1.0-6. 2.3-15. 2.8-20. 6.11-47
2.1-13. 3.5-23. 7.7-49. 7.8-50
After showing the very height of their potential against the top side MHS would go into the finals series confident in their game plan and confident in the skill level of a bumper squad. If finals footy wasn’t enough of an occasion it would also be Steve Villani’s 150th game.
Facing Parade the seniors would have be wise to be weary of what had happened last time they met, having started poorly and allowing them to get a run on.
Unfortunately that’s the exact way it started, Parade came out of the blocks the fastest and were allowed too much time to deliver forward. The back six did remarkably well, led by David Sorgiovanni and Gus Lane who helped keep the damage to a minimum.
In a low scoring encounter every chance mattered, missed opportunities let Parade escape out to an early lead. The second half tussle would see some leadership emerge, Tim Camplej ferocious at the ball carrier and Michael Brain finding some outside run allowing MHS to have a sniff coming into three quarter time.
A rousing Matthew Nicholas three quarter time speech got the message across that this may be the very last chance to prove themselves and perhaps steal an unlikely win.
The peanut gallery was in full force, the vibe could be felt around the ground and soon doubt crept into Parades minds. An early Goal from milestone man Villani provided the spark and soon Kane Smith and Dylan Hamilton-Ho set about bringing the game within the clutches of MHS.
Unfortunately time ran out just before MHS could role over the top to victory. A gallantly fought last quarter not enough to steal the biscuits.
MHSOBFC 1.5-11. 5.10-40. 6.10-46. 12.13-85
Eltham Collegians AFC 0.1-1. 1.1-7. 2.3-15. 3.4-22
Normally the Saturday heavens had smiled for the reserves Team, however it seemed Wltham had the rub of the Sunday weather as rain seemed poised to be the leveller. Dark clouds foreshadowed that a tough and gritty contest would be ahead. Unfortunately for Eltham this soon subsided once the sun smiled down on upon Bernard Pretty and his team.
The first quarter saw the cobwebs blown out as MHS showed glimpses of its elite ball movement. Jarod Pagonis looked after his mates early, providing plenty of the sherrin to his mates. The forwards would later blame the conditions for kicking only 1.5 in the first.
As the team settled Eltham were put on the burner, Mason Fennesy-Kent found the ball through the middle and Tony Tran found it up forward. With experienced heads Ryan Brock and Mathew Boumeester leading the charge MHS skipped out to a comfortable lead.
From here on out the comfortable lead led to complacency as MHS failed to put Eltham to the sword. If not for a flurry of late quarter goals MHS would have looked disinterested. In the end the game was a perfect tune up for a big clash against Prahran this coming weekend.
Final Score: Jnrcorns 12.11 83 def 8.9. 57 St Bedes
It was the first taste of finals footy for the MHSOB U19’s for 19 years on Saturday when the Jnrcorns took on Mentone at home. A formidable opposition, St Bedes were going to throw everything they had at the ‘Corns in the hope of keeping their finals campaign alive.
Thanks to a healthy peanut gallery and a host of supporters, the crowd got the ‘Corns off to a good start, with tackle machine Zuher Feki getting the first goal of the game. In a closely fought first half, the powerful midfield of St Bedes clashed contest after contest with our own mids, putting on a fantastic spectacle for the fans who had come to watch.
Evan Vassos played the small forward role exceptionally well in tandem with Johnny Broadbent, the pair causing numerous headaches for the opposition. Fellow forward Chris Tetaz escaped his yips in front of goal, slotting 3 sausages. Anthony Horton’s tackling pressure and distribution was fantastic, featuring the physicality that our midfielders have become known for.
The hot contest favoured St Bedes at the break, who went in with a 1 goal lead. An inspiring speech from Mike got the boys rearing to go for the premiership quarter, with Durham ‘Bull’ McNamara putting on a clinic in front of the peanut gallery. Club lovechild Oscar ‘Buzza’ Sargeant was clearly spurred on by the vocal support, taking a dozen marks in the forward half during the third quarter. His leading patterns were exceptional all day.
A 5 goals to 0 third quarter displayed that we simply wanted the win more – we ran St Bedes off our legs all over the ground, especially of half-back – Charles Overton and Joel Hodder’s defensive marking and distribution throughout the day displayed what a strong half-back line we’ve developed, despite Proj’s best attempt at sabotaging our defensive unit.
Our preliminary final this week takes place against De La, who we beat last weekend. Let’s make it twice in three weeks against the league leaders at 11:40 Saturday at Sportscover Arena.