New-look Wan­der­ers be­gin with win

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - An­drew Pritchard

Katan­ning Wan­der­ers started the 2017 Up­per Great South­ern Foot­ball League sea­son with a com­pre­hen­sive 82-point win over Bod­ding­ton at Quar­ter­maine Oval on Sun­day, 25.22 (172) to 14.6 (90).

Wan­der­ers over­came their own in­ac­cu­rate goal kick­ing and a de­ter­mined Bod­ding­ton side to record a good win in a four-quarter dis­play.

With 11 goal kick­ers Wan­der­ers had many av­enues to score through­out the game and through strong mark­ing and ground work from both for­wards and mid­field­ers.

With five new play­ers spec­ta­tors were keen to see how a new-look Katan­ning side would fare in the new sea­son, but Bod­ding­ton was very com­pet­i­tive.

Adam Nor­ton snapped two goals early and accuracy kept Bod­ding­ton in the con­test.

Katan­ning failed to cap­i­talise on many op­por­tu­ni­ties and fin­ished the first quarter to lead a very ac­cu­rate Bod­ding­ton by 14 points.

New re­cruits Josh Bootsma and Mitchell Banks started strongly for Wan­der­ers and Khal­lon Zilm pro­vided many op­por­tu­ni­ties in the ruck for Tim Ste­wart and James Lau­rino to cap­i­talise in the for­ward line.

The sec­ond quarter con­tin­ued with Wan­der­ers kick­ing in­ac­cu­rately and Bod­ding­ton kick­ing goals on the counter at­tack, but Katan­ning led by 30 points at half­time, 10.14 to 7.2.

Bod­ding­ton moved ruck­man Damian Hay­ward to full for­ward in an at­tempt to pro­vide a mark­ing op­tion, how­ever, Zilm and Ryan East­man dom­i­nated the hitouts for Katan­ning in the mid­dle and around the ground as Wan­der­ers added eight goals to kick away to a 55 point lead.

The last quarter con­tin­ued with Katan­ning dom­i­nat­ing on the score­board to add a fur­ther seven goals. Full for­ward Tim Fitzgerald kicked ac­cu­rately and from out­side 50m, fin­ish­ing the af­ter­noon with eight goals.

In a test of its new sea­son form, Katan­ning plays last year’s pre­miers Wil­liams in a fort­night.

In ear­lier games Wan­der­ers won the re­serves, 24.18 to 2.2 with Rowan Ni­chol­son kick­ing eight, colts breezed past Bod­ding­ton, 26.9 to 5.4, and in the un­der-14s, Katan­ning won by 134 points.

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