Waverley holds on for first win of the year

Waverley Blues: 3.3.21   6.3.39   10.4.64   12.5.77

Croydon Blues: 4.2.26   5.4.34   7.5.47   11.9.75

Goals: Engley 5, Savage 2, Swierzbiolek 2, Bacon, Sharpe, D Playsted

The Waverley Blues have held on to a two point win after a late Croydon play saw them come back from five goals early in the fourth quarter.

Mark Engley was among the best with five majors to his name, while Matthew Sharpe also provided direction up forward and kicked a goal.

Daniel Playsted was also impressive in the middle, while Ned Slater and Al Playsted were also dynamic and contributed to the cause all day.

A brave performance had Waverley down one man for most of the contest, before another injury just before the final siren had fans clenching their teeth.

Waverley started strong, eager to get their first win of the year, but a lapse in concentration late in the first term saw Croydon kick three goals and lead by five points at the first change.

Engley opened Waverley's account early in the second quarter however, with a nice goal from outside the arc on a tight angle to regain the lead.

Confidence was brewing, with a nice play, startng with a Dylan Cole run-down tackle, allowed Wes Smith to set up Adam Swierzbiolek in the goal square.

However an injury to Sam Mier after a heavy bump saw him sidelined for the day, while a brawl erupted, stopping play before Hayden Lovat was sent off by the umpires.

Waverley maintained their momentum though and went into the half up by five points.

Waverley broke open the game in the premiership quarter, with Egley again kicking from long range to extend the margin, before Trent Bacon slotted the goal after the day, borking a defender and then kicking from the arc on the boundary line.

The Croydon defence was also impressive, keeping the lively and lippy Justine Ficorilli to just a goal for the quarter, while also capitalisting on his mistakes on the counter-attack.

Daniel Playstead goalled early in the final term to extend the margin to 23 points, before Croydon mounted a comeback and threatened Waverley's chances at a first win.

But they ran out of time, with Waverley holding on, giving Scott Hunter his first win in his first game at the helm.

by Will Zwar | @zwar_w