Round 12 had the Corns travelling north to Brunswick in what was looking to be a wet and windy battle out in the ‘burbs. MHS were not only looking to rectify a disappointing result from the earlier meeting in the season, but also trying to snag a consecutive 4th win on the trot.
MHS started well in what was shaping to be a scrappy contest. The boys had the wind on their side helping keep most of the play down our end, not to take anything away from Ben ‘the bird man’ Burton who’s forward pressure set the tone early with some trademark chase down tackles. The back 7 started strong keeping NOBS from touching the scoreboard. The boys in the middle also doing their part lead by BJ who was getting up to his usual tricks of munching up centre clearances served on a platter from the two big fellas in Will “Midriff” Suhr and Tom “Norto” Norton. At the first break MHS were up 3.3-21 to NOBS 0.0-0.
The second quarter saw NOBS return serve kicking 3 goals of their own. MHS managing to steal one goal for the quarter against the wind having us lead at half time 4.3-27 to 3.4-22. The third quarter saw the contested ball increase, with heavy rain swamping the ground it was hard to get clean possession resulting in both teams unable to convert any majors.
MHS headed into the final quarter leading by just 7 points. As was the story all day long contested play was the theme all through the 4th. It was an arm wrestle for most of the quarter with both teams finding it hard to get any free flowing ball movement. NOBS able to create just enough play to convert two goals late in the quarter to see them come out with the victory 5.11-41 to 4.8-32.
While a disappointing loss that was there to be had, the boys shouldn’t lose any confidence knowing that they can match it with one of the best in the comp. With a crucial stretch ahead to finish of the home and away season, the boys will need to regroup and get a few more wins on the board to keep finals hopes alive, a challenge the group is more than capable of.