Gippsland survived a desperate comeback from a profligate Sandringham to keep its unbeaten record intact with a five-point win at Morwell on Saturday.
The Power looked to have the game in their keeping when they led by 22 points at quarter-time and 32 at the half despite only having two more scoring shots, but were forced to cling on desperately as the Dragons charged home, only to waste the chance for a huge win by kicking 5.12 to 2.3 in the second half including 3.7 to 1.2 in the last quarter.
Mitchell Moschetti dominated for Gippsland with 36 disposals, seven tackles, six inside-50s and a goal, with Joel Scholtes (30, six marks six tackles), Max Walton (30, five rebounds), Blake Couling (25, six marks, five rebounds), debutant Tom Hanily (22, eight entries), Rhys Galvin (21, six marks, eight rebounds) all enjoying career-best performances – as did Lachlan Rathjen (19), Sebastian Amoroso (17), Cooper Brown (16), Harry Scott (15, nine tackles), Nate Pipicelli (14, 22 hitouts, six tackles), Jesse Craven (13, five tackles, two goals) and Oliver Lemchens (13).
Match review via Nab League, which can be viewed in full here.
&6 Mitchell Moschetti
Arguably best afield with 36 disposals, six inside 50s and the game-sealing goal, Moschetti hardly missed a beat in his first outing since Round 5. The over-age midfielder was Gippsland’s go-to at stoppages and looked a level above with his polished ball use, particularly when breaking away from stoppages and delivering inside 50. Though he accumulated plenty of possessions, he endeavoured to make each of them count and capped off a top outing with the Power’s final major.
#13 Joel Scholtes
One of three Power players to tick up to 30 disposals, Scholtes provided a good deal of drive out of the back half. He timed his runs well from behind the ball to latch onto handball receives, but also mopped up inside defensive 50 and sough to feed the ball out on the rebound. Scholtes may have come unstuck under pressure a few times, but made an impact through his sheer volume of possessions.
#37 Max Walton
The third Gippsland player to notch 30 disposals, Walton proved finding the ball was no issue in the couple of roles he was utilised in. Stationed on both sides of midfield, the over-ager worked up and back to penetrate both arcs and get involved in play around the ground, playing the basics relatively well. He looked best when he could break forward in space and carry the outside ball, which suited his shift to the wing.
Scouting notes via Rookie Me Central, which can be viewed in full here.
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