Senior Boys Football Versus Carey Baptist Grammar
On Tuesday, 14th August, Mr Whitsed and Mr Langan packed 19 athletic, enthusiastic footballers into a minibus and headed for the Carey Sports Complex in Bulleen. The mood was electric during the trip down. Once the boys connected into the minibus’ media player, and took control of the motivational song choices, victory, or, at least a good showing, was assured. When the first two songs to boom out, with every player singing along, were ‘Lord of the Dance’ and ‘Amazing Grace’, the coaches got their first real indication that the people travelling with them were something special.
By the time we cruised passed Macedon, the clouds had gone. Bright sunshine embraced us all the way to Bulleen. From the first bounce, Girton dominated play. Our scoring was opened by the masterful Harry Keck (12 Aherne), who, scrambling on the goal line, got boot to ball for our first major. From there, the flood gates opened. Harry Everist (12 Aherne) was unstoppable at full forward, kicking five. Lachlan Archibald (11 Riley) led from the front as Football Captain, setting up many goals. His running bounces and ‘don’t argues’ were scintillating. Lloyd Butcher (11 Jenkin) marked everything, Matthew Johnston (11 Jenkin) showed his class, and Harry Bynon’s (12 Jenkin) pace and foot skills were unmatched. When required, the defence stood firm. Max Long (12 Riley) and Liam Radford (12 Riley) repelled attacks, and rebounded the ball superbly. In fact, there was not a Girton player who lowered their colours on the day. The only low-light was when Harry Keck popped an elbow late in the first quarter. His courage and stoicism whilst waiting for the ambulance inspired both teams, and personified the camaraderie and respect the Girton boys have for each other.
Girton went on to win comfortably: so comfortably that the coaches had difficulty keeping the score accurately. This was further complicated by both teams wearing very similar coloured jumpers, and the fading light. All-in-all, it was a momentous and resounding victory. This is only Girton’s third victory in thirteen games against Carey – so all players should be especially proud of their efforts. Thanks are extended to Mr Slater, Mrs Tunzi and the Sports Office at Girton Grammar for helping organise the game. Thanks also to Carey Grammar for hosting.
Girton Grammar 17-6-108 defeated Carey Grammar 2-9-21
Best players: Lachlan Archibald, Harry Everist, Harry Bynon, Lloyd Butcher, Aidan McConachy, Matthew Johnston