Groundhog Day in May? 

In the fourth round of the Circular Head Football Association’s 2016 season, Irishtown recorded an impressive win over Scotchtown, where co-coach Chris Smith battled hard in defence to smoother Bon Radford’s kick toward goal. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

CHFA. In a round that could have been confused for Groundhog Day, Irishtown and Forest Stanley defeated Scotchtown and Redpa comprehensively as results mirrored those of round one.

Round four’s opening clash was the closer of the two matches as Irishtown defeated Scotchtown at home.

An opening quarter which saw some inaccurate kicking from both sides resulted in the Canaries holding a 19-point advantage at the first break.

The second term allowed Irishtown to extend their lead as they kicked 4.4 to the Tigers 2.1 to lead by 34 by half time.

The third quarter, as was the case last week, was where Irishtown really flexed their muscles as they broke the game open kicking six goals from 12 scoring shots to leave the Scotchtown players in their wake setting up what turned out to be a match-winning 63-point lead at the final change.

An improved effort in the final stanza by the Tigers wasn’t enough to reduce the margin as they kicked 2.0 to the Canaries’ 2.5 as the inaccurate Irishtown were victorious by 68 points, 16.20.116 to 7.6.48.

Jason Gofton, of Irishtown, was most pleased with his two youngest chargers, Brae Gardner and Kai West.

“They really stood out with their marking and goal kicking,” he said.

The victorious coach also singled out Christian Mulder, Dylan Howard and Nick Ling, who kicked a match-high four goals.

The losing coach, Brent Burgess, again praised his opposition saying that Irishtown were just too quick for his young side.

“We were beaten by a side that is starting to gel quite well.

“Full credit to Irishtown, they have brought in some good young quick talent to go with their quality senior players,” he said.

Burgess praised the work of his two debutants, Bailey Grey and Judd Stewart, and particularly focused on the latter, who helped contain Irishtown’s strong attack with Scott Jackson only kicking three goals for the game.

The Scotchtown coach was also happy with the leadership shown by the experienced David Tuxworth who led by example in a team that featured seven Under 16 players.

In the second game, Redpa were looking to cause a massive boilover and defeat the previously undefeated Forest Stanley but it wasn’t to be as the Demons ran out winners by 117 points.

A high scoring first quarter led to Forest Stanley kicking six goals to Redpa’s four.

The second term resulted in a goalless quarter for the Redlegs while the table-topping Forest Stanley kicked away to lead by 64-points at the major break.

A much closer third quarter was a step in the right direction for the Redlegs as the Demons could only extend their lead by one point.

Another heavy scoring stanza by Forest Stanley of 8.4 was supplemented by a great defensive effort that kept Redpa scoreless – the third scoreless quarter against the Demons in the last fortnight – as Forest Stanley ran out winners, 25.16.166 to 7.7.49.

For Forest Stanley, it was Jai Quilliam, Simon House and Mark Kearnes who were noticed most, with the latter kicking three goals in what was described as a team effort.

The team effort can be seen by the spread of goal kickers as eleven of Forest Stanley’s players kicked at least one major.

Redpa coach, Nathan Bransden was happy with his team’s effort after heavily criticising that part of his team’s play last week.

“The end result of our game looks like a flogging but I was happy with the way we fought it out.”

Bransden was particularly enthused by the work of his team either side of the second term.

“We started the first and third quarters really well and showed the type of footy that we’re capable of playing,” he said.

In the lower grades, Irishtown recorded two emphatic victories, while Forest Stanley also recorded a large victory in the U/16s before recording a 34-point win in the Reserves.

In next week’s fixtures, both games have the potential to be mouth-watering contests as the undefeated Forest Stanley plays Irishtown who are second, and third-placed Redpa fronts up against the winless Scotchtown.

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