Top 4 to clash in exciting round of Premier C

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Meg Saultry

PEGS forward Adrian Romanyk has been in fine form this season and in Round 6 he was at his most damaging, breaking into the double digits and booting ten majors to take his season tally to 36. Romanyk’s haul helped lead PEGS to its third win in a row, defeating Old Camberwell by 31 points at Gordon Barnard Reserve on Saturday.

Camberwell were able to get the jump on the Bombers early, leading the first term by a goal, before PEGS found a slight edge to steal the front heading into both the third and fourth terms. Their eight-goal final quarter effort allowed the Bombers to comfortably close out the match. Romanyk was the obvious target up forward, ultimately the only multiple goal scorer for the team, but he was amply supported by several teammates including Max Philpot, who strung together another dependable performance for the season. James Allen was the Wellers best with four goals, following up his three goals from last week.

PEGS are the team to watch at the moment after winning three on the trot to be comfortably sitting in third position, but they will face a tough opponent in Round 7 as they face fourth placed Old Geelong. Old Camberwell has slipped from seventh to eighth and will want to get the win against Peninsula next week.

Fitzroy FC continues its unbeaten run six rounds into the season, overpowering Marcellin OC by 42 points at Brunswick St Oval. It was their six goal final quarter that thrust the Roys into the winning position, with the Eagles staying close up until three quarter time. Marcellin produced good pressure early to counter the Roy’s usual slick ball movement, and were overall much more accurate in front of goal then their opponents, though to no avail. Fitzroy’s Aidan Lambert (3) and Jack Dalton (2) backed up their four goal performance last week with another imposing game down forward, while Nino Lazzaro was back amongst the goal scorers with three majors. Marcellin’s Mitchell Jones continued his early season form, playing his best game after being elevated into the seniors last week. Daniel McMahon top scored for the Eagles with three goals, while Andrew Kay presented well and finished with two.

Fitzroy remains firmly in second position, unable to dislodge Williamstown from the top, but they will have their chance in what should be the match of Round 7 as the two remaining undefeated teams of Premier C finally face off. Marcellin OC sits two games out of the top four in fifth and will desperately need a win over Old Mentonians next week after losing its past three games.

Old Ivanhoe held on for a 34-point victory over fast finishing Old Mentonians to win its second game of the season in front of supporters at Chelsworth Park. The Hoers dominated for three quarters as Adrian Del Monte replicated his four-goal effort of last week, kicking two in the first quarter and nailing another two just before three quarter time to take the Hoers lead up to 56 points. The Panthers fought back in the final term, kicking five goals as they worked to claw back the lead, but Ivanhoe’s Dylan Buffifant kicked his second goal of the day late in the quarter to make the lead well and truly out of the Panthers reach. Ivanhoe’s Sam Geilings was named best afield, while teammate Lachlan Boyd (4) increased his season goal tally to 18 and Daniel Maitland played his finest game of the season so far.

Old Ivanhoe’s win snaps a four game losing streak and moves them up two places into seventh, as the Panthers sits just above in sixth with a greater percentage. The Hoers will want to make it two from two when they face bottom placed St Mary’s next round, while the Panthers will hope to take advantage of Marcellin OC’s three game losing streak to notch their third win this season.

Old Geelong has produced some up and down performances over the last month, but responded to a disappointing loss last week to blow Peninsula out of the water by 70 points at Como Park. The Pirates got the early break, kicking straight to lead by four points at quarter time, but struggled to stay competitive as Geelong kicked 14 goals to four for the remainder of the game. Old Geelong’s Callum Wood put in the ultimate captain’s performance, dangerous up forward with his six goals, while fellow big man Josh Hoevenaars kicked three. Peninula’s skipper Sam Glenn and teammate Shaun Payze were among the Pirates best with two goals each.

Old Geelong’s victory cements the team into fourth position, two wins ahead of its next rival, while a fifth loss this season drops Peninsula into ninth place. In an exciting matchup, it’s third versus fourth as Old Geelong travels out to Geelong Grammar to host PEGS Football Club in Round 7, while Peninsula will try to win at home for the first time this season against Old Camberwell.

Williamstown CYMS unwaveringly handed St Mary’s Salesian its fifth loss of the season, smashing the visitors by 143 points at Fearon Reserve. With over 20 forced changes across both the seniors and reserve sides, St Mary’s was always going to face an uphill challenge against the competition leaders, while Williamstown was without Jack Gray who was serving the first of a two-week suspension. St Mary’s Jack Elliston kicked a goal late in the first quarter to remain within two straight kicks heading into the second term, but Williamstown put the foot down thereafter as they scored over 100 points before the Saints could manage another minor score. Charlie Angley kicked St Mary’s second and final goal mid way through the final quarter. Williamstown again had an even spread of contributions down forward with 13 individual goal kickers, spearheaded by Nicholas Ebinger who was superb with five goals. Robert Chan played another stellar game, also chipping in two goals, while Saints skipper Heath Chipperfield fought admirably as he lead his team.

The percentage boosting win solidifies Williamstown’s place at the top of the ladder, while St Mary’s remains at the bottom of the table in tenth. Williamstown faces its biggest challenge of the season next weekend, playing fellow undefeated side Fitzroy FC, as St Mary’s hosts Old Ivanhoe.