BEARS STRENGTH TOO MUCH FOR SAINTS – Kew took control from the opening ball-up to easily account for St. Marys Salesian by a big margin at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. Top-side Kew Reserves played high quality footy to trounce SMS Reserves by a very big margin. West Brunswick played four even quarters to comfortably beat St. Marys Salesian Womens Team (1) by 80 points at McAllister Oval, Parkville.West Brunswick Reserves were a bit too good for SMS Womens Team (2) and won in fine style.
AROUND THE GROUND – After an incredibly cold and damp start to winter, and record snowfalls on Mt. Buller, we were very fortunate to have a fine, sunny and wind-free day, and reasonable ground conditions for Saturday’s match. The weather has been different to what we are used to this year, and nearly all of our home games have been wind-free. Normally a cross-wind makes goalscoring at Ferndale Park difficult, but it hasn’t been the case to date in 2022. The sunshine brought a lot of people out and we had good numbers of people in the park for most of the day. Apart from the Kew and SMS supporters, many were out for exercise, walking the dog, or taking the kids to the adjoining playground creating a good atmosphere for the footy.
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ONES – Kew took control from the opening ball-up to easily account for St. Marys Salesian by a big margin at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris.
In excellent conditions, Kew went to the Glen Iris Road end in the first term. The visitors had come to play and dominated the first stanza. They were in the ascendancy in all aspects of the game midfield, back and forward and slotted 9-2 whilst holding the largely non-competitive Saints to a solitary behind. At the quarter-time huddle, senior player Heath Chipperfield provided a fiery address to his teammates demanding a far better contest. SMS coaches, Erwin Leyden and Matt Higgins supported his comments and the result was a far better second quarter in which accountability and tackling pressure was much improved by all members of the team. The Saints actually had 60% of the ball for the first 25 minutes, on occasions playing some good link-up footy, but apart from goals by Hugh Greene and Drew Macrae, had no winners to provide scoreboard pressure up forward. The Bears were well-served by Michael Henderson and Nick Thornely, while Michael Hannan was dangerous around the big-sticks, and scored three late majors to increase their lead to 74 points by half-time.
SMS played their best footy in the first 20 minutes of the third stanza and the game became more of an arm-wrestle. ‘Chippa’ and newcomer Callum McDonough were terrific contributors, Ash Lim continued his good form, and 3-4 was added, the six-pointers through Barry McNally, Sid Jones (after a 50 metre penalty free) and Dean Thorson. In addition, two of the behinds were touched by Kew players right on the goal line. McNally provided a highlight when he soared into the air and took a superb ‘hanger’ or ‘speckie’ at half forward. However, once again, Kew kicked a few late goals and led by 86 points at orange-time. The Bears ran the game out far better adding 5-7 in an inaccurate last quarter, George Smart, Lachie James and Regan Smith amongst the goals. SMS was not disgraced and provided a strong contest with Jack Elliston in top form in defence, Oscar Sinni, Henry Wong and Nick Alexopoulos others to work hard. Nonetheless another heavy defeat.
From the game – Kew are top-side, a very good team, and after the dominant first quarter, did what was necessary to ensure a big win. They are well-coached, have some very fine and skilful young players, a good game plan, and should do well in the finals.
The Saints were most disappointing in the first term, but played some good team footy on occasions during the second and third quarters. New players Callum McDonough and Angus Harlock acquitted themselves well throughout the game. (Tom McDermott currently out injured was sorely missed in attack).
After the game, coach Erwin Leyden advised players there would be a Club meeting during the next few days to hear views, discuss options, and make some plans for next season. Following a very successful decade of footy, SMS was not happy with its current predicament, and it was hoped work could begin now (while everyone is thinking football) to ensure a much improved season both on and off the field in 2023.
Next week, another tough assignment against second side PEGS at Keilor Park.
Scores – (Ones) –
Kew 9-2 14-4 19-8 24-15-159
St Marys Salesian 0-1 2- 2 5- 6 5- 7- 37
SMS – Goals – Hugh Greene, Sid Jones, Drew Macrae, Barry McNally, Dean Thorson.
SMS – Best – Heath Chipperfield, Callum McDonough, Ash Lim, Oscar Sinni, Henry Wong, Jack Elliston
Kew – Goals – Michael Hannan 7, George Smart 4, Lachie James 3, Regan Smith 3, Max Waters 2, Lachie Bown, Joshua Jannsen, Andrew Mathieson, Max Poletti, Paul Sanderson.
Kew – Best – Michael Henderson, Nick Thornely, Andrew Mathieson, Michael Hannan, Lachie Bown, Mali Jacobs.
In other matches – PEGS 70 d. Old Camberwell 50, Oakleigh 63 d. Peninsula 36, Prahran Assumption 89 d. Therry Penola 81, Glen Eira 77 d. Whitefriars 23.
Ones – Ladder after Round 10 – Kew 36, PEGS 32, Glen Eira 32, Oakleigh 32, Prahran Assumption 26, Old Camberwell 18, Peninsula 12, Therry Penola 8, Whitefriars 4, St. Marys Salesian 0.
Next Saturday – PEGS vs. SMS – at PEGS Sporting Fields, 127 Wright Road, Keilor Park – commencing 2-00 pm.
TWOS – Top-side Kew Reserves played high quality footy to trounce SMS Reserves by a very big margin.
In near perfect conditions, the undisputed stand-out team of VAFA Division 1 Twos, Kew, was always going to be a tough assignment for our boys and this proved to be the case. The Bears kicked to the Pavilion end in the opening term and showed good skills in all aspects of the game to slam on five goals, while restricting the Saints to just one major, a snap by Tom Clancy. The second stanza was entirely dominated by the visitors who added 10-6 in an impressive display with William Llewellyn among the goals up forward. For SMS, Andrew Ellis managed a six-pointer leaving the home team 87 points in arrears at the long interval.
The Bears showed no mercy going on with the job in the third quarter booting another nine goals while restricting the Saints to a solitary behind, and by three quarter time their advantage had climbed to 146 points. Bailey Gilbert and Ryan Griggs were good players for the visitors, with Ben Makowski (5 goals) another forward to impress. Sam Mathieson kicked a last term major for the home team, but a late Kew goal saw them pass 200 points and register a big victory.
From the game – Kew are the clear premiership favourites and it’s hard to imagine anyone being able to outplay them in the finals later in the year.
Saints coaches Andrew and Adam Howell encouraged the playing group, but the boys were simply outclassed be a very good footy team. Monty Herbert-Morgan, Nathan Simcocks and the hard-working Tom Clancy were good players, while Josh Baum did some impressive work with strong marking and handballing to teammates early in the game.
It’s PEGS (away) next Saturday.
Scores – (Twos) –
Kew 5-4 15-10 24-16 30-22-202
St Marys Salesian 1-1 2- 2 2- 2 3- 2- 20
SMS – Goals – Andrew Ellis, Tom Clancy, Sam Mathieson.
SMS – Best – Montgomery Herbert-Morgan, Nathan Simcocks, Tom Clancy, Josh Baum, Sam Mathieson.
Kew – Goals – William Llewellyn 8, Ben Makowski 5, Riley Streader 4, Harrison Twist 4, Jesse Bianco 3, Micah Condron 2, Travis Baldock, Nathan Drummond, Taylor Kleinschmidt, Jamie Lay.
Kew – Best – Bailey Gilbert, Ryan Griggs, William Llewellyn, Jesse Bianco, Ben Makowski, Harrison Twist.
In other matches – Peninsula 73 d. Oakleigh 52, Prahran Assumption 112 d. Therry Penola 4, Glen Eira 89 d. Whitefriars 25, Old Camberwell 67 d. PEGS 56.
Twos – Ladder after Round 10 – Kew 38, Old Camberwell 32, Glen Eira 28, Oakleigh 26, PEGS 24, Peninsula 20, Prahran Assumption 16, Whitefriars 8, St. Marys Salesian 4, Therry Penola 4.
Next Saturday – PEGS vs. SMS – at PEGS Sporting Fields, 127 Wright Road, Keilor Park – commencing 11-40 am.
WOMENS ONES – West Brunswick played four even quarters to comfortably beat St. Marys Salesian Womens Team (1) by 80 points at McAllister Oval, Parkville.
Westies were far too talented for a hard-working Sainters team winning every quarter. For West Brunswick, Chloe Bain 3, Taylor Moss 3 and Sophie Stewart 3 were the chief goalscorers, while Ellie Huggard and Stefania Velona were named best. For SMS, Sarah Yule kicked the goal, and other good players were Tessa Ashton, Abbey Goullet, Ruby Edwards, Annemieke Thorbecke and Georgia Nancarrow.
Scores – (Womens Ones) –
West Brunswick 3-3 5-4 n/k 12-14-86
St. Marys Salesian 0-0 0-0 0-0 1- 0- 6
Next Saturday – SMS vs. Old Xaverians – at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – commencing 2-00 pm.
WOMENS TWOS – West Brunswick Reserves were a bit too good for SMS Womens Team (2) and won in fine style.
Westies Reserves showed the undoubted depth they have at their club with an impressive win over the Sainters Twos. For West Brunswick, Charlotte Carney, Alison Johansen, Monika Lewalska and Madeleine Stewart each kicked 3 goals, while Maggie Forbes and Grace Farrant were other good players. For SMS, Ruby Prosser, Olivia Giblin, Courtney Lee, Adrienne Jones, Emma Turner and Georgia Davies were adjudged best.
Scores – (Womens Twos) –
West Brunswick 6-2 10-7 15-10 20-14-134
St. Marys Salesian 0-0 0- 0 0- 0 0- 0- 0
Next Saturday – SMS vs. Old Xaverians at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – commencing 12-00 pm.