West Brunswick: 4.10-34
MHSOBFC Green: 22.14-146
It was a cold day Melbourne which saw the ailing West Brunswick play host to the Unicorn Green side. The condition’s were frosty early but that didn’t stop 23 of the 24 selected players on making the trip north. Chris Miller a late withdrawal with a severe case of the Brendan Fevola’s forcing him to withdraw at 4am.
After a short arm wrestle, the Unicorn’s gained the ascendancy, big Abe was busy early with three first term goals, monstering a hapless Brunswick defender. The torture would continue for three quarters and ten straight goals before Brunswick made the call to switch defenders on the big dog in the last, you have to feel for the full back who played on him.
The second term saw a dominant midfield display from Ben Southam and Stuart Grigg, taking full advantage of Paul Niklas’ ruck work. The Unicorns continued to build their lead throughout the quarter, Henry Paye had a break out performance highlighted by a superb left foot shot on goal.
The third period was most telling, the Greens piling on 10 goals, led by Abe with 5 in the quarter. James Hansford toiled hard through the middle with James McWhinny and Linford Dean providing plenty options across half forward. This dominance caused a boil over from the opposition boundary umpire who started hurling abuse at the Unicorns, it what was one of the more unusual sledging’s we’ve seen.
The backline was resoloute throughout proceedings, Adam Granger getting forward as much possible, he even managed to get to full forward for five minutes once the lead was out to a safe 112 points. The Dirtworm was again terrific plying his trade, while Adam Jones was instrumental across half back.
The final quarter was merely a precession, with Ben Southam sick of sending bullets to Abe, he starting sending them over his head towards goal, finishing with three for the quarter. Stuart Grigg also finished with three, while Linford Dean chipped in with a two. Best on ground goes to Abe who bagged a career high ten goals in a dominant performance up forward.
Goals: A. Bouten 10, B. Southam 3, S. Grigg 3, L. Dean 2, H. Paye, D. Grantham, C. McWhinney, P. Niklas
Best: A. Bouten, J. Hansford, J. Capuano, B. Southam, S. Grigg, A. Jones