Round 15 Reserves Match Report

With a chance to cement first on the ladder, the Reserves took to the high school for the final time this year against Hawthorn. This game would also lead into Tom Rendell’s 200th game for the Unicorns. Tom has been a magnificent player for the club over many years, so the two’s wanted to show their appreciation with a victory.
With a side starting to build towards finals, the addition of players like Chris Burton, Daniel Gumley, Sam Bonser and Chris Tetaz provided a timely boost for the Unicorns.
The first quarter was a case of both teams finding their feet. Hawthorn came out strongly and looked to attack through the corridor early. With multiple changes in the lineup, it took time for the Unicorns to locate their rhythm. At the end of the first it was MHSOBFC up by four points in a low scoring and error riddled first term.
In the second, the Unicorns and the emperor Brick Hennessy found their groove. He was swung forward and the set up provided the structure needed to convert and block the exit of Hawthorn. Oscar Sargeant, Tommy Beale and Matt Duran started to constantly beat their opponents and the style of football that has won us so many games this year started to flow. At the end of the half it was MHSOBFC 50 to Hawthorn 7.
In the second half, the Unicorns tightened the screws whilst working on their ball movement forward. The back half kept Hawthorn goalless in the half, whilst the midfield and wings, lead by Sam Bonser, Matthew Brancstiano and Will Penhulliack ran the Hawthorn midfield into the ground. The final score MHSOBFC 104, Hawthorn 8.
A tough game awaits the Reserves next week, with Glen Eira, sitting second waiting to destabilise the top team.