Oldtimers get Centrals over the line
Centrals depleted playing stocks on Saturday proved the trigger for two of the Clubs favourite players to pull on the boots. Cullen who is the Assistant Coach did have a run in the B's a few weeks ago, and being on the right side of 40 it was no great surprise to see BC helping out in the Club's hour of need.
The Brett Morris inclusion took everyone by surprise ....including Horrie! Morris was at the ground completing his Umpiring duties in the 15's and Women's grades, and after a long shower and a pie the "lobbying" started for the 50 year old Morris to don the boots one more time.
Morris has never been happy finishing his career on 414 games and on Saturday the opportunity to again break the games record for BH players and to round the games played up to 415 proved too much for Morris who has often been asked to fill in for B's ....only to come back with the one liner...I only play A's!!!
Centrals as it was had 3 players double up from B grade, and for the Club to pull out a gutsy 9 point win must have many of the "so called" A grade players feeling they should have been playing also. Whilst the chances of gaining a spot in the finals is still a long shot, there is a heart beat. Two games to play and two wins and they will just about be assured of a place in the finals as they trail West by just one game, but 18 percent also.
West will be disappointed they let this game slip as they had most of their gun players back and a win would have sealed a finals berth.
Centrals had the perfect start kicking 6-3 to 1-1 with the wind only to play a poor 2nd term to trail 7-5 to 9-2 at half time. Most at the ground would have thought that West would have tightened up their defence and overun the pies in the last quarter, but the inspiration of Cullen and Morris was enough for the Pies to continue the charge with a 6 goal to 1 goal third term to see the Pies back in front by 22 points at 3/4 time.
Having the wind in the last quarter does not always guarantee success as Centrals led by Mick Anderson, Curtis Jelbert & Paul Christie won plenty of the ball to deny West the chance to repeat the 2nd quarter 8 goal haul.
In the end West could only manage 3-3 whilst Centrals managed 1-2 to hang on for a gutsy 9 point win.
Jelbert starred with 4 priceless goals from the midfield whilst Adam Rhodes was a big target snagging 4 goals.
For West Nathan Kickett with 5 and Cynan Smith with 3 were two good key targets but alas at ground level they don't have a multiple goal scorer.
Matt Nelson was back to his best form in the ruck for West after 2 weeks out whilst Brent Rose (PICTURED) was their best midfielder. West will be concerned that 3 weeks ago they smashed Centrals and looked a genuine premiership threat, yet 3 weeks latter the Central Old Timers got the job done...and with it kept the Pies in the race for September.