Robins belt Bulldogs
Friday, 5th July, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
It was all one-way traffic in the early game of Under 18s football on Wednesday night as West thumped an under-strength North by 105 points at the Jubilee Oval.
North fielded the bare minimum of 14 players and were without the likes of Rogan Turner, Tarrant Lihou, Tom McRae and Bailey Adams just to name a few. They were up against a strong West outfit although they too were without a couple of stars, namely Bailey Beattie and Jayden Sutton.
The Robins took control of the contest immediately in the first quarter, moving the ball with relative ease despite losing the clearances 3-1 out of the centre. West captain Brock Ellis kicked his side’s first goal of the night while majors to Will Squire and Nick Schofield quickly followed.
North’s effort was decent with 11 tackles and five clearances but they could only manage four inside fifty entries compared to West’s nine and trailed by 21 points at the first break.
West continued to pile on the punishment in the second term with five goals to none including three to Kingsley Hocking. It was a more free-flowing quarter with less tackling and few stoppages.
The Robins were efficient when going into attack, managing nine scoring shots from 10 inside fifties and led by 55 points at halftime.
North’s only saving grace at this point was their work around the centre-clearances. They led that count 6-3 and the clearances overall 9-7 mainly thanks to Dan Kennedy who was by far and away their standout and amongst the best two or three players on the ground despite his side being held scoreless for a half of football.
West made a quick start to the second half with Schofield slotting his second goal but North finally had some joy as Kennedy surged the ball forward and kicked his side’s first goal, and score, three minutes into the term.
That’s where the highlights ended for the Bulldogs, however, with the likes of Jacob Johnstone, Hocking, Flynn Treloar and Blake Rogers all hitting the scoreboard for the Robins and extending their lead to 81 points with a quarter to play.
North continued to battle in the final term, laying 10 tackles, but were unable to add to their score. They were lucky to not lose by more as West wasted some shots at goal in what essentially became a training run for the young Robins.
The main highlight of the quarter was the work of Hocking who capped off a great night up forward with another three goals, giving him seven for the game as West won by a whopping 105 points.
Schofield was outstanding throughout the night, using the ball extremely well and finding space where there seemingly was none, as well as kicking two goals. He was well supported by Bryce Cieslik who has established himself as one of the best clearance players in the competition.
Suni Forner was again impressive with his clean hands, Squire made an impact with every touch he got and Ellis is a classy player whether on the ball or in attack.
Kennedy was brilliant for North while Jakarda Cini and Cooper Lawrence worked hard and never gave up the fight.
Both sides can rest up over the two-week break for school holidays before returning for round 12 on July 24 as West take on South and North battle Central.
WEST: 3.3 8.7 13.9 16.15 (111) def
NORTH: 0.0 0.0 1.0 1.0 (6)
West - K. Hocking 7, J. Johnstone 2, N. Schofield 2, W. Squire, F. Murray, B. Rogers, B. Ellis, F. Treloar
North - D. Kennedy
West - N. Schofield, K. Hocking, B. Cieslik, S. Forner, W. Squire, B. Ellis
North - D. Kennedy, J. Cini, C. Lawarence, J. Cain, T. Graffin, F. Colley