It’s Saturday night on the 3rd of August, 1991 and a 12 year old me is waiting impatiently for the Brisbane v Collingwood game to start on TV. Only problem is it’s nearly 8.30pm and the game started at 7.40pm. At my home in country South West Victoria we had only two TV channels in 1991. The ABC and the Ballarat based Channel 6. Channel 6 showed a mix of local programming and shows from both channel 7 & 9. Hence having to wait for ‘Hey Hey It’s Saturday’ to finish before they crossed to the Footy. This was pre-internet and the was no radio coverage of the game. The wait was excruciating.
It’s right on half time when Channel 6 cross to Carrara Oval and the Pies are 54 points up. My hero Peter Daicos has 6 goals. He has been in rare form, kicking 16 goals the previous two games against Melbourne and St Kilda. I remember being excited that maybe he could double that tally. I loved Daics. Still do. Had a huge poster of him in my bedroom at the time, alongside posters of Dean Jones, Crowded House and Steffi Graf (those legs!). The great man goes on to kick 13 and despite only seeing the second half it’s something I will never forget.
In 2012 I purchase a DVD copy of that Brisbane v Collingwood game. It takes me until the Pies have the bye in 2013 and I’m in need of a Pies fix to actually watch it. Finally, almost 22 years after the event, I have seen the entire game where Daics kicked 13. Here is my review of that momentous game.
The Pies are a game and a half out of the 6 and desperately need a big win over the Bears keep their finals hopes alive. We’ve had an up and down season, suffering from the premiership hangover that has come from our first title in 32 years in 1990. Brisbane coach Robert Walls sends Mark Zanotti to man the in-form Daicos. After the Bears come out hard early, a pin-point pass from impressive 18 year old Paul Williams finds Daicos in front at the top of the goal square. He kicks truly. The commentators seem bemused by players who were named on the wing who line up in a pocket and players named on a flank who are on the ball. How could the Friday papers be so wrong! Minutes later Daics gets a soft free against Zanotti and kicks his second. Morwood and Lehmann both mark and goal and the Pies have kicked the first 4 goals. John Gastev soccers one through for the Bears first major and special comments man Peter McKenna talks about Gastev’s soccer career as a youngster in Perth. Zanotti attempts a pack spoil which he misses, the ball spills to a waiting Daicos who calmly slots it through the middle. Tony Francis goals on the run. Daics crumbs off a forward pack and snaps another goal. Gavin Brown marks 35 out, handballs to a running Morwood who goals. Daicos does a great one handed pick up and rolls a kick along the ground to give him his 5th. Unlikely goalkicker Gastev kicks his and the Bears 2nd goal before a Millane pass hits Daicos on the chest 45 out on the boundary. The great man doesn’t look like missing and has 6 straight. A great argument ensues between special comments men Bernie Quinlan and Peter McKenna. McKenna “Well Hardie just staged for that one”, Quinlan “You just don’t like Hardie, do you Pete”. Gold. Manson goals and the Pies are 54 points up at half time.
Gastev, despite kicking both of the home teams goals to the main break, takes over from Zanotti on Daicos at the start of the 3rd quarter. Paul Williams goals within the first 30 seconds of the second half. Morwood kicks his third after a pass (goal assist nowdays) from Daicos. David Cameron goals for the Bears, he’s been one of their best, our family always had an interest in Cameron as my grandfather Kelvin coached him in the under 17′s at the Beeac Football Club. The Macedonian Marvel kicks one of his most famous goals, slotting one through from near the point post as he is tackled by Gastev. Schache goals for Brisbane, Starcevich goals for Collingwood. Daicos outmarks Gastev. Goal number 8. Quickly followed by goal 9 after reading the ball off the pack. Two more goals to the Great Man in the third quarter, one crumbing off the pack and another to a free. 91 points up at 3/4 time.
Damian Monkhorst and Paul Tuddenham, who have both spent all of the first three quarters on the pine, finally get a run at the start of the final term. No rotations in 1991.Daicos kicks the first of the final term on the run, his 12th. 12 straight. Soon after the great man marks 35 out on a 45 degree angle. Somehow he misses. Starcevich goals from a poor Brisbane kickout. Matty Campbell is now on the Macedonian Marvel and gives away a free to the Collingwood number 35. Goal 13. Then gives off a very gettable shot from a leading mark to a running Troy Lehmann who misses. The Pies run out 101 point winners. It’s not enough to make the finals, we finish 7th. Apart from Daics, Millane is brilliant in one of his last games. What a difference he would have made in 1992 when Collingwood was thereabouts. Tony Shaw and Tony Francis were both prolific while Graeme Wright and Scott Russell were at their skilful best. For Brisbane a very young Marcus Ashcroft showed signs of things to come with 34 possesions, very few of them wasted.
Bloody hell those 1991 Bears jumpers were bad. Though they stack up well against the current Brisbane ‘paddle pop lion’ guernseys. And those white Adelaide clash jumpers that were worn on the weekend.
We could do with the Macedonian Marvel in 2013.
BRISBANE: 1-5-11 2-6-18 6-9-45 10-11-71 lost to
COLLINGWOOD: 4-2-26 11-6-72 21-10-136 26-16-172
GOALS: BRISBANE- Gastev 2, Hardie 2, Cameron 2, McLean, T.Clarke, Merrett, Schache
COLLINGWOOD- Daicos 13, Morwood 3, Manson 2, Starcevich 2, Lehmann 2, Francis, Millane, Wright, Williams
BEST: BRISBANE- Ashcroft, Noonan, McLean, Cameron, T.Clarke, Gastev
COLLINGWOOD- Daicos, Millane, Shaw, McKeown, Francis, Morwood, Wright, Russell, Crosisca
CROWD: 9,302 at Carrara Oval, Gold Coast
BROWNLOW VOTES: 3. Daicos (Coll) 2. Millane (Coll) 1. McKeown (Coll)
MALARKEY MEDAL VOTES: 3. Daicos (Coll) 2. Millane (Coll) 1. T.Shaw (Coll) ( McKeown was superb at Full-Back but Shaw’s game deserved a vote in my opinion)