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Round 4 Review -
(Split Round Second Part)
Saints Demolish Lions
Bambill recorded one of the highest scores and biggest winning margins in recent Millewa football memory, with a 222 point victory over Cardross in the final game of a split round four.
Despite talk that Bambill may have rested some of their big names, it was only Jake Garraway, Shea Bateman and Liam Wood missing from the teamsheet. Darren Atkinson, Luke Stanbrook, and Luke Hubble all took their spots in the side. The news only got worse for Cardross less than a minute after the opening bounce, with Tom Savage leaving the field with a hamstring injury leaving the undermanned Lions a man down early. As expected, Bambill did most of the attacking, but were extremely wasteful in front of goal. The visitors got the first goal on the board but then scored another 7 behinds before recording their second, and third in quick succession. Michael Dimiasi, Craig Herberte and Brant Reid were all prominent in winning the ball and driving it forward for the Saints, as they continued to control the play and attack with ease. Cardross were yet to get on the board, but good work through the middle of the ground by Clayton Lee and Eamon Higgins was rewarded by the Lions opening goal to Michael Thornton. Bambill continued to attack for the remainder of the quarter, but only managed to find the major opening 6 times as opposed to 10 behinds for the quarter, resulting in a 40 point lead at quarter time.
Cardross started the second quarter in a much more positive manner, with an early goal to Jeremy Aworth giving his side a lift. Lee Taylor, Clayton Lee and Thomas Kennedy were leading the charge for the Lions with their efforts, but slowly Bambill began to take control of the quarter. The forward line of the Saints began to find its accuracy, with Lukke hubble kicking three for the term, and Luke Stanbrook two to take his tally to 5 for the match in what was looming as an ominous sign. Connor Lynch managed to be on the end of some good ball movement from Cardross and managed to get free not once, but twice to kick two goals for the Lions to give the quarter some respectability for the home side. But it was advantage Bambill with a 7 goal to 3 quarter giving them a 72 point lead at half time. It could have been more though as Bambill’s score included 18 behinds!
After the main break the game started slowly in the opening minutes with both sides playing tough contested footy. But after the five minute mark the floodgates began to open and the Saints took control. Five straight goals in quick time saw the lead blow out above 100 points. Andy Davis and Dimasi were the main destroyers for Bambill, both recording three for the term. Despite gallant efforts for Cardross by Evan Pitt and Jereme Lever, the Lions provided little resistance. Bambill kicking 11 goals for the term and in the process leaving Cardross scoreless, to blow the margin out to 143 points at three quarter time.
It was all one way traffic in the final term, with Bambill completely dominant. Brad Thomas took control up forward, his six goals for the term a highlight as Cardross had no answer to the ball delivery into the Saints forward line and their centre clearance work, while at the same time struggling to move the ball forward and create scoring opportunities of their own. Chris Sellens finished the game off well, and his work through the middle of the ground was a feature for Bambill. The Saints kicked 13 goals in the final term to record their huge victory, and more importantly for them, finish the game with no injuries ahead of the top of the table clash with Gol Gol next week. For the Lions, they were simply outclassed. Coach Mark East will face a tough task to get his side up for next week’s clash with a resurgent Nangiloc as Millewa Football enters its second third of the season.
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