Brown’s big haul
Monday, 15th May, 2017
By Tyler Hannigan
Despite another last quarter fight back, Central were easy winners over West on Saturday at the Jubilee Oval to the tune of 48 points.
West started solidly and hit the scoreboard first with a goal to Tom Kickett however it was then time for the Lionel Brown show.
The returning Brown booted the next four goals while Brent Christie also kicked two. Brown’s first touch was a jumping mark before turning quickly and kicking truly from 50 metres out to set the tone for the day.
However, West were able to hang with the Magpies in a frenetic quarter of end-to-end football that produced nine goals and went into quarter time trailing by 20 points.
A much tighter second term still saw Central in firm control of the match as they kicked 3.3, including Brown’s fifth, to West’s 1.2.
The third term was all Central once again as Brown, Jake Crozier and both Christie brothers, Paul and Brent, hit the scoreboard. The Magpies kicked 5.4 to West’s 1.3 to take an almost unassailable 58-point buffer into the last.
The Robins enjoyed a much better final term, kicking six goals to Central’s four but the fire in the game had well and truly gone out by this point. A highlight was young West forward Jack Burke kicking his first League goal.
A highlight of a different kind saw Central fullback Patrick Reincke sent off late in the game after giving the umpire an abusive spray. While he’s better known for lip-syncing other people’s songs, there was little doubt that these words were his own and he was duly escorted off the ground by the umpire.
In the end Central were comfortable winners by 48 points although they’ll be a little disappointed in how they switched off in the final term. This was a game they really should have won by 60-plus points.
Credit must go to West for that as they kept battling and took their chances when they could. That being said, their pressure and intensity was just not up to standard for large periods of this game.
Central had multiple passages of play where they were allowed to advance up the middle of the ground entirely untroubled and Brent Christie would have been shocked at how little attention he received despite having over 30 possessions and kicking five goals.
The return of Lionel Brown was massive for the Magpies. He kicked nine goals, many of which were the result of his brilliant one-on-one work, and excited the crowd any time he went near the ball. If he can play regularly then Central have a genuine weapon who can win a game off his own boot like South have with Cody Schorn or North with Anthony Henderson.
Dylan Stuart played very well for Magpies, as did Linden Cox who also chipped in with a goal. Harry Campbell was impressive down back showing good defensive work and composure with ball in hand.
For the Robins, Liam King again led the way. He hunted the football like he always does and was consistent across the four quarters. Tom Kickett played well but drifted out of the game for large parts and Josh Cieslik did well to kick four goals.
Central have the big test next weekend against a South team who will be coming off a rare loss but if Central can keep the team that they had this week and play with the same intensity then they may be able to compete with the ladder leaders.
West stays at the Jube to take on North in what will again be a tough game for the Robins who look to have lost Cowen Smith to an injured hamstring. The injury toll continues to mount and they must dig deep to have a chance against the Dogs.
CENTRAL: 18.11- 119
WEST: 11.5- 71