SAINTS PRESSURE BEATS KRUSHERS – St. Marys Salesian showed their best form to date to outplay Oakleigh and achieve victory by 27 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. SMS Reserves played four quarters of disciplined footy to comfortably account for Oakleigh by 57 points. St. Marys Salesian Thirds displayed top form to overwhelm bottom-side Canterbury by 119 points.
SAINTS WOMENS TEAM (2) TOO GOOD FOR TRINITY – In a close finish, Old Trinity did just enough to beat a brave St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) by 5 points at Daley Oval, Bulleen. SMS Womens team (2) began well and defended strongly to enjoy a solid victory over Old Trinity by 10 points. Melbourne University proved to be far too accomplished for St. Marys Salesian Womens Team (3) and won by 92 points at Burwood Reserve, Burwood.
Around the Ground
by Ron Redding
In round 7, our opponent was Oakleigh at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. The Krushers (in seventh place) are coached by Ash Lever and had beaten the talented Kew team a couple of weeks back.
In contrast to the previous weekend, we enjoyed a delightful 19 degree sunny May day, with a light crossbreeze later in the afternoon. In addition, ground conditions were about as good as it gets at Ferndale. A reasonably good crowd was in attendance during the three matches played during the day. Canterbury had a few interested people supporting their Thirds line-up, Oakleigh had some regular fans, and a boisterous group on the car park side fence enjoying the Ones contest. Plenty of Saints people called-in throughout the morning and afternoon and some of those seen included Greg Baum (our hard-working President) with three sons playing in early matches, Matt Ellis, Michael Gallus, Ethan Rocke, Neil Barrie, Ric Burns, Michael Dolan, Terry Flora, Paul Grant, Gerry Holmes, Al Howard, Michael ‘Leo’ Learmonth, Brian Ludwig, Erwin Leyden, John Op’t Hoog, Div Rajkumar, Steve Turzi and family. As always, other parents and family members, also injured players in support of teammates attended, apologies to the many whose names I don’t have listed here.
Kerryn Gatehouse again did an excellent job looking after patrons at the canteen throughout the afternoon. Kerryn advised a new treat (a Roast Beef and Gravy Roll) might be available for consumption at future home games which sounds OK, maybe another delicacy for us to enjoy? She asked us to rate the hot dogs and pleased to oblige as follows. I rated the hot dog with cheese and tomato sauce an 8 out of 10 (the bread roll, frankfurt, cheese and tomato sauce all good quality), Al Howard 7 out of 10 was a little harder to please, while Neil Barrie (who smothered his snack with mustard) was a “no comment” but then went on to say the bread roll was fresh and very good quality. (Incidentally, Neil’s navigation skills appear to be improving as he found his way to the correct ground this week !!) The hot and cold food and drinks seemed to please most customers at the canteen throughout the day, so well done Kerryn.
Our thanks to Andrew Jackman and Paul Grant (Reserves and Thirds field umpires), Neil Barrie (Reserves goal umpire), Nick Bussell and James Thorn (Reserves and Firsts bounday umpires) also field, goal and boundary umpires in all games, timekeepers, physios, runners, water carriers, scoreboard attendants, and others who assist the sides each week. I believe Paul Grant had a busy time also umpiring one of the Saints Womens games, while Nick Bussell provided a highlight with some of the best boundary throw-ins seen anywhere during the last 50 years in the Reserves game.
The SMS Ones team had three changes with Ben Andrews, Jos Op’t Hoog and Ananth Pathirana coming-in. Hearty congratulations to Ollie Baxter (Reserves) who played his 100th game for the Saints. Well done, Ollie !!
Another entertaining Men’s main game to watch and thoroughly enjoyed by SMS folk in the sunshine. Commiserations to the Women’s team (1) which almost registered its first win (going down by just 5 points) but the Women’s team (2) successful. Saints numbers were sadly depleted at the after the game drink owing to the SMS Ball being on later in the evening. However, Greg Baum welcomed the Krushers players and supporters and a best player award was presented to Jett Murphy. Our thanks to the Oakleigh boys for leaving their dressing room clean and absolutely spotless, something which doesn’t happen every week, but much appreciated.
I understand the SMS Annual Ball at Merrimu Receptions, Murrumbeena was a resounding success, the very large attendance enjoying a night of good food and drinks, chatter and many highlights.
ONES – St. Marys Salesian showed their best form to date to outplay Oakleigh and achieve victory by 27 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris.
In calm and sunny conditions, SMS kicked to the Glen Iris Road end in the first stanza. The home team had Will Coten and Jack Elliston in the ruck, Max Holmes on the ball, and looked good early. Manny Dolan was another effective player across the centre, while the defence was tackling well and moving the ball forward. Several opportunities were created and goals followed from Tom McDermott, Ananth Pathirana (from a free), Louis Holmes and Jacob McElroy. Oakleigh managed replies through Andrew Mase and Zane Murphy but trailed by 13 points at quarter-time.
The Saints continued the good work in the second stanza with a good even performance from players all around the ground. Further majors were booted by McElroy, McDermott (two from frees) and Jos Op’t Hoog (following a mark at left half forward). Tim Scott added two goals for the Krushers, but the home team back six including Joel Mattiske, Darcy Grant and James Sharp regularly cleared the ball from the danger zone. By half-time, SMS had doubled their advantage to 26 points.
It was expected the visitors would hit back after the interval, but the Saints again applied pressure and were able to continue running the ball successfully. Elliston came under notice in the ruck and around the ground, with Heath Chipperfield and Callum Regan amongst other solid contributors. J. Op’t Hoog showed great courage to make a crucial spoil and save a likely Oakleigh goal. Six-pointers were slotted for SMS by L. Holmes, ‘Chippa,’ and McDermott, with the Krushers getting one back from Harry Boontjes. At orange-time the home team margin had increased to 41 points.
The Saints maintained the pressure for the first 20 minutes of the final quarter but were inaccurate in front of the big-sticks. The result was 3-5 for the term, goals coming from Lachie Morrey (2) and McDermott (his fifth for the day), while the visitors responded through Z. Murphy and Jett Murphy. Unfortunately, SMS seemed to ‘take their foot off the pedal’ during the final 7 minutes and Oakleigh pounced adding four late majors through Tom Gillard, Pat Ioannidis (2) and Shaughan Killalea thus reducing the deficit to 27 points by siren time.
From the game – Saints coaches Brett Gatehouse, Phil Buck and Rob Ferguson were pleased with the improved form of the team overall. The forwards had a good day, Tom McDermott (5-5), an inaccurate Louis Holmes (2-6) providing a focal point, Lachie Morrey (2-1) and Jacob McElroy (2-0) all contributing. Other good players included Max Holmes, Jack Elliston, Joel Mattiske and Callum Regan.
A long road trip to Peninsula, Mt. Eliza and continued good form essential for another vital game next Saturday.
Scores – (Ones) –
St Marys Salesian 4-3 8-6 11-11 14-16-100
Oakleigh 2-2 4-4 5- 6 11- 7- 73
SMS – Goals – Tom McDermott 5, Louis Holmes 2, Jacob McElroy 2, Lachie Morrey 2, Heath Chipperfield, Jos Op’t Hoog, Ananth Pathirana.
SMS – Best – Max Holmes, Tom McDermott, Jack Elliston, Jacob McElroy, Joel Mattiske, Callum Regan.
Oakleigh – Goals – Pat Ioannidis 2, Tim Scott 2, Zane Murphy 2, Harry Boontjes, Tom Gillard, Shaughan Killalea, Andrew Mase, Jett Murphy.
Oakleigh – Best – Jett Murphy, Harry Boontjes, Edward Standish, Antony Bernardo, Hayden Everett, Liam Gillard.
In other matches – PEGS 67 d. Brunswick 52, Prahran Assumption 86 d. Old Camberwell 70, Kew 95 d. Therry Penola 49, Whitefriars 157 d. Peninsula 50.
Ones – Ladder after Round 7 – Old Camberwell 24, Kew 24, Whitefriars 24, Prahran Assumption 20, PEGS 12, St. Marys Salesian 12, Therry Penola 12, Oakleigh 8, Peninsula 4, Brunswick 0.
Next Saturday – Peninsula vs. SMS – at Harry McDonald Oval, Mt. Eliza – commencing 2-00 pm.
TWOS – SMS Reserves played four quarters of disciplined footy to comfortably account for Oakleigh by 57 points.
The Saints went to the Pavilion end in the opening term and began well. The midfield was in control with Micheal ‘Rowdie’ Howard tackling well and using the ball effectively, while the back six were solid. Goals were kicked by Nick Alexopoulos (with a long set shot from left half forward), Will Baines, and Ollie Baxter (in his 100th game) with two quality six-pointers. By the first break, SMS held a handy 23 point margin. Oakleigh was able to lift its workrate in the second term and provide a better contest. The result was an arm-wrestle with both defences dictating terms. Baines added a goal for the home team, but Maurice Smith replied for the Krushers, who trailed by 26 points at the long interval.
The third quarter was along similar lines with the Saints playing the better footy but failing to show it on the scoreboard. Ben Peschke did some good work in the ruck and around the ground, while Hamish Heath and Baines kicked truly. Oakleigh added one major through Smith, but the home team defence was rock-solid with Luke O’Neill leading the way. By quarter’s end, SMS led by 34 points. In the final stanza, the Saints kicked 3-6 with majors to James ‘Baz’ Barrie, ‘Big Nick’ and Baines, while the defence held the Krushers to a solitary behind. Oakleigh moved the ball well and played some good footy at times only to break down badly in front of the big-sticks. At siren time SMS had recorded an impressive 57 point victory.
From the game – Saints Coach Scott Gatehouse and Assistant Billy Anderson would be pleased with the even team effort over four quarters. Will Baines (4) goals is fast developing into a quality small forward, and others to impress included Luke O’Neill, Micheal Howard, Harry Morris and James Briggs.
An important game against Peninsula (away) next Saturday. The VAFA website currently shows the venue as Harry McDonald Oval, Mt. Eliza, but players and supporters are urged to check again later in the week (as on occasions in the past) the Reserves match only, has been transferred to another ground (namely Narambi Reserve, Mornington).
Scores – (Twos) –
St Marys Salesian 4-3 5-7 7-10 10-16-76
Oakleigh 0-4 1-5 2- 6 2- 7- 19
SMS – Goals – Will Baines 4, Nick Alexopoulos 2, Ollie Baxter 2, James Barrie, Hamish Heath.
SMS – Best – Luke O’Neill, Will Baines, Micheal Howard, Harry Morris, James Briggs, Tom Clancy.
Oakleigh – Goals – Maurice Smith 2.
Oakleigh – Best – Ethan Faragher, Callum Gillard, Mark Bennett, Daniel Mercuri, Chris Mercuri, Maurice Smith.
In other matches – PEGS 54 d. Brunswick 40, Old Camberwell 68 d. Prahran Assumption 32, Kew 126 d. Therry Penola 45, Whitefriars 116 d. Peninsula 44.
Twos – Ladder after Round 7- Kew 28, Whitefriars 24, Old Camberwell 20, St. Marys Salesian 20, PEGS 12, Peninsula 12, Prahran Assumption 8, Oakleigh 8, Therry Penola 8, Brunswick 0.
Next Saturday – Peninsula vs. SMS – at Harry McDonald Oval, Mt. Eliza – commencing 11-40 am.
THREES – St. Marys Salesian Thirds displayed top form to overwhelm bottom-side Canterbury by 119 points.
In excellent conditions, SMS kicked to the Glen Iris Road end and dominated the first quarter. Although a little off-line they booted three majors, whilst holding Canterbury scoreless. At first change the Saints led by 24 points. The visitors did better in the second stanza and were able to kick four six-pointers. The home team responded with three goals but continued to be inaccurate. At the long interval, Scott Walton had five majors and Dan Ryan one, but the SMS lead had been reduced to 21 points.
The home team was able to lift a cog in the third stanza and take control of the game. Six-pointers were added by Walton (3), Luke Samuel-McIntosh, Lewis Spinazzola and Michael Baysinger, while at the other end the Cobras were restricted to one behind. At the final change, the Saints advantage was 61 points. At this stage, the visitors were tiring badly and SMS was able to do as they pleased. The result was a ten goal final term, with six-pointers to Walton (2) giving him ten for the day, Harrison Lee (2), Spinazzola (2), Nick Baum, Hugo Mackenzie-Rae, Jordan Moulday and Oscar Sinni one apiece. At siren time, the Saints winning margin was 119 points.
From the game – Coach Claude Baxter was pleased with the even team effort particularly after half-time. The talented Scott Walton showed some excellent marking and kicking skills to slot ten goals at full forward, other good players included Nick Baum, Oscar Sinni, Harrison Lee and Dan Stafford.
Next Saturday, Ivanhoe (on their patch) will prove to be a tougher assignment for SMS in the battle for top place.
Scores – (Threes) –
St Marys Salesian 3-6 6-10 12-15 22-17-149
Canterbury 0-0 4- 1 4- 2 4- 6- 30
SMS – Goals – Scott Walton 10, Lewis Spinazzola 3, Harrison Lee 2, Nick Baum, Michael Baysinger, Hugo Mackenzie-Rae, Jordan Moulday, Dan Ryan, Luke Samuel-McIntosh, Oscar Sinni.
SMS – Best – Scott Walton, Nick Baum, Oscar Sinni, Harrison Lee, Dan Stafford, Lewis Spinazzola.
Canterbury – Goals – Brayden Curtis 3, Jim Yallop.
Canterbury – Best – Niviyendiran Rajendran, Harry Carter, Glenn Wansbrough, Zach Taylor, Dan Bullock, Matt Steenvoorden.
In other matches – South Melbourne Districts 150 d. UHS-VU 36, Glen Eira 126 d. Chadstone 54, Hampton Rovers 115 d. Old Brighton 40, Ivanhoe 96 d. Therry Penola 22.
Threes – Ladder after Round 7 – St. Marys Salesian 24, Ivanhoe 24, Hampton Rovers 20, Glen Eira 20, Chadstone 10, South Melbourne Districts 8, Old Brighton 8, Therry Penola 6, UHS-VU 4, Canterbury 0.
Next Saturday – Ivanhoe vs. SMS – at Ivanhoe Park, Ivanhoe – commencing 9-20 am.
WOMENS ONES – In a close finish, Old Trinity did just enough to beat a brave St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) by 5 points at Daley Oval, Bulleen.
Scores – (Womens Ones) –
Old Trinity 1-0 1-1 2-4 4-4-28
St. Marys Salesian 0-2 1-3 1-3 3-5-23
WOMENS TWOS – SMS Womens team (2) began well and defended strongly to enjoy a solid victory over Old Trinity by 10 points.
Scores – (Womens Twos) –
St. Marys Salesian 2-2 2-4 3-4 3-4-22
Old Trinity 0-0 0-3 1-4 1-6-12
WOMENS THREES – Melbourne University proved to be far too accomplished for St. Marys Salesian Womens team (3) and won by 92 points at Burwood Reserve, Burwood.
Scores – (Womens Threes) –
Melbourne University 4-6 8-9 12-15 13-15-93
St. Marys Salesian 0-0 0-1 0- 1 0- 1- 1