MAZENOD: 9.6 60
OLD BRIGHTON: 6.20 56
After winning our last three games, the u19s travelled to Glen Waverly to take on the undefeated Mazenod in what set out to be the match of the round. After a fiery start to the match and the tonners putting great pressure on early, Old Brighton were unable to put scoreboard pressure on the home side, with Mazenod kicking the first four goals of the game.
The second term saw a much improved approach to our game style, with Hughesy winning the taps and the midfielders Hynes, Chicks and Burt starting to get their hands on it- getting the ball going our way. Some daring and great link play by Supps, Bryce and Shroomie off our half back line looked promising before we were unable to deliver the ball inside forward 50 effectively. The tonners went in trailing at Half time without a goal but with 14 behinds on our scoreboard.
Some encouraging advice from Mel Speirs at half time telling the boys to kick the ball through the big sticks definetly saw a different approach in the third term, before an unreal clearance from Hynes saw him tit up Frosty, successfully kicking Old Brighton’s first goal of the day. Into the breeze in the third term saw some of the same challenges in converting chances into goals. Ben Cochran’s run with roll on #3 was great after quarter time and jiff’s hands for a small guy is astonishing. However, a very late goal in the third from Mazenod made it tough for Old Brighton heading into the last.
A different forward line approach in the last looked lively, with Shroomie heading up forward and kicking a spectacular left foot snap and Geordie Mcpherson kick truly from a set shot. Old Brighton’s back line was holding up well, and several chains of play saw Faz and Twal gaining several score involvements. A goal out of nothing late from Chix and a great pressure clutch set shot from Jiffity Pa only saw us a goal down with two minutes to play. With the game going up another level of intensity, the boys put their bodies on the line when it mattered, but just fell short at the final siren.
Plenty of lessons to be learnt, inaccuracy in front of goal and poor forward line entries inside forward 50 ultimately costing us the four points. However, as a club we know where we know stand in terms of the competition, matching it with the best side as of yet and beating sides below us quite convincingly. A challenge for us is to maintain our consistency and play four quarters of tonners football.
Goals: M Harris 2, G Mcpherson, S Ryan, H Osborne, C Hicks
Best: F Campigli, M Speirs, C Hicks, H Hynes, B Konoroth, M Hughes