Days proceedings started at Brens much like any other. Boycey pottered around doing his thing, Cal was back giving grief to anyone and everyone and teenage heart throb Jake Bromley made his return to football once more!
Up against ladder leaders Monash Blues, of whom the thirds have developed a healthy rivalry against over the years, the Zookeepers were looking to secure 2nd spot on the ladder by beating the unblemished blues.
The game was an arm wrestle all day, with some quality football being played out between the two sides. Jacob Doyle, Cam Craig and Dez were crucial to winning the inside ball at the contests whilst the Milky Bar Kid (Caleb Mountjoy) was enjoying the fresh air working hard with Captain Randy Jackson back at Brens!
Not unlike last time these two sides met, the scores were close going into the final term with Monash securing victory once again at death, proving the boys given half a sniff will be in it up to their ears come finals time!
Mitchell Sweeney Caramello Koala Scoreboard
Monash Blues 8.7.55
Southside the women of Brens headed to take on a St. Bedes team of which Uni had the wood over from earlier in the year despite ladder standings. Fresh from a win the week before, spirits were high going into the game!
The opening quarter proved to be a close one with both teams getting on the board, however it was a 2nd term surge from St. Bedes which held them in good stead at the half.
After the break Uni came out firing piling on 3 goals to St. Bedes’ 2 but it was to no avail against the breeze in the last quarter. Carly was instrumental around the ground and in the ruck ably flanked by the consistent Snooze, Ana Gil and skip Bianca. Ali and Kahlia had their hands full in defence but did not let up in a day which was a tough trip down the bay for the girls.
O’Rielly-Noonan Reece Plumbing & Furphy Ale Scoreboard
St. Bedes 10.8.68
The 2’s continued their ascendency into the finals and closer to that crucial double chance by making light work of a tough Yarra Valley outfit down the Eastern.
Clay Lund and James “Bocelli” McGee showed no mercy kicking 6 and 5 goals each leaving not much for anyone else. Clay went about every possession with a smile like he only knows how, blessed with the aiding tap work of Bob Burrowes and the inside grit of Mawds and Ezza upon return from his stint as a nightclub promoter in Magaluf for the past 6 weeks.
The boys went about their business and did it well, leaving Yarra lost for answers on their home deck running out victors by 10 goals.
Brenton Cross Twining’s English Breakfast Scoreboard
Yarra OG 6.9.45
Somewhat of a danger game for the 1st XVIII, with their opponents in Yarra being fancied by the scribe and also boasting an 8 game winning streak, this was the test of which Uni needed to ace so they could stay focused on a long season.
The game was tough and the brand of football was excellent during the 1st half with Uni keeping their cool and wearing down Yarra to the tune of 26 points in a high scoring affair (54-70). Confident in their fitness, pressure and ability to deny Yarra the football, Uni kept their foot on the pedal in the 2nd half and were patient in a well-rounded display away from home. Regular household names like Jimtang, Jorge and the Sherminator (Dimattina, McAdam, Hawkins) were excellent in a day where teamwork stood tall.
Gerard Sharrock Alaysa’s HSP Scoreboard
Yarra OG 13.9.87