Local footy: Williamstown CYMS, Round 5: Willy too good at Yarra Valley

YARRA VALLEY         2.1      4.3       5.4          8.8-56
WILLIAMSTOWN    6.4    11.9    16.10    18.13-121

Williamstown CYMS returned to the winning list with a resounding 65-point away win against the Yarra Valley Bushrangers at Domeney Reserve on Saturday. Still smarting from their embarrassing defeat at the hands of Eltham the week before, the CYs got away to a great start to lead by 27 points at the first break. Dominating possession through their good work at the centre breaks and scrimmages,  Williamstown continually had the Yarra Valley defence under siege and by the half-time break the CYs had well and truly broken the game open to lead by a commanding 48 points. With their forwards receiving a steady stream of quality delivery from a dominant midfield, and with a miserly defensive unit mopping up anything that came their way, the CYs had the game well in hand at three-quarter time, extending their lead to 72 points. With both sides tiring and with the cross wind still quite strong, the game deteriorated into a scrappy, stop-start affair during the last term. A couple of late goals allowed Yarra Valley to outscore the visitors for the quarter, reducing the final margin to 65 points, but they still left the ground having been thoroughly done over. As could be expected given the score line, the CYs had a lot of good players, but none contributed any more than mercurial small forward Steve Barlow, who led the Yarra Valley defence on a merry dance all day to finish with eight goals. Julian Hatfield was Williamstown’s next best. Spurred on by criticism of the CYs midfield effort the week prior, he lead a dominant onball brigade with his hard tackling and committed running from the centre. Rover Matthew Lishman gave Hatfield strong support. Throwing off the effects of a corked thigh that forced him from the field early against Eltham, Lishman and fellow rover Michael Cini not only consistently sent the ball forward to advantage but also chased and harassed the opposition at every opportunity. Youngsters Zac Read and Nick Walsh continued their steady improvement since breaking into the senior line -p, both making valuable contributions to the CYs’ win. Andrew McKay, playing across half-back, built on this reputation for putting opposition forwards out of the game with another fine display. After two weeks playing away, the CYs will be at home at the Fearon this Saturday against mid-ranked Ivanhoe.

Goals: R. Yeo 2, C. Beal, P. Valoppi, M. Wines, D. Pagan, D. Banks, R. Little
Best: D. Pagan, G. Coutts, S. Yeo, J. Strong, P. Valoppi, R. Yeo
Goals: S. Barlow 8, L. Ryan 2, T. Wheeler 2, W. Cooper 2, M. Sultana 2, B. Hinsley, Z. Read
Best: S. Barlow, J. Hatfield, M. Lishman, N. Walsh, Z. Read, A. McKay

YARRA VALLEY        1.0       5.2      6.6       8.9-57
WILLIAMSTOWN    6.0    11.1    13.5    16.8-104

Williamstown CYMS reserves did battle with third-placed Yarra Valley and came away with a well-constructed, 47-point victory to maintain their position at the top of the ladder. Showing great endeavour, the CYs’ attack on the ball put the Bushrangers on the back foot right from the start and the CYs extended their lead at every change. The CYs’ were perhaps best served by Lachie McKenzie in defence where his sound marking and judgment under pressure stood out. Fletcher Henry continued his good form and was an effective link going forward with good marking and efficient disposal. His brother Lawrence was also amongst the best with a fine midfield effort, particularly in the first half. Big Cody McCracken drove a dominant onball brigade with a lion-hearted effort in the ruck and veteran Jeff Buttigieg and young Matty Carland backed him up with good performances in, under and around the packs. The experienced goalkicking combination of Greg Burgess (4) and Kirk Dowsey (6) kicked ten of the side’s 16 goals.

Goals: M. Laing 2, B. Trend 2, J. Cooke 2, N. Lear, L. Gillies
Best: L. Gillies, M. Laing, B. Nicholas, T. Hale, S. Britt, B. Trend
Goals: K. Dowsey 6, G. Burgess 4, F. Henry 2, D. Elias, T. Hogan, R. Danaher, C. Mathews
Best: L. McKenzie, F. Henry, L. Henry, C. McCracken, J. Buttigieg, M. Carland

WILLIAMSTOWN                        4.3    6.7    9.10    13.11-89
NORTH OLD BOYS/ST PATS    3.0    6.0     7.0          8.1-49

The Williamstown CYMS Club 18 made it three out of three when they disposed of North Melbourne Old Boys/St Patricks by forty points at the Fearon on Saturday. Leading by seven points after a closely contested first half, the CYs ran away with the match after half-time, kicking seven goals to two against a very accurate opposition, which didn’t miss a shot at goal until their last shot of the day. Young Daniel Page was BOG with a great four-quarter performance that netted him four goals. He was ably assisted by veteran midfielder Clinton Pach, whose consistency should see him under consideration for promotion. Mike Cavarra made a welcome return to form with a solid performance across half-forward. Greg Shine was another to stand out with his commitment and dash and Scott James showed good form playing only his second game for the season. Chase Goucher had a good game for the second successive week and is starting to show some of the form that he showed at under-18 level last year.

Goals: D. Page 4, M. Sneddon 3, C. Pach 2, J. Wright 2, B. Robinson, M. Cavarra
Best: D. Page, C. Pach, M. Cavarra, G. Shine, S. James, C. Goucher
Goal: D. Mann 3, E. Bard Brucker 2, N. Barden, Z. Rudd, M. Stockfield
Best: B. King, N. Barden, D. Stribley, Z. Rudd, P. Daniels, J. Spencer

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