Seniors done, now it’s up to our might Unders.....
Sadly the season is over for our seniors, having been in the top 4 for 14 of the 18 rounds we could not maintain our winning formula and have missed out on a finals gig. In the end injuries cost us, we didn't have a list capable of covering up to 8 quality players unavailable. It was a painful last 4 rounds seeing our chances slip away. In each of those games we were in the game, leading and in winnable positions but in the end we couldn’t maintain the 4 quarter intensity. We did however get first hand exposure why the likes of De La, Collegians, Trinity and Bernies have been successful; they had the ability to lift when needed. De La took our spot in the four initially fighting off relegation. Bernies had their sights on a top of the ladder finish, Collegians willed themselves away from relegation and Blues got quality on the park and found form. We desperately missed both Lach McQueen-Miscamble and Sam Cust to overseas travels; whilst season ending injuries to Jarrod Reid and Tim Smith depleted our forward structure. Hamstring injuries to James Murrie and Ryan Bongetti as well as a broken ankle for James King and ankle problems for Freddie Cator diminished our ball winning ability. On the positive we got games into Will Walker, Cam Wallace and James Gaff. In all disappointing given our early season form and ladder position for so many weeks, we had our chances.
The success for the season has to be our Under 19’s. Michael Tarrant, Nick Andrewes and Michael Mitchell have done a wonderful job in galvanizing their squad. The acid test with the Unders is always how many turn up to train, well in 2015 there have regularly been upwards of 20 plus Unders at training and great numbers in the rooms Thursday night for selection. The R18 win over Hampton was epic and set up a home final last weekend on Gramlick against Ormond. In difficult conditions it was a very tense affair, we got our to a 4 goal lead early in the 3rd only to see Ormond storm back into contention. A gripping last quarter saw us get over the line for the WIN and a preliminary final spot this week against recent arch rival Williamstown CYMS, the winner takes on the powerful Old Geelong. Have a read of Taz’s match report:
On the weekend in terrible conditions we took on Ormond in an elimination final. The first quarter we dominated play and had lots of opportunities to take a handy lead at quarter time but unfortunately we wasted our chances and ended up kicking 2.7 to Ormond 2.1. The second quarter was a real arm wrestle and we became very undisciplined and Ormond was able to stay in touch, at half time we were 8 points up. The start of the third quarter we played fantastic team football and kicked the first 4 goals and it looked like we were going to run away with it!! To Ormond’s credit they kicked the next 4 goals and we were set for a nervous last quarter. In the last quarter there were lots of stoppages and both sides gave it their all to the boy’s credit and great fighting spirit we were able to hold on and win by 9 points and we stay alive to fight on for the right to play in a grand final!! Special thanks to Cookie and Paul for setting up a lunch for the parents before the game it was just fantastic to have a decent crowd at the game and the amount of support after the game was overwhelming, the boys and I really did appreciate it. We take on arch enemy Williamstown at Elsternwick Park on Sunday at 9.30am, I know it’s early and a bit of a drive but your support could really help the boys get over the line as Williamstown do have a very vocal crowd. Hope to see you all there!!!
Here a couple of action shots from their victory care of Carolynn Cameron:
For those that didn’t know the result from last week Round 18:
Seniors: OC 9/10/64 v St Bernards 18/10/118
2nds: OC 5/7/37 v St Bernards 8/13/61
3rds: Season over
Unders: OC 10/9/69 v Ormond 9/6/60 (1st Semi Final)
PANTHER FOOTY IS ON THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!!
Under 19's into a preliminary final v Williamstown CYMS
Sunday 6th September (happy father’s day)
Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick
Would be great to get some Carey support to the game, these boys are playing some great football and are our future.
VOTE NOW: Sloany Rising Star nomination
The VAFA is conducting a season end poll, inviting followers to vote for their preferred Rising Star for season 2015. So we are calling on all OC supports to go online and vote for Andrew Sloan, follow this link. On the VAFA home page, scroll down. Pls VOTE NOW!!
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.
Let’s get down to VAFA HQ to support the Unders in their quest for a GF spot, Williamstown CYMS will be a test. Who knows what the big EP oval will throw up; I do know though that Taz and the Unders are very keen to put on a good showing. What a great way to start the Father’s day celebrations with an early win. Sunday 9.30am at Sportscover.
Paul Newton, President, OCGFC