By Jackson Russell
Wallan annihilated Rockbank by 313 points in Saturday’s RDFNL clash for the Magpies’ second win on the trot.
The Magpie started hot, kicking 11.8.74 in the first term, while holding Rockbank to a couple of behinds.
The domination continued with a 14.7.91 second quarter to take a 161-point lead into half-time.
The Rams avoided a shutout by kicking their first goal for the game nine minutes into the third term, but another 14-goal quarter for Wallan ballooned the margin out to 245 points.
The Magpies cruised home with a 10-goal final term for the win and a nice percentage boost.Wallan assistant coach Spencer Mathieson said the Magpies put together an excellent four-quarter performance.
“We had plenty of contributors on the day but some of our better players this week in the middle were Ricky Schraven, Michael Tang and Andrew Saladino,” he said.
“Up forward, Chris Barton, Matt Perri and Nathan Fowler all had over 10 shots at goal for the game while down back, Bill Direen and Brenton Cox were part of the reason we kept Rockbank to seven scoring shots for the day.”
Wallan’s reserves kept Rockbank scoreless in a 311-point win while the Under 19s went down to reigning premiers Rupertswood by 60 points.
“The more experienced Rupo lads got on top the longer the game got and the margin blew out in the last term,” Mathieson said.
In two weeks, the Magpies come back from the Easter break to take on reigning premiers Diggers Rest at home.
Mathieson said it would be a great test to see where the Magpies are at this season.
“Diggers have recruited well and in my mind are the premiership favourites for 2019,” he said.
On the day, the club will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its 1989 premiership with a past players day.
Rockbank 1.6.12 def by Wallan 49.31.325
Goal Kickers: S. Newton
Best Players: M. Baumgartner, J. Mallia, S. Bonney, D. Scholes, S. Woodroffe, A. De Pasquale
Goal Kickers: M. Perri 13, N. Fowler 9, C. Barton 7, T. Robertson 4, B. Schraven 3, P. Mahoney 2, S. Morris 2, M. Mannix, M. Tang, W. Brock, A. Saladino, A. Love, W. Direen, D. O”Sullivan, J. Barber, B. Cox
Best Players: M. Perri, C. Barton, N. Fowler, M. Tang, A. Saladino, R. Schraven
By Jackson Russell