OLD BRIGHTON: 10.15.75
TONNERS STORM HOME
Old Brighton Grammarians withstood a violent last quarter storm that swept across The Trott in the final term, to defeat ladder leaders, Collegians by 15 points in Round 16. Lightning and thunder heralded a comfortable win for the boys, after they had seized control of the match with five unanswered goals in the second quarter. Ben Jarick dominated the ruck duals and Harry began to win midfield balls that kept the Tonners in attacking mode for much of the first half, after Seb Williams kicked our first two goals of the match.
The Tonners’ defence dominated the Lions, who couldn’t get past Dylan Verney and the returning Max Hayes. Tom Laumets swung between a defensive role and handy second target up forward, flicking through a loose ball that had been speared in by Harry, to launch the dominant second quarter. The Tonners were more ferocious and committed around the ball, and in this term found a direct route to goal while the home side stayed true to its determination to cross the ground to set up wide runners in open space. The Tonners responded by filling their defensive areas and pressuring Collegians into error.
The Tonners bolted away in the second term. Seb Williams nailed his third with a well-crafted drive from deep on the boundary, Levi Otto steered home a chance set up by Michael Karayannis before Harry pounced on a stoppage ball and hammered it through the erections to silence the home supporters. The Pocket Rocket somehow backed out of heavy traffic and was unlucky that his overhead snap hit the post. When Fraser Gregson drove home another, Collegians looked beaten. The Tonners had winners all over the ground. Elliot Le Grice had also established his influence, and Andy Dewar, irritable and feisty, supplied plenty of drive in a fine quarter for the Tonners.
Collegians had the better of the third term, and also enjoyed the roll of the dice when Johnson pushed his opponent out, retained the mark and converted. Ferguson stuck his nose in a couple of times, but the Tonners were toying with them. Harry burst out of a pack to hand Ben Jakobi a chance and he made no mistake, and as the clouds built in the south, Andy Dewar secured a free and a penalty from a vulnerable Lion defender and goaled on the siren to cement a twenty- point lead going into the last.
The final term became a matter of avoiding multiple drownings. If the Tonners needed a sealer, it came when Michael Dewar cleverly ripped a ball sideways to an unmarked Levi Otto, and the most reliable goal-sneak whipped it through across the slashing wind. As spectators sought refuge, lightning penetrated the gloom, thunder crashed, and players bravely chased the cake of soap through the deluge. When it finally subsided with minutes to go, the Tonners still were first into contests and had no difficulty retaining the comfortable lead they had built throughout the afternoon.
Goals: Williams 3, Otto 2, Laumets, Hill, Gregson, Jakobi, A. Dewar
Best: Verney, Jarick, Hill, Hayes, Le Grice, Yorgey