Robins soar over Roos
Friday, 10th May, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
The Robins are the only undefeated team remaining in the Under 18s competition after holding on for a hard-fought nine-point win against South on Wednesday night.
Both sides went into the clash missing key players including South midfielder Taz Wood and West forward Flynn Murray.
It was a fast, back and forth affair early on in the game before West struck the first blow thanks to a strong mark and goal by skipper Brock Ellis which was followed by a great snap by Suni Forner.
Eventually the Roos were able to settle and kicked their first goal through Jackson Bray after their 10th inside fifty.
West led by five points at the start of the second term but South hit the front early as Adam Slattery kicked the first of his two goals for the quarter. The teams went goal for goal as South captain Tyler McKenzie produced a classy goal while Kingsley Hocking and Jack Burke hit the scoreboard for the Robins.
Burke’s goal, which came after the halftime siren, put West ahead by a single point at the main break in what was a tough, fast-paced contest.
The clubs were very close on the stats sheet with South just edging out West in the inside fifties 15-14 but West led the clearances 9-7 (6-3 in the centre). However South’s tackling was much better in the first half with 22-14.
As in the second term, South kicked an early goal through Connor Washbrook but it was all West’s way from then on as Jayden Sutton kicked his first for the night and Forner added another two to his tally as the Robins went into three-quarter time leading by 12 points.
West looked threatening in attack with Ellis and Forner combining well but South were still very much in the game and made a great start as McKenzie kicked his second goal thanks to a reversed free kick and put his side within two straight kicks.
South were unable to get a run on as West lifted their tackling pressure, laying 12 for the quarter, led by players like Nick Schofield and Bryce Cieslik who had been quiet until the final term.
Hocking virtually sealed it with his second goal to put West up by 15 points with three-and-a-half minutes left and while a late Brawley Brennan goal gave the Roos a sniff, West held on for a well-deserved victory by nine points.
Sutton was West’s best, leading the midfield and running hard throughout the game as well as kicking an important goal.
Ellis’ contested marking inside fifty was a feature and Forner was terrific at ground level. In defence, Bryce Monaghan was more than solid while Bailey Beattie was vital after halftime.
For the Roos, Adam McInnes was outstanding at centre-half back, especially for the first three quarters and Tyler McKenzie found plenty of the ball once again all over the field. Juniors Harry Butcher, Adam Slattery, Lachlan McKenzie and Bray were also very impressive.
South will take on North next week while West face Central in the late game.
WEST: 2.1 4.3 7.4 8.6 (54) def SOUTH: 1.2 4.2 5.3 7.3 (45)
Goals: West - S. Forner 3, K. Hocking 2, B. Ellis, J. Sutton, J. Burke. South - T. McKenzie 2, A. Slattery 2, C. Washbrook, B. Brennan, J. Bray.
Best: West - J. Sutton, S. Forner, B. Ellis, B. Beattie, B. Monaghan, B. Cieslik. South - T. McKenzie, A. McInnes, H. Butcher, A. Slattery, J. Bray, C. Washbrook.