NWFL. In a narrow North West Football League match, the Greenham Tasmania Circular Head Giants gained a victory in Smithton on Saturday.
Booting two goals and one point in the first term, the home side started behind the opposition as Penguin scored three goals and three points.
The Giants kicked into gear in the second term to add three majors to the tally while preventing the Two Blues from converting more than three behinds.
After the main break, a tight contest ensued where just three points separated the sides at the final change in Penguin’s favour.
Circular Head once again blocked the visitors from contributing more than two behinds in the fourth term while securing enough for a six-point victory, 6.10.46 to 5.10.40.
Ryland Coombe, with two majors, stood out for the home side alongside Giants Josh Coombe, Brody Brown, Tyrone Morrison, Guy Kearnes and Nathan Bransden.
In a milestone match for Smithton Football Club, the Reserves marched out for Michael ‘Moonie’ Ollington’s 400th game. Ollington is the first player in club history to reach this landmark.
Despite the occasion, the side lacked drive in the first term to secure just two behinds in response to the visitors’ four majors and three behinds.
Penguin put on a show in the second term, notching five goals as top goalkicker of the day Nathan Russell added five of his own to the Two Blues’ tally throughout the contest.
Circular Head kicked one ball between the centre posts in this quarter yet had an uphill battle ahead of them to fight back the margin after the main break.
The Giants discovered their drive in the third term, playing an offensive quarter with two majors and three behinds while holding the Two Blues to one behind.
The home side continued to build on this momentum in the final term, adding three goals and one point to the tally, although the visitors capitalised on an early start to the game to finish strong, 6.7.43 to 13.9.87.
In the Under 18 game, a forfeited match by Penguin gave Circular Head the points yet in true sportsmanship, the Giants put players in Two Blues guernseys for a fun footy affair.
East Devonport will host Circular Head this Saturday (August 11) before the Giants host Ulverstone on Saturday August 18 in the final North West Football League match of the season.