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Magpies improve, but Robins just too good

Monday, 12th August, 2019

West’s Hagen Grose prepares to fire off a long handball. PICTURE: Kelsie Mitchell West’s Hagen Grose prepares to fire off a long handball. PICTURE: Kelsie Mitchell

By Kelsie Mitchell

An improved Central side impressed on their past players weekend but it was West who walked away with a comfortable win by 52 points at the Memorial Oval on Saturday. 

Central looked up for the fight early with Josh Jolliffe working hard and Mathew Sullivan playing well in defence. However, it was West who drew first blood as Rourke Turner booted the first goal of the day at three minutes in. 

The Robins took control of the game as Michael Andruszkiewicz and Rylie McInnes added goals shortly after but Central continued to fight hard to keep the ball inside forward fifty and were eventually rewarded with their first goal. 

That was Central’s only goal in the term as they trailed by 29 points at the first break but Hamish McLean had them up and about as he kicked the opening goal of the second quarter. 

Sage Hocking was influential for the Robins, assisting in a goal at eight minutes, and West added another major less than a minute later and they would kick one more against the wind. 

Jordan Gilby hit the scoreboard for Central to keep them in the contest but they were still down by 35 points at halftime.

West re-established dominance in the third quarter as Cohen Turner and Heath Harris came into the game with some superb marking. Nathan Greenshields was proving to be West’s best player, finding a lot of the ball wherever he went, while Rourke Turner booted a huge goal for West from outside the 50 on the siren.

That Turner goal was West’s fourth of the quarter as they extended their advantage to 60 points with one quarter remaining. 

While the game was out of reach for the Magpies, they kept up their intensity in the final term and had the better of the Robins with four goals to three.

It was a quality finish to the game from Central who were celebrating Sam Beven’s 100th senior game. Their 7.6 (48) score was their best for 2019 and they also limited West to 15.10 (100), which was their best effort defensively of the season.

While they dropped off in the final quarter, West never looked in trouble through this contest. Greenshields and Turner were their best while Bailey Beattie was impressive and co-captain Liam King came into some form. 

McLean was the standout for Central but the likes of Sullivan, James Moran and Gilby contributed well. Evan Ferguson also played very well in attack while Luke Neal battled hard all day. 

It was Central’s best performance for the season and whether they were motivated by their Old Timers weekend or not, the Pies will want to keep this standard next Saturday as they face off against South at the Memorial Oval. West will play North in a game that could go either way at the Jubilee Oval.

 

SCORES

WEST:  5.5  8.7  12.10  15.10 (100)  def  CENTRAL:  1.0  3.2  3.3  7.6 (48)

GOALS

West: R. McInnes 2, T. Andrews 2, R. Turner 2, N. Schofield 2, C. Turner, M. Andruszkiewicz, P. Christos, C. Smith, K. Hocking, J. Sutton

Central: R. Curtis 2, C. Zanker, H. Mclean, A. Williams, M. Sullivan, J. Gilby

BEST

West: N. Greenshields, R. Turner, M. Andruszkiewicz, B. Beattie, L. King, H. Harris 

Central: H. Mclean, M. Sullivan, J. Moran, J. Gilby, L. Neal, L. Jenkin

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