Fish Creek’s Ben Graham leads the chase for the loose ball with teammate Todd Mackie running in support.

Fish Creek’s Ben Graham leads the chase for the loose ball with teammate Todd Mackie running in support.

ssb6_2716AFTER a dominant first half of football on Saturday, Fish Creek have rolled out 53-point winners over Tarwin at Fish Creek to extend its winning streak.
It is as if Saturday’s at Fish Creek this season have been set to cold and damp, with another grave display from Mother Nature.
Still, each week the skills of the Kangaroos get stronger and their ability to hit targets separates them from opposition teams.
This week was no exception, as the home side proved clinical in the first half, booting 13 goals to two.
The underdog Sharks had moments of excitement, but it was almost exclusively one-way traffic as the Fish Creek midfield helped their forwards to a nine-goal opening term.
Gareth Park provided the perfect mix of tough, in and under football and classy ball use as he helped himself to four first-half majors.
Park was not alone, by teammates or indeed by family as three of his brothers strolled out onto Terrill Park in an exciting moment for the Fish Creek faithful.
Lachie, Callan, Ethan and Gareth all added a different touch of flair throughout the day.
Unfortunately skipper Callan went down in the second half and was unable to return to the field, but not before kicking three goals of his own.
At half-time, and with a 69-point margin behind them, Fish Creek coach Greg Hoskin urged his players not to become content with the lead.
It was perhaps too much of an ask however, as a big lead and a resurgent Tarwin line-up meant the dominance of the first half was a memory in the second.
The game became a close, in and under contest with neither side playing particularly attractive football.
At least it was something for the visiting fans, who were able to see a better effort from their charges.
They would have been pleased as the Sharks ran out the second half and posted a 16-point win for that timeframe.
Luke Thwaites and Stu Kilsby were the leaders for their side, and their efforts were certainly noticed by their teammates.
Fish Creek’s win sees them safely in second place only by percentage, but perhaps most importantly they remain a game clear of Dalyston who are in third.
In a touch of magic fixturing, each club will have a bye this weekend and then Fish Creek and Tarwin will meet each other again in two weeks in the final stretch of the home and away season.
Perhaps it will be a much closer affair if Tarwin can produce a full effort as they showed in the second half on Saturday.

 

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