Penguin in control from first bounce

UP IN THE AIR: Penguin ruckman Brad Davis goes for the ball in the clash against Ulverstone yesterday. Picture: Kelly Slater.NEVER before has an Ulverstone NTFL side lost to Penguin by more than it did in the Anzac Day clash yesterday.
HangZhou Night Net

Ulverstone supporters were leaving at three quarter time as the Two Blues thumped the Robins by 94 points, 22.23 (155) to 8.13 (61).

Widely expected to be a fiery encounter the match fizzled after Penguin took control of the game early.

Kicking with a four-goal breeze, Penguin entered quarter time leading by 34 points after booting 7.5.

Ulverstone had a chance to get back into the match in the second, but squandered its chance.

The Robins kicked 1.4 in the first seven minutes and 1.7 for the term.

After holding the Two Blues for the first stages of that quarter, the Robins allowed Penguin coach Jason Ling to kick a goal.

Goals from Chris McDonald and Rodney King followed and Penguin had won the quarter, despite kicking into the breeze.

Ulverstone never got back into the game.

The Robins were toothless in attack, thanks largely to the play of Penguin defenders.

Matthew Wooldridge and Troy Dean, when back there, took mark upon contested mark as the Robins’ forwards struggled to get any of the ball.

With Rodney King and Todd Munro running rampant through the middle, the Two Blues picked up perhaps their finest win of the season.

“Last week was when we turned it around,” Penguin coach Ling said of his side’s current form.

“We can keep improving, we could have easily dropped off in that last quarter there but I think we still had 16 tackles in that last quarter, so we were still working pretty hard.”

Addressing his side after the match, Ling described the team’s defensive effort as perhaps the best-ever during his tenure at the club.

The mood was much different in the Ulverstone change rooms where Ulverstone coach Scott Blair lamented his side’s missed opportunities in the second quarter.

“We couldn’t put them under scoreboard pressure early in the game,” Blair said.

“In the second quarter we kicked 1.7 with the breeze.

“We’ve just got to take those opportunities in the early parts of the game, and it’s just something that we’re not doing, we’re just not.”

This article first appeared in Hangzhou Night Net.

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