OLD BRIGHTON: 7.13.55
TONNERS FALL SHORT AS LIONS WIN TIGHT CLASH
Old Brighton Grammarians fell eighteen points short of Collegians in our huge Round 9 clash at South Road. Despite bringing our consistent effort to the contest, we didn’t quite have the class to match the Lions, who have set the benchmark after their recent win over St.Kevins. The Tonners were in the match to three quarter time, despite the absence of Tom Yorgey and Raury Bolger, both forced from the ground early in the match. Down on rotations, the boys were forced to work even harder and a short loss of concentration allowed the Lions to kick three quick goals in the second term, a margin which separated the sides for the remainder of the game.
Viv Michie nailed the only goal in a tough first quarter. The Tonners missed their three opportunities, but the backline, even without Dylan Verney, Matt Hooy, Elliot Le Grice and Max Hayes, who had all played strongly in our early victories, managed to scrap and fight hard to hold the Lions at bay. Youngsters Max Lohan and Ned Murray were in everything, playing with determination and judgement that belied their years. The Tonners started the second term well when Tom Fisher converted his chance after marking a Zimmer pass, then Fisher sent the ball forward for Levi Otto to mark strongly and goal with authority. Collegians responded strongly and cut through our ranks several times to goal, one coming after a great Tonner tackle that went unrewarded. Will Lewis hit the post from close in, then the Lions drew away to a 15-point lead at the break with a long goal, their fourth for the quarter.
Ben Jakobi began a series of centre breaks in the third term, when his long ball was scooped up by Michael Karayannis, whose measured snap stirred Tonner supporters. Shortly after, Harry Hill drove the ball to the square and Will Lewis marked and made amends to cut the deficit to eight points. Collegians replied quickly but Harry again speared a long ball, this time to Barclay Miller, who outstretched two opponents and kicked accurately. The Lions however, were able to match us and created further chances to hold a 19-point lead at the final change.
The final term saw both sides desperately challenging each other, neither side able to alter the balance on the scoreboard. The Tonners defended admirably, Harry often using brilliant skills to free the ball from congestion to send us forward. Levi Otto marked in front and made no mistake and Harry screwed through a brilliant snap from the boundary, but Collegians maintained their lead when they twice broke through to goal. The visiting Lions had been challenged by a Tonner side that again brought wonderful effort to the match, but the boys lamented the handful of mistakes they made that cost them a chance to topple their vaunted opposition.
Goals: Otto 2, Fisher, Karayannis, Lewis, Miller, Hill
Best: Hill, Murray, Larkworthy, Fisher, Otto, Lohan