North too strong
Monday, 13th April, 2015
By Patrick Reincke
North kicked off their season in impressive fashion with a 108 point victory over a trying West at the Jube on Saturday.
After South’s impressive win over Central with Cody Schorn top-scoring with seven goals, it was now North and West’s time to continue with the first round A-grade double header.
It was a contested first quarter with the Robins sticking with the Bulldogs.
North would eventually work their way out to an insurmountable lead by half time before piling on the goals throughout the second half to finish the game as the 108 point victors.
It took three minutes before North’s Brad Mannion scored the opening goal with the Bulldogs applying plenty of pressure early.
Nathan Rayner made it two for the North before West entered the game.
Brett Martin got the Robins’ first but that was quickly cancelled out with a goal to Jackson Ruddock.
Despite North having the momentum, West was efficient when going forward and made the best of their early opportunities.
Daniel Milne and Ben McInerney had the margin to 2 points before North hit back.
Mannion, Ruddock and Eddie Morgan edged North away once again with the Bulldogs leading by 20 at quarter time.
North went further and further ahead in the second and had game all but wrapped up by the major break.
West advanced strongly in the early stages of quarter but couldn’t find the goals.
Mannion goaled against the flow before Ethan Slater slotted another for the Bulldogs.
The game became a skirmish for supremacy with the goals still coming for North.
North captain Codie Howard and Matthew Dempster were prominent for the Bulldogs but one of the bigger stand outs came from the ruck.
Ayden Pettitt played remarkably well against West stalwart Matthew Nelson and there’s no doubt he and Rayner will be a tough rucking combo to handle this season.
Shane Dalby made himself known, kicking two in quick succession with Tobias Hack also finding the goals.
West’s Callum Rosewarn broke the Robins’ goal drought before half time arrived.
By then North were in front by 52.
Coming out of the half time break, it was West that were on the up and up with Martin scoring another.
From there North took the game by the horns.
A nine goal quarter took the margin to the brink of triple digits with many Bulldogs starting to find the ball.
Young Josh Jones, a former West player himself, started to find the ball all over the ground but more importantly, find the goals.
Jones finished the day with a haul of four majors in what was an exceptional game for the youngster.
Chris Billings chimed in with one through the big sticks before West’s Clint Pearce scored ‘Goal of the Day’.
Pearce found himself deep in a Robins forward pocket heading toward the boundary line on the run.
An off-balance snap saw Pearce thread the needle and score a grandstand goal.