It was a round to remember with some surprisingly close results and some big margins that have set teams above the rest. MHSOB have finally got their name on the winners list, with a massive win over Hawthorn, a result that has turned the ladder on its head. Bulleen Templestowe, although failing to overcome the final term hurdle, came convincingly close to a poised Yarra Old Grammarians. Whitefriars also remain undefeated, while Brunswick added to their percentage compellingly.
Here’s what went down in Round 3.
Brunswick vs Power House
It’s been 53 years since Brunswick met Power House and it was nothing short of a fiery battle, with the Nobbers boosting their percentage with a 124-point win.
What began as a slower, closer contest saw the House hold their own through the middle, trailing by only 3 goals at quarter time.
But the onslaught ensued with a rejuvenation for the Nobbers after halftime, as they piled on 8 goals to 1 before the final break. The fast-ball movement through the centre clearances allowed the Nobbers to choose from a multitude of nine goal kickers, all too quick for an undermanned House backline. The final term saw Brunswick take their foot off the pedal, as they booted another five to extend their margin, while also holding the tired House goalless.
For the House, who were unfortunately undermanned, their young boys tried their best around the footy. River Carroll was fast paced in the forward line, but only had one goal to show for his efforts. Ben Circosta again put his body on the line through the middle, followed by attempts from Tim Arlington.
The Nobbers have a lot to work with, with their young team stepping up to the plate yet again, led by a BOG performance from Jed Carey with six goals and 17-year-old Francis Evans with three to add to his high-goal-kicking tally.
Bulleen Templestowe vs Yarra Old Grammarians
A poised performance saw Yarra Old Grammarians keep their position in the top two, holding off an impressive push from Bulleen Templestowe. Yarra, who took the chocolates with a slim 16-point win, opened with a bang, booting six unanswered goals in the first quarter and setting themselves up for a comfortable second term. However, that was not the case for the Bullants, who fought their way into the game in the second quarter, with Kristian Cherbakof (3 goals) and Nick Palumbo (3 goals) leading the pack. The halftime break saw both sides re-evaluate their game plans, both equally eager in the third term to get ahead and prove their worth.
The six-goal first quarter from the Bushrangers helped them in the final term, as the Bullants came charging. Yarra only managed to kick one goal, but their previous efforts proved too tough to reach for a fighting and refreshed Bulleen, who’ll be back for redemption next time these sides meet. David Wildsmith was exciting for the Bushrangers, as he booted six majors, followed by another three goals from key recruit Luke Barker. Peter Ferrier (1 goal) was also vital in this close win. The Bullants looked to Harry Vogler and Rob Edsall who were prominent across the ground.
Glen Eira vs Whitefriars
The Whitefriars boys have come home storming to fight off a gallant Glen Eira side, who came out fighting early. The Friars, who took the chocolates by 51 points, had a slower start and took their time to show the Glen Eira boys who’s boss.
The Glen Eira midfield competed early, creating viable opportunities in front of goal for Lachie Pound, who booted three. Trailing by only 13 points at quarter time, the game looked as if it was going to be a closer battle, but the leg speed of the Friars boys proved too strong in the second quarter, as they piled on six majors to extend their lead to 47 points at the main break. The poise and experience of the Friars boys shined through in the second half, as Glen Eira struggled through tired legs, managing two goals going into the main break. The Friars clean-cut midfield outlasted Glen Eira, kicking 18 majors and sealing first spot with a percentage of 252.15.
The score line, while a large margin, didn’t show the fight of the Glen Eira boys, led by Ash Carey (2 Goals) and Bobby Tang, who were strong across the ground.
For the top-of-the-table Friars, Sam Kieseker booted three majors and was awarded BOG votes, while Toby McGurgan was an able support across the ground.
Hawthorn vs MHSOB
MHSOB have stunned the doubters with a massive 109-point win over a deflated Hawthorn side, adding their first win to the board in 2019.
With a massive start, the Unicorns booted seven goals to two in the first term to send shivers through the Hawks spines, who had to regroup and create a new plan to counteract the Melbourne High forwards from booting any more majors.
While the Hawks were impressive with a five-goal haul in the second, with their ever-trusted Justin Raiti booting 4, so were the Unicorns, as Scott Braithwaite added another seven to his season tally of 13. After the main break, the Unicorns showed no signs of slowing down, as the piled on the scoreboard pressure and added another 12 majors to seal victory. At the same time, their defenders were able to halt the original Glen Eira pressure and hold them up for only two goals after half time.
While the Unicorns were boisterous in front of goals, their back six should be commended for their shut-down efforts in the second half.
With a spread of 13 goal-kickers, the Unicorns were excited to sing their song after a tough start to 2019. Tim Campelj earned Best-On-Ground votes for Melbourne High, while Brodie Johnston and Darcy Johnston (2 goals) were named strongest afield for Glen Eira.
Round 4 Preview:
Here’s what to expect in Round 4:
Ivanhoe vs Brunswick
Ivanhoe come off their double-bye and are eager to get back onto the winners list, teetering on the edge of a spot in the top four. If other results go their way and they also take the four points, they could end up sitting pretty in the top four.
If the Nobbers can create the same, flawless team-effort plays that spawn from the middle of the ground, they’ll be set to contest the Hoers.
The talk of Brunswick town is 17-year old Francis Evans, who is coming second in the Competition Goal Kicking. His three goals last week were key in his side’s annihilation of Power House, so you can expect that he’ll be up and about again and be hard for the Hoers to shut down in front of goal.
For Ivanhoe, their ferocious attack on the footy in Round 1 and 2 sees them comfortable with 1 in and 1 loss, but they’ll be eager to add another four points as they push for finals contention. They’ve proven they can come from behind and tired their opposition, but they must string together a solid four-quarter performance if they want to win- and win convincingly. The Hoers must pile on the goals as early as possible, as the Nobbers proved last week that they can put their foot on the gas when they want.
MHSOB vs Glen Eira
At home, the MHSOB boys know how to hurt opposition on their small oval. Glen Eira will be eager to earn their points after they let their early hard-ball game against Whitefriars last week slip away as the game progressed.
The Unicorns have now moved into sixth spot on the ladder and will be up and about for a chance to be two on the trot at the end of Round 4.
Glen Eira remain winless, but that will only inspire them further to bring their best footy to knock over the up-and-about Unicorns. Glen Eira’s Ash Carey in front of goal should be a worry for MHSOB, but down the other end, Scott Braithwaite for the Unicorns, with his partner-in-crime Ashan Wijayakumara will be forces to be reckoned with as they want to boot big. The Unicorns are fast, but Glen Eira are too around contests, so this match will be about the side who can produce a prolonged period of dominant football and shut down their opponent’s run-on.
Power House vs Bulleen Templestowe
Division 2 foes meet again for the first time in 2019, after both sides pipped each other for four points last season. At the House’s home ground, the Ross Gregory, they’ll be more comfortable on their smaller oval. However, Bulleen have shown, even after their loss last week, that they’ll pester even the best sides in Division 2 to improve and eventually get their well-earned four points.Bulleen will be disappointed with their narrow loss last week, almost knocking off Premiership frontrunners Yarra Old Grammarians, but with a spread of seven able goal kickers, they’ve got a chance to get on top of the House’s defence early and create multiple opportunities for a variety of men.
Power House have some serious work to do if they want to stay relevant in Division 2, but with the return of some key players across the ground, including big men Matt and Steve Devine, they’ll be used as main targets around the ground to settle the pressure placed on the smaller players.
0-4 wouldn’t be ideal, but the House match up really well with the Bullants, so the contest will be intense and every ball will be fought for.
Whitefriars vs Hawthorn
The Friars are a super-force and although early in the year, this game is in favour of Whitefriars at home on their massive ground.
Hawthorn will be disappointed letting last week slip away, but will be wiping the slate clean and figuring out a plan to slow-down the fast ball movement and so-far flawless ground structure the Friars are upholding. Hawthorn must ensure they do not get caught up in the quick style of Whitefriars, as it is known to throw off opposition. If the Hawks slow down the game, play a man-on-man structure and clog up the wing utilisation that the Friars are known for, they may have a battle on their hands.
It’s the Friars forwards that are proving to be not only versatile, but also unstoppable in front of goal, with thanks to their midfield who are clean-cut and flawlessly trained in their well-drilled structures. Watch out for the possible return of Friars key forward Michael Nitas, who will need to get back on track if he wants to stay in retention for the goal-kicking award.