July 9, 2018 by admin
BERWICK has again defeated arch rival Beaconsfield, this time in the MPNFL Casey Cardinia League elimination final yesterday.
The coaching tenure of Beaconsfield’s Austinn Jones was brought to a an end as the Wickers slammed on four goals to none in the third term to waltz away with a 14.10 (94) to 6.9 (45) win. Jones has signed as coach of VFL team Bendigo Gold next season.
The Wickers now clash with Tooradin-Dalmore in Sunday’s elimination semi-final.
The Eagles’ first half was summed up with Kris Fletcher giving away a 50-metre penalty followed by another 50 metres after Rob Taylor then argued the decision, much to Jones’s chagrin.
Both sides missed early chances in the second half.
Youngster Jordy Andrews booted the first of the second half to extend the Wickers lead to 26 points.
Nathan Waite then booted his third, after missing one moments before, after a strong mark.
The Wickers’ greater commitment to the contest was telling, Waite and Andrews both receiving plenty of the opportunities from influential defender Bryce Rutherford and midfielder Madison Andrews.
Waite’s fourth goal extended the margin to 39 points and Andrews’ third and fourth ensured the Wickers would advance in the finals, going into the final term with a 50-point lead.
The big difference between the teams was the dominant forwards of the Wickers while no Eagle kicked multiple goals. Luke Bee-Hugo and Taylor both battled hard for Beacy but their lack of a dominant key forward was telling.
Wickers coach Dean Rice said conditions suited his fast-running side. “The guys really stood up today,” he said. “The conditions suited us. We’re a pretty young team and the way we like to play is to run on the top of the ground and move the ball quickly and get it into our forward line.”
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