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Scorpions sting Mariners

Queensland has notched up its second win of the National AFL Under-18 championships with an emphatic 55-point victory over Tasmania, as the Mariners copped their second hiding of the tournament.

The Scorpions 14.14 (96) defeated the Mariners 5.11 (41) in the second game of the division-two double-header at Skilled Stadium in Geelong on Tuesday afternoon.

Queensland booted six goals to one in the first half and added a further eight majors to four in the second half and never looked in doubt, in what was a niggling contest on occasions.

The Scorpions had several stand out performers, but Jay Drummond’s six goals was a highlight of the game. He finished with 6.5 for the game and collected 18 touches for the match.

Other fine players for Queensland included Leigh Ryswyk, who finished with 24 disposals and 12 marks, while Jake Furfaro continued his strong form in the carnival with 20 possessions and two goals.

For Tasmania, Brett Robinson again shone for the Mariners with 25 disposals and nine inside 50s, as did Allan O’Sign with 21 touches while Adam Viney impressed. Dean Cornish was the only multiple goalscorer with two goals, yet he pulled in seven contested marks.

Tasmania began the match in a positive fashion when Zeb Graham kicked truly on the run, but two goals from Drummond mid-way through the term gave the Scorpions a four-point lead at quarter-time.

Queensland stepped up a gear after the first break, booting fours goals to zip to gain a 30-point lead at half-time, as Tasmania could manage just two behinds for the quarter.

The Scorpions continued to dominate early in the third term, when they posted three unanswered goals – including two in succession from Drummond – to gain a 48-point lead at the eight-minute mark.

Although the result was all but over, the Mariners did fought back with four of the next six goals, yet the Scorpions still took a 35-point lead into three quarter-time.

With a Tasmanian comeback virtually out of the question, the final term saw Queensland add another three goals to rub further salt into the Mariners wound.

QUEENSLAND: 2.1 6.5 11.6 14.14 (96)
TASMANIA: 1.3 1.5 5.7 5.11 (41)

GOALS: QUEENSLAND: Drummond 6, Furfaro 2, Cleary 2, Russ 2, Ehlich, Tanton
TASMANIA: Cornish 2, Bennetts, Graham, Grima
BEST: QUEENSLAND Drummond, Furfaro, Pask, Ryswyk, Lake, Harding, Russ
TASMANIA: Robinson, Viney, O’Sign, Grima, Gilligan
At Skilled Stadium