SNAKES HISS AT THE PIT
By Andrew ‘The Benchwarmer’ Mullett
ST. BERNARDS: 3.6 10.8 12.11 15.11. 101
OLD BRIGHTON: 3.2 5.5 9.9 11.13. 79
Goals: Dick 4, Lewis 4, Karayannis 2, Dewar.
Best: Le Grice, Dick, Lewis, Pavlou, Filipovic, Jakobi.
The Tonners dropped their collective guard out at Essendon yesterday, and allowed the Snow Dogs to kick away to a five- goal lead in the second quarter, after an even opening term in which the home side converted three times from free kicks. The boys tried hard to pull back the margin and we had the better of the second half, but St. Bernards were stronger through the mid-field all day. The Tonners conceded four goals to distance penalties, and remained bewildered for much of the match.
Several of our blokes had really, good days. Hamish Dick was the outstanding forward on the ground in the first half. The youngster booted four brilliant goals, keeping us in a game that was almost out of control in the second term. Will Lewis contested manfully, opponents allowed to physically impede him without redress, but his four goals were also the mark of a Tonner who is serving it up to them in his own courageous way. Elliot Le Grice was terrific early, often intercepting the home side’s forays forward, and he did his best to plug the holes in our defence, weakened by Dylan Verney’s absence. Lachie Filipovic toiled manfully in the ruck, Nick Pavlou was busy all day, and Ben Jakobi often came under notice.
The first round of matches will be completed in a fortnight, with no football being played over the Queen’s Birthday weekend. The Tonners will play Old Carey to finish the round, a game we must win to stay in touch with the leaders. Our home game has been switched to Elsternwick Park to accommodate the Ladies’ Luncheon. One hopes the ladies attend and barrack in overwhelming numbers.