BEARS TOO STRONG FOR SAINTS
At Ferndale Park, Glen Iris, Kew played by far the better football to outclass St. Marys Salesian for most of the day and register a 47 point win. In a keenly fought contest played in wet conditions an accurate Kew Reserves did just enough to beat SMS Reserves by 10 points. St. Marys Salesian Thirds played well below their best but led all day to overcome a persistent Old Paradians by 6 points. Read Match Reports
EAGLES SOAR OVER SAINTS
Marcellin played an excellent first half to set up a comfortable win over St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) by 25 points at Bulleen Park West Oval, Bulleen. After being outplayed early, Marcellin lifted to enjoy a fine come from behind win over a brave SMS Womens team (2) by a solitary point. St. Marys Salesian Womens team (3) had a bye.
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AROUND THE GROUND – Just a reminder, please note the change of date for our first Gold Saints Lunch – it will now be held on Saturday 25 May – if you have any enquiries or want to join up as a Gold Saints member – please see the Club website – or contact Club Secretary Peter Leman.
Women – Marcellin was our opponent at Bulleen Park West, Bulleen – coached by Luke Boyd, the Eagles had lost to St. Kevins by 18 points in the last match. Thanks to Peter Leman and the many people who assist this team each week. Marcellin had not won a game in the first three rounds but proved to be far too good against us, indicating what an even competition Premier Grade is.
Men – On Saturday we hosted local rival Kew for the first time in a while. In 2018 the Bears (who wear a maroon and gold jumper) won 6 games in Division 1 to finish in eighth place. Former coach Ian Aitken has returned and been appointed coach for this season, and last week Kew beat West Brunswick by 22 points.
A very average day weatherwise with occasional showers and a cool breeze making conditions fairly unpleasant for spectators during much of the day. Consequently, a small gathering of people to see the action at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris on Saturday. Many chose to watch from inside the Clubrooms, but a few hardy souls lurked under trees and braved the elements in the outdoors. Players on the bench had the luxury of overhead protection in the new coaches boxes kindly installed by Council a few weeks back. I understand AFL Richmond identity Neil Balme watched some of the Reserves match from the Glen Iris Road end of the ground with his son Billy Balme in action for the visitors.
Our President, Greg Baum again arrived early and enjoyed both games despite the challenging weather, Matt Ellis, Norbert Graetzer and the trainers, and Adam Lane were others busy throughout the day. Some of those sighted were Neil Barrie (our Reserves goalie) back from a trip to Vietnam, Ric Burns, Jill Butler (with umbrella, who acted as umpires escort), the Dolans and dogs, Bill Goodenough, Alan Gook, Paul Grant, Al Howard, Peter Jones, Geoff Lane, Michael ‘Leo’ Learmonth, Erwin and Coel Leyden, Alan Martello, John Op’t Hoog and mate Barry (from Inverloch), Derek Reynolds and Ethan Rocke. A number of non-participating players, other family members and friends were also in attendance. My sincere apologies to those people missed. To those of you thinking about coming to a game, please join us, you will be made most welcome.
Our sincere thanks to VAFA and Club field, boundary and goal umpires – (including Derek Reynolds – Thirds and Reserves field, Ian Swann – Reserves boundary, and Neil Barrie – Reserves goalie) – Club runners, water carriers, the scoreboard attendant, helpers, Geoff Lane and all time keepers, also training staff – at all levels.
The canteen was again well looked-after by Kerryn Gatehouse who not only did a great job but even had time to venture outside and watch some of the action for a time. Hot and cold food and drinks during the afternoon and drinks after the match are always available to patrons. Strong numbers of players, officials and supporters from both clubs attended the ‘After the Match Drink’ in the clubrooms where Saints President Greg Baum welcomed all present and awarded a best player prize to Jack Powell (Kew). The SMS awards are presented at the Dinner following training on Thursday evenings. Good to meet up with some of the Kew personnel, amongst them the legendary Dick Pickles, and also his son David and wife, all great supporters of Kew AFC and VAFA.
Another down day for our Club (even the Mens Thirds who won were below their best) – but a week can be a long time in football and we look forward to better days ahead – a visit to Therry Penola at Oak Park next Saturday for the Mens Ones and Twos – a home match against Old Trinity for the Womens Ones and Twos – please come along and join us at one of the venues.