Lions play to windy conditions, hold Blues at Bay

Waverley Blues: 3.2.20   5.6.36   7.6.48   10.11.76

Doncaster East: 5.1.31   7.2.44   13.4.82   14.5.89

A Spirited Waverley team couldn't convert in a dissapointing loss to Doncaster East, who played to the windy conditions much better on the day.

While the Blues kicked the first goal through Paul Savage within a minute, false hopes may have gotten the better of Waverley, as the Lions would go on to kick the next five goals.

Savage would kick his second goal late, but the blues would go into the first change 11 points down, and lucky to be in touch with the Lions.

Doncaster East played with more energy in the first quarter and came into the second stanza the same way, as they kicked the first few goals of the quarter to find a 22-point break.

Captain Will Edwards did his best to inspire the Blues, with an incredible goal from the boundary late in the quarter to reduce the margin back to 14, before Ben Turner kicked a great goal out of the ruck just before half time.

Savage nearly made it three goals in red time for Waverley, but was beaten by the siren as the Lions took an eight point lead into half time with momentum in favour of the Blues.

However Doncaster East took full advantage of the wind in the third term, as they kicked the first five goals to find themselves 40 points in front midway through the quarter.

Matthew Sharpe finally got the Blues first of the term after 20 minutes, before midfield Dynamo Ned Slater kicked another goal late, running out of the middle.

With Ryan Serpanchy out with a knee injury, the final quarter already looked tough as Waverley would have to come back from 34-points, but gave themselves every chance as they started the term with good intensity around the ball.

Rob Tomlin kicked the first goal of the term with a lovely kick from outside 50, while Matthew Sharpe kicked his second to reduce the margin to 21-points.

However a goal to Doncaster East would all but end the Blues hopes, with four goals needed in red time to steal the win.

James Coglan kicked a consolation goal after 25 minutes to bring the margin back to 19-points, but inaccuracy hurt Waverley in the last quarter as they kicked 5 behinds, and fell just 18-points short of the win.

Ned Slater and Will Edwards were the best players out of the middle, while Swizza Swierzbiolek was again influential in the ruck.

Paul Savage presented all day up forward as well, continuing his role as the forward-line general.