Jeff Dickinson-Fox reviews the campaign which saw Melbourne Storm crowned premiers in 2017.
3 days ago
Wests 28 (Andrews, Hauser, Fatnowna, Kelley, Hoppe tries; Murdoch 3, Andrews goals) def Logan 16 (McMahon, Rothery, Meyers tries; McMahon 2 goals)
Logan came out firing and scored the first points courtesy of a darting run which eventually gap by Clint Rothery. Wests hit back though with two tries of their own to lead 12 - 6. As is customary Wests bombed 3 times more tries than they scored so when Logan equalised through a converted try to Aaron McMahon the match was wide open.
Just shy of half time Logan's defense again capitulated when Daniel Hoppe backed up a break and found himself over for an easy try. Logan missed a penalty shot on the hooter so the half time score was 18 - 12.
Highlight of the first half was the highly descriptive language the players used to decribe their plight. The trend wasn't bucked by the Logan Coach when he yelled to his side as they took the field for the 2nd half, "There's no excuses - get out there and ####ing win it!"
There were no excuses either. Wests were pretty awful in the second half, again bombing about 3 tries for every 1 scored. The handling was attrocious by both sides. These sides might make the top 4 in reserve grade.....maybe.
Logan just didn't have the firepower. A brawl in the 47th minute removed Craig Bowen and Frank Roberts for 10 minutes but still no advance on the Logan score. When Wests centre Aaron Morgan was sent off for a high shot in the 68th minute and then were further reduced to 11 men when Greg Hauser was sin binned in the 73rd it seemed Logan might actually post a score....and they did too - in the 80th minute and just like their season. - too little to late.
As for Wests, well two wins for the season and both against Logan. Not something to be too proud of. Wests have a core they can build on for next year though and may rise to mid field if they retain the right names and maybe if a few talented youngsters come though.
Penalties: Logan 9 - 8 Referee: Matt Wyvill My Man of the Match: John Andrews My Match Rating: 2