A SEVEN-goal second term proved the difference as Turvey Park kept their faint finals hopes alive with a 23-point win over Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong on Saturday.
The Bulldogs moved within a game of the top five as they enjoyed a successful trip to Ganmain Sportsground, running out winners 14.12 (96) to 11.7 (73).
The Lions actually won the first and last quarters, and were competitive during the third, but it was the second term where Turvey Park did the damage with seven goals to one.
Clint Shields was on song for Turvey Park, booting six goals, while midfielder Jeremy Sykes led the Bulldogs’ charge in the second term.
Turvey Park coach Mitch Sykes said a more man-on-man approach after quarter-time worked well.
“We just got beat early at the stoppages. You knew they were going to come to play but once the game settled down a bit and we got a bit of control it sort of just played out,” Sykes said.
Sykes has not given up on finals and he is happy with the improvement his team is showing.
“It was a fantastic effort to beat Ganmain on their home ground. They’ve got experienced players and you knew they were going to fight hard, but to the boys’ credit, to get away with the win was a really good effort,” Sykes said.
“We’re building. We were good last week for three quarters against Collingullie, and Narrandera as well, we were really good. Get a win here, have a week off and then come at Mango.”
It was a fiery affair at times, with Turvey Park’s Jack Brooks and GGGM’s Hamish Jannings both shown a yellow card after a fight in the second quarter.
Riley Corbett kicked five goals in a losing team for GGGM, but had a strong duel with Turvey Park defender Andrew Emery on the day.
Jacob Olsson was the Lions’ best, while Angus Cumming was also very good.
Sykes was the best for Turvey Park, while Shields, Matt Bailey and Josh Ashcroft all played strong roles in the win.
John Hoey kicked goal of the year for Turvey Park in the second quarter, when he bounced a snap through from virtually an impossible angle.