PANTHERS POUNCE TO BEAT SAINTS
Old Mentonians physical strength and marking power enabled them to account for a determined St. Marys Salesian by 25 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris. SMS Reserves played particularly well to thrash ‘cellar dwellers’ Old Mentonians by 139 points. An inaccurate St. Marys Salesian Thirds played an excellent final term to eventually overpower PEGS Thirds by 26 points.
WOMENS FOOTBALL – SAINTS THRASH MAZENOD
St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) was far too good for Mazenod registering a 100 point victory. SMS Womens team (2) won every quarter to easily beat Mazenod by 75 points. In the early game, St. Marys Salesian Womens team (3) played Old Geelong in a practice match.
Round 9: Saturday June 2
St Mary’s Salesian 14. 8 (92) def by Old Mentonians 17. 15 (117)
Goals: B. Andrews 3, J. Hunt 3, M. Dolan 2, J. Tanner 2, L. Holmes, H. Chipperfield, M. Bulte, N. Evans
Best: N. Bussell, B. Andrews, N. Ludwig, J. Hunt, D. Grant, W. Douglas
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 26. 23 (179) def Old Mentonians 6. 4 (40)
Goals: S. Gusts 7, D. Gook 6, A. Pathirana 3, T. Whittle 3, J. Hall 2, H. Brooks, B. Semmler-Farr, W. Anderson, L. Hawkins, J. Gallus
Best: A. Pathirana, D. Perree, W. Anderson, L. Brownhill, B. Semmler-Farr, D. Gook
Ground: Ferndale Park
St Mary’s Salesian 10. 17 (77) def PEGS 8. 3 (51)
Goals: S. Walton 2, S. Matheson 2, C. McMahon 2, J. Ellis, J. Evans, T. Matheson, J. Yodgee
Best: T. Fly, N. Edwards, T. Clancy, S. Matheson, H. Meiselbach, R. Nickless
Ground: Ferndale Park
Round 8: Sunday June 3
St Mary’s Salesian 16. 18 (114) def Mazenod 2. 2 (14)
Goals: S. Lawrence 4, J. Firmin 4, N. Shue 2, H. Ellis 2, R. Grant, A. Angley, M. Furphy, E. Matheson
Best: K. Aabryn, R. Gill, M. Stanley, J. Firmin, S. Lawrence, E. Roos
Ground: Central Reserve
St Mary’s Salesian 10. 17 (77) def Mazenod 0. 2 (2)
Goals: K. Wilson 2, K. Smith 2, S. Binks 2, F. Murphy, L. Turnbull, Z. Van Gulick, Z. Baggot
Best: M. Nunan, N. Hastie, S. Binks, T. Wightman, Z. Hibbert, T. Ashton
Ground: Central Reserve
St Mary’s Salesian 0. 0 (0) def by Old Geelong 4. 4 (28)
Best: R. Edwards, K. MacFarlane, O. Giblin, F. Campbell, M. Campbell, M. Croxford
AROUND THE GROUND
In Round 9, our adversary was Old Mentonians (based at Mentone Grammar Playing Fields, Keysborough) at Ferndale Park. The Panthers are coached by Steve D’Andrea and finished sixth in VAFA Premier C Grade last season. Old Mentonians was eighth on the ladder having lost to Old Geelong by 37 points in the previous round. The biggest crowd of the year at Ferndale Park on Saturday (no doubt helped by a wonderful sunny and warmish June day) provided terrific atmosphere. Reasonable numbers of Panthers fans, while the Saints numbers were boosted by some of the Women players (whose games were on the Sunday) and an SMS 1993 Premiership Re-union.
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FIRSTS MATCH REPORT
Old Mentonians physical strength and marking power enabled them to account for a determined St. Marys Salesian by 25 points at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris.
SMS (tenth) was opposed to Old Mentonians (eighth) and it was a very important fixture for both clubs. The Saints brought Will Douglas, Nick Ludwig and Josh Tanner into the team. It was a superb sunny and wind-free June day and ground conditions were good.
SMS went to the Pavilion end, but it was Old Mentonians who had the best of the opening stanza. A taller and physically stronger side, the Panthers looked more potent early with full forward Lachie Boyd (3 goals) creating havoc, and Billy Chapman slotting another. The Saints had a hard-working ruckman in Dane Hicks, while Heath Chipperfield and Nick Bussell were effective in the midfield. ‘Chippa’ passed to Manny Dolan for a long goal, before Mitch Bulte soccered another. At quarter’s end, Old Mentonians held a 16 point advantage.
SMS hit back hard in the second quarter with all players lifting their intensity and applying more pressure. After Josh Tanner booted an early major from a free, Ben Andrews led the way, seemed to be everywhere, and kicked three goals (one a right-footer) enabling the home team to take the lead. At the other end, Boyd was a thorn in the Saints side, slotting another three goals through intelligent play to restore the Panther’s lead. ‘Chippa’ kicked a late six-pointer leaving SMS just 4 points behind at the long interval.
In the third term, Old Mentonians took the honours using physical strength and marking power to create opportunities. Boyd kicked first goal (giving him seven of his team’s first eight) before Luke Hull, Jarrad Kay, Will Armstrong (2) and Kyle Conlon did likewise. The Saints endeavour was good, Nick Ludwig and Darcy Grant being pick of the defence. Louie Holmes handballed to Nathan Evans for a major, before James Hunt (2) and Dolan replied. However, by orange-time SMS trailed by 18 points and had the job ahead of them.
The Panthers kicked an early goal through Boyd, but the home team refused to give-in and replied through Tanner and Holmes. For much of the quarter the difference in scores was just 11 points but the visitors looked steadier. Boyd added another two majors (giving him 10 for the day) and Darcy Brown kicked truly soon after. Hunt replied but it was too late for the Saints who went down by 25 points.
From the game –
– Outstanding effort by Lachie Boyd with (10-3) for Old Mentonians. A player of the future, he proved to be the main difference between the two sides.
– Once again, SMS were competitive throughout the game and appear to be adapting to VAFA Premier C Grade football. Injuries have not helped during the first half of the season.
– Ben Andrews was outstanding early, but a minor ankle injury reduced his effectiveness after the interval. Nick Bussell was a quality onballer, Nick Ludwig, James Hunt and Darcy Grant were others to do well.
– Coaches Erwin Leyden, Ant Murphy and Alan Martello will be grateful for the break to enable injured players to recover and take-on the second half of the season.
Another test, Fitzroy (away) in a fortnight.
Scores (Ones) –
Old Mentonians 4-4 7-7 13-11 17-15-117
St. Marys Salesian 2-0 7-3 11- 5 14- 8- 92
SMS – Goals – Ben Andrews 3, James Hunt 3, Manny Dolan 2, Josh Tanner 2, Mitch Bulte, Heath Chipperfield, Nathan Evans, Louis Holmes.
SMS – Best – Nick Bussell, Ben Andrews, Nick Ludwig, James Hunt, Darcy Grant, Will Douglas.
Old Mentonians – Goals – Lachie Boyd 10, Will Armstrong 2, Darcy Brown, Billy Chapman, Kyle Conlon, Luke Hull, Jarrad Kay.
Old Mentonians – Best – Lachie Boyd, Aaron Hodges, Lewis Oliver, Sean McPherson, Keiffer Smith-Cameron, Darcy Brown.
In other matches, Old Camberwell 79 d. Fitzroy 54, Williamstown CYMS 105 d. PEGS 75, Marcellin 112 d. Peninsula 62, Old Geelong 81 d. Old Ivanhoe 80.
Ones – Ladder after Round 9 – Williamstown CYMS 32, Fitzroy 28, Old Geelong 28, Marcellin 20, Old Camberwell 20, PEGS 20, Old Ivanhoe 12, Old Mentonians 12, St. Marys Salesian 4, Peninsula 4.
Next Saturday – there is no game owing to the Queen’s Birthday holiday, but on Saturday, 16 June, SMS Firsts play Fitzroy at Brunswick Street Oval, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North – match commences at 2-00 pm.
SECONDS MATCH REPORT
SMS Reserves played particularly well to thrash ‘cellar dwellers’ Old Mentonians by 139 points.
SMS (eighth) was up against Old Mentonians (tenth) and had their best team in for some weeks. Luke Brownhill, Dylan Gook and Ananth Pathirana were all playing their first games of the season, and Mitch Op’t Hoog was back from overseas.
Old Mentonians only had seventeen players to begin the fixture but began well with an early goal. The Saints (attacking the Pavilion end goals) took a while to slip into gear but eventually began to dominate with all players contributing. Dylan Gook (2) and Stef ‘Pluga’ Gusts (3) were effective forwards, ‘Pluga’ slotting his third major after receiving a pass from Lewis Hawkins. The Panthers kicked a second goal but trailed by 25 points at first change.
SMS achieved complete domination in the second term. Ben Semmler-Farr rucked well, Ananth Pathirana, Tom Whittle and Hugh Brooks were effective across the centre, Billy Anderson and Cam Gibbs tight at the back and 9-7 was added on the scoreboard. The six-pointers came through ‘Gookie,’ ‘Pluga’ (2), Pathirana (3), Whittle, Jack Hall and Hawkins. Old Mentonians kicked a goal but were 79 points in arrears by half-time.
The home team went on with the job in the third stanza scoring 8-3 while holding the Panthers scoreless. Dan Perree and Luke Brownhill were others to show good form, and goalkickers were Hall, ‘Pluga’ (2), ‘Gookie’ (2), Whittle (2) and Brooks. By final change, the Saints held a 130 point advantage.
Coach Scott Gatehouse gave some of the SMS defenders a chance to play up forward in the final term. A further four majors were added through Gook (his sixth), Anderson, James Gallus and Semmler-Farr. Though depleted in numbers Old Mentonians fought the game out well and were rewarded with three goals, but nonetheless went down by a big margin.
From the game –
– Congratulations to the Old Mentonians boys for giving their best. Very sad to see an opposing club unable to field 22 players in its Reserve Grade side.
– For the Saints, Ananth Pathirana, Dan Perree, Billy Anderson and Luke Brownhill were best, while Stef Gusts and Dylan Gook provided targets and kicked 13 goals between them. Good contributions from everyone.
– A much-needed result for coach Scott Gatehouse and players, but a tough assignment ahead with the undefeated ladder leader in the next fixture.
Next match, Fitzroy (away).
Scores (Twos) –
St. Marys Salesian 5-7 14-14 22-17 26-23-179
Old Mentonians 2-0 3- 1 3- 1 6- 4- 40
SMS – Goals – Stef Gusts 7, Dylan Gook 6, Ananth Pathirana 3, Tom Whittle 3, Jack Hall 2, Billy Anderson, Hugh Brooks, James Gallus, Lewis Hawkins, Ben Semmler-Farr.
SMS – Best – Ananth Pathirana, Dan Perree, Billy Anderson, Luke Brownhill, Ben Semmler-Farr, Dylan Gook.
Old Mentonians – Goals – Details not available at deadline.
Old Mentonians – Best – Details not available at deadline.
In other matches, Fitzroy 118 d. Old Camberwell 26, Williamstown CYMS 71 d. PEGS 68, Marcellin 93 d. Peninsula 60, Old Geelong 107 d. Old Ivanhoe 22.
Twos – Ladder after Round 9 – Fitzroy 36, Old Geelong 32, Williamstown CYMS 26, Marcellin 22, Old Camberwell 20, Old Ivanhoe 16, PEGS 16, St. Marys Salesian 8, Peninsula 4, Old Mentonians 0.
Next Saturday – there is no game owing to the Queen’s Birthday holiday, but on Saturday, 16 June, SMS Reserves play Fitzroy at Brunswick Street Oval, Brunswick Street, Fitzroy North – match commences at 11-40 am.
THIRDS MATCH REPORT
An inaccurate St. Marys Salesian Thirds played an excellent final term to eventually overpower PEGS Thirds by 26 points.
SMS (tenth) had won their previous three encounters against PEGS (sixth) and was keen to maintain its good recent record.
The Saints kicked to the Pavilion end in the opening term and began well. The midfield was on top, the defence sound, and the forwards active. However, inaccurate kicking for goal (7 behinds) left the home team with a one point lead at quarter-time.
The second stanza saw SMS marginally better with two majors to PEGS one, and by half-time the Saints had increased their advantage to 8 points.
The game opened-up after the interval (James Sharp winning plenty of the ball) but the home side continued to be off-target, while the Bombers made the most of their opportunities in front of the big-sticks. Jake Evans, Chris McMahon, Tim Matheson and Scott Walton were the goalscorers in the first three quarters, and by the final change SMS led by 5 points.
Saints coach Jack Byrnes gave a rousing speech during the break and the boys came out ‘all fired-up’ for the last term. Hugh O’Donnell worked hard in the ruck and Rowan Nickless was active around the ground. McMahon snapped a six-pointer, before Sam Matheson added two more with good skills. PEGS replied with three goals to stay in touch, but the home team had the ascendancy and responded with further goals by Walton, Jon Yodgee and James Ellis. By siren time, SMS had prevailed by 26 points (or 2-14) which was a fair indication of their dominance on the day.
From the game:
– The Saints are playing some good footy at home and have now beaten PEGS four times in succession. Inaccuracy around the big-sticks is something needing work.
– Chris McMahon, Sam Matheson and Scott Walton were multiple goalkickers with two each, while Tom Fly, Nick Edwards, Tom Clancy and Harry Meiselbach were best in an even team performance.
– Coach Jack Byrnes would be happy with the four quarter effort, but time to take this form to fixtures away from home.
Old Camberwell (away) in a fortnight and a chance to move up the ladder.
Scores (Threes) –
St. Marys Salesian 0-7 2-9 4-14 10-17-77
PEGS 1-0 2-1 5- 3 8- 3- 51
SMS – Goals – Chris McMahon 2, Sam Matheson 2, Scott Walton 2, James Ellis, Jake Evans, Tim Matheson, Jon Yodgee.
SMS – Best – Tom Fly, Nick Edwards, Tom Clancy, Sam Matheson, Harry Meiselbach, Rowan Nickless.
PEGS – Goals – Details not available at deadline.
PEGS – Best – Details not available at deadline.
In other matches, Marcellin 113 d. Mazenod 77, St. Bernards 111 d. Old Geelong 45, Old Carey 110 d. Old Camberwell 58.
Threes – Ladder after Round 9 – St. Bernards 28, Old Carey 26, Marcellin 22, Mazenod 20, Old Geelong 16, PEGS 14, Old Camberwell 12, St. Marys Salesian 10.
Next Saturday – there is no game owing to the Queen’s Birthday holiday, but on Saturday, 16 June, SMS Thirds play Old Camberwell at Gordon Barnard Reserve, Carrington Street, North Balwyn – match commences at 12-30 pm.
WOMENS ONES –
St. Marys Salesian Womens team (1) was far too good for Mazenod registering a 100 point victory.
SMS (fourth) had a Sunday fixture versus ‘cellar dweller’ Mazenod (eighth) who had yet to win a game.
In fine and cool conditions, the Saints dominated play in the first stanza booting five unanswered goals to lead by 35 points at first change. Mazenod did better in the second quarter and slotted two majors whilst holding SMS to three six-pointers. At the long interval, the Nodders trailed by 44 points.
The Saints put in a big third term kicking six goals to sew up the game. At final change the Mazenod deficit was 86 points. The visitors added a further two majors while holding the Nodders to a solitary behind. SMS finished with an impressive 100 point win to solidify their place in the top four.
From the game –
– A fine team performance with Joelly Firmin and Steph Lawrence each bagging 4 goals, and Katrina Aabryn, Rachel Gill, Mads Stanley and Emily Roos amongst the best.
– A tougher game coming-up for coach Damian Sutherland and his team in a fortnight’s time.
Next match, Old Geelong at Ferndale.
Scores – (Womens Ones) –
St. Marys Salesian (W1) 5-6 8-9 14-15 16-18-114
Mazenod 0-1 2-1 2- 1 2- 2- 14
SMS – Goals – Joelly Firmin 4, Steph Lawrence 4, Holly Ellis 2, Nicole Shue 2, Alice Angley, Megan Furphy, Rebecca Grant, Eliza Matheson.
SMS – Best – Katrina Aabryn, Rachel Gill, Mads Stanley, Joelly Firmin, Steph Lawrence, Emily Roos.
Mazenod – Goals – Adele Kerley, Magdalene McPhee.
Mazenod – Best – Bronte Lennon, Claudia Maguire, Molly Noone, Rebekah Watson, Abbey Walton, Sarah Biviano.
In other matches, Old Geelong 17 d. Brunswick Renegades 7, Monash Blues 29 d. Old Camberwell 4, West Brunswick 48 d. Collegians 4.
Womens Ones – Ladder after Round 8 – West Brunswick 32, Monash Blues 24, Old Geelong 24, St. Marys Salesian 20, Collegians 12, Brunswick Renegades 8, Old Camberwell 8, Mazenod 0.
Next Saturday – there is no game owing to the Queen’s Birthday holiday, but on Saturday, 16 June, SMS Womens (Ones) play Old Geelong at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 2-00 pm.
SMS Womens team (2) won every quarter to easily beat Mazenod by 75 points.
SMS (third) met Mazenod (eighth) also in a Sunday match.
The initial quarter was a bit of an arm-wrestle with the Saints scoring the only goal to hold a narrow 9 point margin at quarter-time. From the second term on, SMS took control and added a further three majors to lead Mazenod by 31 points at the halfway mark.
The Nodders defended well in the third stanza holding the visitors to one six-pointer, but were unable to make any impression on the scoreboard themselves. By quarter’s end Mazenod trailed by 41 points. The Saints finished by far the better booting 5-5 and when siren time arrived had recorded a comfortable 75 point victory.
From the game –
– A good SMS win due to a strong team effort with quarters two and four particularly impressive. Steph Binks, Kayla May-Smith and Kailey Wilson each managed two goals, while Madeleine Nunan, Natasha Hastie, Tempany Wightman and Zoey Hibbert were amongst good players.
– Coach Simon Brownhill and his team have a big challenge in the next round.
Undefeated Old Geelong at Ferndale in two weeks.
Scores – (Womens Twos) –
St. Marys Salesian (W2) 1-4 4-8 5-12 10-17-77
Mazenod 0-1 0-1 0- 1 0- 2 -2
SMS – Goals – Steph Binks 2, Kayla May-Smith 2, Kailey Wilson 2, Zoe Baggott, Fiona Murphy, Lucy Turnbull, Zoe Van Gulick.
SMS – Best – Madeleine Nunan, Natasha Hastie, Steph Binks, Tempany Wightman, Zoey Hibbert, Tessa Ashton.
Mazenod – Goals – Nil.
Mazenod – Best – Jessica Skrzyniarz, Blaire Bunter, Narelle Davis, Emily Peck, Karen Porter, Carlee Muckner.
In other matches, Old Geelong 35 d. Brunswick Renegades 0, Old Camberwell 22 d. Monash Blues 20, West Brunswick 93 d. Collegians 2.
Womens Twos – Ladder after Round 8 – Old Geelong 32, West Brunswick 28, St. Marys Salesian 24, Brunswick Renegades 16, Monash Blues 12, Old Camberwell 8, Mazenod 4, Collegians 4.
Next Saturday – there is no game owing to the Queen’s Birthday holiday, but on Saturday, 16 June, SMS Womens (Twos) play Old Geelong at Ferndale Park, Glen Iris – match commences at 12-00 pm.
WOMEN’S THIRDS PRACTICE MATCH V OLD GEELONG
St Mary’s Salesian 0. 0 (0) def by Old Geelong 4. 4 (28)
Best: Ruby Edwards, Kate MacFarlane, Olivia Giblin, Felicity Campbell, Maddie Campbell, Maddy Croxford