Wallan rights ship before bye

Wallan’s season is back on track after a 58-point win over Woodend Hesket at Greenhill Reserve on Saturday.

The win improves the Magpies’ record to 4-3 as they head into the bye this weekend.

Wallan assistant coach Spencer Mathieson said Woodend was a good side and the Magpies knew they had to play their best footy to get a result.

“Our pressure all game was very good and we set up our win in the third term by outscoring Woodend by 34 points. It was a good four quarter performance,” he said.

While the third quarter virtually sealed the game, Wallan was rolling in the first term as they kept Woodend to just two behinds as the home side kicked 3.4.22.

The Hawks closed the gap to 13 points at half-time but the Magpies hit the ground running in the third term.

Wallan piled on 8.5.53 to 3.1.19 and blew the lead out to 47 points by three-quarter time.

With complete control of the contest, Wallan continued to push in the final term and put the four points beyond doubt.

Mathieson said there were solid contributions across the board for the Magpies but forwards Matt Perri and Josh Barber stood out, kicking nine goals between them.

“Our better players were Chris Barton, Sean Morris and Ricky Schraven on ball as well as Josh Barber and Matt Perri but we had plenty of contributors today,” he said.

After the bye, Wallan will travel to Melton Centrals in round nine.

Wallan 17.15 (117) def Woodend Hesket 8.11 (59)

Goals: M. Perri 5, J. Barber 4, B. Schraven 2, M. Mannix 2, C. Barton 2, S. Morris, C. Grindlay.
Best: J. Barber, C. Barton, R. Schraven, S. Morris, S. Stewart, M. Mannix.

Goals: T. Gawthrop 2, A. Rae, D. Bramley, D. Toman, L. Bianco, T. Chapman, T. O’Loughlin.
Best: B. Crosswell, D. Toman, D. Bramley, B. Slater, M. Peart, L. Bianco.