SAINTS HALT RAIDERS
St. Marys Salesian produced an even team performance to outplay Old Paradians and win by 56 points at Garvey Oval, Bundoora. SMS Reserves showed a welcome return to form to easily account for Old Paradians Reserves by 36 points. An inaccurate St. Marys Salesian Thirds registered a good victory over Old Paradians Thirds by 12 points at Naughtin Oval, Bundoora. Full Match Report
SAINTS SILENCE LIONS
St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) worked hard in wet conditions to account for a determined Fitzroy by 10 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. SMS Womens team (2) played an attacking first-half to set-up a comfortable victory over Fitzroy by 26 points. In the very early game, St. Marys Salesian Womens team (3) won a practice match against Monash University.
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AROUND THE GROUND –
Just a reminder, please note the second Gold Saints Lunch – will be held on Saturday 13 July – guest speaker is John Silvester – who is a Walkley Award winner, Victoria’s most experienced crime reporter, and a mad Hawthorn supporter! He is the senior crime reporter for The Age and writes the Walkley Award winning Naked City column. He appears weekly on 3AW as crime commentator Sly of the Underworld. He has written, edited and published crime books that have sold more than 1 million copies in Australia. His work was adapted into the top rating Underbelly television series shown on Channel Nine – if you have any enquiries or want to join up as a Gold Saints member – please see the Club website – or contact Club Secretary Peter Leman.
Women – It was our turn to host Fitzroy at Ferndale Park – coached by Gray Barton, the Lions lost to West Brunswick by 7 points in the previous round. When we played Fitzroy earlier in the season we beat them by 15 points. Thanks to Peter Leman and the many people who assist this team each week. Another hard-earned victory retains third position but a tough opponent in West Brunswick ahead.
Men – On Saturday we journeyed to Parade College, Bundoora to play Old Paradians. The Raiders are coached by Phil Plunkett (and wear a green jumper with blue shorts).
Persistent and at times heavy rain hit Melbourne late in the week (in particular on Friday) and it appears the northern suburbs copped a bit more than Camberwell / Glen Iris. Despite the rain, playing conditions were reasonably good for Saturday’s matches at Garvey and Naughtin Ovals in Bundoora. It was muddy in several places around the boundary line at Garvey Oval, but apart from that the playing surface was pretty good. A temperature of around 12 degrees was a bit ‘nippy’ but no wind meant scoring was possible at both ends, while conditions for spectators were bearable. Garvey Oval has a very nice pavilion and is part of the school grounds at prestigious Parade College. Crowd numbers were only average, the Raiders had reasonable support but very few Saints fans (which has also been the case with away games at Oak Park and Preston). It seems SMS people are not keen on travelling to the north or north-west which is a little disappointing.
Some of the Saints identified on the day were Matt Ellis, Norbert Graetzer with his band of hard-working trainers, Adam Lane and Ethan Rocke (who does a great job managing the Thirds). Others noticed were Neil Barrie, Bill Goodenough, Brian Ludwig, Richard Morris and John Op’t Hoog, As usual, a number of non-participating players, other family members and friends were also in attendance. There will be some missed, my apologies to those people.
Bill Goodenough had the trip from hell to get to the match. He chose to travel by tram from Camberwell to Bundoora (via Flinders Street) which normally would NOT be a problem. However, there was a demonstration and march against ‘Family Violence’ in the City causing major problems with tram services. The result was a two hour trip with Bill arriving at the ground just in time to see the opening ball-up of the Ones game. Bill is a 10 round supporter (owing to family commitments) so we won’t see him again until next season.
The Maurie Considine electronic scoreboard at Garvey Oval jammed 21 minutes into the Twos game and was out of action for the rest of the day. (Of course, Maurie Considine was a former Hawthorn player, and much respected Old Paradians President and Coach in a past era). Fortunately, the Twos contest was not close and everyone survived quite well without knowing the exact scores. Our thanks to Parade College who arranged for a mobile electronic scoreboard to be brought in just after quarter-time of the Ones game. This ensured everyone knew the scores for the remainder of the day.
With a few of the playing group missing, we congratulate former Firsts coach Erwin Leyden on agreeing to line-up for the Saints Thirds. Erwin made a significant contribution to their win with his onfield leadership and three goals. Likewise, it was beaut to see Josh Tanner (who arrived with his four youngsters in toe) back in action for the Reserves. Josh has lost none of his silky skills. Dav Rajkumar was another veteran to play in the Twos and his impressive performance brought back many fond memories to teammates, officials and supporters. Jos Op’t Hoog was back in the Firsts (after a short break) and played his usual ‘gritty’ game.
Our sincere thanks to VAFA and Club field, boundary and goal umpires – (including the Old Paradians Reserves field who did a fine job on his own, Neil Barrie – Reserves goalie) – Club runners, water carriers), helpers, all time keepers, also training staff – at all levels.
Garvey Oval Canteen was well staffed and has a good choice of hot and cold food and drinks at reasonable prices – some felt the latte coffee was a bit average with the cup only half-filled, but the meat and salad rolls, hot dogs, pies, and chips were all good value and we thank the staff for looking after clients during the afternoon.
There was a good attendance of players, officials and supporters from both clubs at the ‘After the Game’ drink – the Parade spokesman welcomed SMS personnel and presented best player awards to James Kappos (OP) and Flynn Siassios (SMS) – Lewis Hawkins (SMS) also picked-up an award for his performance in the Reserves match – a raffle was held for a very fine ‘Meat Tray’ and won by an OP player with a pink ticket – sadly most of the SMS buyers had green tickets.
Later on Saturday evening, many SMS personnel attended a ‘Mexican TA-Fiesta Celebration’ at the Clubrooms from 7-00 pm – the function was thoroughly enjoyed by all those present.
Round 11 is coming-up on Saturday 29 June – Mens Firsts vs. Therry Penola (home) at Ferndale 2-00 pm, Reserves vs. Therry Penola (home) at Ferndale 11-40 am, Thirds vs. Glen Eira (home) at Ferndale 9-20 am – hot and cold food and drinks are available from the Canteen (located in the window at the right-hand end of the clubrooms) – or alternatively, see the Womens Ones vs. West Brunswick (away) at Parkville 2-00 pm, Twos vs. West Brunswick (away) at Parkville 12-00 pm.