RESERVES TAKE ON THE REIGNING PREMIERS
By Andrew ‘The Benchwarmer’ Mullett
TONNERS: 0.1 2.3 5.3 6.7.43
MELBURNIANS: 3.3 4.4 8.8 11.11.77
Goals: Branson 2, Tait, Gunning, N. Freeman, Ho.
Best: Tait, Hicks, Branson, Harris, N. Murray, Ho, Vulcan.
The Tonner Reserves made a pretty good fist of their match against Old Melburnians, and whilst eventually conceding by 34 points in the early game, our efforts were by no means disappointing, particularly in the third quarter when we goaled into the breeze three times to stay in the match by the final change.
Young Ben Branson, who fronted up a second time after booting four goals in a best-on -ground performance in the U19s, kicked two more for the day and gave his more experienced team-mates a target, after Joey Dikranian became the next victim on a growing injury list. Eddie Tait returned at last and gradually worked into form, while Marty Ho, Charlie Hicks and Jack Cowling contested hard all day.
In defence, Ned Murray found some form, Brandon Harris added his usual mix of dash and enigmatic decision-making, and Travis O’Donohue came under notice for his work on a very large opponent. The Big Heater, Harrison Vulcan, continued to provide the Tonners with honest effort at all the stoppages. If the team can improve its delivery into the forward line and reduce the number of turnovers, the rewards will come. Too many foot passes and handballs miss their intended targets. Luke Healy will no doubt be encouraging his charges to polish their skills at training.