Demons send East to doghouse

Victory and South Gambier could not be separated for long as the red and white trampled East Gambier in the most one-sided fixture of the seventh round of the 2022 Bendigo Bank Western Border Football League season on Saturday.

Despite thumping the Bulldogs by 65 points, the Demons’ return to the winner’s list was not all smooth sailing at McDonald Park.

Under crystal clear skies, the red and black also wanted to have some fun in the sun and they sprinted to a big lead to the thrill the home crowd.

East’s big target Garret Ha was in fine form kicking the first of his game-high total of four goals to help his team fly to the rocket start of 4.1 (25).

Meanwhile, scoring shots were not at short supply at the other end either as South hit the scoreboard four times, but could only convert one of them.

Despite trailing 25-9 at the first change with plenty of optimism circulating the “Kennel”, Demons’ coach Brayden Kain said he was not even thinking about approaching the panic button and the confidence in his group was soon rewarded.

“We still brought the intensity in the first quarter, but missed some easy opportunities and they managed to put some scoreboard pressure back on us,” he said.

“In the first 10 minutes we would have had 90% of the ball, but we just did not have our kicking boots on and they exited out the other end.

“It was a good reminder for us, so we just resettled and adjusted ourselves at quarter time and put our foot to the floor.”

Despite missing Brodie Foster to a short-term hamstring injury and more sadly Jake Tentye to a year-long leg ligament injury, the Demons still had plenty of talent on the park.

James Paprotny, Todd Reid and Emerson Marks were all busy doing their thing to give the Demons’ forward line ample opportunity to not only catch up to the hosts, but blow them away.

Kain continued to be a potent force inside 50, kicking four goals which was enough to push his career tally past the big 300.

Even though Foster was not by his side, a new face rose to the occasion alongside the coach in the form of débutante Nelson Forbes.

The 17-year-old showed no nerves on the big stage, kicking a quartet of majors, while Liam Delaney and Dane Handreck were also prolific.

After quarter time it was all one-way traffic as the Demons kicked 15 goals to two and waltz to the 107-42 win.

Kain said it was an important statement to make after the disappointment of watching the winning streak disappear against Millicent.

“It was great to get that result after a disappointing game against Millicent where we lacked the intensity and effort which allowed them to dictate us,” he said.

“We stripped it back to the basics, had some fun and stick to our structure.

“In the second quarter we were winning the ball out of the midfield and generated the excitement and enthusiasm again.

“We had six changes and three débutantes and their flare added a new aspect to our game and we finished the game really strong.”

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