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Falcons overcome fog, Rebels to open account

Will Baker celebrates one of hist two goals in Geelong Falcons’ 16-point win over the GWV Rebels at Mars Stadium. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

GEELONG Falcons have four goals in the final quarter to overrun arch-rival GWV Rebels and open their 2021 NAB League Boys account with a 16-point win at a foggy MARS Stadium.

Trailing by seven points at the final change, the Falcons were able to keep the previously unbeaten Rebels goalless in the last term to claim a memorable victory.

“We played some good footy, and the energy and intensity were good in the first quarter,” coach Paul Corrigan said.

“They lifted, and we made some errors in that second quarter which gave them a couple of goals to get them ahead.

“In the second half, we got back to winning more of the contest, and we started to play better footy by just getting the ball forward and gaining yardage.

“Then we hit the scoreboard in the final quarter.”

The Falcons, who were unable to field their 19-year-olds contingent, including captain Gennaro Bove, due to COVID restrictions, unveiled six debutants.

Among them was GFL leading goalkicker Tom Gillett, who finished with one goal.

“I reckon he had five or six shots on goal and competed really well for us,” Corrigan said. “And what he did for us today was really straighten us up a little bit.

“He gave us the opportunity to get that ball in quick into our forward line, and get it deep, too.

“I was really impressed with how he attacked it today.

“It wasn’t the greatest day for forwards being wet, but I thought he provided a real focal point up there for us.”

St Joseph’s Oscar Morrison was a key in defence for the Falcons, while 17-year-old Ollie Northam worked hard in the ruck.

Corrigan was also full of praise for the Falcons’ midfield.

“Cooper Whyte through the middle with Mitch Knevitt, Jhye Clark and Teddy Clohesy, I thought those four worked really strongly through the middle for us, especially in that second half,” he said.

“And we also had Blake Reid and Lachie Kidd, who played down back for us and steadied the ship and gave us drive off half-back.”

Geelong VFL-listed midfielder Marcus Herbert was named the Rebels’ best.

The Falcons are due to return to MARS Stadium next week for a meeting with the Bendigo Pioneers.

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Geelong Falcons        2.1, 2.3, 4.6, 8.8 (56)

GWV Rebels        2.1. 4.6, 5.7, 5.10 (40)

Goals; Geelong Falcons: W. Baker 2, M. Langan 2, E. Hollard 2, T. Clohesy, T. Gillett

GWV Rebels: J. Rentsch 3, J. Drever, J. Ballantyne

Best; Geelong Falcons: O. Morrison, O. Northam, C. Whyte, L. Kidd, B. Reid, J. Clark

GWV Rebels: M. Herbert, N. Hodgson, H. Sinnott, C. Molan, S. Butler, J. Rentsch