West burst back
Monday, 4th July, 2011
The Robins have burst back into finals contention with a convincing 41 point win over League Leaders North on Saturday.
The Robins showed some real poise and determination under pressure while registering their first back-to-back wins since the 2007 season.
The Bulldogs went from chocolates to boiled lollies in a week, missing an opportunity to put one hand on the minor premiership.
North won the toss and elected to kick to the city end in the opening term aided by a four to five goal breeze.
From the outset the Robins looked more determined and their willingness to work for each other was evident early.
Both sides had trouble adjusting to the breeze with West opening up with two behinds before the Bulldogs finally hit the scoreboard with three straight behinds themselves.
With time getting away from them, Stuart found some time to run around to kick North’s first and only goal for the term which would give them an eight point lead at the first change and it was far from enough with the breeze at their backs.
This made the second term all that important to the Robins and they showed early they were up to the challenge with two early goals to grab a five point lead.
The Robins’ ball use was far more impressive than their opponents and when Rose extended the margin to 11 points, the crowd was getting very excited.
North lost Burton for 10 minutes as the contest started to heat up evident by the smoke that engulfed the Jubilee Oval.
The Robins were doing everything right and their ball use saw Kickett run into the open goal to extend the lead to 19 points, before Rayner got one back for North.
But the Robins weren’t done with just yet, Milne kicked his first as Beaven was also given a 10 minute rest, before Kickett gave the Robins a handy 28 point lead at the long break with his second for the term.
The question would now be put to the Bulldogs and what would be their response? Henderson got things off to a flyer with his first to reduce the lead to 22 points, but to the Robins’ credit they again were able to snuff out any comeback as they tightened up in defence with Blore leading from the front.
The Robins were able to restore the half time margin when Kickett kicked his third for the afternoon.
Midway through the term the Robins went forward for Shannon Anthony to bring the West faithful out of their seats with a specky in the square and his resulting goal had the margin out to 36 points.
North were able to finish the term with two late goals to reduce the margin to 23 points at the last change to give themselves hope, albeit slim.
The final term got under way with North getting an early goal through Clare and the margin was now 17 points, but the Robins’ reply was swift with Conway converting from the pocket.
The Bulldogs were at least showing some early fight and when Clare again goaled the margin was back to 17 points.
North had plenty of the footy in the next 10 minutes but three straight behinds put an end to their day and the white flag was hoisted, but the Robins had some unfinished business and they ran home with four unanswered goals to record their biggest win for 2011.
Saturday’s win by the Robins now puts them within six points of South and a realistic chance of finals footy and once there anything is possible.
For the Bulldogs it is back to the drawing board and how can things go so wrong with in a week.
WEST - M. Nelson, B. Rose, J. Blore, C. Ryan, R. Hayden, L. Raven, H. Harris
NORTH - J. Watson, J. Ruddock, C. Howard, D. Stuart, M. Dempster, Q. Beaven
WEST - M. Kickett 3, R. Hayden 2, B. McInerney 2, B. Rose 2, B. Martin 1, D. Milne 1, S. Anthony 1, G. Conway 1,
NORTH - B. Clare 2, N. Rayner 1, D. Stuart 1, A. Henderson 1, M. Mason 1, J. Napier 1