Our Women’s Reserves celebrate a semi-final win over Brunswick Renegades at Ferndale Park on Saturday
Women’s Premier B Semi-Final: Sunday August 5
St Mary’s Salesian 0.1 – 0.4 – 0.6 – 0.8 (8)
West Brunswick 0.0 – 2.1 – 2.1 – 2.1 (13)
Best: Rachel Gill, Tash Rappos, Ruby Svarc, Sasha Byrnes, Chloe Soderstrom, Emily Roos
Ground: McAlister Oval
Our women’s seniors suffered an excruciating 5 point loss to West Brunswick in Sunday’s semi-final at McAlister Oval in Parkville. The blustery conditions made scoring difficult for both sides, with the only two goals kicked for the match coming from West Brunswick in the second term. The Saints dominated possession for a large part of the match but failed to capitalise on the scoreboard – we held West Brunswick scoreless for three quarters but were unable to find that elusive goal to kick-start our game. Our skipper Rachel Gill played her typical game, extracting the ball from stoppages and sending the team forward, Tash Rappos and Ruby Svarc found plenty of the ball, breaking the lines and driving forward, Chloe Soderstrom worked tirelessly on the outer wing while Sasha Byrnes and Emily Roos stood up in the last line of defence.
West Brunswick now progress to the Grand Final, and we will be playing Monash Blues in a Preliminary Final next Sunday, 2pm at Elsternwick Park.
Women’s Premier B Reserves Elimination Final: Saturday August 4
St Mary’s Salesian 2.2 – 3.2 – 5.2 – 5.3 (33)
Brunswick Renegades 0.0 – 0.3 – 0.4 – 0.4
Goals: Viv Ellis, Maddie Nunan, Elly Obradov, Natasha Hastie, Steph Binks
Best: Viv Ellis, Alice Nunan, Sarah Duldig, Dee Sercia, Tempany Wightman, Meg Boyd
Ground: McAlister Oval
Our women’s reserves recorded a well-earned 29 point win over Brunswick Renegades in Saturday’s elimination final in front of a large and festive crowd at Ferndale Park. The Saints led all day and were in control of the game for all four quarters. We started the game strongly with two goals in the first quarter, from Viv Ellis and Maddie Nunan, added one more in the third quarter from Elly Obradov after some smart play from Aymee Bush, and two more in the third quarter from Natasha Hastie and Steph Binks. Viv Ellis was a dominant on-baller all day, Alice Nunan, Sarah Duldig and Dee Sercia constantly ran the ball out of the backline and Tempany Wightman gave our onballers first use of the ball from stoppages. Meg Boyd, playing her last game for the season before heading overseas, provided a touch of class out of the centre. All in all a wonderful win for the reserves in their first final as a team.
We now progress to a Preliminary Final against Old Geelong next Sunday, 12 noon at Elsternwick Park – the winner will go on to meet West Brunswick in the Grand Final.
Premier C Thirds Round 16: Saturday August 4
St Mary’s Salesian 1.3 – 4.3 – 5.6 – 7.8 (50)
Old Geelong 2.2 – 4.4 – 7.9 – 11.13 (79)
Goals: Dan Ryan 5, Jeremy Newton 2
Best: Hugh Brooks, Jake Evans, Blair Reynolds, Dan Ryan, Jon Yodgee, Jeremy Newton
Ground: Como Park
Our men’s thirds finished their season with a 29 point loss to Old Geelong at Como Park on Saturday. Dan Ryan continued his flying form booting another 5 goals for the 3’s, while Jeremy Newton chipped in with two goals. Scores were even at halftime, but Geelong were able to flex their muscles kicking 7 goals to 3 in the second half. The thirds recorded 4 wins and a draw for the season, and the 67 players who represented the club in the thirds during the year can feel very proud of their efforts. The 3’s demonstrated notable improvement in 2018, with more consistent performances and four quarter efforts.
A massive thanks from all at the club to our very popular thirds coach Jack Byrnes who has nurtured a wonderful team ethos based on strong team values both on match-day and at practice, which mixed with a good dose of humour and understanding enabled the team to appreciate and celebrate each win and to push-on from the losses during season 2018. While the season finished with a loss 2019 looks very bright.