TWO BLUES CONTINUE SAINTS FORM SLUMP
After a slow start, Prahran Assumption played the better football to overcome a below par St. Marys Salesian by 21 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. In an evenly contested encounter, Prahran Assumption Reserves played four quarters of accountable football and caused a major upset beating an undermanned SMS Reserves by 2 points. The in-form St. Marys Salesian Thirds played a powerful third quarter to outclass Monash Blues by 44 points. Full Match Report
SAINTS COME HOME ‘WITH WET SAIL’ OVER MELBOURNE UNI – St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) kicked two last quarter goals to record a fine come from behind win over Melbourne University by 11 points at Melbourne University Oval, Parkville. In a thriller, Melbourne University just shaded SMS Womens team (2) to achieve victory by 2 points.
Full Match Report
AROUND THE GROUND – In Round 9 it was the ‘Womens Football Lunch’ at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris on Saturday. Once again, an excellent luncheon event was provided by the Club for some 50 or more players, parents, siblings and friends of our Club between 12-00 noon and 2-00 pm. Saints President Greg Baum welcomed all present and introduced guest speaker Chelsea Roffey (who officiated as a goal umpire at the 2012 AFL Grand Final) and is still on the current AFL goal umpiring panel. The highly regarded Chelsea is a high achiever in a number of areas and provided a most interesting speech for a most appreciative audience.
The Saturday lunch was made possible by two Womens Sunday matches at Melbourne University (the following day). Our sincere thanks to the organisers including Peter Leman, behind the scenes workers in particular the kitchen staff, and all who supported us on the day.
Women – Melbourne Uni was our adversary at Melbourne University Oval, Parkville – coached by Erini Giannakopoulos, they had lost to St. Kevins by 21 points in the previous match. When we played Melbourne Uni earlier in the season we beat them by 31 points. Thanks to the many people who assist our team each week. A hard-earned win over improved opposition maintains our position in the top four.
Men – We hosted old rival Prahran Assumption at Ferndale on Saturday. In 2018 the Two Blues (who wear a mainly blue jumper) won 11 games in Division 1 to finish in fifth place. Last round Prahran Assumption lost to Kew by 44 points.
We had a heavy shower of rain which dropped 9 mm in the Camberwell / Glen Iris area on Friday evening. With not much sunshine or drying on Saturday morning the ground remained a bit wet and sticky in the centre and also at the Pavilion end (where water runs down from the Clubrooms). Another good crowd due to the ‘Womens Football Lunch,’ and good support from our near neighbours at Prahran (who are based at Toorak Park). We extend our condolences to the Prahran Assumption AFC on the passing of long serving Club stalwart Basil Cleary, and note the Two Blues players wore black armbands as a token of respect. Tim Habel was one of many Prahran identities at the game, while Jack McGregor (in tartan cap) a former Commonwealth Bank staffer made the trip down from Ferntree Gully and enjoyed the footy.
Some of the SMS personnel spotted during the day were Greg Baum (President), Matt Ellis, Peter Leman, Adam Lane plus Norbert Graetzer and his trainers. Amongst the regulars were Cal Anderson, Neil Barrie, Ric Burns, Ian and Jill Butler, Kerryn Gatehouse, Bill Goodenough, Alan Gook, Paul Grant, Al Howard, Peter Jones, Geoff Lane, Michael ‘Leo’ Learmonth, Erwin Leyden, Brian Ludwig, David Malcolm, Div Rajkumar, Derek Reynolds, Ethan Rocke and Steve Turzi. A number of non-participating players, other family members and friends were also in attendance. My sincere apologies to those people missed.
Congratulations to James Barrie 100 games – undoubtedly one of the most popular players at our Club – well done ‘Baz.’
Good to see Jos Op’t Hoog at the match – one of a number of players out of action at present – but looking extremely well. Ben Semmler-Farr is now based interstate but made it back for appearances in Twos and Threes on Saturday – terrific to see ‘Benny’ again. Billy Anderson continues his work assisting the coaches each week.
Our sincere thanks to VAFA and Club field, boundary and goal umpires – (including Paul Grant – Thirds field, Derek Reynolds – Reserves field, Ian Swann – Reserves boundary, Bill Heath and Ethan Rocke – Firsts boundary) – Club runners, water carriers, the scoreboard attendant, helpers, Geoff Lane and all time keepers, also training staff – at all levels.
We notice that Paul Grant wears a cap while umpiring (even on a cloudy day) – he explained the reason for this – to keep his glasses dry in the event of rain – thereby allowing him to see better. There was also an incident in the Firsts match when volunteer Club boundary umpire Bill Heath went down with a severe attack of cramp (holding-up play) midway through the third quarter – Ethan Rocke dashed across with a stretcher just in case – which immediately encouraged Bill to get back up onto his feet – however, it was decided bill would retire for the day – and Ethan run the boundary thereafter – we understand Ethan did such a great job that Matt Ellis (Saints Club Treasurer) is keen to put him on contract for the remaining 9 games !! So Bill could be out of a job?
The canteen and kitchen facility was once more a hive of activity with food being prepared and cooked for the ‘Womens Football Lunch,’ while Kerryn Gatehouse had a very busy afternoon supplying patrons with hot and cold food and drinks throughout the day, and drinks to players, officials and supporters after the match.
The ‘After the Match Drink’ attendance was very good with players from both clubs and others enjoying a chat and drink in the clubrooms. Adam Lane wecomed all present, passed on condolences to Prahran Assumption AFC on their loss of Basil Cleary, and later awarded a best player prize to Joel Hume (adjudged the best Two Blues player).
You are welcome to join us at the footy next Saturday – Mens Firsts vs. Old Paradians (away) at Bundoora 2-00 pm, Reserves vs. Old Paradians (away) 11-40 am, Thirds vs. Old Paradians (away) time to be confirmed – or alternatively, see the Womens Ones vs. Fitzroy (home) at Ferndale 2-00 pm, Twos vs. Fitzroy 12-00 pm – hot and cold food and drinks are available from the Canteen (located in the window at the right-hand end of the clubrooms).