Old Ivanhoe vs Old Camberwell
After a commanding win against higher-placed PEGS the previous week, the Seniors faced a stern test against Old Camberwell, a top four side that had soundly thrashed us in our earlier encounter. This game would provide a measure of the team’s improvement in the 2nd half of the season, with a win vital to any slim chances of playing in the finals later in the year. The team was supported by the members of the 2013 premiership, an inspirational group of men that came from 4th place to ultimately win the flag in an epic contest. Four of the current team, Mal Mitris, Sam Geilings (voted best on ground), Michael & Adrian Del Monte played in that inspirational game.
The first quarter was a tight affair with OI on top early but failing to convert a couple of chances. Towards the end of the quarter OI was able to score a couple of unanswered goals to go in at ¼ time with an 11-point lead 4.3.27 to 2.4.16.
In the 2nd quarter OI began to take control with the strong marking of Mal Mitris up forward causing Old Camberwell some headaches. Michael Del Monte was providing great drive in the midfield and Dylan Buttifant across half forward was creating many opportunities as the OC defenders gravitated towards Mal. At half time the lead had been extended to 22 points (7.6.48 to 3.8.26). This lead probably was slightly flattering as Old Camberwell had missed some relatively straightforward opportunities that should have had them closer at the main break.
So it came to the 3rd quarter, and the team did not disappoint. After goals to each side in the early minutes, OI took control with strong forward line pressure allowing four rapid-fire unanswered goals to break the game open. Nick Marshall (2), Justin Powick and Dylan Buttifant put Old Camberwell to the sword in a five-minute burst that took the lead beyond 7 goals.
The last quarter saw Old Camberwell fight back very well kicking four unanswered goals. Whilst the victory did not ever seem to be in doubt, there was a sense of relief when the final siren rang with the team 13 points up. The final scores were 12.9.81 to 9.14.68.
Michael Del Monte in his 150th game for the club was best on ground out of the middle. Congratulations Mickey on a great career and it was fitting he was our best player in a milestone game in front of his premiership team mates. Sam Keogh gave a flawless display across half back. His poise and judgement belie his youth; he has had a sensational first year of senior football. Ben Oliver played his best game for the year in a great game down back; defensively he didn’t give an inch and was always ready on the rebound. Jordan Stanton continued his fine form and he also gave nothing away at full back. Jordan also has had a tremendous year. Dylan Buttifant also had his best game for the year and was a live wire across half forward. Rounding off the best players was Trent Marshall who in his first season in defence has managed the step up from the U19s with a minimum of fuss.
Dylan Buttifant slotted through 3 goals and Nick Marshall, Mal Mitris and Adrian Del Monte all managed a brace in an even goal kicking display.
A slim chance of finals footy still remains, although we will be relying on other teams assisting us in narrowing the two-game gap between ourselves (5th position) and Old Camberwell / Old Geelong. Simply put, we must keep winning; a loss in the final three games will shut the door on September action.
Old Ivanhoe Grammarians
Best Players: M. Del Monte, S. Keogh, B. Oliver, J. Stanton, D. Buttifant, T. Marshall
Old Camberwell Grammarians
Best Players: B. Hart, S. Boyce, C. Wilson, J. Allen, A. Brettingham-Moore, R. West
|July 28, 2018||2:00 pm||Seniors||2018|
|Irvine Rd, Ivanhoe|