What a beautiful day it was on Saturday. The sun was shining, the grass was freshly mowed and the scent of Autumn lingered over the Westbourne Ground. Even more astounding was that the normally gusty wind had taken the day off and left a still calm across Truganina.
The Brunswick reserves were left on the starting grid as Westbourne slammed on the gas. Although the Bulls chased, tackled and harassed, they were always one step behind their more fancied opponents. Nick “Not the Vosscopter” Rosser plied his platted ponytail and pounced on any opportunity to give the Bulls a chance. He was ably supported by Ben “J.F.” Kennedy who toiled hard against the barrage of the Westbourne attack. But in spite of their best efforts the Bulls went into the main break 12.6 to 1.4 down.
With tall forward Geoff Ridding and Brad Courts missing from the line-up, the Bulls were finding avenues to goal hard to spot. Down back Brunswick were under constant pressure. The bullocking James Hayes asserted his presence on the contest by knocking back wave after wave of the relentless tide overwhelming the defence. Jarrad Bendall fought hard and made the Grammarians earn up to their last possession, but ultimately spent the day chasing the ball carrier.
In a hard fought contest the Bulls were went down, but never gave up, epitomising the Brunswick fighting spirit.
The Senior game was reminiscent of the reserves, in fact the writer considered a complete copy and paste. Westbourne fired early and slammed home 9 majors to the Bulls lone goal in an overwhelming first quarter. The Bulls were torn apart by the Grammarians overlapping run and found themselves flat-footed against the onslaught. Collins was on song and quickly snagged some easy goals to build his confidence.
The second quarter was disastrous for the Bulls. In what appeared to be a routine marking contest Matthew “Delly” Santo put an end to his promising season. Sustaining a severe injury the Dalmation was out for the remainder of the game, and indeed the remainder of the season.
Further to the Bulls woes Eamon “McLeary” McErvale also required treatment on his knee which received a serious knock early in the contest. The Bulls ended the half 17.7 to 3.0, a lot of ground to make up.
The second half should give all Bulls players and supporters confidence. Although Brunswick was outplayed, the boys stuck together and managed to put some respect on the scoreboard. With debutants Manus and Keegan fighting hard, they showed some of the more experienced players how to play with passion. Simon Mair, in his first game back from injury provided leadership and steel to an under-siege backline. In fact many of the Bulls best players for the day came from the backline, as that’s where most of the ball was. Tom Leary provided relief out of defence, whilst Scott Rymer battled hard against a rampant Collins with a never-ending supply ball from the middle.
While the Bulls won the final quarter, it was far too little too late. They were simply outplayed by a classy Westbourne outfit.
Next week we play Parkside in a must-win game. Bring. It. On.
Until Next week…