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Roos end Robins run

Friday, 31st May, 2019

South’s Aiden Slattery and West’s Tom Burke chase the ball in Wednesday night’s game. PICTURE: Andrew Gosling South’s Aiden Slattery and West’s Tom Burke chase the ball in Wednesday night’s game. PICTURE: Andrew Gosling

By Tyler Hannigan

South handed West their first loss of the season on Wednesday night, defeating them by 20 points in round six of the under 18s competition.

Neither team was at its absolute best as young stars Bailey Beattie (West) and Adam Slattery (South) had to sit out due to upcoming GWS representative commitments but there was still plenty of quality on the field.

The temperature had dipped to below 10 degrees for the start of this game but both teams came out hot and set a frenetic pace early on. 

There was a 2 to 3 goal breeze favouring the scoreboard end of the Jubilee Oval and while West had first use of it, South were the first to hit the scoreboard after a fantastic individual effort from Lachlan McKenzie produced the first goal.

However, West clicked into gear from that point on and controlled the run of play. Repeat inside fifty entries eventually led to Will Squire booting his side’s first goal of the night and that was followed by majors to Jack Burke and Suni Forner.

The Robins looked much more fluent in moving the ball and made it count on the scoreboard to lead by 14 points at the first change.

South now had their turn with the wind and after going into their attacking fifty just three times in the first quarter, went inside nine times in the second for a return of 3.4 thanks to goals from Casey Ferguson, Thomson Fleming and Clancy Payne.

West minimised the damage somewhat when Jameson Burke was able to kick a goal against the run of play and things were all square going into the halftime break.

Both sides were pretty evenly matched but the Robins led the inside fifties 14-12 and the clearances 12-9. West didn’t seem to be missing Beattie too much in the centre as they dominated the centre-clearances 7-3. South’s tackling numbers were up, especially in the first term where they had 10, and they led that count 16-12 at halftime.

West needed to make full use of the breeze in the third term although it was easing slightly as the night wore on. They hit the scoreboard early thanks to Forner booting his second goal but the scoring virtually ended their.

The game turned into a contested scrap played mostly between the arcs. There weren’t a lot of stoppages but the ball was in dispute for the majority of the 15 minutes.

Neither of these teams are big tacklers traditionally, preferring to win the ball in the air, but that went out the window as they combined for 28 tackles in the quarter.

The Robins took a five-point lead into the final term and although the breeze had eased, they needed a big effort to hold on for their sixth win of the season.

It wasn’t to be however as South came out full of run in the last and that five-point advantage was wiped out three minutes in when Connor Washbrook slotted a goal from a tight angle. 

Washbrook, who had been relatively quiet by his standards for most of the night, came to life in the final term as he kicked three crucial goals to give his side the win. Jackson Bray also chipped in with one as South ran all over the Robins who just couldn’t match the Roos in transition.

Twenty points was the final margin which ended West’s five-game unbeaten run to start the season. Washbrook and Forner were the only multiple goal scorers for their respective sides in what was a tough, hard-fought game.

South well served by Lachlan McKenzie, Harry Butcher and the always solid pair of Tarrant Wood and Tyler McKenzie while Washbrook’s last quarter was brilliant. Bray was good in the ruck and returning Roo, Harry Trengove, got better as the game wore on.

Brock Ellis, Nick Schofield, Jayden Sutton and Bryce Cieslik were the best for the Robins. Ellis played more of a midfield role than in his usual spot up forward and found plenty of the ball, Schofield lifted after quarter time while Sutton and Cieslik were hard at the contest as usual. 

It was an even night stat-wise with South leading the inside fifties 25-24 but West were well on top in centre-clearances 11-6. The Robins also had a slight edge in the tackles 32-31.

West take on Central next Wednesday while South battle North in the late game. 

 

 

SCORES

SOUTH: 1.0  4.4  4.6  8.8 (56) def

WEST: 3.2  4.4  5.5  5.6 (36)

GOALS:

South - C. Washbrook 3, J. Bray, C. Ferguson, T. Fleming, L. McKenzie, C. Payne.

West - S. Forner 2, Jack Burke, Jameson Burke, W. Squire.

BEST:

South - L. McKenzie, C. Washbrook, H. Butcher, T. Wood, T. McKenzie, J. Bray.

West - N. Schofield, B. Ellis, B. Cieslik, J. Sutton S. Forner, K. Hocking.

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