Navarre overcomes slow start

Navarre Grasshoppers were slow starters against Maldon in their clash in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League.

Navarre assistant coach Brent Flood pulls down this contested mark in his team's big win against Maldon on Saturday.

Navarre assistant coach Brent Flood pulls down this contested mark in his team's big win against Maldon on Saturday.

Both the defence and attack were working well for Navarre, but it was their midfield that needed to lift in the first half.

With Maldon's gun onballers Joel Cross, Hayden Kelly and Tom Cain all getting on top in the first quarter, Maldon were able to produce four first half goals against the more fancied Grasshoppers.

The undefeated Grasshoppers piled on ten goals, but it was a lacklustre half of football in relation to their standards.

In the second half coach Daniel Parkin made the call to create more one on ones around the ground, rather than playing five metres off their opponents.

"We just needed to work a little harder in the second half," Parkin said.

Several players were put under pressure to perform with only two games remaining and Daniel Reading and Aiden Lee were able to do so.

Reading has had a quiet year by his standards and at his best releases pressure on the other key forwards.

Lee on the other hand has spent time in the reserves throughout the year, but looks to have cemented his spot after putting his body on the line several times on the weekend.

Ben Scott and Ash Driscoll came to the party in the second half kicking several goals to finish some strong work from the Navarre midfielders.

Driscoll finished with seven goals to stretch his lead on the season's goalkicking tally while Scott went one better on this occasion with eight.

Navarre took their game to another level in the third and fourth quarter, kicking 15 goals to Maldon's four.

"They have a really good midfield," Parkin said.

"Probably in the top two or three in the league, but once we got on top there, it was a bit smoother sailing."

With a 69 point lead at the final change Navarre took the opportunity to work on their structure, mainly their kick ins and zone defence.

"It was important we started finding targets with our kick ins," Parkin said.

"At the same time we needed to follow our structures."

Best players on the day were Ash Driscoll, Ben Scott, Luke Hendy, Aiden Lee, Josh Fowkes and Jayden Fowkes.

Bryce Tickner played no part in the game from half time with a hamstring strain and will most likely be rested this week to ensure he is ready for Navarre's first final.

Navarre were comfortable winners 25.10.160 to Maldon 8.5.53.

Parkin still thinks his team has a long way to go to win a premiership.


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