Roos kick away
Written by Andrew Johnston
A classy Clarence held off a much improved Burnie Dockers to claim a 43 point win at Blundstone Arena, further tightening their grip on a home final.
The Roos had a whopping 34 scoring shots but inaccurate kicking minimised the damage for the Dockers, who made the most of their opportunities to kick 11 goals for the day.
Clarence opened the game with a dominant first quarter, starting with a frenzy kicking the first six goals to a wind assisted Boon Stand end.
Jake Cox was a force for the home side in the first quarter, kicking three individual goals and dominating the middle of the ground. The Dockers made a number of skill errors throughout the first quarter but their effort at the contest meant they remained in touch at the first change.
With the second quarter came a massive lift from Burnie, finding their groove with an impressive term of footy to see them within striking distance of a lead. The back six of the Dockers worked hard to keep the Roos goalless, while Jamieson House kicked two of the Dockers five goals to head into the major break down by just one point to open the door for an upset for the ages.
The Roos responded strongly to the mounting Dockers challenge, kicking eight goals in the third quarter to get on top. Captain Brady Jones began to dominate in the midfield, while Ian Callinan kicked three. But the Dockers bucked the trend, kicking three goals against the wind, sending the Roos in with a 30 point lead at the final change.
In the final quarter, Clarence’s class held the Dockers at bay, managing to score three goals against the wind, while holding Burnie to just two. The Roos continued their dominance in the middle, with Wade Wall providing his midfielders with good service and Jackson O’Brien played one of his best games of the year as the Roos increased the margin for a 43 point win.
Clarence assistant coach Mitch Swan spoke highly of his team’s resolve after half time.
“I just thought our good players got their hands on the ball at important times of the game.
“It was good to get the lead in that third quarter but full credit to Burnie, I thought they were pretty good.”
Burnie coach Clint Proctor was happy his team remained competitive in games late in a difficult season.
“When you’re in the position we are it is easy to fall away, so it’s great that the effort and intensity was there throughout the day.
“I thought we really adapted and put in a great effort, and we’re really looking forward to building on that.”
The Dockers host Lauderdale next week at West Park, whilst Clarence head north to UTAS Stadium to take on top placed North Launceston, in what shapes as one of the games of the year.
CLARENCE v. BURNIE DOCKERS
Round 17 – 30/07/2017
Clarence 6.4, 6.8, 14.11, 17.17 (119)
Burnie Dockers 1.2, 6.7, 9.10, 11.10 (76)
GOALS, Clarence :
T. Standen 4, I. Callinan 3, J. Cox 3, G. Chambers 2, M. Blackburn 2, J. O’Brien 1,
J. Harper 1, A. Grace 1
Burnie Dockers :
B. Rubock 3, R. Barrett 2, J. House 2, T. Charles 2, T. Mundy 1, B. Boag 1
BEST, Clarence :
M. Fisher, T. Castle, J. O’Brien, W. Wall, T. Standen, B. Jones
Burnie Dockers :
R. Barrett, T. Mundy, T. Morrison, J. House, N. Walters, E. Smith