Roos show Robins how
Monday, 26th August, 2013
By By Balldock
The Roos travelled over the hill on Saturday and gave the Robins a football lesson at League Headquarters.
It was complete domination by the Roos as they led at every change to run out winners by 122 points.
The Robins’ cause wasn’t helped when they lost three players before half time to injury. After the break they lost two more to be left with 17 players, but by that stage the damage had been done.
The Robins must now regroup and face the Roos next week in a preliminary final and I would expect to see numerous changes as some players gave the club nothing on Saturday - and with warm weather predicted maybe they can help by running some water.
South went to the Essential Energy end in the opening term and they received the perfect start when Cody Schorn kicked his first. Minutes later King squared the ledger with his first,.
It was a entertaining start. Both sides were both prepared to play flow-on footy.
But the Roos looked dangerous up forward and when Stephens goaled they had a six-point lead. Their swift ball movement was a concern for the Robins who had no answer.
Schorn was proving a handful for the West back half as he was the target going forward. When he kicked two goals inside of two minutes the lead was out to 19 points.
To the Robins’ credit they hit back with goals to Milne and Matten, but a late goal to Henderson would be enough to give the Roos a 14-point quarter time lead.
The second term began with Purcell streaming from the middle and goaling in the opening minute. When Johns repeated the dose minutes later the lead was out to 27 points.
Chad Ryan gave the Robins’ faithful something to cheer about with his first but unfortunately that’s when it all fell away for them. First, Thompson went down then Tonkin left the field and minutes later Smith was forced off.
In the next five minutes the Roos went on a spree with goals to Johns (2) and Cody Schorn and the horse had well and truly bolted.
It was a handy 41-point lead approaching half time, and as the term drew to a close Schorn again goaled to extend the margin to 48 points to take his tally to five at half time.
Minutes into the second half, the Robins lost Kickett after a run in with the centre wicket. His departure wasn’t helped as Henry also left the field and that’s when the wheels really fell off.
Goals to Boland and Davidson and the lead was out to 62 points. Mitchell kicked a consolation goal for the Robins but it was all one-way traffic from then.
The Roos kicked seven unanswered goals to lead by 99 points. Grose kicked a late goal for the Robins to cut the margin to 93 at the last break.
The Roos were hunting for another 30-plus weekend and with two goals from Boland in the opening four minutes it looked on. They had all the football but the radar let them down as they could just manage six straight behinds before late goals to O’Brien and Schorn gave them a 122-point win.
The Roos were led by Purcell who is the side’s workhorse; he does the in and under work and feeds his teammates and he is always on hand to run and carry the footy.
I thought Westley was excellent along with Schorn. For the Robins, Rose, Conway and Ryan had a crack.
The Roos can and will approach next week full of confidence while the Robins - well, if they were trying to run South into a false sense of security, it worked.
They will have to find a lift from somewhere, and quickly. And speaking of needing a lift - any chance the budget could have next week’s side in it and not this week’s? That would be a help.
South - M. Purcell,
M. Westley, C. Schorn, J. Holmes, J. Johns,
West - B. Rose,
G. Conway, C. Ryan,
S. Matten, B. King,
South - C. Schorn 6,
T. Boland 4, J. Johns 3,
M. Henderson 2,
M. Purcell 2,
S. Lines, D. Stephens, T. Davidson, D. Browne,
L. Lines, M. O’Brien, R. Schorn.
West - B. King,
D. Milne, S. Matten,
C. Ryan, B. Mitchell, H. Grose.
South 14.4 (88)
West 6.2 (38)
Women’s Preliminary Final:
North 14.5 (89)
South 0.0 (0)