The Geelong Falcons have used a seven goal to one second term to help set up a 65 point win against the Northern Knights at Simonds Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
With a young side playing against one of the best teams in the competition the Knights were simply outclassed by a very strong Geelong outfit.
Coach Justin Wenke said his side it was a tough encounter on the weekend.
“Geelong were really impressive, but we weren’t good enough for long enough and that cost us big time”, Wenke said.
“In those second and last terms we had 12 goals to 3 kicked against and that’s not good enough against any side.”
The Knights played a terrific third term holding the Falcons to one goal while kicking three of their own to trim the margin to 31 points, but Geelong used a big last term to blow out the margin.
“We broke even in the first term and won the third so that was promising but there is still plenty to work on as we go ahead.”
With several senior members of the team missing, some of the Knights youngsters stepped up and had some solid games.
Patrik Della Rocca was strong up forward kicking three goals. Joey Ciranna was solid on the wing while first gamers Ryan Bowkett and Ben Wiggins had some big moments in their debuts.
“I though Patty was great with the limited opportunities he had, the two boys who debuted also showed some positive signs on a dirty day for us.”
Many of the senior members still had an impact on the game, Jack Petruccelle showed his usual dash playing all over the ground and bursting through packs and. Sam Binion was also very impressive playing multiple roles.
The Knights will look to bounce back next week against the Gippsland Power in Morwell on Saturday afternoon.
Geelong Falcons 2.5 9.7 10.11 16.16 (112)
Northern Knights 2.1 3.1 6.4 7.5 (47)
Geelong Falcons: A. Garner 4, G. Miers 3, D. Hollenkamp 2, E. Floyd 2, D. Handley, M. Chafer, C. Parish, J. Reid, J. Walters
Northern Knights: P. Della Rocca 3, H. Grace, S. Binion, R. Loton, C. Farchione
Geelong Falcons: B. Cockerill, L. Noble, A. Garner, E. Floyd, C. Parish, C. Stephens
Northern Knights: J. Petruccelle, S. Binion, C. Farchione, J. Ciranna, P. Della Rocca, O. Wilson