Ballan moves two games clear

IN-FORM: Ballan coach Mark Williams has his side two games clear inside the top eight. File picture: Justin Whitelock.BALLAN’Ssquad of developing talent worked relentlessly to secure an important63-point win over Skipton.
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The Blues had opportunities to kick away dueto the exceptional forward duo of Zac Peoples and Aaron Speak, who booted six andthree goals respectively.

The majority of Saturday’smatch was contested in muddy conditions at Ballan, allowing for alarge emphasis on tackling and being rewarded for effectively directing theball into open space.

Ballan went into halftime holding a 34-point lead and continued to controlthe flow of the game from the opening bounce of the second half.

Bluescoach Mark Williams was pleased to claim a victory that helps his team break two games clear inside the top eight.

“It was really pleasing that the boys stuck to our structure and played the waythat we wanted to play,” Williams said. “To do that for four quarters was reallypleasing.”

Skipton assistant coach Lee Spry said it would take time for his young players togain the experience needed to operate at a higher standard.

“We were pretty ordinary for the first three quarters, but in the last quarter weactually dug in and gave it a crack,” Spry said. “We’re just improving, we’re ayoung side so that’s the hard part about it.”

Marcus Crook and Shaun Campbell were among the best performers for theBlues, whileMatt Rea and Tyrone Ross bothplayed well in the midfield for the Emus.

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