Southies smash fourteen Pies
Friday, 5th July, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
South overcame a sluggish start to defeat Central by 94 points on Wednesday night thanks to four goals each to Adam McInnes and Connor Washbrook.
Much like North in the early game, Central could only field the bare minimum of 14 players and were without key players Will Campbell, Nick Devoy and Rory Schaefer but they were up for the fight early and South weren’t at their best.
The Roos were handed an early blow when star player Tyler McKenzie had to be helped from the ground by trainers and would take no further part in the match.
Eventually, South were the first to make a proper impact on the scoreboard as McInnes booted their opening goal eight minutes into the quarter but Central were able to hit back quickly thanks to a superb individual effort from Daniel Ryan.
Following a pair of big kicks from full back, Ryan chased a loose ball to half-forward, slammed it on the boot to get it deep into the Newmarket corner pocket where it pulled up just inside the boundary. He continued to run, gathered the football, beat a defender and then slotted a brilliant check-side goal from a ridiculous angle.
There was little applause or celebration because most couldn’t believe what they’d just witnessed but Ryan’s effort must be considered goal of the season so far and it will take a mighty effort to top it.
South picked up their second goal, this time through Washbrook, late in the term and took a seven-point lead into the first break after a scrappy quarter of football. The Roos’ tackling pressure was way down, laying just three for the term, and that transferred into a lack of intensity throughout the rest of their game.
Things started to click for South in the second quarter as they gained ascendancy in the middle, largely due to Lachlan McKenzie who dominated around the stoppages as well as kicking two goals in the term.
McInnes added his second goal and Dylan Elliott booted one as well as South took control of the contest and extended their lead to 35 points at halftime.
After conceding the first goal in the second half, Central lifted and managed to get the game back on a somewhat even keel thanks to a pair of Sinele King goals, the second of which was a torpedo from 70 metres out that bounced through.
That’s where the joy ended for the Magpies though as South retook control in the second half of the quarter, piling on four unanswered goals to take an unassailable 55-point advantage into the final change.
The lack of a bench really caught up to Central in the final term and the Roos took full toll with another six goals including two to defender Aiden Slattery and another to Elliott who became South’s sixth multiple goal scorer on the night.
Lachlan McKenzie was South’s best. He showed the skill and athletic ability that will make him a fantastic player for South as the years go on. McInnes and Washbrook were great inside fifty while Adam Slattery played higher up the ground and found a heap of the football. Quinn Parker also played his best game of under 18s this season.
King was fantastic for Central, as was Cooper Oates and Daniel Ryan but they were stretched too thin. Austyn Page battled well in the midfield, as did Steven Newman who won a number of clearances. Alex Thomas and Jake Davidson worked hard in defence under a lot of pressure.
South dominated on the stats sheet with 35 inside fifty entries to Central’s 16 as well as winning the clearances 21-13, including 13-9 in the centre. Central led the tackles 26-19 but both side’s numbers were low due to the open-nature of the game.
Following the two-week break for school holidays, South take on West while Central face North in games that will have a huge bearing on the finals with four rounds to play.
SOUTH: 2.2 6.7 11.9 17.12 (114) def
CENTRAL: 1.1 1.2 3.2 3.2 (20)
South - A. McInnes 4, C. Washbrook 4, L. McKenzie 3, A. Slattery 2, A. Slattery 2, D. Elliott 2
Central - S. King 2, D. Ryan
South - L. McKenzie, A. Slattery, C. Washbrook, A. McInnes, Q. Parker, T. Wood
Central - S. King, C. Oates. D. Ryan, A. Page, A. Thomas, S. Newman