TONNERS DOWN SKOBBERS AGAIN
By Andrew ‘The Benchwarmer’ Mullett
OLD BRIGHTON: 0.3 2.10 6.13 7.14.56
ST. KEVIN’S: 0.1 1.1 2.3 8.4.52
Goals: Pavlou 2, King, Yorgey, Karayannis, Hill, Dick.
Best: Pavlou, Le Grice, Hill, Fisher, Laumets, Yorgey.
Another whole-hearted team effort saw Old Brighton Grammarians upset the visiting St. Kevins Old Boys for the second time this season, the Tonners holding off the third-placed visitors by four points after outpointing them for most of the day. St. Kevins kicked the last six goals of the game, eventually finding some form after the Tonners had dominated the third quarter and worked to a 34-point lead at three-quarter time. A wind shift and a drier final term assisted the visitors and our blokes would have been unlucky to lose after playing so well. Nevertheless, it was a heart-stopper and took some calm ball use in the last minute to nail the victory which puts us in the four with three rounds to play.
Nick Pavlou, Elliot Le Grice, Harry Hill and Tom Fisher again led from the front and were outstanding all day. Le Grice and Tom Laumets, who effectively shut down Jarrad Waite, led a spirited defence that pressured the Skobbers whenever they attacked. Michael Slater’s inclusion stiffened the defence and Tom Yorgey, at home in the conditions, again played with great spirit and aggression. Marty Ho, promoted in a new role, contested hard and created a chance for Harry to goal in the crucial third term. Tom Larkworthy’s judgement and precise disposal completed a back six that held the visitors to only five scoring shots in the first three quarters.
It was Pavlou who again set the tone. The mid-fielder has had a wonderful season and he just accumulates the footy and uses it so profitably. His third quarter goal was clinically taken and his left-foot banana from a tight angle in the final term was the pick of the bunch on a day when goals were so precious. Harry was also superb and his ability to use his skills despite the atrocious conditions, always keeps us in the game. He brings his team-mates along with him. In the third term, Lachie Filipovic reached over his legendary opponent, generating an advantage that gave us an invaluable surge in the third term. The Tonners kicked four goals in a comparatively short time after only three goals had been produced by both sides in the first half.
The final term almost turned the game on its head. The Tonners’ intensity dropped a fraction and the SKOBs were able to find some space. As Hutchy implored his men to get in close to the contests and win the ball as they had done for most of the match, St.Kevins nailed a series of goals that gave them every chance of a last gasp victory. However, our blokes steadied and refused to concede, taking control of the final minutes to hang onto a win they deserved. We are now in the four and take on the ladder leaders, University Blues, next week at the Varsity oval.