Brilliant opening sets up Cobras

Jul 22 2019 Published by under 苏州美甲美睫培训学校

EYES ON THE BALL: Bacchus Marsh’s Liam Noonan has time on his side. Picture: Lachlan Bence Bacchus Marshpaved the way for a long-awaited grand final appearance with a dream start against Sunbury in the Ballarat Football League second semi-final on Saturday.

Sunbury struggled to get its hands on the ball as the Cobras kicked seven unansweredgoals in the opening 20 minutes of the first quarter in theEastern Ovalencounter.

While it was not enough to completelyput the Lions out of the game –they worked their way back to within 13 points in the third quarter -the goal blitz did the damage required to always give Bacchus Marsh breathing space.

Bacchus Marsh coach Travis Hodgson could not praise that initial burst enough, although he believed the Cobras got caught up in the “bright lights” in the wake of the opening –allowing Sunbury to get back in contention with four late goals in the first term.

He said this had been a reminder that the deeper a team got into the season the harder games were to win.

Hodgson said as well as Bacchus Marsh had done to reach its first grand final since 1999, nothing had been achieved yet.

A persistent Sunbury twice worked its way back from 41-point deficit and when a quieter than usual Alik Magin dribbled a goal five minutes into the last quarter to narrow the margin to 21 points the Lions had a sniff.

As it had all day though, Bacchus Marsh stood firm and went on to kick the last four goals to stretch the final margin to 48 points.

Ruckman Daniel Burton,Jarrah Maksymow and Damian Cupido –all new to the Cobras this season –joined Declan PhylandandLogan Blundellas the big-time performers for Bacchus Marsh.

Burton took the honours against Sunbury’s David Kovacevic, as BacchusMarsh clearly won the clearances. Burton’s biggest influence though was around the ground where as a ball magnet he knocked up taking marks.

Sunbury struggled to lay a hand on an elusive Phyland, who carved up the Lions as a high forward to open up opportunities for Maksymow, who booted seven goals, and Cupido (five goals). Blundell’s pace also troubled Sunbury.

Sunbury struggled for consistency, but key defender Adam Short was one of its winners as heshut down Cam Richardson.

Grant Valles was another to help spark a third quarter surge, while Mathew Medcraft, Jack Landt and JesseMcInneny provided drive at ground level in the absence of dominant talls in attack.

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