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.
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.
St Mary’s Salesian 11.12 (78) def by Preston Bullants 17.13 (115)
Goals: J. Elliston 3, B. Andrews 2, N. Evans, M. Dolan, H. Chipperfield, J. Sharp, N. Alexopoulos, D. Grant
Best: B. Andrews, J. Tyquin, N. Alexopoulos, A. Bussell, N. Evans, J. Barrie
Ground: Ruthven Reserve
St Mary’s Salesian 15.12 (102) def Preston Bullants 14.9 (93)
Goals: J. Meadows 4, J. Yodgee 4, K. Duerden 2, J. Ellis, S. Jones, A. Bombos, N. Ludwig, T. Clancy
Best: J. Yodgee, J. Meadows, S. Jones, J. Ellis, C. Gibbs, L. Hawkins
Ground: Ruthven Reserve
St Mary’s Salesian 11.13 (79) def UHS-VU 5.14 (44)
Goals: O. Baxter 3, B. Peschke 2, B. Borland 2, J. Byrnes, D. Ryan, H. Tilbrook, P. Georgiadis
Best: B. Peschke, M. Howard, J. Brown, B. Borland, O. Baxter, H. Tilbrook
Ground: Princes Park Oval #1
St Mary’s Salesian 5.6 (36) def Marcellin 5.4 (34)
Goals: R. Gill, E. Matheson, S. Schifferle, S. Lawrence, H. Ellis
Best: J. Lew, S. Lawrence, S. Byrnes, N. Shue, E. Matheson, A. Angley
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 7.9 (51) def Marcellin 7.1 (43)
Goals: A. Kerr 2, K. Wilson, M. Sieber, A. Bush, M. Judd, F. Campbell
Best: R. Edwards, J. Barratt, D. Sercia, M. Judd, F. Campbell, A. Kerr
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 1. 8 (14) drew with Monash University 2. 2 (14)
Best: C. Davies-Kildea, E. Raper, A.Beasley, M. Shue, G. Champion, B.Johnson
Goals: G. Champion
Ground: Ferndale Park
AROUND THE GROUND
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. Read the Full Around the Ground Report
ONES – Preston Bullants dominated the first three quarters to easily account for a disappointing St. Marys Salesian by 37 points at Ruthven Reserve, Preston.
The Saints had three changes with James Barrie, Cam Butler and Flynn Siassios inclusions. Preston had beaten previously undefeated UHS-VU the previous week and a difficult contest was anticipated.
SMS kicked to the Tyler Street (or Northern end) in the opening term. Preston began well using good tackling and pressure to gain control and move the ball quickly into attack. They looked faster, were playing in front, marking and kicking well. In contrast the Saints looked flat and were making many uncustomary errors. The Bullants seemed to be setting up scoring opportunities relatively easily and were able to goal through Chris Polidoras (2), Jack Sammartino (2) and Sean Calcedo. Hamish Heath provided a highlight when he passed to Nick Alexopoulos (playing forward) for the visitors first major. Manny Dolan added another but by first change Preston had established an 18 point margin.
One could sense SMS was in trouble and this proved to be the case in a one-sided second stanza. The Bullants took complete charge in the term, with a dominant midfield, tight defence, and Tom Hill in the forward zone. A genuinely big guy with super marking and footy skills Hill booted 5-1 to provide his team with a stranglehold on the game before half-time. The Saints were completely outclassed with only Ben Andrews making a strong contribution, and trailed by 47 points at half-time.
It was hoped the visitors would produce a revival in the third quarter, but this possibility was quickly snuffed-out when Preston slotted a further five majors through Sam Fleming (3) and Sammartino (2). For the Saints, Andrews, Josh Tyquin, Nick Alexopoulos (who had returned to the backline) and Alex Bussell were working hard. Dolan passed to Jack Elliston for a six-pointer, before Heath Chipperfield (a crumber’s Goal) and James Sharp did likewise. At orange-time, the Bullants led by 60 points.
Preston appeared to ease-up in the final term, and this allowed SMS (playing for pride) to produce some good footy. James Barrie worked hard in the ruck, Andrews was fantastic, and six goals were added through Elliston (2), Nathan Evans, Andrews (2) and Darcy Grant. Hill scored another major for the home team but Dane Hicks was able to curtail his effectiveness in the latter part of the match. A late goal to Sammartino (his fifth) gave Preston a thoroughly deserved 37 point win.
From the Game
– A game the Saints will want to forget, but a sensational performance by onballer Ben Andrews who worked his butt off all around the ground. It is a very even VAFA Division 1 competition with eight of the ten sides still a chance to play finals. Any team as little as 5% off their game can be well beaten on that day.
– SMS have proved to be ‘hot and cold’ with four wins from the first eight rounds, able to beat fellow-contenders Oakleigh and Peninsula with quality footy, but disappointing in some other games, and a season low on Saturday. Coaches Brett Gatehouse, Phil Buck and Ant Murphy will be aiming to have their team bounce-back in the next fixture and become more consistent in remaining rounds.
– Preston Bullants were in terrific form and recorded an impressive victory
Scores – (Ones) –
Preston Bullants 5-4 10-7 15-10 17-13-115
St. Marys Salesian 2-4 2- 8 5-10 11-12- 78
SMS – Goals – Jack Elliston 3, Ben Andrews 2, Nick Alexopoulos, Heath Chipperfield, Manny Dolan, Nathan Evans, Darcy Grant, James Sharp.
SMS – Best – Ben Andrews, Josh Tyquin, Nick Alexopoulos, Alex Bussell, Nathan Evans, James Barrie.
Preston Bullants – Goals – Tom Hill 6, Jack Sammartino 5, Sam Fleming 3, Chris Polidoras 2, Sean Calcedo.
Preston Bullants – Best – Nick De Andrade, Tyson Lowe, Chris Polidoras, Jack Sammartino, Sam Fleming, Jack Simcoe.
In other matches – Therry Penola 82 d. West Brunswick 57, Kew 107 d. Prahran Assumption 63, Oakleigh 197 d. Old Paradians 67, Peninsula 120 d. UHS-VU 103.
Ones – Ladder after Round 8 – Kew 28, UHS-VU 24, Oakleigh 20, Peninsula 16, St. Marys Salesian 16, Therry Penola 16, Preston Bullants 16, Prahran Assumption 12, Old Paradians 8, West Brunswick 4.
Next Saturday there is a bye – but on Saturday 15 June – SMS vs. Prahran Assumption – at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris, commencing 2-00 pm.
TWOS – 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.
The Saints had six changes including Tom Clancy, Kyle Duerden, Sid Jones and Cam Rose into the line-up.
In good conditions under overcast skies, SMS went to the Malpas Street (or Southern end). It became clear early that Preston had come to play while the Saints were not switched-on. The seventh placed Bullants had by far the better of the first quarter and would have had a substantial lead if not for bad kicking in front of the big-sticks. Eamonn Scott and Jackson Baker goaled for the home team but 2-5 was poor reward against an opponent whose early form could only be described as woeful.
Coach Scott Gatehouse encouraged his players to lift during the quarter-time address and this they did in the second stanza. Accountability, tackling and pressure returned to the SMS game and they immediately took control. Jordan Galante in the ruck, Sid Jones and Jon Yodgee (onball), Lewis Hawkins and Cam Gibbs at the back all led the way in an improved team effort. This enabled seven goals to be added through Alex Bombos, John Meadows (2), Yodgee (2), Cam Rose and Tom Clancy. Preston managed two majors through talented forward Scott and Jack Smith against the run of play mid-quarter but trailed by 19 points at the long interval.
In the third term, it was fairly open football with both sides endeavouring to attack. It proved to be a fairly even contest with each team adding 4-2. The Saints goaled through Jimmy Ellis (after a mark), Meadows, Yodgee and Kyle Duerden (playing in the forward zone). The Bullants replied with majors by Damien Delle-Virgini, J. Smith, Scott, and Tariq Gerardi. This left the visitors seemingly in control with the 19 point margin intact at final change.
Preston shocked SMS early in the last quarter with three six-pointers in 4 minutes by Delle-Virgini, Pat Smith and Scott to close to within a point and have the momentum. The contest was very even until Jones goaled with a snap for the visitors after 9 minutes. Further goals were added by Nick Ludwig (following a free and 50 metre penalty), Duerden and Meadows (his fourth) while Scott replied for the home team after 15 minutes. The Saints led by 22 points and looked to have the game under control, but the Bullants refused to go away and strong marking by key forward Scott enabled him to add majors at the 18 and 22 minute marks (giving him seven goals for the day). However, it was not enough and Preston eventually fell short by 9 points.
From the Game
– Apart from the second quarter, a lack-lustre performance from SMS. Accountability, tackling and pressure was missing in three terms, and this enabled Preston to take the ascendancy at certain stages of the contest. John Meadows, Jon Yodgee and Kyle Duerden main goalkickers, with Sid Jones, Jimmy Ellis, Cam Gibbs and Lewis Hawkins good players. A special mention for Preston Bullants key forward Eamonn Scott who marked superbly and booted (7-1).
– Coach Scott Gatehouse currently has his team in fourth position but will be looking for more consistency over four quarters from all players in the matches to come.
Scores (Twos) –
St. Marys Salesian 0-4 7-6 11-8 15-12-102
Preston Bullants 2-5 4-5 8- 7 14- 9- 93
SMS – Goals – John Meadows 4, Jon Yodgee 3, Kyle Duerden 2, Alex Bombos, Tom Clancy, Jimmy Ellis, Sid Jones, Nick Ludwig, Cam Rose.
SMS – Best – Jon Yodgee, John Meadows, Sid Jones, Jimmy Ellis, Cam Gibbs, Lewis Hawkins.
Preston Bullants – Goals – Eamonn Scott 7, Damien Delle-Virgini 2, Jack Smith 2, Jackson Baker, Tariq Gerardi, Pat Smith.
Preston Bullants – Best – Jackson Baker, Lachlan Holmes, Eamonn Scott, Pat Schiavello, Pat Smith, Sam Dalton.
In other matches – Therry Penola 108 d. West Brunswick 36, Kew 93 d. Prahran Assumption 51, Oakleigh 88 d. Old Paradians 50, Peninsula 58 d. UHS-VU 38.
Twos – Ladder after Round 8 – Kew 32, Peninsula 24, UHS-VU 22, St. Marys Salesian 20, Therry Penola 16, West Brunswick 12, Preston Bullants 8, Oakleigh 8, Prahran Assumption 8, Old Paradians 6.
Next Saturday there is a bye – but on Saturday 15 June – SMS vs. Prahran Assumption – at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris, commencing 11-40 am.
THREES – St. Marys Salesian Thirds recorded a strong win over second side UHS-VU Thirds by 35 points at Brens Oval, Parkville.
Following last week’s loss, the Saints were keen to return to the winning list against second top University High School – Victoria University (UHS-VU).
SMS began well and outplayed their opponents in the opening stanza. They were able to slot 3-1 and hold the Vultures to 1-1 thus holding a 12 point advantage at quarter-time. The visitors continued the good work in the second term adding a further two majors whilst restricting an inaccurate UHS-VU to five behinds increasing their lead to 23 points by half-time.
In the third quarter, the Vultures bounced back well and played their best footy. In a more open term they were able to slot four goals, but could not stop the Saints from responding with three six-pointers. At final change, SMS held a handy 16 point margin. The visitors went on with the job in the final term booting 3-5 and preventing the home team from scoring a major. Consequently, the Saints were eventually able to salute by a comfortable 35 points.
From the Game:
– An excellent result for the team, Ollie Baxter, Brett Borland and Ben Peschke the multiple goalscorers, with Micheal Howard, Jamie Brown and Hayden Tilbrook amongst other good players.
– At the halfway mark of the Thirds season, coach Jack Byrnes has his team in second place on the ladder with only one loss to date. A lot of footy to come, a very encouraging performance to date, but no room for complacency.
Scores – (Threes) –
St. Marys Salesian 3-1 5-5 8- 8 11-13-79
UHS-VU 1-1 1-6 5-10 5-14-44
SMS – Goals – Ollie Baxter 3, Brett Borland 2, Ben Peschke 2, Jack Byrnes, Peter Georgiadis, Dan Ryan, Hayden Tilbrook.
SMS – Best – Ben Peschke, Micheal Howard, Jamie Brown, Brett Borland, Ollie Baxter, Hayden Tilbrook.
UHS-VU – Goals – James Duggan, Jackson Lowe, Matt Mallia, Pat Russo, Sam Turner.
UHS-VU – Best – Jackson Lowe, James Duggan, William Cheesman, Brenton Cross, Reis Korpetutuncu, Lachlan Habel.
In other matches – Kew 135 d. Hampton Rovers 53, Chadstone 83 d. Glen Eira 43, Therry Penola 133 d. Monash Blues 39, Old Paradians 142 d. North Brunswick 22.
Threes – Ladder after Round 8 – Kew 32, St. Marys Salesian 24, Therry Penola 20, UHS-VU 20, Chadstone 16, Hampton Rovers 16, Old Paradians 16, North Brunswick 8, Glen Eira 4, Monash Blues 0.
Next Saturday there is a bye – but on Saturday 15 June – SMS vs. Monash Blues – at venue and time to be confirmed.
WOMENS ONES – 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 (fifth) was up against fourth team Marcellin and needed a win to stay in touch with the top sides.
In the first quarter, there was nothing between the two evenly matched teams and by first change scores were deadlocked at 14 points apiece. The second stanza was along similar lines but the Saints were able to boot two majors and restrict Marcellin to one, thereby leading by 6 points at the long break.
The Eagles had the best of the third term scoring two six-pointers and holding the home team to just two behinds enabling them to hold a five point advantage by orange-time. In a thrilling last quarter, SMS had to work extremely hard to bridge the gap. A strong team effort led to the only goal and a fine ‘come from behind’ victory over Marcellin by 2 points.
From the Game:
– Terrific team efforts from both sides with a combined tally of (10) individual goalkickers. The Saints were well served by Jennifer Lew, Steph Lawrence, Sasha Byrnes and Nicole Shue
– Coach Damian Sutherland will be relieved with the narrow win which moves his team into third position. However, a very even competition and consistent form is required to ensure a finals berth
Scores – (Womens Ones) –
St. Marys Salesian 2-2 4-2 4-4 5-6-36
Marcellin 2-2 3-2 5-3 5-4-34
SMS – Goals – Holly Ellis, Rachel Gill, Stephanie Lawrence, Eliza Matheson, ShakiraSchifferle.
SMS – Best – Jennifer Lew, Stephanie Lawrence, Sasha Byrnes, Nicole Shue, Eliza Matheson, Alice Angley.
Marcellin – Goals – Megan Chadwick, Laura Robertson, Shaylee Taylor, Annaleise Xanthos, (one missing).
Marcellin – Best – Annaleise Xanthos, Olivia Getson, Laura Robertson, Megan Chadwick, Magdalene Antypas, Rita Mankowska.
In other matches, Old Trinity 24 d. Fitzroy 14, West Brunswick 39 d. Kew 11, St. Kevins 37 d. Melbourne University 16.
Womens Ones – Ladder after Round 8 – Old Trinity 28, West Brunswick 22, St. Marys Salesian 20, St. Kevins 20, Kew 18, Marcellin 16, Fitzroy 4, Melbourne University 0.
Next Saturday there is a bye – but on Saturday 15 June – SMS Womens (Ones) play Melbourne University – at Melbourne University Oval, Tin Alley, Parkville, commencing 11-40 am.
WOMENS TWOS – SMS Womens team (2) displayed their best form of the year and led at every change to overcome Marcellin by 8 points.
The Saints (sixth) opposed by fourth team Marcellin was hoping to continue its good recent form.
In the opening term, SMS played extremely well kicking three early goals and holding Marcellin to one major, thereby establishing a 15 point margin by quarter’s end. The second quarter proved to be more even with the Eagles booting the only six-pointer to reduce their deficit to 10 points by the main interval.
The Saints played some more good footy in the third stanza adding 3-3 although the visitors responded with 2-1 to trail by 18 points by final change. The final term was fairly even with the home team adding another goal. However, Marcellin fought the game out well and slotted three majors (from three shots) thus reducing the SMS winning margin to 8 points by siren time.
From the Game:
– A good effort from all members of the team, Aymee Bush two goals, and best players including Ruby Edwards, Jessica Yates, Diana Sercia and Madison Judd
– A win over a top four outfit shows much improvement from coach Simon Brownhill’s team. A tough opponent ahead in the next round.
Scores – (Womens Twos) –
St. Marys Salesian (W2) 3-3 3-4 6-7 7-9-51
Marcellin 1-0 2-0 4-1 7-1-43
SMS – Goals – Amy Kerr 2, Aymee Bush, Felicity Campbell, Madison Judd, Mia Sieber, Kailey Wilson.
SMS – Best – Ruby Edwards, Jessica Barratt, Diana Sercia, Madison Judd, Felicity Campbell, Amy Kerr.
Marcellin – Goals – Laura Franklin, Grace Laidlaw, Tess Menzies, Emily Muir, Laura Page, Breannah Vescio, Abigail Whiston.
Marcellin – Best – Madison Taylor, Olivia Zuccala, Tess Menzies, Abigail Whiston, Laura Page, Laura Franklin.
In other matches – Fitzroy 21 d. Old Trinity 17, West Brunswick 99 d. Kew 3, Melbourne University 49 d. St. Kevins 7.
Womens Twos – Ladder after Round 8 – West Brunswick 28, Melbourne University 20, St. Kevins 20, Marcellin 16, St. Marys Salesian 12, Fitzroy 12, Kew 12, Old Trinity 8.
Next Saturday there is a bye – but on Saturday 15 June – SMS Womens (Twos) play Melbourne University – at Melbourne University Oval, Tin Alley, Parkville, commencing 9-40 am.
St Mary’s Salesian 1.8 (14) drew with Monash University 2. 2 (14)
Goals: Georgia Champion
Best: Courtney Davies-Kildea, Eleanor Raper, Alex Beasley, Maxi Shue, Goegia Champion, Bec Johnson