OLD BRIGHTON: 14.10.94
OLD MELBURNIANS: 7.11.53
NORMAL SERVICE RESUMES!
Old Brighton Grammarians’ season is back on track after travelling players returned to help their team-mates defeat old Melburnians by 41 points in the first match played at the newly renovated Headquarters. Quite frankly, it was the least they could do for those of us who have been forced to endure the last two thrashings at the hands of the bottom sides.
The Tonners began with a superb opening term when they jumped the Dark Blues and slammed on six goals to one, Anthony Zimmerman, Ben Jakobi and Andy Dewar ensuring plenty of supply, and Zimmer and Levi Otto converting impressively to secure a critical lead.
The second and third quarters saw both sides battle hard to win an advantage. In a tight contest, we managed to preserve our lead, but hadn’t shaken off a determined Old Melburnians who were still within four goals at the final break. The question remained whether our blokes would still have the fitness to run out the game.
They did in grand style. With Elliot Le Grice, Tom Larkworthy and Tom Yorgey safely repelling the home side’s forward thrusts, the Tonners continued to race the ball forward and work hard to keep it there. Ben Jakobi, flying blind after leaving his contact lens at home, roamed the expanses all day, creating much of the play that took the game away from the home side.
Michael Karayannis led the forwards with his aggressive running, tackling, and sprints into goal. Seb Williams impressed in his debut and kicked his second goal for the day and Jimmy Davis produced a sensational snap to seal the deal late in the term. Andy Dewar played splendidly in his 150th game and his second goal after a strong mark at the start of the final quarter, put a quick stop to any hopes of an OM revival.
Next week’s challenge is to defeat De La Salle on their deck, where we have had difficulty winning. If this can be achieved, your still simmering reporter may be more forgiving and a little more expansive!
Goals: Otto 3, Zimmerman 2, Karayannis 2, A. Dewar 2, Williams 2, Lewis, Jakobi, Davis
Best: Jakobi, A. Dewar, Le Grice, Zimmerman, Karayannis, Yorgey