St Marys Salesian vs Old Ivanhoe
After a good solid win against Old Mentonians last Saturday, the Senior team faced St Marys in a crucial game that would likely shape the remainder of the season. The Seniors, and all other teams wore black armbands to acknowledge the too early passing of Russell Jessop a past Reserves coach, former senor player at Collingwood and father of Ricky, one of the best players in the 2013 senior C-Grade premiership.
The first quarter was perhaps not a fair reflection of general play. At ¼ time St Marys led 4.3.27 to a wasteful 2.7.19. The OIGFC scoreline included a number of behinds from relatively easy opportunities and the side should probably been in front at the first change. Justin Powick was providing great drive and his hard work and tackling in tight was on full display. Nick Reeves-Smyth was also prominent in the early phase of the game. The full forward from St Marys was however, causing headaches.
The early stages of the 2nd quarter caused a few murmurs in the crowd as St Marys extended its lead. However, this was short-lived as the team suddenly lifted several gears to pile on the pressure. Some excellent passages of team football soon followed, with a number of goals scored where the ball was transferred the length of the ground without St Marys involvement. In probably the best 20 minutes of football the club has played all year, eight goals were kicked, enabling the side to go in at half time with a handy 20-point lead. At the main break, the scores stood at 10.9.69 to 7.7.49
The 3rd quarter saw St Marys fight back with 5 goals to our 3, with the lead reduced to 7 points at the final change (13.12.90 to 12.11.83). In the last quarter, after OIGFC kicked the opening goal, St Marys fought back strongly to kick the next two to reduce the margin to less than a kick. The boys steadied, however, and dominated the remainder of the game eventually emerging 22-point winners. The final score was 19.15.129 to 16.11.107.
Skipper Mal Mitris, relishing his move to the forward line was best afield. His marking strength was justly rewarded with six majors. As noted earlier Justin Powick and Nick Reeves-Smyth were excellent all day around the stoppages. Sam Keogh continues to play like a seasoned veteran; his poise and reading of the play belie the fact that this was only his 7th senior game. Danny Steele continues to carry the ruck load with aplomb and Daniel Cookson also racked up a number of important possessions.
As noted earlier, Mal Mitris led the goal kicking with 6, with Carl Groth booting 3 and Dylan Buttifant and Adrian Del Monte each chiming in with 2.
St Mary’s Salesian
Best Players: M. Dolan, M. Bulte, N. Bussell, J. Strangward, B. Andrews, J. Mattiske
Old Ivanhoe Grammarians
Best Players: M. Mitris, N. Reeves-Smyth, J. Powick, S. Keogh, D. Steele, D. Cookson
|May 19, 2018||2:00 pm||Seniors||2018|
|99 Glen Iris Rd, Glen Iris VIC 3146, Australia|