Brighton Grammar 3.4 10.6 13.8 16.13 (109)
Geelong Grammar 0.0 3.0 5.1 6.3 (39)
Brighton goals: Mastromanno 6, Hayes 3, Hill 2, Wallace, Zimmerman, Williams, Gregson, Lewis
Geelong goals: Brander, Comben, Bienvenu, Dow, Nicholls, Sheahan
Brighton best: Hill, Mastromanno. Canham, Pavlou, Sakeson, Parsons
Geelong best: Walters, Dow, Noall, Biggs, Morrison, Nicholls
Brighton Grammar’s undefeated run on their home ground the Crowther Oval continued on the weekend, defeating seventh placed Geelong Grammar collecting their second APS football premiership in as many years.
The APS (Associated Public Schools) is arguably one of the strongest school boy football competitions in Australia and account for numerous AFL draftees every year. Two APS schools Melbourne Grammar and Scotch College played the first game in the history of AFL in 1858. The APS does not have grand finals, but the team that finishes on top of the ladder at the end of the season is proclaimed premiers. With two rounds remaining, Brighton lead by five points on the ladder over Melbourne with one round remaining and are therefore unable to be knocked off top spot.
Brighton led all day and they were able to claim their fourth APS premiership on the 40th anniversary of their first one back in 1975.
Brighton captain Harry Hill led from the front with 30 disposals and two goals playing a fantastic game in the middle of the ground. Brighton controlled the centre for much of the day thanks to Ben Canham’s ruck work and the ferocious tackling from on ballers Kyle Parsons and Nick Pavlou, who are part of the Sandringham Dragons U18 squad.
Brighton Grammar coach Robert Shaw praised the work of the Brighton squad and identified two players in his post match address about what Brighton Grammar football is all about.
“Harrison [McIntyre] and Zac [Donald], six minutes on, six minutes off. They did it again today; they took the best player every week and [tagged] them out of the game,” Shaw said.
“If you ever want a lesson about what we are all about, it’s the selflessness of these young men that do things for the team.”
“To achieve what you [the squad] have done with still three rounds to go is an absolute credit. It’s everyone in this room that makes a difference.”
Seven goals to three in the second quarter confirmed Brighton’s status as the best team in 2015, with Alex Mastromanno instrumental in the Brighton victory, kicking six goals for the match, including five in the second quarter alone. Mastromanno played deep forward on occasions but also had the capability to lead outside the 40 metre line to kick his goals.
Geelong didn’t hit the scoreboard until the 10th minute mark in the second quarter struggling to get through Brighton’s zone out of defence. Geelong to their credit however never surrendered continuing to fight hard right until the final siren.
Brighton key defender Ari Sakeson had the difficult job on Geelong forward Jarrod Brander. Brander is part of the GWS Giants academy and is eligible for the 2017 draft already standing at an impressive 190 centimetres and impressed recruiters at the recent under 16 national championships. The Geelong Grammar boarder kicked just the one goal, with Sakeson winning the battle between the duo.
Geelong midfielders Paddy Dow and Jamieson Sheahan battled hard all day but Geelong was unable to recover from their slow start away from home. Geelong have two games remaining the APS season against Wesley and Xavier and will be hoping to get back onto the winners board in their final game at home this weekend.
Earlier Blake Hayes made his presence felt inside 40, leading from deep inside 40 clunking marks and slotting two goals straight through the big sticks in the first quarter. Defender Andrew McGrath showed dash and poise running the ball off halfback in his flashy red boots delivering the ball inside 40 to the Brighton forwards.
Next week Brighton travel to Flack Park to take on Melbourne Grammar in the final game of the season, where Brighton will be aiming to continue their winning streak which runs all the way back to round three 2013.
The match can be replayed online via this link: http://livestream.com/mysportlive/events/4194785