SENIORS vs Old Brighton Grammarians @ Box Hill City Oval
Old Brighton: 11.6.72
Old Scotch: 7.7.49
Goal Kickers: J. Halsall 3, S. Lynch, A. Jelbart, J. Aujard, J. Hurley
Best Players: J. Aujard, A. Franetic, A. Jelbart, G. van den Broek , W. Carrington, J. Bull
After a very strong 15-win season the Old Scotch senior side approached the challenge that had been awaiting them for the last month of the home and away season, a second semi final versus Old Brighton. With so much on the line, advancement to premier division and a spot in the grand final, the feeling before the game was one of sheer excitement and nervy eagerness. Having watched the reserves get the job done the game before the boys ran out on the large Box Hill City oval for battle.
The first quarter didn’t quite go Scotch’s way as Brighton kicked with the win and scored 4 goals to Old Scotch’s 1. Max Van den Broek and Jack Hurley were strong in the middle of the ground, giving the Scotch midfield first use of the ball. Aiden Franetic threw his body around and clearing the ball out of any pack that he could will his body into. The second term saw one of the youngest players in the team really stand up to the big bodied Brighton boys, Jono Aujard who has cemented his wing position all year was terrific as he ran all day and even kicking amuch needed early goal in the second quarter to get the senior side closer on the scoreboard. Gene van den Broek lead the backline immaculately all day under constant pressure, taking important marks and setting up play with every possession. The scoreline read 33-16 in Brighton’s favour at the half-time break.
Coming out after the main break, it was important to get put scoreboard pressure on the Tonners however the ball kept finding itself down the windy end of the ground and Brighton accurately punished the Scotch senior team , kicking 3 goals to 0 for the quarter. Andrew Jelbart showed why he has been such a great leader this year as his big body consistently put pressure on the Brighton players. Being 35 –points down at ¾ time, the Scotch senior side remained positive at the break as they knew the hard work they have endured all year will hold them in good stead to run out this game well.
Old Scotch came out in the last quarter very strongly kicking the first few goals of the quarter to get us within 17 points of Brighton and we could see them starting to fracture. Jack Hurley kicked the most important goal of his career as he was duly awarded a free kick and caressed the ball through from 40 metres out.
Despite the grandest of efforts in the last quarter it wasn’t enough as Brighton progressed through to the grand final 23 point victors, leaving Scotch with a very important preliminary final showdown against St Bernards this Saturday at Trevor Barker Oval at 2pm. See you there.
RESERVES vs Old Brighton Grammarians @ Box Hill City Oval
Old Scotch: 8.14.62
Old Brighton: 5.9.39
Goal Kickers: N. Bennison 3, K. Searle 2, N. Cox, P. Djordjevic, M. Davis
Best Players: J. Beard, T. Holding, J. Nikolovski, S. Neil, C. Millar, N. Bennison
With only one loss during the home and away season, the Old Scotch reserves side had been prepared for this final and with an 10-goal average win over the last month they were excited for the challenge that awaited them at Box Hill City Oval on Saturday. The feeling pre-game on the ground and in the rooms was one of pure excitement; they were ready for a hot contest. The first term was characteristic of an opening quarter in a final, contested ball in the middle of the ground and bodies flying everywhere, wanting to get that quick start. Brighton settled first in the second semi final as they kicked 3 goals to 0 in the first term with Scotch inaccurate in attack. Justin Nikolovski was fantastic in the first quarter as his pressured tackling and elite footwork set up opportunities for the reserves side. The score line read 21-3 Brighton ahead at quarter time.
The second quarter went more Scotch’s way at we managed 2 goals to one for the term. Nic Bennison kicked the opening goal for Scotch with the biggest bender I’ve ever seen, the most important goal of his Scotch career to date. Nic Cox also got on the end of a beautiful kick into the forward line as he kicked truly for Scotch’s second of the term. Tom Holding and Sam Neil linked together perfectly in the middle of the ground with Tom winning countless taps and Sam with another 30 possession game, making that 18 for the year. Old Scotch trailed by 9 points at half time but was buoyed by their attack on the ball in the first half.
The third quarter, the premiership quarter was where the game finally turned in Old Scotch’s direction. Kicking against the wind in the 3rd, we only wanted to remain within reach of the Tonners before storming home with the wind in the last. The first clearance went our way, as the ball was bombed deep into our forward 25 metre, defender-turn-forward Kallum Searle created a contest, while NIc Bennison, like a seagull stealing chips, crumbed the ball and slotted through the first goal of the second half. Julian Beard was a pillar in defense taking multipl courageous chest marks and setting up play with sensible finals football nous. Charlie Millar also linked up with Jules in defense and created many plays coming out of the backline. Highlight of the quarter was a link-up team goal ad the abll came through the middle of the ground, Luke Daggian found a surgin Max Davis who ran into an opening goal. At ¾ time the Old Scotch reserves side lead 33-30 with the most important quarter of the year staring us in the face.
NIc Bennison was again amongst the goal kickers in the last quarter, kicking 3 for the match and it wasn’t long until the Old Brighton Dam burst as the reserves side ran away 23-point victors. Kallum Searle kicked 2 important goals in the last quarter and created an alternative avenue to goal for the team. We have earnt the week off this week as we rally and storm towards a massive Grand Final in two weeks time.
All the Best.