Lockington-Bamawm United's reserves proved too strong for White Hills, easily acconting for the Demons in the Heathcote and District Football League grand final.By Geordie Cowan
Lockington-Bamawm United’s reserves team made it two premierships in three years after a comprehensive win against White Hills on Saturday.
Sparked by best-on-ground Rhys Woodland, the reserves enjoyed a blistering start to race to a 40-1 lead at the first break.
The Demons fought back with three goals to one in the following term to reduce the margin to 27 points, but it was all the Cats after that.
LBU took complete control in the third quarter with seven goals to two and backed it up with a further four goals to two in the final term, winning 18.16
The Cats made a mockery of the second semi-final result which saw White Hills win by three points two weeks ago, with tall players Rhys and James Woodland dominating the ruck, while Tom Eade played with determination all day.
Dominic Conheady, Shannon McClay and Joe Holloway also impressed, while the forward line worked to perfection with four goals to each of Rhys Woodland, Jeremy Mundie and Jamie Maddison.
In what were fairly warm conditions from the second term onwards, LBU coach Andrew Cochrane said the win was set up by the dominant first quarter.
‘‘Rhys Woodland came back from the seniors and kicked two or three goals in the first five minutes of the game, so that got us up and about,’’ he said.
‘‘James Woodland in the ruck just got the ball and kicked it to Rhys and he just plucked them.
‘‘He’s a big boy in the seniors, so he knows how to kick them and once he got his hands on it he was kicking goals. Got us off to a good start, which is what you want in finals footy.
‘‘Probably apart from the second quarter we were in control for most of the day.
‘‘It was really pleasing for the boys.’’
Having the tall players do well played an important role in the team’s advantage, Cochrane said.
‘‘They had a big ruckman that we were a bit concerned about, but to our boys’ credit they jumped over him all day,’’ he said.
‘‘And they (White Hills) were probably a bit short down back, so we tried to stretch them up forward.
‘‘Pressure-wise, it was on all day apart form the second quarter when they got their hands on the footy.’’
Cochrane said the loss to the Demons may have helped the team re-focus on its ultimate goal.
‘‘Two weeks ago we were pretty ordinary and hadn’t been playing good footy,’’ he said.
‘‘Looking back, it was probably a good loss to have. It was a jolt for some of the boys.
‘‘We have been training since November and unfortunately we had 12 blokes miss out today, but they were a part of the side as well so it was pleasing and a good way to finish and hopefully they’ll stick around to go again next year.’’
Cochrane praised the games of Rhys and James Woodland, while Eade and Conheady had really good second halves.
Shannon McClay injured his hamstring during the third quarter but played out of the goal square in the last term, while Cochrane did not play after suffering his first hamstring injury at training on Tuesday, with Carl O’Brien coming into the team.
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