Old Scotch: 9.10.64
De La Salle: 5.6.36
Goal Kickers: B. Morley 3, N. Walmsley, A. Hayes, S. Filippou, W. Michael, J. Slobom, J. McLellan
Best Players: N. Lindsay, L. Daggian, H. McCallum, R. Goodey, W. Michael, N. Stavris
The mighty thirds headed into their first finals campaign in a number of years, up against a tough De La outfit with the winner heading straight through to the grand final. News filtered through during the week that skipper John Stavris would be out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury, which paved the way for young Richie Goodey to take the reigns as the finals captain. The game started hot and heavy with a huge crowd in attendance like never before at 9.20 on a Saturday morning. We grabbed the early ascendency, kicking the first 2 goals of the game and looked a cut above in the wet, going into the first change up 19-8. Will Michael had finally come to play, and looked the part of an AFL CHF, working all around the ground and clunking everything that came near him.
The second quarter was all De La Salle; they hunted and willed themselves over the footy pushing it out to their good users who were putting it in all the right areas. It’s no lie to say we were truly dominated in the quarter, and the frustration showed with little spot fires breaking out left right and centre. Despite their dominance, our formidable back 6 once again stood up as they have done all season to concede just 2 goals for the quarter, leaving us 1-point down at the main break.
A lift was definitely needed and a lift is exactly what we received. The midfield quartet of McCullum, Daggian, Goodey and Sheehan begun to look a cut above, absolutely dominating every contest and willing the ball forward for some quick early goals. Down the other end, the ever-reliable Nick Stavris was repelling every attempt, taking intercept mark after intercept mark and scoring a whopping 63 super coach points for the quarter. We headed into the last change up by 15 points, knowing full well that De La was heading back to the scoring end in the final passage, the game was far from done.
The last quarter continued on our strong work, as De La simply could not keep up with us and our “premier b thirds’ level of fitness. The most inspiring moment of the last was 5 minutes in, with the game still on the line, a De La Salle player broke from the pack and stepped around one just outside the arc. Little did he know, he was being hunted by Jack ‘metres gained’ McIntosh, who drove him straight into the turf in a textbook tackle that even the MRP would get around. The cheer around the ground was something else and Macca started to see his name in the bright lights. After that, the opposition were mentally checked out and we ran away 28-point winners and with a well deserved week off before a huge grand final in 2 weeks time.