The Eagles welcomed reigning Premier Beaufort to the Nest last Saturday. The contest was even with final like pressure before the home side dominated after half time to inflict the Crows third straight defeat.
The first half was a battle of defences with each side preventing their opponent’s time and space. Beaufort controlled the centre clearances early however Gordon’s defensive group repelled most advances with an orderly confidence. Mark Gunnell, Taylem Wason, Jarrod Evans, Gerard Clifford, Scott Nippress and Brad Hallam along with a rotating group of interchange players formed a trusting partnership that stabilised the back end of the side. Beaufort’s defence, with the help of its onballers, overcrowded the home side’s forward working area with the football seesawing between the fifty metre arches. The same scoring shots at half time indicated the Eagles were a little more accurate when opportunities came their way. Scores: Gordon 6.4 – 40 Beaufort 4.6 – 30.
With Ethan Crackell, blanketing Beaufort’s veteran playmaker Mick Foster, Gordon onballers were able to take control after the long break. Adam Toohey was now playing closer to goal and influenced the game in astonishing fashion. Three quick goals to the seemingly untouchable number 7 propelled his team clear of a stunned opposition. Two opponents were assigned to rampaging Toohey with little effect as he passed precisely to Brendan Sutcliffe who split the middle for another major. Minutes later under extreme pressure Toohey out marked a desperate Beaufort defence and aptly registered his fourth goal for the term. The shell shocked visitors reclaimed their composure, altered their style and kicked two long goals from outside the fifty, plus another two as they tried to stay in touch. Toohey added another major before the siren halted one of the most dominant individual displays seen in recent times. Not only had Toohey kicked five goals he had a direct assist in the team’s other major. Scores at the last break. Gordon 12.5 -77 Beaufort 8.8 – 56.
Gordon finished strongly against a floundering but gallant opponent. Four goals to two goals saw the final margin advance to a 37 point victory. Though the outstanding performance of the day belonged to Toohey, Coach Ron Watt was delighted with the contribution of all his charges.
This Saturday the CHFL has a break due to the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.The Eagles, fourth on the premiership ladder, then travel to Hepburn who currently sit in third position, by percentage only. This match promises to be an absolute thriller.
Hope to see you there.
|Beaufort||1.3- 9||4.6-30||8.8-56||10. 9- 69|
Goal Kickers: A. Toohey 8, T. Murphy 3, B. Sutcliffe 2, R. Clampit, B. Frazer, B. Horsham
Best Players: E. Crackel, A. Toohey, S. Nippress, B. Hallam, L. Gunnell, M. Gunnell
Goal Kickers: J. Orr 2, A. Petrie 2, J. Slater 2, L. Murray, S. Lodge, M. Jenkins, D. Kelly
Best Players: M. Foster, D. Kelly, J. McDermott, J. Mason, A. Petrie, J. Chester