What the clubs said this week

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Old Xaverians website following their 45-point win over Beaumaris

Winning at Banksia Park is never easy, but a resolute Old Xavs lineup achieved that and a little more with a solid 45 point victory there yesterday. It is is four rounds into the season and most are none the wiser about this team’s true potential. However the inconsistency that plagued them in recent weeks seemed to disappear after the long break yesterday and tenty-two flowers bloomed. Beaumaris seemed to answer every challenge in the first half and looked a more organised team, but then could not sustain the pressure as Xavs built momentum that turned into scoreboard pressure. Superior fitness was certainly a factor, but better teamwork, faster ball movement and the will to win made a difference too. (Read More)

Collegians website following their 15-point win over University Blacks

I’m not sure Grand Finalists from the previous year have ever met in round for the following year, both without a win, but that was the case on Saturday. Substantial changes to both sides but the nucleus still there. With a howling wind blowing to Fitzroy Street Blacks started confidently and once again we found ourselves under the pump early. We dug in, clawed a couple back and were two goals down at the break. (Read More)

De La Salle website following their 28-point loss to Old Carey

After two consecutive heart stoppers the De La faithful were hoping for something a little more comfortable this week. While last weeks epic win was worth savoring the focus today was firmly on Old Carey with the Panthers having a win, a loss and a draw from their first 3 matches to sit just above us on the table. They are loaded with talent and boast many players with AFL or state league experience.  (Read More)

Old Scotch website following their 18-point loss to Old Trinity

After a promising 3-0 start to the season, Old Scotch traveled to Trinity on Saturday to playoff against another undefeated team, in what promised to be a fast-paced and skilful game. Injuries and other commitments led to a bevy of changes for the Cards, who would make the road trip without a number of their prime movers. It was a big day for the club, with fearless and inspirational captain Scott Sherwen playing his 100th game, and Charlie Long making his senior debut. Scotch won the toss and elected to kick with the wind. It was a scrappy start to the game, with pressure from both sides leading to a number of skill errors. Strauss was proving to be a handful for Old Trinity early, gathering plenty of the ball and using it with class. (Read More)

St Kevins website following their 57-point win over Hampton Rovers 

St Kevin’s maintained its unbeaten start to the season with a 10 goal win over Hampton Rovers on Saturday.

It wasn’t the most defensive orientated game seen, with a total of 38 goals kicked for the match.  SKOB started like a house on fire with its midfield running rampant.  The match really should’ve been well and truly wrapped up quarter time with the side booting seven goals from 18 scoring shots. (Read More)

Parkdale website following their 12-point win over Old Melburnians

The first game for the season back at our home ground against Old Melbournians (OM) was going to be a crunch game as we didn’t want to fall too far behind the competition in ‘B’ Grade. With the previous three rounds producing a lot of promise and not much in results another loss was one we could not afford. Old Melbournians also were looking to consolidate 4th position on the ladder coming in with a 2 and 1 record.

With injuries starting to bite in both the Seniors and Seconds teams and a call up to the TAC Cup competition for Lachlan Butler, this meant that Jackson Boland and James Everest were elevated to the Seniors for the first time this season. With both players having played consistent football in the Seconds in the first few rounds their talents were to be a strong boost to the team. (Read More)

Old Haileybury website following their 15-point win over Old Ivanhoe 

A good win away from home to the seniors who had to travel again, this time to Ivanhoe.  The reserves, however, could not quite match it with Old Ivanhoe.  The U19s won courtesy of a forfeit and the Haileybury 1st XVIII won well away at Carey. This week all teams are at home except for the School team which has a bye.

The seniors (and reserves) travelled out to Ivanhoe – not an easy trip and this one was going to be no exception as Old Ivanhoe had won all 3 games so far this year.  However the four points were there to be won and both teams clearly wanted it.  The bloods got to kick first with a 20 knot breeze blowing straight down the middle of the ground.  Ivanhoe were keen to bottle it up and were forcing the ball wide and tackling hard. (Read More)

Prahran Assumption website following their 53-point win over Bulleen/Templestowe

Returning to Toorak Park for the first time this season, Prahran Assumption could sense the enormity of this game and weren’t about to let arch rival Bulleen send them to four consecutive losses to start the year. An eight goal final term was the catalyst for Prahran, who ran out 18.13-121 to 10.8-68 winners, giving new head coach Luke Egan his first victory in charge. Club favourite James Musster, playing in his first game for year, did not miss a beat for the Two Blues, whilst skipper Jack Matherson was at his usual calm and composed best. (Read More)

Richmond Central website following their 92-point win over South Melbourne Districts

Round 4 saw us head down to Lindsay Hassett oval to face the bottom of the ladder South Melbourne Districts. As expected the bloods came out firing in the first quarter. Spurred on by their first home game of the season, they managed to take a one goal lead at quarter time mainly due to some errant kicking by the Snakes forward line. The second quarter had the Snakes playing a much better brand of football, with the midfield getting on top lead by Big Roebuck, and down forward Shadow Holland leading the way snagging 3 of the 7 Snakes goals in the quarter, taking a 28 point lead into the half time break. (Read More)