Round 10 – Blues fall just short of victory… again
A mixed bag of results for the Blues after the long weekend break with the Reserves and Under 19’s victorious while the Seniors and Thirds couldn’t grab the points.
For the Seniors, close losses are becoming hard to take another on the weekend wasn’t quite the start to the second half of the season we were after.
The last meeting between these two sides saw Old Brighton steal the points away from The Pavvy as they ran out victors in a tough 2-point victory. With 4 players reaching game milestones, the Blues were fired up and ready to make an impact.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Old Brighton 4.2-26 7.9-51 9.11-65 10.14-74
University Blues 2.4-16 4.4-28 7.9-51 10.9-69
Tim ‘Swoop’ Geappen kicked the first major of the day before old Brighton kicked 4 in a row. Swoop once again scored in the final moments to put the Blues within 10 points of the beachside club. With scoring shots even, Old Brighton were the more accurate of the two however the Blues were not second best in the contest.
It went goal for goal at the start of the second quarter. Swoop once again proving himself a trusty goal kicker while Tom Batarilo also got on the scoreboard after some slick movement by Rocket Eade. Home ground advantage was starting to take effect as Brighton began to pile on the scoreboard pressure. Going into the half, Brighton led by 23.
Ayce Cordy, BOG, once again proved why he is so crucial to this team kicking an important set shot early in the term. This was replied by Brighton as they kicked a couple of crucial goals to keep the Blues at arms-length. Marshall Rippon once again got on the scoresheet with a tidy running shot while Cordy again kicked true. The grit and determination of the Blues got us within 14 points and chance at earning redemption for the previous encounter earlier in the season.
Brighton were beginning to falter with tired legs and Blues hard running overwhelming them. Juice Cameron, Tommy Quinn and Batarilo all provided goals to get the Blues within touching distance. Cam Williams, Sam Hodge and 100-gamer Marc James were all running hard in the midfield to get the ball up field. A lone Brighton goal in the last quarter was enough to earn themselves a 5-point victory and keep all four points beachside.
Another bitter pill to swallow but we still remain in the hunt. Sitting in 6th position with 8 games remaining and plenty of points to play for, don’t count the Blues out just yet. The Bluestorm will rise…
Check out some of the goals from the Blues via the link
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Old Brighton 3.3-21 3.5-23 5.7-37 5.8-38
University Blues 1.2-8 6.6-42 6.9-45 9.15-69
Jimmy Van de Pol’s Ressies are knocking on the finals door as they sit 5th on the ladder. New season recruits Kirk Mahon and Mackenzie Mayne are proving themselves at a high level while Jamie Mugavin and Barto continue to get the goals. Next up is 2nd placed De La Salle at home and a possibility of sneaking into the four with an upset.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
Old Xaverians Black 5.4-34 10.11-71 16.17-113 23.24-162
University Blues 1.0-6 1.0-6 1.0-6 1.0-6
Old Melburnians 6.7-43
University Blues 17.12-114