Romsey win rivalry match

Romsey and Lancefield met in a ‘local derby’ at Romsey Park on Saturday, with the Redbacks taking the win by 217 points.

The Tigers were kept scoreless by a Romsey side that was in control from the first bounce.

Romsey opened up a 49-point lead in the first term and continued to put the pressure on the local rivals by piling on eight more goals in the second quarter to take a 105-point half-time lead.

Anthony Pacers tries to clear the ball under pressure for the Tigers.

Despite an insurmountable lead, the Redbacks never let up, booting another 6.9.45 in the third to extend the lead to and even 150.

With a chance to gain valuable percentage points, Romsey stacked on 10 goals in the final term for its third win of the season.

Romsey coach Corey O’Sullivan said his side was always conscious of their defensive efforts and wanted to continue that regardless of the opposition.

“We try to have most of our list be able to play on all lines of the ground. Jack Jedwab kicked all of his seven goals in the first half then we moved him into the back half of the ground,” he said.

“We move our players around in most games anyway. You’ll find most of our players rotate through positions depending on what that game requires. It was a really even performance. Everyone did their job and that makes a difference.”

Three-time premiership player Phil Romeril played his 250th game for Romsey and O’Sullivan said the life member was a key part of the club’s culture.

“It was fantastic to have the win for him. Typically for Boppa, he’s been a model of consistency and part of the fabric of the club,” he said.

Romsey 32.25.217 def Lancefield 0.0.0

Goal Kickers: M. Jensen 7, J. Jedwab 7, J. O’Sullivan 3, C. Burkett 2, J. Caruana 2, N. Blair 2, A. Paterson, P. Romeril, M. Burkett, M. Goodwin, R. Stott, N. Rayment, H. Notman, J. Naylor, J. Mills
Best Players: J. O’Sullivan, J. Caruana, J. Jedwab, C. Burkett, M. Burkett, N. Rayment

Best Players: D. Frost, N. Malone, A. Pacers, J. Morgan, S. Ilgoutz, T. Page