LEAGUE WELCOME THE BYE ON TOP, RESSIES GO DOWN IN THRILLER, THIRDS STAY IN TOUCH WITH TOP SIX, AS STRONG CROWD REMEMBER CLUB GREAT!
The league team will head into the mid year bye on top of the C3 ladder, after an impressive win over fellow ladder leaders Secret Harbour, in Josh Galea’s 150th game.
In what was set to be the match of the round, it did not disappoint with some hard hitting contests early keeping the game close at quarter time. The saints managed to get their heads in front at the main break with 14 inside 50s for the quarter.
The second half saw the saints maintain composure and discipline. Kelly was ferocious in his attack, Colace was tenACEcious, and Ben Hall provided a strong target all over the ground. Tufilli and Catalano of the Andrew variety, provided experience and direction, by mouth and by foot.
The saints took a five goal lead into the last change and when goals started coming from Grigg, Mitsopoulos , and Greg Hall, the Dockers had no answers, with the saints triumphing by 50 points.
Earlier in the day it was heartbreak for the reserves. While it was tight at the first change, the dockers kicked away to a four goal lead at the main change. The saints backline held firm with Cirillo finding plenty of it and using it to perfection throughout the game, supported with the run of Cal Butler, Wilkinson and Nanguromo.
In the midfield di fabio hustled all day, kicking two crucial goals. Lochie Smith made his impression felt as he moved up the ranks, while up forward, Burgoyne, Carrington and Beale did their best to keep the saints in touch. A goal to Beale 10 minutes into the last quarter put the saints back in front, but a quick reply from the dockers followed by another in succession, looked like putting the game beyond doubt. Carrington kicked a sneaky one with only a minute to go on the clock but it was too little too late, the saints going down by four points.
The Cobras were impressive early in the E3 game, kicking the first three goals. However a controversial goal awarded to Holland, followed by another to Kassem reined the cobras. The saints continued the fight in the second but still couldnt manage to get in front, five points the defecit at the main break.
The third quarter saw the saints fight continue, with Adams slotting one beautifully after an intercept mark, putting his team in front. After a very ordinary first half, Aoun managed to get himself and when Jones snuck one in from the boundary, the saints were alight.
Dale Gilbertson showed plenty of might and power in his first game in SNESA colours. A sensational inside player with a solid defensive game, he was given first use all day by ruckman Jadon Gielingh. But the story of the day was the return of the wizard! Kyle Mitsopoulos’ silky skills, composed mind and hard running kept the saints motivated and pressing hard to eventually hold onto victory by 14 points.
SNESA 16.10.106 def SECRET HARBOUR 8.8.56
Goals: Ben Hall Grigg 3 Mitsopoulos G Hall J Catalano 2 Kelly A Catalano Williams
Best: All 22
SNESA 12.7.79 def by SECRET HARBOUR 13.5.83
Goals: Carrington 4 Burgoyne Smith Di Fabio 2 Burgess Montgomery
Best: Di Fabio Cirillo Smith C Butler Parker
SNESA 10.12.72 def Cobras 9.4.58
Goals: Holland Jones Adams Kassem 2 Aoun Indich
Best: Gilbert Mitsopoulos Holland Jones Adams Gielingh
Brother Patrick Medallists
League – Caius Kelly
Reserves – Steven Di Fabio and Damien Cirillo
Thirds – Kyle Mitsopoulos