OLD SCOTCH: 10.13-73
ST BEDES MENTONE: 8.11-59
The seniors arrived at McQueen Park on Saturday to face St Bedes /Mentone in a must-win game. Despite St Bedes current position on the ladder, we knew that they would come and play with great spirit, and a four quarter consistent effort would be needed to defeat them. Disappointingly the Cardinals started slowly in comparison to St Bedes, as they kicked the first two goals of the game. However, through some strong work by the midfield, led by Jack Bull, the tide started to turn throughout the quarter. Goals to Gilbert and Martin made sure Scotch went into quarter time only three points down.
The second quarter started in a much more positive way, with Tom Kerr kicking truly from the boundary to give the Cardinals the lead. Kerr kicked his second only minutes later with a snap from 30 metres out to extend the margin. By this stage the midfield, led by Jelbart and Hamer were starting to get on top of their opposition midfield. However St Bedes ended up kicking the next two goals of the game before Max Martin kicked a miraculous snap over his shoulder just before the half time siren to put the cards up by three points.
The third quarter started in tense fashion considering what was on the line for both clubs. Josh Halsall goaled first after the break before St Bedes responded with two goals of their own to put them in the lead. The backline, led by Alex Van Ryn was holding strong as St Bedes gained momentum. Throughout the quarter however, the tide started to turn, and after Lynch and Seed goaled, Scotch went into three quarter time with their biggest lead, 9 points.
The all important last quarter started well for the Cardinals, with Sam Lynch kicking a goal in the first minute to give them some breathing room. Again, as was the pattern of the day, both teams struggled to get on top of one another, and were fighting desperately in both defenses. Two goals to St Bedes brought them closer to the Cards, until a 40m James Sansom goal put the game out of reach with only a few minutes to go. This week, the seniors travel to Melbourne Uni, in what is clearly the most important game of the season
Goals: M. Martin 2, T. Kerr 2, S. Lynch 2, J. Sansom, D. Gilbert, J. Halsall, M. Seed
Best: T. Kerr, A. van Ryn, A. Jelbart, J. Bull, T. McKinley, W. Hamer