LIONS THIRD TERM BEATS SAINTS
In an even and exciting contest, Therry Penola added seven goals in the third quarter to outlast a determined St. Marys Salesian by 3 points at John Pascoe Fawkner Oval, Oak Park. Therry Penola Reserves finished well to overcome a fading SMS Reserves outfit by 11 points. St. Marys Salesian Thirds won their fourth game on the trot outplaying Chadstone by 42 points in the early match at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. Click here for the match reports
OLD TRINITY OVERPOWER SAINTS
Old Trinity played four quarters of attacking football to outclass St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) by 24 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. In a close encounter, Old Trinity edged out an unlucky SMS Womens team (2) by just 5 points. St. Marys Salesian Womens team (3) played in a Round Robin against Monash University and West Brunswick at McAllister Oval, Brunswick. Click here for the match reports
AROUND THE GROUND – A reminder, the Gold Saints Lunch will be held on Saturday 25 May – 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 – Old Trinity was our adversary at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – coached by Stephen Maus, OT had a 32 point victory over Fitzroy in the previous round. Thanks to Peter Leman and the many people who assist this team each week. Old Trinity proved to be by far the better team on the day and we congratulate them on their fine victory. It’s back to the drawing board for us.
Men – On Saturday we ventured to Oak Park (one of our longer road trips to the north-western suburbs) not far from Essendon Airport to meet Therry Penola who have become another of our great rivals in recent years. In 2018 the Lions (who wear a maroon, blue and gold jumper) won 12 games in Division 1 to finish fourth. They then lost the first semi-final to Oakleigh. Therry Penola are now coached by Damien Peverill (the former Essendon AFL player).
We had 14 mm of rain during a cloudburst on Friday and our expectations were that grounds in Melbourne’s suburbs would be heavy. John Pascoe Fawkner Oval No. 1 is used by Oak Park in the Essendon District Football League, however Oval No. 2 used by the Lions was in first-class condition (never seen it looking better) and this was condusive to high quality football. Saturday was overcast but fine with a temperature around 17 degrees making it fairly pleasant for all concerned. A very good crowd of locals supported the Lions, but a lesser number of Saints fans no doubt due to the travel distance.
SMS President, Greg Baum set a good example arriving before the Reserves game and staying throughout the day. Others seen included Matt Ellis (Treasurer), the hard working trainers, Adam Lane (Vice-President) who carries out team management duties and even ran water to players. In addition, Neil Barrie (our Reserves goalie), Kerryn Gatehouse, Bill Goodenough, Alan Gook, Geoff Lane, Michael ‘Leo’ Learmonth, Erwin Leyden, Derek Reynolds, and Manny’s mum Mrs. Dolan with one of the beautiful Bernese Mountain dogs were sighted. A few non-participating players, other family members and friends were also in attendance. There will be a few missed, my apologies to those people.
Fawkner Oval has a very good car park alongside and also one of the higher metal fences around the playing arena at suburban grounds in Melbourne. Bill Goodenough had a few problems getting over the fence to go out to the quarter and three quarter-time huddles and might need a bit of gym work to improve his fitness levels !! One of the footballs disappeared into Moonee Ponds Creek after a goal was scored in the third term of the Ones match. The creek surrounds three sides of the oval (in canals part of the way) and not sure if the missing footy was recovered. In past years a large net was used to recover footballs from the creek.
Our sincere thanks to VAFA and Club field, boundary and goal umpires – (including Derek Reynolds – Reserves field, Neil Barrie – Reserves goalie) – Club runners, water carriers, helpers, Geoff Lane and all time keepers, also training staff – at all levels.
Therry Penola have a very pleasant clubroom including one of the best canteens in the VAFA. Our thanks to the lady who looked after patrons with hot and cold food and drinks during the afternoon. The hot dogs were good value at $4-00, dim sims and chips were reasonably priced, a coffee and iced donut cost $4-50, so fair to say the Therry Penola Canteen is one of the best. The player facilities are a bit small for the visiting team but otherwise a very nice set-up.
With the’ Saints Club Ball’ on later in the evening, a small group of SMS officials and supporters, and a much larger group of Therry Penola locals attended the ‘After the Match Drink’ in the Social Room. The spokesman welcomed our Club and presented best player awards to Lions best players, while an excellent raffle prize (a meat tray) was won by a popular local fan. The atmosphere was excellent after the match with chatter accompanied by a convivial ale being enjoyed by many of those present.
I understand the ‘SMS Ball’ held at Lincoln of Toorak, was once again an outstanding success with over 200 people in attendance on Saturday evening.
The Mens Thirds continue to be our successful team at present – time for the other sides to get back on the winning list – the Mens Ones and Twos are at Oakleigh, and the Thirds visit Glen Eira at Carnegie – while the Womens Ones and Twos host Kew next Saturday – which of course is Federal election day – please come along and join us at one of the venues – for newcomers, the Canteen is located in the window at the right-hand end of the clubrooms).