2021 Division 1
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It was a tough day at the office for Brunswick at Whitefriars in the Division Two grand final replay. A spate of injuries resulted in nine forced changes to the team that went so close against Therry the week before, leaving only eight players from the 2019 GF side to take the field at Donvale.
What a day that was. Past North Old Boys players had returned to Gillon Oval in their numbers, packing out the Social Club for lunch. Outside the day was idyllic, with a strong crowd ringing the ground and creating a real community footy atmosphere. But it was the game of football between two old neighbourhood foes in Brunswick and Therry which made it truly memorable.
While Prahran Assumption might have been favourites going into Saturday’s game against Brunswick at Toorak Park, no-one could have foreseen a score-line of 15 goals to one midway through the second quarter, particularly not after the NOBs had proven to be very hard to score against in the opening terms of each of the first two rounds. But happen it did.
On a perfect day for football Brunswick NOBs made their long-awaited return to Gillon Oval against another tough opponent in Kew, who, after a tight first half, were able to put the game away in the "premiership quarter".
Back in Division One, it always promised to be a daunting first round assignment for Brunswick against a team coming down from Premier C, in the form of Old Camberwell Grammarians whom we had not met for many years, and so it proved. The weather gods were not kind either, with the game played in conditions varying from swirling winds to sheeting, sideways rain.