Old Ivanhoe vs Williamstown CYMS
The early top of the table clash was much anticipated by the 100+ group of supporters that had attended the first Chelsworth Club luncheon in an emotional day dedicated to past player Alex Pappos. Early signs were good when Michael Del Monte seized on an opportunity just after the opening bounce. However, Williamstown settled quickly and began to take control of the stoppages and were able to consistently get goal-side of their opponents to rattle on a number of unanswered goals. The latter part of the quarter saw the bleeding stemmed to an extent, but in the difficult squally and damp conditions, Williamstown went to quarter time with a handy 22-point lead (6.1.37 to 2.3.15).
The 2nd quarter unfortunately saw Williamstown’s dominance continue; their slick stoppage work continued to cause headaches and OI’s inability to hold the ball in the forward line ensured the back half remained under constant pressure. Scoring proved more difficult in the trying conditions but at half time Williamstown had extended its lead to 33 points (9.2.56 to 3.5.23).
An early goal to Sam Wilcox, clearly the best player for OI, offered some hope of a comeback, however, Williamstown, displaying all the traits of a very good side, maintained its structure and was able to answer each OI goal with one of its own and slightly extended its lead to 39 points at the final break (12.9.81 to 6.6.42).
The final quarter saw the boys take the game on and by the mid-point of the quarter following majors to Brandon Lee, Mal Mitris and Dylan Buttifant, the lead had been reduced to less than 4 goals, offering a glimmer of hope. Whilst a further goal was added in the dying minutes (Nick Reeves-Smyth), Williamstown held its nerve to finish up a deserved 15-point winner 12.14.86 to 10.11.71.
Sam Wilcox continued his good form from Round 1 and won many possessions around the ground. Danny Steele battled manfully in the ruck and Justin Powick continues to impress. Down back, Sam Keogh displayed the same coolness and surety that were hallmark features of his Best & Fairest last year with the U19s and Jake Erman played his usual consistent error-free game. Up forward, Brandon Lee was the major goal kicker with 3, a good effort on a very difficult day for forwards.
Whilst a disappointing result, the side showed great determination in the final quarter and clearly matched it with a very good side for most of the 2nd half.
Old Ivanhoe Grammarians
Best Players: S. Wilcox, D. Steele, J. Powick, S. Keogh, J. Erman
Best Players: B. Connolly, F. Adamson, D. Tucker, B. Gray, B. Tucker, J. Noonan
|April 14, 2018||2:00 pm||Seniors||2018|
|Irvine Rd, Ivanhoe|