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.
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.
St Mary’s Salesian 9. 12 (66) def by Prahran Assumption 13.9 (87)
Goals: M. Dolan 3, M. Bulte, J. Barrie, D. Grant, J. Sharp, L. Holmes, A. Bussell
Best: N. Bussell, H. Heath, H. Chipperfield, J. Sharp, D. Grant, N. Evans
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 8. 6 (54) def by Prahran Assumption 8.8 (56)
Goals: D. Ryan 2, A. Ong 2, S. Gusts 2, J. Buck, S. Matheson
Best: L. Hawkins, J. Ellis, L. Rath, N. Ludwig, M. Flora, K. Duerden
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 15. 10 (100) def Monash Blues 8. 8 (56)
Goals: O. Baxter 4, C. Feild 3, B. Peschke 2, D. Ryan, H. Angley, B. Semmler-Farr, H. Tilbrook, H. Morton, R. Nickless
Best: O. Baxter, S. Murraylee, B. Kelly, H. Tilbrook, B. Peschke, B. Semmler-Farr
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 2. 5 (17) def Melbourne University 0.6 (6)
Goals: E. Roos 2
Best: S. Lawrence, M. Furphy, N. Rappos, S. Yule, M. Boyd, C. Soderstrom
Ground: Melbourne University Oval
St Mary’s Salesian 2. 5 (17) def by Melbourne University 2.7 (19)
Goals: M. Nunan; K. Wilson
Best: R. Edwards, T. Ashton, F. Murphy, D. Sercia, M. Nunan, C. Murray
Ground: Melbourne University Oval
AROUND THE GROUND
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).
ONES – 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.
After a surprising loss in the previous fixture the Saints were hoping to re-bound against Prahran Assumption (eighth) and stay in the hunt for a top four position. James Barrie was playing game 100, Jack Turner game 1, whilst inclusions were Mitch Bulte, Louie Holmes, Andrew Morris and Jack Ryan.
On an overcast and windless day and a sticky surface (following overnight rain), SMS went to the Glen Iris Road end in the opening stanza and began really well. Dane Hicks and Jack Hall (ruck) and the onballers led by Nick Bussell provided many chances for forwards with Ben Andrews goaling from the angle. Soon after, Manny Dolan hit peak form providing a fine exhibition of leading, marking and long kicking to convert three majors. The signs continued to be good when James Sharp and James Barrie also booted six-pointers giving the home team 6-3 for the term. At the other end, the back six led by Alex Bussell were doing a reasonable job, although Prahran Assumption managed three goals with Brent Chapman and Mark McGill amongst the action. At quarter’s end, the Saints had a 21 point break.
The Two Blues hit back hard in the second quarter, and were able to lift a cog all around the ground and gradually take control. Winning at the centre ball-ups, they slammed on six majors with Riley Hogan, James Musster, James Falcone, Ryley Conlan and Chapman all effective around the big-sticks. The home team game fell away badly under pressure and it wasn’t until late in the quarter that Louie Holmes slotted a much-needed reply. By half-time, the very accurate Two Blues led by 8 points.
It was expected SMS would do better after the break, but a fine defensive effort from the visitors prevented this from occurring. N. Bussell continued to work tirelessly for his team, while Darcy Grant (another good player) and Mitch Bulte added goals. However, PA replied through Chapman and Conlan to retain a handy 10 point advantage by the final change.
The Two Blues went on with the job in the final quarter scoring the only two majors by William Bourne and Harrison Taylor (from a free). There was nothing wrong with the Saints endeavour, however, they were unable to get any drive from the midfield, and when the ball went into the forward zone there was no dominant forward to apply any scoreboard pressure. Prahran Assumption eventually went on to a well-deserved 21 point victory.
From the Game
– A below par performance by SMS after a very promising first term. Manny Dolan (3-0) was excellent early, but faded out thereafter. Louie Holmes (1-6) was best of the forwards during the last three quarters but off-target with his kicking. Nick Bussell, Hamish Heath, Heath Chipperfield and James Sharp all worked hard throughout the game.
– Coaches Brett Gatehouse, Phil Buck and Anthony Murphy can look no further than next Saturday’s must win match. Time for players to get back to basics, work harder, and use the ball efficiently, things which haven’t happened in the past two fixtures.
– Prahran Assumption kept their final four hopes alive with the win and are one of eight sides still in finals contention.
Scores – (Ones) –
Prahran Assumption 3-1 9-3 11-8 13-9-87
St. Marys Salesian 6-4 7-7 9-10 9-12-66
SMS – Goals – Manny Dolan 3, Ben Andrews, James Barrie, Mitch Bulte, Darcy Grant, Louie Holmes, James Sharp.
SMS – Best – Nick Bussell, Hamish Heath, Heath Chipperfield, James Sharp, Darcy Grant, Nathan Evans.
Prahran Assumption – Goals – Brent Chapman 3, Ryley Conlan 2, James Falcone 2, William Bourne, Riley Hogan, Mark McGill, Tim Maya, James Musster, Hamish Taylor.
Prahran Assumption – Best – Joel Hume, Ryley Conlan, Brett Dickinson, John Stocker, Luke Kerr, Beau Adams.
In other matches – UHS-VU 100 d. West Brunswick 41, Preston Bullants 108 d. Old Paradians 33, Therry Penola 88 d. Kew 65, Oakleigh 74 d. Peninsula 53.
Ones – Ladder after Round 9 – UHS-VU 28, Kew 28, Oakleigh 24, Preston Bullants 20, Therry Penola 20, Peninsula 16, St. Marys Salesian 16, Prahran Assumption 16, Old Paradians 8, West Brunswick 4.
Next Saturday – SMS vs. Old Paradians – at Garvey Oval, Parade College, Bundoora, commencing 2-00 pm.
TWOS – 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 Saints (fourth) were expected to beat Prahran Assumption (ninth) who always perform well against our Club. Due to injuries and unavailabilities SMS was a little undermanned, having to use a few of the Thirds boys to make up numbers. James Buck, Micheal Howard and Hayden Tilbrook were playing their first ‘Ressie’ games for the season, while an interesting inclusion was popular Ben Semmler-Farr (visiting from interstate).
The first quarter proved to be very even and provided a sample of what was to come for the rest of the match. The Saints managed three majors through Stef Gusts (2) and Adam Ong, while Prahran Assumption did likewise through Cruze Henshaw and Matt Noonan (2). Consequently, all square at first change.
The second term was a defensive struggle with close-checking play preventing either side from being able to run the ball in the open. As a result, scoring became difficult and each team added one six-pointer, the home team through Dan Ryan and PA responding through Henshaw (from a free). SMS led by a point at the long interval.
The scrap continued in the third stanza with defensive skills preventing any serious highlights. Again it was a goal apiece, James Buck for the Saints and Laurence Seaholme for the visitors. By orange-time, scores were again tied in a very low-scoring contest.
It must be said, the Two Blues had the best of the final term. With play opening-up, they were able to slot three goals by Matt Noonan (2) and Henshaw. D. Ryan replied for SMS, but with three minutes remaining the visitors held an 8 point advantage. In an exciting finish, Ong goaled for the home side (from a free) reducing the deficit to just 2 points. The Saints went forward again and Ben Semmler-Farr marked before handballing to Sid Jones (just outside 40 metres). However, PA was able to lay a tackle to stop any more progress, and held-on to record a deserved win.
From the Game:
– A bad loss for SMS, but full credit to the Prahran Assumption boys who put-in an excellent defensive effort over four quarters to come out on top.
– Nothing wrong with the endeavour of Saints players, Nick Ludwig (strong marking), Lewis Hawkins and Lachie Rath were excellent in defence, James Ellis was another to perform well, in what could only be described as a ‘scrap.’
– Despite the loss, the Saints hold onto fourth place, but coaches will aim to get them back on the winning list in the next round.
Scores (Twos) –
Prahran Assumption 3-0 4-3 5-6 8-8-56
St. Marys Salesian 3-0 4-4 5-6 8-6-54
SMS – Goals – Stefan Gusts 2, Adam Ong 2, Dan Ryan 2, James Buck, Sam Matheson.
SMS – Best – Lewis Hawkins, James Ellis, Lachie Rath, Nick Ludwig, Michael Flora, Kyle Duerden.
Prahran Assumption – Goals – Matt Noonan 4, Cruze Henshaw 3, Laurence Seaholme.
Prahran Assumption – Best – Blayne Dempsey, Tom Keaney, Rory Jones, John Panagiotaros, Cruze Henshaw, Michael Bremner.
In other matches – UHS-VU 102 d. West Brunswick 39, Old Paradians 61 d. Preston Bullants 49, Kew 110 d. Therry Penola 40, Oakleigh 65 d. Peninsula 61.
Twos – Ladder after Round 9 – Kew 36, UHS-VU 26, Peninsula 24, St. Marys Salesian 20, Therry Penola 16, West Brunswick 16, Oakleigh 12, Prahran Assumption 12, Old Paradians 10, Preston Bullants 8.
Next Saturday – SMS vs. Old Paradians, at Garvey Oval, Parade College, Bundoora, commencing 11-40 am.
THREES – The in-form St. Marys Salesian Thirds played a powerful third quarter to outclass Monash Blues by 44 points.
The Saints were up against ‘cellar dwellers’ Monash Blues and looking for a percentage boosting victory.
SMS kicked to the Pavilion end in the opening term but were surprised by Monash Blues who played some good footy to set-up several scoring opportunities. At quarter-time, both teams had scored four goals and the Blues held a 2 point advantage.
The Saints tightened-up in the second stanza and gradually asserted their supremacy adding three majors while holding the hard-working visitors to just one six-pointer. By half-time, the SMS lead was 12 points.
In the third quarter, the home team hit top form with all players contributing during a seven goal blitz. The backline was also in total control and by final change the Saints margin had ballooned-out to a comfortable 54 points.
Monash Blues fought the game out well and won the final term adding three majors and restricting their opponents to only one. However, by siren time, SMS had registered a fairly convincing win by 44 points.
From the Game:
– The Saints were a little slow to get going against a determined Monash Blues, but improved after the interval with a most impressive seven goal quarter.
– Ollie Baxter played a terrific game and booted four majors, Cam Feild got 3 and Ben Peschke 2, while other good players were Sean Murraylee, Ben Kelly and Hayden Tilbrook.
– Jack Byrnes’ boys take-on Old Paradians away next Saturday
Scores (Threes) –
St. Marys Salesian 4-1 7-3 14-6 15-10-100
Monash Blues 4-3 5-3 5-6 8- 8- 56
SMS – Goals – Ollie Baxter 4, Cam Feild 3, Ben Peschke 2, Harry Angley, Hugh Morton, Rowan Nickless, Dan Ryan, Ben Semmler-Farr, Hayden Tilbrook.
SMS – Best – Ollie Baxter, Sean Murraylee, Ben Kelly, Hayden Tilbrook, Ben Peschke, Ben Semmler-Farr.
Monash Blues – Goals – James Hertan 3, Alex Andreou, Andrew Hawes, Nathan Hawes, Nick Henderson, William Taylor.
Monash Blues – Best – Liam Dolbey, Hayden Devanny, Shane Chapman, Nick Henderson, Jacon Couroyannis, Henry Turnbull.
In other matches – UHS-VU 83 d. North Brunswick 27, Kew 90 d. Chadstone 68, Hampton Rovers 107 d. Old Paradians 74, Therry Penola 100 d. Glen Eira 48.
Threes – Ladder after Round 9 – Kew 36, St. Marys Salesian 28, Therry Penola 24, UHS-VU 24, Hampton Rovers 20, Chadstone 16, Old Paradians 16, North Brunswick 8, Glen Eira 4, Monash Blues 0.
Next Saturday – SMS vs. Old Paradians – at Garvey Oval, Parade College, Bundoora, please check starting time on SMS webpage.
WOMENS ONES – 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.
SMS needed to maintain winning form in its Sunday fixture with Melbourne University (eighth).
It proved to be an arm wrestle in the opening stanza with Melbourne university scoring two behinds and leading the Saints by one point at quarter-time. The home team continued to display good form in the second term and again won the quarter. However, with no goals on the board by the half-time interval, their lead was only 2 points.
Goalkicking was proving to be a problem for both sides and by final change MU had seen their advantage reduced to just a solitary point with SMS scoring the only behind of the quarter. Emily Roos was able to break the deadlock by slotting the only two majors of the contest for the visitors in the final term. This enabled the Saints to register a vital win over a much improved MU team, and in doing so maintain their place in the top four.
From the Game:
– Obviously no easy matches in Womens Premier Grade competition, SMS well served by Stephanie Lawrence, Megan Furphy, Natarsha Rappos and Sarah Yule.
– Fitzroy have been pushing their opponents to the limit in recent weeks, and coach Damian Sutherland will need to have his team in best form to stay in the winners circle this coming Saturday
Scores – (Womens Ones) –
St. Marys Salesian 0-1 0-4 0-5 2-5-17
Melbourne University 0-2 0-6 0-6 0-6- 6
SMS – Goals – Emily Roos 2.
SMS – Best – Stephanie Lawrence, Megan Furphy, Natarsha Rappos, Sarah Yule, Meg Boyd, Chloe Soderstrom.
Melbourne University – Goals – Nil.
Melbourne University – Best – Candice Adams, Nadia Moore, Asha Price, Marinella Salafia, Steph Comelli, Olivia Garlepp.
In other matches – West Brunswick 24 d. Fitzroy 17, Marcellin 38 d. Kew 22, St. Kevins 26 d. Old Trinity 10.
Womens Ones – Ladder after Round 9 – Old Trinity 28, West Brunswick 26, St. Marys Salesian 24, St. Kevins 24, Marcellin 20, Kew 18, Fitzroy 4, Melbourne University 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Womens (Ones) play Fitzroy – at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris, commencing 2-00 pm.
WOMENS TWOS – In a thriller, Melbourne University just shaded SMS Womens team (2) to achieve victory by 2 points.
The revitalised Saints had a big test in its Sunday curtain-raiser versus Melbourne University (second).
SMS enjoyed the best of the first term and kicked the only goal to lead by 8 points at first change. Melbourne University dominated the second stanza but were inaccurate in front of goal. They added five behinds to trail by 3 points at the interval.
The third quarter proved to be a fairly even contest but MU added two goals against the visitors one, and in doing so led by 3 points at three quarter-time. The Saints fought the game out extremely well and outscored their more fancied opponents by a behind in the last term. However, the necessary major could not be found allowing the home team to hang-on for a narrow 2 point win.
From the Game:
– A good performance from all players and SMS unlucky not to take the points. Ruby Edwards again the best, and Tessa Aston, Fiona Murphy and Diana Sercia amongst other good players.
– The aim for coach Simon Brownhill and his team now is to finish as high on the ladder as possible
Scores – (Womens Twos) –
Melbourne University 0-0 0-5 2-6 2-7-19
St. Marys Salesian (W2) 1-2 1-2 2-3 2-5-17
SMS – Goals – Madeleine Nunan, Kailey Wilson.
SMS – Best – Ruby Edwards, Tessa Ashton, Fiona Murphy, Diana Sercia, Madeleine Nunan, Claire Murray.
Melbourne University – Goals – Courtney Stack, Anna Traill.
Melbourne University – Best – Jessica Kay, Vanessa Antas, Jacqueline Roberts, Stephanie Perrott, Yve Clerehan-Tyndall, Genevieve Marcocci.
In other matches – Marcellin 14 d. Kew 6, West Brunswick 34 d. Fitzroy 17, St. Kevins 16 d. Old Trinity 15.
Womens Twos – Ladder after Round 9 – West Brunswick 32, Melbourne University 24, St. Kevins 24, Marcellin 20, St. Marys Salesian 12, Fitzroy 12, Kew 12, Old Trinity 8.
Next Saturday – SMS Womens (Twos) play Fitzroy – at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris, commencing 12-00 pm.