Strong start seals deal for Southerners
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.
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.