A BAG of six goals to superstar forward Kael Bergles has helped Stony Creek hold off a fast-finishing Foster and secure a two-point victory at home.
The Tigers had been in terrific form over the past month and were always going to pose a big threat to a quality side like the Lions.
Bergles struck early along with Lachlan Thomas for the Lions and the momentum was all theirs.
But the Tigers cracked in and through the work of Troy Van Dyke and Josh Toner, through the midfield, were able to add two goals of their own and take a one-point lead at quarter time.
Controlling the play for the majority of the second quarter, the Tigers just couldn’t quite convert on the scoreboard only managing the one goal.
Despite the forwards missing their chances, the Tigers back six held up their end and didn’t give Bergles any room to move.
The half time siren sounded and the Tigers led by 8-points as the rain started to dry up.
Sensing his side needed something big, Bergles stepped it up a gear, using his pace to burn his opponents on the lead and most importantly converting his opportunities.
With the help of Hayden Eggerton and Darcy Atkins in the midfield, Bergles was able to help the Lions claw back to a four-point lead at three quarter time.
Credit must also go to the Lions’ defence who kept key Foster forward Tom McGowan to just one goal for the game, the dangerous forward has been the barometer for the Tigers in recent weeks and was completely nullified in Saturday’s clash.
The final term began with Bergles fifth and the home crowd were on their feet.
Just as it looked like the Lions could run away with the game, Troy Van Dyke kicked a crucial goal to narrow the margin back to four points.
But as time ticked down and the early inaccuracies in front of goal become apparent, the Tigers were up against it and with Bergles kicking his sixth and the Lions were home.
Stony Creek will now take on the struggling Demons at Meeniyan, while Foster will travel to Toora to take on the Magpies.
FISH Creek was at home to Toora on Saturday and it was the first time the 2016 assistant coach and now head coach at Toora Brett Mitchell had ventured back to Terrill Park since taking the reins at the Magpies.
Brett knows the Kangaroos very well but unfortunately they have had more than their fair share of injuries so far in season 2018.
Saying that, they arguably have the recruit of the year in Jesse Manton and he has been a fantastic addition into the Magpies line up.
The Magpies won the toss and kicked to the canteen end, and the match got underway.
The opening minutes were a bit of a feeling out period with both sides applying plenty of pressure but it was the Kangaroos that looked to be a bit more focused and desperate for the ball.
Their pressure on the ball was fantastic and this provided opportunities at their forward end.
The opening goal went to Adlington at the seven minute mark and this was followed by goals to Shaw and McGannon before Toora hit the scoreboard with a goal to Grant.
Fish Creek answered immediately when Seccull found Shaw again who added his second and gave the Kangaroos a 21 point lead at quarter time.
Not sure what was said in the Magpie huddle during the break but they were a different side in the second quarter and it was Bedggood at the two minute mark who got things started with the opening goal.
Toora had done an about face and its intensity on the ball lifted tremendously.
Manton was in everything and Grant was electric on a wing.
A strong mark by Osbourne added another goal for the Pies and minutes later Andrews did the same for Toora to add another goal and reduce the margin to within a kick.
Seccull settled things briefly for Fish Creek when he marked strongly and goaled from deep in the pocket in front of a vocal crowd at the canteen end.
This was short lived with Toora closing the half with a great goal to Manton after Grant caused a turnover late in the half, at the main break it was Fish Creek by one point.
The second half started much the same as the first with neither side able to gain any real ascendency.
The pressure remained and both sides missed targets through the early part. The game was waiting for something to spark it again and it was Jordan Shaw that launched himself into outer space at the 11 minute mark and took what is the mark of the season to date, he went back a little gingerly and calmly slotted his third goal of the day.
Fish Creek added another goal late in the quarter with Smith crumbing the ball beautifully after a contest in the Fish Creek goal square.
At three quarter time, it was Fish Creek up by 19 points.
The last quarter went underway and Fish Creek was out of the blocks very quickly adding the first goal through Ireland extending the margin out to 25 points and it was going to be difficult from here for Toora, particularly with the loss of Griffin who had been very productive through the opening half.
When Cameron added another after a great pressure act and smother by teammate Will Voohram the Kangas were home.
A final goal to Smith and when the siren sounded it was Fish Creek victorious by 42 points.
It was a great defensive effort by Fish Creek, keeping the Pies goalless after half time.
Following the bye next weekend, Fish Creek is at home again to Tarwin while Toora is also at home to Foster.
Stony Creek v Foster review taken from article published by South Gippsland Sentinel Times. To view original article in full online visit http://sgst.com.au/2018/06/bergles-6-leads-the-lions-in/
Fish Creek v Toora match review written by Sarah Vella reporting for The Great Southern Star. To view original article in full online visit http://thestar.com.au/blog/kangaroos-too-strong-after-half-time/
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