Girgarre puts fears of a fadeout to rest with a strong performance to defeat Ardmona in Kyabram District Football League.OLIVER CAFFREY April 21, 2014 3:10am
Despite being 47 points in front of Ardmona at three-quarter time, Girgarre fans in the outer were still far from confident.
A final quarter fadeout against Rushworth the previous week had created an air of uncertainty about their team, even after a completely dominant display from the opening siren.
But those fears went unfounded, as the Kangaroos thumped Ardmona by 69 points in an impressive Kyabram District Football League Easter Saturday display at Girgarre Recreation Reserve.
The Roos led from start to finish, opening up a 40-point advantage at half-time after a five-goal-to-one second quarter.
Roos coach Mark Patten said he was thrilled to have kept the Cats to only three goals after the Tigers kicked 13 in the second half against his side.
‘‘A complete form reversal on last week, last week the game definitely didn’t deserve to finish the way it did, and I think it was a pretty soft effort by us in the last quarter,’’ Patten said.
‘‘Probably keeping them to three goals today was good, I mean they’re a bit like us with a lot of forward options, with ‘Willo’ (Justin Williams) and the Durwards (Tom and Terry) and a few nippy quick players, so it was good to keep them to a losing score.
‘‘I think it (last week) woke the sleeping giant that it’s not going to be that easy, although we’re building a good side and we’ve got a bit more experience and a few bigger bodies around us, that the work-rate has to be there for the full 100 minutes of the game.’’
Jade O’Dwyer was the difference up forward, kicking seven majors and having a real presence around goals, bringing down several big marks.
Ash and Mat Hughes were important providing run through the midfield, while Ryan Jones worked tirelessly along with Shaun Makar.
For the visitors, it was a hugely disappointing result after their inspiring round one win against Rushworth.
A bye the previous weekend seemed to halt their momentum, with the Cats struggling to build any forward pressure due to some poor ball use when the ball did go inside 50.
Cats coach Justin Williams said his team might have read too much into Rushworth beating Girgarre after his side beat the Tigers.
‘‘We were up and about after the Rushy game and the boys were full of confidence and I suppose we got ahead of ourselves really, every week is a battle from where we are coming from,’’ Williams said.
‘‘This won’t be the first time we get beaten by 10 goals and we’re going to have to cope with it when it happens, but we didn’t roll over in the second half and Ardmona sides of the last probably four or five years would have, and that was a positive because the game was gone by half-time.
‘‘We’ve got 15 new guys in the side this year; we had plenty of the ball in the second half, but now we’ve got to let it sink in, I told the boys it’s got to hurt a bit.’’
Williams kicked two goals and Stuart Trevena, Scott Lambden and Luke Kenny toiled hard.
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