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Roos too strong for the Robins

Monday, 23rd August, 2010

* Tim Ferguson of West was given a good send-off after he played his final game on Saturday * Tim Ferguson of West was given a good send-off after he played his final game on Saturday

By David Sedunary

In the second of the double headers at Jubilee Oval on Saturday South defeated West by 93 points. South kicked 20.17 (137) to West 7.2 (44). West had a lot to play for as they had beaten South narrowly last time the two teams met. West was also trying to reward Tim Ferguson with a win. Ferguson was playing his last match for the Robins after a career spanning 20 years; 250 games plus, one Lionel Johnston Medal and three club best and fairest awards.

It is an excellent record and one to be proud for the tough and talented little left footer. It has been a pleasure to watch him. South meant business right from the start and it seemed West found it hard to get going against a team that came to play with the right attitude. South forwards and onballers were on top with Marcus O’Brien, Tom Derham, Jordan Staker and with Alan Mackiewicz finding form at the right time of the season. 

West became chasers right from the opening bounce as South won the centre clearances through Heath Caldwell and Alan Mackiewicz. South jumped West,kicking 5 goals for the quarter and kept the Robins scoreless. West back man Darren Zanette was giving his all, preventing South from further goals. West fought back in the second quarter through the hard ball wins by Tim Ferguson and ruck work by Matt Nelson.

West forward Cynan Smith kicked 2 goals and the dangerous Craig Jones found the uprights, as did Nick Christos, who was working hard across the centre to lift the Robins. South held a 38-point lead at half time and it was all catch up football for West. It was going to be hard to get ontop of the Roos, who were full of runand endeavour. 

South continued on their way and kicked 11 goals in the last half with West kicking 3. Phil Neal was best for South, closely followed by Tom Derham. Dustin Stephens and Jordan Staker were two forwards who bobbed up all over the forward line. West backmen found it hard to man up on these two, and with the run of Mackiewicz and Neal, this put the icing on the cake. 

West’s Chad Ryan, Leighton Raven and Tim Ferguson tried to lift the side, but their minds seemed to on something else. South continued on and defeated West easily in a match which didn’t reach great heights; a sour point for Tim Ferguson to finish his playing career on. One good point was the support which the smallcrowd gave Ferguson as he left the Jubilee for the last time, a positive point indeed.

Best players - South: P Neal, T Derham, J Staker, M O’Brien, D Stephens, M Purcell; West: D Zanette, C Ryan, T Ferguson, N Christos, C Smith, L Raven.

Goals - South: D Stephens 3, J Staker 3, T Derham 2, M Vlatko 2, M Purcell 2, A. Mackiewicz 2, M O’Brien 2, H Caldwell 1, S O’Brien 1, H Wood 1, P Neal 1; West: C Smith 3, C Jones 1, B Martin 1, L Raven 1, N Christos 1.

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