Snow Dogs triumph, keep season alive in Sull’s 100th

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St Bernard’s continued their late-season form and bid to avoid relegation as they defeated De La Salle by 28 points at Waverly Oval. Doubling as star onballer, Tom Sullivan’s, 100th senior game, the Snow Dogs made the most of the significant wind advantage to the scoreboard end and outscored De La eight goals to six with the breeze. Despite being clearly hampered by an ongoing ankle injury, Sullivan fought through the pain and registered two goals alongside Adam Bentick, Michael Caven and Nick Cooke. Brendan Close and Sam Williams were named De La’s best and Sam Pickett was their only multiple goal scorer. The Snow Dogs now come to within one game of Collegians on the ladder, while De La fall four points behind the Blacks after suffering five consecutive losses.

University Blues flexed their top-of-the-table muscle and ended St Kevin’s two-game winning streak as they ran out 39-point winners at TH King Oval. With just three points separating the two sides at the main break, the Blues piled on eight goals to two in a dominant the second half. Connor Lappin earnt best-on-ground honours for the second time in three matches for the Blues and Daniel Batarilo was the main target up forward with three goals. Steven Salopek and Troy McMaster kicked two majors each for SKOB who now fall two games behind the top four.

A six-goal to one run in the third term helped Old Trinity to their fourth consecutive win, defeating Old Melburnians by 26 points at Sportscover Arena earlier today. Leading by four points at the half time break, the T’s were relentless as they outscored OMs 9.4 to 5.6 to run out the game. Ed Weatherson led the charge with three majors, while Brendan Iezzi and Andrew Kyriacopoulos racked up disposals at will for the T’s. Oscar Hosking and Nick De Steiger both continued their standout 2016 form for OMs, while Lachlan Prendergast and Al Armstrong kicked two each.

Old Xaverians made it six wins in a row and officially established themselves as the form side of William Buck Premier with a 35-point victory over Collegians at Toorak Park. Trailing by five points at quarter time, Xavs booted six goals to one in the second term and created a buffer the Lions’ were unable to rein in for the remainder of the match. Brendan Goss was the main recipient up forward with five goals for Xavs, while Matt Handley kicked two. Tom Williams and Dan Noonan were the two best players on the ground, and Lindsay Apted kicked three goals in a standout performance for the Lions. The Lions sit in eighth spot on the ladder and just one win ahead of the Snow Dogs.

University Blacks ended their two-game losing streak and solidified fourth position on the William Buck Premier ladder with a 79-point victory at Uni Oval. Lochy Dornauf and Jordan Quaile both registered four goals each for the Blacks, but it was the defensive effort which stood out as the Blacks held the Panthers scoreless after half time. Brent Sheahan was named best afield for the victors, while Jack Harris and Luke Crozier fought hard for the Panthers.