. Nick Bussell kicked truly but by orange-time it was the Oggers holding a 94 point advantage.
The final stanza saw the home team finish well with another five six-pointers, heavy rain arriving for the last 10 minutes of play. Joe Couch, Jock Grimshaw, John Simson and captain Callum Wood combined for fourteen Old Geelong majors on the day. Luke Brownhill replied for the Saints from a free, but another heavy loss was the eventual result.
From the game –
– Old Geelong (third) are a quality side and despite a couple of surprising losses in recent weeks should acquit themselves well in the finals.
– It’s fair to say SMS is playing without any confidence whatsoever and has hit ‘rock bottom’ at the present time. Although firmly entrenched at the bottom of the ladder, it’s important the team finishes in a positive manner in the remaining two fixtures.
– A tough time for the coaches who have worked hard over a long period, but time to focus on an improved performance against Old Camberwell in the final Ferndale Park game on Saturday.
Scores (Ones) –
Old Geelong 6-3 13-7 16-8 22-13-145
St. Marys Salesian 1-2 1-3 2-4 3-5-23
SMS – Goals – Ben Andrews, Luke Brownhill, Nick Bussell.
SMS – Best – Heath Chipperfield, Mitch Bulte, Cam Butler, Jackson Strangward, Dane Hicks, Louie Holmes.
Old Geelong – Goals – Joe Couch 4, Jock Grimshaw 4, Callum Wood 3, John Simson 3, Sam Anderson 2, Hugh Coleman 2, Scott Dixon 2, Matt Kirkwood, William Sloss.
Old Geelong – Best – Jack Sheridan, William Sloss, Jeremy Nettlefold, Don Nicolson, Callum Wood, Jock Grimshaw.
In other matches – Fitzroy 123 d. Old Ivanhoe 50, Williamstown CYMS 112 d. Old Camberwell 88, Old Mentonians 78 d. Marcellin 56, Peninsula 69 d. PEGS 55.
Ones – Ladder after Round 16 – Williamstown CYMS 60, Fitzroy 56, Old Geelong 40, Old Camberwell 36, Old Ivanhoe 28, Marcellin 28, PEGS 28, Old Mentonians 20, Peninsula 20, St. Marys Salesian 4.
Next Saturday – SMS Firsts play Old Camberwell at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 2-00 pm.
SECONDS MATCH REPORT
In slippery and wet conditions, a very talented Old Geelong Reserves were far too good for SMS Reserves winning by 85 points.
SMS (eighth) were opposed to Old Geelong (third). For the Saints, captain Ben Semmler-Farr and Jake Evans were playing their respective 150th games, while Jack Ryan was in game 50.
After overnight and early morning rain ground conditions were heavy with several puddles visible on the playing surface. SMS went to the Pavilion end and contested well for the opening 10 minutes. Joe Kemp goaled for Old Geelong after 12 minutes and from this point on the home team gradually took control. A further four majors were added, while Michael Howard replied for the Saints with a clever snap from close range. However, by quarter-time, the Oggers had established a 27 point advantage.
In the second stanza, the bigger, stronger and highly skilled players of Old Geelong played exceptionally well in the muddy conditions to add a further five six-pointers. The visitors were well served by Sid Jones and ‘Rowdy’ Howard, while James Hunt responded with a quality goal from distance, but by the long interval SMS faced a 54 point deficit.
Playing for pride, the Saints put in a determined third term and contested well. They had the majority of the ball, produced some cohesive teamwork, and hit targets using good skills. The defence tightened-up, but the downside was they were unable to use the ball in the forward line to reduce the scoreboard difference. Goals from Jones and Jake Evans (the latter with a long ‘bomb’) were rewards for some good lead-up play, but at the other end the Oggers snagged three majors from limited chances to hold a 58 point margin at three quarter-time.
Old Geelong’s bigger players marked well in the final quarter and added a further four goals while restricting SMS to a solitary behind. Christian Hatzis, Liam Maiden and Charles Hawkins each slotted three majors on the day. The home team adapted far better to the wet conditions which did not suit the Saints running game. By siren time, the Oggers were deserving victors by 85 points.
From the game –
– Old Geelong (third) has a very good team and should do well in the finals.
– SMS looked undermanned but competed well early in the match and again in the third term. Jake Evans, Ben Semmler-Farr, James Hunt and Sid Jones were amongst good players, while Michael Howard worked really hard over four quarters.
– Coach Scott Gatehouse, would have been pleased with aspects of his team’s effort, and has Old Camberwell at Ferndale next round.
Scores (Twos) –
Old Geelong 5-3 10-7 13-9 17-13-115
St. Marys Salesian 1-0 2-1 4- 5 4- 6- 30
SMS – Goals – Jake Evans, Michael Howard, James Hunt, Sid Jones.
SMS – Best – Jake Evans, Ben Semmler-Farr, James Hunt, Sid Jones, Billy Anderson, Jack Ryan.
Old Geelong – Goals – Christian Hatzis 3, Charles Hawkins 3, Liam Maiden 3, Andrew De Fegeley 2, Rupert De Crespigny, Joshua Hutley, Joseph Kemp, Andrew Leahy, Hugh McKay, William Simson.
Old Geelong – Best – Liam Maiden, Joshua Hutley, Andrew Leahy, William Simson, Jonathon Thomson, Christian Hatzis.
In other matches – Fitzroy 116 d. Old Ivanhoe 24, Williamstown CYMS 115 d. Old Camberwell 26, Marcellin 154 d. Old Mentonians 0, Peninsula 51 d. PEGS 29.
Twos – Ladder after Round 16 – Fitzroy 60, Williamstown CYMS 54, Old Geelong 52, Marcellin 42, Old Ivanhoe 36, PEGS 24, Old Camberwell 24, St. Marys Salesian 16, Peninsula 12, Old Mentonians 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Reserves play Old Camberwell at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 11-40 am.
Of course, St. Marys Salesian Thirds season concluded last weekend.
In the Second Semi-Final, St. Bernards enjoyed a big win over Old Carey to go directly into the Grand Final in a fortnight.
Meantime, Mazenod managed a narrow victory over Marcellin in the Elimination Final.
Old Carey will now meet Mazenod in next Saturday’s Preliminary Final, the winner to go on and play in the Grand Final.
Scores (Threes) – Elimination Final
Mazenod 1-1 3-4 4-10 6-10-46
Marcellin 2-4 3-4 5- 8 5-11-41
Mazenod – Goals – Stefan Davis 4.
Mazenod – Best – Aidan Noone, Steven Mann, Steven Oldman.
Marcellin – Goals – Joel Cunningham 2, Nick Hullick 2.
Marcellin – Best – Nathan Whelan, Tom Cullen, Dan Epifano.
Scores (Threes) – Second-Semi Final
St. Bernards – Goals – Jacob De Fazio 3, Tom Donohoe 3, Michael Barrett 2.
St. Bernards – Best – Nathan Sawaya, Cody Brasher, Josh Esposito.
Old Carey – Goal – Tom MacReady-Bryan.
Old Carey – Best – Details unavailable at deadline.
Next Saturday – Old Carey play Mazenod in the Preliminary Final – the winner will play St. Bernards in the Grand Final the following week.
WOMENS ONES –
In the Preliminary Final, SMS Womens team (1) began well and maintained control to enjoy a comfortable win over Monash Blues by 23 points at Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick. They will play West Brunswick in next Sunday’s Grand Final
The Women’s Seniors are back into the Big Dance, as they face West Brunswick in a Grand Final rematch. As we all remember, the Sainters held on by 1 point to claim the inaugural Development Division One Premiership in 2017 against West Brunswick. It’s guaranteed to be a fierce contest so please all get down to Marcellin College on Sunday at 2.30pm to cheer on our girls.
Scores – (Womens Ones) – Preliminary Final
St. Marys Salesian 1-3 2-6 4-9 4-9-33
Monash Blues 0-1 1-1 1-1 1-4-10
SMS – Goals – Kayla May-Smith 2, Sonya Klimpsch, Stephanie Lawrence.
SMS – Best – Madeleine Stanley, Kayla May-Smith, Chloe Soderstrom, Sasha Byrnes, Sarah Yule, Alice Angley, Avalon Tickle
Monash Blues – Goal – Arielle Cathcart.
Monash Blues – Best – Grace Mills, Mimi Arnott, Abbie Hansen, Emily Conroy, Xanthea Dewez, Samantha Rodgers.
Next Sunday 19 August – West Brunswick play St. Marys Salesian in the Grand Final at Marcellin College, Oval 1, Bulleen Road, Bulleen – match commences at 2-30 pm.
In the Reserves Preliminary Final, Old Geelong gained the ascendancy early and proved far too strong for St. Marys Salesian Womens team (2) achieving victory by 23 points. The Oggers will play West Brunswick in next Sunday’s Grand Final, while the Saints finish a very creditable third.
The reserves were unable to book a spot in the Grand Final, going down to Old Geelong. The scoreboard did not reflect our competitiveness within the game, with the Saints locking the ball deep in their forward line the second half, but, unable to score. However, 2018 has been a huge success for the Reserves, winning 11 games with a percentage of 345%. For comparison, last year they won 5 games with a percentage of 52%. The vast improvement shown by the players over the past 24 months has truly been staggering and we know the girls are on the right trajectory to challenge for a flag in 2019. Well done to coach Simon Brownhill and his right hand man Ian Whynzel for leading the girls into the finals.
Scores – (Womens Twos) – Preliminary Final
Old Geelong 2-2 3-3 3-4 3-6-24
St. Marys Salesian 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1-1
SMS – Best – Aymee Bush, Sarah Duldig, Bronte Young, Tempany Wightman, Kate MacFarlane, Viv Ellis
Old Geelong – Goals – Olivia Gleeson, Sophie Hughes, Annabel Richards.
Old Geelong – Best – Brooke McKay, Sophie Joubert, Alexandra Cooper, Elizabeth Slattery, Keeley Murrihy, Tess Lawless.
Next Sunday 19 August – West Brunswick play Old Geelong in the Grand Final at Marcellin College, Oval 1, Bulleen Road, Bulleen – match commences at 12-00 pm.