Brumbies pre­vail in wild weather

Southern Telegraph - - Sport - El­lie Honey­bone

It was wet and windy last Satur­day af­ter­noon when Bal­divis con­tin­ued its un­chal­lenged run and de­feated Rockingham for the sec­ond time this year in the Peel Foot­ball League.

While the ear­lier re­serves game was played out in a heavy down­pour, the clouds cleared mo­men­tar­ily and the top of the lad­der Brumbies gal­loped away with a 45point win.

The game was a Bal­divis af­fair from the start and they con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate through­out, hold­ing Rockingham goal­less in both the first and last quar­ter and fin­ished 12.7 (79) to Rockingham’s 4.10 (34).

Bal­divis League coach Michael McCann said he was happy with the way the team played in the con­di­tions.

“It was a real fo­cus for us to limit Rockingham’s scor­ing, which I think we did re­ally well,” he said.

“Brieghton Shea was one of the stand-out play­ers of the match, kick­ing three goals and win­ning best on ground.

“He gets bet­ter and bet­ter every week and pro­vides more at­tack­ing op­tions and sets up lots of play.”

Both teams wore red arm bands to ac­knowl­edge the PFL’s Belt Up Round and play­ers took a minute to re­mem­ber the im­por­tance of safety on coun­try roads.

With eight wins and 10 games to go, the Brumbies head into a tough match-up with Halls Head on Satur­day while the Rams are set to face South Man­durah on Sun­day.

McCann said his side was look­ing for­ward to the chal­lenge.

“Halls Head have had seven wins and and we are both a few games clear of the rest so it should be a gen­uine top two clash,” he said.

“We suf­fered a few in­juries in the last two games, so it will be good to see how we play with the added pres­sure.”

Pic­ture: Graeme Tingey

Rockingham Rams cap­tain Rocky Collins, field um­pire Ma­son Carr and Bal­divis Brumbies cap­tain Kyle Westwood are all smiles be­fore last Satur­day’s game at Bal­divis Oval.

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