A confident West Gambier side in home conditions was no match for the peerless South Gambier in round 7 of the Bendigo Bank Western Border Football League on Saturday.
The Roos were hopping happily after scoring their two wins of the year in the last three weeks, but were handed a reality check by the undefeated visitors.
The Demons were hardly troubled throughout the nine-goal win in glorious conditions with the Centenary Tower in the backdrop.
It meant the previous encounter in round 2 where West troubled South was a distant memory and victorious coach Brayden Kain said it was a faultless performance.
“After playing everyone once, I thought West was the team that gave us the best run for our money,” he said.
“So to come out and get a solid win with a big four-quarter effort was really pleasing.
“We knew we had to be more consistent (than round 2) and not let them have a chance of playing their style of footy.
“We certainly tidied up our accountability and work rate to keep them on the back foot.” The ladder leaders pounced from the first bounce and did not look back, virtually sealing the result inside the first quarter.
The Demons only gave the home side two behinds in the opening term and quickly estab- lished a strong lead as the likes of Mason Hein and Brett O’Neil went about their work in the middle.
Kain said his side’s early focus was all about shutting down West’s major threats.
“We knew after the first game if we allowed them to play their free-flowing run and outside ball use, they can hit the scoreboard very fast and hard,” he said.
“So had to be switched on from the get-go and play our game to not allow them to get into their rhythm.” In the second term continued be flowing in South’s direction as Todd Reid’s hands were unbeatable in the air, while Taylor Saffin’s leg speed off half back gave the side brilliant drive inside 50.
At the end of the neat delivery most of the time were Kain and Kym Eagleson, who both kicked four goals.
Despite already enjoying a 32-point lead, Kain said the only hiccup arrived at the beginning of the second half, but he still knew the game would come back into his hands.
“We knew they were going to come out hard in the third quarter, so we had to weather the storm as they rolled the dice and threw everything at us,” he said.
“That was the lowest scoring quarter, but it was not a negative for us because we knew they used all of the fuel left in their tank.” After narrowly losing the third term to the spir- ited efforts of Lawry Bradley-Brown and Jaymie Dobie, the Demons finished the proceedings on a crushing note by controlling possession with freedom.
After another week injury and trouble free, South braces itself to fight a hungry North Gambier, keen for revenge after an Anzac Day ambush.
For the Roos, they face a big game against a Millicent team riding a wave of momentum.