Suns shine against Crows to grab first win

The Northern Suns have their first win of the season after blowing away the Western Crows by 45 points at QBE Stadium on Sunday.


Kicking with the wind, they produced a 6 goal first quarter which set up the deserved victory after being plagued early on in the season with a number of injuries to key players.

Will Dickinson was among the action early on for the Suns kicking a goal and creating a number of opportunities in the forward line.

In defence, first year Premiership player, Paul Hogan was working hard as the Sun’s defence kept the Crows to a single point for the quarter.

With a 39 point lead at the first break, the Sun’s continued their ruthless attack and defence keeping the Crows to only 3 goals for the second quarter.

Sun’s Captain Ben Hick was showcasing his skills and was utilising his younger players of Max Urwin, Adam Harris and Josh Mackie to get some go forward down the ground.

Coming out after half time break, the Sun’s were instructed to keep their foot on the throttle, and they did just that with Will Dickinson kicking a goal within the first 2 minutes of the quarter.

The highly skilled Crows midfield of Jay Johnson, Jay Green and Ben Daly couldn’t match their counterparts as the Sun’s kicked four goals to one to extend their lead to 43 points heading into the last quarter.

The Crows buckled under the pressure again in the final term kicking only 1 goal through Joseph Alesich-Tamariki before Jonah Christians finished off the game for the Sun’s when he was set up by a turnover from James Considine and ran into an open goal to seal a big win.

With the Crows losing, it sets up a must win game against the Southern Saints in next week’s final round if they are to claim the remaining spot in the Grand Final on April 14th.


The hero:

The whole team deserves a mention for their efforts in the first quarter. They came out with a plan and it was executed superbly as their forward piled on 40 points while the defence only let in a single behind.

The support cast:

Max Urwin and Adam Harris arrived from the Monington Peninsula Football League this week and made a sudden impact slotting into the Sun’s side.

The consolation effort:

Crows midfielder Jay Johnson didn’t stop trying all game. He was everywhere getting stuck into the contest and propped up his side.

Say what?

“The boys knuckled down the whole game, stuck to the game plan and we needed this win today to boost team morale.” Northern Suns Head Coach, James Bowden.

“The Suns thoroughly deserved their win today as they played brilliant football all game and we couldn’t match them. We will learn from it and come back next week to make amends.” Western Crows Assistant Coach, Sean Mayes.


Goal Scorers:

Northern Suns: Will Dickinson 3, Max Urwin 2, Reed Cathcatt 2, James Considine 2, Lewis Gill 1, Josh Mackie 1, Jonah Christians 1, Will Kempt 1 

Western Crows: Sam Anderson 1, Shane Leat 1, Jay Green 1, Alastair Maisey 1, Joseph Alesich-Tamariki 1


Best on ground:

Northern Suns: Adam Harris

Western Crows: Jay Johnson