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Flashes of magic in Shalom defeat

AFL: Talented Indigenous side schooled in how to play as a team by Iggy Park, who win 39-16

‘You were the better individuals. They were the better team’.

That was the message from Shalom coach Mark Burgess, as his AFL side crashed to a 39-16 defeat to Iggy Park at the Murray Oval.

There were flashes of brilliance from Shalom, with Gapuwiyak’s Leon Gurruwiwi and Jet Long, from Bulla, scoring stunning goals.

Sixteen year old Gurruwiwi kicked from 40 metres, after quick thinking from Jay Marshall.

Marshall belied his frame, leaping like a gazelle to take a sweet mark.

He was lining up to shoot, but flicked the ball to the on-rushing Gurruwiwi, who smashed through the posts.

The Gapuwiyak man has the raw talent to make the draft. But AFL is a team sport, and no matter how good you are, you’ve got to use your team mates.

Time and again Shalom players held on to the ball for too long, and were mobbed by Iggy Park.

The Catholic school ran out worthy winners, taking three of the four quarters comfortably.

‘They wanted it more than us,’ said Burgess. ‘It’s our first game of the season and we’ve learnt a lot today.

‘We need to move the ball quicker, use the space and play as a team. If we can do that, we’ll be a match for any school side.’

Shalom’s next game is at the Murray Oval against Cathedral School on Tuesday 18 October, kick-off 4 pm.

 By Jonny Pearce

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