Flag fancy Strathmerton ran over the top of a Blighty on Saturday, despite the best efforts of Brent Guerra, who slotted three goals in a one-off performance.May 20, 2014 4:05am
Not even the addition of ex-Hawthorn and Port Adelaide premiership player Brent Guerra could help Blighty overcome a fast-moving Strathmerton outfit on Saturday.
Although the Bulldogs were missing six players from their regular line-up, they topped up with five quality thirds players and a heavy rotation system saw them pile on six goals to two in the last quarter to win by 46 points.
Guerra finished with a game-high three goals while midfielder Tristan Wilson, playing his 200th game for the Redeyes, was named among his team’s best players.
Final score: Strathmerton 17.15 (117) def. Blighty 10.11 (71).
It was a tight first quarter with both sides kicking three goals to open their accounts.
A real arm wrestle in the early part of the second quarter saw the Bulldogs wasteful in front of goal and Guerra kick a long-range major for Blighty.
But the Bulldogs, led by Adam Graham, Mick Laidlaw, Adrian Crestani, Jim Daniel and Mick Keane, managed to grind out a 17-point lead by the long break.
A telling goal on a tough angle to Keane started the third quarter off and had the Bulldogs flush with confidence, and just minutes later he repeated the dose to give the visitors a handy lead.
Blighty knuckled down and fought back with four goals for the quarter, but majors to Strathy’s Brayden Coburn, Ian Oliver and Shaun Downie kept a 22-point deficit between the teams heading into the final term.
The heavy rotations and superior fitness of the Bulldogs paid off in the last quarter with the visitors kicking away for a seven-goal win.
Blighty skipper Kyel Bain and assistant coach Brad Todd booted two goals each to join Guerra on the multiple goalkickers, while Sam Singleton and Judd Barnes were again strong out of the midfield.
‘‘We overused the footy in patches and turned the ball over in the middle of the ground which gave Strathy some easy goals,’’ Todd said.
‘‘Our pressure on the ball carrier was nowhere near the level it was against Picola last week, so we will need to address that at training over the next two weeks.
‘‘Guerra made his presence felt early with a hard attack on the footy and his clean skills were a class above.
‘‘He stayed around after the sportsman’s night and mixed with the crowd which was great to see, even giving us a rendition of Darryl Braithwaite’s Horses towards the end of the night.’’
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