Danny Frawley’s Hearts created history in trying conditions (30 knot winds) on Sunday at Trevor Barker Oval defeating the competition standout team for 2018 of Old Scotch by 13 points in the VAFA B White Grand final match.
Haileybury girls had not defeated any of the 3 teams (Old Brighton, Beaumaris and Old Scotch) that finished above them during the home and away season but when the business end of the season arrived all our girls came to play.
The euphoric scenes after the match and later that evening really showed how much this momentous victory meant to the group after scraping into the finals in the last home and away game (we had to defeat old Mentonians to just make the finals) and winning the 3 finals 1st Semi, Prelim and Grand Final by a total of 22 points over the 3 matches was incredible and a testament to this committed group.
Before the game, coach Danny Frawley brought Old Haileybury’s secret weapon to the rooms in our club mascot Winston (the Frawley family border collie) and gave Alistair Clarkson’s 2008 “shark analogy” a run for its money with the message that all Winston wanted today was to have fun and enjoy the experience. The 2nd part of the analogy was that once Winston got hold of his bone, no one would ever get it off him – if our girls played with that free spirit and intensity of fighting every inch of the way we were not going to lose the game despite being rank underdogs for the day.
Danny pre-match address placed our girls in a settled frame of mind and when the ball was bounced to start the game, our girls set the game alight kicking all our 4 goals of the match in the first quarter in a terrific quarter of football (our best for the season).
Danielle Frawley started the game with a goal “out of nothing” from a stoppage and this was followed by Sarah Casey and Jordan Shanks snapping truly around the corner under pressure. Pulli Gardiyawasam (runner up in the League Best and Fairest during the week) was electric in the first quarter with her speed and created chaos for Old Scotch defenders as she zipped in and out of congested traffic.
Romy Teubler set the tone of the match with a dominant first quarter from the half forward line with a mark 30 metres out and kicking truly from a set shot to place the Hearts in a commanding position at quarter time kicking with a strong breeze towards the Hampton end.
Scotch responded with a late goal just before the ¼ time siren to see the Hearts lead by 19 points at the first break.
The Hearts defence in the final series has been outstanding and again in the Grand Final they kept Scotch goalless in the 2nd and 4th quarters whilst kicking with a dominant breeze. Lauren Oliver, Charlotte Russo, Maggie Dunn, Eliza Solly (before being injured), Mim Waterman, Hannah Pastore and Ellen Russell were impassable for the clear majority of the game and were a key part of the victory.
Coach Frawley used Sarah, Frances, Jordan and Pulli in defence at various stages as the pressure built with Scotch driving the ball forward on a more than regular basis but our girls continued to repel the attacks to the defensive side of the Trevor Barker oval which helped reduce the Scotch running style of footy that got them to the last game of the year.
Carly Dillon, Taylor Vines-Chapple and Pia Hatt continued to drive the ball forward and their outside run played a pivotal part in the victory. Carly’s 2nd half was terrific using the ball extremely well and setting up the play with Danielle Frawley getting better as the game went.
The Hearts were severely challenged in the first half of the 3rd quarter by Scotch where they dominated the first 10 minutes of the quarter (against the breeze) peppering the goals and narrowing the deficit to 10 points at one stage and we had a game on our hands with Scotch coming home with the breeze.
At this time of the game we had lost Eliza Scolly with a serious knee injury, Charlotte Russo dislocating her shoulder and used her Doctor skills to pop the shoulder back into place, our number one mid-fielder for the season Frances Land was immobilised with a hip injury and Chelsea Frawley in the absence of Sam Stewart carried tremendously a far heavier workload on the day and was cramping in the 3rd. At this stage of the game Scotch had all the momentum.
Charlotte bravely strapped herself up and got out there as she knew the team needed her as our numbers were dwindling.
Sarah Casey (Best on Ground) played an outstanding game whether that was back, mid or forward despite receiving close attention on the day. Sarah did it all and wholeheartedly deserved the medal for best player on the field. Her outstanding finals series was a major reason for the Hearts achieving its first ever women’s premiership.
Romy Teubler played her best game for the year and created fantastic drive in the forward line for the Hearts over the 4 quarters.
Chelsea Frawley also played her best game of the year shouldering most of the ruck duties for the day with great support from stand-in ruck person Georgie Jannsen.
Jordan Shanks continued her terrific year with a great final series including a stand out game on Grand Final day and was like Sarah Casey in that the coach used her at both ends of the ground during the game to stabilize proceedings.
Mim Waterson played on one of the stand out forwards of the competition and kept her goalless. Mim was brilliant and tough at the contest during the game taking a handful of strong competitive marks in the heat of battle and was a pivotal factor in the outcome.
Danny Frawley coached out of his skin in the final series to get this team across the line. His commitment to this team has been nothing short of incredible during the entire season. This team may not have been the most talented in the competition but by gee the girls evolved as a super team who followed instructions to the letter and played to Danny’s direction and we came home with the first ever Old Haileybury female premiership creating history that will stand for ever and a day.
Spare a thought for the amazing team player in Sam Stewart who played all 16 games during the season including the 2 early finals but was unavailable for the last game. Sam was a huge part in getting us to the last day of the year and we thank you Sam and I know she is fired up for 2019! Also, Amy Fletcher and Maddy Leyden were unavailable for the last part of the season due to being overseas who helped get our team to the final stages of the season.
THANKS TO THE 36 GIRLS LISTED BELOW WHO PULLED ON THE HEARTS JUMPER DURING THE YEAR TO CREATE HISTORY – 17 games played during the year to achieve the ultimate prize.
Jordan Shanks, Frances Land, Pulomaja Gardiyawasam, Sarah Casey, Jessica Wright, Pia Hatt, Amy Fletcher, Romy Teubler, Danielle Frawley, Taylah Vines-Chapple, Carly Dillon, Claire Stark, Daniella San Jose, Foley Kate, Georgina Janssen, Mim Waterman, Samantha Stewart, Alana Hall, Candice Sheldon-Collins, Charlotte Russo, Chelsea Frawley, Courtney Coulter, Courtney Marsden, Elaine Donnelly, Eliza Solly, Ellen Russell, Erin Learmonth, Hannah Pastore, Jessica Ravaillion, Kathryn Quinn, Lauren Oliver, Madeleine Leyden, Magdalen Dunn, Maya Bennett, Philippa Harrison, Stephanie Fels
Old Scotch 1.3-9 1.3-9 2.5-17 2.7-19
Old Haileybury 4.4-28 4.4-28 4.8-32 4.8-32
Goal Kickers: D. Frawley, R. Teubler, J. Shanks, S. Casey
Best Players: S. Casey, R. Teubler, C. Frawley, J. Shanks, M. Waterman, D. Frawley
The boys took on 2nd place Old Carey at Princess Park on the weekend. Our form over the last couple of months had been very good but we were still yet to take a scalp of one of the leading sides in B Grade. This turned out to be the case again as we went down by 33 points in a game where we had some missed opportunities and were made to pay by a quality outfit. Was a great lesson for our side that a few little things can add up to costing you games against sides who are good enough to make you pay for your mistakes.
Individually Tom Rogerson was clearly BOG winning many one on one contests on the last line in defence. Aaron hung in well all day on a bigger opponent as did Will Paul who delivered a selfless role for his team. Up forward Sam Loewe continued his great form over the last few weeks.
Overall the effort was great and has shown how far we have come but we still not where we want to be in winning some of these games against the better teams.
We will be looking to end Season 2018 on a great note by knocking off Beaumaris on their own deck and taking that scalp we are after.
Old Haileyburians 3.5-23 3.8-26 5.10-40 11.11-77
Old Carey 2.2-14 6.6-42 11.13-79 16.14-110
Goal Kickers: N. Gooda 2, W. Paul 2, J. Constable 2, D. Seccull 2, S. Loewe 2, C. Connelly
Best Players: T. Rogerson, W. Paul, L. Treverton, A. Toy, J. Paul, S. Loewe
For the first time all season we had the luxury of too many players, with the return of Torsten, Declan, Ari, HK, Whitey and Mark Irwin as four players missed out and several unavailable. Three of the school boys in the form of Fynn Williams, Harry Traum and Will Barry also fronted up to take on one of the top teams, Old Carey.
Things looked good on paper with a solid backline, mids and forward set up. Early on Ed “Fish” Curtis started off well in the ruck winning tap outs only to do his groin 20 mins into the match along with Whitey whose wrist was in bad shape. Apart from losing the toss and kicking into the wind these were two crucial injuries from a centre clearance point of view and allowed Carey to kick away with four goals early on. The backline stemmed the tide and was ably assisted by Oakesy who gave us some drive as a floating backman halfway through the quarter.
Unfortunately it was a classic four seasons in one day for us as the wind also swung from north to south at the end of the 1st quarter to have us kicking into the wind yet again but some good signs were that schoolboy Fynn at 6 3′ gave us a real target up at full forward as Ari, and HK fought hard to provide options and we kicked two goals to three to be five down at half time.
Like all the top teams this year with numbers Carey were disciplined and organised in moving the ball out of the backline as their bigger bodies pushed aside our smaller younger players in the midfield.
Nick Carey playing his 50th for the club again did a good job in the backline as usual, Oli and Irwin battled hard as did the ever reliable Jamie Cain.
What was particularly pleasing was the performance of the school boys and the fact that the boys tried hard all day. There were some very good passages of play and flow which were only marred by some poor foot delivery to targets often kicking straight back to the opposition, something that can only be improved by ongoing practice at training.
It was pleasing to see how we fought this out reducing the first round loss by half this time and good to see an improvement and return of many absent players. We look forward to finishing off well against Beaumaris next week.
Old Haileyburians 0.3-3 2.4-16 3.6-24 5.8-38
Old Carey 4.2-26 7.6-48 12.8-80 15.9-99