The Woodsmen finished off what was a tough day at the office for the Magpies against Morningside after the Colts, Reserves and Seniors all suffered losses in quality earlier encounters.
Much like the Senior side before them, the Woodies came into the game with a raft of important players unavailable and it showed early with a lack of continuity, but the Woodies worked their way into the game against what appeared to be an also undermanned Morningside outfit who had just one fit player on the bench from early on in the game.
It was a fairly even first quarter with the Woodsmen holding onto a lead thanks to early goals from hard running Tom Roderick and some good finishing from Chris Davis and Matt Hockley. However, it was a poor 2nd quarter showing as the Woodies were lazy and outworked by their younger opponents in front of a big home crowd., but the boys managed to hold onto their slender lead thanks to some trademark magic from Sam Banim.
the 3rd quarter opened up for the Woodsmen, but forward entries were messy and disjointed and skill level was down and it was anyones game going into the final quarter as the Woodies held a 14 point lead. Morningside kicked the opening 2 goals to close the margin to less than a kick and memories of the fadeout against Zillmere when controlling the majority of the game started to flood back.
In his 50th game, Dylan Mudge remained composed to push the ball forward for some repeat entries and the Woodsmen were able to regain the ascendancy and camp in the forward half for the remainder of the game to eventually run out 16 point winners.
The Woodsmen remain in 2nd place on % with 8 wins and 2 losses and head to Mayne next Friday night for what will be a tough encounter as the Tigers are fighting for their chance at finals football.
Woodsmen 9.10 - 64 defeated Morningisde 7.6 - 48
Best: Young, S.Matthews, Thomson, Ness, La Burniy, Davis
Goals: Hockley 3, Banim 2, Roderick, Davis, Mihalopoulous, K.Vine