2009 R8 - Old Trinity (Home)
15 June 2009
The Maggooie Goo Goos braved a crisp winter morning on the University Main Oval to take on a rampaging Old Trinity in what was expected to be a hard, wet slog, but the rain stayed away and the footy flowed instead.
In a topsy-turvy game it was Trinity leading at quarter time, Blacks leading at the half and Trinity back on top at the last break. Coach Chris (My full-time occupation is coaching the Blacks Reserves) Barrett, Alex (Chooka (Magnetor)) Werner and Ben (I asked Jane to marry me and she said “Yes”!) Walch must have sent some inspiring messages to the troops, because Trinity failed to score in the last quarter, while the Blacks piled on 4 goals to come away with one of the great wins of the season.
Timothy Legoe was all over everything, kicking 3 goals and picking up an enormous number of possessions, while seemingly never getting out of a trot. Mitch (I look a bit like a mini Wooly) Hall was very good in the middle, showing Ed Hardy the possibilities available when your engine lasts longer than 3 ½ minutes (although Ed was very good also). Duncan (Tiptronic) Brown used sublime skills to repel any opposition attacks with ease and deliver across the middle.
Andrew (Where is Torney?) Torney had a huge impact from the back flank, while Todd Smith ran a lot and got some kicks.
Special mention must go to Cal (what does “throwing tin around” mean?) Lawford, who finished the game with two fantastic goals when the game was in the balance, showing some panache, leading Ben Walch to remark that he was reminded of himself in his playing days.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
OLD TRINITY 4.2 5.5 9.10 9.10-64
UNI BLACKS 3.1 6.2 8.3 12.5-77
Goals: 3 Tim Legoe, 2 Cal Lawford, Andrew Jesse, Nicholas Martin, Kieran Prestige, 1 Read Ruairidh
Best: Todd Smith, Mitchell Hall, Tim Legoe, Duncan Brown, Andrew Torney, Edward Hardy
It was great to see some recent Blacks champions Gaddy, Coleman and Pekin along on Saturday, with children in tow. The sight of seeing a grown man dragging a pants-less child off the ground while the umpire waited was a rarity at the University Club, and a police investigation will be ensuing.
Aaron Rau seems to have reinvented himself as a key forward after “Operation: Get Ripped” has gone into hibernation for the winter, and it was good to see Matt Thompson and Big Val come up from the two’s. Big Val may not have been best on at the Main, but he certainly had a crack at the Clyde. Young Drysdale bagged 3 sausage rolls, and Robbie Scarlett kicked a rare goal for someone who tends to spend his time up the other end, perhaps a reinvention is around the corner.
Boltron was magnificent all day, proving that nice guys don’t necessarily finish last, while Huw Lacey shook another tag by courageous, non-stop running. Tom Napier reminded this scribe of Stirling Mortlock in his ferocious attack on the ball and anyone in his way, while Aaron Cadd played country footy in the city, and everyone watching appreciated it. I was particularly fond of the way he refused to come off the ground when his jumper had been torn from the neck to the belly button, revealing a tan you couldn’t buy in a bottle.
Luke Batten showed great desperation, although he does tend to fall over a lot. I’m looking forward to his art show this Wednesday, which is being touted as the best painting exhibition to come to Melbourne since Dali.
Questions have been raised about the allegiances of some Blacks players after Lacey, Jesso and Healy were all named among the Old Trinity best. I know Lace turned the ball over a bit, but I think that’s going too far.
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4
UNI BLACKS 1.1 5.4 8.5 12.6-78
OLD TRINITY 0.3 6.7 12.8 14.11-95
Goals: 3 Angus Drysdale, 2 John Grigg, Huw Lacey, 1 Aaron Rau, Bede Mahon, Mark Bolton, Rob Scarlett, Lach Vallance
Best: Mark Bolton, Huw Lacey, Aaron Cadd, Tom Napier, Luke Batten, Angus Drysdale