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South given massive fright

Friday, 2nd August, 2019

South’s Aiden Slattery cleans up in defence against North. PICTURE: Andrew Gosling South’s Aiden Slattery cleans up in defence against North. PICTURE: Andrew Gosling

By Tyler Hannigan

The Bulldogs almost came away with the upset of the season on Wednesday night but fell just short as the Roos hung on for a narrow win in round 13 at the Jubilee Oval.

Players took to the field for the second game of the night as the temperature dropped, forcing a few to don the long-sleeves, but South started out on fire from the opening bounce and dominated the first term. They locked the ball in their forward half but couldn’t make it count on the scoreboard.

Finally, after four behinds and on their fifth entry into their attacking fifty, Mason Ferguson slotted South’s first goal of the night. 

They would add another to Adam Slattery but it was a wasteful quarter for the Roos who could have almost put the game to bed if they’d kicked straight. As it was, South led by just 18 points at quarter-time despite having had eight scoring shots.

While they were still in the contest, North needed to lift if they were to get back into a winning position and an early goal to Tasman McAllister was exactly what they required to start the second term.

The Bulldogs began to win more of the ball and went inside fifty eight times compared to South’s seven for the quarter but the Roos defence, led by Clancy Payne and Aiden Slattery, held up well before South hit back with a nice goal to Declan Ferguson.

North’s Rogan Turner booted a goal just before the halftime siren to cut the margin back to 12 points and give his team some momentum heading into the main break.

The game had swayed to North’s favour and their work around the stoppages was proving influential. They led the clearances 9-7 and were out-tackling the Roos in a big way, leading that count 16-6 during the first half.

The momentum continued to swing towards North after the restart as they kicked the first goal through Blake Gebhardt and the sides traded majors for the quarter. 

Tom McRae also added his name to North’s goal kickers but it was now the Bulldogs who were a little wasteful with four behinds for the quarter while South took their limited chances with goals to Slattery and Jackson Bray. 

Those goals gave the Roos some breathing room but once again it was Turner who booted a goal on the siren to reduce South’s lead to just three points at the final change.

For the third quarter in succession North were the first to score a goal as Bailey Adams gave them the lead for the first time in the game but from there South finally clicked into gear. They got on top around the stoppages and it was a boundary throw in on their half-forward line that led to their sixth goal of the night. 

Former Bulldog Harry Trengove sharked the tap unopposed and sent the ball into South’s attacking fifty when Connor Washbrook took a simple mark. Washbrook calmly went back and slotted to goal to put his side back in front by a point.

Seth Brown then kicked the sealer a few minutes later, putting the Roos eight points ahead with three minutes to play and that’s where the scoring finished much to the relief of the South players, coaches and supporters.

It was a gallant effort from the Bulldogs with Tom McRae their best followed by Turner whose goals were crucial in keeping his side in the hunt. Dan Kennedy was slow to start, like most of his teammates, but got better as the night went on while Jakarda Cini was hard at it as per usual.

Payne and Bray were the standouts on what was overall a poor night for the normally clean and efficient South team. Adam Slattery was their only multiple goal scorer and his class was on full display late with a monster final term while Washbrook’s second half was important. 

 

SCOREBOARD

SOUTH:  2.6  3.7  5.8  7.9 (51)  def  NORTH:  0.0  2.1  5.5  6.7 (43)

GOALS

South:A. Slattery 2, M. Ferguson, J. Bray, D. Ferguson, S. Brown, C. Washbrook

North: R. Turner 2, T. McRae, B. Adams, B. Gebhardt, T. McAllister

BEST

South: C. Payne, J. Bray, Ad. Slattery, C. Washbrook, Ai. Slattery, H. Butcher

North: T. McRae, R. Turner, D. Kennedy, J. Cini, S. Micallef, T. Lihou

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