Round 6 Seniors Match Report

OLD BRIGHTON:    5.16.46

ST.KEVINS OB:     20.9.129


St. Kevins proved far too strong and experienced for the ambitious Tonners at the T.H.King oval in Round 6 at the weekend. Both unbeaten sides squared up to what was expected to be an entertaining clash, but the enjoyment was felt entirely in the home camp. The Kevins’ dominance in the air was complemented by speed and skill all over the ground, and although our blokes competed hard all day, they had an instructive afternoon and were made aware of what it takes to be the benchmark of the top grade in the VAFA.

The Tonners fell behind early when the home side kicked six goals with the wind advantage and we were unable to make any inroads in the second quarter. So dominant were the tall, fast and solid Kevin defenders, that our small forwards found nothing on the ground and were swept aside by their opponents’ organisation and superior strength. The home side forced the Tonners into error and quick kicks turned over the ball to St. Kevins’ runners who dominated play on the outside all day. Tom Laumets contested well and held his own against a swag of forwards including former Tiger and Power player, Jay Schultz, while Tom Garner and Fraser Gregson again shone in their determined efforts to drive the ball forward. Gregson’s superb effort in the dying minutes to force a turnover and find Anthony Zimmerman, produced the last of only five goals we managed for the match. The Tonners lost Harry Hill in the second quarter, which placed even more pressure on a midfield that was already under siege. The Kevins had a marked advantage in the air all over the ground, and we had no answer to the roaming influence of former Eagle, Mitchell Brown, who was the outstanding player in the match.

The Tonners lost nothing in terms of their effort and competitive determination. Ned Murray’s debut was reflective of the team’s courageous persistence, but without the support of Max Hayes, Elliot Le Grice and Ari Sakeson and the absence of Ben Jakobi, the Tonners’ recent momentum was too heavily compromised. That said, St.Kevins made us well aware of the path ahead and the desperate need to build our depth if we are to compete with the best.

Goals: Karayannis 2, Liston, King, Zimmerman

Best: Laumets, Gregson, Garner, Verney, Tait, Fisher