Towns won back-to-back CRA Premiership Cups on Sunday when they easily accounted for Bidyadanga by 40 points. Final Scores were Towns 11.12 (78) to Bidyadanga 5.8. (38).
The game provided a huge contrast in styles of play and in the long run it was probably the over-use of hand passes that cost the Emus dearly.
Towns kicked the ball long into their forward line at every opportunity, while Bidyadanga constantly ran in using three or four hand passes, losing possession on the last.
The game opened at a hectic pace, with the Emus slamming on the first two goals following brilliant passages of play. However, later in the quarter Towns rallied and kicked two also, finishing the first term only two points in arrears. It was in the first quarter that Bidyadanga were dealt their two most savage blows.
First, Wayne Edgar was sent from the field for the whole game, a tough penalty for an offence that some thought might have warranted 15 minutes in the sin bin if not just a free kick. This was closely followed by a rugged shirt front on Bruce Whyardie which sent him straight to hospital. He did not rejoin the game.
The second term was again even, and at half time Towns led by five points, making it anyone's game. In the second half, Towns took control, keeping Bidyadanga scoreless in the third quarter while kicking 3.7 themselves. Neil Marshall was dominating in the ruck, as was Adam Felminghan on the ball, and when Les Bedford increased his workload in the second half, Towns had full control of the midfield. It was the lesser lights of Bidyadanga that kept them in the hunt, with William Bangu and Joe Roe playing admirably. However, it was the master himself, Justin King, rotating between full back and centre half back, who was certainly Bidyadanga's best player.
As the quarter progress through the last quarter, so it became more certain that Towns would win and that they did, in a very classy display. Neil Marshall won the Father Mc Mahon as best afield presented to him by new Fremantle Dockers coach Gerard Neesham. Other Towns players who shone in a professional team game were Jamie Howard at fullback, Bill Stockman at centre half forward, Peter Hearne, who negated Arnold Bamba on a wing and Adam Moltoni
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