Gippsland positioned itself as one of the teams to beat in this year’s NAB League competition after overpowering fellow undefeated team Dandenong by 46 points in the last quarter at Morwell on Saturday.
The Power won every quarter but still only led by 19 points at three quarter-time and the Stingrays were close enough to come back, but a five-goal-to-one final term ensured a convincing win for the ladder leaders.
Dandenong actually had a narrow lead midway through the second quarter before Gippsland took control on the back of terrific displays from Mitchell Moschetti (28 disposals, one goal), Max Walton (24, five marks, six tackles), Joel Scholtes (22, five marks), Jonti Schuback (20, five marks, five inside-50s), Jacob Konstanty (four goals) and Bailey Humphrey (19, six marks, two goals), while Paddy Cross (19, eight marks), Cooper Vickery (15, seven marks) and Harvey Howe (12, 21 hitouts, one goal) also played well.
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#5 Bailey Humphrey
The Gippsland skipper has looked to improve his ability to impact when rotating forward, and with another couple of goals, continues to do exactly that. Humphrey almost made the ideal start, intercepting a horror Dandenong kick-in but missing his set shot. He was strong around the ball in midfield and looked to bustle his way towards goal when forward, eventually getting on the board in term two. He added another major with a great running effort in the third quarter, providing a solid example for his troops all day.
#6 Mitchell Moschetti
Moschetti had his most prolific outing this year with a team-high 28 touches, and was able to stamp his style on the contest. The classy left-footer brought neat skills and a handy turn of speed away from the contest, helping Gippsland power to the outside and use the ball effectively. He booted a long-range goal in term two and hit up Bailey Humphrey for an assist, proving a capable accumulator moving forward from midfield.
#7 Jacob Konstanty
Somewhat of a ‘moments’ kind of player, Konstanty’s time in the spotlight came during a sensational two-minute period in the first quarter where he strung together three consecutive goals to put Gippsland ahead. Looking dangerous at the fall of the ball inside 50, the crafty top-ager only needed a little time and space to take full toll, roving packs and snapping home with aplomb. He faded after that period of brilliance to finish with 10 touches and four goals, despite again earning some midfield minutes.
#10 Jonti Schuback
Ticking up over 20 touches for the fourth game running, Schuback produces eye-catching running plays but is almost unassuming in collecting such numbers. The rebounding defender looked potent on the outside when latching onto handball receives and setting off through the corridor. He set Gippsland into attack on several occasions and was able to breach the forward arc just as much as Gippsland’s defensive 50, proving a productive carrier of the ball in exciting bursts.
#43 Harvey Howe
Often the dominant big man afield, Howe once again won the ruck battle with 21 hitouts and managed to hit the scoreboard as he spent more time operating inside attacking 50. The 201cm talent showcased his ability to win clear hitouts, leaning on his size advantage and directing nicely to his mids. Howe’s second term goal came on the back of a great one-on-one effort, where he pushed off his opponent at the last minute and marked virtually uncontested before converting.
Excerpt taken from article published by Rookie Me Central, which can be viewed in full here.
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