The SNESA League and Reserves both enjoyed strong wins against Lynwood/Ferndale in Round 1 of the Perth Football Leage (PFL) home and away season.
After taking the 2018 season off, Mathew Wilson opened the saints account, as the Reserves team looked to avenge last year’s elimination final defeat. Coming off his grade cricket grand final victory last weekend, it didn’t take long for Cooper Carrington to get back in the swing of things, finding the goals three times in the first term. Player/coach Jake Cornwall kept himself busy at both ends, kicking one in the second quarter, the saints leading by 34 points at the main break.
A four goal to three second half, meant that the saints led at every change. A potent forward line allowed the saints to have 19 scoring shots to 7 for the match. Club debutants Beresford, Foster and Chris Mervin provided some solidity down back. It was also the young and sprightly midfield including the Snazzurri Trio in Italiano, Di Fabio and Gangemi, along with ruckman Lennon Butler, gave the saints plenty of running power.
As the sun continued to shine and conditions heated up, it was a slow start in the league match, with the saints up by 2 goals at quarter time.
Led by a beastly attitude from Ben Hall at Centre Half Forward, the saints began to capitalise, going into the main break four goals up.
Seven players made their league debut, six of which making their club debut. Joel Catalano was everywhere, kicking two goals while WAAFL/PFL veteran Andrew Catalano showed his class and experience.
Josh Bell’s club debut was short lived, with the backman going down with an ankle injury in the second term. Ruckman Michael Guest managed to take control of Centre Half Back, impressing his new found teammates.
Fellow ruckman Jack Winter was lively, providing some strong contests around the ground. While Greg Hall pushed his younger brother up the ground and held his own deep in the forward line, with two goals after a few years on hiatus.
A total of 7 individual goalkickers, gave the saints some diverse avenues to goal, keeping the Cougars busy all afternoon, running out 59 point winners.
22km and a further 250m above sea level, our Thirds took on Kalamunda. With a few late outs, the saints started the game with 19 and Kala capitalised, kicking two early goals. The saints had their chances early, but were wasteful kicking only three behinds.
The saints finally found the goals early in the second with Brendon Beale reading the play for a nice snap around the body. Club debutant Shannon Hammond injured a hamstring in a timely tackle which led to another goal. While the saints had their tails up around the ground they were wasteful in front of goal, kicking only two goals from eight scoring opportunities in the first half.
The third quarter was hurtful for the saints as Kalamunda kicked away with four goals in ten minutes. The saints down by 25 points at the final change. The old thirds guard of 2018 in Adams, Edwards, Burgess and Romaro tried their best to rally the troops and another club debutant Braeden Atkins was swung forward, kicking an important goal in the final quarter to kick start a final charge.
It was a long time between drinks, eight years in fact for Trent Smith. However the SNESA veteran still presented well and managed to get himself on the goalkickers list, keeping the saints in the game. An instinctive off the ground goal to another debutant in Nick Falcetta (dc nicko) brought the saints back within three goals. But it was not enough, with Kalamunda running out 19 point winners.
SNESA 11.13.79 def LYNWOOD/FERNDALE 2.8.20
GOALS – Dobbsy Grigg J Catalano G Hall 2 Campo Br Hall Ben Hall 1
BEST – Ben Hall, A Catalano, Guest, J Catalano, Shinners, Kirkland, Winter, Dobbs
SNESA 10.9.69 def LYNWOOD/FERNDALE 4.3.27
GOALS – Carrington 3 Wilson Biddle Italiano Di Fabio
BEST – Colkers Julien Biddle Italiano Di Fabio
SNESA 5.12.42 def by KALAMUNDA 9.7.61
GOALS – B Beale Camaratta Atkins Smith Falcetta
BEST – B Beale Edwards Hunwick Beattie Burgess
Injuries – Bell (ankle – league), Hammond (hamstring – Thirds)