Redbacks victorious at Highfields

HIGHFIELDS Lions jumped out to a two-goal lead within as many minutes in the AFL game at Highfields on Saturday.

Unfortunately for them the Redbacks defence decided it was time to tighten up.

Strongly lead by fullback Steve Martin and his support group of Mitch Lamb, Shannon Cameron, Andrew Bardsley and Tony Chandler, the Redbacks conceded only one more goal for the entire game.

The final score was Redbacks 10.11 (71) to Highfields 3.6 (24). Swirling winds and some strong tackling by the Lions defence prevented the Redbacks from causing a massive blowout on the scoreboard.

Utilising the wind in the second quarter and defending well against the wind in the first and third quarters was the key to a well put together victory.

Coach Peter Millard used an experienced and tall forward set-up which paid good dividends in the finish.

A best on ground performance by vice-captain Kurt Millard, opened up spaces for the mid-fielders and forwards to run into and frustrated the Highfields game plan.

Millard’s constant attack on the ball blew off three different opponents and he was the major player in the solid win.

The second quarter onslaught led by Jason Wright, kicking four of the team’s seven goals for the stanza, is what put the icing on the cake for the Redbacks.

A calf strain injury to Fraser McLaughlin in his first game for the season was a blow after a hamstring injury ended his 2010 campaign.

McLaughlin grabbed two goals for himself and set up two goals for teammates before limping off with the injury.

Solid games with smooth ball handling and smart use of the ball in the windy conditions by Coen Slatter, Kurt Heier, Mat Sinkins, Gavin O’Leary and Paul Hutchins also played a huge part in the final outcome.

Goal scorers: J Wright 4, F McLaughlin, C McErvale 2, S Martin and P Hutchins 1 each.

Best: K Millard, T Chandler, P Hutchins, J Wright, C Slatter, G O’Leary and S Martin.

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