Season defining win for St Peter’s Old Collegians. While the Falcons are left lamenting the possibility of missing the finals after last year’s drought breaking premiership
By Dylan Smith

St Peters OC v Payneham NU

Saint Peters OC have recorded a season defining, 11-point win over the reigning premiers, Payneham NU at a muddy Caterer Oval on Saturday. The win sees SPOC remain in third spot on the ladder, only percentage behind PAOC and one win behind ladder-leaders Brighton. For the Falcons, the loss sees them one win out of the five with two games to go, meaning everything has to go their way for them to have a chance at defending their title. The home side opened up a 32-point lead at the main break, but to Payneham’s credit, they never gave in, outscoring the home side in the second half. John Vrodos kicked three majors for the SPOCs, while Jesse O’Brien, Hugo Fahbusch-Moore  and Jock McLeay all kicked two. For the Falcons, Dylan Pippett and Strato Agorastos both kicked two. O’Brien, Nick McGill, Toby Schulz and Vrodos were all outstanding in difficult conditions for the home side. For the Visitors, Pippett, Nick Jolly and Brett Ancell toiled hard all day. SPOC will have a tough assignment against arch-rivals PAOC at home, while Payneham face a must win game against Adelaide University. 

Prince Alfred OC v Unley Mercedes Jets

Princes have flexed their premiership credentials, with a resounding 126-point win over Unley Mercedes Jets on the weekend. PAC’s form has been scratchy of the past month, but on Saturday it was anything but, completely dominating in all facets of the games, amassing 43 scoring shots too 12. The game was all but over at half time, with the hosts holding a 73-point lead, keeping the Jets to the singular goal. There were an even spread of goalkickers for the home side, with Luke Bartlett booting four majors, while Cameron Giles and Oliver Collison kicked three each. For the Jets, Dylan Matteucci was the only multiple goal kicker, booting two majors. Will Dalwood was best for the home side, while Collison, Tom Fisher and Riley Robinson provided important contributions. In a difficult day for the visitors, Anthony Skara was a shining light, while Damon Arnold and Jack Lewis battled manfully. PAOC face bitter rivals SPOC in the old-boys Intercol, while Unley will be hoping to reverse their fortunes when they take on Goodwood Saints on Saturday. 

Round 8 preview
Rostrevor OC v Athelstone

The ROCs face suburban rivals Athelstone at Campbelltown Memorial Oval on Saturday, with the ROCs needing a percentage boosting win to keep them in with a chance of making finals. It has been a rather inconsistent year from the men from Campbelltown, and as a result are facing the prospect of missing out on the top five for the first time in over seven years. For the Raggies, they will be hoping to salvage some pride, in what has been a difficult season for the division two premiers. This will be an interesting battle, with a number of Rostrevor Old Scholars playing for the Raggies, however ROCs will be too strong and should win comfortably.

Rostrevor OC by 66 points. 

St Peters OC v Prince Alfred OC

In our game of the round, it is third v second, and old scholars bragging rights when SPOC and PAOC face off at Caterer Oval on Saturday. Both sides haven’t been as consistent as they would’ve liked throughout the year, however both are starting to find their form at the right time. This has huge ramifications for both the winner and loser. The winner can almost cement a home final, while the loser runs the risk of dropping out of the top three and battling to stay in the top five. I think this will be a terrific exhibition of South Australian footy, with both sides boasting envious line-ups.

PAOC by 15 points.

Goodwood Saints v Unley Mercedes Jets

Arguably the division’s in form team, Goodwood Saints welcome Unley Mercedes Jets to Goodwood Oval on Saturday. After losing their first three matches, the highly touted Saints have won their last four matches, and boast a healthy percentage in fifth position. The Jets have struggled for competitiveness over the last month, and I think this will be a mountain too high to climb for them. Goodwood to win comfortably, almost guaranteeing them a finals chance.

Goodwood Saints by 45 points. 

Port District v Brighton Bombers

Port District host the top of the table Brighton Bombers this Saturday, in another monumental encounter in South Australia’s premier amateur footballing division. Districts were unable to defeat ROCs last week, missing a golden opportunity to bridge the gap between themselves and the three other teams fighting for that top finish. On the other hand, a win for Brighton would all but solidify their position as minor premiers. Once again, this will be another intriguing battle.

Port District by 8 points.

Adelaide University v Payneham NU

In our final match of the round, it is Adelaide University taking on Payneham at University Oval. Adelaide University’s form has improved immensely over the past month, and this will not be an easy game for the Falcons. However, there is so much on the line for the Falcons, and I think they will get over the line in an important game.

Payneham NU by 28 points.

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