K rock Football

Ammos overrun Coutas

GEELONG Amateur has slammed on nine goals in a stunning last quarter blitz to beat Queenscliff by 28 points and claim a crucial four points to open the 2021 BFL season.

Ammos appeared out of the contest when they trailed by 14 points at the final change on a sun-drenched Couta Bowl.

However, inspired by captain Harry Kershaw and Sam Hosking, who kicked three goals apiece, the visitors ran out the contest the better.

“The message was to keep playing the way we wanted to play,” Amateur coach Kane Tenace said when asked about his three–quarter time address.

“We were trying to take the game on a little bit too much at times, especially in the first half when we turned the ball over and gifted them a couple of goals.

“It was more about just choosing the right options going forward, and we wanted to take the game on, but we didn’t want to do anything silly.

“There was no panic there. We thought a good quarter of footy was going to be enough.

“We ran out the game better than what we thought we were going to.”

Queenscliff coach Steve Clark was left to rue a run of injury issues in the second quarter which he believes impacted his team’s ability to run out the contest.

“In the second quarter, we had no bench for quite a while,” he said.

“We lost four boys almost at once, and that was putting a fair whack of load around our mids and the blokes that play around the middle of the ground.

“And we lost our back rotation, so we just had to keep going high-and-low, and then we had blokes wanting to come off for a rest that didn’t realise we had lost those blokes.”

Among the injuries was a head knock suffered by Geelong Falcons listed Lachie Kidd, who came off second best in a fair collision with an opponent.

He will miss next week’s clash with Drysdale under concussion protocols.

“I’m not sure if he was knocked out completely; he can’t remember anything,” Clark said.

As well as Kidd, Clark also expects to be without Jayden Durran (hamstring), while Clark hopes Tom Bakker (ankle) and Sean Holroyd (back) will be right to take on the Hawks.

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Meanwhile, Barwon Heads opened the defence of its 2019 premiership in impressive fashion with a 58-point hiding of finals hopefuls Drysdale, 16.10 (106) to 7.6 (48).

The Seagulls held a 21-point buffer at half-time, but put the game beyond doubt with a seven-goal-to-one third quarter.

Brad Harvey kicked four goals, while co-coach Mitch Herbison contributed three majors.

Former Collingwood and St Kilda star Nathan Brown kicked one goal in his first appearance for Barwon Heads.

Ned Aulsebrook and former Western Region star Leigh Spiteri were named the Seagulls’ best.

Fletcher Sharrock was the Hawks’ only multiple goalkicker with two majors, while midfielder Lauchie Dalgleish and key defender Tev Nofi battled hard.

In the night game, Anglesea spoiled Modewarre celebrating its first match under lights at Community Bank Oval with a narrow six-point win, 10.18 (78) to 10.12 (72).

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