13 GOALS WAS WATER OFF A DRAKE’S BACK

By Phil Skeggs

Ivanhoe Amateurs forward Billy Drake was the toast of the club after scoring 13 goals against Power House in Round 15 at Ivanhoe Park.

Drake is one of two Ivanhoe players rookie-listed at Collingwood VFL this season.

He is currently second on the D2 sharpshooters list with 48 goals, just eight behind his playing coach Ash Close on 56.

Close, a Collingwood development officer, scored three goals in the first half last Saturday, but sat out the second half and let Drake be the focal point.

Drake made the most of his opportunity, booting seven goals in the third term and four in the final quarter in Ivanhoe’s 164-point win.

His 13-goal haul was the equal second-highest for a senior player in Ivanhoe’s 112-year history.

He even eclipsed Close’s best-ever tally of 12 against Old Westbourne in D3 in Round 8, 2012.

The race is now on to see who will win the club’s Ron Smith Medal; named after the man who kicked a record 15 goals against Bentleigh in B grade in 1936.

Smith also had two hauls of 13 goals in 1934 and 1936. Former Hoers captain Mitch Lovell bagged 13 against Elsternwick in D2 in Round 16, 2015.

Close was the top goalkicker in D3 in 2012, kicking 104 plus 13 in the finals.

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