Wet weather footy was back on deck in Round 3 and scrappy football ensued. In the ‘Bachelor of Arts’ cup battle between the two Uni sides it was the Blues who came away 33 point winners to claim bragging rights. With a mixture of Lawyers, Scientists and Mathematicians in both sides it was bound to be a battle of attrition. Both sides had the luxury of playing on their home deck but Blues used the ball better and were first to the ball in a sloppy affair. Jackson Clarke and Tom Chalkely were the best for the losing side while Darcy Cordell and Jack Curnow were Blues best. Batarilo and Osti kicked 3 each for the victors.
If you think the AFL is hard to tip at the moment, don’t get me started on Under 19 Premier, who could have seen the Sharks of Beaumaris snatching victory over competition heavyweights St Bernards? Beauy was relentless with their pressure to lead by 15 at half time. Bernards, like a champion team responded in the third quarter kicking 5.3 but still allowed Beaumaris to kick 5 of their own and the Sharks went into the final break up by 13 and maintained that margin to send a real message to the competition. Gibbins kicked 4 for the home side and Henricks and Carroll were that catalysts for Beauys win. Beddoe, Oruba and Carey were impressive for the Snowdogs.
Old Scotch travelled to Old Trinity and were able to come away victorious in a low scoring scrappy affair. With both sides scoreless at quarter time the home side were able to gain the ascendency at half time by 6 points. Scores were level at three quarter time with Scotch very inaccurate in the third term booting 0.7 but were they able to fight back and win the game in the final term by 17 points. Holding kicked 2 for the Cardinals while Anderson and Slobom were their best. Corney, Joyce and Hargreaves kicked Trinity’s only goals with Hargreaves and Bennett best on the ground. Both sides continue to be around the middle of the pack, but both have the potential to break out and contest for a finals spot.
The hapless Old Melburnians were no match for the powerful St Kevins outfit and could only manage a single goal on a day where Skobs booted 18 goals. Six goals in the first term set up the game for Skobs and they just kept motoring along never letting up on the cellar dwelling OMs. Jono Ring (7) was outstanding and Lewis kicked 4 of his own with Massey, Tate and Graham also turning it on in a a complete team effort. Warson and Hooper were OMs best players. Another tough year ahead for the Albert Park boys but St Kevin’s only seem to be getting stronger and could challenge for this year’s flag.
Old Xavs got back on the winners list with a scrappy but hard fought win over a gritty De La Salle side. De La jumped out of the blocks nicely at a very wet Toorak Park with the first two goals. Both sides were working hard to get their hands on the footy and the skills were quite good with a wet ball. Jack Kelliher was outstanding for Xavs with his work all-around the ground. Charlie Kennedy kicked 3 and competed all day and Ben Murphy was his hard-nosed self, emerging from the bottom of the pack every stoppage. Colak and Vawser were outstanding for De La, running all day and influencing the contest at every opportunity. A tough hitout for both sides that will stand them in good stead come the end of the year. Xavs running out 22 point winners.
Old Scotch v St.Kevins
Uni Blues v Beaumaris
Old Trinity v De La Salle
St. Bernards v Uni Blacks
Old Xaverians v Old Melburnians