A SNESA TREBLE IN THE WET GIVES SAINTS BOOST OF CONFIDENCE!
A hard slog over three matches yesterday saw all three SNESA teams win by a combined margin of 18 points.
The day started with a Reserves late fight back against Lynwood-Ferndale to win by three points in a thriller.
The saints missed plenty of opportunities early, kicking six of their ten behinds for the game in the first quarter. The lead changed regularly between the saints and the panthers for the rest of the game.
On the wrong kind of day for high-ball drops, it was the penetrating flour bag from raking left footer Cal Butler that put the saints inside 50. Ball in dispute, the clean hands of young clutch sensation Steven Di Fabio gathered the ball and snapped around the corner from 40m out to give SNESA the lead with two minutes left.
Rain began to fall towards the end of the reserves and by the start of the league match it was clear both teams were in for wet weather footy.
A gritty game throughout, both league teams had a fight on their hands.
At the beginning of the final quarter the saints gave themselves a three goal buffer. However, the panthers weren’t going down easy, kicking two late goals to stay in the game. It was too little, too late though as the saints maintained composure to win by five points.
30 minutes aways from home, about 10 people and a family of ducks showed up to Robinson Reserve to watch the ninth placed SNESA come up against third placed Osborne Park in the E3 grade match.
The game was hard fought with SNESA fighting back when Osborne Park got ahead. Gilbert, Mitsopoulos and Gielingh crucial in the middle. While the returning players Thomas, Wiltshire and Parker held the fort down back. The scores were level at halftime.
In the third two great crumbing goals to Burgess and Chapman gave SNESA the edge going into the final change. However a crucial error saw Osborne Park regain the lead early in the last.
Skipper Tyson Kelly was staunch in his fight for the ball throughout the match. But it was key bit of play from him which saw SNESA rebound from their defensive half to find Kyle Mitsopoulos 40m on a slight angle.
After five straight behinds in the last quarter from his team, Mitsopoulos drilled the goal, giving SNESA a ten point lead with two minutes on the clock. The Thirds enjoying a thoroughly deserved victory after last week’s heartbreaking loss to Jandakot.
To the ladders, and the league side maintain top spot on percentage, equal on points with Jandakot. The Reserves got a well deserved boost to third spot after Brentwood upset Jandakot. While the thirds are back in the finals hunt with the next four weeks defining their destiny.
The club would like to especially thank all our volunteers and supporters who helped the club by running water, running the bar, the canteen and all our off-field support staff who pushed through the weather conditions.
SNESA 7.9.51 def Lynwood/Ferndale 6.10.46
Goals: Burgoyne 2 Ben Hall Br Hall Jones Carrington Kelly
Best: Kelly Colace Millsteed Galea Biddle
SNESA 6.10.46 def Lynwood/Ferndale 7.1.43
Goals: Nelson Parker Cirillo Di Fabio
Best: Mathews Cirillo Nelson Beattie Di Fabio
SNESA 5.12.42 def Osborne Park 4.8.32
Goals: Chapman K Mitsopoulos 2 Burgess
Best: Gilbert Parker Street Kelly Chua Mitsopoulos Gielingh