Cats claw Giants

The Greenham Tasmania Circular Head Giants had a tough match against Wynyard in Smithton during the North West Football League’s seventh round on Saturday. Playing coach Aaron Tuxworth continually worked to halt the Cats from penetrating the Giants’ defence. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

NWFL. The Greenham Tasmania Circular Head Giants suffered a severe setback during Saturday’s round seven games, as all three grades were defeated by the Wynyard Cats in Smithton.

In a low scoring affair, the Seniors played a disappointing game and despite taking a six-point lead at half time, fell to the Cats by six points at the final siren.

Looking to increase their statistics to five wins from five games, the Giants started well to lead by nine points at quarter time.

A barrage of goals from Wynyard left Circular Head trailing by 29 points at the final change.

A few early goals in the last kept the Giants within striking distance but Wynyard held on for a hard fought six-point victory, 8.12.60 to 8.18.66.

Coach Aaron Tuxworth was notably disappointed by the loss but commended the solid work of Nathan Drake in defence and young Ethan Jackson on the wing.

“The loss was very disappointing,” he said, “with the playing group coming to the game with the wrong mindset – that it was just going to happen for them.

“It is a timely reminder for the young group of the evenness of the competition and if we don’t play our best football we can get beaten by anyone.”

The Reserves match was the opposite of the Seniors’ with Wynyard getting off to a four-goal head start, to lead by 26 points at quarter time.

It was much of the same during the second quarter as Wynyard extended their lead to 38 points and the Giants moved into half time goalless following just two points in the first half.

The second half opened with a real arm wrestle as both sides struggled to hit the scoreboard.

Unfortunately, the Giants still couldn’t manage a goal heading into the last quarter trailing by 45 points.

However, a completely different Giants outfit came out for the final leg and slammed on five goals to keep Wynyard scoreless whilst closing the gap to 13 points.

The Giants fought the game out well to finish 5.4.34 to Wynyard’s 7.5.47.

Coach Nathan Drake congratulated Nic Bellinger, Damien Barker, Steve Poulter and Dylan Brown for their best-on-ground performances after the game.

“The boys missed a big opportunity to get a win on Saturday,” he said.

“But it was good to see us not throw the towel in though and come back in the second half.”

Playing the North West Football League’s second on the ladder, the Under 18s Giants boys knew they were in for a tough day at the office.

Following a slow start, the Giants woke up as they went into quarter time trailing by 31 points and fought back to keep Wynyard to just one goal in the second. However did not add to their first-quarter two points.

The match continued in this vain with Wynyard kicking away.

The Giants put in a great defensive effort after the first quarter, to keep Wynyard to just six more goals for the match and finish 0.4.4 to the Cats’ 11.15.81.

Lachlan Williams, Harry Jaeger and Jesse Popowski were the Giants’ best and fought hard through the four quarters.

Circular Head will travel to Latrobe this week, looking for redemption.

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