ROUND 2- ST JOSEPH’S 21.17.143 def SOUTH BARWON 6.7.43
St Joseph’s were utterly dominant in the Kix FM Match of the Round on ANZAC Day, defeating a young South Barwon side by an even 100 points. In the ninth meeting between these two sides on Australia’s most poignant day, Joeys made it 5 in a row against the Swans in what was a complete dismantling.
Despite the Swans kicking the first and maintaining good pressure around the ball for the first 15 minutes of the match, Joeys got the game on their terms on the inside and went from there. It was evident for all to see at Drew Reserve the determination of the home side, as coach Heath Jamieson put it after round 1, to “get back to where we belong”. After a patchy 2016 which resulted in a straight sets finals exit for the then reigning Premier, Joeys have managed to regenerate and come back stronger, despite losing superstars Dale Carson, Ryan Williams and Josh Hovey. Tuesday’s performance follows a 10 goal victory against a strong Bell Park side in round 1.
Tasmanian recruits Luke Webb and Callum Mitchell have fitted in seamlessly at opposite ends of the ground- the latter doing nice things down back and the former utterly brilliant, kicking 6 goals from half forward. Young Tom Denning did well against VFL listed ruckman Luke Davis, and there wasn’t too many positions the Joeys didn’t win for the day.
After a patchy 2016 which resulted in a straight sets finals exit for the then reigning Premier, Joeys have managed to regenerate and come back stronger
It was Riley Ferguson however who starred, voted best on ground by the Kix commentary team. Playing more midfield time in 2017 than years previous, the left footer used his precision passing to slice the Swans open with quick ball movement. The Geelong Amateur product won over 30 disposals and snared 3 goals- South Barwon having no match for him. To complete his day, Ferguson took home the ‘United Fuels Goal of the Day’- getting on the end of a wonderful St Joeys team goal chain.
With the margin sitting at 73 points at 3/4 time, it felt as if the margin could get ugly for the Swans, and that is what it did, with the home side kicking a further 5 goals in the final term. For the Swans, Jay Lever did a good job blanketing Coburg VFL recruit Lech Featherstone down back, and Ben Lusby never stopped working in midfield.
Yet as the sun set on ANZAC Day 2017, nobody leaving Drew Reserve were left in any doubt St Joseph’s are once more a benchmark for the rest of the GFL.
You can hear the GFL match of the round each Saturday on Kix 89.3FM, live from 2pm, with Milky Mahoney, Josh Conway, James Hickleton and Josh Barnes