Round 17 Seniors Match Report

OLD BRIGHTON:     6.5-41

ST KEVINS:            13.15-93

TONNERS BLOWN AWAY IN SECOND HALF

After matching St.Kevins in a dogged first half, Old Brighton Grammarians unaccountably fell away in the third quarter, and were swamped in the second half of their Round 17 clash at South Road.  Violent winds savaged the oval all day, and though the predicted rains held off, conditions challenged all players, reducing much of the match to a mad scramble.  All four quarters ran beyond thirty minutes with players struggling to keep play inside the fence as the swirling winds picked the Sherrin up and hurtled it at crazy angles.

The first half was an enthralling contest. The Tonners were keen to erase memories of their first-round hammering at The King earlier in the year, and by half-time, that had been achieved.  Dylan Verney and Max Hayes led a determined defence on a day proving very difficult for forwards of both sides.  Will Lewis, as always, contested strongly and kicked a couple of goals, the first after clever work from Anthony Zimmerman allowed him to mark in close.  Michael Karayannis marked a ball driven in low, and playing in front, kicked truly before cleverly winning another chance to set up Levi Otto.  He skilfully manoeuvred the ball through from the railway flank.  The Tonners desperately contested against the tall and physically strong visitors, and we trailed by only three points at the main break.  Ben Jarick battled manfully against the veteran Lynch and we held our own around the ground in a game unlikely to win awards for aesthetics.  On one occasion, St.Kevins’ Gilham, who enjoyed a fine game, centred the ball from the grandstand flank, only to see it blown back out the other side, where it rolled out of bounds in front of the South Road pedestrian crossing.  The weather was the dominant performer.

To our dismay, the Tonners returned after half-time as flat as tacks.  Their earlier effort and determination utterly dissipated for ten minutes and the game was gone.  Now without opponents at their heels, the visitors bombarded the goals.  Their first five attempts were behinds, but they soon found the erections and booted 8.8 for the term, leaving home supporters frozen in their seats.  We conceded four goals in the goal-square, a bewildering collapse that was a complete reversal of the pressure maintained against Collegians last week.

The final term did little to improve matters.  Despite having a chance to score with the wind advantage, our blokes were unable to generate any system and the game dragged on interminably as ball after ball was blown into oblivion and players, like supporters, no doubt longed for relief.

Goals: Lewis 3, Otto 2, Karayannis

Best: Verney, Lewis, Hill, Zimmerman, Hayes, Jarick