By Jackson Russell
Wallan forward Matt Perri had another day to remember, kicking 16 goals in Wallan’s 266-point demolition of Lancefield on Saturday.
The Magpies earned themselves a valuable percentage-boost with the win and are now third on the Riddell District Football Netball League senior football ladder with a 10-4 record, ahead of Riddell and Rupertswood on percentage and a game back from Romsey and Diggers Rest.
The Tigers, meanwhile, are two games clear of the wooden spoon with a 2-12 record.
Perri leads the RDFNL senior goal-kicking with 85 goals, ahead of Riddell’s Dylan Tarczon and Macedon’s Jason Cooke.
Lancefield didn’t look threatening all day, failing to make any impact on the scoreboard.
Wallan started well, kicking 10 goals in the first term to lead by 66 points at the first break.
Wallan assistant coach Spencer Mathieson said the Magpies were looking to get the scoreboard ticking over early.
“We were after a good start which we got and we continued to build on what we did in the first term after that,” he said.
The Magpies added another seven goals to lead by 113 points at half-time.
The punishment continued in the second half for the Tigers, conceding another nine goals to trail by 172 points at three-quarter time.
Knowing there was valuable percentage to be gained, Wallan increased the pressure and booted 15 goals in the final term.
Mathieson said along with Perri, there were solid contributions across the field.
“Some of our better players were Will Brock, Jarryd Bonello, Chris Barton and Ricky Schraven, but we had plenty of contributors on the day,” he said.
Wallan hosts Riddell this week in what could be a deciding factor in final ladder position as the season comes to a head.
“Riddell are one of the best sides in the RDFNL and we look forward to the opportunity to see where we are at,” Mathieson said.
The Tigers have a chance to bounce back when they travel to Broadford this week.
Lancefield 0.0 (0) def by Wallan 41.20 (266)
Best: W. Bell, M. Bowden, L. Malone, C. Collins, A. Sanderson, T. Johnston
Goals: M. Perri 16, M. Mannix 5, S. Morris 5, B. Schraven 3, C. Barton 3, C. Grindlay 3, M. Tang 2, J. Bonello 2, R. Schraven, S. Stewart
Best: M. Perri, W. Brock, R. Schraven, J. Bonello, M. Mannix, C. Barton