PANTHERS BEAT IMPROVED SAINTS
Old Mentonians played an excellent first quarter to set-up a comfortable win over an improved St. Marys Salesian by 44 points at Keysborough Playing Fields, Keysborough. Old Mentonians Reserves won their only game of the season over SMS Reserves in a closely fought contest by 10 points.
Round 18: Saturday August 25
St Mary’s Salesian 11. 11 (77) def by Old Mentonians 17. 19 (121)
Goals: M. Dolan 5, L. Holmes 2, J. Tanner 2, L. Brownhill, B. Andrews
Best: J. Kidman, N. Alexopoulos, H. Wong, C. Angley, M. Dolan, N. Bussell
Ground: Keysborough Playing Fields
St Mary’s Salesian 7. 10 (52) def by Old Mentonians 9. 8 (62)
Goals: J. Evans 2, N. Ludwig 2, J. Ellis, H. Brooks, J. Hunt
Best: J. Ryan, J. Hunt, J. Evans, W. Anderson, N. Baum, S. Haughton
Ground: Keysborough Playing Fields
AROUND THE GROUND
On Saturday, our Round 18 opponent was Old Mentonians at Keysborough Playing Fields, Keysborough. The Panthers are coached by Steve D’Andrea and were in eighth position having beaten PEGS by 25 points in their previous game. A sensational day weatherwise to complete our year. Sunny, blue sky, and around 18 degrees made it feel like finals time, but of course we won’t be there this time. An exceptionally good attendance at the matches with Old Mentonians holding a Club Luncheon in the Pavilion at the very picturesque school playing field. Also a good roll-up of SMS personnel no doubt encouraged by the fantastic Melbourne weather and the fact it was the boys final fixtures.
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FIRSTS MATCH REPORT
Old Mentonians played an excellent first quarter to set-up a comfortable win over an improved St. Marys Salesian by 44 points at Keysborough Playing Fields, Keysborough
SMS (tenth) was hopeful of pushing Old Mentonians (eighth) on a magnificent sunny day and in super conditions which were likely to suit the visitors running game. Inclusions for the Saints were James Curwood, Manny Dolan and Jake Kidman (first game).
SMS began to the Pavilion end, but it was Old Mentonians who started by far the better. Winning in the midfield and all over the ground they were able to maintain control for most of the first term and add 6-8 (with six individual goalkickers). The Saints went forward later in the quarter and replied with two good majors by Manny Dolan, but had a 29 point deficit by the first change.
Coach Erwin Leyden encouraged his players at the break, and to their credit the guys responded. Lachie Boyd added a couple of goals for the Panthers, but apart from that SMS dominated the remainder of the stanza. This was achieved by a fine team effort with an increased workrate and strong pressure around the contest. The move of Nick Alexopoulos to full back on Boyd was successful, and all of a sudden the visitors began to hit the scoreboard. Ben Andrews, Cam Butler and Mitch Bulte combined beautifully to set up a goal for Josh Tanner. Further six-pointers were added by Andrews, Dolan and Louie Holmes (with a ‘big bomb’ which bounced through). By the long interval, the Saints trailed by 18 points and looked to be back.
In the third term, Old Mentonians steadied and gradually regained control. The onballers again created chances for the forwards who didn’t let them down. Keiffer Smith-Cameron (2), Darcy Brown (3) and Luke Hull provided six goals to again open-up a sizeable gap between the teams. Later in the term, the visitors Holmes was able to slot “goal of the day” – under enormous pressure at right half forward, Louie showed incredible strength to win the footy and get his kick away 40 metres from the goals – the ball rolled, rolled, rolled and curled beautifully to bisect the big-sticks – providing a terrific highlight. Tanner followed-up with another soccer major but by orange-time the Saints were down by 43 points.
SMS battled the final quarter out really well and shared the honours. Jake Kidman did exceptionally well in his first game using carry and run and accurate kicking to be a most effective contributor, while Nick Bussell was another to impress. Each team managed three goals, Hull, Sam Roberts and Lachlan Moorhouse for the Panthers, while Dolan (2) and Luke Brownhill – from a mark and long shot for the Saints. Old Mentonians prevailed by 44 points, but a much improved effort by the visitors.
From the game –
– Old Mentonians (eighth) did enough to win but were challenged by SMS at certain stages of the match.
– For the first time since the Peninsula game a few weeks back, we had a competitive SMS team. Nick Alexopoulos might have found his niche at full back, Jake Kidman very promising around the ground, Manny Dolan back to his best with five goals, and Nick Bussell also good.
– Josh Tanner has announced his retirement as a player (not for the first-time) – if it is the end Josh, thanks for a stellar career (in recent years for the Saints) – and for the many magic moments, wonderful displays of classy marking and kicking, and simply being a great team-man and bloke.
– Coach Erwin Leyden has informed the Club he is standing down as senior coach, while Alan Martello is likely to reduce his involvement at our Club – our thanks to both of them for their massive contribution during the past seven years.
Scores (Ones) –
Old Mentonians 6-8 8-12 14-16 17-19-121
St. Marys Salesian 2-3 6- 6 8- 9 11-11- 77
SMS – Goals – Manny Dolan 5, Louie Holmes 2, Josh Tanner 2, Ben Andrews, Luke Brownhill.
SMS – Best – Jake Kidman, Nick Alexopoulos, Henry Wong, Charlie Angley, Manny Dolan, Nick Bussell.
Old Mentonians – Goals – Keiffer Smith-Cameron 4, Lachlan Boyd 3, Darcy Brown 3, Luke Hull 2, Lachlan Moorhouse 2, Jack Davis, Sam Roberts, Tristan Strange.
Old Mentonians – Best – Bryce Damin, Jack Davis, Darcy Brown, Jarrad Kay, Sean MacPherson, Keiffer Smith-Cameron.
In other matches – Fitzroy 84, PEGS 82, Old Geelong 119 d. Williamstown CYMS 71, Old Camberwell 150 d. Peninsula 46, Marcellin 129 d. Old Ivanhoe 77.
Final Ones – Ladder after Round 18 – Williamstown CYMS 64, Fitzroy 60, Old Geelong 48, Old Camberwell 44, Marcellin 36, Old Ivanhoe 28, Old Mentonians 28, PEGS 28, Peninsula 20, St. Marys Salesian 4.
Next weekend – Elimination Final – Old Geelong vs. Old Camberwell – Second Semi-Final – Williamstown CYMS vs. Fitzroy – for venues see VAFA website.
SECONDS MATCH REPORT
Old Mentonians Reserves won their only game of the season over SMS Reserves in a closely fought contest by 10 points.
SMS (eighth) was up against Old Mentonians (tenth) who had not won a game and had a percentage of 11.5. The Panthers Reserves were strengthened by a number of the Under 19 players made possible by their season ending the previous week. It was a perfect sunny day and ground conditions were excellent.
SMS kicked to the Southern Golf Course end in the opening term. It was evident early that the teams were fairly evenly matched with Old Mentonians very competitive. The home team managed two goals and the Saints (well served by Jack Ryan) replied through Nick Ludwig and Jake Evans to trail by a point at quarter-time.
The second stanza was likewise very tight with both sides working hard around the ball. The visitors backline restricted chances for the Panthers, but they still added two majors, as did SMS through Ludwig and James Ellis (from a set shot). By half-time the Saints still trailed by a point.
In the early stages of the third quarter, Old Mentonians scored a goal, but SMS had the better of play and slotted six-pointers through James Hunt (playing well), Jake Evans (from distance) and Hugh Brooks (from close range). Leading by 13 points, the visitors then allowed the Panthers back into the game with a major by Lucas Haig (his second). At the final change, the Saints held a six point advantage.
In a frustrating final term, SMS had the chance to goal early, but the kick by Blair Reynolds (from 35 metres in front) went wide for a behind. There was little between the teams in general play but Old Mentonians were proving more effective in attack and booted two goals. Dan Ryan had a couple of chances with long shots at both left and right half forward on the boundary line but was unable to goal. Eventually, the Panthers delivered the ball to Haig who kicked his fourth major and put the result beyond doubt.
From the game –
– It was a very even match (well umpired) and we congratulate a stronger Old Mentonians team on breaking through for their only win of the season.
– The Saints didn’t play badly but failed to put away the opposition midway through the third term. Once again the team was unable to apply any scoreboard pressure in the final quarter when the game had to be won.
– Jack Ryan and Nick Baum were both hard at the footy and put in terrific four quarter performances, Jake Evans was another to come under notice, and Billy Anderson was steady in defence.
– A disappointing finish for coach Scott Gatehouse, but his players tried hard winning four matches during the season. The standard in VAFA Premier ‘C’ Grade Reserves is fairly high and the Saints cause was not helped by player injuries and unavailabilities.
Scores (Twos) –
Old Mentonians 2-2 4-5 6-7 9- 8-62
St. Marys Salesian 2-1 4-4 7-7 7-10-52
SMS – Goals – Jake Evans 2, Nick Ludwig 2, Hugh Brooks, James Ellis, James Hunt.
SMS – Best – Jack Ryan, James Hunt, Jake Evans, Billy Anderson, Nick Baum, Scott Haughton.
Old Mentonians – Goals – Lucas Haig 4, Tom McCarthy 2.
Old Mentonians – Best – Details unavailable at deadline.
In other matches – Fitzroy 180 d. PEGS 16, Old Geelong 52 d. Williamstown CYMS 26, Old Camberwell 147 d. Peninsula 48, Marcellin 101 d. Old Ivanhoe 60.
Final Twos – Ladder after Round 18 – Fitzroy 64, Old Geelong 60, Williamstown CYMS 58, Marcellin 50, Old Ivanhoe 36, Old Camberwell 32, PEGS 28, St. Marys Salesian 16, Peninsula 12, Old Mentonians 4.
Next weekend – Elimination Final – Williamstown CYMS vs. Marcellin – Second Semi-Final – Fitzroy vs. Old Geelong – for venues see VAFA website.
In the Grand Final, St. Bernards enjoyed a hard-fought win over Old Carey Thirds by 10 points at Coburg City Oval.
Congratulations are due to the Snowdogs on their victory.
Scores (Threes) – Grand Final
St. Bernards 4-2 5-2 9-3 10-8-68
Old Carey 2-4 4-5 6-7 8-10-58
St. Bernards – Goals – Austin Rizzardo 3, Michael Lo Monaco 2.
St. Bernards – Best – Declan Kennedy, Tate Baker, Joel Comito.
Old Carey – Goals – Tom MacReady-Bryan 4, Jacob De Paiva 2.
Old Carey – Best – Austin Smith, Joshua Leith, Jacson Stuart.