Old Scotch FC - 12.16-88
OldCarey FC - 12.4-76
Goal Kickers: J. Daggian 3, M. van den Broek 2, J. Sansom 2, J. Bull 2, H. Larwill, A. Jelbart, J. Clarke
Best Players: C. O'Beirne, M. Wills, S. Lynch, G. van den Broek , D. Gilbert, J. Sansom
Old Scotch marked their nostalgia charged return to Scotch College Main Oval with a gutsy 12 point win against a brave Old Carey, who threw everything at the Cards in a hard fought, bruising encounter.
The Cards got the jump in the first quarter with a 5 goal term to bound to a 23 point quarter time break. Conor O'Beirne, continuing his recent superlative form, was everywhere, as the Cards asserted their dominance.
The second quarter was even more emphatic, as the Cards piled on another 5 goals to the Panther's solitary major to take a seemingly unassailable 51-point break into half time.
The main break last week was the catalyst of an inspired 15 goal third quarter avalanche by the Cards, as they set all kinds of records, this week however, it was as if someone hit the snooze button at half time, as the Cards alarmingly dropped off in intensity in the third term as Old Carey piled on 6 goals to the Cards solitary goal, that saw the Cards half time lead slashed to a now reachable 22 points.
The Cards lamentable kicking for goal was in stark contrast to the Panther's super accurate nine goals three at three quarter time. This commendable accuracy had given the Old Carey boys a realistic chance to pull off a remarkable come-from-behind victory.
A suddenly tentative Cards outfit was under siege in the last quarter, as Old Carey threw themselves into the contest with no regard for personally safety. The Panthers slotted three goals, and approaching time on, were incredibly only 4 points down and looking the team most likely to seize an amazing backs-to-the-wall victory.
That they didn't was in no small part to the Cards defense holding firm with Max Wills rebounding with his wonderful kicking and the stoic Will Carrington dragging down crucial marks to stem the tide. A sickening collision late in the last quarter 20 meters out from Old Carey's goal that left a Panther's player KO'ed and two Cards players moving gingerly underlined the ferocity and commitment to bodyline the ball by both teams in that desperate last quarter.
Ultimately, a Cards steadying goal and a couple of narrow misses saw the Cards hold a 12 point lead at the sounding of the final siren, much to the relief of the Cards supporters.
For the Cards, Jono Daggian was his usual slippery self with 3 majors, and Max van den Broek kicked 2 goals along with James Sansom and Jack Bull. Conor O'Beirne was brilliant, and has taken his game to another level, to be adjudged best on ground. Max Wills, Sam Lynch, the ever reliable Gene van den Broek, Dylan Gilbert and James Sansom all played fine games as well.
Next round the Cards venture over to Monash University to take on the Old Scotch favourite son Mark Passador coached Monash Blues, in what is sure to be a tough encounter. Rally around the boys and come on down. Your support is always appreciated.
Old Scotch FC: 19.22.136
Old Carey FC: 6.4.40
Goal Kickers: E. Furey 3, S. Leith 3, W. Stewart 2, A. Hayes 2, N. Cox 2, R. Macdougall 2, L. Hill, C. Millar, D. Di Donato, H. Dick, A. Franetic
Best Players: A. Franetic, R. Macdougall, L. Hill, S. Leith, R. Goodey, E. Furey
Returning to the play for the Cardinal, Gold and Blue on hallowed turf of the Scotch College Main Oval is a prospect that sends tingles down the spine of any any Old Scotch Collegian. On Saturday that prospect became a reality, and my god, it was ever more glorious than any of us could have imagined. The nostalgia was immense; the perfectly cut grass cultivated by Mick Smith and the fellas, the old change rooms, and that glorious feeling of belting out the song after a great win with your mates.
OSFC legend Sean Leith led a host of returnee's into the side, with McKinley Slobom, Hayes and Goodey coming back into the lineup against the fourth place Old Carey. It was a big day for the club being back at the college and the boys had a great sense of energy from the outset. To kick off the contest the raging bull, big Franners won the first clearance and got us off to a good start. We traded the first 4 goals of the game with Carey, but then the boys kicked it up a notch and started to win the more and more of the contested ball and get the ball long to Fuz, Stuz and Coxy's Big Break.
In the second we kept on keeping on in the guts, with big Toe Macdougal plying his trade in the ruck and Hilly doing everything both on the inside and the outside, whilst the half back line of Hays, Kinners and Kelly provided plenty of rebounding offence. We probably didn't convert as many opportunities as we should have in the forward 50, kicking 3.7 for the quarter, with numerous points coming off the left boot of Paddy "Doggy Doo Doo" Djordjevic.
We came out with intent after half time and played the game on our terms for the large majority of the second half. Whilst one veteran's calves were looking ominous (Coxy), another's were looking friggin elite and pumping snags through the big sticks with class, as Lethal Leithy worked his ass off to get on the end of 3 great goals. Although the scoreboard will read 2 goals to Cox, those who witnessed the contents will know that these were "seagull" snags in junktime to boost his supercoach score for the day. Robbie Macdougall was taking the piss in the air, soaring like his favourite animal, the Albatross, to pick off contested mark after contested mark. Funnily enough, whilst Rob's favourite animal is the Albatross, he behaves more similarly to Bornean Orangutang in his day to day life outside of football. Here is footage for comparison to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jd9NBx2nuVw
The Cards got their tails up in the last and we blazed away to kick another 6 snags and finish off with a solid 4 quarter performance, which was pleasing for both players and Coach Dick. Let's keep on keeping on with the 4th quarter performances fellas!
Up The Cards!
Old Scotch FC: 21.14.140
Goal Kickers: W. Michael 7, S. Filippou 3, L. Seed 2, M. Pert 2, C. Perrott, N. Sheehan, J. McIntosh, J. McLellan, M. Nikolovski, D. McDermott, S. Stott
Best Players: W. Michael, S. Filippou, J. McIntosh, N. Clark, D. McDermott, L. Seed
In the first of three games on the Scotch College main oval, the mighty thirds took on Fitzroy in what was expected to be a tight 2nd v 4th match up. After the contest between the two earlier in the season went right down to the wire, coach Paul Gregor implored the boys to start strongly and send a message on our spiritual home. Send a message we did indeed, kicking the first 6 goals of the game including 3 to Will Michael, which opened up a 32-point lead at quarter time.
The fellas smelt blood in the water and decided to pounce, there was no way we were going to give Fitzroy a chance in this one. Lachie Seed in his first game and Nick Sheehan, who continues to impress, smashed the ball out of the middle giving our forwards the best possible supply they could ask for. Stav was strangely passing the ball a lot and bringing his teammates into the game such as Dom McDermott who finished off a nice set shot, which helped open up a 63-point lead at the half.
Despite the 11 goal to 1 half time score line Paul was not happy with the way we finished the half, arrogantly trudging our way to half time without really putting the life out of the opposition. This in turn lead to an almighty bake which bemused some, but seemingly woke up Campbell Matthews from his bender the night before as he played a blinder from then on.
The last half continued much the same, with Scotch pilling on goal after goal and really making Fitzroy look second rate, Michael added another 4 to take his game tally to 7 and looks primed to go back up to the twos this week. ‘Pew pew’ Filippou continued to impress with another 3, and Mitchell ‘go scotch’ Pert kicked 2 of the easiest goals you’ll ever see. In what was an outstanding performance against a good opposition, the boys eventually ran out 120 point winner putting us on top of the ladder for the first time this season.
Under 19 Premier
Old Scotch: 11.12.78
Old Caulfield Grammarians: 7.10.52
Goal Kickers: K. Forbes 2, W. Griffin, B. Quint, L. Strathmore, N. Hawkins, D. Zietsman, T. Blenheim, A. Harding , H. Moar, F. Halligan
Best Players: C. Cormack, N. Hawkins, J. Hicks, K. Forbes, D. Zietsman, E. Maxwell
This week the Old Scotch U19’s Firsts took on Caulfield on the Mears oval at Scotch College which if won, could get us one step closer to three wins in a row before the bye. Looking for a big win that would give us two in a row, the boys seemed to be in a great mind set to take on Caulfield, knowing that we were in with a huge chance to roll over the top and take the four points after beating them by around two goals last time we met. From the very first bounce, the boys seemed to be up and about, having the first few scoring shots and managing to come into quarter time with an eight point lead. To start the second quarter scotch continued to put on scoreboard pressure and more or less doubling Caulfields score whilst stopping their run and managing to be far more accountable. After playing a terrific second quarter the boys came into half time with a four or five goal lead and were showing good signs of being more than ready to get up and go as hard as possible in the second half to completely roll over theta of Caulfield. To start the second half the boys continued to force Caulfield to play on our terms. After kicking the firsts few goals of the quarter the boys showed no signs of slowing down, Continuing to apply heavy scoreboard pressure onto Caulfield. 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.
Under 19 Premier Reserves
Old Scotch: 28.20.188
St Kevins: 1.4.10
Goal Kickers: E. Montgomery 5, F. Morrisby 3, C. Wilson 3, C. Jackson 3, N. Stockdale 3, H. McGlashan 2, H. Malouf 2, A. Joubert 2, H. Mastras 2, M. Fenton, C. O''Nians, D. Shrimpton (O/A U19)
Best Players: A. Capp, C. Wilson, A. Brooke, J. Murray (O/A U19), L. Fish, H. Japp