This week the Old Scotch U19’s Firsts took on St Bernards in what would prove to be a big game for our season at our home ground. Looking for a big win that would hopefully steady our season, the boys seemed to be in a great mind set to take on Bernards, knowing that we were in with a huge chance to roll over the top and take the four points after beating them by around three goals last time we met. However from the very beginning of the match the boys seemed to be fairly flat, conceding the first six of seven scoring shots; poor kicking from the St Bernards side, only managing to convert one of those shots into a goals meant that we were still very much tin the game at quarter time. To start the second quarter the boys started to fight back and more or less equal Bernards on the scoreboard for the quarter, stopping their run and managing to be far more accountable. Despite playing a terrific second quarter the boys came into half time with a four or five goal deficit but were still showing good signs of being more than ready to get up and go as hard as possible in the second half. To start the second half it was clear that we were finally ready too play our brand of football, making Bernards play on our terms. After kicking the firsts few goals of the quarter the boys showed no signs of slowing down, managing to keep Bernards goalless for the quarter and peg the score back to 49 all at three quarter time. Coming home strong in the final term, the boys continued their great form of the third quarter managing to keep pilling goals on the scoreboard and well and truly running away with the game, keeping St Bernards to just the one goals in the second half to our ten.
Old Scotch 82 d St Bernards 57
On a cracking day for footy the Under 19 Reserves looked to put themselves further into the top 4 when we faced St Bernards at home.
It was a fiery affair from the get go with the Cardinals players throwing themselves at the footy and managing to lock the ball in our forward half.
However it wasn’t long before our opposition who also managed to apply the pressure and stay close with us on the scoreboard countered our fast start.
This game was very much a back and forth of goals being kicked as St Bernards managed to always get one back after us. James Murray and Ned Hawkins once again were working over time to get the Scotchies going.
Both teams were absolutely knackered by half time so we knew we had to push that extra inch in the second half.
A positive 3rd quarter saw the Cardinals maintain the lead. One of the highlights came when Will Kelly kicked his first goal, after being away from footy for over a year. The boys ran from everywhere to get around him.
Leading by 2 points at 3-quarter time we let another seemingly close game slip away. St Bernards kept us goalless in the last quarter and kicked 5 themselves. Their pressure and desire was far greater than ours.
A bitterly disappointing result for the lads but redemption isn’t far away as we face St Bernards again in round 13.
With a host of players returning from injury, holiday and suspension throughout the whole club, the thirds headed to face Old Carey with a star studded line up. The 1st v 7th clash started accordingly with Old Scotch booting the first 7 goals of the game to have a 41 point lead at qtr time, Hugo Perry picked up where he left off dominating the contest from the word go and brought his teammates into the game. By half time the winner was clear but it was a case of how much, Scotch piled on a further 8 goals in the second qtr to have the score line sit at 99-7 at the mid point. In form skipper John Stavris was so far unstoppable, booting 6 goals in the half and absolutely decimating the Carey backline, Jack Otter in his last game for the next month also was dominating, finding the ball at every opportunity and giving first use to the boys (if he wasn’t trying to dob one himself). The third quarter came and went, and so did goals for Old Scotch, the midfield were unrelenting in their pressure and the likes of Goodey, Leith, Daggian and Sheehan were getting first use and linking up extremely well. A surprising 3qtr time rev up from coach Paul Gregor asking us to kick another 7 goals in the last despite us already having 21 majors on the board confused a few, but to his credit it worked wonders as the boys piled on 12 majors including a 80m torp from new recruit Nick Sheehan to run out 218-8 winners. John Stavris finished the game with 7 goals, while Hugo Perry had 5, amongst a host of other goal kickers. Next week, back at the school main, we welcome a tough battle against Fitzroy who have just beaten 3rd place De La Salle in what ensures to be an extremely exciting battle!
The Reserves ventured to ‘The North’, fresh after a well-deserved break and came up against a predictably odd looking Fitzroy unit who were coming off a good win. The boys started well in what was a scrappy first term, kicking 4 goals to two which gave us a comfortable lead at quarter time. However, the second term was a different story as we went away from the basics and failed to play strong team football. Fitzroy capitalised on our forward half turnovers and began to look threatening in front of goal, especially the nimble Bob Marley/Courtney Johns/John Butler/Dylan Gilbert lookalike. The boys knew our effort was not good enough and George ‘@ticka7’ Dick well and truly reminded us, handing out an almighty spray that emphasised the need play as a unit and be stronger in the contest.
Ticka’s words certainly had their desired effect as the boys responded by kicking 5 goals to 2 in the third term. It was a shootout early on but we soon managed to maintain control of the footy and play the game on our terms. The ball movement from the defensive 50 to our forwards was far too clean and quick for the opposition, with Benny ‘Spindles’ Hays and Rob MacDougall combining well. The star studded midfield, including Triple D, Lachie ‘microphone head’ Hill, Meatball Franetic and HAITCH Calway were dominating inside the stoppages and our forwards became more damaging. Unfortunately, Joe ‘Genghis Khan’ Couch injured his hamstring during the quarter but we were in a commanding position heading into the last. @Ticka7 implored us to be ruthless in the last term and continue our momentum after half time. We came out and did just that, as Will ‘What’s the shape?’ Stuz and the newest member of the Gymmy Squatz team, Ed Furey, sent a few through the big sticks to lead us to a 68pt victory. Up the Cards!
Old Scotch FC 24.8-152
Fitzroy FC 10.9-69
Goal Kickers: M. van den Broek 9, J. Daggian 6, D. Gilbert 3, C. Melville 2, H. Larwill 2, J. Bull, L. Byrne-Jones
Best Players: M. van den Broek, J. Daggian, J. Hurley, C. O'Beirne, G. van den Broek , M. Martin
The Cards get back onto the winners list after a third quarter avalanche catapulted the Scotchies to an emphatic 83 point victory over Fitzroy FC at Brunswick oval to get their Premier B season back on track after the bye.
Playing Fitzroy at Brunswick Street is no easy task, and at half time the Cards were labouring to shake off the Roy boys, with scores level at 4.5.29 each.
I am not privy to what Cards coach Dale Bower said to his charges at half time, but whatever it was, I would like it bottled. The Cards came out for the second half like men possessed, and in a dazzling third quarter, ripped Fitzroy to shreds piling on a scarcely believable 15 goals.
The wily Armenian Jono Daggian was everywhere. Selling candy like a confectioner, finding unimaginable space where none seemingly existed, and in tandem with big Max van den Broek, who was playing the game of his life, the two combined to destroy Fitzroy in scenes that will live long in the memory.
In truth, the whole team lifted and were playing brilliantly. The breath taking delivery into forward fifty was of a team that were off the scale skills wise.
In addition to Daggian and van den Broek, Jack Hurley, Conor O'Beirne, Gene "junior" van den Broek and Max Martin were also prominent with their fine play.
Jono Daggian booted six typically skillful goals, whilst Max van den Broek booted a bag of nine goals to be universally adjudged best afield. Maxy has always threatened to take a game by the scruff of the neck with his imposing frame and strong marking, and Saturday was the day that it all came together in an awesome display of forward play, with strong marks and wonderful, accurate kicking.
The Cards kicked a further five goals in the last quarter to run out winners by 83 points and reinvigorate their charge to September.
This Saturday the second place Cards take on Old Carey at home on the Main Oval at Scotch College, in what is sure to be a nostalgic homecoming. Old Carey will be looking to bounce back after a close loss to Mazenod, so the game is sure to be a cracker. Come on down and support the boys as they look to make season 2017 one to remember.