Footy is a great game when you are winning. And the Magenta and Black certainly had that winning feeling on Saturday with all 5 sides recording strong wins. The seniors and U/19s are on top of their respective ladders while the Ressies are now knocking on the door of the top 4 after their second consecutive win. The School First XVIII remain undefeated while the girls came from behind to defeat Old Brighton. And congratulations to club stalwart Scott Ellis who played his 150th game for the club – a great effort.
The Seniors took on top side Old Mentonians and were looking to bounce back after losing the previous week. It was a tight tussle in typical, variable autumnal Melbourne weather. Led by the strong midfield of Plymo, Toy and Munro the boys were battling to gain ascendancy all day. It was a real arm-wrestle with differing styles. The visitors played with no forward line while the Bloods had the “old fashioned” stay at home forwards led by Waitey and Corey Connnelly. Trevo was also a good focal point at CHF. Waiey ended up with 4 goals. It looked a bit worrisome in the third quarter when two late goals to the Mentone boys got our lead back to a goal. But 2 very late goals meant we had a handy buffer going into the last quarter. It was important to kick the first goal of the last quarter and that is exactly what we did and we were able to retain the lead for the rest of the quarter and come out on top, meaning we claim top spot on the ladder.
Another forward was prominent earlier in the day with Ben Oakes kicking 5 for the Ressies in their second consecutive win. Coach Pat O’Leary has the boys playing some confident football and they proved too strong, winning by 5 goals. Zach Tsinanis was influential all day as was Colesy on the ball and kicking goals. Hamish McWilliam led a strong defence which only let in 7 Mentone goals.
Best Players: Z. Tsinanis, J. Cain, B. Oakes, M. Sturgess, N. Hunter, H. McWilliam
After the grading games the girls (Hearts) are playing in Division One and recorded a win in the first game of the proper season. It was tight all day and it was the final goal that differentiated the sides at the end of the game.
Best Players: J. Shanks, D. Frawley, M. McDonald, M. Waterman, S. Casey, E. Dyer