OLD SCOTCH: 33.19-217
OLD BRIGHTON: 1.1-7
It was a genuine coaching master class on Saturday as Murray Schneider took to the Old Scotch Main oval and dismantled a weak Old Brighton side. With the boys excited to be back on the hallowed turf of Scotch College we welcomed back Jack Furey after a long 16 months on the sidelines with a knee injury. The first quarter saw Henry Dick win the toss, choose the Chapel end of the ground, tell the boys we were kicking to the biology classroom end which resulted in a full ground reshuffle as the umpires waited for us to take our real position. Its not often the footy Gods shine down from the heavens but 2 minutes in as the ball was pumped into our forward line, Jack Furey cleanly collected a ground ball, baulked one player, steadied and slotted the first goal of the game, the crowd erupted and every Scotch player got around the #44 as he ran off the ground to applause. 9 goals later and we ended the first quarter up 64-0, Brighton had unfortunately been affected by the private school Europe curse that luckily had not been too harsh on the Scotch boys this year.
It was a game that had plenty of clean passages of play from the Old Scotch reserves with minimal pressure from the opposition. The Brighton players joked how a handful of them hadn’t played for 10 years, respect to them though for showing up and helping out their club. An 8-goal second quarter saw the boys go into half time up by 117 points. On a tough day, Nic Cox really fought hard all day up forward for not much reward in front of goal, instead he had 17 goal assists.
For the first time this year, Coach Murray gave us a spray to not be complacent with a 100-point victory; he wanted a 200-point victory. He implored us to stand on the throat of the opposition and squeeze, a ruthless victory was what he craved. Percentage was the aim for the second half as we build towards final.
The second half was much of the same; we ended the game winning 217-7. It was an impressive performance by the team and one that without the coaching genius from Muz, would not have been possible. Tom Anderson was best on ground with a staggering 9 goals for the match, his aerial ability, matched with his laser like field and goal kicking was amazing. Tom Holding leaped all over his opponent and Nic Bennison was back to his unselfish best. We look forward to a much bigger challenge next week against the top team in Xavier.
Goal Kickers: T. Anderson 9, E. Furey 7, A. Harlock 2, W. Hamer 2, S. Dawborn 2, H. Dick 2, S. Neil 2, J. Long, J. Halse, T. Holding, J. Furey, J. Gordon, N. Bennison, D. Di Donato
Best Players: T. Anderson, E. Furey, T. Holding, M. Wills, A. Harlock, J. Long