Ahead of the pack

June 26, 2017

Shepparton East full forward Cobey Aynsley destroyed Katunga, kicking six goals on Saturday.

Shepparton East again has a gap at the top of the Picola District Football League after defeating Katunga on Saturday.

The Eagles handed the Swans their biggest loss of the season with Dwain Vidler’s side winning by 92 points.

Vidler’s travelling troops jumped out to a three-goal lead at quarter-time before extending the margin at each break, winning 20.14 (134) to 5.12 (42).

Full forward Cobey Aynsley continued his recent run of form, kicking an additional six to take his seasonal tally to 36.

The left-footer, who kicked 106 goals last season, has bagged 20 goals in four weeks for the Central Ave based side.

Simon Russell was again impressive, the diminutive figure booted another five goals against the Swans and was named best afield for the Eagles.

The Swans, who were without Dylan Sidebottom, who ruptured his Achilles tendon last week, were led by playing coach and reigning Pearce Medallist Eamon Reeves, who booted three goals, pleasing his fellow co-coach Daniel Burness.

‘‘I do not think you’ll see someone who works as hard and runs as far as he does in a game,’’ Burness said.

‘‘He wills himself to every contest, he’s having a really good year again this season.’’

Liam Reeves was also impressive for the Swans, while Sam King and Callum Wilson were the host’s only two other goal scorers.

‘‘It was a pretty disappointing result, unfortunately we just had too many passengers, we were a completely different outfit in that second half,’’ Burness said.

‘‘I can’t put my finger on it, but we have to give credit to Shepp East, they are a pretty special outfit when they are up and about.’’

Burness felt his side just could not cut it on the day with the Eagles running rampant.

‘‘Our skills were laughable at times, we did not take our chances and then you have Shepp East who, when you give them an inch, they take a mile,’’ Burness said.

The Swans have been brought back to reality of late, losing two out of the past three games, and next week Burness’ side faces the second-placed Tungamah away from home.

‘‘It has been a tough little run but we have to stay positive,’’ Burness said.

‘‘I think when teams come up against Shepp East and Tungamah they have already lost the game before it has started, so we have to go in confident and see what happens.’’

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