SEASON CRUMBLES DESPITE VICTORY
By Andrew ‘The Benchwarmer’ Mullett
OLD BRIGHTON: 3.4 6.8 7.13 14.17.101
OLD CAREY: 3.0 7.0 12.0 12.1.73
Goals: Zimmerman 3, Pavlou 3, Lewis 2, Karayannis 2, King, Otto, Williams, Dick.
Best: Zimmerman, Pavlou, Filipovic, Yorgey, Lewis, Karayannis.
Old Brighton Grammarians finished our season in fine style with a fast-finishing victory at Bulleen against Old Carey, but the Violet Crumbles’ six-point win over Old Xaverians, stifled our last-ditch attempt to sneak into the finals.
The Tonners took all day to run down the audacious Panthers, who kicked twelve consecutive goals before missing the big erections late in the final term. Our blokes had to work hard to stay with an enthusiastic opponent, determined to see off their retiring coach with an upset win. Our inaccuracy kept Old Carey in the picture. We missed half a dozen shots throughout the day that were within close range, and at three-quarter time we had fallen 17 points behind.
However, with the incentive to keep slim hopes of a semi-final appearance alive, the boys lifted significantly. When Nick Pavlou converted a free kick and Ben Jakobi in his 100th game combined with Harry Hill to provide Seb Williams with an easy goal, the home side started to wobble. Their run out of defence ceased. Will Lewis marked strongly but hit the post as he attempted to put us in front, but shortly after, Ben and Zimmer allowed Pav to set us on our way.
The Tonners then bolted away, Pavlou, Hamish Dick and Michael Karayannis completing a seven goal to zip final term as all Tonners worked from half-back to create paths through the Carey defence. Anthony Zimmerman played an outstanding game and was involved in several superb moves that set up goals, and he kicked three of his own at critical moments in the game.
The news that Collegians had hung on, took a little edge off the day, but supporters could hardly complain with the team’s efforts during the year. The only shocker was the Round 2 loss to De La Salle, and that ultimately has been the reason we are not testing ourselves in the finals against sides who are probably happy enough to see us missing.
The side had solid contributors on all lines during the year. Mid-fielders Harry Hill, Nick Pavlou and Tom Fisher had terrific seasons. Elliot Le Grice, Tom Laumets, Tom Yorgey and Dylan Verney played wonderfully in defence. Our forwards are always dangerous with the skill of Kara, Zimmer and Seb Williams darting everywhere. Will Lewis led the competition goalkicking until a back injury forced him out of five games. We welcomed Lachie Filipovic who played strongly in the ruck with Tom King, and the introduction of youngsters, Hamish Dick, and at times, Ned Murray, Ben Branson and Harry Hynes supported the efforts of more experienced players like Ben Jakobi, Jimmy Davis, and Andy Dewar who worked hard all year.
As Hutchy reminded his players after the game, they proved that our best footy was competitive with all teams, and indeed was good enough to earn wins over three of the top four. The trick now, is to turn up and do it again. Fraser Gregson, Michael Slater, Raury Bolger and Eddie Tait will be in their prime and hopefully the Under 19s will go back-to-back and feed more youngsters into the senior team. The BGS boys will continue to flock to South Road. One can only hope that the Airport Virus will have limited impact in 2020 when the Tonners are back to entertain us. Well played boys!