Ten separate goal-kickers got on the board for Foster in their home game against Toora on Saturday. The Tigers ran rampant in the second half to record an impressive 165-39 win and maintain their excellent form. Player-coach Brad Rooney was thrilled with his team’s intent to share the ball. “We’ve started to be a bit more unselfish and look for guys in better spots, which is great,” he said.
“A lot of the forwards were looking inboard for a better option and we were executing the skills. It was pleasing to kick more goals than points for once.” While the home side was able to gain a 60-28 lead by half-time, they were not looking like their typical selves and allowed Toora to get their hands on a lot of the footy.
This had a lot of coach Rooney’s attention and saw him refocus the side at the main break.
“We were only just going in the first half and had a bit of complacency, maybe due to the fact we’d already secured top spot,” he said.
“I gave them a slight bake at half-time and told them to switch on and get back to playing our structures in the second half, and we got on top, especially in the middle.”
The change was noticeable in the second half, with the Tigers blitzing Toora in the third term. The away side was kept goalless for the entire quarter while Foster piled on seven through hard contest work and selfless play up front, leading 105-33 at the final break.
Taking most advantage of this was forward Tom McGowan, who had six goals for the day and consistently got his teammates involved. “Tom ended up with six but would have handed off about that many as well, which is great for him,” coach Rooney said. “Being more team-oriented has been a focus for him over the last month so it’s good to see him get some himself and pass some off.”
Despite having top spot sewn up, coach Rooney’s team will head into their matchup with an in-form Fish Creek looking to maintain their consistent play. “We’ve got to use it as a building block toward the finals rather than going through the motions,” he said. “I’d rather be going into finals with some good team form.”The Great Southern Star
Stony Creek dug deep against MDU on Saturday, securing a win in a closely contested game despite being held goalless in the final term. The Maroons showed grit at Meeniyan Recreation Reserve to come away with their 64-61 win. Coach Scott Anderson was happy with his team’s ability to show character in a close game away from home.
“We needed to bounce back after our loss last week and we did,” he said.
“We’ve won some games now in the last few weeks where the score has been level in the last quarter and we’ve shown some composure, which I’m really pleased with.” The away side got off to a slow start as the Demons took early control of the game through the middle and rebounding from their defensive 50.
This led to a 25-6 score line at the end of the first term. “They played really well in the first quarter and made us pay for turning the ball over a bit,” coach Anderson said.
“We didn’t panic at quarter-time though because we knew if we got within a couple goals we’d probably be ok.”
The Maroons managed to do this in the second quarter, winning a lot of the ball inside through Darcy Atkins and delivering to key target Jayden Nolan, who kicked four for the game.
The team led at half-time and continued this trend to take a 60-46 lead into the final break. “The boys did really well in the second half and Darcy Atkins got on top to drive the ball down well,” coach Anderson said. “We still knew it was game-on in the fourth quarter.” Stony Creek’s hunch was correct, with the Demons making sure it was game-on by lifting in the contest and levelling the scores. Coach Anderson’s side managed to stay calm though and eventually got back on top in the contest through veteran players, being held goalless but scoring a few behinds to secure the win. “MDU were really good, it was just really contested footy,” he said. “Older guys like the Nolans and Richardson were instrumental in getting to the contest and chipping it around which I was pleased with.” The Maroons will be looking to continue their momentum this week against Tarwin with a top two spot still up for grabs heading into finals.The Great Southern Star
Fish Creek were at home to Tarwin on Saturday and after the weather we have had in the previous week and a half we welcomed the sunshine back in what was a great day for footy. The Sharks have some injuries and players unavailable at the moment which is testing their depth while the Kangaroos are still missing the ever-reliable Matt Watkins and Liam Adlington from their best side.
Tarwin won the toss and elected to kick to the canteen end and the match got underway with play predominately in the Kangaroos’ forward 50, but with neither side initially able to gain any scoreboard ascendency.
That was until the 10-minute mark when Shaw got on the end of one and opened the goal scoring for the Kangaroos.
This opened the floodgates and the Fish Creek team put on five goals to the end of the first quarter with the only negatives for them being injuries to Oaten and Walker, which would see them take no further part in the match.
The Kangas, down two players, started the second term quickly with a goal to Buckland before the Sharks answered with their opening goal to Dickinson.
The Kangas were well and truly on top however with winners all over the ground and an eight-goal to three quarter with Shaw adding four to his tally to go into half time with six goals to his name and the Kangaroos up by 64 points at the long break. The second half was all Fish Creek as they piled on another 13 goals to one for the half in what was a dominating performance that didn’t provide many scoring opportunities for the Sharks. Shaw, Buckland, Stefani and Ireland were all very dangerous around the goals for Fishy while Harfield Park and Voorham were also dangerous through the midfield while Macri was dominant coming out of the backline. The Sharks battled hard but were simply outclassed in what looked like a revenge attack after the Sharks had got the points in the previous Round 8 clash.
An injury to the Kangaroos’ Cooper reduced them to 18 fit men which slowed them up a bit in the final quarter but they still kept the Sharks to a solitary behind for the quarter as they fashioned their way to a very impressive 141-point victory. Shaw very good up forward finishing with 10 goals for the match and Buckland also finished with an impressive five goals as well.Jason Harding - South Gippsland Sentinel Times
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