Match Review – NBFC v Manningham

Wandering down to Manningham to take on the Cobra’s is one of the road trips North Brunswick knows well. With both clubs having spent the last few years building in Division 4, the teams are regular combatants. The day itself was spectacular. After a week of heavy rains, one would have expected a marsh pit, akin to the Allard park swamp. But with the sun out and not a cloud to blemish the blue sky, the scene was set for an epic battle.

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The reserves started the game in brutal fashion with both sides scrapping for possession. Neither side was able to gain ascendancy as the ball ping-ponged across the ground. At the end of the first the Bulls were a goal down, but had the momentum heading into the next quarter. The second quarter was a repeat of the first but with the hard work of “One Tundra Rodeo” and “Big Boy Bendall” the Bulls remained in the contest. At the main break Brunswick had clawed back and remained just one point shy of the home side.

The second half is where it all went pear shaped. While the raging Bulls weren’t too far behind the eight-ball, they were a fraction of a second behind their Manningham opponents. Although Brad Courts did his best to inspire his team mates it just wasn’t quite enough. The Bulls fought on valiantly but ended the third a couple of goals shy. In the fourth the Bulls stampede slowed to a canter and the Cobras slithered past them to the finishing post. A few more nights on the track, and a few more km’s in the legs and the Bulls will trample their opponents. So while Brunswick was defeated, the Bulls remain proud and look forward to redemption next week.

r6 snrThe Seniors had the advantage of watching the reserves battle it out in the early game and knew they were in for a fight early. Manningham hit the ground running and punished another slugglish start from the Bulls. While the tackling pressure was strong, the Cobra’s moved the ball cleaner and ran the ball through the corridor. Down back Tom Leary worked tirelessly to repel the attack and turned defence into offence.

In the second the Bulls turned the tables. Blake Dunstan, in his first senior game for the club, utilised his polished skills to deliver clean ball entry to his forwards. And while this may sound like the line from a 70’s porn movie, it is nonetheless true. The Bulls managed to pile on 6 goals to 1 to enter the main break with a 15 point lead. The third quarter, or the premiership quarter was another tight one. With Arthur “Babar” Tsiaris moving into the midfield rotation and Jarrod Ford steeling the backline the Bulls remained vigilant under pressure and extended their lead into the forth.

The final quarter was a see-sawing affair with Manningham threatening the scoreboard early. In fact it looked as though the final result would come down to the wire. However, with 10 minutes to go, Ben “Clocks” Gallagher in his 50th game, soccered through the sealer. It put the margin out of reach for the home side and took the sting out of the game.

Next week the Bulls are at home hosting league leaders Canterbury in the Match of the round.

Until next week…

Match Report R5 – NBFC v Masala

What a wonderful lease on life a new week gives a football club. All the negatives and misnomers of the past week are forgotten as the opportunity for redemption rolls around.

Hopes were high on this Mothers day weekend. The bunting was out, the cupcakes were on sale and the ground was prepared for the Breast Cancer awareness game. The opposition this day was the team known for “Spicy Footy” the newcomers to Div 4, Masala.

Lets start with the Reserves.

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What more can be said about the game. There was no game. There was a one man show. It was as though the crown had paid their money, pushed through the gates and waited with static anticipation for the band to come out. But instead of Aerosmith walking out on stage, it was just Steven Tyler. And as he strolled up to the microphone, he flicked the hair from his eyes, flexed his neck and proceeded to deliver one of the greatest performances of his lifetime. This is the game of Brad Courts. Brad was the focal point for almost all of North Brunswicks forays into the forward line. But rather than letting this responsibility overwhelm him, he relished in it. Bagging 17 majors and equalling the club record, Brad has stamped his place in Bulls history, and removed it from the throat of Masala. While he was able supported by clob stalwarts Geoff Riffing and Luke Spano, the day belonged to the Bleached Blonde, the big bad Brad Courts.

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The Seniors game was not as pretty as the red shine on Brad’s boot. In fact, it could be called downright ugly.

The first half of the 1’s was an unmitigated disaster. Perhaps the boys were resting on their laurels, cocky from reading past results, perhaps they were fatigued from cheering from the sidelines, whatever the case it made for atrocious football. The only shining light of the first half was the performance of Matthew Dal Salto. The Dalmatian roamed the ground, hunting down opportunities, tackling with fierce pressure and generally dominating his position.

The second half was a reversal of fortune. Gone was the questionable decision making, gone was the sloppy disposal and gone was the air of arrogance. Replacing this was a hunger for the football, a hardness around the contest and an anger that could only be sated by the glory of victory. For the second week in a row big “Clocks” Gallagher imposed himself on the contest. It helped turn the game and gave the Bulls the harder edge that was missing in the first half. Down back it was Dan “The Nugget” Nugent that inspired a previously restless defence. Perhaps he was showing off for the lady spectators, perhaps for his team-mates, or maybe Dino just does it for him. Whatever the case he helped lead the Bulls to victory.

This week we face an old foe in Manningham, and will have to be much more switched on if we hope to bring home the 4 points.

Until next week.