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Alberton FNL Round 2 review
FOSTER’S first win of its 2018 campaign came with a comfortable 70 point victory against MDU at the Foster Showgrounds.
Tom McGowan took the undermanned Demons to town with an impressive six goal haul. The Tigers put on a show for their home crowd, consistently hitting the scoreboard throughout the afternoon.
Star recruit Brendan Neville was particularly impressive through the midfield, delivering the Sherrin on a silver platter to McGowan and the other forwards in a class performance.
Leading by 28 points at half time, Tigers coach Brad Rooney asked his players to find another gear in the second half to really make sure of the outcome. The Tigers stayed true to form, adding six goals in the second half while keeping the Demons to just the one.
Foster’s defence was impressive in the second half failing almost every attempt on goal by the Demons. Nathan and Troy Van Dyke did a fantastic defensive job as the Tigers ran out 70 point victors.
Another tough day at the office for the Demons with Tom Corry again the shining light in an otherwise disappointing performance.
And it doesn’t get any easier for MDU who will this week travel to Terrill Park to take on Fish Creek while Foster take on the in-form Tarwin Sharks at home.
FISH Creek have bounced back from their shock three-point loss to Taiwin last week, defeating Stony Creek by 47 points on Saturday.
It was a solid performance from the reigning premier, still adjusting after the loss of key players from last year' s flag.
Renowned goal kicking machine Kael Bergles made his debut for the Lions, ensuring the Fish Creek defence would have to be on their game.
It was a tight battle for most of the first half With both teams trading blows almost exclusively through the midfield. A new look midfield took control for the Kangaroos with young guns Bailey Harfield-Park and Owen Straw having plenty of influence around the stoppages. For the Lions, Darcy Atkins and Cam McKenzie did their best to stem the flow.
At half time Fish Creek held onto an eight point lead and the game was well and truly in the balance.
Kale Bergles was kept relatively quiet for most of the afternoon with the entire Kangaroos defence working together to combat the explosive forward. Fish Creek came out of the big break with a point to prove adding six goals to stretch the lead to 37 points at three quarter time.
Harry Hunt was the man up forward, slotting five majors and taking plenty of strong contested grabs.
Jake Buckland was impressive booting two goals while also moving up the ground and creating options around centre half forward. Another three goals to one in the iinal quarter extended the lead to 47 points at the final siren.
Fish Creek will host the struggling MDU Demons this week while Stony will travel to Toora to take on the Magpies.
IN a round of local football that saw a few milestones reached. none was more special than the 300th senior game for Tarwin‘s Travis "Trucky’ Cameron.
A nail biting finish saw the Sharks hang on for one of their favourite sons, defeating Toora by one point.
Nothing could separate the two teams all afternoon, trading the lead what felt like every few minutes. Inaccuracies hurt Toora in the opening term, with Magpies controlling most of the play but failing to convert on the scoreboard.
The Sharks didn't mess around however, with centre half forward Dermott Yawney and Troy Toussaint able to find the big sticks. The margin was one point at quarter time in favour of Tarwin and it was the same at the long break as both sides continued to trade blows.
It felt like an old fashioned shoot out, with the Magpies’ Luke Manders at one end and Yawney at the other. Both sides added four goals in the second quarter as the intensity began to lift.
The work of Nick McRae in the ruck for the Sharks was exceptional, giving his onballers first use of the footy at almost every contest. Tarwin pulled away in the third quarter as errant kicking continued to plague the Magpies.
The Sharks now led by 12 points at the final break with a big final effort required. Toora refused to back down booting five last quarter goes as they threw caution to the wind to try and steal this game. But the incredible defensive work of Todd Dobson and Ricky O’Loughlin was the key to the Sharks ability to hold on.
The ball bobbled around between half forward and the wing for Toora but the siren sounded and the Sharks had got the job done for Trucky.
The in-form Sharks now sit 3-0 on top of the Alberton ladder as they travel to Faster to take on the Tigers, while Toora will take on Stony Creek at home.