By Mark Gullick
NARRE WARREN clinically disposed of Doveton by 87 points at Kalora Park on Saturday.
While the scoreboard showed the Magpies ahead by 31 points at half-time, it wasn’t until the second half when they took complete control of the match.
“We were thereabouts in the first half, but we couldn’t really get a lot of momentum going,” Narre Warren coach Matt Shinners said.
“We were getting plenty of the footy, but weren’t really capitalising on our opportunities.
“They’re obviously very young and inexperienced. They were competitive until half time.”
Narre Warren kicked 11 goals to two in the second half to record another impressive win.
The pleasing aspect of the win was the shared responsibility of scoring. The Magpies had 12 goalscorers.
Jarrod Anderson was Narre’s best and was superb in defence, as were Michael McGill and Colin McNamara. Midfielders Aaron McIver and Cole Harvey provided plenty of drive. Damien Collins blanketed the dangerous Ryan Hendy.
The Magpies will use the league bye this weekend to prepare for a tough run of matches.
“We’ve got some tough footy ahead of us in the next seven weeks, so (the bye) gives us a chance to look at a few things and look forward to that challenge,” Shinners said.
It was another inconsistent showing from Doveton.
“It was the first game I’ve been really disappointed with the boys’ efforts,” coach Mark Ladgrove said. “We had a lot of the ball around the backline and midfield, but we didn’t have a winning forward. As the game went on, Narre just kept rebounding from our attacks and that was mainly their springboard for scoring.
“It’s our worst performance of the year. I was disappointed and the supporters were disappointed because the boys dropped off in the end.” The Doves will spend the bye addressing some issues.
“We’ve got plenty of aspects of the game to work on and we’ll be having a hard week on the track,” Ladgrove said.
Michael Rodriquez was Doveton’s best player and he battled hard in defence. Ryan Pearson, Matt Henry and Andrew Downe were productive around the ground.
@BT Sub Sport Gaz:BEACONSFIELD v HAMPTON PARK
“It was a game we should’ve lost,” Beaconsfield coach Aussie Jones said. “They were the better side on the day, absolutely no doubt about it.”
Beaconsfield were able to hold off a fast finishing Hampton Park to record a 17-point victory.
The Eagles dominated the first half and were ahead by 49 points at half-time.
However, Hampton Park began controlling the ball in the third term, but couldn’t convert. They had seven shots to two in that term, but kicked only two goals. The Eagles converted both of its shots.
Down by 46 heading into the final term, Hampton Park coach Josh Taylor asked his team to put their head over the ball and be stronger in the contest.
“I didn’t want it to turn into a blowout,” Taylor said.
Instead, his players responded and scored 4.6 to 0.1 to close the losing margin.
“If there was another 10 minutes, with the way we were going and if we’d kicked straighter in the third quarter, we could’ve won,” Taylor said.
Jones acknowledged how lucky his team was to win.
“Our boys stopped running and probably got a bit comfortable after the first half and eased up,” he said. “A little bit of credit to Hampton Park; they ran and ran and we stopped. They dominated the second half.
“We’ll learn a lot (from this game). There were some things we can’t afford to do, which will let our opposition back into the game.”
Star ruckman Chris Kelf was added to the Eagles’ lengthy injury list after he dislocated his elbow. He is scheduled to miss three months.
“He’s the premier ruckman in the comp and he’s the heart and soul for us,” Jones said. “We’ve challenged other guys to step up and fill the void. We’ve lost a couple of senior players each week, but we’ve had guys come up and fill a role. We’re never going to replace Kelfy, but we’ll get as close as we can.”
Beaconsfield captain Daniel Mislicki continued his sparkling early season form with another brilliant performance.
“He’s got a lot of attributes that make up a good player,” Jones said. “He’s really hard at it and he’s been super for us.”
Taylor was disappointed to lose, but pleased with some aspects of his team’s play.
“Our commitment to the contest and each other in the second half was in complete contrast to what it was in the first half,” he said. “We started working harder and our pressuring and harassing, when they had the ball, was better.
Taylor was pleased with the performance of captain Matthew Shorey who went into the ruck and was outstanding all day. James Van Elewound kept gun Beaconsfield forward Ryan Donaldson to two goals. Daniel Wood kicked three goals on a day when Kevin McLean didn’t goal while Luke Nunan tried hard all day.
@BT Sub Sport Gaz:CRANBOURNE v ROC
Cranbourne dominated ROC on Sunday at Casey Fields to record an 80-point win.
The match was played in perfect conditions and before a good crowd.
It took 45 minutes for ROC to score its first point, and by that stage, Cranbourne was 8.12.
ROC then controlled the last half of the second term and was able to score three goals.
“We started to play with a bit more urgency,” ROC coach Kris Fletcher said. “It’s a shame it took so long.”
Cranbourne settled after half time with an eight goal third term.
Each team scored five goals in the last stanza.
ROC showed some good signs throughout the game and were able to compete in patches with the highly credentialled Cranbourne.
However, Cranbourne had too many classy players and systematically beat ROC around the ground.
“We just turned the ball over too much,” Fletcher said. “(Because of) the way we butchered the footy and our lack of intensity, Cranbourne played all over the top of us.
“They’re probably the best side we’ve played to date.”
Brandan Osborne was Cranbourne’s best player. Justin Berry starred with five goals. Ryan Davey and Leigh Holt were prominent around the ground.
Cranbourne had 10 goalscorers.
For ROC, the Tivendale brothers were busy around the ground, Ash Comer was solid in the backline, Steve Hawkins was lively up forward and Fletcher and Neil Adams tried hard in the midfield.
ROC have shown glimpses of form over the first five weeks, but Fletcher believes they took a step back on Sunday.
“We’ll sit down and have a talk about where we’re at,” he said. “I just have to find out from different blokes how important footy is to them and get more commitment from a few of the younger blokes.”