OLD BRIGHTON: 8.9.57
OLD SCOTCH: 17.6.108
The seconds ran out on Saturday keen to extract revenge on an Old Brighton team who had knocked our boys off in the Grand Final last year, and that is exactly what transpired in the following 2 hours. The long slog of pre-season was over and boy did we hit the ground running, flying out of the blocks in the first quarter with a 5 goal to 1 clinic in the first stanza.
Lachie Strathmore and Tom Holding were giving our midfielders first use of the ball, and the likes of Neil, Franetic, Lynch and C Long duly obliged. Andrew Hummerston was prolific up forward, and Justin “Souv” Nikolovski crumbing anything that Dukes Hummerston failed to pouch. Another 5 goal quarter (into the wind) in the second had us leading by 6 goals at the main break.
The third quarter began with the skipper Henry Dick kicking an incredible around the body goal from 40m out, the first time I had seen him kick a drop punt in years. Any Brighton attacks were repelled by the half back line of Melville, Kerr and Wills, and anything that did get through that brick wall was swiftly collected by Ed “Rory Laird” Furey, who’s dash out of defence was a sight to behold.
A 4 goal to 2 final quarter meant we ran out 51 point winners, a great start to the season but still plenty of work to done.