Mathematically still possible for Seniors whilst the Unders are already there.
I hate that expression, mathematically possible, in other words we had our chances and now we have to rely on the footy gods to align for us to play finals. Let’s face it the last month hasn’t been good, our last win was at home to Beaumaris Round 12 July 18th, that was followed by perhaps the season defining draw to De la, then it’s been L, L, L and L. Premier A grade is now at boiling point especially at the relegation end. Beaumaris are gone but who will join them, can you believe it is out of Scotch, Collegians and Xavs! This week’s piece by Andrew Leonard on the VAFA website best sums it all up, have a read:
Finals are almost here, but if you are anxious for a final like atmosphere, get to Camberwell Sports ground this weekend. Old Scotch host Old Xaverians with relegation on the line for both clubs. Of course University Oval will hold our attention also as Uni Blacks host Collegians. Remarkably, one of Old Scotch, Collegians or Old Xaverians will be relegated come approximately 4.40pm this Saturday. Let me put it another way, of the 113 premierships awarded at the top level of the VAFA, these three have won 39, or 34.5%. If you take away the seasons before there was promotion and relegation (and the premierships Collegians won before 1923), the number rises to 38.4% of premierships won are by these three clubs.
A script-writer couldn’t have delivered a more perfect script for the final round of William Buck Premier. All will be revealed this week and regardless of who goes down, it will be a significant scalp that the relegation system claims.
If Scotch lose to Xavs
Old Scotch last time not in Premier: 1980
If Collegians lose to Uni Blacks and Scotch win.
Collegians last time not in Premier: 2006
If Collegians win and Scotch beat Xavs by more than 28 points.
Old Xaverians last time not in Premier: 1991
So Collegians are still fighting for their season after a great win over Old Carey last week. The Panthers have done a Collingwood and haven’t fired a shot in the latter half of the year. Despite this fall from grace, their loss to Collegians was the first time they have fallen out of the four since round 4. In fact the Panthers have been in the top four for 14 of 17 weeks this year. Whilst they are still a chance to play in September for the first time in William Buck Premier, a trip to the Snakepit makes the task more daunting. Collegians jumped to a four-goal lead early before being hauled in by Old Carey. Clearly up for the fight the visitors pegged the Lions back and the sides were locked in an arm wrestle at half time. The third quarter was a tale of two opposites. Collegians kicked straight and Old Carey didn’t. The gap was insurmountable and eventually blew out to 40 points at the final siren. Shura Taft kicked four goals and played one of his better games this year. Julian Rowe also booted four for Old Carey. Collegians are still alive and a win against Blacks ensures they stay safe for another year.
All of the above hides the sensational story that is De La Salle, tthe form side of the competition and their win over top of the ladder St Bernard’s saw them move into the top four for the first time this year. A win against Beaumaris this week will confirm a brilliant come from the clouds back nine to end the season. Whilst I tipped against them when they played Old Trinity, I couldn’t be more confident about the prospects of the blue and gold against the visiting Snowdogs. De La had Tom Humphrey’s 100th game to celebrate, but more importantly they have an undefeated streak stretching back to round 10. De La Salle is unbeaten since May!
Old Xaverians were no match for Old Trinity, whose win completed the double over Xavs for a second straight year. The T’s were sublime throughout as they returned to the winners list and tuned up for finals. Late goals to Xavs might prove valuable preserving their percentage ahead of this weekend’s final match.
Beaumaris played their best match in over a month but the Sharks still fell short of Uni Blacks. The Sharks were within a goal at the final change but with finals still a possibility, Blacks were able to kick clear led by Willingham and Richardson.
Finally Uni Blues took no prisoners as they thrashed Old Scotch. The loss sent the Cardinals back to ninth, staring down the barrel of a return to Premier B for the first time since 1980.
The part that hurts most is that we have been in the top 4 for 14 of the 17 rounds. And I can hear the Know it All’s who have said Carey has no depth, won’t be able to match it when they need to. Whist our ladder position supports that, especially with the 2nds trying season a lot had written us off, back to B grade even before the season had started. Well we played some impressive football and deserve the right to stay in A grade. Recent weeks have provided us with the opportunity to see how the other clubs respond and what we need to do to go one better in 2016. Add to this our 3rds played finals, so too our Unders and we can give ourselves a pass mark for now but we know we let a big opportunity slip. I suspect 2016 will be a defining season for the club.
Please take a moment and have a read of Michael Tarrant’s Unders match report, in short they beat a very self-assured Hampton by a point and in doing so tipped them out of the finals courtesy of Ormond’s monstering of St Bernards. You can feel the passion in Taz via his report and what a thrilling win it was for the boys, the club and the parents.
In case you missed out on our final scores from last week's Round 17, polar opposite emotions for our boys:
Seniors: OC 11/16/82 v Collegians 18/14/122
2nds: OC 4/8/32 v Collegians 23/13/151
3rds: Season over
Unders: OC 10/5/65 v Hampton Rovers 8/16/64
$5 grand in the hand reverse raffle run and won
It was a 3 way tie where the last three ticket holders all agreed to share the winning. For the record the winners were:
Michael O’Connor, father in law to 3rds player Dave Pocock
Hollie Rice, sister to Joel.
We sold 290 of the 300 tickets which is a fantastic effort and the club is indebted to all of those that bought a ticket(s). This is a major fund raiser for the club and really helps our cash flow at season’s end.
Cookies Kitchen one last hoorah, the U19 are in the finals and at Bulleen!
And we thought it had closed for the season, well not yet, with the Unders finishing in 3rd spot we are given the right to host the elimination final so Cookie and I have gotten busy and will be putting on a lunch for the U19 parents and friends prior to the game. Cookie has even secured a guest speaker, Steve Quartermain. Steve is a Carey dad, father to Jack our U19 champion full back.
We still have some spots available so please join us.
Time: 12.00 noon for 12.15pm
Venue: OCGA Rooms, Jenkin Stand, Carey Playing Fields, Bulleen
Cost: $30.00 per head lunch with Drinks at bar prices
RSVP: Friday 28th August: email@example.com or 0428394198
LAST WEEK'S SHOUT OUT
Big thanks to the following that helped out last week at the Harry Trott with the seniors. If you are able to assist I know our TM’s would be most grateful so email Michael Sloan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Timekeeper: Tim Smith
Water Runners: James Harkness and Zac Rule, students at Carey Grammar.
Best & Fairest Friday 9th October, write it down!
Lock this date away, details to follow but we are back at Fenix by the Yarra Friday 9 October. Invite details will be emailed shortly with an online rsvp and payment link.
Whilst there is a chance we live on, aim high and go for it. Unders playing finals and the seniors still in with a finals chance so plenty to keep you interested. Get to Bulleen to watch our future stars as they take on Ormond or venture out to St Bernards infamous snake pit to see the seniors test themselves against a top 2 A grade side.
Paul Newton, President, OCGFC
Round 18 and where will you find us?Hard to believe we are at round 18,
seniors and 2nds venture out to St
Bernard's snake pit, 3rds season over
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