SAINTS BEAT MONDERS TO REACH ‘PREMIER C’ GRADE
In a physically hard Second Semi-Final played in difficult conditions, St. Marys Salesian outplayed Ormond to win by 15 points at Sportscover Arena, Elsternwick. Consequently, the Saints go directly into the Grand Final in a fortnight and will be promoted to VAFA ‘Premier C’ Grade next season. Ormond will play PEGS in the Preliminary Final next weekend. In the knock-out First Semi-Final, SMS Reserves produced a strong first-half to set-up victory over a determined Ivanhoe by 13 points. As a consequence, the Saints Reserves go into the Preliminary Final against PEGS next weekend.
Semi Final: Saturday September 2
St Mary’s Salesian 11. 16 (82) def Ormond 9. 13 (67)
Goals: D. Ryan 4, N. Alexopoulos 2, B. Andrews 2, T. Dudgeon, M. Dolan, J. Perriam
Best: B. Andrews, A. Bussell, J. Perriam, T. Dudgeon, J. Op”t Hoog, T. McGenniss-Destro
Ground: Sportscover Arena
Reserves: Semi Final
St Mary’s Salesian 10. 9 (69) def Ivanhoe 8. 8 (56)
Goals: N. Baxter 2, O. Baxter 2, R. Williams 2, J. Tanner, L. Hawkins, M. Bulte, J. Strangward
Best: J. Strangward, R. Williams, M. Op”t Hoog, W. Douglas, O. Baxter, L. Hawkins
Ground: Sportscover Arena
AROUND THE GROUND
Our Finals opponents were Ormond (Ones) and Ivanhoe (Twos) both matches fixtured at Sportscover Arena, Elsternwick on Saturday. Ormond Firsts are coached by Ash Lever and Ivanhoe Reserves by Leigh Cole and Ross Henshaw. Normally we have some Spring weather around finals time but it wasn’t to be on this occasion. An overcast and windy day meant it was a continuation of the wintry conditions experienced in recent weeks. There were three matches scheduled for Saturday – the Premier C Thirds Grand Final Williamstown CYMS and Caulfield Grammarians at 9-20 am – the Reserves First Semi-Final SMS and Ivanhoe at 11-50 am – and the Firsts Second Semi-Final SMS and Ormond at 2-10 pm.
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FIRSTS MATCH REPORT
In a physically hard Second Semi-Final played in difficult conditions, St. Marys Salesian outplayed Ormond to win by 15 points at Sportscover Arena, Elsternwick. Consequently, the Saints go directly into the Grand Final in a fortnight and will be promoted to VAFA ‘Premier C’ Grade next season. Ormond will play PEGS in the Preliminary Final next weekend.
Juan Perriam (game 50) and Ananth Pathirana were inclusions in the SMS team, which had won twice over Ormond in earlier fixtures. Manny Dolan was also playing (game 50).
Ordinary weather has prevailed for the footy in recent weeks and it was again absolutely abysmal for the matches at Elsternwick. An overcast day produced gusty and cool north-west winds during the afternoon making ball handling, marking, hitting targets, and goalkicking extremely difficult for players.
Ormond went to the Golf Course scoring end in the opening term but failed to use the five goal wind. SMS had the better of play for most of the quarter, Jack Elliston (ruck), Tim Dudgeon and Heath Chipperfield solid contributors in the midfield. Dan Ryan goaled into the wind, but the Saints failed to apply scoreboard pressure given the opportunities presented. The back six led by Cam Butler did a fine job, but Luke Duthie (2) and Blair Atkins were able to kick majors for the Monders who led by 13 points at first change.
The Saints began the second stanza well and booted 4 goals in the first 20 minutes, through Ben Andrews, D. Ryan (2) – the first from a free, the latter after marking an Andrews pass, and Juan Perriam – who can ‘barrel’ the ball a long way. However, a combination of reduced intensity and an apparent drop in the wind allowed Ormond to play some really good footy and add four goals – through Izzy Tahana (2), Ethan Hanley and Duthie – in just 8 minutes to open-up a 12 point advantage. SMS steadied and added important majors through Nick Alexopoulos – after an assist from ‘Chippa,’ and Tim Dudgeon to level the scores at half-time.
In the vital third term, with the wind again blowing strongly, the Saints played their best footy and were able to frustrate the Monders for the entire quarter. In a strong physical contest, ‘Chippa,’ Dudgeon, Andrews, Jos Op’t Hoog and Charlie Angley worked hard around the ground, Perriam marked and kicked long, while Alex Bussell and his co-defenders prevented Ormond from scoring a major. D. Ryan booted the sole goal for SMS, while Ormond could only manage six behinds at the scoring end, leaving them 3 points in arrears at three quarter-time.
In the final term, Tom McGenniss-Destro rucked tirelessly, ‘Chippa’ continued to be hard at the ball, while Elliston marked strongly at the back. The Saints added early six-pointers through Alexopoulos with a massive kick from outside 50, Manny Dolan and Ben Andrews – following an assist from Dolan. SMS was well in control, but missed several opportunities to goal and wrap up the game. J. Op’t Hoog had a big kick on target only to see a teammate touch it on the goal line, while Darcy Grant missed from point blank range. This enabled the Monders to slot two late goals – by Henry Simon and Tahana – and stay in touch. The Saints ran out the contest well and but for inaccurate kicking (3-8) would have won by more than 15 points.
From the game –
– A crosswind made goalkicking difficult at both ends on the large Elsternwick oval. It was virtually impossible to goal from distance on the Pavilion side at the Golf Course end. Many players tried only to see their kicks fade away to the right at the last moment. However, majors could be slotted from distance on the Outer side. Given the conditions it was an exceptionally good game between two committed teams.
– For SMS, Ben Andrews, Alex Bussell, Juan Perriam and Tim Dudgeon were amongst good players in a genuine team effort. Dan Ryan (4-0) and Manny Dolan (1-4) were both effective on a most difficult day for forwards.
– The win provides SMS with a week’s break before the Grand Final which will be much appreciated by coaches Erwin Leyden, Alan Martello and players following a tough scrap. Meantime, Ormond will meet PEGS in the Preliminary Final next weekend.
Scores (Ones) –
St. Marys Salesian 1-2 7-5 8-8 11-16-82
Ormond 3-3 7-5 7-11 9-13-67
SMS – Goals – Dan Ryan 4, Nick Alexopoulos 2, Ben Andrews 2, Manny Dolan, Tim Dudgeon, Juan Perriam.
SMS – Best – Ben Andrews, Nick Bussell, Juan Perriam, Tim Dudgeon, Jos Op’t Hoog, Tom McGenniss-Destro.
Ormond – Goals – Luke Duthie 3, Izzy Tahana 3, Blair Atkins, Ethan Hanley, Henry Simon.
Ormond – Best – Tom Buckley, Jeremy Simon, Hamish Ramsay, Henry Simon, Travis Hine, Izzy Tahana.
Next weekend – Preliminary Final – Ormond play PEGS – please see front page of this website for date, venue and starting time.
In Sunday’s elimination First Semi-Final, PEGS were far too accomplished for Oakleigh achieving a 73 point win.
Scores – (Ones) – First Semi-Final
PEGS 4-2 10-6 12-9 22-11-143
Oakleigh 3-3 7-5 10-9 10-10- 70
PEGS – Goals – Adrian Romanyk 9, Trent Skurrie 4, Hugh Schiavello 2, Robert Baddeley, Lain Genovisi, Brett Hannah, Cam Livori, Tylar Vujanic, Jed Watson, Jackson Young.
PEGS – Best – Adrian Romanyk, Robert Baddeley, Ryan Jones, Hugh Schiavello, Brett Hannah, James Lenhart.
Oakleigh – Goals – Not available at deadline.
Oakleigh – Best – Not available at deadline.
SECONDS MATCH REPORT
In the knock-out First Semi-Final, SMS Reserves produced a strong first-half to set-up victory over a determined Ivanhoe by 13 points. As a consequence, the Saints Reserves go into the Preliminary Final against PEGS next weekend.
Mitch Bulte, Will Douglas, Jack Ryan and Reuben Williams were inclusions in the SMS team, which had won the two previous encounters with Ivanhoe during the year.
Ivanhoe kicked with a five goal wind to the Golf Course end in the first stanza. However, SMS began well and outplayed their opponents for most of the term. Ben Semmler-Farr in the ruck, onballer Michael Howard, plus Jake Evans and Billy Anderson in defence were amongst good players as the Saints dominated possession. Conditions meant it wasn’t a great day to be a forward, but Ollie Baxter and Reuben Williams kicked invaluable majors into the wind. The Magpies scored one six-pointer from distance but trailed by 7 points at quarter-time.
The Saints produced an excellent second quarter with all players contributing. Jackson Strangward and Williams were good across the centre, Mitch Op’t Hoog a hard working midfielder, while Will Douglas and Kaine Reynolds strong at the back. The forwards made the most of their chances with accurate kicking, Josh Tanner, Mitch Bulte, Strangward (after a Semmler-Farr handball), Ned Baxter, and Lewis Hawkins (with a 55 metre ballburster while on the run) kicking truly. Ivanhoe rarely went inside 50 but snagged one goal to face a 31 point deficit at the long interval.
Having done all the hard work, SMS appeared to relax and drop their intensity after the break. This allowed the desperate Magpies to gain the ascendancy all over the ground. In an impressive fightback they booted 4-6 and held the Saints scoreless to trail by a solitary point at orange-time.
Worse was to come, when Ivanhoe kicked a goal into the wind early in the final term to lead for the first time. Fortunately, SMS was able to lift a cog and regain control with solid contributions from big players Semmler-Farr and James ‘Baz’ Barrie who led the way. Goals from Williams (with a little help from ‘Baz’ and O. Baxter), Ollie Baxter (with a handball assist from brother Ned) and Ned Baxter (after a mark) restored the Saints advantage on the scoreboard. Although inaccurate in the tricky wind (3-7) SMS only allowed the Magpies one more six-pointer and eventually ran out comfortable 13 point winners.
From the game –
– Ben Semmler-Farr and James Barrie rucked well and were effective around the ground for SMS. Jackson Strangward, Reuben Williams, Mitch Op’t Hoog and Will Douglas were amongst others to enjoy good games..
– Coach Ant Murphy would be pleased with the win but disappointed in the third quarter fadeout. To beat PEGS in the Preliminary Final next weekend a full four quarter performance will be required from all players
Scores (Twos) –
St. Marys Salesian 2-1 7-2 7-2 10-9-69
Ivanhoe 1-0 2-1 6-7 8-8-56
SMS – Goals – Ned Baxter 2, Ollie Baxter 2, Reuben Williams 2, Mitch Bulte, Lewis Hawkins, Jackson Strangward, Josh Tanner.
SMS – Best – Jackson Strangward, Reuben Williams, Mitch Op’t Hoog, Will Douglas, Ollie Baxter, Lewis Hawkins.
Ivanhoe – Goals – David Ioannou 2, Billy Zagontinos 2, Stefan Bettiol, Lewis Minney, Zac Mowat, James Pittitto.
Ivanhoe – Best – Mitchell Rees, Julian Mancuso, Stefan Bettiol, Karl Kaldawi, Varun Naidu, Patrick Lagreca.
Next weekend – Preliminary Final – PEGS play SMS – please see front page of this website for date, venue and starting time.
In Sunday’s Second Semi-Final, undefeated Ormond Reserves proved too good for PEGS Reserves winning by 41 points.
Scores – (Twos) – Second Semi-Final –
Ormond 1-4 2-7 5-8 9-10-64
PEGS 0-3 2-3 2-3 3- 5-23
Ormond – Goals – Matthew Oaten 3, Robert Chisholm 2, Adam Schwarz 2, Nick Houghton, Sam Barnes.
Ormond – Best – Sam Barnes, Tom Stach, Jesse Selby-Hele, Damien Casey, Robert Chisholm, Adam Schwarz.
PEGS – Goals – Liam Fitzgerald, David Forrest, Jackson Marr.
PEGS – Best – Jackson Marr, Brad Roscoe, Chris Caminiti, Tom Memery, Brent Glassford, Ben Caminiti.
In the very early game, Williamstown CYMS defeated Caulfield Grammarians by 14 points to win the VAFA Premier C Thirds premiership at Sportscover Arena, Elsternwick
Scores – (Thirds) – Grand Final –
Williamstown CYMS 1-1 4-4 5-4 7- 7-49
Caulfield Grammarians 0-2 1-5 4-8 4-11-35
Williamstown CYMS – Goals – Beau Coyle 2, James Farley 2.
Williamstown CYMS – Best – Steven Puhar, Luke Molan, James Farley.
Caulfield Grammarians – Goals – All singles.
Caulfield Grammarians – Best – Nick Karoly, Sam Wood, Matthew Linklater.