West Brunswick vs Brunswick NOBs

Division 2
May 21, 2022, 2:00 pm
Score: 91 - 94
2.5-17 7.7-49 8.9-57 13.13-91
Brunswick Brunswick NOBs
3.4-22 6.5-41 10.7-67 14.10-94
West Brunswick West Brunswick
73 - 36
Richmond Central Richmond Central
38 - 10
Richmond Central Richmond Central
0 - 61

Match Report

What. A. Game.

After 120 minutes of high pressure, high scoring, wild momentum swings and constant lead changes came the highest drama of all as Brunswick’s Lewis White realised every footballer’s dream by taking a huge pack mark with only seconds remaining followed by the winning goal after the siren to leave local rivals West Brunswick devastated at Ransford Oval on Saturday.

This was an epic contest between two evenly matched teams, neither of whom took a backward step all day, which turned into a classic advertisement for community football and, luckily, we can all watch it again on the livestream replay! The last 10 minutes of game was a highlight reel in itself, with the lead changing hands an amazing five times and the eventual hero in White twice putting the NOBs in front after being swung forward in a desperate move that proved to be a masterstroke.

It was a perfect day for football, with the sun shining and no wind to speak of, and Brunswick started brightly in the first quarter. Led by Matt Palmer in the middle of the ground, the NOBs owned the ball for much of the term, although they struggled to capitalise on their chances. Palmer created the opening goal for Aidan Pollock after 10 minutes. Jasper Paevere then kicked the second after a strong mark, followed by Pollock slotting another, however, a critical defensive error late in the quarter let the Westies back in and the NOBs’ lead at quarter-time was only five points.

The second quarter was something of an epic in itself, with the home side slamming on four goals straight, to get out to a 19-point lead after 17 minutes. Against the run-of-play, Brunswick then had a three-goal flurry in four minutes, again sparked by Palmer, before leaking a late one to go into the main break eight points adrift.

The NOBs came out roaring early in the third term, with another three-goal burst – this time in three minutes – aided by a controversial free kick to gift us a double-goal, with Pollock the beneficiary, taking his tally to three. It would prove to be a critical moment in the match. The Westies did answer, but after Paul Scamporlino slotted his second goal in the late stages of the term the NOBs took a 10-point advantage into the final quarter, which seemed to be significant.

The home side, however, had other ideas and inside the first minute of the final term they had reduced the margin to four points, and by the eight-minute mark were out to a nine-point lead and in control of the game. But there were a number of twists to come in this tale and at the 20-minute mark came a crucial moment, when Pat O’Donoghue made something from nothing with a goal from a boundary thrown-in, quickly followed by Kristian “The Enforcer” Ciciulla’s second for the day to put us back in front by two points. The lead was short-lived as the Westies answered, but then White – after limping off the ground early in the final term – bobbed up in the forward line and tumbled one through to again make it two-points to us.

The pressure then went up another notch, if you can believe it, as tired players from both sides threw themselves at the contest, and it was the Westies who worked the ball forward for what seemed to be match-winner. Brunswick refused to lie down, though, and again attacked, but a “Leo Barry” mark to a home defender on the last line looked to have saved the day. But wait, there was more to come! With under 40 seconds left on the clock, there were multiple stoppages in the centre as players dived on the ball. Then Angus Ross, who was excellent all day, received a free for a push in the back, and his kick to the hot spot was pulled down by White from four-deep in the pack. The rest is history as the key defender calmly slotted it through from 30 metres out.

While it was a win that will be re-lived by those involved for decades to come, it also has an immediate impact on Brunswick’s season, as even though we have now won six out of seven games, it was our first victory against another team in the top-four and will do wonders for the team’s self-belief, especially considering the number of key outs we had on the day.

It was an old-fashioned team effort which led to this memorable victory. Particularly prominent were Palmer, Cuciulla, Ross and Ben Wilson in the midfield, while Max Naughton was tireless on the wing. Gus Buckley was composed in defence and Aidan Pollock a reliable target in the forward line.

The challenges keep on coming for the NOBs with Melbourne High away this week. See you there!

VAFA livestream replay

10. Aidan Pollock 3
15. Kristian Ciciulla 2 2
23. Lewis White 2
40. Paul Scamporlino 2
2. Mathew Dickson 1
14. Thomas Wilson 1
26. Jasper Paevere 1
49. Patrick O’Donoghue 1
52. Tomas O’Farrell 1
1. Matthew Palmer 1
8. Benjamin Wilson 3
17. Angus Buckley 4
27. Angus Ross 5
4. Maxwell Naughton 6
3. Will McKenzie
5. James Schmidt
6. Tyler Bruns
12. Dean Roberts
19. Adam Bevanda
28. Liam Whelan
32. Kane Daly
41. Tahj Haddock

Venue location

Ransford Oval

750 Park St, Parkville VIC