St Therese bounce back, make Waves

ST THERESE is back on the winners list after its first loss of the M-League 17 and Under season, controlling the match against Peninsula Waves to come away with a 22-goal victory. There were no surprises in the older age group, with fellow contender WDNA taking down Darebin by 16 goals. In the 14 and Under Division, the same results from the previous week occurred with St Therese and Melbourne Up & Comers defeating WDNA and TBC respectively, just by larger margins.

In the 17 and Under grade, the two top teams recorded another two victories, with St Therese ending the good form of Peninsula Waves to post a 47-25 win. Dominating the opening half with 29 goals to 12, St Therese controlled proceedings and went on to win all four quarters in the big 22-goal victory. Josh Francis scored 22 goals in a standout effort for the winners, while Ben Morgan was steadfast in defence. Sophie Router scored 13 goals in the first three quarters for the Waves to be their best player in the loss.

In the other match, WDNA claimed a similarly one-sided result over Darebin, grabbing a 49-33 victory. Coming off an impressive win over St Therese the week before, WDNA proved too strong for Darebin, piling on double-figure goals in each quarter and shaking off an early challenge from the underdogs to restrict them to single-digit goals in the las three quarters. WDNA’s Matt Lorback was important in the midcourt, with Khi Horsburgh scoring 12 goals in goal shooter for the first half. Darebin’s Ryan Francis D’Amour continued his good season form, playing well in goal keeper.


St Therese (47) defeated Peninsula Waves (25)
WDNA (49) defeated Darebin (33)

In the 14 and Under division, St Therese and Melbourne Up & Comers both won by 10 goals against their opponents after getting up by a singular goal each in Round 6 against the same sides. This time around St Therese won 39-29 over WDNA with Jason Cardassis playing a crucial role after quarter time in the midcourt. His inclusion in wing attack and then centre turned the game, with St Therese scoring a massive 17-6 in the second term having trailed by four goals at the first break. Brodie Lilly was also important in the shooting circle, while River Zielinski stepped up in goal defence for WDNA.

Melbourne Up & Comers grabbed a 31-21 victory over TBC thanks to a strong start to the game. By half-time the lead was already out to nine goals, and while TBC came home strong to stem the bleeding, the eventual losers could not get back into the contest. Kobi Verwoert (16 goals) and Kai Verwoert (goal defence) were voted the best players for the winners, while Declan Crombie scored seven goals in the first half for TBC, before moving into goal keeper and then centre in the third and fourth quarters.


Melbourne Up & Comers (31) defeated TBC (21)
St Therese (39) defeated WDNA (29)

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