Community Clubs Wrap April 12

While the senior side was in action this past weekend at the mighty Melbourne Cricket Ground, Box Hill’s stable of developing talent was hard at work representing their community clubs all around metro and regional Victoria.

Flynn Lakey’s Gisborne got the better of rivals Sandhurst in their Bendigo Football Netball League season opener, with ‘Fish’ named among the Bulldogs’ best players in a 26-point win.

Oakleigh’s Jed Rule and Eastern’s Sahaf Ali were in NAB League action, with both sides putting in performances good enough to secure the four points.

Oakleigh got the jump on the Northern Knights, setting up their 32-point win with a seven goal to nil opening quarter; while Eastern were too strong for a Gold Coast Suns development outfit, kicking way in the second half to run out 59-point winners at Ikon Park. 

Box Hill’s boys enjoyed mixed fortunes as the Eastern Football League Premier Division got underway for 2022.

Jake Arundell and Mitch Sruk contributed to Rowville’s wire-to-wire win over Noble Park. Our young guns joined Box Hill alumni Anthony Brolic and Matty Traynor in the Brown and Gold as the Hawks secured a 26-point win over the Bulls.

Across town Campbell Tweedie’s Doncaster suffered a 57-point loss to Norwood at Mullum Mullum Reserve. On a disappointing day for the Sharks, ‘Tweeds’ impressed sufficiently to be named one of his side’s best.

Both Jimmy O’Connor and Harry Banfield turned out in Premier Reserves for Vermont, with the Eagles keeping East Doncaster goalless to three quarter time.

Banfield was named in the best as the purple and gold got their seconds campaign off to winning start with an 85-point win. Funnily, on a day of big wins around the league a percentage of 707 was only good enough for third on the competition ladder!

Cayden Maki’s Mooroolbark continued their promising and undefeated start to the First Division Seniors season with a 31-point win over Beaconsfield. Better, ‘Horse’ kicked a goal and was named his side’s best on the day.

In a battle between Devils and Demons, Max Hall’s Montrose trailed at every change before getting the better of Wantirna South by one-point. Hall was recognised for his standout performance as one of Gary Ayres’ best on the day. 

Leading by 19-points at the last change, Old Trinity looked on the cusp of a big win in their VAFA Premier clash away to Collegians.

Playing in defence, Charlie Beasley had the unenviable task of curbing former Box Hill champion and Collegians captain David Mirra, with the pair enjoying an engrossing duel.

Sadly for ‘Beaser,’ it was ‘Miz’ and his boys who ran out the game the stronger, kicking 7.6 to 3.0 in the last to secure an 11-point win. 

Lastly, Jack Hume kicked four goals and was named best afield for Leongatha as they beat Sale to the tune of 67-points. Having defeated Traralgon last weekend the Parrots are one of just three undefeated teams at the conclusion of round two. 

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