Reserves Round 15 vs Northcote Park @ J.E Moore Park
WEST PRESTON LAKESIDE vs. NORTHCOTE PARK
Round 15 @ J.E Moore Park
Saturday's reserves clash out at J.E Moore park between West Preston Lakeside and Northcote Park promised to be an exciting clash with both teams coming into the game with 8 wins for the season and showing some strong form to suggest finals was on the agenda. The result, somewhat surprisingly, didn't follow the script, especially given the last encounter was a 6 point nail biter at Bill Lawry oval.
West Preston controlled the footy and the game for most of the day with Chris Belbasis and Shaun Barker gaining the ascendency in the midfield to provide quality delivery for the forwards all day. Chris finished the day with 4 goals as he pushed forward to capitalise on the teams pressure through the arcs. Shaun continued his top form with an abudance of centre clearances and some copybook goal celebrations. Ably supported by Condo and Greeny in the ruck the West Preston's midfield was on top for the majority of the day.
The surprise packet for the day, to the uninformed spectator, was Ben Peters. Ben had played some senior footy before the clash and was hoping to provide some run and some polish for the reserves. That he did! Ben kicked 6 goals and a few misses could have seen his tally push double figures. His ball use and long range bombs caused havoc for the Northcote boys as he did as he pleased.
Ollie Dufficy was providing a good target up the ground and is continues to produce good form in the back half of the season. He has a damaging left foot and poise with the footy in hand. Lawless chipped in with 3 goals and Jarrod Caspersz was misely in the back half repelling the Northcote forward thrusts.
Kane Heaney was again a strong and valuable contributor and with a few big names to come back (Bonnadio and O'Neill) the big man department is set to be bolstered again for next weeks clash against Heidelberg.
Northcote Park were uncharacteristically beaten by 125 points in the end in what seems an abboration on their form card. There is no doubt they will be pushing hard for a spot in the finals in the coming weeks.
Sitting 5th on the ladder the reserves will look to consolidate its position in the finals over the ensuing weeks.