Round 16 Reserves Match Report

OLD BRIGHTON:    7.9.51

COLLEGIANS:      9.10.64


With most of the season’s deserters now back in the country, the Roscoes were able to field a competitive team and they pressed Collegians all day.  Ten victories separated the sides, and Collegians no doubt expected to join the long list of clubs who have dined out on the beleaguered Brighton boys left behind.

After a relatively even first half in which the Roscoes were able to stay in touch, the boys had the better of the Lions in the second half.  Nick Pavlou won plenty of the ball as he tuned up for a senior return.  So too, Tom Garner worked up a sweat and Tom King, returning from a long absence, gradually regained touch and was marking the ball towards the end of things.  Not surprisingly, the young blokes who have been battling the odds, improved with more support.  The Freeman brothers were prominent, and youngsters Scott Riddell, Michael Riordan and Alex Nicholas played with noticeably more confidence.

I felt very pleased for the loyal warriors who now had their ranks boosted by Garner, Harris, Olivier and Pavlou, who finally shrugged off the virus, and King, Liston and Hooy who were returning from injury.  However the brightest stars were ironically the two youngsters from BGS, who provided a glimpse of what the future holds.  Louis Butler carved through the Lions repeatedly setting up scoring chances, and Josh Le Grice influenced key passages of play throughout the game.

Finally, Coach, workers, supporters and the hard core could stop cringing on a Saturday morning.

Goals: King 2, Hooy 2, Liston 2, Ho

Best: Butler, Pavlou, Garner, Hooy, Le Grice, Yeoman