NWFL. A guest appearance from former Collingwood and Western Bulldogs forward Travis Cloke assisted the Greenham Tasmania Circular Head Giants in round five in Smithton on Saturday.
The North West Football League clash with Penguin launched Circular Head to fifth on the ladder as the home side recorded a second victory for the season.
The Giants were swift in securing two goals in the first quarter while preventing the Two Blues from hitting the target as Damon Smith paved the way for three majors throughout the contest.
Kicking into the wind in the second, the Giants added another two goals to the board as the visitors fought to claw back three majors and one behind.
Struck by a groin injury, Cloke entered the main break on the bench before making a return to hold the goal square and secure one major for the home side. Giants Josh Gale and Ryan Grey performed with stealth and stamina to assist the side in the 8.11.59 to 6.6.42 victory.
Following the clash, coach Matt Elliott conceded the side did not utilise the elements when the wind favoured the side in the first and third quarters but praised the team for working to remain in front while kicking into a strong wind.
“As for this weekend, we will continue to work on the same things we have been,” he says.
“We have a long way to go but are going in the right direction.”
In the Reserves, Circular Head claimed a narrow victory in a low scoring affair.
The side trailed by four points at the main rest as Steve Poulter and Zach Bransden received praise for strong performances.
Requiring two goals and one point to even the scores, Circular Head fought to secure four majors in the final quarter and sneak ahead for a five point victory, 8.4.52 to 7.5.47.
The Under 18 squad flaunted their skills in a thrilling 15.13.103 to 5.5.35 match.
Lachlan Blakemore led the pack with six majors alongside three from Brody Brown throughout the clash as the side secured seven goals in the first quarter.
Kicking slowed in the second as Circular Head conceded two goals while claiming three of their own.
A strong defensive unit let one single behind pass by in the third before three opposing majors sailed through the posts in the fourth.
Adding four goals to the score in the third quarter and a final major in the last, the Giants finished with a comfortable 68 point victory.
Meanwhile, Sarah Fisher claimed the only major in the women’s match, recording 1.6.12 to 10.16.76.
In the North West Junior Football League, the Under 12 team dominated in Penguin as Eli Bellinger booted three goals alongside two each from Kalon Nicholls, Brandon Woolley, Tyler Young, Brandon Stokes, Cooper Mallinson and one each from Alywn Russell and Riley Lockett.
The side finished the four quarters 0.1.1 to 15.12.102 while the Under 12 team claimed a 1.1.7 to 2.16.28 win as Isaac Innes-Smith and Jakhan Wells booted a goal each.
The Junior Girls started the game strong with one goal and one point however were unable to impact the scoreboard in the remaining three quarters to be defeated 8.11.59 to 1.1.7.
The Circular Head Giants will travel to Girdlestone Park this Saturday (May 12) to meet with East Devonport in round six of the North West Football League.