POWERFUL BEARS OUTCLASS SAINTS – Kew played an outstanding first-half to easily account for a disappointing St. Marys Salesian by 57 points at Victoria Park, Kew. Kew Reserves finished by far the better to win a high standard contest over SMS Reserves by 24 points. Ivanhoe Thirds played a superior final term to enjoy a narrow come from behind victory over St. Marys Salesian Thirds by 9 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris.
OLD XAVS OUTLAST DETERMINED SAINTS – In an evenly fought encounter, Old Xaverians hung-on to overcome a much improved St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) by 6 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. Old Xaverians played an excellent first-half to enjoy a good win over SMS Womens team (2) by 75 points. St. Marys Salesian Womens team (3) had the bye.
Around the Ground
with Ron Redding
AROUND THE GROUND – Our round 4 opponent was Kew at Victoria Park, Kew. The Bears are coached by Ian Aitken and were unbeaten holding second position on the ladder.
The weather was absolutely perfect (sunshine and a light breeze) for our second local derby in a row at the picturesque Victoria Park, Kew against an old rival of recent times. Not surprisingly a reasonably good attendance of supporters at the venue throughout the day. The Bears always have a regular group of loyal fans including the ageless Dick Pickles (good to catch-up, mate) plus some of the under-age guys who like to congregate behind the goal their team is kicking towards.
Some of the SMS faces sighted during the day included Matt Ellis, Adam Lane, Norbert Graetzer, Ethan Rocke, Cal Anderson, Neil Barrie, Gerry Holmes, Al Howard, Michael ‘Leo’ Learmonth, Erwin Leyden, Brian Ludwig, Richard Morris and Div Rajkumar, not forgetting a few other parents and family members, also injured players in support of teammates. Apologies to those missed.
As always, Norbert Graetzer was providing behind the scenes team support with the things many people take for granted each week. Filling the large water bottle was a problem with water much in demand for players. Likewise, Adam Lane and Ethan Rocke had active team management roles. Neil Barrie again acted as Reserves goalie, Al Howard was an umpire’s escort, while Richard Morris filled the important timekeeper’s role for much of the afternoon. The Kew canteen was efficiently run by three gentlemen and three of us (Messrs. Barrie, Howard and myself) rated the hot dog with cheese and tomato sauce an 8.5 to 9 out of 10 (very good quality indeed).
We once more acknowledge the assistance of volunteer field, boundary and goal umpires, timekeepers, physios, runners, water carriers, scoreboard attendants and others who assist each of the teams every week. Andrew Jackman has assumed the position of Saints Reserves Field Umpire in 2021, and has proved to be impartial, a very capable decision maker, someone who doesn’t stand any nonsense, and consequently has the respect of players from both sides. Keep up the good work, Andrew.
SMS Firsts had five changes with Manny Dolan, Louis Holmes, Tom McDermott, Lachie Morrey and Callum Regan the inclusions. We welcome former player, Rob Ferguson to the senior coaching panel. He joins Brett Gatehouse, Scott Gatehouse and Phil Buck, whilst young Luke Gatehouse is becoming a much valued stats man for the club.
Kew proved far too good and ensured a continuation of our winless beginning to the season. As Coach Brett Gatehouse said after the game, this was close to the best team we could field on paper, which made our terrible first-half hard to accept. However, on a positive note a far more accountable second half followed. Interesting to see the four teams to have beaten us currently make up the top four, indicating we have had a very tough draw (and only one home game to date). We know from the very good football played in the first-half at Whitefriars (a couple of weeks back) that there is genuine ability and talent in our team. So important players retain confidence, self-belief and look to turn things around during the next few weeks beginning with the PEGS match at Ferndale this coming Saturday.
The SMS womens teams have done us proud in previous years to enjoy premiership successes thus reaching Womens Premier Grade. Unfortunately, the loss of several key players and improvement of other clubs has caused our teams to struggle and resulted in a drop down the ladder in 2021. Important all players tough it out until we are able to turn things around again.
Pleased to report an electrician repaired the Ferndale Park siren during the week and it should be good for future games during the season. Off-the-field, the Club is going extremely well with strong sponsorship, sound administration, enthusiastic Mens and Womens playing groups, the involvement of past players and supporters, and a successful social calendar already under way.
Our Club’s survival depends on teamwork !! If someone attending games each week would like to be involved as a volunteer, we would be most grateful for your assistance (even if only on an occasional basis). Help is always needed at training, and with all of our teams on match days. Jobs include helping in the kitchen, assisting with team management, timekeeping, and performing other tasks to help our on and off field performance. If you would like more information please contact (Mens teams) Matt Ellis, Norbert Graetzer or Adam Lane and (Womens teams) Peter Leman. If there is a ‘budding journalist’ out there who would like to write a weekly Womens ‘Around the Ground’ column (featuring local chatter, highlights and news) for our website, Peter would also like to hear from you.
A final reminder, our Gold Saints Lunch with guest speaker Jon Anderson (Sports Writer Herald Sun) is coming-up this Saturday 8 May at 12-00 noon in the Ferndale Park Clubrooms – it’s always a great function – so don’t miss out – enquiries to Peter Leman – Ron.
ONES – Kew played an outstanding first-half to easily account for a disappointing St. Marys Salesian by 57 points at Victoria Park, Kew.
The Saints began to the High Street or Northern end but looked flat from the opening ball-up. In contrast, the Bears had come to play and took complete control early. They used fine teamwork comprising physical strength, pace, fine marking and kicking skills to move the ball forward and score at will. Goals were slotted by Jack Delbridge, Nathan Sambevski (2), Richard Wilton, and Lachlan James. SMS was failing to hit targets, turning the ball over, and their only major came through Callum Regan at the 19 minute mark. At quarter-time, Kew held a handy 26 point lead.
It was more of the same in the second quarter with the Bears continuing to apply the pressure. They were in outstanding form and added further six-pointers through Wilton, James, Michael Hannan (2), Ned Waters and Darcy Cotchett. They were seemingly playing at another level to the visitors whose only goal came from Lachie Morrey at the 16 minute mark. Full credit to the home team, but it was clearly the worst first-half from a Saints unit in many years. It was difficult to find a winning SMS player anywhere on the ground. At half-time, the match was basically decided, Kew holding a 55 point advantage.
Thankfully, SMS went into damage control and rallied in the third stanza. They were able to make it a more even contest and turn the game into an arm-wrestle. Ananth Pathirana, Manny Dolan and Heath Chipperfield (across the centre) were good players for the visitors. Morrey provided a focal point up forward and booted two majors, while ‘Chippa’ and Tom McDermott also goaled. The Bears were restricted to 3-4 their six-pointers coming from James, M. Hannan and Matt Sharkey. This enabled the visitors to narrowly win the quarter and reduce the deficit to 53 points at three quarter-time.
In the final term, the Saints fought the game out well, Jack Gale and Ned Baxter amongst good players. Kew kicked inaccurately but it was a much better effort from our boys in the second half. The home team majors came from Sean Tanudtanud, Sambevski and Sharkey, while for SMS goals were scored by Morrey (his fourth) Michael Kinsella and Louis Holmes (following a strong lead and mark). At siren time, the Bears were convincing winners by 57 points.
From the game – Kew are well coached, have an excellent game plan, are physically strong, have excellent kicking and marking skills, and will be a big contender for this year’s Divison 1 premiership. For the Saints, Lachie Morrey was a shining light up forward, moving well and kicking 4 goals, while Ananth Pathirana, Manny Dolan, Jack Gale and Michael Kinsella were adjudged to be best contributors.
SMS Coach, Brett Gatehouse and players need to forget this one, stay positive and aim for a far better effort against PEGS at Ferndale this coming Saturday. There is an opportunity to string together a few victories during the next five rounds.
Scores – (Ones) –
Kew 5-4 11-6 14-10 17-18-120
Marys Salesian 1-2 2-
5 6- 5 9 -9- 63
SMS – Goals – Lachie Morrey 4, Heath Chipperfield, Louis Holmes, Michael Kinsella, Tom McDermott, Callum Regan.
SMS – Best – Ananth Pathirana, Lachie Morrey, Manny Dolan, Jack Gale, Michael Kinsella, Callum Regan.
Kew – Goals – Michael Hannan 3, Lachlan James 3, Nathan Sambevski 3, Matt Sharkey 2, Richard Wilton 2, Darcy Cotchett, Jack Delbridge, Sean Tanudtanud, Ned Waters.
Kew – Best – Billy Shute, Jeremy Hannan, Sean Tanudtanud, Peter Couvalias, Ned Waters, Max Waters.
In other matches – Therry Penola 98 d. Brunswick 97, Old Camberwell 96 d. Peninsula 44, Prahran Assumption 80 d. Oakleigh 78, Whitefriars 107 d. PEGS 104.
Ones – Ladder after Round 4 – Old Camberwell 16, Kew 16, Prahran Assumption 12, Whitefriars 12, PEGS 8, Therry Penola 8, Oakleigh 4, Peninsula 4, St. Marys Salesian 0, Brunswick 0.
Next Saturday – SMS vs. PEGS – at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – commencing 2-00 pm.
TWOS – Kew Reserves finished by far the better to win a high standard contest over SMS Reserves by 24 points.
The Saints kicked to the southern end in the first quarter, but the Bears skills were a little sharper and they looked to be the better team early. Their forward Regan Smith was in good form with (2) goals while Anthony Bailey added another. In response, SMS goaled through James ‘Baz’ Barrie and Tom Clancy (with a clever left-foot snap from half forward). At the initial break, Kew had established a 9 point margin. The visitors lifted their game and were able to take the honours during the second stanza. Andrew Morris was lively in attack and Saints majors were slotted by Will Baines, Jacob McElroy, Mitch Bulte (using advantage after a free was paid to ‘Baz’) and Barrie (with a remarkable overhead snap). The Bears replied through Smith (2) who was a thorn in the side for our defenders to this time. At the main break, SMS had taken a 3 point advantage.
The third term was an absolute beauty with both sides displaying good football skills in a hot contest. It was end to end stuff, with the Saints goaling through Barrie (3) including two marks and a snap, and McElroy. In response, Kew booted six-pointers through Travis Baldock (from a free), Bailey (a great goal from the angle), Bronson Paech and George Smart (from a free). When Riley Streader kicked truly (after the siren) the Bears led by 2 points at orange-time. SMS was confident of going on with the job, in the final quarter, but Cam Butler missed an early set shot which would have restored the lead. From this point on the Bears played the better football and began to dominate the final quarter. Goals were added by Tom Mitchell (2), Anthony Nicholas-Lucisano (2) and Bailey Gilbert, with the only visitor’s major coming from Lachie Turnbull at the 20 minute mark. In an entertaining game, Kew had the last laugh achieving victory by 24 points.
From the game – Kew are a very capable Reserves team and played well. Coach Scott Gatehouse and assistant Billy Anderson would be pleased with some aspects of the Saints performance. However, the final term fadeout when the boys went into ‘attack’ mode’ was a disappointment.
For SMS, a really good team effort for three quarters. Experienced Jimmy Barrie played his best game to date with (5) goals at full forward, and former soccer player Jacob McElroy (2) goals has excellent ball skills and is adapting well. Campbell Gibbs did a great job in defence, Jon Yodgee, Tom Clancy and Dan Stafford were others to impress.
Scores – (Twos) –
Kew 3-4 5-6 10-8 15-10-100
St Marys Salesian 2-1 6-3 10-6 11-10- 76
SMS – Goals – James Barrie 5, Jacob McElroy 2, Will Baines, Mitch Bulte, Tom Clancy, Lachie Turnbull.
SMS – Best – James Barrie, Campbell Gibbs, Jon Yodgee, Tom Clancy, Jacob McElroy, Dan Stafford.
Kew – Goals – Regan Smith 4, Anthony Bailey 2, Tom Mitchell 2, Anthony Nicholas-Lucisano 2, Travis Baldock, Bailey Gilbert, Bronson Paech, George Smart, Riley Streader.
Kew – Best – Dylan McGann, Travis Baldock, George Smart, Paul Brough, Anthony Bailey, Regan Smith.
In other matches – Therry Penola 99 d. Brunswick 53, Old Camberwell 101 d. Peninsula 17, Oakleigh 49 d. Prahran Assumption 47, Whitefriars 82 d. PEGS 51.
Twos – Ladder after Round 4 – Kew 8, Old Camberwell 8, St. Marys Salesian 4, Peninsula 4, Oakleigh 4, PEGS 4, Whitefriars 4, Therry Penola 0, Prahran Assumption 0, Brunswick 0.
Next Saturday – SMS vs. PEGS – at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – commencing 11-40 am.
THREES – Ivanhoe Thirds played a superior final term to enjoy a narrow come from behind victory over St. Marys Salesian Thirds by 9 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris.
The first stanza proved to be an arm-wrestle with little between the teams. The Saints straight kicking enabled them to hold an 8 point break at first change. Ivanhoe had the better of the second quarter and improved their conversion attempts slotting five six-pointers to the home team’s two. At the midway point, the Magpies held a 5 point lead.
SMS played their best footy in the third term adding 5-4 while restricting the visitors to two majors. At the final change, the Saints led by 17 points. Ivanhoe worked extremely hard in the final quarter and took the honours adding 5-3 to 1-1 against a wilting Saints line-up. At siren time the visitors had deservingly prevailed by 9 points in an even contest.
From the game – Ivanhoe was impressive and appeared to finish the game better than SMS. The loss gives Saints Coach and players a timely reminder more hard work needs to be done during the weeks ahead. Multiple goalkickers were Lucas Kelly and Tom Kittson, whilst Ben Corboy, Rex Hooper, Waiyawat Pianpruyai and James Briggs featured amongst the best players.
A chance for redemption with another tough opponent in Hampton Rovers at Ferndale next Saturday.
Scores – (Threes) –
Ivanhoe 0-6 5-7 7- 7 12-10-82
St Marys Salesian 2-2 5-2 10-6 11- 7- 73
SMS – Goals – Lucas Kelly 4, Tom Kittson 3, Zubin Goldsmith, Jake Kidman, Luke Payne, Oscar Sinni.
SMS – Best – Ben Corboy, Rex Hooper, Lucas Kelly, Waiyawat Pianpruyai, James Briggs, Oscar Sinni.
Ivanhoe – Goals – Ben Cococcia 4, Dan Adams 3, Angus James 2, Flynn Bergman, Jack Keyhoe, Ben Slater.
Ivanhoe – Best – Adrian Cullinane, Dan Adams, William Murphy, Flynn Bergman, Tom Gibson, Declan Cremasco.
In other matches – UHS-VU 55 d. Canterbury 52, Hampton Rovers 79 d. Glen Eira 52, Chadstone 55 d. Therry Penola 22.
Thirds – Ladder after Round 4 – Hampton Rovers 16, Ivanhoe 16, Glen Eira 12, St. Marys Salesian 12, Chadstone 4, UHS-VU 4, Canterbury 0, Therry Penola 0.
Next Saturday – SMS vs. Hampton Rovers – at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – commencing 9-20 am.
WOMENS ONES – In an evenly fought encounter, Old Xaverians hung-on to overcome a much improved St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) by 6 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris.
Scores – (Womens Ones) –
Old Xaverians 1-2 1-3 2-4 3-4-22
St. Marys Salesian 1-2 2-2 2-2 2-4-16
WOMENS TWOS – Old Xaverians played an excellent first-half to enjoy a good win over SMS Womens team (2) by 75 points.
Scores – (Womens Twos) –
Old Xaverians 5-2 9-6 11-6 12-10-82
St. Marys Salesian 0-0 0-1 0- 1 1- 1- 7
WOMENS THREES – St. Marys Salesian Womens team (3) had the bye.