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Round 7 @ Brahma Lodge

Apologies for the delay everyone, been a busy few days!

This week saw the Lions travel up Main North Road yet again to take on the undefeated Brahma Lodge. It was always going to be a stern test at the best of times, let alone when we are struggling with injures and other commitments.

The B grade had a couple of players called up late to fill in for the firsts, leaving a massive hole in experience and strength. With this difficult preparation it was a great effort to start so strongly. Kym Logan snapped brilliantly from 30m out and the Heng brothers shot out of the blocks. If the B Grade had a decent full back they would have gone into the first change with a handy lead. Al Driver was his typical dour self all day. Barking orders left and right he showed true grit by pushing through the pain barrier after popping his knee out in the last quarter. Not wanting to let anything slip he demanded to be let back on and nearly got a match winning clearance on the far wing. Buhak Heng was powerful in the centre, weaving some magic and escaping from the clutches of the Brahma players he provided numerous goal scoring opportunities. His brother Bory Heng played a similar game and managed to kick a goal himself after some gut running. Tyson Vitale and Chris Cherrish were pivotal early taking several strong, defensive marks. Brahma Lodge were fiercely competitive all day and managed to hit the lead in the third quarter. Without an answer to their strong marking forwards they over ran us and kicked a late goal to end what was a fair and competitive match. Brahma Lodge 8.14 – 62 def. Mitchell Park 7.7 – 49.

The most difficult task in Div 6 amateur football faced a heavily depleted A Grade side. With 12 walk up starts not playing we were pushing the proverbial uphill all day. Credit must go out to the aforementioned Buhak Heng and Bory Heng. Not only were they in the best for the B’s but did not hesitate to back up again for the A grade when asked. Well Done. Congratulations must also go out to Brent Potuszynski, Michael Brooks and Craig Teakle for their first A Grade games in 2009. Some inaccurate kicking early from The Lodge boys kept Mitchell Park in it but it was obvious the tide was about to turn. An interesting move from Coach Darren Butler saw star Luke McDonnell on the wing. Using Luke’s drawing power to throw The Lodge’s structure out provided dividends early but the run and carry from The Tiger prime movers proved too strong. ¼ time saw a horrible looking scoreboard for The Lions and most thought we were in for a really bad day. To the senior players credit we held firm and managed to hit back a little. Luke moved back down to his traditional full forward role and kicked truly, finishing with 6 goals. Aaron Cox defied age and size and managed to provide a bit of a nuisance factor for the Tiger backline, marking strongly he finished with 2 goals. The defence held together okay, considering the amount of forward line entries it was a brave effort. Jeremy David spoiled his opponent well and Joe Leck was again good - even impressing the local crowd with a couple of torps from full back. Credit where it is due Brahma Lodge were far too good and look the side to beat this year, however, some of the efforts out there on Saturday by our lads were more than admirable. Brahma Lodge running out 110 point winners 27.21 – 183 to 11.7 – 73

The return of some players in the coming weeks, combined with an improved effort on Tuesdays and Thursdays will see Mitchell Park live to fight another day.

See you on the track...