OLD SCOTCH: 13.9-87
ST BEDES: 10.9-69
Round 9 of the William Buck Premier season saw Old Scotch FC travel to Brindisi Oval to face the St. Bedes/Mentone Tigers in a bottom of the table clash. The Tigers were yet to salute since their Round 1 win, whilst the Scotchies were coming in fresh from their first taste of victory last week against Old Xavier. Coach Dale Bower reminded the boys pre-game just how important the result would be, with both clubs desperately seeking a win to get out of the dreaded relegation zone.
It remained to be seen if the senior team’s run and carry game plan of recent weeks could be successfully implemented on the ground commonly referred to as “the postage stamp”, due to the rather small dimensions of the oval. When the younger brigade (Chenie Byrne-Jones) asked what a postage stamp was, Old Scotch dinosaur Lachie Hill happily informed them whist recollecting the fond letter writing exploits of his youth.
Inspired from their history lesson it was the young fellas Hays, Byrne Jones and van Ryn providing plenty of rebound from defensive 50 in the first quarter. Gene van den Broek suffered some hamstring awareness but battled on manfully, although making Conor O’Beirne look like Usain Bolt in the process. Scotch’s midfield got on top early creating plenty of chances for the six-man mosquito fleet up forward. However, inaccurate finishing meant the game was well and truly in the balance at quarter-time with Scotch leading 3.4 (22) to 1.1 (7).
Scoring dried up a little for Old Scotch in the second term whilst St. Bedes fought back. The lack of free space around the ground resulted in stoppage after stoppage. The Tigers kicked three goals for the quarter, with the Scotchies considering themselves lucky that Hurley and Kerr’s ruck dominance didn’t allow St. Bedes to get more of a run on. Lachie Hill provided the highlight of the period with a spectacular hanger, soaring like a pterodactyl to pluck the ball from the sky. A goal to the Tigers after the siren saw one point separating the teams at the main break with Old Scotch leading 4.6 (30) to St.Bedes 4.5 (29).
The play opened up in the third term with both teams kicking four goals. Nick Jamieson was his typical self, winning the ball inside, feeding it to the runners, and berating any opponent in his vicinity. Harry Larwill’s support from the sidelines was inspirational and after a down week in Round 8 where many players were left dehydrated, Max van den Broek was back to his refreshing best running waters. Club sponsor SPT confirmed post-game that the big red fire truck clocked a personal best 2.2kms for the game. The scores were tied heading into the final stanza locked at 8.7 (55) apiece.
Two quick goals to St.Bedes to start the fourth quarter had the fans worried about another honourable loss. Aiden Franetic had other ideas however, putting on a clinic to wrestle the lead back and kicking four goals for the game. Described as the James Sicily with a better personality, recent rising star Matthew Bennett showed glimpses of what is to come with some breathtaking marks and thumping spoils. Jack Bull was consistent as always in the midfield and his three goals were an added bonus. When Old Scotch recaptured the lead they never looked back, taking the chocolates 13.9 (87) to St. Bedes 10.9 (69).
Following the much anticipated bye round Old Scotch look to make it three wins on the trot when key forward Harry Larwill (listed as 5’8”) returns as they face off against 4th placed Old Melbournians in your classic 8 points game.
Goal Kickers: A. Franetic 4, J. Bull 3, J. Halsall 2, M. Seed, J. Sansom, M. Martin, J. Daggian
Best Players: A. Franetic, B. Hays, J. Hurley, J. Bull, N. Jamieson, M. Bennett