Tasman dominate, Wayback come from behind

CHASE DOWN: Tasman's Jacob Collins rushes towards the 50 as Boston's Levi Brown gives chase.
CHASE DOWN: Tasman's Jacob Collins rushes towards the 50 as Boston's Levi Brown gives chase.

PORT LINCOLN FOOTBALL

Tasman 28.18 (186) def Boston 9.2 (56)

Football returned to Poole Oval for the first time but the home team Boston had a large challenge in front of them in the form of reigning premiers Tasman, who were coming off a 25-point win against Wayback the previous week.

For the Tigers their biggest hurdle would be the Tasman back six as throughout the day, with the likes of Matthew Crettenden, Nathan Frost, Cooper Tansell and captain Jace Rodda repelling Boston attack.

The Tigers would get the home fans cheering after Mitchell Garrett kicked the opening goal of the day, only for Tasman to get a quick response through Johann Wagner, a trend which would continue throughout the day.

For Tasman it would all start in the middle with big Cody Mason winning the ruck taps and feeding teammates to set up the teams' many centre clearances.

Jacob Collins would be the standout of the day as he ran through the lines and made the most of every possession, even scoring his first goal in the first quarter while Michael Crettenden and Tyson Jenner were also major ball winners in the midfield.

Wagner led superbly at full forward and kicked three goals for the quarter but Tasman could have extended their lead further, missing some key opportunities. At quarter time Tasman led 5.7 (37) to Boston 2.1 (13).

Just like the previous quarter Boston got the first goal, through Sanjayson Hanuman but it would be the only score for the Tigers.

Boston tried to go for the contested ball but Tasman had the quick legs wide to move the ball down the wings and found space to dictate play through the middle.

Tasman continued to dominate with their inside 50s but Boston's defenders did their best to apply pressure with Marcus Ellis and Levi Brown in particular standing out, as well as Adam Davies with his attack of the footy and Mitchell Hall with his intercepting mark.

Despite this Tasman piled on 6.6 for the quarter to lead 11.13 (79) to 3.1 (19) to put this game's result beyond doubt early.

The Rooster onslaught continued in the third, starting with a goal to Collins who would finish the quarter with another two majors.

Jesse Chandler, who normally played in black and gold at Far West is in red and white this season and was helping to set up inside 50s from the centre, and scored a goal of his own this quarter.

Wagner continued to run rampant up forward and despite missing more than a few shots kicked three goals for the quarter to bring his total to seven.

For the Tigers young Ollie Sellen had the fans cheering with his first goal and Justin Carey also kicked 1.1 for the quarter. Tasman got the margin over triple figures as they led at three quarter time 22.17 (149) to 5.1 (31).

Boston had their best quarter in the fourth, were a bit more effective with their possessions, found space and managed to get a few more inside 50s.

Quade Ware was a big part of this drive through the midfield and displayed his pace down the wings, Garrett stayed busy and pursued the contested ball while Davies, Brown and Stephen Rees lifted their efforts further.

Sellen added another two goals to his total and staked his claim for a long-term position in the Boston forward 50 with Callum Binder also adding a goal.

However Tasman had the edge with their fitness, ball skills and attacking pressure, with Wagner continuing to lead strongly despite Boston's best efforts and added another four goals, finishing the day with an outstanding 11 goals.

Tasman finishing strongly to record a huge 130-point win. Best for Tasman was Collins with his run and carry and five goals, Wagner who again showed he is the top full forward in the league and Cody Mason who got it all started for Tasman in the middle with his strong ruck work.

For Boston Ollie Sellen shined with his three goals, Quade Ware with his strong work ethic and agility through the middle and the combination of Marcus Ellis Levi Brown who helped repel some of Tasman's attacking runs.

Wayback 11.6 (72) def Marble Range 10.8 (68)

Once again Marble Range blew a handy lead going into the last quarter against Wayback to be completely outplayed as their fitness told, which if not fixed will see them also rans for this year.

Strange selections is not helping as one of their strong bullocking players in Blaze Kay played in the reserves.

The Rangers flew out of the blocks in the first quarter with the rotating Billy Byass too quick for the Demons backline, kicking two of his team's first goals.

Marble Range were winning the ball out of the centre with Brock Laube and Tyron George giving their forwards plenty of the ball with the big surprise Glen Schreiber at full forward.

Tom Easson was loose in the goal square and kicked Wayback's first goal late in the quarter and then Rangers missed a couple they would normally kick.

It could have been more disastrous for the Demons as James Blewit and Ben Sampson, along with Ian Jericho playing well. At quarter time Marble Range led 4.3 (27) to Wayback 1.0 (6).

The second quarter saw Wayback get back in the game, with their captain Shaun Maxfield along with Shaun Lever lifting their work rate the Demons scored three goals for the quarter.

With young Wilson McShane gaining confidence the game swung back into the Demons' favour and could have blown out a bit more if it had not been for the two Beard boys and Jaxon Bennett in the Rangers backlines.

Half time saw the Rangers with a slender lead, 5.5 (35) to 4.2 (26).

The third quarter saw the Rangers quickly into attack with their coach Boyd West snapping a goal and Byass and Schreiber combine for Schreibs to goal.

The game started to get quite physical as Sampson left the ground after a heavy tackle.

Wayback kept attacking but were repelled more than once by Bennett and Ned Brooks.

When Tynan Keeley was awarded a free down the ground and Casey Amos kicked a 50 metre goal the Rangers had opened the gap to five goals. At three quarter time Rangers 9.7 (61) led Wayback 5.3 (33).

Now came the disastrous last quarter as Jonty Seal, who had not been sighted all day along with Xavier Watson suddenly came alive.

The Demons were also getting on top in the middle as Laube, who had played his heart out for the Rangers started to tire in ruck and with the Demons throwing big Sam Heinjus in ruck the match swung in Wayback's favour.

Young Gil Casanova and teammate Byass collided as both courageously went for the ball and with Byass taken off on a stretcher it looked like Rangers lost all fight.

Wayback ran out worthy winners and the Rangers lament another bad loss after showing good signs early.

Best for Wayback was their captain Shaun Maxfield, James Blewit was consistent all day, Ian Jericho was superb in defence supported by Greg Maxfield, and Anthony Ianniello, Shaun Lever, Stephen Conlon and Xavier Watson were also standouts.

The Rangers' best four were all imported players with Ned Brooks and Jaxon Bennett superb in defence, the two Beard boys Kory and Casey, especially Kory as he was repeatedly keeping his team in the game every week and has to get more support from his teammates.

A special mention to Wade Hansen playing his 150th for the Rangers and then playing the game with a broken nose, one game he will not forget for a while.

Although quite physical at times the umpires kept a tight rein on the game and let it flow.

Shanno's Pizza Award

Tasman under 13 recruit Phoenyx Lapsley-Forrest had a huge day in his team's big win over Boston at Poole Oval on Saturday.

Starting in the midfield and rotating through the forward line Lapsley-Forrest dominated the possession count winning numerous clearances and bringing teammates into the play, his ability to run and carry the ball and find targets with his kicking was a highlight.

Add to this he hit the scoreboard finishing with two goals and showed he is a player to watch this season.