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Eight-straight for South

Monday, 3rd September, 2018

South celebrate taking out their eighth reserves flag in a row. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan South celebrate taking out their eighth reserves flag in a row. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

Four goals to Harley Cannard and a best on ground effort from Mick Vlatko led the Roos to their eighth consecutive reserves premiership on Saturday.

South finished second on the ladder and had to earn their spot in the decider by defeating Central in last week’s preliminary final. The extra game seemed to have a positive effect as the Roos were on target early while North took a while to get going.

In a fairly even first term, efficiency in front of goal was the difference as North managed just two goals from seven scoring shots while South kicked five from six at the other end.

Leading by 14 points to start the second quarter, South’s accuracy deserted them as they kicked 1.4 for the term but they were able to hold North to just two behinds and led by 22 points at the main break.

North were lucky to still be within striking distance and a lot of that was down to Craig Jones’ effort in the middle and him getting back to help in defence. Despite his age, Jones has been in ripping form again this season with his ability to read the play better than most.

The Bulldogs needed a spark early in the second half and got it thanks to a goal by veteran centre-half forward Luke Reynolds. 

Back-to-back goals from Tobias Hack, who was unlucky to be left out of North’s senior team, put the Dogs in front but South steadied with a late goal to Cannard and led by six points at the final change.

Bailey Shepherd slotted a nice snap goal early in the last to put the Dogs in front once more but again South responded, this time through defender-turned-forward Ryan Davis who kicked truly and put his side up by five points. 

A running goal from the super talented Connor Washbrook sealed the win before tempers flared as a number of frustrated North players decided to go the man instead of the ball. With a number of players caught up in the ensuing melee, South made sure of it with another goal.

In the end, South ran out 25-point winners to claim yet another reserves flag.

Mick Vlatko, who made his return to football this season, was fantastic throughout the game and took out the best on ground medal for South. Vlatko may not possess the pace he once did but his skills are still very good and more importantly he makes the right decisions. 

Junior Jye Smith wasn’t far behind Vlatko in terms of performance on Sunday and he’s sure to play a lot of senior football for the Roos in coming years. 

That was the theme of Saturday’s win with great performances by south’s young guns like Smith, Washbrook, Tarrant Wood and Deklin Langdon. Those players essentially ran the older North side off their feet.

Throw in Cannard’s four goals and important contributions by Tyson Boland, Phil Neal and Dylan Semmens and it was a fairly even contribution by the Roos.

The same can’t be said for North who were too reliant on too few. Jones was a standout, as was Jackson Pryor who not only attacked the ball ferociously all day but also used it well.

Anthony Tidball, Brock Chapman, Reggie Betts and Hack were the other Bulldog players to impress. 



SOUTH: 5.1 6.5 8.8 12.12 (84) def
2.5 2.7 7.8 8.11 (59)

South - H. Cannard 4, S. O’Brien, 2, J. Smith, J. Washbrook, T. Wood, N. Agius, D. Langdon, R. Davis
North - T. Hack 2, W. Headlam, R. Betts, C. Johnson, A. Tidball, B. Shepherd, L. Reynolds

South - M. Vlatko, J. Smith, H. Cannard, T. Wood, T. Boland, D. Semmens
North - C. Jones, J. Pryor, B. Chapman, A. Tidball, T. Hack, R. Betts

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