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Westley leads Roos to victory

Monday, 11th July, 2016

Central’s Jordan Gilby gathers the ball in front of South’s Jake Gepp. Central’s Jordan Gilby gathers the ball in front of South’s Jake Gepp.

By Balldock

South recorded their 11th win of the season with a hard fought 48-point win over a improved Central side on Saturday. The Roos set the win with a six-goal to one third term lead by their skipper Michael Westley.

The opening few minutes of the term were tense and tight as both sides tried to assert their authority over the contest.

But it was the Magpies who received the perfect start with the galloping gasometer Patrick Reincke kicking the first for the game.

Midway through the term the Roos hit back with Johns leading the charge with two goals to give the Roos an eight-point lead.

The Magpies not to be out done goaled through Martin.

The Roos wasted a handful of opportunities late in the term but they took a five-point lead into the first break.

It was an entertaining opening term with both sides having a real crack at each other.

The second term commenced with the Magpies coming out fired up and with goals to Heath and a second to Reincke, the Magpies had a seven-point lead inside the opening three minutes of the term.

And a third looked a certainty but I reckon the excitement took over and the Magpies wasted the perfect start.

As the term went on the Roos settled and quietly went about their work and with goals to Browne, Holmes and Bird the Roos had reclaimed a 12-point advantage.

But the Magpies weren’t going to go away, Reincke kicked his third to reduce the margin, Henderson got one back for the Roos into time-on and on the siren Jarred Paull kicked the sixth for the Magpies and they trailed by six points at the long break.

After the perfect start the Magpies fell off the pace and the Roos took control but to the Magpies’ credit they fought the term out kicking two of the last three goals.

The big question going into the second half was could the Magpies keep up the pressure and intensity they had showed in the first half, or would the Roos respond in traditional South fashion.

It was evident early that the Roos had lifted in a lot of areas. An early Stuart goal extended the margin to 12 points before the Roos kicked four goals in five minutes to race to a 37-point lead.

Stuart was running hot in the term and his second pushed the margin out to 47 points and it was just about game over with a term to go.

A late goal to Reincke saw the margin reduced to 43 points at the last break.

The Magpies showed some real spirit in this contest and it was again on show early in the final term when Masclet kicked two goals to reduce the margin to 31.

But unfortunately the damage had been done and the Roos again took control with four unanswered goals in the middle stages of the term.

While the Magpies did kick two late goals to keep the margin respectable, Davidson kicked a late goal for the Roos and they tasted victory for the 11th time in the 2016 season.

The Roos had to dig deep after half time with the senior players leading the way.

The Magpies for the second week have showed some fighting qualities, something they will have to bring to the table next week.

Michael Westley was outstanding for the Roos along with fellow runners Stuart, Johns and Gepp.

For the Magpies, it was the experienced pair of Heath and Cox who kept their side in the contest while Reincke continues to surprise up forward.

Best Players

South - M. Westley, D. Stuart, J. Johns, J. Gepp, R. Schorn, J. Holmes.  

Central - J. Heath, L. Cox, P. Reincke, J. Paull, B. Rodda, K. Farcich.

Goalkickers

South - D. Browne 3, J. Johns 3, D. Stuart 2, T. Davidson 2, J. Gepp 2. C. Paull 1,  J. Holmes 1, M. Henderson 1, M. O’Brien 1, A. Bird 1. Central - P. Reincke 4, J. Masclet 3, J. Heath, B. Rodda, J. Paull, C. Martin

South 17. 16=118

Central 11. 4=70

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