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Saints surge for vital win

Tooleybuc Manangatang pair Victor Caristo and Lachlan Gleeson gang up on Koondrook Barham’s Daniel Mowat.WITH the finals series just around the corner,the significance of this game for TooleybucManangatang could not be overstated.
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With both teams near full strength, thescene was set for a cracker of a game between thesecond placed Raiders and fifth placed Saintsat Barham.

Although the ground was boggy in placesand heavy underfoot, both teams went in hardearly and set about moving the ball forwardwith pace.

However, as the quarter progressed, theSaints began to show better control andfinesse, while the Raiders started to fritter andfumble their way forward.

With Ryan O’Sullivan dominating the ruckand Joshua Stone working hard through thecentre, the Saints were putting tremendouspressure on the Raiders defence.

While Shane Guerra, Troy Rogers and FrazerNeate tried hard for the Raiders, Saints JohnWardle, Benjamin Arentz and Trent Baker keptthe pressure on, keeping the Raiders goal-lessfor the quarter.

Although Rhett Sutton tried hard to challengeO’Sullivan in the ruck, he was no matchfor the big man’s efforts all over the ground.

His inspirational work in the second quarterbrought teammates Nick O’Neill, NyaburuKelly and Stephen Lyons to life as they setabout continuing the good work from the firstquarter.

Raiders Troy Rogers, Frazer Neate and JayReynolds were again in the mix, but mostof their work was either nullified or down indefence.

As much as they tried, the Raiders could notkeep up with the Saints’ attacking footy andalthough they managed to kick two goals forthe quarter, they were clearly being outpacedand outplayed.

The pivotal moment in the game came in thethird quarter, where the Raiders came out andthrew everything at the Saints, but failed tomake any real headway or shatter the confidenceof the charging Saints.

In fact, the Saints seemed to relish the challengeand continued to match the Raidersthroughout the quarter.

O’Sullivan again was brilliant as Kelly, SimonMunkara, Rhys Budde and Nick O’Neill allchipped in pressing forward.

For the Raiders, Lucas Mathews put in somehard work through mid-field as did Rogers,but most of it came to nought as the Saintscontinually piled on the pressure.

The final quarter was all the Saints as theRaiders seem to run out of steam, allowingO’Sullivan, Munkara, Stone and Baker to easilyfeed the goal scoring machine Lyons.

His five goals for the quarter was like a trainingrun as the Raiders had no answer to hisstrength and marking prowess.

While Troy Rogers continued to give goodservice, along with Lucas Mathews and JakeHare, the Raiders were no match forthe Saints who now sit fourth on the ladder.

For more Central Murray football/netball coverage, grab a copy of Monday’s Guardian (August 8).

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