ROUND 8 WRAP – PREMIER TO PREMIER C

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Melbourne’s overnight rainfall meant there were 17 VAFA matches postponed today with 4 of those matches senior contests. At this stage all matches will be caught up either this week or on one of the other bye weekends. But there was still some fantastic football played. 
All five matches started in Premier and weather conditions may or may not have contributed to the closeness of some matches. At University Oval the ground resembled a field of mud at the conclusion of a tough 3 point win for Collegians over Uni Blacks. The Lions level their season at 4-4 and Blacks lose top spot in the low scoring encounter. 
At Beaumaris’ Shark Park the home side fell 10 points short of the visiting Old Scotch in a ding dong battle. Tight all day the Sharks took two goal lead into the last but were overrun by the Cardinals. Buckley kicked five of the Sharks thirteen goals and Will Strange and Mark Passador bagged four for Old Scotch who move to third. 
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers have hit the ground running in recent weeks and another big home win against Uni Blues has them just outside the four tonight. The 92 point Tigers win was achieved with six goals to Shaun Glennen and five to James Murname. St Bernard’s defeated De La Salle by 10 points in a classic slug at the Snakepit. De La Salle kicked an inaccurate 6.17 to the Bernard’s 9.9. At Toorak Park there was no magoos, but that didn’t make much difference for Old Carey as they struggled against the might of Old Xaverians. Xavs won by 8 goals in Oliver Gidley’s 200th game. 
In Premier B two matches were postponed with Old Trinity verses Old Haileyburians and Old Melburnians verses St Kevin’s OB held over as the Daley and Junction Ovals were considered unplayable. Both matches will be completed this week. A decision on where, and when to be confirmed by the VAFA on Monday morning. 
At grounds where matches were played, Fitzroy won their second game of the year (and second in a row) when they beat Parkdale Vultures by seven points in the Premier C Grand Final rematch. The Roys came from behind in a win that serves some small compensation for the losses against the Vultures in 2012. 
AJAX started slowly at Caulfield but gradually worked their way back into the match to defeat Caulfield Grammarians by six goals. Another five goal haul for David Fayman highlighted the win. 
Werribee’s gradual improvement continues but it wasn’t enough as they hosted Old Brighton. Daniel Anthony’s eight goals the standout performance as the Tonners won by a comfortable 49 points. 
In Premier C Peninsula halted their slide with a tremendous four point win at Banyule’s Bear Cave.  In another match decided by a kick, Old Ivanhoe trumped Marcellin on the Eagles deck by five points. Adrian Del Monte’s five goals a contributing factor in the triumph by the men in brown. 
Mazenod consolidated second spot on the table thanks to their 33 point win at PEGS. The Nodders are just a game behind the team they face in a fortnight for bragging rights in the first nine weeks. 
That team is Monash Blues who won their eighth straight match – by 55 points over Old Camberwell – to sit clear on top of Premier C. At the other end of the table the winless North Old Boys/St Patrick’s College won their first game of 2013. NOBs beat ninth placed Oakleigh by 22 points