McCulloch big mover in voting for award

BART McCulloch's assessment of his own game against Hobart City mirrors the Western Storm's output: very good, except in front of the sticks.

The former Brisbane Lions ruckman-forward had a dominant game across the ground, but could manage only 3.4 as his team kicked 18.23 in an 89-point win on Saturday night.

The performance was strong enough to earn the three votes as best on ground in the State League player of the year award, moving him up to equal-second place.

``I found it a lot easier this week in the forward line due to the fact that it is the best we have moved the ball through the midfield, '' he said.

``But the inaccurate kicking on my behalf was very frustrating. I've got a routine and didn't go away from that, but I've still got to focus on my ball drop.''

McCulloch, who seemed to hurt his leg in a second-quarter collision with two other players, said he had just suffered a bit of swelling around his shin, and would be right to face Glenorchy in a second v third blockbuster.

``At the end of the day it will come down to our pressure. If we can have our pressure up in the midfield it will stop them being as damaging and I'm not sure they can kick a big score if the ball is just being bombed in and if we can get our ball movement going we do have multiple [goalkicking] options.''

Clarence's James Charlesworth holds a two-vote lead in the award ahead of teammate Brady Jones and McCulloch.

Western Storm's Bart McCulloch in a game against North Launceston. He was dominant against Hobart City.

Western Storm's Bart McCulloch in a game against North Launceston. He was dominant against Hobart City.

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