BEARS TOO GOOD FOR STRUGGLING SAINTS – Kew played impressive footy to overwhelm a hard-working St. Marys Salesian by a comfortable margin at Victoria Park, Kew. After a slow start, Kew Reserves proved far too talented for an undermanned SMS Reserves winning easily. West Brunswick was too strong for St. Marys Salesian Womens Team (1) eventually prevailing by 61 points at Ferndale park, Glen Iris. West Brunswick Reserves accounted for an understrength SMS Womens Team (2) by a big margin.
AROUND THE GROUND – We travelled to Victoria Park, Kew for the round 5 match against Kew coached by Ian Aitken. The Bears were in the four and have rebuilt their senior team with a number of talented younger players. Although it was a fairly cold day, ground and weather conditions were good, but we did have a very light shower of rain late in the afternoon. Kew had an extremely well attended Club luncheon underway and special guest was Josh Frydenberg (Federal Treasurer) who was wearing his Kew scarf and likely seeking votes for the upcoming Federal election. Good to see our old mate Dick Pickles amongst the Kew faithful and enjoying the day’s activities and my best wishes to Dick’s son David (a keen Kew fan) currently based up at Albury.
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ONES – Kew played impressive footy to overwhelm a hard-working St. Marys Salesian by a comfortable margin at Victoria Park, Kew.
In good conditions, SMS (playing in VAFA pink jumpers on the day) kicked to the High Street end and were very competitive for the first 20 minutes of the quarter. They moved the ball well and were in the contest but failed to nail several opportunities in front of goal. Eventually, Kew gained the ascendancy and (in contrast) was able to slot four goals to take the honours. At first change, the Bears had opened-up a 24 point advantage. The second stanza saw the home team take charge and dominate play. The result was 7-3 for the term. The Saints didn’t help their cause by continuing to be inaccurate around the big-sticks and had kicked 9 behinds before Josh Tanner got the ball forward for Drew Macrae to goal on the run from close range at the 21 minute mark. At half-time, Kew had established a 59 point lead.
After the break, the Bears again had the best of the term adding 5-4 while restricting SMS to just 2-2. The visitors worked hard and had their share of the ball, but occasional errors and turnovers enabled Kew to take the ball into an open forward line and score regularly. Heath Chipperfield was an effective player for the Saints and passed to Dean Thorson for a set shot goal from 30 metres. Soon after Thorson was again able to add a six-pointer following a good mark. At orange-time the Bears lead had increased to 79 points. SMS Coach Erwin Leyden was upbeat in his address during the break and asked his players to try and win the final quarter. The boys played some excellent team football and slotted a couple of majors through Joel Mattiske and Macrae during the first 10 minutes. From this point on, the home team dominated Michael Henderson and Bailey Gilbert amongst the best and were able to add nine goals. Full forward Joshua Janssen was particularly impressive with strong marking and accurate kicking. Henry Wong scored a late consolation six-pointer, but by siren time the Saints had been well and truly outplayed by a quality team.
From the game – Kew wore special gold coloured jumpers to be sold after the match as a Club fund-raiser, hence the need for SMS to wear a VAFA pink strip thereby avoiding a clash of colours. The Bears have rebuilt their team with many younger players and are skilled in all aspects of the game. They are strong in the air, provide a good contest, and use physical strength and pace to win the ball and move it into attack, where their forwards are accurate in front of goal.
It was another heavy defeat for SMS, but there were periods of good teamwork which unfortunately didn’t last long enough during the game. The Saints had 20 scoring shots and but for inaccuracy would have finished with 10 goals, indicating players are teaming together better and developing a system to create more scoring opportunities. Ash Lim, Dean Thorson, Joel Mattiske and Jake Kidman were amongst good players, and a special mention to the experienced James Sharp (who runs to provide a link and works really hard each week).
We host another old rival PEGS (undefeated with 5 victories) at Ferndale Park next Saturday.
Scores – (Ones) –
Kew 4-5 11-8 16-12 25-17-167
St Marys Salesian 0-5 1- 9 3-11 6-14- 50
SMS – Goals – Drew Macrae 2, Dean Thorson 2, Joel Mattiske, Henry Wong.
SMS – Best – Ash Lim, Dean Thorson, Joel Mattiske, Jake Kidman, Drew Macrae, Henry Wong.
Kew – Goals – Joshua Janssen 7, Matt Sharkey 4, Ned Waters 4, Michael Hannan 2, Matt Adamek, Lachie Bown, Peter Couvalias, Seamus Hoffman, Joshua Maccarrone, Andrew Mathiseon, Paul Sanderson, Joshua Wise.
Kew – Best – Michael Henderson, Bailey Gilbert, Paul Sanderson, Andrew Mathieson, Matt Adamek, Ben Makowski.
In other matches – Prahran Assumption 75 d. Peninsula 58, PEGS 71 d. Glen Eira 34, Therry Penola 86 d. Whitefriars 72, Oakleigh 78 d. Old Camberwell 72.
Ones – Ladder after Round 5 – PEGS 20, Kew 16, Oakleigh 16, Prahran Assumption 14, Glen Eira 12, Old Camberwell 10, Whitefriars 4, Peninsula 4, Therry Penola 4, St. Marys Salesian 0.
Next Saturday – SMS vs. PEGS – at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – commencing 2-00 pm.
TWOS – After a slow start, Kew Reserves proved far too talented for an undermanned SMS Reserves winning easily.
SMS kicked to the Parkhill Road end and were quite competitive in the opening stanza. They had a fair share of the ball, restricted Kew to three goals, and had an effective forward in Sam Matheson who booted two early majors. By quarter-time, the Saints deficit was 9 points. Lack of numbers on the interchange bench impacted the visitors in the second quarter when one player went off injured and forward Matheson pinged a hamstring. The courageous Matheson stayed on-field but was ineffective from this time on. The Bears took control as the SMS boys (unable to rotate) tired, and were able to kick five unanswered six-pointers to create a 46 point margin by the long interval.
Following the interval, it became a very one-sided affair, Kew adding another eight goals before three quarter-time to open-up a commanding 99 point advantage. In the final term, the Saints boys continued to try really hard but without an interchange bench to provide relief succumbed to an avalanche of home team majors. The Bears slotted six six-pointers for the term, Vincent White and Jesse Bianco named their best and Eli Holland-Dean booting 5 goals, to run out very comfortable winners.
From the game – SMS had three late withdrawals from their team and despite the best efforts of Coach Andrew Howell were unable to find replacements on Saturday morning. This left the team seriously disadvanted for the game. It’s important we have a full complement of players each week and the Kew ground is not far from Glen Iris. The club is endeavouring to get through a really difficult time at present, but we can’t do it without your support guys. So please, put the team first and be prepared to help out when asked. Monty Herbert-Morgan, Nathan Simcocks, Oscar Sinni were named best players.
Next opponent is PEGS at our home ground.
Scores – (Twos) –
Kew 3-4 8-12 16-17 22-21-153
St Marys Salesian 2-1 2-2 2- 2 2- 2- 14
SMS – Goals – Sam Matheson 2.
SMS – Best – Montgomery Herbert-Morgan, Nathan Simcocks, Oscar Sinni, Barry McNally, Hugh Gastin, Shai Arazi.
Kew – Goals – Eli Holland-Dean 5, Jesse Bianco 3, Max McLean 3, George Smart 3, Finlay Pike 2, Nathan Drummond, Jacob Lawson, Jamie Lay, Luke Marriott, Zach Smith, Harrison Twist.
Kew – Best – Vincent White, Jesse Bianco, Eli Holland-Dean, Finlay Pike, Harrison Twist, Max McLean.
In other matches – Peninsula 61 d. Prahran Assumption 40, PEGS 79 d. Glen Eira 42, Whitefriars 101 d. Therry Penola 14, Old Camberwell 83 d. Oakleigh 27.
Twos – Ladder after Round 5 – Old Camberwell 20, Kew 18, Oakleigh 14, PEGS 12, Glen Eira 12, Whitefriars 8, Peninsula 8, Prahran Assumption 4, St. Marys Salesian 4, Therry Penola 0.
Next Saturday – SMS vs. PEGS – at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – commencing 11-40 am.
WOMENS ONES – West Brunswick was too strong for St. Marys Salesian Womens Team (1) eventually prevailing by 61 points at Ferndale park, Glen Iris.
Westies were a little too good for a determined Sainters outfit and won every quarter. For WB, Taylor Moss kicked 3 goals while Sian Wilson and Amy Cater were amongst other good players. For SMS, Pia Hobday, Abbey Goullet, Emily Roos, Georgia Cropley, Lucy Dobbyn (the goalscorer) and Ruby Edwards were adjudged best.
Scores – (Womens Ones) –
West Brunswick 3-4 5-9 6-12 9-15-69
St. Marys Salesian 0-1 0-1 0- 2 1- 2- 8
Next Saturday – Melbourne University vs. SMS – Melbourne University Oval, Parkville – commencing 2-00 pm.
WOMENS TWOS – West Brunswick Reserves accounted for an understrength SMS Womens Team (2) by a big margin.
The Sainters were again only able to field (16) players against the talented Westies team and were well beaten. For WB, Grace Farrant 4, Madeleine Stewart 4 and Kristina Krithararis 3 were the main goalkickers, while Clare Balbata, and Gemma Grant were named best in an even team performance. For SMS, Georgia Nancarrow, Megan Davidson, Felicity Campbell, Melissa Robbins, Rebecca Johnson and Georgia Davies were the best.
If we can recruit another 8-10 players it will make a big difference to our weekly performances.
Scores – (Womens Twos) –
West Brunswick 4-4 8-9 15-11 18-12-120
St. Marys Salesian 0-0 0-0 0- 0 0- 1- 1
Next Saturday – Melbourne University vs. SMS – Melbourne University Oval, Parkville – commencing 12-00 pm.