By Coach Brian Randall
UNDERS KEEP PERFORMING, JAKE ‘THE SNAKE’ BAGS SIX
OLD BRIGHTON: 4.2 7.5 10.11 17.17. 119
UNI BLACKS: 4.0 7.2 8.5 8.6. 54
Goals: J. Turner 6, D. Lynch 2, B. Pryor 2, M. Harris 2, H. Osborne 2, F. Campigli, J. Munnings, W. Middlemiss
Best: W. Agius, J. Turner , F. Campigli, D. Lynch, B. Pryor, M. Hughes
A home game against a Uni Blacks side that was super keen, showing up early and fully kitted up by 10.30am when the game wasn’t starting until 12.
Our boys were distracted by the King racing at Sandown and that flowed into our first quarter. Blacks played some good footy on the outside and moved the ball pretty well and we allowed it. The centre square was a no-go zone as it is a mud pit and you would sink a good 6inches into the mud. This changed our game-style a bit and it took us a little to adapt too.
A half time chat and only a lead of 3 points, we also made some changes with Dom Lynch to the midfield and Oulton/Mailing into the backline. This paid dividends as Hughes was dominating the ruck, Agius/Finn/Dom all winning their own footy and connecting well. Then Jake Turner who kicked 3 in the first quarter kept imposing himself on the game with the opposition scared to go near his big frame.
We started to do the hard stuff well and the basics better and the second half was all ours, we kept them to 1 goal 1 point for the half while we kicked 10 goals 12. Munnings, Pryor and Jiffa were all dangerous down forward creating plenty of opportunities for themselves and others. Munnings could’ve kicked 6 or 7 alongside Jake, but dropped some simple chest marks, however would butter up and keep competing including a brilliant second effort tackle.
The highlight of the day was the work between Agius and Campigli, Agius winning the ball constantly on the inside and giving hands off to Finn or little knock-ons and it would send Finn dashing away out of stoppages. Will Middlemiss also kicked his first goal for Old Brighton and the boys knew it getting around him too.
The second half was more the type of footy we can play. We are a good side but can go through the motions a bit and need to stay on for a full game against any opposition.