SENSATIONAL SEB SINKS OLD TRINITY
By Andrew ‘The Benchwarmer’ Mullett
OLD BRIGHTON: 2.1 7.4 14.8 18.11.119
OLD TRINITY: 1.0 4.2 6.4 7.9.51
Goals: Williams 11, Zimmerman 3, Turner, King, Pavlou, Hill.
Best: Williams, Pavlou, Hill, Zimmerman, King, Yorgey.
Old Brighton Grammarians’ young forward, Seb Williams, enjoyed a day out at Trinity in Round 14, when he booted 11 goals in the Tonners’ 68-point demolition of the club that knocked us out of last year’s finals. Harry Hill, Nick Pavlou and Anthony Zimmerman cut the home side to pieces and as the ball was fired forward, Williams made sure he was in the right position to cash in. His speed and clever anticipation ran rings around Trinity’s defence. They were simply powerless to stop Seb’s barrage. He kicked goals in every quarter and joins Adam Pirrie (2008), as the only other Tonner to kick eleven goals in a game this century. Williams was playing only his 15th match and had kicked 9 goals this season before his superb performance. Jarrod Bradley (2000), Tom Mentiplay (2012), and Pirrie (2005) are the only players to kick 10 goals in a game.
The Tonners were mightily impressive, and after an even first quarter, our blokes established a handy 20-point lead at half-time before racing away in the third quarter, then finishing the job in the final term. We had winners everywhere and relished the open spaces of the best ground in the competition. Nick Pavlou was superb, picking up possessions all over the ground and placing the ball to advantage at will. He is so skilled on both sides of his body that he can take time and space to pick his mark. His work with Anthony Zimmerman, in particular, provided great entertainment, and Seb made sure their efforts weren’t wasted. Harry Hill again dominated and his combinations with the tireless Tom Fisher also created plenty of chances for us to score.
The Tonners lost Ned Murray, who broke his collarbone in the opening minutes, but the defence steadied and played cohesively all day. Tom Yorgey returned and cut off Trinity’s forward moves in the first half, dashing across half-back to intercept and drive us forward. Elliot Le Grice roamed over a lot of ground, at one stage even seducing Williams late in the game to forego his certain twelfth goal, to allow him a shot, but as had happened at HQ a fortnight ago, Le Grice kicked it like the fine defender he is! Monty and Tom Laumets enjoyed fine games at the back where Tom Larkworthy, Raury Bolger, Max Lohan and Marty Ho also combined well to keep pressure on Trinity and force them into error.
The Tonners held control in the centre of the ground where Tom King contested strongly and both Tom Fisher and Eddie Tait provided the heavy work. King marked regularly around the ground and was a key to our gaining control of the game. The boys continually broke from tight situations and our foot passing was precise and penetrating. Although his usually reliable kicking was a little astray at times, Hamish was a thorn in Trinity’s side and both he and Ben Jakobi often won the ball in defence and sparked attacks through Hill and Pavlou. Although Williams looked after most of the scoring, young Jake Turner goaled with his first senior kick before injuring a hamstring in the third term, and J’Andre Olivier chipped in with aerial support to keep the opposition backs guessing. Jimmy Davis was back in the action, as was Kara, dubbed “the brick with eyes” by my Trinity colleague, as he bobbed around Williams with instructions not to sprint, staying off the score sheet, and no doubt ending the day consumed with envy.
We now eagerly await the great challenge to wind up the season as we take on the top three clubs before finishing at Carey in the final round. Yesterday’s spirited effort gives us a chance from fifth position, to again launch at the finals if we are good enough.