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Robins swoop Magpies

Monday, 20th May, 2019

West’s Lachlan Harvey is tackled by Jason Masclet. PICTURES: Kelsie Mitchell West’s Lachlan Harvey is tackled by Jason Masclet. PICTURES: Kelsie Mitchell

By Kelsie Mitchell

West dominated Central by a whopping 87 points on Saturday at the Memorial Oval to regain top spot on the League ladder.

While Central may have hit the scoreboard first with a goal within the first two minutes, it was all West’s way from that point on. Regular defender Heath Harris enjoyed a rare foray forward to open West’s account, one of six first-quarter goals for the Robins.  

To close the quarter, young Robin Brock Ellis kicked his second goal as West led by 31 points at the first change.

Back on the field after the break, West players continued to dominate. They were all over the Magpies in both defence and attack and were able to maintain the upper hand despite kicking a very poor 2.8 for the term. Thomas Rowe capped off a great first half with both of his side’s goals. 

Trailing by 51 points to start the second half, Central lifted and enjoyed their best quarter of the match. They scored two minutes, in which set the scene for the quarter as they slotted another three, headlined after that with two goals by former Central captain Matt Sullivan. 

Not to be outdone, West were also able to hit the scoreboard with four goals of their own, facing greater difficulty than during the first half. 

It was back to business as usual in the fourth quarter as West dominated once again and Central were unable to keep up. Central worked hard but their stamina was not on par with that of West’s. 

The Robins hammered on another six goals for the term and limited Central to just a single point to run out as 87-point victors. 

Central had a few standout players but too much was left to too few. The likes of Luke Neal and Mathew Sullivan were important as well as Jason Masclet, Samuel Beven, Cooper Oates and Josh Hanford. 

West were much stronger collectively with several players of note including Nathan Greenshields, Rourke Turner, Cohen Turner, Michael Westley, Brock Ellis and Jayden White who finished with four goals. 

West will face a North side full of confidence at the Jubilee Oval next Saturday while Central travel to the Alma Oval for a tough matchup against South. 

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