Goal Kickers: J. Daggian 4, J. Clarke 4, J. Halsall 2, W. Carrington 2, H. Calway, D. Gilbert, J. Sansom, M. Seed, A. Jelbart, M. Martin
Best Players: J. Daggian, L. Hill, J. Bull, J. Clarke, J. Sansom, G. van den Broek
The Seniors produced yet another late show to win coming from behind on a glorious day at McQueen Financial Group Park.
After starting on fire to grab an early five goal lead, the Cards for the second week running hit the snooze button, as Premier B new comers Peninsula dug deep and hit back with greater desire and want for the ball.
The third quarter was a dour affair, with the Cards still trailing by 19 points heading into the last. Looking devoid of inspiration, it was hard to see just how the Scotchies were going to turn this game around.
But turn it around they did! The last quarter saw many who had been unsighted all day, suddenly spring to life and play like supermen. With greater commitment and dash, the Cards ripped the brave Peninsula boys to shreds. Skipper Jack Bull was inspirational as he continuously won the ball and inspired his teammates.
The Cards slammed on goal after goal, to first reel in the deficit, and then put daylight between themselves and Peninsula so that by the final siren the Cards had unbelievably ran out winners by 41 points after a herculean 10 goal last quarter.
Slippery half forward Jono "The Dagger" Daggian was adjudged best afield with his 4 goals being telling, including some miraculous last quarter snaps. With Jack Bull leading by example and stalwarts Hill, Clarke, Sansom and Gene van den Broek all contributing heavily, the Cards looked like world-beaters in the last stanza.
Post game, Cards coach Dale Bower, whilst cautiously praising his players last quarter fightback, warned that lapses of concentration had the potential to cost the team dearly as the season progressed, and that there needed to be a greater focus maintained if the team wanted to reach their potential.
The lads take on the in form Ajax at Gary Smorgon Reserve next week.
Goal Kickers: N. Bennison 5, E. Furey 3, W. Stewart 3, M. Davis 2, S. Neil, A. Harlock, J. Aujard, R. Macdougall, C. Millar, J. Hurley, A. van Ryn, J. Couch
Best Players: C. Millar, M. Wills, N. Bennison, W. Stewart, J. Slobom, R. Macdougall
A Nic Bennison- inspired reserves side proved too strong for Peninsula Pirates, with the cardinals claiming a mammoth 128-point victory at Camberwell Sports ground on Saturday.
The pirates had no answers for the cardinals as we piled on a 9-goal to 2 first half with Will Stewart kicking 3 and Charlie Millar assisting his teammates to pile on the scoreboard pressure. With Tom Kerr being rewarded for his ruck prowess in the first 2 rounds and debuting in the first XVIII it was left to young gun Rob MacDougall to strap on the shin guard and give our midfield first use, and that’s exactly what he did. Sam Neil and Max Wills reveled in our new ruck’s deft touch as they both got the ball towards the Old Scotch goals. Although inaccurate, the Old Scotch reserves side went into the half time break leading 9.12.66 to 2.1.13.
With the message being to put our boots to the throat of the opposition, the reserves side were ruthless in the third term, with tackles, shephards and manic defensive pressure being the catalyst in what was an 8 goal to 0 quarter of football. Jack Slobom brought his goal sense coupled with relentless forward movement to prove difficult for the Peninsula Pirates, a great debut from the young forward.
With the game seemingly wrapped up at three quarter time with Old Scotch leading by 105 points, a reshuffle of the team saw forwards become backs and backs become goal scorers. The return of club favourite, Jack Hurley, from a 2016 ACL injury was a sight for sore eyes and he looked as comfortable as ever in defense and attack.
Play of the day goes to the aforementioned Jack Hurley when in the last quarter he steamed out of the goal square and took a beautiful mark on the chest. After a year out of the game, he could be excused of having the yips in front of goal, however with Jack’s steely resolve he went back and slotted a goal which prompted every Old Scotch player on the ground to run over and congratulate our mate on a great return to football. How good is sport.
Goal Kickers: W. Michael 3, N. Walmsley 2, J. Stavris, A. Hayes, J. McIntosh, M. Tyler, H. Dennis, J. Otter, T. Beddison, S. Filippou
Best Players: W. Hewson, M. Tyler, A. Hayes, C. MacKenzie, C. Matthews, J. Stavris
After two wins on the trot, the mighty OSFC thirds were up against a fellow undefeated unit in Fitzroy. They might call themselves the "Roy Boys" but my god this mob were anything but... they were more like the "Roy Middle Aged Men"... the average age was approximately 43, there were 6 players who were silver foxes, 5 players who had hearing aids and 2 were sponsored by Ashley & Martin. The Cards on the other hand, were an abundance of youth and energy, pumped to run these old fellas off their feet on the big Brunswick St Oval.
The first quarter was an untidy affair, with both teams unable to be totally clean in their first touch of the footy and this resulted in a lot of turnovers. It was clear these Roy Middle Aged Men were here to play, and their offensive running was strong. We started to play better footy as the quarter wore on with Willy Michael and Jack Mac showing their class up forward and through the guts respectively, however we were not using the wide corridor as well as we could have been. Roofy was a welcomed addition to the backline and was controlling things down there, whilst Perrott was blanketing his opponent and using his flipper feet to stream out of the defensive 50 with some piercing kicks.
Up by 7 points at the start of the second quarter, we started well with some run and carry through the guts, with Jack "I'm shit hot on a wing" Otter and the Pou creating acting as prime ball movers. The Return of the Harry McCallum in the ruck was a huge in as he formed a strong partnership with Cozza around the ground. We snuck a few goals with 5 minutes to go before halftime, however a lapse in concentration allowed the Roy Middle Aged Men to kick some red time goals and reduce the margin to 2 points at half time.
At the main break the Golden Greek reassured the team that our best footy was a lot better than our oppositions and if were willing to work hard for 2 whole quarters we would come away with the choccys and the boys got right around this message. We started kicking the ball to the advantage of Walma and the Golden Greek up forward, and the mercurial Willy Michael was doing some slippery things in and around the half forward flank. Humbi Dennis was raking up the kicks around the ground, no handballs of course with a left peg like that, whilst Kanga Matthews was doing a mighty job on the Roy Middle Aged Men's primary big forward target. As we started to gain the ascendency, these Roy Middle Aged Men decided they would try rough us up, with a late hit on Hewson f followed by their Steve Buscemi eye'd Ruckman gave Johnny McLellan an unwanted whack behind play! We might have been 20 years younger than these old farts on average age but we were having none of it, and the boys rallied to protect our mates and send the opposition back to their retirement homes. Meanwhile, we continued to play the ball and maintained a lead of 7 points going into the last quarter.
Crackers and Paul gave us some wise advice at the last break to continue going at the footy and let the old buggars get distracted. We came out guns blazing, with new player this year Andrew "Yo Guess it Yo-Get-it for free!" Hayes collecting plenty of the pill up forward, but unfortunately was unable to convert his opportunities. Walma was working hard up the ground and absolutely flattened their ruckman with a big bump, only problem was, Goodey was running from the other direction to try get the big bastard and got double whammied by the pair! We were winning the contest all around the ground by this stage, and our backline was tremendous, led by Parsell who did not lose a one on one contest all day. Andy Hayes eventually came right with his goal kicking and booted through the sealer with 5 minutes to go. We ran away 32 point winners, in a terrific effort where we rallied after being challenged by a more mature team for 3 solid quarters. Terrific stuff fellas! We take on AJAX in a very special Monday night game at Elsternwick Oval at 7.30pm next week, in what promises to be an entertaining contest, get down to cheers on the boys!
OSFC: 12.12 84
OXFC: 13.8 86
Goals: Zietsman 3, Dawborn 2, Don 2, Strathmore, Moar, Nicholls, Kirchhofer, Harding.
Best: Parisi, Don, Strathmore, Dawborn, Hucul, Nicholls.
At 0-2 coming into round 3, the U19 Premier team looked to bounce back in a big way against the undefeated Xavier. A decent effort against the wind saw Scotch trailing by 15 at Quarter time. A few chances were missed in a dominant second quarter from the Cards, kicking 3.6 to Xavier's 2.1 to go into half time with only a 4 point deficit. After playing arguably our best half of footy this year, we again showed the goods in the 3rd quarter. With every player on our team playing their role well, we gained the lead and headed into 3qtr time up by 9. Xavier kicked a few cheap, early goals in the last, regaining the lead. With 4 minutes left Xavier were ahead by 3 points. We gave it our all, but failed to kick that final, elusive goal. A disappointing result, but couldn't ask for much more from the Scotchies. 4 quarters of fantastic footy against one of the best sides in the competition and we deserved too come out with the 4 points. Performances like that shows that we are capable of beating any side when we are at our best.
Under 19 Reserves
Goal Kickers: J. Loveridge 3, E. Lindholm, J. Richards (O/A U19), N. Sutherland, D. Clearihan, A. Roller
Best Players: B. Arnold, H. Starkins, J. Maginness, J. Murray (O/A U19), N. Stockdale, D. Clearihan
Having come off a disappointing loss last week the Under 19 Reserves were looking to bounce back against top of the ladder Xavier.
We started off the game strong with Nic Sutherland soccering through our first goal for the game, also his first goal in his first game for the club. Although our defense held strong in the first quarter Xavier managed to gain a small lead heading into quarter time.
We came out firing in the second quarter with Big Lindy dominating his ruck opponent and giving first use to our midfielders around the stoppages, which helped our forwards out with the ball being bombed long. In one of our greatest moments of this season, a boundary throw in resulted in Big Lindy tapping the ball down straight to younger brother Ned, who then freely snapped a big snag to get the lads up and about. These brothers continue to be a deadly duo for us this season.
A strong first half by the lads but we knew we would have to increase the intensity in the second half in order to get the chocolates.
After a rev up from Reesy and Gnatty at half time telling us to be harder at the footy then the Xavs the boys ran out for the second half determined to stamp our authority on the game. The game was heating up with big hits being laid left, right and center. Maginness and Murray were smashing and bashing through everyone in order to win the pill, which inspired the rest of us to do the same. Barry Arnold’s run through the middle of the ground was clinical we just couldn’t quite capitalize on the ball being delivered into our forward line as the persistent Xavs defenders managed to constantly mop up.
Down by a few goals with one quarter to go, we had to give it our all to close out the game, an area we struggled with last week. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as Xavs continually pumped the ball long to score. To our credit we kept up the pressure and determination all day but just couldn’t get enough of the ball in the last term. We went down by 5 goals. The score doesn’t reflect how well we played. Well done to Jono Loveridge, who kicked 3 on his debut.
Next week – Fitzroy at Home.