Development Lions back on the winners list

The Development Lions are back on the winners list, defeating the Frankston Dolphins by 33 points at Piranha Park

The Lions lead from siren to siren in the most complete four quarter performance in the last month of football.

The midfield, led by Adam Valeri, Mitch Conn and Rick Schraven drove the Coburg victory, up forward Cam Holdsworth was instrumental, while Calder Cannons Jack O’Sullivan, Tom Burnside and Ben Barton all made successful debuts.

The game started in a scrappy fashion with both sides making multiple errors by foot and hand. It was the Lions who would compose the quickest, three goals putting them in front early.

Improved ball use from the stoppage and some accurate set shot kicking from Cam Holdsworth and Calder Cannon first gamer Jack O’Sullivan had Coburg leading by 26 points at the first change.

Frankston began to use the ball more effectively in the second term, opening up the home side on the rebound to bring the game within 2 goals.

Coburg wrestled some momentum back late but couldn’t convert, holding onto a 13 point lead at the half.

Tom Burnside and Ben Barton joined fellow Cannon Jack O’Sullivan on the scorers sheet in their first game boosting Coburg with three goals to start the third term.

Coburg again holding off a late surge from the dolphins to lead by 15 points at three quarter time.

Tom McConville got on the end of some fast ball movement from Rick Schraven to goal in the opening minute of the final term, before Schraven would go himself for fifty to push the lead to 27 points.

Mitch Conn joined the party before Frankston finally responded, cutting the margin to 28 points late into the quarter.

Barton and Ercolano then iced the game for the Lions, running out 33 point winners.

Coburg Lions 13.7.85 Frankston Dolphins 7.10.52

Best: A. Valeri, M. Conn, R. Schraven, G. McDonagh, T. Burnside, C. Holdsworth

Goals: B. Barton 3, C. Holdsworth 2, T. Burnside, T. McConville, R. Free, D. McDonald, M. Ercolano, M. Conn, J. O''Sullivan, R. Schraven