Matt Maddison's Dookie United performed like a well-oiled machine yesterday when it posted a comfortable victory over Rennie.By Matthew Galea
Cool heads prevailed at Dookie Recreational Reserve yesterday.
Dookie United’s composure with the football and intense pressure without it ensured victory against Rennie, with Matt Maddison’s boys posting a 48-point win.
The contest itself was more even than the scoreline suggested, but with Patrick McMullan providing a solid target and capable goal-kicker up top, Campbell Marx securing plenty of the footy in the middle and Sam Beggs locking down defence, all the key elements were in place for victory.
Maddison was delighted with the team’s performance and praised the players around the key men for allowing them to thrive.
‘‘That’s the key to our team, we can’t have any passengers,’’ Maddison said.
‘‘We need to play good team football to go with these top sides and that’s what we did today for four quarters.’’
McMullan’s eight-goal haul made the big man an obvious standout, providing a target that Rennie just didn’t boast in its attack.
‘‘He always presents really well and he’s always a good target for us,’’ Maddison said.
‘‘He takes those grabs when he has to
Marx was another who stood out, with Maddison delighted with his ability around the contest.
Rennie played like a team desperate for the win, but that desperation translated to inefficient use of the football, with the Grasshoppers turning over the ball far too often, according to coach Ryan Forsyth.
The Grasshoppers were never too far away, but that changed in the final quarter, with Dookie doing what Rennie struggled to do in maximising the advantage the breeze offered, kicking five goals to Rennie’s one.
‘‘Our skill execution let us down, we gave away a few turnovers and they really hurt us on the rebound,’’ Forsyth, who was one of his side’s better and cleaner players, said.
‘‘Our defenders were really good, but we let them down a bit in the midfield.
‘‘They just always seemed to be able to find that extra man going forward.’’
David Jones and Cam Sandral put in impressive efforts for Rennie, while Leon Wolfe was handy all over the ground.
Forsyth praised Dookie on its performance on the day, but was disappointed his side’s season had come to an end.
‘‘Hopefully the younger players are better for the experience and we can all learn what we can do better,’’ Forsyth said.
Dookie United will now take on Shepparton East at Katandra on Sunday.
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