Match Report: Round 17 – Eastwood v Randwick

by Paul Cook - Six defeats and a draw from their 16 matches thus far, had left reigning Premiers Eastwood firmly in the last-chance saloon. Lose again and they could kiss goodbye to any dreams of a title hat-trick. But in order to keep that dream alive, they had to down a Randwick side sitting proudly atop the ladder ahead of kick-off, and coming in off the back of five wins on the bounce. But while the Woodies now had the experienced trio of Jared Barry, Tom Hill and Damien Fitzpatrick back in tandem, the Wicks came in minus the old heads of Adam Freier and Stephen Hoiles, and one of the most consistent performers of the 2016 Intrust Super Shute Shield, skipper Mark Baldwin. The first round clash between these two sides had seen a fired-up Randwick side blast out of the blocks with a pace and intensity that a misfiring Woodies didn’t come to terms with until it was too late. Perhaps still smarting from that defeat, the tables were turned by the home side on this occasion, as they
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