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Seniors survive

2nds down to the last round

Unders finals bound

Hard to believe we are at R18 and the season almost done.  It doesn't seem that long ago we were in pre-season, organizing jumpers, gear, TM's, players, fixtures, sponsors and a women's team.  Lots of action between then and now.  And it's not over yet.

 

The seniors were brave last week, playing top of the ladder Old Brighton, away done bay side.  The score line suggest a comfortable win to OB but the story is much different, sure OB won each quarter but the seniors pushed them all the way, arguably playing some of their better footy for the season.  That seems to be a trait, playing good competitive football against the top teams and loosing their way in games against similarly placed teams, in a word consistency.  The 2nds game was a similar result, OB a bit better at home and their use of the ground.  Whilst The Unders played unrelenting football to beat WIlliamstown CYMS and leap frog into 2nd spot and get a crack this week at Collegians again in a 2nd semi finals tomorrow.  The team is playing great football, with an influx of Y12 boys added greater depth to the squad.  Selection this week was a real challenge, 11 boys missed out.

 

Season's end for our mighty Women, rest up as 2018 awaits!

 

I started to do a review of the girls gallant GF and a bit about their season.  But I stopped as soon I received this marvelous piece of editorial by our women's coach Greg Harding, well worth the read.  Pictures follow of Greg and assistant Em in full flight, a might combo, so too the ladies!!

 

Contrary to our plans Camberwell jumped us with two early goals. They were onto early in the clearances allowing them to get the ball to their hotspot from where as we know goals will come. We tightened up but couldn’t score a major in the first quarter.

 

The second quarter was a real grind, we controlled the pay in our forward half but couldn’t find the opening, Camberwell’s pressure around the packs was amazing.  We were right in the game at half time and came out full of belief. Unfortunately, a three goal to one quarter against left us under real pressure.

 

In the last quarter, we were starting to grind them down and an amazing team goal lifted our spirits. But time beat us, credit to Camberwell, they played a great game.  So, we lost the Grand Final by 21 points.

 

Maybe Camberwell deserved it more, maybe they didn’t. Maybe if we had been a little luckier, maybe if the ball had just bounced our way in some big moments it might have different. All of that is subjective. What is certain, what is unequivocal and what is unarguable is that we played the game with the highest level of commitment and with as much intensity as was possible. And that we played as a team for each other, for those not in the 24 and for our club and for our friends and families. So, we must be proud! If you, like me, have moments of regret and maybe a little sadness, console yourself with that fact.

 

So, what did I observe this season?

  • I saw raw courage from ladies who came to training for the first time, for some, handling a footy for the first time, all tentative and unsure as to what to expect but prepared to give it a go.
  • I saw rapid and extraordinary improvement. Handball after handball, kick after kick, smiley face after smiley face, shepherds, smothers, stoppages, free kicks, goal kicks.
  • I saw part bewilderment and part terror on your faces in the warm up lanes in amongst the men’s teams in the early weeks.
  • I saw apprehension as we introduced the physicality of the game and watched your confidence grow as you learned to cope, then give it back!
  • I saw nervousness as we approached our first game and the disappointment of our first serious injuries.
  • I applauded the amazing effort of our Team Manager consumed amongst the pre-season logistic nightmares of marginal numbers, the countless hours of registration and the kitting out our uniforms, especially those flattering shorts!
  • I saw the amazing support of the broader OC Football Club; the men’s teams, the Prez, Fothers, all the senior coaches and club stalwarts. And of course, our fave, Braddles.
  • I was thrilled by the selection of our extraordinary captain Tev and leadership group all of Taz, Matilda and Maddie all of whom who set an exemplary standard on and off the field and the development my sensational co-coach Em whose commitment and value to the team was nothing short of amazing.
  • I felt the joy of our first win and the jubilation of us singing the song together.  Then the sharing of grief for the passing of a team mates mother.
  • I observed some on field moments of genius, craziness, madness and sheer audacity along with plenty of dropped chest marks, missed kicks, kicking the wrong way and mass confusion.
  • I marvelled at big hangers, long bombs, bone crunching tackles, super shepherds and sausage rolls.
  • I saw ridiculous fines and terrible karaoke.

 

But mostly I saw a group of gorgeous young woman become a family and I marveled at all the gorgeous lumpiness and bumpiness and acceptance of our shortcomings that goes with it. Some tears yes, some tantrums maybe, but a family yes, in our first season. 

 

Friends for life, you bet, who would have expected that?

 

Coaches out!

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MATCH REPORTS HERE 


 

You need to be out early on Saturday........

 

SO get organised and head down to the Harry Trott to support Nick Andrews U19's as they take on Collegians in a 2nd Semi Final, 2.00pm

 
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And elsewhere......

 

Stay at Carey Bulleen and watch our 2nds and seniors host Monash Blues.  This will be a massive game for the 2nds as the winner is guaranteed a spot in next week's finals.  Whilst the seniors are now safe they are very focused on a win, repeating the dose they handed out to Monash in the early round.  Obviously 3rds and Women are done, regardless plenty of action to get to and a lot still at stake.

 
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OCGFC

B&F

 

THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER

 


History in the making with our mighty Women's team.

 

RICHMOND FC function rooms

 

DRESS TO IMPRESS

 

GRAND FINAL THURSDAY with a holiday on the Friday


NO EXCUSES.

 

Go to the clubs website home page to RSVP via the LINK below

 

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Bye your Ticket     HERE

 

Cookies Kitchen open for business

Spots still available

RSVP to Cookie: 0428 394 198

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See you at the football this weekend

 GO PANTHERS

 
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