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Plains Producer, Wednesday May 22, 2013
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VIRGINIA enjoyed a 144-point
decimation of a Hummocks-Watch-
man Eagles side that failed to turn up
on Saturday at Virginia.
Key forward, Brendon Niklaus,
continued his amazing start to the
season for the Rams, booting nine
goals in the belting, taking his season
tally to 41 from five games.
Virginia kicked 17 of its 30 goals
in the first half, the match effectively
over at half time.
“I definitely didn’t think it would
be that easy but we wanted to send a
message to the competition this week,
as the boys were pretty disappointed
with last week’s efforts,” Rams coach,
Joss DenEngelse said.
“We did a bit of commando-type
training this week to get the lads fo-
cused in the mind and it looks like it
“I think the boys really embraced
it and took it on board.”
The Rams increased their lead at
“For us, it was something different
as we haven’t been able to put teams
away in the past but putting the op-
position away was a big focus on the
weekend,” DenEngelse said.
With a target of 70 tackles for the
match, Virginia recorded 65, a fair
figure considering the Rams generally
controlled the match.
“Our relentless pressure didn’t
give them time to breathe,” DenEn-
“I don’t think we gave them the
chance to play well at all.”
Virginia scored 38 times from 53
forward 50 entries, HWE managing
13 shots from 31.
Eagles coach, David Cluse, was
understandably ashamed of the result.
“They know it was unacceptable
and we had a quick chat about it after
the game,” he said.
“We were too reactive, too flat-
footed and we had players unwilling
to play their roles.”
With the margin swelling beyond
70 points at half time, Cluse changed
“At that point, I wasn’t worried
about the score,” he said.
“It was a good opportunity to try
and give some young guys a look in
some different positions.”
Justin Cicolella, named the Eagles’
best player, went head to head with
Virginia’s Caleb Howell.
“I just thought we would put our
best on their best and it was good to
watch,” DenEngelse said.
Cluse sent Cicolella forward in an
attempt to free the classy midfielder up.
“He was outstanding and was
getting tagged heavily again, so we
pushed him forward and tried to use
him through there,” Cluse said.
He was also unhappy with a few
verbal exchanges between a couple of
Virginia players and Cicolella.
“He copped some harsh words
from a couple of nobodies from Vir-
ginia,” Cluse seethed.
“From a coaching and spectator’s
point of view, a few of those lads need
to pull their heads in and go have a
good hard look at themselves.”
Cameron McKinnon again
emerged as HWE’s main avenue to
goal, finishing with three majors.
“We didn’t use the ball through
half forward quickly enough but he
battled hard,” Cluse said.
“The defenders were quite good
under relentless pressure and Tom
Forrest did a good job on Niklaus for
a quarter and a bit.”
DenEngelse was glad to see a solid
“When you have 14 or 15 blokes
winning their positions, you will win
most games,” he said.
Ben Russell was named the Rams’
“His first half got us up and go-
ing and he’s such a smart player,”
“(Anthony) Bascombe also got
three of our first four goals, so it was
pleasing to see that.”
VIRGINIA 30.8 (188) d
HW EAGLES 6.8 (44)
BEST: Virginia - B . Russel, C . Howell, M. Young, B . Niklaus, S .
Peter, D. Oliver HW Eagles - J . Cicolella, T. Twelftree, C . McKin-
non, A. Turrell, S . Tregenza, J . Kelly
Kelly is too late
to spoil this mark
by Ram Anthony
TRENT Karutz goals for Virginia in Saturday’s A grade game against the Eagles.
STEVEN Lioulios, Virginia, kicks towards goal as Ea-
gle Thomas Lawson moves in to tackle. RIGHT: Caleb
Jones and Tyler Ranaldo on scoreboard duty.
EAGLES Brad Higgs and Mitch Nicholls can’t quite stop Ram
Chris Campbell getting a kick away.
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