Falcons start to fire

Connor McIntosh takes a mark (Ljubica Vrankovic)

Tara Murray

Wyndhamvale is hoping that things are starting to fall into place in the Western Football League division 2 competition.

The Falcons have won both their matches despite not being out their best performances in either.

Co-coach Rob May said it was nice to have a couple of wins on the board after a slow start to the season.

“West Footscray was a bit of a struggle before we were able to run away with it after half time,” he said. “They didn’t go away.

“North Footscray are coming from a long way back and stuck around especially in the first half.

“They give 100 per cent contest.”

On Saturday against North Footscray, scores were level at quarter time before the Falcons led by 13 points at half time.

After half time, the Falcons stepped it up.

Eight goals in the third quarter blew the margin out to 35 points at three quarter time, before finishing strongly to win, 18.8 (116)-10.7 (67).

May said they were their own worst enemy at times in the first half.

“No disrespect to North Footscray, we made some basic errors,” he said. “Good teams will make us pay.

“In the third quarter we kicked eight goals and any time a side kicks eight goals in a quarter, they are hard to beat.

“We were able to pull away in the second half which was nice.”

Jack Tessari kicked four goals for the Falcons.

May said Cameron Morrison, who moved from the backline to the middle after half time, was a standout, along with Tessari and captain Liam Scarborough.

He said the back six didn’t panic and started to allow the side to maintain possession in the second half with several new players in that group.

May said they were hoping that the second half was a sign of things to come for the group in the coming weeks.

“Our pre-season was not great,” he said. “We only had one practice match which was six quarters… Bell Post Hill had to pull out of the second one.

“We played a lot of intra club scratch matches, but nothing beats a proper match. After half time, I feel like we were right back in it, only time will tell.”

The Falcons face the Suns on Saturday in round three.

May said the two teams have played a lot of practice matches against each other and this could be the start of a rivalry if they remain in the same division long term.

The Suns enter the match on the back of a 7.19 (61)-8.12 (80) loss to West Footscray.

In other matches, Tarneit got its first win of the season, beating North Sunshine, 21.18 (144)-4.2 (26).

In division 1, Werribee Districts beat Yarraville-Seddon, Point Cook lost to Altona, while Hoppers Crossing fell short against Caroline Springs.