Weekly Write Up

Ashwood traveled to Edinburgh reserve to face the Sandown Cobras on a windy Saturday. The rain clouds slowly crept in throughout the afternoon and the drizzle started towards the end of the reserves match up continuing throughout the day. Both 
Ashwood teams came into the weekend undefeated while both Cobra teams were chasing their first win of the season.
The reserves game started off mirroring the record of the two sides as Ashwood asserted dominance both at the contest and in the uncontested game. The ball was moving quickly from the defense to attack creating a number of opportunities for Ashwood’s tall forwards. At the halftime break the score line was one sided and the game was threatening to become ugly for the home side as Ashwood led 8.11 59 to Sandown 0.2 2. 
To the home side’s credit they came out in the second half ready for a contest. The Cobra’s midfield took charge and put a significant amount of pressure on the Ashwood back six peppering the goals throughout the quarter. Had the Cobras have kicked more accurately, they could’ve asserted themselves back in the game and turned a 3rd quarter win into a game changing effort. However the margin still read firmly in the away team's favour as Ashwood led 9.14 68 to Sandown 2.4 16. 
The last quarter saw the Magpies come out in a more asserting fashion and they upped the physical pressure significantly throughout the term. After peppering the goals throughout the final quarter, Ashwood ran the game out leading 13.23 101 to Sandown 3.5 23. Another solid win with commendable efforts from Johnny Cox, Alex Salama and Craig Cornelissen cemented the top spot on the ladder for the Magpie team. 


Lead out by 100 game player Alex Jong and first time skipper Mitch Saunders, a determined Ashwood side looked to take it up to the Cobras at a ground that has proved to be problematic to the pies in recent history. From the first bounce the Magpies looked focused to secure the top spot on the ladder and build a healthy percentage, securing a six goal lead going into the breeze. 
The second term continued very much in the same way as a physical Sandown team cost themselves a number of goals from downfield free kicks and undisciplined acts. The away side’s inaccuracy didn’t fully punish the home side but still extended the lead throughout the term. At the halftime break the score read Ashwood 8-11 59 to Sandown 0.2 2. 
The second half was played out in the same fashion as the Magpies put their foot down to extend their lead at the three quarter and full time break. Four goals apiece to Rick O’Brien, Michael Collins and Chris Boofa Meyers energised the away team and typified the well rounded team performance. Stand out efforts in the middle of the ground from Gee Mahone, Jake Chapman and Ryan Forsyth ensured the forward line was well supplied with opportunities throughout the game. The Magpies remain the only undefeated team in the senior team sitting atop the ladder with a healthy percentage of 500.