Clarence continued on winning ways with a handsome 65 point win over Devonport at Devonport Oval on Saturday afternoon, making it three from three for the Roos.
The match saw the return of dangerous forward Mitch Thorp for Devonport, who was sidelined for just two weeks with broken ribs sustained in round one. His inclusion seemed to have a sizeable effect for the hosts with the playing coach booting two opening quarter goals to have the underdogs just a point adrift at the first change.
Clarence looked a class above in the second stanza but as the Roos went to kick away the Pies’ youngsters dug deep to stay close at the major break. A four goal to two second term included two majors from the in-form Sam Siggins, while Brodie Connelly and Brayden Scott kicked the two Devonport goals for the quarter.
The third quarter saw Clarence make their move, opening up a 29 point margin before pulling right away from the inexperienced Devonport in the final term, kicking a whopping 8.0 to 2.2 to record a percentage boosting 65-point victory.
The Roos forward line was dangerous and piled on the pain in the last. Clarence finished with 12 goal kickers and six multiple goal scorers for the match, while Mitch Thorp was the only Magpie to register more than one goal, kicking three on his return. The Pies were highly competitive but couldn’t match intensity against their more seasoned opponents for long enough, seeing the Roos bolt away to a big win.
Victorious coach Jeromey Webberley said he was not surprised by the fight of the Magpies and was pleased to finish strongly to take home another four points.
“We spoke all week about going up there with the right attitude, we think Devonport are a pretty good team and they’ve got some quality players.
“I thought we were a bit flat in the first hafl but credit to Devonport, the young kids are having a crack and they’ve got a bright future going forward,” he said.
The Roos coach was delighted with an even contribution from his side and their many avenues to goal.
“Our flexibility has been documented over the first three weeks, we’ve had a number of goal kickers and that continued today which was fantastic.”
Despite the forward potency it was actually two players at the back in James Holmes and Jason Bailey in particular that stood out to Webberley in the big win.
“Holmes is just a competitor, plays in the back pocket, plays his role every week.
“Jason Bailey on Thorp this week, obviously Mitch was still sore but I thought he was really proactive after half time and when hes like that and playing in front and leading forwards to the ball he is able to take intercept marks and set up offensive drive for us.”
Dynamo midfielder/forward Jake Cox limped off the ground late on but is expected to be fit to take on Launceston, for what Webberley anticipates to be a difficult assignment at Windsor Park.
“We’ve got three wins but we still have a long way to go to catch North Launceston and Glenorchy.
“For those guys (Launceston) to go down there (to Lauderdale) and get the win by 11 points on the road they are the types of wins that build your year… we are under no illusions that we need to go up there and play our best footy to be anywhere near those guys.”
Devonport Coach Mitch Thorp was pleased with the improvement out of his team but again was left to rue poor foot skills.
“Our effort particularly for two and a half quarters was great, we were right in the game but unfortunately again by foot we just kept turning the ball over.
“Our effort, endeavour, our tackle numbers were really high but unfortunately our turnovers lead to the classy Clarence forwards getting out the back on us.
“Good teams put you to the sword late and Clarence have a pretty handy top end group, progress for us is to be in the game for two and a half quarters.
“Each game the young boys are starting to work out what they can and can’t do, lots of positives but unfortunately we let a few too many goals get kicked in the last quarter.”
Thorp was impressed with the game of 50th gamer Brayden Butler, who had 35 touches and 15 marks. Next week brings another difficult matchup for the young Magpies, meeting North Launceston fresh off a bye.
“Its just good to be out there, I feel okay back up again next week against North Launceston another formidable opponent, we need to play those sides and put our young blokes on the top players in the competition.”
DEVONPORT v. CLARENCE
Round 4 – 22/04/2017
Clarence 2.4, 6.8, 11.8, 19.8 (122)
Devonport 2.3, 4.4, 6.7, 8.9 (57)
GOALS, Clarence :
T. Standen 3, I. Callinan 2, T. Hanslow 2, S. Siggins 2, M. Blackburn 2, J. Webberley 2,
J. Harper 1, W. Wall 1, J. Cox 1, A. Grace 1, M. Fisher 1, M. Ling 1
M. Thorp 3, B. Connelly 1, B. Sharman 1, B. Scott 1, Q. Byard 1, B. Symmons 1
BEST, Clarence :
J. Bailey, T. Hanslow, M. Ling, T. Standen, J. Holmes, I. Callinan
B. Butler, B. Sharman, Q. Byard, D. Riley, T. Enniss, M. Thorp