Snow Dogs keep season alive, Xavs continue winning ways

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Old Trinity’s midseason resurgence and bid to regain top spot on the William Buck Premier ladder made further progress as they defeated Old Carey by 77 points at Daley Oval. It was a dominant four-quarter effort from the second-placed T’s as they outscored the Panthers in every term and posted 38 scoring shots to 11. Jack Hunt starred in a best-on-ground performance as his reputation as the T’s barometer gained even more credibility. Anthony Scott kicked three goals, while Morgan Evans registered three of his own for the Panthers.

University Blues held off De La Salle for a 15-point win at Uni Oval, with Patrick Hayes and Daniel Batarilo leading the charge. Adrian Indovino and Tom Humphrey kicked two each for Dela, who have now lost four games in a row but remain fifth on the ladder.

St Bernard’s bid to avoid relegation improved after they held off Collegians by one point in a thriller at the Snakepit. Nathan Kazuro led from the front for the Snow Dogs, and Darren Colaco finished off the good midfield work with three goals. Hugh Johnson kicked four majors for the Lions, while Big V representative Will Johnson was their strongest performer. The Lions sit eighth on the ladder with six wins, just two ahead of the Snow Dogs in ninth.

In another William Buck Premier clash decided by under a kick, St Kevin’s got one back against Old Melburnians to the tune of four points at TH King Oval. Will Coates, Gerard Gleeson and Billy Kanakis each kicked two goals for SKOB, and Ash Morris displayed his second consecutive standout performance as BOG. George Hurley-Wellington and Al Armstrong combined for six goals for OMs, while Sam Peacock was their most influential player. Both sides will still be eyeing off finals, with boith sides a game or less outside the four in sixth and seventh, respectively.

Old Xaverians’ red-hot form continued as they recorded their fifth consecutive victory with a 48-point win against University Blacks at Toorak Park. Leading by two goals at the end of the first half, Xavs posted eight goals to two in the final two quarters, with Denis Symeopoulos (three goals) top scoring. Michael Darvell ran riot in a best-on-ground display, while Josh Steadman and Jordan Quaile battled hard for the Blacks. Camn Roberts’ men have now lost two in a row but remain fourth on the ladder.