Woodsmen bounce back

Jake Buggy. (Ljubica Vrankovic) 410695_21

Tara Murray

Spotswood got a much needed win to get its Western Football League division 1 season back on track.

After two close losses the previous two weeks, the Woodsmen’s match with Parkside was an important one for both sides.

The Woodsmen jumped out of the blocks on Saturday and it was game over at half time.

Fourteen goals to one in the first half showed the dominance from the Woodsmen.

The second half was much closer, but the result was already decided with the Woodsmen winning 22.9 (141)-8.6 (54).

Coach Tom German said they were really happy with that result and it was reward for effort.

“We had a couple of close losses the last two weeks and we’ve been thereabouts,” he said. “We’ve had patches that have let us down. We’ve had lots of ins and outs of the side in the first half of the season.

“We’ve got a bit more continuity in there and it allows us to gel.”

German said every side goes through those patches and they’re hoping they are through the worst of it.

Sam Cross kicked four goals in the win while Kyle Blake, Lachlan Heriot and Steven O’Bryan got three goals each.

“We had a lot of good performers,” German said. “The backline was really good.

“Nathan Haylock was super down there.

“Grant Williams moved into the midfield, he’s normally a defender. Matthew Payne, Steven O’Bryan and Kyle Blake were all good down forward.

“It was an even performance.”

For the Magpies, Tom Stapleton and Darcy Kennedy were named their best.

Spotswood sit in sixth spot only a game outside the top four.

German said they were hoping the result would kick start their season.

“It is a really even competition,” he said. “We started the season well with some pretty good first three to four weeks.

“We had a few players go overseas and few injuries. With the evenness of the competition, and how results come and have kept us in it.”

“Hopefully we are able to string a few results together now.”

Parkside sit in seventh spot with three wins.

The Woodsmen face bottom side Point Cook Centrals this Saturday, while Parkside faces Hoppers Crossing.

Altona got another win on the board, defeating Point Cook, 17.11 (113)-6.4 (40).

The Bulldogs led at quarter time before the Vikings kicked 14 goals to two after quarter time.

In division 2, Braybrook beat North Sunshine, Newport lost to Wyndhamvale, West Footscray struggled against Albion and North Footscray beat Laverton.