BOMBERS SECOND HALF BEATS SAINTS IN GRAND FINAL
In a game of two halves, PEGS physical strength enabled them to recover from a bad start and beat St. Marys Salesian by 13 points in the VAFA Division 1 Grand Final at Box Hill City Oval. The Saints lost only four games during the season but three of the losses were to PEGS. Although a disappointing result for St. Marys Salesian, both teams will be promoted to VAFA Premier ‘C’ Grade next season. Ormond Reserves proved far too talented for a determined St. Marys Salesian Reserves winning by 52 points in the VAFA Division 1 Twos Grand Final. The Monders Reserves went through the season undefeated and were a class above all other teams.
Finals Week Three
Grand Final: Saturday September 16
St Mary’s Salesian 14. 7 (91) def by PEGS 15. 14 (104)
Goals: L. Dykes 4, M. Dolan 4, D. Ryan 2, S. Jones, C. Angley, D. Grant, B. Andrews
Best: T. Dudgeon, J. Perriam, C. Angley, J. Elliston, J. Kenyon, L. Dykes
Ground: Box Hill City Oval
Reserves: Grand Final
St Mary’s Salesian 6. 3 (39) def by Ormond 13. 13 (91)
Goals: N. Baxter 2, R. Williams, K. Reynolds, J. Strangward, X. Leonard
Best: J. Evans, M. Howard, A. Pathirana, N. Baxter, B. Semmler-Farr, J. Strangward
Ground: Box Hill City Oval
AROUND THE GROUND
Our Grand Final opponents were Penleigh and Essendon Grammar School (PEGS) – Ones – and Ormond – Twos – both matches played at Box Hill City Oval, Box Hill on Saturday. PEGS Firsts are coached by Dane Pound and Ormond Reserves by Andrew Kahofer. The weather was a concern with heavy rain falling on Friday and overnight (41 mm – or 1.5 inches on the old scale). However, the Sun was shining from 10-00 am on Saturday morning, and while the ground was heavy for the early games, it was in excellent condition by the time the main game commenced, but still a particularly cold day. Box Hill City Oval is the home of VFL club Box Hill Hawks and is an extremely long and wide playing arena. The off-field facilities are excellent for players, officials and spectators alike.
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ONES MATCH REPORT
In a game of two halves, PEGS physical strength enabled them to recover from a bad start and beat St. Marys Salesian by 13 points in the VAFA Division 1 Grand Final at Box Hill City Oval. The Saints lost only four games during the season but three of the losses were to PEGS. Although a disappointing result for St. Marys Salesian both teams will be promoted to VAFA Premier C Grade next season.
Luke Dykes was the only inclusion in the Saints team, which had lost to PEGS by 18 points in Round 6 at Keilor Park, and by 7 points in Round 18 at Glen Iris.
SMS went to the Davey Street end favoured by a 3 – 4 goal wind in the first quarter and were quick out of the blocks. Jack Elliston (ruck) and the midfielders led by Tim Dudgeon and Heath Chipperfield were on top driving the ball forward. Many chances were created for the forwards and Dan Ryan marked for an early goal. Luke Dykes was in sensational form and deadly around the big-sticks slotting the next three majors – one from a snap, another from a mark and the third from distance. The Saints defence and centreline was able to repel occasional PEGS forward thrusts using teamwork and good skills to run the ball out of danger. Late in the term, Manny Dolan kicked truly after taking a mark. Dykes then added his fourth, before Charlie Angley and Darcy Grant did the same. At quarter-time, SMS had played superb footy to lead by 49 points.
In the second stanza, the Bombers had the scoring end and were expected to hit back hard. However, the Saints defence and midfielders were able to limit their opportunities and maintain control. PEGS goaled through Trent Skurrie, Hugh Schiavello and Tom Black, but SMS replied through Ryan – after Dolan took a fine mark and provided an assist. Sid Jones and Dolan then kicked six-pointers to square the ledger. Late in the term, the Bombers broke through for two goals by Black and Skurrie but still faced a deficit of 35 points at half-time.
After the interval, PEGS came out ‘fired-up’ from the opening bounce. Robert Baddeley in the ruck and his fellow onballers began to win the ball out of the centre. Despite kicking into the wind, the Bombers were able to dominate possession and slot two early majors through Skurrie and Adrian Romanyk. All of a sudden the entire team was able to lift its intensity and SMS was unable to match them. Jarryd Rogers kicked another six-pointer, before Romanyk lent back on his opponent to win a fortunate free and do likewise. Ben Andrews booted a much-needed long goal for the Saints against the run of play. However, PEGS continued to attack and it was goal for goal – Damien Cerantonio, Jackson Young and Mark Wilson for the Bombers – Dolan (2) both from marks for the Saints. By orange time, the SMS lead had been reduced to just 11 points.
In the final term, PEGS came home with the wind and scored the opening major through Young. The Saints were defending grimly, but had lost their earlier run completely. Every time they kicked the ball forward the Bombers would outmark them and go back into attack. The SMS back six did a sterling job, Jake Kenyon in particular, and it took PEGS six behinds and 17 minutes to hit the front by a point. Schiavello then goaled to increase the advantage to 7 points after 22 minutes. The Saints refused to give-in and Andrews managed a behind from long range. In the closing stages, Dolan had a long set shot at the big-sticks from 50 metres which fell short, before Elliston handballed to C. Angley at right half forward only to see his kick go out on the full. The Bombers Brad Jones then kicked truly to sew up a 13 point comeback win.
From the game –
– Congratulations to PEGS Coach Dane Pound and his players on a fine come from behind victory to win the premiership. They are an experienced team who play a very physical and skilful brand of football – and seem to save their best for games against our Club. Robert Baddeley was awarded the VAFA Best on Ground medal.
– SMS Coaches Erwin Leyden, Alan Martello and their team were heartbroken with the loss after playing so well in the first-half. The boys only lost four games during the year, but three of those losses were to the Bombers. The Club will review what went wrong in the second half but one must remember we have a very inexperienced team of young players who have done us proud this season.
– Overall, 38 players were used – Heath Chipperfield led the side well, and the youthful playing group provided us with some great highlights throughout the year. Manny Dolan kicked 77 goals and was a fine team player, Dan Ryan kicked 50 goals after being promoted from the Reserves where he kicked 34 majors. Tim Dudgeon was a super onballer, and Jack Elliston showed terrific improvement in the ruck and around the ground. Darcy Grant and Jos Op’t Hoog were others to enjoy good seasons.
– A special mention to Nick Bussell (who broke his collarbone in Round 18) and missed the finals. It should be remembered that several players became unavailable later in the season – Jack Blackburn (transferred to Canberra in his job), Jay Canterbury (due to concussion), plus James Curwood and Louis Holmes (overseas). The loss of these guys reduced the team’s ‘grunt’ and marking power, something that will be required in Premier ‘C’ Grade in 2018.
Scores (Ones) –
PEGS 0-1 5-5 12-7 15-14-104
St. Marys Salesian 8-2 11-4 14-6 14- 7- 91
SMS – Goals – Manny Dolan 4, Luke Dykes 4, Dan Ryan 2, Ben Andrews, Charlie Angley, Darcy Grant, Sid Jones.
SMS – Best – Tim Dudgeon, Juan Perriam, Charlie Angley, Jack Elliston, Jake Kenyon, Luke Dykes.
PEGS – Goals – Trent Skurrie 3, Tom Black 2, Adrian Romanyk 2, Hugh Schiavello 2, Jackson Young 2, Damien Cerantonio, Brad Jones, Jarryd Rogers, Mark Wilson.
PEGS – Best – Robert Baddeley, Daniel Ryan, Andrew Khallouf, Brad Jones, Brett Hannah, Scott Whillas.
TWOS MATCH REPORT
Ormond Reserves proved far too talented for a determined St. Marys Salesian Reserves winning by 52 points in the VAFA Division 1 Twos Grand Final. The Monders Reserves went through the season undefeated and were a class above all other teams.
SMS had an unchanged side from the previous week. In the two earlier encounters, Ormond had beaten the Saints by 73 points in Round 3 at Glen Iris, and by 135 points in Round 12 at Ormond.
In the opening term, Ormond kicked to the Davey Street end favoured by a 3 – 4 goal wind. The Saints were well in the contest early with Ben Semmler-Farr (in the ruck) and the onballers winning their share of the ball. The back six were also on the job clearing Monders forays forward when required to do so. It was a good defensive effort restricting the Monders to just two goals. At the other end, Ned Baxter was able to win a free and goal with a 50 metre set shot from the sheltered side of the ground at right half-forward. At quarter-time, the Saints had done well and trailed by only 8 points.
In the second stanza, the Saints had use of the wind and played exceptionally well for the opening 15 minutes. Michael Howard and Ananth Pathirana were prominent in the midfield, while Jackson Strangward was in good touch and snapped a six-pointer. Josh Tanner almost managed another but it was touched on the line. Gradually Ormond gained the ascendancy and took control. They were able to slot three valuable majors later in the quarter with the dangerous Matthew Robbins booting his second. By the long interval, the Monders had extended their margin to 22 points.
In the third term, Ormond played their best footy. Jake Evans and Nick Ludwig worked hard at the back as did their co-defenders, but the Monders added (5-6) – with Ben Hardwick, Matthew Oaten and Robert Chisholm amongst the goals – to open up a clear break. In response, Ned Baxter (from a mark) and Reuben Williams slotted majors but by the final change the Saints trailed badly by 46 points.
In the last quarter, SMS fought the game out extremely well. It took 16 minutes for Ormond to kick their first major from Robbins, a testimony to the Saints hard work ethic. M. Oaten then added his third and Robbins his fourth to put the result beyond doubt. SMS scored consolation goals through Kaine Reynolds (from a clever left-foot snap) and Xavier Leonard, well deserved for the effort put in. The Monders ran out comfortable 52 point victors to cap off a terrific season.
From the game –
– Congratulations to Ormond Coach Andrew Kahofer and his players who went through the entire season undefeated. They have an older, bigger, stronger and more experienced team than most other clubs – including some very talented veterans – and play a solid and skilful style of football.
– Saints Coach Ant Murphy and his side can feel well pleased with their efforts during the season and in the Grand Final. The highlight was the terrific win over PEGS in the Preliminary Final.
– Only seven players remained from the Saints 2016 Reserves premiership team – namely, James Barrie, Jake Evans, Michael Howard, Xavier Leonard, Nick Ludwig, Mitch Op’t Hoog and Jack Ryan. Eight others became regular members of the SMS Firsts side. So it was a new look Twos team in 2017.
– Overall, 54 players were used, and much new talent was unearthed – Ben Semmler-Farr worked hard as Captain, while experienced Josh Tanner was a big help to younger players. Dan Ryan kicked 34 goals before being promoted to the Ones, then Ned Baxter grabbed his opportunity and kicked 35 goals. Michael Howard, Mitch Bulte and Reuben Williams were amongst many others to impress.
Scores (Twos) –
Ormond 2-3 5-6 10-12 13-13-91
St. Marys Salesian 1-1 2-2 4- 2 6- 3- 39
SMS – Goals – Ned Baxter 2, Xavier Leonard, Kaine Reynolds, Jackson Strangward, Reuben Williams.
SMS – Best – Jake Evans, Michael Howard, Ananth Pathirana, Ned Baxter, Ben Semmler-Farr, Jackson Strangward.
Ormond – Goals – Matthew Robbins 4, Matthew Oaten 3, Ben Hardwick 2, Adam Schwarz 2, Robert Chisholm, Nick Oaten.
Ormond – Best – Damien Casey, Robert Chisholm, Luke Saunders, Stewart McCooke, Lloyd Anrep, Adam Schwarz.