14 Apr Devils and lions share the spoils
CORIO v BELMONT LIONS
An energetic and disciplined Belmont Lions outfit was able to wear down a determined Corio and pull away to a comfortable 49 point victory in the GDFNL Indigenous game at Viva Energy Oval. Corio broke away with a quick start, aided by a strong first quarter breeze, kicking 2 goals in the first 5 minutes but would have been disappointed with only a 15 point lead at quarter time. Belmont took advantage of their turn with the wind, kicking 5 unanswered goals to hold a 21 point margin at the long break. Brent Jacques used all his experience and skill to find room for scoring opportunities, rewarding the effort of his mid field teammates, Alex Hann and Nathan Bissett.
The Devils worked hard to take advantage of their second turn at the wind advantage, but their 4 goal effort was matched by the Lions. Joel Bennett and Brayden Cotter were tireless workers for Corio, but their hard work to set up scoring chances was marred by poor field kicking. Belmont was consistently outnumbering their opponents as the ball entered the Devils attacking zone, with players pushing back to support.
Ben Evans gave away centimetres to two taller opponents, but was able to take control of the ruck contests and was awarded best afield honours.
CORIO v BELMONT LIONS
Corio started their 2021 campaign with a resounding 56-27 goal victory over Belmont Lions. The Devils jumped away to a 10 goal quarter time lead and despite a more disciplined Lions output beyond that point, Corio were able to maintain scoreboard dominance.
Corio coach Shayna Poto was thrilled with the team’s performance, highlighted by the return of goal shooter Taylor Mason. “We often controlled the mid court in 2019 games, but were unable to take advantage on the scoreboard” the Devils mentor said. “With Taylor under the ring we were rewarded for the effort up the court.”
Lions coach Courtney Leith was awarded the best on court honours and remained philosophical after the game. “We all felt the scoreboard wasn’t a true reflection of the contest” the Lions star said. “I was really pleased with the girls effort for our first outing together and I’m confident the more time we spend together our game will improve”.
The Devils were dominant through the mid court with Geelong Amateur recruit Emily Pietsch providing plenty of supply to the scoring ring and Holly Milsome led a tight defensive unit.
The Lions defenders were under constant pressure, but Rachel Kirtley was solid all day in Goal Defence.