Old Camberwell Grammarians vs Old Ivanhoe (Reserves)
After the team’s first loss last week, a strong rebound was required against 7th placed Old Camberwell. Given the injuries encountered by the Senior team, the “stress test” is still being applied to the side, causing coach Darren plenty of concerns with selection.
The boys opened well and by ¼ time had opened up a handy three goal buffer, which was extended slightly in the 2nd term. At the main break, OI 6.40.40 enjoyed a margin of 24 points to OC 2.4.16.
The 3rd quarter was definitely the game-breaker with the boys teaming well in the difficult damp conditions, adding a further three goals and holding OC to a solitary major. At ¾ time the margin had been extended to 6 goals with OI 9.7.61 leading OC 3.7.25. In the final quarter, the team remained focussed and added a further three goals whilst holding OC goalless. The final scores were OI 12.13.85, running out comfortable winners by 59 points to OC 3.8.26.
Anthony Stenta and James Kandiliotis continued their fine form to be amongst the best, both provided excellent drive around the ground in the greasy conditions. Futures markets for the B & F have seen both players odds tighten considerably as they have racked up votes consistently over the last few weeks. Another pair that have also shown excellent form and should be considered in the multiples are Tyson Deane and Charlie Hogg. Tyson executes his role to perfection each week and wherever there is a problem, Tyson is Darren’s 1st choice as “The Fixer”. A new nickname may be in order for Tyson, with Christopher Pyne your scribe’s preferred choice. Charlie continues to impress with his non-stop run and carry; he was a constant source of scoring opportunities and chimed in with two important goals.
Cooper Wilson played probably his best game for the year, his marking around the ground being a noticeable feature. The best players were rounded out by Brandon “General” Lee in his comeback game from injury. If he was one out or had a run at the ball, he was simply too good for the Old Camberwell defenders. He was a focal point up forward and kicked five on a difficult day for marking forwards.
After this solid win, nearing the half-way point of the season, the boys remain on top of the ladder with a 7:1 win / loss ratio. They sit above Hampton Rovers by percentage and a game clear of Williamstown. These two sides play each other next week and if the boys retain their resolve and can overcome Mazenod in their next game, hopefully the buffer at the top of the table might be extended.
Old Camberwell Grammarians
Best Players: C. Young, T. Eastick, M. Hook, G. Vitinaros, G. Tolson, M. Todd
Old Ivanhoe Grammarians
Best Players: A. Stenta, J. Kandiliotis, T. Deane, C. Hogg, C. Wilson, B. Lee
|June 1, 2019||11:40 am||Reserves||2019|
|Gordon Barnard Reserve|
|Carrington Street, Balwyn North, Victoria, Australia|