Young Robins run rampant
Friday, 17th May, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
West maintained their unbeaten run with an easy 71-point victory over Central in their under 18s match at the Jubilee Oval on Wednesday night.
The Robins went into the game without a number of senior players including Jayden Sutton, captain Brock Ellis and vice-captain Jacob Johnstone but it didn’t seem to matter as they wasted no time in establishing control.
Suni Forner kicked West’s first goal within the first minute and they dominated the play. They won the first four centre-clearances, leading to four inside fifty entries and four goals as they broke out to an early lead.
Bailey Beattie started in the middle and it seemed as if he’d brought his own football considering the possessions he had. But eventually the game evened out and Central were able to get their hands on the ball. They were able to go forward to kick their first goal through Daniel Ryan.
West led by 18 points to start the second term and stretched that lead to 43 at the main break thanks to a goal from Beattie and two to Dylan Foggo. The Robins should have been up by more as they kicked seven behinds to go with their three goals in the quarter.
Central continued to battle, laying nine tackles and breaking even in the clearances, but couldn’t generate any meaningful attacking play. Sinele King, whose four goals led Central to their first win last week, couldn’t impact this game in the same way.
West, on the other hand, had no issues in going forward but it was their efficiency inside fifty that let them down. They scored 7.8 from 18 entries in the first half and continued after the break with 1.5 from nine entries in the third term.
Beattie kicked the only goal of the quarter which was well contested, but marred by an ugly incident late in which a West player was reported for striking and a melee ensued. Thankfully, the umpires got the situation under control and the rest of the game went along without incident.
The Robins added another four goals in the last term, including two to Beattie who finished with four for the match and was West’s best player among many strong contributors.
Cooper Oates finally registered Central’s second goal of the night with 3:30 minutes remaining as West moved to 4-0 on the ladder with a 71-point win.
Nick Schofield bounced back from a quiet performance last round to also be among West’s best, as did Bryce Cieslik. Suni Forner was very good early and Will Squire provided a couple of highlights with two goals.
For Central, Austyn Page, Rory Schaefer and Ryan battled well in the centre while Will Campbell was again solid in defence. Nick Devoy provided a spark at times and Oates tried hard.
Central’s tackling was top-notch, laying 35 to West’s 23, but they were belted in the inside fifty count (West 34 to Central 11) and around the stoppages with the Robins winning the clearances 16-11.
West will take on North next Wednesday night in the late game while Central play South in the early match.
WEST 4.1 7.8 8.13 12.15 (87) def
CENTRAL 1.1 1.1 1.2 2.4 (16)
Goals: West - B. Beattie 4, D. Foggo 2, W. Squire 2, S. Forner, F. Murray, T. Burke, K. Hocking. Central - D. Ryan, C. Oates.
Best: West - B. Beattie, N. Schofield, B. Cieslik, S. Forner, W. Squire, A. Pearce. Central - D. Ryan, A. Page, W. Campbell, C. Oates, N. Devoy, R. Schaefer.