Huskisson and Basin battle it out for wooden spoon

AN unwanted prize was at stake for the loser of Saturday’s local derby between St Georges Basin and Huskisson at St Georges Basin Sporting Complex.

It has been a tough slog for both sides in 2014, but Huskisson made sure it got a little tougher for their opponents by dishing out a 7-nil shellacking to hand them the wooden spoon.

Each side picked up a win in their two earlier meetings this season, which were both close games, but this time they day clearly belonged to one of them.

It is a luxury they have rarely enjoyed this season, but according to Huskisson coach Ian Osterloh, it was a day where everything ran smoothly.

Brendan Hobbs started it off by beating several players, before slotting it in from the 18-yard box.

The second came courtesy of Alistair Kesley from a one-on-one, before Hobbs scored his second and Josh Fuz joined the party to make it 4-nil at the break.

Jake Malligan also bagged a double, while Fuz scored his second from a penalty to complete the 7-nil rout.

Huskisson coach Ian Osterloh said it has been a tough season, but this was the best possible way to finish it.

“Throughout the season we gave a lot of teams a run for their money, but we just couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net,” he said.

“We’ve had draws with top sides like Culburra and United but we ended up in a battle for the wooden spoon.

“We knew we were better than that and we went out with the right mental state and were really on our game.

“We dominated the whole game, I couldn’t fault anyone on the team.”

Basin coach Scott Aldridge had no answers for his side’s performance and said Husky were just too strong from start to finish.

Aldridge wanted to say thanks to the referees for the season and good luck to all the teams playing in the finals.

In recent weeks, Husky were struggling to even get a team on the field, but have managed to get their full strength side back for their past two game.

After a very competitive game with Manyana last week, Osterloh said he knew they could not finish on the bottom of the table.

“Matt Tooley actually said to me after that game that he couldn’t believe where we were on the ladder,” he said.

“It’s always a good local derby when we play Basin and it was really good to be able to finish on a high,” he added.

Osterloh said signs are looking positive for the future of the club, with a number of their players already talking about next season.

“If we can pick up maybe three or four quality players for next season, I think we can be extremely competitive.

“We’ve got a strong squad, which we’re trying to build and it’s good to see we’ve got the players that want to hang around.

“This was a tough season, but the boys always held their heads high and put in a good effort.”

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