April 27, 2019, 2:00 pm
|Power House||168 - 25|
|De La Salle||71 - 48|
|St Bedes/Mentone Tigers||47 - 11|
|St Bedes/Mentone Tigers||16 - 26|
For the second game running Brunswick NOBs racked up a huge win in Division 2, this time against an outclassed Power House in the first meeting between the two clubs since 1966 when our club was playing in just its fourth season. Power House battled all day but will likely want to forget their first visit to Gillon Oval.
But for inaccurate kicking for goal, the game would have been over by quarter-time, as Brunswick had 15 shots to two. We were dominant through the midfield, with Mathew Dickson in particular playing his best footy for some time, while newcomer Alex Townsend showed enough to suggest he will have a real impact for us as the year progresses. The defence was also excellent, with Luka Vlassopoulos and James Octigan especially catching the eye. The forward line, however, struggled to function effectively. A late goal to Francis Evans, though, indicated that might change as the game wore on.
We were more accurate in the second term, as Jed Carey became a target, albeit less dominant overall. The game became a real scrap as field kicking effectiveness plummeted and turnovers were the name of the game for both sides.
The third quarter was when we took total control. We absolutely smashed Power House in the centre bounces, with Nick Burgin, Ben Wilson and others picking up possessions at will. Even though our field kicking remained poor, perhaps due to the wind, we cashed in properly on our midfield dominance and Power House’s many turnovers with an eight-goal term. Carey was on fire, while James Schmidt kicked the goal-of-the-day from the croquet green pocket. Mick O’Donoghue was the general down back, co-ordinating the forward forays.
We finished the game well enough with another five goals to make it a 20-goal margin, but the spark had largely gone out of the game in the last quarter.
Carey was clearly best-on-ground with six goals and 30-plus possessions playing on the wing. Dickson, Schmidt, Ben Wilson and Burgin also racked up big numbers though the middle. Tom Wilson continued his good form, while Evans still displayed his class despite being closely checked.
We travel to Ivanhoe next week looking to bank another four points, but it is a danger game, remembering the upset loss we suffered there last season.
Pearson St, north of Victoria St, Brunswick VIC