Mag­pies out­class Saints

Alpine Observer - - Classifieds -

MYRTLE­FORD’S tough month of footy has come to a dev­as­tat­ing end with a 141-point belt­ing to an ef­fi­cient Wangaratta.

The Saints who have faced the com­pe­ti­tion’s best four teams in con­sec­u­tive weeks were left to rue early missed chances as the score line got ugly late.

Myrtle­ford failed to put any score­board pres­sure on the Mag­pies de­spite an en­cour­ag­ing start, kick­ing four be­hinds in the open­ing fif­teen min­utes, all from very get­table chances.

The Saints cre­ated a raft of op­por­tu­ni­ties again in the sec­ond quar­ter but at half­time had scored 2.7.

At the other end Mag­pies for­ward Michael New­ton re­ceived the ball on a plat­ter all day as the home side quickly opened up a 50-point half­time lead de­spite hav­ing less in­side 50s.

Mitch Dal­bosco fought hard in the mid­field for the Saints while Will Quirk con­tin­ued his good form with a well-rounded dis­play in what was a dis­ap­point­ing sec­ond half.

Ry­ley Sharp in his sec­ond game back from a knee in­jury moved freely and pre­sented well as a for­ward tar­get while Hugh Wales was in­ven­tive across half back, turn­ing in his best game for the year

Wales’ younger brother Eli­jah was a late with­drawal for the game af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call-up to the Footscray VFL team for the first time this year.

The Saints were well rep­re­sented at state level on the week­end with Jake Sharp kick­ing three goals to be one of Wer­ribee’s best in an eight-point win over Hawthorn’s af­fil­i­ate Box Hill.

Myrtle­ford host Wodonga this week­end in what is un­doubt­edly a must-win game for the club.

The Bull­dogs have two vic­to­ries this sea­son in­clud­ing a barn­storm­ing 30-point win over Corowa on the week­end.

Nathan Laracy is un­likely to face his for­mer side Wodonga with the tough de­fender hob­bling off the ground with a ham­string in­jury early in the fi­nal quar­ter.

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