Old Ivanhoe vs Hampton Rovers (Seniors)
After a nail-biting loss against Ormond, the Seniors faced a crucial Round 7 encounter with Hampton Rovers. Our opponents sat sixth on the ladder, one spot below us, with the same 3:3 win-loss ratio. Only the superior OI percentage separated the two sides.
Hampton came into the game in good form having won their last three on the trot, following a shaky start to the season. In juries continue to cruel OI, with five forced changes to last week’s side being necessary. Jarrod (participating in his 200th game for the club (176 as a player and 24 as a coach) hd to find replacements for Max Jones, Trent Crouch, Jack Bradley, Luke Velluto and Brody Tardio.
Two debutantes were amongst the five called up with Nick Vacirca from the U19s and Jackson Powell, being rewarded for some fine form in the Reserves.
The boys started the first term well and just prior to ¼ time had a handy lead of 22 points (4.1.25 to 0.3.3). However, a sickening hip dislocation injury to Nick Reeves-Smyth sent a chill over Chelsworth Park.
Play was delayed for over half an hour until medical treatment arrived and it was hoped that the loss of last year’s B & F winner and the long break would not affect the boys. Fears were short-lived as the team applied excellent pressure and broke the game open with a six goals to one second quarter. Jack Weham, Richie Skok and Luke Scuderi were live wires in the forward line. Coupled with Oscar McIntryre around the ground and Will Gough dominating on his wing, the boys put Hampton to the sword. At half time the margin had widened to 51 points, with OI 10.5.65 leading Hampton 1.8.14.
A strong defensive effort was required in the 3rd quarter with Hampton kicking with a strong breeze. Again the boys did not disappoint, with the back six working together superbly. Sam Keogh led the unit superbly, ably supported by Tiger Nagel, Jordan Stanton, Michael Ryan, Nick Vacirca and Jake Erman. At ¾ time the lead had been maintained with OI 13.6.84 leading Hampton 3.13.31.
The last quarter saw the lead further extended, with OI adding a further 4 goals to end up convincing 72-point winners, 17.9.111 to 4.15.39.
Will Gough was sensational on his wing, marking everything in sight and providing numerous attacking opportunities with his pin-point disposal. Oscar McIntryre continues to impress with his ruck work and mobility around the ground and Sam Keogh continues to develop as a leader; his decision-making and coolness under pressure was outstanding. Mickey Del Monte was a welcome addition to the side in his first game for 2019 and did not miss a beat. His pace and ball-winning ability around the ground added much to the side. Luke Scuderi was dynamic up forward and Nick Vacirca looked a seasoned veteran in his debut game.
There were a number of multiple goal kickers led by Luke Scuderi with 4. Jack Welham and Richie Skok who were dangerous all day each kicked 3. Nick Marshall was rewarded for some excellent pressure and chimed in with 2, as did Hamish Shepheard in his return from injury.
Congratulations to Jackson Powell and Nick Vacirca for fine debuts and also to Jarrod on his milestone 200th. Our best wishes of course go to Nick Reeves-Smyth and we wish him a speedy recovery.
Old Ivanhoe Grammarians
Best Players: W. Gough, O. McIntyre, S. Keogh, M. Del Monte, L. Scuderi, N. Vacirca
Best Players: A. Folino, T. Jones, J. Prosser, O. Roberts, H. Crisp, R. Fogarty
|May 25, 2019||2:00 pm||Seniors||2019|
|Irvine Rd, Ivanhoe|