The boys faced some unfamiliar conditions for the first time this year with the short ground, the cold weather and the water overhead and underfoot. They met the challenge well coming up against a team that seemed well matched to us.
Early on both teams adapted well to the conditions moving the ball well despite all the water on the ground. The teams appeared well matched despite having to battle a couple of taller Vampires in the midfield. Lachie and Campbell both scored goals for us in the first quarter taking us to quarter time just ahead.
The second term was very close. Despite the poor conditions for football both teams were demonstrating some good tackling and teamwork. Sunny King provided the vital goal into the wind.
In the third term we looked like we were taking control of the game with Paddy scoring our two goals for the quarter and holding the Vampires to just the two points.
However, in the last quarter we had to kick into the breeze and it seemed like the ball just wouldn’t bounce our way and couldn’t get the goal we needed to seal it. East Brighton made the most of their opportunities converting when they got it forward. Heartbreakingly, they managed to score in the last few seconds to take the lead from us. It was another lesson for us that we can never stop playing the game.
With such an even performance across the team it was tough again to hand out the awards but this week’s recipients were Sebastian Caceres, who has had a solid couple of weeks and led us as captain this game also as reward for this, Hugo Tuffley who provides lots of run and creates plenty of options by getting to space and Lachie Nolan continues to contribute on the scoreboard and always provides some highlights with his marking.
Goals: Paddy Wilson 2, Campbell Holtham, Lachie Nolan, Sunny King