Mundaring 10.4 (64) ran out five point winners over Parkerville 7.17 (59) on the weekend in their Round Eight Hills Football Association battle but it was their early inaccuracy that was to prove costly for the Parkerville Bushrangers.
Parkerville flew out of the blocks in the first quarter as they continually put the Roo’s back line under the pump.
Jayke Soltwisch was given the task of rucking against a bigger body in Tom Greig, they both battled hard to give their fellow on ballers first possession but it was the Bushrangers that were clearing the ball through Stephen Capelli and Jacobe Williams.
Parkerville peppered the goals throughout the first quarter but their poor conversion rate resulted in a return of just 3.9. Although it was a good start Parkerville hadn’t applied the scoreboard pressure coach Ian Stitt would have liked.
The Roo’s made a few positional changes and lifted their intensity before they finally got their first goal on the board.
This was quickly followed up by a couple more as Michael Italiano proved lively in the Roo’s forward line as was Tom Cowton around the ground.
The Bushrangers were getting plenty of forward entries, although they were still unable to convert their shots on goal.
By halftime the Roo’s had reduced the margin to four points as Parkerville led 3.13 (31) to 4.3 (27).
Mundaring held Parkerville to one goal in the third quarter while adding four themselves.
Dylan O’loghlen and Dave Smith repelled many of the Bushranger’s forward thrusts.
Heading into the last term, the Roo’s had maintained their accuracy and turned a half time deficit into a 13 point lead.
Parkerville were at their most accurate in the last quarter kicking 3.2 to Mundaring’s two goals.
In the end it was Mundaring by five points in what was a very entertaining game.
Michael Italiano, Tom Greig, Dylan O’loghlen, David Ryan, Tyson Hamling and Tom Cowton featured among Mundaring’s best players.
For Parkerville, Reece Bacon, Tobias Johnston, Jayke Soltwisch, Stephen Capelli, Austin Lamb and Tristan Vance stood out as having the most influence.
Mundaring’s Michael Italiano, Tyson Hamling and Lindsey Vitler all kicked two goals while Parkerville’s Jordy Grey and Reece Bacon both finished with two majors.
In other games Chidlow 15.12 (102) easily defeated Gidgegannup 8.9 (57) while Mt Helena 18.17 (125) handed out a 70 point thrashing to Bullsbrook 8.7 (55).
Written by: BRIAN PALLISTER