On Saturday the reserves faced off against Glen Eira. The first few games of the season have seen the ressies storm out of the blocks and go on to record big victories over outclassed opposition. However, in wet and windy conditions down at the High, Glen Eira were out to prove that there was competition at the top of the ladder. The first quarter, saw the High slow to adapt to the conditions and class of the opposition with Glen Eira able to capitalise on the scoreboard early and go in to the first break a goal up.
An unfamiliar position for the front running ressies. In the absence of key on field leader Alex Drew reprising his role of playing coach due to a lingering concussion from the previous week, the loss of Matt Bradshaw early in the second quarter required the senior players to fill the gap and lift the team.
The presence of Chuck “the Straw” Pearson up forward provided an ever reliable avenue to goal and the grunt work of the bigger bodied Matt “Storytime” Duran and Mason “Moofk” Fennessy-Kent in the middle allowed the Corns to regain the ascendency going into the long break, even if only by the slimmest possible margin – 35 -34.
The contest continued to stay tight through the third quarter, with Glen Eira matching everything that the High was able to throw at them. Whilst the talent in the ressies group is undeniable this would be the first time this year that its “will to win” would really be put to the test. Going in to the last break of the game MHSOBFC were only up by less than a straight kick – 60 – 55.
With the game on the line, seasoned operators Robby Rae and the evergreen Tom Rendell managed to find space on the wings and Moofk was able to dance through the middle field to direct the ball into the forward line to be finished by the dangerous forward line combination of the Straw and Lachie Dowling, who finished the day with 4 and 3 majors respectively.
The High School when challenged were able to kick away to a 5 goal lead and finish the game 92 – 64. The game reminded the ressies that the competition is by no means a one horse race and that whilst beaten, Glen Eira will go into the black book as one to watch next run.