OGGERS TOO STRONG FOR SAINTS
Old Geelong played four quarters of fine team football and proved too strong for St. Marys Salesian winning by 56 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. In atrocious conditions, Old Geelong Reserves led for most of the day to eventually beat SMS Reserves by 8 points. Old Carey Thirds began well and cruised to a comfortable victory over a hard-working St. Marys Salesian Thirds by 45 points.
WOMENS FOOTBALL – OLD GEELONG OUTLASTS SAINTS
After an even start, Old Geelong shaded St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) in general play to achieve a win by just 6 points at Como Park, South Yarra. In very difficult weather conditions, Old Geelong produced four quarters of quality football to record a big win over SMS Womens team (2) by 59 points. A St. Marys Womens team (3) played Old Geelong in a twilight social game later on Saturday afternoon.
Round 2: Saturday April 14
St Mary’s Salesian 10. 4 (64) def by Old Geelong 16. 24 (120)
Goals: M. Dolan 3, L. Holmes 2, B. Borland 2, J. Elliston, J. Hunt, J. Perriam
Best: C. Angley, J. Elliston, M. Dolan, A. Bussell, B. Borland, C. Butler
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 7. 9 (51) def by Old Geelong 9. 5 (59)
Goals: S. Gusts 4, B. Semmler-Farr, J. Barrie, D. Ryan
Best: S. Gusts, T. Whittle, A. Morris, B. Semmler-Farr, S. Haughton, H. Brooks
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 3. 5 (23) def by Old Carey 10. 8 (68)
Goals: W. Douglas, H. Meiselbach, M. Quinn
Best: M. Flora, M. Quinn, T. Ham, T. Fly, H. Meiselbach, W. Douglas
Ground: Ferndale Park
Women’s Premier B Seniors
St Mary’s Salesian 2. 3 (15) def by Old Geelong 3. 3 (21)
Goals: R. Gill 2
Best: R. Gill, A. Angley, A. Thorbecke, M. Stanley, A. Tickle, R. Svarc
Ground: Como Park
Women’s Premier B Reserves
St Mary’s Salesian 1. 4 (10) def Old Geelong 10. 9 (69)
Goals: A. McDermott
Best: S. Byrnes, A. Schifferle, Z. Baggot, F. Murphy, S. Robinson, S. Duldig
Ground: Como Park
St Mary’s Salesian 0. 0 (0) def by Old Geelong 10. 6 (66)
Best: K. MacFarlane, M. Judd, T. Weightman, A. Milecki, T. Ashton, C. Ryan
Ground: Como Park
AROUND THE GROUND
SMS is going really well off-the-field. Once again, the Club announced player selections at Thursday evening ‘Dinner’ after training, with ‘Ham and Salad’ provided by 6-8 ladies. On this occasion some 120 people (comprising men and women players, officials and supporters) were catered for at the Ferndale Park Glen Iris Clubrooms. Parents, family members and friends are welcome to attend the Thursday evening ‘Dinner’ which gets underway around 8-00 pm and includes “player entertainment.” All we ask for is a small donation to contribute to food costs. The Round 2 edition of ‘Ferndale Flash’ was available and included the ‘Players View of Matches’ and the famous ‘Flash’ player rankings. This week, Grace Barry, Fiona Murphy, Eliza Tivendale, Maise Barry, Nelli Malseed, Joel Mattiske, Ben Semmler-Farr, Sam Garlepp and Jasmin Cannizzo contributed written items. Have a look at ‘Ferndale Flash’ online or in paper form at the Clubrooms.
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FIRSTS MATCH REPORT
Old Geelong played four quarters of fine team football and proved too strong for St. Marys Salesian winning by 56 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris.
SMS had three changes from the previous week, James Curwood, Frank Ravida (game 100) and Daniel Waters (game 1) the inclusions. Ground conditions were OK despite the wild weather earlier.
The Saints started well to the Pavilion end and looked the better team during the first 20 minutes. The midfield was doing its job, the backline tight, and the forwards moving well. Louie Holmes goaled from a free, Manny Dolan snapped truly, Jack Elliston kicked accurately from the angle, before Dolan added another. Old Geelong replied through Tom Balcombe (a left-footer) and Sam Anderson, and began to gain the ascendancy late in the term. However, inaccurate kicking enabled SMS to hold a 6 point advantage at the break.
The wind became stronger in the second stanza and was worth three goals to the Pavilion end. Brett Borland booted an early major for the home team, but from this point on, the Oggers began to lift their intensity and dominate play. They had a winning midfield, tackled well, and used excellent running, marking and kicking skills to move the ball into attack. Cam Butler was the linchpin of a Saints backline under siege and defended stoutly, but was unable to prevent four OG six-pointers from Balcombe, Ed Keach, Matthew Bird and Josh Hoevenaars. Fortunately, the visitors were inaccurate around goal but still led by 18 points at the interval.
SMS provided a spirited comeback in the third quarter with Borland very effective onball, Charlie Angley and Alex Bussell other solid contributors. Borland, Juan Perriam and Dolan all added six-pointers to cut the deficit to 2 points, before the Oggers steadied with goals through Matthew Kirkwood and Matt Corney. Holmes goaled for the Saints but at orange-time, an offline Old Geelong held a 9 point margin.
In the final term, SMS went forward only to see a close range soccer attempt by Holmes hit the post. The Oggers immediately went into overdrive and played some outstanding footy for the remainder of the term. They were able to take control at the centre ball-up, and run in numbers to carry the ball forward. The result was a classy 8-6 for the quarter and a comfortable OG victory by 56 points.
From the game –
– For the Saints, Charlie Angley, Jack Elliston, Manny Dolan (3-1) and Alex Bussell performed well, while Louie Holmes and Brett Borland each kicked 2 goals.
– Old Geelong played extremely well and were able to lift their intensity whenever challenged.
– Time for SMS players to get back to basics – laying strong tackles, creating space, and hitting targets with handballs and kicks. Coaches Erwin Leyden and Ant Murphy will realise it only takes one good win to restore player confidence and get the season rolling.
Next Saturday it’s Marcellin (away).
Scores (Ones) –
Old Geelong 2-6 6-12 8-18 16-24-120
St. Marys Salesian 4-0 5- 0 9- 3 10- 4- 64
SMS – Goals – Manny Dolan 3, Brett Borland 2, Louie Holmes 2, Jack Elliston, James Hunt, Juan Perriam.
SMS – Best – Charlie Angley, Jack Ellison, Manny Dolan, Alex Bussell, Brett Borland, Cam Butler.
Old Geelong – Goals – Matt Corney 3, Josh Hoevenaars 3, Tom Balcombe 2, Mathew Bird 2, Sam Anderson, George Chisholm, Joshua Huntly, Ed Keach, Matthew Kirkwood, Callum Wood.
Old Geelong – Best – Callum Wood, Ed Keach, Rupert Kemp, Matthew Kirkwood, Sam Anderson, Matt Corney.
In other matches, Williamstown CYMS 86 d. Old Ivanhoe 71, Old Mentonians 70 d. Old Camberwell 50, Marcellin 60 d. PEGS 41, Fitzroy 38 d. Peninsula 32.
Ones – Ladder after Round 2 – Williamstown CYMS 8, Old Geelong 8, Fitzroy 8, Old Ivanhoe 4, Marcellin 4, PEGS 4, Old Mentonians 4, St. Marys Salesian 0, Peninsula 0, Old Camberwell 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Firsts play Marcellin at Marcellin College, Oval 1, Bulleen Road, Bulleen – match commences at 2-00 pm.
SECONDS MATCH REPORT
In atrocious conditions, Old Geelong Reserves led for most of the day to eventually beat SMS Reserves by 8 points.
Old Geelong began the better and was able to kick two early goals to the Glen Iris Road end with the dry ball. About mid-quarter, drizzling rain made ball handling more difficult, but the Oggers Cameron Thorpe was able to kick truly from a free. Ned Baxter passed to Stef Gusts for the first SMS major after 21 minutes, leaving the home team 11 points down at quarter-time.
Greasy conditions and strong winds contributed to a lack-lustre second stanza with both sides struggling to handle the ball cleanly. Andrew Morris and Scott Haughton led a solid Saints defence which managed to hold OG scoreless, while Tom Whittle was active in the midfield. SMS scored one six-pointer, but did not play the attacking northern flank enough, and trailed by 2 points at half-time.
An absolute deluge hit Ferndale Park during the half-time interval, with the Pavilion end goalsquare and forward pockets flooded. The rain eased as players returned to the field, and Gusts kicked a goal to put the home team in front. It became an arm-wrestle for a time, before Old Geelong (handling the ball more cleanly) slotted three majors (Thorpe dangerous around the big-sticks) to the Saints one later in the quarter. At the final break, the Oggers led by 8 points.
With the rain gone and the ground drying out nicely, SMS was confident of coming home strongly. However, the Oggers had other ideas and kicked two early majors to open-up a handy lead. The home team refused to give in and replied to reduce the deficit, but an OG soccer goal by Tom Nagle (which trickled across the goal-line) provided breathing space. Ben Semmler-Farr booted a fine pressure major from 35 metres and Gusts added another, but the Saints had left their run too late and were 8 points down at the siren.
From the game –
– For SMS, Stef ‘Pluga’ Gusts marked well and was a live-wire in attack, Tom Whittle good onball, Andrew Morris best of the defenders, whilst skipper Ben Semmler-Farr performed well in the ruck and around the ground.
– The Saints Twos are not a noted wet-weather team. There was nothing wrong with the endeavour, but a number of dropped chest marks and handling errors resulted in costly turnovers. In fairness, it wasn’t a day for the forwards due to the inclement weather conditions.
– New coach, Scott Gatehouse had a tough first day at the office, and will be looking to return to the winner’s list in the next round.
Marcellin (away) next Saturday.
Scores (Twos) –
Old Geelong 3-2 3-2 6-3 9-5-59
St. Marys Salesian 1-3 2-6 4-7 7-9-51
SMS – Goals – Stef Gusts 4, James Barry, Dan Ryan, Ben Semmler-Farr.
SMS – Best – Stef Gusts, Tom Whittle, Andrew Morris, Ben Semmler-Farr, Scott Haughton, Hugh Brooks.
Old Geelong – Goals – Cameron Thorpe 3, Mark Bourne, Charlie Crozier, Andrew De Fegeley, Charles Hawkins, Tom Nagle, Tom Sheridan.
Old Geelong – Best – Andrew Leahy, Donald Nicolson, Cameron Thorpe, William Horsfall, Tim Breadmore, Jonathon Thompson.
In other matches, Williamstown CYMS 52 d. Old Ivanhoe 30, Old Camberwell 82 d. Old Mentonians 12, Marcellin 38 d. PEGS 13, Fitzroy 72 d. Peninsula 17.
Twos – Ladder after Round 2 – Fitzroy 8, Williamstown CYMS 8, Old Geelong 8, Old Ivanhoe 4, Old Camberwell 4, PEGS 4, Marcellin 4, St.Marys Salesian 0, Peninsula 0, Old Mentonians 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Reserves play Marcellin at Marcellin College, Oval 1, Bulleen Road, Bulleen – match commences at 11-40 am.
THIRDS MATCH REPORT
Old Carey Thirds began well and cruised to a comfortable victory over a hard-working St. Marys Salesian Thirds by 45 points.
On a very windy morning, Old Carey were fast out of the blocks and booted five goals to the Glen Iris Road end, while holding SMS scoreless in the opening quarter. OC had control of the game with a lead of 32 points.
With the wind reaching gale force and becoming swirly during the second stanza scoring became difficult for both teams, the visitors adding two majors, while Matt Quinn kicked truly for the Saints. By half-time, OC held a 37 point advantage.
A reduction in wind velocity enabled SMS to play better footy in the third term and compete favourably with their opponents. Both sides managed two six-pointers, with Harry Meiselbach and Will Douglas successful for the Saints, who trailed by 40 points at the final change.
The last quarter was fairly even although OC added one further goal. SMS had as much of the ball but lacked effective forwards to finish the good work downfield. At siren time, Old Carey ran out deserving winners by 45 points.
rom the game –
– For the Saints, Michael Flora, Matt Quinn, Tom Ham and Tom Fly were pick of the players, while Will Douglas showed glimpses of good form as the game progressed.
– Nothing wrong with the endeavour of the playing group, but one bad quarter in each of the first two fixtures has proved costly and resulted in two losses.
– Coach Jack Byrnes needs his forwards to win contests and put a few more goals on the board for his team to enjoy success.
Next fixture is Old Camberwell and another early start (away)
Scores (Threes) –
Old Carey 5-2 7-3 9-6 10-8-68
St. Marys Salesian 0-0 1-2 3-2 3-5-23
SMS – Goals – Will Douglas, Harry Meiselbach, Matt Quinn.
SMS – Best – Michael Flora, Matt Quinn, Tom Ham, Tom Fly, Harry Meiselbach, Will Douglas.
Old Carey – Goals – not available at deadline.
Old Carey – Best – not available at deadline.
In other matches, Old Geelong 107 d. Old Camberwell 30, Marcellin 29 d. St. Bernards 28, Mazenod 41 d. PEGS 25, Old Ivanhoe bye.
Threes – Ladder after Round 2 – Old Carey 8, Mazenod 8, PEGS 4, Old Geelong 4, St. Bernards 4, Old Camberwell 4, Marcellin 4, St. Marys Salesian 0, Old Ivanhoe 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Thirds play Old Camberwell at Gordon Barnard Reserve, Carrington Street, North Balwyn – match commences at 9-20 am.
Our women’s thirds – winners in so many ways!
WOMEN’S SENIORS MATCH REPORT
After an even start, Old Geelong shaded St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) in general play to achieve a win by just 6 points at Como Park, South Yarra.
Old Geelong are always difficult to beat on their very large ground at Como Park, but SMS was confident of bouncing back after its narrow loss in the previous game.
It proved to be a very dour opening quarter with both teams failing to score a goal and the Saints a point ahead at first change. Old Geelong had the better of the second term adding two goals, while SMS replied through Rachel Gill, leaving the visitors 7 points down at half-time.
Scoring was proving difficult for both sides with Gill scoring her second major (and the only six-pointer for the stanza) leaving the Saints a point behind at three quarter-time. In a tight final term, the Oggers booted the only goal and this was sufficient for them to hold-on and win by 6 points.
From the game –
– Rachel Gill (2 goals), Alice Angley, Mieke Thorbecke and Madeleine Stanley were adjudged best for SMS
– A disappointing first two games resulting in narrow losses. Coach Damian Sutherland will be looking to his forwards to apply more scoreboard pressure and help get the team back on the winning list soon.
Next match versus Mazenod at Ferndale.
Scores – (Womens Ones) –
Old Geelong 0-1 2-3 2-3 3-3-21
St. Marys Salesian (W1) 0-2 1-2 2-2 2-3-15
SMS – Goals – Rachel Gill 2.
SMS – Best – Rachel Gill, Alice Angley, Annemieke Thorbecke, Madeleine Stanley, Avalon Tickle, Ruby Svarc.
Old Geelong – Goals – Anna Brodie, Amelia Cronin, Kathleen Dunn.
Old Geelong – Best – Kathleen Dunn, Mollie Borschmann, Alexandra Kirkwood, Anna Brodie, Laura Hallam, Lucy Gibbins.
In other matches, Brunswick Renegades 33 d. Old Camberwell 1, West Brunswick 43 d. Collegians 4, Mazenod 8 def by Monash Blues 39.
Womens Ones – Ladder after Round 2 – West Brunswick 8, Monash Blues 8, Brunswick Renegades 4, Old Geelong 4, Old Camberwell 4, Collegians 4, St. Marys Salesian 0, Mazenod 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Womens (Ones) play Mazenod at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 2-00 pm.
WOMEN’S RESERVES MATCH REPORT
In very difficult weather conditions, Old Geelong produced four quarters of quality football to record a big win over SMS Womens team (2) by 59 points.
Coach (Simon Brownhill) and captain (Eliza Tivendale) led their Saints team including several first gamers in the opening fixture.
SMS scored its first six-pointer through Amanda McDermott in the third term, but continued to lose ground trailing by 39 points at quarter’s end. The Oggers added 3-4 in the final term and ran out impressive victors by 59 points.
From the game –
– For the Saints, Sasha Byrnes, Alicia Schifferle, Zoe Baggot and Fiona Murphy were amongst good players.
– Seven days can be a long time in football, big winners one day and heavy losers the next. Coach Simon Brownhill will be encouraging his team to put the loss behind them and put in a better performance next time.
Mazenod at Ferndale next Saturday.
Scores – (Womens Twos) –
Old Geelong 3-0 5-2 7-5 10-9-69
St. Marys Salesian (W2) 0-1 0-2 1-2 1-4-10
SMS – Goals – Amanda McDermott.
SMS – Best – Sasha Byrnes, Alicia Schifferle, Zoe Baggot, Fiona Murphy, Sophia Robinson, Sarah Duldig.
Old Geelong – Goals – Sophie Hughes 2, Sophie Batten, Caroline Edwards, Alice Gardiner, Tashie Montgomery-Hribar, Sophie Joubert, Emme Richardson, Georgina Steggall, Erin Strong,
Old Geelong – Best – Tashie Montgomery-Hribar, Emily Carr, Alice Gardiner, Caroline Edwards, Sophie Hughes, Helen Salter.
In other matches, Brunswick Renegades 24 d. Old Camberwell 9, West Brunswick 72 d. Collegians 0, Mazenod 20 def by Monash Blues 22.
Womens Twos – Ladder after Round 2 – Old Geelong 8, West Brunswick 8, Brunswick Renegades 8, St. Marys Salesian 4, Monash Blues 4, Mazenod 0, Collegians 0, Old Camberwell 0
Next Saturday – SMS Womens (Twos) play Mazenod at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 12-00 pm.
WOMENS THREES – A St. Marys Womens team (3) played Old Geelong in a twilight practice game later on Saturday afternoon.