EAGLES OUTCLASS SAINTS
Marcellin outclassed St. Marys Salesian winning by 83 points at Marcellin College Oval 1, Bulleen. Marcellin Reserves proved to be too talented for SMS Reserves winning easily by 65 points. Marcellin Thirds played a strong first half to set-up a good win over St. Marys Salesian Thirds by 40 points at Bulleen Park West, Bulleen.
WOMENS FOOTBALL – SAINTS BEAT MAZENOD
After a slow start, St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) dominated the second and third quarters to register an impressive victory against Mazenod by 52 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. SMS Womens team (2) took control from the opening ball-up to enjoy a comfortable win over Mazenod by 68 points. A second Intra-Club match was played between two SMS Womens teams (the Simon Brownhill squad) and the (Luke Brownhill squad) at 10-00 am on Saturday morning.
Full Match Reports
SMS held the usual Thursday evening ‘Dinner’ after training, with ‘Roast Chicken, Roast Potatoes and Salad’ provided by 6 ladies who did a mighty job in the kitchen. Some 100 people (comprising men and women players, officials and supporters) were catered for at the Ferndale Park Glen Iris Clubrooms. David Malcolm (President) gave his usual weekly report, before the entertainment began – the highlight was a singing ‘rap’ provided by Damian Sutherland which was thoroughly enjoyed by most. This was followed by the announcement of team selections. A reminder, parents, family members and friends are welcome to attend the Thursday evening ‘Dinner’ which gets underway around 8-00 pm and only costs a small donation to contribute to food costs.
The Round 3 edition of ‘Ferndale Flash’ was available and included the ‘Players View of Matches’ and the famous ‘Flash’ player rankings. This week, Sam Garlepp, Grace Barry, Fiona Murphy, Maise Barry and James Gallus were amongst contributors of written items. Have a look at ‘Ferndale Flash’ online or in paper form at the Clubrooms.
The Saints 4th Annual Beer Pong Championship was held from 7-00 pm at the Ferndale Park Clubrooms on Saturday evening, and was enjoyed by a large group of players, supporters and friends.
Don’t forget – ‘Gold Saints Lunch No. 1’ at Ferndale Park on Saturday 5 May from 12-00 noon – and the ‘SMS Annual Ball’ at Lincoln of Toorak on Saturday 12 May from 7-00 pm – enquiries to Peter Leman (Secretary). Important supporters get behind the playing group by attending matches and social functions.
Men – In Round 3, our adversary was Marcellin at Marcellin College, Bulleen. This was the VAFA ANZAC Day fixture and most clubs held a brief ceremony to mark the occasion, including a minute’s silence to remember those to have fallen in War – Lest we forget.
In addition, a VAFA sponsor made a special ANZAC jumper available to each club’s Firsts team, and our boys wore the jumper in Saturday’s match. The numbers ran from 1-25 on the special jumpers meaning that some players had a different number to usual.
It is believed this is the first time the Saints Firsts and Reserves have played Marcellin, who are coached by Glenn Cox and finished third in Premier C Grade last season.
On a glorious sunny autumn day we ventured out to Marcellin College at Bulleen (not far past North Balwyn) where the facilities both on and off the field are outstanding. Marcellin was celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first ever football match back in 1968 and had a large gathering of past players and supporters at a luncheon in their delightful social room. Many of these people came out to watch the footy later in the afternoon at various vantage points around the ground.
The usual group of regular SMS personnel were in attendance to cheer on the boys. This group included Matt Ellis (Saints Treasurer), Adam Lane, Alan Martello, Dale Andrews, Greg Baum, Ian and Jill Butler, Col Chipperfield, Bill Goodenough, Alan Gook, Gerry Holmes, Al Howard, Geoff Lane (our timekeeper), Brian Ludwig, Phil and Danielle Ryan. (Apologies to those missed).
Geoff Lane had to negotiate a ladder to gain access to the Marcellin scoreboard and timekeepers’ box – not easy for an ‘older’ bloke. Dale Andrews had the kids along and enjoyed a few kicks of the footy. Alan Gook came all the way from Caroline Springs – some 50 km to support the boys. Gerry Holmes has Marcellin connections and enjoyed the 50th anniversary celebrations. Al Howard does a tremendous job escorting the umpires most games.
Of course, there are a number of parents, family members, and friends of the SMS playing group not known to me at the match. Come up and say G’day at a future match and I will include your names then – Ron.
SMS Thirds played Marcellin at Bulleen Park (across the road), the Reserves played on Oval 2, while the Firsts played on Oval 1.
Thanks to our match day officials including VAFA (Field, Goal and Boundary Umpires) – the runners (including Kaine Reynolds and Nick Baum), water people, medics and trainers, umpires escorts, plus all who helped in matches at all levels.
Good numbers from both clubs attended the ‘After the Game Drink’ in the spacious Marcellin Social Room (a wonderful facility). The Eagles President presented awards to best players, Nathan Evans (SMS) and Max Di Ciccio (Marcellin).
Amongst those present were Brian Gartner, whose wider family attended Marcellin College, were involved with sport, and had one of the school ovals named after them, and Peter McDonald a talented Eagles full forward from that late 1960’s era.
Women – In Round 3, we hosted Mazenod at Ferndale Park. Another Intra-Club game took place at 10-00 am, before the Womens (2) and Womens (1) teams matches later in the day. Our thanks to Peter Leman and all those people who supported the teams. I don’t have a full listing of the helpers but know that Paul Grant (with his umpiring background) is a regular contributor.
A couple of good victories on Saturday has the Women ‘travelling well.’ A break this weekend to refresh the players and coaches will be most welcome.
Next Saturday –
• The Mens Ones, Twos and Threes at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – please come along and support the boys as they seek that elusive first win.
• The SMS Canteen will be open – offering quality food, hot and cold drinks for all in attendance – from the window at the right hand end of the pavilion.
• The ‘Halo Bar’ will be open to all players, officials, helpers and supporters after the game.