Intensity is not enough
DESPITE playing with a high intensity to mark the milestone of Tristan Mead’s 150th league appearance, the young Boyup Roos were no match for Southerners at Boyup Oval on Saturday.
Still smarting from their shock loss to the Hawks last weekend, it was obvious Southerners meant business as they immediately switched on to take the initiative by swamping the Roos’ defence, eventually winning 18.14 (122) to 5.7 (37).
Although under siege, the Roos’ defence held firm as Tristan Mead, Jack Campbell and Ryan Pessotto were able to hold firm to keep the deficit to 15-points.
The dominance of Souths’ key big man Michael Robinson was noticeable as he again outpointed his immediate opponents to set his midfield on a constant wave of forward assaults.
The ruck prowess of Robinson and the understanding he has with his ground players was a delight to watch as he initiated Souths’ many attacks, allowing Mitchell Howlett, David Bongiascia and David Roche to use their skills in front of goal, collectively contributing 11 goals.
The Roos’ work at contested play was commendable especially from McKenzi Nix, Rhien Lloyd and Callum Strnadica.
A lack of defensive pressure by the Roos’ forward line cost their side dearly as Thomas Hawkins, Thomas Collins and Dale Mcrae were able to peel to accept numerous possessions and then deliver to a plethora of running players.
MBT Award: Michael Robinson (Southerners) 3, Mitchell Howlett (Southerners) 2, David Roche (Southerners) 1.