OLD BRIGHTON: 25.28-178
MONASH BLUES: 0.4-4
Saturday, 18th August – The under 19’s arrived for the final home and away game of the season on the infamous Brighton Beach oval. The boys prepared to face the bottom dwelling Monash blues, in what would be an enjoyable clash. Despite, Jane Bunn’s warnings on Friday evening regarding dismal weather, the skies remained clear for what would be the entirety of the match.
The first quarter started with a flurry of clearances and overall dominance by the on ballers. This allowed the forwards to get dangerous and convert 6 goals from 12 shots in the opening term. Paddy Inglis relished his opportunity down forward slotting through two majors in the first, whilst Hamish Dick proceeded to run circles around the helpless Monash defenders.
The second quarter provide more of the same for the boys with another 5 goals added along with 7 points. Despite being in a commanding position, ‘Baz’ was sure to be riled up about the typical inaccuracy of the team, which is mentioned a mandatory 3 times a game. Nonetheless, the boys continue to share the footy and create chance after chance. Ben Branson looked unstoppable in the middle racking up countless clearances, whilst Harry Osborne took out his frustrations, of being put in the backline for the day, through some elite spoiling and punching of the Sherrin.
The third quarter begin with the team in a commanding 78 lead, but this only grew as the likes of Jake Turner begun slotting ‘impossible’ shots from the pocket. Nonetheless, this quarter was the Declan Adams show, as the man with afro racked up the goals, by sitting in the goal square and converting his chances. This stand out performance contributed to the team’s seven goal haul for the quarter despite playing into the wind.
The final term provided much of the same as 7 goals were once again added to the margin. Campigli, Dick, Burt, Burns and Wallace all provided sensational games to contribute to the massive win, but an outstanding team performance was ultimately to thank for such a dominant display of football. The final score held OBGFC winners by 174 points, a great way to end a terrific home and away season. The boys now look to win a home final next week against Mazenod to progress straight through to the grand final and then hopefully on to win a flag.
Goals: D. Adams 4, H. Dick 3, M. Hurd 3, J. Turner 2, P. Inglis 2, J. Collins 2, M. Hughes 2, T. Burns, A. Tzimas, F. Campigli, L. Farrell, S. Larkworthy, S. Ryan, B. Konoroth
Best: T. Burns, F. Campigli, D. Adams, H. Dick, T. Wallace, M. Burt