BULLANTS SAVAGE SAINTS
Preston Bullants dominated the first three quarters to easily account for a disappointing St. Marys Salesian by 37 points at Ruthven Reserve, Preston. SMS Reserves played well below their best but did enough to achieve victory over a ‘never say die’ Preston Bullants Reserves by just 9 points. St. Marys Salesian Thirds recorded a strong win over second side UHS-VU Thirds by 35 points at Brens Oval, Parkville. Read the Full Match Report
SAINTS GROUND EAGLES
In an thrilling match, St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) finished slightly the better to edge out Marcellin by 2 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. SMS Womens team (2) displayed their best form of the year and led at every change to overcome Marcellin by 8 points. In the very early game, St. Marys Salesian Womens team (3) played a draw against Monash University.
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AROUND THE GROUND
We have reached a break in the season with the Queen’s Birthday holiday falling next weekend and with eight rounds completed it is fair to say that all five of our competition teams (three mens and two womens) are still a chance to play finals. However, a lot of hard work ahead for that to become a reality.
Women – We hosted Marcellin at Ferndale – coached by Luke Boyd, the Eagles had a 79 point win over Melbourne University in the previous round. When we played Marcellin earlier in the season they beat us by 25 points. Thanks to Peter Leman and the many people who assist this team each week. A narrow win over a quality outfit gets us back into third place but no margin for error in a very close competition.
Men – On Saturday we visited Ruthven Reserve, Preston to play Preston Bullants. In 2018 the Bullants (who wear a red jumper with white bullant logo) won 9 games in Division 1 to finish sixth. They have been coached for some years by George Wakim.
Winter arrived a few days early last week resulting in some very cold and wet weather in recent days. However, Saturday was not too bad, overcast but fairly mild, no rain, and a temperature of 13 degrees as we approach the ‘shortest day’ of the year. Ruthven Reserve was in good condition, is serviced by a very nice Pavilion and older variety scoreboard, which all adds to the atmosphere of grass roots footy. A reasonable number of people attended the games, mainly Bullants supporters, the Saints faithful were few and far between no doubt due to the travel distance involved.
Some of the Saints who made the trip were Norbert Graetzer with his band of hard-working trainers and Adam Lane. Others noticed were Neil Barrie, Col Chipperfield, Jo Dolan, Terry Flora, Bill Goodenough, Peter Jones, Brian Ludwig, Richard Morris, John Op’t Hoog, Derek Reynolds, also Kyle Duerden’s granddad. A number of non-participating players, other family members and friends were also in attendance. There will be a few missed, my apologies to those people.
Norbert Graetzer had a fairly stressful day with a few health and injury incidents to deal with and we thank him and the training staff for their attention to matters medical. We pass on best wishes to Jos Op’t Hoog and hope all is good again. Amongst a small group of parents, Terry Flora is becoming a regular watching son Michael in action, Peter Jones (enjoying a pie) supported son Sid, Brian Ludwig was watching son Nick, and John Op’t Hoog supported son Mitch.
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 – (including Henry McQueen-Miscamble), helpers, Col Chipperfield, Richard Morris and all time keepers, also training staff – at all levels.
Ruthven Reserve Canteen always has a good choice of hot and cold food and drinks at reasonable prices and we thank the three ladies who looked after patrons with a smile throughout the afternoon. Good numbers of players, officials and supporters from both clubs remained ‘After the Game’ to watch a Womens match which commenced following the Mens Ones fixture and was played under lights.
We wish everyone an enjoyable Queen’s Birthday weekend, a chance to relax and re-charge the batteries before returning for the middle part of what is proving to be a very interesting VAFA season.
Round 9 will be on Saturday 15 June – Mens Firsts vs. Prahran Assumption (home) at Ferndale 2-00 pm, Reserves vs. Prahran Assumption (home) at Ferndale 11-40 am, Thirds vs. Monash Blues (venue and time to be confirmed) – 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. Melbourne University (away) at Parkville 11-40 am, Twos vs. Melbourne University (away) at Parkville 9-40 am.