Hearts Beat Beauy to Secure Home Final
Heartbreak for Bloods
Young Bloods Show Great Heart
School First XVIII knock off Xavier by 8 Goals
Next Luncheon 3rd August – All Welcome
Shanksy wins League Goalkicking
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HEARTS FINALS BOUND AGAIN
The Hearts defeated Beaumaris on Saturday to secure third spot and a home game final. This is a great result as it means they have competed in the finals every year of their existence. Saturday will be a big day with all four teams playing at Princes Park. Everyone is welcome to the lunch on the day as the social rooms and bar will be open from 12 noon. The exact timing of the girl’s game will be determined during the week.
We will start with the Hearts this week as their efforts deserve top billing. Going into Saturday’s game they needed a win to ensure a home final and there was still the possibility of securing a double chance, if Ivanhoe could beat Old Brighton.
Having won 6 of our past 7 games and losing only once to the undefeated team Old Scotch during that time, the girls travelled to Banksia Reserve, confident of a victory.
They played a terrific 4 quarter game against Beaumaris to win by 46 points. A strong turnaround after losing to them by 18 points earlier in the season. Our conversion to goal was outstanding and the girls made the most of their opportunities and the scoreboard pressure was established very early with 3 goals in the first 10 minutes of the game.
Congratulations to Jordan Shanks who kicked 4 goals to win the Women’s Division 1 League goal kicking for the competition in a best on ground performance against Beaumaris. Jordy’s marking and kicking was a highlight of the game. Pulli, Weissy, Mim Waterman and Jess Mount gave Jordan great support up forward.
With the Hearts team getting close to a full team on the park the depth of our midfield and forward structures have been a key part of our improvement and our results. The Frawley sisters provided great drive wherever they played and their competitive nature shone thru as the game unfolded. Amy Fletcher, Carly Dillon, Kelly Eaton, Taylor V-C, Weissy gave terrific midfield drive for the full game.
The backs were very disciplined led by Sam Stewart, Sarah A, Loz Oliver, Georgie and others. Sarah Allingham continued her good form down back with one highlight being her ‘Phill Manassa’ run with 5+ bounces on the outer wing. Sarah’s last month has been outstanding and her ability to read the play and use the ball was a highlight.
Maggie Dunn has been one of our most reliable and ‘team first’ players this year down back. Maggie will miss the finals as she is traveling but what a year she has had!!
The positive for next week is that we are likely to see the return of our 2018 BF winner Frances Land and one of most dominant players of this year Anna Stewart returning from injury. The ever reliable Hannah Pastore also returns from overseas after several weeks away which is great for the team also.
Home and away season now over. Old Scotch, Old Brighton, the Hearts and Beaumaris all start with a clean slate. Let’s hope the Hearts strong form continues in the finals and the same theme as last year applies ‘Dare to dream’ and you never know what can happen.
Beaumaris 1.0-6 2.1-13 2.1-13 2.2-14
Old Haileyburians 3.1-19 5.3-33 8.5-53 9.6-60
Goal Kickers: J. Shanks 4, C. Weiss 2, M. Waterman, J. Mount, P. Gardiyawasam
Best Players: J. Shanks, K. Eaton, C. Frawley, D. Frawley, C. Weiss, M. Waterman
Bloods supporters certainly get value for money!. The boys have a crack every week which so often means close games. It was the case again on Saturday although unfortunately the result didn’t go our way this time.
Kicking to the southern end in the thirst quarter, Riley Thompson got us off to a good start, kicking the first goal after midfield pressure forced an SBM turnover. The game was going to be played in perfect conditions and there didn’t appear to be a favoured end. SBM got the next couple with some creative ball movement. They appeared to be a well organised outfit with active, creative midfielders. With a smaller forward line, this contrasted to our taller options of Trevo, Sec and Thommo providing targets in our forward line. Indeed Trevo scored our second and when Pop converted from under the scoreboard, the game was all tied up at quarter time. The umpires were letting the game go and a bit of niggle began to creep into the game consistent with two even teams doing battle.
The first half of the second stanza was dominated by the respective backlines. Our back six were once again sticking to their tasks well with Bitters in particular was getting plenty of the ball. Matty Taylor was continuing his good form as number one ruckman while young Josh Gasparini was proving a live-wire, enjoying a bit of freedom on the ball. Gas, along with livewire, Sam Algeri, got on the scoreboard during the quarter and with both teams kicking three for the quarter the game was still evenly poised.
The third quarter ended up being contrasting. The visitors dominated the first ten minutes and had slipped away to 15 point lead. Pop got one back, but again SBM snuck away again and at one stage was leading by 23 points. We were struggling to get clean entry into our forward line, while SBM were getting on top from the centre clearances. We needed to rally and indeed the boys did. Trevo scored from the goalsquare after a 50m penalty, SBM answered but Durras replied after some good evasive work and when Nick Garrat scored on the siren from a long way out, we were right back in the game. It had begun to slip away from us but the lads responded well to ensure the Throng were going to be in for another tense last quarter.
And it didn’t disappoint as once again “we had the close one”. We appeared to have the momentum and this continued in the last quarter. Nick Gooda got the all important first goal and when Trevo scored from another strong mark, he had put us in front. We had the ascendancy, and while it was still a real battle we were creating more opportunities. Jack Munro got one off the pack and the lead had been extended to 10 points with about 12 minutes of playing time left. SBM hadn’t scored and it would be unreasonable to expect that to remain the case. After a few minutes of the ball bobbling around the respective half forward lines, a long, indiscriminate ball into their forward line saw a SBM mark and goal. Still we seemed to have more miles in the legs but couldn’t quite find the right avenue to goal. Again, after a scrappy passage of play, an SBM forward marked from another random entry. Unfortunately he never really looked like missing from 30 out on the angle and the visitors found themselves in front. There was still 5 minutes to go so there was plenty of time. After a snap from the pack, the margin was reduced to 1 point with 2 minutes on the clock. There was a sense of deja vu as the finger nails, which had only just grown back, were once again being knawed. Unfortunately there wasn’t going to be another fairytale ending and while the last minute was played in our forward line, we just couldn’t find the right opportunity.
So the final score showed a defeat by the narrowest of margins and players and supporters were understandably disappointed. The boys showed real commitment especially from about half way through the third quarter. Trevo took some brilliant, strong marks, Jimmy Paul was everywhere lifting his team, Jack Munro was his livewire best and all 22 had a real crack. It wasn’t to be this time but not for want of trying.
Old Haileyburians 3.1-19 6.2-38 10.3-63 13.7-85
St Bedes / Mentone Tigers 3.1-19 6.4-40 11.7-73 13.8-86
Goal Kickers: L. Treverton 2, D. Seccull 2, R. Thompson 2, J. Nicolopoulos 2, N. Gooda, N. Garratt, J. Gasparini, S. Algeri, J. Munro
Best Players: M. Taylor, J. Paul, J. Gasparini, L. Treverton, J. Munro, P. Gleadhill
The lads got off to a lethargic start on Saturday but a half time spray from Sec resonated. As a result, the second half was far more respectable. Good to see Spencer Ward back playing while Ari, Brad Prior and Mark Irwin were amongst the better players. Two sets of brothers (Schneiders and Prices) which was the first time for a while.
Old Haileyburians 0.2-2 1.4-10 3.6-24 3.9-27
St Bedes / Mentone Tigers 6.3-39 12.4-76 14.10-94 17.16-118
Goal Kickers: J. Schneider 2, L. Montgomery
Best Players: A. Ventouras, H. Traum, M. Irwin, B. Prior, C. Schneider, F. Robinson
The Young Bloods also got off to a slow start on the wide open spaces of Elsternwick Park. Taking on OMs, the boys were always up against it and poor kicking didn’t help. But they bounced back in the second half and took it right up to the hosts. Dos Coleman showed the benefits of a few games in the seniors, while Mitch Humbert put in another solid effort.
Old Melburnians 6.2-38 9.4-58 14.8-92 15.12-102
Old Haileybury 0.4-4 1.8-14 2.10-22 6.12-48
Goal Kickers: C. Dovaston 2, M. Humbert, Z. Plafadelis, L. Venturi, D. Green
Best Players: M. Humbert, A. Coleman, C. Dovaston, D. Green, L. Venturi, T. Morris
SCHOOL FIRST XVIII
Lappa’s Legends scored a resounding win over Xavier on the weekend to ensure the APS Football Premieship will go down to the wire. As it stands Caulfield are on top, undefeated with Haileybury and Carey next with one loss each. Like a racing handicapper, the APS fixturist (?) has nailed it. Yes Carey host Caulfield this weekend and Haileybury play Geelong College. So if the lads in magenta and black can get up and Carey do the right thing, it will be a three-way tie. Good Luck boys!!
And it is worth pointing out that the School Hearts have recorded three wins for the year to sit just out of the four.
It is going to be a big day of football at PP on Saturday. The Hearts host Beauy in the first final, the Young Bloods are at home as are the seniors, so there will be plenty of footy to take in. Get there early as parking is a premium.
Also make sure you drop in for a bite to eat. The bar will be open from 12 and this is when the jumper presentation to the kiddies, takes place. (Parents, Grandparents, Godparents, Uncles, Aunties – it isn’t too late to get the little one involved. We have Hearts jumpers too!). The little ones are free and a meal for the adults is only $20. It is going to be a lot of fun in our relaxed social rooms. Contact hyxy – email@example.com to RSVP.
And in case you are still hungry, don’t forget the fare that is on offer at the Universe’s best half time arvo tea….
ACTION FROM THE WEEKEND
Round the Neck!!
Jess doing her Jack Dyer impersonation
Welcome back Hannah
Another possession for Carly Dillon
The Twins sharing it around.
Smiles all round
Brad on the run
Plenty of support for Ari
And the Big Men Fly – Sol with a bit of help from Finn vs Juddy
Plymo STRONG (GGRRRR)
As is Gledders
Sam is a bit more delicate
While Ollie only has eyes for the ball
Whereas Will doesn’t get his hair in his eyes (surprising)
THANKS TO BRON AND MIN