Terrigal Avoca Panthers dominate derby match

Terrigal Avoca defeated third placed Killarney Vale by 80 points in Round 12 of the Wilson Security Black Diamond AFL Cup played on Saturday, July 5.

There was plenty of anticipation ahead of Killarney Vale’s visit to Hylton Moore Oval with the third placed Killarney Vale Bombers confident of ending the Terrigal Avoca Panthers’ unbeaten start to the season. When the final siren rang, however, it was the Panthers who stamped their authority over their Central Coast rivals by not only winning by 80 points, but also restricting the Bombers to a solitary point for the match.

The final score was 11.15.81 to 0.1.1. The Panthers opened the match strongly and with the aid of the wind were able to lead by 29 points at the first change, although the margin could have been greater had it not been for some inaccurate kicking for goal. Despite having the wind in the second quarter, the Bombers were unable to penetrate the Terrigal Avoca defence led by skipper Jayson Van Dam and Alastair Richardson, and at half time the Panthers’ lead had extended to 37 points with the Bombers yet to score.

In the absence of Tom Head, Mitch Betson was proving to be a strong forward target for Terrigal Avoca and with Jimmy Webster once again winning many possessions and kicking two goals the Panthers lead was 77 points at the final change. With the result well and truly over, all interest was on whether or not Killarney Vale would score.

No goals were kicked for the term although the Bombers were able to finally get on the scoreboard, albeit just once as Terrigal Avoca ended up winning by 80 points. Kurt Fleming continued his return to form and fitness, after a disrupted start to the season, to be the Panthers’ best and he was well supported by Van Dam, Richardson and Sam O’Brien. Betson finished the day with three goals to lead all scorers. For Killarney Vale, Scott Manuelle, Brad Deitz, Rick White and Michael Smith tried hard. Hylton Moore Oval is a fortress for the Panthers and they have not been beaten at the ground since July 2012.

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Jul 2014 Garry 
Burkinshaw, Black
Diamond AFL