It’s Uni Blues with a wet sail!
One thing about Uni Blues and Old Xaverians – they sure know how to turn on a contest! Uni went to the final break 25 points in arrears but stormed home with ten goals in the last quarter to take the cookies. Newly appointed captain Andrew Lowcock played a sensational game for the students, booting an even half dozen. Ruckman Jack Watts and the recently returned Matt Torney (Geelong VFL) were other dominant Blues players, who blooded five first gamers and brought back three stars from yesteryear. Jon Mecuri on release from the Northern Bullants kicked four for the home side.
There was a massive turn up on South Road, where the unfancied Old Scotch rolled last year’s Grand Finalists by eight points. Four apiece to Ben Doherty and Adam Houlihan and a dominant display by Steve Lawrence proved the difference. Suffice to say, reports of a downturn in Scotch stocks were ridiculously premature! Brighton blooded a 6 foot eight beast of a man named Matt Smith but converted poorly and paid dearly.
De La Salle went down to St Bedes at Brindisi St (25 points), but showed enough to suggest that they won’t be the pushovers many suggested. As expected, Collegians won in a canter, downing Old Trinity by 76 points, while Old Ivanhoe finished 33 points the better of the promoted Uni Blacks.
In B Section, there was heartbreak for 250th gamer Marcus Dollman and his St Kevins outfit – they got rolled by a point at the hands of Old Melburnians. No such problems for the two relegated sides, who both won easily. Haileybury easily accounted for Beaumaris by seven goals and St Bernards smashed Old Camberwell by 97 points at the Snakepit. In a highly charged game at Bulleen, the visitors Old Essendon took the honours, running out 9 point winners over Marcellin.