Goannas defeat Southern Power

The Goannas Div 1 consolidated their top five spot with a win at the weekend, while Div 4, like the Maroons, saw their winning streak come to an end in a battle with Wollondilly.

Div 1 were back home at Gipps and were looking to claim a big scalp when they took on Southern Power.

The Power have had the wood over the Goannas in recent years and the boys were looking to turn the tables in a clash that would go a long way to cementing a finals spot. With so much on the line the game was an understandably tight one early as both teams looked to get the upper hand.

The Goannas were able to gain a slight edge and took a one goal lead into the first break, and continued to work hard in trying conditions in the second.

The game did open up a bit more but at half time the Goannas maintained their 1 goal advantage.

The third quarter started in much the same manner as the first half, but as the quarter went on the Goannas took control, and 3 late goals saw them open up a 25 point lead at the last change.

As expected, the Power came out and threw everything at the Goannas in the last quarter and were able to make inroads into the Goannas lead, but with a depleted bench the Goannas still managed to hang on for a gritty 8 point win.

Angus Barwick was named best on ground with a great game across half back, with Michael Stacey and Andrew Munns providing excellent support in defence. Ben Rodgers was outstanding up forward while Scott Maguire and Ryan Terrey were excellent in the midfield.

Div 4 made the long trip down to Bargo to take on Wollondilly in a huge game that saw 2nd taking on 3rd. With tough, blustery conditions it was going to be a scrappy affair, and the Goannas made a very good start, getting the better of the game despite kicking into a strong breeze.

However they could not convert this on the scoreboard and trailed by 5 points at quarter time. This trend continued in the second quarter with the Goannas dominating but not converting.

A mid quarter injury stoppage cruelled the Goannas momentum, with the home side edging ahead by 8 points at half time.

The second half saw the Knights carry through that momentum they gained just before half time, and with the aid of the breeze opened the lead up to 23 points at the last change.

Having the wind behind them, the Goannas were confident they could close the gap and still win the game in the last quarter, but despite their best efforts on tiring legs they were not able to make a dent and the margin was still 23 when the final siren sounded, ending the Goannas winning streak at 8 games.

Peter Zuvela was best on ground with a fantastic game in defence, with Grant Webb also controlling the game from the backline.

Chris Jones was fantastic with plenty of run and and some great marks, while Luke Pierce, Harry Spiteri and Jason Wilson were all excellent in the middle.

Div 5 were hosting Norwest, and after the last meeting between the two teams the Goannas had a point to prove.

The boys came out strong in the first quarter, and were well in the game despite being down by 13 points at quarter time. They continued this strong showing with some excellent scrapping football in the second quarter, and with the margin only 23 points at half time the boys were confident they could cause the upset.

However, this was not to be as the Jets took control in the second half and showed why they are one of the leading teams in Div 5, putting the game beyond doubt to come away with a convincing win.

Nathaniel Fennell lead the way for the team with a fantastic effort, with Tony Mance, Ethan Dean, Leigh Bridges, Jake Havey and Matt Smith all contributing in a great team effort.

The Under 19’s were looking to get off the mark when they hosted the Macarthur Giants.

Early on it was the visitors who took control of proceedings, easily having the better of the play during the first half and opening up a 52 point lead by the long break.

Whatever was said in the rooms at half time had the desired effect, as it was a different Goannas outfit that hit the ground in the third quarter.

The boys dominated the play during the quarter, and 5 goals to 2 cut the margin back to 37 and the boys were confident they could carry that momentum through into the last and snatch the win.

As it was the Giants responded, and a hard fought last quarter saw the two teams fight out a great contest, with the visitors recording a 33 point win. Mihir Wagle was fantastic with a best on ground display, while Steve Smith was another standout with 6 goals to lead the comeback.

Jake Havey, Luke Mansour, Daniel Newcombe, and Harry Spiteri were also excellent in a great second half effort.

Final Scores:

Div 1 - Goannas 9.10.64 def. Southern Power 8.8.64

Div 4 - Goannas 2.6.18 lost to Wollondilly 5.11.41

Div 5 - Goannas 1.0.6 lost to Norwest 14.22.106

U19's - Goannas 8.6.54 lost to Macarthur 13.9.87

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