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The Circular Head Giants had a field day during round five of the North West Football League’s roster, with the Seniors and Reserves sides dominating their Burnie Dockers opposition at home. The Giants’ Kalon House shepherds a Dockers opponent while Matt Elliott moves forward. Pictures: Ashleigh Force. 

NWFL. The Circular Head Giants have edged inside the top four in the Seniors and Reserves after both sides picked up their third win of the season against Burnie Dockers over the Anzac Day weekend.

The U/18s however showed further improvement but were unable to get the points.

With a comfortable 110-point win, the Seniors now find themselves with three wins and one loss sitting third on the ladder, whilst the Reserves who have the same record are placed fourth.

Entering into round five, the Seniors’ match was a ferocious affair with the Giants laying a staggering 77 tackles throughout the day.

This pressure helped turn the ball over easily through the middle of the ground allowing former AFL player Nick Gill to take full advantage and kick 11 goals up forward.

According to Giants coach Aaron Tuxworth, Gill was clearly the stand-out performer of the match, adding that it was pleasing to see young players such as Joel Poke, Ethan Jackson, Jaiden Crole and Thomas Charles stand up.

“Saturday’s performance was the most consistent football that we have played all year,” Tuxworth said. “Our pressure around the ball was also the best it has been all year.”

Playing in front of a home crowd, the Seniors recorded a 23.15.153 win over the Dockers’ 6.73.43.

A big first quarter set the tone in the Reserves game, which saw them out to a five-goal head start. The game was a one-sided affair as the Giants held Burnie to just one goal at half time.

Up forward Josh Gale and Nic Bellinger were a handful for Burnie bagging five and four goals respectively. Scott Blizzard and Taygen Dennison dominated the middle of the ground, collecting centre clearances at will and sending the ball inside forward 50.

Despite a 19.14.128 final score to Burnie’s 3.5.23, Giants coach Nathan Drake said there were still improvements to be made.

“The boys played well but didn’t quite play four quarters of football which cost us an even bigger win,” he said.

Coming up against ladder-leaders Burnie, the U/18s were up for a big challenge.

Yet again the Giants were off to a slow start and found it hard to hit the scoreboard, reaching one goal and three behinds at half time.

The third quarter was much of the same but as the clock wound down, coach Cameron Lockett was pleased with the finish.

“Our last quarter was the best football we have played all year and the group is looking to post its second win against Penguin this week,” Lockett said.

The Giants ended with a 5.4.34 total while the Dockers took the points with 13.8.86.

Thomas Lewis continued his great start to the year and played well across halfback whilst Joseph Doust enjoyed the move from forward to the backline.

This week, the Circular Head Giants will travel to Penguin with the Seniors and Reserves looking to consolidate their spots in the top four, whilst the U/18s will look for win number two.

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