Robins fly home

Monday, 2nd May, 2011

FOCUSED: Jackson McInnes was a best player for Central. FOCUSED: Jackson McInnes was a best player for Central.

By Balldock

The Robins have continued their early season form with an impressive 29 point win over the Magpies at the Jubilee Oval on Saturday.

The win was a huge step forward for the Robins - it was their first win against the Magpies since round 16 in 2009 and their only win against them in 13 outings.

With the contest played in excellent conditions the opening term was just grand football with both sides moving the ball from end to end with good skills both by hand and foot.

After the Magpies kicked an early goal the Robins raced to an 13 point lead with Howell and McInerney prominent and with Ryan playing up forward the Robins applied defensive pressure inside their forward 50. McClure kept the Magpies in touch before McInnes put his side within 1 point. Goals to McInerney and

Hayden extended the Robins lead to 13 points before McInnes kicked two late goals to reduce the margin to just 3 points at the first change.

After a 10 goal opening term both teams tightened up in the second and both struggled to play that free-running footy that was played in the first term. Agius gave his side a 10 point lead in the early going but both sides wasted chances when going forward. The Robins could have had a handy lead but for inaccuracy, and this was enough for the Magpies as Jelbert reduced the margin to under a goal with his first.

The Robins were able to get one back late in the term to give themselves an 11 point lead at the long break. The first half had a combination of exciting football mixed in with some mistake-riddled footy. For the Robins Rose, Milne and Hayden were very good while the Magpies Wilmore was excellent until injured and

Heath and Garnaut were having a dip.

The third term commenced with Agius kicking his second to open up a handy 18 point lead. Again the free flowing footy was absent but the contest became a little more physical with both sides throwing their bodies at every contest.

When Milne kicked truly the lead was out to 23 points and the Magpies looked to have no answer. Then Martin goaled and the Robins had a 28 point lead and the 4 points in the bag. Turner gave the Magpies a glimmer of hope with a late goal but it was the Robins who would go into the last change with a 22 point lead with one term to play.

After a couple of missed opportunities from both sides to begin the final quarter, the Magpies suffered a huge blow when Wade Gepp was taken from the field on a stretcher. Ryan stepped up to restore the 28 point lead before the Magpies found a little in the middle stages of the term with Rhodes and Heath reducing the margin to 18 points.

But unfortunately for the Magpies it was short-lived as the Robins kicked the next three goals with Matten kicking two to seal the Magpies' fate and give the Robins their best start since winning two off the opening three rounds in 2007.

The Magpies finished with a late goal but it was the Robins by 29 points at the final siren.

Best players:

West - B. Rose, D. Milne, R. Hayden, N. Agius, D. Zanette, M. Nelson.
Central - J. McInnes, J. Heath, D. Schnitzel, T. Garnaut, C. Jelbert, K. Wilmore.

Goalkickers:

West - B. McInerney 2, C. Ryan 2, N.Agius 2, S. Matten 2, B. Martin 2, R.Howell 1, R. Hayden 1, D. Milne 1, J. Tonkin 1.
Central - J. McInnes 3, A. Rhodes 2, J. McClure 1, C.Jelbert 1, C.Turner 1, J. Heath 1, K. Farcich 1.

League

West 5.3 (33) 7.6 (48) 10.8 (68) 14.11 (95)
Central 5.0 (30) 6.1 (37) 7.4 (46) 10.7 (67)