St Marys moved into third gear at TIO Sta­dium last night

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - By GREY MOR­RIS

ST MARYS moved into third gear at TIO Sta­dium last night when they beat a com­pet­i­tive but out­classed Night­cliff by 51 points.

The Green Ma­chine booted 17 goals to nine in the first three quar­ters be­fore drop­ping back a gear to win 20.10 (130) to 11.13 (79) and re­tain their un­beaten start.

Like any well- oiled ma­chine they had plenty of drive in the ruck, a re­bound­ing de­fence, run­ning mid­field and hun­gry key for­wards des­per­ate to take ad­van­tage of the amount of foot­ball com­ing their way.

Skip­per Peter Mac­Far­lane booted five goals in his first game back from a nag­ging calf in­jury, but even he was left to ad­mire the all­round skills of his side.

‘‘We got a crack­ing game from Mark Blake with the amount of ball he pro­vided us with and the mid­field was out­stand­ing, they made our jobs up for­ward a lot eas­ier,’’ Mac­Far­lane said.

‘‘We knew it was go­ing to be a tough game, there’s a pretty good rivalry de­vel­op­ing be­tween the two sides.’’

Dar­ren Ewing booted eight goals from su­perb de­liv­ery by Shan­non Ri­oli, Justin Wil­son, Henry Labastida and Shaq McKen­zie.

And around the goals the diminu­tive form of Henry Keri­naiua pro­vided sev­eral de­fen­sive tack­les and quick hand­balls that re­sulted in goals for his side.

De­fen­sively Jack Long and Rus­sell McAdam were cre­ative while al­low­ing their op­po­nents lit­tle room to move.

Night­cliff looked sharp at times but lost their poise

We­got a crack­ing game from Mark Blake with the amount of ball he pro­vided us

when they did not have the ball and that was a lot of the time.

Ju­lian Lock­wood bat­tled hard against the Saints’ twin tow­ers of Blake and Steven Miles and Trevor Baust and Tim Jenk­ins showed they can do some dam­age if given space by their op­po­nents.

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