Power notch second win


Published on Sunday, June 18, 2017

Author : Nicholas Sacco

Laurimar put in a dominant display to record its second win of the Heidelberg Golf Club Division 3 season, defeating Reservoir by 64 points.

A nine-goal to one second half proved the difference at Laurimar Reserve, with the Power recording a 16.12 (108) to 6.8 (44) victory – their second-successive triumph on home soil.

Star recruit Lance Whitnall and forward Jacson Cecil led the goal kicking with three goals apiece, while Leigh Murphy, Joel McDonald and Kieran McMillan were the most impressive for the home side.

Lachlan Shaw, David McGregor and Aaron Lanning were among the best for the Mustangs in defeat, as their side’s winless season continued.

Reservoir made a promising start to the contest, with McGregor taking a strong contested mark and converting to get the scoreboard ticking.

However a solid first ten minutes quickly turned to dust for Reservoir as Laurimar kicked the next four majors, including a brilliant long distance goal from Adam Dennis to take control of the contest.

A late goal to Thomas Goodwin reduced the Mustangs’ deficit to 11 points at quarter-time, however a high number of turnovers prompted Power coach Wayne Sharkie to urge his men to tidy their disposal in the second quarter.

A goal-for-goal contest followed in an even second term.

Despite having most of the possession inside its attacking half, Laurimar couldn’t convert it into scoreboard dominance, kicking 3.6 for the quarter to lead by 16 points at the main break.

With their best chance of gaining their first win of the season right in front of them, the Mustangs aimed to come out all guns blazing at the start of the second half.

However, the visitors’ chances quickly diminished as Laurimar kicked the first four goals of the third quarter to put a major dent in any hope of a victory for Reservoir.

After a quite first half, Whitnall led the Power’s influential third term, kicking back-to-back majors in the quarter.

Laurimar’s run through the middle of the ground and application of frenetic pressure seemed too much to handle for Reservoir, who despite a late goal, trailed by 34 points at three quarter-time.

Mustangs coach Aaron Collins continued to inject hope into his team assuring them at the final break that the game was still there to be won in the final quarter.

Despite the Mustangs’ strong belief, any dream of a victory was quashed after Cecil and Whitnall each kicked their third goals of the game early in the fourth term.

The Power went on with the job in the final quarter, piling on five unanswered goals to run away with a dominant 64-point win.

Laurimar will take renewed confidence into its Round 10 clash when it hosts third-placed St Mary’s, while Reservoir will continue its search for its first win of the season when it takes on Epping at Crispe Park.

Final score: Laurimar 16.12 (108) def Reservoir 6.8 (44)

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