1st XVIII V Old Carey
Old Scotch FC 15.15-105
Old Carey FC 7.15-57
Goal Kickers: J. Clarke 3, J. Daggian 3, D. Gilbert 2, J. Sansom 2, J. Halsall 2, J. Tilley, D. Di Donato, M. Seed
Best Players: J. Clarke, J. Tilley, L. Byrne-Jones, G. van den Broek , C. O'Beirne, A. Jelbart
Round One saw the Seniors up against Premier B newcomers Old Carey. Both clubs were coming off very productive off-seasons and for us it was outstanding to welcome 6 new players into the fold.
OSFC and Big V Legend Peter Sherwen presented all new players with their jumpers before the game. Pete spoke about his deep affection for the club and for his desire to see the club finally break its drought.
Proceedings commenced in unseasonably warm conditions and the contest was fierce. The first quarter was a real arm-wrestle and we went into the first break with a 7-point lead.
In the second quarter the game opened up and we began to use the vast expanses of Carey’s home ground to our advantage. Josh Tilley’s ascendency in the ruck was vital and the ability of our forwards to work up the ground and back into space earned us a 5 goal buffer going into the main break.
New coach Dale ‘Bowser’ Bower urged us to continue to do the small and hard things. Affirmations of vital ‘one percenters’ from Jelbart and debutant Max Martin are a keen insight into how we hope to play this year.
The third term was a mixed bag. Old Carey held the ball in their forward line for an extended period and the momentum began to shift back their way. A key goal to Jordan Clarke stemmed the bleeding before we wrestled the momentum back and went into the final break with a 7-goal lead.
After beginning in scorching sunshine the last quarter saw the wind pick up and the heavens open. Fortuitously the wind shifted in our favour and we were able to lock the ball deep in our forward 50 for extended periods.
We finished the game with that Camberwell Toyota ‘4 40 Feeling’, running out 48 point winners. Saturday was a tremendous reward for effort for the playing and coaching group and a great deal of confidence should be taken away from our first up performance.
We welcome the challenge of facing Monash Blues at McQueen Park after a well-deserved Easter break.
2nd XVIII V Old Carey
OS: 11.11 – 77
OC: 9.5 – 59
Goal Kickers: T. Beddison 3, C. Long 2, E. Furey 2, H. Dick, C. Dixon, R. Macdougall, W. Stewart
Best Players: H. Dick, S. Neil, R. Macdougall, C. Dixon, T. Kerr, B. Hays
It was 198 days since the Old Scotch reserves could begin their season of redemption after falling at the last hurdle in last years Grand final and with plenty of positive change around the club during the pre-season, the club was poised for a round one charge. After three solid practice hit-outs around Victoria, it was nice for the club to venture a little bit closer to Nic Bennison’s bubble as the reserves took on the Old Carey Grammarians at their more familiar Bulleen Sports complex. Club favourite Henry Dick, elected as skipper for another year, greeted the boys in the middle of the oval and with a quick anecdote from the captain we set out to get the season off to the right start.
A new look, younger reserves ran out onto the ground in the first quarter and 2017 was under way. Starting in the midfield, the return of the real prodigal son ‘Tom Kerr’ was noticed as he immediately looked to be one of the premier ruckmen in the Premier B reserve division, constantly giving our mids first use of the ball. Sam Neil started the game strongly with his contests around the ground and elite use into the forwards. It was an impressive first quarter for the reserves, kicking 4 goals to Carey’s 2.
The second quarter, proved a different contest with Carey having most of the run of play for the quarter kicking 2 goals to Old Scotch’s one. However with Carey having most of the ball in the quarter it was testament to our strong backline that they could not convert as much as they would have liked to. Henry Dick and young Rob Macdougall were pillars in defense and made sure our structures were adhered to vehemently. At the main break Old Scotch held a minor 8-point lead with improvement needed in the second half.
The third quarter was much more like the Old Scotch style of play that we had trained for over the off season and the fruit that it bore was evident, 5 goals to Carey’s 1. Charlie Miller displayed why was picked in the team, with his silky possession and strong hands bringing his teammates into the play. Another youngster Ben Hays (coming off a fresh Friday afternoon haircut) was also instrumental, leading the way to a 68-35 score line at the final break.
With a win in sights, the reserves seemed to take the gas off the pedal in the last quarter but a beautiful contested mark and goal by Will Stewart drove a dagger into Carey supporters hearts and handed Scotch 77 to 59 point round one win. With a week off next week, we will look to load up for a round 2 contest against Monash Blues on April 22nd in our first game at the freshly minted McQueen Group Park.
See you there.
3rd XVIII V Old Trinity
OS: 12.11 – 83
OT: 6.8 - 44
Goal Kickers: S. Filippou 5, N. Walmsley 4, N. Balson, S. Leith, T. Melville
Best Players: C. Perrott, M. Tyler, S. Filippou, S. Leith, N. Balson, J. Slobom
New Coach, new captain, new players and a strong team. Having just been dropped a division the whole squad were facing new challenges and new teams for the season ahead. The Thirds on Saturday faced the reigning premiers Old Trinity at Bulleen. Before the game, Coach Paul Gregor addressed the boys setting our benchmark for the year. Knowing what we would need to do the boys went out full of confidence for the round 1 blockbuster against Old Trinity.
Within 15 minutes of the first quarter Old Trinity showed us exactly why they won the premiership kicking 3 early goals with the wind in what was a rusty display by the Scotchies. However, we dug in and started playing the brand of footy we wanted to reply with 2 goals, and boy was it exciting as it was the start of the Stephen Filippou show. Being well lead by Captain John Stavris, Old Scotch started gaining control of the game. Nick Balson was dominant in the backline intercepting the ball on multiple occasions and was pivotal in rebounding the ball back to our advantage. The midfield was ferocious in the contest and slick with ball in hand delivering dimes to the forwards. Ned Walmsley introduced himself to the game being dominant in the one-on-one contests and slotting in a few goals. At half time Old Scotch took hold of the reigns and led by 9 points.
The challenge was now to extend the lead and reach our offensive and defensive goals that were put to us before the game. Sean Leith, Matthew Tyler and Tim Melville used their experience to help shut down Trinity in the defensive line. Chris Perrott was all over his opponent who was their main offensive threat but once Perrott moved to him, Old Trinity had to call the police about a missing person. The second half was all about Old Scotch as we piled on the goals ending up 39 point victors. This was a terrific team performance, every player did what was required and contributed big time.
The game unfortunately had to be cut short mid-way through the 4th Quarter. Nick Balson went down with a broken Fibula and had surgery on Sunday. All of us at Old Scotch would like to wish Nick the best for his recovery and are looking forward to seeing him out on the field again!
Under 19 1st XVIII V Beaumaris
OS: 6.4 - 41
Beaumaris: 16.15 - 111
Best: Hucul, Don, Kalogirou, Cormack, Harding
Goals: Parisi 2, Don 1, Clearihan 1, Strathmore 1, Anderson 1
The U19 premier team played the opening match of their campaign at McQueen Park against Beaumaris, last year's runners up. We had a massive opportunity to realise one of our team goals, to beat last years top 3 sides at home. After losing the toss and being send to kick into a stiff breeze, we got off to a tough start, but missed chances from Beauy left us only 27 points down with a 5 goal wind blowing. Fantastic efforts from Matt 'The Bull' Hucul and Harry Cormack saw the Scotch side peg the scoreline back, but the Beauy pressure came again in the second half of the quarter to leave us still 2 goals down at the main break. Big full forward Oscar Don was moved into the midfield in the second half to add some strength to our line up, and boy o boy, is don is good! The big man threw his body around and gave his all when given the opportunity. However, the wind and beauy's structures reigned supreme, edging out to a 7 goal lead heading into the last. Unfortunately, we came out and didn't have the legs to get the job done. It also didn't help that the wind switched for the last 20 minutes and we were once again kicking into it. Overall, not a great start to our season, but our positive mindset to our flaws should set us up well for a big round 2 against last year's premiers, St Kevins.
Under 19 2nd XVIII V Beaumaris
OS: 11.6 – 72
Beaumaris: 11.5 – 71
Goal Kickers: D. Shrimpton 2, H. Moar 2, F. Halligan 2, T. Lindholm 2, C. Westacott, M. Fenton, J. Richards
Best Players: T. Lindholm, N. Stockdale, C. Westacott, D. Shrimpton, H. Moar, J. Hicks
It was the beginning of a new era for the Under 19 Reserves following the appointment of coaches Mark Gnatt and Paul Rees, as well as the announcement of Josh Richards as captain for the 2017 season.
Camberwell Sports Ground was in pristine condition for our first game of the season on a boiling autumns’ day. We knew we had a tough game on our hands as we had only beaten Beaumaris once last year, in three meetings.
The boys were hyped as we ran up the race onto the ground for the first time as a team. After losing the toss we had the strong wind against us for the first quarter.
Beaumaris came out strong at the start of the game kicking three unanswered goals but we managed to claw a few back thanks to the quick footedness and composure of Harry Moar and Fenton who slotted goals under pressure, from close range. The Cardinals trailed Beaumaris by a point at the first break.
QTR time: OS 4.0-24 BEAU 4.1-25
The second quarter was like a yoyo with the both teams constantly answering each other’s goals. Beaumaris were starting to look tired as their turnover count built and disposal efficiency dropped. Our backline held strong with debutants Nick Watson and Ned Lindholm keeping their men frustrated and goal hungry. For a team playing together for the first time, we were showing a lot of character and how much we had gelled over the preseason. A good quarter from both teams, we went into the main break level on the scoreboard.
Half time: OS 6.3-39 BEAU 6.3-39
After a much-needed break from the heat at half time the lads were rejuvenated and ready to tackle the second half head on.
Beaui started to take control of the game getting numerous goals with little reply from Old Scotch. Thankfully Beaumaris were inaccurate in front of goal kicking four behinds for the quarter and only three goals. We had been run off our feet this quarter and due to not picking up our men they kicked a few easy goals.
We were down by 10 points at 3QTR time
3QTR time: OS 8.3-51 BEAU 9.7-61
Being our first home game of the season and having the U/19 1s playing after us, a small crowd had started to build which gave our boys some encouragement to accomplish the tough task at hand. After a final rev up from the coaches and a pump up speech from Richards we set up for the final assault. The ball travelled up and down the ground for the majority of the quarter with no score coming from it. So it was a time where our leaders needed to stand up and surely enough they did. After being in the ruck all day big Tommy Lindholm moved deep into the forward line to provide the team with a strong marking target. This was looking to be a strong play by the coaches as Lindholm plucked one out of the pack and went back and coolie slotted the goal from 15 meters out to give us a sniff. They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, well they are wrong because only a couple of minutes later the big man went bang again slotting another set shot from further out, pressing even further his claim for man of the match. The game was coming right down to the wire when Beaumaris managed to break down our defense to slot a goal from long range. A heartbreaking blow for our boys as we now trailed by 5 points with a minute or two to go. It was going to take something special for us to get the win. We won the center bounce and the ball was hacked forward long. McGlashin then soccered it forward towards goal where two Beaumaris players deemed not under enough pressure rushed the ball behind deliberately for a point. The Scotchies appealed almightily for deliberate which the umpires seemed to agree. With under a minute left in the game, the ball was put in Richards hands to take the free kick, which after wasting a bit of time off the clock banged the ball through for goal to give the Cardinals a 1 point lead in the dying seconds. This proved enough for victory as the boys celebrated like crazy after the final siren blew. Hugs and high fives were a plenty. A better rendition of the club song will never be heard as we belted it out for the first and definitely not the last time this season. An unforgettable win for all involved. We are definitely building something special here.