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Tough Loss to Improved Magpies

Sherwood were able to turn the tables on the Cats with a convincing 28 point win at Subaru on Saturday. The match was played in overcast conditions in front of a healthy crowd boosted by over 100 well lubricated ladies for our annual fundraising event.

The match was even on the scoreboard until the Magpies kicked 6 goals to one in the final stanza to break the game open. Adding to what was a disappointing day for the Cats were injuries to Sam JASPER and Josh HALL and also the news yesterday that Liam NELSON will miss our next outing courtesy of the MRP.

The match was fairly even in many of the key statistics such as clearances (39-37), inside 50’s (46-45), tackles and rebound 50’s. Having said that, most keen observers would agree that the Magpies looked the more likely winner for much of the match and it was noted that their clearances were at times cleaner and more damaging. Their forwards worked tirelessly all day to hit up and their mids were good at hitting the short target. Defensive pressure by the Magpies was superior to ours in general and this was a contributing factor to our kicking efficiency at 57% being well down on our season average of around 75-80%. Coach O’Brien was honest in his appraisal post match, noting that overall the Magpies were on occasions tougher for longer and overall were more enthusiastic and deserved their win.

Whilst overall a disappointing loss, several players put in really strong performances notably youngster Finn BROWN who is improving almost every time he enters the field. Darcy IRWIN continues his team orientated approach to play and was solid all day and Jackson FISHER relished his move into the midfield with 20 disposals, 8 clearances and a match high 10 tackles. Josh SEARL continues his consistent season and Cody HARRINGTON provided a spark at times and Jai LYONS never stopped trying in his first senior game for the season.

In the reserves fixture, the boys were able to reverse the result earlier in the season with a strong 9 goal win. Troy TOUSSAINT will no doubt enter into the mix for senior selection with a BOG performance ably supported by long time club stalwarts X McMAHON (4 goals) and Ben HANCOCK. Jared ECKERSLEY was also impressive in his first game at reserves level and new recruit Alex MOLONEY looked great especially early with 4 goals.

Unfortunately the colts were pipped by a point late in the game with the result making the team’s finals prospects more difficult. State under 17 players Kai REYNOLDSON and Josh ZANKER-CLOSE were best afield.

The women’s div 1 team enjoyed a commanding win with Holly THOMPSON and Kody WOLTER_SMITH each kicking 5 and sharing best on honours. The development side fell short of Beenleigh with Michaela WEINSTEIN being named as best player.



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