West book finals place
Friday, 17th July, 2015
By Patrick Reincke
After a two-week break over school holidays the Under 18s were back playing at Jubilee Oval on Wednesday night.
The first game of the evening saw West out-do South to officially secure third spot and their place in the finals.
Afterward, North overcame the Magpies in a top of the table clash to get their eleventh straight win.
The opening game started tight and looked to be an even contest before the Robins put their foot down in the third.
Five of West’s 14 goals went to Lachlan Harvey who had a stand-out game in attacking 50.
South’s Angus Collins was a man on a mission in defense as he pushed up the ground, dropped back and intercepted and did it all again.
Without his efforts in defensive 50, the margin could have been a whole lot worse than 66 points.
After trailing by a goal and a bit at the end of the first quarter, West kicked 13 goals to South’s two over the next three quarters and had the game sealed by three quarter time.
After some good efforts in the West A-Grade, Ty Andrews and Sage Hocking were looking very menacing through the corridor and were quite the handful.
The Roos’ Chad Hipwell and Cassidy Evans had a challenging battle against the two Westies with Hipwell also managing to sneak up forward and bag two majors.
But the Robins were too good for the fading Roos as they silenced any chance of a finals appearance for the red and white.
There were some individual efforts the Roos can be proud of though, but they are going to need a full team effort and that special something if they wish to jag another win before the end of the season.
In the game that followed, the Bulldogs kept the good times rolling with a 30 point win over the Magpies.
Josh Jones starred with a haul of four majors with his side able to hold a three goal lead by half time.
Isaac Cumming kept his run of stellar performances going as he ran rampant in the centre and Nash Mitchell was a smooth operator also.
Central just couldn’t get going at the start and get some early goals.
Dexter Reardon, Luca Napoli and Lyndon McInnes were a trifecta of quality while Bruno Kennedy, Tanner Lloyd and Owen Tuipuloto were the Magpie goal scorers.
It was a simple win after a two week hiatus but it’ll certainly be interesting when these two sides play again in round 14.
For next week though, Central battle West in a game that could go either way while South faces an uphill battle against rival North.