Navarre run down Royal Park

Navarreʼs Nick Baird cradles a diving chest mark in the Grasshoppers win over Royal Park on Saturday.

Navarre has outlasted Royal Park in a topsy-turvy hit-out, righting its 2018 season with a 12-point win on Saturday.

Scoring ebbed and flowed throughout the tight contest at Hedges Oval with 17 of the game’s 19 goals scored at the city end of the ground but it was Navarre that finished the stronger, scoring five majors in the final term to run out 11.6 (72) to 8.12 (60) victors.

With a stiff breeze blowing to the city end, Royal Park took advantage of the wind to take a 14-point lead into the first break having kicked three goals to Navarre’s one goal.

The Tigers didn’t fair as well going into the wind in the second quarter however, and the Grasshoppers capitalised on the advantage, ramming home five goals while Royal Park failed to score a major.

The burst meant Navarre led 6.1 (37) to 3.5 (23) at halftime, but in the third quarter it was the Grasshoppers’ turn to go without a goal as Royal Park kicked four unanswered majors to lead by 12 points at the final break.

Navarre quickly covered that advantage after a number of missed shots to begin the fourth quarter with Charlie Ferguson and Darcy Bibby both booting goals.

For more on this story see Page 22 of The Advertiser, Tuesday, May 15

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