OLD XAVERIANS: 12.9-81
OLD SCOTCH: 12.13-85
Saturday had come, and Old Scotch arrived keener then ever for a chance to topple league leaders Old Xaverians on their home soil. The first quarter saw Old Scotch assume command of the game with a fiery 4 goal burst within the first 15 minutes of play. It was without a doubt spurred by the dominance of the centre clearance battle, thanks in large part to the service provide by our own rangy beanstalk Will Griffin. The sides were separated by 24 points at quarter time, however missed opportunities early in the second term inhibited Old Scotch from extending their quarter time buffer. Unlike Old Scotch, Old Xaverians were able to capitalise on their opportunities transitioning forward in attack and managed to counter against the run of play with 2 scrappy goals in a low scoring term. In typical fashion, Old Xaverians became chirpy after reducing the margin to 15 points at the half, yet an unwavering Old Scotch tuned out the baiting chatter and focused their efforts in the third. It was a tug of war affair in the penultimate term. Neither side was able to make any inroads towards ensuring a victory. Old Scotch knew a 17-point buffer at the final break wouldn’t be enough to discourage a conceited Old Xaverians, and that would prove to be the case in the last. Old Xaverians managed to claw there was back into the lead. With 5 minutes to play the opposition were 10 points to the good. A neatly converted set shot from Noah Croes with a minute left gave Old Scotch a glimmer of hope as the game approach the final whistle. Tom Blenheim managed a sailing clearance in the dying embers of the game. It was there that every spectator at the ground witnessed the messiah, Charlie Cormack! Taking a momentous grab in the forward line, the man who had returned from a long stint on the sideline with injury managed to pull us from the depths of despair and kick the winning goal against Old Xaverians after the siren. I can thankfully say that after he was mobbed by the entire team he was not injured for a second time this season.
While the win was a memorable one, the squad has now shifted its attention to Caulfield Grammarians who will no doubt be feeling fresh and eager after a bye.
Goals: C. Cormack 5, C. Shaw 3, W. Clark 2, S. Townsend, N. Croes, F. Osborn
Best: W. Griffin, C. Cormack, C. Shaw, C. Jackson, C. Harvey, T. Clarke