Eltham Collegians AFC 7.11-53
Goal Kickers: J. Sherwin 4, K. Smith 4, B. Jellis 3, J. Tran 2, R. Brock, T. Beale, A. Tran, R. Gavan, T. Hickey, A. Svirskis
Best Players: J. Tran, T. Campelj, J. Sherwin, D. Sorgiovanni, T. Hickey, B. Jellis
The seniors had found a rich vein of form over the past month, now at the business end of the season, the Eltham game loomed as a massive opportunity to put their mark on a finals spot.
MHS started with a flurry, quick goals continued on from where the reserves had left off. With plenty of forwards getting in on the action, Nick Hawking perhaps felt a bit left out as he tried to steal Tom Hickey’s brilliant goal from the boundary. In truth, the senior team was hungry for a big result as they began to put serious scoreboard pressure on the turtles.
Soon Eltham was looking out of options, Tim Campelj had clamped down on their midfield with a solid tag putting their best player out of the game. Brock’s late goal on the siren of the first quarter compounding the misery for the travelling team.
Kane Smith and Jarrod Sherwin kicked truly throughout the second quarter to extend the lead before Anthony Svirskis tried out his left foot for the first time ever. Much to the peanut galleries delight the ball travelling through the big sticks and suddenly MHS had a healthy lead.
As the game wore on James Tran and Tom Hickey took over the midfield and provided MHS with all the momentum. Campbell was released from the tagging role for his personal safety in the last as MHS was able to stroll home to be 75 point winners.
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Eltham Collegians AFC 2.1-13 2.1-13 2.2-14 3.3-21
Goal Kickers: J. McWhinney 5, M. Fennessy-Kent 4, C. Hewish 2, L. Toman 2, M. Duran 2, B. Burton 2, K. McDonald, J. Pagonis, W. Rebakis, D. O’Connor, O. Miles
Best Players: R. Shell, S. Keough, J. McWhinney, M. Fennessy-Kent, B. Cook, K. McDonald
The reserves walked out to another ripper Saturday morning as they prepared to take on Eltham. With a big opportunity to build some momentum heading into a tight finals campaign the reserves team was boosted by bumper inclusions, Darcy O’Connor and Ron Shell returning from injuries ensured the vibe was great from the very start.
The first quarter saw the soup master Jimmy McWinney begin to take a hold of the match, only a slight breeze would stop MHS from running away to a huge lead. A slender 6 point lead would soon be extended in the second quarter as Mason Fennesy-Kent began to take over the forward line.
The reserves would begin to get away at an exponential rate, Shannon Keough taking over the game in the way only he can. As he got going Eltham began to run out of legs, the scoreboard then started looking nasty for the visitors. Much to the enjoyment and relief of Bernard Pretty MHS had finally begun to run a game out with the foot down.
Ron Shell was great on return providing a heap of dash around the contest backed up by the Cookie Monster Brendan Cook who’s appetite for don’t argues could not be satisfied. The reserves would run away to be 133 point winners on the day.