South Gambier stamps authority in crushing win over Casterton

Aweek off did little to slow down South Gambier’s momentum as the ladder leaders ruthlessly added another victim to its current charge towards the 2022 Bendigo Bank Western Border Football League finals.

In round 14 the latest to feel the Demons’ brutality was Casterton Sandford in front of its own at Island Park on Saturday.

The reality was the Cats’ faithful had little to cheer about from the outset as the victors unleashed their best from first bounce and cruised to a crushing 90-point win.

Despite the hosts keen to impress wearing their special reunion jumper combining the Casterton blue with the Sandford red, but few opportunities came their way.

Mason Hein and James Paprotny were a devastating combination in the centre square and gave their forwards plenty to feast on.

Many of these were taken with open arms from Brayden Kain and Mitchell Sims, who used their contrasting skills to wreak havoc despite the absence of the sick Brodie Foster.

Coach Kain was as formidable as ever, being the main forward target taking strong marks and completing set shots from all angles.

By his side was young gun Sims, who used his speed to make the most of any crumbs of opportunities to score from close and long range.

Their work helped South speed to a 41-8 lead at quarter time and the result was already a near certainty.

Due to the gritty efforts of Tom Foster, Matt Killey and Jack Thompson, Casterton Sandford was able to produce a more competitive effort after the change of ends.

The finishing ability of Hamish McCrae and Adam Mckinnon helped the Cats enjoy their most productive term of the game.

However, this had little impact on the scoreboard as South had a response for everything and went even bigger, building their score to an imposing 84 by half time.

With Brock Keding, Todd Reid and Josh Woodall all showing strong form, the Demons controlled the play after the main break.

Kain and Sims with support from Elliott Fisher and Colby Munro ensured the total raced past triple figures, while the Cats only found the big sticks once.

As the scoreboard read 116-35 a massive win was on the cards for the Demons, but they took the foot off the pedal during a more competitive final term.

South only outscored the hosts by nine points in the last stanza, but the impact the visitors left from their afternoon’s work was noticeable with Kain and Sims kicking six and five majors respectively.

Kain said all pregame worries were blown away by the opening-term rampage.

“I was a little worried we would be a bit sluggish after the bye but, we came out hard and never looked back,” he said.

“The most pleasing thing was we never took the foot off and gave them a chance all game.

“Mason was crucial giving us first use and Josh and James also worked extremely hard all day.

“I am really enjoying the style of footy we are playing and it seems to be working.”

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