Kinglake Memorial Oval, Kinglake Central.
Kinglake vs Yarra Glen reserves started the days’ play with the senior game beginning with the annual ANZAC Day service at 3pm.
Yarra Glen easily defeated the Kinglake reserves, whilst the senior match was an intense hard fought game.
Despite Kinglake staging a fourth quarter revival Yarra Glen won their seventh of ten matches played at Kinglake.
The match was a hard-fought contest and close throughout the day with both Yarra Glen and Kinglake giving their all throughout Sunday’s twilight match.
Yarra Glen kicked the first three goals of the opening quarter until Kinglake’s Zac White responded, kicking Kinglake’s first goal.
White went on to kick another six for the match and earn best on ground- with Kinglake 2.4 (16) to Yarra Glen 3.2 (20) at the quarter time break, with Kinglake laying 12 tackles and seven centre clearances to Yarra Glen nine in the opening term.
During the quarter time break, “We’re starting to get our hands on the footy…they’re trying to sneak wide and get their hands on [the] footy” Lakers coach Brad Wilkinson said.
“Ten minutes in [to the first quarter and] our intensity lifted…pressure lifted and we started getting our hands on the footy first”
The second quarter was intense with both Kinglake and Yarra Glen matching each other in defence and attack with Kinglake kicking five goals to Yarra Glen’s six in the second half. Scores at half time were two goals the difference with Kinglake 7.6 (48) to Yarra Glen 9.6 (60).
Yarra Glen put their mark on the third quarter and with only three centre clearances Yarra Glen kicked four goals and four points to Kinglake’s two goals three. Kinglake were now five goals behind going into the final term.
“We’ve got to get our hands on this…footy.”
“It’s crucial, we have to hunt this footy more than…work harder all over the ground” Kinglake playing coach Wilkinson said.
Kinglake came within two goals midway through the final term but were unable to defeat Yarra Glen. Despite a slim margin of 18 points during the final term, Yarra Glen 17.14 (116) defeated Kinglake 13.11 (89).
Next week Kinglake face Thornton-Eildon at home and Yarra Glen play Seville at home.
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Article first published in The Local Paper, April 26, 2017.