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Falcons stop Cannons firing

Geelong Falcons coach Paul Corrigan makes a point. (Geelong Falcons Image)

EURIAH Hollard has given AFL talent scouts a timely reminder of his talent with a six-goal haul in Geelong Falcons’ 42-point NAB League Boys win over the Calder Cannons at Ballarat’s Mars Stadium.

Hollard, who turns 19 in November, was selected to a Young Guns match last month,” and coach Paul Corrigan says he’s building towards yesterday’s performance.

“He’s had some performances where he’s kicked two or three goals and been really effective in what he’s been able to produce,” Corrigan said.

“I thought yesterday was a good reward for the form he’s been showing and the consistency he’s been showing throughout the year.”

The 15.11 (101) to 9.5 (59) victory has seen the Falcons jump to second spot on the ladder, just two points behind the Gippsland Power, who have a game in hand.

After the Cannons cut the margin to three points 10 minutes into the third quarter, the Falcons responded with seven of the last goals of the contest.

“We spoke before the game about getting back to the strengths of our contested ball, and our ability and our pressure around the ball as well,” Corrigan said.

“We wanted to make the ground big yesterday, and I thought our ball movement was quite impressive, in be able to transition the ball of a turnover, whether it was midway or down back, and get some good looks inside 50.

“Hopefully, we can keep improving on that and being consistent in how we play.”

As well as Hollard’s performance, captain Jhye Clark warmed up for the under-18 National Championships with 33 disposals and a goal.

In a half-back role, Osca Riccardi gathered a season-high 28 possessions, while Liam Kershaw was impressive with 23 disposals on a wing in just his third game at NAB League level.

The Falcons will play closer to home next Sunday when they host the Murray Bushrangers at Werribee’s Avalon Airport Oval.

Corrigan and star quartet Jhye Clark, Oli Northam, Oscar Murdoch and Ted Clohesy will be on Vic Country duty.

Michael Bright will take charge of the team that will welcome back players from Geelong College and Geelong Grammar.

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