CRIB POINT FNC – By Jared Newton
IT was a tale of two halves on Saturday for Crib Point as they dished up some of their best and worst football for the year in a single afternoon.
The first half for the Pies was great who were full of running and pressure as the lead see-sawed throughout with good end to end football from both sides.
At the half the Pies, trailed by seven points but could have felt confident despite not taking all their chances.
The second half descended into a farce as the Pies hardly gave a yelp as Devon Meadows piled on 10.11 to 2.4 to run out winners by 62 points.
It was an ordinary display from the Pies, especially after they showed much promise in the first half.
Zac Condick was best afield with three goals for the Pies, while Brad Arnold fought on valiantly with a solid display on the ball despite not having many mates pulling their weight. James Cook managed another solid game in the ruck.
Two games to go and the seniors are really limping into the end of the year. You get the feeling it could not come quick enough for some as the Pies rue what will end up being a wasted year in which they achieved nothing.
The Reserves again showed some fight early but could not sustain a four quarter effort as they were downed by an inaccurate Devon by 76 points.
Like the seniors it was a solid first half with the intensity up and about as they applied pressure across the ground but after the main break and an umpiring debacle where the umps spent 5 minutes trying to work out which bloke they should send off for an indiscretion the previous quarter, the intensity feel away as the blokes went through the motions for another loss.
The effort was by no means the worst they’ve put in for he season, however it’s still disappointing that the guys have not been able to gel for a full four quarter effort throughout the year.
Sam Austin was by far the best in the midfield and was well supported by Danny Edwards, while Mitch Kleinig managed to temporarily redeem himself with a disciplined effort at centre half forward with three goals.
The under 19s remain the pride of the club as they swept the Panthers away in a dominant display in he early game winning by 61 points.
After a tight opening quarter the boys blew Devon away with a dominant second quarter to put the game well and truly out of reach with some attacking football and good kicking.
Tyler Wilton kicked five, Dave McIntyre and Sammy Cook chipped in with two as the midfield ran riot.
The boys are really shaping up for a big September and need to get through the last two games with heir form and discipline in tact, ready for the real stuff in three weeks time.
Really the only thing worth talking about at Crib Point is the form of the 19’s. Let’s get behind them in their push for a premiership.