When 8 minutes cost you the game!
Last Saturday’s seniors game certainly lived up to the hype, 2nd v 3rd round 7 match with 2 points separating the teams so lots to play for. After a very even 1st quarter where both teams played with some ascendancy, St Bernards blew the game away in the opening 8 minutes of the 2nd quarter. They kick 6 unanswered goals; it was a period of complete dominance where we failed to get our hands on the ball. Centre bounce goal, back again and the same result, 6 times in arrow. They end up kicking 8 goals for the quarter to our 2. The game then turned, we worked our way back into the contest and started to peg back the lead, getting within 16 points only to fall short by 19 points at the final bell. We kicked 6 goals 9 for the half and kept Bernie’s to 3 goals 8 points. A mix of feelings post game, ultimately we have lost to the 2 top teams by similar margins, having pushed them both and at times playing the game on our terms we need to be able to find another gear when they both lift. That’s what makes this week’s game v Blacks at Melbourne Uni all the more important. A loss will see us drop back to the pack whereas a win keeps us in touch with Bernie’s and Old Trinity. In some ways it’s a crisis game, plenty will be watching with great interest, you can imagine their thoughts if we lose, Old Carey not good enough, no depth etc. So the ball is on our court to dig even deeper and find the brand of 4 quarter football we displayed against both Scotch and Xavs and show the competition we are a genuine A grade contender.
Somehow the unthinkable happened again to the 2nds, having played a fantastic first half of football v Bernie’s on Dunshea, the boys lost their way, leading by 26 points at half time the boys coughed up the lead going down by 4 points. There was a real sense of disappointment in the group, on a positive note they played very well at stages and are learning fast. Looking at their results the 2nds have lost 4 games by less than 2 goals and been in the lead in two of those games only to be run down. It was great to see Scott Needham play well so too big Fothers. Here is Scott showing clean hands taking a great grab.
Blacks this week, we are a genuine chance as they only just got over us in R2. The 3rds had the week off; they were meant to have played the AJAX Blacks however the game fell on a major Jewish holiday so the game has been deferred to July 5th. This week they host SKOB’s who will no doubt come to play, St Kevin’s is a very driven club in 2015 with all teams doing very well. Unders coughed and spluttered their way to another win, this time against old Xavs. They played one good quarter, the 2nd where they kicked 7 goals to nil. This week another test, at home to Williamstown CYMS, they are a good team and have played some ripping games against us in recent seasons.
We were very privileged to have Lindsay Gaze join us for some Q&A with Ian Cohen at lunch before the Bernie’s game. Lindsay was breathtaking, speaking of his time in the NBL and as an Olympian, both as a player and coach. Lindsay played football in VFA with Prahran before turning to basketball where he coached the Melbourne Tigers for 35 consecutive years.
In 2015 Lindsay was recognised for his lifelong career in basketball by the international induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Lindsay is the first Australian to be inducted. According to Wikipedia: the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is an American history museum, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. It serves as the sport's most complete library, in addition to promoting and preserving the history of basketball. Dedicated to Canadian-American doctor and inventor of the sport James Naismith, it inducted its first class in 1959.
Special thanks to our sponsor Bendigo Bank, we hosted their manager Nick Coker to lunch last weekend and he duly presented us with a nice cheque. Nick is the senior manager at the bank's Ashburton, Canterbury, Balwyn and Surrey Hills businesses. I know Nick would be delighted to speak with any Old Carey member so don't hestitate to contact Nick, either at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0438 541 337. remember to mention teh Carey connection. This is our 3 season with BB and as you can see from the photo Cookie is delighed in accepting the cheque.
VAFA U23 REP NOMINATIONS
The good start to the season by the seniors has not gone unnoticed. The VAFA has included 5 of our boys in its initial squad ahead of the Under 23 AAFC Carnival, July 2-5 in Tasmania. Congratulations (L to R) go to: Jacob Murphy (#4), Andrew Sloan (#19), Sam Cust (#12), Morgan Evans (#40) and James King (#64). Here they all are care of Lu Smith’s great photographic skills.
Massive games for all teams this week before the bye Queens birthday weekend. Seniors and 2nds away to Blacks. As I have said this week looms as a real season defining game, we controlled Blacks in R2 and must do likewise on the big Uni main oval. The Blacks have found some good form lately after their poor start; they have peeled off 3 wins and sit 6 points behind us, so a win is huge. This game is followed by Collegians back at Bulleen on June 13. The fixture is strange this season; we will have played Blacks twice before we have played Collegians and Blues.
So please get to Melbourne Uni or Bulleen and show your support, I know the players love having the supporters there with them.
Paul Newton, President, OCGFC
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