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Collegians moved to firm flag favouritism when it routed Old Carey at the Trott this afternoon. The well-oiled Lions machine handed out a football lesson to the jungle’s youngest residents and the main ringmaster was the Purples’ showman Shura Taft with eight goals.
Old Melburnians fell to Old Scotch at Camberwell and remain in search of their first win, as do Uni Blues who hit the front at Brindisi Street but couldn’t stave off St Bede’s/Mentone Tigers. Old Haileybury broke through, however, defeating Old Trinity at McKinnon.
The major drama happened at Toorak Park, where Old Xaverians kicked the last two goals to steal victory from De La Salle, which had come back from a six goal second term deficit. Things got sticky for Xavs in the third and in the last quarter, and deep into time-on, they surrendered the lead seemingly for good. Not so. Josh Agius snapped his third and with just three seconds left on the clock, Matt Handley jagged his second. Dan Rush booted five for the victors and Brett Eddy five for the vanquished in another epic game played before a large crowd.
The outstanding individual performance of the afternoon was in Division 4 where Box Hill North star Dan “Spenda” Penny had a seventeen goal haul in the Ds’ demolition of the Shoppers.
Ben Spencer booted seven as unbeaten SFX romped over Swinburne Uni, while David “Sweet Music” Viola hit all the right notes with six majors in Eley Park’s shootout win over struggling South Mornington.
The Stationmasters (Christian Traeger six) edged North Brunny (Pat Notaro six), while the Cookies slipped past the Cobras on the back of big Aaron Marsh’s seven.
In Premier B, Owen Weatherley snagged six as Old Ivanhoe staved off a strong challenge from Hampton Rovers, who got five from Dan Corp. Caulfield Grammarians were in charge from the outset against Old Brighton, while Marcellin surprised against Beaumaris, getting its first win. Brendon George kicked six as the Snowdogs beat Oakleigh, while Mick Giansiracusa’s Michelle kept Kevs unbeaten against Uni Blacks, which lowered its colours for the first time this campaign.
In Premier C, AJAX halted the Werribee Express with David Fayman slotting five. Rupo accounted for an inaccurate Monash Blues, while Will Pickering’s six was enough for the Roys to sink the Wellers. Melbourne High beat the Nodders who got six from Rees Thomas. Old Essendon shocked the Monders at Gunn Reserve.
Division 1 leader Banyule got five from Hash Brown in their massive win over Old Mentonians. Old Geelong accounted for Whitefriars in a close one at the Junction, with Jean Daou slipping through six for the Friars. Paradians humbled Bulleen Temp, with Danny Zivanovic slotting six and Adam Pattison five. Parkdale beat Peninsula, while North Old Boys did for a disappointing CY outfit.
Tom “Banjo” Paterson kicked six and Glenn Boyd five as Glen Eira prevailed over St Mary’s Salesian. Therry Penola beat a plucky Aquinas, La Trobe lashed Old Westbourne with Stuey Patten kicking eight, and SMD, with five from Andrew Hannan, surprised the Animals. The Turtles proved no match for St John’s.
Division 3 faves Prahran Assumption got eight from Adam Sleight in their walloping of UHSVU. Ivanhoe edged the Bankers, while the Cider Men beat West Brunswick. Cam Britt kicked five in the Winemakers’ humbling of Power House. The Gryphs beat a plucky Kew while Hawthorn got five from Toby Cohen in defeating Elsternwick.

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