Round 11 Seniors Match Report

On a cold and wet Saturday afternoon, the Unicorns looked to go three wins in a row against a side sitting one under them on the ladder and clamp down on their finals spot coming into the back half of the season. The match made even more important, as the MHSOBFC 2009 Premiership side looked on to see where MHS was currently at, and whether they could rectify the poor start to the season where they lost to Bulleen Templestowe away from home in round 1.
It was tough to come by scores in the first quarter, with conditions proving hard to be clean, and the centre of the ground looking more like a mudpit than your neighbours’ lush front lawn. The bulls in the mid, Brad and Bryce, battled hard early to get on top, and some strong marking and good finishes from Ashan put the unicorns up 2.1 to an inaccurate 0.4 for Bulleen at the first break.
The second quarter proved to be where the unicorns came alive kicking with the breeze. Ashan and Tim Strickland were handy in front of goal, and Brendan Cook kicked a classy snap shot from the pocket to put the unicorns up 44-13 going into the main break.
Bulleen started the second half fast, outscoring the High 31-20 in the third term, with Steve Edmonds and Luke Whittaker playing key defensive roles down back trying to stem the flow of goals. Lachie Dowling aka “The Magician” came alive in front of goal and managed to sneak some crafty goals out of nowhere, keeping the Unicorns in front at 3QT 64-44.
A rev up from coach Matt Nicholas saw the boys finish the game strong, piling on 4 goals to the Bullants’ 1 in the final term. Ashan was once again reliable in front of goals, with captain Mitch Wilson having a powerful last quarter in the middle commanding his side home to a 91-55 win in the mud.
Best player on field was Luke Whittaker, who kept Bulleen’s best player to a measly 6 disposal, with notable performance from Brad Jordan and Bryce Hayes in the midfield. Ashan led the goalkicking with 6 major and Lachie Dowling was serviceable with 3 heading into the bye weekend.