Monteath boots eight in Bulls’ win

Albany Advertiser - - GSFL - Tim Ed­munds

A dom­i­nant eight-goal haul from sharp­shooter Kym Monteath pro­pelled Mt Barker to a com­fort­able 55-point vic­tory over out-oftown ri­vals Den­mark-Walpole at Soun­ness Park last Satur­day.

An ac­cu­rate Monteath booted half of the Bulls’ goal tally in the per­cent­age-boost­ing win over the Magpies, leav­ing the home side only per­cent­age from top spot, be­hind Roy­als, head­ing into a gen­eral bye. A five-goal to one third term broke the Magpies’ shack­les as the Bulls piled on 10 goals in the sec­ond half to win, 16.15 (111) to 8.8 (56).

Monteath con­vinc­ingly out­pointed Ethan Bur­ton to slot three of the Bulls’ four goals in the open­ing term and had four of his team’s six to half-time and loomed as a con­stant threat through­out, boot­ing 8.3.

After trail­ing by 21 points at quar­ter-time, the Magpies re­sponded with the first two goals of the sec­ond quar­ter through Jordan Rolt and young­ster Codey Baxter but were con­stantly let down by skill er­rors in their de­fen­sive half.

Cap­tain Luke Mar­ley, clever mid­fielder Ryan Gaerth and young­ster Hay­den Parker bat­tled hard for the Magpies but the Bulls cap­i­talised on ev­ery blun­der from the vis­i­tors. Parker, the son of 2005 Klee­mann medal­list Bill Parker, kept name­sake Daniel Parker goal­less on the last line of de­fence to be one of the shin­ing lights for the Magpies in his third game.

The loss con­fined the Magpies to two games adrift of the top four, with a cru­cial en­counter with North Al­bany to come. The only downer for the Bulls was a hand in­jury to cap­tain Sam Lehmann, while Klee­mann medal­list was also not seen after half-time after suf­fer­ing a blow to the eye in the first quar­ter.

De­spite miss­ing the key mid­field­ers, the Bulls had too many win­ners across the ground, with wing­man Brendan Wynne and vet­eran on-baller Nic Chidgzey pro­vid­ing end­less sup­ply.

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