LET IT BLOOM It’s been a long season to date and many a good game has passed us by. It’s like we’ve been driving down the super highway all alone. A chopping bag full of broken bones. Sick and tired of hearing telephones, now I’m stuck in futuristic drones. Meaning, I’ve had enough of looking back, time to move forward. Finals football is nigh and there are still a number of sides in contention. Power forward Nelson ‘Smooth’ Pollard ensured Yarra Valley a comfortable victory with his sixgoal performance. The Bushrangers were at their scintillating best, dismantling the Hawks and leaving them well and truly out of the finals race. The Hawks recent good form unfortunately could materialise this week despite David Quamil’s efforts booting five, while Dale Mitchell’s rare vain of form continued, despite the heavy defeat. Continuing the theme of lopsided margins, Richmond Central got a hiding out at Ivanhoe Park. Like a number of Ivanhoe’s games this season, they managed to finish off the Snakes by half time. I don’t ever recall seeing one of David Attenborough’s brilliant nature documentaries where the snake’s natural known predator is the Moose, but on Saturday it was - with the Hoer’s very own beast helping himself to a bag of nine. He was close to ten, but missed one from the goal square. While Richmond had a few of their better players on the sidelines, they will be disappointed that they only managed to kick five goals, three of them coming in the last quarter when the game was shot.
Dylan Muscat had an absolute blinder. It’s hard to see Power House’s season having too many more highlights. You should never underestimate a House however, especially when they are in a volatile market. Kew has had an up and down season, until now they have not beaten anyone of note, but on Saturday they made inroads into a potential finals birth. In one of the Bear’s best performances to date, they defeated third placed UHS-VU by 33 points. Timothy Allman was brilliant, as was Tom Leeds after recently coming back from a leg injury. Again on the Attenborough theme it is rumoured that in their assault on a finals berth in 2012, Kew called upon a nature consultant to realise and release their inner “bear” in the upcoming games. The hibernation may have concluded and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the players frolicking together in the muddy waters of Kew in the weeks ahead. Elsternwick celebrated Craig Mahony’s 300th senior VAFA game in style, with a hard fought 31 point win over Old Westbourne. The game was played in ideal conditions with Old Westbourne taking the early initiative and kicking the first three goals. The Warriors were winning the ball consistently through the middle and the Wicks were looking a little sluggish. Half way through the second quarter Old Westbourne had managed to kick away to a 20 point lead. At this point Irish Ruckman Andy Molloy and onballer Lachie Bedingfield lifted their efforts and the Wicks were able to kick five unanswered goals to lead at half time. After halftime it was all Elsternwick, they cruised home leaving them a game out of the top five. TODAY SELECTIONS IN BOLD Aquinas v Elsternwick
Not for the first time this year, there was a severe power outage at Ross Gregory Oval. This time it was Albert Park inflicting the damage, by just fewer than ten goals. It was Muscat’s at dawn at the Falcon’s Sunday morning recovery, because 20
UHS-VU v Yarra Valley Old Westbourne v Hawthorn Albert Park v Ivanhoe Kew v Richmond Central St Francis Xavier v Power House
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