Meanwhile there was a heavy track at Picken Oval for the Wests v Sydney Uni game; but the Students had little trouble adapting to the sticky conditions as they recorded a comfortable 56-point win over the Magpies.
Little separated the two sides in the first quarter. The Magpies had the game the way they like it; physical, uncompromising and tightly-contested. Just two goals apiece were scored in the first quarter, with the Magpies leading by three points at quarter time after an even first term.
But the Students had a strong team this week, with several players with NEAFL experience lining up in the blue and gold hoops. And as the second quarter unfolded, the big name players began to exert a greater influence. The Magpies worked hard, but didn’t have the firepower to match it with a star-studded Sydney Uni side; and the scoreboard pressure began to take its toll. It was four goals to one in favour of the Students in the second term, as they came from behind to record a 14-point lead at the long break.
The Magpies weren’t going to go down without a fight, and kept pressing hard in the third term. And they would achieve some results for their struggles, kicking three goals for the quarter and at times threatening to wind back the deficit. But the Students would come up with the answers, and then pulled away in the latter stages of the quarter to land five major scores and extend the margin to 30 points at the last change.
The floodgates had opened, and the last quarter would be a shootout. And the Students had the greater firepower, so when there were goals up for grabs they were able to take the lion’s share of them. It was a marathon final quarter in which the Students would land seven goals to three, stretching the final margin out to 56 points when the final siren eventually sounded.
Mitchell Thompson kicked four goals for the Students in a best-on-ground performance. Matthew Vicic also drew twin flags from the goal umpires on four occasions; and Kane Murphy and Sam Ryan picked up stacks of possessions around the ground. But the Students had a strong team who played their roles magnificently to power their way to top of the ladder after the opening round.
Former Port Adelaide player Nick Salter, in his first game as playing coach of the Magpies, put in a solid effort to finish with four goals; and along with Yannick Milligan-Saville and Reuben Haupt was among the Magpies’ best.
|Date||Time||Match Day||Full Time|
|April 1, 2017||2:00 pm||1||120'|
|Inner West Magpies||64|