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North minor premiers

Monday, 19th August, 2013

West’s Jono Naden played an excellent game on Saturday. West’s Jono Naden played an excellent game on Saturday.

By By Balldock

North’s have claimed the 2013 minor premiership after registering a comfortable 88 point victory over a disappointing West side in blustery conditions on Saturday.

North’s class around the middle of the ground was the difference with the fab four doing the damage.

The Robins supporters weren’t happy when youngster Jake Hodgins left the ground in the second term and the Robins are expected to lodge a incident referral form within days to the Match Committee for an alleged incident.

The Robins won the toss and elected to kick to the city end in the opening term.

The Bulldogs went with Howard in a forward pocket and Dempster on a wing, both sides started the contest at a frantic pace with both showing some attacking flair and after two minutes both sides had a goal apiece, Tiziani gave the Bulldogs a eight point lead with his first.

The Robins reply came minutes later when Liam King kicked truly, some wayward kicking from North’s extended the margin to five points before Perkins slotted through his first this was followed by Kelly kicking the Bulldogs fourth for the term.

The Robins had two late scoring opportunities but only behinds were scored and the Bulldogs would go to the first break with a 16 point lead. 

The second term saw the Bulldogs go into the half time break with a handy 39 point lead. 

The second half commenced with the Robins getting the perfect start when Matt Nelson, playing like a rover, kicked the opening goal.

It was the Robins turn to waste some opportunities in front of goal as the margin was reduced to 31 points.

Both sides missed opportunities late in the term but Perkins and Caldwell gave the Bulldogs a comfortable 44 point lead going into the last break.

The final term started with Henderson who had been quiet for most of the day snapping his goal to make the margin 50 points.

Thomas Kickett kicked the Robins fourth for the day after three minutes, but for the Robins that was the ball game as the Bulldogs ran riot from then on with Perkins, Caldwell and Henderson extending the lead to 63 points.

Goals from Henderson and Hack took the lead out to 82 points and with seconds remaining on the clock Matt Dempster, who has been chasing a goal for some time, finally got some reward when he kicked his first.

That was enough to give the Bulldogs a 88 point win over the Robins.

The Robins must now regroup for the next two weeks against the rampaging Roos and while the loss was comprehensive the Robins will receive a boost next week with the return of some experienced players.

Meanwhile the Bulldogs will possibly rest some players with their eyes firmly on the grand final. 

The Bulldogs were again well served by the midfield players while Pressler, Beaven and Tiziani all contributed for North’s.

For the Robins Naden was again excellent, while Kickett and Nelson had big games. The question now is how will the Robins confront next week?

Best Players

North  -  H. Caldwell, J. Kelly, C. Howard, B. Pressler, Q. Beaven, M. Garrick

West - J. Naden, N. Kickett, M. Nelson, L. King, C. Ryan, H. Teelow

Goalkickers

North  -  A. Henderson 5, B. Perkins 3, H. Caldwell 3, L. Tiziani 2, C. Howard 1, J. Kelly 1, T. Hack 1, M. Dempster 1.

West - N. Kickett 1, L. King 1, M. Nelson 1, T. Kickett 1.

League

North 4.6=30     7.12=54 9.16=70 17.18=120

West 2.2=14 2.3=15 3.8=26 4.8=32

Reserves

West 8.6=54

North 6.6=42

Women’s

North 7.20=62

West 1.0=6

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