THE Colac Tigers have received a valuable confidence boost ahead of a season-defining month of football.
The Tigers will head into matches against Bell Park, St Josephs and St Marys in top form after downing North Shore 15.20 (110) to 7.8 (50).
Midfielder Michael Davis provided a spark for the Tigers, who set up a nine-goal lead at the main break and had the match all but over at half time.
The Seagulls fought back in the second half through the hard work of Brad Surkitt and Zac Smith but Colac held strong to record a 60-point win.
“It was a good result, I suppose any 10-goal win is really good,” Colac coach Matt Gibson said.
“Our first half really set the game up, in saying that our second half I think we let them back in a little bit, but in the end a 10-goal win is always a good result,” he said.
Werribee-listed VFL footballer Ryan Monaghan played his best game for the Tigers, while Dan Casey, four goals, and Callum Buchanan, three, were dangerous up forward.
“Micky Davis showed his class, all his possessions were very clean and he broke the lines well,” Gibson said.
“Callum is coming into his own in the forward line but I think as a team we’re in pretty good form at the moment,” he said.
“The guys understand the things we’re after as a coaching group and if we get these things right against teams like Bell Park this weekend, we’ll give ourselves a good chance.”
Gibson said his team’s efficiency played a big part in the Tigers’ sixth win of the season, which lifted them one spot out of the top five.
“The first half we were effective around the contests, we were really clean and efficient which allowed us to move the ball into the forward line quickly,” he said.
“We didn’t waste the footy, our backline was pretty solid with guys like Paul Presani and Reece Karacsay nullifying their opponents and giving us drive.”
In other GFL matches, Newtown and Chilwell defeated St Marys, Bell Park downed St Albans, St Josephs outclassed Leopold, South Barwon defeated Geelong West-St Peters while Lara trounced Grovedale by 156 points.