By Peter Booth


VERMONT 23-17-155 def EAST RINGWOOD 10-11-71

One late change with Rogneda replacing Mark Cullen. Conditions were slippery after morning rain.

The Eagles got off to a good start against the young ER side. Greig kicked the first goal followed by Kelly. Our work rate and tackling was intense. Ross goaled via Cotchett then Froud kicked 2 goals with help from Cameron, Dore and Rushton. Before the siren Cotchett snapped a beauty to give us a 32 point lead at the first break. Ross was great in the ruck both he and McLure are a perfect tandem. At ¼ time Vermont 6-4 to 1-2.

ER kicked the first goal after the break and for the first 10 minutes we dropped our intensity. Gradually more of our players came into the game namely McCarthy, Mullett, Rogneda, Siciliano and Nummy. Kelly kicked his second followed by Dore. Kelly assisted in a Froud goal then Greig booted his second via brilliant play by McCarthy. Bardon goaled via Millhouse. ER kicked a late one but at ½ time we led by 46 points 11-8 to 4-4. Better players for the half were Ross, McCarthy, Siciliano, Kelly and Mullett.

Immediately after the break Henley received a yellow card along with his opponent. Siciliano had a purple patch kicking a goal then finding Kelly who goaled. Greig goaled via Cotchett then Froud kicked his 4th. We were getting plenty of drive from our backline through McCarthy and Rushton who was his usual busy self. Bardon had a good quarter. Papillo who played with wonderful intensity and example goaled on the siren. At ¾ time we led 16-11 to 7-10.

We kicked 7-6 to 3-1 in the last quarter. Our first goal was a gem with the ball travelling the full length of the ground with no opposition player in sight as Kelly converted. Mullett goaled followed by Cotchett and Froud. Greig  kicked his 4th via Dore. Siciliano goaled then Kelly capped off a terrific game with his 4th. To their credit ER an the game out and kicked the last 2 goals of the match. The Eagles avenging last years Round 4 loss to ER and winning by 84 points and in contrast to last year we are 3rd on the ladder. Better players for the half were Ross, Papillo, Mullett. Cotchett, Rushton. Kelly, McCarthy and McLure.

Goalkickers – Froud 5, Kelly 5, Greig 4, Siciliano and Cotchett 2 with singles to Dore, Bardon, Papillo, Mullett and Ross

Best Players – McCarthy, Ross, Kelly, Cotchett, Papillo, Rushton, Millhouse, McLure, Mullett, Mendes and Siciliano.

Possessions – Cotchett 26, Mullett 25, Mendes 24, Millhouse, Siciliano and Ross 23 each McCarthy 22, Bardon 21 with Kelly and Papillo 16 each.

1% - McCarthy 11, Papillo 10, Mullett and Henley 8 and Andonov 7. Greig took 11 marks and Ross had 30 hit outs.


Coach’s Comments – We went about the game in terrific fashion. It was good to beat them after our narrow loss last year. A good effort – well done.


VERMONT 10-12-72 def EAST RINGWOOD 10-8-68

Our reserves team always finds it tough to beat ER but on Saturday the boys toughed it out to win. McInerney goaled early in the term but it was all ER after that kicking the next 4 goals. At ¼ time they led 4-1 to 1-4.

A lack lustre 2nd quarter with just one goal each. Our goal came from Mendico then Debney received a yellow card but that didn’t detract from his terrific game. At ½ time they led 5-2 to 2-6 but there was a sense that we were really in the game. Better players for the half were Jones, Greaghty, Pisano and McDonald.

We had a really good 3rd quarter with Parker goaling early then McInerney missed twice then hit the behind post. ER steadied with 2 goals then we started to take over when Dell’Aquilla goaled then Henderson kicked two and finally Mc Inerney found the goals. At ¾ time we led 7-11 to 7-4.

ER opened the last quarter with 2 goals to take the lead but with Dell’Aquilla and Henderson starring Dell’Aquilla kicked the next 3 goals to seal the victory. Dell’Aquilla took the mark of the day during the quarter. Better players for the half were Henderson, Dell’Aquilla, McInerney, Debney and Mendico

Goalkickers – Dell’Aquilla 4, McInerney 2, Henderson 2 with singles to Parker and Mendico.

Coach’s Best Players – Debney, McDonald, Henderson, Pisano, Mendico and McInerney. WILL DEBNEY WON THE ANZAC MEDAL.

Coach’s Comments – Endurance got us over the line. We were willing to compete – it was fantastic. Captain’s comments – It was guts today – we did not give up.


VERMONT 18-15-123 def EAST RINGWOOD 5-5-35

Both these teams have built a strong rivalry over the years with ER generally coming out on top in the big ones. We watched them unveil their flag from last year and stood wondering what this season might bring for us.

From the opening bounce Sonsie was imposing himself at full forward kicking the 1st goal and taking 2 strong marks. Our tackling and intensity was great as ER missed 4 shots. We started to really get on top late in the quarter and when Burmeister goaled we led at ¼ time by 10 points. Casterton and Smith were good early.

We kicked 5 goals to nil in the 2nd quarter. Barry-Murphy who is a huge talent goaled then assisted in Sonsie’s second. Lalor flew high to take mark of the day after delivery from Williams. Sonsie kicked the next 2 goals to take his tally to 4. Skipper Williams again in the build up. At half time we led 7-4 to 0-4. Better players for the half were Smith, Sonsie, Williams, Barry-Murphy and Pretto.

. It was an amazing 3rd quarter. Sonsie goaled early via Pretto then as if we stood still for 10 minutes THEY PILED ON 5 GOALS – it was an amazing transformation. Luckily we steadied when McCafferty goaled via Yousef then McAuley goaled. It was a good lesson for the players – a lesson that take your foot off and you can pay dearly – luckily we were well infront. At ¾ time we led 10-8 to 5-5.

It was full steam ahead in the last quarte as we slammed on 8-7 to nil. Sonsie kicked 3 more goals, Williams 2 and singles to Rodwell, Johns and Casterton. A terrific win by 88 points and a sign of better things to come. Better players for the half were Casterton, Pretto, Sonsie, Williams and McCafferty

Goalkickers – Sonsie 8, Williams 2 and singles to Burmeister, Rodwell, Casterton, Barry-Murphy, Lalor, Johns, McCafferty and McAuley.

Coach’s Best Players – Casterton, Pretto, McCafferty, Cooper, Sonsie and Smith.


The INVICTA PLAY OF THE DAY went to PATRICK LALOR for his wonderful mark and goal in the 2nd quarter.

Coach’s Comments – We went off the boil in the 3rd quarter but we bounced back in the last quarter. Our systems are working well and everyone contributed. It was a fantastic win.




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