Courtesy Casey FM 3SER 97.7
Reported by Anthony Brady
In round five of the TRUenergy Victorian Football League season, the Berwick Lodge Primary School Casey Radio 97.7FM 3SER team headed north of Melbourne, to the suburb of Preston, to see Port Melbourne down the Northern Bullants by 34 points on Sunday.
In a wildly fluctuating match, the Borough got home with a five goal final term to win 15.12.102 to 10.8.68.
A very sunny day greeted players at NAB Oval, with not a breath of wind to speak of. A fairly healthy crowd of between 1500-2000 were in attendance to cheer on these long-time VFA/VFL rivals.
Things weren't going right for the 'Ants even before the first bounce, when they lost first-choice Carlton-listed ruckman Dylan McLaren to a right ankle injury. The injury happened so soon before the first bounce, that they were unable to bring in an extra player, and thus started with just three on the bench.
The Casey Radio 97.7FM 3SER team was divided on who would win the match, some feeling the benefit of having players training under AFL conditions at Carlton would assist the Bullants over the stand-alone Port side. However, others felt that with being restricted to just 12 AFL players, coupled with the Borough's excellent off-season recruiting drive, would see the boys from TEAC Oval come out on top.