The Red 'n Blacks won a low-scoring, fierce contest with Old Melburnians at Elsternwick Park today.
In a shocking and strange quirk of fate, both halves were ended minutes early through serious injuries to players.
Tommy Amad copped a dislocated elbow at the end of the second term, while the final stanza came to a jarring halt when two OMs players collided, clashing heads and knocking them both flat. It appeared that at least one of the players had sustained a nasty facial injury.
On the scoreboard, Xavs hauled in the Dark Blues after an inauspicious start. Their third term was a highlight, and a dogged effort into the wind in the last shut down the home team and prevented them from restoring their lead.
Old Melburnians 0.3-3 3.5-23 3.5-23 4.9-33
Old Xaverians 0.3-3 0.6-6 4.7-31 5.9-39
Goal Kickers: L. Denton 2, R. Carafa, R. Ralph, M. Parker
Best Players: B. Banting, R. Ralph, R. Carafa, T. Beaton, J. Midgley , A. Pasceri