Strong start seals deal for South­ern­ers

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Times | Sport -

AN open­ing quar­ter blitz that yielded five goals laid the foun­da­tion for South­ern­ers to de­liver a de­served 10.11 (71) to 5.2 (32) LSWFL Re­serves Grand Final tri­umph over Im­pe­ri­als.

The early on­slaught by Souths built a lead that, al­though chal­lenged, would be suf­fi­cient for them to re­main in con­trol of the con­test to keep the Mag­pies’ best ef­forts at bay dur­ing the game at Im­pe­ri­als Oval on Satur­day.

Com­ing off the week break, Souths were up and about in the open­ing clashes es­pe­cially in the cen­tre square clinches and within a minute, raced for­ward to fly the open­ing goal.

This early surge was an omi­nous sign for the Mag­pies and de­spite their best ef­forts to man up, they sim­ply could not con­tain the en­su­ing mid­field dom­i­nance Souths con­jured up.

In quick time, Souths fired through four more ma­jors as Joshua Groom, Trevor Ben­dotti and Mat Gil­lard set up play for Chris De­campo and Tim Mar­tyn to be­come dom­i­nant for­wards. Fac­ing real trou­ble, the Mag­pies put their shoul­der to the wheel and with per­sis­tence and bet­ter ball use came storm­ing back into con­tention as Ja­cob West, Bill Dob­bin and Brady Adam de­liv­ered with a rush of ma­jors.

Souths were now in de­fen­sive mode but through Dean Collins, Sam Mueller and Con­nor Mcrae, all con­tribut­ing, their side was able to re­tain a grip on the game.

Af­ter see­ing off the Mag­pies’ chal­lenge, Souths built on their half- time buf­fer to play co­he­sive football to en­sure Mar­tyn and David Raw­son would add to the score­board.

The Mag­pies bat­tled man­fully and de­spite Souths’ stran­gle­hold, Adam, Aaron Weal and Bray­den Timms all dis­played des­per­a­tion in their en­deav­ours.

As both teams tired, play bounced from re­spec­tive de­fences, how­ever Souths held con­trol as con­certed play from Groom, Mueller, Collins, Jesse Barnsby and Mar­tyn en­sured Premier­ship glory.

Pic­tures: Mick Hill

Im­pe­ri­als’ Jordie Ipsen takes a mark.

Isaac Jones, from Im­pe­ri­als, and Jesse Barnsby, from South­ern­ers, bat­tle for the loose ball.

Jor­dan Bren­nan-Wil­liams, from Im­pe­ri­als, and Richard Glover, from South­ern­ers, chase the ball.

Ja­cob West, from Im­pe­ri­als, is tack­led by Ja­cob Ten­nent, from South­ern­ers.

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