ALVIE has as prevailed in a “battle of the backlines” against Irrewarra-Beeac in Colac district football.
The Swans took advantage of the Bombers’ inaccuracy in the opening term, setting up an early lead that the Bombers failed to peg back in the 9.7 (61) to 6.11 (47) victory.
Alvie coach Murray Williamson said weather conditions made it difficult for either team to break the game open.
“It was a bit scrappy, pretty much due to a bit of rain and the heavy ground,” he said.
“It was a tight tussle all day but we managed to get over the line, we were sort of three or four goals up most of the day but we never felt that comfortable until that last bit.
“Before the game I didn’t really know what to expect, you’re always hopeful but there aren’t too many games you go into knowing exactly what’s going to happen.”
Williamson praised his backline in the win, with skipper Luke McCarthy and Andre Delorenzo continuing their solid seasons down back.
But it was Spencer Williamson that earned the Swans’ best-player honours after booting a team-high three goals.
“I thought the game was getting played between the two half-backlines, goals were pretty hard to come by,” Murray Williamson said.
“We got that break kicking up the hill in the first quarter, which wasn’t the scoring end, and I think that was the difference after they missed a few opportunities,” he said.
“Both backlines were probably on top, and at the end of the day they only kicked six goals so we were pretty happy with that.”
Bomber Troy Keating bounced back well from a head injury last round to be Irrewarra-Beeac’s best, while he had help from Lee Hickey, Sam Barrow and coach Khan Beckett.
The loss drops the Bombers three places out of the top five.
Darcy McCallum was Irrewarra-Beeac’s most dangerous forward, finishing the match with three goals in the absence of injured teammate Jordan Smith.
Dolphin coach wants more improvement
LORNE coach Drew Steven says his team can still play better despite its 69-point win against Western Eagles.
The Dolphins won the match 21.11 (137) to 10.8 (68) at Stribling Reserve, but Steven said his team failed to stick to its structures and play tight in defence.
“We had a good win but I suppose there are still a few things we’re working on,” he said.
“We just want to make sure we stick to our structures, a few guys weren’t as disciplined as they could have been, we let them play pretty loose.
“We were stoked with the win but there were some parts that weren’t great and we got showed up, I thought the Eagles did well.”
Demons optimistic despite loss to South Colac
OTWAY Districts are starting to see positive football results despite remaining winless this season.
The Demons lost to the third-placed Roos at Joiner Reserve but were within striking distance of last year’s runners-up at three-quarter time.
South Colac booted two goals while keeping the Demons goal-less in a tightly contested final term and secured a 11.14 (80) to 7.6 (48) victory.
Simpson claims first major scalp
SIMPSON has claimed its first major scalp of the season and given Forrest its first loss, all in one hit.
The Tigers threw their hat in the ring as genuine premiership contenders following their 13.8 (86) to 9.8 (61) victory at Forrest Recreation Reserve.
Simpson coach Jason Cartwright said the win would boost his team’s confidence ahead of a tough month of football that included matches against Lorne, South Colac and Birregurra.
Saints forward bags eight goals
AN eight-goal haul from forward Christian Kelly has sparked Birregurra to victory against Colac Imperials.
Kelly proved too strong for his different opponents during the 12.7 (79) to 7.10 (52) win at Birregurra Recreation Reserve.
Saints coach Paul Lynch said the team played Kelly to his strengths.
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