Friday, 31st May, 2013
By Smashy Nashy
The West Under 18s are flying and on Wednesday night they defeated a gallant North team by 88 points.
West had the full 22 and North could only muster 16, so the odds were well and truly stacked against the pups.
Trailing by ten goals at half time, North should be well pleased with the determination of their group who despite having no interchange kept West to just six goals in the second half.
This was the result of North pushing numbers behind the footy which is an excellent tactic, and the fact West tended to overuse the ball.
Lachlan Tiziani spent the night in defence and was ably assisted by Sam Sutcliffe who always plays with plenty of gusto for his team.
Ethan Thomas was assigned the task of chasing West’s Cohen Pettitt and it was a tough night at the office, but to Thomas’ credit he left nothing in the tank.
North’s Zac Borlace was again a driving force for the Bulldogs, while Chad Spangler and Cooper Murray bob up every week in the best players.
Malcolm Buckland is a future star and Colin O’Donnell would have been pleased with his effort against his former teammates.
West have a wealth of talent and this week’s rising star was Jake Hodgins in the ruck and around the ground his penetrating left foot is a treat to watch.
Also high up in West’s best was Kyle Hand who rebounded off half back with great poise as did pocket rocket Cody Dunn.
It’s pleasing to see Coach Grose giving his younger players the opportunity to play in the fire and players like Josh O’Brien, Aiden Channing and Dakoda Hocking, Dunn and Hand are becoming valuable reliable contributors.
The senior core are all exciting to watch with Pettitt, Heath Harris, Liam King and Rylie McInnes all playing cameo roles.
West: Hocking 4, King 2, Channing 2. C Smith 2, L Crimp, J Hodgins, T Andrews, C Rosewarn, Harris, J Carpenter
North: Shannon Lehmann, Jackson Ruddock
In the last game Central, pipped the Roos by 101 points. Down by 31 points at half time, the Pies ran riot with a 10-goal to one second half.
Star of the night was Garreth Rolton who bagged five goals with Kayne Read dobbing two goals.
Ten other goal scorers indicates that the Pies shared the spoils in front of goals, including regular defenders Jake and Angus Schindler.
Louis Gilby again was a prime mover for the Pies while Read is also having a great season.
Brady Dwyer made the best players along with James Bressanelli and Jason Mascelt.
For the Roos, Mason Squire and James Midgly scored goals while Rob Naudi was the Roos best.
Brock Chapman was again a class player for the Roos, along with Bailey Treloar, Lauchlan Roberg, Squires and Midgly.
As a tipster I was right on the money ... the donuts were a hit and sold out real early, so more next week for sure.