Old Scotch FC 12.18-90
Mazenod OCFC 7.3-45
Goal Kickers: H. Larwill 3, A. Franetic 3, J. Clarke 2, J. Sansom 2, J. Bull, J. Aujard
Best Players: J. Sansom, J. Bull, J. Aujard, M. Seed, W. Carrington, C. McDonough
In a hard fought game that did not reach any great heights aesthetically, Old Scotch grinded down a spirited Mazenod.
Mazenod had the better of the first quarter with two straight goals to the Cards inaccurate 1.5, but the Cards kept fighting away, as we slowly choked the opposition with a relentless display of pressure football.
By half time the Cards had taken a 15 point lead, 5.10 to 4.1, a lead they were to increase as the day progressed. With James Sansom involved in everything along with skipper Jack Bull, the Cards started the last quarter 24 points up and finished with four last quarter goals to run out victors by 35 points.
Larwill and Franetic both finished with three goals each for the Cards, as the Cards finished with an inaccurate 12 goals 18 behinds.
The win keeps the unbeaten streak going in season 2017 as we look to improve on last year’s heart breaking Preliminary Final loss. Sitting second on percentage behind ladder leaders Old Brighton, the Cards will look to extend their unbeaten run against Parkdale Vultures this week at home at McQueen Financial Group Park in what is sure to be another tough contest, with some unfinished business to deal with.
Goal Kickers: C. Watts 3, N. Bennison 3, W. Stewart 2, R. Macdougall 2, E. Furey 2, W. Michael
Best Players: A. van Ryn, C. Millar, J. Daggian, C. Watts, M. Davis, M. Wills
A superb 1st quarter surge has delivered the Old Scotch reserves side their 5th win in as many weeks, dominating new opposition Mazenod at Central reserve, Glen Waverley on Saturday.
Old Scotch booted 5 goals in the opening term with Chris Watts very impressive, not only kicking goals himself but also unselfishly setting them up for his teammates.
Backmen Alex Van Ryn and John Daggian did a superb job all day negating the Mazenod forward line whilst rebounding with poise and class. Charlie Millar continued his strong vein of form up forward with senior selection not too far away for the rising star of the competition.
Max Davis found plenty of the ball for the cardinals whilst Max Wills was busy through the midfield and rebounding from half-back.
Nic Bennison wreaked havoc for the Mazenod defenders as he maintained his position at the top of the goal kicking tally as he kicked another 3 majors, one which could be considered goal of the year deep in the pocket in the first quarter.
With the game seemingly in control for a majority of the 4 quarters, the reserves side rested on the laurels their significant scoreboard pressure and let Mazenod kick a few goals themselves.
An even last quarter saw Old Scotch end the match 53- point victors however the message post-game was one of contained pleasure, knowing that our best football is yet to come. Parkdale, coming a strong win over Brighton, awaits the reserves side next week and the feeling around the team is one of determination and a hunger to put in a full 4-quarter effort.
Old Carey: 6.5-41
Goal Kickers: N. Walmsley 5, A. Hayes 4, J. McIntosh 3, D. McDermott 2, S. Filippou 2, J. Otter 2, A. Greenaway 2, C. Perrott, B. Smith, J. Stavris, B. Aharfi, T. Hamilton
Best Players: D. McDermott, H. Dennis, A. Hayes, T. Melville, J. Otter, N. Stavris
The mighty thirds looked to bounce back in a short turnaround after a disappointing game against Ajax on the Monday night. Despite the short break the boys were up and about and raring to go against Old Carey back at McQueen Financial Group Park.
The game started well with Old Scotch dominating the play moving the ball forward with skill despite not punishing on the scoreboard. Skipper John Stavris started his best in years with 6 marks and 2 assists in the first; he was leading up well and making his opponent accountable. Big Ned was also on song kicking 2.2 in the first and having creating heaps of havoc for the backline. Old Carey found their feet on the back of a lapse in concentration, which saw the boys head into the first break with a slight 2 point advantage that did not reflect the game the boys were playing.
Something really hit home for the lads at quarter time because after that they were unstoppable, kicking 8.6-1.0 in the second to set up a huge 50 pt margin at half time. Hamish Dennis and Dom McDermott whose opponents seemingly forgot they were on the ground and allowed them to run rampant throughout all areas of the ground had dominated the quarter, which largely contributed to the halftime score line.
Being in such a position at half time is something the thirds in recent years have not experienced, so the message during the break was to remain focused and make sure we ran out this game with a big win. To their credit, the lads responded in what was a breakout quarter of football for Andy Hayes, he took big contested grabs, racked up the possies, hit up the right targets and kicked multiple goals. He has been showing signs of picking a game apart at times however it all clicked for Hayesy on Saturday as Old Scotch piled on 7.5-0.2 in the third, opening up a 95pt margin at the last change.
The last quarter again resulted in a similar fashion with the lads kicking 7.4-2.2 to run out 127-point winners in a game that was dominated from start to finish by Scotch. After being on the bad end of many 100 point games in recent years it was great to finally put a strong 4 quarter performance in and really dismantle an opposition.
St. Bernards: 10.6-66
Goal Kickers: O. Don 4, M. Martin 2, T. Anderson 2, S. Dawborn 2, L. Strathmore, B. Nicholls
Best Players: C. Kalogirou, T. Anderson, S. Dawborn, M. Martin, B. Nicholls, L. Strathmore
This week the Old Scotch Under 19 Firsts team took on St Bernards at home. After a hard first 4 weeks to the season the boys really needed a big win to kick start the season and hopefully light a fire for weeks to come. After watching the under 19s reserves team knock off the team at the top of the ladder the pressure was on to put on a big performance in the opening term. At the first bounce the boys looked slightly lacklustre with St Bernards kicking the opening few goals of the game and putting us on the back foot. By the end of the quarter St Bernards had a handy several goal lead and looked to be a tough team to beat. During the second quarter The boys fought back hard out scoring St Bernards to take a slight deficit into the rooms at half time. After gathering our thoughts and composing ourselves in the rooms at half time it was time for a big second half; and after kicking some early ones in the third quarter the game had the potential to go either way. Following a tremendous third quarter effort the St Bernards lead was once again diminished with them now only holding 5 points over us at three quarter time. At the commencement of the final term it didn’t take long for us to hit the lead thanks to a massive goal by Max Martin from outside the arc; from that point on it appeared the boys could do no wrong with huge efforts from Caleb Kalogirou putting his body on the line and Tom Anderson fighting hard to keep the ball inside our forward 50. By the time the final siren sounded the boys had pulled off a massive win at K2 with the score being Old Scotch 12.12 84 to St Bernards 10.6 66.
Under 19 Reserves
St. Bernards: 6.9-45
Goal Kickers: A. Roller 4, H. Starkins 3, K. Forbes 2, J. Loveridge, J. Murray (O/A U19)
Best Players: D. Shrimpton (O/A U19), J. Murray (O/A U19), N. Sutherland, K. Forbes, J. Loveridge, L. Padbury
On a great day for footy at Camberwell, the U/19 Reserves faced the challenge of playing top of the ladder and undefeated St Bernards.
The team had been looking forward to this all week, as we wanted to prove ourselves to the rest of our competitors.
With Gnatty and Reesy putting emphasis on going in hard from the get go we did exactly that. Our attack on the footy was no match for St Bernards as contested bulls’ Murray and Starkins continued to rack up touches. In the first quarter we only managed to kick one goal. However, the scoreboard did not do our effort justice.
The sustained effort from the beginning of the game began to reflect on the scoreboard as we quickly got out to a four-goal lead. Kizza Forbes and Jono Loveridge were inspiring to the other forwards’ pressure. We made it extremely tough for Bernards as their only option was a hurried kick long, which intercept kings Dom Shrimpton and Padbury would easily pick off and give us another chance at a score.
We had a handy 27 point lead at Half time but knew the game was no where near finished.
St Bernards came out much stronger in the third quarter moving the ball much better then us. Our defenders were seriously under pressure. Nic Sutherland, playing at Center Half Back proved a calming influence to his fellow defenders by steadying the ship when St Bernards looked dangerous. His second and third efforts to get the ball moving forward were fantastic. It was a well-battled quarter by both teams and the tension was high as the siren sounded for the end of the third quarter. A scuffle broke out which resulted in all players from both teams running in forming a melee. After it finally diffused and a spray from Richards, the Cards knew that the game wasn’t going to be won with our fists and a massive final quarter loomed.
The Old Scotchies’ came out firing in the last term like men possessed. With every player wanting a touch of the footy and working their butts off to get it. Kicking towards the grandstand end for the last quarter it was fantastic to see and hear the majority of the crowd behind us, which for sure inspired the boys to push further. We were clearly the dominant team in this quarter, with all boys lifting to get us over the line. Pure elation as the final siren blew, we’d done it. Coming out 32 point winners and knocking St Bernards from the top of the ladder. A fantastic result by the boys, a real four-quarter effort.
Next round we face SKOB u/19 3rds away from Home.