Slow start proves costly for Seas' seniors

April 11, 2021

The seniors were left to rue a first-quarter six-goal blitz from Barwon Heads on the way to a 9.18 (72) to 7.12 (54) defeat in the first home game of the season.

The Seas had their fair share of opportunities in the opening five minutes as they only put three behinds on the scoreboard before the Seagulls opened the floodgates with six goals in 10 minutes into the breeze.

The only respite for the Seas came after the siren as Jordan Erskine slotted one truly from 40m to trail by 29 points at the first break.

Jordan Harrison getting over the top in the ruck contest.

The defensive workload didn’t lower for the home side after the quarter-time break as the Seagulls continued to push forward, but they were unable to capitalise on their chances.

The back six kept the visitors to 1.11 over the next two quarters while the Seas chipped away at their lead with 2.2 in the second term and 2.1 in the third to trail by 19 points at the final break.

There were chances for the margin to be lowered further in the early stages of the last term, but the Seagulls got the first two goals of the quarter to put it out of reach.

Late magic from Dale Kerr and Luke Rounds gave the Seas a slight hope with five minutes to go, but it was a little too late.

Luke Rounds rebounding from the Seas' backline.

Dale Carson was immense behind the ball and named as the best in the defeat as he continued to keep the Seagull’s forwards quiet.

Kerr, Jordan Harrison, Jackson Bews (in his 100th game), Jack Rice, Erskine (two goals), and Jacob Nolan were also strong in the defeat.

The loss leaves the seniors with a 1-1 record ahead of three games on the road against Newcomb, Queenscliff, and Portarlington before hosting Drysdale on May 8.

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