The final round of the home and away season for some, and the first round of September action for others. It was a week of tight and tough football at local level and a number of Box Hill personnel stood up for their community club when it mattered.
In the Eastern Football League, Vermont consolidated their minor premiership when they accounted for Blackburn by six goals, in spite of the efforts of Mackenzie Doreian, who hit the scoreboard and was named amongst his side’s best.
Tristan Davies and East Ringwood unfortunately couldn’t get over the line against finals-bound Rowville; while scores were all square at the final siren when Norwood and North Ringwood faced off. Norwood storming home in the final quarter, with Nelson Lane featuring among the best for the day.
In the reserves, Michael Knoll was an important part of Vermont’s slim two-point victory over Blackburn, his performance landing him amongst the best and helping his side gain top spot on the table at the conclusion of the home and away season.
Heathmont started their September campaign on the right foot, staying alive by the narrowest of margins when they defeated The Basin by a single point in their elimination final; Jordan Haynes named amongst the best to set his side up for a semi-final against Boronia next week.
In the Victorian Amateur Football Association, Nathan Boucher and the Collegians fell to Old Trinity and in the process, opened the door for the minor premiership.
St. Kevin utilised the chance to secure top spot, comfortably accounting for Old Melburnians with solid performances by Vincent Adduci and Ned Reeves helping them along the way.
Despite being out of the finals race, De La Salle finished their season on a positive note with a huge win over St. Bedes, in which Lachlan Walker was named best afield, and was ably supported by teammates, Geordie Nagle and Harrison Burt.
Over on the Peninsula, it wasn’t the ideal start to September for Ryan McGannon and his Mt. Eliza outfit, as they were handed defeat by The Pines; but given the double chance will look to bounce back in their semi-final against Frankston next week.
Congratulations and good luck to our affiliated community clubs – South Croydon, Rowville, Blackburn, Vermont, Doncaster East, Heathmont, St. Kevins, Collegians, Old Carey, Greensborough and Mt. Eliza – as they begin (or continue) their respective tilts at September.