Sunday, July 19, 2009
Brisbane RFC 1 v Newcastle UJFC 2
Last year it was Tommy Oar, before than Kruse and Zullo. This year it is Luke Brattan. And he is the best of the lot. Seriously. He is seriously good. When he came on in this game he dominated. Everyone. Even Ljubo Milicevic. He is everywhere in the middle, running the ball forward, pushing it wide, getting it back, tracking back, tackling - hard. Brattan is no 25 above.
Before Brattan came on it was Henrique and Kruse doing all the heavy lifting. May be Hamish is right about Kruse. Perhaps he is too ill disciplined for the professional level. Most of the time he was upstaging Newcastle defenders and they were kicking him as hard as they could. Most of the time the ref just let them - Ontong did get a yellow card. Then there was a goal mouth scramble and Kruse gets it off the line. The ref says he used his hand, and sends him off. Thanks a lot ref.
I got to the game a few minutes late and Newcastle had already scored. But from then on it was all Brisbane. All that Newcastle had in the first half was Milicevic banging the ball long and wide. Song was entertaining and trying for a step-over record. But I'm glad we have Henrique, he looked much more dangerous.
Sergio scored a thunderbolt just before half time. In the second half Newcastle tried to go more central but still Brisbane dominated possession. McKay looked speedy particularly pushing down the left and cutting in. Packer had a fairly good game. Moore was very good and very committed. Mundy and DeVere looked more at home than against Celtic. Van Dyk had a few good shots but was occasionally wasteful with possession. Kruse had a valley chance in the second half. And Mitch was away and through before being pulled down - only a yellow there - after the Kruse episode I expected a red.
Newcastle didn't play that well. But they won so that speaks for them. And when Fabio Vignaroli and if they get this new Chinese guy...
But the second half of the second half was Luke Brattan. Magic.