Vi­o­let Town squash thoughts of a close top of ta­ble match

Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS - By JAMES BROOK

SIM­PLY a lack of numbers?

Not enough or Vi­o­let Town too good?

Well, an ex­tremely strong start by Vi­o­let Town put paid to what many thought would be a hotly con­tested one ver­sus two clash.

Vi­o­let Town were away and gone early in the first quar­ter and had six goals on the board be­fore Nagam­bie had left the stalls.

Vi­o­let Town played a nearflaw­less game and aside from a dis­lo­cated shoul­der to Ryan Jen­nings, they would have had very lit­tle to com­plain about.

Sim­ply put, Nagam­bie were made to look slow and at times un­skilled.

They were of­ten look­ing for the easy op­tion in­stead of tak­ing a risk and they were head­ing down the cor­ri­dor that Linc Sul­li­van had de­manded of his play­ers at ev­ery break.

Sul­li­van spoke with pas­sion, de­mand­ing that they play ba­sic footy and be at­tached to their man as Vi­o­let Town were so of­ten al­lowed loose play­ers, goal side, giv­ing them reg­u­lar first use.

While they did ad­just with bet­ter ball use, they failed to take ad­van­tage and the first goal the Lak­ers kicked was nul­li­fied with a fur­ther two goals down the other end.

Af­ter the game Sul­li­van spoke about the loss and the po­ten­tial rea­sons why.

“When you take out the start­ing mid­field, the two best ruck-men and a cou­ple of im­por­tant backs, you are go­ing to strug­gle”.

Vi­o­let Town dom­i­nated across the ground and were con­vinc­ing and de­served to be the win­ners by 90 points so that they now sit in out­right first.

Post-game, Sul­li­van de­scribed it as one of his worst games in six years.

This is bad, but it also shows the qual­ity of the side he has led for that pe­riod.

De­spite this Nagam­bie still sit tech­ni­cally third on per­cent­age but on the equal points as the now sec­ond placed Tal­ly­ga­roopna, which sets up next week, as ba­si­cally the clash for the dou­ble chance.

With less than a month to go, there’s still a hell of a lot of pos­si­bil­i­ties be­fore the fi­nals.

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