Final term break
Updated: Oct 20, 2021
WEDDERBURN Redbacks ran away with the game at Donaldson Park on Saturday to notch up a 59-point win over St Arnaud.
Key recruit Jordan Rosengren was impressive all over the ground for four quarters in the North Central league clash.
The centreman’s two final term goals spurred the big scoreboard breakaway.
After their opening round draw, the Redbacks flew the boxes on Saturday - they had come to play with strong tackling and attack.
Wedderburn’s defence led by Hamish Winter-Irving and Adam Postle kept the Saints scoreless for in the first term.
Five goals to the Redbacks was reward for some good work as the Saints’ defence, despite being under constant pressure, was able to cut off a number of promising moves by the Redbacks. Two goals to Will Holt at full forward was good work and Isaac and Luke Holt and Tom Campbell rounded out the goal kickers for the Redbacks in the term.
Jordan Hargreaves in the ruck gave opportunities to Rosengren and onballers Luke Holt and Corey Lowry.
For the Saints Jason Rogers, Nick Baldwin and Tom Bertalli were working hard.
The second and third terms were somewhat an anti-climax with the Redbacks scoring two goals in the second term and the Saints finding the gap between the big sticks twice in the third when the Saints came out with renewed energy. They tackled strongly and kept the Redbacks goalless in an improved effort.
But a six-goal final term had the Redbacks firmly in control and well ahead on the scoreboard at the siren.
The Redbacks were well served by their key defenders, Lowry and Mitch McEwen on a wing.
Co-coach Danny Benaim said: “We had another very good start to the game but didn’t quite put four full quarters together. They kept coming at us but we were able to overrun them in the last term.”
Meanwhile, Boort showed improvement against Birchip Watchem with a strong opening term.
After the bruising first round clash against early premiership favourites Sea Lake Nandaly Tigers. Boort were tenacious throughout the first half, pressure helping make Birchip Watchem inaccurate in front of goal, only just ahead before breaking away in the second half.
The final term was also positive for the Magpies, kicking 2.0 to 2.5.