MOCFC Update Rd 17
Mazenod’s seniors and reserves face virtual elimination finals against PEGS this week. The thirds can strengthen their hold on fourth place with an away win over Whitefriars, and the 19s will tune up for the finals with their last game at Central Reserve against St. Bernards.
Seniors vs. PEGS, 2pm, PEGS Sporting fields, Essendon
Reserves vs. PEGS, 11.40am, Sporting fields, Essendon
Thirds vs. Whitefriars, 11.40am, Whitefriars College, Donvale
U/19s vs. St. Bernards, 2.00pm, Central Reserve
Good omens and good form
On a day that Mazenod celebrated the premierships of 1981, 1991, and 1992, all four Mazenod teams found themselves in the four for the first time since our last senior premiership year of 2000. A good omen if ever there was one; however, it is good form more than good omens that will give supporters confidence as the competition approaches the pointy end of the season.
In the seniors, Mazenod dominated in the first, but poor kicking kept Banyule in the game. Ben Phibbs was an exception, kicking goal of the day from the boundary. Poor kicking also marred the second, but Mazenod’s dominance meant that enough opportunities were being created to steadily build the lead which stood at 22 at half time.
The floodgates finally opened in the third as Mazenod piled on six goals to nil to take a 50-point lead into three-quarter time. Nick Thomas, Sam Reed and Josh Cowan were outstanding in the backline, while Dave Regan showed the worth of a powerful ruckman in wet conditions.
Tim Bourbon confirmed himself as BOG in the last as Mazenod won their twelfth quarter of football in a row. It has been an impressive three weeks for the seniors, but sterner tests await in the final two rounds.
The reserves continued their charge, replacing Banyule in the four with an 89-point win. James Egan kicked six while Paul Iacovangelo was BOG. The red-hot form of the twos places real pressure on the seniors to perform which can only benefit the club in the final weeks.
The thirds also strengthened their hold on fourth spot with a 76-point win over Banyule. Darren McMullin kicked four in an outstanding individual performance while Shaun Moran and Steve Cummins were also amongst the best.
The 19s were also dominant, getting over fellow top-four side, Old Camberwell, by 22 points in a very low-scoring match. J.P. Malietzis kicked two and shared BOG honours with Lachy Mann