STEADY SAINTS BEAT RAIDERS – After a slow start, St. Marys Salesian lifted a gear to enjoy a comfortable victory over Old Paradians by 43 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. SMS Reserves had to work extremely hard to shake off a determined Old Paradians Reserves by 34 points. St. Marys Salesian Thirds began well to set up a relatively easy win over Hampton Rovers by 55 points. CLICK HERE for the match report
SMS WIN BATTLE OF THE SAINTS – St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) produced excellent team football to overcome the talented St. Kevins outfit by 28 points in the ‘Battle of the Saints’ at Righetti Oval, Kooyong. St. Kevins won every quarter to achieve a deserved victory over SMS Womens team (2) by 25 points. CLICK HERE for the match report
City of Boroondara have been working diligently to complete improvements to Ferndale Park at Glen Iris. Significant renovations have been made to the Scout Hall including a new roof and several new windows. The childrens playground on the south side of the park is being upgraded with work continuing there. In addition, two new coaches boxes have been installed for our Club, one for the home team and the other for the visitors. We thank the local Council for their support, and are hopeful that some improvements will be made to the clubrooms in the not too distant future to cater for our new Womens teams.
Overall, a terrific beginning to our season last week with three Saints teams recording victories in Round 1. Another good crowd attended the Round 2 Selection Dinner at the clubrooms following training last Thursday. We again acknowledge the work of the ladies who prepared a sumptuos meal of chicken, stuffing and vegetables, followed by ice-cream (for some) with drinks at own expense. Lewis Hawkins compered the entertainment segment featuring playing members of the Club. Once again, the coaches had the opportunity to read out Round 2 team selections for those in attendance.
Women – This time our opponent was the strong St. Kevins team at Righetti Oval, Kooyong. Coached by Tom Purcell St. Kevins had a 14 point win over Fitzroy in the opening game. As always we acknowledge the work of Peter Leman and the many people who assist this team each week, including Paul Grant who umpires many of the Womens Twos and Threes matches. Another fine win by the Saints Women team (1) to maintain their position in the top four.
Men – On Saturday we hosted rivals Old Paradians against whom we have had many closely fought tussles in recent years. In 2018 the Raider (who wear green jumpers) won 15 games in Division 2 to finish second. Under the coaching of Ryan Smith they were eventually runners-up to UHS-VU resulting in promotion to the higher grade.
A carbon copy of the previous Saturday with perfect weather for the matches and Ferndale Park in tip-top shape. We had a very small crowd for our opening home game but plenty of barracking from the keen supporters of both clubs.
A few of our ‘regulars’ were missing but amongst those to enjoy the day were Greg Baum (our enthusiastic President), Matt Ellis, Norbert Graetzer and the training staff. Norbert is a past President and long serving worker who the Club relies on heavily in a number of off-field areas. Adam Lane was away in Sydney and Ethan Rocke looked after team management duties. Some others present included Cal Anderson, Neil Barrie (our Reserves goalie), Jack Borland, Jill Butler, Terry Flora, Kerryn Gatehouse, Bill Goodenough, Alan Gook, Paul Grant, Al and Michael ‘Rowdy’ Howard, Erwin Leyden, Brian Ludwig (umpires escort), Paul Mattiske, Richard Morris, Div Rajkumar, Derek Reynolds, and Josh (surname not known) from Ainslie FC in Canberra. A number of non-participating players, other family members and friends were also in attendance. There will be a few I have missed here, my apologies to those people.
Jack Borland is a former Saints player who has become a young VAFA field umpire, Terry Flora (Michael’s dad) is a keen Western Bulldogs supporter, while Paul Mattiske (father of Joel Mattiske) was originally from Ceduna, SA and not surprisingly follows Adelaide Crows. If you are a parent, family member or friend of one of the players (or simply looking for somewhere to go at weekends) please come along and join us at the games. You can remain fairly anonymous if you wish, but the boys genuinely appreciate having your support during the season, and the games are normally very entertaining.
Congratulations to James Gallus on reaching the 100 games milestone.
Our sincere thanks to VAFA and Club field, boundary and goal umpires – (including Derek Reynolds – Reserves field, Neil Barrie – Reserves goalie, Nathan Evans – Thirds goalie) – Club runners, water carriers, helpers, time keepers and training staff – at all levels.
As usual, Kerryn Gatehouse did an unbelievably good job looking after patrons at the Canteen, providing hot and cold food and drinks during the afternoon, and drinks after the match. Our sincere thanks, Kerryn.
A very encouraging beginning to the season with Saints Mens Ones, Twos and Threes all recording solid victories over good opposition. A very big crowd of players, officials and supporters from both clubs were present at the ‘After the Match Drink’ to hear Saints President, Greg Baum, welcome the visitors and name William Gilmore as the Old Paradians best player. A little later in the evening SMS held a ‘Beer Pong’ night which was well attended and enjoyed by the faithful.
A reminder – Social – become a ‘Gold Saints member’ for $100-00 – allowing you to enjoy two fully catered lunches with drinks included, plus high profile guest speakers in the Clubroom at Ferndale Park – ‘Gold Saint Lunch’ No. 1 is on Saturday 4 May when SMS Men play Kew.
Enjoy the Easter break everyone.