Violet Town squash thoughts of a close top of table match
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.