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Joeys return to top five

Cam Tudor and Riley Ferguson celebrate a goal in St Joseph’s 25-point win over Geelong West. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

ST JOSEPH’S has returned to the GFL top five, and at the same time, kept alive its slim double-chance hopes, following a 25-point over Geelong West at Drew Oval.

The 12.16 (88) to 9.9 (63) victory by Joeys saw it displace the Giants inside the top five, and it keeps them within a win of third-placed Bell Park, who it faces next Saturday at Hi Sushi Oval.

“We’re rapt to come away with four points against good opposition,” coach Paul Carson told K rock Football following the match.

“I probably felt like we wasted some opportunities there. I felt like we could have put that game to bed a little bit earlier.

“The scoreboard, in my mind, probably didn’t reflect (that). I thought we really controlled that for a large period of time.

“I’m really pleased with the boys’ efforts today.”

St Joseph’s win was its 20th consecutive victory over West, dating back to Round 11, 2008

If AFL Barwon does decide to end the season after Round 17, as is being widely speculated, Geelong West needs to beat North Shore in next week’s Ron Sells Cup clash.

That would make the following round’s match-up with South Barwon a virtual elimination final.

Coach Greg Mellor was left to rue some disappointing ball use during the second quarter, as Joeys jumped out to a 24-point advantage thanks to four-goals-to-two.

“In the second quarter, we just made a couple of bad skill errors that we got burnt on, and they scored a couple of goals from,” he said.

“We tried a few things after half-time. (We) tried to close down the stoppage a little bit, (but) we couldn’t find enough avenues forward of the ball to score.”

Click below to listen to the post-match interviews with Paul Carson and Greg Mellor.



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