Longford unable to clip wings of flying Parrots

BRIDGENORTH had all the answers as the Parrots outplayed Longford to record a convincing 43-point victory in their NTFA division 1 clash at Longford yesterday.

A seven-goal to one first quarter set up the victory.

Bridgenorth led by 37 points at quarter time, 34 at half-time, 62 at three-quarter time and were never headed or threatened in the 16.15 (111) to 10.8 (68) victory.

Jake Nunn was best on ground providing plenty of drive off half- back for Bridgenorth with Luke Duncan in the midfield and Matthew Zanetto on a wing other good players booting three goals each for the Parrots as did Josh Murfett.

Bridgenorth coach Michael Bowden was happy with his team's performance in recording its second win from two starts.

"We played pretty good football especially in the first half," Bowden said.

"Our start was very good, up by six goals at quarter time, and we had good rebound off our half- back line with Jake Nunn probably our best on the day."

Bowden said Longford got a run on with a couple of goals at one stage and finished the game off with the last four, but apart from those periods his side controlled the contest.

"I was happy with the way we ran the ball and the midfield pushed forward pretty well and kicked the bulk of our score and finished off opportunities," he said.

"Tyler Smith played well in our back half as well as Daniel Sellers."

Bowden said all three grades had won their opening two rounds giving the club a perfect six from six record in all grades in a promising start to the season.

"Ideally we are where we wanted to be going into a tough three games coming up against Rocherlea, South Launceston and Deloraine, which will let us know where we are at," he said.

Longford coach Matthew O'Donoghue and brother Nathan both finished with two goals for the Tigers with Jake Murfett, Todd Rattray and Jesse Arnol among their best players.Both teams had an even spread of goalkickers with the Parrots having nine and the Tigers eight. Bowden said the Parrots emerged injury-free from the clash with a big game at home against Rocherlea coming up after the Easter break.

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