OLD SCOTCH: 10.7.67
After a rousing victory in the wet the week before, the Old Scotch reserves side dried off their boots and made their way out to the home of the Lions, Old Wesley Collegians in Glen Waverley on the all important ANZAC Day. Henry Dick met the boys in the middle of the extremely long but narrow ground and explained that a champion side needs a motivation above and beyond winning, we needed a season kick-starting win, a hard earned win.
We welcomed in Mitch Bradley, Alex Brooke, Ben Hays and Max Martin for their first reserves games of the year, which exemplified the strong depth of our list. The Collegians got off to a quick start and caught the Scotch reserves sedentary in the first quarter. They kicked the first 3 goals of the game and we were presented with a genuine challenge that we had only experienced a handful of times over the last couple of years. The question was how were we going to respond. We managed to get on the end of one goal to salvage some pride going into quarter time. Collegians led 25-6 at the first break.
With positivity being the message at the first break we came out in the second quarter with more hunger and attack on ball and opposition. Charlie Long and Will Hamer were bulls in the middle of the ground with constant pressure being their main product. Scotch kicked 4 goals to 1 in the second to go into the main break well and truly confident that we could grind out a win. Scores were tied at 33-33 at half time.
The third quarter saw another even term and it was the senior players Henry Dick and James Long that stood tall for the Cards. James’ long range kicking was a major weapon for the team, even linking his brother Charlie up for an important goal. Max Martin hadn’t lost a step from last year, his poise and grunt in the middle proved important under immense pressure from the Collegian’s midfield. A 3-goal each quarter saw Scotch hold the narrowest of margins going into the last quarter. Scotch led 54-53 at ¾ time.
With 25 minutes left to forge a stirring victory we got off to the perfect start, kicking the first goal of the quarter. However the Collegians reserves were not lying down easily, kicking the next two in a tight affair where goals were earned.
Enter Nic Bennison
Just like Zaharakis in 2009, the ball was kicked into our 50 metre arc, and with a swift pickup, bit of a shimmy Nic kicks the goal on Anzac Day to put Scotch 2 points up with 3 minutes to play. And boy did he love it; everyone on the ground got a high 10. With a few minutes left to play the Old Scotch reserves held tight and calmly and with poise managed to hold onto the 2-point victory and have a win that they surely deserved. Is there no better feeling?
Success has a Cardinal Lining.
Goal Kickers: N. Bennison 3, A. Hummerston 2, C. Long, A. Harlock, C. Millar, J. Long, M. Bradley
Best Players: C. Long, W. Hamer, J. Long, H. Dick, N. Bennison, M. Martin