The WorkSafe AFL Vic Country side has fallen short in the 2017 Brian Molony Cup after going down to the VAFA by 82 points at Frankston Oval on Saturday. Jake Morris reports
The Vic Country side were unable to contain the extreme running ability of their metro rivals and were outclassed around the ball, leading to a comfortable 24.8 (152) to 10.10 (70) score line.
VAFA forward Al Armstrong booted seven for his side while Sam Hibbins kicked four. Rochester’s Steven Stroobants finished with four for Vic Country while Chris Moreland kicked two in what was a tough day at the office for Vic Country.
North Shore’s Jason Davenport was sensational in a best on ground performance for Vic Country but was overshadowed by a very challenging VAFA outfit.
In his first game as head coach, Danny Frawley said he was proud of how his boys played but recognised that the VAFA side was better on the day.
“You could see that the VAFA really came in with a plan and executed it perfectly,” he said.
“Our guys had a dip but there is no way we can polish it up, they were far too good.
“We’ve got two years to lick our wounds and do a fair bit of training but we’ll be back better and stronger than ever.”
Vic Country opened the match in fine style, booting four goals in the opening term and holding a strong eight point lead heading into the first change.
Goals to Brian Graham, Ben Dobson, Jarrah Maksymow and Chris Moreland gave the side some confidence at quarter time, but that was as close as they got.
Nine-straight goals in the second quarter to the VAFA, including five from forward Al Armstrong, saw the lead blow out to a commanding 46 points at the main break.
Captain Jack Geary led from the front, while Jason Davenport, Brian Graham and Steven Stroobants can hold their heads high.
St. Kevin’s tall man Thomas Jok was exceptional off half-back for the VAFA while five goals from Al Armstrong saw him outscore the Vic Country side.
Using increased pressure around the ball and better foot skills, the Vic Country side were able to put together a much brighter third quarter, reducing the margin back to just 26.
Goals from Stroobants, Chris Ryan, Matt McMahon, Davenport and Geary helped steady the ship and give the side a lot of confidence heading into the last.
Unfortunately, Vic Country were unable to use its third-term momentum to catapult them into the last as the VAFA were simply too strong and countered with a run of goals of their own.
Finishing off what was a very impressive display with a nine-goal to one final term, the VAFA ran out convincing 82 point winners over Vic Country side. The final score 24.8 (152) to 10.10 (70).