PIRATES ROB SAINTS OF WIN
Peninsula was a little too steady for a desperate St. Marys Salesian and won a closely fought contest by 8 points at Peninsula School Oval, Mt. Eliza. After an even first term, SMS Reserves gained the ascendancy and defeated Peninsula Reserves by 39 points at Narambi Reserve, Mornington. PEGS Thirds defeated St. Marys Salesian Thirds on forfeit.
WOMENS FOOTBALL – MONASH BLUES IN UPSET WIN OVER SAINTS
Monash Blues began well and sustained the pressure for four quarters to overcome St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) by 10 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. SMS Womens team (2) played a strong first-half to set-up a comfortable victory over Monash Blues by 73 points.
Full Match Reports
A VIEW FROM THE OUTER
Our Around the Ground reporter nearly did not file this week’s report. Ron trained it down to Frankston station en route to report on the Round 14 games in Mornington but mistakenly got the 758 bus from Frankston station rather than the 751 which would deliver him straight to the 2’s game on time. Half way to sunny Portsea he realised his error, stopped the bus and trudged overland for 3 kms, managing to arrive at the 2’s game by quarter time. Thank you Ron for your outstanding dedication which is gratefully appreciated.
It was a long road trip to Mt. Eliza and Mornington for our Mens Ones and Twos fixtures on Saturday (one of the most distant venues in VAFA football). To complicate matters an early school match at Peninsula School Oval meant the SMS Reserves had to play their game on another ground, Narambi Reserve at Mornington (4.8 km from the School Oval). So in some respects a logistical nightmare for many of the Saints officials and staff but we managed to get through the day reasonably well. A narrow loss for the Ones, but a win for the Twos.
The two Womens teams played Monash Blues at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris and also had mixed results – a surprise loss by the SMS Womens (1) team, but a strong win by the Womens (2) team. Of course, it’s the business end of the season now and whatever happens against West Brunswick in next Saturday’s fixtures, both sides will be playing finals.
Men – Our Round 14 opponent was Peninsula (an Anglican school) at Peninsula School Oval, Mt. Eliza. Coached by Shane Mottram, the Pirates lost to us by 48 points in Round 4, and lost to Fitzroy by 130 points in their previous game.
After a drive from Frankston (down the Nepean Highway), Narambi Reserve, Mornington was the venue for our Reserves fixture. It is quite a decent ground for football but the visitors dressing room would be one of the smallest ever seen. Our 22 players plus staff could barely fit inside. There was no canteen available, but thankfully a utility serving coffee pulled up at half-time to save the day for many thirsty supporters.
The weather was pretty good on Saturday, but not surprisingly supporter numbers were down owing to the travel distance. Peninsula had their regular personnel in attendance. Amongst those Saints folk sighted at the Reserves game were Adam Lane, Norbert Graetzer, Neil Barrie, Peter Jones, Brian Ludwig, Alan Martello (assisting the Coach), Richard Morris and Ethan Rocke.
Neil Barrie and Richard Morris shared the goal umpiring / timekeeping duties, Peter Jones and Brian Ludwig enjoyed the game, while some of the officials had to depart early to relocate to the Firsts venue by 2-00 pm.
The trip back to the Peninsula School Oval, Mt. Eliza the venue for our Firsts match is 4.8 km and takes about 15 minutes. This is a beautiful facility featuring a magnificent clubroom (including an upstairs social room) which provides a perfect view of the playing arena below. A canteen was open serving the usual hot and cold food and drinks to many hungry patrons.
Amongst those sighted at the Firsts game were Adam Lane, Norbert Graetzer, Neil Barrie, Greg Baum, Geoff and Mary Lane, Brian Ludwig, Alan Martello (assisting the Coach), Matthew Maschette and Ethan Rocke.
Greg Baum (recently back from a holiday in Norway) felt like many of us that we didn’t have the “rub of the green’ from the umpires but thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Terrific to see Geoff and Mary Lane in attendance – they live in the area – and Geoff was back on the job as Ones timekeeper. It was also great to catch-up with Matthew Maschette and daughter – who also live in the area – of course, Matt is a former Saints 200 game player. A number of non-participating players were there in supporting roles including Jack Elliston and Ethan Rocke.
Congratulations to Nick Bussell who reached the 100 game milestone on Saturday.
Sincere thanks to our match day officials including VAFA (Field, Goal and Boundary Umpires) – Club Boundary Umpires, Club Goal Umpires (including Neil Barrie and Richard Morris), the runners (including Nathan Evans), water people, medics and trainers, umpires escorts, plus all who helped in matches at all levels.
The ‘After the Game Drink’ was well supported by a large group of Peninsula and SMS officials, players and supporters. Some of us had to leave prior to the presentation for the return trip to Melbourne.
The Saints Thirds again had to forfeit their match this time versus PEGS (away). The game was meant to commence at 11-40 am but a school match forced the starting time back to 1-00 pm. As many of the SMS Thirds players have to work on Saturday afternoons there were insufficient numbers to put a team in the field. Hopefully we will be able to field a team next Saturday, ensuring the 10-15 guys who would have played during the past couple of weeks finally get a game.
Women – In Round 13, Monash Blues were our opponents at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. Coached by Ian Mills the Blues were third on the ladder.
SMS Womens Ones were disappointing, but the Twos won again. Both sides are well-placed in their respective top fours and will be looking forward to the West Brunswick matches on Saturday.
Once again we acknowledge the work of Peter Leman, and all those people who assist behind the scenes on the day.
Next Saturday –
• The Mens Ones and Twos playing Marcellin at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – please come along and support the boys.
• The Mens Threes playing Old Camberwell (in the early game) at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris.
• 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 Womens Ones and Twos playing West Brunswick at McAllister Oval, Parkville – supporters most welcome.