A north easterly wind blowing across McLaren Oval, Victor going with it in the first, a few skill errors from both sides made for a scrappy affair.
Kreuger and Ross looking dangerous for Victor whilst Marr and Ellis getting McLaren going in the midfield.
McLaren looked the better side having seven scoring shots at goal compared with Victor’s three – scores 2.5 to 2.1, Ross and Corey getting goals for Victor, Mutton and Marr one each for McLaren.
Coach Alleway, not happy with his side’s effort, gave a good old fashioned spray at quarter time and the players definitely responded, kicking against the breeze.
Victor kicked two goals in the first five minutes, Alleway at CHF giving a great contest, McKay on top in Ruck and Ross showing his class not only working hard in the midfield also working forward and kicking goals. Watchman into the Ruck and McLaren responded Jimmy Mathews got going with speed breaking lines giving McLaren’s talls some supply.
Mutton kicked a couple and Watchman one as Victor responded working a lot harder than McLaren around the contests through Hartshone, Williams, Weetra, Fletcher, Proud and Leech in particular.
Some undisciplined play and Alleway received a free and scored. Ross kicked three for the quarter while Jimmy Mathews’ running goal late in the quarter gave McLaren some hope at half time – McLaren 6.6 to Victor 7.5.
It was Victor’s turn with the breeze again in the third and they looked intent on playing hard tackling unsociable footy and it worked. Their pressure at the contest was great to watch, the ball was in Victor’s forward 50 for most of the quarter.
McKay marked any kick outs as Corey looked handy kicking a couple and Ross getting his fifth whilst Jimmy Mathews’ goal on the run gave the local crowd some hope of a last quarter revival – McLaren 7.6 to Victor 10.9.
To start the final quarter, Victor won the stoppage. Alleway marked and staged for a 50 metre penalty and the Umpire had no hesitation, much to the crowds disgust.
McLaren look rattled as McKay again got the tap and a nice running goal from Fletcher.
The midfield’s battled it out again for a period until Alleway’s left foot snap gave Victor a six goal break.
Lachie Mathews got a couple on the run but it was all too late for McLaren.
Victor played the conditions really well and with a pretty good team effort and strong tackling, they won the pressure contests. The final score was McLaren 9.10 to Victor 14.9.
Ross was best for Victor, showing he is a classy midfielder who kicked five goals.
Victor are still in the mix for a finals spot whilst Jimmy Mathews was the only highlight for McLaren who now find themselves under pressure to keep the double chance.