Romsey scored a 63-point win over Western Rams on Saturday.

By Tricia Mifsud

ROMSEY celebrated its first win of the Riddell District Football Netball League, RDFNL, season with a convincing 63-point triumph against the Western Rams on Saturday afternoon.

It had been a rough start to 2022 for the Redbacks, with the side down a dozen players in round one due to cricket commitments, and unlucky to fall short by seven points in round two against Riddell.

On their home turf at Romsey Park, the Redbacks held control of the game from the get go, leading by nine points at the main break.

Romsey’s coach Paul Kennedy said the Rams put in a competitive performance, putting pressure on the Redbacks from the first bounce.

“Western Rams came out ready to play and were very fresh and keen. They had the better of it with contested footy and put us on the back foot until we found out feet,” he said.

“It was fairly even at half time, but from then onwards we got the ball sort of back to the way we wanted to play footy and opened up our forward line.”

The third term was significant for Romsey, kicking seven goals to one, boosting them to a 48-point lead going into the final term.

The charge was led by Jack Jedwab, who finished with five majors to his name. Dean Walsh also impressive with three goals, while James Carroll and Corey Pertzel contributed two goals each.

Kennedy said having a variety of options up forward was something the side had worked on, ensuring it didn’t rely on the one tall forward in front of goals.

“That’s what we’re trying to do, not trying to be one dimensional, and see [a game style] where the little players not just apply the pressure, but are also able to convert,” he said.

“We don’t want to be reliant on one person to kick the goals, and this weekend we really saw that.”

The Redbacks finished 14.12 (96) to 4.6 (30). Kennedy said it was great to get on the winners list and praised the efforts of the Rams.

Kennedy said he looked forward to his side putting in strong contests in coming weeks.

“The whole competition, everyone’s improved including us. [Western Rams] are going to be very competitive in a lot of their games, and once they learn to play a full four quarters, other teams will need to watch out,” he said.

“This is great for the competition, you don’t really want those blow-out matches, and you want to see good, competitive football.

“For us, we’ve been going really well and had a good preseason. There are areas we need to work on, but we’re building slowly. If we can improve on those quickly, I can’t see why we couldn’t play finals this year.”

Wallan’s big win

Matthew Perri’s stellar 10-goal performance at the weekend led the way for Wallan, which secured a 157-point thrashing against Melton Centrals.

The Magpies dominated from the outset, scoring seven goals to one in the first quarter, and improved on their lead throughout the match to finish 29.14 (188) to 4.7 (31).

Corey Grindlay almost matched Perri’s efforts, scoring eight majors himself, while Nathan Fowler, four, and Sean Morris, three, were others to bag a few six-pointers.

The win comfortably places Wallan second with a percentage of 339.6, trailing close behind ladder leader Riddell which has begun the season with three straight wins.

This weekend, Wallan will host Riddell in a top-of-the-ladder clash for its first game at Greenhill Reserve. Romsey will travel to play Diggers Rest, while Lancefield also plays away against Western Rams.

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