MUNDARING’S probably strongest team for the season made it a tough day for Mt Helena claiming victory with a 26.18 (174) to 2.6 (18) win.
The Mundaring Roos are in sixth place on the Hills Football Association ladder while Mt Helena are in seventh place. In their round 13 clash at Mundaring recreation ground the Lions’ Bo Read was thrust into the ruck against the Roos’ Kyle Tenardi in the absence of Hamish Duncan.
Read acquitted himself well in a totally unfamiliar position against a more experienced opponent. Roo Dylan O’Loghlen used his strength to clear the ball forward where Sam Butler was proving a handful, as he continues to impress with his overhead marking.
The Lions were outsized in their backline as Mundaring’s Andrew Freeman proved difficult to move while his teammate Austin Thomas roamed the half forward area driving the ball in deep with his deft left foot kicking.
Mt Helena’s Matthew Elwood battled hard along with Jai Blackman but they were overwhelmed by the number of Roos’entries. When the Lions did manage to go forward Daniel Thomas was there to cut it off, he didn’t mind having a run and bounce clearing the ball out beyond the wing where Jayk Jones picked up several possessions.
The Lions managed to gain some momentum in the second quarter with their first goal, while slowing the Roos scoring. Brendan Agnew and Daniel Bulla worked their way into the game. Mundaring used the halftime break to regroup and pick up where they had left off in the first quarter, their ball movement was very precise as they found several avenues to goal.
The Mt Helena backline was under constant pressure as the Roos created multiple avenues to get through. The dominant display continued right up until the final siren.