Brunswick NOBS 6.9-45
The twos had a much sterner test in round 2 against Brunswick NOBS, but nevertheless won handsomely by 57 points. NOBS has tested 2018 reserve premiers Whitefriars the week before but Unicorns never really threatened Unicorns.
The twos owned the corridor and clinically outscored NOBS 6.1 to 0.1 in the first quarter. This created a handy buffer that was never tested, however NOBS played with a high intensity and defensive strategy which made the early accurate and profligate goal scoring all the more impressive.
The midfield begun well and benefited from the leadership and strength of Tim Campelj and Alex Drew, albeit with very different styles of play and hair. Will Colman rucked almost all day against three tall opponents and provided great drive out of the middle with his taps and work once the ball hit the deck.
Unfortunately form the second quarter onwards MHSOB twos were much less accurate and failed to implement Coach Campbell’s most used instruction, “Kick the flipping Goal” (edited). The backline found themselves with much more to do but were stingy in defence and attacking on the rebound. New recruit Cale Valkenburg led a stacked line of defenders with one’s experience that allowed only 6 goals for NOBs all day, three of which came late in the game.
The late goals to NOBS was no fluke and occurred because MHSOB lost a concentration and will to work in both directions. During this period, Vice-Captain Matt Bradshaw, bucked the trend by maintaining a tireless work rate and kicking the final goal from a difficult set shot. Accuracy and the late fade were disappointing but overall the tackle count, rotations and standard of play against a potential finals team was impressive and reflecting on the first quarter should provide the 2’s group a very clear model for sustained success.