Midway Metals Round 17 Footy Review – Narre v. Woori Yallock
Last Saturday we hosted Woori Yallock at Fox Road in Seniors, Reserves and Under 18s. Whilst Woori’s Reserves are down at the base of the table, their Ones and Under 18s are both in the finals mix so we anticipated a good day of entertaining, competitive footy. But Narre’s three teams each turned on some of their best work for the enthusiastic home crowd. Our three strong wins keep alive our opportunities to finish top of the table in all three comps with wins against Berwick next week.
Seniors – Narre’s Ones soaked up Woori Yallock’s early pressure in a tight scrappy opening quarter. Kicking against the blustery Fox Road ‘Doctor’ we outscored them (three goals to one) as they wasted their forward opportunities.
Once Narre had the wind at our backs in the second term, we used the ball well and it wasn’t long before we gained the upper hand and took control of the agenda. Despite our opponents’ hardness and accountability in the packs, we’d opened up a 9 goal half-time lead. Josh Tonna, Brad Scalzo and Trent Cody were in everything; Coxy (3 goals) was imposing himself on the contest up forward and Tommy Toner (3) was looking dangerous around goals. Lachy Benson had a bit of a ‘break-out’ game, showing signs of a promising future as he lifts his output and consistency to Senior footy standard.
Fifty-one points up at the final change, Narre started the last quarter with five consecutive behinds -although the inaccuracy was due more to our opponents’ solid defence in the blustery conditions than inefficient ball use. We then finished off with four of the last five goals for a solid 12 goal win.
Reserves – The Twos was no contest – Narre’s pace and skill too much for Woori Yallock’s undermanned Reserves group as we kept them to just 2 goals for the match. We had winners all over the ground – Tommy Collard really good in defence; Clayton Taylor and the Graham brothers consistently leading their opponents to the footy; Webby accumulating possessions around the packs; Jack Flannery (5 goals) and Dowlo (4) too good up forward, with good supply from Stewie Scanlon playing an attacking wing and also finding four goals of his own.
Under 18s – Woori Yallock’s Under 18s have had seven season wins and hold down a finals berth in the comp’s final six. So we expected a tough contest. But the young Tigers struggled to adjust to Fox Road’s vicious westerly that seems to suck the ball into the ‘main gate’ pocket when you’re kicking with the wind. Narre on the other hand ran in numbers to score against the breeze; played disciplined footy pushing the ball to the ‘live side’ when kicking with the breeze, as we scored what reads like an effortless 22 goal win.
Nathan Power up forward gave us a dream start kicking four of our first six goals and helping put the visitors on the back foot from the start. He was again our most productive forward with 6, but had good support from Ash Williamson and Jake McGowan with 4 each. Williamson, together with ball-magnet Ryan Koo and Trent Downe dominated around the packs and generated many of our attractive, free-flowing passages of play which defied the challenging blustery conditions. Matt Butera and Travis Callaghan were also prominent in the win.
Next week all three Narre sides host Berwick at Fox Road in the final round of the home and away season. Get down and support them.