Mhsob 1.0-6 4.2-26 8.3-51 11.9-75
Yarra Old Grammarians 2.3-15 2.6-18 3.9-27 4.10-34
Goal Kickers: S. Villani 2, N. Hawking 2, T. Campelj, J. Sherwin, M. Wilson, K. Smith, T. Beale, J. Tran, D. Hamilton-Ho
Best Players: M. Wilson, A. Villani, L. Whittaker, S. Villani, T. Campelj, A. Lane
Coming of a stirring win against 2nd on the ladder the high school were ready to prove they are strongly in contention this year against 3rd placed Yarra Valley. There was a sense of the occasion on at the high, some important milestones to Andrew Villani and Brendan Cook and the highly popular ladies high tea providing plenty of hype around the broader South Yarra region.
The high school has stepped out to play early, with Mitch Wilson having plenty of the ball throughout the day. The 150 gamer Andrew ‘Andre’ Villani was at his brilliant best, suddenly it seemed the high school had the ascendancy. In stark contrast to the earlier game, the high school were able to make use of the chances, the dynamic duo of Kane Smith and Nick Hawking proving untouchable as the high school began to get out to a handy lead.
Steve Villani did all he could to make sure his brother’s milestone match would get the result it deserved, linking up with Tim Campelj through the middle to get Melbourne High first hands on the ball.As the game got out of reach for the valley Andrew Villani was given every chance to kick a special goal. Unfortunately, Yarra had no sense of the occasion and dropped two in the hole to prevent this from occurring. Melbourne would run it comfortable winners and sent a message to the competition that they will beat anyone on their day.
Mhsob 3.0-18 4.9-33 5.13-43 7.21-63
Yarra Old Grammarians 3.3-21 3.3-21 6.4-40 6.4-40
Goal Kickers: J. Lewis 2, A. Wijayakumara 2, W. Rebakis 2, S. Hayes
Best Players: A. Do, R. Curwood, T. Rendell, Z. Smooker, N. Clampett, C. Hewish
As third played fourth there was a real opportunity for MHS and Yarra Valley to display their finals credentials and test the resolve of each team. In a blustery day at the high Yarra Valley took full advantage of the breeze early kicking three early goals. The high school fought back and against the breeze narrowed the margin. Jason Lewis kicked two in the first term to ensure the match was evenly poised.
Despite beginning to take the ascendancy around the ground the Unicorns were wasteful of their chances, the temptation of the breeze getting the better of them. Solid defensive work from Andrew Do nullified Yarra Valley’s chances but Melbourne wasn’t prepared to make them pay.
The third saw Nick Clampett come into his own, his dashing run off half back linking up the high school to get forward. Failing again to capitalise on their dominant possession. The last quarter was a full affair, Sam Hayes kicked truly early to settle the contest before nothing much else happened. No doubt some goal kicking practice in store for inaccurate ‘corns, especially for Jarryd Pagonis and Ryan Curwood, the return from injury harming their goal kicking, booting 0.7 between them. A couple of extra minutes before and after training should sort it out.