Round 2 saw Townies take on Penninsular Bombers, who are renowned for their foot speed and agility. Great team work and pressure on the man, created a number of skill errors for the Bombers and they weren't able to use their speed to break away into space. There was a moment where Towns let their pressure game lapse, which allowed Bombers to score a few goals, thus making the game look a lot tighter than was played.
The first quarter was a tight battle and Bombers edged ahead 3.3 to 2.1. Towns worked to stretch the Bombers defence, by sacrificing last years best & fairest Ash Spowart from the ruck and moved him forward. Young Dave Goodwin and Grant Murray shared the ruck duties and despite giving away a few inches made a good contest all day.
The second quarter saw Towns play some champagne footy. We hit targets coming out of defence and the middle, putting scores on the board. Towns had it's best quarter for years, booting 6.2 to 2.4, leading by 8 points at half time.
The third quarter saw the Bombers hit back, booting 4 goals to 2, to take a narrow 4 point lead going into the final term.
Bombers extended their lead, kicking an early goal. To Towns credit, they didn’t drop their heads and they responded booting the final 3 goals of the game, to win 13.3. 81 to 10.9. 69. Very accurate for once in front of goal.
Sean Gregory was absolutely outstanding in defence and was the stand out. Glen Dearle who hasn’t played for Towns in a few years now , played a good tough game on the ball providing plenty of drive. Young Jack Pascoe played his best game for Towns on the wing. 16 year old Darcy Thorn also played well and showed great poise in his debut senior game. Up forward, the skipper Rhonen Maher booted 4 goals along with Damian Crispin and new recruit Bart Djiagween also booted 4 against his former club. Down back, Sammy Belfrage did some great spoils and pressure acts (golden fist candidate). It was a great team effort and great reward for the hard work over pre-season to claim a big early scalp.
Coach Daz was ecstatic and we had to calm him down a few times in the last quarter, getting caught up in the excitement of a tight game.
Was great to see the boys sing the song with gusto after the game (albeit only a handful new all the words).
Best Players - Sean Gregory, Glen Dearle, Bart Djiagween, Ash Paul, Ashley Spowart, Jack Pascoe.
Goal Kickers - Rhonen Maher 4 goals, Damien Crispin 4 goals, Bart Djiagween 4 goals, Damon Enose 1 goal