Both Victoria Metro and Victoria Country have shown there’s plenty of talent in the state in their trial clash at Windy Hill on Friday.
Metro were the superior side, running out 56 point winners, 15.15 (105) to 7.7. (49).
Who stood out
Father-son prospect Nick Daicos was the standout performer of the game, in amongst everything in the midfield.
He finished the game with 41 disposals, six clearances and two goals in a stellar display. A performance that showed why he’s hyped as the potential number one pick in the upcoming draft.
Fellow Metro midfielder Josh Ward also starred with 29 disposals, eight clearances and two goals.
Up forward Paul Curtis and father-son prospect Sam Darcy was influential, as they finished with three and two goals respectively.
Country midfielders Ben Hobbs and Connor McDonald battled hard, both notable contributors in a losing effort.
Hobbs finished the day with 25 disposals, 11 tackles and a goal. McDonald also amassed 25 disposals.
Josh Rachele put in a solid performance across half-forward for Country, with 20 disposals and a goal. On the other end, Oscar Morrison was solid, standing up in an under-pressure backline.
Ruckman Mac Andrew’s athleticism was on full display while impacting up forward too.
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How the game played out
The game was tightly contested early but broke open in the second quarter.
Ahead by nine points at the first change, Metro kept Country goalless while they kicked five goals to lead 7.4. (46) to 2.3 (15) at the main break.
In the second half, Country were competitive, as they registered three goals for the term. Though Metro built on their halftime lead to take a 40 point lead into the final change.
Both sides traded goals in the quarter, with Country kicking consecutive goals for the first time in the game, kicking the final two goals of the quarter.
Metro would also win the fourth quarter, kicking four goals to two as they ran away with a 56-point victory.