Gibson races toward finals victory

Gibson ran out the game better than Esperance on Saturday, August 3, to record a 26 point victory in a fierce battle of the top two sides.

It was a tough physical contest all day, but the class of Patch Jannings shone through.

Jannings managed to score 4 of his own goals in a great display that set the Tigers up for victory.

Esperance were able to suppress Gibson's usual potent forward line of Travis Stewart and Callum McFarlane through the efforts of Kaden Neill, Liam Baines and Brendan White.

However, Gibson did a good job on White, preventing a lot of rebound that the Bulldogs usually get from his good foot skills.

Gibson had great service from both wings, with Lachlan Hallam on one side and Sam Johnston on the other.

With some penetrating runs, Johnston was able to slot 3 majors as they searched for other venues to score.

Brad Skinner was good off half back and Aodan McCallion turned in another solid performance.

It was a tough physical contest all day, but the class of Patch Jannings shone through, with 4 of his own goals in a great display that set the Tigers up for victory.

Esperance District Football Association.

For Esperance, Sam Franzone was again a dominant tall with Reece Woods and Jurgens Thiart continuing their run of recent form.

Brayden Wood returned after a week off and picked up where he left off in an outstanding display, working well in packs and mopping up behind play.

Esperance's most productive forward was Jake Douglas, with four goals and singles to six others.

In the end, the final score saw Gibson finish 15.12 (102 points) to defeat Esperance 10.6 (76 points).

B Grade:

Gibson 10.8 (68 points) defeated Esperance 4.1 (25 points).

Best Gibson players:

Brett Whiting, Callum Crawford, Brandon Lee and Nick Barber.

Best Esperance players:

Jordy Gray, Connor Mills, Joel McKenzie and Shaun Ashman.