After a long drive through a lot of fog the team finally made it to Alexandra; the fog lifted, and it was a beautiful day for football.
The team started off slow in the first quarter and as the game moved on the playing group grew with confidence and realised with a little bit of tackling pressure they can be just as good as the league leaders, Alexandra.
Johnny Anderson was brilliant in the ruck early with great support from his younger brother Zac in ruck rover.
Luke Fox was standing tall in the last line of defence, reading the ball well as it came in fast in the first quarter.
Hugh Murphy was covering the ground well with outstanding ball-carrying skills across the half-back line then later into the ruck where he was a handful for the opposition.
Flynn O’Brien and Archy Harrison were outstanding on the wing, gathering the ball clean at ground level then using the ball well by hitting up opposition with great kicking skills.
Matilda Brew when moved into the forward line gave the opposition a tackling lesson, wrapping up many opposition players.
Angus Nash and Heath Heata Lane played great captains’ games; Heath finished with three goals, and Angus was in everything in the last quarter and managed eight kicks, four handballs and one massive pack mark.
Dylan Baker and Nick Drayton supplied great pressure in the backline all day and were well supported by Brodie Ballantyne late in the game.
Max and Oliver Smyth worked well together in the middle, linking up well and putting a hold on the Alexandra midfield.
This was the best team game the players have had all year, with the tackle count hitting 10 tackles per quarter in the last three quarters.
Goals: Heath Lane 3, Oliver Smyth 1.
Awards: Muluka Thoroughbreds: Luke Fox.
North East Antennas: Hugh Murphy.
Hume Electrical: Matilda Brew.
This week the team ventured to Alexandra for the Queen’s Birthday clash.
In beautiful sunny conditions the boys went to work against a physical Alex side.
Mitch Coll worked hard as did Angus to get the ball forward to the lively group of Harry Palmer and Will and Plugger Wall.
Wingmen Darby Mc and Jet Peterson gave plenty of drive forward all day, and also sneaking forward for goal of the day was Darby Mc.
The back half of the ground held strong and the ball did not often find its way past the solid half-back line of Darby O, Harley and H.
With numbers a little tight a few of the U12 boys came up and acquitted themselves very well and showed they are ready for the step-up next season.
Angus Nash, Heater and Ollie all did their bit for the team after four very solid quarters in the previous game.
It was not the team’s most impressive performance but was very workman-like; to adapt and grind out a solid win was a credit to the team.
Goals: Will 4, Colly and Angus 2, Harry P and Darby Mc.
Best: Angus, Colly, Will, Darby Mc and Darby O.
The weather was kind as the Saints hosted Seymour Lions at Kings Park.
The U10s appear to be enjoying their games, and their skills are getting better on a weekly basis.
Awards: McDonald’s Seymour: Harry Parker and Lucy Sullivan.
Bakers Delight Seymour: Max Fulton and Harvey Smith.
The Lions dominated the play for the match with great run and chase all over the ground, but the Saints never gave up and eventually posted a goal in the final quarter.
Awards: Club award: Michael McLean, Ollie Berryman and Ollie Henderson.
Bakers Delight Seymour: Ryan O’Dwyer.
On a beautiful day for football, St Mary’s agreed to play 17-a-side against Seymour, which only had 17 players.
Once again, the Saints were way too big and strong with Ollie Munro kicking nine and nine other players kicking goals; this is a result of hard training and getting a good game plan together.
Fraser Rutherford once again was all over the ground and Luke Allison played very well on the wing.
The on-ballers again dominated the centre clearances, creating drive into the forward line.
Saints ruckman Caleb Trodd gives away a lot in height — but every week he makes up for it with his athleticism, and this week was very creative between the 50m arcs and played well again.
Coming off two very easy wins, the boys will need to be back at their best next week when they travel to Avenel to play Tabilk.
Best: Munro, Rutherford, Thomson, Allison, Lubeck and Trodd.
Goals: Munro 9, Grant, Smith, Thomson 2, Lubeck, Manchester, Begley, Wilson, and Best 1.
Awards: Coles: Martin.
Bakers Delight: D. Towt.
McDonald’s: F. Rutherford.
Club Award: O. Munro.