In a pivotal day of action, there were some big statements made.
None more so than in Premier where Old Xaverians did what no other side has been able to do this year, defeat St Bernard’s at the Snakepit. Trailing by five goals early in the third term, Old Xaverians kicked 8 of the next 11 goals to run out winners by 8 points. Chad Jones was exceptional kicking seven goals in a losing side, the win for Old Xavs will have everyone looking over their shoulders in the next five weeks.
Collegians sent Old Trinity to a third consecutive defeat, also becoming the first team to beat the T’s at their Bulleen fortress. The margin never stretched beyond a couple of kicks but four goals from the returning Shura Taft saw Collegians home by 9 points.
Old Brighton made the biggest move of the round in terms of their ladder position. The Tonners four point win over St Bedes/Mentone Tigers was enough to take Old Brighton from 10th to 8th and out of the bottom two.
Old Scotch piled on the goals early against De La Salle to run out comfortable 51 point winners at Camberwell. Mark Passador kicked a season best seven goals in the win, whilst De La Salle find themselves in the bottom two with five weeks remaining.
Beaumaris again started confidently but couldn’t maintain the rage against the ladder leading University Blacks. Blacks ran out 40 point winners over the Sharks, sending them to a sixth straight defeat. Tyson Kruse was again amongst the best and he booted three goals too.
Old Carey fell one point short of a second consecutive win by three figures, the Panthers dismantling Fitzroy by 99 points at Dunshea oval.
Caulfield Grammarians virtually assured themselves of another year in Premier B and made life almost impossible for Old Haileybury after they Fields won by 49 points.
University Blues stopped Old Melburnians in their tracks, handing OMs a 71 point thrashing at Junction Oval. Melburnians were held to just one goal by the all conquering Blues.
An Adrian Delmonte (5 goals) inspired Old Ivanhoe handed St Kevin’s a shock 19 point loss at TH King. It was supposed to be a day of celebration for SKOBs who finally unveiled their new pavilion, however the Hoes came to play. Old Ivanhoe, despite the win will still need to win their last four matches but on this form they are certainly capable.
Mazenod’s resurgence continued as they levelled their season up at 7-7 with a 39 point win over AJAX. The Nodders are up to fifth, dropping the Jackas to sixth. Four goals from Dean Kelly and three from Josh Cowan just two of the highlights for Mazenod.
In Premier C, Hampton Rovers ensured they kept the heat on Monash Blues in their bid for a double chance spot. The Rovers proved too strong for PEGS, running out 43 point winners.
Monash Blues had no problems in their 60 point win over Peninsula. The Blues had 12 goal kickers in the win.
Banyule scored their second win of the year with a brilliant 23 point win at Ormond. The Bears would need results to go their way, and win their remaining games in order to achieve a miracle of avoiding the drop. Nevertheless, this is a victory that will be a high point on an otherwise tough season for the Bears.
Parkdale Vultures again demonstrated that there are no easy games at the nest, the Vultures 20 point winners over Oakleigh. The result groups three sides on 7-7 and with PEGS just a game clear in fourth there are four teams chasing one spot.
Marcellin maintained top spot with a 20 point win over Old Camberwell. This wasn’t the Eagles best performance of the year but they are a game clear in top spot. Old Camberwell are most likely just a win away from safety.