Classy Cava­liers too good

Southern Telegraph - - Tele­graph Sport - Mitchell Wood­cock

The Peel Cava­liers have won backto-back Land­mark Cham­pi­onship divi­sion 1 ti­tles af­ter a 16-point win over the South West at Leed­erville Oval on Sun­day.

Both teams gave it their all but Peel’s su­pe­rior ball use and com­po­sure al­lowed them to claim their sec­ond ti­tle with a 6.10 (46) to 4.6 (30) vic­tory.

Nei­ther side gave an inch in the first term and it took un­til the 13minute mark for Peel’s Kieran May to kick the first goal of the game.

This would be the only goal of the open­ing quar­ter as both sides strug­gled to gain as­cen­dency, with most of the play tak­ing place in the mid­field.

Peel dom­i­nated much of the sec­ond term but got lit­tle re­ward for ef­fort as South West de­fend­ers Ma­son His­lop, Will Oel­snik and Travis Justins held them at bay.

Court­ney Lakay, who was awarded the Land­mark Medal as best on ground, broke through a pack and weaved through a few South West de­fend­ers to kick Peel’s sec­ond goal and open up what seemed to be a solid lead.

The South West coun­tered quickly to boot their first goal through teenager Patrick Far­rant but strug­gled to come up with any more mean­ing­ful at­tacks be­fore half-time.

Peel started the sec­ond half brightly with a quick goal to An­drew Hay­don but the South West re­sponded a minute later when Jayce Fon­tana con­verted a set shot from a tough an­gle.

This sparked some life into the South West, who for the first time in the game be­gan to gain some mo­men­tum and use the ball with pre­ci­sion. Ai­dan Clarke and Brett Peake be­gan to use their run and carry, while Justins, His­lop and Michael Rus­sell were hold­ing strong in de­fence.

But Peel soon set­tled and their back line took sev­eral in­ter­cept marks to en­sure the South West for­wards did not get much op­por­tu­nity to have an im­pact.

The South West could not get the ball into the hands of their bet­ter ball users, with Peel’s Brendan Tingey do­ing a good tag­ging role on Will Oel­snik and Daniel Grif­fin

keep­ing Joel Houghton quiet.

The South West’s dom­i­nance was seem­ingly wasted when Clay Smith booted a goal just be­fore three-quar­ter time to ex­tend the lead to 16 points at the fi­nal break.

Stu­art Puls gave Peel the per­fect start to the last term when he kicked his team’s fifth goal.

Robert Falk­strom put the re­sult be­yond doubt when he kicked his first goal mid­way through the term, giv­ing Peel a 27-point lead.

Late goals from Clarke and Peake added a glim­mer of hope for the South West but by then the mar­gin was too big and Peel grabbed their sec­ond cham­pi­onship.

Peel’s An­drew Hay­don was awarded the Jock Cole­man medal as the best player of the car­ni­val, as well as be­ing named an all-star along­side Lakay, Jeffrey Carter, Matthew Bux­ton and Tyson Phillips.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

The Peel Cava­liers cel­e­brate win­ning the Land­mark divi­sion 1 cham­pi­onship.

Peel's Court­ney Lakay.

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