North pull off the win
Monday, 7th August, 2017
North had to dig deep on the weekend to overcome a young and spirited West side.
In the end the Bulldogs had a touch too much class as they ran out 42-point winners at Jubilee Oval.
While it was the North stars who were the difference there was much to like about the new breed of West youngsters who certainly showed that there is plenty of talent on tap in Railwaytown.
At the first break the Robins led by 6 points after what was an energetic start which was aided by a three goal breeze to the City End. They were getting plenty of drive from Ty Andrews and Liam King who were getting free from the centre while Leighton Raven and Brock Ellis were proving elusive across half forward.
The Bulldogs regained the ascendancy in the second term as they booted five goals with the lift from players such as Jayden Kelly, Eddie Morgan, Luke Larkins and Cohen Bates the catalyst for the increase in intensity.
As the players sought the sanctuary of the change rooms at half time it would have been a time for reflection for North Coach Chris Jones as his players gave away 15 free kicks and a pair of 50 metre penalties which resulted in at least two goals to West, the lack of discipline by some Bulldog players an aspect of their game the coaching staff would do well to eradicate.
The third quarter offered some hope to West as they had the breeze but North outscored them in the main on the back of one player, Jayden Kelly.
The elite centreman had the ball on a string as he must have amassed at least 15 touches as he consistently drove his team into attack with clean precise skills in conditions that were not ideal.
There were plenty of spot fires breaking out around the ground as some spite crept into the game. Jedd Watson and Brock Ellis were both reported and yellow carded for striking each other, the result being that both now look set for an enforced holiday.
The Robins opted to give first gamer Bowen Vincent an extended run in the ruck and he looks a project player for the future. It did, however, allow North big man Brock Chapman the opportunity to get his hand on the ball which fed Kelly, Morgan, Quinton Beavan and Harry Trengove.
The back six of North was superb as Larkins, Keenan Ellis, Matt Garrick, Bates, Watson and Jake Borlace repelled everything West threw at them.
The final quarter belonged to North as they booted four goals to one, two of the highlights being long bombs from Kelly who iced his own game with two great goals, his form winning him Sage Hocking as a tag.
While the end result was appearing predictable there still plenty of feeling as North youngster Brock Elliot went into the umpire’s book on a striking charge.
As the siren sounded and North recorded a solid win some credit must go to the nine West juniors who pulled on the red and black jumper. Tyler Bates played his best game in senior football, Hocking was strong and Josh Cieslik grows each week while Ellis shows glimpses of his undoubted talent he just needs to direct his passion at the ball.
With the mix of youth and the form of Liam King and Ty Andrews it was a much improved performance from West.
West Coach Phil Bell praised his players post- match for their commitment.
“Today was really fantastic the way they played footy, the whole side it was great,” Bell said.
“Everyone expected us to lose today by 80 points plus but when you throw the juniors in the mix their enthusiasm and if the senior blokes want to help them along then it is all positive.”
There were positives for North Coach Chris Jones as we had a glimpse of the precocious ability of Harrison Trengove, witnessed the continued improvement in Brock Chapman and he got game time into Shane Dalby and 100 Game player Nat Rayner who are 2 important keys in his attacking 50 who have missed large chunks of the season.
“They both pulled up really well got their hands on the footy a fair bit and we will be really trying to get as much fitness and form into the 2 of them in the next few weeks,” Jones said about Dalby and Rayner.
NORTH: 2.2 7.7 9.9 13.13 - 91
WEST: 3.2 5.3 6.6 7.7 - 49