After the Early May Bank Holiday bye, round two saw the Mozzies travel to Port Sunlight to take on North West rivals, Merseyside Saints. The Saints were new the AFLCNE last year and have found some talented players over the past 18 months, but a lack of experience showed on Saturday. The Mozzies started the season how they mean to go on; perfect.

The Mozzies were slow to start, shots on goal being sprayed every but between the major posts. Shae Killey was first to score a goal, a piece of well worked distribution through the team ended with a simple set shot for the Aussie. As the quarter went on, goals came from Pietrus, Dowd, Cox, Sweetman and Benson. However, he Saints began to show some promise, getting into the Mozzies half on four occasions, but only coming away with a single behind, leaving the Mozzies 7.8.50 playing 0.1.1.

In the second quarter the intensity rose, Saints were up for the fight. With the intensity, the Mozzies’ accuracy also lifted. Charleson, Carson and Pietrus standing out with two goals apiece, with Norris, Hobin, Killey, Sweetman and Lucas claiming the rest, with only four behinds the second quarter was a marked improvement.. The Mozzies went into the major break 18.12.123 up on 0.1.1

The third quarter started much like the first, accuracy was not in the Mozzies dictionary. However, the number of attempts at goal made up for it. Killey being the beneficiary of most of the Mozzies attacks, coming away with three goals in the third. Benson stepped back up after a goalless second quarter and bagged two more majors for his ever-increasing tally. Whilst Carson and Charleson picked up the other two goals. Coach Chris Sproule did the honours of pulling on a saints Guernsey for the second half, adding more competition to the midfield, helping create chances in their forward line. Chances the Saints could not convert unfortunately. The third quarter finished Mozzies 25.20.170, Saints ­­0.4.4

The Mozzies fourth quarter was dominant. Niall Dowd bagged three goals, making it four for the day, ensuring his name will surely be spoken about in international circles. Whilst a pleasant surprise from Keegan Lucas getting two goals (three for the game) and no behinds, meant the Mozzies could truly kick on. New Aussie Alex Pietrus cementing himself as a true Mozzie made it five goals for the day with another two in the final term. The remaining goals came from Cochran, Hobin, Cox and Benson. The Saints finished far stronger than they began the day, the North West Deby finishing up, Mozzies (36.21.243) defeat Saints (0.7.7).

Best on ground for round two would have been a close call, both Killey and Pietrus bagged five whilst Dowd and Benson got four each but showed immense work rate on and off the ball. However, James ‘Jimmy’ Charleson was a cut above the rest, his defensive work rate was something else, topping the tackle chart and contested possessions. He even did some time in the ruck and won all his taps, with force. He also got himself on the scoreboard with three goals. Jimmy, have a day!

 

We’d like to thank the Merseyside Saints for their hospitality this weekend, and look forward to seeing them again this season.