St Mary’s in form early

Leopold skipper Marcus Thomson finds space. 402317_04

St Mary’s claimed its second top five scalp from 2023 with a commanding 43-point win against reigning Geelong Football League premiers Leopold.

After disposing of Newtown & Chilwell in round one, the Saints held a three-goal lead at the final change before booting five goals to one in the last quarter to run out 14.10(94) to 7.9(51) winners at Kardinia Park on April 20.

Three goals each to Sam Loftus, Michael Rudd and Sam Dobson ensured St Mary’s had several avenues to goal.

Jarryd Garner was busy in the middle with 26 touches, half of them contested.

Defender Sam Bourke was superb as was ruckman Nick Minchin and Harry Benson (21 disposals) played his role.

For Leopold, Trent Thompson was steady in defence and key position player Will Sheahan was named best.

Geelong West went into the last quarter against Grovedale just four points in front, but kept the Tigers scoreless in the final term to win 13.17(95) to 9.6(60).

Jake Smith racked up 30 touches for the Giants and Lachie Horniblow provided a target up forward with four goals.

Grovedale had terrific service from Brady Ferguson (22 touches) and Will Ford (28), but will be disappointed with the final 30 minutes.

After an even first term, St Joseph’s wore down North Shore to win 15.15(105) to 4.10(34).

Oscar Morrison was a clear best on ground with four goals from 26 disposals for Joeys while James Gow finished the day with 30 touches at 87 percent efficiency.

Bradlee Tregenza was the Seagulls’ best and Cameron Anderson was damaging by foot with 23 possessions.

South Barwon trailed Lara by four points at the last brea, but booted five goals to two in the last to run out 15.11(101) to 13.6(86) winners.

Skipper Matt Caldow booted five goals for South Barwon and Jonty Broughton four and Sam James was busy with 27 touches.

Mitch Day and Aaron Stone each kicked three goals for Lara with Daniel Weigl and Connor Thar (28 possessions) were also good.

Colac prevailed in a pulsating contest against Newtown & Chilwell, 15.11(101) to 13.10(88).

Big man Zach Zdybel did his part for Colac as did Jonathon Simpkin and Adam Garner, who each kicked three goals.

Charlie Harris was best for the Eagles with Matty Lloyd booting three goals.

Bell Park made it two from two with a 20.16(136) to 6.3(39) win against St Albans.

Jack Sarcevic kicked four for the Panthers in a best afield display while the consistent Tom Caudullo was best for the Supersaints.