West 16.16 112
South 6.2 38
A scintillating six-goal second quarter was the catalyst behind West Whyalla's 64 point drubbing of South Whyalla at Bennett Oval on Saturday afternoon.
The Dragons have now won 20 games on the trot, last tasting defeat in the 2015 grand final and it’s hard to see this golden run coming to an end anytime soon.
Apart from the second term the game was quite an even battle that never reached any great heights, with both sides making unforced errors, but in saying that the effort from both sides were unquestionable.
The Dragons start to the game was reasonable slow but they stepped it up couple gears in the second term leaving the Demons in their wake.
Dylan Everrett, Matt Holmes and Samuel Clements were all prolific ball winners through the midfield and with Nathan Grozna, Ben Butler and Daniel Coyne on fire up front, it was no surprise to see the Dragons lead by 54 points at half time.
The Demons could either sink or swim and for the second week running their passion and desire was questioned by coach Freeman.
To their credit they lifted their intensity and effort to almost square the second half with five majors to the Dragons seven.
Westies had plenty of quality players; Matt Holmes dominated his wing providing the outside run as well as winning plenty of contested footy, Damien Coyne across half forward was exceptional, his speed and ball skills being a game highlight, Dylan Everett got things going through the midfield, Ben Butler stood out when resting in the forward line booting four goals and Nathan Grzona with six goals was dangerous every time the ball went forward.
South had a number of triers none more so than Brandon Dix; his ruck work and aerial skills were exceptional and I wouldn't be surprised if he appears in the umpire votes come Whyalla News Medal night, Mick Watkins defensive work was again good against the odds, James Smith is a no thrills player that always gives a 100 per cent and Saturday was no different, Nathan Van Ekeren had his moments as did the ever reliable Scotty Watkins.