OLD MELBURNIANS: 10.13.73
OLD SCOTCH: 5.6.36
Having produced such a gutsy win the week before against a strong Old Collegians side the Old Scotch reserves were full of confidence taking on Old Melbournians at the newly refurbished Elsternwick Park. Club legend Henry Dick was due to play his 150th game for the Cardinals and the boys were more than happy to get around such a great clubman. Henry brought the boys in pre-game and just like he had done 149 times before he was pull of positivity and hunger to defeat the opposition for the next 2 hours.
The first quarter saw fired up reserves side hunt the Oms boys right from the first bounce. The conditions were perfect for football but the tenacity of both sides affected the skills of all 44 players on the ground. Richie Goody was energetic up forward and his pressure produced plenty of opportunities for his teammates, eventually resulting in a goal off his own boot. At the end of the first quarter, it was 2 goals a piece. Old Melbourne led 15-12.
The second term was flattering for the Cardinals as the Melbourne team’s inaccuracy in front of goal provided respite. With 5 behinds for the opposition and 4 behinds for the cardinals it was going to be the team that could turn the tide of imprecision to run away with a buffer. The Cardinals managed to claw back 2 goals before the end of the term through Andre Hummerston and another from Richie Goodey. Old Scotch led at the main break 28-20.
Coming out from half time, Sam Dawborn was put in the middle to apply some much needed grunt and his attack on the ball lifted us when we needed it. Sam Neil was influential in the clearances and Charlie Long continued his consistent start to the year. Ben Hays was a marshall in the backline and his run off the half backline was prominent. At the last change, The Cardinals led by 3 points.
Unfortunately the last term did not go our way and we were outplayed when it mattered most. A 6-goal to 0 last term was telling and we were found wonting of a way to stem the flow of an Old Melbournians barrage. Unfortunately it wasn’t the result that Henry Dick deserved in his milestone game but we’ve got bigger plans this year as we look forward to another challenging week against St Kevins Old Boys on Saturday back on our home deck.
Congrats on a fantastic career at the Cardinals, here’s to many more years at the club!
Goal Kickers: R. Goodey 2, A. Hummerston 2, N. Bennison
Best Players: S. Dawborn, S. Neil, B. Hays, M. Davis, R. Goodey, C. Long