Magpies all the way
Monday, 2nd May, 2016
The Magpies recorded their second win of the season on Saturday when they beat the Robins by 24 points.
Supporters would have arrived at League Headquarters expecting a quality game of football and in the near perfect conditions the scene was set.
However, the Magpies did enough to win the game without being dominant while the Robins at times threw their structures aside and wasted the footy going forward.
The Magpies sprung a surprise by including Jackson McInnes, who started in the goal square, and from the opening bounce they controlled the contest.
After 11 minutes they led by 15 points, while forward 50 entries for the Robins were rare as the Magpies back half looked pretty solid in the early going.
When Justin Heath goaled for the Magpies the lead was out to 21 points and it was all one way traffic.
Heath was proving a handful for the Robins and his second from 65 metres out proved that his dad is a super coach, as the Magpies raced to a handy 28-point lead.
Minutes later McInnes kicked his second and the margin was 34 and it looked like the Robins would be kept scoreless for the term.
But late in the term Jack Larkins marked strongly and his kick after the siren gave the Robins their first goal for the day, but it was the Magpies who would take a 28-point lead into the first break.
The second term began with the game taking on a new appearance; it was the Robins who started with intensity.
Conway gave them the perfect start with his first, but both sides defences held firm for the majority of the term, the Robins sneaking through midway into the quarter to reduce the margin to 16 points.
Again, both sides wasted numerous goal scoring opportunities but the Robins finally grabbed the chance and Everuss kicked his first and the margin was cut to 11 points.
The Magpies lost Bannister late in the term when he was carried from the ground on a stretcher and at the half time break it was the Magpies up by 11 points.
With the Robins hitting back in the second term the game was now poised to be a down-to-the wire battle, but the Magpies extended the margin inside the opening minute through Heath, before Everuss kicked his second minutes later.
At this stage the contest started to lift in intensity and vigor with players warming to the task, but it didn’t help the scoring as it dried up for a fair portion of the term.
Milne and McInnes sat out the final minutes of the term at the request of the umpire, while Balchin gave the Magpies a handy 17-point lead going into the final term after a late third term goal.
The last quarter dragged on for an eternity as the contest turned into a fizzer with both sides continually turning the ball over going forward with poor disposal by either hand or foot. It looks like they have a lot of work to do if they are going to be around in September.
A late goal to Crozier was enough to give the Magpies a 24-point win.
In the first half we had a total of nine goals kicked; after half time four were kicked.
CENTRAL J. Heath, J. McClure, B. Camilleri, L. Neal, J. Masclet, K. Balchin.
WEST L. King, C. Smith, G. Conway, C. Pearce, A. Mackiewicz, T. Andrews
CENTRAL - J. Heath 3, J. McInnes 2, J. McClure 1, K. Balchin 1, J. Crozier 1.
WEST M. Everuss 2, J. Larkins 1, G. Conway 1, D. Milne 1.
Central 8.12 (60)
West 5.6 (36)
West 11.10 (76)
Central 2.6 (18)
Central 12.10 (82)
West 1.1 (7)