Wan­der­ers dom­i­nate

Great Southern Herald - - Sport - Andrew Pritchard

On one of the cold­est days for foot­ball in liv­ing mem­ory, Katan­ning Wan­der­ers played four quar­ters of con­sis­tent foot­ball to de­feat Kuk­erin/ Dum­b­leyung by 65 points.

The win con­sol­i­dated Wan­der­ers in sec­ond place on the UGSFL premier­ship race, af­ter Nar­ro­gin’s sec­ond loss in a row.

Tim Fitzger­ald and Josh Bootsma con­tin­ued their rich vein of goal kick­ing form with five goals each. Bootsma’s ef­fort was most mer­i­to­ri­ous as he played in the for­ward line for only the first half, as a leg in­jury suf­fered in the sec­ond quar­ter to ruck­man Khal­lon Zilm, meant Bootsma had to shoul­der the ruck bur­den, from half-time.

Wan­der­ers’ de­fence has re­stricted its op­po­nents to an av­er­age of 62 points a game, over the first 10 games and this was main­tained. Dustin Allen, Ja­cob Win­tle and James Lau­rino led a de­fence that re­stricted Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung to two goals in each of the first three quar­ters be­fore the Cougars kicked four goals in the last quar­ter.

De­spite eight first-choi­ce­play­ers be­ing un­avail­able, Wan­der­ers had the depth to cover those in­jured and con­sol­i­dated its place in the top two, win­ning 19.17 (131) to 10.6 (66)

With Zilm and Bootsma’s ex­pert ruck work, Wan­der­ers reg­u­larly had first use of the ball through Tim Ste­wart, Braden Crosby, Kade Shephard and Rowan Ni­chol­son to kick five, three, six and five goals in each quar­ter.

Best play­ers for Wan­der­ers were Bootsma, Allen, Fitzger­ald, Shephard and Lau­rino.

Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung’s best play­ers were Ryan Taylor, Joe Scafidi, Peter Joyce and Jaxon Hickey.

In the re­serves, Alan Ward and Craig Clinch in their first games for the year, gave Wan­der­ers an ac­tive for­ward line, with three and two goals, re­spec­tively, to win by 31 points 8.13 to 4.6.

Wan­der­ers kept Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung score­less in the sec­ond and fourth quar­ters. Wan­der­ers dis­placed Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung and moved into sec­ond place on the re­serves premier­ship ta­ble.

Best play­ers for Wan­der­ers were Paul Ke­ley, Ryan Flugge, Seb Cross­ley, Ben Wat­son and James Bar­ritt For Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung, they were Mal­colm Roberts, Scott Jef­feries, David Head and Be­van McDougall. In the un­der-14s, Wan­der­ers con­tin­ued their un­beaten run with a 17.13 to 0.0 win. Cody Mills-Du­rack was a stand-out with six goals and had con­trib­u­tors all over the ground.

Pic­ture: Toby Hussey

Wan­der­ers’ Josh Bootsma rucks against Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung’s Peter Joyce.

A Kuk­erin/Dum­b­leyung player surges for­ward.

Pic­tures: Toby Hussey

A pack of play­ers vie for pos­ses­sion.

Katan­ning’s Braden Crosby gets a kick away.

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