Hard slog through Saturday

Irishtown sealed a 6.5.41 to 2.4.16 win over Forest Stanley in Circular Head Football Association’s Reserves on Saturday. The Canaries’ Rob Coates had a stellar performance as did Danny Swan who shepherds the Demons’ Stephen Johnson from his teammate. Photo courtesy of Alyssia Coates Photography.

CHFA. Saturday’s wild weather brought with it low scoring matches as Forest Stanley defeated Irishtown while Redpa beat Scotchtown.

The two competition leaders met at Irishtown for a highly anticipated showdown.

With the Demons carrying a long list of injuries, the home side were predicted to topple the undefeated visitors however the solid work of Lincoln Jackson on the forward line, booting three majors, allowed Forest Stanley to remain unchallenged.

With the assistance of Jackson and Luke and Cody Korpershoek, the Demons sprang out to a 14-point lead at quarter time, however managed only one behind in the second while Irishtown reduced the margin to just one goal.

Stepping up for the Canaries, Matthew Febey lined the ball up twice to sail through the middle posts.

In the second half, the Demons strapped in to record three more goals but were held to only two points in the final stanza, running out 4.3.27 to 5.14.44 victors.

Canaries coach Jason Gofton was pleased with the progress of his side despite the loss, particularly in challenging conditions.

“With one more roster game for the year it feels like we are coming good at the right time,” he said.

In the second Seniors contest, it was a long road to Redpa for Scotchtown and a long road back as the home side sealed the game.

In a well fought-out match, the Tigers held momentum in the first quarter, using the wind to their advantage and playing strong, aggressive football.

A 10-point lead at quarter time gave them some leeway but the Redlegs soon encroached onto their territory to lead by just one point at the main break.

Redpa coach Nathan Bransden and Scotchtown coach Brent Burgess matched each other in registering two goals for their respective sides.

The breeze played a huge component in the scoring as Redpa only managed one behind allowing Scotchtown to reach out to an eight-point lead.

Holding their guests scoreless, the Redlegs came from behind to record an eight-point victory, 5.10.40 to 4.8.32.

Coach Bransden said the team was “inspired” by Joel Bransden’s final-quarter goal but noted the victory to the whole squad.

“It was a great team effort by our boys,” he said.

“In tough conditions they did what they had to, to get the four points.”

In the lower grades, Irishtown turned the tables with two wins over Forest Stanley, while Redpa earned points in the Reserves and Scotchtown in the U/16s.

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