NWJFL. Smithton’s U/14s bounced back from last week’s defeat to post a convincing 71-point win over Latrobe at home as the U/16s came close to making a breakthrough.
A strong finish in the last half was key for the U/14s to stamp their authority on the Demons, finishing with 12 goals while restricting the opposition to two to make up for a relatively slow and sloppy first half.
Lachie Hunt, Max Waymouth, Ryan Nibbs and Harry Kay were among the best on the day; Kay (four goals) and Nibbs (two) staying in the mix of leading goal kickers in the league.
Coach Woody French said his side played a “good brand of footy” on Sunday, believing things are “starting to go together” though recognising the players have a “lot of work still to do” to maintain their position on the ladder.
Meanwhile, the local U/16 side’s 37-point loss highlighted an improvement on the previous week’s performance with five individual goal kickers for the match, though a first win of the season continues to elude them.
Coach Staff Heres said his players played “quite well in patches” with impressive ball movement, but lacked intensity at other times when the opposition had the ball.
Cam Shiel was named best-on-ground for continually putting his body on the line and winning plenty of contested football, while Brody Brown was “superb all day” with tireless running and creating chances.
Heres said Tom Forsyth was also very good in providing good contests “in the air or on the ground” with Harvey Cobbing showing “great tenacity”, praised for his run-and-carry and ball use.
The Saints’ NWJFL sides play Penguin away from home this weekend in round seven.