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Joeys overcome “interruptions” to stay unbeaten

HEATH Jamieson has labelled Saturday’s seven-point win over St Mary’s as “one of more my fonder home-and-away ones” since taking over as coach of St Joseph’s in 2013.

Joeys were forced into three changes between selecting their team on Thursday night and running out for the meeting with the Saints, with premiership trio Cal Mitchell (Geelong VFL), Kieren Paliouras (adductor) and captain Alex Hickey (corkie).

“We just had a few interruptions leading up to the game, and sometimes when that happens you don’t know what mindset you’re going to get from your players,” Jamieson said.

“We picked Pailouras, Hickey and Mitchell in our team on Thursday night, and still late Friday they were all still playing.

“We just had that interruption leading up into the game.

“We plucked Nick Balic and Tommy Kingston out of the reserves late, and their effort and attitude was fantastic.”


Jamieson was also full of praise for young big man Tom Denning, who rucked for much of the day against Andrew Banjanin and Trent McMullan.

He also kicked three crucial goals in one of the best games of his short career.

“I thought ‘Denno’ was really good,” Jamieson said. “Not only did he have to shoulder most of the ruck duties against taller opponents, he went forward on occasions and took a couple of big grabs.

“He’s a work in progress – I think he’s 19. He learns every day.

“He’s really competitive, which we love in our players, he trains really hard, he wants to play senior footy.

“He’s always asking the right questions, and he got some reward for all the hard work that’s he put in.”

The win leaves St Joseph’s one game clear of St Mary’s after eight rounds.

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