Storm's attack fires up against Bloods

CENTRE CLEARANCE: Storm's Matthew Ladson leads the race for the footy on Queen Elizabeth Oval. Picture: PETER WEAVING

CENTRE CLEARANCE: Storm's Matthew Ladson leads the race for the footy on Queen Elizabeth Oval. Picture: PETER WEAVING

PICTURES: South Bendigo tackles Strathfieldsaye at QEO

STRATHFIELDSAYE Storm's powerful attack reigned supreme in Monday's 99-point victory against South Bendigo at Queen Elizabeth Oval.

Smaller forwards Stephen Milne and Lachlan Sharp kicked five goals apiece as they capitalised on Storm's dominance through midfield.

In just his second match of the season, full-forward Sam Mildren booted four goals and was among Storm's best.

South Bendigo applied a lot of physical pressure from the opening contest.

By quarter-time the Bloods led by two points as they outplayed Storm at most centre breaks and stoppages.

By half-time the Strathfieldsaye line-up had kicked away to a 32-point lead.

The Bloods kept on trying, but turnovers in midfield or at half-forward proved costly as the match went on.

Sharp capped a best afield performance by kicking three goals in the final term.

South ruckman Ben Jones played a great game and full-forward Josh Whelan kicked a team-high four goals.

Strathfieldsaye coach Darryl Wilson said South's pressure forced a lot of turnovers in the first half.

"They really took it up to us for a lot of the first half," Wilson said.

The coach said the attack clicked once again.

"We have a lot of options up forward, in the air and at ground level. We are rapt so many are kicking goals. It does not matter who finishes off the work."

After a four-day break, Storm plays at Golden Square this Saturday.

Strathfieldsaye will regain key defender Ash Trollope and prized recruit Steven Baker to play the Bulldogs in the 10th round.   

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