A dominant eight-goal haul from James Kroussoratis wasn’t enough to get the Panthers over the line, 13 goals to four in the second and third quarter tells the story of the game. enabled the reigning premier to prevail 19.10 (124) to 13.8 (86).
The Panthers dominated early but despite their efforts were finding it hard to get a break on the scoreboard with poor delivery to the forward line, as well as costly turnovers in the back half and after allowed Greensborough the last two goals of the quarter we trailed by seven points at the first break.
After the break Greensborough continued on their way with four unanswered goals. Kroussoratis was able to peg the deficit back, kicking the next two goals in a minute to get us back into the contests briefly before a coast to coast goal by Boro ensured a lead by them of 25 points at the main break.
The second half began as the first half finished with Greensborough continuing their dominance kicking the opening four goals of the quarter. Moved from defence to attack, swingman Chase Caulfield was able to briefly halt the Boro’s scoring run, kicking a goal of the year contender after evading two opponents and kicking a banana while hugging the boundary line.
Although Boro bounced back kicking three of the next four goals to have a 61 point lead at three quarter time.
It was looking like it would be a real blowout but Eltham however was able to finish the match out credibly as it kicked six final-quarter goals to Greensborough’s two, which included a great display of set shot goal kicking from (Ratta) Kroussoratis who kicked four of his eight in the last term.
Best were J. Kroussoratis , M. Evans , C. Caulfield , J. Reid , B. Taglieri , D. Coffield
Goals – J. Kroussoratis 8, C. Caulfield 2, J. Merkel , B. Glasgow , M. Williamson
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The reserves match was a game of defence in the first half with both side struggling to put goals on the board, in fact only 3 goals were scored in the first half with Greensborough leading by a solitary point at the main break 2 goals to the Panthers 1 goal 5 behinds.
After the main break the Panther small men started to dominate and were playing great link up football running into the forward line. A 5 goal to 1 third quarter set up a 22 point lead at the last break. We were able to hold even in the last quarter to come home by 23 points. A very good effort against last years grand finalists.
Best were C. Dell , A. Hourigan , R. Keys , O. Robinson , J. Dell , L. Findlay
Goals – J. Doukas 2, M. Jessop , A. Hourigan , M. Menichelli , S. Zito , B. Lorey
The Under 19s found it hard going against a dominant Boro. The first half the boys battled away well but were not rewarded on the scoreboard for their efforts, trailing by 24 points at the long break. The third term we were able to match Boro and only fell 2 points further behind at the end of that period.
Although Boro were able to display their dominance in the last scoring 33 to 3 to come home 56 point winners. A great percentage of the boys were playing their first under 19 match and are sure to improve as the season progresses.
Best were Jye Lorey , M. Cantwell , S. Edward , Bronson Glasgow , N. Gavillucci , T. Burns
Goals – T. Burns 2, J. Lorey , N. Gavillucci , B. Glasgow