Woodville-West Torrens celebrated the 100th Macca’s League match of Marc Borholm in style, beating Sturt by 33 points at Peter Motley Oval on Sunday.
Strong performances in the second and third terms from the Eagles helped engineer the win en route to inflicting the Double Blues’ second loss at Unley this season.
Hard-running Eagles midfielder Chris Hall set the tone for his side with his ball-use and workrate, something that was unusually lacking for several Sturt players who produced a similar sluggish display against North in Round 3.
Borholm, who made his debut back in 2009 with West Adelaide, stretched the margin to 28 points in the Eagles’ favour with his lone goal of the game close to the half-time siren.
The visitors were able to maintain this buffer until Sturt was able to muster its only serious charge at Michael Godden’s men midway through the third quarter.
First it was skipper Zane Kirkwood streaking through the middle of the ground and finishing on the run from 40m before Double Blues teenager Hugo Munn produced one for the highlight reel by snaring a contender for Statewide Super Mark of the Year.
An AFL Academy member, Munn climbed high above his opponent at the northern end to take a towering overhead mark before cutting the deficit to just 18 points 14 minutes into the premiership quarter.
But as they did all afternoon, the Eagles had all the answers with livewire forward Ethan Haylock kicking the third of his four goals just three minutes later after benefiting from an undisciplined 25m penalty given away by Sturt.
It effectively snuffed the life out of the hosts, who then went on to concede the next five goals in succession before West End State squad member Jack Hayes extended the margin out to a game-high 50 points 32 seconds into the final term.
The younger Hayes sibling was outstanding in attack for the Eagles, controlling the air with 10 marks while also having seven shots on goal (3.4) from his 19 disposals.
Veteran midfielder Scott Lewis chalked up 17 possessions and a goal in his first Macca’s League game of the season after having a delayed start to the season due to his honeymoon while Matt Goldsworthy returned from a quad complaint to tally 16 touches.
The Double Blues now head into the West End State game break in fourth place with a 3-2 win-loss record and will need to get back to their trademark best in terms of denying their opponents space to create.
Midfielder James Battersby led the way on the stats sheet with 23 touches after going into the game under an injury cloud while Jack Oatey Medallist Jack Stephens did well to keep star AFL draft prospect Jack Lukosius quiet, keeping him without a disposal in the first term.
EAGLES 3.3 7.5 11.8 14.10 (94)
STURT 2.1 3.1 6.1 9.7 (61)
LEADING DISPOSALS – Eagles: Hall 27, Johansen 23, Rowland 20, J. Hayes, Poole 19, Stewart 18, Lewis 17, Sharrad, Goldsworthy, Thompson 16.
Sturt: Colquhoun, Battersby 23, F. Evans 21, Kirkwood 20, Riley, Veale 18, Harms, Gilfoy, Crocker 17.
GOALS – Eagles: Haylock 4, J. Hayes 3, Hall 2, Gray, Borholm, Lewis, Lukosius, Rowland.
Sturt: McAdam, Munn 2, Battersby, Penfold, Kirkwood, Hone, Osborn.
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