Junior juggernaut smashes Shepp

June 13, 2018

Under 16 football — Rochester 18.13 (121) defeated Shepparton Swans Red 2.6 (18)

Windridge Oval has become a happy hunting ground for the Rochester Tigers.

Four wins at home so far this season now sees the Tigers sitting fourth on the ladder.

Applying plenty of pressure to the opposition from the opening bounce saw the Tigers dominate the first term.

The first goal came from the boot of Spencer Cleary whose mongrel punt from the pocket just cleared the pack in the goal square.

From the restart Rochester won the ball out of the centre to see Nathan Kay kick a long goal.

Just as quickly the next ball up saw Adam McPhee hit a leading Kay on the flank, as McPhee kept running, Kay centred the ball to hit McPhee on the chest directly in front who promptly converted.

The Tigers defence was standing strong, repelling the visitor’s attacks leading to end to end rebound goals to Angus Martin and Blake Evans to close out the quarter.

The second quarter saw a similar result to the first, with Rochester dominating the play.

But whilst the possessions weren’t as clean or as accurate as the first quarter the home side was able to kick another six majors for the quarter.

Evans and Fuller both had two for the term while Martin had his second for the match and Samuel Lees snapped a great goal out of congestion from a marking contest. Tigers were up by 68 points at half time.

With the Tigers running all over their opposition it provided the opportunity for the coach to swing a number of changes.

The Swans started the second half full of run and had the first two goals of the quarter before Rochester steadied with a goal to Kay.

Kay had his second for the term after a strong contested mark.

Rochester closed out the quarter with a goal to Evans.

Rochester finished way too strong for the Swans with three goals to McPhee in the final term and Evans kicking his fifth for the day.

The run of the Tigers through the midfield and the defensive attack and run of Harry Ward, Waugh George and Matt Blow was decisive.

Rochester put their skills on display winning plenty of contested ball, with the highlight being the domination over head with Ben Atley, Nash Hocking and Nathan Kay taking numerous contested marks.

Goal Kickers: B.Evans 5, A.McPhee 4, N.Kay 3, G.Fuller 2, A.Martin 2, S.Lees, S.Cleary

Best Players: N.Kay, A.McPhee, S.Cleary, A.Martin, H.Ward, M.Blow

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