Old Ivanhoe vs Old Melburnians (U19s)
Your scribe, perhaps fortunately, left the Senior game at ½ time to watch the 2nd half of the U19s game at Chelsworth Park. We were up against Old Melburnians who like OIGFC had an even split of the first two games of the year; this game therefore would provide an early indication of where both teams would sit in the competition.
The first quarter proved a very frustrating one for the players, coaches and supporters with a dominant OI unable to cash in on its on-field superiority. At ¼ time a wasteful OI 2.8.20 led OMs 1.2.8. Alarm bells were ringing following the 2nd quarter which saw the tables turned completely with OMs adding six goals to our 2 to take a very handy 15-point lead into the main break (7.5.47 to 4.8.32).
After a half-time address from coach O’Neill, the group knuckled down in the 3rd quarter and whilst only a minor inroad into the half time deficit was made, at ¾ time there was a collective appearance of grim determination on the playing group as they prepared to eradicate the arrears of 10 points (OMs 9.8.62 to OI 7.10.52).
The last quarter saw a brilliant 25 minutes of unselfish team-oriented football. The back six particularly impressed, with Daniel Knorr leading the way. OMs simply had no answer to the relentless pressure that was applied in the 5 goals to one final stanza. Jordie O’Neill on the sidelines continued to encourage the boys to take the game on which they did to perfection, eventually ending up deserved 14-point winners, 12.11.83 to 10.9.69.
Daniel Knorr was best afield; he was impassable across the backline and provided great run enabling him to slot through two important goals, including the sealer late in the last. Daniel’s father Chris is known to many at the club, having played on the wing in the Seniors in the early 1980s, prior to his electrifying pace being lost to athletics.
Captain Antony Willison was again amongst the best, his ice-cold judgement and excellent ball use were on full display on Saturday. Mitchell French bored in all day and last year’s premiership ruckman Oscar McIntryre dominated. Nick Spokes and Alex Sutherland also chipped in with excellent performances. Luke Minahan and Luke Scuderi were the major goal kickers with 4 and 3 respectively, along with “7-man” Daniel Knorr with two, drifting forward when needed.
Next week sees an important home game against University Blues, who share a 2:1 win-loss record with OI.
Old Ivanhoe Grammarians
Best Players: D. Knorr, A. Willison, M. French, O. McIntyre, N. Spokes, A. Sutherland
Best Players: M. Rice, E. Michelmore, A. Fanning, S. Cameron
|April 21, 2018||2:00 pm||U19s||2018|
|Irvine Rd, Ivanhoe|