Ports versus Gibson
A SIZZLING performance from forward Darryl Mogridge, seven goals, was soured with veteran defender come forward Josh Veness facing a visit to the EDFA tribunal following the Blues 25 point win over Gibson at the weekend.
Sensational marks and ability around the packs were hallmarks of the performance from Mogridge that was bettered only vt the efforts of youngster Tim Barber.
Barber showed great maturity as he helped lift the Blues back from a slow start early in the game.
The Tigers, on the rebound from a big loss to Esperance, started the game in a positive fashion with Russell Creedon and Ryan North putting Gibson two goals up early.
Ports supporters were forced to wait, with hearts in mouth, until the Blues finally broke the drought about 10 minutes into the game.
Despite inaccurate kicking Ports went into the first-break with four goals and a 16-point buffer
Nothing much changed in the run into half time, Gibson were able to dig deep with coach Kingsley Walker stopping the Blues from turning the game into a one act affair.
At his first game back from a serious injury last season dual Hepburn Medallist, Leigh West, also rose to the challenge.
Gibson held Ports to three goals for the term and stayed in touch with two of their own.
But there was little Gibson could do when the Ports onslaught finally launched in the third quarter.
Ports were able to keep the Tigers under pressure and although Gibson ended up with a healthy three-goal haul the Blues left the visitors trailing by five goals at the final change.
To their credit the Tigers refused to concede defeat and fought the game right out, winning the last quarter and threatening oto finish all over the Blues until two late goals put the issue beyond doubt.
The efforts of Barber, Mogridge and Jacobs were all strong for the Blues, midfielder Luke Warren also did plenty with Rory Grundy, in his final appearance for Ports, rounding off the best.
For Gibson few were better than Trent Moon, West and Walker also played well with Ashley Bowman round off the top efforts.
Ports 15.9 (99) b Gibson 11.8 (74}
Esperance versus Newtown-Condingup
NEWTOWN-CONDINGUP tried hard but Esperance came away with the four points on offer following a road trip out to take on the Lions at Condingup last Saturday.
Yet to taste defeat this season Esperance continued on their merry way with another percentage boosting victory, handing the Lions a football lesson despite conceding the home ground advantage.
With a 15 goal victory over Gibson prior to a general bye the Bulldogs returned to claim a 10-goal win, bringing Newtown/Condingup to their fifth straight defeat.
While the Lions did show something by gaining some valuable possessions they struggled to make use of these passages of play allowing the Bulldogs to gain the upper and.
The Bulldogs ability o get the ball into their forward lines was a impressive with players the caliber of Ryan Neill set to make the Lions pay on the scoreboard.
Full-back Zac Wickstein was given the task of playing on Neill and while handing in a solid performance, holding the veteran forward to three goals, it was Tom Whithers, playing on the ball while resting at half back.
Michael McArthur proved invaluable for the Lions playing off a wing while Ben Edwards was just one of the on ball players rating highly for the Lions, as did Reece Bratton.
Ben Sullivan and Chris Harding both played well for the Bulldogs giving teammates options when pressing forward while Shannon Nelson chimed in with two goals.
Final scores Esperance 14.14 (98) beat Newtown/Condingup 4.6 (30)
Gibson versus Ports
ENIGMATIC veteran Kym Curnow stole the limelight as Gibson gave reigning premiers Ports a 28-point lesson in how to play reserves football.
Despite taking out the 2013 A-reserves premiership Ports have been suffering through a downward spiral in 2014 and this continued on Sunday.
After fighting off the Tigers early, with a solid first term that netted the side two goals, the Blues started to struggle under pressure as Gibson set about wresting control of the match.
By the main break Ports had their 11-point first quarter lead reduced to just two points and Gibson were left growing in confidence.
It was in the second half that the visitors stamped their authority on the match, outplaying the Blues all-round the ground and making their mark on the scoreboard
The evergreen Curnow, six goals, produced a performance that left the Blues defence rattled and their ability to lift under pressure was another highlight of the Tigers efforts.
Ashley Weckert (0ne-goal) did well while Nigel Bingham also played solidly throughout.
For the Blues Scott Stihec (three goals} played well until a high tackle, Late in the game, left him with prospects of a hefty dentist's bill.
Campbell McWilliams also figured prominently for the Blues along with Callum Williams and Kyle Capelli.
Gibson 8.9 (57) b Ports 4.5 (29)
Ports 4.5, 7.6, 12.9, 15.9 (99) beat Gibson 2.1, 4.5, 7.7, 11.8 (74)
Goalscorers: Ports-Darryl Mogridge 7, Aubrey Jacobs 3, Luke Weaver 2, Jed Sharpe, Shaun Dunn, Tristan Spencer 1. Gibson-Kingsley Walker, Ashley Bowman, Trent Moon, Brenton Bridges 2, Tyson Tate, Russell Creedon, Ryan North 1.
Best players: Ports-Tim Barber, Darryl Mogridge, Luke Weaver, Aubrey Jacobs, Rory Grundy. Gibson-Trent Moon, Ashley Bowman, Leigh West, Jim Hunt, Kingsley Walker.
Esperance beat Newtown/Condingup
Goalscorers: Esperance - Unknown.
Best players: Esperance: Newtown/Condingup -Tom Withers, Michael McArthur, Ben Edwards, Reece Bratton, Zac Wickstein..
Gibson 0.3, 2.6, 5.6, 8.9 (57) beat Ports 2.2, 3.2, 4.3, 4.5 (29).
Goalscorers: Gibson-Kym Curnow 6, Ashley Weckert, W Cosgrave 1. Ports-Scott Stihec 3, Kyle Capelli 1.
Best players: Gibson-Kym Curnow, Ashley Weckert, Nigel Bingham. Ports- Scott Stihec, Callum Williams.