One round, 5 things we learnt..
1) Common Sense Prevails
You never want to see a player injured in a football match, let alone two at once in a sickening collision. That is what happened in the match-up between Newcomb and Geelong Amateur, which was called off a ¾ time after an accidental clash of heads between Power defender Kane Parish, and Ammos spearhead Mitch Day. Parish bravely backed into Day’s path who was also attempting to mark the same ball, and the accidental contact was unavoidable. An ambulance was called for Parish, who as well as being concussed has a suspected broken collarbone and Day himself was knocked out. Thankfully, in this day of age where the head is sacrosanct, all the stops were pulled out and the match rightfully called off, with Ammos 127 points up at the time.
2) We learnt nothing about the Grubbers despite good win
Ocean Grove continues to tease following their strong 48-point win over lowly Drysdale. Their big guns fired, with-Jake Carmody slotting 6 and Brent Macleod continuing his good form with a further 6 goals. But what can we take out of the win? After a big recruiting off season, the Grubbers have brushed aside Portarlington and Newcomb as they would expect to, but were consigned to heavy defeats to Ammos and Torquay. This weekend’s Battle of the Bridge will give us a better indication of where they sit.
3) Erasing Demons
While Portarlington’s contest against Angelsea wasn’t one for the defensive purists, the signs bode well for Jesse Smith’s men, despite the loss. In one of the games of the year, the two teams saw out a 41-goal shootout, including 13 in a pulsating final term as the Roos held on by 12 points. Following their opening two rounds in which they scored a combined 3 goals, an increased focus on offence has worked the oracle for the Demons- scoring 17 in their win over Newcomb, 14 against Drysdale and then 20 against the Roos. While they are leaky at the back, Port can take solace from the fact they can score, which is always a solid base to work from.
4) Seagulls are flying
A well-trodden narrative already this year, but it is true- Barwon Heads are motoring along. Unbeaten and atop the ladder, they will only get stronger with the expected return of coach Mitch Herbison from a knee strain this week. Only holding a 5-point lead at the main break, the Gulls clicked into gear from there and snared a 38-point win over Queenscliff. The Seagulls showed their versatility in throwing Luke Buckland forward, kicking 3 goals in Herbison’s absence.
5) Tigers prove their worth
Torquay remained undefeated, yet only just following their eight point win over a valiant Modewarre. The Tigers proved why they are unbeaten and a force to be reckoned with, bouncing back from inaccurate kicking in the first term and a 34-point deficit in the second term, to slam on seven goals to one in the third term. Will Barnes and the returning Matt Deledio were instrumental, as was Billy Henderson who kicked 4 goals to continue his prolific start to the season, despite the best efforts of the Warriors’ Tom Anderson. The Tigers have Port and Newcomb in the next two rounds, and are every chance to be 7-0 come a huge round 8 meeting with the reigning premier. The weekend’s get out of jail win could be a massive moment in the season.