Round 4 Thirds Match Report

OLD MELBURNIANS:    9.11.65

OLD SCOTCH:                5.8.38

The thirds and I stumbled out to Elsternwick Park on a crisp April morning and I was frustrated to find that the resurfacing of the oval had meant the practice cricket wickets, unused for 20 years, had been removed from the pocket. I had packed my swing king for nothing!

This realisation rattled me to my core and clearly affected the team early as we struggled to trouble the scorers in the first half, scoring a miserly 2 points, compared with OM’s 5 goals. Despite this, the boys were confident of a resurgence in the second half, with Dom McDermott telling the boys “they’re only 4.4 goals ahead, we’re still a mathematical chance”….Thanks Dom.

While we anticipated the first bounce of the second half, keen to ignite the spark with a few early goals, the umpires decided to have a sit down 3-course breakfast instead. Due to the strict ‘no umpiring 20 mins after eating rule’ that the VAFA has controversially brought in this season, we were forced to wait even longer, as the umpires finally trudged out at 11.30am, ready for the second half.

By this stage the fellas were cooked, Jack McIntosh couldn’t even manage to take a running bounce in the third as we began to fall further and further behind. The score line began to look ugly and the pride started to dissipate.

Luckily for the thirds, we found a spark in the last to save ourselves from embarrassment, outscoring OM’s overall in the second half to eventually bow out with a 30 point loss. In future, we may decide to shift Angus McDonough out of full back, who’s direct opponent kicked every single goal for OM’s and consequently sealed our fate. Pew Pew was best again (give him a chance Muz), while Tristan Burnett battled hard to keep us in the contest. Never the less, we will be welcoming back a few stars next week and I guarantee we’ll put up a better showing and get back on track against SKOB.

Can’t wait to hear the thoughts of John McClellan, who has volunteered graciously to write next weeks report.

Goal Kickers: A. McDonough 2, S. West, T. Burnett, J. Stavris

Best Players: S. Filippou, T. Burnett, A. McDonough, T. Lindholm (O/A U19), D. Shrimpton, J. Gordon