Match Review Highlights
- Seniors beat fellow contender to go 11-0
- Reserves in a canter
- Under 19s fall to second-placed Collegians
- Colts drop second in mid-season wobble
Mazenod faced another big challenge on Saturday, playing away to third-placed Old Ivanhoe, but they again rose to the occasion to record a 43-point win.
Conditions for the match were good, but mid-week rain left the ground heavy. This made for a tense, physical encounter against two of the best sides in the competition. Mazenod always held the ascendency but the margin never went beyond two goals. At three-quarter time, the Nodders held an 11-point advantage.
In the final quarter, Mazenod’s superior fitness was telling as they kicked away from their opponents to record another outstanding victory.
Brad Kovac returned from injury, but hadn’t lost any of his sharpness, kicking four goals. Liam Welsford was brilliant all day and Jacob Murdock relished his promotion from the Under 19s with a very solid performance.
1.3-9 4.6-30 5.9-39 6.11-47
3.2-20 5.5-35 7.8-50 13.12-90
Goal Kickers: B. Kovac 4, C. Martino 2, L. Welsford 2, J. Murdock, R. Mann, K. McKeogh, S. Welsford, T. Cincotta
Best Players: L. Welsford, J. Murdock, N. Thomas, S. Inglis, R. Mann, B. Kovac
The Reserves continued their winning ways with a massive 108-point win over Old Ivanhoe. The win was enough to lift the Nodders into second place and sets the scene for this week’s top-of-the-table clash against Caulfield.
Goal kicking machines, Peter Rozanitis and Jimmy Egan kicked nine goals between them while ruckman Tim McDonald was BOG. Rob McCarthy was also amongst the best in his first match back after a lengthy period on the sidelines with a broken foot.
1.0-6 1.2-8 1.4-10 1.6-12
3.3-21 9.3-57 13.6-84 18.12-120
Goal Kickers: P. Rozanitis 5, J. Egan 4, F. Palleschi 3, R. McCarthy, S. Riley, S. Jones, S. Balloch, B. Woods, D. Hayes
Best Players: T. McDonald, F. Palleschi, J. Sharp, P. Rozanitis, J. Walton, R. McCarthy
The third-placed Under 19s took on second-placed Collegians in an important clash at Central Reserve. Unfortunately, the Nodders were overwhelmed, falling by 45 points. Jacob Buccella was outstanding as were Matt Sier and Aidan Brand-Oliver, who were both returning from stints in the seniors. Declan Fowler kicked three goals.
0.4-4 3.4-22 4.8-32 6.9-45
1.5-11 6.8-44 8.12-60 12.17-89
Goal Kickers: D. Fowler 3, D. Wiles, S. Bonacci, T. Riley
Best Players: J. Buccella, M. Sier, A. Brand-Oliver, D. Fowler, M. McLellan, D. Di Nezza
The Colts have hit a mid-season form slump, suffering their second consecutive upset. This time they fell to La Trobe University by 14 points. Despite the loss, the Nodders are still well positioned in third place. The remarkably consistent Tom Riley added three goals to his season tally while Itai Saina was BOG.
1.2-8 2.2-14 6.4-40 6.7-43
La Trobe University
0.7-7 2.16-28 2.18-30 6.21-57
Goal Kickers: T. Riley 3, L. McKenna 2, N. Nguyen
Best Players: I. Saina, J. Charman, J. Webster, N. Nguyen, T. Riley, J. Brown