ROUND 1 – Wednesday 18th April
SJC Geelong 9.14 (68) def De La Salle Mavern 1.5 (11)
SJC Geelong 2.3 5.5 8.9 9.14.68
De La Salle 0.3 1.3 1.3 1.5.11
GOALS: Fletcher Wilson 2, Lachy Peck 2, Sam Bourke 1, Sam Torpy 1, Jay Dahlhaus 1, Jaxon Bruhn 1, Max Hardwick 1
BEST: Colm O’Connor, Sam Walsh, Jesse Clark, Lachlan Handley, Doyle Madigan, Charlie Harris
@ Elderslie Reserve Newtown
Great conditions accompanied the opening round of St Joseph’s 2018 First XVIII campaign on Wednesday 18th April. The boys were keen for a fast start to the year and went into the clash with De La Salle sporting a strong team with some fresh faces and seasoned vets as they looked to take the first W of the year. Lead by skipper Sam Walsh, the boys got off to a steady start showing some quick ball movement and great enthusiasm for the contest in the opening quarter. Everyone wanted to make a mark early on and this was evident as the boys closed out the first with a handy two goal lead heading into the second.
The second quarter showed much of the same as Joey’s began to pull ahead with absolutely nothing sneaking past the back six who were brilliant all day with Jesse Clark solid as a rock and Lachie Handley taking intercept marks for fun as well as Colm O’Connor running off half back and breaking the lines routinely. Heading into the half SJC were up 5.5 35 to De La’s 1.3 9. Vibes at the half were positive as new names on the magnets had slotted into the team well and the usuals were stepping up and playing their role for the side. Going into the second half the boys looked to use the launch zone on forward entries ensuring they gave the forwards more of a chance to kick us into a compelling lead.
Once again SJC played the game on their own terms using chain handballs, switching the play down back and utilising the great spread that Charlie Harris was creating all day long. No surprises down back as they held their first half form keeping De La to a scoreless quarter whilst the boys jumped ahead to a 48 point lead going into the last.
Dominance was shown by the boys from Newtown Hill in the final term of the day as they locked the ball into the forward half for the majority of the final quarter. Unfortunately some of the lads forgot to bring their kicking boots putting up only one major and five behinds in the last as the final result showed SJC 9.14 68 De La Salle 1.5 11.
Not much better of a result could have been asked for as the boys looked to have gelled well in the early goings of the year showing great teamwork in getting the win against De La Salle. In conclusion round one can be ticked off as a successful beginning to the year with the boys looking to keep the wins coming for the season ahead.
ROUND 1 – Tuesday 17th April
SJC Geelong 12.8 (80) def by St Bede’s Mentone 13.11 (89)
SJC Geelong 1.2 6.2 11.6 12.8.80
St Bede’s 4.2 8.5 10.5 13.11.89
GOALS: Lachlan Kidd 4, Tyson Neal 2, Tom Scott 1, Gennaro Bove 1, Austin Lofts 1, Kyle Skene 1, Lachlan Neate 1, Jordan Thompson 1
BEST: Griffen Wilson, Lachlan Kidd, Clay Bassett, Lachlan Neate, Gennaro Bove, Tikei Hiku
@ St Bede’s College Mentone
To start the day off, the boys took a long bus ride up to St Bede’s Mentone which was a solid trip but the boys managed it pretty well. Once we arrived at St Bede’s oval, it’s safe to say that we all were pretty shocked when we saw how small the oval was, but we knew we just had to adapt to the conditions and just play footy.
In the first quarter as we manned up we all knew that we had some very solid competition just by looking at the size of them which was a little off putting. We started off very rusty due to the fact that none of us had played together, which the scoreboard reminded us of with a tragic 4 goals to 1 goal, St Bede’s being the leader at the end of the first break.
In the second quarter we were told that we needed to lift in some areas, one being our defence pressure and also to launch it long into our forward line where we would know that our big men Kyle Skene and Lachie Neate would take some strong contested marks. Later that quarter we saw big Lachie Neate go for a fly which was very impressive. The backline copped the constructive criticism on the chin and then went on and improved for the quarter. The rest of the boys also knew that they had to lift as well. Griffen Wilson started to assert his authority on the match and helped give us a successful quarter with 5 goals to 4.
The third quarter was quite similar to the second except for the fact that the backmen improved magnificently with them only scoring 2 goals to our 5 once again, giving us a one goal lead going into ¾ time. This was the case due to our momentum going into the quarter.
In the final quarter, we were very rowdy that we were in the lead but it was a shame that the scoreboard turned off, meaning that it was pretty hard with our rotations in the final term. Us boys were getting too confident with our game that we got a little side tracked giving them a few goals to break our momentum which really stuffed us up in the end.
When the final siren went, no one really knew the outcome due to the scoreboard not working but we then found out we had been beaten which was pretty disappointing at first, but that was our first real game with each other which we all realised which made us really excited for our future of the team because we all know we got room for improvement.
Year 10 Football Leader