A number of new players turned up to Tibbetts Brook Park for the club’s first hit out of the year. The more highly fancied Vics were slow out of the blocks against the Allies. However, by quarter time the Allies had a small lead that grew to 4 goals at the half, thanks to the forward line presence of Keating and Walkington while Jimmy McLoughlin kicked 5 first half goals in his debut as a Magpie. Whilst the ball was continuing to be kicked long into the Allies forward line, back line generals Norman, Smiles, and McCormick did well to keep the pressing Allies at bay.
The Allies were on top in the middle with Taylor at first.Â With the move of 17 year old Dan Lehane into the ruck, Ormsby, Smith, Hawkins, Lin and Desai grabbed first use of the ball. The Allies’ defense was proving to be a good platform of attack with composure by Lewis and Polulach’s penetrating kicking.
After a half time spray by stand in coach Squires, the Vics came out firing with Dawkins, Gluck, and Mitchell all getting more of the ball and giving their forwards better delivery. Georgiou was also moved forward with immediate impact and formed a potent forward line with first gamers, Sani and Nichols. Roberts was moved to half back where he shut down first half hero McLoughlin.
The last quarter was a tight contest. Both teams traded goals and Brennan continued his dominant performance. Buxton’s class showed through, but the Allies countered with Guarino’s long left foot kicking. There were big efforts from McCormick and Walker for their respective teams and after Lehane’s solo run and goal the Allies were up with only a few minutes on the clock.
However, it was the courageous return by injured Vics’ ruckman Buckingham, who dominated early until injury forced him to leave the field, that sparked the Vics. Any hopes the Allies had of stealing this one were snuffed out when late goals by Dawkins and Sani were enough for the Vics to hang on over a gallant Allies outfit. Andrew Brennan was awarded the Rob Oliver medal for best on ground.
Vics 12.10 82
Allies 11.9 75