Four old schoalrs played their first game, and one played his 363rd game on Saturday!
The Old Scholars Football Association commenced with DOSA hosting University and the TCA and four recent old scholars made a fine debut. Damon Curtain (2015), Lucas Henderson (2015), Owen Arrowsmith (2015) & Trent Henderson (2014) represented DOSA for the first time in the reserves game.
The four played well, with Trent strong down back, Owen and Lucas performed and Damon was notable all over the ground and one of the best. The reserves had a strong win, leaping to a great lead against the wind in the first quarter, and not looking back, finishing winners 20 15 135 to 4 4 28.
In the seniors, old scholar Brendan Loveless (Class of 1990) was rpesented with a special jumper with the number 363 on the back, at half time in the reserves, as he was playing his record-breaking 363rd game for DOSA. The previous record holder, with 362 games, was Tom Jarvis who badly wanted to be there, but has been in hospital.
Snowy was cheered on to the field by the coaches, reserves players, supporters and Liz. But the game itself was tough, and running into a stiff wind, DOSA was floundering in the first quarter. The team was scratching their collective heads, down by six goals at quarter time.
With the wind in the second quarter, and snapped into action by a coaching spray, they kicked the next five goals and kept Uni scoreless to be within reach at half time.
In the 3rd quarter, the battle was even, but DOSA kicked two crucial goals against the wind to be down by nine points. The team finished the last quarter strongly to win 14 13 97 to 12 10 82.
Snowy's supporters were very relieved they could join in with the victorious players singing the club song, and cheering Mr Brendan Loveless's record breaking 363rd game. (Got to call him Mr now he's taken over from Tom).
Round 2 DOSA visit Richmond on Thursday night before Easter.