THE transition of Nick Lawrence from a running half back into an elite on-baller was in full evidence at Glenrowan on Saturday, as the man known as ‘Shagger’ led the Kelly Tigers to a resounding 72-point win over Milawa.
In a match that threatened to become a sideshow to some interesting officiating, and at times did, Lawrence kept his head and was at his brilliant best, utilising quick decision-making and silky skills to set up the majority of Glenrowan’s forward thrusts in the second term, when they outscored Milawa 7.5 to 1.0.
With Chris Sussyer and Karl Norman dominating the ruck contests, and Mat Duffy (5.1) and Matt Robinson (6.3) sharing the focus equally in attack, the Tigers were never threatened after quarter time.
Nigel Robinson moved around the ground freely and picked up plenty of touches, looking better than he has in two years, while Jordy Hansted showed no sign of the ankle injury that ended his game early last week, bobbing up with two goals and helping to set up others.
The final margin might have been greater but for the Tigers’ inaccuracy in the final stanza, when they missed their first five shots on goal – all relatively straightforward – and finished the quarter with a tally of 5.9.