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.
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.
St Mary’s Salesian 10. 8 (68) def by Preston Bullants 16. 14 (110)
Goals: L. Holmes 4, M. Dolan 3, B. Andrews 2, C. Rose
Games: A. Bussell, H. Chipperfield, D. Hicks, J. Sharp, H. Heath, J. Ryan
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 7. 13 (55) def Preston Bullants 3. 10 (28)
Goals: S. Gusts 3, D. Ryan 2, J. Barrie, J. Evans
Games: J. Evans, S. Gusts, H. McQueen-Miscamble, A. Pathirana, B. Kelly, M. Howard
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 2. 1 (13) def by Melbourne University 3. 9 (27)
Goals: C. Murray, P. Heath
Games: D. Sercia, C. Murray, A. Nunan, K. MacFarlane, E. Obradov, A. Kerr
Ground: Elsternwick Park
AROUND THE GROUND
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. Read the Full Around the Ground
ONES – Preston Bullants finished by far the better to overcome a determined St. Marys Salesian by 42 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris.
The Saints (sixth) faced a big test against form team of the competition Preston Bullants (third). Players coming into the side were Tom Clancy, Darcy Grant and Jon Yodgee. The ground was heavy at the Pavilion end, but unexpected sunshine took the chill off the air for most of the afternoon.
SMS kicked to the the Glen Iris Road end in the first quarter and began extremely well. Dane Hicks (ruck), Ben Andrews, Heath Chipperfield and Nick Bussell won their share of the ball from the centre for much of the term and the forwards made the most of chances offered. James Sharp kicked to Louie Holmes for the first goal, Cam Rose, Manny Dolan, Ben Andrews and Dolan again (after a pass from ‘Chippa’) did likewise. Preston was also on the scoreboard through talented big player Tom Hill, Nick De Andrade (from a free) and Sam Dalton but were a couple of goals down after 20 minutes. The visitors had the best of the remaining 15 minutes adding majors through Hill and De Andrade to hold a two point lead at quarter-time.
The Saints were hopeful of increasing their advantage kicking with the aid of a two goal wind in the second stanza. They were very competitive and had most of the play, Sharp effective across the centre and Holmes booting an early six-pointer. Alex Bussell, Jack Ryan and Henry Wong worked hard at the back for the home team, but forwards failed to take their chances, and a couple of dropped marks and stray kicks (within kicking distance) were costly. The Bullants plugged away and slotted two valuable majors through Sean Calcedo and Sam Fleming to win the quarter and hold an 8 point lead by half-time.
Preston lifted a cog and began to take control in the third term. SMS spent most of the quarter defending and fortunately the visitors were a little astray in front of goal. Jack Sammartino, Calcedo and Hill goaled for the Bullants opening-up a sizeable break. After 17 minutes, Saints player Tom Clancy was concussed in general play causing the game to be halted while an ambulance was called. This resulted in a 25 minute stoppage. On resumption, SMS settled quicker and goaled through Dolan (their first six-pointer since early in the second term), Andrews and Holmes to cut the deficit to 11 points by three quarter-time.
In the final quarter, Holmes marked and goaled for the home team after 6 minutes making the difference just 5 points. The next few minutes was a battle of the half back lines, until the 13 minute mark when Liam Sutton broke through for a much-needed Preston six-pointer thus extending the lead to 11 points. The visitors used momentum to go on with the job (as good sides do) adding another five unanswered majors by De Andrade (from a free), Sammartino, Calcedo, L. Sutton (again) and big man Lewis Fotheringham. The Saints had tried hard but were simply overpowered by the strong Bullants team when it mattered, the final margin being 42 points.
From the Game:
– SMS played attacking football in the first term, but were unable to maintain the pressure over four quarters against high quality opposition. A creditable effort by the boys with only 5 points separating the teams midway through the last quarter. For the Saints, Alex Bussell, ‘Chippa,’ Dane Hicks and James Sharp good, Louie Holmes (4) and Manny Dolan (3) best of the forwards. We hope Tom Clancy is OK after the head knock.
– Sadly, finals chance has now gone, but coaches Brett Gatehouse, Phil Buck, Ant Murphy and the boys have a challenging contest versus top side Kew ahead.
– Preston Bullants are physically strong and have some excellent big players, were most impressive, have moved into second place, and are well in the hunt for this season’s VAFA Division 1 premiership.
Scores – (Ones) –
Preston Bullants 5-3 7-6 10-11 16-14-110
St. Marys Salesian 5-1 6-4 9- 6 10- 8- 68
SMS – Goals – Louie Holmes 4, Manny Dolan 3, Ben Andrews 2, Cam Rose.
SMS – Best – Alex Bussell, Heath Chipperfield, Dane Hicks, James Sharp, Hamish Heath, Jack Ryan.
Preston Bullants – Goals – Sean Calcedo 3, Nick De Andrade 3, Tom Hill 3, Jack Sammartino 2, Liam Sutton 2, Sam Dalton, Sam Fleming, Lewis Fotheringham.
Preston Bullants – Best – Lewis Fotheringham, Alex Ricco, Gerard Sutton, Liam Sutton, Tyson Lowe, Sam Fleming.
In other matches – Oakleigh 85 d. UHS-VU 82, Therry Penola 110 d. Old Paradians 30, Peninsula 71 d. Kew 63, West Brunswick 82 d. Prahran Assumption 77.
Ones – Ladder after Round 16 – Kew 46 – 151.3%, Preston Bullants 46 – 134.0%, UHS-VU 44 – 130.3%, Peninsula 40 – 131.1%, Oakleigh 40 – 127.6%, Therry Penola 36 – 109.1%, St. Marys Salesian 32, Prahran Assumption 20, West Brunswick 8 – 58.8%, Old Paradians 8 – 39.6%.
Next Saturday – SMS vs. Kew – at Victoria Park, High Street, Kew – commencing at 2-00 pm.
TWOS – In wet conditions, SMS Reserves displayed improved form to comfortably account for Preston Bullants Reserves by 27 points.
The Saints (sixth) were keen to atone for a disappointing performance in the previous round and up against Preston Bullants (ninth). There were eight changes to the team, Nick Baum, Kyle Duerden, Stef Gusts (game 150), Lewis Hawkins, Andrew Morris, and Ananth Pathirana amongst the ins.
Overnight rain made the ground surface greasy with a mud-patch at the Pavilion end, but showers had just about cleared as play got under way. SMS went to the Pavilion end favoured by a slight breeze and dominated the opening term. The rucks, onballers and centreline were in the ascendancy with Jake Evans, Ananth Pathirana and Henry McQueen-Miscamble leading the way. Opportunities were created for the forwards and Dan Ryan kicked two goals (the first after a handball from James ‘Baz’ Barrie, the second after a clever baulk and snap). Sam Garlepp was in good form early and kicked to J. Evans for a third major, before Stef ‘Pluga’ Gusts used a soccer kick to add another. The back six led by Andrew Morris and Kyle Duerden were solid and denied Preston any six-pointers. At first change, the Saints led by 26 points.
The second quarter was more even with the Bullants lifting and being more accountable. It was a battle of the defences with the only goal being scored by Sam Fortana for the visitors. Micheal Howard, Mitch Op’t Hoog and Ben Kelly were good players for the Saints, but the attacking players were well held resulting in just two behinds for the term. At the long interval, SMS held a 19 point margin.
The third stanza proved to be decisive for the home team with all players contributing in a workmanlike performance. Ben Peschke (ruck and around the ground), Jamie Brown, Jimmy Gallus, Nick Ludwig and Sam Matheson all came under notice in their respective roles as goals were added by ‘Pluga’ (2) and ‘Baz’ for the Saints. Preston got one back through Fontana but trailed badly by 34 points at the final change.
The final term could best be described as a hard slog for both sides in difficult conditions. If there was a slightly disappointing aspect to the home team effort it was their failure to kick a major at the Glen Iris Road end. The Bullants had best of the final term scoring the only six-pointer through Liam Morgan, but by siren time were well beaten by 27 points.
From the Game:
– SMS were well-served by Stef ‘Pluga’ Gusts (in game 150) who moved well to finish with three quality goals, while Jake Evans, Henry McQueen-Miscamble, Ananth Pathirana and Ben Kelly were amongst other good players.
– Saints coach Scott Gatehouse assisted by Billy Anderson and the team face unbeaten Kew (away) in the upcoming fixture.
Scores (Twos) –
St. Marys Salesian 4-4 4-6 7-10 7-13-55
Preston Bullants 0-2 1-5 2- 6 3-10-28
SMS – Goals – Stef Gusts 3, Dan Ryan 2, James Barrie, Jake Evans.
SMS – Best – Jake Evans, Stef Gusts, Henry McQueen-Miscamble, Ananth Pathirana, Ben Kelly, Micheal Howard.
Preston Bullants – Goals – Sam Fontana 2, Liam Morgan.
Preston Bullants – Best – Jake Powell, Jarryd Fitzgerald, Jackson Baker, Patrick Smith, Sean Battistello, Patrick Schiavello.
In other matches – Oakleigh 80 d. UHS-VU 50, Therry Penola 68 d. Old Paradians 20, Kew 37 d. Peninsula 24, West Brunswick 84 d. Prahran Assumption 21.
Twos – Ladder after Round 16 – Kew 62, Peninsula 40 – 150.8%, Therry Penola 40 – 107.0%, West Brunswick 36 – 87.6%, UHS-VU 34 – 112.5%, St. Marys Salesian 32 – 128.3%, Oakleigh 28, Prahran Assumption 20, Preston Bullants 18, Old Paradians 10.
Next Saturday – SMS vs. Kew – at Victoria Park, High Street, Kew – commencing at 11-40 am.
THREES – St. Marys Salesian Thirds had the bye, but play Chadstone Thirds (away) in the final home and away round this coming Saturday.
In other matches – UHS-VU 84 d. Monash Blues 42, Kew 125 d. Glen Eira 18, Hampton Rovers 60 d. Old Paradians 54, Therry Penola 51 d. Chadstone 32, St. Marys Salesian bye.
Threes – Ladder after Round 15 – Kew 60, Therry Penola 48 – 205.6%, St. Marys Salesian 48 – 140.2%, UHS-VU 36, Chadstone 32, Hampton Rovers 28, Old Paradians 20, Glen Eira 12, Monash Blues 8.
Next Saturday – SMS vs. Chadstone – at Jordan Reserve, Burton Street, Chadstone – commencing at 9-20 am.
WOMENS ONES – In Sunday’s Preliminary Final, West Brunswick beat Old Trinity at Elsternwick Park, Elsternwick.
Scores – (Womens Ones) – Preliminary Final –
Full scoreboard not available at deadline – but West Brunswick defeated Old Trinity by 9 points.
Next weekend – Grand Final – St. Kevins vs. West Brunswick – at day, venue and time to be confirmed.
WOMENS TWOS – 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.
The Saints were playing their first ever Preliminary Final against Melbourne University.
Using the scoring end in the opening stanza, SMS failed to jump their opponents in what was a fairly even arm-wrestle. Each team scored a goal with Melbourne Uni holding a 2 point advantage at quarter-time.
MU had the better of the second stanza adding 2-3 while holding their opponents scoreless. By half-time Uni held a deserved 17 point margin.
The Saints tried to bridge the gap in the third term, but strong defence by Uni restricted them to only one major. By three quarter-time, SMS faced a deficit of 10 points.
Uni finished the better but were off-target in front of the big-sticks adding four behinds. The Saints fought hard to the final siren but eventually went down by 14 points.
From the Game:
– A couple of individual goalkickers, and Diana Sercia, Claire Murray, Alice Nunan and Kate MacFarlane best in an even team effort.
– A disappointing end to what was a terrific season by the SMS Womens team (2). The side lost its first five games, but improved dramatically to win eight of its last eleven matches. The good form enabled them to win a semi-final before bowing out in this fixture.
– Sincere thanks to coach Simon Brownhill, all the players, and those who assisted the team in what was a memorable season.
Scores – (Womens Twos) – Preliminary Final –
Melbourne University 1-2 3-5 3-5 3-9-27
St. Marys Salesian (W2) 1-0 1-0 2-1 2-1-13
SMS – Goals – Claire Murray, Penny Heath.
SMS – Best – Diana Sercia, Claire Murray, Alice Nunan, Kate MacFarlane, Elly Obradov, Amy Kerr.
Melbourne University – Goals – Amy Bracks, Amelia Luscombe, Iona Moller.
Melbourne University – Best – Stephanie Perrott, Jessica Kay, Anna Traill, Sarah Pearson, Amelia Luscombe, Iona Moller.
Next weekend – Grand Final – West Brunswick vs. Melbourne University – at day, venue and time to be confirmed.