Marble Range 22.15 (147) def Boston 4.1 (25)
In warm windy conditions at the ‘Gary’ Marble Range skipper Cody Pilgrim won the toss and kicked into a 20 knot northerly.
After a stint with Norwood under 18s Tristan Binder was back and started on the dangerous Kory Beard.
Marble Range were first on the board through young Jeb Casanova, after some good work by Boyd West and Blaze Kay in the middle.
The Tigers hit straight back with Sunny Singh working hard to get the ball to Luke Howie for a goal.
Tigers Sam Kolega, Brodie Falciani and Singh were working hard and put pressure on Rangers’ backline, who were holding tight through coach Reece Francis, Ryan Gurtin and Wade Hansen. Boston’s pressure saw a bad mistake for Marble Range result in an easy goal to Mitch Wilbe.
Boston kicked two more through Wilbe including a ripper from the boundary. Quarter time Boston 4.1 to Marble Range 1.1.
The second quarter saw Boston start with a couple loose in defence resulting in a scrappy start until Jacob Watson marked on the point post and kicked truly.
Some undisciplined play saw Falciani yellow carded resulting in Kay awarded a free in the goal square resulting in another goal.
This sparked Marble Range who kicked the next six goals through Keeley (3), Beard, Billy Byass and Jordan Chillman. Half time Marble Range 9.7 to Boston 4.1.
The wind eased to start the third quarter with Ranger onballers West, Kay, Pilgrim and young Nick Cooper getting the ball to Beard for his second. Willy Woldt, Riley King and Kolega were trying hard but couldn’t get past Rangers’ half backs who were rebounding and set up goals for Franklin (2), Byass (2), Appleby and West while keeping Boston scoreless. Three quarter time Marble Range 15.9 to Boston 4.1.
Marble Range started the last quarter kicking towards the well supported Bandy’s Bar and were dominating the centre clearances, with West, Kay and Cooper having a field day, resulting in goals to Byass, Franklin and George.
Young Binder was having the better of Beard across half back, while onballers King, Kolega, Woldt and Falciani were trying to get the ball forward but couldn’t get it past Rangers’ tight defence.
Unfortunately for the Tigers’ vocal supporters they didn’t bother the scoreboard after quarter time, while the Rangers kicked seven last quarter goals to run out comfortable winners 22.15 to 4.1.
Keeley and Byass kicked 4 goals each for Rangers while Wilbe kicked 3 for Boston.
Better Ranger players were Kay, West and Cooper in the midfield while Keeley and Byass starred up forward, while for Boston onballers Kolega, Falciani, Singh and King battled hard all day and Binder stood out down back.
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