South Roos run away with game
Friday, 3rd May, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
Six goals from Jordan Rowlands and five from Connor Washbrook led South to a thumping 120-point win over Central on a windy Wednesday night at the Jubilee Oval in round two of the under 18s.
Kicking with a strong breeze blowing to the city end of the ground, South wasted little time as Casey Ferguson slotted his side’s first goal of the match. Goals to Mason Ferguson and Rowlands followed before a perfect transitioning play from halfback was capped off by Tarrant Wood for South’s fifth of the term.
It was utter domination by the Roos as they scored nine times from 10 forward fifty entries set up by their stoppage work in which they won eight clearances, including five in the centre, to Central’s two.
The Roos were going against the breeze in the second term but it hardly affected their ability to go forward. They went inside attacking fifty 11 times for seven scoring shots including two goals by Connor Washbrook, and as singles to Rowlands and Slattery, to lead by 61 points at halftime.
Central could barely get the ball past halfway, going inside fifty just once, and were easily beaten in the clearances 5-2.
What was more disappointing though was Central’s low tackle count that saw them record just 13 in the half despite South having most of the possession. South’s tackles were low as well but it’s much harder to tackle when you continually have the ball.
South continued to pile on the punishment in the third quarter and held Central scoreless for the third quarter in a row. They went inside fifty 11 times, scoring from eight of them, to extend their lead to 91 points.
Rowlands and Washbrook added to their respective tallies while Adam McInnes finally found the goals on a couple of occasions having missed some chances in the first half. Skipper Tyler McKenzie capped off the quarter with a lovely finish from the fifty-metre arc.
Central had a chance to score late in the term but South’s stingy defence held firm before the time ran out and there looked a real danger of the Magpies being held completely scoreless.
South raised the bat for their century early in the last term thanks to Washbrook’s fourth goal before Rowlands bagged another couple to give him six for the night.
The Pies would only go inside their attacking fifty once this quarter but they did finally hit the scoreboard, albeit with a behind with five minutes left in the match.
A fifth goal for Washbrook capped of a dominating performance by the Roos as they waltzed to a 20-goal win.
South’s domination was easy to see as they went into forward fifty a whopping 42 times to Central’s eight and won 24 clearances to Central’s nine including 16-5 at centre-clearances. Central did just win the tackle count 24-22 on the back of an improved last quarter.
South’s best on the night were Tarrant Wood who was always in space and delivered the ball very well inside fifty. He was closely followed by Tyler McKenzie, Washbrook, Rowlands and Slattery but you could throw a blanket over eight or nine players such was South’s performance.
Daniel Ryan battled hard for the Magpies, winning most of their nine clearances in the game. Nick Devoy battled hard and took a strong contested grab on the brewery wing while Will Campbell competed well in defence.
South take on West next week in what should be a cracking game between the two undefeated teams while Central meet North as both sides look for their first wins of the season.
SOUTH: 18.13 (121) def
CENTRAL: 0.1 (1)
Goals: South - J. Rowlands 6, C. Washbrook 5, A. McInnes 2, A. Slattery, T. McKenzie, M. Ferguson, C. Ferguson, T. Wood
Best: South - T. Wood, T. McKenzie, C. Washbrook, J. Rowlands, A. Slattery, L. McKenzie
Central - D. Ryan, N. Devoy, W. Campbell, R. Schaefer, A. Thomas, A. Chestnut