TONNERS DINE OUT AT THE PARK
By Andrew ‘The Benchwarmer’ Mullett
OLD BRIGHTON: 6.4 9.6 12.11 15.15. 105
OLD CAREY: 0.0 3.2 3.5 8.5. 53
Goals: Karayannis 4, A. Dewar 3, Dick 3, Williams 2, Hill 2, Branson.
Best: Karayannis, Le Grice, Dick, Yorgey, Pavlou, Hill.
With more than a hundred and forty guests enjoying the Ladies’ Luncheon at Elsternwick Park, the Tonners turned it on for their transferred audience, and demolished Old Carey with an impressive display in Round 9. In perfect conditions, the boys burst out of the blocks, and with Michael Karayannis running riot, they booted six first quarter goals to zip, whipping up a forty-point lead that left Carey with an unenviable chase for the rest of the day. The Tonner forwards were too quick and classy, darting into the ample spaces of Headquarters once Lachie Filipovic and his cohort had sent it forward from the centre bounces.
If surrendering our home-ground advantage had been a concern for some of us, the lads quickly assuaged our mid-life footy crises, and had the game well won when Andy Dewar opened the second term with our seventh to take the lead beyond their opponents’ reach. Carey did kick the next three goals, but these were quickly won back by Harry and Seb Williams, to preserve our lead by the long break. The Tonners played confidently, Elliot Le Grice and Tom Yorgey both prominent in defence, and although we were content at times to go around the perimeter, Nick Pavlou kept the traffic access open, and our foot passing was reliable all day. The continuing improvement of Hamish Dick has given the forward line new lift, and after his four fine goals at The Snake Pit and an excellent game for the Rep team last week, Hamish snagged another three yesterday and always looked dangerous.
Tom King was forced from the field, requiring Will Lewis to take a turn on the ball, but what looked a mini-forward line in his absence, continued to bewilder the Carey defence in the second half as the boys extended their lead at one stage to sixty points. Tom Yorgey enjoyed an attacking role in defence and kept the supply coming, and Andy Dewar’s experience across half -forward enabled us to kick enough goals to stem any thought of a Carey revival. The healthy victory secured our mid-table position for the present, also keeping the finals within reach. But that time of year is approaching! Are we inoculated against the virus?