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Mundaring Roo’s really got their game going in the second half.

Roo’s far too good after weathering early Saints resistance

THE Mundaring Roo’s 16.13 (109)  overcame some surprising first half resistance from the Bullsbrook Saints to eventually run out an easy 50 point winner on the weekend over Bullsbrook 9.5 (59) in their Round Nine Hills Football Association clash.

A determined Saints outfit seem to be playing with more structure over the past couple of weeks and this week managed to stay with the Roo’s in the first half.

Although undermanned in the ruck Patrick Mather was competitive against Tom Greig while on the ground Jordan Pickles and Brandon Ghirardi were also good for the Saints.

Tom Cowton continued his good form while his brother Joseph was also busy in the back line.

The brother’s hard work helped the Roo’s to skip away with a 17 point advantage and at the end of the quarter Mundaring led 4.5 (29) to 2.0 (12).

The Saints controlled a fair share of the play in the second term with both Ash Elmer and Ben Thompson kicking goals.

At full back Shaun Booker was holding his own against James Hartley and the Saints had managed to reduce the deficit to just six points at half time.

Second halves however have proven to be a major stumbling block for Bullsbrook as opposition teams seemingly regroup and come out with a different mindset.

The third quarter saw Mundaring kick into gear, James Hartley got into the game with five goals. Tyson Hamling and Tom Cowton were sending the ball forward with high kicks to  make use of the Roo’s height advantage.

When the ball did hit the ground Michael Italiano chipped in with some good crumbing goals and the Saints defence was under siege.

By the time the third quarter came to an end, the Roo’s had all but put the contest beyond doubt as they bounced out to a thirty one point lead.

The Saints battled out the game and managed to kick a last quarter goal  but the Roo’s Dave Smith and Dylan O’Loghlen were solid down back while David Ryan was consistent around the ground in what was arguably their four quarter effort for the season.

Mundaring’s performance gave coach Brad Flavel some encouragement and the players now need to stick to a disciplined game plan to support him and each other.

James Hartley, Tyson Hamling, Michael Italiano, Dylan O’Loghlen, Lindsey Vitler, David Ryan all impressed for the Roo’s while for Bullsbrook Jade Moyles, Shaun Booker, Brandon Ghirardi, Ash Elmer, Scott Noonan and Patrick Mather figured among their best.

James Hartley won his battle up forward and finished with seven goals while Tyson Hamling and Michael Italiano added another 3 goals each for Mundaring.

Ash Elmer kicked three for the Saints while Jordan Pickles and Ben Thompson finished with two goals apiece.

In other HFA action on the weekend, Parkerville 21.19 (145) annihilated Gidgegannup 9.2 (56) by 89 points while Pickering Brook 12.15 (87) easily defeated Mt Helena 6.14 (50).

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