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Reserves v Old Brighton
Round Number 7, Saturday, 27 May 2017
- Opponent: Old Brighton
- Match Result: Win
- Played at: Home
Q1 Q2 Q3 Final Score Us 2.5 6.6 9.8 12.9.81 Them 2.2 5.5 6.6 8.11.59
A litany of unavailable players, made the coach a bit nervous about what to expect from the side that took the park on the weekend. The Brighton ressies (2nd on the ladder) were fresh off collecting the scalp of St Bernards last week, whilst we were needing to bounce back from a loss. Placing the mind slightly at ease was the fact we were on Gramlick Oval, a ground we play very well.
Early pressure was good. We had scrapped our way to a lead in the first quarter (despite not having ascendancy really at any stage). Young player Will Mitchell, fresh out of Senior football was a big inclusion to the mid, as were Matt Parker and Nick Richardson who could break the lines (and were doing so repeatedly). We had let a few of their mids free to sweep from the back early and it needed addressing.
In the second, we suffered injuries to the book-ends Nick Morris (hamstring) & Jack Quartermain (head-knock). This left us short on the bench & I feared we were going to get exposed at some stage. Brighton started to win in the air and we needed to move the ball a little differently given the height which had been removed from the field. Despite the shuffling of the side, it would prove our most productive quarter in front of the sticks. We returned to the sheds holding a 7 point lead.
After the half Cam Wallace really got us going and helped us scrounge an important 3 goal lead into the final break. Zac Knight – a relative newcomer was showing plenty and we liked the look of stand-in Centre Half Forward Jeremy Cator (Jez can expect to play there again!). As the lead stretched out, a Brighton player lashed out and was red-carded. The penalty of playing a man down may have more or less gifted us the match, if it wasn't in our keeping already.
Whilst we never got beyond 4 goals in front during the last, it was never close enough to be really concerned. Tim Smith took a number of telling marks down back late and we were hanging on. We were quite banged up at the end, usual prime movers; Will Mitchell (4-goals), Jeremy Cator (3-goals) and Daniel Clarke were sitting forward, but still contributing. Some of the all day performers included Ed Aujard and Henry McMiscamble.
We ultimately won the game because our two way running was superior to theirs. The whole side contributed throughout, in playing their roles with aplomb. We now sit 5wins, 2 losses in 3rd on the table.