The Northern Knights have gone down to the Murray Bushrangers by 26 points on Sunday afternoon at RAMS Arena.
The Bushrangers used a seven goal to two second term to help set up their win, with inaccurate kicking hurting both sides during a scrappy game.
In the first quarter the Knights had most of the possession but failed to convert kicking a poor 3.6 to only lead by 10 points at the first change. Highlights in the first term where two massive marks taken by Jack Petruccelle and Patrick Naish.
Coach Justin Wenke lamented the side’s poor execution in the first term.
“We could have really put our foot down in the first quarter and given ourselves a big lead and put scoreboard pressure on Murray but we didn’t convert on our inside 50s and that cost us big time,” Wenke said.
The middle two terms were where the Knights let themselves let down. The Bushrangers kicked 10 goals to four and took a commanding 30 point lead into the final term.
“Our second and third quarters we were really poor as Murray really took over the game. We weren’t able to stand up and fight them off which was disappointing, but credit to the Bushrangers though who played a great standard of footy that we just weren’t able to match.”
The Knights fought the last quarter out gallantly but it was a disappointing result for the team as they looked to build on last week’s win against the Eastern Ranges.
While playing a fairly young side, including six debutants, today showed the Knights still have plenty to work on this season to make the finals. A few injuries to key players made it tougher for the young team.
Captain Nick Coffield was unable to play the second half, while Ethan Penrith and Matt Harman both copped heavy knocks but managed to play out the game.
“We had six kids debut today which was exciting to see but it didn’t help them when Coff (Nick Coffield) and Marcus Lentini who pulled out before the game were unable to lead them through the rough patches in the game.”
Jamison Shea stood up for the Knights when he was moved to the backline in the third term, whilst Jack Petruccelle continued to impress kicking two goals to go with his huge mark. 19 year old Adam Tomaro showed plenty of reasons as to why he was brought into the team. Anthony Fable and Braedyn Gillard also battled manfully in the midfield.
The Knights will travel this Sunday to Bendigo in what will be a great challenge for the young side against a hungry Pioneers outfit.
Murray Bushrangers 2.4 9.6 12.10 12.19 (91)
Northern Knights 3.6 5.9 7.10 9.11 (65)
Murray Bushrangers: J. Butts 2, D. Johnston 2, H. Jones 2, J. Lane 2, T. Boyd, N. Richards, B. Kelly, D. Smith
Northern Knights: P. Naish 2, J. Petruccelle 2, M. Baker, N. Coffield, K. Agosta, O. Stapleton, J. Shea
Murray Bushrangers: H. Jones, A. Hicks, J. Koschitzke, J. Butts, B. Kelly, B. Paton
Northern Knights: J. Shea, E. Penrith, J. Petruccelle, M. Dreher, A. Tomaro, A. Fable