Saints down Rovers

Myrtleford Times - - Front Page - BY JUSTIN JENVEY jjen­vey@ ne­me­dia.com.au

MYRTLE­FORD is con­fi­dent of chal­leng­ing the Ovens and Murray’s top two sides in its fi­nal two matches of 2017. The Saints are away to Wan­garatta Mag­pies this week­end be­fore host­ing Al­bury in the fi­nal round of the sea­son. Af­ter a solid 52-point win over Wan­garatta Rovers in round 16, coach Leigh Cor­co­ran said the Saints had re­gained some be­lief. “It was a good solid win for us on the week­end in a game that ebbed and flowed for the first two and a half quar­ters,” Cor­co­ran said. “We had a re­ally good bat­tle against their mid­field with (Sam) Car­pen­ter, (Dy­lan) Stone and (Ben) Clarke pretty hard to con­tain at times. “But were just kept work­ing at it and even­tu­ally wore them down, a six goal to two last quar­ter was a strong fin­ish for us. “We had 10 dif­fer­ent goal kick­ers and it was just a re­ally solid per­for­mance by all the play­ers. “Our team tackle count was right up, we had 81 tack­les for a game which is a fig­ure we haven’t seen this sea­son. “Mitch Dal­bosco Chris­tian Burgess, Liam Har­ring­ton and Ryan Crisp all set the bar there with their tackle pres­sure.” All four were among Myrtle­ford’s best play­ers along with Frazer Dale, Fraser Lu­cas, Eli­jah Wales, Ri­ley O’Shea and Matt Dussin. In an end to end first half, Rovers were un­for­tu­nate not to lead at both quar­ter time and half time. They trailed by three goals at the first change af­ter kick­ing 1.6 to Myrtle­ford’s 5.0 in the open­ing term. Rovers kicked the first three goals of the sec­ond quar­ter to gain a two point lead but it was short lived as Myrtle­ford hit back with three quick goals to lead by 17 points at the 22 minute mark. The mar­gin was 13 points at the main break and af­ter Rovers added the first ma­jor of the sec­ond half the Saints took con­trol boot­ing the next four. Up by 27 points at the last change Tom McDon­agh and Chris­tian Burgess helped ex­tend Myrtle­ford’s lead kick­ing four of the six fi­nal quar­ter goals. Cor­co­ran said adding to the team’s past two wins with a scalp in the fi­nal two weeks would be a nice way to end the year. “Other than a good win against Lav­ing­ton we haven’t beaten one of the top sides so we’re look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a good crack at Wan­garatta on Satur­day and then Al­bury in the last round,” he said. “We cer­tainly owe our­selves a bet­ter ef­fort against Wang be­cause they beat us on our ground pretty con­vinc­ingly early in the year. “I think the play­ers have start­ing to get a bit of con­fi­dence back in the last three weeks, we’ve got two good chal­lenges left and we go into both with noth­ing to lose.” Myrtle­ford’s re­serves equalled their win tally from 2012 notch- ing their fifth vic­tory with a win 20-oint win over Rovers. The Saints came out af­ter half­time and piled on seven goals to two in the third quar­ter to turn a nine point deficit into a 21-point ahead of the last. Jar­rod Hayse fin­ished with three goals while Nick How­ell, James Kelly and Tom Ker­lin were con­sis­tent per­form­ers over four quar­ters.

PHOTO: Justin Jenvey

ON TAR­GET: Tom Ker­lin kicks truly dur­ing Myrtle­ford’s re­serves win over Wan­garatta Rovers on Satur­day.

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