There is a new William Buck Premier ladder leader in town following Old Trinity’s 112-point demolition of Beaumaris at Banksia Reserve. The T’s hit the ground running with five first-quarter goals to one and did not once let up as they outscored their opponents 22.17 (149) to 4.13 (37). Jake Steinhart continued his excellent run of form with two majors and a best-on-ground performance, while Seb Nicolosi top scored with seven goals. The T’s have been pushing Bernard’s at the top of the ladder for a number of weeks and finally trump their rivals due to the percentage gained in this week’s win.
De La Salle continue their push for finals, defeating Collegians by 71 points at Waverly Oval and making it five wins from their last six outings. A six-goal to two opening term set the tone for De La as they steadily increased their lead as the match progressed. Adrian Indovino did the bulk of the damage up forward with four of his side’s 16 goals. The loss leaves the Lions dwindling in ninth position with the two sides directly above them on the ladder holding a one-game lead.
Old Scotch made it back-to-back wins with a commanding 43-point victory over Old Carey at Carey Sports Complex this afternoon. Nine goals to one in the opening half broke the game open for the Cardinals, despite the Panthers outscoring them in the final two terms. The win sees the Cardinals climb to seventh on the ladder, while the Panthers fall from third to fourth on the back of the Blues’ win.
St Bernard’s rallied against a brave University Blacks outfit, holding on to win by 10 points at St Bernard’s College. Jumping out to a 32-point lead at quarter time, Bernard’s were tested by the Blacks in the final three terms, allowing 12 goals to their eight in that time. Nathan Kazuro stood up in the face of the Blacks’ inspired fightback, earning himself best-on-ground honours. Despite winning their ninth match in a row, Bernard’s fall to second on the ladder due to the T’s 112-point thrashing of Beaumaris. Furthermore, the Blacks fall to eighth and remain just one win above Collegians in relegation territory.
University Blues moved to third on the William Buck ladder following their hard-fought 34-point victory against Old Xaverians at Melbourne University. Leading by just one goal at the last change, the Blues ran out the game stronger than their opponent and kicked five unanswered goals in the final quarter. Pete Summers dominated with three goals in a best-on-ground performance, while Matt Handley snagged two for the Xavs. The loss keeps the Xavs just outside of the top four, with the Panthers a game and 2.56 percentage points above them.