BULLANTS BITE TOO MUCH FOR SAINTS
Preston Bullants finished by far the better to overcome a determined St. Marys Salesian by 42 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. In wet conditions, SMS Reserves displayed improved form to comfortably account for Preston Bullants Reserves by 27 points. St. Marys Salesian Thirds had the bye, but play Chadstone Thirds (away) in the final home and away round this coming Saturday. Read the Full Match Report
MELBOURNE UNI ENDS SAINTS SEASON
In Sunday’s Preliminary Final, Melbourne University played a strong second quarter to beat SMS Womens team (2) by 14 points at Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick. Read the Full Match Report
AROUND THE GROUND
Premier Womens Preliminary Finals were on with the Saints Women team (2) involved on Sunday, while it was Round 16 in Men’s Division 1 for the Ones and Twos on Saturday.
Our President, Greg Baum, has just headed-off to cover the Ashes cricket (in his other role of sports journalist) for the Melbourne Age newspaper. Before leaving, Greg left a written message for all at St. Marys Salesian AFC (circulated by E-mail through Club Secretary, Peter Leman) which was much appreciated.
In his first season in the President’s role Greg has done a first-class job not only behind the scenes with planning, but also by regularly supporting both Mens and Womens teams at games, and through his involvement with Gold Saints and other luncheons, and social events.
Greg will be back in a few weeks to again lead the Club and help make plans for season 2020. On behalf of everyone at SMS, enjoy the cricket in England, Greg, and sincere thanks for your untiring efforts for our Club during season 2019.
Women – Our opponent was Melbourne University in the Preliminary Final at Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick – coached by Erini Gianakopoulos and a panel of assistants, MU finished in second place, beat us by 15 points earlier in the season, and by 2 points in the round 9 home and away fixture. Sincere thanks to Peter Leman and the many people who have assisted this team throughout the year. Melbourne University proved a little too good winning by 14 points to go into next weekend’s Grand Final against West Brunswick. However, an outstanding performance by our much improved Womens team (2) and hearty congratulations to all concerned on reaching the finals.
Men – We hosted Preston Bullants at Ferndale Park on Saturday. The Bullants are coached by the experienced George Wakim (wear a red jumper with white bullant logo) and in our earlier meeting they beat us by 37 points.
It has been a very cold, damp and miserable few days of August weather since the middle of last week. A total of 24 mm of rain in the Camberwell / Glen Iris area up until Friday, and another 4 mm on Friday evening. Once again, our expectations were for freezing conditions and a heavy ground on Saturday, but although Ferndale Park had the usual mud-patch at the Pavilion end it could have been much worse had really heavy rain set-in. Sunshine for much of Saturday helped dry the ground out, and took the chill off the air making conditions bearable for hardy supporters who chose to watch the games outside.
Preston Bullants have only been in VAFA for a few years and very successful in moving up from lower divisions and securing several premiership flags whilst doing so. They are having another terrific season and have a loyal band of fans who travel with the team in support. Many of them watched the games from cars parked along the perimeter of the oval to avoid the cold weather outside.
SMS numbers were down a bit on such a wintry day with many people shoosing to watch proceedings from the air-conditioned comfort of the Clubrooms. Some of those sighted were Peter Leman, Matt Ellis, Adam Lane, plus Norbert Graetzer and the trainers, Cal Anderson, Col Chipperfield, Neil Barrie, Ric Burns, Jo Dolan, Michael Gallus, Kerryn Gatehouse, Paul Grant, Bill Heath, Al Howard, Michael ‘Leo’ Learmonth, Erwin Leyden, Brian Ludwig, John Op’t Hoog, Derek Reynolds, Ethan Rocke and Ian Swann. A number of non-participating players, other family members and friends were also in attendance, including several members of the Saints womens teams. I don’t know all the names, so my sincere apologies to those people missed.
Congratulations to Stef Gusts on reaching the 150 game milestone. ‘Pluga’ has been an outstanding goalsneak for our Club over many seasons, a Reserves premiership player, and very popular with his Saints teammates – well done, Stef.
The Firsts match had to be stopped for 25 minutes during the third quarter when SMS player Tom Clancy was concussed in general play. The players from both sides had to remain on the oval until an ambulance treated Tom and took him away to hospital. We extend our best wishes to Tom and hope he is recovering well. As a result of the stoppage, the third quarter went for 56 minutes, and the match did not finish until 5-00 pm.
Our sincere thanks to VAFA and Club field, boundary and goal umpires – (including Ian Swann – Firsts boundary, Derek Reynolds – Reserves field, Neil Barrie – Reserves goalie) – Club runners – (including Bill Heath – Firsts and Jack Byrnes – Reserves) – water carriers, the scoreboard attendant, helpers, all time keepers, also training staff – at all levels.
Kerryn Gatehouse refused to open the window of the Canteen due to the very cold weather – we thought a ‘bit soft.’ Consequently, sales were made at the ‘Halo Bar’ inside the Clubrooms. Many customers chose pies, pasties, dim sims and hot dogs with or without cheese, while the coffee, tea and iced donuts also proved to be extremely popular.
The ‘After the Match Drink’ was supported by the usual numbers including a large group of the Preston guys and a few of our blokes as well. Adam Lane welcomed our visitors and others enjoying a convivial ale or ‘softie.’ He wished the Bullants good luck in the upcoming finals series, and a best player award was made available to their chosen member.
You are welcome to join us at the footy next Saturday – Mens Firsts vs. Kew (away) at Victoria Park, Kew 2-00 pm, Reserves vs. Kew (away) at Victoria Park, Kew 11-40 am – or the Thirds vs. Chadstone (away) at Chadstone 9-20 am.