Re­lent­less Souths take win

Manjimup-Bridgetown Times - - Sport -

SOUTH­ERN­ERS have claimed back-to­back LSWFL League pre­mier­ships af­ter emerg­ing vic­to­ri­ous against Im­pe­ri­als by 29 points at Im­pe­ri­als Oval on Satur­day, fol­low­ing 120 min­utes of gru­elling play.

It was a sen­sa­tional dis­play of re­lent­less football that had all the in­gre­di­ents for the big­gest game of the year, with the final score at South­ern­ers 14.10 (94) to Im­pe­ri­als 9.11 (65).

A quick-fire open­ing from Souths looked likely to set the scene for a onesided af­fair as they built many at­tack­ing moves from their strong de­fen­sive unit that not only kept the Im­pe­ri­als goal­less, but en­sured ef­fec­tive tran­si­tion for­ward.

In this re­gard Trent and Matt Fox, to­gether with Thomas Collins and Dale Mcrae, de­liv­ered the sil­ver ser­vice to an en­er­getic mid­field that raced at the Mag­pies’ de­fence to en­sure a 21-point lead.

Im­pe­ri­als had real trou­ble find­ing tar­gets go­ing to goal, how­ever they fi­nally gained trac­tion from their mid­field as Austin Styles, Tyler Ipsen and Daniel Mcgin­lay found space to hit up Dave White­head and Arthur Ben­nell, who both de­liv­ered goals to have the game back on even terms.

Ben Matthews-Her­ald, Jonathon Kam­mann and Jack Arm­strong also added to the Mag­pies’ en­ergy with dogged de­fen­sive ef­forts.

With the game up for grabs, the third term de­vel­oped into a dour strug­gle and just as it ap­peared Souths held sway, the Mag­pies re­sponded to keep the game on a knife’s edge.

Trent Fox con­tin­ued his great de­fen­sive ef­fort for Souths while Alexan­der McLeod, Mitchell Howlett and Shane Ben­dotti de­liv­ered ma­jors.

Michael Robin­son con­tin­ued his clash against Mag­pies’ Ryan King, who was a sen­sa­tional con­trib­u­tor along with Matthews-Her­ald, Styles and White­head.

Holding a five-point buf­fer, Souths fi­nally gained the up­per hand as David Roche, Viv Blur­ton and McLeod broke the shack­les to de­liver a run of ma­jors, ef­fec­tively halt­ing the Mag­pie chal­lenge.

Trent Fox con­tin­ued his su­perb game for Souths with best on ground while Collins, Matt Fox and Mcrae de­fended with style to lead their side to an­other Premier­ship.

Pic­tures: Mick Hill

David White­head, from Im­pe­ri­als, in a tightly-con­tested mark with Trent Fox and Vi­vian Blur­ton, both from South­ern­ers.

Ryan King, from Im­pe­ri­als, is tack­led by Leigh Scaini, from South­ern­ers.

Ben­jamin Mathews-Her­ald, from Im­pe­ri­als, gets away with the ball.

Thomas Hawkins, from South­ern­ers, is tack­led by Im­pe­ri­als’ Con­nor Ipsen as he goes for the loose ball.

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