Paddy Rattray kicks 17 goals as Nagambie thrash Girgarre.CHALPAT SONTI July 10, 2014 3:42am
A 17-goal haul to Paddy Rattray might be the headline act from Nagambie’s 160-point thrashing of Girgarre on Saturday, but there was plenty more to like besides.
Rattray shot to the top of the leading goalkicker contest with his haul — he probably kicked about 10 to 12 behinds as well and coach Linc Sullivan reckoned he should have kicked at least 20 majors — as the Lakers made light of what started out as greasy conditions.
The first quarter was reasonably even, and Sullivan also had a few motivational words to Rattray at the break, after which Nagambie well and truly took charge. Hauls of 10 and 13 goals in each of the next two terms told a story.
‘‘Unfortunately for Girgarre they probably got us playing some of the best football we’ve played all year,’’ Sullivan said.
‘‘When you start going well everything goes in your favour. We got to see our boys moving the ball well and doing the basics really well.’’
And that was with four players out. Others to shine included Nathan Fothergill, who kicked four goals off a wing and there was welcome news as Mick Shiels got through his first game since breaking his jaw at Longwood, booting three majors into the bargain.
But it was Rattray who took centre stage. The big man has been playing well most of the season, after a slow start, and always threatens to get a haul like he did on Saturday.
Which brings the Lakers to another home clash, this time with old foe Lancaster, who surprised the league with a shock win over premiers Murchison on Saturday.
That win helped Nagambie in the race for a top-two spot — although it can’t afford to drop any more games to be sure of finishing there — but it also means the Wombats have plenty to play for. A slightly different Lancaster side played well for a half when hosting the Lakers earlier in the year.
‘‘They will be there for a lot longer this weekend and I would expect nothing less,’’ Sullivan said.
‘‘We are in good form but we want to get our minds right to win this one. I don’t want to drop a game from this point on, we want to just keep on trucking and consolidate in the top two.’’
Nagambie5.3, 15.12, 28.17, 34.24 (228)
Girgarre2.0, 3.1, 5.1, 7.6 (48)
It’s been a victory for the Lakers just to field a reserves side in recent weeks and the team didn’t do too badly to go down by 10 points.
Nagambie started well before understandably running out of steam in the second half as inaccuracy cost the Roos a bigger score.
Better players for the home team included Tommy Stevens doing penance in the twos, Bo Kelly, Leigh Morrissey, Rob Auld, Alex Awty and Rhys Rogers. Mark Nolan also got through the game on return from injury.
Seniors coach Linc Sullivan was happy with Nolan’s progress and Stevens’ form.
‘‘Tom’s a champion of a bloke and he can get a touch wayward at times, but he did what he did, worked his butt off and he was really good in the twos,’’ Sullivan said.
He expected Nolan would play another game in the reserves before returning to the seniors at Merrigum.
Girgarre2.2, 3.9, 6.10, 7.15 (57)
Nagambie4.1, 6.2, 7.4, 7.5 (47)
Nagambie’s dominance in this game probably wasn’t translated to the scoreboard in the first quarter, but some flashes of brilliance in the second term set it on the way to a comfortable 12-goal win.
In difficult conditions, Brayden Biggs and Riley Bazeley goaled with two monster efforts from outside 50 and Jarryd Shepherd crumbed brilliantly before snapping another among the highlights of a dominant second term in a game played in greasy conditions.
After that it was more of the same as the Lakers cruised home. Zac Winter-Irving, Biggs, Diezal Smith, Bazeley (five goals), Finbar Kelly and Connor Lyons were among the side’s best.
Nagambie2.5, 7.5, 11.9, 14.15 (99)
Girgarre1.2, 2.2, 3.2, 4.3 (27)
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