Clinical South dismantle Pies
Friday, 9th August, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
A four-goal best-on-ground performance from Harry Butcher led South to a huge 92-point win over Central on Wednesday night in round 14 of the Under 18s season.
The Magpies went in with the bare minimum 14 players but they were very good early, dominating the play and scoring the first goal through Dwight Chestnut, before South took control in the second half of the term.
Butcher kicked South’s first two goals and then set up Adam Slattery for their third. Tom Fleming and Brawley Brennan added their names to the scoresheet as the Roos led by 25 points at the first break.
South had taken control and they turned that into domination in the second term as it became the Tarrant Wood, Adam Slattery and Aiden Slattery show. The trio combined for all six of the Roos’ goals in the term and extended their lead to 63 points at halftime.
The third term began with Adam Slattery being slammed in a tackle, he was penalised for holding the ball but was unlucky not to receive a free-kick instead.
It was a more competitive quarter from the Magpies but South were still a class above and led by 83 points at the final change. Defender Clancy Payne was sent forward and kicked a rare goal while Fleming and Butcher added to their tallies.
Central were tackling well, laying 30 over the first three terms, but South were dominating the clearances. They led that count 19-10, including 13-5 out of the centre up to three-quarter-time, as well as going inside fifty a whopping 34 times to Central’s seven.
Declan Ferguson and Ty Johnston opened the scoring for South in the final term but Central refused to give up. The Magpies lifted around the stoppages, convincingly winning the centre-clearances 6-0 in the final term and matching South with the inside fifties.
Rickie Whyman booted Central’s first major since the first few minutes of the match before Dwight Chestnut kicked his second of the night and the Pies enjoyed a late flurry as South’s intensity dropped.
Still, it was a very impressive outing for the Roos as they won by 92 points.
Butcher starred from the first bounce, kicking four goals and having a direct hand in at least another three. He was also super clean at ground level and continually hit targets by hand and foot. He was given great support by Wood and Fleming while Adam Slattery was influential up until leaving the field sore early in the second half.
Brannan and Johnston enjoyed their best games of 2019 with Dylan Elliott and Declan Ferguson also contributing strongly.
Alex Thomas was a pillar of strength for the Pies at fullback, taking plenty of intercept marks as Sout went into attack 41 times over the course of the game. Cooper Oates battled hard as always, as did Daniel Ryan, and Nick Devoy took the game on whenever he could.
Central take on North next week in what is essentially a semi-final with the winner facing South the following week in a preliminary final. The Roos take on West as both sides enjoy one more tune up before the finals series.
SOUTH: 5.1 11.3 14.5 17.9 (111) def CENTRAL: 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.1 (19)
South - H. Butcher 4, A. Slattery 3, T. Johnston 2, A. Slattery 2, T. Wood 2, T. Fleming 2, D. Ferguson, B. Brennan
Central - D. Chestnut 2, R. Whyman
South - H. Butcher, T. Fleming, T. Wood, Adam Slattery, Aiden Slattery, T. Johnston
Central - A. Thomas, C. Oates, D. Ryan, N. Devoy, D. Chestnut, D. Schweikert