The VAFA has advised that the Premier B Grand Final will be played at Sandringham against our neighbours Beaumaris who won through to the big dance with a strong win against Old Scotch. There is certainly a great stock of footy talent in the bayside suburbs and the GF will be a match not to be missed this coming Saturday 17 September commencing at 2.15pm.
The club wishes to express its deepest condolences to sons Darren and Dean Edwards and their families on the passing of their mum Betty. Many people new to the club would not know Betty but she was a tireless volunteer from the early 1980's when sons Darren and Dean commenced their playing careers at the Mentone Junior Football Club. Betty's involvement started when junior football commenced from Under 9 level. Dean was our first player to play through the grades to reach senior level and was a member of our 1993 Premiership Team. Betty took on the Assistant Secretary role for years when communication was all done via the mail with typewriter at the ready and forms processed in triplicate. Betty also operated the canteen and afternoon teas for junior Sundays and then senior Saturdays plus a myriad of other jobs including Team Manager and jumper washing. Betty was inducted into the club's Hall of Fame in 2004 and below is our dedication from the booklet. Betty Edwards: During the 1980s and 1990s Betty was a key administrator in both the Mentone junior and senior clubs. She was instrumental in consolidating the Mentone junior club, as well as being assistant secretary, canteen manager and team manager of several teams. Betty was a winner of the Best Club Person award for both clubs and her devotion to the Tiger cause was recognised by her receiving Life Membership awards from both the junior and senior Mentone Football Clubs. She is the only person in both clubs to achieve this feat. Over the past several years Betty would venture up to the club once or twice each season from her home in Rosebud and was in absolute awe of the club's continued growth and the standard of footy. She was always full of praise for 'today's' volunteers due to the pressures on our hectic style of life compared to the 1980's when people just seemed to have more time to help our kids enjoy learning and playing the game we all love. Betty was one extremely proud mum when Dean kicked that final goal in the 1993 Premiership victory over Old Geelong but was even more happier when grandson Harrison commenced AusKick with the Tigers this season. Betty's celebration of her life will be at Tobin Brothers Chapel 39A Boneo Rd, Rosebud, commencing at 2.00pm Friday 9 September. Rest in Peace Betty and thank you.
The RESERVES Preliminary Final this Saturday 10/09/2016 will be played at Elsternwick Park's Sportscover Arena commencing at 11.50AM Come along and support the boys as they endeavour to join their Senior counterparts in the Grand Final.
St Bedes/Mentone Tigers booked a date in the VAFA Premier B Grand Final and in so-doing earnt promotion to Premier Division in 2017 after an uncompromising 27 point victory over premiership favourites Beaumaris at Trevor Barker Oval, Sandringham on Saturday. The Tigers were off to a flying start with an early goal to Chris Richards but thereafter the first quarter was a slog as Beaumaris peppered the goals to little avail before the Mentone team kicked away to a handy twelve point lead at quarter time. The second quarter was ominous for St Bedes as the opposition controlled the football and launched numerous attacks as the Tigers, with Ben Dance and James Tyquin leading from the front, fought to minimise the damage but, notwithstanding, at half time found themselves an uncomfortable 10 points in arrears. The turnaround from the start of the third quarter was emblematic of how this team has carried itself throughout the season when faced with adversity (on multiple occasions) - first they knuckle down, tackle with ferocity, win the tough contests and will the ball forward. From a precarious position at half time the Mentone team, through Lachie Mirams in the ruck, Brayden O'Toole around the ground and Johnny Cayhan and Brett Denton at the coalface, dragged themselves back into the contest to lead by the narrowest margin at the final break. At the start of the last, again the Blue team took the lead with consecutive goals to lead by 11 points at the 5 minute mark but the Tigers, as they have shown all year, were not done - their season so far is littered with come-from-behind wins, never conceding and the mental toughness which goes with these attributes. Their season has been built on situations like this and as such were extremely well prepared for the Finals pressure that they now encountered..... From this 11 point deficit the Tigers kicked 7 of the next 8 goals to overrun a tiring opposition and, with Simon Richards, Pat Hurst and Michael Barnes slicing out of the centre and Jaryd Robertson making every contest, this very even Mentone outfit blasted into another Grand Final and deservedly transitioned the club into stratosphere of VAFA Premier Division for 2017. The Senior Development team had a meritorious 10 point victory in their First Semi Final against Parkdale on Sunday. Parkdale kicked the first goal of the game but from then on the Tigers took control moving the ball with skill and speed through Josh Heron and Nick Seeber and extending their 14 point quarter time lead to 19 points at the long break. After half time St Bedes dominated, principally through Mitch Kent and Johnny Dawes in the air and Trent Pastura who was electric out of the centre and around the packs, to take a 28 point lead - which should have been more except for a couple of late lapses - into the orange break. The Tigers had left a window of opportunity for the Two Blues and without the herculean efforts of Lew Stutterd who was everywhere and Damien Waters who was impassable in defence the result may have been different but in the end the Mentone team refused to succumb and came away with the 10 point result they were looking for. The Tigers will face the winner of next Saturday's Preliminary Final between Beaumaris and Old Scotch in the Premier B Grand Final on Saturday week (17th September) at Trevor Barker Oval while the Development Team take on Old Scotch in their Preliminary Final next Saturday at the same venue.