ROUND 9 REVIEW
by Gary Williamson
Kingborough v Cygnet
Kingborough returned to its best form and cemented their position in the top six when they thrashed a very disappointing Cygnet at home by 109 points kicking 24.14.158 to 7.7.49.
The Port should have been fired up after the passing of club great Greg “Ducky” Gordon and played accordingly and the scores were all tied up at the first change in a hard fought contest.
In the second term the Tigers really exploded and applied plenty of pressure and the game changed dramatically as the home side piled on ten unanswered goals as a shell shocked Cygnet could not even score.
The game was all over at half time as Kingborough lead by 63 points in a triumphant return to their best form.
The third term saw the Port stay on level terms with three goals a piece as they matched their rivals but they stopped again in the last term and allowed the Tigers to kick another eight goals to record their best win of the season as Cygnet again failed on the big stage.
Best players for the winners were plenty with Collis unstoppable all day finishing with eight goals. He was well supported by Savage, Fielding and Humphrey whilst Lamprill also kicked six goals up forward.
New Norfolk v Huonville
New Norfolk celebrated Brendan Fevola’s one off game when they easily defeated lowly Huonville at home on the back of a dominant Big FEV by 146 points kicking 32.18.210 to 10.4.64.
The first term was a real scrappy affair with both sides overcome by the occasion but New Norfolk settled first but kicked inaccurately and scrapped their way to a 17 point lead at the first change.
The second term saw New Norfolk start to get on top but they wasted scoring opportunities by kicking too many points and Fevola had five to the main break but was regularly double teamed.
The third term saw the game open up as the Eagles piled on ten goals and continued to dominate the last term with a further twelve goals as the Big Fev put on a clinic with thirteen goals after the main break to thrill the 5000 strong crowd.
Best players for the Eagles were Fevola who had a day out with eighteen goals and was unstoppable up forward.
He received very good supply from Barwick, Joseph and Wardlaw as they warm up for next weeks top of the table clash with Lindisfarne.
Better players for Huonville were hard to find with Watson, Johns and Causon their best whilst Bennett kicked three valuable goals.
Dodges Ferry v Claremont
Dodges Ferry showed their continued improvement and moved up to third on the ladder when they thrashed previous giant killers Claremont at home by 76 points kicking 18.19.127 to 10.13.73.
The Sharks really flew out of the sheds and took full control of the first term and dominated the clearances but poor kicking for goal cost them a much bigger lead than 19 points as the Magpies hung in there with three valuable goals.
The second term saw continued domination by Dodges Ferry but again they wasted scoring opportunities and increased their lead to 35 points and had the game in hand but needed to continued the pressure as the Magpies could not fire a shot with only three goals.
The second half saw a more accurate home side as Claremont were totally outclassed.
Dodges Ferry really showed they can match the top sides whilst the Magpies failed badly when they had pressure applied.
Best players for the winners were Curran, Barwin, Cusick and O’Donohue whilst key forward Martin kicked six goals.
Best players for a very disappointing Claremont were Bedford, Fewkes, Smith and Barwick as they drop to sixth on the ladder.
Sorell v East Coast Bombers
Sorell recorded their second win of the season and bounced back from a thrashing last week when they defeated East Coast at home by 13 points kicking 13.8.86 to 10.13.73.
The first term was a fairly even affair with the Bombers looking a bit more polished as they raced to a handy seven point lead but had the advantage of Sorell’s bad turnovers.
The second term saw the Eagles really start to open the game up and kicked four goals to two and grabbed a valuable five point lead at the main break in a very even contest.
Sorell really started the third term on fire with the first four goals but slowed badly towards the end of the third term to give the visitors a real chance at three quarter time as they trailed by 19 points and looked in real danger.
The Bombers threw everything at the home side in the last term but Sorell steadied and hung on for a well deserved victory over their rivals as they move up to ninth on the ladder.
Best players for Sorell were Rhys Williamson who finished off a fine game with four goals and he was well supported by Parker,Kane and Williams whilst Hitchens kicked a game high five goals. Sorell now need to string two wins together in a row.
Best players for a valiant Bombers were Allanby, Arnol and Frankcombe and Lemm who kicked three valuable goals.
Brighton v Central Hawks
Brighton recorded their fifth win of the season and moved to fourth on the ladder when they defeated a very brave Central Hawks by only 23 points kicking 17.8.110 to 13.9.87.
The first term saw the home side really start the game quickly and they looked in total control kicking six goals and raced to a handy 18 point lead and a big win looked ominous.
The second term saw the Hawks start to slow the game up and they frustrated the opposition and kicked three goals to keep the margin to 19 points and they were well in the game.
The Robins started to move away in the third term and looked likely to record a big win but the Hawks never gave up kicking five goals in the last term to finish stronger and gain some confidence in coming weeks.
Best players for the Robins were Delaney with six goals along with Smith, Wall and Conolon in a poor performance and they really need to lift in the next few weeks.
Better players for a valiant Hawks were N Daly, McWillaims, Brown and C Daly who was dangerous up forward with six goals.