With many thanks to Manny Nicolosi, Heath Pohl, Steve Woodward, Tess Young, Tom Purcell and Alex Contos.
Old Trinity Grammarians 14.10-94 d St Bedes/Mentone Tigers 8.8-56
After an even fought first half on the spacious Daley Oval, Old Trinity powered away to a 38 point win against St Bede’s Mentone on Saturday.
A gentle breeze favoured the scoreboard end, but goals could be scored at either end. Poor disposal around the ground and heading into the forward line let us down and, though some of this could be due to St Bede’s pressure, much of the sloppiness was self inflicted.
We were down by 4 points at the long break, but kicked 11 of the next 15 goals. The forward line started to function efficiently, with the likes of Weatherson (4 majors and 2 great marks), Osborn (3), Nicolosi and Polidoros (2 each) looking particularly potent.
Scott and Steinhart both stood up when the game was in the balance, Howell was prolific through the game, and Juric and Hasiotis’s work rate and defensive efforts were inspirational.
Thompson’s physicality in the ruck was important, and all were heartened to see Winter run out for his first game this year.
The defence was solid, with Tinney and Pohl both having good games.
It was very encouraging to see the team rally after St Bede’s kicked the first three goals of the last quarter.
Let’s make it three on the trot against St Kevin’s this week.
Old Trinity Grammarians 18.12-120 d St Bedes/Mentone Tigers 9.4-58
On the Daley for the first time this year we took on St
Bedes/Mentone with the boys keen to make the most of a home ground advantage and
show the competition that the Daley fields were going to be a fortress for visiting teams this season.
Having the wide open spaces we moved the ball quickly and effortlessly
at times which was great to see and with Sam Joyce back for his first game of
the year he made great use of this ball in the first term giving us a
great option up forward, kicking 3 early goals. Though it wasn’t all smooth
sailing with us running a little too hard forward and not giving the same
effort defensively, during periods in the game which kept St Bedes in the
contest for longer than we really wanted them to be.
Our back six made sure that St Bedes never got fully on top
of us and with great attacking run and ball use from Reggie Cooper, Alex
Heuston and Andrew Coughlin we were able to increase our lead. With Duncan
Moore winning most of the tap outs and giving our midfield first use he also
gave us a 4th mid around the ground, so we really started to take the ascendency.
With our midfield winning more of the ball of the back of
solid stoppage work from Callum Rae, Brett Barratt and Mark Yeoman we
took control of the game and with some classy finishes for Steve Lester
down forward, we were able to run away with the game, and win our first at home
A massive thank you to Sam Holloway for being our runner,
Tom Shiels and Matt Lasorko for being our water boys, Tom Hore-Lacy for running
the boundary, George for being our goal umpire, and Nick Pearce and Arthur
Gioulekas helping our rotations and looking after the coaching board. Thanks
for all your help gents you were all part of the win.
Old Trinity Grammarians’ 5.5-35 defeated by AJAX 7.14-56
The Thirds, who were coming off a huge win against Monash the previous week, played away to AJAX on a warm Sunday afternoon.
We started off well with our ferocity at the contest and willingness to bring team mates into the game with handball, keeping us ahead on the score board. Although helped by some poor kicking at goal by the opposition, it helped us to a 2 goal lead at the first break.
The second quarter was an arm wrestle with the margin not changing however AJAX were kicking themselves out of the contest being 0.10 at the main break to our 3.4.
The warm weather started to take its effect in the third term although we started the better, kicking 2 quick goals to extend our lead. The opposition started to run and spread and kicked 3 goals after some poor checking leaving us with a 5 point buffer at the final break.
Unfortunately, AJAX ran over the top of us in the last quarter as our structures and team work broke down, kicking 4 goals to none to run out 21 point winners.
With more new players to the team, today was encouraging and the boys kept their heads up and know a win is just around the corner to kick start our season.
The Duke, Richard Mason, worked hard up forward kicking 2 goals with singles to Cowley, Chadwick and Robbie Gillies.
Nick Emery worked tirelessly in the ruck and was dominant all day and had support from new players, Josh Goldblatt and Chris Thuring along with the reliable Doc Gillies and Chadwick.
Old Trinity Grammarian’s 4.9-33 d Old Geelong 1.4-10
The second grading game for our women’s team saw us heading to Geelong for what was going to be a tough match.
We had a slow start, with old Geelong kicking the opening goal, and Lulu Loyd-Jones and Jacinta Nguyen going in hard for the ball, crashing heads and being sent off to hospital.
However our women proved resilient coming into the second quarter. Georgia Fleiter once again kicked our opening goal, with another to follow. Ruby Long and Julia Halesah-Russo added another 2 goals to the board. Imogen Barnett and Lucy Aitken both dominated in the ruck contest, and Claire Messent and Steph Bull proved unstoppable and unflappable in centre clearances.
Our women proved to be the better team on the day and going into our final grading match against Old Canterbury we’re hoping for even better.
Old Trinity Grammarian’s 28.26-194 defeated Old Geeelong 3.8-26
An impressive four quarter effort against Old Geelong played at Geelong College. Boys came out with high energy to dominate the midfield and five goals were kicked in the first ten minutes. Old Geelong were on the back foot for the rest of the day. Tackling was very good and ability to win the contested ball saw us set up many scoring opportunities. Contos, Harden and Robertson all outstanding with their leadership and ability to play together and everyone playing their role was impressive.
Much tougher opposition this week against Ormond but a good opportunity to show what we can do against quality opposition in our first game at home. A special mention to Alex Contos being team manager and goal umpire and the help from Noah Campbell, Tom Mason and Josh Mannix.
The Unders travelled to Geelong eager to get their first home and away win of 2017 on the board against Old Geelong Collegians. From the first bounce the boys took the ascendancy and did not look back. Myles Scott and Charlie Simondson opened the account early for the T’s.
James Robertson then got in on the act with a terrific banana goal from the pocket and Seb Contos added his name to the goal kickers list with two majors. The ball rarely left the Old Trinity half of the field in the opening quarter and the boys went into the first break with a commanding lead.
The T’s continued their dominance in the second term. Sam Cook’s brilliant ruck work allowed the team to control the contest and the ever-increasing tackle count put Old Geelong under relentless pressure. The backline, led by Goldby, Mulcahy and Stella was impenetrable and the transition from defence to offence was seamless thanks to the pace of Cooper, Gerwing, Mitchell, Scott and Josh Sharman who impressed in his first game in the green and gold.
Old Trinity continued to pile on the points, leading the attack was Nick Adgemis who finished the day with 6 goals.
By half time the game was already looking out of reach for Geelong, but Tommy urged the boys to continue attacking and taking the game on and they did exactly that. The forward pressure was out standing as the ball seemed to rarely go far from the Old Trinity goal. When it did, the likes of Burgess and Jordan were strong in the air and at the contest, shutting down any attack from the opposition.
The effort did not waiver in the fourth quarter, Zac Polidoris enjoyed standout final term in the backline and it continued to rain goals for the T’s as Max Curtis snagged a few. All 24 players ran hard until the final whistle, the boys played selfless football for four quarters and executed the game plan to perfection. It was a memorable day for everyone involved, for a few who seldom tasted victory last season and for the rest who got to sing the song for the first time as old boys.
Goal kickers – Adgemis 6, Robertson 3, Simondson 3, Contos 2, Sharman 2, Mi. Scott, Goldby, Lasorko, My. Scott, Harden, Gerwing, Jordan, Dobson, Durran
Best – Adgemis, Contos, Cook, Stella, Curran, Sharman, Robertson, Stella
Four out of five last weekend so Gil gets to keep those moths in his wallet. We’re looking forward to tghe day, and it is coming soon, when all 5 teams win on the same weekend and our esteemed President has to shout the bar at Junktion
See you all on the weekend