RESERVES TOUGH IT OUT FOR A DRAW
By Andrew ‘The Benchwarmer’ Mullett
TONNER RESERVES: 0.0 2.1 2.1 3.2.20
SKOBBERS: 0.2 1.5 2.6 2.8.20
Goals: Dikranian, Hitchcock, Hicks.
Best: Cowling, E. Harris, Robertson, Rutter, M. Freeman, Speirs.
There was little choice for both Reserves teams. Everyone had to work hard. The ground was heavy. The icy wind swirled from the south-west. Scattered showers made for slippery conditions and a soapy ball. Scoring at either end would be difficult. The winner would be the team able to slug it out to the finish. In the end, a draw was probably a fair result.
The Tonners didn’t score at all in two quarters. Few chances came in the other two, but Joey Dikranian nailed his set shot in the second term, and Ben Hitchcock scrambled another. In the final term, after The Kelpie had forced it close to goal, Charlie Hicks managed a final touch off the ground and we finished with three.
The SKOBs could only find two goals for the day, but they built a string of behinds. They looked likely to find another to scrape home at the finish, but their final forward move was smothered in front of the pavilion, where players then vented their frustrations and headed for the showers.
The Tonners were terrific and their effort to share the points with third-placed St. Kevins, who had senior players back, reflected the team’s continued improvement. Elliot Harris, Jack Cowling and Mackie Robertson were tireless, Jack Rutter’s recent return has added a touch of class, while Matt Freeman and Matt Speirs continued their reliable defensive work for them.