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Shinglebacks remain undefeated...just!

Tuesday, 29th March, 2011

SOLID EFFORT: Nathan Hocking under the pump from local Chris Langdon, who filled in for Riverland. SOLID EFFORT: Nathan Hocking under the pump from local Chris Langdon, who filled in for Riverland.

By Thin Lizzie

The Shinglebacks withstood a spirited effort from the Riverland boys to record an 11 point win at the Jube on Saturday.

Final Score: Shinglebacks 6-9 (45) defeated Riverland Superdogs 5-4 (34).

The game started with the Riverland team light on for players and six locals helped make the contest a beauty. Debutants Shane Stenhouse, Kerin Borlace, Paul Stellini and Chris Langdon joined Peter Nash and Des Klingbiel for the Superdogs as Masters whistle blower Bob Sultana took charge of the game.

Shinglebacks also had to cover the late withdrawal of Josh Savage and Anthony Tiziani, but welcomed back Dane D'Monte for half a game before the runner Rod Garner pulled him off to go to work! Big man Clayton Trengove lined up in the forward pocket.

The Shinglebacks had a strong wind at their backs and with goals to Craig Thomas and Wayne Murray led 2-4 to nil at quarter time.
Further goals to Jarrod Burke and "rookie" Stephen Chestnut stretched the lead out, but to the visitors' credit they kicked the last 3 goals of the half to trail 3-0 to 4-4 at half time.

Stenhouse was outstanding at CHF, enjoying being a "quick" player, whilst Borlace was in the wars with a dislocated finger, but still kept racking up the possessions.

The Shinglebacks were over using the footy and were having trouble ahead of centre with the wind playing havoc with delivery to the forwards.

Thomas goaled again in the third quarter before the "old fox" Maurie Hetherton dobbed one on the run from 50 metres out, thanks to a very very kind bounce in the square.

Riverland again failed to register a goal against the wind and trailed 3-1 to 6.7 at half time.

The 4-goal buffer was put to the test as the Riverland boys kicked long and direct to score two quick goals and the Lizard "wobbles" were setting in.

Nash was carving up the old fox on the wing and with Stenhouse and Borlace dominating a boilover was on the cards. Playing coach Brett Morris retreated to the back line to steady the ship and the locals hung on for an unconvincing 11 point win.

The locals picked the wrong day to try and over use the footy and gee, how many years do you need to play to know not to kick the ball into the dead scoreboard pocket?

Better players for the day included Stephen Groves in the ruck, Thomas' two goals were important in the wash-up, Anthony Farquhar was a solid four quarter contributor as was Brad Pressler, Sam Hocking and "rookie" Phil Neal did enough to suggest he may have another 300 games in him at Masters level.

Greg Hardy (CHB) and Hayden Langdon (FB) were solid all day as was Morris across half back. Geoff Lehmann worked hard across half forward as did Wayne Murray.

The Shinglebacks will be playing a "scratch match" this Saturday around 4.30pm at the conclusion of the Lightning Cup.

Members and any players around 35 wanting a game of footy for fun should get to the Jube by 4pm so teams can be organised. This game will be umpired by Sultana and Morris.

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