Reality check big time!
Heading into our R8 clash v Blacks there was justifiable reason to have plenty of confidence. The seniors had a good win against them in R2 and the 2nds push their 2nds all the way. The seniors had come into the game with several changes so we knew it would be a challenge, Blacks had found some form after a slow start to the season, all the same we had prepared well and knew how important the outcome would be. The 2nds had continued to improve and had a reasonable team in for the game. In near perfect conditions at the beautiful Uni main oval our teams got absolutely smashed; between them they could only manage 7 goals. The 2nds were beaten but a better improved team, however the seniors played a shocker, missing early set shots turned up the pressure, soon our field kicking fell away and before we knew it Blacks started winning the ball at will and dominated. I could go on about how bad we were but I won’t, it’s best summed up without bias on the VAFA’s news page, care of Andrew Leonard:
Old Carey will mark it down as a bad day, 0.12 in the first half, became 0.13 at three quarter time and 3.16 by the final siren. Thank goodness they finally kicked a goal otherwise it would have taken all the Queen’s Birthday weekend to find the last time a William Buck Premier side was held goalless in a game. Or are we not giving Blacks the appropriate credit for their eventual 103 point win? Blacks were certainly good and grew in confidence with every Carey turnover, but even they might not take too much out of this win. It was scarcely believable that a side like Carey had already shown to be this year, could offer up a performance such as they did. Blacks didn’t do anything outrageous, nor was Carey’s intensity lacking in the opening minutes, it was just mistakes compounded like interest rates in the 1980’s. Blacks made Carey pay and that was all she wrote. Bede Mahon broke from packs like his best form of 2014, Alistair Robbins has recovered from an early season knock and Charlie Richardson and Jordan Quaile have lifted their form each week. Blacks are coming.
It was a dirty day for the Unders as well; Williamstown CYMS got the points and certainly made a statement. Our boys lacked discipline and allowed Williamstown to dictate. Two of our Unders received red card send offs with subsequent 2 match suspensions, that meant we played with 17 twice for 12 minute stints. Their undisciplined play was unacceptable and they know they let their coach and team mates down, enough said.
Despite the gloom our mighty 3rds played brilliantly to get a win over SKOB’s. I would urge you all to have a read of Ocka’s match report, it sums up game perfectly. The win pushed us up into 2nd place, so this week’s game v Fitzroy looms as another cracker, they are 4th and we won last time by the narrowest of margin.
Hope you all enjoyed last week’s Queens Birthday break. I watched Rye v Sorrento at the Rye sports ground in a thriller in front of a crowd in excess of 2000. The beer flowed all day and the game was intense. It’s a very different environment to our matches. One thing that did surprise me was at the conclusion of the main game. Rye hosted the match and after their seniors warm down the team was sent out to do a lap of the ground with wheelie bins to collect all the empty cans. It is a great initiative although not sure how they would have been received had Sorrento got the away win.
Looking to this weekend another round of massive games, Seniors take on Collegians who like Blacks started the season poorly but have found form and sit 3rd on the ladder 2 points ahead us, so a win will see us leapfrog them, let's not dwell on a loss. The 2nds need to regain some respect and I know they will be out to do so. As mentioned the 3rds take on Fitzroy whilst the Unders are away to St Bernards, our Unders are a better placed team than Bernies but they got a win last week and will be up and about so early scoreboard pressure will be vital. Same can be said for all of our games, especially after our last round terrible goal kicking.
Black Arm bands
The club received the very sad and tragic news on the Thursday before the Blacks game that former Carey student, Matt Mahon had suddenly passed away. Close mate Cam Smith let us know. Matt graduated from Carey in 2000. He was very popular amongst his school mates and a very capable footballer. Matt was a key member of the school’s 1st 18, having been a member APS premiership team in 1999 and again playing in 2000. Matt was employed at Tim Gurner’s property development business – another Carey school footballer in the 1999 premiership team. Cam describes Matt’s football prowess as follows:
Matt was a very good footballer, strong, tall and very athletic, he played at CHF and could take a big grab and played a key role in our Premiership year, despite only being in year 11. He was also at the Oakleigh Chargers from under 14/15 to under 17/18. He also played with Xavs Under 19’s and won a premiership with them in 2000.
The club together with the broader Carey community extends our sincerest condolences to the Mahon family at this tragic time. Parents: Robyn and Tony, brothers: Tom and Lachie, wife Wendy and daughter Jemima. Our thoughts are with you all.
Join us for lunch tomorrow with Meg Lanning
Cookie has done it again landing Meg Lanning as our luncheon guest this Saturday ahead of the Collegians game. Meg a former Carey graduate (2009), has quickly established herself internationally in women’s cricket, culminating in being the firts recipiant of the Wisdoms leading women’s cricketer of the year, 2015. Meg is the youngest ever Australian national captain, at 21 she became captain of the Southern Stars. Meg holds the world record in T20 for a century highest score, 126 off 62 balls. Meg was a member of the Southern Stars 2012, 2013 and 2014 world champion teams. Meg leaves shortly to captain the national team in its Ashes campaign against England. Some spots are still available for lunch so RSVP to Cookie either firstname.lastname@example.org or 0428394198.
Step Back Think, June 20 v Blues
Have a read of the Article below and please give thought to joining us at Melbourne Uni v Blues next week and in particular their lunch, the link is included. I would love to get a couple of Carey tables given our association with the JMB foundation.
We have Inner FM calling the game tomorrow and I have the feeling we will be much better performed that last week, I know the playing group was bitterly disappointed with their collective efforts. We have played some great games against Collegians, two very similar sides renowned for run and clean disposal. Hopefully you will be free and see fit to come and join us at Carey Bulleen. The weather is on the mend and I know Dunshea is in perfect condition, so no excuses!
Paul Newton, President, OCGFC
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