BOMBERS TOO STEADY FOR SAINTS
In an even contest, PEGS gained an early break, and held on to overcome a fast finishing St. Marys Salesian by 12 points at PEGS Sports Fields, Keilor Park. PEGS Reserves provided a solid four quarter performance to easily outplay SMS Reserves by 54 points. Mazenod Thirds played a dominant second quarter to open-up a break and beat St. Marys Salesian Thirds by 24 points at Central Reserve Oval 2, Glen Waverley.
Round 1: Saturday April 7
St Mary’s Salesian 13. 9 (87) def by PEGS 14. 15 (99)
Goals: L. Holmes 5, M. Dolan 3, B. Borland 2, M. Bulte, C. Angley, B. Andrews
Best: D. Hicks, L. Holmes, J. Strangward, J. Sharp, B. Andrews, K. Duerden
Ground: PEGS Sporting Field
St Mary’s Salesian 4. 7 (31) def by PEGS 12. 13 (85)
Goals: J. Tanner, N. Baxter, M. Op’t Hoog, J. Ryan
Best: S. Haughton, A. Morris, J. Ryan, X. Leonard, M. Op’t Hoog
Ground: PEGS Sporting Field
St Mary’s Salesian 9. 8 (62) def by Mazenod 13. 8 (86)
Goals: E. Macdonald 3, C. Downes 2, N. Edwards, B. Duncan, M. Leung, M. Hirschberg
Best: M. Leung, M. Flora, E. Macdonald, J. Kidman, R. Nickless, J. Evans
Ground: Central Reserve
Women’s Premier B Seniors
St Mary’s Salesian 4. 5 (29) def by Old Camberwell 5. 4 (34)
Goals: N. Rappos, R. Gill, E. Roos, E. Stanley
Best: R. Gill, R. Svarc, A. Tickle, A. Angley, A. Thorbecke, N. Rappos
Ground: Ferndale Park
Women’s Premier B Reserves
St Mary’s Salesian 19. 11 (125) def Old Camberwell 0. 2 (2)
Goals: A. Kerr 7, A. Bush 3, P. Heath 3, E. Obradov, O. Giblin , N. Hastie, E. Tivendale, C. Murray, A. Schifferle
Best: A. Kerr, A. Schifferle, E. Tivendale, A. Bush, A. Nunan, P. Heath
Ground: Ferndale Park
AROUND THE GROUND
Footy is back again. After much hard work by administrators and players during the summer months, the Club announced player selections at Thursday evening ‘Dinner’ after training. A mixed grill of chicken, chicken burgers, rissoles, sausages and salad was provided by our regular B-B-Q staff assisted by 6-8 ladies (including Danielle, Jill, Carmel and Donna) for an amazing attendance of 165 people at the Ferndale Park Glen Iris Clubrooms. The gathering included the men and women players (the women having trained earlier at Burwood), officials and supporters. A very enjoyable night for all concerned to “kick-off” the season.
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FIRSTS MATCH REPORT
In an even contest, PEGS gained an early break, and held on to overcome a fast finishing St. Marys Salesian by 12 points at PEGS Sports Fields, Keilor Park.
Saints coaches (Erwin Leyden) and (Anthony Murphy) plus captain (Heath Chipperfield) had nine changes from last year’s Grand Final team, including newcomers, Dane Hicks, James, Hunt, James Sharp, and the return of Brett Borland and Louie Holmes. The Bombers unfurled their premiership flag before the match commenced.
In excellent conditions at ‘The Runway,’ the Saints were favoured by a light breeze to the northern or Melbourne Airport end, but scoring was possible at both ends. PEGS are a high quality football team and opened particularly well with 3-2 before SMS had scored. The visitors eventually began to settle and were able to reply with six-pointers by Mitch Bulte and Manny Dolan. However, Adrian Romanyk added his third goal for the Bombers and by quarter-time their margin was 14 points.
After an early PEGS major, the Saints played particularly well for the next 20 minutes of the second stanza. Goals by Louie Holmes, Dolan and Brett Borland allowed the visitors to close the gap to just 2 points. The Bombers were then able to lift their intensity, take control at the centre bounce, and add four six-pointers in just 5 minutes through Tom Mendico, Romanyk, Harry Wade and Jackson Young – against the run of play – and by the long interval held a 29 point advantage.
PEGS stayed outdoors during the break relaxing in the sunshine something not often seen. However, they were outplayed by SMS in the third quarter with new ruckman Dane Hicks, Jackson Strangward, James Sharp and Ben Andrews all working hard and Kyle Duerden prominent in defence. Goals were added by Charlie Angley, Ben Andrews (with the right foot), Holmes, Borland (with a checkside kick) and Dolan. At the other end, quality Bomber forward Romanyk slotted a further two majors and they held an 11 point lead at orange-time.
The final term produced a very even arm-wrestle with not a lot between the teams. The Saints had as much of the ball as PEGS and probably finished the better. Holmes used physical strength to win the ball and boot three goals and was unlucky not to be paid another mark within kicking distance. The Bombers were able to find a major when necessary to maintain an 11 point lead at all times and proved a little too steady. By siren time it was PEGS by 12 points in yet another epic encounter between the two rivals.
From the game –
– For SMS, Louie Holmes (5-2), Manny Dolan – who often had to contend with two defenders – (3-0) and Brett Borland (2-1) were effective forwards, Dane Hicks was good in the ruck, Ben Andrews excelled onball, while Mitch Bulte did some good work at times.
– PEGS forward Adrian Romanyk was an excellent focal-point and played extremely well, as did Hugh Schiavello.
– SMS coaches Erwin Leyden and Anthony Murphy had a number of new players in their team and the guys will only get better the more they play together.
Next Saturday it’s Old Geelong at Ferndale.
Scores (Ones) –
PEGS 4-4 9-9 11-12 14-15-99
St. Marys Salesian 2-2 5-4 10- 7 13- 9-87
SMS – Goals – Louie Holmes 5, Manny Dolan 3, Brett Borland 2, Ben Andrews, Charlie Angley, Mitch Bulte.
SMS – Best – Dane Hicks, Louie Holmes, Jackson Strangward, James Sharp, Ben Andrews, Kyle Duerden.
PEGS – Goals – Adrian Romanyk 8, Jackson Young 2, Tom Black, Tom Mendico, Harry Wade, Mark Wilson.
PEGS – Best – Robert Baddeley, Max Philpott, Adrian Romanyk, Harry Wade, Tom McConville, Lain Genovesi.
In other matches, Fitzroy 95 d. Old Mentonians 55, Old Geelong 93 d. Marcellin 70, Williamstown CYMS 163 d. Old Camberwell 56, Old Ivanhoe 111 d. Peninsula 75.
Ones – Ladder after Round 1 – Williamstown CYMS 4, Fitzroy 4, Old Ivanhoe 4, Old Geelong 4, PEGS 4, St. Marys Salesian 0, Marcellin 0, Peninsula 0, Old Mentonians 0, Old Camberwell 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Firsts play Old Geelong at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 2-00 pm.
SECONDS MATCH REPORT
PEGS Reserves provided a solid four quarter performance to easily outplay SMS Reserves by 54 points.
In the absence of new Saints coach (Scott Gatehouse) dealing with a personal issue, Nick Baum and Josh Tanner took charge of the team, and Ben Semmler-Farr is again captain. New players were Scott Haughton and Sam Le Febvre, while Stef Gusts and Andrew Morris were back in action.
PEGS and SMS Reserves have had some great encounters in recent years, but the Bombers are always difficult to beat on their home ground – ‘The Runway’ – which they play exceptionally well.
In ideal conditions, the Saints kicked to the northern or Melbourne Airport end in the opening stanza and it was a fairly even start. Both midfields had their share of the ball, with Tom Saggio bagging two goals for PEGS and Josh Tanner one for SMS.
The Saints continued to play well for the first 15 minutes of the second term but were unable to make any impression on the scoreboard. In the latter stages of the quarter, the Bombers began to take control and play some skilful footy. They added four majors with centre half forward Saggio booting another two six-pointers during the quarter. By half-time PEGS held a 27 point advantage.
SMS was unable to get back into the game after the break and allowed the Bombers to slot 3-5, while only managing a behind themselves. It was a most disappointing display by the visitors and enabled PEGS to increase their lead to 49 points by three quarter-time.
Thankfully, the Saints showed some fight in the final term with both teams managing three majors. Nick Alexopoulos, Ned Baxter and a fine running goal from Mitch Op’t Hoog (in game 150) provided some badly needed highlights in an otherwise lack-lustre performance. By siren time it was the Bombers by 54 points.
Scores (Twos) –
PEGS 2-0 6-2 9-7 12-13-85
St. Marys Salesian 1-2 1-5 1-6 4- 7- 31
SMS – Goals – Nick Alexopoulos, Ned Baxter, Mitch Op’t Hoog, Josh Tanner.
SMS – Best – Scott Haughton, Andrew Morris, Jack Ryan, Xavier Leonard, Mitch Op’t Hoog
PEGS – Goals – Tom Saggio 5, Aidan O’Rafferty 2, Ryan Andrews, Nick Boyle, Jordan Erougian, Brayden Hill, Luke Montgomery.
PEGS – Best – Tom Saggio, Aaron Bell, Aidan O’Rafferty, Kane Horwood, Brent Glassford, Daniel Roscoe.
In other matches, Fitzroy 189 d. Old Mentonians 6, Old Geelong 49 d. Marcellin 46, Williamstown CYMS 75 d. Old Camberwell 43, Old Ivanhoe 101 d. Peninsula 32.
Twos – Ladder after Round 1 – Fitzroy 4, Old Ivanhoe 4, PEGS 4, Williamstown CYMS 4, Old Geelong 4, Marcellin 0, Old Camberwell 0, St.Marys Salesian 0, Peninsula 0, Old Mentonians 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Reserves play Old Geelong at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 11-40 am.
THIRDS MATCH REPORT
Mazenod Thirds played a dominant second quarter to open-up a break and beat St. Marys Salesian Thirds by 24 points at Central Reserve Oval 2, Glen Waverley.
Hopes were high for a good start to the season with a new Saints coach (Jackson Byrnes), co-captains (Harry Meiselbach and Rowan Nickless) and nine new players in the team.
After an even first term, Mazenod dominated the second quarter adding five goals to open-up a 32 point lead by half-time. To our boys credit SMS fought back well after the interval, and outscored their opponents in the second half, eventually going down by 24 points.
From the game –
– Malcolm Leung, Michael Flora, Euan MacDonald (3 goals) and newcomer Jake Kidman were amongst the Saints best players in an even team effort.
– The side acquitted itself well and should improve as the guys get used to playing together.
Next fixture is Old Carey at Ferndale (an early start).
Scores (Threes) –
Mazenod 2-1 7-5 9-6 13-8-86
St. Marys Salesian 2-2 2-3 5-7 9-8-62
SMS – Goals – Euan MacDonald 3, Chris Downes 2, Billy Duncan, Nick Edwards, Malcolm Leung, Matthew Hirschberg.
SMS – Best – Malcolm Leung, Michael Flora, Euan MacDonald, Jake Kidman, Rowan Nickless, Jake Evans.
Mazenod – Goals – Francis Reed 4, Stefan Davis 3, Paul Iacovangelo 3, Ryan Kaye 2, Damien Macleod.
Mazenod – Best – Travis O’Hara, Ryan Kaye, Francis Reed, Steven Mann, Phillip Gilbert, Paul Iacovangelo.
In other matches, PEGS 97 d. Marcellin 29, St. Bedes/Mentone 101 d. Old Geelong 97, Old Camberwell d. Old Ivanhoe, Old Carey bye.
Threes – Ladder after Round 1 – PEGS 4, Mazenod 4, St. Bedes/Mentone 4, Old Camberwell 4, Old Carey 4, Old Geelong 0, St. Marys Salesian 0, Marcellin 0, Old Ivanhoe.
Next Saturday – SMS Thirds play Old Carey at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 9-20 am.
WOMEN’S SENIORS MATCH REPORT
Old Camberwell played an excellent first-half and withstood a strong fightback by St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) to win by 5 points in a close finish at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris.
In near perfect conditions, SMS Coach (Damian Sutherland) and captain (Rachel Gill) were confident their quality team would do well in the season opener on the Saints home ground.
However, Old Camberwell had other ideas, came to play, and were able to jump the home team in the first term, and increase the lead in the second stanza, with Louise Anderson dangerous around the big sticks. SMS had by far the better of their opponents in the second half, but left their run too late and suffered a disappointing 5 point defeat.
From the game –
• Rachel Gill, Ruby Svarc, Avalon Tickle and Alice Angley were good players for the Saints, but the lack of a multiple goalkicker proved costly, the home side only slotting four majors.
• A wake-up call, obviously good starts will be essential to help get the team back on the winner’s list in the games ahead.
Next match against Old Geelong on a much bigger ground (away).
Scores – (Womens Ones) –
Old Camberwell 3-1 5-2 5-3 5-4-34
St. Marys Salesian (W1) 1-2 1-3 3-3 4-5-29
SMS – Goals – Rachel Gill, Tash Rappos, Emily Roos, Eliza Stanley.
SMS – Best – Rachel Gill, Ruby Svarc, Avalon Tickle, Alice Angley, Annemieke Thorbecke, Tash Rappos.
Old Camberwell – Goals – Louise Anderson 3, Isabella Burke, Rhiannon Green.
Old Camberwell – Best – Louise Anderson, Deanna Booth, Amelia Robison, Rhiannon Green, Eloise Defina, Stephanie Defina.
In other matches, West Brunswick 65 d. Mazenod 30, Collegians 27 d. Brunswick Renegades 16, Monash Blues 28 d. Old Geelong 17.
Womens Ones – Ladder after Round 1 – West Brunswick 4, Collegians 4, Monash Blues 4, Old Camberwell 4, St. Marys Salesian 0, Old Geelong 0, Brunswick Renegades 0, Mazenod 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Womens (Ones) play Old Geelong at Como Park, Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra – match commences at 2-00 pm.
WOMEN’S RESERVES MATCH REPORT
SMS Womens team (2) had its best win to date with a comfortable victory over Old Camberwell (2) by 123 points.
Coach (Simon Brownhill) and captain (Eliza Tivendale) led their Saints team including several first gamers in the opening fixture.
It became clear early that SMS was far superior to their Old Camberwell opponents and would score heavily throughout the game. A lead of 54 points was established by the half-time break, and this was followed by a most impressive eight goal third term. The Saints ran out easy winners with Old Camberwell managing just 2 points.
From the game –
• Amy Kerr (7 goals) played an outstanding game, and the Saints were also well served by Alicia Schifferle, Eliza Tivendale and Aymee Bush, with all players making solid contributions.
• A most encouraging beginning, but tougher contests likely in the coming weeks.
Next challenge is Old Geelong (away).
Scores – (Womens Ones) –
St. Marys Salesian (W2) 4-3 8-6 16-9 19-11-125
Old Camberwell 0-0 0-0 0-0 0- 2- 2
SMS – Goals – Amy Kerr 7, Aymee Bush 3, Penny Heath 3, Olivia Giblin, Natasha Hastie, Claire Murray, Elly Obradov, Alicia Schifferle, Eliza Tivendale.
SMS – Best – Amy Kerr, Alicia Schifferle, Eliza Tivendale, Aymee Bush, Alice Nunan, Penny Heath.
Old Camberwell – Goals – Nil.
Old Camberwell – Best – Eva Fisher, Edith Kaehne, Greta Kaehne, Savannah Dunwell, Laura Chesney, Madeline Richards.
In other matches, West Brunswick 145 d. Mazenod 2, Brunswick Renegades 55 d. Collegians 22, Old Geelong 117 d. Monash Blues 0.
Womens Twos – Ladder after Round 1 – Old Geelong 4, St. Marys Salesian 4, West Brunswick 4, Brunswick Renegades 4, Collegians 0, Mazenod 0, Old Camberwell 0, Monash Blues 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Womens (Twos) play Old Geelong at Como Park, Alexandra Avenue, South Yarra – match commences at 12-00 pm.
WOMENS INTRA-CLUB – A successful Intra-Club match was played between two SMS Womens teams (the Simon Brownhill squad) and the (Luke Brownhill squad) at 10-00 am on Saturday morning.