The Centralian advocate Tue 15 Apr 2008
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v. 61 no. 93
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Centralian Advocate, Tuesday, April 15, 2008 25 P U B : C A D V D A T E : 1 5 -A P R -2 0 0 8 P A G E : 2 5 C O L O R : C M Y K SPORT Tight opening quarter Aussie Rules Max Bennett ANMATJERE opened their account for season 2008 with a commanding 43-point win over a struggling Yuendumu on Sunday. What happened: It was a tight opening as both sides were looking for their first win of the season, with scores all square at the first break. Anmatjere kicked ahead in the second, piling on five goals to one as their runners began to dominate the slow-looking Magpies on-ballers. The second half provided much of the same, with Anmatjere controlling the clearances. A final quarter shootout followed, with Anmatjere kicking seven goals to six, confirming the win and condemning Yuendumu to its second loss of the season. What it means: Anmatjere will be happy to bounce back after their round one loss to West with a mouth-watering clash a g a i n s t L y t e n t y e Apurte this weekend. Yuendumu will look to inject some pace into their midfield having been exposed thus far by teams able to run. Wests keep winning Aussie Rules Max Bennett WEST remain undefeated following a demolition job on Papunya, winning by 84 points on Sunday. What happened: West started like a road t r a i n , s m a s h i n g Papunya out of the middle with forwards Will Smith and Adam Spurling the beneficiaries. At the half West had the game in the bag, having kicked 15 goals to six with another 100-plus point defeat on the cards for the hapless Papunya. However, they did show some fight in the second half, managing to restrict their freerunning opponents and keep the margin under 100 points. Matt Cunningham was brilliant for West, with the centre half forward providing a hardworking target for the on-ball. What it means: The 13-goal win provides West with a timely percentage boost sending them to second on the AFLCA ladder. For Papunya, a lot of work has to be done to improve, but they will fancy their chances against Federal this weekend. Federals Tayte Helliwell fights for the ball with Matt Tatten from Rovers on Saturday. Picture: HANNAH MILLERICK. First win of the season for Feds Aussie Rules Max Bennett FEDERAL have broken through for their first win of the season, crushing a limp Rovers by 41 points on Saturday night. What happened: In a tense opening both sides were keen to get an early advantage, with Rovers just edging in front at the first change thanks to some inaccurate kicking for goal from Feds. The game threatened to boil over in the second quarter after a succession of poor decisions by the umpires in furiated the Demons, with midfielder Darrell Lowe yellow carded after a few choice words. Feds managed to steady, kicking four goals to lead by a solitary point at half time. In the second half it was one way traffic as Gavan Naylor and skipper Sean Brown kicked the Demons clear, with Rovers dropping off completely. A five-goal quarter was the icing on the cake for Feds as they claimed their first win of the new season in commanding fashion. What it means: For Feds, the win was a marked improvement on their performances in the first two rounds, with plenty of run and carry. Rovers will be licking their wounds after a disappointing performance and will be happy to have the bye this weekend. Hermannsburg win three in a row Aussie Rules Max Bennett HERMANNSBURG made it three wins from three after holding off a determined South by 30 points on Saturday. Souths Carl Stevens chases the ball ahead of a Hermannsburg player. Picture: ELLY FARKAS What happened: The Bulldogs were jumped early by a switched-on South and should have been down at quarter time, with the Roos full-forward Sean Cusack missing three easy shots in the opening quarter. As the half wore on, Hermannsburg began to assert their dominance, kicking six-goals to two in the second quarter, with Oliver W h e e l e r a n d t h e midfield brigade giving gun forward Franklin Anderson plenty of quality delivery. The match seemed well and truly over at the main break, with the Roos trailing by 46 points. However, they managed to fight their way back into contention with a six goal third quarter. Charlie Maher was the main instigator and, along with Darren T a l b o t a n d D i o n Forrester, worked South back within 16 points late in the quar ter, only to concede two late goals, giving the ascendancy back to the Bulldogs. Anderson put the nail in the coffin, kicking the Dogs home to a comfortable 30-point win. What it means: For the Bulldogs, the win sees them remain one of three undefeated teams. Another positive sign was the performance of Oliver Wheeler at half forward. R o o s s u p e r s t a r Charlie Maher was absolutely dominant. A worrying sign for South was their lack of targets up forward.
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