Celebrating our 1st ever win at Premier C level.
SAINTS UPSET PIRATES
St. Marys Salesian showed a welcome return to top form beating Peninsula by 48 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. SMS Reserves showed much improved form to outplay Peninsula Reserves and record a percentage boosting win by 96 points. Old Geelong Thirds used better ball skills to enjoy a comfortable victory over St. Marys Salesian Thirds by 49 points.
Round 4: Saturday April 28
St Mary’s Salesian 18. 13 (121) def Peninsula 11. 13 (79)
Goals: L. Holmes 6, M. Dolan 6, D. Ryan 2, J. Strangward, J. Elliston, M. Bulte, B. Andrews
Best: C. Angley, M. Dolan, L. Holmes, B. Andrews, D. Hicks, J. Hunt
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 17. 15 (117) def Peninsula 2. 9 (21)
Goals: S. Gusts 6, T. Whittle 3, F. Ravida 2, J. Ryan, M. Quinn, N. Baxter, N. Alexopoulos, X. Leonard, J. Barrie
Best: C. Gibbs, N. Alexopoulos, J. Evans, X. Leonard, J. Ryan, N. Baxter
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 9. 8 (62) def by Old Geelong 16. 15 (111)
Goals: S. Matheson 2, S. Lefebvre, M. Flora, N. Edwards, C. McMahon, T. Matheson, L. Hawkins, T. Ham
Best: R. Nickless, M. Flora, T. Fly, T. Ham, L. Hawkins, S. Matheson
Ground: Ferndale Park
Women’s Seniors, Reserves and Thirds: BYE
AROUND THE GROUND
Our Round 4 adversary was Peninsula (an Anglican School based in Mt. Eliza) at Ferndale Park. The Pirates (as they are known) are coached by Shane Mottram and finished tenth in VAFA Premier B Grade last season and were relegated to Premier C Grade. Peninsula were fifth on the ladder having beat PEGS by 64 points at Keilor Park in the previous round. We woke up on Saturday to a foggy and freezing cold April morning and dressed accordingly for the football. However, in true Melbourne style the sunshine was with us by noon, and it proved to be a superb day of warmth, little wind, and generally ideal for outdoor activity. Consequently, those watching the Thirds in the early part of the day needed a coat and scarf, but by 3-00 pm in the afternoon it was particularly warm, and time to discard the coat and scarf and get out the suntan lotion.
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FIRSTS MATCH REPORT
St. Marys Salesian showed a welcome return to top form beating Peninsula by 48 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris.
The Saints had three changes from the previous week, with James Hunt, Andrew Morris and Josh Tanner coming into the line-up. It was a perfect day for football with warm sunshine and little wind making scoring possible at both ends.
SMS went to the Glen Iris Road goals and looked switched-on from the start. Dane Hicks was winning his fair share of knockouts and midfielders Ben Andrews, Heath Chipperfield and Nick Bussell were all effective. Peninsula was in the contest during an entertaining first stanza. The Saints goaled through Louie Holmes (after a pass from Andrews), Manny Dolan, a Jack Elliston snap, and Holmes (two more from marks). The Pirates were well contained by a hard-working home team defence, but replied with majors from William Crowder, James Fletcher and Alex Marshall to trail by 12 points at quarter-time.
In the second term SMS played the better footy to increase their lead. Jackson Strangward kicked a really good goal, and this was followed by another through Dolan (who marked a fine ‘Chippa’ pass). Later in the quarter, Dan Ryan (soccered a six-pointer from close range) before Holmes slotted his fourth. Peninsula added majors through Sam Harrison and Crowder but many of their forays forward were cut-off by Cam Butler, Darcy Grant and the sure hands of Andrew Morris. At the long interval, the Saints led by 27 points.
It was expected the Pirates would make a comeback in the third quarter, but good SMS tackling and strong pressure prevented them from getting into stride. Charlie Angley was impressive with his carry, run and kicking to position from half back, while James Hunt was another to contribute well. Mitch Bulte, Andrews (following a free downfield), and Dolan (2) scored goals, and while Peninsula replied through Harrison, they faced a 45 point deficit at orange-time.
The Saints went on with the job early in the last quarter adding majors by Holmes (2) and Dolan (2) giving both players six goal hauls. The Pirates replied through Harrison during this period. Unfortunately, with the result beyond doubt, SMS let in a few late six-pointers, Shaun Payze (from a free), Harrison, Mitch Glenn and Payze (again) the beneficiaries. D. Ryan booted his second for the home team and by siren time the Saints had prevailed by 48 points.
From the game –
– For SMS, Charlie Angley was exceptional at half-back, Manny Dolan and Louie Holmes (both 6 goals), effective focal points in attack, whilst Ben Andrews was another to excel in an even team effort.
– Just shows what is possible when players arrive with a positive attitude and play accordingly. Coaches Erwin Leyden and Ant Murphy would be delighted with the performance of their team. The challenge now is to play with the same intensity every week.
Another home game next Saturday against Fitzroy..
Scores (Ones) –
St. Marys Salesian 5-2 9-7 13-11 18-13-121
Peninsula 3-2 5-4 6- 8 11-13- 79
SMS – Goals – Manny Dolan 6, Louie Holmes 6, Dan Ryan 2, Ben Andrews, Mitch Bulte, Jack Elliston, Jackson Strangward.
SMS – Best – Charlie Angley, Manny Dolan, Louie Holmes, Ben Andrews, Dane Hicks, James Hunt.
Peninsula – Goals – Sam Harrison 4, William Crowder 2, Shaun Payze 2, James Fletcher, Mitch Glenn, Alex Marshall.
Peninsula – Best – Sam Glenn, Sam Harrison, Tom Feldgen, Blake Hillman, Fraser Roberts, James Fletcher.
In other matches, Fitzroy 101 d. Old Ivanhoe 57, Old Geelong 83 d. Old Camberwell 64, PEGS 82 d. Old Mentonians 78, Williamstown CYMS 106 d. Marcellin 56.
Ones – Ladder after Round 4 – Williamstown CYMS 16, Fitzroy 16, Old Geelong 12, Marcellin 8, PEGS 8, Peninsula 4, Old Ivanhoe 4, Old Mentonians 4, St. Marys Salesian 4, Old Camberwell 4.
Next Saturday – SMS Firsts play Fitzroy at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 2-00 pm.
SECONDS MATCH REPORT
SMS Reserves showed much improved form to outplay Peninsula Reserves and record a percentage boosting win by 96 points.
In good conditions, SMS kicked to the Glen Iris Road end. It was evident from the opening ball-up they had come to play. With a dominant midfield the ball was delivered often and well to eager forwards. The result was a ‘goal-a-thon’ with Stef ‘Plugga’ Gusts (3), James ‘Baz’ Barrie, Tom Whittle (after a pass from M. Quinn), Ned Baxter, Matt Quinn and Nick Alexopoulos (a very effective player) all being part of the action. At the other end, a miserly defence (led by Jake Evans and Campbell Gibbs) held Peninsula to just two behinds. At first change, the Saints had established a 50 point lead.
The pressure was maintained in the second term, with SMS ruckmen Ben Semmler-Farr and ‘Baz,’ and onballers ‘Nicko,’ Xav Leonard and Jack Ryan continuing to drive the ball forward. Although a little inaccurate, further six-pointers resulted from Xavier Leonard, Frank Ravida and Whittle (2). Will Douglas, Nick Ludwig and James Gallus were good defenders, but the Pirates eventually broke through for their first major by Tom Malan and trailed by 69 points at half-time.
Peninsula worked a lot harder after the interval and provided a better contest. They were able to win more possession of the ball and restrict the SMS scoring. M. Quinn and ‘Plugga’ combined to provide a fine team goal for Ravida, before Gusts and J. Ryan added others. The Pirates scored a six-pointer through Leon Newton but were regularly repelled by the strong defence of Gibbs, J. Evans and teammates. At quarter’s end, the Saints had increased their margin to 86 points.
With the match decided, the final stanza was a little lack-lustre. SMS was a bit off-line adding 2-5, ‘Plugga’ slotting the two majors giving him six for the day, and ‘Nicko’ unlucky to hit the post. Peninsula’s only score was a behind and they eventually went down by 96 points.
From the game –
– The Saints provided a terrific team effort reminiscent of their form of past seasons. Many players impressed, in particular, Campbell Gibbs, Nick Alexopoulos, Jake Evans and Xavier Leonard. Matt Quinn wins and delivers the ball well, while Stef Gusts (6), Tom Whittle (3) and Frank Ravida (2) were multiple goalkickers.
– Coach Scott Gatehouse would have enjoyed his team’s first win and knows what his side is capable of when they turn-up with the right attitude.
Next Saturday (a bigger challenge) Fitzroy at Ferndale.
Scores (Twos) –
St. Marys Salesian 8-2 12-8 15-10 17-15-117
Peninsula 0-2 1-5 2- 8 2- 9- 21
SMS – Goals – Stef Gusts 6, Tom Whittle 3, Frank Ravida 2, Nick Alexopoulos, James Barrie, Ned Baxter, Xavier Leonard, Matt Quinn, Jack Ryan.
SMS – Best – Campbell Gibbs, Nick Alexopoulos, Jake Evans, Xavier Leonard, Jack Ryan, Ned Baxter.
Peninsula – Goals – Tom Malan, Leon Newton.
Peninsula – Best – Cam Morgan, Matt Beggs, Leith Baker, Louis Barbour, Leon Newton, Tom Malan.
In other matches, Fitzroy 116 d. Old Ivanhoe 51, Old Geelong 104 d. Old Camberwell 12, PEGS 140 d. Old Mentonians 58, Williamstown CYMS 65 drew with Marcellin 65.
Twos – Ladder after Round 4 – Fitzroy 16, Williamstown CYMS 14, PEGS 12, Old Geelong 12, Marcellin 10, Old Camberwell 8, St. Marys Salesian 4, Old Ivanhoe 4, Peninsula 0, Old Mentonians 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Reserves play Fitzroy at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 11-40 am.
THIRDS MATCH REPORT
Old Geelong Thirds used better ball skills to enjoy a comfortable victory over St. Marys Salesian Thirds by 49 points.
In cool conditions, Old Geelong (in second position on the ladder) had the better beginning and managed to slot three goals while restricting SMS to one major thereby opening-up a 16 point advantage by quarter-time.
The Saints showed better form in the second stanza adding 2-4, but were unable to prevent the Oggers from booting a further four six-pointers. Sam Matheson (2) and Nick Edwards were the home team goalkickers in the first-half, but by the long interval they trailed by 30 points.
SMS provided stiff opposition in the third quarter and there was nothing wrong with the contest. Nick Baum (back after injury), and Tom Fly were both good contributors. However a failure to provide scoreboard pressure enabled OG to hang-on and add a further five goals during the term. Sam Le Febvre replied for the Saints but at final change the deficit was 56 points.
In an entertaining last term, SMS played their best footy and were able to outscore their opponents five goals to four. Rowan Nickless worked hard around the ground, and Michael Flora, Tom Ham (from a free), Lewis Hawkins, Tim Matheson and Chris McMahon all booted majors for the home team. The Oggers full forward bagged several majors during the game and by siren time the visiting team had achieved a deserved win by 49 points.
From the game –
– The Saints lack the skills of many opposing teams, but there is nothing wrong with endeavour and the workrate. Rowan Nickless, Michael Flora, Tom Fly and Tom Ham impressed, while Sam Matheson kicked two goals.
– The umpire failed to pay holding the ball and illegal disposal free kicks for most of the contest. Although frustrated, players from both clubs kept their cool and played the game in the right spirit.
– Despite four losses, SMS coach Jack Byrnes has his team playing reasonable footy and finishing on each week. A victory might not be far away and would lift everyone’s confidence.
Next opponent is rival PEGS at Ferndale and the usual early start.
Scores (Threes) –
Old Geelong 3-4 7-10 12-13 16-15-111
St. Marys Salesian 1-0 3- 4 4- 5 9- 8- 62
SMS – Goals – Sam Matheson 2, Nick Edwards, Michael Flora, Tom Ham, Lewis Hawkins, Sam Le Febvre, Chris McMahon, Tim Matheson.
SMS – Best – Rowan Nickless, Michael Flora, Tom Fly, Tom Ham, Lewis Hawkins, Sam Matheson.
Old Geelong – Goals – not available at deadline.
Old Geelong – Best – not available at deadline.
In other matches, Marcellin 69 d. Mazenod 67, PEGS 64 drew with Old Carey 64, St. Bernards 126 d. Old Camberwell 24.
Threes – Ladder after Round 4 – St. Bernards 12, Old Geelong 12, Marcellin 12, PEGS 10, Old Carey 10, Mazenod 8, Old Camberwell 4, St. Marys Salesian 0.
Next Saturday – SMS Thirds play PEGS at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 9-20 am.
WOMENS ONES –
Next Saturday – SMS Womens (Ones) play Brunswick Renegades at McAllister Oval, Park Street, Parkville – match commences at 2-00 pm.
WOMENS TWOS –
Next Saturday – SMS Womens (Twos) play Brunswick Renegades at McAllister Oval, Park Street, Parkville – match commences at 12-00 pm.
WOMENS THREES –
Next Saturday – SMS Womens (Threes) play Brunswick Renegades at McAllister Oval, Park Street, Parkville – match commences at 10.00am.