Miserly Collie keep Boomers in check

Morgan MelvinSouth Western Times
Collie Eagles ruckman Paul Rinder was among the best for his side against the Eaton Boomers.
Camera IconCollie Eagles ruckman Paul Rinder was among the best for his side against the Eaton Boomers. Credit: Mitchell Woodcock / South Western Times

Collie Eagles have maintained their top of the ladder position with a 10.14 (74) to 2.9 (21) win over Eaton Boomers in their first home game of the 2018 season.

Collie’s defence, led by captain Matt Blackford and Mat Michael put on a show to remember, forcing Eaton to plenty of errors and keeping last week’s leading goal scorer Brandon Jetta scoreless.

The Boomers outplayed Collie at their own game in the first quarter with a continuous run of players behind the ball to establish a six-point lead at the first break.

Joel Houghton squared up the ledger drawing the game level in the opening minute of the second quarter and from there it was all the Eagles who capitalised on all their movements forward, pulling away with a comfortable 25-point margin at the major break.

The Boomer’s, led by Josh Branchi continued to push forward in an attempt to get back in the game, but wasted opportunities and kicked inconsistently in front of goals to score only eight behinds in the final three quarters.

Talan Michael and the young Eagles were on show in the final quarter, controlling every aspect of the final quarter to pull away a 53-point win.

Collie’s day did not all got plan as they will be sweating on the fitness of Kyle Shanahan (shoulder) and Joel Leeson (calf).

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