By Mathew Asciak
Last night’s trip to the Cattery will be remembered as an important night for the Coburg Football Club, its supporters and community, as it was the first time in their 130 year history that they featured on a nationally televised VFL game. The result, however, did not go to plan, going down by 57 points, the final score being 15.15.(105) to 7.6.(48)
The Lions were set a tough task, playing an in form Geelong side who has only 1 loss thus far, coming against top of the table Casey the week prior. On the back of a six goal to one first quarter, the Cats built a sizable 35 point lead. The lone goal of the quarter for the Burgers came through livewire Sam Lowson, who showed some great crumbing at a stoppage in the forward pocket, turned onto his right and snapped truly.
The second term was much like the first, with majority of the play on Geelong’s terms. Coburg were once again restricted to just the one goal for the quarter, but the passage of play did demonstrate they type of ball movement that we are accustomed to seeing. Some good play off half back saw the ball end up with wingman Corey Ellis, who delivered a pinpoint pass in the path of Aaron Clarke in the right forward pocket. Notoriously a difficult spot to convert from, Clarke went back and converted in style.
Coburg began the second half brightly, looking to chip into the 49 point deficit. Nathan Mullenger-McHugh competed valiantly all night in the ruck against Rhys Stanley, collecting 17 disposals, 4 marks and 22 hit-outs. Two highlights on the second half belonged to Mitch Podhajski and Corey Ellis. After receiving a downfield free kick with the man on the mark at just inside the arc, Podhajski unleashed a 55m bomb. After extracting the ball from a contest on the edge of the centre square, Ellis turned onto his trusty left foot, unimpeded by the players positioned in the goal square, kicking his maiden goal for the club.
A standout performer on a tough night for the Burgers was Tom McKenzie, who showed great pace, intent and desire to drive the ball forward from the back half. He finished the night with 16 touches, 6 tackles at 88% disposal efficiency.
Our round 7 clash is at Arden Street on next Saturday the 29th, as the Lions take on North Melbourne, with the first bounce scheduled at 12pm.
Geelong: 6.6-42 9.9-63 13.11-89 15.15- (105)
Coburg: 1.1-7 2.2-14 7.5-47 7.6- (48)
S.Lowson 2, A.Clarke, M.Podhajski, T.Silvestro, C.Ellis, L.Nelson.
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