De La Salle hit back after last week’s loss to Old Trinity with a 39-point win against Old Melburnians at Waverly Oval. De La fired early and kicked 10 of their 16 goals in the opening half, while keeping the in-form OMs to just three. Tom Nicholls starred in his second match for the season with four goals and Adrian Indovino made a successful return from injury with three. OMs outscored De La in the second half as they piled on seven goals to six, but it was not enough as Tom Humphrey and his fellow defenders commanded the De La back half as they have all year. Tom Paule and Stuart Watson were the OM’s best, while Nick De Steiger continued his hot form in the ruck. OMs now fall to 3-2 after a bright start to the season, while De La still trail OT one win behind in second.
Old Trinity and University Blues played out a classic at Daley Oval, with the ladder leaders coming from 13 points down at the last break to run over the Blues by one point. Callum Pohl dominated in a best-on-ground display for the T’s, while Alex Polidoros backed up his bag of five last week with another three majors. Jack Osborn and the Hunt twins had the ball on a string, while Tim Geappen kicked four in his first game for the Blues since going down with injury in Round 1.
St Bernard’s celebrated their first win for 2016 after they defeated Old Carey by 73 points at the Snakepit this afternoon. A nine-goal to one second quarter proved major difference between the two sides, with the Panthers unable to curb the potent Snow Dogs attack of Nick Cooke (five goals) and Chris Peart (four). Tom Sullivan was named best on ground after another standout performance from the Big V representative, while Sam Cust snagged four for the Panthers. The win elevates the Snow Dogs above SKOB and into eighth position on the William Buck Premier ladder, while the Panthers linger in last place with a percentage of 43.68.
University Blacks proved too strong for Old Xaverians in their Inner FM Match of the Round at Uni Oval, coming from two points down at the main break and defeating them by 31 points. Charlie Richardson, Tim Sharp and Lochy Dornauf shared nine goals between them with three each, while Matt Handley had three to quarter time for the Xavs. The Xavs will take solace from the nine straight they kicked in the first half, with their ability to send the ball through the big sticks first class. It was a timely win for the Blacks who now move to 2-3 from the first five rounds, while Xavs fall below De La on the ladder.
Collegians indulged in their second consecutive low-scoring victory with a nine-point win against St Kevin’s. Just 12 goals were kicked for the day – four of which came in the second half – but a six-goal opening two terms proved enough for the Lions as they staved off a valiant SKOB unit. Will Tardif continued the fine form he’s showcased through the first four rounds in a best-on-ground performance for the Lions, while Matt Singleton was the sole multiple goal kicker for the winning side with two. Gerard Gleeson starred for SKOB and Billy Kanakis kicked two on the back of last week’s six. The 3-2 Lions sit two palces outside the top four and SKOB fall to ninth.