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Joeys do a number on Giants

St Joseph’s players leave West Oval following their win over Geelong West. (St Joseph’s Image)

PAUL Carson is the first to admit he didn’t see St Joseph’s leaving West Oval with a 100-point win.

On a four-game winning streak, Joeys started favourites against Geelong West but made lighter work of an undermanned Giants’ line-up than most would have expected in the 21.14 (140) to 6.4 (40) victory.

“If you said that (we would win by 100 points) at 11 o’clock when we first spoke, I would have said you’ve lost your mind,” the St Joseph’s coach told K rock Football.

“It was fantastic. (A) four-quarter performance and the boys just executed the plan and what good looks like for St Joseph’s.

“It was a fantastic team effort.”

After an even opening 10 minutes, where each team kicked one goal, St Joseph’s broke the game open with a seven-goal-to-one burst that gave it a 37-point lead that effectively put the game to bed.

However, it was how his team finished off that impressed Carson.

“We’ve had a couple of games so far where we’ve been 40 or 50 points up at half-time or three-quarter time and allowed teams to really get back into the game,” he said.

“We made a real emphasis that we weren’t going to do that today.

“I put it back on the boys a little bit; ‘there’s some guys here who are trying to hold their position in the team, so let’s not ease up now’.”


For Geelong West, it was the club’s 21st consecutive loss to St Joseph’s.

“Joeys played really well,” he said. “They got the game on their terms, and we weren’t even in the fight.”

Mellor said it would be a balancing act regarding how they review the loss.

“I just had the leadership group sitting down then, and we were talking to that exact same thing,” he said.

“When you get a 100-point loss, do you bring out the cannons and go right through them?

“And then when you’ve got a young group, you blow up their confidence and that sort of thing.

“But, there’s also learnings to take out of the game, and sometimes your best learnings come from when you get your backside handed to you, which we did today.

“We’ll review it really heavily, more so just on some efforts and understanding positioning  and that sort of thing.”

St Joseph’s will now turn its attention to a mouth-watering clash with arch-rivals St Mary’s on Sunday at Anthony Costa Oval, while Geelong West has the daunting trip to Colac.

Meanwhile, Leopold has reminded the competition of its final credentials with a 15-point win over South Barwon at McDonald Reserve, 11.12 (78) to 8.15 (63).

Mitch Patten kicked four goals for the Lions to take his tally to 19, while Marcus Thompson produced another Mathieson Medal vote-catching performance.

St Mary’s extended its unbeaten streak to a GFL record 25 games with a 51-point win over Lara at Bisinella Oval, 18.18 (126) to 11.9 (75).

The Saints didn’t have it all their own way against the improving Cats, with 11 goals between Tom Lang (six) and Paddy Dowling (five) proving the difference.

Mitch Day battled hard with five goals for Lara.

Grovedale returned to the winners’ list and consigned Bell Park to its fourth consecutive loss with a 17-point victory at Burdoo Reserve, 13.15 (93) to 11.10 (76).

In his second game back from injury, teenage forward Tom Gillett kicked four goals. At the other end, Jackson Bright booted five majors for the Dragons.

Luke Hillman starred with six goals in Colac’s 96-point hiding of St Albans at Central Reserve, 19.17 (131) to 5.5 (35)

Newtown & Chilwell had to overcome another honest North Shore performance to record a 15.15 (105) to 10.6 (66) victory at Windsor Park.

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