Jarrod Humphries Outstanding As Lions Defeat Bulls

Jarrod Humphries was simply outstanding today for Harvey Brunswick Leschenault, kicking six goals as the Lions defeated Harvey Bulls by 19 points in the inaugural Sam Strano Cup at the Brunswick Showgrounds.

The crowd was witness to two outstanding performances with Humphries kicking six goals at one end, while Brad Holmes kicked seven in a losing side for the Bulls at the other.

The Bulls had the better of the opening term on a fine but crisp Saturday afternoon, with Brad Holmes kicking the first goal in the opening minute.  Seann Arrowsmith replied shortly after with a smart goal on the run to level the scores.  An arm wrestle then developed before Holmes snapped from 40m out at the 17 minute mark to give the Bulls back the lead.  Jacob Pickett ran into an open goal shortly after to extend the margin further, and when Tyson Powell converted a set shot right on quarter time, the Bulls enjoyed a 17 point lead at the first break.

The second quarter would belong to the Lions, kicking six goals. Humphries kicked his first early in the quarter, before both defences again got on top.  When Zavier Williams kicked his first from a set shot, it opened the flood gates, with Connor Carbone kicking a clever goal on the run to put the Lions in front, before Humphries took a pack mark to extend the margin further.  Two minutes later, Humphries goaled again, and the Bulls 17 point lead had become a 14 point deficit.   Harley Bennell kicked one of the goals of the day, on the run, deep in the pocket to reduce the margin to eight points, but a further goal to Ty Armitage increased the advantage further.  As they did in the first quarter, a goal right on half time to Matthew Bennell had the margin at eight points at the main break.

The third quarter was less than thirty seconds old when Brad Holmes goaled, narrowing the margin back to two points, and the Sam Strano Cup looked destined to be a thriller.  Cameron Pether took a pack mark to re-establish the eight point buffer, before Holmes kicked a goal from long range.  Shortly after, Holmes goaled again with a snap on the run, and the Bulls were back in front.   Humphries kicked a goal from 50m on the run after a defensive error from the Bulls kicking across the face of goals, with Holmes converting on the sound of three quarter time, courtesy of a 50m penalty, leaving the Lions eight points in front.

The Bulls had all the play in the opening ten minutes of the final term but managed just three behinds, before the ball was whipped up to the Southern end where Zavier Williams converted from close range.  But the highlight of the day if you were a Lions fan was when Humphries kicked a torpedo on the run from outside 50m which went through at goal post height, which took the wind out of the Bulls sails, as the margin extended to 20 points.  Humphries then kicked his sixth with a long range bomb, beating two opponents in the process to  squash any hopes of a late Bulls comeback.

Aside from Humphries, Jack Fletcher continued his great form for the Lions, while Dylan Marino and Michael Humble played well for the Bulls.

The final margin was nineteen points, in a match that had five lead changes.  The Lions have now moved to seventh on the ladder, while the Bulls have dropped to eighth.

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Harv Bruns Lesch  1.2.8  7.4.46  11.6.72  15.9.99
Harvey Bulls  4.1.25  6.2.38  10.4.64  12.8.80

Goals:  Harvey Brunswick Leschenault – Jarrod Humphries 6, Cameron Pether 2, Zavier Williams 2, Ty Armitage 1, Seann Arrowsmith 1, Connor Carbone 1, Jacoby Parfitt 1, Joshua Tartaglia 1.  Harvey Bulls – Brad Holmes 7, Jacob Pickett, Harley Bennell 1, Matthew Bennell 1, Stirling Hayden 1, Tyson Powell 1.
Best:  Harvey Brunswick LeschenaultJarrod Humphries, Jack Fletcher, Connor Carbone, Zavier Williams, Jordan Baggetta, Pierce Ferguson.  Harvey Bulls – Brad Holmes, Dylan Marino, Michael Humble, Jarrod Bowman, Andrew Haydon, Stirling Hayden
Ground:  Brunswick Showground
Umpires:  Henry King, Ben Whitehill, Cameron Valenti
Reports:  Dylan Chatley (HB) reported by Field Umpire Cameron Valenti for rough conduct in second quarter.  Dylan Chatley (HB) reported by Field Umpire Cameron Valenti for abusive language in second quarter.
Crowd:  587

The match was close and tight throughout at the Brunswick Showgrounds as Michael Humble leads the chase for the ball that carried the pack.