Old Parade 10.14-74
A beautiful crisp winters day awaited the unicorns as they ventured out to the outer depths of Melbourne (Bundoora) to face the undefeated Old Paradians. In the first of a block of 3 important games to decide MHSOBFC’s finals aspirations, the boys were feeling buoyant post a neither here nor there 21 questions from the club’s newest dad, Tom Beale.
In perfect conditions, the game started slowly with both sides missing opportunities in front of goal until Old Parade drew first blood about 20 minutes in through their deceptively quick overweight midfielder Nolan. Louis Phillips had the chance to draw level with what could have been goal of the decade when he took 8 running bounces through the middle only to fumble at the top of the goal square to rush through a behind on behalf of the defender. Flattening.
Unfortunately, MHSOBFC’s slow first halves of the year have been hampering the sides ability to take games away from the opposition and Saturday was much of the same. The second quarter saw Old Parade kick away with 5 goals to leave us trying to chase tail once again in the second half.
In the second half the tail chasing began with gusto, led by our skipper Mitchell Wilson, the corns started to throw caution to the wind and play the run and gun game style the coaching panel have been trying to instil. We started to gel as a team and dominated much of the possession with Joel Cheston playing his best match for the year and Will Suhr serving up an absolute feast on a silver platter for BJ to chow down on in the centre. Getting to within 3 points with 10 minutes left in the last, Gerard Arangio had a chance to put us 3 points in front with a simple snap from 10m out which he regrettably shanked. The flags all around the ground were as limp as the MHSOB fans were suggesting there was genuinely zero wind. Old Parade then kicked the next 3 to run out 4 goal winners in the end. Shining lights for the Melbourne High were the forward duo of Kane Smith with 4 snags and Oscar Sargeant with a little sneaky one from the boundary.
Next week the Unicorns face Whitefriars in what will be the biggest game of the year for the seniors as this is now a do or die situation for our finals hopes. If we win this one, I’ll call it here first – we’re home. See you in September.
Goals: K. Smith 4, O. Sargeant, G. Arangio
Best: M. Wilson, W. Suhr, L. Phillips, J. Tran, J. Cheston, B. Jordan