TERANG Mortlake’s season is gaining momentum with the Bloods disposing of Camperdown in their Hampden league football clash on Saturday.
In front of a strong crowd at D.C. Farran Oval celebrating the Terang and Mortlake amalgamation, the Bloods started well and maintained an early lead as they went on to post an 11.9 (75) to 7.7 (49) victory.
Bloods coach Michael Sargeant was “happy” to get the four points against the Magpies and was pleased with how his side started despite conceding the game’s opening goal.
Terang Mortlake’s response was emphatic after the Magpies drew first blood, kicking five unanswered goals to lead by 25 points at quarter time.
“Sometimes when you get the first goal it can go either way,” Sargeant said.
“But I thought we started pretty well and we were pretty switched on in the warm-up.”
The Bloods continued to control the contest in the second quarter, despite Camperdown reducing the margin to 16 points at half-time.
The Magpies closed to within 10 points halfway during the third term, as it looked like Camperdown would make a challenge late in the contest.
But a goal to Jordie McKenzie from a free kick gave the Bloods some breathing space and put a slight dent in the Magpies’ hopes as the three quarter time siren sounded.
The Bloods scored almost immediately after the resumption of play, as Mark Clissold kicked his fourth goal of the game to put the Bloods 24 points ahead.
Camperdown continued to challenge and kicked two late goals to bring the margin back, before a final passage of play brought the crowd to life.
McKenzie was involved in a foot race against two Magpies from centre half back as he worked hard to get on the end of a Bloods attacking foray.
The kick to the midfielder inside 50 was sat out in front of him, with McKenzie still required to beat two to gain possession.
However, the bounce of the ball sat up nicely and instead of gathering, McKenzie volleyed home a goal to seal the Bloods’ victory.
With Terang Mortlake notching up win number five, Sargeant said his side learnt from their previous encounter against the Magpies.
On that occasion, the Bloods overcommitted numbers at the contest but Sargeant said on Saturday the Bloods controlled the “loose ball”.
“We really got numbers to the contest well without overcommitting,” he said.
However, the coach was disappointed with his side conceding goals in a particular area, with the problem becoming a bit of a bugbear for the Bloods.
“We’re still probably giving up too many goals in our defensive 50 from stoppages,” Sargeant said.
“It’s something we identified early in the season and it’s getting better but it’s still something we can work on.”
Sargeant said Jordie McKenzie and Mark Clissold were the Bloods’ leading two players on the weekend, with Clissold the most dangerous forward on the ground.
“Jordie McKenzie played midfield and kicked three goals and won plenty of possessions,” he said.
“And Mark Clissold up forward, he set the game up for us early.
“Those two probably stood out and then everyone else chipped in.”
The win lifted the Bloods four points clear of Portland ahead of their clash with Port Fairy this weekend.
Sargeant said his side would also learn from their early loss to the Seagulls after the Bloods were “up all day” before losing the match in the final minutes.
“It was a game we should have won but let slip,” he said.
“But we’ll go back through the tape and have a look at the areas (to work on) to get the win.”
In other results, the Bloods recorded victory in the reserves by 61 points, whilst the under 18.5s went down by 16 points.
On Sunday, Terang Mortlake’s under 14 football side regained their momentum in round 10 to post a 10 goal victory over home side Camperdown.
Coach Luke Heffernan was pleased with his players following the result.
“The win was led by Tyler Humphrey, who dominated the ruck and around the ground, taking telling marks and penetrating kicks forward,” he said.
“Bailey Primrose was on fire around goals and snagged three in his best game of the season.”
Heffernan also lauded the efforts of Liam Anders, who worked hard in and around the packs and was creative with his disposal.
Xavier Vickers was also dangerous around goal finishing with a trio of majors, and Charlie Calvert was not to be outdone with two final quarter goals.
Coach of the under 16s Gary Rowbottom said it was a day of disappointment for his team, who went down to the Magpies by 34 points.
Rowbottom said the loss of Henry Roberts during the second quarter may have affected the Bloods’ performance.
“We lost a good defender, Henry Roberts to an incident,” Rowbottom said.
“The lads continued to play on after an ambulance came to the ground.
“Some of them were worried about their teammate, which didn’t help us.”
Best players included Max Irving, Lachie Higginson, Robert Fuertez, George Howat and Josh Brown.
The under 12s enjoyed a great game according to coach Clayton McMaster, who said they all got the ball and moved it well up the ground.
Best players included Tyler Vickers, Lockie Lehmann, Riley Kelly and Oscar Ritchie.