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Magpies fly home in thriller

Monday, 30th May, 2011

CENTRAL V WEST

By Balldock

The Magpies recorded their first win for 2011 with a heart stopping one point win over the Robins at Jubilee Oval on Saturday.

The Magpies jumped to an early break in the opening term only to be reeled back but a gutsy West side.

At the final change the Magpies lead by five points and in a seesawing last term in which the lead changed on eight occasions. The Magpies held on by the solitary point.

The Magpies ran to the northern end in the opening term and it didn't take them long to slip into top gear with live wire Lindon Cox in the thick of the action.

He produced a great little cameo which included three goals inside the opening seven minutes to set a handy 15 point lead.

While the Robins had plenty of scoring chances they could not find the right opening; their only reward five straight behinds.

The Magpies wasted no time in making the Robins pay with two goals to Justin Heath to increase the lead to 25 points. At this stage the Magpies were in total control and seemingly against the tide.

Nathan Kickett registered the Robins first at the 14 minute mark but again the reply was swift with goals to Heath (his third) and Wilmore and the margin was out to 31 points. A late rally by the Robins saw the margin cut to 18 points as the term ended.

The margin could have been less when Hayden goaled then dumped. The kick was brought back and his next attempt missed, but it was an exciting and frantic opening term.

The Robins lost Chad Ryan midway through the term with concussion which caused some debate on the side lines.

The second term commenced with the Robins taking control winning the centre clearances at will and Hayden gave the Robins the ideal start with his first to cut the lead to 12 points. Two more behinds had the Robins within 10 points before Hayden's second midway through the term cut the margin to just five points and the Magpies had slowed to a crawl. 

With the game really starting to come alive Jono Naden seized the moment and a great solo effort which started from the half back flank with Naden carrying the footy and bouncing his way inside forward 50 to cap it off with a great goal to give the Robins the lead for the first time in the match and a lead they would take into the half time break.

After being 30 odd points down to now lead by three points showed some great character in an entertaining first half.

It was also a term where the Robins lost Nick Christos with a suspected broken collar bone.

The second half started with both sides wasting early opportunities to register goals and the Robins hanging on to a slender two two point lead. That was until Jelbert pounced and again gave the Magpies the lead.

It took until midway through the term for the game to again hit fever pitch and it was the Robins who grabbed control with goals to Tonkin and Hayden (his third) to snatch a seven point lead.

At this stage the Magpies moved McInnes inside the forward 50 and the rewards were immediate with McInnes kicking the next two goals and giving his side a five point lead in the process, and it was that margin the Magpies would take into the final change.

It was all set up for an exciting last term and the Magpies received the dream start with McInnes kicking his third inside 15 seconds after a specky in the goal square.

The Robins had their own ace up their sleeve in Shane Dalby - he kicked two in the space of five minutes and the Robins now had a one point lead with 10 minutes gone. A behind from both sides kept the margin at one before Dalby kicked his third and the margin was out to seven points with about 12 minutes remaining on the clock.

At this stage the ball was moving from end to end a furious pace and when McClure kicked a great running goal the margin was just one point a behind to the Magpies leveled the scores with 16 minutes off the clock.

McInnes was proving a match winner for the Magpies and with his fourth he again gave the Magpies a six point lead. From the bounce the Robins attacked and from the scoreboard pocket Dalby slotted through his fourth to again level the scores with 19 minutes gone and still about six minutes to go.

Both sides were relentless in their endeavor and when the Robins received a rushed behind they now had a one point lead. Neither side was willing to give up and the Magpies worked the ball forward and a behind again leveled the scores with 22 minutes played.

Another behind to the Magpies gave them a one point lead with 23 minutes played before McInnes again joined in with his fifth and third for the term to give his side a handy seven point break with only a minute or so remaining. The Robins were not done yet they again went forward and Martin was on the end of some smart play and he goaled to reduce the margin to one point.

But time had run out and the Magpies would claim their first win for the 2011 season in a nail biting finish.

An excellent game of footy played at a cracking pace with both sides totally spent at the final siren, game of the year so far.

Best Players

Central - J. Heath, C. Jelbert, B. Mannion, B. Camilleri, J. McInnes, D. Schnickel
West - R. Hayden, B. Rose, L.Raven, J.Naden, M.Nelson, N.Kickett

Goalkickers

Central - J. McInnes 5, J. Heath 3, L.Cox 3, K. Wilmore 1, C. Jelbert 1, J. McClure 1
West - S. Dalby 4, R. Hayden 3, B. Martin 2, J. Naden 1, N.Kickett 1, B. McInerney 1, J. Tonkin 1.

LEAGUE

Central 7.0=42 7.2=44 10.5=65 14.10=94
West 3.6=24 6.11=47 8.12=60 13.15=93

RESERVES

West 12.11=83
Central 8.3=51

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