30 MINUTE MASTERCLASS
Exclude the third quarter from Saturdays Preliminary Final at Daly Oval between Rostrevor and Payneham and you see a game separated by only 1 point.
Insert the “Premiership Quarter” that yielded 9.4 – 0.3 and you see a dominant display by a hungry reigning premier. The ROC’s played 30 minutes of irrepressible football with sublime skill and clinical finishing. They simply could not miss and kicked goal after goal from all angles as unlikely as they might have seemed. They were unstoppable.
Trailing by only 8 points at half time PNU were right in the game but it wasn’t to be. Best for the Falcons was Nick Jolly who as always gave his all. The young trio of Olly Pride, Tom “Tenticles” Wagner and Josh Richards showed the future is bright despite the tough loss. Up forward Liam Davis was the only real winner on the day although tenacious Dylan Pippett did bob up for a brace.
Watching the game live it’s fair to say Rostrevor had several players who hit top form. Luke “Auto” Manuel was named best. Timothy Baccanello and James Butterworth were also amongst the votes. From my vantage point there were 3 players that really broke the game open. Daniel Mccallum was a beast across half back with his Koutafidies like run and carry from half back. He was both imposing and impressive. Paul Fantasia was dominant in the air and looked the ROC’s best forward. Lastly the man that was formerly known as the meatball Tom Hurley was an architect through the middle and made every possession count.
So, this week’s OTR Division 1 Grand Final sees TTG take on Rostrevor at Aldi Arena.
These two teams met on 3 occasions this year. Rostrevor had all the answers in the minor rounds winning by 12 goals and 4 goals respectively. In the second semi two weeks ago, it was the TTG who held the ROC’s scoreless in the last quarter to book their spot in the Big Dance on the back of a 16 point win.
Both clubs have a plethora of talented midfielders and I expect both forward lines to receive ample opportunities to kick a winning score.
For the Gullies Trent Mellville is the leader in attack but its small forwards Troy Menzel and Peter Persinos who may well be the main dangers. Swingman Cameron Tiggerman can be dangerous and there are a host of on-ballers who float through and can hit the scoreboard.
For Rostrevor “Hungry” Heath Commane averages just under 4 goals a game. If he can hit that average the College outfit will go a long way towards winning. Division 1 Grand Finals of recent memory have not been high scoring affairs and this is where Rostrevor really hold all the aces. There are so many genuinely dangerous forwards who share the load. When they are on, seldom can they be stopped. The likes of Fantasia, Michael Coad, Manuel and the multiple midfield rotations can all do damage.
Based on the irrepressible third quarter output of the prelim final with precise ball movement and electric spread from the contest it is hard to not tip the ROC’s. I will be very surprised if Rostrevor are not back to back premiers.
TTG have been outstanding in 2018 and under Coach Justin Maschotta have already surpassed many outsider’s expectations. They are one step away from the ultimate glory and their first Division 1 premiership. They will come out all guns blazing and are more than an outside chance as they showed two weeks ago. Time will tell if they prove my tips wrong.
Tip; Rostrevor by 18 points
B.O.G; Daniel Mccallum (Rostrevor)
Editorial: Tommy Javor