Saints Far Too Good


Ill discipline and decision making proved to be the difference this afternoon as St Marys Salesian offically killed off any sliver of finals aspirations for Prahran Assumption at Toorak Park. 

The Saints raced out of the blocks in the first quarter with a five-goal blast before full-back turned full-forward John Stocker kicked the first of his five majors of the afternoon. Mr Consistent James Falcone popped up with his first goal to curb the deficit to 25 points at quarter time. 

The Two Blues found the scoreboard more fluently in the second term, slotting four goals through Stocker, Falcone and Mathew Landini, capping off great work on the ball from Riley Hogan and James Musster, sporting an unfamiliar 0 for the afternoon to raise awareness of the TAC's "Towards Zero" campaign. The margin just 17 points at the long break. 

All the good work to get back into the contest before half time went out the window in the third quarter as the Saints, through Louis Holmes and Dane Hicks, dominated the quarter with five goals to put the match beyond doubt at the last break as they held a 39-point lead.

Sloppy free kicks continued to hurt the Two Blues with coach Ash Mills pleading with his charges to focus and stop giving up the ball so easily.

Callum Wilson found the goals himself with three in the final term as the Two Blues inaccuracy hurt any chance of a comeback. While the Two Blues kicked six, the Saints managed three of their own to run out 22-point winners, a result which flatters the home side given the dominance of the visitors.

The Reserves survived a late scare to cling to a three-point victory. The Two Blues held the lead at every break, only to see the Saints hit the front late in the game for the first time. A late goal to Taylor Bamford put the Two Blues in front, and when the senior pro Neil Roberts held on to a diving mark with a torn hamstring, the game was done and the points secured. Hayden Taylor was all class up forward with three goals, while John Panagiotaros, Tom Luff and Mark McGill were the match winners around the ground. 

The Thirds has a commanding victory at Basil Reserve, dismantling West Brunswick to the tune of 82 points. The Two Blues held the Magpies goalless until the final quarter in the commanding win. Luke Farrell the best in front of the sticks with five goals, while usual suspects Nick Gouin, Craig Berger and Iain Davidson were among the best.

Prahran Assumption 2.2 6.5 7.10 13.16 (94)
St Mary's Salesian 6.3 9.4 14.7 18.8 (116)

Goals: John Stocker 5, Callum Wilson 3, James Falcone 2, James Brereton, Will Brereton, Mathew Landini 

Best: Riley Hogan, John Stocker, James Falcone, James Musster, Brody Quinn, Brett Dickinson



Prahran Assumption 2.2 3.3 5.4 6.4 (40)
St Mary's Salesian
0.2 0.4 3.4 5.7 (37)

Goals: Hayden Taylor 3, Taylor Bamford, Joel Matherson, Brian Rippeto

Best: John Panagiotaros, Tom Luff, Mark McGill, Jayred Garlick, Sam Nairn, James Matherson



Prahran Assumption 5.2 8.5 13.6 15.7 (97)
West Brunswick 0.1 0.1 0.2 2.3 (15)

Goals: Luke Farrell 5, Andrew Vine 2, James Turnley 2, Andrew Davis 2, Chris Morton, Nick Gouin, Iain Davidson, Michael Slavin 

Best: Nick Gouin, Craig Berger, Jack Marshall, Michael Slavin, Iain Davidson, Andrew Vine