It was a bittersweet start to 2013 which started on a positive note as the reserves ran out 68 point victors to the new kids on the D4 block, the Northern Blues. North Brunswick, fielding a new look side with no less than nine first gamers, had a slow first quarter but managed to hold the Blues to two goals in the opening term. NBFC took advantage of the howling gale in the second quarter, kicking five unanswered goals and piling on 10 more in the second half.
Special mentions go to Guy “Freight” Hampshire who took advantage of the wind (and a small ground) to kick a goal from inside his defensive 50, Brad Dancer in his new role as reserves co-captain who had a great time up forward kicking and setting up goals, and Scott Prince who led the way with his tackling, often leaving a trail of bodies in his wake.
The senior side also contained a number of unfamiliar faces with six players donning the green and gold for the first time. By the time the afternoon game got underway the breeze had died off but the cloud cover made it so dark that the eventually lights had to come on.
North Brunswick were surprised early with the Blues kicking 4 goals in the opening five minutes. Thankfully NBFC took stock of the situation, changed a few match-ups and began to claw their way back in to the contest.
Ben “Clocks” Gallagher was a big target up forward, marking strongly in front of goal and converting, finishing with five for the day. Pat Notaro was not to be outdone, leading strongly and taking a number of incredible diving marks, also kicking five.
North Brunswick tool a two goal lead in to the last quarter but a 10 minute lapse in concentration saw the Blues kick 3 quick goals and take back the lead. It was then goal for goal until the final siren but NBFC were unable to get back in front, eventually losing by 10 points.
Sahand Ghasimzadeh and Josh Dimarco were busy around the ground, finishing best and second-best afield respectively. James Davis and Taleb Elmaneh were also strong in defence in their first outings for the club. All in all there were a number of positive signs for North Brunswick in the seniors but there is still work to be done. The players and coaches alike are all looking forward to round 2.